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JONESVILLE - A Tennessee man who was accidentally shot by his girlfriend at her Ewing home remains hospitalized in stable condition. Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons said Marty D. Eads, Charles Shoffner Loop, Lot 32, Harrogate, was accidentally shot in the upper abdomen with a .22-caliber handgun early Tuesday morning by his girlfriend, Connie Littrell, at her residence in Brackett Trailer Park, Route 2, Ewing. Eads was taken to Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital in Kentucky before being transferred to a Knoxville hospital in serious condition. Investigators said Thursday that Eads was in stable condition, and both Eads and Littrell said the shooting was an accident. No charges have been filed.

Suspect charged in Coeburn burglary

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COEBURN - A suspect has allegedly confessed to last December's break-in and burglary at S&N Communications in Coeburn. On Thursday, Coeburn Police Chief Willie Stout reported charges of breaking and entering and grand larceny for the theft of about $3,875 worth of tools and equipment have been leveled against Nathaniel Leonard, 28, of Pine Camp Road. Stout said in addition to other evidence and Leonard's confession, investigators recovered DNA evidence linking Leonard to the crime. The burglary occurred Dec. 20.

Bristol police warn public about scam

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - Bristol, Tenn., police are advising the public about a check-cashing scam after responding to a forgery. On Thursday, Bristol authorities responded to the Cash Express on Volunteer Parkway in reference to a forgery in progress. A person reportedly was trying to cash a check valued at $2,940.30 from a Dallas-based company called "Aviall." An investigation revealed that the individual trying to cash the check had received a letter from a company called "Latex Finance Incorporated" informing them that they had won $50,000. The letter informed the recipient that the enclosed check was "assistance" to pay for tax and administrative expenses. Bristol police are encouraging anyone who receives these or similar checks not to contact the sender or to attempt cashing the checks.

Police arrest two counterfeiting suspects

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BRISTOL, Va. - Bristol, Va., police arrested two men early Thursday and seized equipment used to make counterfeit money. Police said the arrests followed a complaint at the Zoomers station at Commonwealth and Euclid avenues. That complaint focused on a man trying to spend a phony $100 bill. Latorian D. McFerren, 26, 123 Park St. Apt. 2, Bristol, Va., was arrested at the station. Another man, Edward R. Williams, 28, 5005 Warren Road, Oakland, Tenn., was arrested a short time later. Police say information gathered during the arrest led them to Room 151 at the Knights Inn, where officers seized the counterfeiting equipment. McFerren has been charged with forging coin or bank notes and possession of a controlled substance. Williams was charged with forging coin or bank notes.

Eastman utility work to disrupt traffic

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KINGSPORT - Eastman Chemical Co.'s Tennessee Operations will conduct utility work at the intersection of Jared Drive, Young Road and Island Drive. As a result, normal traffic patterns at the intersection will be disrupted. Work will begin Monday and is expected to conclude within two weeks. During this time, two lanes of traffic will remain open on Jared Drive. However, Island Drive and Young Road will be closed at the intersection. Motorists are urged to seek alternative routes until the work is completed.

CoverTN has 3,000 enrollees

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NASHVILLE - CoverTN, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's affordable and portable health insurance initiative for uninsured small businesses, had 3,000 individuals enrolled as of May 9, the state has announced. Bredesen launched the program in March, and coverage began April 1. To date, more than 12,000 businesses have pre-qualified. CoverTN creates a partnership between the state, small businesses and their employees to provide coverage for the most needed medical services. CoverTN has no deductibles, and participants pay a $20 co-pay for a doctor's office visit and $10 for most prescription drugs. Premiums average $150 per month, which is shared among the state, the employer and employee so the monthly premium is $50 for each payer. For more information go to www.CoverTN.gov or call 1-866-COVERTN.

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