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DRIVE-BY SHOOTER INDICTED

A BRISTOL TENNESSEE MAN ACCUSED IN A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING AT A CITY HOME HAS BEEN INICTED BY A SULLIVAN COUNTY GRAND JURY. 19 YEAR OLD PRESTON JOHNSON IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. HE’S ACCUSED OF FIRING A SINGLE SHOT FROM A RIFLE AT JOEY KEMP OUTSIDE A HOME ON KEMP STREET. THE MOTIVE FOR THE SHOOTING STEMS FROM AN ARGUMENT BETWEEN BOTH MEN EARLIER THAT SAME DAY. JOHNSON IS SECHEDULED TO BE ARRAIGNED SEPTEMBER 27TH IN SULLIVAN COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT.

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PINEY FLATS WOMAN ACCUSED OF NEGLECT

A PINEY FLATS WOMAN ACCUSED OF NOT CARING FOR HER TEN MONTH OLD DAUGHTER IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT LATER TODAY. AUTHORITIES FOUND THE CHILD NAKED AND LYING ON A CONCRETE DRIVEWAY. 26 YEAR OLD PAIGE KELLY COULD NOT RECALL HOW SHE AND THE INFANT CAME TO BE ON WEAVER BRANCH ROAD. KELLY IS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPT TO COMMIT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT OR RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES ALONG WITH THE SULLIVAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARE CONDUCTING AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION. PAIGE IS FREE ON BOND IS EXPECTED TO BE IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT IN BRISTOL THIS MORNING.

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LOCAL MOTHER FACING CHARGES


Kelly Nichole Paige

A SULLIVAN COUNTY MOTHER IS BEHIND BARS AFTER AUTHORITIES FOUND HER INFANT DAUGHTER NAKED AND LYING ON A CONCRETE DRIVEWAY. POLICE RESPONDED TO A CALL OF CHILD NEGLECT, AND DISCOVERD THE 10-MONTH GIRL. HER MOTHER, 26 YEAR OLD KELLY NICHOLE PAIGE COULD NOT RECALL HOW SHE AND THE INFANT CAME TO BE ON WEAVER BRANCH ROAD IN PINEY FLATS. PAIGE IS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPT TO COMMIT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT OR RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES ALONG WITH THE SULLIVAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARE CONDUCTING AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION. PAIGE IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND AND WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON THURSDAY. FURTHER CHARGES COULD BE FILED.

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GAS PRICES UP … AGAIN

AS MOTORISTS HAVE OBVIOUSLY NOTICED, GAS PRICES ARE, ON AVERAGE, ABOUT SIX CENTS A GALLON HIGHER THIS WEEK THAN LAST WEEK IN VIRGINIA. CRUDE OIL PRICES ARE ALSO RISING AND THAT’S HAVING AN IMPACT ON WHAT PEOPLE PAY AT THE PUMPS. ANALYSTS SAY GAS PRICES HAVE JUMPED BECAUSE OF A STRONG DEMAND FROM MOTORISTS OVER THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND. PLUS, REFINING CAPACITY WILL BE STRETCHED THIN IN THE COMING WEEKS. TRIPLE A SPOKESWOMAN WINDY VAN CUREN CAUTIONS US THAT WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET. HURRICANE SEASON IS STILL ALIVE AND KICKING.

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WARNER TO MAKE PLANS KNOWN


Mark Warner

Democrat Mark Warner’s supporters will be the first to know whether he’s running for governor or for the Senate. The former governor will make his plans known in an e-mail Thursday to friends, donors and political and business associates. Monica Dixon, who heads Warner’s political action committee, Forward Together, said the announcement will be without pomp or fanfare so as not to overshadow this year’s legislative elections. Shortly after the announcement is made, Warner plans to fly to Hampton Roads for a Democratic legislative fundraising event. Friends and advisers to Warner say he’s likely to run for the U.S. Senate seat that Republican John Warner will vacate with his retirement after five terms next year.

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GULF WAR VETERAN EXECUTED


Daryl Holton

A Gulf War veteran was executed early today for murdering four children—three of them his own—after telling them they were going Christmas shopping. Daryl Holton was put to death in the electric chair at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. He was pronounced dead at 1:25. He became the first Tennessee inmate to die by electrocution since 1960. The 45-year-old Holton had confessed to shooting his three young sons and their half-sister execution-style in 1997 in Shelbyville. Instead of taking them shopping as promised, he took them to an auto repair garage and shot them. Holton told police he killed the children because his ex-wife would not let him see them. He also said he intended to kill his ex-wife and himself, but instead decided to turn himself in.

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FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS CONVICTIONS (AP)

A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of two Newport police officers in the shakedown of an illegal immigrant for cash during a traffic stop. Sergeant James Roach Jr. was convicted last year of depriving the victim of his rights by stealing 100 from his wallet. He was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison and a year of supervised release. Sergeant Patrick Sheldon was convicted of being an accessory after the fact for helping Roach cover up the crime. He was ordered to serve two months and two years on probation. Both officers also were ordered to pay $100 in restitution to the victim and complete 150 hours of community service. The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected their appeal.

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ETSU ENROLLMENT….UP

THERE’S A RECORD NUMBER OF STUDENTS ATTENDING EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY IN JOHNSON CITY. THIS YEAR MARKS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF RECORD ENROLLMENT, SURPASSING THE 13-THOUSAND MARK FOR THE FIRST TIME. THIS REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 740 STUDENTS. DR. RAMONA WILLIAMS, VICE PROVOST FOR ENROLLMENT, BELIEVES STUDENTS CHOOSE ETSU FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS…..

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ETSU’S ENROLLMENT FOR COURSES OFFERED IN KINGSPORT WERE UP OVER 20 PERCENT. IN ADDITION, ETSU SAW A RECORD NEW TRANSFER STUDENT ENROLLMENT OF 1,027 – UP ALMOST FIVE PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR.

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JOHNSON CITY INTERSECTION ROBBERY

JOHNSON CITY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A ROBBERY THAT OCCURRED AT A CITY INTERSECTION. 23 YEAR OLD JOSEPH DICKERSON TOLD POLICE HE STOPPED AT A TRAFFIC LIGHT ON WEST MAIN STREET MONDAY NIGHT AROUND 11PM WHEN A WOMAN GOT INTO HIS VEHICLE, PULLED OUT A SMALL KNIFE AND DEMANDED MONEY. AFTER GETTING $70 IN CASH, THE WOMAN ORDERED HIM TO DRIVE HER TO BURGER KING ON WEST MARKET STREET WHERE SHE GOT OUT AND WALKED ACROSS THE ROAD TO MEET UP WITH AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN. DICKERSON FOLLOWED THE PAIR TO A LOCAL FIRE STATION AT WHICH TIME HE CALLED 911. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THIS INCIDENT SHOULD CONTACT THE JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT.

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ONE INMATE BACK IN CUSTODY

Hamblen County authorities say one of seven inmates who escaped from the Hamblen County Jail by overpowering a jailer is back in jail. Paul E. Long has been returned to jail. The remaining six inmates are not considered dangerous. Those still on the lam are Michael Curtis Long, Joshua Adkins, Michael Jess Banner, Nathan W. Carroll, Brandon S. Collins, and Nicholas Kyle Short. Chief Deputy Wayne Mize said the men asked the jailer for ice. When the jailer opened an annex to refill the inmates’ cooler, they pushed him inside, beat him and locked him inside. Mize said the inmates then went to a control room and hit a button that unlocks a door leading to the outside. He said the inmates were in jail on misdemeanor charges. The jailer was treated for minor abrasions and bruises.

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PLANE CRASH UPDATE

A FEW MORE DETAILS ARE BEING RELEASED INTO THAT PLANE CRASH IN CARTER COUNTY OVER THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND THAT CLAIMED THE LIVES OF FIVE JEHOVAH WITNESS MINISTERS. A PRELIMINARY REPORT FROM THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AND NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD HAS REVEALED THE AIRCRAFT’S ENGINE WAS NOT SECURED BEFORE THE FIVE BOARDED THE PLANE IN ELIZABETHTON. A WITNESS TOLD INVESTIGATORS THE PLANE FLEW OVER HIS HOUSE VERY LOW BEFORE HITTING SEVERAL TREES AND THEN STRIKING SLOPING TERRAIN. THE IMPACT CAUSED A FIRE, WHICH CONSUMED THE COCKPIT, CABIN, AND INBOARD SECTIONS OF BOTH WINGS. THE WRECKAGE WAS DISCOVERED NEARLY EIGHT HOURS AFTER THE PLANE TOOKOFF. THE CRASH CLAIMED THE LIVES OF GERALD BOOTH, CRAIG CLARK, VICTOR OSBORNE, LEON ROSKO, AND RANDALL WALP. THE FAA AND NTSB ARE CONTINUING TO INVESTIGATE THE CRASH. IT COULD TAKE SOME TIME BEFORE THE FINAL REPORT IS COMPLETED.

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HOLTON PUT TO DEATH

A Gulf War veteran was executed early today for murdering four children—three of them his own—after telling them they were going Christmas shopping. Daryl Holton was put to death in the electric chair at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. He was pronounced dead at 1:25. He became the first Tennessee inmate to die by electrocution since 1960. The 45-year-old Holton had confessed to shooting his three young sons and their half-sister execution-style in 1997 in Shelbyville. Instead of taking them shopping as promised, he took them to an auto repair garage and shot them. Witnesses said he appeared almost sedated as the execution began. Asked if he had any final words, he said “Two words, I do” and nothing else. Holton told police he killed the children because his ex-wife would not let him see them. He also said he intended to kill his ex-wife and himself, but instead decided to turn himself in. His lawyer, David Raybin, said Holton is now free from the demons that haunted him.

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NRC RELEASES REPORTS

THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION HAS RELEASED TWO MORE NUCLEAR FUEL SERVICES’ PERFORMANCE REVIEWS. ONE REVIEW COVERS A PERIOD FROM FEBRUARY TO OCTOBER 2006 AND SHOWS A NEED FOR CORRECTIVE MEASURES IN THREE OF FIVE PERFORMANCE AREAS. THE SECOND REVIEW, WHICH EXAMINED OEPRATIONS BETWEEN JANUARY 2005 TO FEBRUARY 2006 LISTED NEEDS FOR IMPROVEMENT IN FOUR OF FIVE AREAS. MOST OF THE CORRECTIONS CENTER AROUND SAFETY. NFS SPOKEMSAN TONY TREADWAY SAID THE ONE YEAR REVIEW FOUND THE MOST SIGNIFCANT NUMBER OF ISSUES THE COMPANY NEEDED TO ADDRESS IN THE ROUGHLY EIGHT YEARS THE NRC HAS CONDUCTED LICENSEE PERFORMANCE REVIEWS.

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ERWIN WOMAN SENTENCED

AN ERWIN WOMAN WHO PROVIDED METHADONE TO TWO MEN WHO DIED FROM OVERDOSES IN 2005 HAS BEEN DENIED PROBATION AND ORDERED TO SPEND TIME BEHIND BARS. A JUDGE ORDERED 45 YEAR OLD RENEE MYERS TO SERVE 20 YEARS IN PRISON. SHE WILL HAVE TO SERVE AT LEAST SIX YEARS BEFORE SHE’S ELIGIBLE TO SEEK PAROLE. MYERS PLED GUILTY LAST MONTH TO FACILITATION TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATHS OF DUSTIN TITTLE AND TIM MCINTURFF.

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HAWKINS COUNTY MAN CHARGED IN STABBING

A HAWKINS COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING ANOTHER MAN LAST WEEK HAS BEEN ARRAIGNED IN SESSIONS COURT. 25 YEAR OLD BENJAMIN BROOKS IS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE STABBING OF SHANE TAYLOR. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED DURING A PHYSICAL ALTERCATION BETWEEN BOTH MEN AT A HOME ON ROSS CIRCLE ROAD. BROOKS AND TAYLOR HAD ALLEGEDLY BEEN DRINKING AT THE TIME OF THE ALTERCATION. WITNESSES TOLD POLICE THAT BROOKS THREATENED TAYLOR AND THEN STABBED HIM IN THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS NECK. A TRIAL DATE IS EXPECTED TO BE SET SOON.

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GRAY TENNESSEE MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE

WASHINGTON COUNTY TENNESSEE SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES HAVE ARRESTED A KINGSPORT MAN IN CONNECTION WITH A SERIES OF RAPES THAT ALLEGEDLY OCCURRED IN GRAY. 21 YEAR OLD JOSHUA HARLOW IS CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF RAPE OF A CHILD AND 26 COUNTS OF STATUTORY RAPE. THE INCIDENTS ALLEGEDLY BEGAN WHEN THE JUVENILE WAS 12 YEAR OLD, AND CONTINUED AFTER SHE TURNED 13. BOND FOR HARLOW WAS SET AT 800-THOUSAND DOLLARS. HE WILL APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT IN JONESBOROUGH.

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JOHNSON CITY GETS NEW JOBS

MORE THAN 200 JOBS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO JOHNSON CITY. CALIFORNIA BASED BORLA PERFORMANCE INDUSTRIES HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO BUY THE EPIC TECHNOLOGIES BUILDING AND LEASE SOME SPACE BACK TO THE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURER. THE REMAINING SPACE IN THE BUILDING WILL BE USED TO MANUFACTURE BORLA’S VEHICLE EXHAUST SYSTEMS. THE COMPANY IS HOPEFUL TO EXPAND BEYOND 200 JOBS IN THE FUTURE.

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RETAIL GROWTH PICTURE FOR THE TRI CITIES

AFTER TWO QUARTERS OF STRONG GROWTH, RETAIL PERFORMANCE IN THE TRI CITIES HAS HIT A BUMP IN THE SPRING MONTHS. FOR EXAMPLE, KINGSPORT LOST A MAJOR RETAIL OUTLET AND RETAIL SALES ARE DOWN, BUT OVER THE NEXT YEAR, A NUMBER OF NEW RETAIL STORES WILL OPEN, AND SALES NUMBERS SHOULD REBOUND. EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY ECONOMIST DR. STEB HIPPLE TALKS ABOUT THE LATEST TRI CITIES RETAIL SALES REPORT AND WHAT IT MEANS.

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INSTEAD, THEY’RE TENDING TO INCREASE SAVINGS AND PAY DOWN THEIR DEBTS. RETAIL PERFORMANCE IN THE SECOND QUARTER WAS WELL OFF THE PACE IN THE FIRST QUARTER, AND IN THE PAST FEW YEARS. WHAT DOES HE LOOK FOR THE FALL TO BRING?

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DR. STEP HIPPLE.

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DELGADO HAS TRIAL DATE SET

A JOHNSON CITY MAN ACCUSED IN THE BEATING AND STABBING DEATH OF ANOTHER MAN WILL STAND TRIAL LATER THIS YEAR IN CRIMINAL COURT. 37 YEAR OLD PONCHO JUAN DELGADO IS CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE MAY 2006 DEATH OF 41 YEAR OLD ROBERT CURTIS. DELGADO’S ACCUSED OF BEATING THE MAN AND THEN STABBING HIM 20-30 TIMES IN THE UPPER TORSO BEFORE SETTING THE VICTIM’S HOME ON FIRE. FIREFIGHTER’S DISCOVERED CURTIS’ BODY UPON ARRIVAL. DELGADO’S TRIAL IS EXPECTED TO GET UNDERWAY DECEMBER 5TH.

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DAVIS TO REMEMBER 9/11

SIX YEARS AGO TODAY – SEPTEMBER 11TH 2001 – WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS ONE OF AMERICA’S DARKEST DAYS. TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THE ATTACK IN NEW YORK, MANY CEREMONIES WILL BE HELD ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY. FIRST DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN DAVID DAVIS OF JOHNSON CITY WILL BE IN DOWNTOWN ELIZABETHTON THIS MORNING . THE REMEMBRANCE WILL BE HELD AT THE WALK OF HONOR BEGINNING AT 8:30 A.M. IT’S A PATRIOT’S DAY CELEBRATION AND HONOR CEREMONY FOR LOCAL SOLDIER SGT. STEPHEN MADDIES WHO WAS KILLED IN IRAQ IN JULY. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED. CONGRESSMAN DAVIS AS WELL AS OTHER DIGNITARIES WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE.