Local News

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In a 5-2 vote the Morristown City Council on Tuesday passed the $39.9 million 2019-20 fiscal year budget and set the new city property-tax rate at $1.50 per $100 of assessed value. The 25-cent tax increase will fund construction of a community center, which has an estimated cost of $36 million.

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The Hamblen County school board unanimously approved a $104.5 million budget Tuesday night during its regularly scheduled meeting, paving the way for the Hamblen County Commission to approve it as part of the county’s overall budget.

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When estimating how much Morristown Utility Systems could save in refinancing sewer debt from one fixed interest rate to another, city government’s financial advisor, Chris Bessler, was off by 40 percentage points.

Local Sports

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GREENEVILLE — The Kingsport Mets defeated the Greeneville Reds 8-3 Tuesday night at Pioneer Park in the Appalachian League opener for both teams. Switch hitting catcher Carlos Reina doubled from both sides of the plate in the loss.

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JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State University Director of Athletics Scott Carter announced on Monday that Jake Amos has been named the new head coach of the ETSU men’s golf program.

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GREENEVILLE — The Greeneville Reds have announced it’s 2019 Opening Day roster, which includes 14 players selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2019 draft, and one returnee from their inaugural season.

Announcements

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Courtney and Roy Wallace, of Knoxville, announce the birth of a son, Graham Jacob Wallace, born April 19, 2019 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz. Graham is the grandson of Mitzi (Jeff) Bratten of Bean Station, Ricky (Sandy) Trent of Talbott, and Cindy and Sonn…

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Cynthia Dalton and Andy Houseright, of Morristown, announce the birth of a son, Walker James Houseright, born May 20, 2019 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. He weighed 5 lbs., 8 oz. Walker is the brother of Tristen Ryland Houseright.

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Jessica and Chad Barnard, of Russellville, announce the birth of a daughter, Harper Grace Barnard, born April 18, 2019 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. She weighed 8 lbs., 7 oz. Harper is the granddaughter of Jeff and Christina Atkins of Bean Station, and Bill and Debbie Barnard of R…

Education

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The Cocke County School Board was told that Director of Schools Manney Moore has been named Superintendent of the Year for the First District during the board’s meeting Thursday. The announcement was made by Dale Lynch, executive director for the Tennessee Organization of School Superintende…

Obituaries

Brian James Garner passed away on June 15, 2019 at the age of …

Naomi Ruth Ball, 82, of Jefferson City, went home to be with h…

Truman Johnson, 73, of Mohawk, passed away Monday, June 17, 2019.

Arts & Entertainment

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The 9th Annual Popcorn Sutton Jam will be coming to Newport this weekend with a lineup of bands and vendors and music will be the focal point for the two-day festival.