Last-Minute Holiday Road Work Planned on I-81 in Greene Co.

Watch out for some last-minute holiday construction this week along I-81.

If you are one of the thousands hitting the roads, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is doing some last-minute road work on Interstate 81 in Greene County.

Beginning at 7pm tonight, drivers should expect lane closures and slowdowns on southbound I-81 between mile markers 21 and 45.

The overnight road work is scheduled to run from 7pm-6a tonight and tomorrow night.

Drivers are being encouraged to be alert for work crews in the area as well as the possibility of slowed or stopped traffic.

Posted to wxis.vncnews.com
Nov. 19, 2018 4:01 AM CST
by achappelle

Last-Minute Holiday Road Work Scheduled on I-81 in Greene Co.

Watch out for some last-minute holiday construction this week along I-81.

If you are one of the thousands hitting the roads, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is doing some last-minute road work on Interstate 81 in Greene County.

Beginning at 7pm tonight, drivers should expect lane closures and slowdowns on southbound I-81 between mile markers 21 and 45.

The overnight road is scheduled to run from 7pm-6a tonigh and tomorrow night.

Drivers are being encouraged to be alert for work crews in the area as well as the possibility of slowed or stopped traffic.

Area Non-Profits Start Thanksgiving Celebrations Tuesday

Beginning tomorrow, a trio of Johnson City-based non-profits will begin serving Thanksgiving dinner for the community.

Tuesday afternoon, the Salvation Army on Ashe St. is offering a Thanksgiving dinner with all the usual trimmings between 11-1pm.

On Wednesday, One Acre Cafe on W. Walnut St. is having its annual free Thanksgiving meal between 11 and 2. Wednesday also marks the 5th anniversay of the non-profit cafe.

Then on Thanksgiving Day, the Haven of Mercy is inviting people to take part in their all-day feast from noon to 5.

Blowing Rock Police Locate Missing Man’s Car

Police in Gaston County, NC have located a car of a missing man that was found dead late last week.

Police in Blowing Rock had been looking for a maroon Chevy HHR that belonged to 72-year old Milton Hayes.

Hayes was reported missing on Thursday by his family and was found dead the next day.

Police said they found Hayes’ car on a heavily wooded private drive off George Blagg Lane, not far from where his body was found down an embankment.

Officials say it appears Hayes drove the car through a fence, where it became stuck. They think the elderly man likely was disoriented and confused and abandoned the car. His death remains under investigation.

ETSU Earns At-Large Bid to NCAA FCS Playoffs

East Tennessee State football continues to make history as the Bucs earned an at-large bid to the NCAA FCS Football Playoffs.

The announcement was made on Sunday afternoon.

The co-champions of the Southern Conference will have to hit the road for the first playoff game since 1996.

The Bucs will head to Jacksonville, AL to take on Jacksonville State Saturday at 730.

Bristol Skateway Opens Its Doors

After months of renovations, the Bristol Skateway has opened its doors.

The old Skate Inn in Bristol, TN was bought this past spring by a husband and wife team.

Gary Easmunt and Debbie Williams did most of the renovation work themselves- a project that took more than twice as long as originally thought.

Between the bathrooms, HVAC system, and fire sprinklers, what Easmunt thought would be a 3-month project instead turned out to take more than a half a year.

Hours and holiday specials can be found at BristolSkateway.com.

VA Republicans Decide Against Recount in 24th Dist. Primary

A panel of Virginia Republicans has voted against holding a recount of a GOP state House primary contest that was decided by one vote.

The Roanoke Times reports that a Republican legislative district committee voted Sunday not to perform a recount of Saturday’s primary for the 24th state House district.

Candidate Jimmy Ayers called for a recount after initial results show him losing to rival Ronnie Campbell by one vote with more than 2,000 votes cast.

Republicans in the district voted Saturday to pick a nominee for a seat currently held by GOP Del. Ben Cline, who won a seat in Congress earlier this month.

The district stretches from the West Virginia border to the Lynchburg area. GOP House Speaker Kirk Cox supported a recount.

Elizabethton Shooting Under Investigation

(ELIZABETHTON) — One is wounded in an area shooting…Jim O’Reilly has more…

Elizabethton Police are investigating a shooting in the Walmart parking lot on Over Mountain Drive. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The police are looking for the suspect at this hour.

Victim OK After Shooting

(ELIZABETHTON) — One is wounded in an area shooting.

Elizabethton Police are investigating a shooting in the Walmart parking lot on Over Mountain Drive. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The police are looking for the suspect at this hour.

Hog Wild Saloon Update

(KINGSPORT) — A notorious haunt will not be saved…Jim O’Reilly…

A judged ruled in Kingsport the former Hog Wild Saloon building must be demolished, keeping the city’s recommendation intact. Engage Tri-Cities, the faith-based organization the building was donated to, hoped to keep the building up.