A look back at some of the past week's important and interesting stories you may have missed.
Tenn. grocers shoot for breakthrough in wine legislation
They’ve been shut out for more than five years, and now they’re ready to hit a home run.
Local comic aficionados bag $250,000 collection
Imagine coming across a rare comic book collection, complete runs of Marvel and DC dating back to the beginning of the Silver Age of Comics. The first appearances of Spider-man, Iron Man, Wolverine, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. Hard to believe, right? Not for two local collectors.
Drivers can now renew licenses at county clerk's office in Blountville
There’s a new option for renewing or replacing your Tennessee driver's license in Sullivan County — Sullivan County Clerk Jeanie Gammon’s main office in Blountville.
Eastman celebrates award for support of military employees
Publicly traded Eastman Chemical Co. again served notice on Monday that freedom doesn’t have a market price. Company and local officials dedicated and celebrated Eastman’s recent honor as a recipient of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
Grand openings set for new Wise schools
Ribbon cutting ceremonies for two new high schools were announced during Tuesday’s Wise County School Board session. The ceremony formally opening the doors to students and staff for the first time at Union High School in Big Stone Gap will be at 5 p.m. on Jan. 6. The ceremony for Central High School in Wise will be at 5 p.m. on Jan. 8.
Speaker at Kingsport ceremony urges veterans to share their experiences
Capt. Jay Emberton, operations officer and military science instructor at East Tennessee State University, urged veterans on Monday to stop using “just” and “only” in describing their service to the country, and to continue to share their military stories with friends and family, and not just at the VFW or American Legion hall.
Native American cultures come to Wise County schools
Haunting melodies of a cane flute and the beat of a deer-hide drum echoed through the hallways of L.F. Addington Middle School on Friday, echoes spanning centuries deep into the history of North America.
Festivals of trees sprouting up around the region
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Johnson City’s Hands On! Regional Museum, which is decking the halls for its 25th Annual Festival of Trees, a series of events that make up the museum’s biggest fund-raiser of the year.
Ramsey to serve as grand marshal of Kingsport Christmas Parade
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey will be grand marshal for the 87th annual Kingsport Christmas Parade.
Winners announced for Let's Move, Kingsport! walking challenge
Several hundred walkers throughout the city of Kingsport participated in the Let's Move, Kingsport! eight-week walking challenge, and the winners were announced last week.