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.
Garbage Pickup – Thanksgiving Holiday
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Job Opening – Athletic Coordinator
The City of Morristown is currently accepting applications for Athletic Coordinator. The Athletic Coordinator Performs/Operates/Functions/Acts/Works as the lead employee to perform difficult professional work planning, organizing and supervising youth and adult athletic programs. Focus on recreational athletic opportunities for the Parks and Recreation Department including but not limited to: Coordinate staff, volunteers, coaches in developing and implementing comprehensive athletic services programs for the City; Provide leadership and direction in the development of short and long range plans. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Parks and Recreation Superintendent. A full job description can be found on the website’s Job Announcements page. Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM. Please submit applications to: City of Morristown Human Resources, PO Box 1499, Morristown, TN 37816. It is the policy of the City of Morristown not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ages, sex or disability in its hiring and employment practices.
Beyond the Call – Morristown Police Officers
Captain Charles Letterman and Lieutenant Clyde Short were recognized Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by the Morristown Police Department Chaplain Unit for service beyond the call of duty. The Trinity United Methodist Church hosted a ceremony in which the two police supervisors received accommodations for helping care for a senior chaplain during several months of illness.
During their off duty hours these officers, who have EMT and paramedic training, volunteered their time. Chief Roger Overholt stated, “It is commonplace to see personnel of the Morristown Police Department provide service to others in ways which most people are never made aware of. I am pleased that the Chaplain Unit and the Trinity United Methodist Church made recognition to these officers for their acts of kindness.”
Veterans Day November 11th
City offices are open today during Veterans Day. Garbage pick-up will be running its regular schedule.
November Recycling Schedule
Recycling will be collected during the following weeks in November:
East of Cumberland St. – Weeks of November 9th & 23rd
West of Cumberland St. – Weeks of November 2nd, 16th & 30th
Trick-or-Treating at Fire Stations
The City of Morristown Fire Stations will be giving out candy today to trick-or-treaters from 5pm to approximately 9pm. Stop by and visit your local firefighters!
Halloween Safety Tips from the MPD
The Morristown Police Department would like to wish all citizens a Happy Halloween. This is a fun and exciting time for families. The Morristown Police Department would like to help keep this a fun evening for everyone with these Halloween safety tips:
Hold flashlights or glow sticks while trick or treating to see and be seen by drivers, stay on sidewalks as much as possible.
Always trick or treat with a group or with an adult.
Look left right and left again when crossing the street.
Look for kids at intersections, on medians and curbs.
Only stop at homes that are well-lit and never enter a stranger’s home.
When possible, choose face paint and makeup instead of mask’s, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
Electronic devices should be put down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run across the street.
Establish a return time.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries; wear flame resistant costumes.
Slow down and be alert in residential neighborhoods; children are excited and may move in unpredictable ways.
Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children at greater distances and adjust your speed.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes or bags to help drivers see you.
Eliminate any distractions inside the car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
Trick or treating popular hours are 5:30pm-9:30pm; be especially alert.
You should teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them
Sewer and Stormwater Rehab Update – Week of October 20, 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.
The City issued bonds to address some significant drainage issues. The following projects are currently underway.
Vantage View – This project to address a collapsed culvert has been designed. Repairs will be partially funded from State grants. We are currently awaiting review and approval from Federal and State regulators before the project can be bid.
Jaybird Road / Whitewood Circle – 85% complete. The ditch work and pipe has been completed from Whitewood circle down Jaybird road to where the pipe crosses Jaybird road. Remaining work includes crossing Jaybird road, the structures on both sides of Jaybird road, installing a catch basin at the intersection of Jaybird and Whitewood circle, and some ditching and landscaping south of the Jaybird road crossing.
Cub Circle – 95% complete. All the pipe, structures, paving, and curbing are finished and it is operational. Some landscaping remains before this project is complete.
MLK Park – 90% complete. All the pipe and structures are in and it is operational. The work yet to be completed is some parking lot patching and curb in the parking lot on Donna drive and some landscaping.
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 has taken over 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 throughout the basin
- Pipe Bursting and service laterals on W Charles St, S Jackson St, W Louise Ave, Baird Ave, Lennie Ave, Sunrise Ave, Dice St
- Paving on W Charles St, W Louise Ave, S Jackson St, Sunrise Ave, Pauline Rd & Baird St
- Concrete repairs on W Charles St, W Louise Ave, S Jackson St, Sunrise Ave, Pauline Rd & Baird St
WWTP4-B Sewer Rehabilitation Project
This project is located near the center of town
- Post TV inspection in various locations
- Manhole rehabilitation throughout the basin
- Pipe Bursting and service laterals on Algonquin Dr, Iroquois Ave, Brown Ave, Parker Rd, Mohawk Dr, E 1st South St, & Choctaw St
- Pipe Lining Rehab on Algonquin Dr, Iroquois Ave, Brown Ave, Parker Rd, Mohawk Dr, E 1st South St, & Choctaw St
- Concrete repairs on E 1st South St, Algonquin Dr, Parker Rd, Montvue Ave , E Louise Ave, & Mohawk Dr.
- Paving on E Louise Ave, Montvue Ave, S James St, Choctaw St, E 1st South St, E 1st North St, Parker Rd, Highland St, Scenic Dr, Algonquin Rd, & Hayter Dr.
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
- 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.
The following projects have been completed and the contracts have been closed.
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
Morristown Police Department – Suspected Arsonist Arrested
On October 12, 2014 at 6:45 am Morristown Police Department officers went looking for a white male who vandalized Domino’s Pizza and set fire to a hotel room at Morristown Hotel & Suites. A witness’ description and the direction of travel led officers to Waffle House on West Andrew Johnson Highway.
The man fitting the description was identified as James Conners. When officers found him at Waffle House he was bleeding from his hand and intoxicated; he was arrested for public intoxication. Officers processed the scenes and did find DNA at the hotel room where the fire was started.
That evening Detective Mark McElhaney began interviewing Conners. McElhaney was able to get a confession of the events that occurred earlier that morning. Allegedly, around 2:15am Conners got into an argument with two employees at Domino’s over him wanting them to buy beer. After the confrontation he went back to the hotel and drank and took Xanax. Conners alleged that he felt he would be better off in jail. Conners allegedly broke the window at Domino’s Pizza and used a lighter to set curtains on fire in a hotel room; the window was broken from an unrelated incident. Conners also alleges to have set fire to a vehicle in a parking lot near the hotel, by taking papers out of the glove box and set them on fire in the seat.
Conners was charged with Public Intoxication, Aggravated Arson, Arson (vehicle), and Vandalism over $1000.00. Conners is currently awaiting arraignment on October 15, 2014 at the Hamblen County Jail.