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Driver service center in Hamblen Co. temporarily closed

Driver service center in Hamblen Co. temporarily closed

From Tennessee Department of Safety:

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has announced that the Hamblen County Driver Service Center, located at 1901 State St. in Morristown, Tenn., is temporarily closed due to a building maintenance issue. The center will be closed until further notice.

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Cocke County students find new school lunches hard to swallow

Cocke County students find new school lunches hard to swallow

While school lunches have almost always had a bad reputation, some students in Cocke County are now finding them even harder to swallow.

"I don't like the lettuce," said eighth-grader Haley Styles. "It's kinda weird-tasting. It tastes like grass."

But that "grass" is part of the new federal school menu requirements, laid out in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The 1994 law was re-authorized in 2010, with new, stricter food requirements taking effect July 1, 2012.

Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier

Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier

Did you sing along to the Ballad of Davy Crockett when you read the title?  In Morristown we do for sure.  We have the Crockett Tavern right here and lots of local historians and re-enactors to take you back in time .  Darrell Williams contributes the following historical information along with an event reminder:

 

Duanah shines in Carson-Newman scrimmage

Duanah shines in Carson-Newman scrimmage

The Carson-Newman backfield got a little bit more crowded after a senior tailback's performance in an Orange and Blue scrimmage Wednesday.

Solomon Duanah (Johnson City, Tenn.) burst across the goal line and onto the blue turf of Burke-Tarr stadium's end zones three times - once through the air and twice on the ground - as the leading offensive performer in the scrimmage.

Duanah said his offensive line was the key to his success.

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Greene Co. schools head to class one week late

Greene Co. schools head to class one week late

Greene County students went back to school Wednesday.

They were delayed a week due to a $1.2 million budget gap.

But Monday, Greene County Commissioners approved a 20 cent property tax increase.

Though not everyone loves the idea of a tax hike, the increase helped save a small country elementary school in Greeneville.

The last week was a roller coaster for librarian Sara Brown.

"The delay has been an emotional strain on all of us," explained Brown.

Her beloved school of 11 years was on the chopping block.

Welcome to Morristown

Welcome to Morristown

First, let's start with a little history.  Morristown was settled around the late 1780's by Gideon Morris utilizing a land grant from the state of North Carolina.  Morris and his family came to present day Morristown from the Watauga settlement near Elizabethton.  The Morris family graveyard today consists of an acre surrounded by an iron fence in to the south of downtown beside the Little Dutch Restaurant. (thank you Wikipedia and Darrell Williams)

Greene Co. teen will be first youth to participate in Tenn. elk hunt

Greene Co. teen will be first youth to participate in Tenn. elk hunt

A Greene County 14-year-old is making hunting history. She will be the first youth ever to participate in a Tennessee elk hunt this fall.

State officials randomly drew Jessica Parkins' name out of a poll of nearly 300 teenage applicants, and she's no hunting rookie.

The high school freshman says she's been hunting with her dad since she was seven years old.

"My first big proud moment was when I killed my first deer. I was just running around everywhere. I had adrenaline pumping through me. It was awesome," she said.