HAMMAN HAS PRELIMINARY HEARING CONTINUED

A Church Hill Woman Accused Of Stabbing Her Husband At A Church Alter Has Had Her Preliminary Hearing Reset. 23 Year Old Stephanie Hamman Is Charged With Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault And Felony Vandalism After Driving Through The Doors Of Providence Church On Ordnance Drive And Allegedly Stabbing Her Husband, Steven Hamman In The Chest. Steven Survived The Attack And Claims He And His Wife Are Getting Along Well After Moving Out Of State. Hamman Remains Free On Bond With Her Preliminary Hearing Set For October 27th.

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CARTER COUNTY COMMISSION TO MEET TODAY

The Carter County Commission Will Meet In A Special Session This Morning To Try And Pass A 2014-15 Fiscal Year Budget That Was Due By July 1st. County Leaders Will Have To First Consider A Veto Of An Earlier Approved Budget That Called For A 12 Cent Increase In The Property Rate. This Would Bring The Rate To $2.33 Cents Per 100 Dollars Of Assessed Value. Mayor Leon Humphrey Came Several Reasons For Vetoing The Budget. The Commission Will Now Have To Decide Whether To Override The Veto Which Takes 13 Votes From The 24-Seat Body. The Meeting Gets Underway At Nine O’clock This Morning.

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MAN LOSES LEG IN WASHINGTON COUNTY TENNESSEE ACCIDENT

A Motorcycle Driver Is Recovering After Losing His Leg Following A Three Vehicle Accident In Washington County Tennessee. The Accident Happened On Greenwood Drive. Police Said The Two Cars Driven By Karen Simmons And Lyndsay-Ann Gentry Were Going North When They Struck The Motorcycle. The Motorcycle Operator, Robert Leach, Underwent Surgery And Had His Leg Amputated. Simmons And Gentry Were Taken To The Hospital For Minor Injuries. The Investigation Is Continuing.

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KINGSPORT MAN CHARGED IN BURGLARIES

A Kingsport Man Is Facing Burglary And Other Charges In Connection With The Theft Of Items From His Former Employer’s Home. 33 Year Old Derik Wills Is Charged With Aggravated Burglary, Theft Over A Thousand Dollars, Theft Under 500 Dollars, And Burglary. The Charges Stem From Officers Responding To A Home On Moreland Drive And Reportedly Finding Wills Inside. Police Said The Suspect Admitted To Breaking Into The Victim’s Home At Least Four Different Times And Stealing Several Thousand Dollars Of Various Items. Wills Was Taken To The Sullivan County Jail. A Court Date Is Pending.

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SECOND LAWSUIT FILED OVER PROPOSED APARTMENT COMPLEX

A Second Lawsuit Has Been Filed In The Proposed Development Of The Former Model Mill Property In Downtown Johnson City. The Latest Suit Was Filed In Chancery Court By Howell Sherrod Jr And A Handful Of Other Residents Of The Tree Streets Neighborhood. The Complaint Alleges Chamber Of Commerce CEO Gary Mabrey Misrepresented The Organizations Intention For The Run-Down Historic Structure. Plans Call For The Old Flour Mill And The Nearby Former Site Of The Mize Farm And Garden Supply To Be Leveled And For An Apartment Unit To Be Built There. Last Month, Attorney And Active Southside Neighborhood Organization Member Amber Lee Filed A Lawsuit To Block The Construction.

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WELLMONT CLOSER TO GETTING A PARTNER

An Area Health Care System Is Closer To Getting A Partner For The Future. The Wellmont Health System Board Of Directors Has Narrowed The List Of Potential Health System Partners From Six To Three Including A Regional System And Two Significant Health Systems Beyond The Region. In A Message To Wellmont Employees And Physicians, Board Chairman Roger Leonard Said The Organization Will Be Seeking Dialogue With Local Communities, Physicians, And Employees Through Conversations, Group Meetings, And A Dedicated Website.

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EMORY AND HENRY OPTOMETRY PROGRAM ON ITS WAY

A Southwest Virginia School Can Now Move Ahead With The Process To Get Accreditation For Its Planned Optometry Program. Emory And Henry College Officials Got Word Recently That The Accreditation Council On Optometric Education Designated The School As A State One Applicant Which Is The First Step Toward Accreditation. Emory And Henry Signed An Agreement With The Appalachian College Of Optometry Earlier This Year To Work Together To Develop The School In Grundy.

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MORE ROAD SIGNS UINVEILED IN VIRGINIA

Virginia officials are unveiling new road signs aimed at attracting more visitors to Virginia wineries. Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore unveiled the Southern Virginia Wine Region road signs this week. The signs are part of a larger program that has located nearly 40 signs in thirteen Virginia American Viticultural Areas and wine regions. Officials say Virginia is home to more than 250 wineries and is fifth in the nation for wine grape production.

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KINGSPORT AND BRISTOL VOTERS TO DECIDE ON WINE IN GROCERY STORES

Voters In Kingsport And Bristol Will Be Deciding On Wine In Grocery Stores. The Issue Will Be On The November Ballot. About 12-Hundred Residents In Kingsport And 600 Residents In Bristol Signed Petitions. The Petitions Must Be Completed And Verified By The Local Election Commission By August 21st. Virginia Currently Allows Wine To Be Sold In Grocery Stores.

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BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM TO OPEN SOON

The Birthplace Of Country Music Museum In Downtown Bristol Virginia Is Ready To Open. The Grand Opening Event For The Smithsonian-Related Museum Will Take Place Friday Through Sunday. There Will Be Discounted Admission, Free Live Concerts, Vendors, Family Activities And A Live Show At The Paramount. Admission Will Be Reduced From $13 Per Person To $10 On Friday And Saturday With The Last Tour At 5pm.

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HAWKINS COUNTY WOMAN TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY

A Hawkins County Woman Accused Of Driving Her Car Into A Church And Then Stabbing Her Husband Earlier This Year Is Facing An Additional Charge And Is Set To Appear In Court Today. 23 Year Old Stephanie Hamman Is Facing A Charge Of Aggravated Assault In Addition To Her Standing Charges Of Attempted First-Degree Murder And Felony Vandalism. She’s Accused Of Stabbing 24 Year Old Steven Hamman In The Chest After Driving Her Car Into The Front Doors Of Providence Church On Ordnance Drive March 16th. Stephanie Hamman Told Police The Devil Put Bad Ideas In Her Head. Hamman Is Free On Bond And Is Scheduled For A Preliminary Hearing This Afternoon In Sessions Court.

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BROTHERS ACCUSED IN CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY

Bristol Virginia Police Have Made An Arrest In A Week Old Convenience Store Robbery. Jason And Jashua Krukowski-Oliver Are Charged With Robbery, Use Of A Firearm In The Commission Of A Felony And Conspiracy To Commit Robbery In The Holdup At Country Boy Market On Lee Highway On July 23rd. Investigators Said The Brothers Allegedly Pulled A Gun On The Employee And Took An Undetermined Amount Of Money. It’s Unclear If Police Have Recovered Any Of The Money. The Krukowski-Oliver Brothers Will Appear In General District Court In Bristol Soon.

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BRISTOL VIRGINIA CITY COUNCIL PUTS HOLD ON NEW TAXES

The Bristol Virginia City Council Has Decided To Put The Brakes On Two Controversial Tax Changes For Another Month. Those Taxes Include A New Ten Percent Added To Admission Tickets To Entertainment Events And A Drastic Increase Charged On A Park Of Cigarettes. Both Of Those Taxes Were Approved Last Month But Newly Elected Vice Mayor Archie Hubbard Has Requested A Temporary Delay. The Council Has A Called Meeting Set For August 5th To Discuss This Year’s Fiscal Budget.

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BVU TO INCREASE CABLE COSTS

The Bristol Virginia Utility Authority Has Announced It Will Be Increasing The Amount That Cable Subscribers Are Currently Paying. BVU’s Cost To Retransmit Local TV Programming From Stations Like WCYB, WJHL And WKPT-19 Will Increase From $3.30 Cents A Month To $4.30 Cents Monthly Starting In September Due To Increases Built Into The Existing Contract. BVU’s CEO Michael Bundy Has Told The Board, That Fee Could Double Next Year. Meanwhile, Negotiations Are Nearly Complete With The New Sec Network Being Established By ESPN.

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CHURCH HILL WOMAN TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY

A Hawkins County Woman Accused Of Driving Her Car Into A Church And Then Stabbing Her Husband Earlier This Year Is Facing An Additional Charge And Is Set To Appear In Court Today. 23 Year Old Stephanie Hamman Is Facing A Charge Of Aggravated Assault In Addition To Her Standing Charges Of Attempted First-Degree Murder And Felony Vandalism. She’s Accused Of Stabbing 24 Year Old Steven Hamman In The Chest After Driving Her Car Into The Front Doors Of Providence Church On Ordnance Drive March 16th. Stephanie Hamman Told Police The Devil Put Bad Ideas In Her Head. Hamman Is Free On Bond And Is Scheduled For A Preliminary Hearing This Afternoon In Sessions Court.

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SUSPECT WANTED BY KINGSPORT POLICE IN FATAL SHOOTING

Kingsport Police Are Looking For A Suspect In Connection With A Double Shooting Incident On Dale Street That Left One Person Injured And One Person Dead. It Happened Last Night Around Ten Thirty. One Of The Shooting Victims, Brandon Harris, Was Taken To Holston Valley Medical Center With Life-Threatening Injuries. He’s Listed In Critical Condition Following Surgery. Meanwhile, Another Victim, Marc Woodbury, Was Taken To The Hospital And Died From His Injuries. Kingsport Detectives Are Searching For Lucky Anthony Ross. He’s Charged With First Degree Murder, Criminal Attempt To Commit First Degree Murder, And Other Charges. Ross Should Be Considered Armed And Dangerous. Anyone With Any Information Is Asked To Contact Kingsport Police At 423-229-9429.

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CARTER COUNTY MOTHER ADMITS TO SEX CRIMES

A Carter County Mother Accused Of Photographing And Having Inappropriate Contact With Young Girls Has Plead Guilty To The Crime In U.S. District Court In Greeneville. 32 Year Old Crystal Poore Of Elizabethton Entered A Guilty Plea To Three Counts Of Production Of Child Pornography. She Faces Up To 30 Years In Prison When She’s Sentenced On October 20th.

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WOMAN CHARGED WITH STATUTORY RAPE

A Woman Has Been Indicted On Aggravated Statutory Rape Charges In Carter County. Authorities Said They Began An Investigation Into Allegations That 32 Year Old Brooke Thornburg Engaged In Sexual Relations With A 15 Year Old Boy. The Teen Told Police That He And Thornburg Has Consensual Sex At Least Five Times Over The Course Of A Few Days In Mid May. Thornburg Was Booked Into The Carter County Jail Under A 10-Thousand Bond. A Court Date For Thornburg Is Pending.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY RECEIVES NEXT SYSTEM

Sullivan County Is In The Process Of Upgrading Its 9-1-1 System. The “Next Generation” Is Being Funded By The State Of Tennessee And Will Allow The County 9-1-1 Center To Receive Text Messages, Pictures And Video From Cell Phones. The New System Will Also Do Away With Using Copper Land Lines And Circuits And Will Instead Use A New Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol That Will Allow The Transfer Of Calls To Anywhere In The State With Just The Push Of A Button. The Upgrade Is Expected To Take Approximately One Year To Be Completed.

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TRIAL UNDERWAY FOR FORMER VIRGINIA GOVERNOR AND WIFE

Testimony is underway in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife. The jury of eight men and four women was seated for the trial of Bob and Maureen McDonnell. The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial is expected to last at least five weeks.

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