Police, deputies to help with Cherokee Park celebration

There are no changes this year in the traffic pattern, according to the Morristown Police Department.

Assistant Police Chief Michelle Jones said the traffic pattern will remain the same as last year with the Morristown Police Department directing traffic into Cherokee Park and the Morristown Emergency Rescue Squad helping with parking.

The most important thing is exiting the park, she said.

“The most important thing we’d like to stress to folks exiting the park after the show is to get in the proper lane for the direction they wish to go as they will not be allowed to switch lanes at the exit point,” Jones said.

Jones said people traveling in their cars will not be allowed to switch lanes.

Upon exiting the park, those wishing to head to Morristown need to be in the left lane and those wishing to head toward Bean Station and Grainger County will need to be in the right lane.

“Once we are notified the fireworks display is over, we will set up cones at the exit point and the traffic signal at Cherokee Park Road will be placed on flash to direct cars coming from the park.”

She said the flashing will direct motorists to either the left or right, depending upon their destination.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Morristown Public Works Department will also be assisting by providing cones, signage and lighting for exiting traffic.

Cleanup will be conducted by inmates of the Hamblen County Jail and provided by the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office.

Parking will be free into the event, but the Morristown-Hamblen Rescue Squad will have their annual boot fundraiser and ask for the public to donate. It is one of the largest fundraisers for the rescue squad each year.