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Update: Mountain States CEO confirms Wellmont merger in email to employees

March 31st, 2015 6:49 pm by NATHAN BAKER, NET News Service

"An agreement has not yet been signed, but we anticipate that will happen in the next 24 hours," wrote Alan Levine.

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Kingsport woman gives up Facebook 'habit' for Lent

Kingsport woman gives up Facebook 'habit' for Lent

April 1st, 2015 7:30 am by Marci Gore

Eva Pearson, a wife and mother of two young children, said she saw a friend's Facebook post back in February that simply read, "See you in April." Just that one sentence resonated with Pearson.

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Update: 'Altercation' at YMCA preceded murder

Update: 'Altercation' at YMCA preceded murder

March 31st, 2015 9:51 am by Rain Smith

Police say the Monday night murder of a Kingsport man began with an "altercation" at the YMCA, then spilled into an adjacent parking lot where he was stabbed in the neck and chest.

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Wheels in motion for giant Kingsport Ferris wheel

Wheels in motion for giant Kingsport Ferris wheel

April 1st, 2015 8:32 am by Flora Ipol

With the Carousel Project nearing completion, the next addition to the Kingsport Midway is already in the works. A local businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has pledged millions of dollars for what will be called "The Big Pal."

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Obama commutes prison sentences of 22 drug offenders

Obama commutes prison sentences of 22 drug offenders

April 1st, 2015 6:43 am by By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

The move was part of an administration effort to reduce disparities in drug sentencing and scale back mandatory minimum prison sentences. Most of those who will be released early were convicted of selling large amounts of cocaine.

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Judge denies open records lawsuit against Haslam

Judge denies open records lawsuit against Haslam

April 1st, 2015 6:17 am by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

A tax attorney who sued for the release of records from Gov. Bill Haslam's administration related to a $350,000 analysis of business tax collections in Tennessee said Tuesday that he likely will appeal a judge's denial of his lawsuit.

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BMS giving loyal customers first dibs on Battle tickets

BMS giving loyal customers first dibs on Battle tickets

April 1st, 2015 12:38 am by Jeff birchfield, NET News Service

Bristol Motor Speedway on Tuesday announced that it is giving its loyal customers the first chance when it comes to acquiring tickets for the Battle at Bristol football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

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Wise Central, Sullivan Central settle for softball split

Wise Central, Sullivan Central settle for softball split

April 1st, 2015 12:03 am by Dave Ongie

Besides the names of the schools, it was tough to find a Central theme to Tuesday's softball doubleheader between Sullivan Central and Wise Central. The Lady Warriors won the opener 3-0 and the Lady Cougars won 8-6 in the nightcap.

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Lundberg's 'Pass the Bottle' bill fails again

Lundberg's 'Pass the Bottle' bill fails again

March 31st, 2015 10:30 pm by Hank Hayes

Tennessee state Rep. Jon Lundberg's latest attempt to advance his so-called "Pass the Bottle" legislation failed on a voice vote Tuesday in the House State Government Committee.

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ESPN's Punch has seen giant leaps in realm of driver safety

ESPN's Punch has seen giant leaps in realm of driver safety

March 31st, 2015 10:28 pm by Dave Ongie

As a trained trauma physician serving as a broadcaster, Dr. Jerry Punch has a unique perspective on the evolution of driver safety in NASCAR after 30 years in the sport.

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Kindergartners 'Skype' classmate during cancer treatment

Kindergartners 'Skype' classmate during cancer treatment

March 31st, 2015 8:55 pm by Jeff Bobo

After three months in a Memphis hospital, with maybe another year left to go, 6-year-old Mack Ward's spirits received a much needed boost during chemotherapy last week when he received a "Skype" call form his kindergarten classmates in Rogersville.

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