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    Prison company pays $8 million in back wages

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    The nation's largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in California... More>>

    Missing US photojournalist James Foley beheaded by ISIS

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    American photojournalist James Wright Foley has been allegedly beheaded by the Islamic State, or ISIS, according to the group.  More>>

    Historic "Clinchfield 100" rail car open for tours this weekend

    On Saturday, you'll be able to walk inside the newly restored "Clinchfield 100." On Saturday, you'll be able to walk inside the newly restored "Clinchfield 100."
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    The public will get a rare look inside a piece of railroad history this weekend.On Saturday, the newly restored "Clinchfield 100" will be open for tours.  Back in May, News Channel 11 reported on the restoration of the famous car, the "Clinchfield Railroad Business Car 100," which served as the Clinchfield Railroad President's car. More>>

    Va Senator Kaine talks telecommunications, Iraq

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    A prominent Virginia Democrat came to the Tri-Cities Tuesday to survey the region's telecommunications needs. More>>

    The Southern Churn: serving up ice cream, candy on State Street

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    The lifelong dream of a Bristol business woman is finally becoming a reality. More>>

    Patient in CA hospital being tested for Ebola

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    An unknown person has been admitted to a California hospital and tested for a possible Ebola infection.

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    MO Gov. Nixon: 'Vigorous prosecution' needed after death of Michael Brown Video included

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    With Michael Brown's funeral scheduled for Monday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made his boldest statement since Brown's death, saying in a statement that "a vigorous prosecution must be pursued." 

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    Storm Team 11 Weather: Scattered Showers possible overnight

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    Scattered showers possible overnight
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    Acid spill forces Johnson City pharmacy evacuation

    Around 12:30 p.m., what the Johnson City Fire Department called a small quantity of hydrochloric acid spilled in the storage room behind West Towne Pharmacy, 1619 W Market St. . Around 12:30 p.m., what the Johnson City Fire Department called a small quantity of hydrochloric acid spilled in the storage room behind West Towne Pharmacy, 1619 W Market St. .
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    An acid spill forced the evacuation of a Johnson City pharmacy Tuesday afternoon.Around 12:30 p.m., what the Johnson City Fire Department called a small quantity of hydrochloric acid spilled in the storage room behind West Towne Pharmacy, 1619 W Market St.
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    Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk

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    A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination. More>>

    Chafin wins VA Senate 38th race, GOP keeps control of State Senate

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    Republicans appear likely to retain control of the state Senate with the apparent victory of GOP candidate Ben Chafin in a special election for the 38th district. More>>

    Eatery that served toxic tea had labeling citation

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    A Utah restaurant where a woman unknowingly drank iced tea mixed with chemicals, and nearly died, was cited seven months earlier for improper food labeling. More>>

    Liberia president declares Ebola curfew

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    Liberia's president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital. More>>

    Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

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    Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza... More>>

    Sheriff: Ex-Marine inquired about body disposal

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    A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said. More>>

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry turns himself in for booking Video included

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    The Texas governor called the charges against him "baseless" and also said his actions were lawful and the right thing to do. More>>

    Guilty verdict for Rocky Mount man charged with putting child in scalding water Video included

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    A Rocky Mount was in court Tuesday morning facing child abuse charges after police say he put a toddler in a bathtub of scalding water. More>>

    Local police departments discuss use of military gear Video included

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    Civil unrest in Ferguson Missouri has Americans across the United States questioning local police department's use of military grade equipment. News Channel 11 asked local police department about the military tools they have at their disposal.In Johnson City the police department has an array of military grade gear for emergency use, including an armored Humvee and MRAP. "It's not front line equipment by any stretch of the imagination but its better to have it and not need it than to need it ... More>>

    BMS general manager and fans react to rumors about spring race date change Video included

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    You might have heard the rumors that the wishes of NASCAR fans for a spring race date change at Bristol Motor Speedway have been granted.For years, the March weather for the Food City 500 has been unpredictable even to the point of a snow-covered track.Bristol Motor Speedway has asked NASCAR for the date to be later in the spring and we've recently heard reports the race will be changed to mid-April.“We are still in conversations with NASCAR nothing's been finalized yet, and as soon as we hav... More>>

    Tweetsie Trail Trek Tongue Twister Challenge

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    How many times can you say Tweetsie Trail Trek within 15 seconds?  We want to know. All it takes is three easy steps.  More>>

    TDOT to remove sign erected after Boy Scout's death Video included

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    A memorial sign erected for a 13-year-old Rutherford County boy killed on I-24 in Smyrna will be removed by TDOT. More>>

    Wise County, Va., mother sentenced in death of 2-year-old Emma Video included

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    A Virginia mother pleaded guilty Tuesday in the 2012 murder of her 2-year-old child rather than stand trial. More>>

    Motor oil spill on U.S. Highway 19 in Russell County, Va.; cleanup complete

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    The Russell County, Va. Emergency Management team was dispatched to a motor oil spill on U.S. 19 in front of the Hansonville Recycling Center Tuesday morning. More>>

    Family says man beaten, shot over mixed-race grandchildren Video included

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    A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."


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    JCPD arrest Elizabethton man after he evades police during attempted traffic stop

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    Johnson City Police Department officers arrested an Elizabethton man Tuesday on numerous charges after he evaded police who tried to pull him over for a traffic stop. More>>

    Baseball great Cal Ripken, Jr., talks safety with Eastman employees Video included

    Eastman employees were invited to attend an event at which Ripken shared lessons learned throughout his career, both as a player and a leader in the game. More>>

    Tuesday's special elections in southwest Va. will determine Senate control

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    Polls are open in three special elections for seats in the General Assembly, including a critical race that will determine control of the state Senate. More>>

    Man killed in officer-involved shooting near Ferguson Video included

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    A man was shot and killed by police after allegedly trying to rob a convenience store four miles from Ferguson, MO. More>>

    Washington Co., VA water plant expansion dedication Video included

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    The Washington Co., VA Service Authority dedicated their new South Fork Intake and Middle Fork Drinking Water Plant expansion and were taking people on tours of the facility today. The plant expansion will meet Washington County's water needs for the next 40 years. More>>

    Wife to bury Kasem in Norway, cites heritage

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    The wife of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as one of the reasons for wanting to bury her late husband in Oslo, a spokeswoman for the funeral service agency there said Tuesday. More>>

    HAPPENING TONIGHT: Bring 5 cans of food get 2 free rides at Appalachian Fair Video included

    Appalachian Fair on Monday, August 18, 2014 (Viewer submitted photos from GMD) Appalachian Fair on Monday, August 18, 2014 (Viewer submitted photos from GMD)
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    Tuesday, August 19 is Food Drive night at the Appalachian Fair. Bring 5 CANS of food to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and get 2 free midway rides. More>>

    Big money, sharp elbows in Tuesday's special senate election

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    Republican Ben Chafin and Democrat Mike Hymes have each raised more than $700,000 for their campaigns and spent heavily on television ads, according to state campaign finance and Federal Communications Commission records.  More>>

    Student housing: If you let someone else build it, they will come

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    Outsourcing new residence hall construction is nothing new, but the trend is evolving with flashier spaces that often combine education and leisure. More>>

    Va. mom pleads guilty in child tattooing case

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    A Campbell County woman has been sentenced on abuse charge stemming from the tattooing of her two daughters. More>>

    Special election underway in Southwest Virginia today Video included

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    Control of the state senate will be determined by voters in Southwest Virginia today. A special election is taking place in the 38th district to fill the seat of Senator Phillip Puckett. Today's race between Republican Ben Chafin and Democrat Mike Hymes is winner take all. More>>

    Elizabethton and Johnson City officials take the "ice bucket challenge" Video included

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    Ice-cold water is lighting a fire in the hearts of many Americans and now two local cities have joined the effort to raise money and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. More>>

    August Mugshots- Northeast Tennessee

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    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in August by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee. More>>

    TBI launches human trafficking initiative

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    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has launched a new initiative to raise awareness of human trafficking. More>>

    TBI launches new campaign: "It Has to Stop"

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has launched a new initiative to raise awareness of human trafficking. More>>

    Tear gas falls on another heated night in Ferguson, MO Video included

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    Tear gas filled the air to culminate a tense stand off between police and protesters on the ninth night since Mike Brown's death in Ferguson, MO. 

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    Don Pardo, iconic TV announcer, dies at 96

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    Don Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose booming baritone became as much a part of the cultural landscape as the shows and products he touted, including "Saturday Night Live," died Monday in Arizona. He... More>>

    4 at slaughterhouse behind beef recall indicted

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    A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges... More>>

    Oak Ridge woman's body found in Calif. mine shaft, alleged lover arrested Video included

    The body of a missing woman originally from Oak Ridge was found Sunday in a mine shaft and her alleged lover has been arrested in her murder. More>>

    No decision for future of Wellmont after community forum addresses hopes to keep local Video included

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    Monday evening, community members discussed the future of Wellmont Health System. More>>

    Over 4 million patients affected by cyber attack on Community Health Systems

    Updated: Aug 18, 2014 09:08 PM

    Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyber attack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year. More>>

    Ukraine: Dozens killed in shelling of convoy

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    Ukraine accused pro-Russia separatists of killing dozens of civilians in an attack early Monday on a convoy fleeing a besieged rebel-held city. The rebels denied any attack took place, while the U.S. confirmed the shelling... More>>

    Greene County Commission fails to pass budget, will be up to new commission

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    The Greene County Commission failed to pass a budget in a meeting Monday that lasted more than five hours. Three votes that would have raised property taxes failed. The first was a motion for an 11-cent tax increase, coupled with cuts, which was voted down 17 to 3. A second vote, to raise the property tax 15 cents failed 12 to 8. The last motion to raise the property tax 3 cents, coupled with cuts, was also shot down. "We should never have waited until now to set a budget. That was a huge mis... More>>

    Prosecutor to decide on charges in toxic tea case

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    The police agency investigating how an industrial cleaning solution ended up in a woman's iced tea at a Utah restaurant, badly burning her throat, is forwarding its findings to prosecutors to determine if anyone should... More>>

    Longtime McDonnell staffer defends former boss on the stand Video included

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    Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

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    Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Barack Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept... More>>

    JCPD arrest man for theft, burglary of Volunteer Hydraulics

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    Johnson City Police Department officers arrested a man on theft and burglary charges, following an investigation into stolen equipment from a local business. More>>

    Bristol TN city leaders say Bass Pro will bring economic boost

    A multi-million dollar retail destination is taking a big step toward completion. Bass Pro Shop, the flagship store for The Pinnacle shopping center in Bristol opens this Wednesday. "To have over 500 acres situated between two interstate exits it's fair to say that this will be the largest development, one of the largest developments on the entire east coast," said Pinnacle Developer Steve Johnson. Bristol Tennessee Mayor Lea Powers said, best case scenario, Bass Pro will provide millions of ... More>>

    Egypt: No deal yet on Gaza cease-fire, more talks

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    Egypt late Monday announced a 24-hour extension in talks between Israel and the Hamas militant group aimed at salvaging a long-term arrangement that would allow reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a monthlong war... More>>

    88th Appalachian Fair kicks off

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    The 88th annual Appalachian Fair opened its gates today at the fairgrounds in Gray, TN with the midway opening at 3 pm. The fair runs Moday, Aug. 18 thru Saturday, Aug. 23 with the midway opening at 3 pm Monday thru Friday and opening at 10 am on Saturday. More>>

    Community forum addresses hope to keep Wellmont local Video included

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    It's standing room only at a public meeting on the future of Wellmont and Mountain States Health Alliance. The meeting is taking place at the Kingsport Higher Education Center in the downtown area.  More>>

    Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

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    Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene. More>>

    Cherokee High School placed on lockdown after second bomb threat found in bathroom

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    Cherokee High School was placed on lockdown Monday afternoon after a second graffiti bomb threat was found in a restroom at the school. More>>

    Cosmonauts on 6-hour spacewalk for space station maintenance Video included

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    During the six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk, the pair will launch a small satellite and install and retrieve science experiments. More>>

    U.S. Penitentiary in Lee, Va. on lockdown after inmate assaults correctional officer Video included

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    An inmate in the United States Penitentiary in Lee, Virginia allegedly assaulted a correctional officer Sunday. More>>

    Two charged after meth lab found in Marion, Va. home; more arrests pending

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    Smyth County, Va. Sheriff’s Office investigators and Drug Enforcement Administration arrested two Southwest Virginia residents on methamphetamine charges Thursday. More>>

    State comptroller investigation reveals "number of problems" with two Greene Co. utilities Video included

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    A special investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury has identified a number of problems with the Chuckey Utility District and the Cross Anchor Utility District in Greene County. More>>

    Police: 4-year-old shoots self, dies

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    Police in Middle Tennessee say a 4-year-old boy has died after shooting himself in the chest. More>>

    "First Fish" released at new Bristol Bass Pro Shop Video included

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    Pinnacle developer Steve Johnson, released the ceremonial "first fish" into the huge aquarium at the new Bass Pro Shop. More>>

    Hawkins Co. deputies arrest woman for beating granddaughter with belt, choking her

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    A Rogersville grandmother was arrested after she allegedly beat and choked her granddaughter for coming home late. More>>

    Rogersville pair arrested after infant found in home with feces, pills, drugs Video included

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    Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two Rogersville residents on child neglect charges Saturday, after they found an infant living inside a residence with feces, pills, alcohol, drugs and used contraceptives throughout the home. More>>

    88th Annual Appalachian Fair kicks off!

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    Monday August 18th marks the kickoff of the 88th Annual Appalachian Fair! More>>

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    What's Working: Baby Bella Hope inspiring everyone she meets Video included

    Baby Bella Hope has seen a lot her 18 months."Her mother overdosed on drugs 8 weeks into pregnancy." Born in Pensacola, Florida, addicted to drugs and with an incapacitated mother Hope beat the odds. She is here today, Happy and Healthy"she always has to be moving. Angie and Earl Odom adopted Bella in March of this year at the request of the Bella's grandparents. And two weeks ago, they took Bella Hope back to the place where her story began"I just had to take her back there" It was a chance... More>>

    National Guard headed to Ferguson; Brown preliminary autopsy released Video included

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    Smoke and tear gas canisters were lobbed at protesters after a clash near the police command post, media reported at the scene.

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    Elizabethton Twins fans look to break world record

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    Fans at the Elizabethton Twins game Saturday night set out to break a world record.According to their count 1,047 people were ringing cow bells all at the same time between the second and third innings of the game.The previous record was 1,006. Cow bells were provided, but some folks even brought their own!The new record is not yet official, a representative from Guinness will still have to verify the results.Copyright WJHL 2014. All rights reserved. More>>

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    • Historic "Clinchfield 100" rail car open for tours this weekend

      Historic "Clinchfield 100" rail car open for tours this weekend

      Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:48:38 GMT
      On Saturday, you'll be able to walk inside the newly restored "Clinchfield 100."On Saturday, you'll be able to walk inside the newly restored "Clinchfield 100."
      The public will get a rare look inside a piece of railroad history this weekend.On Saturday, the newly restored "Clinchfield 100" will be open for tours.  Back in May, News Channel 11 reported on the restoration of the famous car, the "Clinchfield Railroad Business Car 100," which served as the Clinchfield Railroad President's car.
      The public will get a rare look inside a piece of railroad history this weekend.On Saturday, the newly restored "Clinchfield 100" will be open for tours.  Back in May, News Channel 11 reported on the restoration of the famous car, the "Clinchfield Railroad Business Car 100," which served as the Clinchfield Railroad President's car.
    • Va Senator Kaine talks telecommunications, Iraq

      Va Senator Kaine talks telecommunications, Iraq

      Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:21 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:21:49 GMT
      A prominent Virginia Democrat came to the Tri-Cities Tuesday to survey the region's telecommunications needs.
      A prominent Virginia Democrat came to the Tri-Cities Tuesday to survey the region's telecommunications needs.
    • The Southern Churn: serving up ice cream, candy on State Street

      The Southern Churn: serving up ice cream, candy on State Street

      Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:20:37 GMT
      The lifelong dream of a Bristol business woman is finally becoming a reality.
      The lifelong dream of a Bristol business woman is finally becoming a reality.
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