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TWEETSIE TRAIL--SAFETY

 

IMPROVEMENTS TO A COUPLE OF BRIDGES ALONG THE TWEETSIE TRAIL BETWEEN JOHNSON CITY AND ELIZABETHTON ARE ON THE WAY.  CITING SAFETY CONCERNS, THERE'LL ALSO BE A PARTIAL "CAGE" WHERE THE TRAIL CROSSES OVER HIGHWAY 67--TO PROTECT TRAIL USERS AND MOTORISTS.  A PART OF THE TRAIL--STARTING AT ALABAMA STREET IN JOHNSON CITY AND ENDING NEAR ELIZABETHTON HIGH SCHOOL--IS EXPECTED TO BE OPEN BY LABOR DAY.


 

 

BENTON—INTERIM C-E-O

 

TONY BENTON WILL SERVE AS INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF MOUNTAIN STATES HEALTH ALLIANCE’S WASHINGTON COUNTY FACILITIES.  BENTON WILL FILL THE ROLE WHILE MSHA OFFICIALS SEARCH FOR A REPLACEMENT—FOR DAVID NICELY—WHO IS RELOCATING TO NASHVILLE.  BENTON’S ROLE INCLUDES BEING C-E-O OF JOHNSON CITY MEDICAL CENTER..AND HE WILL ALSO OVERSEE FANKLIN WOODS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AND WOODRIDGE HOSPITAL.

 

SESSION HIGHLIGHTS—LUNDBERG

 

THE 108TH SESSION OF THE TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WAS TOUGH—AS PAY RAISES FOR STATE EMPLOYEES AND TEACHERS WERE SCRAPPED BECAUSE OF DECLINING REVENUES.  THERE WERE SOME HIGH POINTS-INCLUDING LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS WINE TO BE SOLD IN GROCERY STORES.  BRISTOL REPRESENTATIVE JON LUNDBERG SAYS IT WAS A GOOD VICTORY.  LOCALITIES THAT ALREADY SELL LIQUOR BY THE DRINK OR HAVE PACKAGE STORES WILL HOLD REFERENDUMS ON THE QUESTION.  THOSE VOTES COULD TAKE PLACE STARTING LATER THIS YEAR.


 

PROBE

THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION IS LOOKING INTO ALLEGATIONS AGAINST FORMER DANIEL BOONE BOYS BASKETBALL COACH RYAN ARNOLD.  RYAN RESIGNED IN FEBRUARY, SAYING HE WANTED TO PURSUE OTHER ENDEAVORS.  NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN PLACED.

 


 

METH PRODUCTION

THE SENATE BACKED DOWN FROM ITS STANDOFF WITH THE HOUSE OVER GOVERNOR BILL HASLAM'S BILL TO LIMIT THE SALE OF COLD AND ALLERGY MEDICINES USED TO MAKE METHAMPHETAMINE.  THE BILL HEADED FOR THE GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE WILL REQUIRE A PRESCRIPTION TO OBTAIN MORE THAN 28.8 GRAMS OF PSEUDOEPHEDRINE PER YEAR OR ABOUT FIVE MONTHS' WORTH OF SUDAFED.  HASLAM AND THE SENATE HAD SUPPORTED A VERSION THAT WOULD HAVE SET A 14.4 GRAM ANNUAL LIMIT.


 

NORTH CAROLINA FLU DEATHS

100 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM FLU IN NORTH CAROLINA THIS SEASON.  TWO PEOPLE DIED LAST WEEK--AND THE WORST WEEK CAME IN LATE JANUARY, WHEN A DOZEN PEOPLE DIED.  YOUNG AND MIDDLE AGE ADULTS ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO THE H1N1 STRAIN THAT WAS THE DOMINANT FORM THIS SEASON.


 

 

 

 

DAD SENTENCED FOR METH COOK

 

A HAWKINS COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 8 YEARS IN PRISON—FOR COOOKING METH WITH HIS FOUR CHILDREN IN THE HOME.  DAVID DWIGHT LARKINS OF CHURCH HILL WAS CHARGED—AFTER AUTHORITIES FOUND A ONE POT LAB—AND FOUR POSSIBLY NEGLECTED CHILDREN.  LARKINS MUST SERVE 30-PERCENT OF HIS SENTENCE BEFORE HE’S ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE.

 

 


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