A sampling of interesting stories you may have missed this week on Timesnews.net
Kingsport BMA tackles 'nightmare' on Roller Street
You would think Kingsport selling a surplus piece of property to Food City would be a routine matter and not something that lingers for months and has the Board of Mayor and Aldermen bitterly divided.
Aquatic center memberships lag far behind Y sign-ups
More than 1,200 people have joined the YMCA since December in the lead-up to the opening of its new facility. By comparison, less than 50 people have joined the Kingsport Aquatic Center since the city first started accepting memberships back in March.
Wayne McConnell, longtime Sullivan County commissioner, dies
McConnell, 65, has been a member of the Sullivan County Commission for more than a quarter of a century.
PERFECT: Sullivan South junior aces ACT
South's Taylor Pinto, who is a member of the band and involved in many other activities, has scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.
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Blue Cross Blue Shield: Premiums will cost everyone more in 2014
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST) is warning that its customers will face sticker shock with premiums next year because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.”
Kingsport schools ban all forms of smoking, tobacco
There’ll be no more blowing smoke at Dobyns-Bennett High School football games, even if it is water vapor from an electronic cigarette.
Rogersville Housing Authority residents petition board to remove director
Citing allegations of harassment and threats, several residents of the Rogersville Housing Authority presented the Board of Directors Thursday with a petition containing 114 names seeking the removal of RHA Director Becky Wolfe.
Gerald Sensabaugh decides to retire with Cowboys
Kingsport native Gerald Sensabaugh retired with the Dallas Cowboys after spending the last half of an eight-year career with them.
Sullivan County gun store owner says public still hoarding guns, ammo
An insecure public remains in a gun-buying panic mode more than four months after the Sandy Hook School shooting massacre, Shooter’s Edge General Manager Don Reimer told a Greater Kingsport Republican Women’s luncheon Monday.
Equalization plan calls for all Sullivan County high schools to lose teachers
Sullivan County’s four high schools would see a reduction of from three to about seven teachers each, under a Monday night school board vote to equalize pupil-teacher ratios.