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Newport Utilities Board votes to end new GM’s contract and re-hire former GM

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

On Tuesday, the Newport Utilities Board voted to end the contract with General Manager Mike Parker after two months on the job and to reinstate Glenn Ray, the previous general manager. They made the move without resolving Ray’s $3 million lawsuit against the utility or establishing what would happen with Parker’s five-year, $750,000 contract. Ray left his position in April 2014 following a less than positive employment review. He then

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  • Duo faces felony meth charges

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Two Hamblen County women were jailed on felony drug charges Tuesday afternoon after police were dispatched to investigate a disturbance at the Super 8 motel on South Davy Crockett Parkway, authorities say. Charlee A. Bise, 22, Bethel Road, allegedly was holding approximately 48 grams of methamphetamine and 42 pills of an unspecified Schedule III drug for which she had no prescription, according to officer Brad Jacobs, who alleges the drugs

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  • Schools, roads affected by wintry mix

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Hamblen County Schools were delayed two hours Tuesday due to winter weather across the area. Most Lakeway Area schools were closed.

    The wintry precipitation Monday night and Tuesday morning have made their impact on the area’s roads, and some counties had more work to do than others. Cocke and Grainger County roads have been reported clear. Although crews are still checking various “problem spots,” there have not been any issues. School is closed for the day in Hancock and Hawkins counties, as they were in Cocke Grainger, Claiborne and Jefferson counties,

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  • Hacker accused of violating terms of release

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Accused Morristown serial computer hacker Timothy Justen “T.J.” French allegedly is testing the limits of a federal judge’s patience, according to court documents. French, who is in his early 20s, has been summoned to Chicago once again to explain why he allegedly violated the terms of his pretrial release. Randall Samborn, a public-information officer with the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, declined to comment on French’s alleged misstep. Samborn confirmed

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  • Hamblen man faces child porn charges

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Hamblen County resident Mitchell Alexander Gentry has grave legal problems for allegedly gravitating toward girls in the 8-to-13-year-old range, authorities say. Gentry, a 25-year-old man who worked for a Morristown fast-food restaurant, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Greeneville for receipt, possession – and most seriously – the distribution of child pornography. He allegedly possessed 46 child-porn videos and 2,537 pornographic images on his computer, according to Detective

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  • MPD prepping for Citizens’ Police Academy

    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Students of the Morristown Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy get training on Range Day during the academy’s 17th year.

    The Morristown Police Department is preparing for its 19thCitizens’ Police Academy Class. The class will begin May 5 and continue to June 9. Classes will be held at the Morristown Police Department on each Tuesday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Applications for the public are now available. Interested applicants may pick up an application at the Morristown Police Department, located on the first floor of the City Center or call

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  • Father of bomb maker agrees to plea deal

    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    A Hawkins County man indicted by a federal grand jury for making pipe bombs has negotiated a plea agreement that entirely separates himself from explosive devices, according to court documents. Brian Keith Looney, 52, has agreed to plead guilty to being an unlawful drug user and addict in possession of firearms. Looney, 52, admitted he was addicted to oxycodone after Hawkins County authorities found 12 firearms at his trailer on

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  • Worst of the winter weather misses area

    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      The Northeast part of the United States is about to be slammed with what the National Weather Service is calling a winter storm of historic proportion, with the possibility of snow up to three feet in Boston and New York before the storm ends Tuesday. The same weather system had been expected to drop some snow on East Tennessee, but local weather forecasters now believe the balance of the

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  • C-N freshman collects change for cancer patients

    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Carson-Newman University freshman, Tori Parker, delivers more than $3,000 to the University of Tennessee Medical Cancer Center in a wheelbarrow. The “Pennies for Patients” collection is in the memory of Duane Duckworth.

    A penny saved is a penny earned, or so believes Tori Parker. Parker is a freshman at Carson- Newman University and is the founder of “Pennies for Patients,” a collection of loose change for cancer patients. It all began in her seventh grade year, Parker explained. “My mom worked at Thomson Cancer Survival Center in Knoxville.” While her mother was an employee there, Parker befriended one of the patients, Duane

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