KINGSPORT MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING HEAT AND AIR UNITS

A Kingsport Man Is In Trouble For Allegedly Stealing Six Heat And Air Units From A City Building. 23 Year Old Eric Roberts Is Charged With Theft Over 60-Thousand Dollars And Vandalism Over 60-Thousand. The Units Were Reportedly Taken From Brookside Drive. The Units Were Found In A Van At Roberts’ Home. Additional Charges Are Pending.

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KINGSPORT POLICE ARREST TWO PEOPLE ON DRUG CHARGES

Kingsport Police Have Arrested Two City Residents On Drug Related Charges At Their Home Stafford Street. 36 Year Old Quincy James And 20 Year Old Jasmine Carr Are Charged With Possession Of Crack Cocaine, Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, And Other Charges. The Charges Stem From A Lengthy Investigation Into Crack Cocaine Trafficking In The City Of Kingsport. Approximately Four Ounces Of Crack Cocaine, About Six Grams Of Marijuana, Multiple Kitchen Containers, And Nearly One Thousand Dollars In Cash Were Seized Inside The Home. A Court Date For The Pair Is Pending In General Sessions Court.

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KINGSPORT TEENAGER IN TROUBLE

A 19 Year Old Kingsport Man Is Facing Charges After Allegedly Pointed A Laser Mounted On A Hunting Rifle At A City Police Officer. Trahson White Is Charged With Aggravated Assault. The Officer Had Responded To A Call On Tranbarger Drive When He Reportedly Saw A Red Light Hit His Left Eye. White Was Located At An Allen Drive Home. He Was Transported To The Kingsport City Jail And Will Appear Soon In General Sessions Court.

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TENNESSEE HAS LOWEST GAS PRICES IN THE NATION TODAY

More Good News For Motorists. As Of Today, Gas Prices In Tennessee Are The Lowest In The Nation. Motorists In Kingsport, Johnson City, And Bristol Are Paying On Average $2.82 For A Gallon Of Gas. Meanwhile, Neighboring Virginia Is The Fifth Lowest State In The Nation, Averaging $2.86 This Week. The National Average Price This Week Stands At $3.07. Analysts Are Projecting That The Price Of Gas Could Keep Heading Even Lower Through The Rest Of The Year.

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FIVE AREA PEOPLE ARRESTED IN FEDERAL METH INVESTIGATION

A Year-Long Federal Methamphetamine Conspiracy Investigation Has Lead To The Arrest Of Five Area People By The Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Those Arrested Include 41 Year Old Chad Dunbar Of Limestone, 55 Year Old Kimberly Repass Of Jonesborough, 34 Year Old Michael Ratliff Of Jonesborough, 35 Year Old Ashley Ratliff Of Telford, And 26 Year Old Amanda Stanton Of Chuckey. Charges Against The Suspects Include Conspiracy To Manufacture 50 Grams Or More Of Meth, Possession Of Equipment Used To Manufacture Meth, And Maintaining A Dwelling Used To Manufacture, Distribute, And Use Meth. Sheriff Ed Graybeal Said The Investigation Is Ongoing, And Additional Charges Are Pending.

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HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES TO CAUSE MOTORISTS PROBLEMS IN KINGSPORT

Kingsport Motorists Can Look For Delays In The Downtown Area Due To Several Halloween Events Going On. Activities Include The Haunted Half-Marathon And The Rockin’ The Hallows Halloween Party. Beginning At Three O’clock Tomorrow Afternoon, Sections Of Clinchfield, Market, Main And Sullivan Streets, Wilcox And Industry Drives And Arch And Roller Streets Will Be Closed For About Three Hours For The Race. The Party Occurs From 7 To Midnight At Farmer’s Market.

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TRIAL DATE SET FOR FACEBOOK MURDER SUSPECTS

It Will Be Next Year Before Trial Gets Underway For The Remaining Defendants In The Facebook Murders Case In Johnson County. Barbara And Jenelle Potter And Jamie Curd Will Be Tried In The Deaths Of Billie Jean Hayworth And Billy Payne, Jr Who Were Shot In Their Johnson County Home In January 2012. Prosecutors Said The Murders Came After A Dispute On Facebook Between The Couple And Jenelle Potter. Potter’s Father, Marvin Potter, Was Convicted In The Killings In October 2013. He Was Given Two Life Sentences. Trial For Barbara And Jenelle Potter And Jamie Curd Will Take Place On January 6th, 2015 In Washington County Criminal Court.

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HAWKINS COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PIPE BOMBS

A Hawkins County Man Affiliated With The Ku Klux Klan Who Was Accused Of Making And Possessing Pipe Bombs Has Plead Guilty To The Crime In U.S. District Court In Greeneville. 24 Year Old Joshua Looney Plead Guilty To One Count Of Knowingly Making Destructive Devices In Exchange For A 46-Month Sentence To Be Followed By Three Years Of Supervised Probation And A Fine Of Up To 10-Thousand Dollars. His Father, Brian Looney Is Also Facing Charges And Is Scheduled To Stand Trial February 12th.

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ARMED KINGSPORT SHOPLIFTER FACING FELONY CHARGES

An Attempt To Shoplift 72-Dollars At A Local Walmart Has Resulted In Felony Charges Being Placed Against A Mount Carmel Man. 25 Year Old Joseph Hall Is Charged With Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, Shoplifting, And Criminal Impersonation. Hall Allegedly Pulled A Knife On Store Employees At The West Stone Drive Business, Then Briefly Escaped After Being Handcuffed. He Was Tasered Twice. Hall Was Booked In The Kingsport City Jail. A Court Date Is Pending In General Sessions Court.

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TWO SULLIVAN COUNTY WOMEN CHARGED WITH TENNCARE FRAUD

Two Sullivan County Women Have Been Charged With Tenncare Fraud. 43 Year Old Tracy Hanifin Of Kingsport Is Charged With Fraudulently Obtaining Precription Drugs By Doctor Shopping For Controlled Substances, Using Tenncare As Payment. Meanwhile, 38 Year Old Jennifer Carter Of Bristol Is Charged With Tenncare Fraud And Theft Of Services In Connection With Frauduently Obtaining Health Care Insurance Benefits Through Tenncare. Tenncare Fraud Is A Class E Felony, Carrying A Sentence Of Up To Two Years In Prison Per Charge.

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INDIANS SPRING SCHOOL CLOSED ON FRIDAY

A Sullivan County School Is Closed Temporarily. The Sullivan County Department Of Education Said Indian Springs School Won’t Be In Session Today For Mold Remediation And Repairs To The First And Second Grade Classroom Wing. Children In The Affected Classrooms Were Relocated Yesterday To Allow Maintenance Workers The Chance To Investigate The Affected Areas. Director Of Schools Jubal Yennie Said The Classroom Wing Will Remain Closed Until School Officials Can Confirm That All Mold Has Been Removed.

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ETSU INVESTIGATION COMPLETED AND SCHOOL CLEARED

A Comprehensive Investigation At East Tennessee State University Into The Research Practices Of The Exercise And Sports Science Program Has Been Completed And The School Is In The Clear. The Probe Was Started Following A Complaint More Than Two Years Ago That Alleged The School Was Performing The Research Without Allowing The Human Subjects To Decline To Be Part Of The Program. All Students Were Asked For Written Consent To Enter Their Test Results Into The Monitoring Database. The Complaints Were Found To Be Invalid.

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JOHNSON CITY HIRES LOBBYING FIRM GROUP

Johnson City Leaders Have Hired A Nashville Lobbying Firm To Monitor The General Assembly And Act As An Advocate For Legislation Beneficial To The City. The Windrow Phillips Group Will Be Paid A 30-Thousand Dollar Retainer Fee. The Group Will Also Work With City Leaders On Matters Pertaining To Various State Departments And The Governor’s Office, Monitor Committees And Subcommittees And Help Push For The City’s Legislative Wants And Needs.

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KINGSPORT SCHOOLS TO PURCHASE LAPTOPS

The Kingsport City School System Is Gearing Up To Provide A Laptop To Most Students. The Plan Is To Have A Laptop In The Hands Of Students From Grades 4-12 By The Fall Of The 2016 School Year. The Price Tag Will Be About 1.2 Million Dollars Up Front, Then 400-Thousand Dollars Per Year After The First Year. School Board Members Will Consider A Formal Proposal For Approval At Its November 6th Meeting.

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ETSU UNVEILS NEW SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

East Tennessee State University Has Announced A Number Of Scholarship Opportunities For New Students Who Enroll Starting In The Fall 2015 Semester. The Scholarships Will Benefit Both In-State And Out-Of-State Students. A Website Outlining Etsu’s Scholarship Programs Can Be Accessed At Www-Dot-Etsu-Edu/Scholarships.

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STONEY CREEK SCHOOL PLANS PUT ON HOLD

Plans To Build A New Middle School In Stoney Creek In Carter County Have Come To A Halt. Director Of Carter County Schools Kevin Ward Has Suggested The 800-Thousand Dollars Designated For Drawing Plans For The New School Be Used Instead To Pay Down Previous School Debt And Improve The County’s Financial Position. Ward Feels This Is The Better Option Because It Will Allow The Property Tax Rate To Be Lowered While Allowing The School System To Build Up Its Reserves.

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UNICOI COUNTY HAS NEW 911 CENTER RUNNING

The New Unicoi County 911 Center Is Now Up And Running. The New Center Is Being Housed At The Unicoi County Jail Annex. The Updated Facility Allows For More Space. In Addition, A New Radio System And Computerized Dispatch System Will Allow For Greater Efficiency.

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ERWIN KICKS BBQ TRUCK OUT OF TOWN

Erwin Town Leaders Have Kicked A Barbeque Truck Out Of Downtown. Hillbilly Butts And Brisket Bbq Has Been Serving Customers Off North Main Street In Erwin Since June Without Any Issue. The Town Now Has Decided The Business Has To Close Or Move By November 15th Because They Are Violating A Zoning Code. The Planning Commission And Board Of Zoning Appeals Decided To Uphold The Code Enforcement. City Recorder Glen Rosenoff Said The Zoning Laws Are Being Reviewed To See If There’s A Way To Include Food Trucks. City Staff Is Working To Try To Help The Eatery Relocate.

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NEW DOLLYWOOD DREAMMORE RESORT

The New Dollywood Dreammore Resort Will Begin Accepting Reservations This Winter. Scheduled To Open Next Summer, The Resort Includes Nine Room Types, A Restaurant, A Salon And Spa And Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools. This Is The Second Project In A 300-Million Dollar 10-Year Capital Investment Plan Which Aims At Taking The Theme Park From A Regional Destination To A National One.

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LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD WOMEN

They’re Looking For A Few Good Women In The Tri Cities Region. Jennifer Johnson Remembers Her First Hit In Her First Football Game. It Was Last Year She Was Playing For Chattanooga Locomotion, And The Hit Got Her Addicted To Women’s Football. Now She Wants More Ladies From Northeast Tennessee To Experience What She Did. The Johnson City Native Who Lives In Piney Flats Started A Women’s Football Team Called The Tri-Cities Thunder. And They Are Now Looking For More Players. To Check Into Playing For The Team, Log Onto Www-Dot-Tricitiesthunder-Dot-Com.

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