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Friday, August 29, 2014

Hawkins County Couple Due in Court in Grape Soda Murder Case
The Hawkins County District Attorney’s office confirms that a motions hearing has been set for today for Randal and Mary Vaughn…they are the couple charged with First Degree Murder as well as Aggravated Child Abuse and Neglect after 5-year old Alexa Linboom died when being forced to drink two liters of grape soda and water as a punishment. Court officials could not confirm any other details about the hearing as a gag order has been put in place.

Assistant Band Director Arrested for Having Sex with Student
A former Sullivan South assistant band director is jailed after an extensive investigation. The Sullivan County Grand Jury indicted 23-year old Ethan J. Tate of Johnson City for having sex with a 16-year old girl. Detectives uncovered the former Kingsport educator and student were having sex over a six month period between last September and February of this year. Tate was arrested on 13 counts of Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure and is being held under $50,000 bond.

New ETSU Study Links Smoking and Obesity
A new study conducted at East Tennessee State University shows a strong link between obesity and cigarette smoke. The findings, printed in the Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, used data between 1991 and 2007 from the National Institute of Child Health And Human Development to show that a woman who smokes or is exposed to second hand smoke before or during pregnancy is more likely to have a child who will become obese during their teenage years.

Swearing In Ceremonies for Recently Elected Tri-Cities Officials
Mayor Dan Eldridge was sworn in to another term as Mayor of Washington County Thursday. He was first elected to the post in 2010 to replace George Jaynes. Today, Richard Venable will be sworn into his second term as Sullivan County’s Mayor. He first held the post between 2002 and 2006 and was chosen by 78% of voters over Steve Godsey in May’s primary election.

Dobyns-Bennett Named One of America's Top High Schools
A Kingsport high school has received a top honor for the second year in a row. The Daily Beast named Dobyns-Bennett as one of America’s top high schools for the 9th time. DB is among 735 high schools named on the list out of more than 24,000 schools nationwide.

Parole Sought in Notorious Sullivan County Massage Parlor Murders
Parole is being sought by one of two men who, 33 years ago, robbed and killed two women execution style at a Sullivan County massage parlor. Prosecutor Barry Staubus appeared at the parole hearing, opposing the release of Charles Victor Mosley. Staubus says he’s against it because the crime was so heinous – the women were tied up, beaten and shot - and because Mosley accepted a life term in pleading guilty. “I believe that because he agreed to a life sentence, he should serve life," Staubus said, adding, "Even though he might be eligible to get out, he should serve his life in prison for what he did in Sullivan County to these two women.” No immediate decision was made. The victims at the Queen’s Palace Massage Parlor were 27-year-old Kathleen Colosimo of Gray and 45-year-old Eleanor Cross of Bristol. Mosley was 24 at the time of the murders. He's 56 now. His then 17-year-old brother-in-law also pleaded guilty. (LM)

Snakes, Bear Sighting Cause Sullivan Elementary to Close Playground
A Sullivan County school closes its playground and other outside areas to students after several black snakes and a bear sighting on the grounds. Rock Springs Elementary School near Kingsport notified parents by letter, saying one snake was found in the school and three outside last week, while a black bear was spotted on the playground by groundskeepers. Officials say the closure will last until maintenance staff ensures all areas are safe. They point out the school is surrounded by woods and a creek. Superintendent Jubal Yennie said, "There's been a lot of construction going on in that area that may have caused bears to migrate. It's probably just a fluke...probably won't see another bear for a couple of years." (LM)

Sullivan County Commissioners Fail to Support Lawsuit Settlement
The Sullivan County Commission failed to muster enough votes to hire back county highway workers fired by an interim highway commissioner and settle out of court their lawsuit claiming they were fired as political retribution. Some county commissioners are just not convinced that’s the truth. Newly elected highway commissioner Jim Belgeri says it leaves him shorthanded of road workers, as well as a lingering legal liability. He said, “My reaction is they’ve spoken. I wish it was otherwise…it needs to be otherwise.” It’s possible another vote could come after 9 new county commissioners take office next week. (LM)

Hearing Set for Former Bristol Non Profit Executive
A court hearing is now set for that former Bristol Library Foundation Executive charged with embezzlement. Anita Foster Machado has hired an attorney and is now set to appear for a preliminary hearing Oct. 23rd. She’s charged with six counts of felony embezzlement, accused of using the foundation’s credit card for nearly three years for purchase of personal items totaling $20,000. (JH)

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