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JOHNSON CITY ROBBERY

THE JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT IS SEARCHING FOR A BANDIT THAT HELDUP A CONVENIENCE STORE OVER THE WEEKEND. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING AT THE SUNOCO ON BROADWAY. A MALE SUBJECT, WEARING ALL BLACK WITH A HOODY AND DARK GLASSES, ROBBED THE STORE WITH A RIFLE AND DEMANDED MONEY FROM THE CLERK ON DUTY. HE FLED WITH AN UNDETERMINED ABOUT OF CASH. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS HOLDUP, SHOULD CALL JOHNSON CITY POLICE IMMEDIATELY.

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TAZEWELL SHOOTING LEAVES ONE DEAD

A SHOOTING OVER THE WEEKEND IN TAZEWELL COUNTY VIRGINIA HAS LEFT ONE PERSON DEAD. 70 YEAR OLD PAUL JARRETT IS CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 58 YEAR OLD CHARLES PROFFITT AT A HOME IN THE BOISSEVAIN SECTION. AUTHORITIES SAID THE TWO MEN HAD BEEN ARGUING AND JARRETT TOLD PROFFIT TO GET OFF HIS PROPERTY. WHEN HE FAILED TO DO SO, JARRETT RETRIEVED A FIREARM AND ALLEGEDLY SHOT PROFFIT SEVERAL TIMES. THE TWO MEN WERE NEIGHBORS. MEANWHILE, PROFFIT’S WIFE ALSO SUFFERED A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE SHOULDER. SHE WAS TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL. HER CONDITION IS CURRENTLY UNKNOWN. JARRETT’S BEING HELD AT THE TAZEWELL COUNTY REGIONAL JAIL WITHOUT BOND. HE COULD FACE MORE CHARGES AS THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.

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CITY OFFICIALS TO MEET WITH RESIDENTS

KINGSPORT OFFICIALS WILL CONDUCT A PUBLIC INFORMATION AT THE ROCK SPRINGS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ON MONDAY, JULY 9TH AT 7:15 P.M. THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO MEET WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT UPCOMING ANNEXATIONS. THE KINGSPORT BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN HAS ALREADY SECURED FUNDING AND BUDGETED FOR A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, FIRE STATION, POLICE PERSONNEL TO CREATE A NEW POLICE ZONE, AND SEWER LINE EXTENSIONS IN THE AREA. AT THE MEETING, INFORMATION ON PROPOSED ANNEXATION AREAS, ZONING, SEWER LINE ROUTING, AND EXTENSION OF SERVICE TIMELINES WILL BE PROVIDED. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND.

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LOCAL NATIONAL GUARD UNIT DEPLOYS

TENNESSEE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS ARE AGAIN TRAINING IN MISSISSIPPI FOR DEPLOYMENT IN IRAQ. MORE THAN 130 OF THEM, WHO BELONG TO THE 730TH QUARTERMASTER COMPANY, LEFT THEIR ARMORY IN GRAY LAST NIGHT, HEADED TO CAMP SHELBY. SOME SOLDIERS ARE BEING DEPLOYED FOR A SECOND TIME IN THE CURRENT WAR IN IRAQ. THERE ARE ALSO SOME SOLDIERS IN THE UNIT WHO SERVED IN THE VIET NAM WAR. who served in the Viet Nam war. THE DEPARTURE WAS THE SECOND TIME A UNIT HAS MOVED OUT OF GRAY IN LESS THAN A MONTH. THE 176TH COMBAT SUSTAINMENT AND SUPPORT BATTALION DEPARTED IN JUNE FOR EVENTUAL DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ.

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ELIZABETHTON MAN STRUCK AND KILLED

ELIZABETHTON POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN INCIDENT IN WHICH A VEHICLE STRUCK AND KILLED A MALE PEDESTRIAN LATE LAST NIGHT. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED JUST AFTER 11 P.M. IN THE 400 BLOCK OF BROAD STREET. THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE VICTIM APPARENTLY WALKED OUT INTO TRAFFIC, AND WAS STRUCK BY A WESTBOUND VEHICLE. THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE JOHNSON CITY MEDICAL CENTER, WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD SHORTLY THEREAFTER. THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.

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VETERAN FIREFIGHTERS PROMOTED

TWO VETERAN TRI CITIES FIREFIGHTERS HAVE BEEN PROMOTED. ACCORDING TO BRISTOL TENNESSEE FIRE CHIEF BOB BARNES, LT. GERALD THOMPSON AND LT. DWAYNE HONAKER HAVE BEEN PROMOTED TO BATTALION CHIEF. THE BATTALION CHIEF SERVES AS THE COMMANDER OF ALL SHIFT OPERATIONS AND EMERGENCY SCENE MANAGEMENT. THOMPSON IS A 32 YEAR VETERAN OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, HAVING EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN ALL ASPECTS OF FIRE SERVICE AND HOLDS NUMEROUS CERTIFICATIONS AT THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS. MEANWHILE, HONAKER HAS SERVED AS AN OFFICER IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SINCE 2003, AND EARNED THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT IN 2006. HE IS AN 11 YEAR VETERAN OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

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COUPLE ACCUSED OF BEATING AND ROBBING MAN

JOHNSON CITY POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR COUPLE ACCUSED OF BEATING AND ROBBING A CITY MAN. POLICE SAID THEY FOUND THE 32 YEAR OLD MALE VICTIM COVERED IN BLOOD LYING IN THE PARKING LOT OF PEOPLES FOOD MARKET ON TWIN OAKS DRIVE. THE VICTIM WAS NOT ABLE TO TELL POLICE WHAT HAPPENED. A WITNESS SAID SHE SAW AN INTOXICATED MAN AND A WOMAN ASSAULTING THE VICTIM. BOTH GOT INTO A FOUR DOOR MAROON SATURN AND FLED HEADING TOWARDS ELIZABETHTON ON THE MILLIGAN HIGHWAY. THE VICTIM FINALLY WAS ABLE TO TELL AUTHROITIES HE WAS MISSING 150 DOLLARS BUT REMAINED DISOREIENTED AND WAS UNABLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL IFNORMATION. HE REMAINS HOSPITALIZED FOR HIS INJURIES. POLICE ARE CONTINUING TO INVESTIGATE.

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GREENEVILLE PHARMACIST IN TROUBLE

A GREENEVILLE WAL-MART PHARMACIST IS ACCUSED OF TAKING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION FROM THE BUSINESS. 60 YEAR OLD CEPHUS HIRAM SLOAN JR. OF KINGSPORT IS CHARGED WITH THEFT UNDER 500 DOLLARS. SLOAN WAS ALLEGEDLY OBSERVED TAKING A BOTTLE OF THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG AMBIEN YESTERDAY MORNING AND PLACING 14 TABLETS OF THE SLEEP MEDICATION INTO HIS POCKET. SLOAN WILL HAVE A COURT DATE SOON IN GREENE COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS COURT.

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JOHNSON CITY ROBBERY INVESTIGATION

JOHNSON CITY POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR A BANDIT THAT HELDUP A CITY CONVENIENCE STORE. POLICE SAID A MAN ENTERED THE QUICK STOP MARKET AT THE CORNER OF WEST MARKET AND SIDNEY STREETS LAST NIGHT, DEMANDED MONEY AND FLED WITH AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF CASH. NO ONE WAS INJURED. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT.

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MOTHER OF NFL STAR….ARRESTED


Kimberly Witten

THE MOTHER OF A TRI CITIES HOMETOWN FOOTBALL STAR IS IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW. ELIZABETHTON AUTHORITIES LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE THEFT OF MONEY FROM ANOTHER PERSON’S BANK ACCOUNT. ACCORDING TO BANK OFFICIALS, KIMBERLY WITTEN, THE MOTHER OF DALLAS COWBOYS TIGHT END AND FORMER ELIZABETHTON HIGH SCHOOL STANDOUT JASON WITTEN, WAS IDENTIFIED AS THE PERSON WHO TOOK OUT THE FUNDS. SHE’S BEEN CHARGED WITH 25 COUNTS OF FORGERY AND THEFT OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. POLICE CAPTAIN RUSTY VERRAN DETAILS WHAT ALLEGEDLY HAPPENED.

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THE WITHDRAWALS BEGIN IN NOVEMBER OF 2006. WITTEN REPORTEDLY ADMITTED TO TAKING THE MONEY, SAYING SHE HAD EXPERIENCED FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES. SHE’S SLATED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT ON JULY 31ST.

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POLICE SEARCH FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECT


Patrick Ashawne “Rosebud” Beatty

AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE CONTINUING TO SEARCH FOR A KINGSPORT MAN ACCUSED IN A SHOOTING THIS WEEK AT A JOHNSON CITY NIGHTSPOT THAT LEFT ONE PERSON WOUNDED. A WARRANT HAS BEEN OBTAINED CHARGING 19 YEAR OLD PATRICK BEATTY AKA ROSEBUD, WITH ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER OF 22 YEAR OLD GREG WHEELER. WHEELER WAS FOUND LYING IN THE FRONT ENTRANCE OF GATSBY’S ON EAST MAIN STREET EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. MEANWHILE, KINGSPORT POLICE ARE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR ROSEBUD AND IF ANYONE KNOWS HIS WHEREABOUTS, YOU’RE URGED TO CALL POLICE IMMEDIATELY.

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VIRGINIA INTERMONT MAY GET EXTENSION

VIRGINIA INTERMONT COLLEGE IN BRISTOL VIRGINIA DIDN’T MEET A FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE DEADLINE ESTABLISHED BY A CITY BUSINESSMAN. HOWEVER, IT LOOKS LIKE THE DEADLINE MAY BE EXTENDED. AUTO DEALER BILL GATTON ORIGINALLY GAVE THE COLLEGE 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND OFFERED 750-THOUSAND MORE IF FIVE MILLION DOLLARS COULD BE RAISED BY THE END OF JUNE. SCHOOL PRESIDENT DR. MICHAEL PUGLISI WOULD NOT SAY HOW MUCH MONEY HAS BEEN RAISED, BUT IN MAY SAID ABOUT HALF OF THE FIVE MILLION DOLLARS WAS IN HAND. GATTON SAYS HE PROBABLY WILL GIVE THE COLLEGE MORE TIME TO MEET HIS CHALLENGE. OFFICIALS ANNOUNED IN APRIL THEY WOULD NEED ABOUT FOUR MILLION DOLLARS TO REMAIN OPEN NEXT YEAR. FACULTY CONTRACTS WERE NOT ISSUED UNTIL RECENTLY.

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BRISTOL VIRGINIA MAN CHARGED IN STABBING INCIDENT

A BRISTOL VIRGINIA MAN IS BEHIND BARS WITHOUT BOND AFTER ALLEGEDLY STABBING ANOTHER MAN. 39 YEAR OLD LLOYD COCKRELL IS ACCUSED OF STABBING 42 YEAR OLD DAVID GREENE OF BLOUNTVILLE AFTER THE TWO GOT INVOLVED IN SOME TYPE OF ALTERCATION ON AUTUMN DRIVE IN THE CITY. WHEN POLICE ARRIVED ON THE SCENE, GREENE HAD BEEN TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL BY A FRIEND. HE WAS TREATED AT BRISTOL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOR THE WOUNDS HE SUSTAINED DURING THE INCIDENT. COCKRELL WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED MALICIOUS WOUNDING AND IS CURRENTLY LODGED IN THE BRISTOL VIRGINIA JAIL. THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.

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NO FATALITIES ON ROADWAYS

STATEWIDE NUMBERS ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE, BUT THE FALL BRANCH DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS NO TRAFFIC RELATED FATALITIES IN THE TRI CITES AREA DURING THE JUST COMPLETED 30-HOUR FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY PERIOD. THAT PERIOD BEGAN AT 6PM ON TUESDAY AND ENDED LAST NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT. THE THP, HOWEVER, WILL CONTINUE TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY AND DRIVER’S LICENSE CHECKPOINTS ACROSS THE STATE THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

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VIRGINIA’S DANGEROUS DOGS REGISTRY

NOW VIRGINIANS WILL BE ABLE TO CHECK THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS FOR DANGEROUS DOGS. THE DANGEROUS DOG REGISTRY LETS USERS SEACH BY LOCALITY OR ZIP CODE TO LOCATE DOGS THAT HAVE BEEN FOUND TO BE DANGEROUS EITHER BY THE COURTS OR OTHER LOCAL OFFICIALS. THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES CREATED THE REGISTRY THAT WAS PASSED INTO LAW BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN 2006. THE OFFICE OF THE STATE VETERINARIAN WILL MAINTAIN THE REGISTRY, AND OWNERS OF THE DANGEROUS DOGS WILL ALSO HAVE TO HEED OTHER RULES TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR PET. BUT THE REGISTRY ISN’T EXACTLY BURSTING WITH LISTINGS. A RECENT CHECK FOUND ONLY NINE DOGS REGISTERED.

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HOME SALES DROP

THE NATIONWIDE SLUMP IN HOME SALES CONTINUES. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS REPORT THAT PENDING HOME SALES HAVE DROPPED BY 13 PERCENT COMPARED TO LAST MAY. HOWEVER, LOCAL REALTORS IN NORTHEAST TENNESSEE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA SAY THAT TREND HAS NOT FILTERED DOWN TO OUR REGION YET. THE REASON – REALTOR RICK ANDERSON CREDITS PEOPLE USING THE INTERNET TO SEACH OUT INFORMATION.

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THE VIRGINIA REALTOR’S ASSOCIATION SAYS HOMES IN THE AREA, ON AVERAGE, ARE ON THE MARKET FOR 128 DAYS.

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BRISTOL SPEECH AND HEARING LOOKING FOR NEW HOME

AN EXPANSION TO BRISTOL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IS FORCING A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION TO LOOK FOR A NEW HOME. BRISTOL SPEECH AND HEARING CENTER RECEIVED AN EVICTION NOTICE GIVING THEM UNTIL AUGUST 31ST TO VACATE THE PROPERTY. THIS ENDS A 52 YEAR RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE LOCAL HOSPITAL AND THE CENTER. LAST YEAR, THE CENTER PROVIDED MORE THAN 64-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FREE SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY. SUE WRIGHT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BRISTOL SPEECH AND HEARING CENTER SAID IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO FIND A SPACE THAT’S LARGE ENOUGH TO HOUSE THEM WHILE STAYING WITHIN ITS BUDGET.

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SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA BROTHERS IN IRAQ

TWO BROTHERS FROM RICHLANDS VIRGINIA CELEBRATED THE FOURTH OF JULY YESTERDAY, BUT NOT AT HOME IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA BY ANY MEANS. 41 YEAR OLD TERRENCE “SHEA” COOK IS WITH THE VIRGINIA GUARD IN BAGHDAD, WHILE HIS BROTHER 38 YEAR OLD MATTHEW COOK IS IN THE MARINES AND IS IN IRAQ. BOTH OF THE BROTHERS ARE MARRIED AND SAY THEY MISS THEIR FAMILIES, BUT AT LEAST THEY HAVE EACH OTHER. SHEA’S 13-MONTH TOUR IN IRAQ WILL END IN JUNE 2008, WHILE MATTHEW IS HOPING TO RETURN HOME IN JANUARY. BUT THE FAMILIES OF THE PAIR HOPE FOR THE BEST AND NONETHELESS CELEBRATED INDEPENDENCE DAY WITHOUT THEIR LOVED ONES THIS TIME AROUND.

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SOLDIERS PREPARE FOR DEPLOYMENT

OVER 130 SOLDIERS WITH THE TENNESSEE NATIONAL GUARD ARE GETTING READY TO HEAD OVERSEAS IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. THE 730TH QUARTERMASTER COMPANY LEAVES THE TRI CITIES TONIGHT FOR TWO WEEKS OF TRAINING AT CAMP SHELBY MISSISSIPPI. THEY WILL THEN BE DEPLOYED TO IRAQ.

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PHARMACY ROBBERY SUSPECT IN COURT

A WASHINGTON COUNTY TENNESSEE MAN ACCUSED OF HOLDING UP A JOHNSON CITY PHARMACY LAST MONTH IS SET TO BE IN COURT LATER TODAY. 32 YEAR OLD JOHNNY GARLAND IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ROBBERY, EVADING ARREST, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE. HE’S ACCUSED OF ROBBING BLANKENSHIP PHARMACY ON WATAUGA AVENUE JUNE 15TH. POLICE ATTEMPTED TO STOP GARLAND ON JUNE 30TH, BUT HE EVADED POLICE. JULY 1ST, HE ALMOST STRUCK A POLICE VEHICLE AS OFFICERS ATTEMPTED TO STOP HIM ONCE AGAIN. HE’S CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A 68-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND IN THE WASHINGTON COUNTY TENNESSEE DETENTION CENTER. HE’S SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT.