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Tennessee Economic Development Commissioner Randy Boyd converses with Michael Gray, manager of Assembled Camshafts for MAHLE Engine Components USA Inc., during Friday’s tour of the new line at the company’s Morristown facility.

Commissioner Boyd tours MAHLE expansion; Colortech new facility

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 11:46 pm

Two months into his tenure as commissioner of Tennessee Economic and Community Development, self-described small businessman Randy Boyd visited Hamblen County on March 27 to celebrate entrepreneurship and industrial investment on a large scale. The company he founded in Knoxville, Radio Systems, reported sales of $350 million according to his state bibliography, yet Boyd projected a down-to-earth attitude and boyish excitement during the four-leg tour that began in the cold

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  • Hawkins Schools to host disability education workshop

    Posted on March 28, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Support and Training for Exceptional Parents Incorporated, or S.T.E.P., is helping parents learn about their children’s educational needs and rights provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act through a free “Instructionally Appropriate IEP Workshop,” sponsored by the Hawkins County Board of Education. The workshop will give parents guidance on how to prepare to become an effective participant in the Individualized Education Program meetings and learn the technical details of

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  • Pacia, Terry going to Nationals

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Danielle Pacia and Sydney Terry are headed to the national competition after great success at Brentwood Academy in Nashville.

    Suzanne Terry and the Morristown West High speech and debate team are gearing up for a trip to Dallas, Texas June 13 through 20 for a national competition. Two students will be competing throughout that week and a group of students will attend to observe and provide support. Danielle Pacia and Sydney Terry, daughter of coach Suzanne, earned the privilege of competing after their great success at a competition at

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  • Husband accused of trying to hire hit man to kill ex-wife

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:35 am

    A Morristown man who allegedly wanted his ex-wife killed to cure his onerous financial and familial circumstances was arrested at the East Andrew Johnson Highway Days Inn after meeting with an FBI informant he believed was a hit man, officials say. The FBI charged Thomas Michael Smith, a 33-year-old man who has two children with his ex-wife, with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Smith made his initial appearance this morning

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  • Lakeway Area bracing for cold snap; possible freeze

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:34 am

    The National Weather Service has issued freeze watches and warnings for the entire Lakeway Area through Sunday morning. A Canadian high pressure system moves into the region tonight through Sunday morning, allowing much colder air to settle in. As a result, several hours of at or below 32 degree temperatures are likely. The NWS typically issues a freeze warning when low temperatures of 32 degrees or less are expected for

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  • John Hay holds musical fundraiser

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:53 am

    John Hay Elementary School in Morristown held a fundraiser for Ahnaf Morshed, a fourth grade student who has been diagnosed cancer free after a long battle with the disease. The program was presented by grades three, four and five and included dancing and singing as entertainment for the audience of parents and fellow students.

    Ahnaf Morshed, a fourth grade student at John Hay Elementary School in Morristown, was diagnosed with lymphoma last fall. As of last week, he has been declared cancer free. “He’s had a long struggle,” Matthew Drinnon, principal of John Hay Elementary, said at a fundraising event Wednesday afternoon. “We’re obviously so thankful that he has recently been declared cancer free.” The proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Morshed and

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  • Man accused in stabbing injured in apparent retaliatory jail beating

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Bean Station resident Lynn Killion was jailed for conspiracy Wednesday for allegedly ordering the beat-down of Hamblen County Jail inmate Sterling Morgan, who is charged with felony assault in the Saturday night stabbing of her boyfriend, George Brock Hance, authorities say. Killion, 57, allegedly communicated the instructions by telephone to her son, Jesse Lee Killion, who was being housed in the same area of the jail as Morgan, according to

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  • Need a job? Call center survey participation first step to getting on major employer’s radar

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Do you like to talk on the phone? Do you like to help people? Would you like to get paid to do these two things? Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce officials have indicated that two corporate call centers have expressed interest in moving to Morristown. One of the two is seeking more information on its potential workforce through an online service that will gauge the interest of prospective employees, according

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  • New Panther Creek Park Manager: Campground renovation work to continue this spring

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Panther Creek State Park Manager Jason Chadwell oversees his first public input hearing on Tuesday.

    Among the many announcements and goals for the future at Panther Creek State Park, new park manager Jason Chadwell said the work at the park’s campground will continue this spring. Chadwell said during the park’s public input meeting with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation on Tuesday that TDEC deputy commissioner Brock Hill has negotiated with the Tennessee Department of Transportation on repaving the campground loop and paving the

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