A Jury Which Has Been Deliberating The Fate Of A Former Daniel Boone High School Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting A Female Student Has Told The Judge They Are Unable To Reach A Verdict. 64 Year Old Estel Kiser Is Charged With Sexual Battery By An Authority Figure. The 16 Year Old Victim Was 14 At The Time Of The Alleged Incident. She Testified About Kiser’s Alleged Inappropriate Touching. A New Court Date Is Expected To Be Set Soon.
The Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office Will Be Receiving Two Highway Safety Enforcement Grants. The Grants, Totaling Just Over 62-Thousand Dollars, Are From The Commonwealth Of Virginia Department Of Motor Vehicles. Sheriff Fred Newman Said The Money Will Be Used To Purchase In-Car Cameras, Radar Equipment, And Training.
The Department of Safety will open eight driver service centers Saturday to help voters who need photo identification cards before the Tuesday general election. Locally, the center in Johnson City will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Services that day will be limited to issuing free photo IDs to registered voters and converting non-photo driver’s licenses to a version with a picture. As of Monday, Tennessee had issued more than 24,000 photo IDs to voters, who this year are required to show photo identification at polling places.
A Sentencing Hearing For A Jonesborough Man Who Admitted To Killing His Family’s Dog While On Bath Salts And Cocaine Has Been Delayed Again. 22 Year Old Dustin Harrell Pled Guilty In May To Aggravated Animal Cruelty In The Torture Death Of The Animal. He Threw Her Down A Flight Of Stairs Multiple Times, Held Her Head Under Water Several Times And Put Her In A Clothes Dryer For Four Minutes. Harrell Will Be Back For Sentencing On December 12th.
A Washington County Tennessee Criminal Court Judge Has Denied A Motion Filed By A Man Accused Of Killing Is Ex Wife’s Boyfiend. 59 Year Old James Allen Is Charged With First-Degree Murder In The Shooting Death Of Richard Carter Of Gray In May Of 2010. Allen Had Filed A Motion Seeking To Suppress His Statement To Police In The Shooting Death Of Carter. Judge Robert Cupp Denied The Motion. Allen Remains Jailed On 300-Thousand Dollars Bond. A Trial Date Is Set For February 5th.
Thanks To The Generosity Of The Citizens Of Kingsport, United Way Of Greater Kingsport Has A Little Less Than Half A Million Dollars To Go In Reaching It’s Campaign Goal This Year. So Far, 87 Percent, Or 3.2 Million Dollars Has Been Raised. There Will Be Another Opportunity To Help Out The Campaign This Saturday. Belk Will Be Holding A Charity Day Sale From Six To Ten A.M. Tickets Are Five Dollars With The Proceeds Going To The United Way. The United Way Of Greater Kingsport Serves 44 Agency Programs And Community Initiatives.
A Former Sullivan County Coach Has Entered A Plea To Sexual Assault Charges. Brandon Krantz, Formerly Sullivan Central’s Athletic Director And Basketball Coach, Plead No Contest To Aggravated Statutory Rape. He Was Allegedly Having A Relationship With A 17 Year Old Sullivan Central Student While Married With Two Small Children. Krantz Is Scheduled To Be Sentenced On January 3rd. He Has Asked For Judicial Diversion Which Means, If Granted, The Charges Will Be Erased From His Record After He Serves The Sentence Given To Him By A Judge.
A former Kingsport Police officer convicted of criminal impersonation and forgery has been granted judicial diversion. Bryan Carter pleaded no contest last month to impersonating a former police employee when he sent an email accusing the police chief of misconduct. The message was sent in May to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, officials and the media. The TBI found the allegations were unfounded. It also found that Carter sent the message without the knowledge of the former employee he impersonated. Carter resigned in September. Judicial diversion allows him to have his record expunged after a year of supervised probation. Carter also was required to surrender his law enforcement certificate and complete 10 hours of community service each month.
The End Of Daylight Savings Time This Weekend Can Be A Life Saver. The Kingsport Fire Department Reminds Citizens When Running Back Your Clocks For The Change That Occurs At Two A.M. On Sunday Morning, It’s Also A Good Time To Change The Batteries In Your Home Smoke Alarms.Over 3-Thousand People Die In House Fires In The United States Each Year. Your Chance Of Surviving A House Fire Doubles If There Are Working Smokes Alarms In Your Home.
Eastman Chemical Company Has Attained A High Mark From Newsweek Magazine’s 2012 Green Rankings. The Chemical Giant Came In Fourth Out Of 34 U.S. Companies In The Materials Sector. Newsweek’s Green Rankings Are Based On Environmental Impact And Other Issues. Wanda Valentine With Eastman Says They Are Part Of A Growing Trend In The Industry Toward Greater Environmental Responsiblity. Eastman Was Ranked At The Top Of The Materials Sector For Environmental Management Through Its Policies, Programs, Targets, And Initiatives.
This Is The 16th Year For The Popular Speedway In Lights At The World’s Fastest Half Mile. A Change Will Greet Visitors This Year With The Route Changing Starting From The Entrance. Instead Of Approaching From Volunteer Parkway, The Carloads Of Excited Visitors Will Enter The Show From The Other Side Of The Speedway – Via Highway 393 – Near The Bristol Dragway. Speedway In Lights Opens Up On November 16th And Runs Through January 5th. The Event Is The Single Largest Fundraiser For The Bristol Chapter Of Speedway Children’s Charities Which Has Raised More Than 6.5 Million Dollars For Organizations Throughout Northeast Tennessee And Southwest Virginia.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Has Arrested A Former Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Jail Nurse. 33 Year Old Chesna Hulsey Is Charged With One Count Of Official Misconduct And One Count Of Casual Exchange. Hulsey Is Alleged To Have Given A Jail Inmate Valium In October 2011 While Working As A Nurse Without A Physician’s Prescription And Was Unauthorized To Do So. Hulsey Is Free On A Five Thousand Dollars Bond. She Will Appear In General Sessions Court Today.
A Federal Grand Jury In U.S. District Court In Abingdon Virginia Has Indicted The Former Pennington Gap Police Chief On Drug And Weapons Charges. 41 Year Old William Young Of Stickleyville Is Accused Of Drug Distribution, Weapons Possession And Is Allegedly Linked To The Burglary Of The Pennington Gap Virginia Rite-Aid Pharmacy In September. Prescription Drugs Were Allegedly Found In Young’s Cruiser After He Was Taken Into Custody. He Was Terminated From His Position As Police Chief October 22nd.
A Small Group Turned Out In Bristol Tennessee To Speak Out Against Abortion. A Group Of People Stood Peacefully On Sidewalks Outside The Bristol Regional Women’s Center Holding Signs This Week That Read “Pray To End Abortion”. The Group Was Trying To Make Women Aware There Are Alternatives To The Procedure.
Testimony Will Resume This Morning In Washington County Tennessee Criminal Court In The Trial Of A Former Daniel Boone High School Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting A Female Student. 64 Year Old Estel Kiser Is Charged With Sexual Battery By An Authority Figure. The 16 Year Old Victim Was 14 At The Time Of The Alleged Incident. She Testified About Kiser’s Alleged Inappropriate Touching. The State Has Rested Its Case. Kiser Could Take The Stand In His Own Defense Today. He Remains Free On 15-Thousand Dollars Bond.