The Washington County Tennessee School Board Is Continuing To Look For Ways To Make Its School Buses Safer After A Recent Bus Crash Left 27 Students Injured. The Possibility Of Adding Seat Belts To School Buses Hasn’t Been Ruled Out, But Adding Global Positioning Systems To The Fleet Is Seriously Being Considered. The Cost For GPS Installation Would Be Nearly 30-Thousand Dollars And An Annual Cost Of 30-Thousand For The Software.
A Large Grocery Chain With Stores In The Tri Cities Is Supporting Victims Of Hurricane Sandy. For The Next Two Weeks, Coin Boxes Will Be Placed At Each Check-Out Lane At Area Kroger Stores. Customers Can Donate To The Disaster Relief Fund Established By The American Red Cross. Donations Will Also Be Accepted At Their Website At Www.Kroger.Com. The Campaign Runs Through November 17th.
A Kingsport Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting An Infant And Living With Children As A Registered Child Sex Offender Is Scheduled Appear In Sullivan County Criminal Court Next Year. 27 Year Old Shawn Wray Is Charged With Violating His Status As A Child Sex Offender, Aggravated Child Rape And Aggravated Child Abuse Charges. He’s Accused Of Sexually Assaulting His 6-Month Old Child July 9th. The Registry Violations Allege He Had Been Unlawfully Residing With His Girlfriend’s Two Other Children. Wray Remains Jailed Without Bond And Is Scheduled Set To Appear In Court Again January 11th.
A Bristol Tennessee Middle School Teacher Is No Longer Employed With The School System. A Grand Jury Indicted Willie Burton Whisman, Jr. For Sexual Battery By An Authority Figure. He Resigned From His Teaching Position And Turned Himself In To Police. Whisman Worked As A Technology-Education Teacher At Vance Middle School. The Charge Stems From An Alleged Incident In Which Whisman Touched A Student’s Breast. He’s Free On A 10-Thousand Dollar Bond And Is Set To Appear In Court On December 14th.
A Bristol Tennessee Company Has Announced Plans To Cut Jobs Next Month. Exide Technologies Has Announed Plans To Layoff 167 Workers From It’s Plant On Exide Drive. The Job Losses Are Not Unexpected. Employees Were Told A Year Ago The Company Would Eliminate More Than 200 Jobs Over The Coming 12 To 18 Months And Consolidate Manufacturing Operations Elsewhere. Exide Has Operated In Bristol Since 1994. The Company’s Spiral Wound Product Line At The Bristol Plant Is Not Expected To Be Impacted.
A New Residential Apartment Complex Could Be Moving Into An Area Near East Tennessee State University In Johnson City. Plans Are To Locate The 176 Units On Property Where The Empty Mullican Flooring Building Still Resides Off University Parkway. Monarch Ventures Requested The 11 Acres Be Rezoned To High Density Residential-University. City Commissioners Will Visit The Idea On November 15th.
Alpha Natural Resources says its losses narrowed and it posted better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter as the coal industry struggles with anemic demand. The Bristol, Va.-based company said it lost $46.1 million, or 21 cents per share. That compares with a year-earlier profit of $62.6 million, or 28 cents per share. Revenue fell 29 percent to $1.63 billion.
The Tennessee Department of Health has announced a 12th death among patients sickened by tainted medicine linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis. Health officials also reported today the total number of Tennessee cases has increased by three to 78. The people became ill after receiving steroid shots in their backs or a major joint. Besides meningitis, the illnesses associated with the medicine prepared by New England Compounding Center are posterior strokes and epidural abscesses.
Utility Crews Are Working Overtime To Restore Service To Power Customers Throughout Parts Of Virginia And West Virginia. A Wet Heavy Snow Caused By Cold Temperatures And Moisture From Hurricane Sandy Caused More Than 180-Thousand Outages In The Two States. As Of Thursday Evening, Nearly 42-Hundred People In Virginia Still Remain Without Power. Power Workers Are Asking Residents Not To Hook Their Portable Generators Into Their Circuit Boxes. Portable Generators Back feed Electricity Up The Line And Risk The Lives Of Repair Workers And The Public.
Smyth County Virginia Ministers Have Organized A “Prayer For Our Nation” Event This Evening In Downtown Marion. People Will Be Able To Walk Along Main Street In Silent Prayer To Pray For Guidance For Our Towns, Our Country And Our Nation. The Vigil Will Begin At Six O’clock At Town Hall In Marion.