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BRISTOL ROBBERY SUSPECTS

 

BRISTOL TENNESSEE POLICE CONTINUE LOOKING FOR TWO MEN—WHO TRIED TO ROB ANOTHER MAN AT GUNPOINT WEDNESDAY NIGHT.  IT HAPPENED IN THE PARKING LOT BEHIND 620 STATE STREET—AND THE VICTIM WAS ABLE TO GET AWAY BY RUNNING BACK INTO A BUILDING.  THE SUSPECTS WERE LAST SEEN ON SHELBY STREET—POSSIBLY NEAR 7TH.  THEY’RE BLACK MALES…IN THE 20’S—ONE WAS WEARING A DARK COLORED HOODIE..THE OTHER—A LIGHT COLORED HOODIE.

 


FORMER DIRECTOR DUE IN COURT

THE FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF A LIBRARY FOUNDATION IS DUE IN COURT TODAY ON EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES.  ANITA FOSTER-MACHADO IS ACCUSED OF SPENDING ABOUT $20-THOUSAND DOLLARS ON THE CREDIT CARD OF THE BRISTOL VIRGINIA LIBRARY FOUNDATION.  SHE WAS ARRESTED IN AUGUST.



MAN TRIES TO FLEE

IT STARTED OCTOBER 12TH..WHEN A JOHNSON CITY MAN RAN FROM POLICE—WHO WERE INVESTIGATING A LOUD NOISE COMPLAINT.  CODY HUGHES NEARLY HIT A POLICE CAR ON LAKEWOOD DRIVE..BEFORE CRASHING AND RUNNING.  HUGHES WAS ARRESTED IN GREENE COUNTY WEDNESDAY.  HE FACES SEVERAL CHARGES.



METH CHARGES

THREE PEOPLE FACE METH CHARGES IN SMYTH COUNTY VIRGINIA.  STATE POLICE AND SMYTH COUNTY AUTHORITIES SEARCHED A HOME IN MARION..AND FOUND AN ACTIVE METH LAB.  DELANA SMITH..ANTHONY SHEETS AND JASON BOYER WERE ARRESTED.  THEY’RE HELD WITHOUT BOND AT THE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA REGIONAL JAIL IN ABINGDON.



HEATING SAFETY

AS TEMPERATURES START TO DIP, YOU’RE BEING URGED TO BE CAREFUL WHEN USING HEATING SOURCES—MANY OF WHICH HAVE BEEN DORMANT FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.  IN 2013…HEATING EQUIPMENT WAS INVOLVED IN 654 TENNESSEE STRUCTURE FIRES—WHICH RESULTED IN 12 DEATHS, 14 INJURIES..AND MORE THAN $9-MILLION DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE.



ALEXANDER—CORPORTE TAX REFORM

WITH REPUBLICANS EYEING TAKING CONTROL OF THE SENATE IN NEXT MONTH’S ELECTIONS, CORPORATE TAX REFORM IS TOP OF MIND AMONG MANY—INCLUDING TENNESSEE’S LAMAR ALEXANDER—WHO SAYS THE UNITED STATES HAS THE HIGHEST CORPORATE TAX RATE IN THE WORLD...AND THAT'S BASICALLY AN INCENTIVE FOR COMPANIES TO LOCATE ELSEWHERE.  THE U.S. CORPORATE RATE IS 40-PERCENT.




FACEBOOK MURDER TRIAL

A JANUARY TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR THE REMAINING DEFENDANTS IN THE “FACEBOOK” MURDER CASE IN JOHNSON COUNTY.  BARBARA AND JENELLE POTTER AND JAIME CURD GO TO TRIAL JANUARY 6TH—IN THE 2012 SHOOTING DEATHS OF BILLIE JEAN HAYWORTH AND BILLY PAYNE JUNIOR.  PROSECUTORS SAID THE MURDERS HAPPENED AFTER A DISPUTE ON FACEBOOK BETWEEN THE COUPLE—AND JENELLE POTTER.  HER FATHER—MARVIN POTTER—WAS CONVICTED LAST YEAR AND GIVEN TWO LIFE SENTENCES.  THE TRIAL WILL TAKE PLACE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY.



WANTED MAN

SULLIVAN COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR TONY LEE LEONARD—WHO’S WANTED IN TWO SEPARATE THEFT CASES.  THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS HE’S WANTED FOR STEALING A CAR FROM A HOME ON REEDY CREEK ROAD IN BRISTOL---AND A GAS CAN AND PRESSURE WASHER FROM A BLOUNTVILLE RESIDENCE.  LEONARD IS BELIEVED TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS..AND IS CONSIDERED DANGEROUS.  HE’S ALSO A POSSIBLE SUSPECT IN SEVERAL OTHER THEFT CASES.



ETSU—NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

 

THERE’LL BE A NUMBER OF NEW SCHOLARSHIPS AT EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY FOR STUDENTS WHO ENROLL STARTING NEXT FALL.  BOTH IN-STATE AND OUT-OF-STATE GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS WILL BENEFIT.   UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DR. BRIAN NOLAND SAYS IT’LL HELP MORE ATTEND COLLEGE AND WILL ALSO HELP ETSU BOLSTER IN ENROLLMENT NUMBERS.  THERE’S NEW CRITERIA FOR THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP. THE NEW ETSU PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP TARGETS MIDDLE INCOME STUDENTS AND THE REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL NOW INCLUDE STUDENTS WITHIN A 250 MILE RADIUS.   THERE’S ALSO A SIMILAR OFFERING FOR THOSE WHO ARE OUT OF STATE-BEYOND 250 MILES.



SCHOOL CLOSURE

INDIAN SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN SULLIVAN COUNTY WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY—FOR MOLD REMEDIATION AND REPAIRS TO FIRST AND SECOND-GRADE CLASSROOMS.  CHILDREN IN THE AFFECTED CLASSES WERE RE-LOCATED THURSDAY..AND THE CLASSROOM WING WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL ALL MOLD HAS BEEN REMOVED.  RECENT TESTING SHOWED ELEVATED MOLD SPORE LEVELS.  ON MONDAY…FIRST GRADERS WILL MOVE TO OTHER CLASSROOMS IN THE SCHOOL..WHILE SECOND-GRADE STUDENTS WILL ATTEND CLASSES AT NEARBY INDIAN SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH.  IT’S NOT KNOWN HOW LONG THE WING WILL BE CLOSED.


 

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