Greene County Commission Rejects School Board Request for New School’s Land

A major step to consolidate schools in Greene County was rejected last night.

The county school board had asked the county commission to allocate $2.5 million to buy land for a new high school.

Commissioner Robin Quillen, though, told NewsChannel 11 the commission shot down the request because an actual vote on school consolidation still hasn’t taken place.

She expects that vote to come in a few months and called the school board’s request “premature.”

Longtime Tennessee State Rep Announces Resignation

A longtime Tennessee lawmaker who had expressed interest in running for House speaker says he won’t seek re-election to his own seat.

Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga said yesterday he will withdraw from his House race this week and resign Oct. 1 to take a full-time job with Asa Engineering and Consulting in Nashville.

McCormick says he is helping the Chattanooga-based company expand its presence in Nashville, where it opened an office in January.

The 56-year-old real estate broker and developer had mulled a bid to replace House Speaker Beth Harwell, who is running for governor. McCormick has held his seat for almost 14 years and served as majority leader from 2011 until 2016.

Man Dies After Being Elecrocuted at Greeneville Job Site

A Michigan man died after being electrocuted on the job in Greeneville over the weekend.

Police say the incident happened Saturday night at Jost International on West Andrew Johnson Highway in Greeneville.

The unidentified man was working on electrical wires when the accident occurred. No other details were released.

Ex-Johnson City Mayor Darden Pulls Out of State House Race

Former Johnson City Commissioner and Mayor Steve Darden has announced that he is pulling out of the August Republican primary against state Rep. Micah Van Huss.

Darden made the announcement on Sunday.

Since he waited until mid-June, his name will still be on the ballot come August 2nd.

He said in a statement that he has “struggled with the impact that pursuing this political office and serving in Nashville would have on me and my family, our law firm and my law practice.”

Koch Brothers, Senate GOP Committee Refuse to Help Stewart in Va. Senate Race

A tea party group backed by billionaire conservative brothers plans to sit out the U.S. Senate race in Virginia.

Americans for Prosperity announced yesterday it won’t support Republican nominee Corey Stewart as he tries to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine. The group is the main political operation funded by industrialists Charles and David Koch. It spent heavily to help Stewart’s opponent in the GOP primary and was a major spender in last year’s election for governor.

Donald Trump has tweeted his support for Stewart, a loyal supporter who has often targeted fellow Republicans. But the Senate GOP campaign committee also has said it won’t help him.

The most recent Roanoke College poll taken at the end of May had Kaine up by nearly 20 percentage points over Stewart.

Protestors Greet Roe Over Trump Immigration Policy

Protestors greeted Congressman Phil Roe as he kicked off his re-election campaign in Johnson City Monday.

The protestors held signs and decried a Trump administration policy that calls for children to be separated from their families as they cross the border, whether it be illegally or to seek asylum.

Roe refused to denounce the practice, claiming “The way it is now, if you get arrested here, in this country, we have to find some place to put your child.”

An immigration attorney told News 5 that is patently false, as an illegal border crossing is a misdemeanor…a crime which “no one would be put in the Washington County Jail for.”

Carter County Residents Voice Concern About A Tax Increase

Carter County residents are getting some unwelcome news about a tax increase. Karen Johnson

Residents had the opportunity to express their opinion at a public hearing last night on a proposed property tax hike. Budget commission chairwoman Sonja Culler says the county has to get out of a deficit of $439,000 and create a balanced budget. So a home valued at 100,000 dollars would see a tax change from 618 dollars a year to 640. Mayor Leon Humphrey disagrees with the idea saying he would veto a budget containing the increase, which should be completed next month. I’m Karen Johnson

Gomez Case Update

(GREENEVILLE) — A Greene County man, accused of brutally beating his wife to death last month waives his preliminary hearing…Jim O’Reilly…

The case against Humberto Gomez now goes to a grand jury. Gomez was captured in North Carolina days after Beatriz Flores’ death from injuries he is suspected of inflicting onto her at the couple’s home on Splatter Creek Road. He is charged with first degree murder. Gomez is due back in court on the 31st.

GC Murder Case Goes To Grand Jury

(GREENEVILLE) — A Greene County man, accused of brutally beating his wife to death last month waives his preliminary hearing.

The case against Humberto Gomez now goes to a grand jury. Gomez was captured in North Carolina days after Beatriz Flores’ death from injuries he is suspected of inflicting onto her at the couple’s home on Splatter Creek Road.

He is charged with first degree murder. Gomez is due back in court on the 31st.

No Injuries In Elizabethton Blaze

(ELIZABETHTON) – Crews take on a house fire in Elizabethton…Jim O’Reilly…

The fire was well involved with they arrived at the Bingham Street address. The blaze was under control in roughly 20 minutes. There was one person at home when the fire started, who was able to get out safely. No injuries reported. The fire is under investigation.