BRISTOL TENNESSEE TO HOLD DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT

The Bristol Tennessee Police Department Will Host Its 7th Prescription Drug Take-Back Event Later This Month. It Will Be Held In The Parking Lot Next To City Hall On Anderson Street. People Are Asked To Bring Old, Unwanted, Unused Or Expired Medications To This Secure Drop-Off Site. People Can Also Bring Prescription, Over-The-Counter And Supplements To This Event. This Is A No Questions Asked Event. However, Liquids And Syringes Will Not Be Accepted. The Drug Take Back Event Is Set For Saturday September 27th From 10-2pm.

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GREENE COUNTY COMMISSION SET TO RAISE TAXES

Newly Elected Greene County Commissioners Will Consider A 15-Cent Property Tax Hike When They Hold Their First Meeting This Morning. The Proposal Was Made By New County Mayor David Crum During A Recent Commission Workshop. The Increase Would Restore All Cuts To Positions And Hours That Had Been Part Of Previous Budget Plans.

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ELIZABETHTON TO EXPAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

The City Of Elizabethton’s Police Department Will Soon Get A New Home. City Leaders Approved A Proposal To Purchase The Old Ritchie’s Warehouse On East F Street. The Current Police Headquarters Has Only 36-Hundred Square Feet And Is Inadequate For The Department. Ritchie’s Offered The Warehouse To The City For 204-Thousand Dollars. It Would Be Attached To The Existing Department And Would Expand The Total Headquarters Space To 16-Thousand Square Feet.

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JONESBOROUGH LOOKING TO ATTRACT TOURISTS

The City Of Jonesborough Is Looking At Ways To Make Downtown More Attractive To Tourists. Several Business Owners Got Together With Town Officials And Main Street Economic Restructuring Expert Todd Barman Recently To Brainstorm. Barman Has Conducted Both Vehicle And Walking Tours Of The Area And Engaged With Merchants Trying To Find Out Their Thoughts On What Works For The Town. He’s Working To Put Together A Report That Can Be Used As A Road Map To Help Aid In Development Of The Town Area.

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AREA KROGER PHARMACIES TO OFFER FLU SHOTS

Kroger’s Pharmacies Are Now Offering Flu Shots. Insurance Plans May Cover The Cost, And The Cincinnati, Ohio-Based Grocer Accepts Medicare. Kroger Also Offers Fluzone Hd For Every Patient 65 Years And Older. The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Recommends An Annual Flu Shot For All People Age Six Months And Older. No Appointments Are Necessary At Kroger Pharmacies.

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BRISTOL VIRGINIA CRISIS CENTER RECEIVES AWARD

The Crisis Center Of Bristol Virginia Has Received An Award And Recognition. The Virginia Department Of Emergency Management And Virginia Citizen Corps Office Has Given The Center The Citizen Corps Superstar Agency Award. It Was Recognized For Its Efforts Last Year To Host Suicide Talk Training Courses Across Southwest Virginia. The Facility Was One Of 12 Nominees Up For The Honor.

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BLUFF CITY MAN JAILED FOR SEXUAL BATTERY OF ELEVEN YEAR OLD

A Bluff City Man Is Behind Bar For His Alleged Solicitation And Sexual Battery Of An Eleven Year Old Boy. 19 Year Old William Kevin Kennedy Is Also Charged With Aggravated Sexual Battery. He Was Indicted By A Sullivan County Grand Jury. Allegations Against Kennedy Were Brought To The Sheriff’s Office In April. The Victim Was Reportedly An Acquaintance Of Kennedy’s Family. Kennedy Remains In The Sullivan County Jail On A 25-Thousand Dollar Bond.

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JOHNSON CITY MAN HEADED TO PRISON

A Johnson City Man Has Been Ordered To Spend Time Behind Bars After Pleading Guilty To The Receipt And Possession Of Child Pornography. A Search Of 49 Year Old Ray Sluss Revealed More Than 18-Thousand Images Of Child Sexual Abuse On External Hard Drives Concealed In His Home. The Case Was Brought Against Him As Part Of Project Safe Childhood. Sluss Was Sentenced To 17 And Half Years In Prison.

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WELLMONT WON’T SEEK A NEW CEO FOR TIME BEING

Wellmont Health System Officials Say They Won’t Seek A Permanent CEO For The Time Being. Officials Maintain They Are Seeking A Qualified Nonprofit Partner Company, Who Will Continue To Advance The System’s Mission And Dedication To The Residents It Serves In Northeast Tennessee And Southwest Virginia. Spokesman Jim Wozniak Said He Anticipates A Recommendation In The Merger Search Near The End Of This Year.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY TENNESSEE BUDGET BALANCED

The Washington County Tennessee Budget Committee Has Balanced A Budget For 2015. The Proposed 123-Million Dollar Financial Plan Includes A 1.5 Percent Pay Raise For Employees And 63 Million Dollars In School Funding. The Good News Is No Increase In Property Taxes. The Proposed Budget Will Go Before The County Commission For Approval September 29th.

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN BRISTOL VIRGINIA WRECK

Bristol Virginia Police Say The Rider Of A Motorcycle Was Treated For What Appeared To Be Non-Life Threatening Injuries Following A Collision With A Truck On Euclid Avenue. The Driver Of An Older Model Pickup Truck Made An Illegal U-Turn This Morning And Struck The Motorcycle While Attempting To Complete The Turn. The Motorcyclist Was Leaving The Parking Lot Of The Roadrunner Market When The Accident Happened. Officers Said A Charge Is Pending Against The Driver Of The Truck.

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WELLMONT HEALTH SYSTEM WON’T SEEK NEW CEO

Wellmont Health System Officials Say They Won’t Seek A Permanent CEO For The Time Being. Officials Maintain They Are Seeking A Qualified Nonprofit Partner Company, Who Will Continue To Advance The System’s Mission And Dedication To The Residents It Serves In Northeast Tennessee And Southwest Virginia. Spokesman Jim Wozniak Said He Anticipates A Recommendation In The Merger Search Near The End Of This Year.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY TENNESSEE HAS A BALANCED BUDGET

The Washington County Tennessee Budget Committee Has Balanced A Budget For 2015. The Proposed 123-Million Dollar Financial Plan Includes A 1.5 Percent Pay Raise For Employees And 63 Million Dollars In School Funding. The Good News Is No Increase In Property Taxes. The Proposed Budget Will Go Before The County Commission For Approval September 29th.

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RAMSEY PULLS FOR ONE OF THREE REPUBLICANS

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says there are at least three Republican candidates for the next state attorney general he believes can do as good a job or better than the Democrat they would replace. Tennessee Supreme Court justices are trying to decide which of the six candidates, including incumbent AG Bob Cooper, will hold the post. Three of the high court’s justices are Democrats, and two are Republican. The Democratic justices won their retention elections last month following a contentious campaign spearheaded by Ramsey to defeat them and give Republicans control of the state’s highest court. Ramsey’s campaign heavily focused on Cooper’s role as attorney general, including his refusal to join a lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s health care law.

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JOHNSON CITY WRECK SENDS TODDLER TO THE HOSPITAL

An Apparent Wrong Way Driver In Johnson City Led To A Wreck That Sent A Toddler To An Area Hospital For Examination. According To Officers, The Driver Of A Truck Was Unaware He Had Turned Onto West Main Headed The Wrong Way When A Car Crossed Into His Path Traveling South On Winter Street. The Truck Struck The Car On The Driver’s Side, Pushing It Into The Curb In Front Of A Nearby Building. A Two Year Old Child. A Passenger In The Car, Was Transported To Johnson City Medical Center.The Driver Of The Truck Is Facing A Charge Of Driving The Wrong Way On A One Way Street.

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ERWIN MAN CONVICTED OF CHILD PORN

An Erwin Man Has Been Convicted Of Child Porn In Sullivan County. Joshua Johnson, A Former Kingsport Resident, Was Found Guilty On 34 Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor Charges. The Man Was Indicted In August 2013. A Woman Contacted Police After Finding The Images On A Computer At Johnson’s Former Residence On Kings Meadow Private Drive.

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GREENE COUNTY COMMISSION TO CONSIDER TAX HIKE

Newly Elected Greene County Commissioners Will Consider A 15-Cent Property Tax Hike When They Hold Their First Meeting On Monday. The Proposal Was Make By New County Mayor David Crum During A Recent Commission Workshop. The Increase Would Restore All Cuts To Positions And Hours That Had Been Part Of Previous Budget Plans. The Previous Commission Gave Thumbs Down To A 15-Cent Tax Increase By A Margin Of 8 Yes And 12 No Votes.

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CARTER COUNTY MAIL SCAM UNDER INVESTIGATION

The Carter County Trustee’s Office Is Warning Citizens Of A Potential Mail Scam. Several Property Owners Have Reported Receiving A Bright Yellow Postcard That Informs Them They Have Delinquent Taxes On Vacant Land And It Will Be Auctioned Off If The Taxes Are Not Paid In Full. The Card Requests The Property Owner Call Eric Herm. The Florida-Based Contact Number Connects To A Recording. Any Citizen Who Has Received A Card Or Letter About The Taxes On Their Property Should Not Call Any Number Listed And Should Instead Call The Trustee’s Office At 542-1811.

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KINGSPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES AWARD

Kudos To The Kingsport Police Department. At The Recent 27th Annual Tennessee Lifesavers Conference Held In Murfreesboro, The Department Won First Place For Traffic Safety In The 101-200 Officer Division As Part Of The Tennessee Law Enforcement Challenge. The Kingsport Police Department Showed Significant Improvement In Several Critical Traffic Safety Related Areas Including A Five Percent Increase In Seat Belt Usage.

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NORTHEAST STATE JOHNSON CITY CAMPUS NEARS COMPLETION

Work On Northeast State Community College’s Downtown Johnson City Satellite Campus Is Progressing. The Construction Work Has Been Ongoing For Several Years And Is Expected To Finish Up By Spring. Enrollment At The Campus Is Expected To Reach Up To 15-Hundred With Day, Evening And Weekend Classes.

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