A Federal Judge Has Dismissed A Lawsuit Filed By Gray Residents Against Johnson City In An Effort To Stop Annexation Of Their Property. Last Year, City Commissioners Took Steps To Expand City Borders In The Gray Community. Residents Quickly Joined Forces To Oppose The Move. U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan Granted Johnson City’s Request To Dismiss The Lawsuit.
Anyone Now Convicted Of Manufacturing Methamphetamine In Scott County Virginia Will Have To Pay For The Cost Of Clean Up. The Board Of Supervisors Passed An Ordinance Effective Immediately That Will Shift The Financial Burden Associated With Cleaning Up A Meth Cook Site From The County And Sheriff’s Office Onto Those Who Are Convicted Of Making The Drug. The Average Minimum Cleanup Cost Is One-Thousand Dollars According To Sheriff John Puckett.
An Early Morning Fire Has Destroyed A Strip Club In Gray. The Blaze Broke Out Around Five O’clock Thursday Morning At The Mouse’s Ear Nightclub. Firefighters Are Searching For The Cause Of The Fire. This Is The Second Time The Business Has Gone Up In Flames, With A Fire When It First Opened Up About Twenty Years Ago. About 25 To 30 People Work At The Mouse’s Ear. It’s Not Known If The Owner Will Reopen The Business. The Investigation Is Continuing.
A Kingsport Woman Is Facing Tenncare Fraud Charges. 43 Year Old Debra Carroll Was Indicted On Three Counts Each Of The Sale And Delivery Of A Schedule Three Controlled Substance. Carroll’s Accused Of Using Her Tenncare Benefits On Three Separate Occasions To Obtain A Prescription For Suboxone, A Painkiller Used To Wean People From Addition To Morphine And Other Opiates, Later Selling A Portion Of The Drugs For Financial Gain. Tenncare Fraud Is A Class E Felony, Carrying A Sentence Of Up To Two Years In Prison Per Charge.
Hawkins County 911 Is Back In The Black Following Two Years Of Operating In The Red. According To The 2011-12 Fiscal Year Audit, There Was A Budget Surplus Of Over 48-Thousand Dollars. In The First Six Months Of The Current 2012-13 Fiscal Year, Hawkins County 911 Is Oeprating At Nearly 38-Thousand Dollars In The Black.
A Washington County Tennessee Grand Jury Has Indicted A Man Accused Of Causing A Vehicular Crash That Claimed The Life Of His Girlfriend. 21 Year Old Brandon Pickering Is Charged With Vehicular Homicide In The Death Of Brittany Hankal. Pickering Crashed His Vehicle On Telford New Victory Road In May. A Toxicology Test Indicated Pickering Had Been Drinking Prior To The Crash. He’s Free On A 100-Thousand Dollars Bond And Is Expected To Appear In Court Later This Month.
Fatal work-related farm accidents are up in Virginia. The Virginia Farm Bureau says 10 people were killed in 2012, up from seven the previous year. The bureau’s unofficial figures show four deaths resulted from tractor runovers. Three people were killed in unspecified tractor or equipment incidents. The other deaths resulted from a tractor overturn, an all-terrain vehicle accident and an animal-related incident.
The Elizabethton Police Department Has Gained Accreditation. The Department Achieved Certification With The Tennessee Association Of Chiefs Of Police. According To Chief Greg Workman, It Took Two Years Of Dedicated Work By The Departments Officers And Staff To Get The Department Accredited. Workman Also Gave Much Of The Credit To Former Chief Matt Bailey Who Got The Ball Rolling On The Endeavor.
A Federal Judge Has Ordered A Teenager To Serve Time Behind Bars For Her Role In The Holdup Of A Greene County Convenience Store. 19 Year Old Kaylen Butcher Was Convicted Of Participating In The Robbery And Possession Of A Firearm In The Furtherance Of A Violent Criminal Act For The Robbery Of The Stop And Go Market In Chuckey On June 28th. Butcher Was Sentenced To Five Years In Prison.
As The Result Of A Man With A Gun Call To Washington County Tennessee Authorities, Three People Have Been Arrested On Dogwood Lane In Gray On Drug And Firearms Charges. 32 Year Old James Mills Of Gray And 27 Year Old Aaron Frazier Of Kingsport Are Each Charged With Having A Prohibited Weapon And Possession Of A Counterfeit Substance, While 19 Year Old Tiffany Frazier Also Of Kingsport Is Each Charged With Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. Deputies Found Firearms, Two Baggies Of An Unknown Substance, And Numerous Small Baggies Inside Mill’s Home. The Trio Will Be Arraigned In Sessions Court Soon.
Kingsport City Leaders Have Deferred Any Action On Measures Aimed At Establishing A Health And Wellness Clinic For Its Employees. The Changes Would Have Established An Operating Budget And A Proposal From Carehere For The Creation Of The Clinic. City And Elected Officials Wanted To Discuss The Idea More Before Moving Forward. In Other Business, City Leaders Rejected Bids For A Renovation Project At The Old American Legion Center. The School System Is Looking To Use The Building, However, All Six Bids Submitted Came In At Least 100-Thousand Dollars Over The Estimated Renovation Cost Of 666-Thousand Dollars.