Johnson City Travelers Beware. Indian Ridge Road Between High And Miller Streets And Sells Avenue Will Be Closed Today Between 8am And Five O’clock For Utility Work. The Work Zone Will Be Impassable To All Traffic.
A Road Rage Incident In Kingsport Sent Two People For Treatment. It Happened Saturday Afternoon Near The Exit At The New Tennessee Welcome Center Off Interstate 26. Authorities Said John Hay Iii Allegedly Made Obscene Gestures Towards Four People In Another Vehicle. The Two Vehicles Pulled Over And Hay Allegedly Got Out With A Machete. A Passenger In The Other Vehicle Confronted Hay And Was Immediately Attacked. The Victim Suffered A Severe Laceration To His Hand And Had To Undergo Surgery. Hay Also Suffered Injuries During The Altercation. Hay’s Charged With Attempted First Degree Murder And Is Being Held In The Sullivan County Jail Awaiting Arraignment This Morning.
A Two Vehicle Crash Over The Weekend In Greene County Has Claimed The Life Of A 90 Year Old Mosheim Woman. According To The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Ona Clemmer Was Killed After Her Car Crossed Highway 11e From Spring Street Into The Path Of Another Car. Authorities Said Clemmer Was Not Wearing A Seat Belt At The Time Of The Crash. No Charges Will Be Filed.
A Kingsport Man Is Facing Rape Charges Following An Incident Over The Weekend. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Answered A Call Of An Adult Female Who Claims She Was Sexually Assaulted At A Home On Moreland Drive. Terry Tabor Was Arrested A Short Time Later On Charges Of Rape And Resisting Arrest. The Victim Claimed To Have Been Visiting Tabor’s Home When He Suddenly Attacked Her And Forcibly Raped Her. She Received Treatment At A Local Hospital. Additional Charges Are Pending.
A Kingsport Man Who Plead Guilty To Two Rapes In Johnson City Is Being Cast By Prosecutors As A Serial Rapist. 47 Year Old Thomas Richard Coburn Will Have To Serve 12 Years In Prison With No Possibility Of Release. He Was Also Sentenced To An Additional Six Years On Two Counts Of Criminal Exposure Of Another To HIV. He Will Serve 35 Percent Of That Part Of The Sentence Before Being Eligible For Parole. He Will Be Placed On Community Supervision For Life.
Two coal companies have announced the layoffs of 190 workers in West Virginia and Kentucky. A statement from St. Louis-based Patriot Coal says 130 workers have been idled immediately at its Corridor G Mining Complex near Madison. Patriot cites the struggling coal market and a difficult regulatory environment for the layoffs. Alpha Natural Resources based in Bristol Virginia, says layoffs involve 25 workers at a Wayne County mine, 22 at the Ruby Energy mine in Mingo County, and one worker at a Prep Plant. In Kentucky, 12 workers will be idled from Alpha’s Taylor Fork mine in Pike County, while 26 others will work for an undetermined amount of time to remove equipment and close the mine. The company cited an oversupply of thermal coal.
Authorities Have Released The Name Of The Female Victim In A Fatal House Fire In Washington County, Virginia That Claimed The Lives Of Two People. It Happened Yesterday Morning Around Five O’clock At A Home On Stover Lane. 17 Year Old Jennifer R. Hayden Of Marion Died In The Blaze As Well As 46 Year Old James L. Price. Autopsies Have Been Ordered On The Two Victims. The Fire Has Been Ruled Accidental But Its Cause Remains Under Investigation.
A Washington County Tennessee Grand Jury Has Indicted A Johnson City Couple Accused Of Abusing Their Child. 36 Year Old Jeremiah Johnson And 27 Year Old Elizabeth Johnson Are Charged With Child Neglect And Child Abuse. The Charges Stem From An Investigation Into An Untreated Injury Their 2-Year Old Son Suffered. The Child Had A Significant Burn To His Right Arm Which Had Charred And Blistered. The Couple Is Expected To Appear In Criminal Court Soon.
The Investigation Discovery Channel, Which Airs A Show Called “Motives And Murders”, Will Feature A Story About The Death Of A Johnson City Woman. The Program Will Focus On The 2004 Killing Of Amanda Wood. The Mother Of 22 Year Old Glenn Isaac Goins Found Wood’s Body In The Basement Of Her West Poplar Street Home. Goins Is Serving Time In Prison. The Show Will Air At 8 Pm And Again At 11 Pm Tomorrow Night.
The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority Is Considering Absorbing Prisoners From The Bristol Virginia City Jail. City Leaders Are Negotiating To House Its Inmates In Order To Close The Aging City Jail. City Officials In The Past Had Previously Opted Not To Join The Authority, But With The Influx Of Prisoners, The Need Is Imminent. If Approved, The City Will Need An Additional 800-Thousand Dollars For Fiscal 2014-15 To Pay To House 180 Prisoners Until June 2015.
Hawkins County Leaders Are Working To Contract With Networks Sullivan Partnership For Industrial Development Services. The County Is Currently Seeking A Replacement For Lynn Lawson, Who Retired Last Month. Now The County Wants To Use Lawsons Old 50-Thousand Dollar Per Year Salary To Contract With Networks Rather Than Try To Increase The Pay To Nearly Twice As Much To Hire Someone To Follow In His Shoes. If The County Commission Approves, The Proposal Will Also Require Approval Of The Networks Board Of Directors.
Healing Hands In Bristol Tennessee Is Moving To A New Location. Board Members And Staff Busted Up Walls In The New Location At Midway Medical Park That Will Be Renovated. A Four Million Dollar Campaign Has Started That Will Pay For The New Facility And Its Facelift. The New Location Is Much Larger Than The Old One. The New Healing Hands Location Is Set To Open In The Summer Of 2015.
The Hawkins County Commission’s Newly Formed Forensics Committee Wants To Meet With East Tennessee State University Quillen College Of Medicine And Knox County Officials About Forensic Services. The Committee Wants To Invite Officials From Both Organizations Separately To Discuss The Advantages Of Their Programs. In Recent Years, Hawkins County Has Been Paying ETSU Around 81-Thousand Dollars Annually. This Year, ETSU Said It Was Increasing That Fee To 158-Thousand Dollars. This Sudden Jump In Cost Forced The County To Shop Around.
Three Southwest Virginia Residents Are Behind Bars Facing A Total Of 20 Felony Charges After Authorities Discovered Numerous One-Pot Shake And Bake Meth Labs At A Home On Old Mill Road In Glade Spring. Karen Mae Carter, David Ray Nipper, And Carl Wright, Jr. Are Charged With Distribution Of Schedule One Or Two Drugs, Possession Of Schedule One Or Two Drugs, Conspiracy To Manufacture Meth, And Other Charges. The Charges Stem From The Execution Of A Search Warrant At The Residence. The Suspects Are Being Held In The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail In Abingdon Without Bond.
Alpha Natural Resources has announced 60 layoffs at mining operations in Kentucky and West Virginia. In West Virginia, the company says it will close part of a Wayne County mine and lay off 25 workers. It will also close part of the Ruby Energy mine in Mingo County and lay off 22 miners. One Delbarton Prep Plant worker will also be laid off. In a statement, the Bristol, Virginia-based company cited an oversupply of thermal coal. The mines weren’t in Alpha’s July notice warning that 1,100 layoffs could occur in West Virginia.
The Cause Of A Fire That Claimed The Life Of An Elderly Woman In Greeneville Earlier This Week Has Been Released. The Blaze In The Houston Valley Community That Killed 83 Year Old Lois Arrington Started Accidentally In The Front Of A Wood Stove. The Flames Quickly Consumed The Small Wood-Frame House. Authorities Believe The Fire Caught The Curtains Beside The Wood Stove On Fire. Foul Play Has Been Ruled Out. Arrington Was Disabled And Was Found In Her Wheelchair Near The Back Door Of The Structure.
An Alleged Incident Of Gunplay At A Kingsport Campground Has Led To Felony Charges Being Placed Against A Man. 38 Year Old Adam Race Of Henderson, New York, Is Charged With Reckless Endangerment, Public Intoxication, And Possession Of A Firearm By An Intoxicated Person. The Charges Stem From An Investigation Of A Drunk Man Wandering Into The KOA Campground On Rocky Branch Road. Police Said Race Grabbed The Sunglasses Off A Stranger’s Head And Fired A Gun Into The Air. Race Was Booked Into The Kingsport City Jail. A Court Date Is Pending For Race In Sessions Court.
A Kingsport Man Is Behind Bars Facing Numerous Drug-Related Charges. 44 Year Old Shelborne Mason Is Charged With Possession Of A Half Gram Of Crack Cocaine For Resale Within A Thousand Feet Of A School, Maintaining A Dwelling Where Narcotics Are Sold, Stored, Or Used, And Other Charges. After Detectives Stopped Mason’s Vehicle, A Search Of His Person Reportedly Yielded A Rock Of Crack Cocaine, A Small Amount Of Marijuana, And 300 Dollars In Cash Believed To Be Profits From Drug Sales. A Large Bag Containing Over A Half Gram Of Crack Cocaine Was Allegedly Found In His Car. He Is Being Held Under A 25-Thousand Dollar Bond.
According to figures released by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, the state unemployment rate in October was 7.1 percent, down from 7.3 percent in September. Over the past year, the state unemployment rate has decreased from 8.1 percent to 7.1 percent. The national unemployment rate for October was 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in September.
Food City Is Once Again Hosting The United Way Celebrity Bagging Event. Proceeds From The Eighth Annual Event On Tuesday Will Support United Way’s Annual Fundraising Campaign. Local Celebrities From Throughout The Area Will Volunteer Their Time And Talents To Bag Groceries At Food City Locations In Johnson City, Bristol, Jonesborough, Gray, Elizabethton, Piney Flats, And Blountville In Tennessee. The Event Will Also Be Taking Place In Abingdon, Marion, Chilhowie, Galax, Independence, Lebanon, And Wise In Virginia. Hours Of The Bagging Event Are From 10 A.M. To 6 P.M. On Tuesday.