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After a fire last year destroyed a barn and killed a dozen birds, Brights Zoo has built a brand new exhibit that was built from the ground up.

The zoo opened the new “South America” exhibit last night.

The building houses more than four dozen animals from the continent including monkeys and sloths.

Zoo officials had been working since March to get the new exhibit open. Zoo officials call the South America building their biggest project to date, and also a way to get people to the zoo even in bad weather.

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Georgia-based Foam Products Corporation announced Friday that they plan to expand their plant in Erwin.
The $5M expansion will add 15 new jobs when it’s completed around this time next year.

In a news release yesterday, the company cited the Tri-Cities “favorable tax climate and the quality of life as contributing factors behind the move.”

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A wrongful death lawsuit for $25 million dollars has been filed by the family of the man killed at the former Hog Wild Saloon in Kingsport.

The suit was filed this week on behalf of the the estate of Brett Rodgers of Kingsport.

The lawsuit claims a lack of securiy at the bar was to blame for 17-year old William Newkirk being able to gain entrance and open fire inside.

The owners of the bar were cited for a number of code violations, and Hog Wild never reopened after the murder.

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A 30-year old Kentucky woman is facing 27 charges, including attempted capital murder on a law enforcement officer, after a chase Thursday through Wise County.

Police say they attempted to stop 30-year old Erika Lucas when she took off in her Infiniti SUV, reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour.

She was finally stopped in the Glamorgan community as she drove on US-23. Her arraignment is set for Monday.

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Police have charged a third person in connection with a shooting on Pine Street in Greeneville.

Police went to an apartment on Kiser Boulevard after getting a tip that the alleged shooter, 20-year old Lauren Satterfield, was upstairs. Police found her hiding in a locked room late last night.

Their tip came from an arrest earlier in the day, when they took Joshua Brodgon into custody. He has been charged with accessory after the fact.

Police say Satterfield shot the victim, her ex-boyfriend, outside of a Greenville house Friday morning.

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A police chase through Sullivan County ended in the arrest of a Bristol, TN man wanted on multiple felony warrants.

Police went to stop 32-year old Jay Dennis on Highway 11W around 530 last night when he took off.
Dennis hit a pair of cars near the John Dennis Bridge before jumping from his still-moving vehicle as he tried to escape on foot. He was actually tackled and held by two passing drivers.

He faces a long list of charges, including drug possession.

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Virginia environmental regulators approved engineering plans for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on Friday, a move that means the project has the state’s permission to begin construction.

Developers will now ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to start construction in Virginia, pipeline spokesman Aaron Ruby said.

Work is already underway in West Virginia, where the natural gas pipeline begins, and in North Carolina.

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(TRI CITIES) – A local man is found safe after he was reported missing.

29 year-old Warren Hodges reportedly walked away from the Buckingham Road group home at about 2 in the afternoon Thursday.

Sheriff Wesley Holt says Hodges was found safe in Carter County. No other details were provided.

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(GREENE COUNTY) – A settlement has been reached between the families of three girls and a former carnival ride operator…Jim O’Reilly reports…

Georgia-based Family Attractions Amusements Company agreed to an unspecified amount to end the case. Back in 2016, three girls were injured, one suffering a brain injury, when their Ferris Wheel gondola tipped over at the Greene County fair, sending the girls falling nearly 40 feet.

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