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County budget meetings begin Thursday

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:56 am

Hamblen County budget committee meetings for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 will begin Thursday evening, as commissioners plan to discuss items related to the General Fund, along with special requests and other needs. Mayor Bill Brittain presented what he described as “a broad brush look” during his budget review presentation to commissioners on May 21, after the regularly scheduled meeting of the body. “This is pertaining to requests by various county departments;

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  • Johnson honored during EMS Week

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Bobby Johnson has been a member of the Morristown-Hamblen EMS team since 1985, a year after the organization’s inception.

    Last week was National EMS Week, and, to celebrate, the Morristown-Hamblen EMS department recognized the service of its longest-standing member and the history of the organization. Morristown native Bobby Johnson was the department’s third employee, hired in 1985, a year after the organization began. He became involved with the Morristown rescue squad in his high school years as a part of a Boy Scout Explorer Program. After graduating from Morristown-Hamblen

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  • Program honors those that protect America

    Posted on May 26, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Members of the Cocke County High School ROTC Color Guard stand ready during Monday’s program.

    Cocke countians turned out Monday to memorialize veterans of all wars. The program on the courthouse steps was presented by the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 102 and Amvets Post 75. Local elected officials and the Cocke County High School Navy Junior ROTC also participated. Mark Boesch, senior chief of the Cocke County ROTC, was the guest speaker. He reminded attendees that Memorial Day has been observed in the United

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  • Strong storms expected

    Posted on May 26, 2015 at 11:44 am

    An unsettled weather pattern is expected to move across Tennessee this week, increasing the possibility of scattered strong to possibly severe storms Tuesday afternoon and evening. Meteorologist Mary Black, with the National Weather Service office in Morristown, said this is probably the weakening of a frontal boundary that had plagued much of the Midwest over the weekend. Black said the best chance of seeing organized storms from the system is

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  • Mobile home park manager jailed after knife-attack

    Posted on May 26, 2015 at 11:43 am

    The manager of the Five Points Mobile Home Park in Morristown was jailed early Monday morning in what police describe as an alleged drunken, knife-assisted attack on other trailer park residents, according to police. Michael Lynn Maples, a 53-year-old man classified as a violent sexual offender, was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, attempted aggravated burglary and one count of simple assault. Officer Thomas Whitmer concluded Maples was the

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  • Project Graduation another big hit

    Posted on May 23, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Two students try the bungee cord race inflatable game during Project Graduation at College Square Mall early Saturday morning.

    The speeches had been given, the diplomas had been received and the dust had cleared from the parking lot of the Walters State Great Smoky Mountain Expo Center on Friday night when Morristown-Hamblen High School East and West students began converging on the College Square Mall for the 26th annual Project Graduation celebration. Doors opened at 10 p.m., and East High graduates began arriving immediately. However, attendance spiked at around

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  • East High celebrates graduates

    Posted on May 23, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    A Morristown Hamblen High School East graduate breaks into a smile after receiving his diploma during Friday’s ceremony.

    Friday afternoon was a chance for graduating Morristown East High School students to reflect on their years of schooling and look forward to what their future holds. The Morristown East High School graduating class of 2015 comprised of 317 students. Of those students, 28 graduated with Honors, 19 graduated with Distinction and 39 with both Honors and Distinction. At 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, friends and family packed the Walters

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  • Moorhouse says goodbye to grads and West High

    Posted on May 23, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Shaan Ramaprasad gets a hug from West High Principal Dr. Jeff Moorhouse during Friday’s graduation.

    The playing of Pomp and Circumstance ushered them in, and a fountain of crimson caps shooting from each student’s hand sent off the 2015 Morristown-Hamblen High School West graduates on Friday night. A crowd consisting of family, friends and instructors of the Class of 2015 filled most of the seats in the Walters State Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center, and cheers radiated from various locations in the building throughout the

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  • Woman killed in Hawkins County crash

    Posted on May 22, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    A crash involving a Ford Edge and a tractor trailer has resulted one injury and one death. This occurred on Friday at 11:22 a.m. Eileen K. Porter, 72, of Rogersville, was traveling east bound on Forest Hills Road and came to a stop at the intersection of state Highway 66 just outside Rogersville. When Porter attempted to make a left turn onto Highway 66, she pulled into the path of

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