SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT INJURES KINGSPORT WOMAN

A Single Vehicle Accident In Kingsport Has Injured A City Woman. 57 Year Old Regina Bailey Was Traveling Along Catawba Street When, For Unknown Reasons, Her Vehicle Veered To The Left Across The Center Line And Struck A Tree. Bailey Was Pinned Under The Vehicle After Being Partially Ejected Following The Crash. She Was Transported To Holston Valley Medical Center For Treatment Of Serious Injuries. The Investigation Is Continuing.

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SENATOR ALEXANDER TO STOP IN KINGSPORT

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Will Be In The Tri Cities. He Is Scheduled To Deliver Remarks At Eastman Chemical Company’s Topping Out Ceremony In Kingsport. Alexander Along With Chairman And CEO Mark Costa And Eastman Executives Will Be Commemorating The Completion Of The Steelwork Of The Company’s New Corporate Business Center On South Wilcox Drive. The Event Will Begin At 1:30 P.M. Wednesday Afternoon.

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LAWSUIT FILES AGAINST GREENE COUNTY SCHOOL AND COACH

A Lawsuit Has Been Filed AgainstThe Greene County School System And A Coach who’s Accused Of Sexually Assaulting A Minor In A Knoxville Hotel Swimming Pool. Deaton Joseph Myers Of Bulls Gap Was Head Wrestling Coach At Chuckey Doak High School At The Time Of The Alleged Incident. The Lawsuit Alleges That Myers Was Alone With Cliff Allen, The Alleged Victim, When The Coach Reportedly Stripped Naked And Sexually Assaulted The Teenager While The Two Were In A Pool During A Two-Day Tournament Back In February. Myers Was Arrested And Charged With Assault. Meanwhile, Allen Is Asking For More Than 10-Million Dollars From The School System And Myers.

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SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING RASH OF VANDALISMS

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Is Investigating A Rash Of Vandalism Cases In The Piney Flats And Bluff City Area. In The Last Month, The Sheriff’s Office Has Received More Than A Dozen Reports Of Glass Bottles Being Thrown Through The Window Of Various Homes And Vehicles. Most Of The Incidents Have Occurred On Weekends, Primarily Late Saturday Night To Early Sunday Morning. The Damage Done In Each Case Ranges From 300 Dollars To Well Over A Thousand Dollars. Anyone With Any Information About These Vandalism Incidents Is Asked To Contact The Sheriff’s Office.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER UPSET

Sullivan County Highway Commissioner Jim Belgeri Is Upset That 49 Employees Have Used Excessive Sick Leave Recently. He Says Workers With The Department Are Not Allowed To Use Vacation Time For Just A Couple Of Hours Out Of The Day To Leave Work Early. If Employees Have A Job That Is Scheduled For Ten Hours And The Crew Finishes In Seven Hours, They Will Take Off The Other Three Hours Instead Of Starting The Next Job. Belgeri Says Its Unacceptable And Shouldn’t Be To The Commission To Pay People For Being Sick Who Are Not Actually Sick. The Commission Is Expected To Take Up The Issue At Its Next Meeting Next Month.

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ETSU TO HOST RECRUITMENT FAIR ON WEDNESDAY

Students Considering A Profession In Health Care Will Have An Opportunity To Network With Representatives From Health Programs At Colleges And Universities Across The Region At East Tennessee State University. The Fifth Annual Health Professions Recruitment Fair Will Consist Of Representatives From 37 Area Schools. The Event Will Take Place From 1 To 4 P.M. On Wednesday In The D.P. Culp University Center Ballroom. A Question And Answer Session Then Runs From 4:30 To 5:30 P.M.

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JOHNSON CITY HAS A NEW ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF

Johnson City Has Finally Filled A Long-Vacant Assistant Fire Chief Post. Captain Jerome Palmer Has Been Promoted To The New Position By Chief Mark Scott. The Department Has Been Trying To Fill The Vacant Spot For The Past 18 Months. Palmer Will Now Manage The Operations Of The Fire Suppression Division.

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BRISTOL VFW POST COULD SHUT DOWN SOON

The Veterans Of Foreign War Patton-Crosswhite Post 6975 In Bristol Tennessee Could Soon Close Its Doors. Dwindling Membership And Diminished Revenues Are To Blame. At Its Peak, It Had 28-Hundred Members And Now There Are Less Than Five-Hundred. Post Commander Harold Kitchens Said There’s Only Enough In The Reserve Fund To Keep The Post Open Three Or Four More Months.

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BRISTOL TENNESSEE ONE OF BEST PLACES

Bristol, Tennessee Is The Fourth Best Place In The Country For Political Conservatives To Live. That According To Livability Dot Com. The City Was Ranked In A Recent List Called “Best Places For Liberals, Conservatives, And Centrists 2014. Among The Criteria Used In Ranking Cities Are Geographical Data Which Is Used To Gauge The Ideological Skew Of The Congressional Representation Of A City And How Residents Of Each City Self-Report Their Own Political Leanings Of A Five-Point Scale From Very Liberal To Very Conservative.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY NAMES NEW SUPERVISOR

Sullivan County Schools Has A New Supervisor Of Curriculum And Instruction. Dr. Robin Mcclellan Was Recently Named To The Post By Director Of Schools Dr. Jubal Yennie. Dr. Mcclellan Has Worked In The School District For 19 Years, The Most Recent As Principal Of Emmett Elementary School. She’s Excited To Be Able To Work With Nearly A Thousand County Educators Who Are Student Focused And Driven To Exceed Expectations. Meanwhile, Yennie Has Named Deborah Stevenson As Principal At Emmett Elementary.

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KINGSPORT UNITED WAY REACHING GOAL

The United Way Of Greater Kingsport Is Well On Its Way To Reaching Its Campaign Goal Of 4-Million Dollars. With A Little More Than Four Weeks To Go In The Campaign, The Agency Has Reached 75-Percent, Or 3-Million Dollars. Executive Director Danelle Glasscock Invites The Community To Be Active Participants In Creating Lasting Changes In The Areas Of Education, Income, And Health By Making A Contribution.

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VIRGINIA FARMERS CAN SIGN UP FOR ASSISTANCE

Virginia Farmers And Forest Land Owners Can Sign Up For Assistance To Protect The Health And Productivity Of Their Land. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program Is Administered Through The U.S. Department Of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Under The Program Technical And Financial Assistance Is Available To Plan And Install Conservation Practices On Cropland And Pastureland. Service Center Locations Are Listed Online At Www.Offices.Usda.Gov.

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LONGTIME ELIZABETHTON SCHOOL LEADER TO RETIRE

The Elizabethton City School Board Will Soon Be Searching For A New Superintendent. Current Superintendent, Ed Alexander, Has Announced He Is Retiring Effective January 5th. Alexander Has Spent The Last Eight Years Of His 39, Working With The Elizabethton School System.

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UNICOI NOW HAS BUILDING CODES IN PLACE

Building Codes Are Now In Place In Unicoi. Town Leaders Approved Adopting The State’s 2009 Energy Codes To Go Along With The 2012 State Building Codes That Had Been Previously Adopted. Town Leaders Will Now Work To Draft An Ordinance To Effect The New Codes. The First And Second Readings Of This Ordinance Will Be Considered By The Board In The Coming Months.

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GAS PRICES EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO DROP

More Good News For Motorists. Gas Prices Are The Lowest They’ve Been In Tennessee Since 2011 This Week. The Average Price Per Gallon Slipped 11 Cents To $3 Or Less. Meanwhile, Virginia Motorists Are Also Paying On Average $3 Or Below. AAA Attributes The Tumble In Prices To An Overabundance Of Oil, The Blend Of Oil Used In The Winter Is Less Expensive Than The One Used In The Summer, And People Aren’t Taking As Many Trips This Time Of Year. AAA Is Projecting The Prices Will Continue To Drop Another 11 To 20 Cents Per Gallon By Thanksgiving.

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CHURCH HILL MAN ACCUSED OF FIRING GUN

A Church Hill Man Accused Of Firing At Least Seven Gunshots While Struggling With His Father Who Attempted To Take The Gun Away From Him, Has Been Arraigned In Hawkins County General Sessions Court. 24 Year Old Brandon Fugate Is Charged With Two Counts Of Aggravated Assault And Vandalism. The Parents Allegedly Said When They Arrived Home Saturday Night, Fugate Started A Verbal Argument Which Escalated Into Property Damage And A Physical Altercation. He Remains Behind Bars On A 75-Thousand Dollars Bond. His Preliminary Hearing Is Set For November 3rd.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTE YES ON ABORTION ISSUE

The Sullivan County Commission Has Given A Thumbs Up For The Proposed Abortion Related State Constitutional Amendment That Gives The Power To Regulate Abortions Back To State Government. The Vote For The Amendment One Resolution Prompted Lengthy Debate Among Commissioners Yesterday. If You Vote Yes On November 4th, You Say You Want State Lawmakers To Have That Control. If You Vote No, Then You Are Saying You Like It The Way It Is. Early Voting Is Currently Underway In Tennessee.

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TWO ARRESTED IN HOME INVASION IN JOHNSON CITY

A 20 Year Old Johnson City Man And A Juvenile Are Accused Of Attacking Two People In Their Home And Robbing Them. Michael Duncun Is Charged With Aggravated Robbery After The Victim’s Claim Two Thousand Dollars In Cash And Jewelry Was Taken From The Home. Duncun Is Set To Appear In Court This Morning While The Juvenile Will Appear Before A Judge At A Later Date.

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THIRD SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTED AT ETSU

East Tennessee State University’s Public Safety Has Received Another Sexual Assault Report. The Female Student’s Incident Reportedly Occurred On October 17th. The Female Reported A Male, Non-Student Acquaintance Raped Her In Her Residence Hall Room. The Complainant Advised She Did Not Wish To Pursue Criminal Charges At This Time. This Marks The Third Reported Sexual Assault Reported On The Etsu Campus This Semester.

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LENGTHLY GREENE COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING

A Five And A Half Hour-Long Greene County Commission Meeting Involved The Discussion Of A Number Of Topics. The Primary Discussion Concerned The Future Of Emergency Medical Services And Its Director, Robert Sayne. Commissioners Talked About Whether Or Not The County Commission Would Rescind The Authority Of The Ems To Regulate Private Ambulance Service In The County. A Motion Was Made And Later Tabled That Asked For Sayne’s Resignation.

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