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SECOND HARVEST RECEIVES 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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CARTER COUNTY DRUG ROUNDUP NETS 45 ARRESTS

A Joint Drug Investigation Between The Elizabethton Police Department And The Carter County Sheriff’s Office Has Resulted In 45 Suspects Being Charged With Drug Related Offenses. The Operation Has Been Ongoing For Around Seven Months. Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford Said The Roundup Was Designed To Target Individuals Who Have Been Engaging In The Sales, Trafficking, And Manufacture Of Illegal Narcotics, Particularly Crystal Methamphetamine And Prescription Medication.

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YARN EXCHANGE RADIO SHOW COMING UP

It’s Another Edition Of The Yarn Exchange Radio Show In Downtown Jonesborough. On Monday, “The Ballad Of Strong Women,” With Musical Guest Katie Hoffman Will Be Performed Live On Stage. The Performance Is Set For 7 Pm At The International Storytelling Center.

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JONESBOROUGH TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO ARREST

A Jonesborough Traffic Stop Has Lead To The Arrest Of A Knoxville Man And The Discovery Of 2-Thousand Dollars In Fake Money. 48 Year Old Timothy Buchanan Is Charged With Criminal Simulation, Driving On A Revoked License, And Schedule Two Drug Violations. In Addition To The Counterfeit Money, Investigators Found Schedule Two Drugs In Buchanan’s Vehicle. He’s Being Held In The Washington County Detention On A 22-Thousand Dollar Bond And Will Appear In General Sessions Court Soon.

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NORTON MAN FACES CHARGES

A Norton, Virginia Woman Is Facing Over A Hundred Alleged Sex Charges. A Wise County Grand Jury Indicted 60 Year Old Rhonda Jean Cooke Is Accused Of Taking Indecent Liberties With A Child Among Other Charges. The Charges Are Based On Allegations Dating Back To A Period Between 1990 And 1999.

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KINGSPORT ANIMAL SHELTER TO RECEIVE LAND TRANSFER

Kingsport Officials Have Approved Transferring A Plot Of Land From The City To The Sullivan County Bristol Kingsport Animal Shelter. A Second Adjacent Plot Will Be Purchased By Sullivan County, While A Third Section Of Land Will Be Paid For By The City Of Bristol Tennessee And Community Donations. The 3.5 Million Dollar Facility Will Be Located Off Highway 11w In Kingsport. Construction Plans And Cost Estimates Will Be Finalized Soon.

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GO VIRGINIA HAS NAMED ITS MEMBERS

The Go Virginia Business-Led Initiative To Create Higher-Paying Jobs In Virginia, Has Named The Members Of Its Region One Council. It Will Serve 13 Counties In Southwest Virginia. A Total Of 21 People Have Been Chosen To Serve. Uva Wise Will Serve As The Support Organization For The Council.

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FALL BRANCH MAN HAS CASE BOUND OVER

A Fall Branch Man Accused Of Aggravated Kidnapping Has Had His Case Bound Over To A Greene County Grand Jury. James Littleton Is Accused Of Holding A Woman And Child In His Home Against Their Will And Setting Off A Smoke Bomb In The House. When Firefighters Tried To Enter The Residence, He Allegedly Threatened Them With A Gun. He’s Charged With Aggravated Kidnapping And Aggravated Domestic Assault. He Will Appear In Criminal Court On May 12th. His Bond Is Set At 125-Thousand Dollars.

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ETSU CRIME REPORT RELEASED

According To A 2016 Crime Report, Crimes At East Tennessee State University Are Down By Just Over 11-Hundred Offenses Over The Last Five Years. There Was One Rape Reported In 2016 Verses Four In 2015. Robberies Climbed From One In 2015 To Four In 2016. According To Tbi Director Mark Gwyn, The Report Will Be Used To Help Law Enforcement, Institution Administrations And Government Officials In Planning Their Efforts In The Fight Against Crime.

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ERWIN RECEIVES LOANS

Loans Totaling Two Million Dollars Are On Their Way To A Local Community. Governor Bill Haslam Announced The Town Of Erwin Will Receive The Funds For A Distribution System Improvement And Water Meter Replacement Project. The Program Assists Communities With Current And Future Needs For Improved Environmental Health.

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CATTLE RUSTLERS TO APPEAR IN COURT SOON

Two Men Accused Of Stealing Cattle From A Scott County Virginia Farm And Selling Them At A Kingsport Livestock Market Are Behind Bars. 19 Year Old Zachary Horner Of Kingsport And 19 Year Old Tanner Fields Of Gate City Are Charged With Larceny Of Animals. The Duo Allegedly Confessed To The Crime. They Are Free On Unsecured Bond. They Are Expected To Appear In Court Soon.

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BRISTOL PARK RECEIVES $500,000 GRANT

The Tennessee Economic And Community Development Agency Has Handed Bristol Tennessee Essential Services A Half-A-Million Dollar Site Development Grant.The Money Was Awarded To The Bristol Business Park For Site Preparation, Which Will Make Way For A 420-Thousand Square Foot Building Pad. The Grant Money Is For Clearing, Demolition And Seeding Of 50 Acres. Officials Hope To Attract Advanced Manufacturing, Service Industries, Data Centers Or Corporate Offices To The Site.

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JOHNSON CITY MAN DIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Johnson City Police Said A City Man Has Died From Injuries He Received In A Single Vehicle Accident Over The Weekend. 67 Year Old Steven Bennett’s Truck Left The Roadway, Struck A Utility Pole, And Went Down An Embankment On Cherokee Road At Spice Hollow Road. A Six Year Old Juvenile Passenger In The Vehicle Was Uninjured. The Investigation Is Continuing.

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FORMER SHERIFF’S ADMINISTRATOR RECEIVES PROBATION

A Former Washington County, Tennessee Office Administrator, Who Pleaded Guilty To Judicial Diversion Connected To A Charge Of Theft Over 10-Thousand Dollars, Won’t Be Serving Any Time Behind Bars. Gary Bradley Will Spend The Next 15 Years On Probation. Prosecutors Accused Him And Another Man Of Pocketing Money From The Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officers’ Association. Both Previously Served As Corporate Officers For The Agency.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY JAIL INMATE DIES

Washington County, Tennessee Officials Said An Inmate Has Passed Away At A Local Hospital. Sheriff Ed Graybeal Said The Cause Of Death Of The Male Inmate At The Washington County Detention Center Is Unknown At This Time. No Foul Play Is Suspected. The TBI Is Assisting In The Investigation.

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RAPE SUSPECT HAD PREVIOUS SEX CRIME ARREST

A Suspect Currently Being Looked For By Washington County, Tennessee Authorities Had A Previous Sex Crime Arrest In The Area. 36 Year Old Lorenzo Kamanda, An Assisted Living Employee At Life Care Center In Gray, Is Currently Charged With Aggravated Rape Of A Patient. News 5 Is Reporting A Criminal History Report Shows He Was Arrested In March 2012 In Unicoi County On One Count Of Sexual Battery While Employed By The Dawn Of Hope In Johnson City. Anyone With Any Information On His Whereabouts Is Asked To Contact Law Enforcement.

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BLOUNTVILLE AGRI BUILDING READY TO OPEN

A Portion Of A New Multi-Use Agriculture Facility In Blountville Is Almost Ready To Open. The Facility Is Located Off Spurgeon Lane Near Tri-Cities Christian Schools. Of The Two Buildings, The First Has Been Completed And Features A 300-Seat Conference Area With Commercial Kitchen, That Also Houses The University Of Tennessee’s Sullivan County Extension Office. The Second Building Is Still Undergoing Work And Will House A 30-Thousand Square Foot Area For Livestock Shows, Barrel Racing And Other Agriculture-Related Events.

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GREENE COUNTY WOMAN WITH MURDER

A Greene County Woman Has Been Indicted On Murder Charges Related To A Pregnant Woman’s Body Found In August. The Deceased Woman Was The Accused Killer’s Grandchild’s Mother. 51 Year Old Vonda Smith Of Afton Is Charge With Two Counts Of First Degree Murder. The Body Was Found Along Jud Neal Loop In Afton. The Victim Was 21 Year Old Jessie Morrison. Meanwhile, Smith Is Being Held In The Greene County Jail On An 800-Thousand Dollar Bond.

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FALL BRANCH MAN BOUND OVER

The Case Of A Fall Branch Man Accused Of Holding His Girlfriend And Toddler Son Hostage During A New Year’s Day Standoff Has Been Bound Over To A Grand Jury.The Aggravated Kidnapping Case Against 42 Year Old James Ray Littleton Now Moves To Washington County Criminal Court. He Also Faces A Felony Aggravated Domestic Assault Charge And Is Due Back In Court On May 12th.

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KINGSPORT CAROUSEL FINE CRAFT SHOW

The 2017 National Carousel Fine Craft Show Is Coming Up At The Kingsport Farmer’s Market. The Fifth Annual Event Will Show And Sell Works Of Heirloom Quality In A Wide Variety Of Media Including Photography, Pottery, And Fibers. A Preview Party Is Set For Friday From 6 Pm To 9 Pm. The Craft Show Runs From 10 Am To 5 Pm On Saturday And From 12 Pm To 5 Pm On Sunday. The Event Will Feature Various Demonstrations Including Glass Blowing, And Pottery.