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State Rep. Gloria Johnson speaks at Cherokee Park Saturday night.

Johnson talks about Democratic values at picnic

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 11:46 am

Although she isn’t a candidate in Hamblen County, state representative Gloria Johnson (Knoxville –district 13) was the evening’s special guest speaker at the Democratic Women’s Picnic at Cherokee Park Saturday. Being one of the few Democratic representatives in East Tennessee, Johnson said she tries to spend as much time as she can in places outside her district because she wants Democratic voices to be heard “The most important thing we

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  • Fire leads Hawkins authorities to alleged weed grow operation

    Posted on July 21, 2014 at 11:43 am

    On Thursday, the Striggersville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the Pressman’s Home area of Hawkins County. As they attempted to put out the fire, they discovered themselves in the middle of a marijuana grow lab. According to a press release issued by Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson, during the preliminary investigation, officers determined two of the home’s three bedrooms had been converted into grow rooms. The

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  • ETSU president talks higher education at Kiwanis

    Posted on July 19, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland speaks to the Kiwanis Club Friday afternoon at The Country Club in Morristown.

    “Access” was the key term as East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland spoke to the Morristown Kiwanis Club Friday. Noland updated the group on state level changes in higher education, changes at his institution and the school’s upcoming initiatives to increase its identity has a regional university. Noland said the Complete College Tennessee Act has raised the bar for all Tennessee Board of Regents schools, but that charge

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  • Greene officials talk U.S. Nitrogen plan

    Posted on July 19, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    A U.S. Nitrogen official on Friday expressed confidence a new application to the Tennessee Department of Transportation will give the company access to state-owned rights-of-way. However, officials with the Old Knox Utility District say that confidence may be misplaced. The property alongside McDonald and Fish Hatchery roads is required to implant side-by-side intake and discharge pipes linking the Nolichucky River and a two-million-gallon storage tank at the U.S. Nitrogen ammonium

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  • Grigsby to chair United Way campaign

    Posted on July 19, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    One might assume that recently retired banker Sam Grigsby would be spending his summer traveling, but not so. As the 2014 United Way of Hamblen County Chairman, Grigsby has been extending a handshake to more than 20 presidents and CEOs of local businesses and industries. He has been accompanied by UW Executive Director Gary Matthews. “We are visiting as many CEOs as we can,” Grigsby said. “With United Way, it

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  • WSCC professor to teach at War College

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    A Walters State Community College faculty member has received a rare and prestigious appointment to teach at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. Dr. Eric Powell will serve as visiting professor with the Homeland Defense and Security Issues Group under the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development at the military college. The appointment is for one year with an option for a renewal. “Dr. Powell’s excellent reputation as both

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  • Humane Society accepts board nominations

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    At the request of its members, the Morristown Hamblen Humane Society held a special meeting Thursday night to make nominations for a new board of directors. Due to the multitude of issues surrounding the Humane Society’s direction of the Morristown Animal Shelter, which the Humane Society operates on behalf of the city and county, several county commissioners decided to attend the meeting, as well as a representative from Hamblen County

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  • Hawkins Sheriff looking for suspect

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 12:11 pm


    The detective division of the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public in apprehending a suspect who stole an estimated $720 in tools from the Clint Rutherford Auto Repair Shop on Highway 11W in Mooresburg. Surveillance video shows a white male between five-feet, nine inches to five feet, 11 inches tall entering the property at 6:23 a.m. At that time, he took various tools and electronic equipment

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  • Heavy rains renew discussion of Masengill Springs’ affect on water drainage

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

    This photo, taken by Joe Stibler, shows the color of the runoff near West Economy Road in Morristown following a storm.

    Morristown city officials are attempting to locate the source of a diesel-like odor and a fuel-like sheen on runoff water flowing northward from the Masengill Springs commercial development on West Andrew Johnson Highway. Another complaint lodged by North Economy Road resident Joe Stibler is the volume of runoff during recent heavy rains exceeded flow prior to the development. Stibler claims developers asserted their stormwater-control plan for Masengill Springs would reduce

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