What Kind of Information Does the Tri-Cities Busted Paper Feature?


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The "Tri-Cities Busted" paper featured mug shots of individuals arrested in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee area. According to some sources, the paper sold approximately 60,000 copies per month, however, the paper is no longer published as of 2015.

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The Tri-Cities referred to in "Tri-Cities Busted" is a reference to three towns in Tennessee: Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport. While some media outlets focus on one municipality in the region, some focus on the region as a whole -- among them is "The Bristol Herald-Courier," which reported about the popularity of "Tri-Cities Busted" in a September 2010 article titled "Tri-Cities Busted Paper Selling Around 60,000 Copies a Month."

A Facebook page still exists for the paper that describes the publication as a "crime awareness publication serving counties in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia." However, the last activity on the page is from 2013. The website provided on the Facebook page, Tri-citiesbusted.com, is no longer active.

While "Tri-Cities Busted" has ceased publication, other outlets continue to publish similar information. "Johnson City Press" maintains an up-to-date "Arrested" section, which features mugshots, the names of the individuals charged and the corresponding charges. Northeast Tennessee television news station WJHL provides similar information in its monthly "Mugshot Gallery." However, as opposed to "Johnson City Press," WJHL does not specify the charges for which each individual was arrested.

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