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MEN CHARGED IN CHILD DEATH

3 MEN CHARGED IN LAST YEARu2019S DRIVE-BY SHOOTING DEATH OF A 10-YEAR-OLD CARTER COUNTY GIRL APPEARED IN COURT TODAY.u00a0 JASON BARBER II, JEDIAH GLOVER AND ZACHARY SCALF EACH FACE SEVERAL CHARGES, INCLUDING FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF LILLYHANNA DAVIS.u00a0 INVESTIGATORS SAID 21 ROUNDS WERE FIRED INTO A HOME ON BLEVINS ROAD IN NOVEMBER 2020.u00a0 THE CHILD HAD BEEN SLEEPING ON A COUCH WHEN SHE WAS STRUCK.u00a0 SHE LATER DIED AT A HOSPITAL.u00a0 TWO MOTION DATES HAVE BEEN SETu2014FOR MARCH 31 AND JUNE 10.u00a0 A TRIAL DATE COULD POSSIBLY BE SET IN JUNE.

WASH CO VA ROBBERY

A MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTEDu2014AFTER AN ARMED ROBBERY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA.u00a0 IT HAPPENED THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE SHELL GAS STATIONu2014OFF EXIT 10 ON LEE HIGHWAY.u00a0 A MAN ENTERED THE STORE, BRANDISHED A GUN AT THE CLERK AND DEMANDED MONEY.u00a0 THE SUSPECT THEN FLED WITH AN UNKNOWN AMOUNT OF CASH.u00a0 THE CLERK GAVE A DESCRIPTION OF THE MAN AND A VEHICLE AND SHERIFFu2019S DEPUTIES FOUND THE VEHICLE ON INTERSTATE 81 AND ARRESTED 40-YEAR-OLD ERIC MERCER OF CHILHOWIE.u00a0 OFFICERS FOUND A HANDGUN AND ALSO RECOVERED $245 TAKEN IN THE ROBBERY.u00a0 MERCER IS JAILED WITHOUT BOND ON NUMEROUS CHARGES.

COVID-19u2014BALLAD HEALTH

BALLAD HEALTH REPORTS THERE ARE 209 COVID-19 PATIENTS HOSPITALIZED.u00a0 THATu2019S THE SAME AS YESTERDAYu2014AND AFTER CROSSING THE 200 MARK TUESDAY, NUMBERS HAVE HELD FAIRLY STEADY.u00a0 TODAY, THERE ARE 4 PEDIATRIC PATIENTSu2014AND THATu2019S DOUBLE FROM THURSDAY.u00a0 OVER THE PAST WEEK, BALLAD REPORTS 62 COVID-19 DEATHS IN ITS SERVICE AREA WHILE 45.7-PERCENT OF THE POPULATION IS FULLY VACCINATED.u00a0 u00a0u00a0

CLEMENCY GRANTED TO SULLIVAN MAN

A SULLIVAN COUNTY MAN WAS AMONG 17 PEOPLE GRANTED CLEMENCY BY TENNESSEE GOVERNOR BILL LEE.u00a0 KENNEY SIMPSON WAS GRANTED A PARDON.u00a0 A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GOVERNORu2019S OFFICE DIDNu2019T SPECIFY THE OFFENSE.u00a0 THE GOVERNORu2019S DECISIONS ARE MADE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TENNESSEE BOARD OF PAROLE, WHICH ISSUES NON-BINDING RECOMMENDATIONS ON EACH CASE.

D-B PRINCIPAL HONORED

DOBYNS-BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL DR. CHRIS HAMPTON HAS BEEN NAMED TENNESSEE PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR.u00a0 HEu2019S BEEN PRINCIPAL AT D-B FOR 10 YEARS AND PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS A SPEICAL EDUCATION TEACHER, SCHOOL COUNSELOR AND SECONDARY CURRICULUM COORDINATOR. u00a0u00a0u00a0THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION NAMED TWO PRINCIPALS OF THE YEARu2014BECAUSE OF CLOSE SCORING.u00a0 THE OTHER WINNER WAS FROM WEST COLLIERVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL IN SHELBY COUNTY.

BLUE AND GOLD DAY

ITu2019S BLUE AND GOLD DAY IN THE TRI-CITIES—AS THE EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY BUCCANEERS PREPARE TO HOST THEIR FIRST HOME FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GAME IN 25 YEARS.u00a0 YOUu2019RE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR BLUE AND GOLD TODAYu2014TO SUPPORT THE BUCS.u00a0 ATHLETICS DIRECTOR SCOTT CARTER SAYS A LOT HAS HAPPENED SINCE 2014–AS 7 YEARS AGO, THE UNIVERSITY WAS ORDERING HELMETS–AS PART OF RESTORING THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM.u00a0 u00a0 KICKOFF AT GREENE STADIUM WILL BE AT 2:02 P.M. SATURDAY AGAINST KENNESAW STATE IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE F-C-S PLAYOFFS.u00a0 A FEW TICKETS REMAIN AND TO GET YOURS, VISIT ETSU TICKETS DOT COM.

COVID-19-ACTIVE CASES

THERE ARE 2-THOUSAND 574 ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE 8 COUNTY NORTHEAST TENNESSEE REGIONu2014AND THOSE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO CLIMB.u00a0 SULLIVAN COUNTY HAS THE MOST WITH 922, WASHINGTON COUNTY HAS 704, WHILE THE OTHER 6 COUNTIES HAVE FEWER THAN 300.

BOONES CREEK MIDDLE PROPERTY

THE WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS APPROVED A CONTRACT TO MARKET THE OLD BOONES CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL PROPERTY ON NORTH ROAN STREET.u00a0 ITu2019S ABOUT 12 ACRESu2014AND THE LIST PRICE IS $1.65-MILLION DOLLARS.u00a0 JERRY PETZOLDTu2019S T-C-I GROUP WILL LIST THE PROPERTY.u00a0 EARLIER IN THE YEAR, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION SPENT $380-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO DEMOLISH THE SCHOOL, WHICH HAD STOOD SINCE 1939.u00a0

PARADES

THREE CHRISTMAS PARADES ARE ON TAP FOR SATURDAY.u00a0 JOHNSON CITYu2019S WILL BEGIN AT 10 A.M. ON THE EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS.u00a0 ITu2019LL TRAVEL ON WEST WALNUT THEN DOWNTOWN BEFORE ENDING AT LEGION AND STATE OF FRANKLIN. GRAYu2019S CHRISTMAS PARADE IS SET FOR 1 P.M. WHILE KINGSPORTu2019S WILL BE DOWNTOWN AT 6 P.M. SATURDAY.

TOYS FROM COPS

THE ANNUAL TOYS FROM COPS EVENT IS SET FOR DECEMBER 11TH IN SULLIVAN COUNTY.u00a0 THE SHERIFFu2019S OFFICE AUXILIARY WILL HOSTu2014AND ITu2019LL BE IN THE PARKING LOT OF SULLIVAN CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL.u00a0 CHILDREN WITH AN INVITATION WILL RECEIVE GIFTS BETWEEN 9:30 AND 1 P.M.u00a0 ADULTS MUST HAVE THE INVITATION AND IDENTIFICATION SHOWING THEY LIVE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY.u00a0 ANY GIFTS LEFT OVER WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BETWEEN 1:30 AND 3 P.M.u2014AGAIN FOR SULLIVAN COUNTY KIDS.

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