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Charter Communications is offering its telephone customers 30 free minutes of international calling on Mother's Day to help families keep in touch with loved ones around the world. Customers can dial *HELLO (*43556) from their home phones and be able to call friends and family on their wireline phones in more than 200 countries. "Mother's Day traditionally has the highest calling volume of any day of the year - more than Christmas or Thanksgiving," said Ted Schremp, senior vice president and general manager for Charter Telephone. "And today, with so many loved ones stationed overseas, serving our country, Charter is pleased to offer families this opportunity to connect with one another."

Head Start accepting applications

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KINGSPORT - The Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency's Head Start program is accepting applications for 3- and 4-year-old children for the 2007-08 school year. Applications will be taken for 3-year-olds. In the event there are not enough 4-year-olds to fill up the program, 3-year-olds will be accepted. Head Start provides services to 3- and 4-year-olds with special needs. Head Start provides educational, medical, dental, nutritional, mental health and transportation services to enrolled children and their families. To receive an application call 246-6180.

Lee Relay for Life Idol contest rescheduled

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PENNINGTON GAP - The first round of the "Relay Idol" fund-raiser sponsored by the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Committee of Lee County originally planned for May 19 has been rescheduled for June 9 at 7 p.m. in the Lee High School Auditorium in Ben Hur. The competition will immediately follow the Cancer Survivors Dinner scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in the Lee High Commons. "Idol" hopefuls will perform, and the top five finalists will be chosen by the cancer survivors. The top five finalists will move on to perform at the 2007 Lee County Relay for Life on June 22, where the winner will be chosen. The winner will have the opportunity to record a professionally produced CD, which will air on local radio. The "Relay Idol" competition will be open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Lee County Relay for Life. For more information about the Cancer Survivors Dinner contact Deb Rhea at (276)546-1915, Angela Turley at (276)346-1492 or Donna Kolb at (276)346-3551.

Pennington Gap plans July 4 celebration

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PENNINGTON GAP - The town of Pennington Gap is seeking entertainment for its Independence Day celebration on July 4 at Leeman Field Park. Volunteers are also being sought to assist with sporting events and in decorating. For more information or to volunteer call Town Manager Tina Rowe at (276)546-1177.

Elizabethton woman charged with assault

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JOHNSON CITY - A 21-year-old Elizabethton woman was arrested Friday evening by Johnson City police for allegedly trying to stab another person at 122 Wilson Ave. An investigation by police resulted in Tina M. Sumner of 900 E. Elk Ave. being arrested for aggravated assault. Sumner is being held at the Washington County Detention Center with a $5,000 bond. A preliminary arraignment hearing is scheduled for Monday in Washington County Sessions Court.

JC man charged with identity theft

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JOHNSON CITY - A Johnson City man was arrested Friday on a charge of identity theft. Steven Delgado of 1726 Dave Buck Road was arrested on the charge. Police initially interviewed Delgado as a victim in a shooting at Club 1121 on North Roan St. That incident occurred May 7. Delgado identified himself at that time as Curtis Lambert and tried to defraud the Johnson City Medical Center by giving that name when he was admitted for treatment, police said. Delgado is being held in the Washington County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment Monday.

Lottery to make 4 people millionaires

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NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Lottery is about to make four people millionaires. The four $1 million prizes will be doled out Monday evening in the lottery's first Million $ Madness game. Lottery officials will cut off ticket sales when 800,000 are sold - a number nearly reached as the weekend began - which will leave ticket holders with a 1 in 200,000 chance to win $1 million. Tickets cost $10 apiece.

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