Archives for September 2016

UPDATE: Missing teen may be back in area

GREENVILLE, Tenn. — Greene County authorities now say a Missouri man and a teenage girl he’s suspected of kidnapping may now been in the Jonesborough and Boones Creek area

Police say Kenneth Whitehead and 13-year-old Harley Hopper were spotted Wednesday in the Lower Paint Creek Area of the Cherokee National Forest.

Police say that earlier today there were reports the two may have been in North Carolina, but a tip came in this afternoon about the recent spotting.

Whitehead is 5’6”, around 185 lbs. with brown hair and green eyes.

Harley is 5’3”, approximately 220 lbs. with black hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion.

Rettke out at ETSU

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — The East Tennessee State University student charged with civil rights intimidation is no longer enrolled at the school.

Officials confirmed to WCYB-TV that 18-year-old Tristan Rettke isn’t a registered student.

Police say on Rettke showed up at the Wednesday Black Lives Matter event at Borchuck Plaza dressed in a gorilla mask and handing out bananas.

Rettke’s lawyer issued a statement saying in part that he looks forward to defending his rights in a court of law.

Police chief resigns

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. — The Jonesborough Police Department is now searching for new chief now that Matt Hawkins tendered his resignation.

WCYB-TV reports that Hawkins said the choice was a difficult one and he considered his conduct as Police Chief “to be beyond reproach” but felt the move was right for his fellow officers.

Hawkins had been on paid administrative leave while an investigation was conducted into allegations from a former officer of harassment and a hostile work environment.

SCSO hiring!

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — The “help wanted” sign is out at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s office.

According to the Herald Courier the department is accepting applications for entry-level sworn patrol officers, corrections officers, and general maintenance positions.

The Sullivan County jail is also looking for a registered licensed practical nurse.

Those applying need to be U.S. citizens at least 21 years old with no felony convictions, and must possess a high school diploma or the equivalent and a valid Tennessee driver’s license.

Applications must be submitted by Oct. 7th.

Suspected bomb a geocaching device

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — It turns out that the suspected bomb found yesterday near the Tweetsie Trail really wasn’t an explosive device.

Johnson City police say it was only a device used for geocaching – a game where players use GPS to hide and seek containers all over the world and once they find them, they make an entry in a book that’s placed in the container.

WJHL reports the bomb squad was called in yesterday to neutralize the suspected device which looked like a pipe bomb.

Man missing from Carter County

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. — Authorities are looking for a man who’s been missing since Tuesday.

Police say the family of 61-year-old Bobby Joel Russell hadn’t been seen since 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and they are concerned because he has a number of medical issues including using medical oxygen.

Russell is 5-foot-9-inches tall weighing around 200 pounds with graying brown hair and green eyes.

He may be driving a red 1997 Honda Civic with a Tennessee registration of 852 WZT.

Students becoming pen pals with seniors

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — In our modern age of Twitter, texting and e-mail area schools are participating in a program where students communicate the old fashioned way – by putting pen to paper.

The Herald Courier reports students from Miller Perry Elementary School and John Adams Elementary School will participate in the PaperPal program sponsored by Domtar Corporation.

Residents of area senior citizen centers are matched with schools to develop pen pal relationships.

Miller Perry students will write with residents at Asbury Place and Wexford House while John Adams students are corresponding with those at the Kingsport Senior Center.

Wellmont holding mammogram clinic

BRISTOL, Tenn. — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in recgnition of that the Wellmont Health System will be at The Pinnacle next Thursday to provide digital mammograms.

In a statement Wellmont says most insurance carriers pay the cost in full and they will handle the insurance paperwork on behalf of the patient.

According to the Herald Courier the mammograms will be available from 9:00 a.m until 3:00 p.m. and advance registration is required by calling 1-844-662-6224.

Grab a deal on “Battle at Bristol” merchandise

BRISTOL, Tenn. — If you missed out on getting your souvenirs from the “Battle at Bristol” last month, you’re in luck.

Bristol Motor Speedway says they are closing out the remaining merchandise from the Batle at half-price.

According to the Herald Courier the sale is located at the speedway’s warehouse building off Volunteer Parkway.

You can shop today until 4:00 p.m. and tomorrow between 7:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m.

Missing teenager may be in N.C.

GREENVILLE, Tenn. — Greene County authorities say a Missouri man and a teenage girl he’s suspected of kidnapping who were seen in the area earlier this week may now be in North Carolina.

Police say Kenneth Whitehead and 13-year-old Harley Hopper were spotted Wednesday in the Lower Paint Creek Area of the Cherokee National Forest.

A K-9 found evidence of a campsite in the woods and a search of that area led investigators to determine the two may be in Hot Springs, North Carolina

Whitehead is 5’6”, around 185 lbs. with brown hair and green eyes.

Harley is 5’3”, approximately 220 lbs. with black hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion.