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Prescription drug epidemic, theater plans fade and more in this week's top stories

September 22nd, 2013 10:00 am by Staff Report

Prescription drug epidemic, theater plans fade and more in this week's top stories

A look back at some of the most interesting and important stories you may have missed over the week of Sept. 13 through Sept. 20.

* Men who rescued crash victims say they don’t consider themselves heroes

Chris Faber and his girlfriend had been heading to a restaurant on Saturday night. A car pulled out in front of Faber, and he witnessed the Acura narrowly miss one vehicle and then watched as the Acura hit the Expedition head-on.

* KPD sorts through conflicting statements in fatal crash

Kingsport police have yet to identify a woman who crossed into oncoming traffic on Saturday at 104 mph — igniting a head-on collision that killed both her and another driver — and continue weeding through conflicting witness statements about the incident.

* Quillin named new Kingsport police chief

David Quillin was one of two deputy chiefs at the department under former Chief Gale Osborne, and had been filling the position on an interim basis since Osborne's May 17 retirement.

* Prospects for planned Marquee Cinemas complex fading

The outlook for Marquee Cinemas locating a new theater behind the Kmart Supercenter does not look good.

* Prescription drug abuse at epidemic levels

An epidemic threatens the way of life for people who live in our region: Prescription drug abuse.

* Fishermen rescued after boat capsizes near Rogersville dam

One of the best fishing spots in Hawkins County is also one of the most dangerous, as two fishermen found out Wednesday morning when their boat capsized at a Holston River dam near Rogersville.

* Crash guru Dale Farmer set to retire from KPD

If you’ve driven past a crash inside the Kingsport city limits, you’ve likely spotted him snapping photos, taking statements or measuring skid marks.

* Prayer walk outside Hawkins jail focuses on inmates and their children

“I’m going to pray for everybody inside here because I know how they feel right now, and they need it,” Patricia Ward said. “I just served 28 days, and that was 28 days without my kids, so it was like a lifetime.”

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