BLUFF CITY MAN INJURED IN BRISTOL CRASH

A Bluff City Man Has Been Injured In A Bristol Crash. According To The Tennessee Highway Patrol, 60 Year Old Emory Dowell Was Pushing His Stalled Pickup Truck Out Of The Roadway On Weaver Pike When A Vehicle Driven By 62 Year Old Delores Barb Struck The Passenger Side Of The Pickup. Dowell Was Struck During The Incident. Dowell Suffered Serious Injuries. Barb And Her Passenger Suffered Non-Life Threatening Injuries. An Investigation Into The Incident Is Ongoing.

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GLADE SPRING VIRGINIA TRAGEDY SPARKS GUN BILL

A Glade Spring, Virginia Tragedy Has Sparked Lawmakers To Unveil A Bill To Keep Guns From Violent Offenders. It’s Been Almost A Year Since Kevin Palmer Murdered His Wife, Their Son, And His Mother-In-Law, And Then Took His Own Life. Although A Restraining Order Was Issued Against Palmer, He Was Still Allowed To Own Guns. Virginia Lawmakers Are Proposing A Bill That Would Revoke The Gun Rights Of People Convicted Of Violent Misdemeanors. Currently, Gun Rights Are Only Revoked If Someone Is Convicted Of A Felony.

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LOCAL UNITED WAY FACING CAMPAIGN SHORTFALL

An Area United Way Is Facing A Fundraising Shortfall. Elizabethton-Carter County Needs To Raise About 160-Thousand Dollars This Year During Its Annual Campaign Season. The Agency Is Currently At 62 Percent Of Its Goal. A Few Weeks Are Left In This Year’s Campaign. The United Way Has Until March 31st To Raise The Remaining Funding.

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JOBLESS RATE UP IN DECEMBER IN GREENE COUNTY

The Jobless Rate In One Northeast Tennessee County Rose In December. According To Figures Released From The Tennessee Department Of Labor And Workforce Development, Greene County’s Unemployment Rate In December Was 8.7 Percent, Up From 7.9 Percent In November. A Year Ago, The Rate Was 9.6 Percent.

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VIRGINIA LOOKS FOR WAYS TO GET KIDS READY

A New Bill Introduced By U.S. Senator Tim Kaine Of Virginia Would Help Provide High Quality Education For Children From Birth To Five Years Old. It’s Called The Pre-K Act And Is Designed To Assist More Kids Enter Kindergarten Ready To Succeed. It Would Establish Federal And State Partnerships To Provide Incentives To Improve The Quality Of State Pre-School Programs And Expand Them To Serve More Children In Need.

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DEATH PENALTY SOUGHT AGAINST TEEN ACCUSED IN ROAN MOUNTAIN MURDER

The State Is Seeking The Death Penalty Against One Of Two Teens Accused Or First Degree Murder In The Death Of Danny Ray Vance In Roan Mountain. 18 Year Old Anthony Joseph Lacy, Along With Co-Defendant 19 Year Old Demetrice Cordell, Are Accused Of Going To Vance’s Home On July 4th To Rob Him. The State Is Not Seeking The Death Penalty Against Cordell. Vance’s Body Was Found On The Front Porch Of His Heaton Creek Home In Roan Mountain.

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TWO MEADOWVIEW VIRGINIA WOMEN FACING METH CHARGES

Two Meadowview, Virginia Women Have Been Arrested In Connection With Discovery Of The Remains Of A One-Pot Shake And Bake Meth Lab At Their Home. 40 Year Old Amy Michelle Almany And Melissa Dawn Adams Are Charged With Manufacturing Meth, Conspiracy To Manufacture Meth, And Other Charges. The Charges Stem From Investigation At A Rash Lane Residence In Meadowview. Almany Is Being Held Without Bond In The Regional Jail In Abingdon While Adams Is Free On A 10-Thousand Dollar Bond.

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MORE JOHNSON CITY POLICE OFFICERS ON THE STREETS

The Johnson City Police Department Will Have Additional Officers On The Streets This Upcoming Super Bowl Weekend On The Lookout For Impaired Drivers. There Will Be DUI Enforcement Patrols Aimed At Removing Impaired Drivers From The Roads. The Police Department Would Like To Encourage Everyone To Designate A Sober Driver If You Plan To Consume Alcohol This Super Bowl Weekend.

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POLICE INVESTIGATE JOHNSON CITY STABBING

Johnson City Police Are Investigating A Reported Assault And Stabbing Inside The Victim’s Home On East Walnut Street. Officers Responded To An Apartment And Reportedly Found 64 Year Old Walter Jackson Who Appeared To Have Been Stabbed And Beaten Up. Police Said The Victim Had Several Severe Lacerations On His Face And Hands. Anyone With Any Information On The Incident Is Asked To Contact Johnson City Police.

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JOHNSON CITY WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

A Johnson City Woman Is Behind Bars Facing Assault Charges. 43 Year Old Lisa Rolle-Evans Is Charged With Two Counts Of Aggravated Assault. An Investigation By Johnson City Police And The Department Of Children’s Services Followed A Report Of A Physical Assault Against A 17 Year Old Female. Rolle-Evans Is Being Held In Lieu Of A 20-Thousand Dollar Bond. She Will Appear In Washington County Criminal Court Soon.

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FEDERAL JUDGE’S RULING TO CLOSE GREENE VALLEY

A federal judge has accepted the state’s proposal to close Tennessee’s last large facility housing mentally disabled people by the end of next June. Judge Kevin Sharpe issued his ruling on Thursday, about a week after hearing arguments in Nashville for and against the closure of the Greene Valley Developmental Center in Greenville, which has nearly 100 residents and about 600 workers. State officials recommended closing the facility to end a long-running lawsuit over care of the mentally disabled. They plan to move the residents into more community-like settings as part of a larger movement to improve services and get people out of large institutions.

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EASTMAN HAS FIVE STRAIGHT YEARS OF EARNINGS GROWTH

Eastman Chemical Company Officials Are Touting Five Straight Years Of Earnings Growth While Reporting Its 2014 Year-End And Four-Quarter Numbers. Sales Revenue Was 9.5 Billion Dollars, A Two Percent Increase Compared With Full Year 2013. During The Fourth Quarter, Sales Revenue Increased In Eastman’s Additives And Functional Products Segment Due Sales Of Products Of The Acquired Taminco Speciality Crop Protection Business And Higher Coatings Products Sales Volume.

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HASLAM BRINGS INSURE TENNESSEE MESSAGE TO TRI CITIES

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Made A Stop Through Johnson City This Week. During His Stop At Johnson City Community Health Center, The Governor Touted His Two-Part Insure Tennessee Plan, Which Plans To Expand Medicaid To Cover 200-Thousand More Residents In The State. According To The Latest Estimates, Nearly 280-Thousand Low-Income Tennesseans Would Be Expected To Enroll In The First Year At An Annual Cost Of Bout 47-Hundred Dollars Each.

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ABINGDON POLICE URGE BEING AWARE OF SHOPLIFTERS

Abingdon Police Are Reminding Business Owners To Be Aware Of Shoplifters. This After Police Have Been Investigating A Recent Rash Of Shoplifting Incidents In Town. Last Year, The Police Department Reported 39 Incidents Of Shoplifting With All But One Happening At Major Retailers. Business Owners Are Being Advised To Be Sure Their Employees Are Trained To Handle The Situation

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BOMB THREAT FORCES EVACUATION OF HIGH SCHOOL

A Bomb Threat Has Caused The Evacuation Of Sullivan North High School In Kingsport. As A Precaution, Authorities Have Led Students, Faculty, And Staff Out Of The Facility Earlier This Morning. Police Are Conducting A Search Of The Buildings. The School Is Located On North John B. Dennis Highway. Students Were Taken To Ketron Middle School Where Parents Picked Them Up. The Investigation Is Ongoing. No One Was Hurt.

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MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING ROOMMATE IN ERWIN

Erwin Police Have Arrested A Local Man Connection With The Stabbing Of His Roommate. 21 Year Old Zachary Alexander Smith-Lyon Of Erwin Is Charged With Attempted First Degree Murder. The Charge Stems From Smith-Lyon Reportedly Attacking His Roommate By Stabbing Him Multiple Times With A Knife. The Victim Was Taken To Johnson City Medical Center For Injuries To His Head, Arms, And Body. He Was Later Released. Smith-Lyon Was Booked Into The Washington County Detention Center On A 100-Thousand Dollar Bond. He’s Slated For A Preliminary Hearing Today In Jonesborough.

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FORMER SULLIVAN COUNTY CORRECTIONS OFFICER INDICTED

A Sullivan Grand Jury Has Indicted A Former Sullivan County Corrections Officer. 55 Year Old Leslie Harrell Is Charged With Two Counts Of Simple Assault. The Charges Stem From Allegations That Harrell May Have Used Unnecessary Force Against An Inmate. As A Result Of An Internal Investigation, Harrell Was Terminated. He Is Free On A 5-Thousand Dollar Bond. A Court Date Is Pending.

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TWO HAWKINS COUNTY BUS DRIVERS TERMINATED

Two Hawkins County School Bus Drivers Have Been Fired This Month For Incidents That Occurred On Consecutive Days On The Same Route That Covers The Western Outskirts Of Church Hill. On January 13th, A Driver Reportedly Completed Her Route And Parked Her Bus At Home Without Realizing Their Was A Sleeping Child Still On Board. The Child Woke Up And Walked Home. In A Separate Incident, A Substitute Driver Was On The Same Route January 14th When The School Bus Broke Down. 19 Students Walked Home. One Five Year Old Student Was Nearly Two Miles From Her House, Which Sparked Concern By Her Parents. Director Of Schools Steve Starnes Said The County Takes Its Obligation To Provide Safe And Reliable Transportation To Students.

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MOTORCYCLE AND CAR COLLISION SENDS MAN TO HOSPITAL

A Motorcycle And Car Collision In Kingsport Has Sent One Man To The Hospital. According To Kingsport Police, A Vehicle Pulled Of Stratford Road Into The Path Of A Motorcycle On Memorial Boulevard. The Motorcycle Struck The Car On The Driver’s Door. The Driver Of The Vehicle, 72 Year Old Sandra Davison, Was Cited For Failure To Yield And For Not Having Insurance. The Driver Of The Motorcycle, Also 72, Was Taken To A Local Hospital. The Investigation Is Continuing.

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HASLAM TO STOPOVER IN JOHNSON CITY TODAY

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is wrapping up his statewide tour today including a stopover in the tri cities seeking to drum up support for his Insure Tennessee proposal. Haslam begins the day in Johnson City, followed by stops in Sparta and Murfreesboro. The state Legislature goes into special session Monday to take up the proposal that has been met with some skepticism among Republicans because it would draw down $1.4 billion per year in federal money available under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Under new estimates, about 280,000 low-income Tennesseans would be expected to enroll in the first year at an annual cost of about $4,700 each.

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