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10 things to know today from Johnson City, the region and around the world

Staff Report • Apr 18, 2013 at 11:59 AM

1. Former Hampton teacher charged with statutory rape of ex-pupil; 2nd sex-related charge involving minor in week

ELIZABETHTON — Former Hampton Elementary School teacher Kelly Andrae Smith was arrested Wednesday by the Carter County Sheriff's Department on a charge of aggravated statutory rape. It was the second time in a week that Smith had been arrested. Read more: http://bit.ly/15oXWpG


2. Storms building, will sweep east across Tenn; locally tonight

Strong thunderstorms are expected to develop across Tennessee and some could become severe. Read more: http://bit.ly/12pPKCO


3. Meningitis outbreak: 15th Tennessee patient dies

Another Tennessee patient has died from fungal meningitis after a four-month span when no deaths were reported in the state, officials said. Read more: http://bit.ly/XIFvaV


4. Report: Roan Mountain man assaulted boss after being fired

An employee who had just been fired was arrested by the Carter County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday morning on a charge of assaulting his boss. Read more: http://bit.ly/11hlZ5Z


5. BlueCross grants MSHA extension

Mountain States Health Alliance has been granted a 30-day extension to negotiate its contract with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee before the insurance provider terminates its network coverage at Mountain States facilities, officials confirmed Wednesday. Read more: http://bit.ly/15oYgVG


6. Ambulance service woes in the past for Unicoi County

A little more than two years ago, the Unicoi County Commission called upon MedicOne Medical Response to serve as the county’s ambulance service provider, and officials feel the choice has brought a sense of stability to what has been a fluid situation. Read more: http://bit.ly/13plgDA


7. City Commission to consider U-Haul property deal

Though the dollar amount has not yet been revealed, the City Commission tonight will consider a property settlement agreement in which the city would pay U-Haul for its downtown property and litigation between the two would cease. Read more: http://bit.ly/10kL8jj


8. Jarrett, Kinch get appointments to county’s Election Commission

Washington County now has two new faces on its Election Commission. Read more: http://bit.ly/Z63UIx


9. Homeland Security: Men of interest seen in Boston bombing video

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the FBI wants to speak with individuals seen in at least one video from the Boston Marathon, but she says she isn't calling them suspects. Read more: http://bit.ly/175S7f5


10. SW Virginia: Teenage daughter ruled competent for trial in father's murder

A teenage girl who allegedly helped her mother murder her father last year at their Scott County home was ruled competent to stand trial during a brief appearance in court Wednesday. Read more: http://bit.ly/12pQBmS

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