One Of Two People Shot At A Kingsport Apartment Last Week Has Been Released From The Hospital And Booked Into Jail. 34 Year Old Damien Maurice Buxton Of Lithonia, Georgia Is Being Held On Felony Charges, ID Theft, And Failing To Register As A Sex Offender. He’s Also A Fugitive From Justice Out Of Georgia. Buxton Was Booked Into The City Jail For Possession Of More Than 26 Grams Of Cocaine For Resale. Officers Learned That Buxton Had Given Them A False Name, Charles Creadle. Last Tuesday Night, Police Responded To Allen Creek Apartments To Find Buxton With Multiple Gunshot Wounds. He’s Currently Being Held In The Kingsport City Jail Without Bond.
A Virginia Man Who Had His Death Sentence Overtunred In The 2001 Murder Of A Colonial Heights Bait Shop Owner Has Plead Guilty. 49 Year Old Steven James Rollins Will Now Serve Life With The Possibility Of Parole Following The Plea In Sullivan County Criminal Court On Friday. Rollins Pleaded Guilty To Premeditated First-Degree Murder, Felony First-Degree Murder, And Especially Aggravated Robbery In Connection With The August 2001 Fatal Stabbing Of 81 Year Old James T. Bussell At His Fisherman’s Paradise Bait Shop And Restaurant. Under The Plea Agreement, Rollins Will Serve His Life Sentence On The Murder Charges And 40 Years For The Robbery Charge To Run Concurrently.
Motorists In Washington County Virginia – Beware. Law Enforcement Officials Will Be Out In Full Force, Taking Part In The 2013 National Click Or Ticket Campaign Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization. Lt. Greg Hogston With The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Says They Will Be Cracking Down On Motorists Who Are Not Belted. In 2011, Seat Belts Saved An Estimated 11,949 Lives Nationwide.
A Health Provider In The Region Has Announced Plans To Cut Its Number Of Sleep Centers. Wellmont Health System Says It Will No Longer Offer Sleep Services At Their Locations On Meadowview Road In Bristol Or On Stone Drive In Kingsport. Wellmont Said Patients Won’t Be Impacted Because They Still Offer Sleep Services At Two Other Locations, Including One Sleep Center In Bristol And One In Kingsport. Officials Attribute The Cuts Due To Lower Medicare Reimbursements, The Federal Sequester, And The Fact That Tenncare And Medicaid Are Not Expanding.
School Day Hours Have Been Set For The Innovation Acadmey Of Northeast Tennessee Located In The Bloomingdale Section Of Kingsport. The School Day Will Begin At 7:25am And Will End At 2:25pm. The School Board Set Those Hours At Its Most Recent Meeting. School Leaders Also Said Efforts Are Under Way That Might Result In An Orchestra Joining A New Band Program At The Science, Technology, Engineering And Math School.
The Kingsport Board Of Mayor And Aldermen Will Meet Today To Decide On Ways The City Could Generate Additional Revenue For The School System. City Leaders Met Last Week And Discussed Several Ideas Including Cutting Positions, Eliminating Raises And Imposing New Fees. Up Until Now, City Leaders Still Haven’t Decided How Much Money, If Any, The School System Will Be Given Next Fiscal Year. City Leaders Are Expected To Decide Today. Meanwhile, Municipal Elections Will Be Held Tomorrow.
The Virginia Employment Commission says the state’s jobless rate fell in April for the second consecutive month. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in April. That’s down from 5.3 percent in March, and down from 5.9 percent a year ago. Virginia’s unemployment rate has been trending down since joblessness peaked at 7.4 percent from December 2009 until March 2010.
An Area School Has Been Ranked In The Top 20 Schools In The State Of Tennessee. Greeneville High Was Recently Named 18th On The List Which Includes Charter And Magnet Schools By The National Publication U.S. News And World Report. Greeneville High Was Ranked Number 1,571 Nationally Out Of More Than 21-Thousand Schools.
For The 20th Consecutive Year, A Kingsport Based Chemical Giant Has Received Energy Efficiency Awards. Eastman Chemical Was One Of 17 American Chemistry Council Members Honored For Implementing Energy-Efficicency Improvements In 2012. Eastman Received Awards For Lighting Upgrades, Base Heater Improvement, And Cooling Tower Fan Controls At Its Operations In Kingsport.
Two Pennsylvania Residents Are In Trouble Facing Theft And Other Charges. Joel Davis Is Charged With Criminal Impersonation While Lindsey Brannen Faces Charges Of Stolen Property, Possession Of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia, And Identity Theft. Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputies Noticed A Suspicious Gold Van With Pennsylvania Plates Parked Beside The Highway 421 Bridge. The Vehicle Turned Out To Be Stolen. When Deputies Made Contact With Davis And Brannen, They Allegedly Gave False Names. Deputies Discovered More Than 8-Thousand Dollars In Stolen Musical Instruments And Various Drug Paraphernalia Inside The Van. The Pair Will Appear In Court Soon.
A Greeneville Man Is In Critical Condition At The Johnson City Medical Center. This Following An Accident Involving A Harley Davidson Motorcycle And A Pickup Truck. The Wreck Occurred Thursday Around Six P.M. On State Route 107. Frankie Moore, The Motorycycle Operator, Sustained Head Trauma. Moore’s Passenger, Kathy Smith, Sustained Multiple Fractures. She’s Listed In Stable Condition Today. The Investigation Is Ongoing.
A Lockdown Has Been Lifted At A Hawkins County School. Officials At Carters Valley Elementary School Said An Incident This Morning Caused The School To Go On Immediate Lockdown. Three People Apparently Were Reported Spotted On School Property. They Claimed They Were Reminiscing About The Time When They Were In School. So As A Precaution, The School Went Into Lockdown. The Trio May Have Been Intoxicated. Director Of Schools Charlotee Britton Added That All Students, Administration, And Visitors Are Safe. It’s Now Known If Police Made Any Arrests.
A Well Known Groceryman And Avid Volunteer In The Tri Cities Has Died. Ed Moore Was Found Dead At His Home In Kingsport Yesterday. He Was 71. He Had Worked At Food City For Over 40 Years. The Cause Of Death Is Unknown, But Friends Had Reportedly Said He Hadn’t Been Feeling Well For Several Days And Had A Doctor’s Appointment Set For Yesterday When He Failed To Show. Moore Managed Food City Grocery Stores In Kingsport For Many Years And Most Recently Helped Train Other Managers For K-Va-T Food Stores. He Devoted Many Volunteer Hours To The Santa Train Project Each Year To Make Sure That Children From Southwest Virginia To Northeast Tennessee Got Something For Christmas. Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips Said Ed’s Passing Is A Huge Loss For The City.
An Increase In The Powerball Jackpot Has Caused An Increase In Lottery Ticket Sales For Tennessee Vendors. The Jackpot Increased From 475-Million To 550-Million Dollars. According To The Tennessee Lottery, This Is The Second Largest Powerball In History. Powerball Drawings Are Held Wednesday And Saturday Nights And The Tickets Purchased For Saturday’s Drawing Is 9:59pm The Day Of The Drawing.
A Scott County Virginia Man Is Accused Of Sexually Assaulting A Child. 57 Year Old Charles Edward Burke Allegedly Admitted To Raping A Child Under The Age Of 18. Evidence Was Reportedly Gathered, Including Dna. The Investigation Is Continuing At This Time.
A Telford Couple Is Behind Bars After Authorities Discovered A Two Year Old Child With Severe Injuries About His Head And Body Area. 22 Year Old Amanda Percell And 28 Year Old Andrew Allen Are Charged With One Count Each Of Aggravated Child Abuse And Neglect. The Charges Stem From An Investigation That Found The Child Had Multiple Injuries That Were Inconsistent With The Mother And Live In Boyfriends Statements. Percell And Allen Are Being Held On A 100-Thousand Dollar Bond And Will Be Arraigned In Sessions Court Soon.
Plans Are In The Works To Build A Five Lane Bridge And A New Connector In Johnson City. The Project Will Cost Upwards Of 17-Million Dollars And Calls For A Connector Roadway That Would Link State Of Franklin And Knob Creek Roads. When Completed, It Will Not Only Bypass What Many Know As The Tunnel On Mountain View Road, But It Will Also Become An Integral Artery To And From Commercial Areas And Subdivisions As Well As Offering Opportunities For Economic Growth. The Washington County Budget Committee Has Decided To Recommend To The County Commission That Johnson City Manage The Project.
Lamplight Theater Has Set Its Grand Opening In Kingsport For Later This Month. The Theater Will Be Available To The Public For Open House From Noon To Eight Pm On Tuesday, May 28th To See The Newly Renovated Building. The Day Will Include A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony At Noon, Followed By A Building Dedication Ceremony And Special Presentations Throughout The Day. Then, The First Show At The Broad Street Location Will Be The Grand Opening Variety Show Debuting The Weekend Of May 31st.
A Kingsport Man Accused Of Threatening To Kill His Ex-Girlfriend In A Johnson City Home Has Been Arraigned In Washington County Tennessee General Sessions Court. Tyree Ford Is Accused Of Forcing His Way Into The Apartment Of His Girlfriend On Carroll Creek Road February 10th. He Allegedly Threatened To Kill Her And Harm Her Child. He’s Currently Free On 25-Thousand Dollars Bond And Has A Preliminary Hearing Set For Monday.
This Week Marks The First Anniversary Of Jobs4tn Online, Tennessee’s Comprehensive Jobs Database Launched By Governor Bill Haslam Last Year. Since Going Online In 2012, Over 108-Thousand Jobs Seekers Have Registered With The System. More Than One Million Job Searches Have Been Tallied.