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TERMINATION HEARING FOR ETSU PROFESSOR WILL CONTINUE

The Termination Hearing For An East Tennessee State University Professor After Reports Of Sexual Harassment Will Continue Tuesday. The Hearing Started Yesterday Following An Internal Investigation Into Accusations That Music Professor Dr. David Champouillion Sexually Harassed Two Faculty Members And Behaved Inappropriately In Front Of Faculty And Students. He Denies The Allegations. A Committee Of Tenured Faculty Members And Possible Administrators To Make A Determination As To Whether Or Not Factors Exist To Justify Termination. ETSU’s President Will Then Consider The Committee’s Report After Which He Will Make A Final Decision.

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WISE COUNTY VIRGINIA CAR ACCIDENT KILLS ONE

Virginia State Police Are Investigating A Fatal Single-Vehicle Wreck In Wise County. It Happened Just Over A Mile South Of Route 670. 47 Year Old Christopher Covell Of Wise Died At The Scene When The Truck He Was Driving Ran Off The Road And Struck A Tree. The Passenger, 36 Year Old Ricky Niece, Also Of Wise, Was Taken To The Hospital For Treatment Of Serious Injuries. The Cause Of The Crash Is Under Investigation.

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STUDY PRAISES SULLIVAN NETWORKS PARTNERSHIP

According To A Study By A St. Louis Company, Networks Sullivan Partnership Added 15-Hundred New Jobs To The Region In 2016. Of The New Jobs Created, An Additional 610 Were Spin-Off Positions. The Study Was Conducted By Next Move Group LLC. In Addition, Networks’ Joint Economic Development Efforts Were In The Top 5 To 10 Percent Of Similar Efforts Of Comparable Groups East Of The Mississippi River. Networks’ Officials Were Happy With The Result Of The Study.

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SCOTT COUNTY DUI NUMBERS INCREASE

According To The Latest Figures From The Scott County Virginia Sheriff’s Office, The Number Of Driving Under The Influence Offenses Are Up And Drug Arrests Are Down In The County. Drug Arrests Fell By Almost Half From 2015 To 2016 While The Number Of D-U-I Arrests Rose Slightly By 15 Offenses Over Last Year. The Report Has Already Been Presented By Sheriff John Puckett To The County Board Of Supervisors.

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RAVEN WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY

A Raven, Virginia Woman Who Conspired With Others To Commit Wire Fraud, Has Pled Guilty In U.S. District Court In Abingdon. 60 Year Old Deborah Lawson’s Co-Conspirator Caused A Fraudulent Tax Return Refund To Be Sent Via Wire To Lawson’s Bank Account In Russell County. She Then Caused Proceeds Of The Tax Return To Be Sent From Virginia To An Account In Buffalo, New York. Sentencing For Lawson Is Scheduled For May 11th.

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ONE PERSON KILLED IN CARROLL COUNTY VIRGINIA ACCIDENT

A Two Vehicle Accident In Carroll County, Virginia Has Claimed The Life Of A Child. According To Virginia State Police, Two Tractor Trailers Were Traveling North On Interstate 77 Changing Lanes At The Same Time When One Of The Vehicles Struck The Other One In The Rear End.One Of The Drivers, 22 Year Old Rashida Parks Of Statesville, North Caroline Was Taken To The Hospital For Treatment Of Serous Injuries. Her Son, Three Year Old Vince Parks, Was Not Secured In A Child Safety Seat And Was Ejected And Later Died. The Driver Of The Other Tractor Trailer, 50 Year Old Harry Shuler Of South Carolina Suffered Minor Injuries. The Crash Remains Under Investigation.

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NATURAL TUNNEL BRINGS IN MILLIONS

A Report By Virginia Tech Shows Natural Tunnel State Park In Scott County Virginia Had A 7.2 Million Dollar Economic Impact Last Year And Was Directly Responsible For Providing 67 Jobs. The Report Shows Visitors To The Park Contribute Lots Of Money To The County And Surrounding Region. Direct Visitor Spending Came In At 4.7 Million.

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MILLENIALS TOP THE LIST

A New Report From AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety Finds That Young Millennials Are The Riskiest Drivers. Almost 90 Percent Of Young Millennials, Defined As Those Between The Ages Of 19-24, Engaged In At Least One Risky Behavior Behind The Wheel In The Past 30 Days. These Findings Come As Us Traffic Deaths Jumped Seven Percfent In 2015 To More Than 35-Thousand , The Largest Single-Year Increase In Five Decades.

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KINGSPORT ELECTION GEARING UP

Kingsport Mayor John Clark Will Be Running Unopposed During The May Election After Two Would-Be Challengers Failed To File Their Petitions On-Time. In Kingsport, The Ballot Will Include Mayor, Three Aldermen Seats As Well As Someone To Fill The Unexpired Term Of Former Alderman Michele Mitchell. Those Running For Aldermen Include Jennifer Adler, Betsy Moore Cooper, Rack Cross Ii, Alderman Darrell Duncan, Alderman Colette George, Robert Ellis, Mark Vicars Jr. And Robert Williams. Two Will Be Running To Fill The Seat Left Vacant By Mitchell. They Are Tom Parham And Joe Begley. The Sullivan County Election, Which Includes Bristol And Bluff City, Will Be Held May 16th.

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KING UNIVERSITY TO OFFER CHANCE FOR BACHELOR’S DEGREE

Have You Dreamed Of Completing Your Bachelor’s Degree? Well, Now ‘S Your Chance. You Can Enter The College Dream Contest For Your Chance To Win A Full-Tuition Scholarship At King University. You Submit Your Application At Collegedream.King.Edu. The Contest Offers Eight Different Degrees. The Winner Will Also Receive Books And 50 Dollars From Tornado Alley Bookstore. You Have Until March 27th To Submit Your Application. King Will Choose Five Finalists And Then The Public Will Vote On Them With The Winner To Be Announced On April 10th.

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JOHNSON CITY COUPLE ARRESTED

A Johnson City Couple Is Behind Bars Following An Alleged Home Invasion Incident. 24 Year Old Jeremy Messer Is Charged With Aggravated Robbery And Aggravated Kidnapping While 30 Year Old Jessica Messer Is Charged With False Reporting. Johnson City Police Sgt. Jeremy Messer Reportedly Ordered The Victim To The Ground At Gunpoint And Demanded Money. Police Later Arrested Messer At His Residence At Cherry Hill Apartments While Climbing Out Of A Back Window While The Woman Spoke With Police . He Is Being Held In The Washington County Detention Center Under A 50-Thousand Dollar Bond While Jessica Is Being Held On A 25-Hundred Dollar Bond. .

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HAWKINS COUNTY TO ADDRESS SHORTFALL

Hawkins County Leaders Will Soon Address Two Resolutions Aimed At Eliminating A Two Million Shortfall In The 2017-18 Fiscal Year Spending Plan. The Resolutions Include A 40-Dollar Wheel Tax And An Employee Hiring Freeze. The Wheel Tax, Which As Been On The Agenda Several Times Before, Will Be Written Differently To Not Include An Expiration Date And Will Allocate 25-Percent Of All New Revenue, Toward Supporting Public Safety Agencies. Hawkins County Leaders Will Meet February 27th.

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CARTER COUNTY UPGRADING WEBSITE

Carter County Has Received Grant Funding To Help Build A County Website To Lure Businesses In. The Grant Funding Will Pay For Professional And Sophisticated Designers To Contract The Web Page And Video. The Site Is Expected To Cost Up To 100-Thousand Dollars And Will Feature New Content As Well As Feature Various County Businesses.

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BRISTOL VIRGINIA WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY

A Bristol, Virginia Woman Has Admitted To Her Role In A Medicaide Kickback Case. 49 Year Old Melissa Harr Plead Guilty To Healthcare Fraud Conspiracy Involving Her Own Disabled Child. She Admitted That A Worker Who Was Supposed To Care For Her Child At Home Obtained Virginia Medicaid Payments Of More Than 200-Thousand Dollars Over Five Years. Those Were Payments For Work She Did Not Do And Instead, Harr Said She Was Paid Kickbacks. Harr Faces Up To 10 Years In Prison When She’s Sentenced On May 19th. Meanwhile, Her Husband, Bryan Harr, And The Health Care Workers, Deborah Branch, Have A Trial Set For March 6th In The Case.

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BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM NEEDS FUNDING

The Birthplace Of Country Music Museum Is Seeking Four Million Dollars In Funding For An Expansion Project. The Museum Needs Help From Bristol Virginia Officials In The Form Of Sponsorship. This Is Needed In Order For The Organization To Apply For Grant Funding. Virginia Is Offering 2-Million Dollars In Grant Money To Help Revitalize Downtown Areas Throughout The State. Museum Officials Have Asked The City To Apply For 600-Thousand Dollars. The Grant Application Deadline Is March 1st. City Leaders Will Have To Decide If They Want To Do It Or Not By February 28th.

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AREA ARBY’S HOSTING FUNDRAISER

Area Arby’s Are Hosting A Fundraiser For Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon On Tuesday. Arby’s In Kingsport, Bristol, Abingdon, Johnson City, Elizabethton, Jonesborough, And Greeneville Will Donate A Portion Of Customer’s Purchases To The Children’s Hospital. Through This Fundraising Event Last Year, Guests Helped The Tri Cities Arby’s Raise Over 2-Thousand Dollars For Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

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SINGLE-VEHICLE WRECK IN WISE COUNTY VIRGINIA CLAIMS ONE

Virginia State Police Are Investigating A Fatal Single-Vehicle Wreck In Wise County. It Happened Just Over A Mile South Of Route 670. 47 Year Old Christopher Covell Of Wise Died At The Scene When The Truck He Was Driving Ran Off The Road And Struck A Tree. The Passenger, 36 Year Old Ricky Niece, Also Of Wise, Was Taken To The Hospital For Treatment Of Serious Injuries. The Cause Of The Crash Is Under Investigation.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY LEADERS TO MEET TODAY

The Sullivan County Commission Will Be Meeting Today At The Old Courthouse In Blountville. One Thing County Leaders Will Consider Is Contributing 75-Thousand Dollars Toward A 288-Thousand Needed For Site Acquisition For A Proposed New Pet Adoption Center In Kingsport. The New Facility In Kingsport Will Be Located On Land Along East Stone Drive. The Meeting Gets Underway At Nine O’clock.

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COEBURN MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON

A Coeburn, Virginia Man Has Been Ordered To Spend Time Behind Bars After Being Convicted Of Multiple Felony Charges Related To A String Of Burglaries In Early 2016. 26 Year Old Michael Jason Sluss Will Spend Nine Years In A Virginia Department Of Corrections Jail Facility. He Plead Guilty To Breaking And Entering, Grand Larceny, Possession Of Stolen Property, Possession Of A Firearm By A Convicted Felon, And Violation Of His Probation. Sluss Broke Into Multiple Residences In The Flatwoods Section Of Coeburn In Wise County.

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WISE COUNTY MAN INDICTED IN STABBING

A Wise County Virginia Grand Jury Has Indicted A Person In Connection With The Stabbing Of An Elderly Man Last December. 31 Year Old Jermaine Johnson Is Charged With Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Attempted Burglary, Stabbing In Attempt To Commit A Felony And Trespassing. The Incident Occurred Last October At The Victims Home On Fincastle Road. Johnson Allegedly Broke Into The Man’s Home And Attacked Him With A Handheld Garden Tool. Johnson Is Being Held Without Bond In The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail In Duffield