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Traffic fatalities, commissioner's potential conflict of interest and other top stories

September 29th, 2013 10:00 am by Staff Report

Traffic fatalities, commissioner's potential conflict of interest and other top stories

Take a look at some of the important and interesting stories you may have missed this week on

* Stone Drive paving project delayed

A major street resurfacing project for Stone Drive, originally
scheduled to take place this past summer, is off the table for this
year, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has confirmed.

* Hawkins commission debates one member’s conflict of interest Nine
commissioners acknowledge either a director or an indirect conflict of
interest prior to every Hawkins County Commission meeting.

* Police ID pedestrian killed on Lynn Garden Drive

A Kingsport pedestrian was killed Tuesday morning after reportedly stepping in front of a vehicle in the Lynn Garden community.

* Kingsport traffic fatalities hit eight-year high

Though Kingsport's 14 traffic fatalities in 2013 are the most seen in a calendar year since 20 deaths in 2005, police say there's little they can do about the overriding factors in such tragedies: poor decisions and habits of motorists themselves.

* Kingsport Aquatic Center shifts gears for fall, winter

The Kingsport Aquatic Center has shifted into fall and winter mode by announcing a host of new programs and classes, from deep water fitness to water aerobics and yoga.

* Airfield lighting system problem causes flight to TCRA to be diverted

A Monday evening Delta Connection flight coming into Tri-Cities Regional Airport had to be diverted to Knoxville after problems developed with the airfield lighting system, TCRA Executive Director Patrick Wilson said.

* Home sweet hummingbird home: ‘Feisty’ Rufous breed now spending winters in Tri-Cities area

It turns out that our area is right on a migratory path for the Rufous hummingbird. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology calls this little bird “the feistiest hummingbird in North America.” In the spring, the Rufous can be found in California. Then they summer in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

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