Archives for August 2016

Search for escaped inmate includes Gray

GRAY — The search continues for an inmate who escaped from the jail in Washington County.

WJHL-TV reports deputies have spent time in Gray searching for 37-year-old Timothy England.

They have gone door-to-door to look for him, and a helicopter has participated in the search.

England has a history of violence, and people should consider him dangerous.

Someone last saw England wearing his burgundy inmate suit.

Report: Pinnacle to include outlet mall, Aubrey’s, Outback

BRISTOL — More details have surfaced about a planned outlet mall at The Pinnacle retail development off Exit 74 in Bristol, Tenn.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports site plans submitted to the city include an Outback Steakhouse next to a Chick-fil-A on Pinnacle Parkway.

Earlier reports confirmed construction of an Aubrey’s Restraurant across from the proposed 150,000-square-foot mall.

Election official in Sullivan Co. not concerned about hacking

BLOUNTVILLE — One local elections administrator says she has no concerns about hackers.

The Associated Press this week reported the FBI encouraged state officials two weeks ago to improve security.

This followed evidence that hackers targeted data systems in two states.

Sullivan County Administrator of Elections Jason Booher tells the Times-News that his county uses two separate systems for voting machines and the voter registration database.

He says the voting machines have no ability to connect to the Internet.

Tourism growing in Sullivan Co.

BLOUNTVILLE — Tourists have spent 4.6 percent more money in Sullivan County over the last year.

Figures from the governor and the tourist development commissioner show visitors have spent over $356 million during that time.

The report shows Sullivan County has retained its rank as seventh in the state in tourism’s economic impact.

It also shows the economic impact of travel statewide has increased 3.7 percent in the last year.

Number of students in Kingsport increases by nearly 200

KINGSPORT — Nearly 200 more students have enrolled in schools in Kingsport this year compared to the same time last year.

This has caused district officials to move some staff around and hire seven more teachers.

The Times-News reports the district does not have a tangible reason for the increase.

Assistant superintendent Andy True says attendance numbers tend to balance out by the third or fourth week of the school year.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion needs volunteers

BRISTOL — The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion needs volunteers.

These people would handle concessions, logistics, recycling, and the gates to Children’s Day.

Children’s Day happens Sat., Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cumberland Square Park.

All volunteers receive free festival volunteer shirts and single-day passes to Rhythm and Roots.

The festival runs Sept. 16-18.

Second escaped inmate from Hawkins Co. found in Sullivan Co.

ROGERSVILLE — Authorities in Sullivan County last night captured the other inmate who escaped from the jail in Hawkins County.

Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson did not give any details on how officials caught Timothy Rose in Sullivan County, but he said more information would follow today.

Deputies found Derek Short yesterday afternoon at the East Ridge Apartments a half-mile from the jail.

Search continues for escaped inmate in Washington Co.

JONESBOROUGH — The search continues for an inmate who escaped the jail in Washington County yesterday.

Officials have not explained how Timothy England got out, but the sheriff has called it the first time an inmate has broken out of the jail.

Someone last saw England wearing a burgundy prisoner uniform.

Officials say if you see him, then call police without approaching him.

Haslam visits Appalachian Regional Commission conference in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY — The governor spent part of yesterday at the Millennium Center in Johnson City.

Bill Haslam met with leaders from 12 other states and the federal government for the Appalachian Regional Commission’s annual fall conference.

This event gives state and local leaders the opportunity to discuss how to increase rural development.

The conference ends today.

ETSU opens new ropes course

JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State University yesterday opened its aerial adventure course.

The first people to try the zipline included university president Brian Noland.

The course includes a series of high rope challenges.

It has three platforms, and the highest one stands 45 feet from the ground.

Organizations not associated with ETSU can schedule time on the course with the university.