An Officer-Assisted Shooting In Carter County Is Being Investigated By The Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation. Sheriff Chris Mathes Said The Shooting Happened Tuesday Afternoon Around 12:30 At A Home Behind The Dollar General Store On Ocolona Road In The Milligan Carea. Deputies Were Serving A Warrant On Kenneth Lee Brummitt. He Ran Away, And Once He Was Caught, A Fight Broke Out. One Of The Deputies Was Shot By Brummitt. Sheriff Mathes Said The Deputy And Brummitt Are Both Expected To Recover.
Now That A Referendum Has Passed Allowing The Retail Sales Of Wine And Liquor Within The Town Of Unicoi, Town Leaders Are Moving Forward With Developing Ordinances For Liquor Stores. The Referendum Passed In Last Tuesday’s Election. Now The Town Must Submit The Certified Election Results To The State’s Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The Town Can Then Develop An Ordinance And Unicoi County Leaders Must Pass The Ordinance On Two Readings. Once This Is Complete, The Town Can Begin Taking Applications For Certificates Of Compliance From Interested Parties. The Timeline On The Entire Process Is Unclear.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced that approximately 39,000 unemployment claimants who are receiving federally extended unemployment insurance will lose their benefits the first week of January. Emergency Unemployment Compensation is a federally funded program which provides unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted the first 26 weeks of state benefits. After January 2, the state will return to the system in which an approved new claim could have a maximum of up to 26 weeks of Tennessee Unemployment Compensation benefits.
The Case Of A Washington County Tennessee School Bus Driver Involved In A Crash That Sent Numerous Passengers To The Hospital Has Been Bound Over To A Grand Jury. Brenda Gray Was Driving The Bus That Flipped Over, Seriously Injuring Eight David Crockett High Students And Injuring 31 Other Students Following The Crash On Mount Wesley Road In The Telford Community. Gray, Who Remains Free On Bond, Is Scheduled To Return To Court On January 22nd 2013.
Final Prerparations Are Being Made For The Santa Train To Depart Downtown Kingsport. More Than 15 Tons Of Toys, Food And Other Gifts Will Be Distributed From The Train Saturday. The Packing Event Is Scheduled To Begin Tonight At 5pm At The Food City On North Eastman Road And Is Expected To Last Several Hours. The Train Will Make A 110-Mile Route From Shelby Kentucky To Downtown Kingsport Stopping At 14 Locations Along The Way. Country Duo Thompson Square Will Be Guests On The Train.
For The Fourth Consecutive Year, Triple A Auto Club Is Predicting Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Will Increase. AAA Projects 43.6 Million Americans Will Journey 50 Miles Or More From Home. That’s An Increase Of Seven-Tenths Of A Percent. Wednesday, The Day Before Thanksgiving, Is Expected To Be The Busiest Travel Day. The Average Distance Traveled By Americans During The Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Is Projected To Be 588 Miles, Which Is A Decline Of 16.7 Percent From Last Year.
Johnson City Is Gearing Up To Open It’s New 15-Million Dollar Recreation Center. The Memorial Park Community Center Features 67-Thousand Square Feet Multi-Generational Facility That Will Play Host To Such Events As Ballroom Dancing, Billiards, Yoga, Swimming And Basketball. The Grand Opening For The New Center Is December 8th.
A Tri Cities Holiday Tradition Is Set To Open This Week. The Johnson Controls Ice Rink And The Hvac Chill Hill At Bristol Motor Speedway Are Gearing Up For Another Successful Year. In Its 11th Year, The Ice Rink Is The Only Rink Within A 90-Minute Drive Of The Tri Cities. The Chill Hill Is A 300-Foot Long Snowless Slide. Both Will Open For Business Beginning On Thursday Through January 13th.
Eastman Chemical Company In Kingsort Is Hosting Eight Area Eleventh Graders This Week For Its Career Expo. 11-Hundred High School Students Are Attending The Third Annual Event Being Held In The Toy F. Reid Auditorium. Representatives From And Banking And Other Industries Are On Hand. The Event Runs Through Friday.
A Hawkins County Meth Lab Suspect Is Behind Bars. 30 Year Old Shannon Dale Herron Of Mooresburg. Who’s Charged With Manufacturing Meth, Is Also Charged With Solicitation Of A Minor. He Was Arrested With An Active One-Pot Meth Lab In His Pickup Earlier This Week. Herron Has Been Wanted For Nearly A Year On A Charge Related To Sexual Text Messages He Allegedly Sent To A 14 Year Old Girl. He Is Being Held In The Hawkins County Jail On A 75-Thousand Dollar Bond And Will Be Arraigned Soon.
A Carter County Woman Has Been Indicted In The Death Of A Young Child In Elizabethton In October. 27 Year Old Tiffani Holston Of Elizabethton Is Charged With First Degree Murder And Aggravated Child Endangerment. The Charges Stem From An Incident In Which 4-Year Old Joshua Holston Was Attempting To Cross Broad Street In The Crosswalk Area. The Boy Ran Into The Path Of A Dump Truck And Was Struck And Killed. Holston Has Arraigned And Booked Into The Carter County Jail. Her Bond Was Set At 50-Thousand Dollars. Holston Is Set To Appear In Criminal Court On December 7th.
The Estimated Construction Cost To Renovate The Johnson City Downtown Centre Into Classrooms For Northeast State Community College Has Increased By A Half A Million. Northeast State Agreed To Rent The Building For A Nominal Fee From The Johnson City Development Authority Who Recently Purchased The Building From Washington County For One Million Dollars. Representatives From Shaw & Shanks Architects Recently Estimated The Cost To Renovate The Building Has Increased By Nearly 500-Thousand Dollars To 1.5 Million Dollars.
Arrangements Have Been Announced For A Fallen Sullivan County Deputy Who Was Killed Over The Weekend. Services For Albert Lee Campbell, A Sullivan County Deputy Who Was Killed In A Motor Vehicle Crash Late Saturday, Are Set For Thursday From 5 To 7:45 Pm At The Weaver Funeral Home Chapel. His Funeral Will Be Held At 8 Pm. The Committal Service Is Set For Noon On Friday At Mountain View Cemetery. Members Of The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Will Serve As Honorary Pallbearers.
The City Of Bristol Virginia Is Getting Ready To Unveil A New Website. The New Interface Is Expected To Be Opened During Tonight’s City Council Meeting. The Website Is Designed To Offer More Information For Both Residents And Anyone Interested In The City. City Leaders Have Said The New Design Is Expected To Include More Information, More Availability Of Government Services And Better Communication With Departments.
A Prominent Morning News Anchor In The Tri Cities Is Hanging His Hat Up At The End Of The Year. Johnny Wood, Who Has Been With WCYB For Nearly Half A Century, Will Retire. Wood Started His Career Anchoring The Early Morning Newscast In 1979. He Has Delivered Some Of The Highest Ratings In Television History During His Tenure. His Retirement Is Effective In Late December.