A review of just a few of the interesting and important stories you may have missed this week on TimesNews.net.
* Student honored for shielding children from gunfire
What started as an innocent hayride on the night of Oct. 10 turned into a horror ride as Trevor Lee Burton allegedly opened fire on a group of children who were riding in a wagon being pulled by an ATV in a field near his home.
* Official’s refusal to comply with drug testing could cost county $17,541
Hawkins County Property Assessor Jeff Thacker said he won’t participate in the county’s “Drug Free Workplace” random drug testing program, even if it means losing the state’s 5 percent discount for workman’s comp insurance premiums.
* Stomach flu expected to increase in Southwest Virginia
Bah, humbug. A nasty microbiological Scrooge is making the rounds in Virginia.
* Kingsport city manager stepping down next July
After seven years as the Model City’s chief executive officer, City Manager John Campbell has announced his retirement effective July 2014.
* Sullivan County Commission accepts bid for Cedar Grove site
The Sullivan County Commission voted Monday to accept a bid of $97,000 for the former Cedar Grove Elementary School in the Bloomingdale community near Kingsport.