Local news in brief
Apr 21, 2007 at 12:12 PM
Great Kingsport Cleanup set for today
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KINGSPORT - To help celebrate Earth Day, Keep Kingsport Beautiful is organizing the Great Kingsport Cleanup and Earth Day Recycling Fair today. Volunteers are invited to help pick up trash along the Greenbelt from 10 a.m. to noon. "This event is an opportunity for everyone to take part in cleaning up our environment," said Teresa Brinkley, chairman of Keep Kingsport Beautiful. Volunteers will gather at the Greenbelt at Stonebrook Place across the street from Golfer's Edge on Stone Drive. Volunteers should wear old clothes and sturdy shoes or boots. Trash bags and gloves will be provided, and cash prizes will be awarded to the team that collects the most trash, and for the most unusual piece of trash found. Following the cleanup, lunch will be provided by Sagebrush Steakhouse and AYP Oil Change. Goodwill Industries will also be on-site to collect old plastic trash cans for recycling. The city of Kingsport recently issued new residential trash containers that are compatible with the city's new automated trash collection trucks. Residents who wish to dispose of their old containers can bring them to the Recycling Fair. Batteries, used clothing, cardboard and used motor oil will also be collected for recycling. The event is sponsored by Keep Kingsport Beautiful, Kingsport Public Works Department and Eagle 104.3 FM. Other sponsors include Eastman Chemical Co., Refine MediSpa, Honda and Glad ForceFlex. Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a program of the city of Kingsport and Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce.
VSP probes jail sexual assault accusation
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DUFFIELD - Virginia State Police are investigating an accusation of a sexual assault made against three guards at the Duffield Regional Jail last week. On about April 9, three guards allegedly assaulted a prisoner in the jail. The officers have since been fired, according to the Duffield Regional Jail.
Fort Henry Mall extends Sunday shopping hours
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KINGSPORT - The Fort Henry Mall has expanded its Sunday shopping hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. "Our department stores have had longer shopping hours than the mall for quite some time," said Kevin Harmon, general manager of Fort Henry Mall. "We have also received a lot of feedback from customers who wanted more time to shop on Sundays." Shopping hours at Fort Henry Mall are now: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fort Henry Mall is managed by General Growth Properties Inc., the second-largest U.S.-based publicly traded real estate investment trust based upon market capitalization. For more information, please visit www.ggp.com.
Tech-savvy awards nominations still open
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ABINGDON - The April 15 deadline for nominees for the 2007 Southwestern Virginia Technology Council Award Banquet has been extended to May 1. That means you still have time to nominate a local business that you know is using technology in a cutting edge way. Self-nominations are encouraged. Awards will be announced at the May 24 banquet at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. For more information on the Banquet, visit the Web site at www.swvtc.com. Award categories are: SWVTC High Tech E-Commerce Award, which recognizes businesses that have demonstrated excellence in the area of E-Commerce; SWVTC High Tech Small Business and Entrepreneur Award, which honors an individual or small business who has demonstrated outstanding success in the development of a technology-based, commercial enterprise; SWVTC High Tech in Education Award, which honors an educational institution that has demonstrated outstanding technology advancements; SWVTC High Tech in Government Award, which honors a governmental institution that has demonstrated outstanding technological advancements; and SWVTC High Tech Innovation Award, which highlights an innovative technology development with high potential for commercial success.