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Council mulling proposed changes to fundraiser fees

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

No unalterable consensus has emerged among Morristown City Council members with respect to proposed charges that would increase the cost of nonprofit runs on city streets and other events that involve a police presence, officials say. Councilmembers fall into two broad camps – those who oppose the new fees outright, and those who want more information before making a decision. The first group consists of councilmembers Dennis Alvis, Chris Bivens

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  • Operation Medicine Bottle returns Saturday

    Posted on April 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

    It is no secret that drug abuse has become a local and national epidemic. In efforts to reduce prescription medication from hitting the streets, Saturday, April 26, is National Drug Take-back day. “The Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition, Inc. will be conducting ‘Operation Medicine Bottle’ and will be set up at Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the public to rid themselves of unwanted prescription medications,” said HCSAC

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  • Chamber event proves good things come from small businesses

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Dr. Michael Heskett and his wife, Marjorie, center, of Heskett Family Chiropractic accept the 2014 Small Business of the Year Award during the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards of Excellence held April 22 at Rose Center Prater Hall. Offering congratulations are from left, Jeff Cranford of major sponsor Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones PLLC and Chamber Chair Roni Snyder, along with from right, Donna Jarnagin of major sponsor Elevation Outdoor Advertising LLC and Lisa Thompson and Crystal Hunley of award sponsor AccuForce Staffing Services.

    The 2014 Small Business Awards of Excellence, presented by the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday at Rose Center’s Prater Hall, paid homage to local family-owned businesses. It was not necessarily the intent of the Awards of Excellence program to do so; however, family-owned businesses won in three of six categories. Heskett Family Chiropractic was presented the 2014 Small Business of the Year Award by scoring the highest among

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  • West High recognized by national publications

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Morristown-Hamblen West High has ranked among the top high schools in the state by a pair of national publications. The school is ranked 10th in the state by the Washington Post and 13th in the state by U.S. News and World Report. “I want to say kudos to the staff for their hard work and dedication and their commitment to excellence,” said West High School’s principal Jeff Moorhouse. “And to

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  • Vineyard hosting rally to protect river

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 11:50 am

    A rally is being held in opposition to the proposed revised water use permits for the U.S. Nitrogen facility in Greene County which would allow the company to pull water from the Nolichucky River, use it in its cooling process and return the treated water back to the river. Opponents of the plan will host a rally Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Nolichucky Vineyard, located downstream of the facility.

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  • West Elementary locked down as precaution

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    West Elementary School in Morristown was placed on temporary lockdown Tuesday afternoon after a shooting was reported on Gilbert Street, about two blocks away, authorities say. The suspect was taken into custody around 2:20 p.m., about 22 minutes after the shooting was reported and the lockdown was lifted. The suspect, who has not yet been conclusively identified, was not holding a firearm when he was arrested. Nobody was hit, and

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  • 10th annual Strawberry Festival promises virtual fortnight of fun

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

    The 10th annual Strawberry Festival promises to be the biggest and best in the event’s history, according to organizers.

    The 10th anniversary of the Morristown Strawberry Festival promises to be the biggest in the festival’s history, with two weeks’ worth of activities. The anniversary activities will conclude with the festival ending on Saturday, May 10. The festival will kick off with the Strawberry Queen Pageant on Tuesday, April 29. The pageant will be held at Cherokee Park at 7 p.m. and is presented by the Morristown Civitan Club. On

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  • Hamblen early voting numbers down

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Early voting in the May 6 Hamblen County primary election is down by nearly a third from four years ago, and there will be one fewer early voting days this year, according to the Hamblen County Election Commission statistics. Through four days of early voting, 1,001 people, or 3.2 percent of registered voters, had cast early ballots. Over the same time period in 2010, 1,466 people had voted early. Jeff

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  • Former Grainger jailer pleads guilty

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:45 am

    A former Grainger County Sheriff’s Department jailer pled guilty Monday to two counts of sexual conduct with an inmate and two counts of officer misconduct. Jessie Eugene Cummings, 24, was initially charged with two counts sexual misconduct with an inmate, three counts of official misconduct and one account of official oppression. He is set to be sentenced June 16. A $186 million lawsuit which was filed against him by three

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