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County sets deadline for shelter contract

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm

County commissioners voted 10 to 3, with one abstention, to give the Morristown Hamblen Humane Society until Nov. 1 to sign a contract or lose funding from the county. Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain addressed the commission, stating that the humane society was making progress by addressing two issues during a special called meeting earlier Thursday. “The Humane Society Board met today and settled an issue on the ballot for

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  • Suspect killed in Grainger standoff

    Posted on September 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    A man is dead following a police chase and subsequent standoff Thursday with multiple law enforcement agencies in Grainger and Claiborne counties. According to a statement from the TBI, District Attorney General James Dunn requested the TBI investigate the shooting. The incident apparently began around 4:45 p.m. when a Claiborne County deputy spotted the man on Highway 25E in a vehicle that had been reported stolen. The deputy, assisted by

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  • Dandridge’s Scots-Irish festival to return

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    The Scots-Irish Music Festival will return to Historic Downtown Dandridge Saturday, Sept. 27.

    The only Scots-Irish Music Festival in the United States will be in Historic Downtown Dandridge on Saturday, Sept. 27. The festival honors the town’s earliest settlers dating back to 1783. Every member of the family will find something of interest at this old-time Main Street Festival on the shores of Loch (Lake) Douglas in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. All entertainment, activities, and parking are provided free courtesy of

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  • FBI nabs man wanted in 2001 killing

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    A Mexican national who stayed on the run for more 13 years after an alleged assassination-style shooting in Morristown was arrested Wednesday in Delaware and will be returned to East Tennessee to face a first-degree murder charge, authorities announced this morning. Law enforcement officials have strong evidence linking 51-year-old Ignacio Constantino, to the January 2001 killing of Jose G. Rodriguez at Adriana’s Video on Lincoln Avenue, according to Detective Capt.

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  • Body identified in Grainger County fire

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    A body found inside a burning home Tuesday morning has been identified as that of 46-year-old Randy Dalton, according to Grainger County Sheriff James Harville. The cause of death is still under investigation. Harville said preliminary autopsy reports showed no trauma to the body. Tuesday at 9 a.m. the Thorn Hill Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at 1085 Coffey Chapel Road in Thorn Hill, a home owned

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  • FBI nabs man wanted in 2001 Morristown homicide

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 9:56 am

    The FBI Safe Streets Task Force in Wilmington, Delaware arrested Ignacio Constantino on September 17 at an apartment complex in Wilmington. Contantino is wanted in connection with a homicide in 2001 in Morristown. Agents received information that Constantino had been living under an assumed name, Victor Castillo, since 2002. Agents took him into custody without incident. Agents and detectives from Chester County PA CID, FBI Newtown Square RA, New Castle

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  • Body found in burning Grainger home

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Grainger County authorities discovered an unidentified body while extinguishing a home fire Tuesday morning, which apparently followed reports that one of the owners had threatened to burn the house down. Reports of a fire at 1085 Coffey Chapel Road in Thorn Hill were received by Grainger County dispatch at 9 a.m. Grainger County Sheriff James Harville said when the Thorn Hill Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene they were

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  • Morristown businesses sanctioned by beer board

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    The Morristown Beer Board, which has the same membership as the city council, on Tuesday voted to allow 10 establishments that sold beer to an underage woman during an undercover operation this summer to pick their punishment poison. Owners of the By-Lo Market on Morelock Road will have the option of having its beer license suspended for 60 days or pay a $1,500 civil penalty. This was the second time

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  • Hamblen County United Way kicks off 2014 campaign

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    The Rev. Tony Buchanan, right, participates in the “Light Someone’s Life” ceremony along with United Way of Hamblen County Pacesetters chair Clark Rucker, Board of Directors president Chris Horn, Campaign chair Sam Grigsby, guest speaker Ted Hall and Loaned Executives chair Michele Green during this morning’s 2014 campaign kickoff breakfast.

    From the moment he chose, with the help of his wife of 27 years, Leslie, the 2014 campaign theme, United Way of Hamblen County Campaign Chair Sam Grigsby knew he wanted a candlelight ceremony. So this morning in the fellowship hall of Manley Baptist Church in Morristown, after local television anchor Ted Hall’s very personal campaign kickoff speech and Grigsby’s announcement that fundraising to date has reached $454,947 (29 percent

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