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Tri-Cities Busted paper selling around 60,000 copies a month

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By Melissa Hipolit

A new paper on newsstands in the Tri may have caught your eye recently, but this weekly is not devoted to breaking news.  Instead, it features the mugshots of people who have been arrested for breaking the law.

According to the paper's distributor, Tri-Cities Busted began circulating a couple of months ago, and, now, people cannot stop buying it.

The paper includes arrest information for people in five local counties, Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington, and Unicoi.

One Unicoi County woman said she has found relatives in the paper before.

"One of them was in there for violation of probation, and his ex wife was in there for theft over 500," said Serena Tucker.

The publisher of Tri-Cities busted did not return calls made by 11 Connects, but the paper's distributor said it is owned by a woman in Georgia, who publishes a similar paper there.

The distributor said close to 300 stores in the Tri carry the paper, and roughly 15,000 copies are sold there every week.

For a full video report, click play above.

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