JOHNSON CITY AWARDED FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER GRANT

Johnson City-Washington County Has Been Awarded A Grant To Establish A Family Justice Center. The State’s Office Of Criminal Justice Program Is Providing The City With A Three-Year, 240-Thousand Dollar Funding For The Project. The Family Justice Center Model Allows A Team Of Professionals Including Police Officers, Prosecutors, And Community-Based Advocates To Reduce The Number Of Domestic Violence Incidents Locally. Victims Can Talk To An Advocate And Plan For Their Safety And Receive Shelter Information, Too.

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BRISTOL VIRGINIA LEADERS TO VOTE ON JAIL

Bristol Virginia City Council Will Vote On A Regional Jail Proposal At Its Meeting Tonight. Leaders Will Weigh A Proposal To Join The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail System And Hold A Public Hearing To Modify Its City Charter During The Session. Last Month City Leaders Directed Staff To Negotiate A Deal And Return For Consideration. If Approved, It Could Mean Closing The City Jail And Send City Prisoners To Other Regional Facilities. The Move Would Idle More Than 30 Current Deputies. Council Will Meet At Seven O’clock At City Hall On Lee Street.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY MAN KILLED WHILE RIDING SCOOTER

The Tennessee Highway Patrol Says A Sullivan County Man Was Killed While Riding A Scooter. The Accident Happened Tuesday Morning Around Six Thirty Near The Intersection Of Offield Hollow Road And Hickory Tree Road. David Osborne Was Riding An Unregistered Homemade Scooter And Was Struck From Behind By A Vehicle. Osborne Died At The Scene. No Charges Have Been Filed At This Time. The Investigation Is Continuing.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER EMPLOYEE CHARGED

A Washington County Tennessee Detention Center Lieutenant Has Been Terminated After Being Arrested For Shoplifting From A Discount Wholesale Club. Johnson City Police Arrested Richard Edens, Jr. Following The Alleged Incident At Sam’s Club In Johnson City Last Week. He Had Been Employed At The Sheriff’s Office Since January 2000. Edens Is Set To Appear In Washington County Sessions Court On January 13th.

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CABELA’S CONSTRUCTION SET TO BEGIN

Cabela’s Is Set To Begin Construction Soon On Its New Store In The Falls In Bristol, Virginia. This Follows The Successful Sale Of Nearly 34 Million Dollars In Revenue Bonds For The 82-Thousand Square Foot Facility Near Exit Five Off Interstate 81. The Store Will Be Cabela’s First Location In Virginia And Will Employ About 150 Full-Time, Part-Time, And Seasonal Employees. Cabela’s, The World’s Largest Direct Marketer Of Hunting, Fishing, And Camping Merchandise, Is Expected To Open In The Fall Of 2015.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS END HEALTH CARE

Washington County Tennessee Commissioners’ Taxpayer-Subsidized Health Insurance Will End March 31st. All Commissioners Will Get A 90-Day Notice As Required By Law. The Resolutions Were Generated In The Employee Compensation And Benefits Committee. The Cost For Last Fiscal Year For The Benefits Was 122-Thousand Dollars.

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AAA OFFERING TOW TO GO SERVICE AGAIN

AAA Auto Club Is Once Again Offering Its “Tow To Go” Service Over The Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. The Travel Agency Urges Motorists To Plan Ahead For The Holiday Weekend If They Will Be Out Drinking. If You Choose To Drink, You Should Choose A Designated Driver, Stay Where You Are Celebrating, And Use A Cab Or Find Another Means Of Sober Transportation. Whether You Are A AAA Member Or Not, You Can Call 855-286-9246 For A Tow To Go Ride Anytime From Now Through Saturday Night. You And Your Vehicle Will Be Transported Home For Somewhere Safe Within Ten Miles For Free.

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KINGSPORT ALDERMAN TO RUN FOR MAYOR

A Kingsport Alderman Says He Plans To Run For Mayor. Alderman Tom Parham Picked Up A Qualifying Petition Recent To Seek The Post In The May 2015 Election. He Was First Elected To The Board Of Mayor And Aldermen In 2009. Prior To Being Elected, Parham Retired From Eastman Chemical Company After 36 Years In Finance, Public Relations, And Administration. He Said He Will Announce More Information About His Campaign And His Message After The Holidays.

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HAWKINS COUNTY TABLES EMS FRANCHISE RIGHTS

Hawkins County Leaders Have Tabled A Proposal For Ems Franchise Rights. Commissioners Want To Wait At Least One More Month Before Considering Two Resolutions That Would Establish Rights To The Existing Hawkins County Services Based On A Newly Established Boundary. The Committee Is Expected To Meet In Time For A Recommendation To Be Made At The Next Commission Meeting, Which Will Be December 15th.

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VIRGINIA STATE POLICE OUT IN FULL FORCE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

The Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Is One Of The Busiest Travel Times Of The Year. That Increases The Risk Of Being Involved In A Serious Or Deadly Traffic Crash. Tennessee And Virginia State Police Remind Motorists To Make Safety A Priority During The Busy Holiday. During The 2013 Thanksgiving Weekend, 12 People Died In Traffic Crashes Across The Commonwealth.

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ETSU PRESIDENT PRESENTS PLAN TO JOHNSON CITY

East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland Has Presented A Plan To Johnson City Leaders Seeking Financial Support For The Proposed Performing Arts Center. Doctor Noland Said A Partnership With The City And Washington County Would Lead To A Economic Benefit For The Whole Region. The Commission Will Have A Discussion And Vote On The Level Of Investment From The City At The Next Commission Meeting December 16th.

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ETSU HOPES NEW MICROSCOPE WILL SERVE AS CATALYST

East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College Of Medicine Has A New Tool That Leaders Hope Ultimately Will Result In Additional Research Funding For The University. The 350-Thousand Dollar State-Of-The-Art Microscope Arrived At The Medical School’s Facility Recently. ETSU Officials Are Hoping The New Tool Will Help Them Garner More Research Money From Funding Agencies. While Housed At The College Of Medicine, The Microscope Is Available For Use By All Researchers At ETSU.

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TRIAL DATE SET FOR WISE COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER

A Trial Date Has Been Set For A Wise County Virginia Man Accused Of Killing His Former Girlfriend. 27 Year Old Matthew Wesley Tate Is Charged With First Degree Murder And Using A Firearm In The Commission Of Felony In The Shooting Death Of 21 Year Old Marie Padilla Last September. Tate Plead Not Guilty Yesterday. He Was Reappointed An Attorney And Now Has A Trial Date Set For February 9th In Wise County Circuit Court. Padilla Was Shot Four Times While Sitting In A Truck And Three More Times After She Tried To Escape. Tate Is Being Held Without Bond In The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail In Duffield.

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ETSU PRESENTS PLAN TO JOHNSON CITY LEADERS

East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland Has Presented A Plan To Johnson City Leaders Seeking Financial Support For The Proposed Performing Arts Center. Doctor Noland Said A Partnership With The City And Washington County Would Lead To A Economic Benefit For The Whole Region. The Commission Will Have A Discussion And Vote On The Level Of Investment From The City At The Next Commission Meeting December 16th.

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HAWKINS COUNTY WOMAN CLAIMS EXTORTION

A Hawkins County Woman Claims Her Internet Boyfriend Threatened To Post Inappropriate Pictures Of Her On Facebook If She Didn’t Send Him Three Thousand Dollars. The 55 Year Old Woman, Reported The Alleged Attempted Extortion To The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office. A Man Identified Only As Ramon Said He Needed The Money To Repair Some Of His Work Equipment That Had Broken. But When The Victim Said She Couldn’t Help, It Apparently Upset Him. Sheriff Ronnie Lawson Has Assigned A Detective To Investigate The Possible Extortion. Authorities Are Trying To Determine If This Is A Scam Against The Woman Who Is A Recent Widow.

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BLUFF CITY GROUP HOME SHOOTING UNDER INVESTIGATION

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Is Investigating A Shooting At A Bluff City Youth Home. No One Was Injured In The Incident That Occurred At Crossing Point Which Houses Males Ages 12 To 18. Authorities Said Two Employees Who Monitor The Home Heard Four Or Five Shots Early Sunday Morning. They Also Found A Bullet Hole In A Window Next To The Office Door As Well As A Slug. Crossing Point Serves Juvenile Males Who Are Referred By The Tennessee Department Of Children’s Services.

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FOUR PEOPLE FACING JAIL DRUG CONSPIRACY CHARGES

Four People Have Been Charged In Connection With A Unicoi County Jail Drug Conspiracy. Michelle Marie Hallum, Michael Anthony Tucker, Along With Two Inmates, Jefferey Jones, And Richard Timothy Gray, Are Each Charged With Introduction Of Drugs Into A Penal Facility As Well As Conspiracy To Introduce Contraband Into A Penal Facility. Investigators Reportedly Overheard One Of The Inmates Describing How To Disassemble A Watch To Conceal Contraband Inside It. Hallum And Tucker Are Accused Of Dropping Off A Watch Containing Suboxone To The Jail. They Were Arrested And Taken To The Unicoi County Jail.

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FORMER NEWPORT COP TO SERVE PRISON SENTENCE

A Former Newport Police Detective Captain Has Been Ordered To Serve Time Behind Bars On Drug And Weapons Charges. 59 Year Old James Finley Holt Of Cosby Was Sentenced To 90 Months In Prison After Pleading Guilty To Distribution Of Controlled Substances And Possession Of A Firearm In The Furtherance Of Drug Trafficking. An Undercover Investigation Revealed That Holt Bought Stolen Property And Sold It From Convenience Stores He Owned With His Wife In Newport. He Also Distributed Hydrocodone And Swapped The Drug For Stolen Property.

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TVA STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT CAUSE OF SEEPAGE

The Tennessee Valley Authority Is Still Trying To Determine The Cause Of Seepage At Boone Lake. The Utility Is Aiming To Hold The Water Level Of The Boone Reservoir At Approximately 12 Feet Below Normal Winter Elevation. Water And Sediment Seepage Has Occurred From The Riverbank Below The Dam Near Johnson City. Boaters Need To Use Caution While Operating On Boone Reservoir Because Of Lower-Than-Normal Water Levels.

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VIRGINIA STATE POLICE WELCOMES NEW TROOPERS

As The Nation Prepares For The Thanksgiving Holiday, 50 New Troopers Including Two From Southwest Virginia Will Join Their Veteran Colleagues On The Road To Patrol The Commonwealth. Graduation Ceremonies Were Recently Held At The State Police Training Academy. Among The New Troopers Are John Michael Nunley Of Max Meadows And Travis Dean Sykes Of Damascus. The New Troopers Have Received More Than 16-Hundred Hours Of Classroom And Field Instruction In More Than 100 Different Areas.

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