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We want (and need) you… Several businesses on hand for Job Fair at Chamber office

BY IVAN SANDERS STAR STAFF ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com With the economy continuing to open up more and more, the one ... Read more | Add your comment

Nothing like catching a wet cat…fish that is

It’s a day that many kids, as well as parents, can’t wait to roll around each year as ... Read more | Add your comment

Celebrating 51 years… Watauga Valley Art League hosts member show and sale at Sycamore Shoals

The Watauga Valley Art League missed out on the opportunity to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2020 due ... Read more | Add your comment

A much-awaited changeover… Elizabethton Electric meter swap to benefit customer, utility

BY IVAN SANDERS STAR STAFF ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com Beginning sometime in July, don’t be too concerned if someone driving a ... Read more | Add your comment

Local news

The Bosses return to Rhododendron Festival this weekend

The Bosses will perform Saturday at noon at the Rhododendron Festival at the Roan Mountain State Park. The festival, which has been presented annually since 1947, features ... Read more | Add your comment

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Local news

WCSO still seeking information on missing Jonesborough man

According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, the Washington County Criminal Investigations Division is still seeking information on a Jonesborough man that has been missing since June ... Read more | Add your comment

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Brains and Brawn

Brains and brawn… Bob Simpson and the Way of the Ronin

BY ALEX CAMPBELL Bob Simpson decided to give up on the ever-popular football and go his own way with strength training. Strength training was not ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Friday, June 18, 2021 1:03 pm

Professional sports

D’backs fall again for MLB record 23rd straight road loss

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks set a major league record with their 23rd straight road loss, making dubious history ... Read more

by AP News Wire Reports, Friday, June 18, 2021 12:55 pm

Opinions

Reader speaks out on animal shelter, budget

To the Editor: The several dozen kittens and puppies at the Shelter, fearing they are on the road to Shelter Hell, asked me to represent ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Friday, June 18, 2021 11:00 am

Opinions

Reader recommends a new approach to fishing

To the Editor: This Sunday is Father’s Day and while most of the country might be celebrating with baseball and burgers, I’m taking a decidedly ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Friday, June 18, 2021 10:58 am

Editorials

A tribute to dads on Father’s Day

Sometimes, Father’s Day can feel like an afterthought. It comes a month after Mother’s Day. But, fathers are just as important as mothers. It takes ... Read more

by Our View, Friday, June 18, 2021 10:56 am

Opinions

Reader exploits ‘exaggerated’ claims by letter writer 

To the Editor: One of the STAR’s most frequent letter writers, Mr. Nave’s latest contribution is filled with “stones thrown” (I hope he is without ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Friday, June 18, 2021 10:53 am

Local news

Railroad diner car provides unique experience in Jonesborough Aug. 14

On Saturday evening, August 14, a special event will be held in Tennessee’s Oldest Town, Jonesborough, on restored historic vintage railroad dining cars. This event ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Friday, June 18, 2021 10:50 am

Local news

RM State Park will host TN Promise Saturday

Roan Mountain State Park will host a Tennessee Promise Saturday, June 26 as the park offers volunteer opportunities for college students seeking to earn hours ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Friday, June 18, 2021 10:47 am

Local news

Exchange Place Living History Farm  announces the return of the Fall Folk Arts Festival

Kingsport – It’s been a long time coming, but the Exchange Place Living History Farm is pleased to announce the return of its Fall Folk Arts Festival.  Cancelled in ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Friday, June 18, 2021 10:43 am

Local news

Volunteers urgently needed in Northeast Tennessee

The First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for the rights of thousands of residents in more than 60 ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Friday, June 18, 2021 10:40 am

Local news

Unicoi Freedom Fest to light up the sky July 4 with concert and fireworks

Unicoi –  The Town of Unicoi will host its annual Freedom Fest, presented by Jones and Church Farms, Sunday, July 4, from 5 to 10 ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Friday, June 18, 2021 10:27 am

Hampton

Taking a swing for the Buffs… Hampton’s Owens inks to play golf for Milligan University

BY IVAN SANDERS STAR SPORTS EDITOR ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com MILLIGAN – Hampton’s Josh Owens was equally a great athlete for the Bulldogs with either a baseball on ... Read more

by Ivan Sanders, Friday, June 18, 2021 1:10 am

RIVER RIDERS

Walking it off… River Riders take advantage of Fernandez’s single to down Greeneville

BY IVAN SANDERS STAR SPORTS EDITOR ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com The Elizabethton River Riders returned to Northeast Community Credit Union Ball Park on Thursday as they welcomed the ... Read more

by Ivan Sanders, Friday, June 18, 2021 12:04 am

Local news

Honoring Johann… City Council recognizes retiring Water Resources General Manager

BY IVAN SANDERS STAR STAFF ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com There is an old saying that you won’t know how much that you appreciate someone until they are gone ... Read more

by Ivan Sanders, Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:37 pm

Local news

Gov. Lee unveils posters celebrating Tennessee’s grand divisions, 225 years of statehood

NASHVILLE – On Thursday, June 17, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee unveiled three limited-edition posters highlighting each Tennessee grand division to celebrate 225 years of statehood. Tennesseans are ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Thursday, June 17, 2021 3:20 pm

Local news

Food for the Multitude fundraiser planned for final weekend of June

Food for the Multitude will have a fundraising yard sale June 24, 25, and 26 at the American Legion (corner of Watauga and West G ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Thursday, June 17, 2021 3:05 pm

Local news

ETSU announces spring dean’s list

JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University has announced the names of students who attained a grade point average qualifying them for inclusion in the dean’s ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Thursday, June 17, 2021 1:58 pm

Local news

Empty Bottle String Band featured Saturday at Covered Bridge Park

The Empty Bottle String Band will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Covered Bridge Park as part of the weekly concert series. The Empty ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Thursday, June 17, 2021 11:00 am

Local news

Hunter First Baptist takes part in Elizabethton Parks and Recreation “Friends of the Parks Day”

Staff Reports On Saturday, June 12, the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with Hunter First Baptist Church to conduct a Friends of the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, June 17, 2021 9:03 am

Professional sports

Work comes 1st to make sure Jones boosts Titans’ offense

BY TERESA M. WALKER AP PRO FOOTBALL WRITER NASHVILLE (AP) — The phrase “Pick your poison” has been used a lot to describe the Tennessee ... Read more

by AP News Wire Reports, Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:11 pm

Outdoors

Shipyard masters… Cyclones 8U team captures title in Charleston

FROM STAFF REPORTS The 8U Cyclones travel baseball team played four games at The Shipyard Park in Charleston South Carolina June 10-13. The team went ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6:49 pm

RIVER RIDERS

River Riders continue winning ways behind Gillespie

FROM STAFF REPORTS KINGSPORT – The Elizabethton River Riders defeated the Axmen 6-1 Tuesday night in Kingsport at Hunter Wright Stadium. Starting RHP Drew Gillespie ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6:08 pm

Local news

Celebrating with a bang… Elizabethton Park and Rec planning a great Independence Day celebration

BY IVAN SANDERS STAR STAFF ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com Downtown Elizabethton will be abuzz during the Fourth of July Independence Day Celebration thanks to the Elizabethton Parks and ... Read more

by Ivan Sanders, Wednesday, June 16, 2021 5:46 pm

Local news

Ballad Health takes additional steps to reduce burden of healthcare costs

Ballad Health has announced a new agreement with RIP Medical Debt (RIP) that will eliminate $277,971,455 million worth of non-governmental payer medical debt for approximately ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Wednesday, June 16, 2021 3:28 pm

Columns

Man finds little support from so-called partner

DEAR ABBY: I’m a gay man who has been in an on-again/off-again relationship for three years. My partner still lives at home with his mother. ... Read more

by Contributed Content, Wednesday, June 16, 2021 3:19 pm