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February 18th, 2007 12:57 am by Staff Report







Kingsport library adds digital format


VDOT hits construction, budget targets


Dryden man sentenced to nine months


Rose Hill woman charged in break-in


Kingsport library adds digital format

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KINGSPORT - The Kingsport Public Library now has available Playaway, the first self-playing digital audio book, adding the digital format to its existing audio book collection. Not an MP3 or CD player and not software, Playaway is the self-contained audio equivalent of a book, half the size of a deck of cards. Using clearly marked buttons, Playaway gives listeners the option of placing digital bookmarks and controlling the speed of a narrator's voice, all while moving forward and back through audio book selections that can range from six to 24 hours. Additionally, Playaway has a universal headphone jack that works with almost any type of headphone or mobility accessory. If you do not have a headset, you can purchase one from the library for $1.


VDOT hits construction, budget targets

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RICHMOND - The Virginia Department of Transportation exceeded all construction and maintenance deadline and budget targets through the second quarter of fiscal year 2007, according to the agency's quarterly report issued this week. VDOT was due to complete 119 construction contracts by the end of the second quarter, which ended Dec. 31. Of those, 107 (90 percent) were completed on schedule. This exceeds the goal of 70 percent for this year and tops the 84 percent score for the second quarter of fiscal year 2006. VDOT also ended this fiscal quarter with 93 percent of construction projects completed within budget, compared with 86 percent for the same period last year. The department delivered 79 percent of its maintenance projects on time through the second quarter of this fiscal year, the same percentage completed on time by this time last year. The agency improved its on-budget performance on maintenance projects with 94 percent of projects completed within budget, compared with 88 percent for the same quarter last year.


Dryden man sentenced to nine months

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JONESVILLE - Michael William Hamilton, 34, P.O. Box 246, Dryden, was sentenced this week in Lee County Circuit Court to nine months in jail after being found guilty previously of receiving stolen goods, conspiracy, and assault and battery. Judge John C. Kilgore sentenced Hamilton to 12 months in jail and suspended nine months on the first charge, sentenced him to 12 months with 12 months suspended on the conspiracy charge, and sentenced him to 12 months with six months suspended on the assault charge. This led to an effective sentence of nine months in jail and two years of supervised probation with one year of unsupervised probation. Hamilton was also ordered to pay restitution to his victims.


Rose Hill woman charged in break-in

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JONESVILLE - A Lee County woman is free under a $500 unsecured bond on charges of break and enter to commit assault and battery and damaging property. Warrants against Athena Perry, 23, Route 1, Box 859, Rose Hill, allege that Tina Carroll was asleep the night of Jan. 31 when she was awakened by the sound of someone banging on her window. As she awoke, the warrant alleges, she saw Perry break the window, then the door and enter the mobile home, yelling and trying to start a fight with Carroll. Perry will be arraigned in Lee County General District Court on Wednesday.


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