Fagans Case Update

(BLOUNTVILLE) — A new development on an area killing…

James Fagans, the Bluff City man accused of killing an acquaintance while stealing firearms has been indicted on several new charges, including first-degree murder. Fagans was arrested in September on a warrant for second-degree murder. Following the indictments by a Sullivan County grand jury, he additionally faces the more serious first-degree charge.

Charges Steepen Against Fagans

(BLOUNTVILLE) — A new development on an area killing.
James Fagans, the Bluff City man accused of killing an acquaintance while stealing firearms has been indicted on several new charges, including first-degree murder. Fagans was arrested in September on a warrant for second-degree murder.
Following the indictments by a Sullivan County grand jury, he additionally faces the more serious first-degree charge.

Norton Brought In On Drug Charges

(JOHNSON CITY) – A drug arrest at an area motel…

Johnson City investigators charge Clifford Norton with the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine. They say Norton was discovered asleep in his car in the 11 E Motel parking lot on West Market with the drugs. Norton was taken to the Washington County Detention Center.

A JCPD Drug Arrest

(JOHNSON CITY) – A drug arrest at an area motel.
Johnson City investigators charge Clifford Norton with the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine.
They say Norton was discovered asleep in his car in the 11 E Motel parking lot on West Market with the drugs. Norton was taken to the Washington County Detention Center.

A JCPD Drug Arrest

(JOHNSON CITY) – A drug arrest at an area motel.
Johnson City investigators charge Clifford Norton with the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine.
They say Norton was discovered asleep in his car in the 11 E Motel parking lot on West Market with the drugs. Norton was taken to the Washington County Detention Center.

Rescue Caller Busted

(ELIZABETHTON) – The man who reported seeing a child in the Watauga River last week is arrested…

Landon Garland faces two charges, violating the Tennessee Child Sex Offender Registry law. Garland was arrested at a Lovers Lane location. Authorities say Garland reported trying to save a child he saw floating in the water, earlier this month. Emergency crews spent several hours searching the water, but later determined it was all a hoax. Apparently, Garland has made several bogus calls to the police over the years. He has not been charged in connection to the river incident.

Garland Faces Offender Charges

(ELIZABETHTON) – The man who reported seeing a child in the Watauga River last week is arrested.
Landon Garland faces two charges, violating the Tennessee Child Sex Offender Registry law. Garland was arrested at a Lovers Lane location. Authorities say Garland reported trying to save a child he saw floating in the water, earlier this month.
Emergency crews spent several hours searching the water, but later determined it was all a hoax. Apparently, Garland has made several bogus calls to the police over the years. He has not been charged in connection to the river incident.

Scam Alert In Carter County

(CARTER COUNTY) – A new scam hits Carter County…

Officers tell reporters they have learned of a phone scam going on…asking people with warrants to make a payment. The Caller ID says it’s the Sheriff’s Office…the scammer tells the victim they have a pending felony warrant…and they need to turn themselves in or make a payment. The Sheriff’s Office says to contact them, if you are unsure about your warrant status…they don’t demand restitution over the phone.

Beware Of Phone Fraud

(CARTER COUNTY) – A new scam hits Carter County.
Officers tell reporters they have learned of a phone scam going on…asking people with warrants to make a payment. The Caller ID says it’s the Sheriff’s Office…the scammer tells the victim they have a pending felony warrant…and they need to turn themselves in or make a payment.
The Sheriff’s Office says to contact them, if you are unsure about your warrant status…they don’t demand restitution over the phone.

Sullivan Co. Pushes for Elected School Directors

Directors of schools could be elected under a proposal being introduced by Sullivan County leaders.

Thursday night, the county commission passed a resolution asking the state to pass a law giving counties the option of electing their director of schools rather than have them be appointed positions.

The resolution passed unanimously on the first reading, and the request will become official when passed on second reading next month.

The move comes as Sullivan County’s current director of schools, Evelyn Rafalowski, is set to at the end of June.