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Sullivan mayor, attorney offer advice to new commissioners

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County Attorney Dan Street and Mayor Richard Venable had some words of advice for county commissioners Thursday night, ranging from urging specificity in resolutions to abiding by the opening meetings law and possible studies of consolidated schools, local governments and new or increased taxes.
Yes, you read that right. An elected official talked about looking at the idea of increasing taxes, albeit some via a referendum.
WHAT WAS THE SEWER STINK ALL ABOUT?

 

Arrest threat scam costs Hawkins man $3,000

ROGERSVILLE — Law enforcement officials are constantly warning the public about the arrest threat scam, yet the crooks always manage to find another victim.
On July 10, a 69-year-old man told Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jeremy Nash he had been contacted by a man calling himself Charles Foster, who accused the victim of Social Security fraud.
“Foster” reportedly told the victim that U.S. Marshals were coming to arrest him, but the victim could avoid arrest if he sent Foster gift cards totaling $3,000.

 

Rays limit K-Mets to five hits, win 7-1

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Princeton pitching bottled up Kingsport’s batters and the Rays completed a three-game Appalachian League sweep of the Mets with a 7-1 win on Friday night.
Rays starter Jose Lopez (2-2) gave up only one hit — a single by Gregory Guerrero in the top of the fourth — during his five innings of work. Eleardo Cabrera pitched the final four innings, scattering four hits. Cabrera allowed Kingsport’s run in the top of the sixth when Kennie Taylor’s groundout brought in Jhoander Saez.

 

Senior FB Dolen eager to carry load for Golden Raiders

KINGSPORT — Part of being a football player is having a certain brand of toughness. It comes with the territory.
But being a football player from Sullivan North and playing under the lights on Friday night at Bennie Compton Field in Bloomingdale? That’s a different level of tough and Golden Raiders senior fullback Yancy Dolen fits that mold about as well as anyone.
Named to the Times News “All Tough Guys” team in 2018, Dolen will certainly be looking to do more damage to anyone that gets in his way once the season starts.

 

Commission rescinds $584K for sewer lines at new Sullivan East Middle

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County’s governing body has pulled its $584,000 funding of larger trunk lines for the sewer project to serve the new Sullivan East Middle School. However, it explicitly approved the Board of Education spending $1,025,200 in General Fund reserves to fund the project, which is to be completed by year’s end with smaller lines.
In addition, the County Commission appointed former Commissioner Joe Herron to the commission seat left vacant by the resignation of Pat Shull, who recently took office as Kingsport’s mayor.

 

Taylor returns to defend his title at LPCC

BIG STONE GAP — The longest-running invitational golf tournament in the region tees off Saturday with a host of returning players, including the defending champion.
Chance Taylor, a freshman at Tennessee Tech this past season and a 2018 Gate City graduate, is scheduled to compete at Lonesome Pine Country Club this weekend in defense of his Lonesome Pine Invitational championship.
Taylor shot a two-day 139 on the par-71 course last year to win the coveted title.

 

Big Stone Gap doctor, wife enter Alford pleas in 'pill mill' case

WISE — A Big Stone Gap doctor and his wife were found guilty Friday of 15 drug, prescription and Medicaid fraud charges in connection with a series of incidents in 2017.
Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp III said that Michael B. Ford, 75, and Una Faye Ford, 69, entered an Alford plea in Wise County Circuit Court on one count of distribution of Schedule II controlled substances and seven counts each of prescription fraud and Medicaid fraud.

 

Victor Howard "Cowboy" Greear

KINGSPORT – Victor Howard “Cowboy” Greear, 59 of Kingsport, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 12, 2019 at his residence.
He loved listening to the radio, watching NASCAR racing and going to church where he was a member of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church. His pastor was Brother Mike Owens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Juanita Jones Greear.
Victor is survived by his brothers, Billy Greear and wife Ruth, of Kingsport, Jessie Greear, Jr.

 

Ex-teacher faces reindictment in Wise County on child porn charges

WISE — A former Scott County high school teacher awaiting sentencing on child pornography and soliciting charges in Scott County, had charges withdrawn against him in Wise County Thursday.
Jeremy Dale Francis was scheduled to go to trial July 23 in Wise on one felony charge each of soliciting child pornography from a person under 18 and of possession of child pornography for a second or subsequent offense. 
Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp III said Thursday that he reviewed the case and decided that additional charges were warranted against Francis.

 

HAAP explosion probe 'very close' to completion

KINGSPORT — An investigation into an explosion last January at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant (HAAP) is "very close" to completion, BAE Systems spokesman Chris Finley said at the end of a public meeting on Thursday night.
The meeting was to share information about what BAE and the U.S. Army are doing to end open burning at the facility, which produces explosives.
One of the questions that came up during the hour-long meeting was what emissions were released into the air following the explosion.
"I'm not going to comment on what was in that smoke," said Col.

 

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