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TESTIMONY CONTINUES IN FIRST DEGREE MURDER TRIAL

Testimony Is Continuing Today In Washington County Tennessee Criminal Court In The Trial Of A Man Accused Of Killing A Johnson City Woman In 2015. 23 Year Old Aaron Garland Of Elizabethton Is Charged With First Degree Murder And Robbery In The Death Of Karen Parker. Prosecutor’s Claims Parker Was Smothered To Death At Her Apartment At Westgate Village. Garland Remains Jailed On A 100-Thousand Dollars Bond. A Co-Defendant In The Case, Dallas Sarden, Who Is Also Jailed, Will Be Tried Later This Year.

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NASCAR’S MOST POPULAR DRIVER SET TO RETIRE

It Seems Only Fitting For The Most Popular Driver In Nascar, Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Announce His Retirement The Day After A Race At The Track Where His Father Won His First Race. Dale Jr. Missed Half Of Last Season Due To A Concussion, But Returned To The Track This Season. He Said Yesterday, He Wanted The Opportunity To Go Out On His Terms. Dale Jr. Will Still Be Part Of Racing Even Though Not Behind The Wheel.

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TWO MEN IN CARTER COUNTY PART OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROBE

The Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation Has Arrested Two Men On Statutory Rape And Solicitation Charges In Carter County. The Knoxville Police Department Received Information Concerning A Possible Case Of Human Trafficking Involving Juvenile Females. Several Local Agencies Were Able To Determine The Incident Occurred At A Motel Along Highway 19E In Elizabethton. Robelio Flores-Rivera And Adan Vasquez-Rodriguez Made Contact With Two Females, Ages 14 And 17 And Offered Them Money In Exchange For Sexual Favors. Both Men Are Being Held On A 50 Thousand Dollars Bond Each. Additional Charges Are Pending.

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LOCAL GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT ST. JUDE’S

You Have A Chance To Help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital In Memphis While At The Same Time Possibly Winning A New Car. The Tennessee Chapter C Of The Gold Wing Road Riders Association Will Host Its 18th Annual Golf Tournament To Benefit St. Jude. Registration Is 70 Dollars Per Person Or 250-Dollars For A Foursome, Captain’s Choice. The Event Is Set For May 7th At One O’clock.

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NRC GIVES THUMBS UP TO SAFETY AT NUCLEAR FUEL SERVICES

According To The Latest Report From The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Nuclear Fuel Services In Erwin Is Continuing To Operate Safely Without Issues. The NRC Based The Report On A Two-Year Investigation. The Findings Showed NFS Needs No Improvement In Any Areas In Its Safety Culture Based On A Two-Year Investigation Period.

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RAID CONDUCTED ON COEBURN VIRGINIA DOCTOR’S OFFICE

Federal Law Enforcement Agents As Well As Virginia State Police And The State Alcoholic Beverage Control Department, Descended On A Coeburn Virginia Doctor’s Office. The Coeburn Medical Center Is Operated By Dr. G.S. Kanwal. Authorities Have Declined To Comment On Exactly What’s Going On, Only To Say Its A Federal Matter. More Information Is Expected Soon

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KINGSPORT POLICE SEARCHING FOR MAN USING STOLEN CREDIT CARD

Kingsport Police Are Searching For A Man Accused Of Using A Stolen Debit Card. The Card, Which Belonged To An Elderly Woman, Was Used To Make Over 8-Hundred Dollars In Fraudulent Purchases. It Was Last Used At The Fasmart On Lynn Garden Drive. The Suspect Is A White Male, Balding On Top And Was Last Seen Wearing A Red Shirt And Dark Colored Pants. Anyone With Any Information Should Contact The Kingsport Police Department.

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RACE FANS TO USE UBER

Race Fans Will Have A New Way To Get To And From Bristol Motor Speedway. Ride-Sharing App Uber Is Available For The First Time During Race Weekend. The Track Is Working With Uber To Make Travel More Accessible. The Drop-Off Is Located On Highway 394 At The Corner Of Copperhead Road And Sweet Knobs Trail. However, Uber Drivers Will Not Have A Special Route And Will Still Have To Weave Through Traffic. Once You Reach The Drop-Off Location, Then A Free Shuttle Will Take You To The Track.

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JOHNSON CITY MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING WIFE

A Johnson City Man Accused Of Attacking His Wife In The Restroom Of A Local Medical Facility Will Be Arraigned This Afternoon In General Sessions Court. 24 Year Old Dalvin Stephens Is Charged With Aggravated Domestic Assault. Officers Were Called To The Emergency Department Of Johnson City Med Center About The Attack. The Female Victim Was Bruised And Bleeding From Her Nose. She Claimed Her Husband Had Allegedly Assaulted Her At Their Residence Numerous Times Throughout The Day And Tried To Drown Her In The Bathtub Causing Her To Lose Consciousness. Stephens Is Being Held On A 50-Thousand Dollars Bond.

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CPC APPROVES BVU OPTINET DEAL WITH SUNSET DIGITAL

The Cumberland Plateau Commission Has Finally Approved The Deal To Allow BVU Authority’s Optinet Division To Be Sold To Sunset Digital Communication At A Price Of 50 Million Dollars. CPC And Sunset Have Been Negotiating This Deal For Several Weeks. Cumberland Plateau Is A Partner With Optinet In A Four County Service Area In Southwest Virginia. It’s Unclear When The Final Paperwork Will Be Signed.

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PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING AT GREENE COUNTY AIRPORT

A Pilot And His Wife Are Okay Today After A Forced Landing At Greene County Municipal Airport. Sean Eastley Of Cleveland Ohio Made The Emergency Landing Due To Engine Trouble Yesterday Around Noon. He Blew A Tire On The Runway After Jamming The Break So That The Plane Would Not Go Off The Runway. No One Was Injured In The Incident.

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GET READY TO PAY MORE TAXES IN TENNESSEE

It’s Final…It Will Cost You More To Drive Your Car In Tennessee After July 1st Thanks To Governor Bill Haslam’s Push For A Gas Tax Increase. The State Senate Approve The Hike Which Is The First In Nearly 28 Years. Local Senators Who Voted In Favor Of The Increase Include Jon Lundberg And Rusty Crowe. A Four Cent Hike Will Go Into Effect In July Followed By An Increase Over The Next Four Years. Haslam Claims The Increase Will Provide An Additional 350 Million Dollars For Transportation Projects.

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MEETING SET TO DISCUSS SEWAGE ISSUES IN BLUFF CITY

The Tennessee Clean Water Network And The Boone Lake Association Are Hosting A Town Hall Meeting This Evening To Talk About Sewage Issues In Bluff City. The Groups Claim Raw Sewage Is Still Pouring Into Boone Lake Even After Two New High Capacity Pumps Were Installed. The Meeting Gets Underway At 6pm Tonight At The Johnson City Memorial Park Community Center On Bert Street.

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SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING KINGSPORT MAN

Kingsport Police Are Searching For A Man Who Was Last Seen In Bays Mountain Park. 67 Year Old Donald Pierson Left His Family As They Visited The Animal Habitat Area At The Park. He’s A White Male, 5’6, 250 Pounds, Last Seen Wearing Jeans, A Dark Colored T-Shirt And Brown Shoes. Anyone With Information Should Call Kingsport Police.

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LEAK REPORTED AT US NITROGEN PLANT IN GREENEVILLE

Things Are Back To Normal At The Us Nitrogen Plant In Greeneville After A Nitric Acid Release. It Happened Around 6:30 Last Night. The Leak Was Quickly Contained And No Workers Were Injured. The Hazardous Material Team Spent About Three Hours Testing The Air Quality, And Deemed It Safe For Workers To Return. Officials Don’t Know How Much Nitric Acid Was Released But Described It As A Hazardous Material That Would Put Anyone In Danger Should They Be Impacted By It. Us Nitrogen In Greeneville, Produces Liquid Ammonium Nitrate.

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JURY SELECTION UNDERWAY IN CARTER COUNTY COURT

Jury Selection Is Underway In Carter County Criminal Court For A Woman Accused Of Sex Crimes Against Children. Amber Ray Is Charged With Rape Of A Child. Elizabethton Police Said Their Investigation Alleged Ray Was Involved With Two Juveniles Involving Separate Incidents Dating Back To 2012 And 2013. Ray Remains In Jail After Having Her Bond Revoked After Missing A Court Date.

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FATAL CRASH IN WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA

Virginia State Police Are Investigating A Fatal Crash Involving A Pedestrian In Washington County Virginia. It Happened Last Night Around 9:30 In The 28-Thousand Block Of Hawthorne Drive. There’s One Death Confirmed And More Information Is Expected To Be Released Later Today. The Crash Remains Under Investigation.

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NICKLESVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH CRASHING INTO COLLEGE VAN

A Nicklesville Virginia Man Is Facing Charges After Crashing Over The Weekend Into A Vehicle Carrying Bluefield College Students. It Happened Saturday Night On Route 58 In Russell County. 77 Year Old Joe Taylor Is Charged With Reckless Driving After Police Said His Honda Ridgeline Crossed Over Into The Opposite Lane And Struck A Van. The Students Were Taken To A Local Hospital As A Precaution. Taylor Was Also Taken To The Hospital For Treatment Of Minor Injuries. Troopers Said The Driver’s Medical Condition Was A Factor In The Crash.

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WISE COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTS MAN ON THE RUN

A Big Stone Gap, Virginia Man Who Is On The Run After Allegedly Killing His Ex-Wife Has Been Indicted By A Wise County Grand Jury On A Capital Murder Charge. 46 Year Old Eric Monroe Jones Is Wanted In Connection With The November Shooting Death Of 38 Year Old Janina Jefferson. Her Body Was Found At The Appalachia Water Plant Where She Worked. Jones Was Previously Charged With First Degree Murder, But The Upgraded Charge Means Jones Is Eligible For The Death Penalty. Authorities Are Still Searching For Jones. A 2500 Dollar Reward Is Being Offered For Information On Jones.

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TWO ARRESTED IN GREENEVILLE ROBBERY

Greeneville Police Have Arrested A City Man In Connection With A Recent Robbery At A Greeneville Motel. 39 Year Old James King Is Charged With Aggravated Robbery And Theft Of Property In Connection With The Incident At The Days Inn Off The 11E Bypass Last Monday. A Knife Was Held To The Victim’s Throat, He Was Ordered To Empty His Pockets And The Suspects Fled With 900 In Cash And The Victim’s Car. A Female, Ashley Mcintyre Is Facing The Same Charges. King And Mcintyre Are Both Set To Appear In General Sessions Court In Greeneville Today.