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Friday, April 18, 2014

First Pediatric Neurosurgeon comes to Tri-Cities
The Tri-cities region is getting its first pediatric neurosurgeon. Doctor Valentine Nduku is coming from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City to implement a pediatric neuroscience division.

Anti-Meth Bill Headed to Haslam's Desk
It’s an issue that’s put Tennessee’s governor and Kingsport Representative Tony Shipley at odds for months…but now the Senate has backed down in its standoff with the House over Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to limit the sale of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine. The bill headed for the governor's signature will require a prescription to obtain more than about five months' worth of the maximum dosage of medicines like Sudafed that are used to cook meth in makeshift labs.

Pregnant Woman Fights Arrest
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says seven of their deputies were assaulted by a pregnant woman. After numerous 911 calls from both 20-year old Amanda Cochran and her estranged husband over a shared vehicle, Cochran was placed under arrest. The real trouble started after, she began screaming and cursing at the officers over a state issued child support debit card. After having to chase her down Brookside Drive, the officers were eventually able to get Cochran in handcuffs, but not without a fight. She kept kicking, hitting, head-butting and biting, so she had to be pepper sprayed twice. The incident happened in front of her toddler. She faces numerous charges including assault, vandalism, and disorderly conduct.

Blountville Fire Under Investigation
No one was injured but a fire heavily damaged a home in Blountville. Both the Avoca and Sullivan County fire departments responded to 352 Savoy Drive. Firefighter Josh Kemp says, "we made entrance and found a heavy body of fire in the kitchen area. The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen." Most of the fire damage was contained to the kitchen area. An investigation continues into what caused the fire.

Coach Under Investigation
The TBI confirms an investigation is underway of Daniel Boone High School’s former basketball coach, Ryan Arnold. The investigation centers on allegations that Arnold had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student. Arnold was a longtime coach at the school and resigned back in February.

Sentencing Scheduled for Convicted Child Rapist
A Bristol man could go to prison for up to 50 years after being convicted of multiple counts raping a young child. Sentencing will be in May for 31-year-old Dwight Walton II. He was also convicted of soliciting the sexual exploitation of a minor on the Internet and possessing child pornography.

Delph Murder Arraignment
Arraignment in Sullivan County Criminal Court for 55-year old Franklin Delph for first degree murder in the killing of his wife at Edgemont Towers in Bristol last May. Delph told police his wife Sue shot herself in the head, committing suicide. Represented by the public defender, he pleaded not guilty and remains jailed, pending a trial possibly in the fall. A hearing June 5th was set to check on the status of trial preparations. As a convicted felon for a Louisiana armed robbery, he also is charged unlawful possession of a firearm.

New TN Annex Law
Those who are concerned about government “land-grabs” should like the new Tennessee law signed by governor Haslam this week. No longer can cities annex by ordinance, it must now be done through a referendum of votes by the majority of landowners to be annexed. Also, farmers who use land for agricultural use, can’t be annexed unless the farmer agrees.

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