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KINGSPORT SHOOTING UPDATE

KINGSPORT POLICE HAVE RELEASED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT A THURSDAY EVENING SHOOTING.  THE INCIDENT HAPPENED IN THE PARKING LOT OF BEASONWELL APARTMENTS AT 901 NEW BEASONWELL ROAD.  POLICE SAY A 23-YEAR OLD WHITE MALE WAS SHOT DURING SOME TYPE OF TRANSACTION—EITHER INSIDE OR ADJACENT TO HIS VEHICLE.  HE REMAINS HOSPITALIZED IN CRITICAL CONDITION.  POLICE SAY THE SHOOTING APPEARS TO BE AN ISOLATED INCIDENT WITH NO DANGER TO THE PUBLIC.  INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL TRYING TO IDENTIFY THE SHOOTER, WHO WAS APPARENTLY AN ACQUAINTANCE OF THE VICTIM.

SCHOOL VOTE DELAYED

A VOTE ON A LEASE FOR A NEW JONESBOROUGH SCHOOL HAS BEEN DELAYED.  THE PRICE TAG IS THE BIG ISSUE THAT’S STILL UNRESOLVED BETWEEN THE TOWN OF JONESBOROUGH AND WASHINGTON COUNTY.  CURRENTLY, IT’S $34-MILLION DOLLARS—AND BOTH SIDES ARE WORKING TO REDUCE COSTS.  JONESBOROUGH MAYOR CHUCK VEST SAYS, “LET’S COME BACK IN 10 DAYS…..APPROVE THIS THING….AND HAVE A CELEBRATION.”  UNDER THE LEASE, JONESBOROUGH WOULD BUILD THE SCHOOL AND ATHLETIC FACILITIES AND THE COUNTY WOULD LEASE-TO-OWN THE SCHOOL.  THE COUNTY COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER THE LEASE AGAIN AT ITS OCTOBER 28TH MEETING.

FIRST VAPING-RELATED DEATH IN TN

THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS CONFIRMED THE FIRST VAPING-RELATED DEATH IN THE STATE.  THE DEATH WAS THAT OF AN ADULT MALE IN NASHVILLE.  HEALTH COMMISSIONER LISA PIERCEY SAYS THE DEPARTMENT IS WORKING TO INVESTIGATE CASES OF VAPING-RELATED ILLNESS IN TENNESSEE—AND SHE RECOMMENDS TENNESSEANS REFRAIN FROM USING E-CIGARETTES OR VAPING WHILE THE INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY.  IN TENNESSEE, THERE’VE BEEN 53 REPORTED ILLNESSES FROM VAPING AND MOST OF THE PATIENTS ARE ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS.

JC ANIMAL CONTROL REGULATIONS

JOHNSON CITY COMMISSIONERS THURSDAY APPROVED ON FIRST READING AN ORDINANCE THAT OFFICIALS HOPE WILL HELP MANAGE THE ANIMAL POPULATION.  UNDER THE CHANGE, ALL DOGS WILL HAVE TO BE REGISTERED YEARLY AND IT WOULD ALSO BE EASIER FOR THE ANIMAL SHELTER TO SPAY OR NEUTER STRAY ANIMALS.  ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER BOB WILSON SAYS, “WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO WITH THIS ORDINANCE IS TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF OUR ANIMALS AND THE SAFETY OF OUR ANIMALS.”    ABOUT 46-HUNDRED DOGS AND CATS WERE TAKEN IN BY THE WASHINGTON COUNTY/JOHNSON CITY ANIMAL SHELTER IN 2018.  ABOUT 31-HUNDRED WERE ADOPTED.

JC COMMISSION—RETAIL STRATEGIES

JOHNSON CITY COMMISSIONERS HAVE APPROVED A CONTRACT WITH A RETAIL “MATCHMAKER” IN HOPES OF ATTRACTING NEW BUSINESSES.  IT’S A THREE-YEAR, $105-THOUSAND DOLLAR DEAL WITH RETAIL STRATEGIES, WHICH WOULD BE PAID IN THREE INSTALLMENTS OF $35-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE FIRM HAS GATHERED A LARGE AMOUNT OF DATA—WHICH IT SHARES WITH NATIONAL RETAILERS TO SEE IF JOHNSON CITY IS A GOOD FIT.  RETAIL STRATEGIES HAS ALREADY HELPED BRING SEVERAL RETAILERS TO THE CITY, INCLUDING AT HOME AND FREDDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD AND STEAKBURGERS. 

ROE—IMPEACHMENT

FIRST DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN DR. PHIL ROE SAYS THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AREN’T A TRUE INQUIRY.  DURING A CONFERENCE CALL WITH REPORTERS, ROE SAID THE PROCEEDINGS ARE CLOSED, ONLY ONE SIDE HAS SUBPOENA POWER AND THERE HASN’T BEEN A VOTE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, “WHAT WE HAVE SAID IS HOLD THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY VOTE, HAVE THAT VOTE AND THEN DO THIS IN THE OPEN.  LET EVERYBODY HEAR WHAT’S GOING ON.  I THINK THAT’S PERFECTLY LEGITIMATE TO DO.”    ROE ALSO SAID THE PROCEEDINGS ARE MAKING IT HARD TO MOVE LEGISLATION.

JC POLICE TRAINING FACILITY

THE JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT’S NEW $1.4-MILLION DOLLAR TRAINING FACILITY IS OPEN.  THE 5-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT BUILDING IS LOCATED AT THE RICK COLLINS POLICE TRAINING COMPLEX ON BULL ROWLAND BOULEVARD AND IT REPLACES PORTABLE CLASSROOM BUILDINGS—AND IT DOUBLES THE PREVIOUS SPACE.  CONSTRUCTION BEGAN IN JUNE 2018 AND IS THE CENTERPIECE OF THE TRAINING COMPLEX, WHICH WAS DEDICATED IN MEMORY OF THE LATE POLICE TRAINING OFFICER RICK COLLINS IN 2017.