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Hamblen County man dies from hypothermia

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 11:40 am

The Hamblen County coroner’s office and emergency services director have confirmed the first official weather related death in the county. The offices confirmed the death of Morristown resident Doug Farison to be the result of hypothermia from the ongoing winter weather. Farison, 53, was found dead on Wednesday in his home. It is unclear how long he had been dead. Hamblen County EMS director Danny Housewright reported the death to

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  • Tax refund scam has connections to Greene County

    Posted on February 26, 2015 at 11:38 am

    A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday partially details an alleged three-state IRS income-tax refund scam headed by one-time Greeneville resident Eugene Carl Kotelman that netted him and nine others a total of $1.2 million, according to court documents. Using stolen tax information, Kotelman, 39, and his accomplices allegedly submitted 150 fraudulent income-tax returns over a four-year period that overstated the filer’s earnings and withheld federal income taxes, legitimate deductions and income

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  • Another wave of winter weather approaching

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Even as the Lakeway Area recovers from a series of winter weather events, another one is expected to hit Wednesday evening, bringing more snow to the area.

    East Tennesseans still digging out from up to four inches of snow that fell on the area Tuesday morning awoke Wednesday to Hazardous Weather Outlook for patchy dense freezing fog Wednesday morning and a forecast for between two and seven inches of additional snow Wednesday night into Thursday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect for the Lakeway Area at 4 p.m. Wednesday until 7 a.m. Thursday, with the

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  • Prosecutor pushes for max time for career offender

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:22 am

    A federal prosecutor wants admitted Jefferson County crack-cocaine dealer Melvin A. Taylor to spend as much time as possible behind bars, according to court documents. Taylor, a 41-year-old man whose criminal history qualifies him for federal “career offender” status, negotiated a 12-year plea bargain in U.S. District Court in Knoxville for selling cocaine to an informant in December 2013. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly A. Norris advocates that Taylor’s sentence for

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  • Texting related crash causes issues

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:21 am

    An allegedly distracted driver caused major issues early Tuesday morning when his pickup went off the road and slammed into a traffic controller box and utility pole. City technicians worked throughout the night to temporarily restore traffic signals at the intersection of West Andrew Johnson Highway and North Sugar Hollow Road after Preston Davis, 24, of Whitesburg, was travelling eastbound on West AJ. Davis allegedly told police he was texting

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  • Area blanketed with another round of snow

    Posted on February 24, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Bobby Henderson uses a snow blower to clear cars at Henderson Motors in Morristown.

    East Tennesseans woke up Tuesday morning to a new blanket of snow in the first of two winter storms expected to move across the area this week. Previous forecasts called for 1 to 2 inches of snow in the mountains with a dusting to half-inch of snow in the Tennessee Valley. By 7 a.m. today, the National Weather Service office had already received reports of higher snow totals. Weather service

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  • Two indicted for attempted murder

    Posted on February 24, 2015 at 11:31 am

    A pair of Cocke County men face attempted first degree murder charges after separate incidents involving their respective significant others went before the Cocke County Grand Jury Monday. Coty Trent Webb, 23, Tanasi Drive, Newport, allegedly tried to kill his girlfriend and her unborn child by attempting to cause a miscarriage with a clothes hangar. Webb, is charged with attempted first-degree murder of the woman and her fetus, aggravated kidnapping,

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  • After rough week, utilities unaffected by latest snow

    Posted on February 24, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Although the latest snow fall has had an immense impact on the Lakeway Area’s roads, schools and businesses the power, for the most part, has stayed on. After a week of battling snow and ice, crews welcomed the respite. Mitch Cain, of Appalachian Electric Cooperative, didn’t report any outages through the latest snowstorm while Clark Rucker of Morristown Utility Systems said there were no major issues there, either. “We had

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  • State continues to deal with winter storm issues

    Posted on February 23, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Tennessee remains under a Level II-State of Emergency for the winter storm that has pummeled the state with snowfall and record low temperatures for the past week. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency initially issued a Level III-State of Emergency for the storm at 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16. That was upgraded to the current status at 3 p.m. Saturday. The heaviest damage from the storm and greatest loss of life

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