A sampling of some of the interesting and important stories appearing this past week on TimesNews.net.
* Kingsport man loses 135 pounds the old-fashioned way
Tyler Ramey was only 22 when he went to the doctor with cold-like symptoms. During that doctor’s visit, he learned that both his blood sugar and his blood pressure were too high.
* Wellmont considers aligning with another health system
Wellmont Health System announced Thursday it is considering “strategic options for the organization’s future,” including the possibility of aligning with another health system.
* Man finds 1951 Lynn View class ring in Holston, returns it to owner’s son
After 63 years of sitting at the bottom of a river, a lost high school ring was returned to the owner’s son on Wednesday.
* Judge refuses to dismiss smoke shop owners’ suit against Kingsport, Bristol
Though some of the claims against Kingsport and Bristol have been dismissed, a federal judge recently ruled the two cities would not be completely dismissed from the lawsuit.
* Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen open in Kingsport
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is bringing New Orleans-style cooking to its new East Stone Drive location.
* Conversion cost may force Rogersville theater to close
Like many small-town independent theaters across the country, the Cinema 4 in Rogersville may be forced to close its doors at the end of this month if it can’t afford to convert to a digital projection system.
* Kingsport Speedway under new management
When the new racing season kicks off at Kingsport Speedway this spring, Robert Pressley will no longer be running the show.