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Hamblen County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Together with Grainger and Jefferson counties, it is part of the Morristown, Tennessee, Metropolitan Statistical Area which is, as of December 2005, considered a component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN, Combined Statistical Area. As of 2010, the population was 62,544. Its county seat is Morristown.
Hamblen County was created in 1870 from Jefferson, Grainger, and Greene Counties. The county is named in honor of Hezekiah Hamblen (1775–1854), an early settler, landowner, attorney, and member of the Hawkins County Court for many years.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 176 square miles (455.8 km2), of which 161 square miles (417.0 km2) is land and 15 square miles (38.8 km2) (8.39%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 62,544 people, 29,693 households, and 17,161 families residing in the county. The population density was 388 people per square mile (138/km²). There were 24,560 housing units at an average density of 153 per square mile (59/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.2% White, 10.7% Hispanic or Latino, 4% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% Asian, and 0.1% Pacific Islander.
There were 24,560 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals living alone and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 20, 5.7% from 20 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $39,807, and the median income for a family was $48,353. Males had a median income of $36,166 versus $27,094 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,162. 17.7% of the population and 13.2% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 15.7% are under the age of 65 and 19.3% are 65 or older.
Morristown is a city in and the county seat of Hamblen County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 29,137 at the 2010 United States Census. It is the principal city of the Morristown, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Grainger, Hamblen, and Jefferson counties. The Morristown metropolitan area is also a part of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette Combined Statistical Area.
The first European settler of what eventually became Morristown was farmer Gideon Morris. It is recorded in Goodspeed's "History of Tennessee" that Gideon, along with an unspecified number of his siblings, arrived in the area of present-day Morristown from the Watauga Settlement, a short-lived semi-autonomous settlement located in northeast Tennessee that was originally leased from the resident Cherokee tribes during the 1770s.
Records in North Carolina indicate that the Morris clan moved to the Watauga Settlement from North Carolina. According to Cora Davis Brooks, author of "History of Morristown 1787 - 1936":
The settlement founded by Gideon has, as far as is known, always been called Morristown. No known records exist demonstrating land grants in the area to anyone aside from Gideon and his extended family. Jefferson County, located southwest of Hamblen County, possesses a record in the Jefferson County Court House of the results of the execution of Gideon Morris' will, which includes property deeded to John Morris in 1817 for a 400-acre (160 ha) tract of land originally granted to Gideon by the State of North Carolina, and presumably comprising only a portion of the original grant due to the known size of the Morris family at that time. The record further details the fact that Gideon lived on the 400-acre (160 ha) tract of land until his death, and the inference that he was buried in the Morris family graveyard ends the record.
The Morris family graveyard was located near the original family home. It is located on what is now called East Louise Avenue, south of Main Street in east Morristown, southeast of the Morristown-Hamblen Library. Today it consists of a single acre (4,000 m²) enclosed by a fence of iron, and has a simple sign affixed to its gate with nothing more than 'Morris' on the plate. The oldest date recorded on the burial slabs is for one John Morris, born in 1770. His wife, Rachel, is recorded nearby as having been born in 1786. Another notable stone marks the resting place of Mary Spoon, listed as born in 1779 and died in 1882, which would make her over one hundred three years old at the time of death.
Gideon was known to have had three sons with him when he arrived in the area of present-day Morristown. Their names are recorded as John, Gideon, and Shadrack.
One daughter of Gideon's by name of Elizabeth, is listed in official records as having married a man with the name of Hurst, and their son was James Hurst. At the present time, the name Hurst is fairly common in Hamblen and surrounding counties, with many of those bearing the name in prominent positions in those counties.
Morristown’s Main Street area, with an approximate area of a square mile, grew up directly above a main line railroad and a waterway known as Turkey Creek. In 1962, the creek flooded, nearly wiping out the downtown commercial district. At the same time, a suburban shopping mall on the city's west side was ruining the historic downtown district, and the city developed a plan to modernize Main Street by creating an "overhead sidewalk" that would turn the second floor of the existing buildings into a new "street" while serving as a canopy for the sidewalks below. Building owners spent nearly $2 million upgrading their properties and linking them to the ramp, while the government contributed over $5 million to build the ramp and place Turkey Creek underground. The project was completed in 1969, and the city fathers hoped it would turn the dilapidated central business district into a bright and enticing commercial haven and aesthetically place the downtown on par with any shopping center. In the end, however, the Skywalk was no match for air-conditioned and enclosed suburban shopping malls, and it has served as little more than a roof over the sidewalk and a remnant of the idealism of 1960s urban renewal. However, the overhead sidewalks still stand.
Morristown is embarking on a resurrection of the Skywalk as a social and commercial hub. A newly accessible ramp has been built up to the walkway, and it has been made a key element in a greenway master plan for the region. In an effort to renew public interest, city officials, the Downtown Morristown Association and the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce hold events in the city's downtown or the "Skywalk District" throughout the year, mainly during the warmer months of May to September.
Morristown is located at coordinates: (36.210615, −83.296141).
According to the 2010 Census, the city has a total area of 20.9 square miles (54.1 km²).Some of the area is covered with water, specifically Cherokee Lake, an artificial reservoir built by the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1940s.
Morristown falls in the humid subtropical climate zone (Köppen climate classification Cfa), although it is not quite as hot as areas to the south and west of Tennessee due to the higher elevations. Summers are hot and humid, with July highs averaging , lows averaging , and an average of 44 days per year with temperatures above . Winters are generally cool, with occasional small amounts of snow. January averages a high of around and a low of around , although low temperatures in the teens are not uncommon. The record high for Morristown, since 1991, is , while the record low is . Annual precipitation averages around 46.8 in (1,189 mm), and average winter snowfall is 10.3 inches (26 cm).
The 2010 census listed the following: 29,137 people, 11,412 households, and 7,278 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,194.7 people per square mile (461.2/km²). There were 12,705 housing units at an average density of 528.1 per square mile (203.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.5% White, 15.8% Hispanic or Latino, 6.4% African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 1.3% of other races.
There were 11,412 households out of which 22.5% had children under 17 years of age living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 31% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the city, the population was spread out with 24.85% under 17 years of age, 9.45% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 16% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,005, and the median income for a family was $33,391. Males had a median income of $26,724 versus $20,515 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,894. About 14.6% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.9% of those under age 18 and 17.3% of those age 65 or over.
The Morristown, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of three counties - Grainger, Hamblen, and Jefferson - in eastern Tennessee, anchored by the city of Morristown. As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 123,081. A July 1, 2009 estimate placed the population at 137,612).
The MSA is also a component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette Combined Statistical Area.
As of the census of 2000, there were 123,081 people, 48,636 households, and 35,364 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 93.79% White, 2.84% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.86% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.34% of the population.
The median income for a household in the MSA was $31,057, and the median income for a family was $37,007. Males had a median income of $28,304 versus $20,329 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $16,353. As of April, 2009, the Morristown metropolitan area had the highest unemployment rate of any metropolitan area in Tennessee, with an unemployment rate of 12.3% (the state unemployment rate was 9.7%).
Morristown-Hamblen High School West (also known as Morristown West High School) is a secondary school located in Morristown, Tennessee. The school incorporates grades 9-12. Their mascot is the Trojan and the school colors are crimson and white. The school had an enrollment over 1,600 students as of the 2010-11 school year. Dr. Jeff Moorhouse is the head principal.
Morristown-Hamblen High School West opened as a new school of the Morristown City School System in September 1968, with an enrollment of 1,050 students. The building was constructed on a 33-acre site at a cost of approximately three million dollars. Morristown students who lived West of Cumberland Avenue were eligible to enroll in the school. The school's name was suggested by the Hamblen County School Board and was approved by the Morristown City School Commission, with the new High School, Morristown High School change its name to Morristown-Hamblen High School East. Prior to the opening of the school, a committee composed of the superintendent, board members, and students selected "Trojans" as the nickname and crimson and white as the school colors. In April 1970, a visiting committee sponsored by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools evaluated the school to determine eligibility for accreditation by that organization.
The school was accepted as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the fall of 1970 and has maintained its high standing in the Association to the present. Morristown-Hamblen High School West became part of the Hamblen County School System in January 1986. The Hamblen County Board of Education initiated an extensive building program in 1989. Sixteen classrooms, including a special education wing, a science laboratory, a new agriculture shop, an assistant principals office and a computer lab were added. The auditorium was also remodeled at this time.
In 1990, a weight room with dressing facilities and a new surface for the outdoor track were constructed. In 1997, new heating and cooling systems were installed throughout the building. The faculty, parents and community continue to support the growth and improvement of the school programs as demonstrated by the contributions toward the creation of a state-of-the art exercise room with superior equipment and the construction of a new baseball and softball field and stadium. Other improvements have included library scanning and security systems, a new parking lot, a new greenhouse, and auditorium equipment. Replacement desks in classrooms have been provided, along with the updating or replacement of new computers in the library and computer labs.
Recent improvements include new tile in the library, classrooms and main office. Two roof units have been installed to vent fresh air into seventeen interior classrooms. A new agriculture classroom and horticulture potting room were constructed. A new curtain was purchased for the auditorium, and the fence was replaced along the front of the school. New cafeteria tables with school logo are the newest additions to the school.
Hamblen County continues to grow westward, and as a result, Morristown-Hamblen High School West's enrollment has increased in recent years. Future facility improvements and enlargements are being investigated, as is addition of personnel. Plans are being drawn for a major renovation and redesigned project for the school
Sports offered at Morristown West High School are Baseball, Basketball (Men & Women's), Cheerleading, Cross Country, American Football, Golf, Soccer (Men & Women's), Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, & Wrestling
Mark Eric Bell is an award-winning American journalist currently living in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Bell reported primarily on public safety and criminal court issues as a full-time staff reporter at The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro between April 2008 and June 2013. His articles have also appeared in The Tennessean in Nashville and the nationally-distributed newspaper, USA Today. Bell has also appeared on national television.
Bell was born to Lester Mark and Lisa Bell on Oct. 22, 1985 at Morristown-Hamblen Hospital in Morristown, TN. He grew up in Talbott, TN and attended Morristown-Hamblen West High School in Morristown, TN, where he graduated in 2004. He earned a degree in journalism at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN in May 2008.
Bell is a three-time winner of the prestigious Malcolm Law Investigative Reporting Award from the Tennessee Associated Press.
Bell most recently won the Malcolm Law award in 2013 for an investigative story that exposed inconsistencies in the way jails and work center facilities in Tennessee apply Tennessee 'Good Time,' work and other sentencing credits for inmates.
The story highlighted differences between two facilities in Rutherford County, Tennessee as examples of those inconsistencies and what they meant for inmates, including former inmate Renee Taylor. Taylor had been released from a facility to participate in a rehabilitation program, but was asked to return after authorities discovered she still had time to serve on her sentence, as calculated by that facility. Taylor, who was in hiding at the time the story was published, maintained she had completed her sentence and that the facility was not properly applying Tennessee's 'Good Time' sentencing credit. Bell discovered the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center had been using a formula to calculate the length of inmates' sentences instead of applying the 2-for-1 'Good Time' credit. A former jail administrator called the formula imperfect in application for every sentence.
Bell won the Malcolm Law award in 2012 for a series of stories dealing with Rutherford County, Tennessee inmates working on a private horse farm without a valid contract, which was in violation of state law governing such labor on private property.
Bell uncovered that inmates from the jail were cleaning up storm debris and repairing fences at the private farm, where the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office mounted patrol division boarded and trained its horses. The lease agreement allowing the sheriff's office to use the stables and property had been expired for more than a year when Bell broke the story in May 2011.
The following day, inmate work there was suspended. It resumed several months later when the county drew up a new lease agreement with the stables owner, which allowed the sheriff's office mounted patrol and inmates to access and work on the property for $200 per month. Also uncovered in the series of stories was that a now-former sheriff had signed a contract with the stables owner without going to the Rutherford County Board of Commissioners for approval.
Bell first won the Malcolm Law award in 2009 for a series of investigative articles stemming from a July 17, 2008 fatal crash, which involved an 11-year-old Hopkinsville, Ky., girl and a now-former sheriff's detective. The crash occurred on Bradyville Pike in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Bell reported eyewitness accounts that the detective dumped bottles of alcohol from his cruiser after the crash and that investigators initially ignored those accounts and failed to collect the bottles at the scene. The chief of the Murfreesboro Police Department later admitted that investigators erred in not collecting the bottles, at least one of which was later linked to the sheriff's detective by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Two members of the Murfreesboro Fatal Accident Crash Team, including its commander, were forced to resign from the team and were placed on suspension by Murfreesboro Police Department's police chief and the city manager.
The sheriff's detective was eventually charged criminally with one count of reckless homicide and tampering with evidence. Eventually acquitted of reckless homicide and with the tampering with evidence charge dismissed in a separate proceeding, the detective was allowed to return to work. However, he was fired by a newly elected sheriff within a month of his return. The new sheriff had stated in his campaign that the detective had destroyed his reputation with the department.
Bell was part of a team that won a First Amendment Citation during the National Associated Press awards held in New York, NY on Aug. 3, 2009.
Bell and The Daily News Journal were also awarded first place for investigative reporting by The Tennessee Press Association at their 2009 awards ceremony.
Bell was awarded 2nd place at a national level competition by Suburban Newspapers of America for ongoing investigative coverage.
Bell was among a number of reporters who covered March 2011 stabbing death of Middle Tennessee State University basketball star Tina Stewart by her college roommate, Shanterrica Madden. Madden, an MTSU student, was convicted in May 2012 of second-degree murder in the off-campus killing. Several of Bell's articles on the case appeared on the Gannett-owned USA Today web site, usatoday.com. The case was later featured on the Oxygen Network's true crime television series, Snapped. Bell appears several times in the episode discussing facts of the case.
This is a list of the 95 counties in the State of Tennessee. A county is a local level of government smaller than a state and typically larger than a city or town, in a U.S. state or territory.
As of 2010, Shelby County was both Tennessee's most populous county, with 927,644 residents, and the largest county in area, covering an area of 755 sq mi (1,955 km2). The least populous county was Pickett County (4,945) and the smallest in area was Trousdale County, covering 114 sq mi (295 km2). As of the same year, Davidson County, in which the capital Nashville is located, covers 502 sq mi (1,300 km2) with a population of 569,891. The population of the state of Tennessee as of the 2000 census was 5,689,283 in an area of 42,169 sq mi (109,217 km2). The oldest county is Washington County, founded in 1777. The most recently formed county is Chester County (1879).
According to the 2000 census, the center of population for Tennessee was located at , 2.5 mi (4.0 km) south of Murfreesboro in Rutherford County. The center of population pinpoints the location at which the population of the state, as placed on a map of the state where they reside, would balance out the map. The geographic center, the point where the map of Tennessee would balance without the population, is located 5 mi (8 km) northeast of Murfreesboro. In 1976, the Rutherford County Historical Society marked the geographic center of Tennessee with an obelisk.
Some of the counties were formed in part or completely from lands previously controlled by American Indians. The "Indian lands" were territories that American Indians had occupied from pre-Columbian times and to which they were granted the legal right of occupancy in an act of the United States government. In cases where counties had been formed from that territory, the legal right of American Indian occupancy was revoked in a federal act prior to the formal establishment of the county. For Tennessee, ten treaties were negotiated between 1770 and 1835, defining the areas assigned to European settlers and to American Indians, regulating the right of occupancy regarding the lands. The remaining indigenous population was eventually removed from Tennessee to what became the state of Oklahoma.
The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code, which is used by the United States government to uniquely identify counties, is provided with each entry. FIPS codes are five-digit numbers; for Tennessee the codes start with 47 and are completed with the three-digit county code. The FIPS code for each county in the table links to census data for that county.
There are two defunct counties in Tennessee:
Three Tennessee counties operate under consolidated city–county governments, a city and county that have been merged into one jurisdiction. As such, these governments are simultaneously a city, which is a municipal corporation, and a county, which is an administrative division of a state.
Morristown-Hamblen High School East (also known as Morristown High School and Morristown East High School) is a secondary school located in Morristown, Tennessee. The school incorporates grades 9-12. Their mascot is the Hurricane and the school colors are orange and black. The school had an enrollment over 1,400 students as of the 2009-2010 school year. Gary Johnson is the head principal.
Morristown High School was built in 1923 and was admitted to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Isenberg-Siler Gymnasium was added in 1954 and the third floor was added in 1955. The south wing was added in 1968. A major renovation occurred in 1989 at a cost of 8.9 million dollars. A 1.3 million dollar library was opened in 2004 and was named in memory of Dr. Joe E. Gibson, Sr., former School Board Member and East High supporter.
The school changed names in 1968 and has been known as Morristown-Hamblen High School East since that time due to the new high school, Morristown-Hamblen High School West for students who lived west of Morristown. The building is of traditional style and is located half a mile from from the center of downtown Morristown. Morristown High School was known originally as the Golden Hurricanes but the name has been changed to the Hurricanes. The symbol used in earlier years was a tornado. However, the new logo is that of a hurricane, created for East High School by a design artist from New Jersey.
The main building at Morristown East has 68 classrooms, a cafeteria, an auditorium, and a gymnasium. There is an annex at the rear of the building that has three classrooms.
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Sports offered at Morristown East High School are baseball, basketball (men and womens), cheerleading, cross country, American football, golf, soccer (men and womens), softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling
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