The Suspect Accused Of Falsely Reporting A Gunman That Shutdown The University Of Virginia’s College At Wise Has Been Ordered To Undergo A Mental Evaluation. The Attorney For Bryant Hairston Asked For The Evaluation. Hairston Was Scheduled To Be Arraigned This Week, But That Has Been Postponed Until After The Evaluation. Federal Authorities Charged Hairston With Filing A False Report On January 23rd.
Plans Are In The Works To Demolish Several Buildings Of The Former North American Rayon Plant In Elizabethton. M & R Acquisitions Of Birmingham Alabama Purchased The Power Plant Building And The Polyester Building Last Month. The Company Plans To Demolish The Buildings By The End Of The Year To Ready The Land For Potential Future Development.
For the second year running, the so-called Tebow bill to allow home-schooled children to play sports at public schools they don’t attend has been sacked in Virginia’s Senate. The bill failed on a 7-8 vote in the Senate Education and Health Committee. Among those who advocated allowing home-schooled children to play for varsity teams of local public high schools was Josh Henderson, a 16th-round Los Angeles Dodgers draft pick from Suffolk. He asked the committee just to give home-schooled children a chance to play. But his father, Steve Henderson, argued that taxes he pays gives home-schoolers a right to earn high school roster spots.
A Rogersville Man Is Facing Multiple Drug Offenses. Edward Glenn Johnson, Jr. Is Charged With Two Counts Of Possession Of Schedule Two Controlled Substances And Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. Members Of The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit Suspected Johnson Of Transporting Illegal Controlled Substances. During Their Surveillance Of Johnson, Deputies Learned Of An Outstanding Violation Of Probation Warrant On Him. Deputies Seized Syringes, Various Oxycodone And Opana Pills, And Drug Parephernalia Inside Johnson’s Vehicle. Johnson Is Currently In The Hawkins County Jail With A No Bond Status. The Status Stems From Multiple Accumulating Criminal Charges And Violation Of Court-Mandated Probation. A Court Date Is Pending.
The Tennessee Supreme Court Has Vindicated A Contempt Conviction Against A Kingsport Attorney. Judge Lynn Brown Issued A Contempt Order Against Attorney Jim Beeler In November 2009 During A Hearing For Steve And Christina Thomas. This Week, The Five-Justice Panel Reversed Brown’s Ruling Citing That Beeler’s Behavior In No Way Embarrassed, Hindered Or Obstructed The Trial Court As Brown Had Claimed.
Two Area Medical Facilities Have Been Reaccredited. According To The Joint Commission, Holston Valley Medical Center And Bristol Regional Medical Center, The Two Largest Hospitals Within Wellmont Health System, Have Received The Designation For Another Three Years. Reaccreditation Came After A Rigorous And Critical Evaluation Of The Two Hospital’s Patient Care Process. The Joint Commission Is An Independent, Not-For-Profit Agency That Accredits And Certifies More Than 20-Thousand Healthcare Organizations And Programs In The United States.
The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Is Warning Residents About A “Publisher’s Clearing House” Scam. The Intended Victims Have Received A Call From An 867 Area Code Number Originating In Jamaica From A Person Claiming The Receiving Caller Has Won A Large Prize From The Publishers Clearing House. The Caller Directs The Intended Victim To Provide Several Hundred Dollars Either By Credit Card, Money Order Or Wire, In Order To Cover The Cost Of Shipping The Prizes. Anyone Who Receives A Call Regarding This Type Of Scam Should Not Provide Any Payment Information And Should Notify Authorities.
A Gate City Man Has Been Ordered To Spend Time Behind Bars For Embezzling Money From His Employer. 55 Year Old Paul Petrusak Was Given A Five Year Sentence After He Pleaded Guilty To A Felony Charge Of Embezzlement. Petrusak Took Money That Was Obtained While Working As A Rent Collector At A Local Apartment Complex. He Told His Employer That 21-Hundred Dollars In Rent Money He Collected Had Been Taken During A November 2011 Robbery.
Plans For A Parking Garage In Downtown Bristol Virginia Have Been Delayed. The City Council Wants To Prioritize Several Other Projects Before Moving Forward On The Parking Garage. The City Paid Roughly 30-Thousand Dollars For A Parking Study, Which Shows Adequate Parking At This Time, But If Development Continues At The Current Pace, More Spaces Will Be Needed In The Future.
If You’ve Wanted To Walk In The Shoes Of A Police Officer, You Might Want To Be A Part Of An Upcoming Event. The Bristol Tennessee Police Department Is Accepting Applications For The Citizen’s Police Academy. The Academy Will Give Participants An Inside Look At The Operations And Services Of The Police Department. The Program Includes Classroom Instruction, Hands-On Training, And A Graduation Ceremony. The Class Cost Fifty Dollars And Is Open To Area Residents. The Academy Begins April 8th And Meets On Monday Evenings From Seven To Ten P.M. At Slater Community Center. Applications Are Available On The City’s Website – Www.Bristoltn.Org Or By Calling 423-989-3647.
The Fourth Quarter Of 2012 Wasn’t A Good One For A Bristol-Based Coal Company. Alpha Natural Resources Reported A Fourth Quarter Net Loss Of 128 Million Dollars Compared With A Net Loss Of 793 Million Dollars In The Fourth Quarter Of 2011. Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Depletion, And Amortization For The Fourth Quarter Of 2012 Was 193 Million Dollars, Compared With A Loss Of 550 Million Dollars In The Year Ago Period.
The Town Of Jonesborough Has Purchased The International Storytelling Building. Town Mayor Kelly Wolfe Said It’s A Win-Win Situation For The Town And The International Storytelling Center. The Building Cost 5-Million Dollars To Build, But Was Sold To The Town For 1-Million. The Money The Isc Pays To Be In The Building Will Cover Its Debt.