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JOHNSON CITY WOMAN FOUND GUILTY

A Johnson City Woman Has Been Found Guilty In Carter County Criminal Court In A Child Sex Case. 27 Year Old Amber Ray Was Convicted Of One Count Of Rape Of A Child And Incest Following A Two Day Trial. She Was Originally Indicted By A Grand Jury After An Investigation By Elizabethton Police. Ray Sexually Abused A Juvenile Over A Six-Month Period Beginning In Late 2012. Her Sentencing Is Set For July 27th.

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FORMER TENNESSEE TEACHER ARRESTED IN CALIFORNIA

After More Than A Month On The Run, A Tennessee Teacher Accused Of Kidnapping A 15 Year Old Student Is In Police Custody. 50 Year Old Tad Cummins Was Arrested At A Northern California Commune In Cecilville. The Two Vanished From Columbia, Tennessee On March 13. An Amber Alert Was Issued. He’s Charged With Aggravated Kidnapping And Also Faces One Count Of Sexual Contact With A Minor.

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WISE COUNTY SCHOOLS COULD CLOSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The Wise County Virginia School Board Is Looking At Closing Appalachia Elementary School. During A Recent Workshop, It Will Cost The School System An Additional 300-Thousand Dollars More For Health Insurance Next Fiscal Year. Wise County Schools Are Facing A Two Million Dollar Deficit. Closing Appalachia Elementary Would Help Out The Budget Situation. A New Proposed Spending Plan Will Be Presented On May 22nd.

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UNICOI HAS KITCHEN CHIEF FOR NEW KITCHEN

The Town Of Unicoi Has A New Director To Over Its New Mountain Harvest Kitchen. Lee Carella Manning Has Been Selected By The Board Of Mayor And Aldermen And Is Expected To Start Work In About A Month. Manning Is From Athens Georgia And Worked As A Packaged Foods Coordinator For Home Made From Scratch. Her Annual Salary At Mountain Harvest Kitchen Will Be 60-Thousand Annually. Construction Of The Kitchen Will Be Complete In About Three Weeks.

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TENNESSEE LOTTERY SETS RECORD

Some Good News From The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. Officials Announced.The Second Highest Quarterly Return To Education Since It Began Jan. 20, 2004. Spokeswoman Kim Gerlock Said That Brings The Total Raised For Lottery-Funded Programs To Nearly $4.1 Billion. More Than 120,000 Students Benefit Each Year From Lottery-Funded Programs, And More Than One Million Lottery-Funded Grants And Scholarships Have Been Awarded Since 2004.

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SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA NURSE CONVICTED

A Southwest Virginia Nurse Has Been Convicted Of Tampering With Liquid Morphine Meant For The Elderly. 40 Year Old Christina Calloway Pled Guilty To Tampering With A Consumer Product For Feeding Her Addiction To A Powerful Painkiller Meant For Elderly Nursing Home Patients. While Working As A Nurse, Prosecutors Said She Diverted Liquid Morphine. Calloway Faces Up To 51 Months In Prison And A Fine Of 250-Thousand Dollars When She’s Sentenced On August First.

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SEXUAL ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH

April Is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. Multiple Studies Estimate That 70 To 90 Percent Of Sexually Exploited Children Have A History Of Child Sexual Abuse. Kim James Is With The Children’s Advocacy Center Of Sullivan County Said That Children Under The Age Of One Have The Highest Percentage Of Victimization Of Any Abuse.

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SEARCH CONTINUES FOR AREA MAN

The Search Continues For A Man Accused In A Deadly Crash That Claimed The Life Of A Tri Cities Woman. 30 Year Old Alan Mogollon-Anaya Faces Vehicular Homicide, Child Abuse And Neglect. Investigators Allege Anaya Was Driving Drunk During A Head-On Crash On Conklin Road In Jonesborough In March. The Crash Killed 37 Year Old Shirra Branum. Current Information Is Leading Authorities To Believe He’s Still In The U.S. Anyone With Information On Anaya’s Whereabouts, Should Call Authorities.

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REPAIR WORK NEAR CREEPER TRAIL

The Virginia Department Of Transportation Will Be Conducting Repair Work On The Northbound And Southbound Bridges Of Interstate 81 Over The Virginia Creeper Trail Next Week. The Repair Work Will Take Place At Night From Below The Bridge With Periodic Night-Time Lane Closures As Necessary. The Repair Work Will Begin On Monday Night.

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NN INCORPORATED EXENSION ON TAXES

The Washington County Industrial Development Board And Johnson City Leaders Have Recommended The Extension Of A Deadline Of The Payment-In-Lieu Of Taxes Deal With Nn Incorporated. It Comes After The Dates Related To A Tax Abatement Deal Were Somehow Overlooked. The Metal Bearings Company Currently Employs 64 Of The Needed 136 People For The Pilot Benchmark. The Company Currently Pays No Property Taxes And Has Already Paid 20-Thousand Dollars In Personal Property Taxes That Should Have Been Abated. The Company Will Be Required To File Its Next Report By May 9th 2018.

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MISSING MAN FOUND SAFE

A Missing Man Has Been Found After Spending The Night In The Woods At Bays Mountain Park In Kingsport. 67 Year Old Donald Pierson Went Missing After Visiting The Animal Habitat Area Of The Park. He Was Examined By Medical Personnel And Is Expected To Be Okay.

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KINGSPORT SCHOOL SYSTEM PROPOSES PAY RAISES

The Kingsport City School System Has Drafted A 76-Million Dollar Spending Plan For The 2017-18 Fiscal Year. The Budget Will Allow For The Hiring Of Seven Teachers, A Teaching Assistant And A High School Counselor. In Addition, The Plan Includes An Average Approximate Pay Increase Of Up To 4-Percent For School System Employees. The Budget Is Expected To Be Voted On At The May 2nd Meeting.

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JOHNSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE UPGRADE

A 30-Thousand Dollar Security Upgrade Is Coming To An Area Facility. It’s Been At Least A Dozen Years Since The Johnson County Courthouse Has Been Upgraded For Security Reasons. Sheriff Mike Reece Said The Upgrade Comes At No Cost To The Taxpayers. He Said They Will Pay For The New Equipment With Money From Court Fines.

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GREENE VALLEY TO CLOSE IN MID-MAY

The Greene Valley Developmental Center In Greeneville Is Expected To Close Next Month. According To Officials With The Tennessee Department Of Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities Said The Official Reduction In Force Notice Has Been Issued To State Employees Who Will Be Impacted By The Closure Of The Facility. The Last Day Of Work Is May 19th. Representatives From The State Department Of Human Resources, State Retirement Plan And TSEA Have Met With Employees To Discuss The RIF Benefits Package. Eligible Workers Will Receive A Lump Sum Of 32-Hundred Dollars And Two Years Of Tuition To Any State College.

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TRIAL COURT VACANCY COMMISSION TO MEET

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission Will Meet On May First To Screen Six Applicants Seeking To Fill The Seat Of Retiring Sullivan County Circuit Court Judge Jerry Beck. The Applicants Include Attorneys Ashley D. Boyer Of Bristol, Ricky A.W. Curtis Of Piney Flats, Peter M. Filetti Of Blountville, Mark Harris Of Kingsport, John D. Parker, Jr. Of Kingsport, And William K. Rogers Of Kingsport. The Public Meeting Begins At 9 Am At Meadowview Conference Resort And Convention Center In Kingsport.

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BRISTOL VIRGINIA MAN FACING NUMEROUS CHARGES

A Bristol, Virginia Man Is Behind Bars Facing Numerous Charges Following An Investigation Into The Sexual Abuse Of A 6 Year Old Girl. 58 Year Old Rickie Lynn Cox Is Charged With Rape, Multiple Counts Of Indecent Liberties With A Child, And Other Charges. He’s Behind Held Without Bond In The Bristol, Virginia City Jail. A Court Date Is Pending.

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ABINGDON TO COMMEMORATE 2017 EARTH DAY

The Town Of Abingdon Will Hold Its 2017 Earth Day Celebration This Weekend. Admission Is Free. Among The Activities Are A Free Kids Zone With Free Games And Prizes, A Stage With Musical Performances, And Face Painting. The Event Will Be Held On Saturday From 9 Am To 1 Pm At The Fields-Penn House On Main Street Across From The Farmers Market In Abingdon.

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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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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.