MOUNTAIN STATE HEALTH ALLIANCE URGES LOCAL CONTROL

Keep It Local. That’s The Word From Mountain States Health Alliance About Healthcare In Northeast Tennessee And Southwest Virginia. Mountain States’ President And CEO Alan Levine Said It’s Vital To Maintain local Control In The Ever-Changing Health Care Environment. Levine’s Comments Come On The Heels Of Wellmont Health System’s Future Decision Regarding Potential Partners. An Announcement From Wellmont Is Expected By The End Of The Year.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

WELLMONT ASKED FORMER VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO LOOK

An Area Health Care System Asked A Former Attorney General Of Virginia To Do An Internal Review. This In The Weeks Leading Up To The Abrupt Resignation Of Former Wellmont Ceo And President Denny Denarvaez Three Weeks Ago. Anthony Troy, Who Specializes In Multi-State Attorney General Investigations, Said Wellmont Asked Him And Some Partners To Head Up The Internal Review Within The Last Couple Of Months. He Added That Now Local Attorneys Are The Ones Involved In The Process.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

BVU’S INTERIM PRESIDENT STEPPING DOWN

The Leader Of An Area Utility System Is Stepping Down. Michael Bundy, Interim President And CEO Of Bristol Virginia Utilities, Sent A Letter To The BVU Board Of Directors, Saying He Will Pursue An Exciting Opportunity In The Private Sector Which Focuses On Improving Healthcare For People In Need. He Said He Will Continue To Assist In The Transition Of Leadership. Bundy’s Last Day On The Job Will Be November 3rd.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

JUDGE DISMISSES MURDER CHARGE AGAINST JOHNSON CITY MAN

Prosecutors Will Not Be Able To Retry A Johnson City Resident On Charges That He Killed His Wife 11 Years Ago. Washington County Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood Ordered The Murder Charges Against Dale Larkin Dismissed With Prejudice. Blackwood Said The State Had Not Been Able To Produce A Witness To Testify On An Independent Basis On The Cause Of Death Of Teri Larkin. Larkin Was Convicted In February 2009 For The November 2003 Death Of His Wife. Prosecutors Claim Larkin Drowned Her In A Bathtub At Their Residence. That Conviction Was Ultimately Overturned By The Court Of Criminal Appeals After The Panel Determined The Judge Erred By Allowing A Forensic Pathologist To Testify About A Second Autopty She Performed.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

JUVENILE WON’T BE TRIED AS ADULT IN FATAL SHOOTING

A 15 Year Old Boy Is Facing Felony Charges As A Result Of A Fatal Shooting In Pound, Virginia Earlier This Week That Resulted In The Death Of His 24 Year Old Half Brother. The Boy Is Charged With First Degree Murder And Use Of A Firearm During The Commission Of A Felony. The Incident Occurred On Riverside Drive Shortly Before 7 A.M. On Monday. Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ron Elkins Said He Won’t Be Tried As As Adult In The Shooting Incident. The Mother Told Local Media Her Teen Son Allegedly Shot And Killed The Victim In Self Defense.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

MURDER CHARGE UNRESOLVED FROM JOHNSON INN SHOOTING

A Second Degree Murder Charge Against A Gray Man For A Shooting Death In A Johnson City Is Unresolved. Last Month, A Grand Jury Returned A No True Bill Against 19 Year Old Coty Bishop. Now Assistant District Attorney Ken Baldwin Said His Office Is Going To Meet With Johnson City Police Investigators To Determine If The Case Will Be Presented To The Grand Jury Again. Bishop Was Arrested On May 15th. Police Said He Shot And Killed A Man, 22 Year Old Casey Jones, During An Alleged Drug Deal In The Parking Lot Of The Johnson Inn On West Market Street. Bishop Is Scheduled To Be Back In Court On December 5th.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

JONESBOROUGH MAN SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT

A Jonesborough Man Convicted On Federal Gun And Drug Charges Will Spend Time In Federal Prison. A U.S. District Court Judge In Greeneville Ordered 36 Year Old Lonnie Greer To Serve 15 Years Behind Bars Followed By Three Years Supervised Release. Greer Pled Guilty To Possession Of Firearms By A Felon. He Was The Subject Of A Firearms Trafficking Investigation By The Washington County Sheriff’s Office And The Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms And Explosives.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

KINGSPORT SENDS OUT TAX NOTICES

Kingsport Residents Should Soon Be Getting 2014 Property Tax Notices In The Mail. Penalties For Non-Payment Begin To Accrue December 1st. Anyone With Questions Should Contact The Kingsport Customer Service Center.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

BRISTOL TENNESSEE CITY LEADERS LOOK TO BAN E-CIGS

The Bristol Tennessee City Council Is Considering A Law That Would Ban Electronic Cigarettes In City Buildings. People Will Be Able To Carry Their Devices With Them Into The Buildings, But They Won’t Be Allowed To Use Them Once Inside. City Manager Bill Sorah Said The Idea Came Up After It Was Noticed More People Were Using E-Cigarettes. The Council Will Vote On The Ban’s First Of Two Required Readings On October 7th.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

JOHNSON CITY AUTO DEALERS LENDING A HAND

It’s Time For The 6th Annual United Way Auto Event. This Weekend, When You Buy A New Or Used Vehicle From Participating Auto Dealerships In Johnson City, A Portion Of The Sales Will Benefit United Way Of Washington County Tennessee. Last Year, The Event Brought In Over 20-Thousand Dollars.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

UNITED WAY OF KINGSPORT PURSUING 4-MILLION DOLLAR GOAL

United Way Of Greater Kingsport Has Raised Approximately 1.6 Million Dollars, Or 40 Percent Of The 2014 Campaign Goal Of Four-Million Dollars. This Year’s Campaign Goal Reflects An Increase Of 125-Thousand Dollars Which Is Aimed At Increasing Opportunities For Everyone In The Community To Have A Quality Education, Financial Stability, And Good Health. Contributions Can Be Made Online At: Www-Dot-Uwaykpt-Dot-Org.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

BLOOD ASSURANCE OPENS IN BRISTOL VIRGINIA

A New Blood Assurance Donor Center Is Now Open In Bristol, Virginia. The Center Located On Linden Square Drive Will Be Open Monday Through Friday From 10 A.M. To 6:30 P.M. Blood Assurance Serves 47 Counties In A Five-State Region And Provides Blood Components For 70 Health Care Facilities Including Johnston Memorial Hospital And Smyth County Community Hospital. A Grand Opening Celebration And Ribbon Cutting Is Set For October 16th.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

TIME RUNNING OUT TO HELP ONLINE FOOD BANK CAMPAIGN

Time Is Running Out To Help Second Harvest Food Bank Of Northeast Tennessee Stay In Contention To Receive 60-Thousand Dollars From Walmart. Rhonda Chafin, Executive Director Of The Food Bank, Said They Need Online Votes To Remain In The Top 50 Food Banks In The Nation. The Award Can Provide As Many As 270-Thousand Meals For Local Residents. To Cast A Vote For The Local Food Bank, Log Onto: Www-Dot-Walmart-Dot-Com/Fighthunger. You Can Vote Once Every 24 Hours Every Day. The Campaign Ends On Sunday.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

ABINGDON DENTIST THROWING HAT INTO RING

An Abingdon Virginia Dentist Has Announced Plans To Seek The Republican Nomination For The 4th District Seat In The Virginia House Of Delegates. Todd Pillion Is A Pediatric Dentist And Veteran. He Said He Wants To Be A Delegate To Help Create Jobs, Foster Tourism And Provide People With The Ability To Stay And Work In The Region. The Next Delegate Will Be Elected In A Special Election December 9th.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

BRISTOL VIRGINIA HOUSING GETS HUD GRANT

The Bristol Virginia Redevelopment And Housing Authority Is Receiving A 41-Thousand Dollar Grant. The Money Is Coming From The U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development And Is Part Of HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Participants Sign A Five-Year Contract That Requires They Obtain Employment And No Longer Get Cash Welfare Assistance Through The Term. As The Family Income Rises, A Portion Of The Increased Income Is Placed In An Interest-Bearing Escrow Account. If The Family Completes The Program, It Gets The Escrow Funds Which Can Be Used For Any Purpose.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

UNVEILING OF NEW PARTNERSHIP FOR KIDS HEALTH ON WEDNESDAY

An Unveiling Of A New Partnership For Kids Health Will Take Place In Kingsport. A New Dynamic Initiative Is Between Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Mountain States Health Alliance, Kohl’s Cares For Kids, And Five Local School Systems. Special Guests Will Include Children’s Hospital Benefactor Scott Niswonger And K-Va-T President Steve Smith. The Announcement Will Be Made At 10:30 This Morning At Andrew Jackson Elementary School.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

HAWKINS COUNTY LEADERS APPROVE RATE INCREASE

The Hawkins County Commission Has Approved Its 2014-15 Fiscal Year Budget Which Includes A 12 Cent Property Tax Increase. The New Tax Rate Will Be 2.47 Cents Per 100 Dollars Of Assessed Value. The Increase Will Take Care Of Half The Deficit, While Another Million Will Be Taken From Reserve Funds In Order To Balance The Spending Plan.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

WASHINGTON COUNTY TENNESSEE PASSES BUDGET

Washington County Tennessee Leaders Have Approved A 2014-15 Fiscal Year Spending Plan. Property Owners Will See A 6.6 Cent Tax Increase As A Result Of This Year’s State Recommended Certified Tax Rate. However, The County Isn’t Bound By The Certified Tax Law, But It Does Allow Local Governments To Raise Taxes When Property Values Decline And Lower Them When The Values Increase.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

15 YEAR OLD POUND VIRGINIA TEEN ACCUSED OF KILLING OLDER BROTHER

A Shooting In Pound Virginia Has Left A 24 Year Old Man Dead And His 15 Year Old Brother Facing Charges. It Happened Early Yesterday Morning At A Home On Riverside Drive. The Mother Told Local Media Her Teen Son Allegedly Shot And Killed His Older Brother In Self Defense. A Witness Said An Elderly Woman Came To Her Home Claiming Her Older Grandson Was Trying To Set A Fire In A Bedroom And She Needed To Call Police. The Shooting Allegedly Occurred A Short Time Later. The Investigation Is Still Ongoing And The Boy Is In Custody But No Charges Have Been Filed At This Time.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment

WELLMONT AND ETSU OFFICIALS MEET TO DISCUSS FUTURE

Wellmont Officials And Etsu Officials Including President Dr. Brian Noland Have Met For The First Time To Discuss The Future. The Two-Hour Long Closed-Door Session Comes Less Than A Week After The University Expressed Concerns About Wellmont’s Process Of Choosing If It Will Align With One Of The Three Unnamed Health Systems. Wellmont Board Chair Roger Leonard Called The Meeting Excellent. Meanwhile, Dr. Noland Said He Hopes The Session Is The First Of Many Conversations Community-Wide About How Wellmont’s Decision Will Impact The University And The Region.

Posted in Local News | Leave a comment