Its Election Day In Sullivan County. Municipal Elections Are Being Held Today In Kingsport, Bristol And Bluff City. Kingsport And Bluff City Voters Will Be Electing A Mayor And Several Aldermen While Bristol Voters Will Be Selecting City Councilmen. School Board Seats Are Also Up For Grabs In Both Kingsport And Bristol. The Polls Open At 8 This Morning And Will Close At 8 O’clock This Evening.
Devastating Tornadoes Have Hit The Area Of Moore Oklahoma Just Outside Of Oklahoma City. So Far, 51 People Have Died And Several Of Those Being School Children After A Large Tornado Destroyed An Elementary School Yesterday. Two Volunteers From The Tri Cities Will Be Taking The American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle To Moore To Help Out. It Will Be Leaving This Morning Around Nine O’clock. The Red Cross Is Asking Anyone Trying To Get In Touch With Family To Text Rather Than Call. You Can Also Check The “Safe And Well” Website To See If Your Family And Friends Have Checked In. The Red Cross Also Has A Tornado App For Smart Phones. It Has A Built In Siren That Activates When Your Area Is In Danger. It Also Offers Several Other Valuable Tools. It Also Offers The “I’m Safe” Button To Send Alerts To Your Friends And Family.
Although It’s Been More Than A Year After Witnesses Said Two Street Racing Teens Caused A Crash In Blountville, Prosecutors Have Charged Those Teens In Connection With The Wreck. Ellis Hicks Shared His Frustration At The Lack Of Criminal Charges For The Teens. Hicks Suffered Serious Injuries In February 2012 After One Of The Cars Involved Traveled Into His Lane And Hit Him Head-On. The Two Teens Are Charged With Being Delinquents, But Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Jim Goodwin Said Prosecutors Want To Have The Case Transferred To Adult Court. A Transfer Hearing Is Set For August 12th.
There Are Some Happy Sullivan County Employees Today. The Reason – The County’s Commission Has Approved A Resolution To Give A Two Percent Increase On A Vote Monday. The Moves Comes On The Heal Of A Lawsuit Settled Between Sheriff Wayne Anderson And Mayor Steve Godsey Which Resulted In A Two Percent Pay Raise For Sheriff’s Department Employees.The Increase Is Retroactive To April 1st, And Runs Through June 30th, The End Of The 2012-13 Fiscal Year.
Authorities Say Two People Were Airlifted To Area Hospitals Following Multiple Crashes On Interstate 81 Near Glade Spring. Wet Pavement Was A Factor In At Least One Of Three Wrecks On Sunday Afternoon. Virginia State Police Said The Crashes Happened Around Four P.M. Between The Glade Spring And Chilhowie Exits. Troopers Believe One Of The Cars Hydroplaned And Crossed Into The Other Lane. Two People From A Two Car Accident Were Airlifted To Bristol Regional Medical Center.
It Will Be Later This Year Before A Former Sullivan County School Teacher Accused Of Possessing Child Pornography Goes On Trial. 49 Year Old Randall Scott Mccoy Is Charged With One Count Of Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor In Connection With Nearly 600 Images Allegedly Stored On Four Computers At His Home. The Computers Were Seized In June 2010. Mccoy Will Go On Trial On The Charge On August 26th In Sullivan County Criminal Court.
The Rogersville Fourth Of July Celebration Has Been Expanded To A Five Day Event This Year. The Main Celebration In The Park Has Been Moved From Thursday July 4th To Saturday July 6th, Mainly To Lower The Cost Of Hiring A Main Attraction. This Year’s Feature Entertainers Include Acm New Female Vocalist Of The Year Jana Kramer And The Multi-Award Winning Christian Group Newsboys. The Event Kicks Off Tuesday July 2nd And Climaxes With The July 6th Festival In The City Park.
There Is Still No Word On Moving The Boys And Girls Club Of Johnson City/Washington County. The Lark Street Extension Project Which Calls For A Two Lane Road Through The Now Rundown Optimist Park Onto Sells Avenue Will Need To Use The Recreational Fields At Boys And Girls Club Which Will Likely Require Its Relocation. The West Market Street Site Has Been The Organization’s Home Since 1969 And A Relocation To The Old Traco Manufacturing Property On Silverdale Drive Is Being Proposed. No Action Has Been Taken At This Time.
Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips Has Called A Press Conference To Announce Major Development On The Carousel Project. At Noon Tuesday, The Mayor Will Announce A Major New Development About The Carousel Project At The Farmers Market In Downtown Kingsport. Many Have Undertaken The Task Of Carving Life Into Blocks Of Wood That Are Being Transformed Into A Colorful Carousel. It’s Estimated That More Than 200 People Will Have Participated In The Project By The Time The Carousel Is Completed In The Spring Of 2014.
The Model City Is Welcoming Two New Colleges To Its Downtown Academic Village. Milligan And Tusculum Will Join With East Tennessee State University, King University, Lincoln Memorial University, The University Of Tennessee, And Northeast State Community College In Offering Courses At The Kingsport Center For Higher Education. The Khec Opened In 2009. Milligan Will Offer Classes Beginning In January Of 2014, While Tusculum Will Start Classes During The 2013 Fall Semester.
Water Line Work In Kingsport Will Disrupt The Regular Flow Of Traffic On Stone Drive For The Next Two To Three Weeks. The Affected Area Is From Brookside Drive To Lynn Garden Drive. City Water Department Crews Are Raising Valve Boxes To Permit The Upcoming Repaving Of Stone Drive By The Tennessee Department Of Transportation. Motorists Should Expect Delays And Use The Utmost Caution In The Work Zone.
Wisconsin-Based Freedom From Religion Is Demanding The City Of Kingsport Cease All Involvement In The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. The Non-Profit Organization Promotes The Separation Of Church And State. It Says The City’s Participation In The Annual Event Is A Serious Constitutional Concern. Mayor Dennis Phillips Argued The Event Is Funded Strictly By Donations And No One Is Forced To Participate. Phillips Said The Event, Which Has Happened Yearly For More Than A Decade, Will Be Held Regardless.
A Washington County Virginia Circuit Court Judge Has Decided The County Was Reasonable In Its Decision To Allow A Truck Stop Off Interstate 81’s Exit 24. The Ruling Follows Two Days Of Hearings Testimony. The Ruling Now Clears The Way For Love’s Travel Stop To Begin Building In Meadowview. County Attorney Lucy Phillips, Who Represented Love’s In The Suit, Argued The Truck Stop Would Provide Jobs And Revenue For The County.
A Kingsport Medical Facility Has Been Named One Of The Best. Holston Valley Medical Center Has Been Recognized As One Of The Top 100 Hospitals In The Nation By A Leading Ratings Agency. The Hospital Earned The Designation In Five Medical Excellence Categories – Cardiac Care, Major Cardiac Surgery, Coronary Bypass Surgery, Heart Attack Treatment, And Vascular Surgery. Carechex Ranks Medical Facilities To Help Providers And Healthcare Consumers Evaluate The Quality Of Inpatient Care.
The Murder Trial For A Greeneville Tennessee Teen Accused In The Shooting Death Of His Police Officer Father Has Been Reset And Will Take Place In Rogersville. Ethan Self Was Scheduled To Stand Trial Last Week For First Degree Murder In The 2010 Shooting Death Of His Dad And Former Greeneville Police Sgt. 46 Year Old Roger Self. Authorities Said Self Was Gunned Down While He Slept. The New Trial Date Is Set For August 12th In Hawkins County Criminal Court.
Employment Trends In The Economy Of The First Congressional District Of Tennessee Reports Both Gains And Declines. The King University’s Institute Of Regional Economic Studies Has Released Its Eighth Report. Service Sector Jobs Account For 80 Percent Of Employment In The Region. While The Service Sector Provided More Stable Employment That Goods-Producing Industries, Manufacturing Jobs Are On Average Higher Paying And Have Greater Total Economic Impact.
Alpha Natural Resources, based in Bristol Virginia faces a proposed $6,000 fine for a fatal accident at one of its West Virginia mines. The Charleston Gazette reports that the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training cited Alpha for modifying a scoop. A state rule prohibits equipment modifications that limit visibility. Mine safety inspectors found that storage boxes and a welder had been installed on the scoop’s frame. Steven O’Dell of Mount Nebo was killed in November 2012 when he was caught between a scoop and a continuous mining machine at the Pocahontas Mine At White Buck Portal in Greenbrier County. The mine is owned by Virginia-based Alpha subsidiary White Buck Coal Co. An Alpha spokesman says the company hasn’t decided whether to appeal the citation.
It Appears A Man Suffering From A Medical Condition Is What Caused Several People To Get Hurt While Attending “Trail Days” In Damascus Virginia Over The Weekend. It Happened While Folks Were Watching A Parade On Laural Avenue. Director Of Emergency Management For Washington County Virginia Pokey Harris Said The Man Was Driving In The Parade When He Had Some type Of Medical Condition And Just Starting Plowing People Down With His Car.
Ten People Were Critically Injured In The Ordeal And Were Taken To Area Hospitals Either By Ambulance Or Helicopter While Around 50 Others Received Less Severe Injuries And Were Treated At The Scene. The Good Thing Is That No One Was Killed In The Incident. The Man In The Car Was Also Taken To An Area Hospital And Is Alright.
Several Counties In Southwest Virginia Had Flooding Problems Due To Heavy Storms Over The Weekend. Downtown Saltville In Smyth County Was Hit Hard And The Town Manager Asked Folks To Stay Away From The Area. Access Has Since Been Restored. Flooding Problems Were Also Reported In Areas Of Chilhowie, As Well As Washington, Russell, And Tazewell Counties And Johnson County Tennessee.
Good News For The Erwin National Fish Hatchery. The Tennessee Valley Authority Is Participating In An Agreement With State And Federal Wildlife Agencies That Will Allow It To Stay Open At Least Three More Years. The Hatchery Had Faced Closure Threats In Recent Years Due To Federal Budget Cuts. According To The Agreement, TVA Will Provide More Than 900-Thousand Dollars Per Year Over The Next Three Years To Support Federal Fish Hatchery Operations That Provide Trout stocking Programs In Reservoirs And Tailwaters Of A Dozen Tva Dams In Tennessee And Georgia.