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FBI nabs man wanted in 2001 killing

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

A Mexican national who stayed on the run for more 13 years after an alleged assassination-style shooting in Morristown was arrested Wednesday in Delaware and will be returned to East Tennessee to face a first-degree murder charge, authorities announced this morning. Law enforcement officials have strong evidence linking 51-year-old Ignacio Constantino, to the January 2001 killing of Jose G. Rodriguez at Adriana’s Video on Lincoln Avenue, according to Detective Capt.

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  • Body identified in Grainger County fire

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    A body found inside a burning home Tuesday morning has been identified as that of 46-year-old Randy Dalton, according to Grainger County Sheriff James Harville. The cause of death is still under investigation. Harville said preliminary autopsy reports showed no trauma to the body. Tuesday at 9 a.m. the Thorn Hill Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at 1085 Coffey Chapel Road in Thorn Hill, a home owned

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  • FBI nabs man wanted in 2001 Morristown homicide

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 9:56 am

    The FBI Safe Streets Task Force in Wilmington, Delaware arrested Ignacio Constantino on September 17 at an apartment complex in Wilmington. Contantino is wanted in connection with a homicide in 2001 in Morristown. Agents received information that Constantino had been living under an assumed name, Victor Castillo, since 2002. Agents took him into custody without incident. Agents and detectives from Chester County PA CID, FBI Newtown Square RA, New Castle

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  • Body found in burning Grainger home

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Grainger County authorities discovered an unidentified body while extinguishing a home fire Tuesday morning, which apparently followed reports that one of the owners had threatened to burn the house down. Reports of a fire at 1085 Coffey Chapel Road in Thorn Hill were received by Grainger County dispatch at 9 a.m. Grainger County Sheriff James Harville said when the Thorn Hill Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene they were

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  • Morristown businesses sanctioned by beer board

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    The Morristown Beer Board, which has the same membership as the city council, on Tuesday voted to allow 10 establishments that sold beer to an underage woman during an undercover operation this summer to pick their punishment poison. Owners of the By-Lo Market on Morelock Road will have the option of having its beer license suspended for 60 days or pay a $1,500 civil penalty. This was the second time

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  • Hamblen County United Way kicks off 2014 campaign

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    The Rev. Tony Buchanan, right, participates in the “Light Someone’s Life” ceremony along with United Way of Hamblen County Pacesetters chair Clark Rucker, Board of Directors president Chris Horn, Campaign chair Sam Grigsby, guest speaker Ted Hall and Loaned Executives chair Michele Green during this morning’s 2014 campaign kickoff breakfast.

    From the moment he chose, with the help of his wife of 27 years, Leslie, the 2014 campaign theme, United Way of Hamblen County Campaign Chair Sam Grigsby knew he wanted a candlelight ceremony. So this morning in the fellowship hall of Manley Baptist Church in Morristown, after local television anchor Ted Hall’s very personal campaign kickoff speech and Grigsby’s announcement that fundraising to date has reached $454,947 (29 percent

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  • Lakeway Regional becoming part of Tennova

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    At 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, Lakeway Regional Hospital in Morristown will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony with refreshments and giveaways to celebrate the hospital becoming the newest member of the Tennova Healthcare system. “This partnership is good news for our patients and community,” said Clyde Wood, chief executive officer at LRH. “By joining the Tennova family, we are able to build upon our legacy of service in Hamblen County

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  • MPD to auction vehicles Saturday

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    The Morristown Police Department will hold  a seized vehicle auction Saturday morning, including the SUVs above.

    The Morristown Police Department will conduct a seized-vehicle auction on Saturday at the city impound lot on North Liberty Hill Road. The gates open for vehicle inspection at 8 a.m. The bidding starts at 10 a.m., and all vehicles will be sold at some price. Bidders must prequalify and all sales must be in cash or a cashier’s check. On the block will be 30 vehicles, one motorcycle, two small

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  • First Methodist dedicates community prayer garden

    Posted on September 15, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Attendees mill about following the community prayer garden dedication ceremony Sunday afternoon behind First United Methodist Church in Morristown.  The ceremony dedicated the space which was transformed from a former city roadway.

    An oasis officially opened in the center of Morristown Sunday, but flowers, rock and fountain didn’t rise overnight. In fact, the community prayer garden, located behind First United Methodist Church in Morristown was a decade in the making. In 2004, the church bought a former church building at the corner of West First North and Hills streets. However, the open road and traffic between the church and its new acquisition

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