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Impress spring party guests with surprise sweets

Transform an ordinary cupcake into something extraordinary with a peek-a-boo filling. These simple cupcakes are an easy addition to any spring celebration. You’ll want to serve every variety of these turned up treats for Easter and beyond.

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
Mason jars could be the new, healthy brown bag lunch
Posted: April 01, 2015

I would like to say it was my bright idea to pack a healthy lunch in a Mason jar, but unfortunately it was not my idea, nevertheless it was brilliant and I am embracing it fully.

Sweet ideas for Cinco de Mayo celebrations
Posted: April 01, 2015

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to indulge in Mexican-inspired dishes, dips and drinks. This year, put a tangy twist on your festive favorites with a refreshing new flavor.

MSHA email confirms Wellmont merger plan
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 10:11 am

A Tuesday email from Mountain States Health Alliance CEO Alan Levine to MSHA employees  confirms that group's pending merger with Wellmont Health System.

Gordon family, Perino named Food City 500 dignitaries
Posted: April 01, 2015

ABINGDON, VA. - The family of four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Jeff Gordon and Fox News personality Dana Perino have been named pre-race dignitaries for the upcoming Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Entries accepted for Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium Writing Contest
Posted: April 01, 2015

Contest entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium Writing Contest.

Virginia Tobacco Commission likely to seek restitution in BVU scam
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 1:04 am

The Virginia Tobacco Commission will likely seek restitution of grant funds involved in the fraudulent billing case against one former BVU Authority executive, the commission’s chairman said.

Tuesday 03/31/2015
Ticket details released for historic 2016 game between UT, Va. Tech
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 1:03 am

Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Caldwell said Tuesday that nothing compares to the complexity and national buzz surrounding the Battle at Bristol.

BOS retains current property tax rate for ’16
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 1:04 am

ABINGDON, Va. — In about four hours, the Washington County Board of Supervisors worked through about half of its budget workshop agenda Tuesday night.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
The Troutdale Dining Room closed
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 9:46 am

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The Troutdale Dining Room closed last Saturday, owner Todd Dawn said Tuesday.

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King University Adds Social Work Program Beginning Fall 2015
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 5:40 pm

King University has added Social Work to its list of more than 80 degree programs offered by the University. The new degree program will begin in August with the start of the 2015-16 academic year.

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Wellmont planning to outline its future at Thursday news conference
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 10:23 am

Wellmont Health System is expected to announce its future plans during a Thursday news conference.

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Obama commutes sentences of 22 people, including Kingsport man
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 4:50 pm

President Barack Obama granted 22 commutations Tuesday for federal drug convictions, including men from Kingsport, Tennessee, and Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 4:04 pm

The virtual streets of Google Maps are being transformed into Pac Man's chomping grounds in celebration of April Fools' Day.

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Record-setting hiker talks about her life-changing experience on the AT
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 11:25 pm

Record-breaking Appalachian Trail hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis will speak in Abingdon twice today.

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Parts of Mountain Empire under Red Flag Warning for fires
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 8:26 pm

Especially dry and windy conditions Tuesday led the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning in parts of the Mountain Empire.

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring to visit Southwest Virginia Wednesday
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will make a few stops in Southwest Virginia Wednesday, attending public safety meetings and talking about bills.

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King Dogwood Weekend is April 10-12
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 5:40 pm

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King University will celebrate the School’s 89th annual Dogwood Weekend April 10-12,

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Elderly man found safe at neighbor's home
Posted: March 31, 2015

ABINGDON, Va. - An elderly man reported missing earlier this morning was found unharmed.

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Monday 03/30/2015
Former Walmart CEO compares business world to health care
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 3:52 pm

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — A former CEO of Walmart drew some parallels between the business world and the business of health care Monday for a group of Mountain States Health Alliance senior staff.

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Bristol council members seek to strengthen GOP
Posted: March 30, 2015

BRISTOL, Va. — More economic development, more jobs, increasing Bristol’s population in the next four years and strengthening the Republican Party are goals on the minds of two of Bristol, Tennessee’s city council members.

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Virginia governor tries to woo Indiana businesses
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 3:03 pm

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is courting Indiana businesses in the wake of that state's governor signing legislation that's been criticized as unfriendly to gay and lesbian workers.

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Wellmont expected to explore MSHA merger
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 10:11 am

Multiple sources confirmed that a tentative agreement had been reached to study and work toward a merger of the region’s two largest health care systems, pending a Tuesday night vote by Wellmont’s board of directors.

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Second meeting for Smyth County RAM Clinic set
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 6:01 pm

A second meeting to begin planning for a Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic in Smyth County is planned for Friday, April 3.

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Library fundraiser to feature artwork, condo stay, more
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 6:05 pm

Tickets for “A Tisket, A Tasket, A Literary Basket” are on sale. A popular community event, this is the 12th anniversary of this fundraiser for the Washington County Public Library.

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73-year-old woman dies in Telford house fire
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Rebecca Loraine Oakes was identified as the victim of the Sunday night fire.

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Cyclists and Walkers: Jacob’s Ride set for April 18
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 2:37 pm

It's time for the 11th annual Jacob’s Ride, an opportunity to choose from two scenic bike routes around Washington County. “Cyclists have a choice of quarter century or metric century (25 mile or 62 mile) routes,” said local cycling enthusiast Dave Holben. “The benefits are challenging routes, good roads, good SAG (support and gear) support, and a great cause.” The ride takes place each year during the first Saturday of Earth Week.

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Milligan MSOT students launch Lending Locker to provide pediatric equipment for the community
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 1:54 pm

When Allana Leonard was born, she suffered from delayed development. After turning 19 months old, Leonard needed extra help.

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Bristol Virginia man being sought by Washington County Sheriff's department
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 1:02 am

According to a release a Washington County, Virginia man is being sought as the result of a domestic violence assault that occurred on March 29.

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David Shepherd named 2015 Coca-Cola Gold Scholar
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Northeast State student David Shepherd of Kingsport has been named a 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar. He will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a special medallion.

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Storyteller Anndrena Belcher to Speak to Bristol Historical Association
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Veteran storyteller and folklorist Anndrena Belcher will present a program to the Bristol Historical Association on Monday, April 13, 6:30pm at the Bristol Public Library. In this presentation Belcher will tell stories and share songs that chronicle her family’s 1950s migration from the coalfields of eastern Kentucky to inner city Chicago. It is an inspiring story of the Appalachian family and how “everybody has a story that counts in the making of history.”

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MECC, King University sign reverse transfer agreement
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 1:02 am

BIG STONE GAP, Va. -- King University and Mountain Empire Community College have signed a reverse-transfer agreement aimed at helping students who transfer to King before completing their degree at MECC.

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Bus tour explores area coal camps
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Southwest Virginia Museum provides tour of coal history with historian Dr. Lawrence Fleenor

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Light's at Stone Mill offering horse owner's workshop
Posted: March 30, 2015

Light's at Stone Mill will host a horse owner's workshop this week.

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SWCC, Breaks Interstate Park team up for Adventure Academy
Posted: March 30, 2015

Southwest Virginia Community College and Breaks Interstate Park are teaming up this summer to offer backpacking, hiking and kayaking for teens through a new program.

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StarWatch, SunWatch sessions return to Bays Mountain Park
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 2:28 pm

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Bays Mountain Park’s free observing sessions of the skies – both night and day – have returned.

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Kingsport City Schools named District of Distinction
Posted: March 30, 2015

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Kingsport City Schools has been named a District of Distinction by District Administration Magazine.

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VDOT to remove deteriorated walls along Interstate 81
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 1:02 am

BRISTOL, Va. — Crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation began removing sections of two sound walls Monday along Interstate 81.

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Loving local
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 5:56 pm

BRISTOL, Tenn.— Local farms, local fare, local music, local park.

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‘Jaecee Rae of Sunshine’ brightens animals lives
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 12:31 am

GRAY, Tenn. — As local animal shelters filled up with homeless dogs and cats this winter, one local girl decided to do what she could to bring some warmth to their lives.

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Sunday 03/29/2015
In a field where women are a rariety, Lt. Lauren Root finds her niche
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 5:56 pm

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Lieutenant Lauren Root was a volunteer at the Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department as a junior in high school.

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United Way of Southwest Virginia starts the long process of sorting claims and repairing the damage
Updated: March 29, 2015 - 11:50 pm

ABINGDON, Va. — Now that damage claims from the February snowstorms and resulting flooding have been submitted to United Way of Southwest Virginia, the long work begins to fix homes, said Executive Director Travis Staton.

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Location for proposed children’s hospital still up in air
Updated: March 29, 2015 - 11:44 pm

While a decision has not been made where to locate the proposed children’s hospital in the Richmond area, one of its most prominent backers has acquired a tract that could serve as its site.

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Men invited to ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ to support violence prevention
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Men from throughout the community are invited to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” at East Tennessee State University on Thursday, April 2.

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Get quick scientific answers to those rumors you wondered about
Posted: March 29, 2015

Hey, what do you know?

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Book about flower symbolism is full of fascinating information
Posted: March 29, 2015

 “The Meaning of Flowers” by Claire Powell is a treasure trove of information about plants, including flowers and the symbolism people have attributed to them over time.

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The will of the Rev. James King did much to shape Bristol
Posted: March 29, 2015

Having written much on the family of the Rev. James King has brought to mind his will which has done much to shape Bristol. He seems to have personally written two copies of this will, likely one for Virginia and one for Tennessee as he had property in both states.

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Saturday 03/28/2015
TWRA: Boaters on Boone Lake need to be careful due to lower levels
Updated: March 28, 2015 - 11:53 pm

Boating safety is always important, but boaters on Boone Lake — where lake levels are much lower than normal — will have to be especially careful this year, said Tommy Whitehead with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

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Boone Lake's loss could be South Holston, other area lakes' gain
Updated: March 29, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Marina owners at other lakes in the region are preparing for an increase in boat traffic as a result of the lowered water levels at Boone Lake.

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Church's 'Eggstravaganza' gives kids a basket full of fun
Updated: March 28, 2015 - 10:38 pm

According to church members, between 15,000 and 25,000 plastic eggs were used this year.

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Company developing its Blue-EMU product line
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 9:46 am

UPM purchased NFI Consumer Products in January 2014 and moved the Fayetteville, North Carolina, operation to Bristol.

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Bristol man accused of assaulting girlfriend, two witnesses and two officers
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 3:08 pm

The Johnson City Police Department arrested Zavier Harper, 22, of Bristol, on multiple counts of assault.

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Homebrewing on the rise as beer drinkers find pleasure in craft brews
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 7:09 pm

Richmond's love of beer is taking the next step, as more craft beer fands start making their own suds.

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State joins efforts to curb payday debt traps
Updated: March 28, 2015 - 6:56 pm

Virginia will develop strategies to combat predatory lending practices that ensnare thousands of people in cycles of debt, Attorney General Mark R. Herring said Thursday at a field hearing in Richmond held by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Monthly Dominion Virginia Power bills to be lowered
Updated: March 28, 2015 - 6:19 pm

The average monthly electric bills for Dominion Virginia Power customers will decline 5.5 percent starting Wednesday.

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Virginia's jobless rate unchanged in February at 4.7 percent
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 6:36 pm

Virginia’s unemployment rate was 4.7 in February, unchanged from January, as employers added jobs at the fastest pace in about two years.

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Three arrested on drug charges after police receive shots-fired call
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Police arrested three people early Saturday at a home in the Bloomingdale community of Sullivan County.

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Friday 03/27/2015
Many churches hold services of worship
Posted: March 27, 2015

HIGHLAND CHAPEL CHURCH: March 28, 7 p.m. Singing by Bob Campbell, Sounds of Praise, This Little Light of Mine and The Lords Singers.

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McAuliffe proposes amendments to ethics bill, discusses vetoes
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Friday proposed a series of amendments to the ethics reform legislation the General Assembly adopted last month - the most notable being the introduction of a cumulative $100 cap on gifts to state and local officials.

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