Manu Jobs Coming To Area

(RICHMOND) – There’s more job creation going on around here…Jim O’Reilly has more…

Reports out of Richmond indicate around 20 new manufacturing positions will be open in Washington County, VA. Governor, Northam says AFL, a fiber optic cable connectivity maker, will invest $1.3 million in their operations. No timetable has been given yet by company officials.

Northam Announces WCVA Opportunities

(RICHMOND) – There’s more job creation going on around here.

Reports out of Richmond indicate around 20 new manufacturing positions will be open in Washington County, VA.

Governor, Northam says AFL, a fiber optic cable connectivity maker, will invest $1.3 million in their operations. No timetable has been given yet by company officials.

Election Map Meeting Set

(RICHMOND) —Gov. Northam schedules a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to redraw the state’s legislative map…Jim O’Reilly…

The governor signed a proclamation, calling lawmakers back to Richmond on the 30th. The session comes after a federal court in June found11 House of Delegates districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered…ordering lawmakers to redraw the state map by Oct. 30. Virginia Republicans have appealed. GOP House Speaker Kirk Cox says the chamber will convene…as the appeal effort continues.

Gerrymandering Fix Begins

(RICHMOND) —Gov. Northam schedules a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to redraw the state’s legislative map.

The governor signed a proclamation, calling lawmakers back to Richmond on the 30th. The session comes after a federal court in June found11 House of Delegates districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered…ordering lawmakers to redraw the state map by Oct. 30.

Virginia Republicans have appealed. GOP House Speaker Kirk Cox says the chamber will convene…as the appeal effort continues.

July Jobs Report

(RICHMOND) — Good numbers on Virginia’s unemployment rate…Jim O’Reilly…

For the sixth straight month, the job track in the commonwealth continues on a positive trend. For July, the unemployment rate for Virginia comes in at 3.1 percent…down a tenth from June and over a half percent lower compared to this time last year. Once again, the state’s unemployment numbers bests the national average.

VA Bests Country Again For Jobs

(RICHMOND) — Good numbers on Virginia’s unemployment rate…Jim O’Reilly…

For the sixth straight month, the job track in the commonwealth continues on a positive trend. For July, the unemployment rate for Virginia comes in at 3.1 percent…down a tenth from June and over a half percent lower compared to this time last year.

Once again, the state’s unemployment numbers bests the national average.

Suspected Gov’t Thug Held

(ALEXANDRIA) — An Alexandria man’s citizenship is in jeopardy…more from Jim O’Reilly…

Mergia Habteyes was brought in on charges he obtained U.S. citizenship by lying on his records. Officials accuse him of covering up his role in suspected human rights abuses in Ethiopia. He is accused of serving as a civilian interrogator at a prison during Ethiopia’s Red Terror period. The military regime in Ethiopia was targeting dissidents and abused the rights of tens of thousands of people at the time. He came to the U.S. as a refugee.

Red Terror Suspect In Custody

(ALEXANDRIA) — An Alexandria man’s citizenship is in jeopardy.

Mergia Habteyes was brought in on charges he obtained U.S. citizenship by lying on his records. Officials accuse him of covering up his role in suspected human rights abuses in Ethiopia. He is accused of serving as a civilian interrogator at a prison during Ethiopia’s Red Terror period.

The military regime in Ethiopia was targeting dissidents and abused the rights of tens of thousands of people at the time. He came to the U.S. as a refugee.

Construction of New Kingsport Road Set to Start September 1st

A new road is set to be built in the coming months in Kingsport.

The new road near the Kingsport Aquatic Center and YMCA is meant to accomodate a business park of Wilcox Drive, despite there only being one current tenant in that park.

The four-tenths of a mile-long road will also have curbing and paving, stormwater, sewer, conduit and landscaping.

The cost to the county comes in at just under $1.2 million. It’s expected to be done by December 1st.

Sullivan County Kindergarten Enrollment at Six-Year High

Sullivan County schools are seeing more kindergartners this year than they have in nearly six years.

Overall enrollment so far this year for Kingsport City Schools and Sullivan County looks to be on par to last year’s enrollment figures.

Kingsport City Schools’ elementary schools are down a small percentage, but has seen an early increase in middle and high school enrollment.