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David Cloar, left, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a 1990 double homicide, almost certainly will some day be released, but a judge concluded Thursday night his state-proposed furlough plan was fatally flawed.

Judge finds David Cloar’s release plan flawed

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 11:30 am

In an atypical hearing involving the disjointed interplay between criminal law, mental-health regulations and insurance coverage, Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Wright Thursday night temporarily nixed the release of double-killer David Cloar until state mental-health officials advance a more restrictive release proposal. Although Cloar maintains he doesn’t remember brutally knifing his father and stepmother, Jack and June Cloar, in 1990, he doesn’t deny he killed them. Cloar also maintains he

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  • Severe storms expected Saturday

    Posted on April 24, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Anyone with outdoor plans for Saturday would be advised to pay close attention to weather forecasts, which call for the possibility of significant severe thunderstorms across much of the Lakeway Area. Meteorologist Sam Roberts with the National Weather Service office in Morristown said forecasters are still working to fine-tune the expected timetable of the arrival of the storms, which are expected to include damaging wind, up to golf ball size

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  • West High tops THSSDL state tournament

    Posted on April 23, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Devanie Carattini, Sydney Terry, Danielle Pacia, Shannon Clarke, Kendyl Kowalski and Natalie Guffey performed “I Am an Emotional Creature” in the interpreter’s theater competition this past weekend at the THSSDL state tournament. They placed second and aided in the team’s ranking as No.1 in the state for the year.

    This past weekend, the Morristown West High School speech and debate team traveled to Austin East High School in Knoxville to compete in the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League (THSSDL) state tournament. They have since returned home with many new trophies and the top rank in the state. There were two larger groups competing for first place over the weekend in the one-act play and interpreter’s theater competitions.

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John Springer, curator of the Old Country Store museum, will host a two-day sale from his personal collection of antiques, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25-26 on the upper Skywalk at 138 W. Main St. in downtown Morristown (above The Meeting Place).

The Meeting Place to host outdoor antique show

Posted on April 18, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Old Country Store museum curator John Springer is stepping out on a ledge — an overhead sidewalk, to be specific — by hosting an outdoor antique show to attract visitors to downtown Morristown during weekend hours. The show will be held on the Skywalk in front of the museum located on the second floor of The Meeting Place, Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. “I know Sunday is a usually a

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  • Morristown’s Classic Leathers motorcycle shop continues success

    Posted on April 11, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Greg Fee, owner of Classic Leathers in Morristown, supports a number of charitable motorcycle rides throughout the year — “Bikers treat each other like family,” he said. Classic Leathers offers the largest inventory of biker items for women in the region, ranging from pink clothing pieces to intricately designed handbags.

    Motorcycle enthusiast Greg Fee combines good business with consistent community support — and his shop, Classic Leathers in Morristown, is finding success as a result. “Business is good,” Fee said on April 8. “Last year was our best so far; we do a little better every year.” The charity motorcycle rides Fee hosts, or assists by way of door prizes, throughout the warmer months of the year gets the word

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  • Tharp Designs launches business in rural roots

    Posted on April 5, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Erin Tharp, RLA, owner of Tharp Design Landscape Architecture, center, along with husband Michael (to her right) and daughter, Lorelei, join community supporters in celebrating the April 1 ribbon cutting hosted by the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce at its offices.

    After traveling the world as a flight attendant and falling in love with the gardens of Europe, then volunteering at some of New York City’s famous parks, Erin Tharp decided her true calling was in landscape design. The Knoxville native eventually returned to her East Tennessee roots, settling in Morristown and opening her own firm, Tharp Designs Landscape Architecture. The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting April

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Stop funding Egypt if they are going to arrest innocent Americans

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 10:57 am

In the summer of 2013, shortly after Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, had been deposed by the military, thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to protest the coup. They were hopeful that the popular uprising in 2011 had shattered a psychological barrier in a nation long governed as a police state. People on the street, many believed at the time, had earned the right to challenge those

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  • Retaining a presence will dissuade arms dealers in Middle East seas

    Posted on April 23, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Does it amount to sword-rattling if the United States moves a powerful aircraft carrier into position to block prohibited arms transfers in the Middle East? If so, it’s certainly a lot less provocative than calling in air strikes. Moving a ship into a chessboard position of authority doesn’t carry with it the hatred-inspiring effect of an exploding bomb, but it can have a similar diplomatic result. Nobody dies when an

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  • Debating the positive, negative effects of taking Cuba off the naughty list

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 11:18 am

    As politically unpalatable as it may seem, the Obama administration’s decision to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism is an inevitable bow to reality. Cuba remains a repressive, one-party police state, but it no longer exports subversion throughout the hemisphere as it did when the Reagan administration placed it on the list in 1982. At the time, Cuba was actively engaged in supporting the FARC guerrilla

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