Ben Hur, VA

Evarts council discusses sewer project

The Evarts City Council discussed an upcoming sewer project during the panel’s regular meeting on June 23. Mayor Eddie Manning brought the council up to speed. “We’ve had our engineer looking over our sewer plant for a while now,” Manning said. “There’s a lot of updates he thinks we need.”
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Johnson City Press

Gate City set to host inaugural Red, White and Blue Bash

GATE CITY — This year marks the first year Gate City Frontier will host its Red, White and Blue Bash in downtown — but that doesn’t mean it won’t feature old-fashioned, Independence Day activities and tradition. Gate City Frontier will host its inaugural celebration on Saturday,...
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Name released in deadly Bell County crash

BALKAN, Ky. (WYMT) - A Bell County woman is dead after a single car crash Tuesday evening. According to officials from Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan, one car was traveling along KY-2012 near the intersection with Balkan Road when the car crashed. 42-year-old Elizabeth Noe of Balkan was...
Kingsport Times-News

Southwest Virginia gearing up for Independence Day celebrations

The big bang theory this weekend may be testing how many Independence Day celebrations you can attend in Southwest Virginia. Wise, Lee and Scott counties and Norton will host several Fourth of July events from Friday to Monday, with a range of celebrations, food, games, and rockets’ red glare.

Harlan Independent Middle School welcomes new principal

Harlan Independent Middle School will have a new principal in place for the upcoming school year, with current Harlan Independent High School teacher Mike Bolton selected to fill the position. Harlan Independent Schools Superintendent C.D. Morton gave some background on the new assistant principal. “Mike Bolton is a 20-year veteran...
Kingsport Times-News

Assistant chief: Appalachia Fire and Rescue layoffs on hold

APPALACHIA — Appalachia Fire and Rescue has put plans to lay off personnel on hold. Travis Anderson, the organization’s assistant chief, said Tuesday that discussions with some members of the Wise County Board of Supervisors led to a change in last week’s plans to lay off some of the 12 paid fire and EMS personnel and stop providing medical service.
Kingsport Times-News

Judges visit Hawkins County Commission to present proposal for drug recovery center

ROGERSVILLE — Five East Tennessee judges attended this week’s Hawkins County Commission meeting to present a proposal for the Northeast Tennessee Regional Recovery Center and ask the county to contribute its Baby Doe money to help fund the facility. At Monday’s commission meeting, Circuit Court Judge Alex Pearson...
Kingsport Times-News

Fourth of July festivities abound

Whether you’re looking for outdoor fun, live music, food or fireworks, there’s plenty to choose from. Here’s a look at just a few of the festivities on tap in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for the Fourth of July holiday:. • Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield,...


Patricia Faye Robbins, 80, born on August 5, 1941, in Norton Virginia, died on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Jefferson City, TN. A loving wife, mother, granny, great granny and great great granny. She loved God and loved her family. She is reunited in heaven with her husband and son. She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Ada Caudill; husband, Hershell Robbins; baby and son, Timothy Robbins; brother, Carlton Caudill; sisters, Phyllis Ramey and Peggy Rose.


Jennifer Lynn Crawford Hill, 62, of Norton, died Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at Holston Valley Medical Center. She was a graduate of J.J. Kelly High School. She was a former nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital and later worked in many homes caring for patients. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Edward Crawford and Virginia Faye Collins Hawk; her grandparents, H.J. and Daisy Collins and Earl and Ruby Crawford.

Surgoinsville business owner wrongfully denied beer permit sues town for damages

Amanda Wolfe, owner of Surgoinsville’s Rack Em Up Pool Hall, finally received an on-premises beer permit in March after suing the town to receive it. Now, Wolfe is bringing a civil suit against members of the town’s beer board individually for damages, as she alleges she lost thousands of dollars of potential revenue while operating without the wrongfully-denied beer permit. Circuit Judge Thomas Wright ruled in March that Wolfe’s on-premises...

Mac McClung on Lakers Summer League roster

Gate City native Mac McClung will once again be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers Summer League team. The Lakers announced their roster on Tuesday and McClung was one of 13 players listed. McClung played on the Lakers Summer League team in 2021. McClung was a member of the...