Washington County Tennessee Leaders Are Continuing The Process To Fill A New Judgeship To Help Alleviate Overcrowded Criminal And Civil Court Dockets. Commissioners Have Interviewed Seven Attorneys Vying For The Position. Those Applicants Include Don Arnold, Doug Carter, Steve Darden, Dan Smith, Ken Baldwin, Bill Donaldson And Michael Rasnick. Commissioners Will Hold A Special Called Meeting January 3rd To Select The Judge.
Virginia public health officials say the number of suspected fungal meningitis cases in the state has increased to 50. That number includes three West Virginia residents and two fatal cases. A national outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The medication was recalled in late September.
A Washington County Tennessee Grand Jury Has Rejected Charges Against A Bluff City Man Accused Of Vehicular Homicide. The Panel Returned A “No True Bill” Against 20 Year Old Seth Green. He Was Charged With Vehicular Homicide By Recklessness And Aggravated Assault. The Charges Stemmed From A May 23rd Crash That Killed Burrell Mitchell Of Johnson City. According To Police, Green Was Turning Left On A Green Light From State Of Franklin Road Onto West Walnut Street When He Turned In Front Of Two Motorcycles. Green Will Appear Later This Month In Criminal Court.
Some Schools In Our Region Have Received Awards From The Tennessee School Board Association. Science Hill Won First Place In The School Architectural Design Category. Sullivan County Won Second Place For The Ketron Elementary Renovation And Expansion Project. Kingsport City Schools Received The Tennessee’s Healthier Schools Challenge Platinum Level Award. Sullivan County Was Given The Bronze Level Of That Same Award.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department Has Released The Name Of An Inmate Who Was Found Unresponsive In A Jail Cell And Later Was Pronounced Dead. Deputies Found 34 Year Old Marlina Kindle Not Breathing. She Was Transported To The Bristol Regional Medical Center. Meanwhile, Another Female Inmate Complained Of Chest Pains. She Was Admitted To The Hospital And Will Be Taken Back To Jail Upon Her Release. Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Leslie Earhart Said Detectives Believe The Inmates May Have Potentially Overdosed As The Result Of Another Female Inmate Who Brought Drugs Into The Jail Undetected By Hiding Them In A Body Cavity. Kindle’s Body Will Be Sent For An Autopsy. The Investigation Is Continuing.
Johnson City Police Are Searching For An Armed Bandit And The Driver In The Robbery Of A City Eatery. It Happened At Little Caesar’s On South Roan Street. The Robber Is In Her 30’s Wearing A Hot Pink Fleece Huddle That Was Pulled Over Her Head. The Driver Was A White Male. No Arrests Have Been Made. Anyone With Any Information Is Asked To Contact Johnson City Police.
The American Red Cross Of Northeast Tennessee Is Deploying Three More Trained Disaster Workers To New Jersey. These Volunteers Will Be Assisting With Volunteer Staffing Issues, Staff Wellness, And Client Casework. These Volunteers Will Be Assigned To Assist With Hurricane Sandy. To Date, The American Red Cross Of Northeast Tennessee Has Deployed Eleven Volunteers To Assist With Sandy’s Relief Effort.
A Bristol Virginia Woman Is Accused Of Abusing Her Six Year Old Child. 28 Year Old Teresa Hope Blake Is Charged With Felony Injury To A Child In Her Custody And Misdemeanor Failure To Secure Medical Attention For The Injured Child Who Had To Get Stitches. She Allegedly Kicked The Youngster In The Face With Her Foot On October 25th. The Child’s Eye Had Been Cut By The Woman’s Toenail. Blake Will Appear In Juvenile And Domestic Relations Court In Bristol On November 14th.
Kingsport City Leaders Have Approved Funding To Document Proof To Show Builders The Model City Lacks Upscale Apartments In Downtown. The Kingsport Economic Development Board Voted This Week To Spend Upwards Of 10-Thousand Dollars For An Assessment To Determine The Need For Apartment Units In The City. The Board Approved The Funding After Mayor Dennis Phillips Said He’d Spoken With A Developer From Hilton Head South Carolina Who Indicated He’d Build Apartments Here If The City Had A Needs Assessment In Hand.
The Sullivan County Budget Committee Has Endorsed Plans To Sell 41 Acres Of Land To Bell Helicopter. In Addition, The County Has Committed 195-Thousand Dollars In County Funding To Help Secure A 1.2 Million Dollar State Grant To Ready The Site For Construction To Expand Bell’s Piney Flats Facility. The 11-Million Dollar Expansion Could Bring As Many As 125 New Jobs. In Order To Finalize The Move, The Full County Commission Will Take A Vote, Which Is Scheduled For November 19th.