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TRI CITIES CHRISTIAN TO MERGE

TRI CITIES CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS WILL MERGE WITH MORRISTOWN BASED LAKEWAY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS.  THE PROCESS WILL TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS TO COMPLETE.  LAKEWAY OFFICIALS PLAN A MEETING THURSDAY TO TALK MORE ABOUT THEIR VISION FOR THE FUTURE.  TRI-CITIES CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS CURRENTLY HAS 210 STUDENTS AT TWO CAMPUSES—IN BLOUNTVILLE AND A PRE-SCHOOL IN GRAY.

MEN CHARGED WITH BREAKING INTO HOME, HITTING DOG

TWO MEN FACE CHARGES AFTER JOHNSON CITY POLICE SAY THEY ENTERED A HOME WITH MASKS, STOLE FROM THE VICTIM AND HIT A DOG WITH A MACHETE.  20-YEAR OLD MATTHEW AUSTIN WOODYARD OF JONESBOROUGH AND 26-YEAR OLD ANTONIO SANTOS OF JOHNSON CITY FACE NUMEROUS CHARGES AFTER THE INCIDENT IN THE 100 BLOCK OF FAITH CIRCLE.  THE VICTIM SAID THE MEN FORCED THEIR WAY IN AND BRANDISHED WEAPONS, AND ALLEGEDLY HIT THE VICTIM’S DOG IN THE FACE WITH A MACHETE—AS THE DOG WAS TRYING TO FEND OFF THE INTRUDERS.  WOODYARD AND SANTOS WERE ARRESTED AT A RESIDENCE ON THE MILLIGAN HIGHWAY.

BULLS GAP MAN KILLED IN CRASH

A BULLS GAP MAN IS DEAD AFTER A SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH.  THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS 26-YEAR OLD TIMOTHY LAWSON WAS DRIVING NORTH ON HIGHWAY 70 IN GREENE COUNTY WHEN HIS FORD RANGER RAN OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD.  HE OVERCORRECTED AND RAN OFF THE LEFT SIDE AND INTO A FIELD.  THE RANGER FLIPPED SEVERAL TIMES AND LAWSON WAS EJECTED.  THE TRUCK CAME TO REST UPSIDE DOWN AND ON TOP OF LAWSON.  A REPORT NOTES HE WASN’T WEARING A SEATBELT.

13-YEAR OLD DRIVES DAD TO LIQUOR STORE

A MAN FACES CHARGES AFTER HAWKINS COUNTY AUTHORITIES SAY HIS 13-YEAR OLD SON WAS DRIVING HIM TO THE LIQUOR STORE.  45-YEAR OLD JOHNNY NAPIER WAS ARRESTED SUNDAY DURING A TRAFFIC STOP.  OFFICERS WERE LOOKING FOR A WHITE CADILLAC ALLEGEDLY DRIVEN BY A HIGHLY INTOXICATED MAN.  NAPIER HAD ACTIVE ARREST WARRANTS AND THE VEHICLE WAS STOPPED.  DEPUTIES SAW A SMALL JUVENILE DRIVING WITH NAPIER IN THE PASSENGER SEAT.  NAPIER ALLEGEDLY SMELLED OF ALCOHOL, HAD SLURRED SPEECH AND GLOSSY EYES.  THE TEEN SAID NAPIER TOLD HIM TO DRIVE TO A LIQUOR STORE.  NAPIER FACES NUMEROUS CHARGES.

NO CHARGES PLACED IN BICYCLE WRECK

NO CHARGES WILL BE PLACED AFTER A BOY WHO WAS RIDING A BIKE PULLED INTO THE PATH OF A VEHICLE ON STATE ROUTE 126 IN SULLIVAN COUNTY.  THE VEHICLE AND THE BIKE WERE BOTH TRAVELING EAST NEAR CLARK LANE WHEN THE BICYCLIST TRIED TO CROSS BOTH LANES OF TRAFFIC AND TURNED INTO THE PATH OF THE VEHICLE, WHICH STRUCK THE BIKE.  THE BOY WAS TAKEN TO BRISTOL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER.

AR-15 STOLEN FROM HOME

GREENEVILLE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE THEFT OF AN AR-15 RIFLE FROM A HOME ON SUNSET DRIVE.  THE VICTIM SAID THE RIFLE AND FIREARMS ACCESSORIES WERE STOLEN SATURDAY AFTERNOON.  A POLICE REPORT NOTES THE RIFLE IS VALUED AT $500-DOLLARS.  ALSO, TWO MAGAZINES AND A BOX OF AMMUNITION WERE STOLEN.

WASH CO COMMISSION-HEAVY AGENDA

IT’S A LENGTHY AGENDA FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS THIS EVENING.  THE PANEL WILL CONSIDER A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE SECOND AMENDMENT—AND ONE THAT WOULD APPLY FOR RECOGNITION OF THE ASHE STREET COURTHOUSE ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.  ALSO, COMMISSIONERS WILL CONSIDER PURCHASING PROPANE SCHOOL BUSES.  WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING STARTS AT 6 AT THE JUSTICE CENTER IN JONESBOROUGH.

KINGSPORT GENERAL SHALE PROPERTY

KINGSPORT OFFICIALS CONTINUE LOOKING AT ALL OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO THE OLD GENERAL SHALE PROPERTY.  CITY MANAGER CHRIS MCCARTT SAYS THERE ARE A LOT OF POSSIBILITIES, “EVERYTHING FROM AN ARENA THAT WOULD HOUSE MULTIPLE EVENTS, INCLUDING MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL THE WAY TO A BUSINESS PARK, HOUSING, BICYCLE PARK.”    MCCARTT SAYS THE GOAL IS TO FIND THE BEST POSSIBLE USE FOR THE LAND THAT’LL HELP CONTRIBUTE TO MORE DOWNTOWN RE-DEVELOPMENT.