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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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  • 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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  • Crews battle more East Hamblen forest fires

    Posted on April 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    A suspected arson fire has burned more woodland in the Anderson Bend Road area of East Hamblen County, a detective said this morning. What’s not clear is whether the fire that burned Saturday and Sunday was a newly set arson fire or a continuation of the one that was set on Thursday, according to Detective Sgt. David Stapleton with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department. “It’s 50-50 whether it jumped (the

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  • Jamison honored for volunteer work in Africa

    Posted on April 21, 2014 at 11:56 am


    Retired Morristown pediatrician Dr. Alan Jamison was recently honored during a special ceremony held in Millwood, Va. for his volunteer service in Africa for Project HOPE. Jamison, a long-time Project HOPE volunteer, received the 2013 gold Volunteer of the Year award for his work at volunteer sites in Mozambique, Ghana and Benin, treating hundreds of patients and volunteering to educate local hospital and clinical staff. Each April, the global health

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  • An Evening of Hope headliners have found niche in Christian rock

    Posted on April 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    David Frey

    The headlining act for the Citizen Tribune-sponsored An Evening of Hope is Christian band Sidewalk Prophets. It may seem as though the Sidewalk Prophets were always bound for the spotlight of the Christian music industry. The band received the opportunity to tour with Jeremy Camp and Audio Adrenaline on the strength of independent albums. They then rode the popularity of their first Word Records release, “These Simple Truths,” to a

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  • Margaritaville theme for Rotary Noon banquet

    Posted on April 19, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    While this year’s Morristown (Noon) Rotary Club Banquet may begin at 6:30, guests will party like it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. The annual banquet and fundraiser will take from Jimmy Buffett with a “Margaritaville” theme. Guests will escape to an island paradise via The Country Club in Morristown on Tuesday, May 6. The banquet will include dinner and music by the Tall Paul Band. Tall Paul (Paul Bobal), now a regular

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  • tnAchieves needs mentors for scholarship program

    Posted on April 19, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    tnAchieves, partnering with HC*EXCELL, is on the search for mentors. “We are in desperate need of mentors. tnAchieves is a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program designed to send the students to college who would otherwise not be attending. The program offers last-dollar scholarships to any public high school graduate in 27 counties across the state,” said HC*EXCELL Foundation Director Tish Jones. “This means tuition cost should no longer be an

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  • Another possible arson forest fire reported

    Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Another suspected arson on Thursday claimed another 20-acre swath of woodland off Anderson Bend Road in East Hamblen County, a sheriff’s department detective said this morning. It was at least the eighth suspected arson in the Anderson Bend area of northeast Hamblen County this year. Detective Lt. David Stapleton says the blaze is almost certainly the work of an arsonist because the fire started in the woods approximately 1,000 yards

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