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JOHNSON CITY - Last-minute federal income tax filers who mail their returns Tuesday evening will have to go to Johnson City to get the Tuesday, April 17, postmark and avoid a late return. A Kingsport Post Office official said the main Johnson City Post Office, 530 E. Main St., will be open until 11:59 p.m., while the Kingsport post offices on Eastman Road, Center Street and in Colonial Heights will operate on their regular hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Bristol Post Office official said it also would be open regular hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Johnson City main post office will open at 8 a.m. Because April 15 falls on a Sunday and April 16 is a holiday in Washington, D.C., the tax filing deadline has been delayed until Tuesday, April 17.

BMA candidate forum set for Monday

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KINGSPORT - The Kingsport Firefighters Association and the Kingsport Coalition of Police are hosting a Board of Mayor and Aldermen candidate forum Monday at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. The forum begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Six candidates are vying for three seats on the BMA in the upcoming May 15 city election.

Sagebrush, YMCA partner to raise funds

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KINGSPORT - Sagebrush of Kingsport and the YMCA have partnered for a fund-raising event on Thursday. There are three steps to participate: Request donation vouchers at the YMCA front desk, dine at Sagebrush on YMCA Day, and turn in the voucher with payment, Sagebrush will tally all vouchers and donate 10 percent to the YMCA Capital Campaign. For more information contact Jennifer Cheek, general manager of Sagebrush Kingsport, at 245-0067.

CONTACT Ministries slates annual dinner

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CONTACT Ministries, an agency of the Johnson City Area United Way, Greene County United Way and Unicoi United Way, will hold its 28th annual dinner Saturday, May 12, at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. to recognize volunteers for the hours of service answering the help-line for the residents of Northeast Tennessee and to commission new volunteers. Collectively, CONTACT volunteers gave more than 14,500 hours of service valued at more than $261,500 (based on Bureau of Labor Statistics for value of volunteer hours) in 2006. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey will be the keynote speaker. The general public and anyone interested in learning more about CONTACT Ministries is invited to the dinner. Tickets are $17 and may be reserved by calling 926-0144. CONTACT Ministries has been providing the following services since 1978: crisis intervention; information and referral to health, human and social service agencies as well as other organizations; and "reassurance" calls to the elderly and handicapped or those having medical conditions that require monitoring to check on their well-being on a daily basis.

Participants sought for veterans parade

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KINGSPORT - The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 979 is still seeking participants for its Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day Parade, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5. Veterans, veterans' families or anyone wanting to honor or remember a veteran, along with motorcycle riders and veterans with antique cars, are welcome. 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.

JC man arrested on DUI, drug charges

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JOHNSON CITY - Johnson City police arrested a 42-year-old Johnson City man early Saturday for driving under the influence. Andrew Odem, of 208 Belmont St., was stopped by police about 3:30 a.m. He was charged with fourth-offense DUI, and possession of Schedule I and VII drugs for allegedly possessing a bag containing 21 grams of cocaine, and a bag with a small amount of marijuana. Odem is being held on a $15,000 bond with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday in Washington County General Sessions Court.

JC woman arrested on shoplifting charge

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JOHNSON CITY - Johnson City police arrested a 57-year-old woman Friday evening after she allegedly tried to shoplift items from the J.C. Penney store on N. Roan Street. Edna M. Monday, of 569 Shanks Road, Blountville, is being held in Washington County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond. Monday took $1,077.86 worth of merchandise from the store, police said.

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