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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)

Today, Morristown is a thriving city that has seen a resurgence in activities in the downtown area.  When I was a little girl, we used to love watching the annual Christmas parade from either the marble steps of First Baptist Church or from above on the overhead skywalks.  These skywalks are a feature unique to very few towns and we are fortunate to still have them as a point of interest.  Downtown has a number of great places to eat, shop, learn dance or even paint pottery.  I will focus on some of these in future blogs.

In the Summer, Morristown's Main Street is home of Fourth Fridays.  This is a combination car show, concert and community social.  In the Spring, Blues and BBQ is a great time to listen to music and eat good food.  This week's picture is from Blues and BBQ in May (thanks Darrell of The Fret Store).

For those who love to exercise outdoors, we have the Morristown Hiking, Biking and Running Club.  Look them up on facebook for upcoming events.  The local Mountain Biking Club meets on Tuesdays and Saturday afternoons.  Check out Five Rivers Cycling Club on Facebook for more information.  With Cherokee Lake, Panther Creek State Park and many city/county parks, there is never a shortage of outdoor fun.  If you haven't tried out the new disc golf course at Cherokee Park, my 3 year old highly recommends it!  Also, don't forget, every Thursday is Pickin in the Park at Fred Miller Park-an opportunity to hear local musicians play guitar, banjo and other stringed instruments.  Anyone can come and jam too.  http://www.pickinatfredmillerpark.com/  Bring a chair and some food and rest assured I will not be playing!

Rose Center is a crown jewel of our community.  Looming high above the trees, Rose Center started out as Rose School.  As Morristown grew, it became a community center with a museum, many classes and the popular Mountains Makin Festival in October.  This Saturday at 8pm, you can come and hear Michael Reno Harrell who is a singer/storyteller. Contact Rose Center at 423.581.4330 for tickets.

Sports fans this Saturday is the Citizen Tribune Kickoff Classic football games at Burke-Toney Stadium where Morristown West will take on Harlan, KY at 4:30 and Morristown East will play Fulton at 8.  My teenager will be the one in Crimson and White.

With school back in gear, this household is crazy busy so I will see you at some of the local events and fill you in on more happenings soon.

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