Friday, June 14, 2013

Gun deaths
It has now been six months since the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary left 26 people dead. That led to the national spotlight focusing on gun violence, but as Safety Advocate Joan Peterson explains, Congress has been unable to pass legislation…and the gun-related deaths in the country are continuing to mount. “Since 12-14 about 5-thousand people have been killed by bullets and that doesn’t include suicide, You know, that’s more people than died in the Iraq war. If we can’t do something about that, who are we as a country? Why would we not?” One of the main objectives in reducing gun violence, says Peterson, is having background checks completed with all gun purchases in the United States, so felons and those with dangerous mental illnesses can not take advantage of current loopholes. “We’ve kept quite a few people who shouldn’t have guns from getting them from federally-licensed dealers. Why the resistance to expanding it to private sales is beyond me. I don’t understand why every gun sale shouldn’t have a background check. It just makes sense.” Those opposed to expanded background checks are concerned it could lead to a national gun registry, even though the record is destroyed within 24-hours. (CC)

Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Washington County, TN Jury Convicts Telford Man of Child Abuse, Neglect
  • Abingdon Firefighter Arraigned in Court on Child Solicitation and Pornography Charges
  • Zoning Exceptions on Elderly Living and Care Facilities to go to Bristol, Virginia City Council
  • Occupants of Vehicle Involved in Abingdon Hit-And-Run Identified as Washington State Runaways
  • Allen Denies All Child Abuse Charges in Washington County Trial
  • Abingdon Police Two Involved in Lowry Drive Hit and Run
  • Man Arrest in Blountville for Reckless Driving, Claimed he was FBI
  • Kingsport Man Arrested for Kidnapping, Assault, and Neglect
  • Food trucks to Come, No Public Parking for them in Johnson City
  • Abingdon Woman Who is a Sex Offender Arrested for Being at School
  • Sex Charges Mount Against John Battle High School Teacher
  • Abingdon Man Charged with Having Porn, Soliciting Minor
  • Update: Child Abuse Trial Resumes Friday
  • Man Falls to his Death From Cell Phone Tower in Greeneville
  • Domestic Episode in Johnson City Turns Into Standoff
  • Bristol Wins Designation as "Virginia Enterprise Zone"
  • Man Wanted in Bristol for Assaulting Officers Arrested in Florida
  • Greene County Police Investigating Shooting at Greeneville Apartments
  • Changes Coming for Virginia's Standards of Learning
  • Police Searching for Man Who Chased Estranged Wife From Blountville to Kingsport
  • Johnson City to Raise Hotel/Motel Tax, Against Property Tax



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