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WISE FATAL—UPDATE

AUTHORITIES HAVE IDENTIFIED THE DRIVER KILLED IN A SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASH IN WISE COUNTY VIRGINIA.  59-YEAR OLD FRANK SLOAN OF OHIO DIED AT THE SCENE ON ROUTE 23 TUESDAY NIGHT.  SLOAN WAS DRIVING A GMC SIERRA HEADED NORTH WHEN HE RAN OFF THE ROAD AND OVERTURNED NEAR MILE MARKER 49.  SLOAN WAS WEARING A SEATBELT.

INCENTIVE DISTRICT TO BE CHALLENGED IN COURT

WASHINGTON COUNTY CHANCERY COURT NEXT MONTH WILL REVIEW A COMPLAINT ABOUT THE BOONES CREEK INCENTIVE DISTRICT RECENTLY APPROVED BY JOHNSON CITY COMMISSIONERS.  THAT HEARING IS SET FOR FEBRUARY 3RD.  THE COMPLAINT ALLEGES CITY COMMISSIONERS DIDN’T FOLLOW PROPER PROCEDURES WHEN THEY APPROVED THE BOUNDARIES.  THE DISTRICT COVERS 947 ACRES NEAR EXIT 17—AND WOULD MAKE STATE INCENTIVES AVAILABLE TO DEVELOPERS.

UNICOI AMBULANCE SERVICE

AN AMBULANCE SERVICE IN UNICOI COUNTY IS ANOTHER STEP TOWARD REALITY.  THE TOWN OF UNICOI BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN HAS APPROVED AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT—WHERE THE TOWN WILL FUND 12.95-PERCENT OF THE NEW COUNTY-RUN E-M-S SERVICE.  TO BALANCE THE BUDGET, THE TOWN OF ERWIN WILL CONTRIBUTE 21.74-PERCENT AND THE COUNTY WILL CONTRIBUTE JUST OVER 65-PERCENT.  THE TOWN OF ERWIN WON’T BE CONTRIBUTING TO THE OPERATION FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF YEARS BECAUSE OF A STATE GRANT TO HELP BUY AN AMBULANCE.

MAN FACES CHARGES AFTER STABBING

A GREENEVILLE MAN IS FACING ASSAULT CHARGES—AFTER JOHNSON CITY POLICE SAY HE STABBED A MAN IN THE FACE.  THE VICTIM SAID HE WAS IN AN ARGUMENT WHICH LED TO CHRISTOPHER MCMAHON STABBING HIM IN THE FACE NEAR WEST WALNUT STREET.  MCMAHON WAS ARRESTED ON SOUTH ROAN STREET AND IS DUE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY SESSIONS COURT TODAY.

EAST TN EARTHQUAKE

ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE HAS BEEN RECORDED IN EAST TENNESSEE.  THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY SAYS A 2.4-MAGNITUDE QUAKE WAS RECORDED TUESDAY NIGHT NEAR FINCASTLE—IN CAMPBELL COUNTY—NORTH OF KNOXVILLE.  THIS IS CLOSE TO THE LOCATION WHERE A 3.8-MAGNITUDE QUAKE WAS MEASURED MONDAY.  THERE’VE BEEN NO REPORTS OF DAMAGE.

STOLEN VEHICLE

A JOHNSON CITY MAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY STOLE A TRUCK.  POLICE WERE CALLED TO WAL-MART ON WEST MARKET STREET WHERE JOHNNY SCOTT FORBES ALLEGEDLY TOOK A DODGE RAM WITHOUT THE OWNER’S PERMISSION.  OFFICERS SAW FORBES LATER IN THE DAY DRIVING THE TRUCK DURING A SHOPLIFTING INCIDENT.  FORBES IS CHARGED WITH THEFT OVER $10-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND HE’LL BE ARRAIGNED TODAY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY SESSIONS COURT.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO OBTAIN DRIVER’S LICENSE

A JOHNSON CITY WOMAN FACES NUMEROUS CHARGES—AFTER SHE ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO GET A DRIVER’S LICENSE USING SOMEONE ELSE’S IDENTITY.  POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE DRIVER’S LICENSE CENTER ON LAKE PARK DRIVE—WHERE APRIL BRITT COMPLETED AN APPLICATION USING SOMEONE ELSE’S NAME.  SHE ALSO PROVIDED POLICE WITH FALSE INFORMATION.   OFFICERS ALSO FOUND BRITT WITH DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.  SHE’S DUE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY SESSIONS COURT TODAY.

EXIT 17—ONLY ONE VIABLE

JOHNSON CITY OFFICIALS SAY EXIT 17 FROM INTERSTATE 26 WAS THE ONLY INTERCHANGE IN THE CITY THAT WAS PRIME FOR MORE DEVELOPMENT.  CITY MANAGER PETE PETERSON SAYS THE OTHER INTERCHANGES WERE EITHER BUILT OUT OR HAD LIMITED ACREAGE AND THAT’S WHY 947 ACRES WERE TAPPED IN THE BOONES CREEK AREA, “EXIT 17 IS THE ONE THAT MAKES THE MOST SENSE.  IT’S THE MOST ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE.”    THE STATE HAS TO GIVE FINAL APPROVAL TO THE BOUNDARIES.  THERE’S ALSO A LEGAL CHALLENGE TO THE DISTRICT AND THAT’LL BE HEARD FEBRUARY 3RD IN WASHINGTON COUNTY CHANCERY COURT.

 

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