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UNICOI COUNTY LEADERS TO DECIDE AMBULANCE FATE

The Unicoi County Ambulance Committee And County Commission Are Expected To Decide Today On The County’s Ambulance Service Contract With Medic-One. Medic-One Owner Jim Reeves Has Responded To A Letter From The County. He Outlined Apparent Violations Of The Current Contract And Promises To Remedy Shortages Of Ambulances And Staff. County Mayor Greg Lynch Has Reportedly Expressed Confidence In Medic-On And Believes They Will Correct Past Problems. However, Some Town Leaders Have Expressed Interest In Creating A Publicly Run Ambulance Service.

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PEDESTRIAN/TRAIN ACCIDENT IN ABINGDON VIRGINIA LEAVES ONE DEAD

Abingdon Virginia Police Are Investigating A Train/Pedestrian Accident. It Happened Sunday Night At A Rail Crossing On Trigg Street. According To Witnesses, The Person Was Hit About 100 Feet From The Designated Crossing. The Pedestrian Reportedly Died At The Scene. The Victim’s Name Is Expected To Be Released Later Today After The Next Of Kin Has Been Notified. The Incident Remains Under Investigation.

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SUSPECT ARRESTED IN BRISTOL, VIRGINIA

A Man Wanted On Rape Charges In Tennessee Has Been Arrested In Bristol, Virginia. Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Deputies Arrested 20 Year Old Brandon Tuell At The Red Carpet Inn On Lee Highway. He Was Wanted For Five Counts Of Child Rape And Four Counts Of Statutory Ape Out Of Bristol, Tennessee. Tuell Was Taken To The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail In Abingdon Where He’s Being Held Without Bond.

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HIGHWAY PATROL LOOKING FOR MORE TROOPERS

The Tennessee Highway Patol Is Looking For More State Troopers. Appllications Will Soon Be Accepted For Its Second Trooper Class. Interested Men And Women Can Apply Online From March 8th Through The 21stat Www.Agency.Governmentjobs.Com.

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ROAD WORK UNDERWAY ON ROAD TO PARK

Road Stabilization Work Is Underway On The Roadway Leading Up To Bays Mountain Park. The Work Is Expected To Take About 20 Days To Complete. A Colorado Based Company Will Work To Stabilize About 150 Feet Of Roadway. The Park Will Remain Open While The Work Is Underway. The Project Is Costing The City About 200-Thousand Dollars.

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PURE FOODS BUILDING ON THE MARKET

Networks Sullivan Partnership Has Put The Former Pure Foods Building Back On The Market. The 88-Thousand Square Foot Manufacturing Facility Was To Produce Nutrient-Dense And Reduced-Fat Snack Foods For Distribution In Canada, The United States And Mexico. Pure Foods Had Reported Invested Over 22-Million Dollars. For More Information About The Building, Visit Networkstn.Com.

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HAMPTON PHARMACY BANDIT ARRAIGNED

The Suspect In A Pharmacy Robbery In Carter County Has Been Arraigned In General Sessions Court On A Robbery Charge. 36 Year Old Jason Stout Is Accused Of Entering Of Holding Up Hampton Pharmacy And Demanding Drugs At Gunpoint. Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford Said Drugs Were Found Along With The Suspect At A Home On Keenburg Road In Elizabethton. Bond For Stout Was Set At 50-Thousand Dollars. He’s Set To Appear In Court On April 11th.

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NEW GUN LAWS IN TENNESSEE COME WITH A WARNING

Tennessee Lawmakers Are Pushing Ahead With Several Bills That Would Expand Places Where Gun Permit Holders Can Carry Their Weapons To Include Schools And State Or Local Government Buildings. East Tennessee State University Public Safety Chief Jack Cotrel Says It Will Make His Job More Difficult. He Says, While Many Gun Owners Believe They Could Defend Themselves Or Others With A Firearm, It’s Just Not That Easy. The State Legislature Passed A Law Last Year That Allows Full-Time Faculty And Staff Of Universities And Colleges To Carry Handguns With Proper Permitting.

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MOONLITE DRIVE-IN UP FOR SALE AGAIN

The Historic Moonlite Drive-In In Abingdon Virginia Is Up For Sale Again. A Partnership Deal To Reopen The Theater This Spring Fell Apart. Meade Realty Has The Property Listed At Just Over 1.2 Million Dollars, Which Is Less Than The 1.7 Million Dollar Price Owner William Booker Was Asking For When It Was On The Market Previously. If You’d Like Information On The Listing, Visit Meaderealty.Com

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JONESBOROUGH SCHOOL TO BE RENOVATED

Plans Are In The Works To Renovate The Jonesborough K-8 School. Architect Tony Street Has Presented Plans For The Renovation Work. It Calls For Adding On To The Current Building And Renovating The Circular Portion Of The Current Elementary School. The Board Will Meet Again To Review The Plans On March 7th.

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JC POWER BOARD WIRELESS ON BACK BURNER

The Complex Conversion Of Johnson City Power To An Authority Is Proving To Be Just That, Complex. Plans For The Power Board’s Wireless Broadband Internet Service Have Been Placed On The Back Burner For Now Due To The Changes. Once The Authority Is Fully In Place, Then A Decision Will Be Made. The Changeover To The Authority Should Be Completed By The End Of March And A Decision On The Wireless Internet Service Could Come By The End Of The Year.

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GREENE COUNTY WANTS NEW SESSIONS JUDGE

Greene County Leaders Have Approved A Resolution That Will Allow An Additional General Sessions Court Judge To Be Hired. The Tennessee State Legislature Will Now Have To Approve This And Then The Commission Will Vote On It Once Again. Judge Kenneth Bailey Jr. Asked For A New Judge To Be Added To Assist Him With Sessions Court. This Would Allow Bailey To Do More Work Outside Of The Courtroom.

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DRONE GRANT FUNDING COMES TO SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

300-Thousand Dollars In Grant Money Has Been Awarded To Promote Commercial Drone Use In Southwest Virginia. The Funds Where Provided By Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. People From All Over The World Will Be Brought To This Area For Drone Training. Drones Are Expected To Pave The Way For More Jobs In The Region Such As Real-Estate, Farming And Coalfields.

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COOPER DISBARRED FROM PRACTICING LAW

A Sullivan County Attorney Has Been Disbarred. The Board Of Professional Responsibility Of The Supreme Court Of Tennessee Disbarred Don Cooper For Misappropriating Funds While Serving As A Co-Executor, Administrator And Or Trustee In Three Separate Estates And Trusts. Cooper Is Required To Pay Nearly A Million Dollars In Restitution To The Estates.

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J.C. PENNEY TO CLOSE MORE STORES

J.C. Penney Says It Will Be Closing Anywhere From 130 To 140 Stores As Well As Two Of Its Distribution Centers Over The Next Several Months. The Company Is Aiming To Improve Profitability In The Era Of Online Shopping. J.C. Penney Is Joining Other Department Stores Like Macy’s Who Are Shrinking Its Footprint Amid Challenges In The Industry.

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PHARMACY ROBBERY SUSPECT LOCATED

Authorities Have Captured A Man Accused Of Holding Up A Carter County Pharmacy. The Incident Occurred Yesterday At Hampton Pharmacy. Sheriff Dexter Lunceford Said Deputies Received A Tip About The Getaway Vehicle Being At A Home On Keenburg Road. Officers Obtained A Search Warrant And Arrested Jason Stout. A Gun And Drugs Were Also Found. Stout Will Be Arraigned In General Sessions Court Soon.

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CARTER COUNTY TRYING TO ATTRACT WORKERS AND BUSINESSES

The Act Work Ready Communities Initiative Is Expected To Benefit Carter County By Attracting Employers. A Meeting Was Held Last Night By The Carter County Joint Economic And Community Development Board. Act Is One Of The Largest Educational Testing Organizations In The Nation. Meanwhile, The Board Has Learned Of Interest By Companies In The Old Magic Mart Building And The Betsytowne Shopping Center.

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NORTON JOINING OTHERS IN GROWING THE REGION

The Norton City Council Is Endorsing A New Economic Development Collaboration Involving The City And The Counties Of Wise, Dickenson, Lee And Scott Counties. The City Council Voted Earlier This Year To Support Continuing And Expanding Job Creating Planning Talks Among The Local Governments. Norton And The Four Counties Hope To Establish Either A Regional Or Joint Authority. The Plan Will Be Addressed Again At A Later Date.

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TBR SENDS REPORT TO NORTHEAST STATE

The Tennessee Board Of Regents Has Sent A Report To Northeast State Community Faculty Members That Recommends Three Interim Actions To Address Financial And Academic Management And Governance Of The Campus And A No Confidence Vote In School President Janice Gilliam. They Recommend Hiring Rosemary Jackson To Serve As The Interim Chief Financial Officer Until A Permanent One Can Be Hired, Review The Structure Of The College’s Academic Affairs Unit, And Northeast State, Tbr, And The College’s Faculty Senate Will Work Together To Identify And Implement Best Practices.

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TENNESSEE COULD GET VERTICAL LICENSES

Tennessee Is One Step Closer To Seeing Big Changes On Our Driver’s Licenses. A Senate Transportation Committee Approved A Bill Wednesday That Would Make It So Anyone Under The Age Of 21 Has A Vertical License. The Idea Is To Make It Easier For Businesses To Identify If Someone Under 21 Is Trying To Buy Alcohol. Drivers Would Have The Option To Update To The Standard License Once They’re Of Age. Right Now, Tennessee Licenses Have A Red Bar Along The Side Of The Photo If The Person Is Under The Legal Drinking Age. Two Thirds Of Other States Across The Nation Already Use Vertical Licenses For Drivers Under 21.