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ABINGDON SEEKING TOURISM DIRECTOR

Abingdon Virginia Is In Need Of A New Tourism Director. Current Director, Kevin Costello Has Announced His Resignation Due To Taking Another Job In New York State. Applications For The Position Will Be Accepted Through March 31st. For More Information, Visit Abingdon-Va.Gov And Click Employment Opportunities.

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TWO GATE CITY, VIRGINIA BOYS NOT ON TEAMS THIS YEAR

Two Gate City, Virginia High School Baseball Players Who Pleaded Guilty To Sexual Battery Last Year Are Not On The Varsity Or Junior Varsity Teams This Season. According To Newschannel 11, The Brothers Previously Entered Plea Agreements For The Sexual Abuse Of An 11-Year Old Off Campus. Scott County Public Schools Took The Action Against The Boys.

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MOUNT CARMEL WRECK SENDS TWO TO THE HOSPITAL

A Two Vehicle Wreck In Mount Carmel Has Sent Two People To The Hospital. It Happened Monday Morning On Highway 11-W. A Car Was Traveling Across Main Street To Get To The Highway When The Accident Occurred. A Jeep Clipped An Oncoming Car And Rolled Over On Its Side. Two People Were Taken To The Hospital With Non-Life Threatening Injuries. The Investigation Is Continuing.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE HOPES TO UPDATE SOFTWARE

Washington County Tennessee’s Budget Committee Is Wanting To Make Sure Its Record Keeping Is Up-To-Date. The Committee Is Recommending The County Spent Nearly 19-Thousand Dollars On Software, That’s Designed To Keep An Electronic Record Of Leases, Contracts, Economic Incentives And Other Obligations. The Software Would Reportedly Be Beneficial To New County Employees Or Officeholders.

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TRI CITIES AIRPORT TO CONDUCT EMERGENCY DRILL

Tri Cities Regional Airport Will Conduct An Emergency Exercise Later Tuesday Morning. Emergency Vehicles Will Be Staged At The Ball Field On Holston Drive, Along With Six Hospitals Managing Simulated Accident Victims At South Hangar Road. The Emergency Drill Exercise Will Take Place From 9:30 Am Until 12 Pm.

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STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL IN ABINGDON SET TUESDAY

The Town Of Abingdon, Virginia Will Be Participating In The Statewide Tornado Drill Tuesday. The Town’s Alert Notification System Will Be Activated At 9:45 Am To Simulate An Actual Tornado Warning Notification. This Will Include The Town’s Warning Sirens As They Will Sound As Part Of This Drill. Citizens Are Asked To Not Call 911 In Regards To Warning Siren Inquiries.

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SEARS IN BRISTOL MALL TO CLOSE SOON

The Last Anchor Store Of Bristol Mall Will Be Shutting Down This Weekend. Sears Will Open For The Final Time On March 25th. Just Four Stores Remain At The Over 486-Thousand Square Foot Mall Which Is Located On 37 Acres In Bristol Virginia. Ashwin Desai, A New Jersey Based Real Estate Investor And Three Other Men Purchased The Mall Recently For 2.6 Million Dollars. Desai Is Now Focusing On Bringing In The Right Tenants.

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SEARCH FOR JONES CONTINUES

The Wise County Virginia Sheriff’s Office Is Continuing To Search For A Man Accused Of Gunning Down His Ex-Wife Last November. 46 Year Old Is Eric Monroe Jones Is Charged With First Degree Murder, Use Of A Firearm While Committing Murder, Possession Of A Firearm By A Convicted Felony And Felony Probation. Jones Is Alleged To Have Killed 38 Year Old Janina Jefferson At The Town Of Appalachia Water Plant. The U.S. Marshals Service Has Increased A Reward For Information Leading To Jones’ Arrest To 25-Hundred Dollars. It’s Unclear Where Jones Is At This Time.

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NAMES OF JOHNSON CITY ACCIDENT VICTIMS RELEASED

The Names Of The Two Victims In A Two Vehicle Head-On Crash In Johnson City Last Week Have Been Released. 54 Year Old Gerald Bennett And 68 Year Old Sidney Swahn, Both Of Johnson City, Died In The Accident. It Happened On South Roan Street Near Bonita Drive In Front Of Tipton Haynes Historical Site. Bennett Was Driving An Suv That Crossed Over The Double-Yellow Line And Struck A Vehicle Driven By Swahn. The Investigation Is Continuing By The Johnson City Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Team.

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KINGSPORT MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY CHARGES

A Kingsport Man Has Been Arrested On Felony Charges Following A Late Night Negligent Gunfire Incident Into A Neighbor’s Home. 33 Year Old Terry Sulfridge Is Charged With Felony Reckless Endangerment After The Alleged Incident On Clinch Street. A Bullet Hole Was Discovered In The Exterior Of The Residence, But No One Was Hurt. Officers Seized A Rifle As Evidence In The Case. Sulfridge Is Free On A 15-Thousand Dollar Bond. A Court Date Is Pending Is Kingsport General Sessions Court.

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KINGSPORT BUSINESS MAN HEADED TO PRISON

A Kingsport Businessman Has Been Ordered To Spend Time Behind Bars For A Parts Scheme That Bilked A Warranty Firm Out Of Nearly A Half-Million Dollars. Randy Harkleroad, Who Owns Harkleroad’s Point Blank Heating And Air And East Coast Metal Distributors, Collected More Than 490-Thousand Dollars Through Faulty Pump Repair And Replacement Claims Made To A Texas Company That Sold Extended Service Plans. He Was Sentenced To A Year In Prison Plus Ordered To Pay Back More Than 327-Thousand Dollars In Restitution. Meanwhile, Jimmy Allen Hulse, A Co-Defendant, Is Set To Be Sentenced On Wednesday.

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JOHNSON COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY

A Johnson County Man Accused Of Branding His Wife With A Hot Knife Has Been Ordered To Spend Time Behind Bars. Banian Banner Plead Guilty To One Count Of Aggravated Assault. He Was Ordered To Serve Three Years In Prison. Two Counts Of Aggravated Kidnapping Were Dismissed Against Banner. Authorities Said Banner Told Them He Branded His Wife So Everyone Would Know She Belonged To Him.

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CRACKING DOWN ON DISTRACTED DRIVERS IN JOHNSON CITY

Crashes Caused By Distracted Driving Are On The Rise In Johnson City And Police Are Working To Crack Down On Offenders. Over 700 Crashes Involving Distracted Driving Occurred In 2016. Johnson City Police Have Applied For A 20-Thousand Dollar Grant That Will Allow Overtime To Be Paid To Officers To Specifically Be On The Lookout For Distracted Driving. The Department Will Also Purchase Five Radar Guns To Catch Speeders.

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JOHNSON CITY TRAFFIC ALERT ISSUED

An Upcoming Traffic Change In Johnson City Will Impact Traffic In The Downtown Area. The Intersection Of South Roan Street At Buffalo And Water Streets Will Be Closed On Wednesday. Crews Will Pave And Install New Crosswalks At Those Intersections. The Intersection Will Be Closed To All Traffic And Detour Signs Will Be Posted. The Closure Is Expected To Last Two Weeks.

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HEALTH WAGON COMING TO WISE AND CLINTWOOD

The Health Wagon 2017 Is Conducting A Free Health Fair Later This Week. The Free Health Fair Will Be Held From 9 Am To 4 Pm On Wednesday At Zion Family Ministries In Wise, And On Thursday At Valley View Freewill Baptist Church In Clintwood. Health Wagon Executive Director Dr. Teresa Tyson Said The Event Will Offer Many Kinds Of Screenings. There Is No Cost, And The Services Will Be Provided On A First-Come, First-Serve Basis Each Day.

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HAWKINS COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 400 DAYS

A Hawkins County Man Accused Of Threatening To Decapitate An Elderly Man With A Machete And Then Attacking A Jailer Has Been Ordered To Serve Time Behind Bars. A Judge Ordered 27 Year Old Johnathan Skeens To Serve Over 400 Days Of Actual Jail Time. The Victim Agreed With The Plea Deal By Prosecutors. Skeens Will Also Have To Pay Over Three Thousand Dollars In Fines And Fees.

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GATE CITY LOOKING FOR AUXILLARY POLICE OFFICERS

Gate City Virginia Leaders Have Approved Funding For Three Auxiliary Police Officers To Assist The Department. The Auxiliary Officers Would Be Required To Attend At Least Six Months Of Training And Meet All The Virginia Criminal Justice Training Requirements. They Would Be Allowed To Make Arrests And Carry A Weapon But Would Not Be Allowed To Drive A Car And Would Have To Be With A Full-Time Police Officer At All Times. The Town Would Be Responsible For Providing Insurance To The Volunteer Officers. They Would Be Paid Less Than 9-Hundred Dollars Per Person.

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EHDA RECEIVES PERFECT SCORE

The Elizabethton Housing And Development Agency Has Achieved A High Performer States Once Again. The Agency Received A Perfect Score From The U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development. EHDA Executive Director Kelly Geagley Said The Annual Assessment Is A Comprehensive Management Took Designed To Measure How A Housing Agency Performs Over The Course Of A Year.

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CASTLEWOOD MAN ARRESTED IN WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA

A Report Of A Be On The Lookout For A Individual Wanted In Wise County, Virginia For Grand Larceny And Trespassing Has Resulted In His Arrest On Numerous Drug Charges In Washington County. 27 Year Old Thomas James Eskew Was Charged With Possession Of Methamphetamine, Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine, And Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. Deputies Located Eskew At A Local Motel. He Is Being Held Without Bond In The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail In Abingdon.

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TRI CITIES AIRPORT BILL TO BE DISCUSSED

The Tennessee House Finance, Ways And Means Subcommittee Has Advanced A Bill Designed To Allow Tri Cities Airport To Borrow On The Credit Of Municipalities And Counties In Northeast Tennessee. The Bill Was Sponsored By Representative Timothy Hill. The Legislation Only Applies To The Single Airport. If Approved, It Would Allow The Municipalities To Form The Airport Authority. The Companion Bill In The Senate Is Expected To Be Heard Today By The Transportation And Safety Committee.