HAWKINS WHEEL TAX

IF YOU OWN A VEHICLE THAT’S REGISTERED IN HAWKINS COUNTY, IT’LL COST YOU MORE TO REGISTER IT.  COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE APPROVED A $40-DOLLAR INCREASE IN THE WHEEL TAX.  OF THAT HIKE, $30 GOES TO THE GENERAL FUND WHILE THE REST GOES TO PUBLIC SAFETY.  THAT MEANS IT’LL NOW COST $96 A YEAR TO REGISTER A VEHICLE.  THE COUNTY WAS UNDER THE GUN TO APPROVE A BUDGET BY JULY FIRST OR FACE A STATE TAKEOVER OF FINANCIAL OPERATIONS.


 

 

 

MISSING TEEN FOUND

 

A MISSING CHURCH HILL TEEN HAS BEEN FOUND.  15-YEAR OLD MERCEDES MCCRACKEN WAS FOUND OVERNIGHT.  AUTHORITIES WERE SEARCHING FOR HER MONDAY AND THOUGHT SHE COULD BE IN DANGER—NOT FROM ABDUCTION BUT AS A THREAT TO HERSELF.  

 

 

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

 

A BRISTOL TENNESSEE MAN IS FACING DOMESTIC ASSAULT CHARGES—AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO CHOKE HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND.  THERON MULLINS AND THE VICTIM STARTED ARGUING AND HE TRIED TO FORCE HER OUT OF A VEHICLE.  SHE WAS ABLE TO GET AWAY AND GET HELP.  MULLINS FLED BUT WAS LATER ARRESTED BY JOHNSON CITY POLICE.  HE’S DUE FOR ARRAIGNMENT TODAY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY SESSIONS COURT.

 

 

VENABLE—SUIT SETTLED

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY MAYOR RICHARD VENABLE SAYS HE’S PLEASED THAT A LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY SHERIFF WAYNE ANDERSON HAS BEEN SETTLED.  THE TWO SIDES AGREED—BEFORE THE CASE WENT TO TRIAL—SOMETHING VENABLE SAYS IS BEST IN THE LONG RUN, "IT BECAME APPARENT THAT WE COULD BE IN PROTRACTED, LONG-TERM NEGOTIATIONS.  WE'VE BEEN THERE FOR OVER TWO YEARS...AND REACH A SETTLEMENT THAT WILL PROBABLY COST US LESS MONEY IN THE LONG TERM."  SHERIFF’S OFFICE EMPLOYEES WILL RECEIVE A 5-PERCENT RAISE AND THERE’LL BE 18 NEW POSITIONS IN THE FISCAL YEAR STARTING SATURDAY.


 

 

 

WASH CO ATHLETIC FACILITY

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE APPROVED $3.4-MILLION DOLLARS FOR GRADING WORK—FOR A NEW ATHLETIC FACILITY.  IT’LL BE BUILT AT THE NEW BOONES CREEK SCHOOL, BUT WORK HAS TO BE DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION.  COMMISSION CHAIR GREG MATHERLY SAYS, "HOPEFULLY, WE CAN BRING BACK TO YOU NEXT MONTH AND WE CAN GET STARTED IN A SITUATION OF MOVING THAT FORWARD."  TOTAL GRADING COST IS $5.2-MILLION WITH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM PAYING THE REST.  IT’S ESTIMATED THE FIELDS THEMSELVES WILL COST ABOUT $2-MILLION TO BUILD.


 

 

 

LAUGHLIN TO JOIN MSHA

 

FRIDAY, LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN GREENEVILLE WILL OFFICIALLY BECOME A PART OF MOUNTAIN STATES HEALTH ALLIANCE.  THE TWO HAD ANNOUNCED MERGER PLANS IN NOVEMBER AND SINCE THEN, THEY’VE GONE THROUGH THE REGULATORY PROCESS.  AS PART OF THE MERGER, MOUNTAIN STATES WILL INVEST AT LEAST $28-MILLION DOLLARS TO UPDATE EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES AND ENHANCE SERVICES AT LAUGHLIN, WHICH WILL BE THE 14TH HOSPITAL OF MOUNTAIN STATES.

 

 

 

NEW CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE

 

WILLIAM ROGERS OF KINGSPORT HAS BEEN APPOINTED CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE FOR THE SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT, WHICH SERVES SULLIVAN COUNTY.  THE 59-YEAR OLD WILL REPLACE JUDGE JERRY BECK, WHOSE RETIREMENT IS EFFECTIVE FRIDAY.  ROGERS HAS BEEN A CITY JUDGE IN KINGSPORT SINCE 2011 AND HAS BEEN IN PRIVATE PRACTICE SINCE 1986.  ROGERS IS A GRADUATE OF EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW.

 

 

 

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Gary Story Insurance, Johnson City, provides ways for you to protect your future.(423) 854-9173

 

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The Ole Barn Restaurant, Johnson City, is a family style all-you-can-eat restaurant. Call (423) 631-0403
 
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