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Paroled murderer Imus accused of child rape

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

A Cocke County man, on parole for a Jefferson County murder, was recently taken into custody on a charge of rape of a child. Willie Ray Imus, 55, Meckler Way, Newport, was charged by Cocke County Detective Robert Thornton. The officer said Imus opened his home to several boys who played video games on his Xbox on several occasions in January. Evidence indicates Imus took a 12-year-old to his bedroom

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  • MUS: EPA coal crack down could result in higher power bills

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 11:45 am

    The commission overseeing Morristown Utility Systems is studying the effect of the Environmental Protection Agency on the local electric consumer — an effect that will be evident on his or her October MUS bill. “On a national level, EPA, through clean air regulations, is forcing a shutdown of coal generation and the shifting of generation to natural gas and renewables such as wind and solar,” MUS General Manager Jody Wigington

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  • Event previews Autism Awareness Month

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Cherokee Park hosted an Autism Awareness event Saturday, complete with a balloon release, as a preview for the month of April, which is dedicated to Autism Awareness.

    Saturday at Cherokee Park in Morristown, the Jackson family hosted an event in preparation for the arrival of April, Autism Awareness Month, with games, dances, a fun walk and a balloon release. The day was held in honor of Addyson Jackson, daughter of Miranda and Jeremy, who was diagnosed with autism at 2-years-old. However, Miranda said the event was also in honor of other families with autism in their lives

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  • EPA compliance will likely mean sewer rate increase

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Morristown Utility Systems Board members are beginning to focus on the inevitable — a hard look at what it will cost to run its wastewater (sewer) division in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency. By way of acquisition (the transfer of the city wastewater system to the utility in January 2014), the MUS sewer division falls under regulations from the EPA, a federal entity that has pushed its requirements down

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  • Alleged rampaging car thief’s girlfriend faces another charge

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 11:38 am

    A Hamblen County detective on Sunday filed a third auto-theft charge against Hollie Jean Sutton, the girlfriend of accused serial auto thief and high-speed chase instigator Joshua Cooper. The charge fills in another short portion of the timeline of Cooper’s five-day crime spree. Sutton, 35, allegedly helped Sutton steal a 1990 Ford F-250 pickup belonging to South Hamblen County farmer Gary Gilbert on March 13, according to Detective Sgt. Jimmy

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  • Family-owned MALAR Contract Lighting breaks ground

    Posted on March 28, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Breaking ground for MALAR Contract Lighting’s new manufacturing facility in the East Tennesee Progress Center in Morristown are from left, State Rep. Tillman Goins, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Marshall Ramsey, Morristown Industrial Development Board Chairman R. Jack Fishman, State Sen. Steve Southerland, TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd, Mark Sawyer and Brandon Sawyer of MALAR, Manley Baptist Church Lead Pastor Tony Buchanan and Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain.

    Despite a muddy ground-breaking on Friday morning at the future sight of MALAR Contract Lighting, Tennessee Economic Development Commissioner Randy Boyd was all smiles upon discovering a personal connection to company founder, Mark Sawyer. Boyd, the founder of Radio Systems Corporation in Knoxville (1991), worked for his father as a young man in the family’s electric fencing business. “My dad started his business out of the back of his car;

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  • Commissioner Boyd tours MAHLE expansion; Colortech new facility

    Posted on March 28, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Tennessee Economic Development Commissioner Randy Boyd converses with Michael Gray, manager of Assembled Camshafts for MAHLE Engine Components USA Inc., during Friday’s tour of the new line at the company’s Morristown facility.

    Two months into his tenure as commissioner of Tennessee Economic and Community Development, self-described small businessman Randy Boyd visited Hamblen County on March 27 to celebrate entrepreneurship and industrial investment on a large scale. The company he founded in Knoxville, Radio Systems, reported sales of $350 million according to his state bibliography, yet Boyd projected a down-to-earth attitude and boyish excitement during the four-leg tour that began in the cold

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  • Hawkins Schools to host disability education workshop

    Posted on March 28, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Support and Training for Exceptional Parents Incorporated, or S.T.E.P., is helping parents learn about their children’s educational needs and rights provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act through a free “Instructionally Appropriate IEP Workshop,” sponsored by the Hawkins County Board of Education. The workshop will give parents guidance on how to prepare to become an effective participant in the Individualized Education Program meetings and learn the technical details of

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  • Pacia, Terry going to Nationals

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Danielle Pacia and Sydney Terry are headed to the national competition after great success at Brentwood Academy in Nashville.

    Suzanne Terry and the Morristown West High speech and debate team are gearing up for a trip to Dallas, Texas June 13 through 20 for a national competition. Two students will be competing throughout that week and a group of students will attend to observe and provide support. Danielle Pacia and Sydney Terry, daughter of coach Suzanne, earned the privilege of competing after their great success at a competition at

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