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Black Friday shopping starts Thursday

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

While a number of Hamblen countians will prefer to snooze on either their own living room couch or a relative’s, local retailers will open their doors on Thanksgiving. This year again, Kmart will begin the holiday shopping at 6 a.m. on Thursday. The store will close at 5 p.m. and then repeat the process with additional door buster sales from 7 p.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Friday. The doors will

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  • Area students shine in Junior Beta competition

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    West View Middle School students won first place for their Living Literature scene at the Tennessee Junior Beta Club Convention held Nov. 23-25 in Nashville. Students who participated were: Hadlee Banks, Blaine Robinson, Caitlin Grimaldi, Bailey Watkins, Haleigh Henry, Noah Martin, Dylan Issacs, Ryan Swanson, Andrew Lewis, Davy Ray, Juan Torres and Lauren Pell.

    Hamblen County Beta club students returned from Nashville this week with a plethora of awards from the Tennessee Junior Beta Club Convention held Nov. 23-25 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. Beta Club students have the opportunity to compete in a variety of academic and talent competitions including language arts, math, speech, poetry, social studies, science and literature. More than 6,000 Tennessee students and 152 schools participated. The convention

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  • Holiday season kicks off with service

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Community musicians join the combined choirs of Morristown-Hamblen High Schools East and West to perform during the Community Thanksgiving Service held Tuesday evening at First Baptist Church in Morristown.

    From the moment the choir sang its first note of “Psalm 150,” the Community Thanksgiving Service held Nov. 25 at First Baptist Church Morristown was a testament to strength among numbers. The combined voices from Morristown Hamblen High Schools East and West choral departments, led in the song by West choral director Kathy Bowen and provided with strong piano accompaniment by Victor Thompson, set the tone for the evening. “What

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Marie Cunningham, left, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce ambassador and Roni Snyder, 2014 Chamber Chairman, welcome to membership Allan McMillon, Alicia Goff Burch and Derry Workman of SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke & Hamblen counties during a Nov. 19 ribbon cutting at the Chamber offices.

SERVPRO to extend offices to Hamblen County

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm

The first thing noticed about SERVPRO might be the bright green company vehicles, but the lasting impression to which regional franchise owner Allan McMillon and his team are dedicated is one of quality. McMillon added Hamblen County to his list of counties served nearly a year ago. “We’ve been in business with SERVPRO since Oct. 1, 2001,” he said. “We bought the franchise area in Cocke, Jefferson and Sevier counties

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  • Helton named president of Jefferson Chamber

    Posted on November 16, 2014 at 3:34 am

    The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce has selected Darrell Helton as its next Executive President and CEO. Helton is currently the Jefferson County Finance Director. He made a formal announcement of his plan to resign from the position during the county commission work session meeting. Helton was one of three finalist chosen by the chamber’s board of directors and was named to the position last week. Helton will succeed former

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  • Mills and Williams partner to open new venture

    Posted on November 16, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Two individuals who were often seen together in the halls of Lakeway Regional Hospital are back together again, this time at a new health clinic for patients with chronic medical conditions. On Oct. 16, Priscilla Mills, former chief executive officer at LRH, and Dr. Bill Williams, long-time Morristown general practitioner and current hospitalist at LRH, began a new venture called Ridgecrest Medical LLC in Bartlette Place on West Morris Boulevard

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Altering the VFW charter to include women

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm

The Ledger of Lakeland (Florida) on altering the VFW charter to reflect the role of women in war: Congress formally entered lame-duck status after Election Day. Nonetheless, before they wrap up, lawmakers should attend to a little-noticed bill that is that rarest of birds in Washington, something Republicans and Democrats both can agree on. The measure would alter language in the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ federal charter to reflect the

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  • End Obamacare charade and find better ways to improve health care

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Saving most Americans money on health insurance by repealing the most objectionable sections of the Obamacare law ought to be a priority when the new Congress convenes early next year. That’s right: For most people, it appears repealing Obamacare would lead to lower health insurance costs. President Barak Obama and his minions have been touting what they claim will be minor increases expected in the cost of insurance through Obamacare

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  • Landing probe on comet another milestone in space exploration

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Our world has witnessed many important moments in space exploration: the unmanned flight of Sputnik I, in 1957; Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, in 1969; and the initial launch of the space shuttle Columbia, in 1981. We can now add another moment to this list: the first probe to land on a comet. Philae, the European Space Agency landing vehicle that has accompanied

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