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The tweetsie trail currently runs from Legion Street in Johnson City to Hatcher Lane in Elizabethton. Now the popular Tweetsie Trail could possibly have its length extended by 50%, with a connection to a growing mountain bike trail section.That is the possibility being considered by the Carter County Commission’s Building and Grounds Committee. The committee voted unanimously to recommend to the full County Commission that a donation of approximately 28 acres of land between Valley Forge and Hampton be accepted by the county.

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More than 200 jobs and $140 million in investment from an auto industry company may be coming to Washington County now with county board-approved property tax incentives that would benefit the manufacturer.The former Alo building at the Washington County Industrial Park is the target for the 44-year-old multinational company, Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership’s (NETREP) Alicia Summers told members of the Commerce, Industrial and Agriculture (CIA) committee. Tennessee was among three cvhoice sites including Michigan and Ohio.

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East Tennessee State University students and alumni were disappointed to not be able to celebrate Homecoming as usual in the fall for the 2020-21 academic year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but as the world, nation, state and university gradually begin moving toward normalcy, students can “click their heels” and say, “There’s No Place Like Homecoming!” this spring.

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Johnson City Schools has officially launched the application for the Johnson City Virtual Academy. The school will open to serve students in August 2021 in grades 5-12. “A great deal of preparation has gone in to make sure that the JCVA program reflects the quality of instruction and learning that parents have come to expect in the other Johnson City Schools,” says the principal for JCVA.

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The Tennessee Agriculture Department is stepping up measures to keep a rabbit virus type 2 out of the state.The virus is highly contagious and fatal to domestic rabbits.State Veterinarian Samantha Beaty issued an order this week prohibiting the importation of susceptible species from any area that is under quarantine for the disease.Any of those animals entering Tennessee from a state that has had a confirmed case of the virus within the past eight months must get a certificate of veterinary inspection within 72 hours.

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As vaccine rollout continues in the Tri-Cities region, those who work with the homeless are concenred including Pastor Will Shewey of Shades of Grace.Shades of Grace works daily with the homeless population of Kingsport by feeding them and keeping access to services open throughout the pandemic.“They are valued, and we want them to be safe,” Shewey said. “We want them to stay healthy.”The clinic is at 10 a.m. at Shades of Grace on E. Sullivan Street in Downtown Kingsport. Around 100-150 doses of the vaccine will be available on a first-come first-served basis until they run out.

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The City of Kingsport and Greater Kingsport Alliance for Development (GKAD) have partnered to offer relief to families in need amid the COVID-19 pandemic.According to a release from the city, low-income households that have lost employment income due to the pandemic can receive up to three months of rent and utility payments.“The city has allocated $180,874 from its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to assist Kingsport residents,” the release states.

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The City of Johnson City reopened most city facilities to the public and resumed in-person meetings on Monday, April 5. The Transit lobby will remained closed. The reopening is planned in conjunction with public health guidance to safely allow in person interactions while mitigating the risk of new COVID-19 cases. Screening measures, including temperature checks, will be in place at all entrances and masks will be required.

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There’s something new to see at the Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., in Johnson City will host the City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign Poster Exhibition from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays Monday, April 12, through Friday, May 28.The free exhibition features President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “war on poverty” in 1964, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The exhibition is part of theNational Museum of African American History and Culture and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

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Johnson City Schools plans to transition to two middle schools serving grades 6-8 on Aug. 3, 2022, a change that school officials expect will help alleviate overcrowding.The systems middle school supervisor says currently, students in the city system attend Indian Trail Intermediate School for grades 5 and 6 before moving to Liberty Bell Middle School for grades 7 and 8.Under the system’s new configuration, both facilities will transition to schools serving grades 6-8, and fifth grade will move back to the elementary school level.

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