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The Tennessee Department of Health is warning all Tennesseans to be wary after learning of a scam that hijacks the department’s main telephone number.According to a tweet from TDH, the scammers have “spoofed” the department’s main telephone number to appear as if they are the callers.TDH reminds the public that they will not leave messages about health information.TDH will also not ask people for financial or insurance information, according to a tweet.

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The United Way Of Greater Kingsport is in the middle of its annual campaign to provide much needed resources to more than 2 dozen agencies. While, the agency is busy with this years campaign, Covid_19 has kept the United Way busy since the pandemic hit. Now, while continuing to assist the needs of those affected by COVID-19, the United Way turns its attention to raising a goal of three million dollars to be spent in the Kingsport area for those in need.The United Way of Greater Kingsport serves 29 local and regional agencies through donations.

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Food insecurity in Northeast Tennessee was already high before the pandemic outbreak in February, but now our region is seeing 40 percent more hunger.September marks Hunger Action Month, a time to raise awareness, host donation drives, and educate the public on what food insecurity looks like. Second Harvest estimates another 33,000 people will need help this fall. Last month alone for August, they helped more than 50,000 people.They have been hosting donation drives at the food bank on Jericho Drive in Kingsport to give out up to 100 pounds of food to every family in need. Another distribution is being held on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9-11 a.m.

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James Jordan, the man accused of fatally stabbing an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker to death and injuring another, plans to use a ‘defense of insanity’ as the reason he committed the crimes.Jordan is accused of killing Ronald Sanchez, Jr., 43, of Oklahoma, and injuring a female hiker on the trail in on May 11, 2019.He is charged with murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States and assault with intent to commit to murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

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The Democratic nominee for Congress in Tennessee’s first district has awarded two Johnson City residents what she calls “Freedom Grants”. Blair Walsingham has announced he’ll give them $500 a month for one year. One award is going to Stevi Ash .Ash is an ETSU graduate from Johnson City working to launch her own pottery production company. The other one goes to Calvin Clagget whose family was impacted by the recent tornadoes that hit the Chattanooga area.

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Advocates of a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino project at the former Bristol Mall site unveiled a 3-D model of the proposed development recently.The model shows how the mall would be transformed into a casino and entertainment venue that would include a hotel, seven restaurants and four bars if Bristol, Va., voters approve the local casino referendum on Nov. 3.

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Johnson City Police continue to investigate an incident involving a woman that fell from a fifth story window from a downtown building over the weekend. Police were called to a building on E Main St early Saturday where the woman had fell from the building. Police say she was taken the hospital to be treated for her injuries, and several witnesses were interviewed.

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The Tennessee Department of Health is reporting 28 new cases in Northeast Tennessee: 12 in Washington County; four in Hawkins County; three each in Johnson, Sullivan, and Unicoi counties; two in Carter County; and one in Greene County.

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Northeast Tennessee’s housing market continued its robust recovery from the initial COVID-19 economic shock in August, according to a report released by the Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors (NETAR).Home sales were up 9.4%, and the average sales price was an 8% increase from August last year.There were 792 resale closings – 68 more than last year. The average sales price of $212,079 was a $15,626 improvement over last year.

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The Kingsport Police Department is seeking to identify a suspect who allegedly stole almost $6,000 in property from a pickup truck.According to a release from the Kingsport Police Department, the unsecured items were stolen from the back of the truck in the parking lot of Walmart on Fort Henry Drive around 9:15 p.m. on September 5.Surveillance captured images of the suspect, who is a white man in a white Ford Expedition SUV.The release says a white woman was driving the vehicle and is a suspected accomplice.

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