Applications Are Now Being Accepted For The 41st Session Of Th Johnson City Citizen’s Police Academy Next Month. The Nine-Week Academy Consists Of 45 Hours Of Police Training. Applications May Be Obtained From Johnson City Community Services On East Main Street. Deadline For Registration Is April 1st. The Academy Begins On Tuesday, April 16th.
The Commissioners Of The Tri-Cities Regional Airport Authority Are In The Process Of Hiring A Search Firm To Find A New Executive Director. The Authority Is In Contract Negotiations With ADK Executive Search Of Atlantic Beach, Florida. The Search Is Expected To Cost Upwards Of 30-Thousand Dollars And Take Up To Six Months.
The Public Is Invited To A Security Task Force Panel Discussion To Be Held By The Sullivan County Department Of Education On Tuesday. The Discussion Will Outline Task Force Progress At This Point And Will Share Potential Next Steps. The Meeting Will Be Held On Tuesday Evening At Seven P.M. In The Board Room Of The Health/Education Building In Blountville.
A Mountain City Man Charged In A Traffic Crash That Claimed The Life Of One Person And Injured Another Wants To Plead Guilty To The Crime, But Doesn’t Like The State’s Offer. 50 Year Old David Billings Is Charged With Vehicular Homicide In The December 2010 Head-On Crash On Bobby Hicks Highway That Killed 27 Year Old Tanya Martin And Injured Her 6-Year Old Daughter. Billings Declined A Plea Deal That Was Offered Thursday. The Case Was Reset For A Tentative Date In May. Billings Remains Free On Bond While The Case Is Pending.
A Tennessee state prisoner from the tri cities has been indicted for sending threatening letters that falsely claimed they contained anthrax to the governor, the secretary of state and the district attorney’s office in Nashville. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release 32-year-old Branden Frady, of Johnson City, was a prisoner at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville last September when he sent out six threatening letters. Four of the letters contained a white powder that he claimed was anthrax. The letters also made explicit death threats against the public officials.
A Bridge In Greene County Will Be Closed For The Next Four Weeks. The Tennessee Department Of Transportation Will Close West Allen’s Bridge Road Over The Nolichucky River Beginning Today. Motorists Should Follow Alternate Routes And Adjust Their Travel Times. Crews Will Be Constructing Approaches To Tie Into The New Bridge. Once Its Completed, Then Traffic Can Move To The New Bridge. Following The Closure, Contractors Will Begin Removing The Existing Bridge With That Project Expected To Be Completed By The End Of October.
A Tri Cities Manufacturing Company Is Lending Its Support To A Regional Food Bank. Employees At Bristol Compressors Have Donated More Than 700 Cans And Packages Of Food While The Company Pledged To Match The Value Of The Employee Donations To Feeding America Southwest Virginia. In Addition, Bristol Compressors Will Be Contributing 25-Hundred Dollars. Feeding America Serves More Than 400 Partner Feeding Programs In The Region To Provide Food To More Than 100-Thousand Hungry Men, Women, And Children Each Month.
A Construction Worker Was Killed On Interstate 81 In Hamblen County. According To The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Chad Rogers Was Walking Across The Northbound Lanes On Thursday When His Hard Hat Blew Off His Head. He Went Into Traffic To Retrieve His Hat And Was Struck B A Tractor Trailer. Rogers Worked For Charles Blalock And Sons. No Charges Have Been Placed.
A Johnson City Man Is Behind Bars After Police Say There Was A Standoff, A Fire, A Potential Meth Lab Discovery, And Eventually An Arrest. 39 Year Old Brian Coggins Is Charged With Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Arson, Resisting Arrest, And Other Charges. Authorities Believe Coggins Was Staying At A Home On Highland Avenue While The Owners Were Away And When Officers Responded, The Incident Began. Coggins Is In Jail Under A 91-Thousand Dollar Bond. He Will Appear In Sessions Court Soon.
North And South High Schools In Sullivan County Could Be Merged Into One School Next Year. The Proposed Rezoning Plan, Which Was Unveiled At A Public Meeting Thursday Night, Could Save The School System Up To 4-Million Dollars Each Year. Another Proposal, Which Would Save Another 800-Thousand Dollars Each Year Would Be To Close Central Heights Elementary And Move Those Students To Blountville Elementary. The School System Could Use The Adjoining Blountville Middle School Space To Help Ease Overcrowding. No Plans Have Been Finalized And Further Discussion Will Take Place Before Any Action Is Taken.