Police arrest suspect in robberies
Radioactive waste incinerator on hold
Volunteers sought to work on trail
Va. legislature to recognize Mets pitcher
JOHNSON CITY - Almost immediately after asking the public for help in finding the person responsible for three recent convenience store robberies, Johnson City police arrested the man they believe committed those crimes and others. Investigators with the Johnson City Police Department on Tuesday charged Burrell P. Brigham III, 34, 711 Montgomery St., with multiple counts of theft under $500 and robbery. Authorities allege Brigham committed similar crimes at six area convenience stores over the past month, including three robberies and an attempted robbery Sunday and Monday at the By-Lo Market at 2307 Watauga Ave., the Chevron at 2900 N. Roan St., the Roadrunner Market at 2607 S. Roan St. and the Roadrunner Market at 527 Princeton Road. Brigham was charged with one count of aggravated robbery, one count of robbery, three counts of theft under $500, and one count of attempted theft under $500.
ERWIN - Facing vehement opposition in the community, Studsvik Inc. said Tuesday it has put on hold its plan to install a radioactive waste incinerator in Erwin until it can address concerns and questions people have raised. There is no timetable when the company would lift the project from the shelf, but Studsvik representatives said they plan to spend about the next week compiling the concerns. "It's become apparent to us that there are questions here in the community that can be properly answered, and so we have elected to put the project on hold in order to be able to address some more of these questions and concerns of the community," said company President Mike Hill. He said the company prefers to respond to people's concerns in a one-on-one session or through small groups.
JOHNSON CITY - Members of the community are invited to join East Tennessee State University students as they work on replacing an old, poorly graded section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. It is located near Iron Mountain, outside the town of Unicoi, some 20 miles from the ETSU campus. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot at the southeast corner of the University Parkway and South Roan Street intersection and then return following their day's work at 3 p.m. The venture is sponsored by the ETSU environmental studies minor program. For details about what to wear and what to bring visit the environmental studies Web site at www.etsu.edu/environmentalstudies/. For more information contact Kevin O'Donnell at 439-6679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLUEFIELD, Va. - Tazewell native and New York Mets All-Star pitcher Billy Wagner will be recognized today by both houses of the Virginia General Assembly for his efforts in the community, including the Second Chance Learning Center where he is a founding board member. The General Assembly is expected to convene at noon. Both houses of the General Assembly have approved resolutions commending Wagner. The Second Chance Learning Center is a nonprofit foundation located in Tazewell County that seeks to address the increased school dropout rate in Southwest Virginia by providing free counseling, tutoring, and mentoring for public school students with social and educational problems. In addition, the center provides scholarships to Southwest Virginia students who seek to continue their education in college or trade school.