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Hunter paralyzed in fall, new street drug and other stories you may have missed

October 28th, 2013 10:00 am by Staff Report

Hunter paralyzed in fall, new street drug and other stories you may have missed

A review of some of the interesting and important stories from the past week on

* Yard sale, silent auction to benefit hunter paralyzed in fall

Friends are banding together to help a Mount Carmel family of six whose lives have been drastically altered by a tragic hunting accident last week.

* Rock bottom: Police battle new illicit drug dubbed ‘gravel’

Local law enforcement are in the early stages of their battle against a new, potent street drug, saying it’s highly addictive and leaves many users with extreme paranoia.

* 10-year-old gray wolf at Bays Mountain Park euthanized

Wahya, a 10-year-old male gray wolf, had to be euthanized on Sunday after succumbing to the effects of myelopathy (spinal nerve degeneration), park officials announced on Monday.

* Kingsport planning to fund lots for $500,000 spec homes

Citing a lack of homes for sale priced at over $500,000, the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week told City Manager John Campbell to continue working on a plan to make city funding available to provide developers with lots on which to build spec homes in that price range.

* DCS tackles ‘toughest job in state government’

A 26-year-old mother with pink highlights in her hair appeared visibly nervous as she spoke to Chris Franklin outside a small rundown house on a ridge in Hancock County near the Tennessee-Virginia border.

* Kingsport BMA gives go-ahead on high-end housing incentive

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen has officially given City Manager John Campbell the go-ahead to develop a program aimed at providing home builders an incentive to build neighborhoods with houses priced at a minimum of $400,000 each.

* TDOT, Kingsport officials break ground for I-26 welcome center building

The Tennessee Department of Transportation expects its newest welcome center on Interstate 26 in Kingsport to open in July 2014 and serve about 400,000 visitors each year.

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