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Inside Morristown’s sewer system

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 10:43 am

Cities across the country are facing the realities of neglected infrastructures – thanks in part to Federal and State involvement – and meeting the challenge head-on will not be cheap for urban residents, or in the case of Morristown, utility rate payers. In Moristown, where warnings about the sewer systems needs went basically unheeded prior to 2005, the costs will be extensive as repairs and upgrades have been mandated by

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  • Velder named new shelter director

    Posted on May 3, 2015 at 10:39 am

    The Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society board of directors has appointed a new director for the animal shelter. Pamela Velder will take over as director beginning on May 11. Velder originally from Ohio, moved to Morristown last year after living in Tacoma Washington. While in Tacoma, Velder worked for more than seven years in the animal control division for the city of over 200,000 people. Velder said when she came to Morristown

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  • Authorities round up Morristown cocaine traffickers

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Law enforcement officials Thursday afternoon began a roundup of alleged high-volume Morristown cocaine traffickers that continued until early this morning, authorities say. Five defendants, including four Mexican nationals, were booked into the Hamblen County Jail on Tennessee Bureau of Investigation forms, but it strongly appears they will be prosecuted in U.S. District Court in Greeneville. Josh DeVine, a TBI spokesman, this morning referred all inquires about the case to the

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  • TVA commends MUS, Morristown industrial development

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 11:51 am

    The April 30 convening of the Morristown Utility Systems Board of Commissioners included a primer on local industrial development readiness. Tim Tidwell, senior consultant with Tennessee Valley Authority Economic Development for the northeast valley region, provided an update on several fully-funded programs offered by the department in which MUS and its industrial partners participate. “It goes all the way back to the 1933 TVA Act, when we were founded to

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  • TCAT students to compete in national SkillsUSA competition

    Posted on April 30, 2015 at 11:47 am

    The Tennessee College of Applied Technology sent 19 students to the state SkillsUSA competition with 14 returning with medals. Seven students will go on to national competition. First row, from left are students Priscilla Carpenter, Gilbert Humburg, Richard Benacquisto, Chandler Parker, Brandon Hinkle and Ryan Guilbeau. Back row, from left are Joshua Standifer, Robert Maggard, Justin Rose, Jim O’Lear and Jacob Mery.

    Continuing on the path of excellence in competition, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Morristown will have seven representations in the upcoming national SkillsUSA competition. For the last few years the college has had at least one representive at the national level, but this year represents one of its largest contingents, school director Jerry Patton said. The college sent 19 students to the state level of Skills competition in

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  • Grandchildren awarded $250K in fatal bus accident

    Posted on April 30, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Chancellor Douglas T. Jenkins awarded $250,000 to two young students who saw their grandmother’s body after she was overrun and killed by a Hamblen County school bus in September 2012. The children, who were 8 and 11 at the time, were not seriously injured in the crash. The award is related exclusively to anguish the children suffered when they saw the disfigured body of their grandmother, Sandra Akers, according to

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  • Comptroller: Ford’s interim position was a conflict

    Posted on April 30, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson opined Wednesday a conflict-of-interest law was broken when Stancil Ford received compensation for serving as interim director of the Hamblen County-Morristown Solid Waste Disposal Authority while serving on the solid waste board. The law Wilson cites does not involve criminal intent. The other members of the solid waste board unanimously appointed Ford as interim director in February 2014 – and he later served in a reduced

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  • Boniface sworn in as circuit court judge

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Judge Beth Boniface with her husband Shahin Assadnia by her side was sworn into office on Tuesday afternoon by Judge Thomas R. Frierson II. She said she was thrilled to have Frierson perform the ceremony and was happy for her friends and colleagues in the audience who were there to offer support and celebration.

    The crowd gathered in the Morristown-Hamblen High School East auditorium on Tuesday rose to its feet and erupted in applause and cheers for the successful swearing in of Beth Boniface by Judge Thomas R. Frierson II to the position of third judicial district circuit court judge. This appointment follows the death of Mike Faulk and a lengthy application and interview process completed by Boniface that resulted in her being selected

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  • Help Wanted: Job fair features hiring companies

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Host State Rep. Tilman Goins, center, joins the conversation between job seeker Matthew Miceli and Koch Foods representative Marie Markum during the April 28 jobs fair at Rose Center in Morristown — featuring 35 actively hiring companies.

    The number of visitors to the job fair held Tuesday at Rose Center in Morristown resulted in good numbers for the state, but the face-to-face contacts made with qualified workers were the big wins for Lakeway Area companies. “This is good news for Morristown,” State Rep. Tilman Goins, host of the fair, said. “Most companies are paying better; they are competing for employees. It’s an employees’ market right now, which

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