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KINGSPORT - The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 929 plans to sponsor a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5. The chapter is seeking participants including veterans, veterans' families, or anyone wanting to honor or remember a veteran to march in the parade. Motorcycle riders and veterans with antique cars are welcome, too. The parade will honor men and women who served in the U.S. military at any duty station from 1962 to 1975. If interested in participating, call 726-2054, 245-2148, 288-7780 or 357-3403.

VDOT statewide spring pickup event set

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RICHMOND - Adopt-a-Highway volunteers have rallied to make the commonwealth more beautiful just in time for Historic Garden Week visitors each April since 1988. But this year there's another reason to make Virginia's roadways sparkle: The queen in coming. In commemoration of America's 400th anniversary, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is coming to Virginia May 3-4. Volunteers will be out in force on April 14 to participate in Virginia's statewide spring pickup. Motorists should be on the lookout for "Cleanup Crew Working" signs along with volunteers dressed in bright orange vests and armed with bright orange bags. The Virginia Department of Transportation program includes thousands of volunteers who are encouraged to clean up their adopted stretch of road at least four times a year. Most make a point to clean up for this annual statewide spring cleanup day. For information visit www.VirginiaDOT.org or call 1-800-774-3382.

Environmental Reading Program continues

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KINGSPORT - Keep Kingsport Beautiful in conjunction with reading sponsor Appalachian Electric Power will once again provide an Environmental Reading Program in Kingsport City Schools. Community leaders will be reading books on environmental issues. The books address real-world issues including litter, graffiti, stewardship of the earth, beautification, the value of trees and forests, and the impact just one person can make on the environment. Protecting the environment and supporting education are priorities at AEP, as well as educating students early about the value of natural resources. Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a partnership of the city of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce.

Lee man sentenced on drug charges

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JONESVILLE - Jason Joseph Kenneth Johnson, 31, Main St., St. Charles, was sentenced Friday in Lee County Circuit Court to one year and nine months in prison after being found guilty of two counts of distributing Oxycodone. Johnson was sentenced to five years in the Virginia State Penitentiary on one charge and given a concurrent 10-year sentence on the second count. The court then suspended all but one year and nine months of each sentence in lieu of eight years and three months of supervised probation. Johnson was further ordered to complete the day reporting program and to pay restitution.

Escapee sentenced to 2½ years in prison

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JONESVILLE - A Richlands man who walked off from a work detail at Leeman Field in Pennington Gap last November while serving time at the Duffield Regional Jail was sentenced Friday in Lee County Circuit Court to two years and six months in the Virginia State Penitentiary. James William Culbertson Jr., 44, 1828 Fourth St., Richlands, had previously pleaded guilty to the charge and on Friday was sentenced to five years in prison. The court then suspended two years and six months of the time in lieu of an equal amount of supervised probation, payment of restitution and payment of court costs.

Big Stone Gap woman sentenced

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JONESVILLE - Melyssa Lynn Rogers, 27, 2832 E. Fourth St., Big Stone Gap, was sentenced Friday in Lee County Circuit Court to 90 days in prison after being found guilty earlier of uttering a forged check. Rogers had originally been charged with forgery and uttering, but the forgery charge had been dismissed. She was sentenced to four years in the Virginia State Penitentiary, but the court suspended all but 90 days in lieu of probation and restitution. The court allowed the probation to run concurrently with probation she is serving in Radford.

Johnson City police arrest four men

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JOHNSON CITY - Following a complaint of embezzlement, four men were arrested by Johnson City police Friday at Goody's, 2011 N. Roan St. Ming Lee Ng, 19, of 1301 Seminole Drive #21; Travis Hensley, 19, of 105 Hickory Springs Road; Lance Parsons, 20, of 136 Snyder Drive; and a male juvenile were arrested and charged with embezzlement over $3000. The adults are being held in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bond with arraignments scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday in Washington County General Sessions Court, according to police. The juvenile was released to the custody of his mother by permission of juvenile court authorities.

Man faces various charges

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JOHNSON CITY - Johnson City police conducting traffic enforcement in the area of Indian Ridge Road and Warrior Lane clocked a red Nissan Sentra at 60 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop. The vehicle continued to evade and suddenly stopped at 2903 Russum Ave., which is the residence of the driver. The driver, Travis R. Williams, 35, then attempted to flee on foot at which time he was apprehended. Williams was charged with driving under the influence - 4th offense, felony evading, speeding, improper passing and violation of the implied consent law. Williams is currently being held in the Washington County Detention Center under a $12,000 bond. Williams' preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday in Washington County General Sessions Court.

JC man faces drug charges

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JOHNSON CITY - Johnson City police stopped a vehicle for speeding about 1:30 a.m. Friday on King Springs Road. During the course of the investigation a police canine gave a positive response to the presence of illegal narcotics, according to police. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Ashley N. Drakeford, 23, of 1700 Dave Buck Road Apt# 28. Drakeford was placed under arrest for Possession of Schedule II (crack and powder cocaine) for resale. A passenger in the vehicle, Danielle M. Green, 22, of 1700 Dave Buck Road Apt # 28, was charged with possession of Schedule III Loritab pills for resale and possession of Schedule VI marijuana for resale. Bond for Drakeford's release was set at $10,000 and $15,000 for Green. Drakeford and Green are scheduled to appear in session's court at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Elizabethton man arrested

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JOHNSON CITY - Officers of the Johnson City Police Department arrested Norman R Rainwater of 116 West L St., Elizabethton, on charges of theft over $1000. The arrest came following an investigation into an embezzlement at Tennessee Title Loans where Rainwater was employed, according to police. Rainwater was arrested and transported to the Washington County Detention Center.

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