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Hamblen ranks ‘achieving district’ in TCAP results

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:53 am

TCAP results are finally in, and Hamblen County was an achieving school district even as results revealed some areas for improvement. “There are 11 achievement measures for our district, of the 11, we met nine. So we are an achieving school district,” said Assistant Director of Schools Dr. Brenda Dean. “If you do the achievement side and the gap closure side that’s what is considered an exemplary district. We got

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  • Accused hacker French released on bond

    Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:52 am

    A Morristown man charged in connection with high-profile computer hackings of three corporations and two educational institutions has been released from custody in Chicago on a $6,500 unsecured bond, a court spokesman said this morning. Timothy Justin “T.J.” French, 20, was arrested on an FBI criminal complaint in mid-June, alleging cyber-attacks that required repairs exceeding $5,000 as part of alleged exploits involving the computer-hacking alliance known as the NullCrew. The computer

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  • Cherokee Park prepared to Get Giggy with it

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 11:43 am

    The band Sevendust, fronted by Lajon Witherspoon (above), is one of the headliners for this weekend’s Gig It music festival in Cherokee Park in Hamblen County. The three-day event will feature 32 bands.

    Gig It, Morristown’s first three-day music festival, will kick off Friday at Cherokee Park. Hamblen County Events Coordinator Jeffrey Dillard said a total of 32 bands, including 10 Years, Sevendust and Thousand Foot Krutch, will play on the Citizen Tribune/Jefferson Federal Amphitheater stage this weekend. “We’ve sold nearly 1,000 tickets so far and VIP tickets are sold out,” he said. “A majority have been sold to people from California, North

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  • Hamblen Bar Association backs justices

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 11:40 am

    The Hamblen County Bar Association is unanimously supporting the retention of three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in the Aug. 7 election, officials say. In a yes-no vote, Tennesseans will decide whether or not to retain Chief Justice Gary Wade, Justice Sharon Lee and Justice Connie Clark in the retention election. Paige Collins, a former prosecutor and attorney with The Terry Law Firm, maintains efforts to remove the supreme court justices

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  • Holt gets order of protection against husband

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 11:40 am

    A Newport Alderwoman accused of selling stolen property out of her Newport convenience store with the help of her son, her police captain husband and another member of the Newport Police Department filed an order of protection against her incarcerated husband. Newport Alderwoman Kathy Holt was one of the four people involved in a drug conspiracy brought down by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation earlier this month. Holt has been

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  • Goodwill hosts job fair

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Michael Wells speaks about opportunities with MAHLE Human Resource generalist Lee Collins at the Goodwill Industries Job Fair last week.

    More than 250 people took advantage of speaking one-on-one with more than 40 local area businesses at the Goodwill Industries Job Fair held last week in Morristown. It’s not so common knowledge that Goodwill Industries is more than a retail store, said Kim Moore, the Employment Training and Rehabilitation Coordinator at the Morristown store. Moore, who helped coordinate the job fair, facilitates many of the special programs through Goodwill that

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  • Holt waives federal detention hearing

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Embattled Newport Police Department Capt. James Finley Holt waived a detention hearing scheduled for today in federal court in Greeneville, which means he’ll remain incarcerated until the unfolding legal drama runs its course. The FBI arrested Holt, 59, on a criminal complaint alleging he sold hydrocodone to an informant and possessed a weapon, his county-issued sidearm, when he partially settled a debt for merchandise he believed to be stolen with

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  • June jobless rates up

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Unemployment rates across the Lakeway Area rose for the month of June, likely due to schools recessing for the summer. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development have said that the numbers always increase during this time of year. Officials have indicated that while the unemployment rates are important, it also important to realize that this is an ongoing trend due to schools letting out for the summer. Alternatively,

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  • Court documents reveal more about French’s hacker case

    Posted on July 28, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    The FBI’s targeting of Timothy Justin French varies with the bulk of federal prosecutions that normally materialize in Hamblen County inasmuch as the alleged crimes involve skills that generally can’t be acquired or honed in prison. French, a 20-year-old Talbott man, allegedly ranks as a computer-hacking whiz who belonged to a band of like-minded standouts calling themselves NullCrew, according to FBI Agent Patrick M. Geahan, NullCrew claimed responsibility for costly computer attacks on corporations, government agencies and educational institutions, according to

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