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The director of Bristol, Tenn. City Schools defended his record at a school board meeting on Monday amid questions about his credentials and an investigation into his background.Tom Sisk, who was hired by the Bristol, Tenn. School Board in Sept. 2019, said the “facts will speak for themselves.” It’s been reported he doesn’t have a doctorate from an accredited university.

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A local grocery store in Bristol VA has donated its $10,000 lottery bonus from the Virginia Lottery to two area nonprofits. According to a release from Kroger Mid-Atlantic, the Kroger on Midway Street donated $5,000 each to Jericho Shriners Temple and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. Kroger received the bonus after a $1 million winning lottery ticket was purchased by Mildred Semones at the store.

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A Tennessee state representative has issued a resolution to “congratulate” President Donald J. Trump on his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial.Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) has been a vocal supporter of the president, the administration’s tax cuts, and the border wall. HJR 885 praises President Trump for economic growth, helping secure the 2028 Summer Olympics, defense spending, and eliminating the individual mandate penalty under the Affordable Care Act.

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Some local celebrities with a group of future pharmacists being recognized nationally on the cover of American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists’ magazine, according to ETSU’s University of Relations.ETSU’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy students Alexa Bancroft, Andrew Dickerson, Dawnna Metcalfe and Kelsey Brimer were the focus of the APhA-ASP bi-monthly magazine.The November/December 2019 issue focused on a theme of personal team development.

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A Tennessee university plans to offer discounted tuition to students from nine surrounding states.The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the new regional tuition program will start this fall at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.Under the program, students from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia would pay about $18,000 a year instead of about $26,000 a year as out-of-state students.

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Rascal Flatts has announced a stop in Nashville as part of their farewell “Life is a Highway” tour.The group will come to Bridgestone Arena on October 30 for a performance, the only stop in Tennessee according to a release of the tour dates.Tickets will go on sale Friday (Feb. 21) at 10 a.m. CST on the group’s website.

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Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have confirmed to news outlets they are investigating after a woman died in Church Hill on Friday.TBI officials said they are investigating at the request of 3rd District Attorney General Dan Armstrong. reports indicate the death happened in the 400 block of S. Central Avenue in Church Hill and that the victim was an adult female. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Dr. Arnold and Jeannie Hopland of Elizabethton are not among the Americans leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan today on evacuation flights to the United States.The reason is the decision comes after Japanese health officials said Mrs. Hopland has tested positive for coronavirus. So far, Dr. Hopland has tested negative but said he fully intends to stay with his wife.”I feel fine,” she said. “But I certainly don’t want to get anyone sick so I’m glad I didn’t get around others,” she said from the Hopland’s room on the plaza deck of the cruise ship where they’ve been quarantined for almost 2 weeks.

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Dollywood has announced the free Pre-K Imagination Season for the 2020 season. With the pass, kids born in 2015 or 2016 are able to visit both Dollywood and Splash Country absolutely free during the 2020 season.With obvious high demand for the free pass, the park has extended the deadline for children to be registered. Parents now have until March 15 to sign up their little ones.

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A woman was arrested on Wednesday after police say she was found sleeping while standing in the deli section of a Food City.According to a report from the Elizabethton Police Department, officers arrived at the Food City on Broad Street.The report says officers found a woman, later identified as Amanda Allmon, who matched the description they had been given in the deli area.Allmon was asleep and standing in the store, but the EPD reports that she was woken up and asked to step outside.Allmon allegedly told officers she had taken Klonopin earlier that day, and she later said that she had not thought the medication would affect her as much as it did.

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