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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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  • Local businesses do challenge, raise money for ALS

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System President and CAO Gordon Lintz, center, leads a group of his employees in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

    Donations continue to pour in for the ALS Association thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge and now organizations across the Lakeway Area have accepted the challenge to participate, as well. Tuesday afternoon, employees at the Lakeway Achievement Center and Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, answered their challenges and doused themselves with ice-cold water for a good cause. Audrey Strange, human resource manager at Lakeway Achievement Center, said she was personally challenged and

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  • Roe speaks at Daily Bread

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Daily Bread founder Hobe Williams, standing,  welcomes U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, right, and Roe’s field representative John Abe Teague to the soup kitchen’s breakfast Wednesday.

    Only a few people know U.S. Rep. Phil Roe is actually a pretty decent guitar player. After all, his skills were good enough to have him named the song leader of the congressional prayer breakfasts held every Thursday in Washington. While he was sans guitar as the guest speaker for the annual prayer breakfast held this morning at the Daily Bread Community Kitchen in Morristown, he did come with something

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  • Girls Inc. welcomes new director

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Jordan Burchell has been named the new Girls Incorporated Executive Director.

    The board of directors for Girls Incorporated of Hamblen County has announced Jordan Burchell as the permanent executive director for the non-profit organization. Burchell has been the interim executive director since the former title holder, Frankie Cox, left in June. Burchell has been a staff member with Girls Inc., since November as the program director. President of the board Nancy Guillen spoke on the board’s behalf and said, “Jordan has

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  • ALS Challenge raising awareness, dollars

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Dr. Dale Lynch, director of Hamblen County Schools, takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Saturday during the first game of the Citizen Tribune Kickoff Classic as West principal Jeff Moorhouse watches.

    Unless you’ve been under a rock for most of August, you’ve seen people lining up to dump ice-cold water all over themselves while challenging their friends, neighbors, co-workers (and enemies), to do the same. But what’s it all about? The Ice Bucket Challenge is the brainstorm of Pete Frates of Beverly, Massachusetts. The former Division 1 Boston College baseball player was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. But what is ALS?

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