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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Johnson City Robbery Suspect and Pharmacist Exchange Gunfire, then Suspsect Commits Suicide
A Johnson City man, 46-year-old Anthony Eugene Goad of Clearview Drive, shot and killed himself as police pursued him as the suspect in a pharmacy robbery, in which the robber and pharmacist exchanged gunfire. The robbery happened at the Value Discount Pharmacy on West Market Street. There, authorities say, a man demanded narcotics at gunpoint, then gunfire was exchanged between him and the pharmacist. Police pursued the suspect in a Jeep. Less than 10 minutes later, police say they stopped Goad on Blakemore Drive, and he shot and killed himself. (LM)

Road Rage Leads to Arrest of Man dressed only in his Underwear in front of Kingsport school
Kingsport police say an apparent road rage incident resulted in the arrest of a man - dressed only in his underwear in front of an elementary school. Police were initially summoned by reports of a car accident near Andrew Jackson Elementary on West Stone Drive. Witnesses reported a car skidding and coming to a stop, blocking lanes of traffic. The driver, identified as 29-year-old Hakeem Davis of McGee Street, is accused of getting hostile with police as he told them he had been a victim of road rage. Police weren’t able to locate a vehicle that he described. It ended up that Davis was arrested for reckless driving and disorderly conduct. (LM)

Copper Thief Sought in Greeneville
In Greeneville, police are looking for a man suspected of stealing several thousand dollars worth of copper from a building at the Boy’s and Girl’s club. Detectives have surveillance images of the suspect from the recent break-ins on Bohannon Avenue which happened in May and July. Two people have already been charged. (LM)

Possible Arson Fires Investigated in Washington County, Virginia; Devil Worship also Reported
Authorities are investigating as possible arson two fires in Meadowview and another potentially related in the Benhams area of Washington County, Virginia. Reports indicate devil worshipping may be involved in the brush fire and two fires that burned uninhabited structures. Sheriff’s Department Major Byron Ashbrook says deputies and state police are investigating. He said, “We're not sure of the damage. I’ve got investigators working on it right now.” (LM)

Two Wanted for Violent Assaults in Gray
Two North Carolina men are wanted for using a baseball bat and knife to assault of three people in Washington County, Tennessee. That according to Sheriff Ed Graybeal. He says the two wanted for aggravated assault and other charges are 60-year-old G.C. Lingerfelt, and 22-year-old Alan Coleman, both of Quail Hollow Lane, in Taylorsville, N.C. The sheriff said the assault happened at a residence on Lynnwood Drive in Gray. (LM)

Review Shows Kilgore Chaired Commission Grants to Agencies affiliated with Kilgore Family
Despite appearances, Virginia Delegate Terry Kilgore of Scott County says his family relationships have not influenced the Virginia Tobacco Commission's spending. That after a review found that the commission which Kilgore chairs gave $21 million dollars in grants to a group and a cooperative run by Kilgore family members. The commission has been under scrutiny from various state officials and currently, is part of an FBI investigation into the resignation of former state Senator Phillip Puckett. Kilgore reportedly has hired an attorney. (LM)

Kingsport Plans $26 Million in Bond Issues for Improvements
Kingsport is looking to borrow $26 million. It involves two bond issues and a variety of needs. They include improvements to schools, streets, the landfill and a major upgrade of communications for the police and fire departments. Also included are land acquisition and utility improvements. (LM)

Man Arrested After Making Social Media Threats Against a Unicoi County School
Unicoi County officials say there is no need to worry after a school was threatened on social media. Sheriff Mike Hensley says they’ve arrested a man they believe posted that students would be killed on the app “Street Chat”. No other details were made available by the sheriff’s office as the investigation continues.

Former Hill Topper Called Up to the Big Leagues
Exciting news for baseball fans as one of our own has been called up to the big leagues. Daniel Norris, a Science Hill High School graduate, has been promoted to the Toronto Blue Jays after a phenomenal 2014 season with their AAA team. Norris made the official announcement last night on Twitter by posting a childhood photo saying, “This kid's dreams became a reality today. Headed to the Big Leagues tomorrow.”

Russell County Man Found Alive
Virginia State Police Officers confirm 42-year old Michael Stacey has been found alive. Authorities were searching for the Russell County man after he’d been missing for over a week. Officers are not releasing any other details at this time.

Wellmont on Agenda for Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Look for Kingsport leaders to make a formal response toward trying to persuade Wellmont Health System to keep its headquarters local. Mayor Dennis Phillips expressed concern and led a community forum with discussion about fears that if Wellmont merges with another system, it will mean loss of jobs and revenue through the likely loss of the headquarters. Tuesday night, the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Alderman is set to consider a resolution formally expressing concern on any change of the local health care system. (LM)

Child Run Over in Driveway Near Bristol
A two-year-old girl was run over and seriously hurt in a driveway near Bristol. It happened at a home on King Mill Pike just outside the city limits. State police say from all indications it was a freak occurrence in which the car, with no one in the driver’s or passenger seat, slipping out of gear and rolling over the little girl. She was rushed by air ambulance to a hospital in Johnson City with what police called serious injuries. (LM)

Sullivan County School Board To Discuss Smoking Policy Again
Bans on tobacco products on or near Sullivan County school property will be back up for discussion Tuesday night by the School Board. Originally, the board considered a ban on tobacco within close proximity of school property, but determined it did not have authority to govern smoking by the public in certain areas. The board will take a look again at policy changes that do not defy state law, including looking at the use of E-cigarettes. In addition, the board is set to reorganize its leadership. (LM)

Animal Ordinance Changes Considered by Bristol, TN City Council
Changes to the animal ordinance, and possibly final approval of them, are on tap for Bristol, Tennessee City Council Tuesday night. The changes involve a more clear definition of "adequate food, shade, shelter and water" that must be provided for pets by owners. The new ordinance also requires animals transported in the bed of an open truck to be restrained by tether or secured in a cage. Also dogs and cats would no longer be required to have city tags, although rabies tags would still be required. Earlier, council considered banning tethering of pets overnight, but concern over enforcement and infringement on personal rights led to removal of that from consideration.(LM)

Retirement of One of Longest Serving Virginia State Troopers; from the Bristol area
One of the longest serving Virginia State Troopers ever has worked in the Bristol area and Labor Day marked retirement for Sgt. Claude Worrell. He says he loved the work of helping people, turned down promotions that would have sent him to other parts Virginia, and saw significant changes in his 45 years as a state trooper. He said, “We went from cars with no air conditioning to cars that have computers in them - a lot of changes in the equipment for personnel.” (LM)

 
 
 
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