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The Greeneville, Greene County Humane Society’s adoption center will be closed until next week due to a large influx of dogs over the weekend.According to a Facebook post from the Friends of Greeneville-Greene County TN Humane Society, the death of an owner has caused 27 dogs to be surrendered to the shelter.The post says the Pekingese dogs’ owner was a known breeder.The adoption center will be closed until Tuesday, August 11 to handle the intake of these dogs.

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Johnson City commissioners are scheduled to consider changes to the city’s alcohol ordinance Thursday, which would allow distilleries to operate in city limits and certain businesses to deliver beer.Commissioners, who discussed the amendments during an agenda review meeting Monday, are set to consider the changes on first reading Thursday. The changes will require three total votes from the body before they are officially approved.The city’s ordinance would require distilleries to have the applicable state licenses and be located in a zoning district where they are permitted.

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Officials with Greeneville City Schools have shut down athletics at Greeneville Middle School and Greeneville High School after some students, that traveled together on a chartered bus, tested positive for COVID-19.The statement issued Tuesday said they shut down athletics “out of an abundance of caution” and that, “All students who have tested positive are required to isolate for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms of COVID-19 or from the date of their positive test if they are asymptomatic.

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The state will no longer be seeking the death penalty when Chad Anthony Benfield, 46, goes on trial for first-degree murder in February. The motion was filed by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Roark. Roark gave no reason in the motion for the change.Benfield is accused in the murder of his neighbor, 89-year-old Mary Nolen in July 2017. Nolen was found badly injured at her Stoney Creek home by her daughter and granddaughter on July 14, 2017. Nolen was transported to Johnson City Medical Center, where she died on July 26, 2017.

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Johnson County Tennessee Mayor Kenneth Taylor is extending a mask ordinance requiring residents of the county to wear a face covering when they go out in public at least through the end of this month.

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A Kingsport lawyer has been censured by Tennessee’s law authority.A report from the Board of Professional Responsibility said Steven Carl Frazier received notice of the action last month for a series of violations including sharing a fee with an attorney outside his firm without the written consent of his client.Frazier was also ordered to reimburse his client more than $2,000 within 90 days.

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Preston Forest Park, located on the edge of the Preston Forest neighborhood, is in the midst of receiving a significant round of improvements. Once work is complete, the 3-acre site will feature a new looped walking path, accessible sidewalks throughout the park, an expanded parking lot, water fountain, benches and new landscaping.

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A Tennessee trauma surgeon running for an open Senate seat is calling for President Donald Trump to fire the nation’s leading top infectious diseases expert amid a pandemic.Dr. Manny Sethi attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci during a campaign event over the weekend in Knoxville.Sethi is one of the top candidates running to replace outgoing Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is retiring at the end of his term.

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School has begun for many studeents in the region. Due to the ongoing pandemic, many students marked their first day of classes by signing in online, as many schools in the region have decided to start off the school year virtually.Washington County, Tennessee Schools began with online learning.The school has emphasized that online learning does not mean the school is closed and that students are expected to attend classes as if they were physically in the building.The school system plans to stay virtual for thirty days and watch infection rates to determine when to return to in-person learning.

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Tennessee officials are prepared to offer absentee ballots to voters who have health conditions or live with someone at risk for COVID-19, even if Tennessee’s Supreme Court strikes down expanded mail voting in pandemic times, says a state attorney.Janet Kleinfelter of the attorney general’s office informed the justices of the state’s changed stance on election safety plans, saying voters would have to make the determination individually of what constitutes an underlying condition

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