HAWKINS COUNTY MAN BEHIND BARS

A Hawkins County Man Accused Of Attacking A Woman With A Knife Is Behind Bars. 32 Year Old Sammy Hicks Is Charged With Aggravated Assault. He’s Accused Of Cutting The Arm Of Tina Robinson In An Effort To Obtain Tobacco. Hicks Is Free On One-Thousand Dollars Bond And Is Scheduled To Appear In Sessions Court Tomorrow.

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NAME OF CELL PHONE TOWER FATAL FALL RELEASED

Greeneville Police Have Released The Name Of The Worker Who Died When He Fell Just Over 100 Feet From A Cell Phone Tower. 44 Year Old Allen Lee Cotton Of Sumter, South Carolina Was Working On The Tower On West Vann Road In Greeneville Yesterday With Another Man When He Fell To His Death. Cotton Was Employed By Central Usa Wireless. He Was Wearing Safety Equipment But It Is Unclear If It Malfunctioned.

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DMV REMINDS VIRGINIANS TO DRIVE SOBER

This Holiday Season, The Virginia Department Of Motor Vehicles’s Highway Safety Office Is Reminding Motorists To “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over.” Law Enforcement Officers Across The Country – And Virginia – Will Be Out In Full Force Now Through January 1st Actively Searching For Drunk Drivers. 13 People Died In Virginia Crashes During Last Year Christmas Holiday Period, Which Runs From December 21st Through 25th.

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STUDY COMMITTEE LOOKING AT OPTIONS

The Facilities Study Steering Committee For Kingsport City Schools Is Looking At Several Options. The Ideas Presented Include Building A New Science And Technology Center Or A New Freshman Academy On Or Adjacent To The Current Campus; Building A Third Middle School Or Two New Elementary Schools; Or The School System Acquiring Or Building Space Near Dobyns-Bennett High School For The D-B Excel Program. The Options Will Be Reviewed And Tweaked Again At Another Steering Committee Meeting Before A January 12th Meeting.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE ONCE AGAIN RECOGNIZED

Milligan College Has Once Again Been Recognized Among Christian Colleges And Universities For Its High Quality And Value In Two National Rankings. Milligan Ranked 11th Among The “50 Bestvalue Christian Colleges And Universities” And Also Ranked 11th In The Nation For Its Value By Faith On View. The Rankings Were Compiled By Christian Universities Online, An Independent Resource For Perspective Students And Their Families.

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MOUNT CARMEL EMPLOYEES COULD PUNCH TIME CLOCK SOON

Mount Carmel Employees May Soon Have To Use A Time Clock To Punch In And Out. Each Department Head Currently Keeps Up With Employees’ Time On Paper, But Mayor Larry Frost Would Like To See A Time Card Used As A Back Up. The BMA Unanimously Decided To Take An Extra Month To Study The Change Before Making Any Final Decision.

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KINGSPORT MAN WANTED IN KIDNAPPING ARRESTED

A Kingsport Man Wanted In Connection With A Kidnapping In Hawkins County Has Been Arrested. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Received Information That 23 Year Old Daniel Powell Was In The Area Of Eastman Road In Kingsport. He Was Spotted In A Vehicle On Jack White Drive. Upon Seeing Officers, Powell Ran Into A Wooded Area, But Was Taken Into Custody. He’s Accused In An Abduction That Occurred At An Apartment On Cook’s Valley Road. Powell Is Accused Of Forcing His Way Inside His Girlfriend’s Apartment, Grabbing Their 13 Month Old Child, And Leaving. Powell’s Girlfriend Said He Hit Her In The Face And Head Several Times. He’s Charged With Attempted Child Neglect, Domestic Assault, And Vandalism.

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REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER ACCUSED OF VISITING ABINGDON SCHOOL

Authorities Say A Registered Sex Offender Is Accused Of Visiting An Abingdon School. 28 Year Old Jennifer Wilson Of Abingdon Is Charged With Sex Offenses Prohibiting Entry Onto School Or Other Property. Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman Said The Woman Visited High Point Elementary School During School Hours On November 24th After Being Called To Meet With Her Child’s Teacher. The Woman Failed To Disclose Her Status To School Officials. Wilson Was Taken To The The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail And Released On A One Thousand Dollar Bond.

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JOHN BATTLE COACH FACING ADDITIONAL CHARGES

A John Battle High School Teacher Is Facing Additional Charges Of Taking Indecent Liberties With A Child. 48 Year Old Robert Neal Mullins, Jr. Of Bristol, Virginia Was Previously Charged With Two Counts Of Taking Indecent Liberties With A Child In The City Of Bristol. Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman Said The Investigation Has Revealed That The Accused Allegedly Had One Or More Sexual Encounters With The Victim. Mullins Is Being Held In The Bristol Virginia Jail Pending A Bond Hearing.

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ABINGDON MAN FACING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

Child Pornography And Other Charges Have Been Filed Against An Abingdon, Virginia Man. 26 Year Old Christopher Chad Thompson Is Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography And Solicitation Of A Minor By Electronic Means. An Investigation Reportedly Revealed That Thompson And A 15 Year Old Abingdon High School Student Had Been Engaged In Inappropriate Conversations On Facebook. Thompson Allegedly Confessed To Having Child Pornography On His Phone. He Is Free On Bond Of 5-Thousand Dollars.

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MAN DIES AFTER FALL FROM CELL PHONE TOWER

Greene County Authorities Say A Man Is Dead After Falling About 100 Feet From A Cell Phone Tower. The Accident Happened On West Vann Road. The Man’s Identity Has Not Been Released. An Autopsy Will Be Performed. The Cause Of The Accident Is Under Investigation. The Man Is Reportedly From Out Of Town.

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JOHNSON CITY MAN REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION

A Johnson City Man Remains In Critical Condition At Johnson City Medical Center Following A Crash On Cherokee Road. 23 Year Old Clinton Lady’s Vehicle Left The Right Side Of The Road For An Undetermined Reason And Struck A Utility Pole Before Going Over And Embankment And Striking A Tree At The Driver’s Side. The Investigation Into The Crash Is Continuing.

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KINGSPORT POLICE LOOKING FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUSPECT

Kingsport Police Are Looking For A City Man Wanted On Numerous Felony Charges After Reportedly Evading A Traffic Stop. 37 Year Old Shawn Botkin Is Charged With Felony Reckless Endangerment, Felony Evading Arrest, Domestic Assault, And Leaving The Scene Of An Accident. Botkin’s Told Police Her Husband, With Whom She Has Recently Separated, Had Chased Her From Blountville To Kingsport, Bumping Her Vehicle. Kingsport Later Spotted Botkin‚Äôs Vehicle And Gave Chase. However, Due To The Extreme Reckless Driving By Botkin, The Pursuit Was Terminated. Anyone With Any Information About Botkin’s Whereabouts Is Asked To Call Kingsport Police.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL LEADS TO STAND OFF

A Domestic Violence Call Led To A Barricaded Suspect And A Three Hour Police Standoff In Washington County, Tennessee. 46 Year Old Scott White Is Charged With Three Counts Of Aggravated Assault. Deputies Responded To A Herb Hodge Road Residence On A Domestic Violence Call. Upon Arrival, They Discovered White Had Barricaded Himself Behind Some Furniture In His Bedroom. His Wife, Deborah White, Told Police She And Her Husband Had Gotten Into An Argument That Turned Physical When He Reportedly Assaulted Her And Pointed The Gun At Her And Her Daughter. White Surrendered To Sheriff’s Officers And Taken To The Washington County Detention Center. He’s Slated To Appear In Sessions Court Soon.

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HAWKINS COUNTY MAN INDICTED IN WAREHOUSE FIRE

A Hawkins County Man Indicted For Allegedly Causing A Fire That Destroyed A Furniture Depot Warehouse In Rogersville Is Behind Bars. 29 Year Old Trinity Livesay Is Charged With Arson And Burglary. He’s Accused Of Causing A Fire Inside A Warehouse On South Depot Street In Rogersville In 2012. Both The Building And The Furniture Inside Were A Total Loss. Officers Were Able To Use Dna Evidence Recovered From A Half-Smoked Cigarette Found At The Scene To Lead Them To Livesay. Livesay Is Being Held On A 30 Thousand Dollars Bond And Will Be Arraigned In Criminal Court February 6th.

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KINGSPORT MAYOR DECLINES TO RUN AGAIN

Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips Has Decided Not To Run For A Sixth Term In Next Year’s City Election. Alderman Tom Parham And Building Official Mike Freeman Have Reportedly Both Expressed Interest In Running For The Seat. Phillips Said He Will Work Just As Hard As He Always Has Between Now And The End Of His Term. Phillips Hasn’t Revealed What He Will Do Once He Leaves The Post.

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FOOD CITY DONATES TO BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM

An Abingdon,Virginia Based Grocer Has Made A Donation To The Birthplace Of Country Music Museum. Food City Gave 10-Thousand Dollars For The Second Time Since The Museum Opened Earlier This Year. Museum Executive Director Leah Ross Said The Money Will Be Used To Grow The Education And Outreach Programming In Progress.

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VIRGINIA TAKING STEPS TO HELP FELONS REGAIN VOTE

Virginia is taking additional steps to make it easier for convicted felons to regain their voting rights. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced policy changes that will shorten the application process for people convicted of more serious crimes. The changes include eliminating notarization, letters to the governor and other requirements. The application was reduced from 13 pages to one.

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KINGSPORT POLICE TO HOLD DUI CHECKPOINT

In The Ongoing Effort Tor Reduce The Problem Of Driving Under The Influence And Related Crashes, The Kingsport Police Department Will Be Conducting A D.U.I. Sobriety Checkpoint Later Today. Tennessee D.U.I. Laws Apply Not Just To Alcohol, But To Any Substance That Impairs, Including Illegal Drugs, Over-The-Counter Medications, As Well As Prescribed Drugs. The Sobriety Checkpoint Will Be From 11 P.M. Tonight Until 1 A.M.

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LOWER GROWTH PROJECTED IN 2015 IN TENNESSEE

The State Funding Board projects that Tennessee revenue growth will slow down in the upcoming budget year. Under revenue estimates adopted by the panel this week, the state’s general fund would grow 2.6 percent to 3 percent in the budget year that begins on July 1. That compares with a revised projection for the current budget year’s collections to grow 3.85 percent to 4.2 percent. At the top of the range of the projections, the state’s general fund would grow by $409 million in the current budget year and by $304 million in the next.

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