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Mom sees removal of 4th and 5th grades as 'nail in the coffin' for Keplar

ROGERSVILLE — Tammy Lyons is among the parents who have been fighting to keep Keplar Elementary School open for years, but she's afraid that the removal of the fourth and fifth grades may be the final nail in the coffin for the rural Hawkins County School.
On Thursday, the Hawkins County Board of Education voted 5-1 to begin busing Keplar's 38 fourth- and fifth-graders to Hawkins Elementary in Rogersville.
Keplar is only 7 miles away from Rogersville, but it covers a huge area of south central Hawkins County all the way to the Sullivan County line.


Church named boys basketball coach at J.I. Burton

NORTON — Caleb Church used two words to describe his emotions Monday.
“Excited and blessed,” Church said after being hired by the Norton City School Board as the new boys basketball coach at J.I. Burton.
“It’s an opportunity to take over a strong program. I know as a young coach it’s not every day that you have an opportunity like this,” said the 26-year-old Church.
He replaces Aaron Williams, who resigned earlier this year and accepted the Abingdon boys basketball coaching spot after 10 years at Burton.


Warren's home run powers Reds past K-Mets

GREENEVILLE — Cameron Warren hit the power ball for the Greeneville Reds on Monday night at Pioneer Park.
One day after it was announced a Tennessee purchase matched all six numbers of a $198 million Powerball jackpot, Warren had his own version of the power ball, a three-run home run in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 5-2 win over the Kingsport Mets.
Warren’s shot broke open a tie game and gave the Reds the momentum they needed for the victory.


Gladys Arwood Cleek

GATE CITY, VA - Gladys Arwood Cleek, age 90 of Gate City, VA passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at her residence, after a long courageous battle with Alzheimer ’s disease.  
She was born in White Pine, TN on December 2, 1928, and was the daughter of the late Calvin and Bell Smith Arwood. In addition to her parents Gladys was also preceded in death by her husband, James P. “Bill” Cleek; 4 brothers and 2 sisters. She spent her life caring for others.


Civics 101: Blue Book go-to source for state government questions

NASHVILLE — Looking for information about Tennessee state government or the history of the Volunteer State? A premier source of information is the Tennessee Blue Book, published by the Tennessee Secretary of State every two years. It includes information about current lawmakers, state history, and the different branches of state government.
• Blue Books are often distributed to constituents by members of the Tennessee General Assembly.


Eileen Williams

KINGSPORT - Eileen Williams, 99, of Kingsport, passed away peacefully Monday, July 15, 2019, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
Arrangements will be announced by Oak Hill Funeral & Cremation Services.


Week eight of Summer in the Park to feature bike hike, creek tour, campfire tales

KINGSPORT – Summer in the Park is still going strong at Warriors’ Path State Park.
The free series of events is heading into its eighth week, and there is no shortage of fun on the agenda. Below is a selection of activities.
Tuesday, July 16
2 p.m. – Build a Bird’s Nest: Birds can do it, but can we? Let’s find out who is a real “bird brain.” Meet at the main bath house.
7 p.m. – Birds of Prey: Meet some real live feathered hunters. Come to the Open Air Chapel and see “whoo...” is waiting for you.


Hurricane Barry, Middle East tensions could push gas prices higher, AAA says

NASHVILLE – Gas prices are still on the rise in Tennessee and across the country.
Tennessee’s average gas price is $2.53 per gallon for regular unleaded, which is 7 cents more than last week’s average, 16 cents more than one month ago and 9 cents cheaper than one year ago.
The national average is $2.79, which is an 8-cent increase since the beginning of July, AAA reported. It is also 4 cents more than last week, a dime more than a month ago and 8 cents cheaper than last year.


Hawkins County Rescue Squad seeking volunteers

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Are you looking for a place to start a career in public safety? If you answered yes to either question, Hawkins County Rescue Squad is your answer! We are currently accepting applications for both regular members and junior members.
The HCRS is made up of 100 percent volunteer membership and since 1958 has served the western portion of the county, which includes Rogersville, Surgoinsville, Eidson, Mooresburg, and Bulls Gap.


Michael "Scott" Garner

KINGSPORT - Michael "Scott" Garner 56, of Kingsport went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 15, 2019.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Carter-Trent Funeral Home downtown, Kingsport. 


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