A review of some of the interesting and important stories from the past week on TimesNews.net.
* 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.
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.