VA State Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash

Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Washington County. LW’s Karen Johnson has details.

The crash happened in the evening in the 18,000 block of Lee Highway. Police say a 2015 GMC Yukon was traveling north on Lee Highway when it struck a pedestrian walking along the white line of the right northbound travel lane. The pedestrian dressed in dark clothing didn’t survive the crash and died at the scene. The 38-year-old Abingdon resident who was driving the Yukon was not injured in the crash. Neither was his front seat passenger. The crash remains under investigation at this time. I’m Karen Johnson

CBD Facility Is Not Coming To The Mall

(BRISTOL, VA) – The marijuana movement stalls in Bristol, Virginia…

State officials tell reporters the Virginia Board of Pharmacy has denied Bristol’s efforts to relocate the region’s cannabidoil facility. Earlier this year, the Board granted 5 applications across the state to produce and distribute CBD oil. Dharma pharmaceuticals won the conditional license to begin operations at the former Bristol Mall building. Since, the owners of the Bristol Mall announced plans for a casino and resort at the location. The plan went down in a 3-4 Board vote, with three votes abstained.

CBD Plan Voted Down

(BRISTOL, VA) – The marijuana movement stalls in Bristol, Virginia.

State officials tell reporters the Virginia Board of Pharmacy has denied Bristol’s efforts to relocate the region’s cannabidoil oil facility. Earlier this year, the Board granted 5 applications across the state to produce and distribute CBD oil.

Dharma pharmaceuticals won the conditional license to begin operations at the former Bristol Mall building. Since, the owners of the Bristol Mall announced plans for a casino and resort at the location. The plan went down in a 3-4 Board vote, with three votes abstained.

Crash Claims One In Russell Co

(RUSSELL COUNTY) — A fatal accident in Russell County…Jim O’Reilly has more…

A Castlewood man is dead after a solo crash in Russell County on Route 615, north of Route 63. Authorities say a pickup, driven by 56-year-old Michael Collins came into a curve, ran off the left side of the road and overturned into the river. Collins was taken to Bristol Regional, where he later died. The investigation into the crash continues.

Fatal Crash On 615

(RUSSELL COUNTY) — A fatal accident in Russell County.

A Castlewood man is dead after a solo crash in Russell County on Route 615, north of Route 63. Authorities say a pickup, driven by 56-year-old Michael Collins came into a curve, ran off the left side of the road and overturned into the river.

Collins was taken to Bristol Regional, where he later died. The investigation into the crash continues.

Warmack Retires

(KINGSPORT) — A longtime leader with an area employer moves on…Jim O’Reilly reports…

Officials with the Eastman Chemical Company announced its senior vice president of corporate development will retire next year. Damon Warmack will be retiring in mid-2019. He has been with the company for more than 38 years. The company’s senior vice president of additives & functional products, Dr. Lucian Boldea, will take over Warmack’s post.

Eastman Exec To Step Down

(KINGSPORT) — A longtime leader with an area employer moves on.

Officials with the Eastman Chemical Company announced its senior vice president of corporate development will retire next year. Damon Warmack will be retiring in mid-2019. He has been with the company for more than 38 years.

The company’s senior vice president of additives & functional products, Dr. Lucian Boldea, will take over Warmack’s post.

Jungle Gym To Come Down

(KINGSPORT) – An old friend will be leaving us…Jim O’Reilly has more…

A 29-year-old playset will soon be torn down in Kingsport. The castle, built by the community at Andrew Johnson Elementary School in 1990, will begin being removed on December 21st. The school wants people with sentimental memories of the playset to come out and take pictures before it goes. The new playset will resemble the current one, and will include ideas from students such as a pirate ship and climbing wall.

New Monkey Bars On The Way

(KINGSPORT) – An old friend will be leaving us.

A 29-year-old playset will soon be torn down in Kingsport. The castle, built by the community at Andrew Johnson Elementary School in 1990, will begin being removed on December 21st.

The school wants people with sentimental memories of the playset to come out and take pictures before it goes. The new playset will resemble the current one, and will include ideas from students such as a pirate ship and climbing wall.

Spanking On The Way Out

(ROGERSVILLE) — The Hawkins County Board of Education gives its approval to ban corporal punishment in the school system…Jim O’Reilly…

The majority of the Board’s discussion on the issue was spent debating whether a corporal punishment policy is needed at all. Some on the panel are concerned about potential legal liability if a teacher subsequently spanked a child after the policy was ended.