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CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY #19

The Morristown Police Department is preparing for its nineteenth (19th) Citizen’s Police Academy … [Read More...]

City Audit Report Released

On Tuesday January 20th, the firm of Craine, Thompson & Jones presented the audit of City … [Read More...]

MLK Holiday Garbage Schedule

The City of Morristown will be observing the Martin Luther King Day holiday Monday, January 19th.  … [Read More...]

CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY #19

The Morristown Police Department is preparing for its nineteenth (19th) Citizen’s Police Academy Class. The class will start May 5th and end June 9th, 2015. Classes will be held at the Police Department on each Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Applications are now available to the public. Applicants that are interested may pick up an application at the Morristown Police Department located on the 1st floor of the City Center or call the Training Division to have one mailed. The application deadline is March 13, 2015.

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Due to limited space, applications will be accepted on a first come basis,pending the results of a background investigation of each applicant. Applicants must be 21 years of age. Those who miss Academy #19 due to limited space will have the opportunity to attend the next academy. (Date to be announced).

The Morristown Police Department invites interested citizens to participate in the Citizen’s Police Academy. Upon completion of this course, each citizen will have a better understanding of the daily operations of the Morristown Police Department. It is our goal to continue to build a partnership with the community.

Any questions concerning the Citizen’s Academy #19 class may be directed to Sergeant Todd King of the Morristown Police Department Training Division at 423-585-4646.

City Audit Report Released

On Tuesday January 20th, the firm of Craine, Thompson & Jones presented the audit of City finances for fiscal year 2014. The report received a “clean” opinion and showed continued improvement in the City’s financial strength.  A copy of the report as well as other audits going back to 2005 is available on this site in the Finance section. A link to this year’s report is provided below.

http://www.mymorristown.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/City-of-Morristown-Final-Audit-6-30-14.pdf

MLK Holiday Garbage Schedule

The City of Morristown will be observing the Martin Luther King Day holiday Monday, January 19th.  If your sanitation carts or recyclables are normally picked up on Monday, please place your carts and recyclables at curbside on Tuesday, January 20th by 6:00 AM.  Please leave your container and recyclables at the curbside until service is provided.

Be Prepared for Cold Temperatures

Portable Heater Safety is Crucial During Winter’s Coldest Months
The arrival of single-digit weather in Tennessee this week is prompting the State Fire Marshal’s Office to remind residents to stay safe when using portable heaters in their homes.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of following safety precautions when using portable space heating devices in your home,” said State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “Keeping fire safety in mind can help save lives and property.”

Portable heaters are common sights during winter, but they can sometimes lead to tragedy if not used properly. According to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System (TFIRS), 3,194 heating fires occurred in Tennessee from 2009-2013. These fires claimed the lives of 39 people, injured 49 and damaged $32.7 million in property. Space heaters were involved in 59% of all state heating fire deaths. 56% of all heating fires happened in just three months of the year – December, January, and February.

You can help prevent a portable heater fire in your home this winter by following a few fire safety steps:

• Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave a room.
• Keep anything that can burn, including bedding, clothing,
curtains, pets and people at least three feet away from
portable heaters.
• Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory
and with an automatic shut-off so that if they tip over, they shut
off.
• Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an
extension cord or power strip.
• Check the cord for fraying/cracking and look for broken wires or
signs of overheating in the device itself.
• Never run the heater cord (or any cord) under rugs or carpeting.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, having a working smoke alarm reduces a person’s chance of dying in a fire by half. For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in every bedroom, and interconnect them if possible. Test smoke alarms monthly and entirely replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older. Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with every member of your household. Have two ways out of every room and a designated outside meeting place to gather in the event of an emergency.

Prevent Fire Sprinkler System Freeze

As temperatures plunge this winter, fire sprinkler systems become vulnerable to freeze-ups just like all water-filled pipes.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging home and business owners to take a few preventative maintenance steps now in order to keep buildings safe from fire during the winter months and help owners avoid costly repairs down the road.

“Forecasters predict temperatures will drop below average this winter across the south and southeastern portions of the U.S,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Fire sprinkler users should take precautions ahead of the season’s coldest weather to ensure they have peace of mind throughout winter.”

Fire sprinkler system owners can prevent sprinkler system freeze-ups by following these tips:

• Make sure all building heating systems are in good working order
and ready for cold weather.
• Repair broken windows and doors that won’t seal up tightly.
Replace missing insulation, and add additional pipe insulation in
unheated areas where the system is located. Seal cracks or other
places where cold air can access buildings.
• Encourage employees to report drafts and cold areas to building
maintenance personnel.
• Conduct regular inspection, testing and maintenance of the system
is performed by a qualified National Fire Sprinkler Association
contractor in accordance with National Fire Protection Association
guidelines.
• Install and test the system’s water flow alarms to alert users water
might be flowing in the system.
• Drain all water and condensation from drains and low points as
often as necessary.
• Check pressures daily during cold weather, especially at night when
temperatures are lowest.

For more information on preventing fire sprinkler freeze-ups, contact the National Fire Sprinkler Association at (865) 755-2956 or the National Fire Sprinkler Association at (845) 878-4200.

January Recycling, Brush & Bulk Waste Collection Schedule

East of Cumberland St. – Weeks of January 4th & 18th
West of Cumberland St. – Weeks of January 11th & 25th

Garbage & Recycling Schedule

The City of Morristown will be observing the New Year’s Day holiday Thursday, January 1st. If your sanitation carts or recyclables are normally picked up on Thursday, please place your carts and recyclables at curbside on Friday, January 2nd by 6:00 AM. Please leave your container and recyclables at the curbside until service is provided.

Garbage Pick-up for the Christmas Holiday

The City of Morristown will be observing the Christmas holiday starting Wednesday Dec 24th at 12:00 p.m., and on Thursday December 25th and Friday December 26th.  Wednesday routes need to be placed at curbside by 6:00 .am. Wednesday morning.  All Wednesday routes will be completed before the Holiday schedule.  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 29th by 6:00 AM.  Please leave your container and recyclables at the curbside until service is provided.

 

911 ADJUSTED RATES TO TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2015

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The Tennessee General Assembly, earlier this year, passed a new law which will change the 911 surcharge rate that consumers see on their phone bills.  The “911 Funding Modernization and IP Transition Act of 2014” will become effective on January 1, 2015 and will establish a single, uniform 911 surcharge rate for all phone customers.

Hamblen County’s residential phone lines are currently billed $1.50 per month for the 911 surcharge fee.  This fee will be reduced to $1.16 per month after January 1st.  Hamblen County business lines will also see a reduction in the monthly surcharge fees; from $3.00 to $1.16.  Cell phone customers’ 911 surcharge fees will be adjusted from $1.00 to $1.16 per month.

This Act will ensure that the Hamblen County Emergency Dispatch Center can continue to provide prompt and accurate 911 services to citizens and first responders.

“As Hamblen County’s only Public Safety Answering Point, our highest priority is obtaining emergency information as accurately and rapidly as possible so that we can pass that on to the responding agencies. All of our public safety agencies are committed to providing our citizens the help they need as fast as possible; and Hamblen County 911 is honored to be the first step in that.” said 911 Director Eric Carpenter.

The Act also supports the state’s Next Generation 911 program.  Next Generation 911 will provide better information and data to 911 personnel, which allows local telecommunicators to more quickly assess an emergency.

“The 911 Funding Modernization and IP Transition Act of 2014 will provide the resources necessary to ensure that the citizens of Tennessee receive the best 911 service available,” said the Tennessee Emergency Communications Executive Director, Curtis Sutton.

Chris Wisecarver – Policeman of the Year

Wisecarver 2014 Policeman of the Year

Saturday, December 6, 2014, the VFW held an awards lunch.  Awards were given to teachers, police, fire, EMS and students.  Among the recipients, was Morristown Police Department’s Operations Major, Chris Wisecarver; receiving the Policeman of the Year award.

Major Wisecarver has been with the MPD since 1991.  Wisecarver started as a patrolman then he became a K-9 Officer.  He worked his way up to Narcotics then to training and now he oversees all areas of the Operations division, in addition to his regular duties, Major Wisecarver was also Special Response Team Commander for more than 15 years.

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

 

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