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Staff reports • Jun 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Va. man drowned on horseback identified, witness describes scene

A pleasant day of horseback riding turned suddenly tragic when one of the riders, and his horse drowned in Bark Camp Lake on Saturday. Read the story here.

Dead bear found on Wilcox Drive

It’s not uncommon to see a dead opossum, squirrel or groundhog lying in or on the side of the road in Northeast Tennessee. But a black bear? Read the story here.

After 40 years, Dobyns-Bennett's Hoover steps down as full-time teacher

David Hoover began his career as one of the youngest teachers ever at Dobyns-Bennett. Read the story here.

46 have applied to become Kingsport's next police chief

Forty-six people from across the country have applied for Kingsport’s vacant police chief position, including the city’s two highest-ranking officers and eight current or former police chiefs at other agencies. Read the story here.

Big numbers turn out for first Coty Sensabaugh Football Camp

It’s been a few years since Coty Sensabaugh roamed the field at J. Fred Johnson Stadium. From there, he took his talents to Clemson University and then on to the NFL with the Tennessee Titans. Read the story here.

New Fun Fest events aimed at physical activity, competition

Fun Fest 2013 Chairperson Lorrie Cooper announced a number of new events that will encourage physical activity in a press conference this morning at the Kingsport Aquatic Center. Read the story here.

Elizabethton Twins bus involved in fatal Florida crash

A charter bus carrying the Elizabethton Twins baseball team from its training facilities in Florida to Elizabethton was involved in a fatal crash early Tuesday morning near Jacksonville. Read the story here.

Some Hawkins fire departments not always responding to fire calls

Hawkins County’s Emergency Management Agency director told county commissioners last week that there is a growing problem with volunteer fire departments dispatched as first responders not answering fire or other emergency calls. Read more here.

Hawkins school official fired after missed IRS payments lead to fines

Hawkins County Schools Finance Director Myron Dale was fired Monday, leaving behind $166,000 in federal fines and a proposed 2013-14 budget that the Board of Education wasn’t prepared to “trust” Monday night. Read the story here.

Double-dipping allegations in Hawkins County schools spur TBI probe

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations that some Hawkins County School System employees have been getting paid for driving school buses while they were still on the clock for their regular school jobs.Read the story here

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