A Trial Date Has Been Set For A Former Sullivan County Teacher Accused Of Having Child Pornography. 48 Year Old Randall Mccoy, Who Taught At Vance Middle School, Is Accused Of Storing Almost 600 Images Of Child Pornography On His Home Computers. He’s Charged With One Count Of Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor After Police Seized The Computers From His Home On Eastwood Avenue In Kingsport On June 30th, 2010. Mccoy Is Set To Go On Trial On The Charges On May 20th, 2013 In Sullivan County Circuit Court.
The Ringleader Of A Group Who Pirated And Sold Dvd Movies To Friends, Family And Co-Workers Will Not Be Serving Any Jail Time. Richard Arnold Was Sentenced In U.S. District Court In Greeneville To Five Years Probation, Ordered To Pay Over 200-Thousand In Restitution And Perform 150 Hours Of Community Service. Four People Were Indicted In May Of Last Year In A Five Count Indictment Charging Them With Copyright Infringement And Dealing In Counterfeit Labels. All Four Defendants Have Plead Guilty In Federal Court.
An Erwin Uranimum Fuel Materials Production Facility Has Once Again Pledged Money To Habitat For Humanity Of Unicoi County. Nuclear Fuel Services Will Give The Agency 25-Hundred Dollars. So Far This Year, NFS Has Given Over 50-Thousand Dollars To Local Programs That Directly Benefit The People And Places Of Unicoi County. These Programs Include The Unicoi County Leadership Class Initiative “No Child Left Behind,” The Unicoi County YMCA, The Unicoi County Imagination Library, And A Number Of Unicoi County School Programs.
The Campaign Of Ninth District Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith Has Been Endorsed By The National Rifle Association. The Organization Gave The Salem Republican And Current Congressman An A-Plus Rating For His Support Of Nra And Its Goals. Griffith Is Running For Re-Election And Is Being Challenged By Democrat Anthony Flaccavento, An Abingdon Farmer And Businessman. Voters Will Go To The Polls On November 6th.
Greene County Is Starting To See A Decline In Its Unemployment Rate. In August, The Rate Was Down Five Tenths Of A Percent. The County’s Rate Was 11 Percent In August, Down From 11.5 Percent In July. The State Unemployment Rate For August Was 8.5 Percent, Up One Tenth Of A Percent From 8.4 In July.
A Former Inmate At The Carter County Jail Has Filed A Federal Lawsuit In U.S. District Court In Greeneville Against The County, The Sheriff And A Jail Nurse. Jonathan Calhoun Claims His Civil Rights Were Violated When He Was Subjected To Acts Of Violence From Fellow Inmates And That The Sheriff’s Office Carelessly And Inadequately Monitored The Prisoners. He Also Claims He Suffered A Shoulder Injury In One Of The Attacks And Was Ignored By Jail Medical Staff. He Now Claims To Suffer From A Permanent Injury That Requires Surgery. No Date Has Been Set As To When The Lawsuit Will Be Heard.
All Members Of The Community Are Invited To Celebrate With The Girl Scout Council Of The Southern Applachians When It Hosts Bristol Motor Speedway Overnight On Saturday. The Event Is Intended To Celebrate The 100th Anniversary Of Girl Scouting. Organizer Heather Suess Says There Will Be Many Events To Enjoy Including Face Painting, Inflatables, And Much More. The Event Will Last From Four Pm On Saturday Until 1 Am On Sunday. At Eleven Pm, Overnight Participants Will Head To Earhart Campground For A Campout. Around 600 People Are Expected To Attend The Event.
Convicted Double Murderer Howard Hawk Willis’ Murder Conviction And Death Penalty Sentence Is Now Headed To The Court Of Criminal Appeals In Knoxville. Back In June, A Judge Denied Willis’ Request For A New Trial. Willis Is On Death Row For The 2002 Murders Of 17 Year Old Adam Crismer And His 16 Year Old Wife, Samantha Who’s Bodies Were Discovered In A Storage Facility In Johnson City. The Court Of Criminal Appeals Has Not Yet Set A Date To Hear The Case.
A judge in Nashville has held Tennessee’s voter identification statute constitutional. The Tennessean reported the ruling by Davidson County Chancery Court Judge Carol McCoy. After about three hours of oral arguments, McCoy ruled against civil rights attorney George Barrett, who contended the state constitution requires only proof of legal age, residency and registration. In delivering her ruling, McCoy said voting procedures have evolved over the years and the legislature can enact laws that secure what the court termed “the purity of the ballot box.”
No Need To Worry About The National Storytelling Festival Next Month In Tennessee’s Oldest Town. A Paving Project Will Not Impact The Event At All And Work Crews Continue To Work Hard To Finish The Downtown Jonesborough Paving Project In Time For One Of The Biggest Festivals In Our Area. The Project Started Last Spring Following The Installation Of New Utilities And Sidewalks. The 40th Annual Storytelling Festival Runs From October 5-7 With Tens Of Thousands Of People Expected To Attend The Event.
A Kingsport Lowes Employee Is In Trouble After Allegedly Bilking The Company Of More Than Six Thousand Dollars In Cash. 32 Year Old Joshua P. Adkins Is Alleged To Have Made Nearly 50 Fraudulent Refunds Over A Period Of Two Months At Lowes On West Stone Drive. Adkins Reportedly Gave Police A Statement Admitting To The Thefts. He’s Charged With Embezzlement Of More Than One Thousand Dollars. He Will Appear In Court Soon.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Investigators Will Meet With Students Who Were Riding A School Bus That Overturned Last Week Near Telford In Washington County Tennessee. THP Sgt. Diane Mays Said Investigators Were Making Additional Measurements At The Scene Of The Single-Vehicle Wreck. Mays Said Trooper William Shelton And Other Investigators Would Set Up A Meeting With Student Who Were Aboard When The Bus Ran Of A Washington County Road And Overturned At Least Three Times Down An Embankment. There Were 28 Students Taken To Hospitals And The Last One Was Discharged Monday Night. Investigators Plan To Meet With District Attorney General Tony Clark Next Week To Tell Him What They Found.
A Hawkins County Couple Accused Of Abusing And Neglecting A Paralyzed Woman In Their Care Have Had Their Preliminary Hearing Reset. 34 Year Old Johnny Walters And 25 Year Old Casey Kuhlman Are Charged With One Count Each Of Domestic Assault And Physical Abuse Or Gross Negligence. The Allegations Came To Light After 46 Year Old Jacqueline Albright Had To Be Treated At A Local Hospital For Multiple Bruises, Scratches And Infections. She Had Been The Subject Of An Abuse Investigation Initiated August 1st By The Tennessee Department Of Human Services. She Suffered A Stroke When She Was 26 Years Old And Is Paralyzed From The Waist Down. The Couple Will Appear In Hawkins County Court Again On October 24th.
East Tennessee State University Has A Professor Who Has Made The Top 25 List Of People In A Profession From Multiple Nations. Associate Professor Of Psychology Chris Dula Has Been Named 24th On The Ratemyprofessor.Com’s Annual List Of The Highest Rated University Or Junior College Professors. The Honor Places Him In The 99.99th Percentile Of More Than 1.7 Million Instructors At More Than 75-Hundred Schools Who Have Been Rated This High. Dula Was Hired At ETSU In The Fall Of 2004.
Dominion Virginia Power Dedicated Its New Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center At Virginia City In Wise County. The Center Is A Coal And Biomass-Fired Power Plant Capable Of Producing Enough Electricity To Power 146-Thousand Typical Homes.
Bristol Is Thinking Pink. Workers Have Installed 13-Hundred Pink Light Buls On Bristol’s Historic Welcome Sign. It’s All Part Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Organizer Jennifer Wilson With The Bristol Chamber Of Commerce Said Connects It’s An Easy Way To Remember Those Are Currently And Those Who Have Struggled With The Deadly Illness. The Sign Will Be Lit Up On Monday At 7:30 Pm At The Bristol Train Station Circle.
Greeneville Authorities Are Searching For A Man Armed With A Knife Who Held Up A City Business. The Bandit Robbed Cash For Gold On East Andrew Johnson Highway. No One Was Injured. Anyone With Any Information On The Incident Is Asked To Contact The Greeneville Police Department.
A Bristol-Based Coal Company Hopes To Raise 500 Million Dollars. Alpha Natural Resources Is Planning A Public Offering Of Senior Unsecured Notes, Partly To Refinance Other Debt. The Coal Supplier Said It Plans To Use The Offering’s Net Proceeds To Partly Fund A Buyback Of Up To 350 Million Dollars In Convertible Senior Notes Due In 2015. Last Week, Alpha Announced It Was Immediately Closing Eight Mines In Virginia, West Virginia, And Pennsylvania And Eliminating 12-Hundred Jobs By Early 2013.
A Blountville Man Accused Of Carjacking One Vehicle And Attempting Another One Is Behind Bars. 38 Year Old Charles Stanley Iii Is Charged With Motor Vehicle Theft, Carjacking, Assault, Theft Over Ten Thousand And Theft Under 500. He Was Arrested Yesterday Afternoon After Crashing A Stolen Car Along Rock City Road. The Vehicle Had Been Taken From A Woman On West Valley Drive In Kingsport After Stanley Allegedly Used A Stolen Vehicle He Took Out Of Greene County And Blocked The Woman’s Car. Police Said After Taking Her Vehicle, Stanley Allegedly Attempted Another Carjacking At B&B Package In Colonial Heights. He Will Likely Face Charges In Kingsport And Greene County.
A Legal Battle Between Johnson City And U-Haul Will Continue Today In Washington County Tennessee Circuit Court. Judge Thomas Seeley Will Determine Whether The City Has The Right To Condemn The Corporation’s Downtown Site. U-Haul Is Contesting The Move Saying The Property Is Not Being Taken Under Eminent Domain For The Public Good By Easing Flooding Downtown But For Private Economic Development And Commercial Enterprise. It’s Unclear When Both Sides Will Wrap Up Testimony. The Judge Could Make An Immediate Ruling Or Take It Under Advisement.