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Barbara Whitt scheduled to be released Christmas Day

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 11:48 am

The woman convicted of the largest reported theft in Morristown history – more than $1.5 million from First Baptist Church – is scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, according to officials. Barbara Dean Whitt, 73, is preparing for her freedom at a federal reentry-preparation facility in Nashville, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Most of the money she stole funded the painkiller habit of her son, 47-year-old Michael

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  • Speedway Children’s Charities hosts Night of Giving

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Christmas started early for a group of youngsters and the Speedway Children’s Charities was their Santa Claus. At this years’ Night of Giving, the children’s charities, known as the SCC, gave the Friends of Hospice of the Lakeway Area organization $6,000 for the children of the Camp Healing and Understanding through Grief Support, or Camp H.U.G.S. The weekend camp helps children ages six to 17 cope with the death of

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  • Rotary AM takes 100 students on a shopping spree

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Volunteers Jane Johnson, left, and Chanda Parker Byrd help “Jay” pick out the perfect tie during the annual AM Rotary Shopping Spree held Dec. 17 at Wal-Mart at Crockett Square shopping center in Morristown.

    Mark Hurst, Morristown AM Rotary Club president, was the go-to man at Wal-Mart at Crockett Square on Wednesday morning. With the exception of a few illnesses, nearly 100 students in Hamblen County Schools were excused from classes to fulfill Hurst’s year-long plan to have themselves a merry little Christmas. Beginning at 8 a.m., buses picked up students from half of the 10 schools involved in the club’s annual shopping spree

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  • West grad’s singing group wins NBC competition

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Nick Lachey, host of NBC’s ‘The Sing-off,’ congratulates the Melodores, including West High grad Nikhil Ramaprasad, on winning.

    The secret must be kept no longer. The Ramaprasads are free to tell the world that their son Nikhil, a West High grad and vocal percussionist for the Vanderbilt University A Capella singing group the Melodores, is a champion. Nikhil and the Melodores bested five other singing groups in a one-night only battle for $50,000 and a shiny microphone trophy on a special two-hour holiday edition of the NBC hit

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  • Traffic camera citations falling

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Monthly traffic citations issued by traffic cameras in Morristown have fallen by 55 percent since the new cameras on Highways 25E and 160 were installed in August, according to statistics made public Tuesday afternoon. The overwhelming majority of camera-generated citations issued in Morristown come from cameras on these thoroughfares. Morristown Police Chief Roger Overholt says camera-issued citations dropped from 4,306 in August to 1,918 in November, which is what he

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  • Knights of Columbus host special education student breakfast

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Morristown East High School students, from left, Tyrek Scott, Dallas McGhee, and Terrell Scott chat with Knights of Columbus members John Karwowski (Grand Knight) and John Cardone with Hamblen County Director of Schools Dr. Dale Lynch during their Knights annual breakfast with the school’s special education department on Tuesday.

    In a different take from the traditional carol, “Joy to the World, Breakfast has Come,” exclaimed one student as she made her way into the restaurant. Like their caroling peer, students from the Morristown East High School special education department piled into Shoney’s restaurant this morning to be treated to a breakfast in their honor by the Morristown Knights of Columbus. The breakfast has become an annual tradition between the

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  • Morristown/Hamblen earns TVA distinction

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:46 am

    John Bradley, far right, TVA senior vice president presents the Valley Sustainable Silver Community award for Morristown/Hamblen County to Deborah Stevenson-Brown, far left, executive director, KMHB; Pete Barile, board chair-elect, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce; Jodi Barnard, business development specialist, Morristown Chamber; and Roni Snyder, board chair, Morristown Chamber, during the recent award luncheon held in Nashville.

    Morristown/Hamblen County has been designated as a Valley Sustainable Silver Community in Tennessee Valley Authority’s economic development program. The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce recently completed the program sponsored by TVA and developed and administered by consultant Boyette Strategic Advisors. “This takes Morristown and Hamblen County’s economic development marketing efforts to prospective and existing sustainability – focused companies to a whole new level,” said Marshall Ramsey, President of the Morristown

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  • Business owner contests backflow fees

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Morristown businessman Fred Burnett on Monday began contesting the necessity of a $25,000 backflow-preventer assembly he installed at his furniture warehouse at the behest of Morristown Utility Systems inspectors. Burnett is also contesting the legality of an annual inspection fee he’s required to pay to a private, certified plumber. Burnett seeks a finding that forcing him to install the backflow preventer was “arbitrary and capricious.” Burnett wants the $25,000 he

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  • Hawkins dentist, daughter nabbed in TBI TennCare fraud case

    Posted on December 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Special Agents in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit have obtained indictments for a Rogersville dentist and his daughter accused of committing TennCare fraud. After receiving information from the Rogersville Police Department, TBI Agents began investigating Ronald James on February 5th. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that in November and December 2013, James prescribed Hydrocodone for a TennCare recipient who was not his

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