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Nick Lachey, host of NBC’s ‘The Sing-off,’ congratulates the Melodores, including West High grad Nikhil Ramaprasad, on winning.

West grad’s singing group wins NBC competition

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 11:33 am

The secret must be kept no longer. The Ramaprasads are free to tell the world that their son Nikhil, a West High grad and vocal percussionist for the Vanderbilt University A Capella singing group the Melodores, is a champion. Nikhil and the Melodores bested five other singing groups in a one-night only battle for $50,000 and a shiny microphone trophy on a special two-hour holiday edition of the NBC hit

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  • Traffic camera citations falling

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Monthly traffic citations issued by traffic cameras in Morristown have fallen by 55 percent since the new cameras on Highways 25E and 160 were installed in August, according to statistics made public Tuesday afternoon. The overwhelming majority of camera-generated citations issued in Morristown come from cameras on these thoroughfares. Morristown Police Chief Roger Overholt says camera-issued citations dropped from 4,306 in August to 1,918 in November, which is what he

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  • Knights of Columbus host special education student breakfast

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Morristown East High School students, from left, Tyrek Scott, Dallas McGhee, and Terrell Scott chat with Knights of Columbus members John Karwowski (Grand Knight) and John Cardone with Hamblen County Director of Schools Dr. Dale Lynch during their Knights annual breakfast with the school’s special education department on Tuesday.

    In a different take from the traditional carol, “Joy to the World, Breakfast has Come,” exclaimed one student as she made her way into the restaurant. Like their caroling peer, students from the Morristown East High School special education department piled into Shoney’s restaurant this morning to be treated to a breakfast in their honor by the Morristown Knights of Columbus. The breakfast has become an annual tradition between the

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  • Morristown/Hamblen earns TVA distinction

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:46 am

    John Bradley, far right, TVA senior vice president presents the Valley Sustainable Silver Community award for Morristown/Hamblen County to Deborah Stevenson-Brown, far left, executive director, KMHB; Pete Barile, board chair-elect, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce; Jodi Barnard, business development specialist, Morristown Chamber; and Roni Snyder, board chair, Morristown Chamber, during the recent award luncheon held in Nashville.

    Morristown/Hamblen County has been designated as a Valley Sustainable Silver Community in Tennessee Valley Authority’s economic development program. The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce recently completed the program sponsored by TVA and developed and administered by consultant Boyette Strategic Advisors. “This takes Morristown and Hamblen County’s economic development marketing efforts to prospective and existing sustainability – focused companies to a whole new level,” said Marshall Ramsey, President of the Morristown

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  • Business owner contests backflow fees

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Morristown businessman Fred Burnett on Monday began contesting the necessity of a $25,000 backflow-preventer assembly he installed at his furniture warehouse at the behest of Morristown Utility Systems inspectors. Burnett is also contesting the legality of an annual inspection fee he’s required to pay to a private, certified plumber. Burnett seeks a finding that forcing him to install the backflow preventer was “arbitrary and capricious.” Burnett wants the $25,000 he

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  • Hawkins dentist, daughter nabbed in TBI TennCare fraud case

    Posted on December 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Special Agents in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit have obtained indictments for a Rogersville dentist and his daughter accused of committing TennCare fraud. After receiving information from the Rogersville Police Department, TBI Agents began investigating Ronald James on February 5th. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that in November and December 2013, James prescribed Hydrocodone for a TennCare recipient who was not his

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  • Santa’s got a brand new sleigh at The Avenue

    Posted on December 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Santa Claus visited Morristown on Saturday morning, arriving via helicopter to greet an anxious crowd of nearly 1,000 children and parents at The Avenue Church in Alpha. The church sponsored Santa’s visit as a way for community outreach during the Christmas season.

    The classical mode of reindeer transportation for Santa Claus was put aside Saturday in favor of a more modern approach. Jolly ole St. Nick circled the air a few times before finally landing in Morristown in a big yellow helicopter sponsored by The Avenue Church. The church, located in the Fred’s shopping center in Alpha, welcomed nearly 1,000 members from the community that came to the church grounds to see

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  • Hope Fund needs financial support in final push to Christmas

    Posted on December 16, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Doctors Carrie and Phillip Coleman pose with some of the toys gathered as part of the 2014 Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund Toy Drive. These are among the hundreds of toys that will be distributed this week through Central Services.

    The food boxes are packed and the toys are ready for pickup, but the money needed to pay for it all is still to be collected. This is an annual juggling act for Central Services Executive Director Barbara Simmons as she begins months in advance to shop for affordable food to fill the baskets and wish lists are completed for children who receive toys during the annual Citizen Tribune Holiday

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  • Hawkins man faces attempted murder charges

    Posted on December 16, 2014 at 11:30 am

    At approximately 6:15 p.m. Saturday, officers with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Beech Grove Road in reference to shots being fired from a vehicle at two men working along the roadway. When officers arrived, they spoke with Jamie Brogan and Darrin Troff, who reported they had been repairing a fence and walked to an area near the road to retrieve a piece of tin.

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