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KINGSPORT - A family of six was left homeless, but no one was injured when the home at 1641 C St. caught fire Saturday morning. Deputy Chief Chip Adkins said the occupants had started a fire in a fireplace which had not been used recently. The flu malfunctioned and allowed a fire to start at the ceiling line, Adkins said. Significant damage was done to the home, Adkins said. "It will take some major repairs before it is habitable again," he said. The family had just moved in Wednesday, said neighbor, R.C. Caldwell. Caldwell said neighbors woke him and got him out of his home, which is close to the burned house.

Navy band to perform at Sullivan North

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KINGSPORT - The Navy band Freedom will present a public performance at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Sullivan North High School theater. Earlier in the day, the group will perform a reward concert for North's students to celebrate the school being taken off the target list for No Child Left Behind. Students will be provided with free food during the event.

March 30 deadline for Educate & Grow

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BLOUNTVILLE - Upcoming high school graduates in two Northeast Tennessee counties have until March 30 to submit applications for the Educate and Grow Scholarship Program at Northeast State Technical Community College. The Educate and Grow Scholarship is designated for graduates of high schools located within Sullivan and Unicoi counties. To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must graduate as a member of the 2007 senior class and have a custodial parent or a court-appointed legal guardian who has resided within Sullivan County or Unicoi County for 12 months prior to the applicant's graduation date. An applicant must enroll at Northeast State as a degree-seeking student for the fall 2007 semester immediately following his or her high school graduation. Applications must be submitted in person by 4:30 p.m. on March 30 at the college's main campus, Office P312, 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. For more information about the Educate and Grow Scholarship contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 354-2507 or send e-mail to ecblevins@NortheastState.edu.

JLK hosting Boot Scootin' fund-raiser

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KINGSPORT - The Junior League of Kingsport will host "Boot Scootin' Night at the Auction" beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Riverwalk Farm off Goshen Valley Road in Hawkins County. The evening will feature a pig roast with all the fixings, music by DJ Express, and a "quiet auction" as well as a "loud auction." Participants are encouraged to dress in western attire. The quiet auction will begin at 6:30 p.m., while the loud auction will take place at 9 p.m. Auction items will include a week's condo rental in Destin, Fla.; a five-day, four-night stay in a Sevierville log cabin; three framed, mounted prints from the Tina Wilson Photography Metro collection; custom wall portraits from David Clapp; and several golf packages. Tickets are $30 in advance, or $35 at the door. Proceeds from the evening will be distributed back into the community through various JLK community support projects and training programs. Tickets are available at Junior League headquarters at 418 Shelby St. or through any Junior League member. For more information call 245-1321.

Bristol Regional to host Baby Fair 2007

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - Bristol Regional Medical Center will host Baby Fair 2007 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the hospital's conference center. Physicians will be on hand to share information about epidural anesthesia, breast-feeding, natural childbirth, food allergies, colic, sudden infant death syndrome, cord blood collection, childhood illnesses and immunizations, parenting tips and more. There will also be door prizes, a fashion show, car seat safety checks by the Bristol Tennessee Police Department and tours of Bristol Regional's New Life Birthing Center. Preregistration is not necessary, and the event is free and open to the public. For more information call (877)230-NURSE.

DDC to open thrift store in Gate City

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GATE CITY - Dungannon Development Commission, Inc. is opening a Thrift Shop Monday. The new store will offer clothing, jewelry, shoes, purses, books, linens, household items, artwork, and more providing additional income for the DDC. The grand opening of the Mountain Treasures Thrift Store is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 372 West Jackson St. (adjacent to Scott County Farm Bureau) across the street from Presley's Market. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given to some shoppers. Regular business hours will be Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The DDC is a nonprofit organization. Donations of merchandise for the Mountain Treasures Thrift Store are tax deductible and are accepted during regular business hours. The Mountain Treasures Thrift Store is the second thrift store that the commission has opened. The first DDC thrift shop opened in 2003 beside the Dungannon United Methodist Church on Main Street in Dungannon. For more information, call the DDC's main office at (276) 467-2306.

Separate I-40 pileups kill 2, back up traffic

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DICKSON, Tenn. - Separate pileups on Interstate 40 killed two people and left some lanes of the interstate closed on Saturday, disrupting travel between Memphis and Nashville. Eastbound lanes of I-40 near Dickson were closed Saturday morning as the Tennessee Highway Patrol continued to investigate the cause of a wreck involving seven tractor-trailers and seven cars. Workers were clearing debris from the roadway. Russell McCullough, 58, of Frankfort, Ky., the driver of one of the semis, was killed, Safety Department spokesman Mike Browning said. Three other drivers in the accident, which happened around 7:20 p.m. Friday near mile marker 165, were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Child seriously injured when hit by school bus

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MEMPHIS - A 5-year-old child was in critical condition with internal injuries after being hit by a school bus. Memphis Police Sgt. Vince Higgins said the bus driver dropped off the boy and other children near the boy's house Friday afternoon and drove away. "When she pulled off, she didn't realize a child was standing there," he said. The boy, who media reports identified as Dominic Martin, was hit by the front and rear wheels of the bus, the preliminary police report said. He underwent surgery for internal injuries at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center. Police called the incident an accident and had not charged the driver as of Friday afternoon.

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