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TWO ADMIT TO ILLEGAL COCKFIGHTING

Two Owners Of A Cockfighting Arena In McDowell Kentucky Have Admitted To The Illegal Practice In U.S. District Court In Abingdon Virginia. 73 Year Old Shirley Slone And 69 Year Old Vernon Slone Each Pleaded Guilty To Conspiracy To Cause Others To Attend A Cockfight At Their Facility, Big Blue Sportman’s Club. The Pair Also Forfeited 100-Grand And Agreed To Pay For The Complete Destruction Of The Club. Prosecutors Claims For Over 20 Years, The Club Facilitated Illegal Cockfights, Gambling And Decades Of Cruel And Inhuman Animal Abuse.

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SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA ROAD PROJECT SUBMITTED

Several Southwest Virginia Transportation Projects Are On The Preliminary List Recommended To The Commonwealth Transportation Board. The List Contains 136 Projects Totaling 968-Million Dollars. The List Includes Improvements In Bristol To The Lee Highway Intersection At Old Airport Road And The Intersection At Interstate 81’s Exit 7. In Abingdon, The Intersections Of Lee Highway And U.S. Highway 19 And U.S. 11 And 19 At Jonesboro Road. A Public Hearing To Allow For Public Comment Will Be Held At Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center In Abingdon April 13th At 5:30pm.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WARNS OF SCAM

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Are Warning Folks About A Scam In Which A Person Is Claiming To Work For The Sheriff’s Office. Several Local Residents Have Been Scammed By Someone Who Claims The Person Has Failed To Appear For Jury Duty And Owes A Fine. They Then Ask For Credit Card Information, Or Ask You To Bring The Money To The Sheriff’s Office. Anyone Who Receives This Kind Of Call Should Call Police. Sheriff Wayne Anderson Reminds The Public That No Government Agency Will Ever Request Money Over The Phone.

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CRAWFORD PASSES FIRST BILL

An Area Lawmaker Has Officially Passed His First Bill In The Tennessee House Of Representative. The Legislation By State Representative John Crawford, A Kingsport Republican, Recognizes The Contribution That State Constables Make To Their Communities And Improves Accessibility During Emergencies By Allowing Them To Obtain The Same Emergency License Plates That Are Issued To Police And Other First Responders. The Bill Is Now Headed To Governor Bill Haslam’s Desk To Be Signed Into Law.

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NISWONGER NAMED NEW ETSU BOARD CHAIRMAN

Philanthropist And Businessman Scott Niswonger Is Now The Chairman Of The East Tennessee State University Board Of Trustees. Niswonger Is Owner Of Landair Transport Incorporated. Eastman Chemical Company Executive David Golden Will Serve As Vice Chair And ETSU Junior Nathan Farnor Will Serve As The Students Representative To The Governing Body.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY JUDGE JERRY BECK GIVES RESIGNATION

There Will Be A Judge Position Opening Soon In Sullivan County. The Honorable Judge Jerry Beck Has Given His Resignation To Governor Bill Haslam. Beck Is Set To Leave Office On June 30th. He Was Appointed To The Post In 1993. There’s Been No Reason Given As To Why Beck Decided To Resign. County Administrator Of Elections, Jason Booher, Reportedly Said Haslam Will Appoint One Of Three Individuals Who Will Be Nominated By A Trial Court Vacancy Commission To Take Beck’s Place To Serve Until September 1st 2018.

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BRISTOL MALL OWNERS TO CHANGE FROM A RETAIL FACILITY

New Bristol Mall Owner, Ashwin Desai, With Sunstar Keshav Properties Out Of New Jersey, Has Different Plans For The Facility Than Retail. Sears Announced In January It Was Closing Stores In Kingsport And Bristol. The Johnson City Store Will Remain Open. Desai Said He Has No Plans To Close The Mall But Is Looking At The Possibilty Of Something Else Such As An Indoor Amusement Park. Nothing Has Been Finalized.

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SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK RECEIVES A CHECK

Second Harvest Food Bank Of Northeast Tennessee Has Received Some Good News. A New York Life Community Impact Grant Of 25-Thousand Dollars Was Handed Over To The Nonprofit Organization. It Will Be Used For Second Harvest’s Mobile Food Pantry And Food For Kids Backpack Programs. The Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry Distributed Over 1.7 Million Pounds Of Food During The 2015-16 Fiscal Year.

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KINGSPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TAKES LEAVE

A Robinson Middle School Principal In Kingsport Will Be Taking A One Year Leave From His Position To Serve As President Of A National Group. Brian Partin Will Serve As President Of The National Association Of Elementary School Principals. The National Association Will Pay The City School System For The Interim Filling Of Partin’s Position.

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COUPLE ACCUSED OF TRYING TO SELL BABY ON CRAIGSLIST

A Greene County Man And Woman Accused Of Trying To Sell A Five Month Old Baby On Line, Are Set To Appear In General Sessions Court This Morning. 26 Year Old John Cain And 37 Year Old Deanna Greer Are Charged With Aggravated Child Abuse And Aggravated Child Neglect Or Endangerment Under The Haley’s Law Act. The Sheriff’s Office Was Contacted By The Tbi About A Posting On Craigslist Of A Baby For Sale. The Tbi Contacted The Suspects, Who Gave A Price Of Three Thousand Dollars For The Child. An Arrangement Was Set Up And Undercover Agents Made The Exchange At Dollar General Market. Cain And Greer Are Being Held On A 150-Thousand Dollars Bond Each.

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GREENE COUNTY COUPLE RE-INDICTED IN MURDER OF CHILD

A Greene County Grand Jury Has Handed Down A New Indictment Against A Greeneville Couple Accused In The Death Of Two Small Children. The Superseding Presentment Charges 24 Year Old Kendra Tweed And 23 Year Old Erick Jones Jr. With First Degree Murder And Aggravated Child Neglect. Tweed Is Also Charged With Aggravated Child Endangerment And Jones Is Charged With Aggravated Child Abuse. Two Month Old Trinity Tweed Was Found Dead At A Home On North Hardin Street In December 2014. Authorities Said The Child Died From Blunt Force Trauma To The Neck Resulting In A Severed Spinal Cord. The Couple Is Also Charged With Murder In The Death Of 13 Month Old Kynsleigh Easterly. Tweed Is Set To Appear In Criminal Court On March 31st. Jones Has A Trial Date Set For January 18th.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY WOMAN CHARGED IN SHOOTING INCIDENT

A Disagreement Over Music Has Lead To Shots Being Fired And A Woman Being Arrested In Sullivan County. 56 Year Old Debra Lingerfelt Is Charged With Aggravated Assault. It Happened At A Home On Walkers Private Drive In The Denton Valley Community. Lingerfelt Was Reportedly Upset The Neighbor Had Left Her Music On In Her Car. Lingerfelt Then Allegedly Fired Six Shots But No One Was Injured. She Will Appear In General Sessions Court On March 28th.

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TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN DUFFIELD CLAIMS TWO

Virginia State Police Have Released The Names Of Two Lee County Virginia Residents Killed In A Two Vehicle Crash In Duffield. They Are 47 Year Old Marvin Clark Sr. And 39 Year Old Regina Spivey, Both Of Pennington Gap. Police Said The Van, Driven By 47 Year Old Robert Taylor, Was Traveling Southbound When It Ran Off The Side Of The Road And Struck A Guardrail, Causing The Van To Cross Both Lanes, Go Into The Median, Then Into The Northbound Lanes, Striking Clark’s Pickup Truck Head-On. Taylor Received Non-Life Threatening Injuries. The Cause of The Crash Remains Under Investigation.

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AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR ASSISTED LIVING EMPLOYEE

The Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office Is Asking For Your Help In Locating An Assisted Living Worker Accused Of Sexually Assaulting A Patient. An Arrest Warrant Has Been Issued For 36 Year Old Lorenzo Kamanda Charging Him With Aggravated Rape. The Incident Allegedly Took Place At Lifecare Center In Gray, Where Kamanda Was Employed At The Time. Anyone With Any Information On His Whereabouts Is Asked To Contact The Sheriff’s Office.

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APPALACHIA FIRE VICTIM’S NAME RELEASED

The Name Of The Victim In A Fatal Fire In Appalachia Virginia Has Been Released. The Victim Has Been Identified As 44 Year Old Mary Katherine Harris. Sheriff’s Investigators Do Believe The Fire Is Suspicious In Nature. The Blaze Happened Early Saturday Morning At A Home On Roda Road. The Woman’s Fiancé, Jonathon Peters, Said Harris Called Him To Return Home From Work Because There Was A Problem. When He Arrived, The Interior Of The Home Was On Fire. Virginia State Police Are Assisting In The Investigation To Determine The Cause Of The Fire.

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FIRE DEATH IN APPALACHIA VIRGINIA UNDER INVESTIGATION

Fire Officials In Appalachia Virginia Don’t Believe A House Fire Over The Weekend That Claimed The Life Of A Female, Is Suspicious. The Double-Wide Trailer Was Located On Roda Road. The Name Of The Female Victim Has Not Been Released At This Time. However, Her Body Has Been Sent To The Medical Examiner’s Office In Roanoke For An Autopsy. Authorities Said The Woman Notified Her Husband On Saturday About A Problem At The Home And When He Arrived, He Noticed The Fire. The Cause And Origin, Remain Under Investigation.

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HAWKINS COUNTY BUSINESSMAN IS NOW SERVING HIS TIME

Hawkins County Businessman Roger Stewart Has Lost His Appeal Options And Is Now Serving His Over Two Year Sentence For Criminally Negligent Homicide. A Jury Found Him Guilty Of Causing The Death Of Thelma Hughes In A Head-On Collision In 2012. He Was Also Found Guilty Of Two Counts Of Felony Reckless Endangerment Related To The Two Occupants In The Hughes Vehicle.

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BLUFF CITY MAN FACES SEVEN COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

A Man Accused Of Pointing A Gun At Several People Outside A Johnson City Nightclub Will Be Arraigned Today In General Sessions Court. 21 Year Old Seth Buckmaster Is Charged With Seven Counts Of Aggravated Assault And Possession Of A Handgun While Under The Influence. Witnesses Claimed Buckmaster Walked Around In The Parking Lot At The Electric Cowboy, Yelling And Pointing The Weapon At People. No One Was Injured. Buckmaster Is Being Held On A 37-Thousand Dollars Bond.

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DAUGHTER OF CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER TO SPEAK AT ETSU THIS EVENING

The Daughter Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr. Bernice King, Will Be Speaking This Evening At East Tennessee State University’s Brooks Gym. It’s Part Of The SGA Civility Celebration 2017. Bernice King Is The CEO Of The King Center, Which Was Founded By Her Mother, Coretta Scott King, In 1968. Tickets Are Ten Dollars For The General Public And Are Available Online At ETSU.EDU.

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JOHNSON CITY TEEN ARRESTED IN STABBING INCIDENT

Johnson City Police Have Arrested A Juvenile In Connection With A Stabbing Incident Earlier This Week On West Maple Street. The Victim, Mary Catherine Gross, Was Treated For Stab Wounds To The Back. She Claimed The Incident Stemmed From A Verbal Altercation. The Juvenile Is Charged With Attempted First-Degree Murder. He’s Being Held In The Juvenile Facility Until An Appearance Date In Johnson City Juvenile Court.