Jury Selection Is Set To Get Underway Today In Unicoi County Criminal Court In The Re-Trial Of Former County Sheriff Kent Harris. Harris’ First Trial On Theft Charges Ended In Hung Jury. Jurors Couldn’t Decide Whether Or Not Harris Took 45-Hundred Dollars From The County Back In August, So A Mistrial Was Declared. Harris Said He’s Looking Forward To The Truth Coming Out Again.
The Kingsport Board Of Mayor And Alderman Has Given Approval To The Economic Development Board To Move Forward With An Agreement With Local Developer Stewart Taylor To Develop The Tri-Cities Landing Property. Under The Agreement, The Development Board Will Have A One-Year Option To Purchase Approximately 17 Acres Of The Land At The Intersection Of Interstates 26 And 81. The Purchase Price Would Be For 5.95 Million Dollars.
The Virginia Department of Forestry is offering a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to those responsible for a wildfire in Dickenson County. Officials say that investigators suspect the Dec. 1 wildfire that burned on private property as well as on National Forest System lands in the Jefferson National Forest was caused by human activity. Woods arson is described as deliberately burning forests, grasslands or brush without the owner’s permission. The felony charge is punishable by up to five years in prison, a fine of $2,500, as well as paying for the cost of putting out the fire.
Charges Against Three Johnson City Men Accused In A Shooting Have Been Dismissed. 23 Year Old Amran Ahmed, 22 Year Old Courtlund Henderson And 20 Year Old Aaron Williams Had All Been Charged With Two Counts Of Attempted Murder And Four Counts Of Reckless Endangerment. 19 Year Old Dominique Greenlee Was Taken To The Emergency Room After A Bullet Passed Through His Rear Passenger Side Door And Hit Him. At Some Point During The Investigation, The Victim And His Friend Went To An Attorney’s Office And Filled Out Sworn Affidavits That Said The Person Who Shot The Victim Was Definitely Not The Defendants.
The University Of Virginia’s College At Wise Has A New Chancellor. Donna Henry Has Been Chosen As The College’s Eighth Chancellor. She Is Also The First Ever Female To Be Chosen To Lead The University. She Replaces David Prior Who Died Earlier This Year Unexpectedly.