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South Cumberland Study

This report was developed to assist the Morristown Regional Planning Commission and the City of … [Read More...]

Morristown/Hamblen earns TVA distinction

Morristown/Hamblen County has been designated as a Valley Sustainable Silver Community in Tennessee … [Read More...]

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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE – MUS

The December board meeting of the Morristown Utilities Commission will be held Tuesday, December 23, … [Read More...]

South Cumberland Study

This report was developed to assist the Morristown Regional Planning Commission and the City of Morristown City Council with decisions regarding land use, appearance, and the enhancement of South Cumberland Street from State Route 160 to the southern perimeter of the downtown core of Morristown.

Please review the report and let us know what you think.

Cumberland Report 2014

 

Morristown/Hamblen earns TVA distinction

John Bradley, far right, TVA senior vice president presents the Valley Sustainable Silver Community award for Morristown/Hamblen County to Deborah Stevenson-Brown, far left, executive director, KMHB; Pete Barile, board chair-elect, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce; Jodi Barnard, business development specialist, Morristown Chamber; and Roni Snyder, board chair, Morristown Chamber, during the recent award luncheon held in Nashville.

Morristown/Hamblen County has been designated as a Valley Sustainable Silver Community in Tennessee Valley Authority’s economic development program.

The Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce recently completed the program sponsored by TVA and developed and administered by consultant Boyette Strategic Advisors.

“This takes Morristown and Hamblen County’s economic development marketing efforts to prospective and existing sustainability – focused companies to a whole new level,” said Marshall Ramsey, President of the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Valley Sustainable Communities Program, now in its second year, was initiated by TVA Economic Development as part of its community preparedness offerings to assist communities in evaluating existing sustainable programs, cataloging their sustainable assets, and increasing future commitments to sustainability.

The goal of the program is to document a community’s assets and increase the likelihood that they will be viewed as progressive and competitive by companies looking to invest in new or expanded locations.

Representatives from city and county government, Morristown Utility Systems, the school system and Walters State Community College, as well as area businesses and industry, all worked closely with the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce during this process. Many programs were identified that contributed to Morristown’s Silver rating.

One such initiative is Morristown’s vision plan, Ambition 2030, which includes sustainability goals, related to land use and transportation. Also, courses offered by Walters State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology related to sustainability assisted.

“We are proud that Morristown/Hamblen County has successfully completed the Valley Sustainable Communities Program,” said Del Boyette, President/CEO of Boyette Strategic Advisors. “The silver level designation recognizes that a community has community-wide sustainability initiatives in place, with programs available to support the existing business community and promote economic development.”

Sustainability has become a key issue for economic development organizations and communities as more corporations have demonstrated an increasing commitment to sustainability. More than 90 percent of corporate real estate executives who responded to a CoreNet Global survey on sustainability said that it is a consideration in their company location decisions. The typical reasons for this corporate commitment are reduced operating costs for increased profitability and greater employee satisfaction.

“This program is the first of its kind to connect the dots between corporate America’s commitment to sustainability and its impact on economic development, which ultimately will ensure that our communities are more prepared to compete in global markets,” John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development, said.

“We are seeing that more and more companies have an increasing business emphasis on sustainable operations, and are adding this component to their RFIs as they search for a community where they can locate, grow, and enhance their company and employee sustainability commitments.”

Thirteen communities were designated as Valley Sustainable Communities in 2013, and an additional 12 communities were recognized at a luncheon in Nashville on Dec. 4.

Morristown sustainable community team members Veronica Snyder, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair; Pete Barile, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair-elect; Deborah Stevenson-Brown, Executive Director, Keep Morristown Hamblen Beautiful; and Jodi Barnard, Business Development Specialist, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce were on hand to accept the Silver Level Award.

“Morristown and Hamblen County have been very successful in attracting new business and industry over the years,” Ramsey said. “We are very proud to be recognized by TVA for our efforts toward sustainability, and we anticipate that this designation will increase our community’s overall competitiveness.”

Reposted from the Citizen Tribune

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE – MUS

The December board meeting of the Morristown Utilities Commission will be held Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. at the main office at 441 west Main Street.Morristown-Utility-System

Cross Connection Control Board

The Cross Connection Control Board will hold a hearing on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 10:00 am at the main office of the Morristown Utility Systems for an appeal to the board from action taken by MUS.

Sewer and Stormwater Rehab Update – Week of December 8, 2014

We are hard at work to address concerns with both our drainage and sewer systems.  This report is intended to help you know what is happening with both systems and as a heads up for areas of town where there may be work taking place in the streets. If you scroll to the bottom of this list, you can see that significant progress is being made.

 STORMWATER PROJECTS

The City issued bonds to address some significant drainage issues. The following project is currently underway.

Vantage View – This project to address a collapsed culvert has been designed. We are currently awaiting review and approval from Federal and State regulators before the project can be bid. We anticipate that these approvals will be given very soon.

SEWER PROJECTS

Significant changes are taking place with the wastewater (sewer) system. We are under order from the State of Tennessee to rehabilitate the collection system to minimize overflows and to assure smooth operation of lines and pumps. We are also investing in the treatment plant to provide for the long term needs of the community. Beginning in January 2014, the Morristown Utility System took operation of the sewer system. The City and MUS continue to cooperate to assure the rehabilitation projects meet the schedule for completion by 2017.

Turkey Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Work is underway at the wastewater treatment plant. These improvements will address concerns about odor as well as improve the overall operation of the plant.

WWTP4-A Sewer Rehabilitation Project

This project is located near the center of town

  • Post TV inspection in various locations
  • Pipe Bursting and service laterals on W Morris, Urban, S Henry, Union, Parker, & Dice.
  • Pipe Lining – Pauline, W Morris, Sulfur Springs, Rosedale, Valley, E Louise, Lincoln, E Jackson Cir, S Jackson, Walnut, & Crescent
  • Paving on Sulfur Springs, Crescent, Rosedale Pauline, Lincoln, Urban, Lennie, Baird, S Fairmont, & Harrison
  • Concrete repairs on Sulfur Springs, Cresent, Rosedale Pauline, Lincoln, Urban, Lennie, Baird, S Fairmont, & Harrison

WWTP4-B Sewer Rehabilitation Project

This project is located near the center of town

  • Concrete repairs on Brown, Algonquin, & Montvue
  • Paving on Cleveland, & Inman
  • Manhole testing throughout.

State Route  66

  • Working near State Route 66 and Hwy 160 to relocate utilities near the TDOT project.

Howell Road Force Main Project

  • W Economy Rd
  • This project is working on completion of punch list items.

WWTP3A Project

  • Dig and lay sewer line on Reese St, New Cut Rd, George St., Old Liberty Hill Rd, & North Liberty Hill Rd.

Maid 1/Willow Springs Pump Stations Project

  • Working at Maid 1 pump station on Hunter Street
  • Working on Willow Springs Pump Station on Panther Creek

Steeplechase Lane – At exit 8 25E.

 

COMPLETED PROJECTS:

The following projects have been completed and the contracts have been closed.

Fall Creek/Barton Springs Project (sewer) – Project complete as of December 2014

Jaybird Road / Whitewood Circle (storm) – Project complete as of November 2014

Cub Circle (storm) – Project complete as of November 2014

MLK Park (storm) – Project complete as of November 2014

ETVID Phase 2 (storm) – Project complete as of October 7, 2014

Jackson Street Project (joint sewer and stormwater project)- Project complete as of June 30 2014

CCTV Project (sewer) – Complete TV inspection project – May 2014

Spring Creek  Basin 1 Contract A and Basin 3 Contract B (sewer) - Project Complete March 2014

Fall Creek ETVID South Drainage Project (storm) – Project Complete as of December 2013.

Howell Road Pump Station (sewer) – Project Complete as of November, 2013

Rosedale/Sulphur Springs Storm Water (storm) – Project Complete as of November, 2013

  1. Fairmont Storm Water Project (storm) – Project complete as of October, 2013

Waste Water Treatment Plant (sewer) – dewatering press at the Turkey Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant – Project complete as of July 17th, 2013

Spring Creek CCTV Project (sewer) – Project complete as of May 23rd, 2013

South High Street Sewer Project (sewer) – Project complete as of May 14th, 2013

Joe Carter Pump Station (sewer) – Project complete as of December 18th, 2012

Gravity Sewer Replacement Project(sewer)  – Project complete as of December 6th, 2012

Hwy 25E Gravity Sewer Line Extension (sewer) – Project complete as of June 12th, 2012

Highway 160 Sewer Force Main Tie-In (sewer) – Project complete as of May 10th, 2012

Fall Creek CCTV Project (sewer) – Project complete as of May 7th, 2012

Job Announcement – Chief Building Official

The City of Morristown is now accepting applications for the position of Chief Building Official.  Deadline to submit an application is January 2, 2015.  Performs intermediate technical work in the inspection of all phases of building plans and construction; does related work as required. Work is performed in coordination with the engineering and planning departments and under the general supervision of the Director of Community Development.

For more information and to apply, visit our Job Announcements page HERE.

 

Sewer and Stormwater Rehab Update – Week of December 1, 2014

We are hard at work to address concerns with both our drainage and sewer systems.  This report is intended to help you know what is happening with both systems and as a heads up for areas of town where there may be work taking place in the streets. If you scroll to the bottom of this list, you can see that significant progress is being made.

STORMWATER PROJECTS

The City issued bonds to address some significant drainage issues. The following projects are currently underway.

Completed Projects – As the construction season winds down we have completed several stormwater projects including: Jaybird Road / Whitewood Circle, Cub Circle, & MLK Park.

Vantage View – This project to address a collapsed culvert has been designed. We are currently awaiting review and approval from Federal and State regulators before the project can be bid. We anticipate that these approvals will be given very soon.

SEWER PROJECTS

Significant changes are taking place with the wastewater (sewer) system. We are under order from the State of Tennessee to rehabilitate the collection system to minimize overflows and to assure smooth operation of lines and pumps. We are also investing in the treatment plant to provide for the long term needs of the community. Beginning in January 2014, the Morristown Utility System took operation of the sewer system. The City and MUS continue to cooperate to assure the rehabilitation projects meet the schedule for completion by 2017.

Turkey Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Work is underway at the wastewater treatment plant. These improvements will address concerns about odor as well as improve the overall operation of the plant.

WWTP4-A Sewer Rehabilitation Project

This project is located near the center of town

  • Post TV inspection in various locations
  • Manhole rehabilitation S Jackson St, W Morris Blvd, Rosedale Ave, Urban Dr, Valley St, Jarnigan Ave, Sulfur Springs Rd, Kennedy Cir, Lincoln Ave, Red Fox Ln, S Henry St, Sunrise Ave, Dice St, Pauline Ave, Parker Rd, & Valley View Dr.
  • Pipe Bursting and service laterals on S Fairmont Ave, Valley St, W Morris Blvd (easement), Urban Dr (easement) Ethel Ave, Ethel Ave (easement) S Henry St, Kelly St, & Baird Ave
  • Pipe Lining – Sulfur Springs Rd, Rosedale Ave, Valley St, Sunrise Ave, Lincoln Ave, E Jackson Cir, & S Jackson St
  • Paving on Rosedale Ave, W Louise St, Pauline Ave, Lennie Dr., W Charles St, Sunrise Ave, Crescent St, S Jackson St, Jones St, Douglas Ave, Baird Ave, & Urban Dr.
  • Concrete repairs on Rosedale Ave, W Louise St, Pauline Ave, Lennie Dr, W Charles St, Sunrise Ave, Crescent St, S Jackson St, Jones St, Douglas Ave, Baird Ave, Urban Dr

WWTP4-B Sewer Rehabilitation Project

This project is located near the center of town

  • Concrete repairs on Montvue Ave, E 1st South St, Inman St, Iroquois Ave & E Louise Ave
  • Paving on Montvue Ave, E 1st South St, Inman St, Iroquois Ave & E Louise Ave

State Route  66

  • Working near State Route 66 and Hwy 160 to relocate utilities near the TDOT project.

Howell Road Force Main Project

  • W Economy Rd
  • This project is working on completion of punch list items.

Fall Creek/Barton Springs Project

  • Manhole rehab and testing at various locations

WWTP3A Project

  • Dig and lay sewer line on Reese St, New Cut Rd, George St., Old Liberty Hill Rd, & North Liberty Hill Rd.

Maid 1/Willow Springs Pump Stations Project

  • Working at Maid 1 pump station on Hunter Street
  • Working on Willow Springs Pump Station on Panther Creek

Steeplechase Lane – At exit 8 25E.

COMPLETED PROJECTS:

The following projects have been completed and the contracts have been closed.

Jaybird Road / Whitewood Circle (storm) – Project complete as of November 2014

Cub Circle (storm) – Project complete as of November 2014

MLK Park (storm) – Project complete as of November 2014

ETVID Phase 2 (storm) – Project complete as of October 7, 2014

Jackson Street Project (joint sewer and stormwater project)- Project complete as of June 30 2014

CCTV Project (sewer) – Complete TV inspection project – May 2014

Spring Creek  Basin 1 Contract A and Basin 3 Contract B (sewer) - Project Complete March 2014

Fall Creek ETVID South Drainage Project (storm) – Project Complete as of December 2013.

Howell Road Pump Station (sewer) – Project Complete as of November, 2013

Rosedale/Sulphur Springs Storm Water (storm) – Project Complete as of November, 2013

Fairmont Storm Water Project (storm) – Project complete as of October, 2013

Waste Water Treatment Plant (sewer) – dewatering press at the Turkey Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant – Project complete as of July 17th, 2013

Spring Creek CCTV Project (sewer) – Project complete as of May 23rd, 2013

South High Street Sewer Project (sewer) – Project complete as of May 14th, 2013

Joe Carter Pump Station (sewer) – Project complete as of December 18th, 2012

Gravity Sewer Replacement Project(sewer)  – Project complete as of December 6th, 2012

Hwy 25E Gravity Sewer Line Extension (sewer) – Project complete as of June 12th, 2012

Highway 160 Sewer Force Main Tie-In (sewer) – Project complete as of May 10th, 2012

Fall Creek CCTV Project (sewer) – Project complete as of May 7th, 2012

December Recycling Schedule

Recycling will be collected during the following weeks in December:

East of Cumberland St. – Weeks of December 7th & 21st
West of Cumberland St. – Weeks of December 14th & 28th

Garbage Pickup – Thanksgiving Holiday

The City of Morristown will be observing the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th.  If your sanitation carts or recyclables are normally picked up on Thursday or Friday, please place your carts and recyclables at curbside on Monday, December 1st by 6:00 AM.  Please leave your container and recyclables at the curbside until service is provided.

Holiday Safety Tips from the Morristown Police Department

The 2014 holiday season is here! To keep this special time of year safe for all citizens the Morristown Police Department would like to remind citizens of how to avoid being a victim during the holiday season.

Driving:

  • Avoid driving alone or at night
  • Keep all vehicle doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your vehicle.
  • Weather can change unexpectedly in our region, pay attention to local forecasts and plan routes and allow for driving time accordingly.

Shopping:

  • Shop while it is daylight.
  • If shopping at night, park in a well-lighted area. Park as close to the building as possible. Avoid parking next to vans, cars with dark tinted windows, or trucks with camper tops.
  • Do not leave the vehicle unoccupied while the motor is running and do not leave children unattended in a vehicle.
  • Leave packages and valuables in your trunk locked or hidden out of plain sight.
  • Before returning to your vehicle, locate your keys.
  • Avoid carrying a purse or wallet. If carrying a purse, always keep a secure hold on your purse. Never leave your purse unattended.
  • If there is a suspicious person near your vehicle or you feel unsafe, ask the store security to escort you to your vehicle.
  • Try to pay for purchases using a check or credit card. If you must carry cash, keep it in your front pocket and do not carry large quantities.
  • If your credit card is stolen report it to the credit card company and police immediately.
  • Beware of any stranger approaching you. This is the time of year when con-artists take advantage of those giving. If you believe someone is in need of assistance we may be able to help; contact the MPD at 423-585-2701.

Children:

  • While shopping, leave children at home with a family member or a babysitter.
  • If you take your child shopping, teach your child to go to a store clerk for help if they get separated from you. Make sure they know their full name, address, and telephone number.
  • Teach children to stay close to you at all times.
  • Do not allow children to go anywhere unaccompanied by you.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM):

  • Use ATMs during daylight hours.
  • Use those located inside a facility or at a well-lighted facility.
  • Only withdrawal the cash you need.
  • Shield the keypad, from those around you, when entering your pin.
  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM’s location.

Home:

  • Be aware of those soliciting for charities door-to-door. Ask for their identification, and find out how the donations will be used. If not satisfied with the answers received, do not donate.
  • If someone comes to your home who is soliciting donations or sales and makes you feel uncomfortable ask them to leave and contact law enforcement.
  • Donate to recognizable charitable organizations.

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