NEW JOBS COMING TO LEBANON VIRGINIA

Some New Jobs Are Coming To One Part Of Southwest Virginia. At & T Announced They Are Looking To Add Employees In Lebanon. There Are Currently 15 Open Positions With The Customer Service Team. Those Wanting To Apply Can Find Out More Information At Http://Connect.Att.Jobs.

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TRIAL RESET FOR FORMER TRI CITIES BUSINESSMAN

Trial For A Former Tri Cities Businessman Indicted By A Federal Grand Jury On Drug Related Charges Has Been Delayed Until Later This Summer. 55 Year Old Daniel Guy Bickley Is Charged With Conspiracy To Distribute, Distribution Of Controlled Substances, And Conspiracy To Engage In Monetary Transactions In Criminally Derived Property. Bickley’s Accused Of Selling Synthetic Stimulants – Bath Salts – In 2010 From His Business In Bristol, Kingsport, And Johnson City. If Convicted, He Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison And Fines Up To A Million Dollars. Trial For Bickley Is Set To Begin On July 29th In U.S. District Court In Greeneville.

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UNICOI VIDEO FIGHT CASE HAS TRIAL SET

A Trial Date Has Been Set For Three People Who Were Present At A Fight In Unicoi County Between Two 13-Year Old Girls That Was Video Recorded And Posted On Facebook. Amanda Shelton, David Shelton And Jarid Briggs Are Charged With Contributing To The Delinquency Of A Minor And Criminal Trespassing. The Charges Stem From A March Incident In Which The Trio Was Present During The Fight And Encouraged It. The Three Have A Trial Date Set For May 15th. The Female Juveniles Allegedly Involved In The Fight Have Already Appeared In Unicoi County Juvenile Court.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY INMATES CAN VISIT FAMILY VIA INTERNET

Video Visitation Is Now Possible At The Sullivan County Correctional Facility. Friends And Family Members Of Inmates Who Aren’t Able To Physically Visit The Lock-Up Can Pay $5 To Video Conference For 20 Minutes With An Inmate Over The Internet. The Service Is Being Made Possible By Cary, North Carolina Based Securus Technologies. They’re Supplying The Tools For The Video Visitations To The Jail At No Cost. To Participate From Home, An Inmate’s Family Needs A Computer With Internet, Web Camera And Sound, Along With Creation Of An Online Account With Securus.

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GREENEVILLE POLICE NEED YOUR HELP IN DOUBLE MURDER

Greeneville Police Are Asking For The Public’s Help In Solving A Double Murder Case. On March 23rd, Officers Found The Bodies Of 78 Year Old Elizabeth Cooter And 49 Year Old Roger Aiken Inside A Burning House On West Main Street. Captain David Crum Said He Still Believes The Residence Was Set On Fire After The Two People Inside Were Murdered To Cover Up The Crimes. The Police Department Continues To Conduct Interviews And Tack Down Possible Leads. A 15-Hundred Dollar Reward Is Still Being Offered For Information Leading To An Arrest In The Case.

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BIDS TAKE FOR UNICOI COUNTY 911 EQUIPMENT

Bids Have Been Submitted, Now The Unicoi County 9-1-1 Board Of Directors Wants Time To Review The Proposals Before Moving Forward With The Purchase Of New Equipment For The County’s Emergency Dispatch Center. The Bids Were Submitted By Two Companies, The Eaton Corporation And Xybix (Zye-Bicks). Both Companies Are Vying To Provide The County With Consoles That Are To Be Compatible With The Mandated Next Generation 9-1-1 Systems.

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TRI CITIES AIRPORT TO HOLD MOCK EMERGENCY DRILL

The Tri Cities Regional Airport Will Conduct A Mock Airport Emergency Exercise On Tuesday. According To Airport Spokeswoman Melissa Thomas, The Drill Is A Federally-Mandated Exercise Designed To Promote Emergency Preparedness, Test The Airport’s Emergency Operation Plan, Train Personnel In Emergency Management Duties, And Coordinate The Efforts Of Local Emergency Service Agencies. She Explained That The Simulated Scenario Will Be A 50-Passenger Regional Air Jet En Route To The Airport That Crashes Upon Landing.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY TO REBRAND ITS BUSINESS

Sullivan County Economic Leaders Have Rebranded The County To Better Sell Its Benefits To Business. The New Branding Message Reads “Sullivan County — Where Tennessee Begins Its Business Day.” Networks Sullivan Partnership, A Joint Effort Of Sullivan County And The Cities Of Bristol Tennessee, Bluff City And Kingsport, Unveiled The Message Recently At Its Board Of Directors Meeting.

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STEM SCHOOL TO MOVE FROM KINGSPORT TO BLOUNTVILLE

Innovation Academy Of Northeast Tennessee Will Be Moving From Bloomingdale To Blountville Next Year. The Sullivan County Board Of Education Recently Voted To Relocate The Award-Winning Science, Technology, Engineering And Math Program To Operate Grades 6 Through 8 Within Holston Middle School. The Decision To Move The School Without Expanding To The Ninth Grade Came Down To Taxpayer Money. Details Of The Move Are Still In The Works.

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WATER OUTAGE SET FOR SECTION OF BRISTOL VIRGINIA

Several Bristol Virginia Water Customers In The Exit 7 Area Will Experience An Interruption Of Water Services Monday Evening. Bristol Virginia Utility Plans To Shut Off The Water At 11 This Evening And It Will Remain Off Until Six O’clock Tomorrow Morning For Customers Living On Old Stage Road And Hickory Drive. Surrounding Areas Could Experience Low Water Pressure During The Outage.

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THREE ARRESTED AFTER METH LAB DISCOVERED IN GREENE COUNTY

Three People Have Been Arrested Following An Investigation Into The Discovery Of A Meth Lab At A Greene County Residence. Steven Deas Is Charged With Initiation Of The Process Of Meth Manufacture, Tiffany Lynn Collins Is Charged With Evading Arrest, While Matthew Quillen Is Charged With Carrying A Prohibited Weapon. The Charges Stem From An Investigation At The Home On Kitchen Branch Road In Which Authorities Allegedly Found Plastic Bottle Containing A Mixture Of Ammonium Nitrate And Lithium. The Trio Will Appear In Court On Monday.

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VIRGINIA INTERMONT PRESIDENT RECEIVES NO CONFIDENCE VOTE FROM FACULTY

The President Of Virginia Intermont College In Bristol Virginia, Clorisa Phillips Has Received A No Confidence Vote From Members Of The Faculty. This Comes After Learning A Merger Between VI And Webber International University In Florida Had Been Dissolved. This Means The College’s Financial Woes Will Continue For A While Longer. The School Will Lose Its Accreditation July 1st Unless More Money Can Be Secured. The No Confidence Vote By Faculty Shows Frustration Over Financial Resources, Failure To Grow Enrollment, Payroll Checks Returned After Insufficient Funds And Other Things.

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BRISTOL TENNESSEE MAN CONVICTED OF RAPE OF A CHILD

A Bristol Tennessee Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting A Juvenile Has Been Found Guilty Of The Crime In Sullivan County Criminal Court. 31 Year Old Randall Wanton Ii, Was Found Guilty Of Two Counts Of Rape Of A Child, Three Counts Of Aggravated Sexual Battery And Two Counts Of Solicitation Of Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor By Electronic Means. The Crimes Took Place Between June And November 2008. The Victim Was Under The Age Of 10 At The Time. He’ll Be Sentenced May 29th.

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ETSU TO RECEIVE LESS MONEY FROM THE STATE

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s 32.4 Billion Dollar Spending Plan Approved By State Law Makers Could Mean Less Money For East Tennessee State University And Increased Fees And Tuition For Students Next Year. The Amended Budget Reduced Recurring General Funding To The State’s Higher Education Venues By 3-Tenths Of A Percent. This Equates To ETSU Receiving 1-Million Dollars Less Next Fiscal Year. With The Shortfall, A Tuition And Fees Increase Of 2 To 4 Percent Has Been Recommended By The Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

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HAWKINS COUNTY WOMAN WHO STOLE FROM BROTHER SENTENCED

A Hawkins County Woman Who Stole 74-Thousand Dollars From Her Brother Has Been Ordered To Spend Time Behind Bars. A Circuit Court Judge Ordered 63 Year Old Connie Stapleton Of Mooresburg To Serve One Year In Jail And Seven Years On Community Corrections. Stapleton Pled Guilty To One Count Of Theft Over 60-Thousand Dollars. She Took Just Over 74-Thousand Dollars From The Estate Of Her Brother, Byrd Golden.

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MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING WIFE PLEADS NOT GUILTY

A Sullivan County Man Accused Of Killing His Wife Has Made His First Appearance In Criminal Court. Frank Delph Is Charged With First Degree Murder After Allegedly Shooting His Wife In The Head In June Of Last Year. He’s Also Charged With Unlawful Possession Of A Weapon. Delph Plead Not Guilty And Is Due Back In Court For A Trial Date To Be Set On June 5th.

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SALTVILLE RESCUE SQUAD SEEKING COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The Saltville Virginia Rescue Squad Is Seeking The Community’s Support Following Several Legal Battles. Back In 2012, The Former President Of The Board Of Directors Of The Squad, Eddie Louthian Sr Was Found Guilty On Several Charges Of Healthcare Fraud. The Current Members Running The Squad Want The Public To Know Despite Its Legal Issues In The Past, The Unit Is Now Being Run By New People And Things Are Different. Members Of The Community Are Invited To Attend The Squad’s Monthly Meetings For Input. They’re Held The First Monday Of Each Month At 6pm In The Rescue Squad Building On Battleground Avenue.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT

A Sullivan County Man That Plead Guilty Last Year To Soliciting A 13 Year Old Child Into Inappropriate Activity By Using The Internet Has Been Sentenced In U.S. District Court In Greeneville. A Judge Ordered 31 Year Old Lucas Conerly To Serve Ten Years In Federal Prison Followed By Supervised Probation For The Rest Of His Life. Conerly Was Arrested At A Johnson City Business In January Of Last Year When He Arranged A Meeting For The Purpose Of Sexual Activity With A Child In Exchange For Gifts.

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FATAL HELICOPTER CRASH REPORT COULD BE RELEASED SOON

The Investigation Into A Fatal Helicopter Crash On South Holston Lake In August 2012 Could Be Completed Within The Next Six Weeks. A Helicopter Owned By Food City Parent Company KVAT Crashed In Washington County Virginia Moments After Taking Off From A Helipad At The Home Of Company President Steve Smith. The Chopper Was Transporting People To Smith’s Home From The Just-Complete Race At Bristol Motor Speedway. The Pilot, Bill Starnes, Died In The Crash. A Preliminary National Transportation Safety Board Report Labeled The Cause Of The Accident As Accidental.

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HANDGUN FOUND AFTER CRASH NEAR ETSU

A Wreck Near East Tennessee State University In Johnson City Has Lead To The Arrest Of A Convicted Felon. 25 Year Old James Perkinson Is Charged With Driving Under The Influence, Simple Possession Of Marijuana, And Other Charges. Police Allegedly Found Marijuana, A Glass Pipe, And A Handgun In Perkinson’s Vehicle After The Crash On State Of Franklin Road At Jack Vest Drive. He Was Jailed In The Washington County Detention Center On An 8-Thousand Dollar Bond And Will Appear Soon In Sessions Court.

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