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FORMER ETSU STUDENT INDICTED

A Washington County Tennessee Grand Jury Has Indicted A Former East Tennessee State University Student. Tristan Rettke Is Charged With Civil Rights Intimidation, Disorderly Conduct And Disrupting A Meeting. He’s Accused Of Having A Gorilla Mask On In An Attempt To Intimidate People Who Were Holding A Peaceful Event With Black Lives Matter Last September. He Will Appear In Criminal Court Soon To Be Arraigned.

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INTERSTATE 81 LANE CLOSED

The Virginia Department Of Transportation Reminds Motorists About A Lane Closure In Place Through Thursday Evening On The Northbound Interstate 81 Bridge Over Route 808, Halls Bottom Road, In Washington County. The Closure Is Due To Needed Concrete Repairs Being Done. The Northbound Bridge Will Be Restricted To One Lane. Motorists Are Advised To Anticipate Delays When Traffic Is At Its Peak.

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MONEY COMING TO EXONERATED MAN IN VIRGINIA

Virginia Governor Terry Mcauliffe Has Signed A Bill To Provide 1.55 Million Dollars To A Man Who Spent More Than Three Decades In Prison For A Crime He Didn’t Commit. Keith Harward Was Released From Prison Last Year At The Age Of 60 After Dna Evidence Proved Him Innocent Of The 1982 Killing Of Jesse Perron And The Rape Of His Wife In Newport News. Mcauliffe Signed The Bill Last Week That Provides For Such Compensation.

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NICKLESVILLE RESCUE SQUAD FACES MORE PROBLEMS

The Nicklesville Rescue Squad Has Reportedly Lost Its Legal Status After Its Former Captain Failed To File The Squad’s Tax Forms Over The Past Four Years. Greg Marshall Resigned As Captain Back In February. Ever Since That Happened, Duffield Fire And Rescue And Scott County Rescue Have Been Answering Calls In The Area. Chief Of Duffield Fire And Rescue, Roger Carter, Is Working With The Irs, Trying To Clear Up Nicklesville Rescue’s Tax Issues.

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JOHNSON CITY SCHOOLS NAME NEW SUPERINTENDENT

The Johnson City Board Of Education Has Selected One Of The School Systems’ Principals To Be The Next Superintendent. The Board Voted Unanimously To Hire Dr. Steven Barnett, Principal Of Towne Acres Elementary School, To Fill The Post. He Replaces Superintendent Richard Bales Who Retired On July First.

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JOHNSON CITY MAN BEHIND BARS

A Johnson City Man Is Behind Bars Following A Domestic Altercation At A City Residence. 49 Year Old Daniel Ludolph Is Charged With Domestic Aggravated Assault. Officers Responded To Cattail Point In Reference To Sometype Of Domestic Altercation. Upon Arrival, They Found Out That Ludolph And His Wife Had Been Arguing Over Wine. He’s Accused Of Pushing Her Down And Trying To Stab Her With A Knife. . Ludolph Is Being Held In The Washington County Detention Center Under A 50-Thousand Dollar Bond. He Will Appear In General Sessions Court Soon.

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JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR SCHOOL THREATS

Carter County Authorities Said A Juvenile Has Been Arrested Following An Investigation Into Anonymous Threats Made Against Three Separate Carter County Schools Back In February. A Post Was Found On A Social Media App By A Student And It Was Then Reported To The Principal At Happy Valley High School. A 15 Year Old Female Who Had Initially Reported The Threat Has Been Charged With False Reporting. The Suspect Will Appear Soon In Carter County Juvenile Court.

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TWO KINGSPORT MEN SENTENCED TO PRISON

Two Kingsport Men Have Been Ordered In Federal Court To Spend Time Behind Bars For Federal Fraud Crimes. 56 Year Old Jimmy Allen Hulse And 49 Year Old Randy Harkleroad Were Sentenced To Prison For Their Roles In A Mail And Wire Fraud Scheme. The Pair Pleaded Guilty To Submitting 585 False Claims To A Water Heater Manufacturer In Houston, Texas. The False Claims Generated Payments Of Over 310-Thousand Dollars For Labor And A Loss Of Parts Credit For Water Heater Warranty Work That Was Never Performed. Hulse Was Sentenced To 22 Months, While Harkleroad Will Serve 12 Months In Prison.

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TWO PEOPLE FOUND DEAD IN GREENE COUNTY

Two People Have Been Found Dead In Greene County. They Have Been Identified As 40 Year Old James Cowgill and 39 Year Old Jennifer Sorrells. According To Greene County Sheriff Pat Hankins, Dispatch Received A Call From Sorrells At The Whispering Road Residence. She Reportedly Said She Was Locked In Her Room, Was Bleeding, And A Man With A Gun Was Trying To Get Her. Cowgill And Sorrells Apparently Were In A Relationship And Lived Together At The Home. The Bodies Have Been Sent To The ETSU Forensic Center For An Autopsy.

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TENNESSEE TAX COLLECTIONS ABOVE PROJECTIONS

Tennessee’s General Fund Tax Collections Were $8.4 Million Above Projections In February, Bringing The State’s Surplus Revenues To $491 Million Through The First Seven Months Of The Budget Year. Sales Tax Collections Came In At $33 Million Above Estimates During The Month, Which Reflects Economic Activity In January. Fuel Taxes, Which Are Largely Dedicated To Road And Bridge Funding, Dropped 8 Percent Compared With The Previous February.

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SW VIRGINIA ROAD PROJECTS SUBMITTED

Several Southwest Virginia Transportation Projects Are On The Preliminary List Recommended To The Commonwealth Transportation Board. The List Contains 136 Projects Totaling 968-Million Dollars. The List Includes Improvements In Bristol To The Lee Highway Intersection At Old Airport Road And The Intersection At Interstate 81’s Exit 7. In Abingdon, The Intersections Of Lee Highway And U.S. Highway 19 And U.S. 11 And 19 At Jonesboro Road. A Public Hearing To Allow For Public Comment Will Be Held At Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center In Abingdon April 13th At 5:30pm.

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SENTENCING CONTINUE FOR SILCOX

Sentencing For A Dickenson County, Virginia Woman Found Guilty Soliciting Another To Commit Abduction, Attempted Abduction, And Soliciting Another To Commit Capital Murder, Has Been Continued Until Later This Year. A Jury Recommended That 56 Year Old Cassandra Silcox Of Clintwood Serve Over A Hundred Years In Prison For Attempting To Have Three Officers Disappear Before She Was Set To Show Up In Court Of Dui Charges. The New Sentencing Date Is Scheduled For May 25th In Dickenson County Circuit Court.

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RAVEN VIRGINIA MAN SENTENCED IN ABINGDON

A Federal Judge In U.S. District Court In Abingdon Virginia Has Ordered A Raven Man To Serve Nine Years In Prison After More Than 300-Thousand Images Of Child Pornography Was Found On His Computer. 42 Year Old Tony Spencer Will Also Spend 15 Years On Supervised Parole. He Previously Plead Guilty. The FBI Started Investigating Spencer After Learning He Was Part Of A Group Using A Website To Distribute Child Porn.

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PEDESTRIAN IN ELIZABETHTON WALMART CRASH DIES

Elizabethton Police Said An Elderly Pedestrian Who Was Struck By An SUV At An Area Walmart Has Died. The Crash Involving 88 Year Old Dodge Teague Occurred At The Elizabethton Store On Overmountain Drive On March 10th. Joy Shoun With The Police Department Said No Criminal Charges Have Been Placed At This Time. The Case Is Under Review.

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LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS UNDER INVESTIGATION

The Lee County Public School System Is Under Investigation By The U.S. Department Of Education. The Reason, Over A Student Allegedly Kicking An 11 Year Old Classmate With A Disability, Causing Serious Injury. The Office For Civil Rights Opened The Probe At The Request Of The Boy’s Father, Jeremiah Singleton. Singleton Told Newschannel 11 His Son Has Severely Flat Feet, Which Impacts The Way He Walks And The School System Allegedly Discriminated Against The Child Because Of His Disability. The Boy Accused Of The Attack Is Due In Juvenile Court Next Month. The School System Has Declined To Comment.

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JOHNSON CITY CITIZENS’ ACADEMY COMING UP

In Order To Enhance And Develop Citizen Awareness And Understanding Of The Police Role In The Community, The Johnson City Police Department Is Taking Applications For Its Citizen’s Academy. The Nine-Week Event Consists Of Police Training, And Covers Traffic Stops, Investigation Procedures, And Firearms. Deadline For Registration Is April 7th, With The First Session To Begin On April 18th. Applications Can Be Obtained At The Police Department On East Main Street Or Online At Johnsoncitytn.Com.

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FATE OF ELIZABETHTON MINOR LEAGUE UNKNOWN

Elizabethton City Leaders Are Still Waiting To Learn The Fate Of Its Baseball Field. It Still Hasn’t Received A Commitment From The Minnesota Twins To Keep The Minor League Team In Elizabethton, Despite A Pledge By The City To Spend Up To 2-Million Dollars On Facility Upgrades At Joe O’Brien Field. Mayor Curt Alexander Said He Plans To Reach Out To The President Of The Twins In The Coming Days.

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COURT DATE CONTINUED FOR CANTER

A Court Date Has Been Continued Until Later This Year For A Southwest Virginia Man Accused In The Shooting Death Of A 23 Year Old Woman. 25 Year Old James Canter Iii Is Charged With Second Degree Murder And Use Of A Firearm In The Commission Of A Felony. The Victim, Ashleigh Nicole Langbein, Of Katy Texas Was Found Dead In An Apartment On Hillman Highway. Canter Is Being Held In The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail In Abingdon Without Bond. Canter Is Set To Be Back In Court On June 13th.

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BRISTOL TENNESSEE AND VIRGINIA SCHOOLS TO WORK TOGETHER

School Systems In Bristol Tennessee And Bristol Virginia Have Formed A Partnership. The New Joint Career And Technical Education Classes Will Allow Students At Both Schools To Learn Across State Lines. School Leaders Are Hopeful This Will Create More Opportunities For Students And Create More Jobs Locally. School Officials Are Seeking Grant Funding To Help Pay For The Program, Which Could Be Up And Running As Early As 2018.

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BLUFF CITY MAN ARRESTED

A Bluff City Man Has Been Arrested After Allegedly Pointing A Gun At People Outside A Johnson City Nightclub. 21 Year Old Seth Buckmaster Is Charged With Aggravated Assault, Possession Of A Handgun While Under The Influence, And Public Intoxication. The Charges Stem From A Reported Incident In The Parking Lot Of The Electric Cowboy. Police Found Buckmaster At The Nearby Doubletree Hotel With A Handgun. He Will Appear Soon In General Sessions Court.