Vandals damage Sullivan Central buses
Special delivery ends in four arrests
Johnson City man surprises intruder
Parade will honor Vietnam veterans
Miss Kingsport applications available
Jaycees to hold Kentucky Derby Party
BLOUNTVILLE - Fifteen school buses parked at Sullivan Central High School were extensively vandalized early Wednesday morning, according to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. The SCSO said an officer spotted two white males standing near the buses during a routine patrol check about 2:40 a.m., but the suspects ran away and were not located. A check of the buses revealed seats in all 15 had been cut. The vandals also sprayed powder from a fire extinguisher inside each, as well as inside the Sullivan Central field house. The incident is under investigation.
JOHNSON CITY - A controlled delivery of nearly 30 pounds of marijuana Tuesday netted four arrests for agents of the 1st Judicial District Drug Task Force. An investigation began when authorities learned of a package that was shipped from Donna, Texas, to an address in Johnson City and subsequently issued a warrant to search it. Inside the package, agents discovered approximately 28 pounds of marijuana concealed in a dorm refrigerator. On Tuesday, an undercover agent delivered the package to the recipient's address, 2003 Indian Ridge Road. A short time after the package was delivered, the Johnson City Police Department's SWAT team executed a search warrant at the residence. Kenny Andrew Human, 19, of the residence, and Sean Michael Sims, 20, 287 Laurel Road, were charged with possession of Schedule VI narcotics over 10 pounds and conspiracy to distribute Schedule VI narcotics in a school zone. A juvenile at the home was arrested on the same charges. Steven Lee Carver, 24, of the residence, was charged with maintaining a dwelling where controlled substances are distributed in a school zone. The U.S. Postal Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration and several branches of the Johnson City Police Department assisted in Tuesday's delivery and arrests. The DTF's investigation is continuing, and more arrests are expected.
JOHNSON CITY - Johnson City's Robert Johnson must not sing in the shower. If so, he may not have heard the intruder in his Foxborough Lane home. According to the Johnson City Police Department, Johnson was in the shower when he heard a noise in his bedroom about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. He exited the shower and entered the room just in time to see a man flee. Luckily, Johnson got a look at the man's face and recognized him as Jerry W. Pearce. Police say Pearce was apprehended a short time later.
KINGSPORT - A parade to honor Vietnam veterans will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Kingsport. Sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 979, the parade honors all who served during the Vietnam War years. All veterans, families of veterans and anyone who wants to honor or remember a veteran is welcome. The staging will begin at 8:15 a.m. at the corner of Cumberland and Main streets, and the parade will travel down Main Street to the Clay Street parking lot. For more information, call 726-2054, 245-2148, 288-7780 or 357-3403.
KINGSPORT - Applications for contestants to enter the Miss Kingsport Scholarship Pageant will be accepted through June 1. The pageant, which will be held July 7 at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, is open to any woman who will be a high school graduate or equivalent by June 30, 2008, has resided in Tennessee for the past six months, is not younger than 17 by the time of the local competition and no older than 24 by Sept. 30, 2008, is a U.S. citizen, and has never been pregnant or married. Applications are available at www.kingsportjaycees.org and at the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street. The pageant is sponsored by the Kingsport Jaycees and Holston Valley Medical Center. For more information, call Cindy Lemons at 247-1727.
KINGSPORT - The Kingsport Jaycees, an organization for adults 21 to 40, will hold a Kentucky Derby Party for members and guests from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel on John B. Dennis Highway, next to Damon's. The Kentucky Derby begins at 6 p.m. Dress is business casual, and women are encouraged to wear hats. A barbecue dinner will be available, and door prizes will be given away.