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Staff Report • Jun 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Roe doesn't think NSA leaker is a traitorConfessed intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is not a traitor, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe told reporters last week.Gay scouts impact: Local Scout Council leader says area churches’ decisions not yet knownDespite concerns about churches possibly dropping their associationwith Boy Scouts of America because of a new policy allowing gay Scouts, alocal scout executive said it was too early to know the impact on areascout troops.Women Rule: Several female-owned businesses popping up in downtown KingsportFor years, Christy Hudson dreamed of owning her own fashion boutique. But with two young children and a full-time job as a nurse, the time never seemed right. Until now. Bays Mountain not receiving wolf pupsAs a result of an unsuccessful breeding season, Bays Mountain Park will not be receiving new wolf pups this summer as previously expected.Sullivan commissioner favors special school districtsSullivan County Commissioner Pat Shull said Wednesday that he would like to see a plan to morph the current three school systems operating in the county — Sullivan County, Kingsport and Bristol — into three special school districts.Ramsey predicts push for changes in law covering decongestantsThere will be a “huge push” next year to require nasal decongestant medicines like Sudafed to be prescription only, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey told a Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors legislative luncheon Wednesday. Sullivan County call center adding 128 jobsU.S. Solutions Group, Inc. will expand its call center operations on West State Street, invest $117,000 and create 128 new jobs, state officials announced Wednesday.Local homeschoolers ready to dive into sportsHomeschooled student Carly Williams is ready to join the Sullivan Central High School swim team this fall. She was ready last year, but she wasn’t allowed.‘Stars were in alignment’ when ‘Papa Joe’ came to UVa-WiseGet Joseph C. “Papa Joe” Smiddy near a microphone and his banjo generally won’t be too far behind. Such was the case on Tuesday during rededication ceremonies for a building named in his honor at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.Kingsport BOE approves tuition breakCity and city school system employees living outside the municipal limits but in Tennessee will get a break on city school tuition for their children starting in 2013-14.

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