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TWO ARRESTED IN RUSSELL COUNTY

Two People Have Been Arrested In Connection With A Russell County, Virginia Cockfighting Investigation. 45 Year Old Kimberly Crisp And 33 Year Old Jonathan Clark Were Each Indicted On Charges Of Animal Fighting, Conspiracy To Commit Animal Fighting, And Possession Of Marijuana. Clark Is Also Charged With Possession Of A Firearm By A Convicted Felon And Possession Of Ammunition By A Convicted Felon. Both Have Been Released On Bond. Crisp Is Due In Court On March 9th, And Clark Is Due In Court On April 13th.

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SULLIVAN COUNTY ELECTION GEARING UP

Kingsport Mayor John Clark Has Filed A Petition To Seek Re-Election. Clark Is Running For A Second Two Year Term As The Model City’s Mayor. Gary Lane And Elbert Norris Have Picked Up A Petition To Run For One Of Three Aldermen Seats This May. Two Board Of Education Seats Are Also Up For Grabs. In Bristol, City Council Member Seats And The Board Of Education For East, South And West District Seats Will Be Open In The May Election As Well. The Offices On The Ballot In Bluff City Are Mayor And Two Aldermen Seats. Election Day Is Set For May 16th.

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SCOTT COUNTY’S SOL’S IMPROVE

There’s Good News For The Scott County Virginia School System. Students Improved Their Standards Of Learning Scores In Reading, Science And Math During The 2015-16 School Year. According To The Figures In The 2016 Annual Superintendent’s Report, The Reading, Math And Science Scores All Improved By 3-Percentage Points Over The Previous 2014-15 School Year.

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NATURAL TUNNEL STATE PARK BRINGS IN MILLIONS

A Report By Virginia Tech Shows Natural Tunnel State Park In Scott County Virginia Had A 7.2 Million Dollar Economic Impact Last Year And Was Directly Responsible For Providing 67 Jobs. The Report Shows Visitors To The Park Contribute Lots Of Money To The County And Surrounding Region. Direct Visitor Spending Came In At 4.7 Million.

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MOONLITE DRIVE-IN FUTURE UNKNOWN

The Future Of The Moonlite Drive-In In Abingdon Virginia Is Unknown. Last Year, Owner William Booker Agreed To Work With Kyle Blevins, A Ups Driver From Bristol Tennessee, To Renovate And Reopen The Theater, But Blevins Has Recently Announced Those Plans Are On Indefinite Hold. The Moonlight Closed In 2013 After Many Studios Made The Switch From Analog Film To Digital, Making Many New Release Movies Incompatible With The Old Projector. The First Of Two Phases Of Renovations Have Been Completed, But There Are A Few Steps That Remain Before The Drive-In Can Reopen.

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AREA MCALISTERS HOSTING CHARI-TEA EVENT

McAlister’s Delis In Kingsport And Johnson City Are Hosting A Chari-tea Event Monday To Benefit The Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon. When You Visit Mcalister’s, 10-Percent Of Your Purchase Will Be Donated To The Radiothon. Niswonger Children’s Hospital In Johnson City Serves More Than 200-Thousand Children In A Four-State, 29-County Region.

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HAWKINS COUNTY CEMETERY OWNER PLEADS GUILTY

The Owner Of A Hawkins County Cemetery Has Entered A Plea Agreement By Admitting To Her Role In Her Theft, Money Laundering, And Forgery Case In Hawkins County Court. Vickie Ringley Was Arrested In February 2015. She Will Be Required To Relinquish All Rights To The Cemetery, Permanently Forfeit Her Cemetery Operating License, And Be Required To Pay 500 Dollars A Month In Restitution As Part Of The Plea Agreement. Customers Accused Ringley Of Bad Business Practices That Left Families With Unfulfilled Contracts. She Will Be Released From Jail On February 28th.

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BRISTOL MAN BEHIND BARS

A Bristol, Virginia Man Is Behind Bars After Leading Authorities On A High-Speed Chase. Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies Attempted To Stop 27 Year Old Christopher Wayne Taylor For Speeding On Wallace Pike In Bristol. After Being Apprehended, A Syringe Was Reportedly Found In His Pocket. He’s Charged With Attempted Malicious Wounding, Driving On A Suspended License, Assault On A Police Officer, And Other Charges. Taylor Is Being Held In The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail In Abingdon.

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BRISTOL CRIME MAPPING SYSTEM GOES ONLINE

A New Advanced Mapping Engine Allows Bristol Tennessee Residents To Explore Crime Information From The Police Department’s Records System On A Daily Basis. Once The Crime Data Is Uploaded To The Online Program, A Person Can See The General Location Of A Crime. The Crimes That Will Be Mapped As Things Such As Arson, Assault, Burglary, Homicide, Robbery And Etc. You Can Check Out The New System By Going To Bristoltn.Org And Click On The Crime Mapping Link.

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ABINGDON HOTEL GETS NEW FRANCHISE

The Holiday Inn Express Off Exit 19 Of Interstate 81 In Abingdon Virginia Is Taking On A New Name And Look. The Hotel Franchise Will Convert To Country Inn And Suites Starting Today. General Manager George Brewer Said The Change Has Been Discussed For Over Two Years And They Are Excited About The New Franchise. Later This Spring, The Hotel Lobby And Breakfast Area Will Be Renovated. The Hotel Is Otherwise Expected To Stay With The Same Look Until After Thanksgiving.

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TBI PROBE LEADS TO GREENE COUNTY MAN BEING INDICTED

A Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation Probe Has Lead To The Arrest Of A Greene County Man Into False Liens And Entries On State Documents Involving Several Pieces Of Property. 64 Year Old James Michael Usinger Is Named Along With Ten Other Individuals In A 320-Count Indictment Out Of Davidson County Tennessee. The Documents Were Filed With The State Against Individuals, Including Police Officers, County Mayors, Sheriff’s And Elected Officials.

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FAS MART TO PURCHASE ROADRUNNER MARKETS

Mountain Empire Oil In Johnson City Has Sold All 92 Of Its Roadrunner Stores To The Parent Company Of Fas Mart. GPM Investments LLC, Based In Richmond Virginia, Signed An Agreement This Week To Acquire Mountain Empire Oil Company Incorporated. GPM Investments Has Pledged To Embrace Roadrunner’s Company Mission And Enhance The Customer Experience At All Of Its Locations. The Deal Will Make GPM Investments The Largest Privately Owned Company In The Convenience Store Industry With Over 11-Hundred Stores In 18 States.

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MARION VIRGINIA COUPLE ACCUSED OF SEX CRIMES

A Marion Virginia Man And His Former Girlfriend Are Accused Of Planning To Have Inappropriate Contact With A Ten Year Old Girl. 41 Year Old Richard Cruey And 38 Year Old Laura Cindy Thompson Are Charged With Use Of A Communications Systems To Facilitate Certain Offenses Involving Children. Cruey Is Also Charged With Conspiracy To Commit Forcible Sodomy. Their Arrests Came After A Concerned Citizen Came To A School Resource Officer About A Facebook Message On A Cell phone Regarding The Young Child. Both Cruey And Thompson Are Being Held In The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail In Abingdon Pending Arraignment In Smyth County Juvenile And Domestic Relations Court. The Two Face Additional Charges.

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AREA HEALTH SYSTEMS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON FRIDAY

Two Area Health Systems Who Are In The Process In Their Almost Two-Year Plan To Merge Will Answer Questions On Friday About The Status Of The Deal. Mountain States Health Alliance And Wellmont Health System Officials Will Talk About The Merger After Recently Announcing A Surprise Delay. After Months Of Pushing For A Decision, The Two Organizations Said They Wanted To Submit More Information To Prove The Merger Would Benefit The Area.

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SCOTT COUNTY, VA DEPUTIES PREVENT SEX CRIME

Scott County, Virginia Deputies Prevented A Sex Crime From Happening. The Sheriff’s Department Found Explicit Conversations Between A Man And A Woman Regarding A 10 Year Old Girl. Cell Phones Were Reportedly Found That Contained Explicit Photos Of The Child. 41 Year Old Richard Cruey Of Marion Is Charged With Use Of Communications Systems To Facilitate Offenses Involving Children And Other Charges. 38 Year Old Laura Thompson, Also Of Marion, Is Facing Charges As Well. Authorities Said Additional Charges Are Pending.

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WISE VIRGINIA MAN INDICTED

A Wise, Virginia Man Has Been Indicted For Trying To Kill Two University Of Virginia’s College At Wise Students Late Last Year. 55 Year Old Ricky Lynn Hamilton Is Charged With Two Counts Of Attempted First-Degree Murder After Authorities Said He Stabbed Two Male Students During A Fight In November At An Apartment Complex On Hurricane Road. Both Victims Told Investigators They Had Prior Disagreements With Hamilton. Hamilton Is Due Back In Court Next Week.

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WISE GRAND JURY INDICTS COEBURN WOMAN

A Wise County Virginia Grand Jury Has Indicted A Coeburn Woman In Connection With A Deadly Crash. 36 Year Old Samantha Dennis Is Charged With Felony Murder, Eluding Police, Abduction By Force, Involuntary Manslaughter, Two Counts Of Assault And Battery And Driving On A Suspended/Revoked License. 32 Year Old Rebecca Starling Of Missouri Was Driving Her Car On Highway 58 In December, When Her Vehicle Was Struck Head-On By A Car Being Driven By Dennis. Starling Died At The Scene And Her Two Children, Ages 2 & 5, Were Injured. Dennis Is Being Held Without Bond And Is Set To Appear In Circuit Court On February 21st For Arraignment.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA APPROVES URBAN PATHWAY

Washington County Virginia Leaders Have Approved A Plan Allowing Abingdon’s Urban Pathway To Cross Two Parcels Of County-Owned Land. This Will Allow The Town To Build And Maintain The Project On A 10-Foot Portion Of The County’s Property In Front Of The Former Washington County Jail. The Pathway Is Nearly Two-Mile Trail That Will Begin At The Head Of The Creeper Trail And End At The Historic Muster Grounds.

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VIRGINIA BURN BAN IN PLACE

The Annual Burn Ban Is Now In Effect For Virginia. According To The Virginia Department Of Forestry, Residents Are Allowed To Have Open Burning Between 4pm And Midnight. No Burns Are Allowed Between Midnight And 4pm. For More Info, Visit Dof.Virginia.Gov.

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SEARCH TO CONTINUE FOR MISSING MAN

The Search Will Continue Friday On South Holston Lake For A Missing Fisherman. 41 Year Old James Ragan Went Missing On Saturday. It’s Believe His Canoe Flipped Over. Sullivan County’s Director Of Emergency Management, Jim Bean, Said Search Crews Will Return To The Water Today Using High-Tech Cameras And Sonar Devices. Crews Have Been Searching The Shore For The Past Few Days. The Family Has Hope That Ragan Is Still Alive And Is Somewhere Along The Lake.