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MISSING TODDLER-UPDATE-CONFLICTING STATEMENTS

SULLIVAN COUNTY SHERIFF JEFF CASSIDY FRIDAY ISSUING A PLEA AND OFFERING A $1-THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD TO HELP FIND A MISSING 15-MONTH OLD TODDLER, WHO’S THE SUBJECT OF AN AMBER ALERT.  EVELYN BOSWELL HASN’T BEEN SEEN SINCE DECEMBER, BUT WASN’T REPORTED MISSING UNTIL FEBRUARY 18TH.  CASSIDY SAYS TIME IS CRITICAL, “IN MY 24 YEARS, WHEN YOU GET A MISSING JUVENILE, MISSING INFANT…IT’S WITHIN HOURS OR MAYBE EVEN A DAY….BUT THIS ONE, TWO MONTHS AGO AND NOBODY IN THE FAMILY UNTIL JUST NOW CALLED DCS, IT’S JUST REALLY SCARY TO ME. ”    CASSIDY SAYS THERE’S A PERSON OF INTEREST THAT INVESTIGATORS WANT TO TALK TO.  THERE’S ALSO A GRAY 2007 BMW WITH TENNESSEE TAG 3M9-6W9—AND IT’S THOUGHT PEOPLE IN THE VEHICLE HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT EVELYN. IN ADDITION, CASSIDY SAYS INVESTIGATORS HAVE RECEIVED CONFLICTING STATEMENTS FROM EVELYN’S MOTHER, MAGGIE BOSWELL. 

KEEFAUVER FARM—BOONES CREEK HISTORIC TRUST

IT’LL TAKE A FEW WEEKS FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON CITY TO OFFICIALLY CONVEY 2 ACRES OF THE KEFFAUVER FARM ON HALES CHAPEL ROAD TO THE BOONES CREEK HISTORIC TRUST.  THE PROCESS IS IN MOTION, BUT ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER CHARLIE STAHL SAYS IT’LL REQUIRE 3 COMMISSION VOTES, “THE DISPOSAL OF CITY PROPERTY, WHETHER IT’S BY CONVEYANCE OR SALE, WOULD STILL REQUIRE THREE READINGS OF AN ORDINANCE.”    THE TRUST PLANS TO USE THE HISTORIC HOUSE ON THE PROPERTY FOR ITS OFFICES AND MUSEUM.  FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 5TH.

MISSING KINGSPORT WOMAN

AUTHORITIES ARE ASKING FOR HELP IN FINDING A MISSING KINGSPORT WOMAN WHO’S NOT BEEN HEARD FROM IN TWO MONTHS.  35-YEAR OLD LUCY STEFFEY IS 5-FEET 2-INCHES TALL AND WEIGHS 131 POUNDS.  SHE HAS BROWN HAIR AND GREEN EYES.  FOUL PLAY ISN’T SUSPECTED, BUT POLICE SAY THERE IS REASON TO BE CONCERNED FOR HER SAFETY.  IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, CONTACT KINGSPORT POLICE.

PASSENGERS TO BE REMOVED FROM SHIP BY MONDAY

ALL PASSENGERS FROM THE DIAMOND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP WILL BE REMOVED BY MONDAY.  ELIZABETHTON RESIDENT DR. ARNOLD HOPLAND HAS BEEN QUARANTINED ON THE SHIP FOR TWO AND HALF WEEKS AND SAYS HE WAS TOLD THAT ALL GUEST SERVICES ON THE SHIP WILL END OVER THE WEEKEND.   IT’S NOT CLEAR WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE HOPLANDS—AS HIS WIFE, JEANNIE, HAD TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AND REMAINS IN A TOKYO HOSPITAL.

CARTER FIRE

A CAMPER AND TWO VEHICLES WERE DESTROYED IN AN EARLY MORNING FIRE IN ELIZABETHTON.  THE HAMPTON-VALLEY FORGE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS CALLED TO A CARPORT FIRE ON BOB LITTLE ROAD AROUND 3:15.  THE CARPORT, CAMPER AND TWO CARS WERE ON FIRE AND FLAMES WERE THREATENING A MOBILE HOME.  THE HOME DID SUSTAIN MINOR DAMAGE, INCLUDING BROKEN WINDOWS AND METAL SIDING WAS MELTED BY HEAT EXPOSURE.  FIRE CREWS CLEARED THE SCENE BY 6 A.M.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

SULLIVAN-LIQUOR BY THE DRINK

SULLIVAN COUNTY VOTERS WILL DECIDE IN NOVEMBER WHETHER TO APPROVE LIQUOR BY THE DRINK SALES IN THE COUNTY.  CURRENTLY, LIQUOR BY THE DRINK IS ALLOWED ONLY IN THE BRISTOL AND KINGSPORT CITY LIMITS.  COUNTY MAYOR RICHARD VENABLE SAYS IT’S HARD TO GUESS HOW MUCH REVENUE THAT COULD MEAN FOR COUNTY COFFERS, “IT’LL BE DETERMINED REALLY BY DEVELOPMENT IN THE COUNTY OF RESTAURANTS.  WE THINK THERE WILL BE.  YOU CAN’T PLAN ON IT.”    THE QUESTION WILL APPEAR ON BALLOTS NOVEMBER 3RD.