Power Outages Likely in Church Hill on Wednesday

Power outages are likely in Church Hill today.

According to Appalachian Power, residents in the Big Elm area of Church Hill are likely to see some power outages today. The utility says any outages that occur will likely be over by 2pm.

Crews are working on a number of electrical facilities and upgrades in the area. They will also be doing tree trimming, relocating lines, and changing out cables.

Washington Co. Officials Vote to Expand ‘The Pinnacle’

The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to expand The Pinnacle, a retail development.

The county is now asking a pair of state legislators to sponsor budget amendments that would create an industrial access road to connect a portion of Gate City Highway to Pinnacle Parkway.

The planned development is set to include -among other things- a hotel, waterpark, and outdoor amphitheatre.

Wed. Marks Day Three in Bristol Triple Murder Trial

Today is day three of a Bristol triple murder trial.

Yesterday, 10 witnesses took the stand in the case against then-19-year old Robert Seth Denton.

He’s accused of killing his mother, stepfather, and grandmother- his lawyers, though, say they have evidence proving Denton’s grandfather was the killer.

The grandfather, Curtis Rose, testified that Denton walked up to him in the backyard, told him to call 911, then walked away. The trial continues later this morning.

Virginia Lawmakers Looking to Return Millions In Overcharges by Utilities

Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill to return millions of dollars to Virginia residents who they say have been overcharged by the state’s utility companies.

Bill sponsors say Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power, the largest energy providers in the state, are charging residents more than they should for utility costs.

A report claims most Virginia residents are being overcharged by an average of $250 on their utility bills every year due to nonessential spending by utility companies — an excess payment that Clean Virginia has dubbed the “Dominion tax.”

Lee County Schools Has Filed A Lawsuit

Lee County Schools has filed a lawsuit against the state. Karen Johnson reports.

It’s for preventing the school board from implementing a plan that would allow teachers to carry firearms. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Lee County Circuit Court. The school system is suing the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Virginia Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security. According to the lawsuit, the state denied school superintendent Brian Austin’s application to become a special conservator of the peace which is a critical part of the school system’s plan to allow armed staff members at county schools. Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will represent the school board. I’m Karen Johnson.

Aerospace Park Lands $1.6M Grant from TDOT

A seven-figure grant is coming to fund an area project.

The Tri-Cities Airport Authority announced yesterday a $1.6 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to help in the development of Aerospace Park.

The money is expected to fund the final phase of construction, including roads and utilities.

The TDOT fund that the money is pulled from is meant to advance job creation and investment opportunities in the state’s aerospace industry.

Trial Begins in 2015 Bristol Triple-Murder Case

Opening arguments in a Bristol, TN murder trial got underway yesterday.

The trial of Robert Seth Denton began in Blountville on Monday and will continue again today.

Denton is accused of killing his mother, stepfather, and grandmother back in August of 2015.

Denton’s lawyers claim the shooter was Denton’s grandfather, who was at the home the day of the shooting. Prosecutors say the older man found the family dead, then shot Denton in the arm.

Lee Co. Hospital Authority Formally Parts Ways With Americore

At a meeting last night, the Lee County Hospital Authority formally parted ways with Americore, the company that had been slated to reopen the Lee Co. Regional Medical Center.

The details of the separation agreement will be finalized in two weeks, but officials say they do plan to take the hospital back, and hopefully partner with Ballad Health to reopen the facility in Pennington Gap.

Authority leaders said last week Americore was “in default” after failing to meet a number of deadlines.

Johnson City Bank Robber Strikes Again, This Time in Alabama

A man police say robbed a bank in Johnson City last month appears to have struck again, this time in central Alabama.

A man matching the same description as the one wanted in robberies in Asheville, Johnson City, and Mt Juliet walked into a bank in Prattville, AL last week and got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

This time, police were able to spot his getaway vehicle- a white SUV.

Kingsport Mayor Says He Won’t Run for Re-Election

One area mayor says he won’t be running for another term.

Kingsport Mayor John Clark announced that after seven years in city government, it’s time to step aside. He was first appointed to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in 2012, then three years later, was elected mayor when Dennis Phillips chose not to seek a sixth term.

Municipal elections will take place in Kingsport, Bristol and Bluff City on May 21. In addition to the mayoral seat, the ballot in Kingsport will have four seats on the BMA and three on the Board of Education