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Man accused of scamming elderly woman out of $75,000

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm

A habitual Morristown scofflaw with a three-page rap sheet was jailed again Wednesday for his alleged most elaborate charged offense to date, authorities say. Joshua Dan Calfee, 35, was charged with fraud-related theft over $60,000, but the actual amount he allegedly swindled from a 71-year-old Morristown woman tops $75,000, according to Detective Lt. Vicki Arnold with the Morristown Police Department. Arnold said this morning she believes the woman’s “mental and

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  • Shelter places 42 animals with rescues

    Posted on October 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    With the animal shelter over capacity with approximately 200 animals, 42 have already been saved by going to rescues, according to interim director Nancy Phillips. During a Morristown Hamblen Humane Society meeting Monday, President Dr. Daniel Parks said the shelter was over capacity. “We’re getting into parvo season and we’ve already had two cases,” he said. “We need to institute a program immediately to start moving them out. Phillips said

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  • Ebola forum held in Knoxville

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    A veritable who’s who of experts in emergency medicine and infectious diseases gathered in Knoxville Tuesday evening for the East Tennessee Health Forum on Ebola. During the 90-minute forum, held at the Knoxville Convention Center and moderated by talk radio personality Hallerin Hilton Hill, local medical experts fielded questions that had been emailed in prior to the forum and those from the audience. The 17-member panel consisted of representatives from

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  • Changes to city beer laws pass on first reading

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Changes made by the Morristown City Council on Tuesday to the beer ordinance tentatively green-lighted future beer sales the Popkin Town Center Food City. By the legal means of measurement, the Food City was built precisely 100.5 feet from Popkin Field Park across the four lanes of East Morris Boulevard, according to Morristown City Administrator Tony Cox. That’s 49.5 feet too close to meet the distance requirements of the beer

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  • Twice as Nice: Food City opens two new stores

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm

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    Colorful parking lot banners noisily announcing their presence in two Morristown locations Oct. 21 marked a strong cross-town breeze and a significant investment in metropolitan-style shopping by a long-standing grocer. The cross-town effect was again visible at the simultaneous flag raisings held before 9 a.m. on Wednesday to officially open the newest Food City locations in the city. Tuesday evening, K-VA-T executives, its operations team and store staff members hosted

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  • Oh, deer: THP warns drivers to be wary

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    A herd of deer at Panther Creek Park poses relatively little threat to drivers, but the THP is warning motorists to be extra aware of deer near roadways this fall.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) urges motorists to exercise caution on the roadways this time of year due to deer-mating and hunting season. Last year, two people were killed in traffic crashes involving deer on state roadways. “The fall season is the most active time of year for deer-related crashes. We want to remind drivers to watch out for deer on or around the roadways, especially at dawn or after

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  • Humane Society board elects new officers

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    The new board of directors for the Morristown Hamblen Humane Society has hit the ground running. During a meeting Monday night, they elected Dr. Daniel Parks as their new president, Susan Widener as their vice president, Bette Crawford as recording secretary, Diane Lovejoy as corresponding secretary and Sonya Shipley as treasurer. Nancy Phillips was named interim director of the shelter until a permanent director can be found, and will begin

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  • Main Street director: Downtown development a priority for state

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Nancy Williams, Tennessee Main Street program director, and Todd Barman, independent consultant, discuss Morristown’s downtown economic development at the I.D.E.A. (Ignite Downtown Economic Action) forum at the Morristown City Center.

    Downtown economic development is a priority to the state, according to Nancy Williams, Tennessee Main Street program director, who hosted an I.D.E.A. (Ignite Downtown Economic Action) forum recently at the Morristown City Center. “They do realize that our downtowns are important and that they face some really tough issues,” Williams said. The IDEA forum was a listening session Williams said, and she brought with her Todd Barman, who has a

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  • Morristown recognized as a leading member of national initiative to advance fast, affordable, reliable Internet

    Posted on October 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    SANTA MONICA– Monday, Morristown was featured in the launch of Next Century Cities, a bipartisan, city-to-city initiative dedicated to ensuring the availability of next-generation broadband Internet for all communities. “Ne(xt) Century Cities is an important foundation providing a stage for cities to share areas of success and promote municipal broadband to other cities striving to control their own future,” said Gary Chesney, city councilmember. In response to complaints on increasing

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