Monday, June 11, 2012

Silver Star Ceremony This Friday
A ceremony to award the Silver Star will be held this Friday at the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia to recognize courage under harsh interrogation. Famed Southwest Virginia spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers will be the recipient in honor of his captivity in the Soviet Union more than 50 years ago. The Silver Star is the third highest combat military decoration for valor. New records prove that Powers was a first lieutenant on active duty before becoming a civilian to join the CIA’s reconnaissance program in 1956. He was a commissioned officer when shot down and eventually released in a spy trade. Powers then continued his active-duty service while a spy pilot from 1960 to 1962. He was then discharged from the super secret reconnaissance program as a captain. Powers was 47 years old when he died in a helicopter crash back in August of 1977 as a pilot broadcasting traffic updates in Los Angeles. (bg)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Elizabethton Schools Placed on "Soft" Lockdown
  • Flash Floods in Johnson City, other areas of Region
  • Re-election of Unicoi County Mayor to Stand
  • Applications Open for Tennessee Free College Tuition Program
  • Class Action Denied in Gas Royalties Lawsuit
  • Bristol's "Pinnacle Development" Opening on I-81
  • Johnson City Police Arrest Fugitive
  • Increase in ACT Scores for Sullivan County Schools
  • Johnson City Man Arrested for Shoplifting, Uses Name "Pineapple Divine"
  • Organizers Prepare for Annual Asheville Topless Rally
  • Chafin Wins Puckett's Old Seat in Special Election
  • Woman Hits Two Others With Car After Johnson City Fight
  • Virginia Prepares for Same Sex Weddings
  • Smoke Shop Owner's Sentencing Hearing Delayed
  • No Kill Shelter Holds Ground Breaking Ceremony Today
  • Second Harvest Food Bank Still Looking for Volunteers
  • Business Gets $25,000 Incentive to Expand in Downtown Bristol
  • Johnson City Police Arrest A Man After He Fled a Traffic Stop
  • Kingsport Man is Arrested After Cursing a Police Officer and Chasing Her Down
  • New Peoples Bank is Consolidating Four of Its Branches in VA and WV
  • Mother Pleads Guilty in Killing of 2 Year Old in Wise County



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