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MAN CHARGED—MINOR—DRUGS

A MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED AFTER POLICE FOUND HIM WITH A MINOR—AND DRUGS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS.  UNICOI POLICE WERE ON PATROL AND SAW JACOB MACE AT UNICOI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL—WHERE THERE’D BEEN VANDALISM AND DRUG PROBLEMS AT THE PAVILION.    OFFICERS SMELLED MARIJUANA AND BOTH HAD GLASSY, GLAZED EYES.  MACE HAD A BACKPACK WITH 12.1 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA AND A GLASS PIPE.  BOTH ADMITTED SMOKING MARIJUANA BEFORE ENTERING THE PAVILION.  THE JUVENILE WAS RELEASED TO A GUARDIAN AND MACE WILL APPEAR IN COURT IN NOVEMBER.

SCOTT COUNTY CRASH

ONE PERSON IS DEAD AND ANOTHER HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING A SUNDAY EVENING CRASH IN SCOTT COUNTY, VIRGINIA. VIRGINIA STATE POLICE REPORT THAT A S-U-V AND SEDAN COLLIDED AT THE INTERSECTION OF ROUTE 23 AND CLINCH RIVER HIGHWAY ON SUNDAY. ACCORDING TO THE V-S-P, THE DRIVER OF THE SEDAN DIED AS A RESULT OF THE CRASH AND A PASSENGER WAS TAKEN TO THE HOLSTON VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER, IN KINGSPORT, FOR TREATMENT OF “SERIOUS, BUT NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES.” THE WYTHEVILLE DIVISION OF VIRGINIA STATE POLICE’S CRASH RECONSTRUCTION TEAM RESPONED TO THE SCENE AND WILL ASSIST WITH THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION.

PAUL FATAL FIRE

ONE PERSON WAS KILLED IN A SUNDAY EVENING HOUSE FIRE IN ST. PAUL, VIRGINIA. VIRGINIA STATE POLICE REPORT THAT THE FIRE OCCURRED IN THE 16,000 BLOCK OF LEE STREET AT 4:26 P.M. 45-YEAR-OLD RANDY ALLEN WAS KILLED IN THE FIRE, BUT NO ONE ELSE WAS INSIDE THE HOUSE AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE. THE FIRE WAS CONTAINED TO THE SECOND FLOOR AND THE V-S-P SAYS THAT IT DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE SUSPICIOUS IN ORIGIN. NO OTHER INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

TN GAS PRICES REMAIN UNCHANGED

THE AVERAGE PRICE OF GAS IN TENNESSEE REMAINED UNCHANGED FROM LAST WEEK, SELLING FOR AN AVERAGE OF 1.94 A GALLON MONDAY. THAT’S THREE CENTS A GALLON MORE THAN A MONTH AGO, BUT STILL 47 CENTS LESS THAN A YEAR AGO. HERE IN THE TRI CITIES GAS IS SELLING FOR AN AVERAGE OF 1.91 A GALLON THIS MORNING. THAT’S DOWN THREES CENTS A GALLON FROM LAST WEEK, AND 47 CENTS LESS THAN THE SAME DAY A YEAR AGO.

COVID-19 UPDATE

THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTED 28 NEW CASES OF COVID-19 IN THE EIGHT COUNTY NORTHEAST TENNESSEE REGION MONDAY, AND ONE NEW DEATH. THE NEW DEATH WAS REPORTED IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, BRINGING THE COUNTY’S TOTAL TO 33 DEATHS SO FAR. WASHINGTON COUNTY ALSO HAS THE MOST ACTIVE CASES WITH 250. ALL TOTALED, THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 757 ACTIVE CASES IN THE EIGHT COUNTY NORTHEAST TENNESSEE REGION. STATEWIDE THERE HAVE BEEN A TOTAL OF 178,190 POSITIVE CASES OF COVID-19, AND 6,219 PROBABLE CASES. THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 895 CASES OVER SUNDAY.

WOMAN FALLS FROM WINDOW, FOUL PLAY NOT SUSPECTED

THE JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS FOUL PLAY IS NOT SUSPECTED, IN THE CASE OF A WOMAN WHO FELL FIVE STORIES OUT OF A DOWNTOWN BUILDING OVER THE WEEKEND. POLICE SAY THEY’RE DOING A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION TO MAKE SURE WHAT HAPPENED, BUT THAT AT THIS TIME IT’S A MEDICAL INVESTIGATION. POLICE RESPONDED TO A BUILDING AT 200 EAST MAIN STREET EARLY SATURDAY MORNING, AFTER A REPORT A WOMAN HAD FALLEN FROM A 5TH STORY WINDOW. AS OF MONDAY AFTERNOON SHE WAS STILL HOSPITALIZED.

CO COMMISSION CHAIR TO SERVE AS INTERIM MAYOR

CARTER COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIR PATTY WOODBY WILL SERVE AS INTERIM COUNTY MAYOR, AT LEAST UNTIL THE COMMISSION APPOINTS SOMEONE TO FILL THE VACANCY, AFTER THE DEATH OF MAYOR RUSTY BARNETT. COUNTY ATTORNEY JOSHUA HARDIN SAYS ACCORDING TO STATE LAW, THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION SHALL SERVE AS INTERIM COUNTY MAYOR UNTIL THE VACANCY IS FILLED BY THE COUNTY COMMISSION, WHICH MUST BE DONE WITHIN 120 DAYS. THE PERSON APPOINTED TO FILL THE VACANCY WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AS MAYOR UNTIL THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION. HARDIN SAID ITS TOO LATE TO QUALIFY FOR THE NOVEMBER 2020 ELECTION.

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