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Give them shelter? City talks animal options

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Broad outlines emerged Tuesday afternoon in the joint contract Morristown and Hamblen County governments could have with the humane society as new agency leadership attempts to establish solid financial footing and restore public confidence. However the relationship between government and the humane society evolves, city and county agreement on performance expectations is a must, officials say, and Morristown City Administrator Tony Cox wants legal staff to begin identifying the common

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  • Young Republicans host forum

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    On the eve of early voting, which began Wednesday morning for the May Primary, John Smyth, who is running for the District 4 County Commission seat, countered some election season attacks during the Hamblen County Young Republicans’ Primary Candidates meet and greet and sheriff forum. Smyth, who has been labeled a liberal by his opponent Wayne NeSmith despite his affiliation with the GOP, said the current District 4 commissioner is

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  • One dead in Claiborne crash

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:17 pm

     A Bulls Gap man died in a freak accident in Claiborne County Monday afternoon when he was struck in the head by dislodged metal that was whirring about inside his car, the Tennessee Highway Patrol announced Tuesday afternoon. Bobby E. Wolfe, 28, died at the scene of the one-vehicle crash on Highway 25E, according to Trooper Toby Cameron. A passenger in Wolfe’s 2006 Suzuki, 26-year-old Morristown resident Derek Chadwick Greene,

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  • County tables Humane Society proposal

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    A motion to approve the county’s contract with the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society to operate the Animal Shelter was tabled at the Public Service Committee meeting Monday. In addition, Eddie Davis, who is serving as interim director of the Animal Shelter following the departure of Stacy Jordan last Friday, said that although the county was briefly without its two animal control officers, one rescinded his resignation, and they are preparing to

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  • Hamblen Schools: Hispanics who start 9th grade graduate at 98 percent

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Once they reach high school, students of Hispanic and Latino decent are the most likely to graduate from high school in Hamblen County, according to numbers recently released by the Hamblen County Board of Education. The numbers show 98.1 percent of Hispanics and Latinos who start the ninth grade in Hamblen County graduate while 88.8 percent of whites and 78.9 percent of African Americans graduate. The state graduation rate is

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  • Roe hosts town hall meeting

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm


    U.S. Rep. Phil Roe visited Morristown Monday evening to speak with area constituents during a Town Hall Meeting at All Saints’ Episcopal School. Several residents posed questions for Roe with most relating to issues of the Affordable Care Act and the budget In the past months Roe has written a healthcare bill (HR-3121) for the republican study committee that is only 182 pages and compliment Paul Ryan’s budget proposal as

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  • Hamblen GOP hosts Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

    Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Lyle Doty (left) received the chairman’s award at the Hamblen County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner Saturday evening. He was presented the award by Hamblen Republican Party Chairman Constance Hightower (middle) and Second Vice Chairman David Rutherford (right).

    Red, white and blue décor draped the tables Saturday evening at the annual Hamblen County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner. Hundreds of Republicans from Hamblen, Grainger, Green, Hawkins, Sullivan, Washington and Hancock counties attended the fundraiser, held at First Presbyterian Church in Morristown. U.S. Rep. Phil Roe was slated to be the guest speaker, but was unable to attend due to a death in the family. Instead, District 3 State

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  • Lakeway Area will miss blood moon; faces killing frost

    Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Many folks across North America will have the opportunity to view the first of four blood moons expected in the next 18 months. Folks in the Lakeway Area, however, won’t be among them. Meteorologist Shawn O’Neill with the National Weather Service office in Morristown said the skies above East Tennessee during the peak viewing time of the complete lunar eclipse will be cloudy, and it will be wet overnight. What

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  • Arson suspected in latest wildfire

    Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

    A suspected arson fire burned approximately 13.5 acres of woodland off Anderson Bend Road in East Hamblen County on Sunday. It was at least the seventh intentionally set fire in the area this year with three arson fires set in April alone, authorities say. Volunteer firefighters from Hamblen and Hawkins counties and a fire-suppression team from the Tennessee Division of Forestry battled the forest fire, which did not damage any

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