Boil Water Notice In Surgoinsville

(SURGOINSVILLE) – Area officials are concerned about their water supply…Jim O’Reilly reports…

The Surgoinsville Utility District is asking residents to take precaution as it has reason to believe the town’s water supply may be contaminated. Officials say Hill Tank went empty and now they believe water distribution to some customers may be tainted. The district says customers experiencing water outages and very low pressure, especially in the middle of town, should boil their water before using it to drink or cook.

Water Supply Problems Lead To Water Issues

(SURGOINSVILLE) – Area officials are concerned about their water supply.

The Surgoinsville Utility District is asking residents to take precaution as it has reason to believe the town’s water supply may be contaminated. Officials say Hill Tank went empty and now they believe water distribution to some customers may be tainted.

The district says customers experiencing water outages and very low pressure, especially in the middle of town, should boil their water before using it to drink or cook.

Dynamite Found At ETSU

(JOHNSON CITY) — Explosives are found at an area campus…Jim O’Reilly…

A construction team was working on upgrades at the Culp University Center at ETSU, when a cache of dynamite was found at the location. Work was stopped immediately and university officials are meeting at this hour to come up with a plan to remove the explosives. They think the materials are over 40 years old. Officials stress there is no danger to the community

No Danger To Public After Explosives Find

(JOHNSON CITY) — Explosives are found at an area campus.

A construction team was working on upgrades at the Culp University Center at ETSU, when a cache of dynamite was found at the location.

Work was stopped immediately and university officials are meeting at this hour to come up with a plan to remove the explosives. They think the materials are over 40 years old. Officials stress there is no danger to the community.

Crews Work Crash On FH Drive

(KINGSPORT) – Jim O’Reilly has the latest on the crash in Kingsport…

First responders remain on the scene of a crash on Fort Henry Drive near the Fort Patrick Henry Dam. The accident happened on the Hammond Bridge over the Holston River, just after 9 p.m. Wednesday. The eastbound lanes of Fort Henry Drive (going toward Colonial Heights) are closed. Officers are diverting traffic. No word on injuries.

Roadway Closure Update

(KINGSPORT) – First responders remain on the scene of a crash on Fort Henry Drive near the Fort Patrick Henry Dam.

The accident happened on the Hammond Bridge over the Holston River, just after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The eastbound lanes of Fort Henry Drive (going toward Colonial Heights) are closed. Officers are diverting traffic. No word on injuries.

Coca Cola Announces Move

(BRISTOL, VA) — An area employer makes a move…Jim O’Reilly has more…

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated says it is going to close its Bristol, Virginia, facility and shift many of those jobs to Johnson City. The independent bottler plans to close its warehouse and distribution center on West State St. later this year. The transition is expected in October. About 60 people currently work at the Bristol facility…50 are expected to transition to the company’s Wesley Street location in Johnson City.

Bottler Closes BVA Plant

(BRISTOL, VA) — An area employer makes a move.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated says it is going to close its Bristol, Virginia, facility and shift many of those jobs to Johnson City. The independent bottler plans to close its warehouse and distribution center on West State St. later this year.

The transition is expected in October. About 60 people currently work at the Bristol facility…50 are expected to transition to the company’s Wesley Street location in Johnson City.

Carter Co. Mayor Rejects County Budget, Calling Data ‘Faulty’

Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey said yesterday he plans to veto the county budget, arguing the county’s budget committee based it on a faulty premise.

The statement came less than 24 hours after the county commission voted to approve an 11-cent tax increase to balance the budget without pulling from the county’s general fund.

They claim the tax is needed to replace more than $400,000 that had been taken to balance the budget last year- but Humphrey disagreed, claiming there is actually a surplus, not a deficit.

Sullivan Co. School Budget Includes Nearly $3 Million Shortfall

A budget that includes a $2.7M shortfall was handed over from Sullivan County school leaders to the county’s budget committee on Wednesday.

That large amount also doesn’t include the millions more than the board will need for athletic facilities at the new West Ridge High School in Blountville.

The $84M budget also includes the salaries of 14 additional school resource officers, despite the fact county commissioners have not approved it yet.

Sullivan County Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski told NewsChannel 11 the board plans to balance this year’s 2018-2019 budget with funds from their savings.