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County, EMS reaches deal to save on body transports

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 11:40 am

An agreement between Hamblen County government and Morristown-Hamblen EMS will result in significant savings to the county, according to multiple county leaders. The agreement, approved by the Hamblen County Commission, allows for the EMS to transport dead bodies to Morristown-Hamblen Hospital as a community service. The EMS will charge $50 per transport to cover the cost of supplies. Commissioner Louis “Doe” Jarvis, chair of the commission’s finance committee, noted the

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  • Man charged with DUI to plead guilty to illegal reentry

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 11:39 am

    A previously deported Mexican man taken into federal custody after he was arrested for DUI in Hamblen County in October will forego the formal indictment process, according to court documents. Marco Antonio Reyes Solano, 23, indicated he will plead guilty to illegal reentry into the United States. Solano was deported to Mexico in April 2012 after serving time for possession of a forgery device, according to David V. Pena, a

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  • Community Thanksgiving Service set for Tuesday

    Posted on November 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Preparing the music for the Community Thanksgiving Service to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 at First Baptist Church are from left, Rick and Polly Kipotuk of First Presbyterian Church, Anna Kopituk, Lee Allen Dalton of Buffalo Trail Baptist Church, Nolan Keesee, Randy Moles, R.J. Kopituk, John Greene, First Baptist Church, Sam Morgan and Jonathan Richardson.

    The Community Thanksgiving Service for Hamblen County will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 at First Baptist Church in Morristown. The long held tradition of bringing congregations from a number of local churches together to worship prior to the Thanksgiving Day holiday also serves as the kickoff for the annual Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund. The offering taken at the service directly benefits the fund that provides food

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  • Bradford wins place in State Museum

    Posted on November 22, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Congratulating Morristown artist Bo Bradford, front, as the winner of Hamblen County’s inaugural State Museum art contest during a reception held Nov. 21 at Rose Center are from left, State Rep. Tilman Goins, contest sponsor; Jim Hoobler, State Museum senior curator; Drew Ogle, Rose Center director; and Peggy Brewer, Morristown Art Association president.

    Hamblen Countians showed up in droves Friday at Rose Center to congratulate the winner of the area’s inaugural State Museum art contest, proving that what is created here is valued here. Bo Bradford, watercolor artist, was awarded the $500 prize for his work depicting a local landscape that will be soon be displayed in the state legislative office of Rep. Tilman Goins. “It is so important to have our leaders

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  • Girls Inc. seeking Women’s Hall of Fame nominees

    Posted on November 22, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Girls Inc. of Hamblen County currently is seeking nominations for the 2014 Hamblen Women’s Hall of Fame. Nominees are women who should be honored for outstanding leadership in and contribution to the betterment of the community. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 22. Past honorees include a pilot, chief executive officer, community activist, teacher, principal, nonprofit founder, executive director, philanthropist, mayor, realtor, instructor, mother, actor, board member, musician, commissioner,

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  • All in the family: Celebrating Adoption Day

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Justin and Melissa Veasey, and newly adopted daughter, Emma, officially became a family Wednesday during a National Adoption Day ceremony at Hawkins County Chancery Court.

    On Wednesday morning, Third Judicial District Chancellor Douglas T. Jenkins finalized the adoptions of five children — four of whom were adopted by the same couple — in honor of National Adoption Day. Daniel Boyd served as the attorney for all five adoptions as Conner, Riley, Leeland and Joe became members of the Newman family and Emma officially became the daughter of Justin and Melissa Veasey. “Adoption makes a huge

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  • Asbestos hearing ends; sentencing scheduled in January

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:54 am

    U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer has almost all the information he’ll have before imposing sentence on Morristown businessman Mark Sawyer and four others for asbestos-related crimes committed at the former Liberty Fibers site in Lowland. Attorneys for Sawyer, Eric Gruenberg, Newell “Nick” Smith and Milto and Armida DiSanti have until Dec. 4 to submit their closing arguments in writing. The sentencing is scheduled to occur on Jan. 21, 2015. Greer

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  • Capps: CTAS says Jarvis appointment correct

    Posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Hamblen County Attorney Chris Capps said that the appointment of County Commissioner Louis “Doe” Jarvis to the Hamblen County-Morristown Solid Waste System Authority Board was properly done and needed no revision. Speaking at Thursday’s commission meeting, Capps addressed a question that had arisen concerning the number of votes Jarvis’ appointment received. State law says that a majority of the commission must approve such an appointment. In Hamblen County’s case, that

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  • West View teacher earns National Board Certification

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

    West View Middle School teacher Suzanne Romines was surprised Wednesday by central office staff and her principals for earning her National Board Certification.

    After obtaining a distinguished title, Suzanne Romines is virtually free to teach anywhere in the country, but she plans to stay right at home at West View Middle School. Romines was surprised in her classroom on Wednesday by her principals and central office staff for becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. National Board Certifications distinguish teachers as the best among their field. Director of Schools Dr. Dale Lynch told her

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