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Multi-jurisdictional drug sting nets four more convictions

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According to a report released by the Carter County Sheriff's Office, Rudy Oaks, Roger Oaks, Terry Oaks and Susie Oaks, all of Roan Mountain, plead guilty before U.S. judge Ronnie Greer in federal court to drug conspiracy charges Wednesday. The charges stem from a lengthy drug investigation code named “Operation Clear Cut” and involved the efforts of several law enforcement agencies. The Carter County Sher-

iff's Office conducted the operation with the assistance of the U.S. Forest Service and the Avery County Sheriff’s Office. The report says, “[the operation] yielded multiple seizures of cocaine and marijuana from the Oaks group.” The Oakes groups had developed a “long-standing reputation in the community? throughout the region and among law enforcement?” in large part due to the group’s propensity for drug trafficking See Drug on page A4

Snow forecast for the Carter County, bundle up it is here to stay

South Elizabethton Utility sues over water rate hikes

By Kevin Green

Forecasters say four to six more inches of snow is possible across Carter County with accumulations of more snow on Tuesday. Accumulations of six to 12 inches are possible in the region's higher elevations of Roan Mountain by first of week. The forecast is showing the potential for another system developing Sunday night and affecting the region through Tuesday. To ensure safety, road crews are salting and cleaning the road so that area drivers can get to their destinations safely. This winter is one of the snowiest winter seasons we

South Elizabethton Utility supplies water to the nearly 2,200 residents of southern district of Elizabethton, and for over 50 years the utility has been purchasing that water exclusively from the Hampton Utility District. This relationship has pretty much remained undisturbed until recently when Hampton increased the water rates after the contract between the two, which was in effect from the late 1950’s to 2009, expired. Under that contract, Hampton agreed to supply water to South Elizabethton. The contract fell under dispute and was amended at least twice and South Elizabethton was named a defendant in at least two lawsuits. In the extant suit which was filed Tuesday in Carter County Chancery Court, South Elizabethton attorney William Bovender seeks a ruling from Chancellor Richard Johnson as to whether a rate hike by Hampton on December 1 was reasonable and fair and does Hampton have the authority to unilaterally increase water rates without any approval or input from South Elizabethton. The suit also seeks an

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Elizabethton Police Department arrested a city man after a motor vehicle stop for an intoxication check on Tuesday Saturday yielded various controlled subMostly cloudy. stances for resale. Scattered snow showers in the Patrolman Will Johnson morning and of the EPD stopped a 1990 early afterChevrolet Blazer in the parking noon. Highs in the mid to upper 20s. West winds 10 to lot of Cato clothing store. The 15 mph with gusts to around driver was identified as Alan 30 mph. Chance of snow 40 Lewis, 43, 1271 Bluefield Ave. percent. A records check revealed there Classifieds Page B5 was an outstanding warrant on Church Directory A4 Lewis and he was subsequently arrested on a charge of violation Local Events A6

of probation. During a search of Lewis’ vehicle after the arrest, police found a Xanax bottle that contained a Lortab. Johnson said 18 additional Lortabs were found in the center console. Lewis is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on Jan. 25.

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order for Hampton to refund the increased payments South Elizabethton had already made for water that was used in October and November, and an injunction that Hampton be prohibited from stopping the supply of water to South Elizabethton or threatening to do so. The lawsuit contends that during the final years of the contract, Hampton on several occasions hiked water rates without providing South Elizabethton the ability to protest or seek relief from such increases. The lawsuit further contends that Hampton also limited the amount of water provided South Elizabethton to 350 gallons per minute even though the contract called for 410 gallons per minute. In the suit, Bovender said Hampton would not increase the amount of water provided per minute, which caused South Elizabethton to institute severe restrictions on new customers and limit the number of new customers. Near the end of the 50year contract, the two sides began negotiating for a new contract, but the lawsuit says the contract proposals received from Hampton were one sided and would have raised the cost

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Mae’s Corner

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Quote For Today: An Obstacle is Hey ther hills from whence cometh my help.Like Abraham- trust implicity in my what you see, when you stop focuseverybody. ing on your goal. Here we are God.Like Enoch- walk in daily fellowinto another year ship with my Heavenly Father.Like Je- I did not realize, that in last week's colnow.Thank God hosphat-prepare my heart to seek the umn, I forgot to put in the Quote For December 2010 is Lord.Like Moses-choose rather to suf- Today, until a nice reader emailed me behind us .It was fer than to enjoy the pleasures of sin that she missed it. She said she althe whitest and for a season.Like Daniel- commune ways looked forward to my column coldest December will God at all times and in all places. and especially the Quote For Today. that I've ever been Like Job- be patient under all circum- Thanks so much for the encouraging words. The Quote is something I stances. through as I reember. Christain love and sympathy Like Caleb and Joshua - refuse to be started adding a few months ago. No is expressed to all the family ,friends dicouraged because of superior num- reader ever commented on it (good or and loved ones in the passing away of bers. Like Joseph turn my back on all bad), so I had no way of knowing, s e d u c t i v e what you thought. But really, last Clyde Elmer Jobe ,age a d v a n c e s . L i k e week, I just simply Forgot to add it. 70.He lost his life in a Gideon-advance, Maybe it's a good thing I did forget, tragic accident on DeGod Loves you even though my since it prompted someone to ask cember 26th 2010.He friends are few. about it. So, thanks for your email, was the son of late and Like Aaron and Bobbie. Elmer and Mary CrawI do too Hur-uphold the Have you heard on the news about ford Jobe,Clyde has an -Mae Pierson hands of my min- the prediction, a group is making, that older brother,Harold ster and the leaders of Christ will return on May 21, 2011 ? Jobe and a older sister,Margaret Jobe.The Jobe kids grew up the church with my prayers and sup- People who set dates & make predicport. Like Andrew strive to lead my tions are dangerous. Because they here on Silver Grove Road. brother to Christ. Like Stephen- man- cause people to wait a little longer Top Predictions for 2011 ifest a forgiving spirit toward all who about making a profession of faith in 1.The Bible will still have all the anseek my hurt.Like Jesus-go about Christ; thinking they still have time to swers. do it Later. doing good. 2.Prayer will still be the most powerRealizing that I cannot hope to The scary thing, for those who have ful thing on earth. achieve theses objectives by my own not yet accepted HIM as their Savior, 3.The Holy Spirit will still move. strenght,I will rely upon Christ for "I can is that they may put off accepting HIM 4.God will still honor the praises of do all things through Christ which until that precise date, and HE may his people. return tomorrow, or TODAY......even strengthenme"Phillipians 4:13 5.There will still be God-onointed Well ,well,well- the holidays are now within the next few minutes. The Bible preaching. behind us. We had a wonderful teaches us that No One knows the day 6.There will still be singing of praise Thanksgiving and a Christmas.I per- nor the hour of HIS return, not even to God. sonally am not looking forward to the the angels in Heaven know this. So, 7.God will still pour out blessings new year .We who on fixed how could any one person, down here upon His people. incomes,are sure going to have it on this earth, claim that they know the 8.There will still be room at the rough.Just look at the price of gas now date of HIS return ? Cross. and they are saying it continues to Matthew 24: 36 reads: But of that day 9.Jesus will still love you. rise,think about the price of food ,and 10.Jesus will still save the lost when our light bills keep going up. Look at they come to him. It is Great to Remember Who is Really the people who are still with out a in Control and that;"The WORD OF job.We have to keep praying for God THE LORD ENDURETH FOR FOR- to take care of us . Man sure aren't going to help us survive- They're going By Greg Miller EVER".1 Peter 1:25. to make it worse. A recipe for a happy new year, Members of a small church Well untill next time May God bless met to discuss the congregation’s I will: Like Paul-forget those things you all and remember God loves you goals for the new year. which are behind and press forward. Like David-lift up mine eyes unto the And I do too. “Thanks for coming to this special evening to help plan our church’s ministry for the coming year,” said Pastor Samuel. "But let every man pared to how others do it, but it “Thank you, Pastor, for giving prove his own work, does matter that you fulfill the role us this opportunity to help plan the and then shall he to the best that is within you. You ministry,” said brother Sampson. have rejoicing in him- can give no more than your best. If “I don’t want the church to self alone, and not in you give your best, theres is noth- continue in the status quo,” said Pasing left. Tomorrow, your best may tor Samuel “I feel that I have let the another." In studying the life be at a different level. You are con- Lord and this church down for the last of Christ, it very tinually changing, becoming pa- few years. I haven’t provided the quickly becomes evi- tient, more mature, adapting to life, leadership that would allow the condent that He knew His responsibil- as it confronts you. It is easier to gregation to grow. I ask both the Lord ity in life, and that nothing would adapt, when you keep aware that and you to forgive me for letting you deter him from fulfiling the work you have a responsibility in life, in down.” “You haven’t let us down,” God the Father had sent Him to do. each of you roles, that no other replied Brother Sampson. “We’ve let human can fulfill, to the extent you you down by not fulfilling the Lord’s I see Him walking the dusty can. No other human can fulfill the will in our own lives.” roads, teaching in the Synagogue, father role, to the son, or daughter, “No, you haven’t let me praying in the garden, and I always you gave live to, as well as you, as down,” Pastor Samuel assured the see Him alone. Sure, there were far as the God given love between parishioners. “But we’re not here to crowds along the road, fellow a parent and child. The child dwell on the mistakes that may have countrymen in the synagogue, dis- needs to experience that God kind been made in the past. We’re here to ciples sleeping just outside the gar- of love in a parent. A husband or discuss how our future work for the den, but when there was a need to wife, need to experience that God Lord Jesus Christ can be more probe met, the responsibility was upon kind of love in their life partner. We ductive. “May I make a suggestion?,” Christ, as He alone was sent to all need the God kind of love that inquired Sister Shirley. comes from grandparents. work the works of His Father. “Certainly,” replied Pastor Samuel. If the crowd be 500, or 12, or 3, it It is all kept alive by the acceptance “Before we go any further always came to the point that what that we are all on this earth, with a with this meeting, I suggest that we God the Father had sent Christ to responsibility to one another. The go before the Lord in prayer.” world needs you. God needs you. do, had to be done by Christ. “That is a very wise idea,” You need to be needed. said the pastor. “I should have sugA burden? Depends upon gested that myself.” your perspective. If sent from God, Sometimes you get scared, worPastor Samuel asked Brother with responsibility from God, then ried, you doubt, sometimes you Sammy to pray. “Our Heavenly Fathe responsibility is also upon God feel all alone, sometimes you wish ther, we’re here this evening to ask to be all sufficient for you. That mom and dad were still alive, so for your wisdom,” Brother Sammy means God will provide health, fi- you could go home and talk to prayed. “Please shine the light of your nances, fellow laborers, but no one them, sometime you want some- wisdom on our discussion and help that can fulfill the responsibility that one to take away the hurt, but now us to glorify you. In Jesus’ name,

and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. And then, just a few verses later (in that same chapter) verse 44 reads: Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son ofman cometh. So, Friends, this subject is a serious matter. If you've never accepted Christ into your heart, don't delay that decision. I can't make any predictions on a certain date that HE will return. But I do really feel that the time is near. I'm not trying to put a scare into anyone, but I'd sure hate for you to be left behind, when HE does return for HIS own. Hope all of you had a Merry Christmas and a glorious New Year's Day, and may the rest of this year be just as glorious for you. KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE EASTERN SKY JESUS IS COMING BACK SOON ARE YOU READY FOR HIS RETURN ? Bye now, until next time, Aunt Bertha Send emails to: auntbertha@charter.net

Church meets to discuss goals for new year

From Chaplain Ron

is yours.

The work that Christ came to do could be carried out by no other. To get the full impact of that, we must recognize that Christ is our example. This means that, as the Father sent Him into the world, even so, he has sent us." You are sent as a son, daughter, husband, wife, grandfather, grandmother, friend, employer, employee, each role having different responsibilities. It matters not how you fulfill that role, com-

in life, you are the child that was, who has become the adult that is, so another child can rest under your care. You are not alone, God knows you, and is with you, and He knows your needs. Trust Him.

Dare to get involved in life, and make a difference. It sure makes for a better life.

Amen.”

“Amen!,” the pastor responded. “Amen! Amen!,” echoed the congregation. Pastor Samuel asked those who wanted to participate in the discussion to raise a hand to be recognized. “This will help us to use our time wisely and efficiently,” he stated. Sister Sara raised a hand, asking for recognition. Pastor Samuel responded, “What’s your idea, Sister Sara?” “I was thinking that it would be a good idea to form various ministry teams,” she said. “We could have teams for publicity, nursing home and hospital visitation, children’s ministry, etc.” “Great idea, Sister Sara,” said Sister Samantha. “Amen!,” shouted the congregation. “Amen!” “Since this was your idea, would you like to be in charge of overseeing one of the ministries?,” asked Pastor Samuel. “I think she should lead the children’s ministry,” said Sister Samantha. “She has seven children of her own, so she has plenty of experience.” “Amen to that!,” laughed Sister Sara. “Sure, I’ll be willing to serve in the children’s ministry. My first goal will be to double the number of children to whom we minister.” Brother Sandy raised a hand, and Pastor Samuel asked, “What’s your idea, Brother Sandy?” “Oh, I don’t have an idea,” said Brother Sandy. “I was just asking for permission to go to the bathroom!” To contact the writer of this column about puppet ministry and/or other speaking engagements, please e-mail kidcool4jesus@yahoo.com.

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Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church 1727 Chinquapin Grove Road

Bluff City, TN 37618 1684 Weaver Branch Pastor. Rev. Jamie Ferguson Rd. Early Service 8:45 a.m. Piney Flats, Tn. 37686 Sunday School 9:45 a.m.

Sunday School 1:00pm Worship Service 2:00pm Wednesday Service 7:00pm Pastor Jeff Millsaps

The Lighthouse of Prayer Christian Church 2401 Hickory Tree Road Bluff City, TN 391-7403

Pastor Wayne Lambert Sunday School 9:45am Worship 11:00am Evening 6:00pm

Prayer Meeting and Bible Study Wednesday 6:30

Piney Flats United Methodist

225 Methodist Church st. Sunday School 9:45 Worship 10:45 Wed. Evening Program 5:30 Supper 538-6937 6:00 Activity

Rev. Joseph W. Manis

Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist 1041 Elizabeth Chapel Road Bluff City, TN 37618

Pastor: Tom Reed 423-528-6311

www. elizabethchapel.com

SS: 9am Worship 10:am Church of Christ

223 County Hill Rd P.O. Box 582 Blountville, TN 37617

Assemblies:Wenesday 7:00pm Sunday 10 & 11am and 6pm

Morning Worship 11:00 p.m. Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.

Fall Revival Oct. 3rd - 6th Monday - Wednesday revival times 7:00 p.m.

Rev. Eric Eggers

St. Paul United Methodist Church 1665 Allison Road Piney Flats, TN 37686 423-5388026 Pastor Daniel Theiben

Sunday School 10:00am Worship Service 11:00pm Child Care Availbale during services

River of Life Church P.O. Box 336 Piney Flats TN 37686

423-538-4999 Pastor Donnie Humphrey

Sunday School 9:45am Worship 10:45 Wednesday at 7pm Evening Service 6:00pm

You’ve got a friend at River of Life

Buffalo Christian Church

436 Buffalo Road Bluff City 37618

Minister: Derek Murphy 423-534-4640

www.buffalocc.com

Rocky Springs Missionary Baptist Church

“prove all things...” (1Thes 5:21) Free for the asking: Home Bible Study; Bible Correspondence courses via mail; (5 Lesson Video Journey through the Bible at your house or our meeting place.)

3297 Rocky Springs Rd Piney Flats, Tn 37686 Pastor Greg Lovelace

Charity Baptist Church

LIGHTHOUSE OF PRAYER CHRISTIAN CHURCH

3020 Highway 126 Blountville

Pastor Charles Brooks

423-323-2244 Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:30am Evening Worship 7:00 pm Wed. AWANA & Youth 6:30 Wed. Prayer/Bible 7:00

2401 Hickory Tree Rd, Bluff City, TN S.S. 9:45AM, Morning Worship, 11:00AM Special Speaker, Daryl Cox. Dinner will be following the Worship Service. Evening Service at 6:00PM

Pleasant Beach Baptist Church

108 Pleasant Beach Rd. Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643 Services: 10:00 AM-11:00am 7:00pm Sunday 7:00PM-Wednesday

Rev. Bobby G. Stout, Pastor Rev. Charles A. Biggs, Outreach Minister 423-542-5462 www.pleasantbeachbaptist.com

First Christian Church

325 Parks Worley Street Bluff City, TN 37618 423-538-7942

Edgefield United Methodist Church 745 Pickens Bridge Road, Piney Flats Early Service: 8:30 am Sunday School: 9:45am Morning Worship: 10:50am

Evening Worship and UMYF: 7pm Wed. Bible Zone Live for Kids: 6:30 til 8 Evening Bible Study: 7pm

Phone: 538-5940

Rev. Estel Williams

Pilgrim Independent Missionary Baptist 462 Sugar Hollow Road Piney Flats, TN

Sunday School 10am Pastor Eddie Smith Sunday Services 11am 6pm “God Is Good All the Time” Wednesday Bible Study 6:45pm You are Invited

Ron Whitacre Minister David Norvell, Youth Minister

Bunker Hill Christian Church

Mark Smith Pastor

Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Worship 11:00am

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538-5777

PINEY FLATS PRESBYTERIAN 6140 Highway 11E (423) 538-6821 Sunday School 10:00 am Worship 11:00 am Family Fellowship dinner First Wednesday each month Rev. Scott Wise, Pastor Visit us on line at www.pfpc.us

Holston Baptist Church

Morning Worship 11 am Sunday Services 6pm Sweet Hour of Prayer Wed. 7

Faith Community Fellowship

2601 Volunteer Parkway Bristol, TN 37620 Pastor Patrick Parham

968-3722 or 213-7205 SS 10am Worship 11am 6pm Wed. Youth club 6:30

Victory Bible Fellowship of East Tennessee

Dr. C. Dwayne Baird, Pastor Bible.Pastor@charter.net 423.217-5615

Currently meeting Sundays at 10:00 AM in the lower level of Pardner’s Restaurant

Gateway Baptist Church

275 Old Weaver Pike Rd Bluff City, TN (423) 538-6193

(423) 538-7156 1000 Hendrickson Ln Bluff City, TN 37618 www.gwbchurch.com

Piney Flats First Baptist Church

Lynnwood Christian Church

Dr. Allen Davis-Pastor

“A church grounded in the faith, through the power of love.” 100 Cherry St. Piney Flats, TN 423-538-8304

2577 Watauga Road Johnson City, TN 37601 Phone: (423) 928-7740 Sunday School 10:00 AM Morning Worship 11.00 AM Evening Worship 6:00 AM Wed.Bible Study 7:00 PM

www.lynwoodchristianchurch.org

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Events for 01/09/2011

Events for 01/15/2011

Southern Gospel concert Harvey Quartet will be at Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren in Blountville at 6:30. For directions call:Dan Case 9285435

Free Couponing and Meal Planning Workshop Free Couponing and Meal Planning Workshop with Stacy Makes Cents. Location - Fellowship Chapel in Bristol, VA. 10am-12noon. For more information visit www.stacymakescents.com

Blood Drive Cedar Creek Baptist Church is having a blood drive from 12pm-4:30 pm. Special Awakening Service Oakwood Forest Christian Church, corner of Eastman Road & E. Sevier Avenue, Kingsport, Special Awakening Service at 10am with Judge Steve Jones speaking on “Developing Christian Character”. Cameron Tate joins Billy Bryant with worship. Oakwood Forest Christian Church. . For more information go to oakwoodforestchristian.com

Country Breakfast Fairview UMC, 878 Highway 81N in Jonesborough will have a country breakfast from 7-10am. Free with donations accepted. More information at 913-2275 Events for 01/19/2011 Area Youth Worship Area Youth Worship from 7 - 8 pm at Grace Baptist Church, 1114 Broad Street, Elizabethton. For more information, call 423-543-1451

Our Great-great grandfathers would approve. Sunrise Baptist Church 217 Morrell Creek Rd. Bluff City (Off Hickory Tree Rd.) Dr. Roy Branson 423-366-3536

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Deerlick Union Church

793 Deerlick Road Piney Flats, Tn Pastor Don Morrell

Sunday School 10:00am Sunday Worship 11:00am Sunday Night 6:00 pm

New Hope Church Of Christ

4527 Bristol Hwy., Johnson City, TN.

Paul W. Peer, Minister 423-610-1440

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Tri Cities Church of God 238 Jonesboro Rd. Piney Flats, Tn 423-612-3986 Pastor: Richard & Teresa Bawgus

Bluff City United Methodist Church 468 Cedar Street Pastor: Todd Adams 538-7822

www.bluffcityumc.com

Lick Creek Christian Church

(423) 538-8996 1172 Piney Flats Rd, Watauga, Sunday School 10:00am Morning Worship 11:00am Wednesday Bible Study 7:00pm Pastor Leon Butka

Center Pointe Fellowship

"Adoring, Belonging, Caring" (up the street from Fatz Cafe entrance at the corner of Bluff City Hwy) Bristol, TN 37620 (423)844-0574 www.cpfonline.us Senior Pastor: David Shinault Sunday Worship @11:01 am Sunday Evening Worship @ 6:01 pm Wednesday Evening Small Group Studies @ 6:31pm

Good News Jail & Prison Ministry Sullivan County Jail Chaplain Kent Pugh 423-279-6089

Bristol, VA City Jail Chaplain Tom Browder 276-645-7442 Breaking the Cycle of Crime One Life at a Time

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and other organized crime activities including witness intimidation and violence. Rudy Oaks, the apparent leader of the group, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute five hundred or more grams of cocaine; he faces a minimum of 5 years up to 40 years in federal prison. Roger Oaks and Terry Oaks both pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine which carries a minimum of 3 years up to 20 years in federal prison. The amount of cocaine the two were convicted of conspiring to distribute was not specified in the release.

Susie Oaks pled guilty to use of a communication facility to commit a drug transaction which carries a maximum term of 4 years imprisonment. The defendants in this case join codefendants Benjamin Clawson and Pamela Isaacs, who have already pled guilty in federal court on similar charges generated from Operation Clear Cut and are both facing 5 to 40 years imprisonment. Greer remanded the defendants into the custody of the US Marshals Service pending a sentencing hearing April 25th.

East Tennessee State University has announced the names of students who attained a grade point average qualifying them for inclusion in the dean’s list for the fall 2010 session. To receive this honor, students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate coursework with a grade point average of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.

ris; Alisha S. Lueke; Julia Lyle; Katie Lyons; John K. Mankin; Connie Alissa Manz Hinkle; Leaann N. Manz; Lindsey McAmis; Whitney B. McClure; Kenneth W. McDonald; Christopher T. Miller; Tia S. Nave; Whitney L. Norris; Jessie J. Nutter; Rebecca L. Odom; Chelsey M. Oliver; Rachel A. Parsons; Erica R. Perkins; Charles Y. Peters; Amy K. Pierce; Brittany N. Richardson; Carl Roberts; Heather N. Rogers; Rebecca C. Smith; Jeanette L. Statzer; Holly M. Stauffer; Kimberly L. Steger; Veronica L. Stout; Jessica E. Stump; Nathaniel D. Treadway; Stephanie M. Unbewust; Michaela A. Warner; Amanda White; Jessee M. White; Sharon R. Wiggins; Albert C. Williams; Tyler Williams; Kayla R. Withrow; Bradley J. Woods

ETSU Dean’s List

Elizabethton: Amber D. Irick; Cortnie J. Letterman; Brandi L. Allen; Chelsea N. Anderson; Nicholas L. Anderson; Diana L. Ballew; Tara T. Bishop; Abigail R. Blair; Cory D. Blevins; Alex L. Blumenstock; Eric A. Blumenstock; Amanda L. Brumfield; Adam W. Buckles; Martina A. Bush; Katherine L. Campbell; Jessica C. Carpenter; Logan B. Carpenter; Michael Carver; Justin Conway; Courtney A. Cox; Leendert M. Craig; Travis D. Culler; Joshua E. Day; David S. Donald; Jennifer M. Doriot; Nora M. Drake; Nathan S. Dugger; John C. Dunbar; Jacquelin Duncan; Brittney L. Eggers; Matthew J. Eldreth; Amanda L. Elliot; Ariel A. Felts; Allison D. Foster; Audrey M. Gouge; Haley S. Greenlee; Brooke M. Grindstaff; Jessica D. Harding; Nathan W. Hatfield; Mackenzie A. Hazelwood; Donald G. Hendrickx; Holly E. Hilbert; Lucas W. Honeycutt; Natalie M. Johnson; Danielle L. Jones; Sarah E. Jones; Shaun E. Julian; Sarah A. Key; Eleisha A. Lacy; Timothy Lejeune; Judith D. Lewis; Jennifer D. Love-Nor-

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of water received by South Elizabethton by outrageous amounts. (When the contract expired, Hampton increased the rate it charged from $1 to $2.75, which, as the lawsuit points out, is a 175 percent increase; the rates were

Hampton: Amber D. Cole; Anna K. Edwards; Joy A. Gardner; Emily K. Hodge; Maci A. Lewis; Benjamin Potter Mountain City: Alicia K. Bauguess; Jessica Billings; Ericka B. Fenner; Eric A. Helm; Caitlin E. Hughes; Billie R. Hurd; Brittany J. Jenkins; Sharley N. Osborne; Jonathan L. Rainey; Carli R. Smith; Summer Stuber; Thomas Widener; Rachel S. Wilson Roan Mountain: Sydnie K. Buchanan; Catherine P. Childress; Shah Allison T. Christman; Lucas C. Hitechew; Tricia D. Thompson; Zachary K. Vance

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hiked yet again on Dec. 1 to $450 for the first 2,000 gallons and $3.50 per 1,000 gallons thereafter.) Hampton’s attorney, John Rambo, was not available for comment at the time of press.

Milligan students collect pajamas for patients at Niswonger Children’s Hospital

Milligan College students earn degrees

Several local students were awarded degrees from Milligan College during its commencement ceremony held Friday, Dec. 10. These students include: Elizabethton:

Erin Aubrey of Elizabethton, Tenn., with a bachelor’s degree in music and psychology. Aubrey graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Alpha Chi. She is currently pursuing a career as a professional musician and plans to attend graduate school at Appalachian State University. Dale Blevins of Elizabethton, Tenn., with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Blevins plans to pursue a graduate degree at Milligan College and has secured a position as director of Carter County 911. Julie Buchanan of Elizabethton, Tenn., with a Master of Education degree. Buchanan graduated with honors and received the Masters of Education Intern of the Year Award. She is currently employed by the Carter County Board of Education as a fourth grade teacher at Happy Valley Elementary. Debra Chandler of Elizabethton, Tenn., with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Colin Duffie of Elizabethton, Tenn., with a bachelor’s degree in history. Duffie was a member of the baseball team.

Paige Foltz of Elizabethton, Tenn., with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Foltz has earned her teacher licensure and is pursuing a position in her field. She is a graduate of Happy Valley High School. Betty Frazier of Elizabethton, Tenn., with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Frazier has secured a job in her field of study. Kimberly Moore of Elizabethton, Tenn., with a bachelor’s degree in business. Moore graduated cum laude and as a member of the Omnicron Honor Society. Derrick Nave of Elizabethton, Tenn., with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an emphasis in sports management. Nave plans to pursue a graduate degree in business from East Tennessee State University. Sara Presnell of Elizabethton, Tenn., with a master’s degree in elementary education. Presnell is currently employed as a sixth grade teacher with T.A. Dugger Jr. High School. Tyler Ross of Elizabethton, Tenn., with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in coaching. Ross was a member of the soccer team and an active participant in Vespers. Christi Gentry of Mountain City, Tenn., with a Master of Education degree. Gentry is currently pursuing a position with Johnson County Schools.

Police arrest a man connected to shooting investigation

From Staff Reports According to a report Michael Jason Davis was arrested in connection to a robbery and shooting which started in Elizabethton but ended in Johnson City. Police arrested Davis after being interviewed by investigators of the Elizabethton and Johnson City Police Departments. The report said that Davis was taken into custody after the interview on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. The investigators report detailed that Davis, who was the robbery victim, fired the weapon that struck Christopher Philips in the side of the head. The investigation turned into a robbery and shooting which had occurred at a residence located on Field Road in Elizabethton. Davis was the only individual in the house at the time of the robbery. According to the release, four subjects entered the residence by force and took items. The subjects then fled the scene in two separate vehicles, and drove towards Johnson

City. The vehicles stopped in Johnson City at which time one of the subjects then proceeded to called 911 for help for the wounded. At this time the Johnson City Police have started an investigation along with the Elizabethton Police Department. The three suspects were charged with aggravated robbery. No charges have been filed against Davis or Philips, which Phillip is in the hospital in stable condition.

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A group of nursing students at Milligan College collected 70 sets of pajamas for boys and girls undergoing treatment at Niswonger Children’s Hospital. “These gifts will be given to children throughout the year,” said Marinda McConnell, Child Life Program manager for Mountain States Health Alliance. “Children, and their families, often times come here unexpectedly, and they aren’t prepared to spend the night. It’s nice for the children to put on something aside from a hospital gown.” It took only two months for the students, along with Tammy Samples, a faculty nurse advisor with the Student Nurses Association at Milligan, to collect the pajama sets. Samples contacted McConnell, knowing that while gifts are appreciated, sometimes there are some needs that are greater than others.

“As students, we’re glad to get involved and help the community,” said nursing student Cynthia Colon-Rivera. “We just hope that the children enjoy these gifts.” Added fellow nursing student Rachel Ingleby, “I just think if I were a kid, how important it would be to me to have cozy pajamas.” Milligan’s Student Nurses Association has facilitated several similar drives to benefit the children’s hospital over the last five years. According to Samples, the group has contributed needed items to MSHA numerous times — Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas and more. Many of the student nurses involved have done clinical rotations at MSHA and see providing needed items for patients also as a means of ministering to them.

From Staff Reports A vehicle that was reported stolen in the early morning hours Monday in the Sinking Creek area of Carter County was found later in the day by county deputies. Wendy Warren, Hillside Drive, Johnson City, reported her white 2000 Volvo V40 stolen to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department. According to the victim, she left her residence around 9:30 p.m. Sunday and returned at 12:20 a.m. Monday and discovered her vehicle was missing. CCSD Deputy Billy Harrell was dispatched to 168 Lick Road, where he found the car sitting in the middle of a private driveway. According to re-

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Cloudland Defeats Junior Cougars Win Big Over Patriots Bucs Twice By Mark Proffitt Sullivan Central used a quick streak of hot shooting, and a comfortable home court advantage to register a big non-conference win over Sullivan East by a score of 81-45. Central, now 9-4 in overall play, streaked out to a 110 lead, and later a 17-3 margin early in the game, as the Patriots never got on track. The Cougars put in a back breaking 12 three pointers and shot over 50% from the field for the entire game. East struggled offensively shooting less the 35% on field goals. Clinton Hall led the Cougars with 14, while Cody Vestal and Zane Kilby also put in double figures with 13 each. Chance Davis and Ian Ollis had 12 each for the Patriots.

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It was a long cold ride home from the visiting University High after suffering defeat not once but twice in boy’s and girl’s hoops at Sonny Smith Gym Tuesday night. The Lady Highlanders sent up so many buckets it must have looked like orange snow for the Lady Junior Bucs. The Cloudland girls smoked the net with 19 points from Courtney Clark, and Summer Hughes and Sydney Miller answered with 11 singles each. Cloudland defeated the Lady Junior Bucs 74-27 in the overall.

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Michael Hyder and Matthew Potter netted for 33 points as the Highlanders defeated the Junior Bucs 64-30. Austin Padgett was the point leader for the Junior Bucs with seven points. Game Stats Cloudland 74, University High 27 - Girls University High 10 / 5 / 4 / 8: 27 Cloudland 23 / 25 /22 / 4: 74 Cloudland 64, University High 30 - Boys University High 8 / 9 / 7 / 6: 30 Cloudland 13 / 16 / 18 / 17: 64

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The Milligan College men’s basketball team took a last second 84-80 victory over Tennessee Wesleyan in their Appalachian Athletic Conference opener on Wednesday evening inside Steve Lacy Fieldhouse. The open- Photo provided by Milligan College ing of the game saw but Milligan would not be denied as neither team able to pull away from Sylvester took back the lead with a the other. The game was tied at 20 two-point basket with eight secat the midpoint of the half. Milligan onds remaining. Hudson Fricke took a 26-24 lead with seven min- (Greeneville, S.C.) secured the win utes remaining off of a Justin with a pair of free throws in the Sylvester (Kingsport, Tenn.) bas- game’s final second. ket. The Bulldogs fought back to reHardy led the Buffs with 18 take the lead later in the period, but points and eight rebounds. the Buffs pulled way with a 9-3 run Sylvester had 17 points, while Tyler to take a 44-38 lead into halftime. DeVault (Kingsport, Tenn.) added The second half saw Milli- 15 points. Freshman Kyle Grisby gan quickly work to a 10-point lead. (Charlotte, N.C.) and Tim Harper However, the Bulldogs slowly (Catawba, N.C.) had 14 points and chipped away at the margin as they 11 points, respectively. cut the Milligan lead to 74-73 with As a team, the Buffs were four minutes remaining. The Buffs 32-of-54 (59%) from the floor and quickly added to their lead with a 4-of-8 (50%) from behind the 3basket from Sylvester and a pair of point line. Tennessee Wesleyan free throws from Marshall Hardy was 31-of-46 (67%) from the field (Kingsport, Tenn.). and 7-of-13 (54%) from behind the Tennessee Wesleyan tied See Buffs on Page B4 the game in the closing seconds,

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Davis, Mitchell and Pickwell guide Lady Bucs past Mercer, 83-68

Great things came from Tara Davis (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) and Natalie Pickwell (Kingsport, Tenn.) Monday evening as the talented trio generated 76 percent of the Lady Buccaneer offense en route to guiding ETSU past Mercer, 83-68, inside the University Center. Davis led the way for the Blue and Gold as she netted a team-high 23 points, while Mitchell enjoyed making a visit back to her home state as she posted her second straight double-double (fourth of her career) after tallying 22 points and 12 rebounds. Rounding out the scoring attack was Pickwell’s 18-point, six-rebound effort. With the win, ETSU improved to 5-7, but more importantly jumped to 2-1 in A-Sun play. Meanwhile, Mercer dipped to 1-11, 1-2. “Getting this win is great way to start off the New Year,” commented head coach Karen Kemp, whose Lady Bucs out-rebounded Mercer 57 to 25. “In the end, life on the road isn’t easy, so it’s a good feeling anytime you can get a conference victory on the road. I was really pleased with the way we hit the boards tonight – especially with Tish and Destiny – they did a really nice job for us.” The Lady Bucs were battling with a post New Year’s hangover to start the game as ETSU missed on nine of its first ten shot attempts in the opening six minutes, three seconds and Mercer led, 6-3. From there, the Bears pushed their lead to five, but seven unanswered ETSU points gave the Lady Bucs a 12-10 advantage after Davis knocked down a pair of free throws at the 12:25 mark. Following Davis’ two free throws, the Lady Bucs managed to push their lead to four, 21-17, when Mitchell scored on a jumper with 8:36 remaining before the half. However, the Bears continued to fight back and forced three ties over the next three-plus minutes, but with the score knotted at 26 ETSU looked to take control before the break. The Lady Bucs mounted a 101 run to grab a 36-27 lead, but the Bears never backed down as they cut the deficit to five, 38-33, at the half. After a sluggish start, the

Lady Bucs finally found their shot as they posted a 47.1 shooting percentage (16-34) in the opening 20 minutes, while Mercer shot 41.2 percent (14-34). ETSU dominated the Bears on the glass, out-rebounding Mercer 26 to 14, but 15 Lady Buccaneer turnovers turned into 13 points for the host team on the offensive side. Mercer carried the momentum with them into the second half as they opened up on an 11-4 run and led 44-42 after Briana Williams nailed a three with only four minutes coming off the clock. The Lady Bucs finally stopped the bleeding – courtesy of the three-pointer – as ETSU swished four threes over a three-plus minute span, giving the Blue and Gold a 60-53 cushion after Davis connected on a long-range bomb with 11:54 showing on the clock. ETSU eventually saw its lead grow to double figures (67-56) when Latisha Belcher (Martinsville, Va.) put in a pair of free throws with less than ten minutes to play, but back-to-back Mercer threes made it a five-point game with 8:45 left in the contest. Once again, the Lady Bucs used the three-point shot to their advantage as Davis knocked one down from NBA range and Pickwell followed with the dagger – putting ETSU ahead 75-64 with less than five minutes to play. “Fortunately, T.D. and Natalie stepped up for us as far as hitting those big threes,” added Kemp. “T.D hit a couple and same with Natalie, which was the reason why we were able to pull away.” For the game, ETSU shot 43.1 percent (31-72) and knocked down nine of its 21 three-point attempts. Mercer finished at 46.8 percent shooting (29-62), while hitting on five of its 15 three-pointers. Twentysix of the Lady Bucs’ rebounds came on the offensive end, resulting in 24 second-chance points. Along with the strong scoring attack from Davis, Mitchell and Pickwell, Belcher also added seven points and 11 rebounds in the 15-point win. Mercer was led by Williams’ game-high 24 points.

With his late-game heroics against Mercer and solid offensive efforts in ETSU’s last two games, Buccaneers’ junior guard Adam Sollazzo (Tampa) was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday. It is the first ever POTW honor for Sollazzo, whose baseline layup with 3.7 seconds on the clock lifted the Bucs to a 62-61 win over Mercer Monday evening. In addition, the 6-foot-6 point guard has averaged 16 points and 4.5 assists over his last two games, while shooting an impressive 75 percent from the floor (12-of-16). Last week against Campbell, Sollazzo posted a career high 17 points as ETSU dropped the Camels

72-59 inside t h e ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center. Sollazzo has scored in double figures for four s t r a i g h t games, as the Bucs have posted a 3-1 overall record and 2-0 league mark in those contests The Bucs have now picked up the last two A-Sun POTW awards, as senior Mike Smith (Vandalia, Mo.) won the honor last week.

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stand their late runs and were able to hang on for the win.” Milligan improves to 5-8 overall and 1-0 in AAC play. The Buffs return to action on Saturday, Jan. 8, when they host AAC foe Bluefield College. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m.

TIFFANY BAKER TABBED MAXPREPS NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Further proving her status as the most highly touted signee in Lady Vol volleyball history, Tiffany Baker has been named the MaxPreps National Player of the Year after leading Hebron High School to a flawless run through the Texas 5A state tournament. The 6-foot-3 senior middle blocker and outside hitter led Hebron High School to a 44-7 record and the Class 5A state title this past season, recording 661 kills, 296 digs and 276 blocks. A First Team All-State selection, she was also MVP of the Class 5A state tournament and earned state player of the year honors from the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Girls Coaches Association and The Gatorade Company and ESPN Rise. Baker, who is already the highest-ranked recruit to sign with the University of Tennessee after being rated as the nation’s fourth-best prospect by PrepVol-

leyball.com, also participated in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match and Skills Contest over the holiday break. At the top-level exhibition, which was held in conjunction with the 2010 AVCA Annual Convention at the Municipal Auditorium on Dec. 18 in Kansas City, Mo., Baker helped pace Team Shatter to victory with four kills, two blocks and an ace. As a member of the Dallas Premier 17-Mizuno club team, Baker finished third in the gold division and claimed alltournament honors at the 2010 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships in Reno, Nev. She was also tabbed to the 2010-11 All-Texas Team and the state’s “Most Outstanding Hitter” by LoneStarVolleyball.com. Baker, who signed with the Lady Vols in November, will join the Big Orange program this summer.

Strong offensive effort lifts Bucs past Kennesaw, 80-69

Senior guard Justin Tubbs (Trussville, Ala.) scored a game-high 21 points and junior point guard Adam Sollazzo (Tampa) continued his strong play, as the ETSU men’s basketball team completed a two-game sweep on the road by dropping Atlantic Sun Conference foe Kennesaw State 80-69 Wednesday evening inside the KSU Convocation Center. The win marked the Buccaneers fourth consecutive victory and improved their record to 8-7 overall, 3-1 in A-Sun play. Meanwhile, the Owls dropped to 3-11, 13.

“Getting these two wins on the road was huge for our team,” said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team is now 10-1 all-time against KSU. “Winning on the road is never easy and we were able to get two on this trip. Justin and Adam continue to play really well and tonight they were very good again.” Along with Tubbs’ effort, Sollazzo scored 13 points and dished out nine assists, while senior guard Mike Smith (Vandalia, Mo) and Micah Williams (Manchester) netted 17 and 16 points, respectively. The Bucs shot 52.4 percent from the floor, 42.9 percent from beyond the 3point arc, and out-rebounded the Owls 34-28 for the game. ETSU also committed just seven turnovers.

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