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County work crews catching up after winter storms

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm

In his almost 20 years as Hamblen County road superintendent, Barry Poole said he cannot remember being in a situation like the past two weeks. With snow and ice bombarding the county practically every other day, garbage pick-up crews were unable to remain on their scheduled routes. The product is that, at the end of week two, the majority of homes were over due. “We were not able to collect

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  • No one withdraws from city elections

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    All 11 candidates who qualified to run the May 5 Morristown municipal election are apparently in to win. The deadline to withdraw from the election passed at noon on Thursday, and nobody withdrew. The most crowded race will be for Morristown mayor. Incumbent Danny Thomas faces challenges from Gary Chesney, a former Morristown City Council member who vacated his seat to run for mayor, Louis “Doe” Jarvis, a Hamblen County

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  • Area gets another winter blast but hope and warmer temps coming

    Posted on February 26, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Chris Gulley shovels the walk in front of Morristown Utility Systems as Jody Wigington and David Lay spread salt on the walkway Friday morning.

    The Lakeway Area has received almost as much snow in the past two weeks as the area gets during an entire average winter season.  Meteorologist Derek Eisentrout with the National Weather Service office said the average snowfall during a typical winter is 12.2 inches – the same amount of snow recorded to date in Morristown.  In December, Morristown received a dusting of snow and three-tenths of an inch followed in

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  • Hamblen County man dies from hypothermia

    Posted on February 26, 2015 at 11:40 am

    The Hamblen County coroner’s office and emergency services director have confirmed the first official weather related death in the county. The offices confirmed the death of Morristown resident Doug Farison to be the result of hypothermia from the ongoing winter weather. Farison, 53, was found dead on Wednesday in his home. It is unclear how long he had been dead. Hamblen County EMS director Danny Housewright reported the death to

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  • Tax refund scam has connections to Greene County

    Posted on February 26, 2015 at 11:38 am

    A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday partially details an alleged three-state IRS income-tax refund scam headed by one-time Greeneville resident Eugene Carl Kotelman that netted him and nine others a total of $1.2 million, according to court documents. Using stolen tax information, Kotelman, 39, and his accomplices allegedly submitted 150 fraudulent income-tax returns over a four-year period that overstated the filer’s earnings and withheld federal income taxes, legitimate deductions and income

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  • Another wave of winter weather approaching

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Even as the Lakeway Area recovers from a series of winter weather events, another one is expected to hit Wednesday evening, bringing more snow to the area.

    East Tennesseans still digging out from up to four inches of snow that fell on the area Tuesday morning awoke Wednesday to Hazardous Weather Outlook for patchy dense freezing fog Wednesday morning and a forecast for between two and seven inches of additional snow Wednesday night into Thursday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect for the Lakeway Area at 4 p.m. Wednesday until 7 a.m. Thursday, with the

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  • Prosecutor pushes for max time for career offender

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:22 am

    A federal prosecutor wants admitted Jefferson County crack-cocaine dealer Melvin A. Taylor to spend as much time as possible behind bars, according to court documents. Taylor, a 41-year-old man whose criminal history qualifies him for federal “career offender” status, negotiated a 12-year plea bargain in U.S. District Court in Knoxville for selling cocaine to an informant in December 2013. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly A. Norris advocates that Taylor’s sentence for

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  • Texting related crash causes issues

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:21 am

    An allegedly distracted driver caused major issues early Tuesday morning when his pickup went off the road and slammed into a traffic controller box and utility pole. City technicians worked throughout the night to temporarily restore traffic signals at the intersection of West Andrew Johnson Highway and North Sugar Hollow Road after Preston Davis, 24, of Whitesburg, was travelling eastbound on West AJ. Davis allegedly told police he was texting

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  • Area blanketed with another round of snow

    Posted on February 24, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Bobby Henderson uses a snow blower to clear cars at Henderson Motors in Morristown.

    East Tennesseans woke up Tuesday morning to a new blanket of snow in the first of two winter storms expected to move across the area this week. Previous forecasts called for 1 to 2 inches of snow in the mountains with a dusting to half-inch of snow in the Tennessee Valley. By 7 a.m. today, the National Weather Service office had already received reports of higher snow totals. Weather service

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