A look back at some of the past week's important and interesting stories you may have missed.
Kingsport BMA OKs rezoning for gun shop
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a controversial rezoning during its regular meeting Tuesday night, paving the way for a gun shop to open for business across the street from Andrew Jackson Elementary School.
Many Kingsport motorists encountered a bizarre sight on Monday morning — a horse galloping through traffic on both Interstate 26 and Stone Drive.
Sullivan firefighters display new mobile training unit
Thanks to donations, some federal Homeland Security grant monies, and a year’s worth of work by local volunteers, firefighters from across Sullivan County have a new training, public education and recruitment tool.
Jingle bell java: Proceeds from Riggs Oil markets’ coffee sales will go to children’s Christmas fund
For nearly 25 years now, one chain of convenience stores in Southwest Virginia has been making Christmas more special for hundreds of less fortunate children throughout the region.
Veterinarian’s efforts help KPD purchase trauma kits for K9s
The second-oldest K9 unit in Tennessee honored a local veterinarian on Wednesday, as her recent fundraising efforts have allowed the Kingsport Police Department to purchase first aid trauma kits for their four-legged officers.
Merger creates new Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church in Bluff City
Not too long ago, Holy Resurrection Antiochian Orthodox Church in Johnson City had a priest, but no church building to call its own. In Bluff City, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church had a church building, but no priest.
D-B band finishes 3rd in Class 3A, falls short of finals at BOA Grand Nationals
The Dobyns-Bennett High School band finished third in Class AAA on Saturday at the prestigious Music for All's Bands of America Grand National Championships. Unfortunately, the stellar performance wasn't enough to propel the Tribe into the elite field of 12 finalists slated to compete for the national title.
Surgoinsville bridge closing for 3-4 weeks
People who live on the south side of the Holston River in the Surgoinsville area will have one more period of major inconvenience before what will hopefully be decades of smooth travels over a new bridge.
Scott County gearing up to celebrate bicentennial
With Scott County’s bicentennial year less than two months away, tourism officials announced plans Tuesday to have area residents add their own touch to the 200th birthday celebrations.
Run fast, bark loud: AniMile races back to Kingsport
Participants are invited to “Run Fast. Bark Loud” at this year’s AniMile & Human Race, scheduled for Nov. 23 in downtown Kingsport.
Somber duty: Kingsport man recalls standing watch over JFK's body
For Jim McClellan, part of the Air Force Honor Guard in Washington, D.C.,
during the 1960s, a few somber days in late November 1963 make up the
most memorable moment of his 20 years in the military.