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MUC will not raise rates despite TVA increase

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Despite the Tennessee Valley Authority announcing a rate increase on Aug. 21, Morristown Utility Systems will not raise its rates, according to MUS General Manager Jody Wigington. As part of his remarks during the utility’s regular reporting meeting to the Morristown Utilities Commission on Aug. 28, Wigington said the TVA increase of 1.5 percent will be effective Oct. 1 and is considered by MUS as a pass through increase, meaning

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  • Rash of DUIs reported

    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Six men were arrested in separate incidents Friday for driving under the influence in Morristown and Hamblen County. Around 3:10 a.m., Freddy Herberto Contreras, 24, of Reese Street, was charged with his first offense for DUI, as well as improper start, driving on a revoked license, no insurance and having an open container. Morristown Police Department officer David Klein stopped Contreras’ vehicle after he said he saw it driving erratically

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  • Interim tag removed: Purkey named TEMA director

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of David W. Purkey as a deputy commissioner of the Military Department where he will direct the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). Purkey has served as interim director of TEMA since the April retirement of Jim Bassham. He will also continue to serve as the governor’s Homeland Security advisor and assistant commissioner for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

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  • County officials sworn in

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Six new county commissioners joined the Hamblen County Commission during Thursday evening’s swearing-in ceremony. From left to right are Randy DeBord, District 8; Taylor Ward, District 3; Hubert Davis, District 12; John Smyth, District 4; Johnny Walker, District 9 and Joe Huntsman, District 1. Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Thomas R. “Skip” Frierson II (far right) swore the county commissioners into their offices.

    Thursday evening, Hamblen County officials who were elected in the August General Election were sworn into their respective offices, including six new county commissioners. “The occasion marks a new season of dedication, celebration and appreciation,” said Judge Thomas R. “Skip” Frierson II, a Morristown native who was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Court of Appeals and was himself re-elected in August. “It was years ago that Henry

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  • Former Hawkins deputy charged with statutory rape

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    A former Hawkins County deputy sheriff who allegedly had sex with an underage boy was taken into custody in Church Hill Thursday afternoon, authorities say. Paul Thomas Morrison III, 22, Blair Gap Road, Kingsport, was named in a sealed indictment returned Monday by a Hawkins County grand jury, according to District Attorney General Dan Armstrong. Morrison, who reportedly has been married for approximately one year, is scheduled to make his

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  • Crossroads Downtown Partnership talks parking

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Parking availability was one of the issues discussed at a recent Crossroads Downtown Partnership meeting.

    A busy Main Street in Morristown is a successful street. And consistently filled parking spaces are good problems to have, the board of directors of the Crossroads Downtown Partnership decided during its August meeting. The challenge for the group of business owners and community supporters, however, is to ensure that downtown shoppers and service recipients have access to the best spots. Members voted to begin a new CDP effort to

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  • F.A.R.M.S. program provides tasty education

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Union Heights Elementary School Principal Chuck Carter helps students make salsa from a garden they planted over the summer. A total of 22 students participated in the program, hosted by Douglas Cherokee Education Center.

    Students at Union Heights Elementary School spiced things up Wednesday when the culmination of their summer garden was blended into salsa. The Douglas Cherokee F.A.R.M.S. (farming, agriculture, reading, math and science) summer program, conducted by Douglas Cherokee Education Center in Morristown, is a four-week program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. “Last year we just had a garden, so we wanted to narrow it down. So we thought what

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  • State releases Mountain View report

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    In the lingering aftermath of two recent suicides of teens in their care, a Tennessee Commission on Children report reveals understaffing, poor monitoring procedures and needed upgrades in suicide prevention protocols at Mountain View Youth Development Center in Dandridge. Two teens in Mountain View’s care, 16-year-old Brandon Greene of Mountain City, Tennessee, and 18-year-old Frank Cass of White County, Tennessee, had each shown a history of suicidal behavior prior to

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  • Bank robbers sentenced

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer doled out the first phase of punishment for two men who admitted robbing the Tennessee State Bank in Newport in December 2012, according to court documents. Greer sentenced Brandy Joe Charles, a 40-year-old North Carolina man, to 188 months in federal prison, 74 months fewer than the bottom-of-the-range sentence he could have received if he had not implicated the other armed robber, Anthony Robert Clifton.

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