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Eastman's outstanding results, Hunger First founder killed, I26 welcome center work halted, and more stories you may have missed

February 2nd, 2014 8:34 am by Staff Report

Eastman's outstanding results, Hunger First founder killed, I26 welcome center work halted, and more stories you may have missed

*Eastman announces 'outstanding results' as 2013 sales, earnings increase
Eastman Chemical Co. announced Thursday $9.4 billion in sales revenue for 2013 — a 15 percent increase over 2012 — plus $1.9 billion in operating earnings for full year 2013 compared to $800 million in 2012.

*Founder of Kingsport outreach killed in wreck
The founder of a Kingsport outreach program for the needy and homeless has been killed in a vehicle crash.

*Reader donations help provide service dog for autistic Rogersville boy
With some help from the community, an autistic boy will be getting a special dog.
"Some people just sent envelopes with Jakob’s name and Rogersville on it,” Jakob's mother, Misha Nicastro, said.

*Jim Keesling, former KPD chief, passes away
Former Kingsport Police Chief Jim Keesling had a reputation for being tough as nails, commanding respect from within the department and throughout the community.

*Permit issue halts Interstate 26 welcome center work
Construction of a new Interstate 26 welcome center in Kingsport has temporarily come to a halt while an environmental permit — once thought to be valid — is re-obtained by the construction company performing the work, city and state officials explained last week.

*SBK animal shelter director takes reins as big plans develop
The Sullivan County/Bluff City/Kingsport Animal Center has a new leader, new goals and new vision for the future — including construction of a consolidated shelter centrally located in their service area.

*Train excursions give passengers chance to ride the rails
Norfolk Southern will partner with the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum for two historic steam train excursions this spring.

*Building may be finished, but Kingsport music school isn’t
The owner of a music school says he plans to continue giving lessons even though much of the building that housed his business was destroyed in a car crash early Saturday.

*Pactolus UMC still providing spiritual, physical support
As early as 1848, early settlers in the Pactolus community were worshipping regularly in a school house overlooking the railroad. The school house was known as “the factory” because there was a factory on the banks of a nearby river.

*High school students piling up more and more college credits
Used to be, high school was part of the road to college. Now, high school is becoming a merge lane for college in local school systems.

*Fundraisers under way for Rogersville Cinema 4
Multiple fundraising attempts have been launched recently to help the Rogersville Cinema 4 pay for new equipment for the impending switch to digital projection by all of the studios.

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