A Hawkins County Man Accused Of Shooting His Ex-Girlfriend During A Home Invasion Last Month Will Be In Court Next Month For A Preliminary Hearing. 31 Year Old Rodney Bailey Is Charged With First-Degree Murder, Especially Aggravated Burglary, Felony Reckless Endangerment, And Possession Of A Firearm In The Commission Of A Felony. He’s Accused Of Forcing His Way Into The Home Of 32 Year Old Sara Davis And Shooting Her In The Upper Body. Bailey’s Scheduled To Appear In Court On April 2nd.
Johnson City Mayor Wants Senator Rusty Crowe To Withdraw Legislation That Would Require Municipalities To Hold Referendums For Annexations Other Than Those Requested. The Bill Was Sponsored In The House By State Representative Micah Van Huss. It Passed Last Month. Now Companion Legislation Ahs Moved To A Senate Seat And Local Government Committee. It Would Overturn Public Chapter 1101, Which Was Established In 1998 By The General Assembly To Allow Municipalities To Step Beyond City Limits To Pursue Development.
The Search For A New President At Virginia Highlands Community College Is Narrowing. The Pool Of 80 Hopefuls Has Been Reduced To Just 10 Candidates. A State Committee Will Further Filter Out The Candidates To Just Three Or Four Finalists. The Chosen Finalists Would Spend A Day At The College In April, Going To A Series Of Meetings With Campus And Community Leaders, Interview With A Local Search Committee And Attend A Town Hall Question-And-Answer Session. The Next President Is Expected To Be Named In May. Existing President, Dr. Ron Proffitt Will Retire June 30th.
Bristol Virginia School Leaders Are Considering Rezoning To Help Alleviate Overcrowding In Some Elementary Schools. School Leaders Had A Chance To Meet With Parents Recently To Discuss Plans That Could Change Where Some Kids Go To School Next Year. The School Board Has Four Re-Zoning Options. The One Debated Most Recently Would Affect Students Who Attend Highland View And Live In McChesney Heights. School Officials Say The Ultimate Goal Is Narrow The Number Of Elementary Schools Down To Two. The Plans Would Include Closing Highland View, Washington Lee And Stonewall Jackson. Another Community Hearing Is Set Before A Decision Is Made In April.
The Virginia Department Of Education Has Awarded More Than 2-Million Dollars In Grants To The Commonwealth. The Grants Will Be Used To Enhance Teachers’ Knowledge Of Science, Technology, Engineering And Math, And Their Ability To Teach The Subjects. The Money Will Provide Professional Development For 740 Teachers Throughout Virginia.
Kingsport City School Leaders Have Approved Moving Forward With A Joint Comprehensive Facilities Study With Sullivan County. The City And County School Boards Are Requesting A Facilities Study From Ohio Based Dejong-Richter That Seeks Condition Of Buildings, Enrollment/Demographics And Program Needs. In Other Business, City Educational Leaders Have Approved A Differentiated Pay Plan For 2014-15 That Includes Teacher Performance.
Organizers With The City Of Rogersville Have Released Details About This Year’s Independence Day Celebration In Tennessee’s Second Oldest City. A Parade Is Set For Friday, July Fourth With Two Music Concerts Taking On Saturday, The Fifth. Two Concerts Are On Tap Including Country Entertainer Dustin Lynch Who Will Headline The Musical Portion Of The Celebration. Also Taking The Stage On Saturday Will Be Contemporary Christian Artist Matthew West. In Addition Food And Other Concessions Will Be Available. The Free Festival Will Conclude With One Of The Biggest Fireworks Shows In The Southeast. Festivities Will Take Place At Rogersville City Park.
There’s Been Another Court Delay For A Former Washington County Tennessee School Bus Driver Charged In A Wreck That Injured 26 Students. Brenda Gray Faces 39 Counts Of Reckless Aggravated Assault And Speeding Charges After A Bus Crash Involving Students At David Crockett High School In September Of 2012. The Wreck Happened On Mount Wesley Road. An Extension Was Granted To Allow Time For Both Sides To Look Into A Possible Plea Deal. Gray Is Set To Appear In Court Again On April 28th.
Family and friends of a Surgoinsville girl who died in 2012 after police say she was forced to drink grape soda are collecting donations to purchase a headstone for her. The half-sisters of 5-year-old Alexa Linboom, their mother and a former teacher are collecting contributions. The child’s grave is now marked with a printed piece of paper in a plastic case. The girl’s father and stepmother, Randall and Mary Vaughn, were charged with murder, abuse and neglect in her death. Authorities say the Hawkins County couple forced her to drink about 2.4 liters of soda and water over a one- to two-hour span as a punishment. The massive liquid intake caused her brain to swell and herniate.
A Washington County Tennessee jury has found 30 year old Justin Stratton guilty of first-degree murder. Jurors deliberated for roughly six hours before returning their verdict in Jonesborough. Stratton was accused of shooting Gary Couch, Jr. to death and then running over his body. The trial lasted five days and included testimony from several other individuals charged in the 2011 murder of Couch. The guilty verdict comes with an automatic life sentence. Stratton had little to no reaction when the verdict was read, turning his head away and slightly shaking it.
Daylight Savings Times Officially Arrvives This Weekend Which Means Setting Up Our Clocks One Hour To Spring Forward. That Also Means Drivers On Monday Morning Heading Out Will Lose An Hour Of Daylight On Their Commute. Tammy Gobert With AAA Auto Club Urges Motorists To Get Plenty Of Sleep This Weekend, Slow Down, Pay Attention, And Eliminate All Distractions. According To A Study By The AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety, An Estimated 17 Percent Of Fatal Crashes And 13 Percent Of Crashes Resulting In Hospitalization Involve A Drowsy Driver.
An Escapee From The Northeast Correctional Complex In Mountain City Is Back Behind Bars. Authorities Said Joshua Baber Walked Off From A Work Detail Yesterday But Was Apprehended This Morning At An Unknown Location. Baber Had About Seven Years Remaining On A Sentence Stemming From A Conviction Of Burglary, Kidnapping, And Theft. He Will Likely Face Escape Charges And Could Have Five More Years Added Onto His Current Sentence.
A Sullivan County Woman Accused In The Traffic Death Of A Retired Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Plans To File For Judicial Diversion After Admitting To Several Charges. 22 Year Old Jaime Mcclain Pled Guilty Yesterday To Vehicular Homicide, Reckless Aggravated Assault And Dui. Mcclain’s Vehicle Collided Headon Into A Pickup Truck In Which 62 Year Old Barry Myers Was Riding In. Officers Allegedly Found Prescription Drugs And Illegal Drugs In Mclain’s Car. Mcclain Faces Up To Four-And-A-Half Years In Prison When She’s Sentenced On May 29th. If She Is Granted Judicial Diversion, She Could Spend Her Sentence On Probation.
The Final Two Of Four Suspects Wanted In Connection With An Alleged Beating And Attempted Murder Incident In Sullivan County Have Been Arrested. 52 Year Old Thomas Hopkins Is Charged With Attempted First Degree Murder And Aggravated Assault, While 32 Year Old Amber Stuart Is Facing Aggravated Assault Charges. Their Arrest Stems From The Beating Of A Man On Wyatt Hollow Road On Sunday. Hopkins And Stuart Are Awaiting Extradiction Back To Sullivan County. Meanwhile, Brian White And Christina King Have Already Been Charged In The Alleged Incident.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol Says A Woman Is Facing Charges After She Allegedly Struck A Six Year Old Boy And His Grandmother As They Were Trying To Cross The Road To Get Onto A School Bus In Unicoi County. 57 Year Old Kris Ann Waterhouse Is Charged With Two Counts Of Reckless Aggravated Assault And One Count Of Passing A School Bus. Troopers Said The School Bus Had The Stop Arm Out With Red Lights Flashing When Waterhouse’s Vehicle Reportedly Hit Both Victims. The Child Sustained A Broken Femur And A Base Skull Fracture While The Grandmother Suffered A Chipped Femur And Broken Ribs.
The Investigation Into Bristol Virginia Utility Authority’s Finances Should Be Completed By Next Month. The Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office Started Reviewing Financial Records Last October After Credit Card Activity And Spending By Employees Were Brought To Light. Authorities Aren’t Saying Anything About The Investigation Other Than It Should Be Completed Soon. Former President And CEO We Rosenbaum Resigned Last September. His Severance Package Totalled 270-Thousand Dollars As Well As Forgiving A 20-Thousand Dollar Loan That Rosenbaum Had Through An Employee Loan Program.
A Bristol Virginia Based Company Has Agreed To Pay A Fine For Polluting Water. Alpha Natural Resources Enter Into A Consent Decree With The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency And Three States Regarding Claims Under The Clean Water Act. The Consent Decree Resolves A Complaint By The Epa And State Agencies Alleging That Alpha Natural Resoucess Mining Affiliates In Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginiak And West Virginia Exceeded Certain Water Discharge Permit Levels. As Part Of The Agreement, Alpha Agreed To Pay 27.5 Million Dollars In Civil Penalties.
A proposal that would require the governor to get legislative approval for any potential deal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee has passed the Senate. The House passed the legislation 69-24 last month. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has pledged that he would seek legislative approval to expand TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program that provides health care for 1.2 million Tennesseans. The governor last year declined to accept the Medicaid money without special arrangements for the state. Negotiations have so far been fruitless.
Kingsport Police Are Attempting To Make It Easier To Pay Traffic Tickets Anytime. A 24-Hour Dropbox Has Been Situp Outside Of The Records Division At The Kingsport Justice Center. Payments Will Be Accepted In The Form Of A Check Or Money Order Only. If You Want To Pay With Cash, Then You Will Have To Use The Customer Service Window During Normal Business Hours From 7am Till 6pm Monday Through Friday.
1st District Congressman Dr. Phil Roe Is Standing Up For Fish Hatchery Systems Across The Country Including The One In Erwin. A Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs Met In Washington D.C. Recently To Hold An Oversight Hearing. Roe Said He’s Pleased To Hear There Would Be No Hatchery Closures This Year, But Is Concerned Over The Possibility Of Closures Next Year. He Said The Topic Is Very Important To His District With The Erwin National Fish Hatchery In Unicoi County Which Was Established In 1894 And Is An Important Part Of The National Broodstock Program.