OXYCODONE SENTENCE

 

THE SECOND OF THREE PEOPLE CHARGED IN AN OXYCODONE RING WILL SPEND OVER 6 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON.  48-YEAR OLD ROCKY WAYNE HENDRIX OF JOHNSON CITY PLEADED GUILTY IN FEBRUARY TO CONSPIRING WITH TWO OTHERS—INCLUDING A NURSE PRACTITIONER—TO DISTRIBUTING OVER 60-THOUSAND PILLS FROM 2011 UNTIL 2014.  SHERRY BARNETT OPERATED A WEIGHT LOSS CLINIC IN JOHNSON CITY—AND WAS WRITING PRESCRIPTIONS TO HENDRIX AND OTHERS—WHO DIDN’T NEED THEM.  HENDRIX USED HIS BUSINESS—ROCKY’S PIZZA—TO RECRUIT OTHER PATIENTS.  BARNETT WILL BE SENTENCED IN SEPTEMBER.

 

 

ASSAULT, STAND OFF ENDS IN ARREST

 

A JOHNSON CITY MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED—AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY JUMPED A WOMAN..AND HELD HER AT KNIFEPOINT.  THE VICTIM SAID SHE WAS LEAVING WORK WHEN SHE FOUND WALTER WAYNE WITT III IN HER CAR.  HE MADE SEVERAL DEMANDS, PULLED A KNIFE, AND MADE HER DRIVE AROUND FOR SEVERAL HOURS.  SHE WAS ABLE TO GET AWAY AND POLICE FOUND WITT HIDING IN THE ATTIC AT HIS HOME ON POPLAR STREET.  OFFICER HAD TO USE A GASSING AGENT TO TAKE HIM INTO CUSTODY.  WITT WILL BE ARRAIGNED TODAY.

 

 

 

ATTORNEY CHARGED WITH THEFT

 

A BRISTOL ATTORNEY HAS BEEN INDICTED—FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING MONEY FROM AN ESTATE.  70-YEAR OLD DON COOPER REPORTEDLY TOOK OVER $10-THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE GONE TO ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL.  AN INVESTIGATION BEGAN IN NOVEMBER AND A GRAND JURY RETURNED A TRUE BILL—CHARGING COOPER WITH THEFT OVER $10-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  EARLIER, HE WAS ALSO INDICTED FOR TAKING OVER $250,000 FROM ANOTHER ESTATE IN WHICH HE WAS SERVING AS EXECUTOR.

 

 

 

 

EASTMAN EARNINGS

 

SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS FOR EASTMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY WERE $1.71 A SHARE COMPARED TO $1.98 A SHARE FOR THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR AGO.  CHAIR AND C-E-O MARK COSTA SAYS GLOBAL GROWTH REMAINS SLOW..AND RAW MATERIAL AND ENERGY COSTS REMAIN VOLATILE.

 

 

 

STUDENT MAKES THREATS

JOHNSON CITY POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A JUVENILE—AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY MADE THREATS TOWARD STUDENTS AT HIS SCHOOL.  AN INVESTIGATION FOUND THE 16-YEAR OLD BOY MADE A STATEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT HE WAS GOING TO CAUSE HARM.  HE WILL BE ARRAIGNED IN JUVENILE COURT.

 

 

JC—WASH CO—BOUNDARIES

IF YOU TRAVEL THROUGH NORTH JOHNSON CITY INTO THE BOONES CREEK AREA, YOU’LL CRISS CROSS IN AND OUT OF THE CITY LIMITS.  AT TIMES, BOUNDARIES ARE BLURRED—AND THAT’S MADE THINGS A BIT MORE COMPLICATED WHEN IT COMES TO PLANNING FOR A NEW SCHOOL.  WASHINGTON COUNTY MAYOR DAN ELDRIDGE SAYS, "A COUNTY SCHOOL BUS WILL DRIVE RIGHT BY CITY STUDENTS.  A CITY SCHOOL BUS WILL DRIVE RIGHT BY CITY STUDENTS AND THERE JUST IS NO RHYME OR REASON TO HOW WE HAVE THOSE AREAS ZONED.  IT'S THE RESULT OF ANNEXATION OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS THAT WASN'T BY DESIGN. IT JUST HAPPENED."  ELDRIDGE REMAINS HOPEFUL THE CITY AND COUNTY CAN WORK TOGETHER ON A NEW BOONES CREEK SCHOOL—WHICH COULD SERVE STUDENTS FROM BOTH SYSTEMS—AND SAVE TAXPAYERS MILLIONS BY BUILDING ONE---INSTEAD OF TWO SCHOOLS.


 

AAA-TRAVEL-NATIONAL PARKS

NATIONAL PARKS ARE GAINING MORE POPULARITY—AS AMERICANS ARE TRAVELING CLOSER TO HOME.  STEPHANIE MILANI WITH TRIPLE-A SAYS THE DEMAND FOR NATIONAL PARKS THIS YEAR IS “OFF THE CHARTS”—THANKS IN PART TO TROUBLE ABROAD—ESPECIALLY IN EUROPE, "WHERE WE TYPICALLY HAVE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE TRAVELING OVERSEAS AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS, THEY ARE NOW LOOKING AT THE TREASURES WE HAVE HERE AND THEY ARE CHANGING THOSE PLANS TO INCLUDE DOMESTIC TRAVEL."  THE MOST VISITED NATIONAL PARK IN 2015 IS RIGHT HERE IN EAST TENNESSEE.  THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK ATTRACTED 10.7-MILLION VISITORS—AND MILANI EXPECTS SIMILAR NUMBERS FOR 2016.


 

 

DISTURBANCE LEADS TO DRUG ARRESTS

A DISTURBANCE IN THE PARKING LOT OF A JOHNSON CITY RESTAURANT LANDS TWO IN JAIL ON DRUG CHARGES.  POLICE WERE CALLED TO COOKOUT ON STATE OF FRANKLIN—WHERE A MAN WAS WALKING AND A WOMAN WAS FOLLOWING IN HER CAR.  A BAG OF MARIJUANA TRIGGERED AN ARGUMENT—AND RONALD DOTSON DAMAGED THE WOMAN’S CAR—AND DESTROYED 2 CELL PHONES.  IN TURN, NICOLE HARTLEY DESTROYED DOTSON’S PHONE.  A BAG WITH 30-GRAMS OF MARIJUANA WAS FOUND IN THE PARKING LOT.  BOTH FACE MULTIPLE CHARGES.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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