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The Week in Review: Local stories that made headlines

Staff Report • Jul 22, 2013 at 8:14 AM

A glance at the week's top local stories on JohnsonCityPress.com:

Woman charged in murder-for-hire plot gets year in jail

ERWIN — The Unicoi County woman charged nearly two years ago with attempting to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband was sentenced to spend the next year in jail at a Friday hearing in Unicoi County Criminal Court.

Johnson City hotel guests claim employee fondled them as entered room

A Johnson City hotel employee was arrested Thursday on accusations that he sexually assaulted female guests as they entered their hotel room.

Storm debris blamed for death of 10-year-old car passenger

A 10-year-old girl has died from injuries she got when storm debris hit the vehicle she was traveling in during a Thursday evening storm.

Unicoi County Memorial Hospital board again accepts MSHA offer

ERWIN — For the third time, the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Board of Control has opted to move forward with allowing Mountain States Health Alliance to acquire the 60-year-old hospital, and MSHA officials and supporters hope this time is a charm.

Plane crashes in Limestone, pilot taken to hospital

An experimental plane crashed in the Limestone area of Washington County on Thursday afternoon, sending the pilot of the plane to the hospital.

Work to accelerate on Boone Street flood basin

Rain over the past 30 days has caused flooding at the intersection of Main and Broadway, and the city is getting ready to act on that. The City Commission is nearing acceptance of an $800,000 contract with Summers-Taylor to install a larger culvert at that intersection.

Carter Co. teen charged with reckless homicide in BB shooting death of 4-year-old

ELIZABETHTON — Carter county Sheriff Chris Mathes said his department’s investigation of the death of 4-year-old Coty Stines has resulted in a charge of reckless homicide being filed on a 13-year-old. The death occurred on July 2.

Four former Johnson City nursing home employees enter guilty pleas to abusing elderly patients

Three former CNAs accused of spraying Appalachian Christian Village nursing home patients with water just for kicks, and another who failed to report the incidents, pleaded guilty to their charges Tuesday in a Washington County courtroom and face sentencing in September.

Family shocked by vehicular homicide sentence

The family of a young woman killed by a drunken driver more than two years ago was shocked when a judge sentenced the man who killed her to serve only 90 days of a nine year prison sentence at a hearing in Jonesborough Tuesday.

Johnson City police identify Elizabethton man killed in Knob Creek Road crash

Johnson City police have released the name of a motorcycle rider killed Tuesday afternoon in a Knob Creek Road crash.

4 charged in Boones Creek auto burglary spree

Three adults and a teenager have been charged in connection with 20 auto burglaries in the Boones Creek area dating back several months.

Wellmont announces concerns over legality of UCMH process

ERWIN — Wellmont Health System has fired the latest salvo in the nearly yearlong battle between the health care organization and rival Mountain States Health Alliance to acquire financially-struggling Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.

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