Woman charged with felony child neglect
Gray man faces drug, traffic charges
New Vision Youth to present program
Archives has African American exhibit
Renaissance Center hosts artists reception
SVHEC to host Radford information sessions
JOHNSON CITY - The Johnson City Police Department responded Thursday to a complaint of two small children - ages 5 and 7 - left alone for approximately one hour, police said Friday. The subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of 34-year-old Kimberly Williams Lawton, 2 Trivette Concourse # 8, police said. Lawton was charged with one count of felony child neglect and one count of misdemeanor child neglect. Her bond was set at $2,500 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday in Washington County General Sessions Court, police said.
JOHNSON CITY - Officers of the Johnson City Police Department arrested Michael W. Bentley, 30, 105 Welcome Court, Gray, on the following charges: driving on a revoked license; possession schedule II; possession of schedule III for resale; possession of schedule IV for resale; possession of drug paraphernalia; and what police described as "numerous" traffic violations. Police say the arrest came after officers noticed a vehicle swerving in the roadway and the vehicle also had improper registration. Officers stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver - Michael Bentley. A license check revealed Bentley's license was currently revoked for DUI. Bentley was placed under arrest and upon searching Bentley and his vehicle, officers found a large quantity of drugs and cash, all of which have been seized along with the vehicle. Bentley's bond was set at $22,000 and he's scheduled to appear in Washington County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. Monday, police said.
KINGSPORT - New Vision Youth will present its fourth annual Black History program Feb. 11 at Bethel AME Zion Church beginning at 5 p.m. This year's program honors African American men and women in the education and medical fields. The themes are "A spoonful of medicine, and an open mind, and I will learn" and "From slavery to freedom." Individuals who want to be honored should contact Johnnie Mae Swagerty by calling 246-6623 by 3 p.m. Tuesday.
BLOUNTVILLE - The Sullivan County Archives this month is presenting a local African American exhibit in partnership with the Cedar Grove Foundation Inc. The exhibit is titled "Common Ground." The archives is located in the Sullivan County Courthouse in downtown Blountville. For more information contact Sullivan County Archives Director Shelia Steele Hunt at 323-4660.
KINGSPORT - The Kingsport Renaissance Center will host an opening reception this afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Art Gallery for "3 Women Celebrate Creation." The show features works by Kingsport artist Ann Vachon, watercolors by Virginia "Ginny" Wall of Jonesborough, and Barbara "Jake" Carter of Greeneville. The show, which went on display Jan. 27 and will continue until Feb. 21, is open to the public during the center's regular hours.
ABINGDON - Information sessions concerning the formation of new cohorts for Radford University in educational leadership, counseling and human development, and social work will be conducted at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon on Feb. 15 from 4 until 7 p.m. in Rooms 240 (educational leadership), 235 (counseling), and 233 (social work). New cohorts in educational leadership and social work will form in fall 2007, with classes beginning in late August. The next counseling cohort will form in fall 2008, with classes beginning in late August 2008. All classes for these graduate degree programs will be offered at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. Details about these degree programs are also available at www.radford.edu/gradcollege/.