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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

KFD to Hold a Child Passenger Safety Checkpoint Today
The Kingsport Fire Department is offering a free and easy way to ensure your children are as safe as possible while riding in your vehicle. From 1 to 4 today, emergency officials at Fire Station 2 will hold a Child Passenger Safety Checkpoint. They will ensure the safety seats are the appropriate size for your child and that they are installed properly. Fire Station 2 is located on Crescent Drive near the intersection of Fort Henry Drive and Center Street.

Student Says She was Raped on ETSU Campus
Campus police are investigating the report of a rape on the ETSU campus. A female student said two people followed her to her room at Governors Hall and assaulted her during the first two weeks of school, but she wasn't sure of the exact date. She didn't come forward to campus authorities until last night. The student described the suspects as biracial and that one suspect is approximately six feet tall with curly brown hair and the second suspect is short with balding hair. University officials said at this time they are not sure if the suspects are students at the school.

Opposition to Changes in Bristol, TN Beer Ordinance
City leaders in Bristol, TN are discussing changing their beer ordinance to allow on-site consumption and sales in movie theaters and heard from public opposition at their monthly work session. City resident Holly Lewellyn told council members that a petition with nearly 1,000 signatures is circulating around the city against the move. She also said that revenue should not figure into a decision that she said affects many families in the region. Community and Eco. Development Director Shari Brown said Marquee Cinemas was interested in using their proposed 12-screen multiplex inside The Pinnacle as a trial run for beer sales in their chain of theaters. Marquee is expected to present their business plan to planning officials later this month. (KC)

Kingsport Murder Suspect Makes First Court Appearance
Lucky Anthony Ross is back in Sullivan County, facing murder and attempted murder charges. Wanted for more than a month for shooting two men on Dale Street in Kingsport, Ross, a convicted felon known by the nickname “Ant” was captured in Charlotte, North Carolina. He waived extradition to Tennessee and now upon his return, he's been arraigned in court on charges he killed Marc Woodbury and critically injured Brandon Harris. Authorities have never revealed motive. Bond for Ross is a half million dollars. He's due back in court Oct. 24th. (LM)

Seniors Can Sign Up Saturday for Tennessee Promise
Tennessee's new free college program will be the focus Saturday at Northeast State Community College. High school seniors are invited to come to campus from 9 a.m to 1 p.m., and sign up for "Tennessee Promise," which offers high school graduates two years of free college at community colleges, including Northeast State. (LM)

Shootings Ruled Murder-Suicide
Buchanan County's sheriff says the fatal shootings of an Oakwood couple are believed to be a murder-suicide. The couple was identified as 56-year-old Katherine Diane Cline and her husband, 45-year-old Dallas Edward Cline. The sheriff says deputies were dispatched to their home after receiving a call about possible gunshots. They found the bodies and a gun was recovered. (LM)

Elizabethton Man Sentenced for Crack Distribution
An Elizabethton man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his involvement in a multi-state conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. 40-year-old Eullis Monroe Goodwin, was sentenced in federal court in Greeneville. Authorities say Goodwin worked in the conspiracy to distribute in Johnson City large quantities of crack cocaine. (LM)

Parole Denied in Sullivan County Double Murder
Parole is denied for one of two men who, 33 years ago, robbed and killed two women execution style at a Sullivan County massage parlor. Charles Victor Mosley will be eligible to try for parole again in three years, but the state board denied it for now. Mosley remains in prison serving life for the crime in which two women were tied up, beaten and shot. Mosley was 24 at the time. He's 56 now. His then 17-year-old brother-in-law also pleaded guilty.(LM)

Convicts captured at Wal-Mart
Police in Bluefield say two inmates who escaped a highway work detail were captured inside a Wal Mart. Media outlets report the pair fled from a corrections officer along U.S. Route 460 on Tuesday afternoon. Bluefield Police Chief Harry Cundiff says the men were later caught inside the popular shopping destination and taken back to jail. (KC)

Underage Drinking Arrest in Abingdon
A report of a party with underage drinking over the weekend led to several arrests by the Abingdon Police Department. A total of six college-age individuals were arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol after officers arrived just before 1 a.m. Sunday to a home in the 600 block of Patton Street. An officer found Jakob Hamley of Christiansburg, Va., staggering down the street and placed him in custody. The five others were found in and around vehicles at the location and arrested. (KC)

TDOT Safety Grants
Four localities in Northeast Tennessee will receive over $448,000 in safety grants following an announcement from Tennessee Department of Transportation officials and Gov. Bill Haslam. Greene, Hawkins, Sullivan and Unicoi counties were named recipients with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney General's Office getting over $230,000 for alcohol enforcement and DUI prosecution. The state is allocating over $24 million across the Volunteer state for highway traffic safety efforts. (KC)

Accredited schools in Virginia decline again
A report issued by the Virginia Department of Education shows the percentage of schools failing to meet state accreditation standards is on the rise. Only 68 percent of the state's 1,827 public schools are accredited. That's down from last year and from 93 percent from two years ago. The number of schools given a warning rose to over 500 compared to 393 last year. Bristol's Washington-Lee Elementary was identified as a focus school and will have to employ improvement coaches. Wise County was the only local system to have all of its schools fully accredited. (KC)

Closed Bristol College Plans Yard Sale For This Weekend
The now-closed Virginia Intermont College is planning a yard sale to get rid of a wide range of smaller items. The sale is set for Thursday through Saturday to coincide with this weekend's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. The private college in Bristol closed in May because of financial problems and a loss of academic accreditation. (AP)

Eastman Tests Emergency Preparedness System
Officials with Eastman Chemical Company will continue testing their emergency preparedness system today. If you hear sirens near the Kingsport facility, don't be alarmed. The plant-wide test of the hazardous vapor release alerting system is a yearly event and will take place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. (JH)

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