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ROGERSVILLE TEEN ACCUSED OF STEALING MONEY

A ROGERSVILLE TEEN ACCUSED OF TAKING MONEY FROM HIS EMPLOYER AND THEN RETURNING THE STOLEN MONEY FOR A REWARD, IS BEHIND BARS. 18 YEAR OLD AUSTIN GRAY IS CHARGED WITH THEFT OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE CHARGE STEMS FROM AN INCIDENT IN WHICH GRAY WAS ALLEGEDLY CAUGHT ON A SECURITY CAMERA WITH TAKING 13-HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM A CASH REGISTER DRAWER BEFORE LEAVING THE STORE. HE RETURNED LATER THAT DAY CLAIMING HE’D FOUND THE MISSING MONEY OUTSIDE AND ASKED FOR A REWARD. GRAY IS SCHEDULED TO BE ARRAIGNED IN HAWKINS COUNTY SESSIONS COURT NOVEMBER 12TH.

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WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM EMPLOYER

A KINGSPORT WOMAN IS FACING EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES AFTER JOHNSON CITY POLICE SAY SHE STOLE MONEY FROM HER EMPLOYER. 40 YEAR OLD ANDREA JOHNSON WAS CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT OF OVER 70-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM PRO CARE HOME HEALTH AND PRIVATE DUTY SERVICES FROM AUGUST 2003 THROUGH OCTOBER 2007. JOHNSON WILL APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT IN WASHINGTON COUNTY TENNESSEE ON NOVEMBER 7TH.

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JOHNSON CITY JUVENILE CHARGED IN ROBBERY

A JOHNSON CITY TEEN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR HIS PART IN THE HOLDUP EARLIER THIS WEEK OF A PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVER. THE UNNAMED 17 YEAR OLD BOY IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ROBBERY IN THE INCIDENT OCTOBER 30TH IN SOUTH JOHNSON CITY. THE ARREST CAME AFTER THE JUVENILE WAS DEVELOPED AS A SUSPECT AND EVIDENCE FROM THE ROBBERY WAS FOUND NEAR HIS HOME. HE’S CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN THE JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER AWAITING A COURT HEARING IN JUVENILE COURT. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT IS STILL ONGOING AND MORE ARRESTS ARE EXPECTED.

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NEW HOME FOR KINGSPORT WOMAN

THANKS TO HOLSTON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY VOLUNTEERS, EASTMAN EMPLOYEES AND EASTMAN RETIREES , A KINGSPORT WOMAN WILL BE GETTING THE KEYS TO A NEW HOME THIS WEEKEND. JENNIFER GREENE WILL TAKE POSSESSION OF HER NEW HOME ON SATURDAY. THE NEW HOME WILL BE DEDICATED IN A CEREMONY SATURDAY MORNING AT 11 O’CLOCK AT 710 WATAUGA STREET IN KINGSPORT.

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REMINDER: CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES

TWO THINGS TO REMEMBER THIS WEEKEND – CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS AND CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES. WHEN YOU SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR, THE KINGSPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT REMINDS YOU TO REMEMBER TO CHANGE THE BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE ALARMS. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION, OVER 32-HUNDRED DEATHS RESULT FROM HOUSE FIRES EACH YEAR. MOST PEOPLE DIE FROM SMOKE AND TOXIC GASES RATHER THAN THE FIRE ITSELF. MOST FIRE DEATHS THOUGH ARE PREVENTABLE.

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VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION URGED

BRISTOL VIRGINIA UTILITIES IS IS ENDORSING VIRGINA GOVERNOR TIM KAINE’S CALL FOR VOLUNTARY CONSERVATIONS EFFORTS TO REDUCE WATER USAGE. WES ROSENBALM, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF BRISTOL VIRGINIA UTILITIES, SAYS FOR THE MOST PART WATER SUPPLY IS OKAY FOR NOW, BUT WE CAN ALL DO LITTLE THINGS TO HELP OUT, SUCH AS CHECKING THAT THERE ARE NO WATER LEAKS IN OUR HOME AND ONLY OPERATING DISHWASHERS AND WASHING MACHINES WITH FULL LOADS. ROSENBALM ADDED BVU BELIEVES CONSERVING NATURAL RESOURCES IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

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KINGSPORT WOMAN FACES CHARGES

A KINGSPORT WOMAN IS FACING EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES AFTER JOHNSON CITY POLICE SAY SHE STOLE MONEY FROM HER EMPLOYER. 40 YEAR OLD ANDREA JOHNSON WAS CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT OF OVER 70-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM PRO CARE HOME HEALTH AND PRIVATE DUTY SERVICES FROM AUGUST 2003 THROUGH OCTOBER 2007. JOHNSON IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN THE WASHINGTON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER UNDER BOND OF 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS. SHE WILL APPEAR IN WASHINGTON COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS COURT ON NOVEMBER 7TH.

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MOUNT CARMEL VOLUNTEER FIRE TO GET MONEY

THE MOUNT CARMEL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IS GETTING SOME MUCH NEEDED FUNDING FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. CONGRESSMAN DAVID DAVIS ANNOUNCED THE DEPARTMENT WILL RECEIVED OVER 261-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PURCHASE A NEW PUMPER TANKER. THE NEW VEHICLE IS EXPECTED TO BE DELIVERED BY JULY OF NEXT YEAR. DAVIS SAID THE MONEY WILL HELP THE FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATE ITS FIREFIGHTING CAPACITY.

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DOUBLE KWIK STORES TO BE SOLD

A VIRGINIA COMPANY IS PLANNING ON PURCHASING 57 DOUBLE KWIK MARKETS THAT ARE LOCATED THROUGHOUT SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. GPM INVESTMENTS, BASED IN MECHANICSVILLE VIRGINIA, WANTS TO PURCHASE THE ENTIRE DOUBLE KWIK CHAIN AND OPEN ITS STORE ACROSS SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AS FAS MART BRAND. COMPANY OFFICIALS SAID A FEW OF THE STORE WILL ALSO OPEN IN TENNESSEE. GPM INVESTMENTS CURRENTLY OPERATES ABOUT 150 FAS MART AND SHORE STOP STORES IN VIRGINIA, MARYLAND AND DELAWARE. DOUBLE KIWK IS OWNED BY BARNETTE ENTERPRISES IN WISE VIRGINIA. THE PLANNED PURCHASE WOULD INCLUDE DOUBLE KWIK’S THREE BRISTOL STORES AND OTHER STORES IN ABINGDON, CASTLEWOOD, CLINTWOOD, GLADE SPRING, HAYSI, HONAKER, MARION, RICHLANDS, ROSEDALE AND TAZEWELL.

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CARTER COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF FIRING GUN AT CAR

A CARTER COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF FIRING A SHOTGUN AT A CAR IN WHICH TWO PEOPLE WERE INSIDE, WILL APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT SOON. 22 YEAR OLD JONATHAN ARNETT IS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. ARNETT ALLEGEDLY TOLD INVESTIGATORS HE TOOK THE ACTION AFTER HIS GIRLFRIEND RECEIVED A TEXT MESSAGE THAT TWO WOMEN WERE GOING TO COME TO HIS HOUSE. ARNETT SAID WHEN HE RETURNED HOME, HE FOUND TWO WOMEN SITTING IN A VEHICLE IN HIS DRIVEWAY. HE CLAIMED TO HAVE GONE INTO HIS HOUSE AND RETREIVED A SHOTGUN. IT WAS LATER DETERMINED THAT ARNETT HAD FIRED A SHOT THROUGH THE BACK WINDOW OF THE CAR. NO ONE WAS REPORTEDLY INJURED.

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BRISTOL WOMAN CLEARED OF CHARGES

A BRISTOL TENNESSEE WOMAN ACCUSED OF BURGLARY IN CONNECTION WITH THE BEATING DEATH OF A MORRISTOWN MAN IN DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA HAS BEEN CLEARED OF ANY WRONGDOING. 26 YEAR OLD RHONDA GENEVA BOWMAN WAS APPARENTLY MISIDENTIFIED. SHE HAD BEEN ACCUSED IN THE MOTEL ROOM BURLGARY THAT’S CONNECTED TO THE BEATING DEATH OF JAMES EARL MASON. FLORIDA AUTHORITIES WANT TO NOW QUESTION BOWMAN’S HUSBAND, JASON MICHAEL BOWMAN OF BRISTOL VIRGINIA IN CONNECTION WITH MASON’S DEATH.

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BEVIL IS SEEKING TO SET ASIDE HIS PLEA

A KINGSPORT MAN, WHO WAS ORDERED TO SPEND 27 YEARS IN A FEDERAL PRISON ON CHILD PORN CHARGES, IS CLAIMING HE WAS TRICKED INTO TAKING A PLEA AGREEMENT BY HIS ATTORNEY. CRAIG BEVIL PLED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. HE WAS SENTENCED IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT IN GREENEVILLE IN DECEMBER OF LAST YEAR. BEVIL WAS THE OWNER OF A YAHOO PHOTOS WEB PAGE WHERE CHILD PORN WAS BEING POSTED. AN EXAM OF HIS COMPUTER FOUND 107 IMAGES OF BOYS UNDER THE AGE OF 12 AND SOME DEPICTING VIOLENCE. ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS, BEVIL ADMITTED TO KNOWING THE IMAGES WERE ON HIS COMPUTER BUT DIDN’T KNOW THEY WERE ILLEGAL TO LOOK AT AND WAS UNAWARE OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE CONSEQUENCES.

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WHEEL TAX SIGNATURES CERTIFIED

THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY TENNESSEE ELECTION OFFICE HAS ENOUGH SIGNATURES TO CERTIFY A WHEEL TAX. IT’S NOW UP TO THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO IMPLEMENT IT. ADMINISTRATOR CONNIE SINKS SAID THEY VALIDATED NEARLY 40 MORE SIGNATURES THAN REQUIRED. COUNTY LEADERS WILL NOW BE REQUIRED TO EITHER CALL FOR A REFERENDUM OR DENY ONE. BUT MOST PEOPLE FEEL THE REFERENDUM WILL TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 5TH DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY. THE COMMISSION IS EXPECTED TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE AT ITS NOVEMBER 26TH MEETING.

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WISE COUNTY OBSERVATION TOWER DESTROYED BY FIRE

A TREASURED LANDMARK IN WISE COUNTY VIRGINIA HAS BEEN DESTROYED BY ARSONISTS. THE HIGH KNOB OBSERVATION TOWER IN THE JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST WENT UP IN FLAMES HALLOWEEN DAY. ARSONISTS ARE ALSO BELIEVED RESPONSIBLE FOR DESTROYING A RESTROOM AT THE CLINCH RANGER DISTRICT AT THE HANGING ROCK PICNIC AREA IN SCOTT COUNTY. FIREFIGHTERS TRIED TO SAVE THE TWO STORY OBSERVATION TOWER BUT WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE TORCHING WAS SOMEONE’S IDEA OF A HALLOWEEN PRANK, BUT IS A SERIOUS COSTLY CRIME. THE TOWER WAS BUILT IN THE LATE 60’S OR EARLY 70’S AS A FIRE WATCH TOWER, BUT LATER BECAME AN OBSERVATION TOWER. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS, SHOULD CALL AUTHORITIES.

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KINGSPORT MAN HAS CASE BOUND OVER

A KINGSPORT MAN ACCUSED OF SEVERLY BEATING HIS WIFE AND HOLDING HER AGAINST HER WILL HAS HAD HIS CASE BOUND OVER TO A SULLIVAN COUNTY GRAND JURY. HAROLD TUCKER IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING. CHRISTINE TUCKER SUFFERED SEVERE INJURIES TO HER HEAD, FACE, BACK AND ARMS. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED SHE HAD BEEN BOUND AND GAGGED AND ALLEGEDLY BEATEN BY HER HUSBAND BEFORE SHE WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE. SULLIVAN COUNTY DETECTIVE KAREN WATKINS SAID IT WAS THE WORST CASE OF SPOUSAL ABUSE SHE HAD SEEN WERE THE VICTIM ACTUALLY SURVIVED. TUCKER IS BEING HELD ON A 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. HE’S SET TO APPEAR IN SULLIVAN COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT ON NOVEMBER 30TH.

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THREE SUSPICIOUS FIRES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

THE WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING THREE SUSPICIOUS FIRES THAT OCCURRED WITHIN A 24-HOUR PERIOD. THE FIRES ALL HAPPENED IN THE MEADOWVIEW AREA STARTING WITH 15 LARGE BALES OF HAY BEING SET ON FIRE TUESDAY. THEN ON WEDNESDAY, A SECOND FIRE INVOLVING 68 ROLLS OF HAY WAS SET NEAR EXIT 26 OF I-81. LATER ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, A FIRE OCCURRED ON WALKER LANE OFF OF ROUTE 80 IN WHICH 78 BALES OF HAY WERE CONSUMED IN THAT BLAZE. SHERIFF FRED NEWMAN BELIEVES ALL THE FIRES WERE INTENTI0NALLY SET – AND NOT JUST HARMLESS PRANKS.

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THE FIRES HAVE CAUSED THE OWNERS OF THE HAY TO SUSTAIN SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. THERE HASN’T BEEN ALOT OF HAY AVAILABLE THIS YEAR FOR FARMERS ENLIGHT OF THE DRY CONDITIONS. A REWARD IS BEING OFFERED FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS.newman.mp3

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FEDEX BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW DISTRIBUTION CENTER

GROUND HAS BEEN BROKEN FOR A NEW FEDEX DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN KINGSPORT. FEDEX IS PUTTING AN EIGHT MILLION DOLLAR FACILITY ON MORE THAN 13 ACRES AT GATEWAY COMMERCE PARK. THE CENTER WILL SERVE THE KINGSPORT, BRISTOL AND JOHNSON CITY AREAS AS WELL AS GREENEVILLE AND BULLS GAP, HAWKINS COUNTY AND UP TO GRUNDY AND POUND VIRGINIA. FEDEX INITIALLY PLANS TO HIRE AN ADDITIONAL 80 EMPLOYEES. THE NEW KINGSPORT CENTER IS SET TO OPEN IN JUNE OF NEXT YEAR AND WILL CONSOLIDATE EXISTING OPERATIONS IN KINGSPORT AND GRAY.

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SUSPICIOUS FIRES INVESTIGATED

THREE SUSPICIOUS FIRES THAT OCCURRED WITHIN A 24-HOUR PERIOD ARE BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINA SHERIFF’S OFFICE. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF FRED NEWMAN, THE FIRES ALL HAPPENED IN THE MEADOWVIEW AREA. ON TUESDAY, 15 LARGE ROLLS OF HAY WERE SET ON FIRE. THEN ON WEDNESDAY, A SECOND FIRE INVOLVING 68 ROLLS OF HAY WAS SET NEAR EXIT 26 OF I-81. LATER ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, A FIRE OCCURRED ON WALKER LANE OFF OF ROUTE 80 IN WHICH 78 ROLLS OF HAY WERE CONSUMED IN THAT BLAZE. NEWMAN BELIEVES ALL THE FIRES WERE ARSONS, AND NOT HARMLESS PRANKS. THE ACTS HAVE CAUSED THE OWNERS OF THE HAY TO SUSTAIN SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. A REWARD IS BEING OFFERING BY THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE FOR ANY INFORMATION RELATED TO FINDING THE PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE.

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SENTENCING FOR SENIOR DELAYED

IT WILL BE LATER THIS MONTH BEFORE A WEBER CITY VIRGINIA SENIOR CITIZEN ARRESTED ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES APPEARS IN COURT AGAIN. 63 YEAR OLD NANCY ANN STAPLETON IS IN TROUBLE WITH LAW FOLLOWING A RAID ON HER RESIDENCE. SHE’S FACING THREE FELONY CHARGES, EACH CARRYING UP TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON AND A FINE OF 25-HUNDRED DOLLARS. STAPLETON IS CHARGED WITH ONE FELONY COUNT OF DISTRIBUTION OF A SCHEDULE THREE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, TWO FELONY COUNTS OF POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL A SCHEDULE THREE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, AND ONE MISDEMEANOR COUNT OF MAINTAINING A PLACE OF COMMON NUISANCE. POLICE FOUND PILLS, CASH, AND A LOADED HANDGUN IN THE WOMAN’S HOME. CONCERNED CITIZENS HAD COMPLAINED ABOUT THE WOMAN TO AUTHORITIES. STAPLETON’S SENTENCING HAS BEEN DELAYED UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH.

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LYNCH HEADING BACK TO TENNESSEE

A KINGSPORT MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD RAPE IS NOW REPORTEDLY ON HIS WAY BACK TO THE TRI CITIES FROM BROWNSVILLE TEXAS. DONALD LYNCH HAS BEEN ON THE RUN FOR SEVERAL YEARS AFTER POSTING A 200-THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. HE’S CHARGED WITH 11 COUNTS OF RAPE OF A CHILD, 38 COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR AND FIVE COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY. HE NOW FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGES OF BEING A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE AND FAILURE TO APPEAR. THE U.S. MARSHAL SERVICE IS REPORTEDLY ENROUTE WITH LYNCH AFTER A TEXAS JUDGE ORDERED HIM RETURNED AS SOON AS THE PAPERWORK WAS COMPLETED.