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September 15th, 2013 12:00 pm by Staff Report

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Child killed, woman injured in Kingsport fire

Authorities are investigating a Tuesday morning blaze at a Kingsport home, where firefighters located a woman and a young child still inside the structure.

Rescuers pulled the pair from the residence, which was later found to have no working smoke alarms, but the child suffered fatal injuries.  

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Boy killed in Kingsport fire remembered, mother in critical condition

A 3-year-old boy has been identified as the victim of a fatal fire, leaving neighbors shocked by the tragic loss on their quiet Kingsport street.

Kingsport Fire Department Public Education Officer Barry Brickey confirmed Henley Dunbar was killed in the blaze. His mother, Nikki Dunbar, was transported by EMS to Holston Valley Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.

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Wellmont closing Lee Regional Medical Center

Lee Regional Medical Center will cease operations on Oct. 1 because of reimbursement cuts associated with Obamacare, extremely low community use of the hospital and a lack of consistent physician coverage, Wellmont Health System announced Wednesday.

The 70-bed facility has operated in Pennington Gap, Va., for more than 70 years, and had joined Wellmont in 2007.

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Lee County residents shocked, angered by hospital's closing

Wellmont Health System announced Wednesday the company would be closing Lee Regional Medical Center located in Pennington Gap.

The company cited various reasons for the closure, including reimbursement cuts associated with the Affordable Care Act, extremely low community use of the hospital and a lack of consistent physician coverage.

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Yenni's evaluation just short of 'exceptional'

Sullivan County Director of Schools Jubal Yennie is just short of “exceptional,” according to the county school board.

Yennie received a cumulative BOE evaluation score of 3.97 on a scale of 1 to 5, which is just short of  an exceptional 4.

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Securing Hawkins school entrances could cost up to $1.4 million

With extra police presence already on the way, Hawkins County school officials are now looking at installing secured waiting rooms at the entrance of every school in the system, which would cost between $1.4 and $1.167 million depending on a couple of options. 

On Sept. 5 the Hawkins County Board of Education heard a report from architect Don Solt on his recent study into what can be done to beef up security at the entrances of every school in the system. 

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Home at last: Jenny's rough journey has a happy ending

A “pound puppy” adopted from the Hawkins County Humane Society last week was so attached to the Corvette that carried her home mechanics had to remove the passenger seat to get her out of the car.

It’s been a rough journey for “Jenny,” who was adopted by a Bristol, Tenn., family on Sept. 3.

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The unspeakable: Cancer second-leading cause of death in children 15 and younger

John Good says when he first learned his daughter had brain cancer, it took a while for him to process what the doctors were telling him. 

“It didn’t hit me right away. It hit me later and I thought, ‘My child is one of the statistics,’” he said. 

John’s wife, Sarah, says something like this only happens to other people’s children, not your own. 

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Fire destroys Big Stone Gap building

Fire destroyed an unoccupied structure at the main intersection of downtown Big Stone Gap late Friday.

The intersection remained blocked off Saturday as fires still smoldered within the rubble of what had been a two-story building that had housed businesses on the street level and apartments above.

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Rogersville park recognized by state for variety of tree species

The shade offered by Crockett Spring Park’s 32 individual species of trees kept the hot sun off a group of Rogersville dignitaries who visited Wednesday afternoon to celebrate an honor recently bestowed on the park by the state Forestry Division.

The historic park, which is also the final resting place of Davy Crockett’s grandparents and Rogersville founder Joseph Rogers, is now one of Tennessee’s approximately 70 certified arboretums.

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