News » Local

TDEC penalizes Sneedville for sewage dump

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has assessed penalties in excess of $100,000 against Sneedville for flaws in its sewage treatment plant which resulted in the dumping of raw sewage into the Clinch River earlier this year. In a letter dated Sept. 5, Wm. Freeman Miller, assistant general counsel for TDEC, sent an order to Sneedville Mayor Wayland Dean Rhea outlining the charges against the city. In the order

Read Full Story

Local » Older Stories

  • Judge to rule on father’s alleged abuse in patricide case

    Posted on October 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Wright ruled Wednesday he’ll decide mid-trial how far a Morristown man who shot and killed his father may go in revealing his late father’s alleged abuse in an effort to improve his legal position, prosecution and defense sources say. Daniel Roger Robertson, 27, is charged with second-degree murder in the May 2013 fatal shooting of Dan Robertson, who was 52. The trial is scheduled to

    Read Full Story
  • Campground upgrade turns into debacle

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    A rain storm washed gravel across the campground road and deepened gullies where insufficient drainage is forcing water to carve its own path.

    Early in 2014, officials at Panther Creek State Park in Morristown happily announced the park was due to get capital improvements of more than $1.5 million to upgrade the much-used 50-site campground and to make the park office and picnic areas in the park ADA-compliant. Original plans called for the upgrades and renovations to be completed in time for the Memorial Day weekend. But that’s not what park visitors got.

    Read Full Story
  • Holt pleads to Down Home killings

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Murderer Jason Holt is escorted into the courtroom  Wednesday.

    Jason Holt, 38, pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder, sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. In May of 2013, Holt robbed the Down Home Pharmacy in Bean Station for pills to feed his addiction. However, after being given pills, Holt lined up three employees and one customer execution style and shot them. Two people were killed and

    Read Full Story
  • Mason Machinings celebrating 50 years

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Three generations of the Mason family hosted the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Tuesday evening at Java Garden in Morristown. From left, Mason Fishburn, Rick Fishburn, Beverly (Mason) Fishburn, Zach Mason, Imogene Mason and Xan Mason celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Mason Machining.

    Take Mason jars filled with hard candy as parting gifts, combine them with 50 years of hard work and live music on the patio of Java Garden in downtown Morristown, along with a crowd of friends and business cohorts and you’ve got a party. The Mason family, including the in-laws, threw a well-attended celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Mason Machinings on Tuesday evening by hosting a Morristown Area Chamber

    Read Full Story
  • Hidden Treasures Academy holds fund raising banquet

    Posted on September 30, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Hidden Treasures Academy program participant Will, dances during a rendition of the famous Kool and the Gang song “Celebration.” HTA held its annual fundraising banquet last week.

    For one special night last week a “celebration” ensued recognizing a group of people often forgotten. Hidden Treasures Academy, a postsecondary educational program for adults with mental or developmental disabilities held its second annual banquet at First Presbyterian Church in Morristown. During the banquet, a portion of the students “Von and the Gang,” performed a rousing rendition of the famed Kool and the Gang classic “Celebration.” The handbell choir, under

    Read Full Story
  • Jury selection in pharmacy killings starts Wednesday

    Posted on September 30, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Jury selection begins Wednesday for a former Bean Station police officer who faces the death penalty after being accused of killing two and attempting to kill two others in a 2013 pharmacy robbery. Jason Bryan Holt, 38, has remained in custody since his arrest minutes after the shooting. He is being housed in the Jefferson County Jail. The trial has been set for January 2015. On May 23, 2013, Holt

    Read Full Story
  • Pipeline plan gets permits, sued again

    Posted on September 30, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Even as U.S. Nitrogen officials have announced they received the necessary permits for a pipeline to carry water from, and wastewater back to, the Nolichucky River, legal challenges continue to mount. A group of landowners whose property is located on the river, downstream from the planned intake pipeline to serve the under-construction U.S. Nitrogen plant in Greene County, filed a lawsuit in Davidson County designed to stop the pipeline and

    Read Full Story
  • Miller recycling honored with SBA award

    Posted on September 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Walter Perry, state director of the Small Business Administration, on Friday explained the reasons for presenting the Tennessee Exporter of the Year Award to Miller Recycling LLC of Newport.

    A small family-owned Newport recycler was presented with the Small Business Administration Tennessee Exporter of the Year Award Friday. SBA State Director Walter Perry gave the award to Dallas Miller and his son Tim, of Miller Recycling, LLC. The firm was nominated for the award by Larry Rossini, Regional Director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center. Tim Miller said the firm has been in business for 15 years and

    Read Full Story