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MT. CARMEL TO INSTALL RED LIGHT CAMERA

Mount Carmel Leaders Have Approved A Deal That Would Install Red Light Photo Enforcement Cameras At The Intersection Of Highway 11W And The Hammond Avenue Traffic Signal. Mount Carmel Leaders Approved A Five Year Deal With Redflex With An Option To Renew For Another Five Years. The Camera Will Go Live Within The Next 60 Days. Plans Are Also In The Works To Install Another Camera In 2018 At The New Englewood Avenue Intersection When A Traffic Signal Is Installed At That Location.

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FORMER BRISTOL CHAMBER CEO SUSPENDED AFTER ALLEGED THEFT

The Former CEO Of The Bristol Chamber Of Commerce Has Been Suspended From Her Job As Executive Director Of The Rock Hill-York County Convention And Visitors Bureau. Lisa Meadows Was Arrested After Allegedly Stealing Three Bottles Of Tanning Products From A Fort Mill Salon Earlier This Month. She Has Been Suspended From Her Job For One Week Without Pay. Meadows Resigned From Her Bristol Chamber Job In 2012.

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MCAULIFFE ANNOUNCING FUNDING FOR SW VIRGINIA

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Has Announced $1.5 Million For Three New Projects In Struggling Areas Of The State, Including Money For A Brewery And Hotel Renovation. Among The Project, Governor McAuliffe Announced That He’d Approved Funding To Restore Derelict Structures In Big Stone Gap. The Industrial Revitalization Fund Provides Funding For Construction Projects Aimed At Areas With A High Level Of Blight And Community Distress.

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JOHNSON CITY MAN BEHIND BARS

A Johnson City Man Is Behind Bars For Allegedly Weaving Through Traffic On Stone Drive At 100 Miles Per Hour And Running A Red Light. 39 Year Old Craig Laycock Is Charged With Reckless Endangerment, Speeding, And Failure To Obey A Traffic Control Device. He Taken To The Kingsport City Jail And Will Appear In General Sessions Court Soon.

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FINES TO PAY FOR POLICE CAR IN POUND VIRGINIA

Town Leaders In Pound, Virginia Say They Have Found The Money Needed To Purchase A New Police Vehicle. Mayor And Interim Town Manager George Dean Told Town Council That Revenue From Court Fines Can Be Used To Cover The Cost. According To Dean, Court Fines Are Tracking Higher That Budgeted In The Current Year And Police Expect Next Year’s Totals To Be Even Greater. The Current Fleet Of Police Cars Are Deteriorating Quickly.

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FACULTY GASKET TO BLAME ON VAPOR RELEASE

Officials Of Us Nitrogen Blame A Faulty Gasket Failure Inside A Component That Caused The Release Of Nitric Acide Vapors At The Greeneville Facility On April 19th. Senior Vice President And Chief Financial Officer For Parent Company Austin Powder LLC, Jim Boldt, Has Said Its The Company’s Effort To Operate The Facility Safely And To Be A Good Neighbor To Surrounding Residents And Industries. Nitric Acid Is One Of The Primary Components Produced At Us Nitrogen, Which Manufactures Liquid Ammonium Nitrate.

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ERWIN PETITIONS FOR CELLPHONE TOWER

A Rural Mountain Community In Northeast Tennessee Has Gathered More Than 100 Signatures On A Petition For A Cellphone Tower. Limestone Cove Resident Karen Lance Told The Unicoi County Commission About The Support. Two Dozen Residents Had Attended The Commission’s Recent Meeting To Address The Safety Issues Arising From The Lack Of Cellular Service, Including An 18-Minute Drive Into And Out Of The Community With No Cell Signal. Mayor Greg Lynch Said That State Sen. Rusty Crowe, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker And U.S. Rep. Phil Roe Have Agreed To Help Find A Service Provider.

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BRISTOL TENNESSEE BUDGET DRAFT COPY RELEASED

Bristol Tennessee Leaders Have Received A Draft Copy Of The Balanced 2017/18 Fiscal Year Spending Plan. The 104-Million Dollar Budget Doesn’t Have Any Increases For Taxes Or Water/Sewer Fees. Property Taxes Would Remain $2.25 Per $100 Of Assessed Value Under The Proposed Budget. The First Reading For The Proposed Budget Is Set To Be Held At The Slater Center May 2nd At 7pm.

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TWO JOHNSON CITY RESIDENTS ARRESTED

Two Johnson City Residents – Including A Man Who Pulled A Gun And Was Shot By Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers Back In January- Have Been Arrested As Part Of A Multi-Agency Drug Investigation. Authorities Executed A Search Warrant At A Home On East Fairview Avenue In Johnson City. A Search Resulted In The Seizure Of Methamphetamine And Weapons. Richard Jenny And Melissa Ferguson Were Charged With Possession Of Schedule Two Drugs With Intent To Distribute And Maintaining A Dwelling Where Drugs Are Sold. Both Were Booked Into The Washington County Jail. Bond For Jenny Is Set At 110-Thousand Dollars, While Bond For Ferguson Set At 60-Thousand Dollars.

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TWO MEN IN CARTER COUNTY PART OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROBE

The Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation Has Arrested Two Men On Statutory Rape And Solicitation Charges In Carter County. The Knoxville Police Department Received Information Concerning A Possible Case Of Human Trafficking Involving Juvenile Females. Several Local Agencies Were Able To Determine The Incident Occurred At A Motel Along Highway 19E In Elizabethton. Robelio Flores-Rivera And Adan Vasquez-Rodriguez Made Contact With Two Females, Ages 14 And 17 And Offered Them Money In Exchange For Sexual Favors. Both Men Are Being Held On A 50 Thousand Dollars Bond Each. Additional Charges Are Pending.

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NASCAR’S MOST POPULAR DRIVER SET TO RETIRE

It Seems Only Fitting For The Most Popular Driver In Nascar, Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Announce His Retirement The Day After A Race At The Track Where His Father Won His First Race. Dale Jr. Missed Half Of Last Season Due To A Concussion, But Returned To The Track This Season. He Said Yesterday, He Wanted The Opportunity To Go Out On His Terms. Dale Jr. Will Still Be Part Of Racing Even Though Not Behind The Wheel.

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LOCAL GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT ST. JUDE’S

You Have A Chance To Help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital In Memphis While At The Same Time Possibly Winning A New Car. The Tennessee Chapter C Of The Gold Wing Road Riders Association Will Host Its 18th Annual Golf Tournament To Benefit St. Jude. Registration Is 70 Dollars Per Person Or 250-Dollars For A Foursome, Captain’s Choice. The Event Is Set For May 7th At One O’clock.

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TESTIMONY CONTINUES IN FIRST DEGREE MURDER TRIAL

Testimony Is Continuing Today In Washington County Tennessee Criminal Court In The Trial Of A Man Accused Of Killing A Johnson City Woman In 2015. 23 Year Old Aaron Garland Of Elizabethton Is Charged With First Degree Murder And Robbery In The Death Of Karen Parker. Prosecutor’s Claims Parker Was Smothered To Death At Her Apartment At Westgate Village. Garland Remains Jailed On A 100-Thousand Dollars Bond. A Co-Defendant In The Case, Dallas Sarden, Who Is Also Jailed, Will Be Tried Later This Year.

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GREENE COUNTY JAIL ESCAPEE BACK IN CUSTODY

A Greene County Inmate Had A Brief Bout Of Freedom. 31 Year Old Brian Arrowood Escaped Over The Weekend. Sheriff Pat Hankins Said The Inmate Was On Work Detail When He Got Away. Arrowood Was Originally In Jail On Several Charges Including Burglary, Aggravated Assault, And Possession Of A Gun By A Convicted Felon. He Was Captured Near Marshall Lane In Greeneville.

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MOTORISTS SHOULD PREPARE TO PAY FOR AT THE PUMP

Motorists Should Get Ready To Dig Deeper In Their Pockets To Fill Up Their Gas Tanks. According To AAA Auto Club, Consumers Can Expect The Price At The Pump To Continue To Rise For The Coming Weeks. Virginia Motorists Are Paying On Average This Week $2.22 A Gallon, While Tennessee Drivers Are Shelling Out On Average $2.17. The National Average Price Is $2.41.

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WEBER CITY RESIDENTS WARNED

Weber City Virginia Residents Along The North Fork Of The Holston Have Been Warned To Be Prepared For A Possible Water Surge With Debris. The Warning Follows The Collapse Of A Temporary Work Bridge At The U.S. 19/23 Bridge In Weber City. A Crane On The South Bank Slid Into The River. Potentially Affected Residents On Both The Virginia And Down Stream On The Tennessee Side Of The Holston River Have Been Asked To Comply With A Voluntary Evacuation. Officials Warn There Is Going To Be Dangerous Debris Coming Down The River.

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PARKING RATES TO INCREASE AT THE TRI

Parking Rates Will Be Increased Soon At The Tri Cities Regional Airport. Effective June First, Short-Term Parking Rates Will Rise To 14 Dollars A Day While Long-Term Fees Will Go From 8 Dollars To 9 Dollars Daily. Airport Spokeswoman Kristi Haulsee Said Parking Revenue Accounts For 32 Percent Of The Facility’s Total Operating Revenue And The Hike Will Reap An Additional 250-Thousand Dollars Yearly For Capital Improvements And Other Expenditures.

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NEW RETAIL STORE COMING TO KINGSPORT

A New Retail Store Is On Its Way To Kingsport. Pennsylvania-Based Five Below Is Opening A Store In The East Stone Commons Beside Ross Dress For Less. The Company Sells Everything For Five Dollars And Below And Targets Teens, Pre-Teens And Their Parents.

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NORTHEAST STATE TO HOST CAREER FAIR

Northeast State Is Inviting Students And Community Members To Attend The Spring Career Fair 2017. The Free And Public Event Will Provide Opportunities To Learn About Job Openings While Visiting With Area Employers. Last Year’s Event Drew More Than 80 Companies And Served 300 Job Seekers. The Career Fair Is Set For Thursday From 1 Pm To 4 Pm At The Wellmont Regional Center For The Performing Arts On The Blountville Campus.

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JOHNSON CITY MAN CONVICTED

A Johnson City Man Has Been Ordered To Spend Time Behind Bars Following His Conviction On Drug Charges. 36 Year Old Lamont Fortune Was Found Guilty Of Conspiracy To Distribute, And Possess With The Intent To Distribute, 280 Grams Or More Of Crack Cocaine. He Conspired With Others To Obtain Multi-Ounce Quantities Of Crack Cocaine To Sell The Drugs In Johnson City And Bristol, Tennessee. Sentencing For Fortune Is Scheduled For August 8th In Federal Court In Greeneville.