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DIRECTOR OF LIBRARY FOUNDATION CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT

THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE BRISTOL VIRGINIA LIBRARY FOUNDATION IS FACING EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES. ANITA FOSTER-MACHADO WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY, AND CHARGED WITH SIX COUNTS OF EMBEZZLEMENT. THE CHARGES STEM FROM PURCHASES SHE MADE WITH THE FOUNDATION CREDIT CARD BETWEEN AUGUST 30TH 2010, AND JUNE 29TH 2013, TOTALLING ABOUT 20,000 DOLLARS.

 

RAMSEY—ETSU PROJECTS

 

FUNDING FOR A FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AND A FOOTBALL STADIUM AT EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY IS STILL ON THE RADAR—BUT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR RON RAMSEY SAYS THE STATE CAN’T SPEND MONEY IT DOESN’T HAVE.  RAMSEY HOPES MONEY FOR THE ARTS CENTER WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE STATE’S NEXT BOND ISSUE.  MEANTIME..THE FOOTBALL BUCS WILL RETURN TO THE FIELD NEXT SEPTEMBER—AT SCIENCE HILL’S KERMIT TIPTON STADIUM.



JC COMMISSION—RAILYARD PROPERTY

 

JOHNSON CITY COMMISSION THIS EVENING WILL CONSIDER SELLING A PORTION OF LAND—ON STATE OF FRANKLIN ROAD—FOR RESTAURANT AND RETAIL SPACE.  IT’S JUST OVER AN ACRE--ON THE FORMER ATMOS ENERGY PROPERTY NEAR EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY—AND PLANS CALL FOR A TWO-BUILDING RETAIL-COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT.  COALYARD RESTORATION HAS OFFERED THE CITY $350-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE LAND.




CHARGES DROPPED

 

CHARGES AGAINST A MAN WHO SPOKE OUT AT A PUBLIC MEETING LAST MONTH IN GREENE COUNTY HAVE BEEN DROPPED.  EDDIE OVERHOLT PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO DISRUPTING A PUBLIC MEETING AND RESISTING ARREST.  TEMPERS BOILED OVER AT A MEETING OF THE GREENE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD—OVER A PROPOSED PIPELINE FOR U.S. NITROGEN.  OVERHOLT SAID HE SIMPLY ASKED BOARD MEMBERS TO SPEAK UP—AND HE WAS ESCORTED OUT OF THE MEETING AND ARRESTED.  PERMITS HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR THE COMPANY TO BUILD FROM THE NOLICHUCKY RIVER TO ITS PLANT.




CORKER—KINGSPORT

 

TENNESSEE SENATOR BOB CORKER SAYS THE NATION NEEDS A VISION—AND IT NEEDS TO START AT THE TOP.  SPEAKING TO A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BREAKFAST IN KINGSPORT THURSDAY, CORKER HOPES THAT’LL BE THE DEBATE—IN THE RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2016. EARLIER CORKER HAD SAID HE WOULDN’T RULE OUT A PRESIDENTIAL BID, BUT HE SAID MORE WAS MADE OUT OF THE COMMENT THAN SHOULD HAVE BEEN.  HE DID SAY HE HOPES SOMEONE WHO’S WELL KNOWN AND WITH A NATIONAL PROFILE WILL EMERGE.

 

 





TVA RATE HIKE

 

THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY BOARD HAS APPROVED A $10.7-BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET FOR FISCAL 2015---INCLUDING A 1.5-PERCENT RATE INCREASE.  T-V-A SAYS THAT MEANS AN EXTRA $1.70 A MONTH FOR THE AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER—STARTING OCTOBER 1ST.    THE BUDGET ALSO INCLUDES $500-MILLION DOLLARS IN SAVINGS AND $3.5-BILLION DOLLARS IN CAPITAL INVESTMENTS.


 

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