Burglar breaks into Rowe's Pharmacy
Rose Hill man sentenced for burglary
Northeast State to graduate 841
CoverTN reaches 2,000 enrollment
VDOT awards contracts for roadwork
Mother's Day card making party planned
KINGSPORT - Several prescription drugs were stolen from a Kingsport pharmacy early Monday morning. Between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m., Kingsport police were called to Rowe's Pharmacy on Memorial Boulevard after a robber broke into the store and escaped with bottles of oxycodone, Percocet and Roxicet. Anyone with information about the robber or stolen drugs is asked to contact Kingsport Police Department Detective Penny Makowski at 229-9303 or 229-9429.
JONESVILLE - Joseph Jean Good, 21, Route 1, Box 401-D, Rose Hill, was sentenced Tuesday in Lee County Circuit Court to 14 months in the Virginia State Penitentiary for his role in an October burglary of Tip Toe Market. Good had pleaded guilty to one count each of break and enter and grand larceny and two counts of conspiracy in February. In April, Judge Tammy McElyea took under advisement a recommendation by Good's probation officer for alternative sentencing. On Tuesday, McElyea cited Good's recently failed drug screen and the violence of the burglary before sentencing him to concurrent six-year prison terms on each charge. The judge then suspended all but one year and two months of the time and allowed Good credit for the time he has already served. Upon release he will have to serve five years on supervised probation or until complete restitution and court costs have been paid. McElyea further ordered that Good be employed within 30 days of his release or he will have to enroll in the day reporting program. Good was additionally ordered to obtain his GED and to participate in the roadside trash pickup program.
BLOUNTVILLE - Northeast State Technical Community College will award a record number of diplomas during its spring commencement ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in Memorial Center on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. A record 841 graduation applications were submitted for the 2006-2007 academic year at the Blountville-based school. Students submitting graduation applications are seeking 401 associate of science degrees, eight associate of arts, 329 associate of applied science, 91 technical certificates, and 12 academic certificates. Ninety students are graduating cum laude, 51 are magna cum laude, and 60 are summa cum laude graduates. The commencement's keynote speaker will be Allen Hurley, a 1993 graduate of Northeast State and president of Touchstone Wireless.
NASHVILLE - CoverTN, Tennessee's health insurance initiative for uninsured small businesses, reached the 2,000 enrollment mark April 30. Gov. Phil Bredesen launched the program in March, and coverage began April 1. To date, more than 12,000 businesses have prequalified. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee is the program's insurer. For more information on Cover Tennessee programs CoverTN, AccessTN, CoverKids and CoverRX, visit www.CoverTN.gov online or call 1-866-COVERTN.
RICHMOND - Six highway contracts were recently awarded in the Bristol District of the Virginia Department of Transportation. Patrick Construction Inc. of St. Paul received a $1.5 million contract to widen just over a mile of Route 736 in Washington County. A $1.3 million contract was awarded to Richardson-Wayland Electrical Co. of Roanoke to install overhead signs on Interstate 77 in Wythe County. Elk Knob Inc. of Pennington Gap received a $724,549 contract to replace the Route 52 bridge over Hunting Camp Creek in Bland County and a $215,362 contract to repair the Route 72 bridge over Little Stony Creek in Scott County. Estes Bros. Construction of Jonesville received a $315,031 contract to repair the Route 790 bridge over the Powell River in Wise County. Cleco Corp. received a $272,399 contract to repair the Route 604 bridge over the Levisa River in Buchanan County.
KINGSPORT - The Kingsport Parks and Recreation Department and New Vision Youth invite all children and youth in Kingsport to a Happy Mother's Day card making party Monday, May 7, at the V.O. Dobbins auditorium at 6 p.m. For more information call Johnnie Mae Swagerty, New Vision Youth director, at 246-6623.