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• Johnson City police awarded grant to add SRO positions. When Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois received word Friday afternoon that his department had been awarded a grant to add new school resource officer positions, he was said he couldn’t wait to get busy.
• Appellate court upholds pair's convictions in death of child. A state Court of Criminal Appeals judge affirmed convictions against a Johnson City couple charged with killing their baby by child abuse, in a ruling posted Friday.
• Hill says he may vote for reconstructed wine bill. Republican state Rep. Matthew Hill said Friday he neither supports nor opposes a bill to allow supermarket wine in Tennessee, but he is willing to re-engage in that debate when the 108th General Assembly convenes in January.
• East Tennessee having success in fighting rabies. With today being World Rabies Day, with clinics and information events are taking place across the globe to help battle the rabies virus, East Tennessee can boast positive numbers in the fight.
• Kittens rescued from piping outside local grocery store, animals cruelty suspected. Fast action by a local grocery store’s employees and a call to Washington County-Johnson City Animal Control saved the lives of four kittens that were found stuck in piping Friday afternoon.
• 'Toppers blown out by Brentwood. Science Hill had so many bodies lying on the field Friday that it reminded you of a battlefield reenactment.
• Feed the Children delivery for local homeless students. “The backpacks are back,” said a jubilant Bonnie White, coordinator of Johnson City Schools Homeless Education Program.
• Public defender appointed for teen accused in Carter County stabbing death. ELIZABETHTON - Nicholas Willen, a 15-year-old who will be tried as an adult on a second-degree murder charge, was arraigned in Carter County Criminal Court on Friday.