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January 11th, 2007 11:54 pm by Staff Report








Authorities release names of Unicoi dead


N-S coal cars derail in Lee County


Kingsport physician surrenders license


Machinery stolen from construction sites


Lee IDA awards bid for building repairs


Authorities release names of Unicoi dead

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ERWIN - With permission from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department has officially released the names of the man and woman who died in what is believed to be a double suicide on Rich Mountain. According to the sheriff's department, Ronnie A. Huskins, 31, 261 Canah Hollow Road, Erwin, and Sandra Foster Baucom, 31, 1821 Zane Whitson Road, Apt. 54, Erwin, were the two involved. Sheriff Kent Harris said the two, who were friends, had been shot in the "neck area and above" Monday night.


N-S coal cars derail in Lee County

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STONE CREEK - The cause of a Norfolk Southern coal train derailment just off Route 606 near the Pocket community of Lee County is under investigation, but sabotage is not suspected, said railroad spokesman Robin Chapman. According to Chapman, the eastbound coal train was pulling 56 coal cars from McCloud, Tenn., to Andover, Va., when seven cars derailed at approximately 11:50 p.m. Wednesday. Crews worked through the night and had the track and nearby roadway cleared by early Thursday morning. While some coal was spilled, no one was injured in the accident, Chapman said.


Kingsport physician surrenders license

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KINGSPORT - Dr. Ted Hagen of Kingsport surrendered his license with the Tennessee Board of Examiners in Psychology effective Dec. 31, 2006, according to the monthly disciplinary action report issued by the Tennessee Department of Health. Hagen had been charged with unprofessional, dishonorable or unethical conduct and violating rules that prohibit sexual intimacies with former therapy patients. He was assessed case costs not to exceed $500.


Machinery stolen from construction sites

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JOHNSON CITY - Multiple pieces of machinery have disappeared from separate construction sites this week. According to a report filed with the Johnson City Police Department, someone stole a Bobcat grader valued at more than $36,700 from the new Wal-Mart construction site, 3009 W. Market St., sometime during the night Wednesday or early morning Thursday. The machinery was rented by the construction company and was a 2006 model that rolled on tracks, police said. During a similar time frame, someone stole a 2005 Caterpillar loader from a construction site at 3713 W. Market St. The machine was valued at $20,000 and had recently been purchased by the owner. It is yellow and is on tracks, police said. Anyone with information regarding the thefts is asked to contact the JCPD at 434-6166.


Lee IDA awards bid for building repairs

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JONESVILLE - The Lee County Industrial Development Authority on Thursday awarded the apparent low bid of $104,803.50 for renovations to the former Vamco Building No. 4 to Pete Sumpter General Contractors. Bids were due and opened at 2 p.m. Thursday, with only two bids being received. Chapman Construction of Gate City bid $132,000 on the project. The authority also authorized Director Tim Long to sign all contract documents so that work can begin as quickly as possible once engineers have approved all aspects of the bid. The board of directors also authorized Long to proceed with installation of a security system at the former DeRoyal building in Dryden.


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