PAVING SCAM IN CARTER COUNTY BEING INVESTIGATED

It’s That Time Of Year. Time For Scam Artists Who Come To Your Home Or Business, And Ask To Fix Your Driveway. Carter County Authorities Say Scam Artists Ask To Pour Asphalt On Your Property. Sheriff Chris Mathes Says His Department Is Investigating Several Such Cases At The Present Time. Most Of The Victims Tend To Be Elderly. The Scammers Do A Poor Job And Ask For A Lot Of Money For The Service. If You Know Of Such Individuals, You’re Urged To Contact The Carter County Sheriff’s Office.

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METH LAB DUMPSITES FOUND IN CHEROKEE NATIONAL FOREST

The Arrest Of A Blountville Man Has Led To Several Meth Dumpsites In The Cherokee National Forest. 27 Year Old Michael Edwards Is Charged With Possession Of Schedule Two Drugs For Resale, Promotion Of Meth, And Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. The Charges Stem From A Search Of Edward’s Vehicle During A Bluff City Traffic Stop In Which Meth And Meth Precursors Were Reportedly Confiscated. Edwards Reportedly Admitted To Disposing Of A One-Pot Meth Apparatus On Big Creek Road In The Cherokee National Forest. Acting On A Tip, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Vice And Narcotics Detectives Located Several Meth Dumpsites. The Dumpsites Contained A Total Of Nine One-Pot Cook Bottles, About 30 Gas Generator Bottles, And A Number Of Other Items Used In Making Meth.

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MAN ACCUSED IN SHOOTING WILL GO TO TRIAL

A Johnson City Man Accused Of Shooting A Woman On Valentines Day Two Years Ago Will Go To Trial Despite Not Having An Attorney. 49 Year Old Eric Parker Is Charged With Attempted First-Degree Murder In The 2012 Shooting Of A Woman In The Parking Lot Of The Lions Club On Country Club Court In Johnson City. Parker Recently Requested His Defense Attorney File A Motion To Be Relieved From The Case. Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp Agreed To The Motion, But Declined To Reset The Trial Saying He Felt It Was Just A Ploy To Delay It. Parker Told The Judge He’d Just Represent Himself. The Trial Is Set To Start On April 29th.

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FOUR ARRESTED ON BATH SALT CHARGES IN GREENE COUNTY

Greene County Authorities Say Four Individuals Are Behind Bars On Bath Salt Charges. Tosha Franklin, Chris Key, Tiffany Norton, And Joshua Hinkle Are Charged With One Count Each Of Possession Of A Schedule Five Narcotic, Bath Salts, With The Intent To Deliver And One Count Each Of Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. Sheriff Steve Burns Said A Vehicle, Valued At About 12-Thousand Dollars, And Around 3-Thousand Dollars In Cash Were Seized During The Arrest. The Four Will Appear In General Sessions Court Soon.

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ARREST MADE IN ELIZABETHTON BREAK-IN

An Arrest Has Been Made In Connection With A Break-In At An Elizabethton Pharmacy. Michael Sims Is Charged With Burglary And Vandalism. He’s Accused Of Breaking Into Union Prescription Pharmacy On Bemberg Drive. Officers Say The Identified Sims After Viewing The Store’s Surveillance Video. He Will Appear In Court Soon.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA TO HOST DRUG TAKE BACK

The Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office And The Drug Enforcement Administration Will Give The Public An Opportunity To Prevent Pill Abuse And Theft By Ridding Their Homes Of Potentially Dangerous Expired, Unused, And Unwanted Prescription Drugs This Weekend. Medications Can Be Brought For Disposal To Michael’s Pharmacy In Abingdon And At Meadowview Health Clinic In Meadowview On Saturday From 10 Am To 2 Pm. The Service Is Free And Anonymous, With No Questions Asked.

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GRANT FUNDING COMING TO WEBER CITY POLICE

More Than 36-Thousand Dollars In Grant Funding Has Been Given To The Weber City Virginia Police Department. The Money Will Be Used To Purchase New Duty Weapons, Police Gear And Body Armor For Officers. It’s Part Of A 50-Million Dollar Settlement With Abbott Labs Stemming From A Lawsuit Over Misbranded Drugs.

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FIRE WEATHER WATCH ISSUED IN VIRGINIA

The Virginia Department of Forestry has issued a fire weather watch for the entire state. The advisory signals an increased threat of wildfires. Forestry officials say the watch has been issued because of predictions of low humidity and high winds, among other factors. They all add up to an increased wildfire danger. Meantime, the state’s burn law remains in effect until April 30. That restricts burning until after 4 p.m. each day.

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DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Will Be Participating In The National Prescription Take-Back Event On Saturday. Pharmacy Professionals Will Also Be On Hand To Answer Any Questions Residents May Have About Their Medications. According To Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Leslie Earhart, Proper Disposal Of Unwanted Medications Is Important. Hours For The Anonymous Take-Back Event Are From 10 Am To 2 Pm On Saturday At The Sheriff’s Office On The Blountville Highway.

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BLUE PLUM FESTIVAL SET FOR JUNE IN JOHNSON CITY

This Year’s Line-Up Has Been Announced For The Blue Plum Festival In Downtown Johnson City. The 15th Annual Event Will Feature Several Jazz Groups And Others Set To Perform Live On Stage In Downtown. It Will Also Feature Storytelling, A Bike Race, A 5k Road Race And More. The Blue Plum Festival Takes Place June 6th Through The 8th.

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WISE COUNTY FACILITY TO ADD NEARLY 100 JOBS

A Wise County Virginia Telecommunications Customer Service Center Is Adding 100 New Jobs To The Facility. Sykes Enterprises Incorporated Spokesman Todd Mcreynolds Said The Company Wants To Expand The Personnel Base Of Its Local Center And Make Facility Improvements To Meet The Needs Of A Contract With A Major Telecom Provider. The Provider Isn’t Be Identified At This Time Due To Strict Disclosure Provisions Of The Contract. Sykes Opened Its Wise County Facility In 2000 With About 200 Workers, But Will Employee About 400 Employees By Early Summer. Job Seekers Are Encouraged To Apply Locally.

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KRISPY KREME RETURNING TO KINGSPORT

A Famous Doughnut Shop Is Returning To The Model City. A Building Permit Has Been Issued For A New Krispy Kreme On Stone Drive In Kingsport Near The New Popeye’s Restaurant. It Will Be An Over 24-Hundred Square Foot, Stand Alone Building. Krispy Kreme Closed Down Nearly Four Years Ago Following The Death Of Franchise Owner Ralph Coomer. It’s Old Building Was Sold To Seaver’s Bakery.

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TRIAL DATE SET FOR OWENS IN SCOTT COUNTY VIRGINIA

A Trial Date Has Been Set For Later This Summer In Scott County Criminal Court For A Duffield Man Charged In The Severe Beating Of His Infant Son. 37 Year Old Jeremy Scott Owens Is Charged With Malicious Wounding And Felony Abuse And Neglect Of A Child. The 11 Week Old Baby Was Left With A Broken Leg And Multiple Broken Ribs On January 4th Of This Year. Authorities Have Not Said How The Injuries Were Inflicted. A Trial Date For Owens Is Set For July 30th.

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KINGSPORT MAN ADMITS TO COUNTERFEITING RING

A Kingsport Man Accused Of Being Involved In A Five-Person Counterfeiting Scheme Has Admitted To His Part In The Crime. 20 Year Old Jordan Johnson Pled Guilty In U.S. District Court In Greeneville, To Conspiracy To Defraud The U.S. And Possessing Counterfeited Obligations. Shannon Hawkins, Tyler Monroe, Ruben Suarez And Kayla White, All Of Kingsport, Face The Same Charges. They’re Accused Of Trying To Reproduce $5 And $20 Bills. The Search For Monroe Is Still Continuing. Anyone With Any Information On His Whereabouts Should Contact The Kingsport Police Department.

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MOUNTAIN STATES ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIPS

Mountain States Health Alliance Officials Said Two Agreements, Which Includes A Partnership With Healthsouth Corporation, Will Increase Services At Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital. The Rehabilitation Center Has 26 Inpatient Beds And Healthsouth Would Add On At Least Ten Beds To Help Serve The Needs Of The Community. Meanwhile, Msha Has Signed A Letter Of Intent With Signature Healthcare To Develop An Assisted Living Community And Skilled Nursing Facility On The Campus Of The Old North Side Hospital On Princeton Road In Johnson City.

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FORMER BRISTOL BUSINESSMAN PLEADS GUILTY

The Owner Of A Bristol Tennessee Head Shop Has Admitted To Charges Related To The Sale Of Bath Salts Out Of His Business. 50 Year Old Harry Joseph Cannon Had Pled Not Guilty To 44 Counts Last October, But Decided To Enter A Plea This Week In U.S. District Court In Greeneville To Conspiring To Distribute And Possess With Intent To Distribute, Assorted Substances, Synthetic Marijuana And Bath Salts. Cannon Sold The Illegal Substances Out Of The Tn 420 Emporium On Volunteer Parkway. The Business Was Raided Twice In One Year. Cannon Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison When He’s Sentenced In Federal Court On August 19th.

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VDOT HEARS FROM PUBLIC ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS TO REGION

Southwest Virginia Residents Came To The Virginia Department Of Transportation’s Public Hearing In Bristol To Tell The State Transportation Secretary About The Improvements They Want To See For The Area. Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne Came To The Meeting To Hear Particular Issues That Relate To The Bristol District. The Issues Range From Building New Infrastructure Along State Highways To Adding New Forms Of Transportation Such As A Public Railway System That Goes Through Bristol.

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K-9 OFFICERS FROM LOCAL AGENCIES WIN HONORS

Officers From Two Local Enforcement Agencies And Their K-9 Partners Recently Received Top Honors At Certification Field Trials In Loudon County, Tennessee. Kingsport Police Officer Ken Jackson And K-9 Roi Beat Out Nearly 20 Other Duos To Obtain “Top Dog” Honors For Patrol Testing. Meanwhile, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Smith And K9 Kodi Earned The Same Honor In Detector Dog Field Tests, Beating Out 22 Others.

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KEEP BRISTOL BEAUTIFUL RECYCLING EVENT

Keep Bristol Beautiful, One Of The Bristol Chamber Of Commerce’s Key Programs, Will Host The Great American Cleanup On Saturday. Civic Groups, Youth Teams, Churches, School, Clubs, And Businesses Are Asked To Show Community Pride And Help Clean Up The Twin City. The Great American Cleanup Runs From Nine Am To Noon On Saturday At The Old Goody’s Building On Euclid Avenue In Bristol, Virginia. Bags And Gloves, Along With Lunch And T-Shirts, Will Be Provided.

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JOHNSON CITYU POLICE ACADEMY TAKING APPLICATIONS

The Johnson City Police Department Is Accepting Applications For The Department’s Junior Police Academy. The Program Will Include A 40-Hour Course Involving Team-Oriented Competition That Includes, Skills, Knowledge, And Abilities That Have Been Learned Through Interesting And Knowledgeable Instruction. The Academy Will Be Held At The Johnson City Police Department Training Grounds During The Week Of July 7th Through The 11th. Deadline For Applications Will Be June 20th. Each Class Will Be Limited To 25 Students.

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