Archives for October 2016

Two Men Jailed Following Car Chase

KINGSPORT — Two men who led police on a chase Sunday night in a stolen pickup truck are now under arrest.

Police say the chase started in Kingsport but officers called it off after the truck left city limits.

That’s where a Sullivan County Sheriff’s deputy took over following the truck for nine miles with the driver finally crashing into a Sullivan Gardens garage.

The driver identified as Ronnie Horton and his passenger Jared Winston were taken to the hospital for treatment before being booked in the Sullivan County Jail.

Halloween is upon us and trick or treaters will be out in force tonight

(JOHNSON CITY) — Halloween is upon us and trick or treaters will be out in force tonight. Darrell Moody has tips from local police to keep your kids safe…




Unclaimed Property in the Billions

Unclaimed Property in the Billions

BRISTOL, VA — One in four residents in the state of Virginia has unclaimed property.

The Treasurer of Virginia says more than $2.5 billion in cash and valuables are currently in the treasury’s care.

Included in the belongings are a solid gold bar worth around $20,000 and a three-carat diamond ring.

The property comes from a variety of places such as insurance policies that beneficiaries are unaware of or dormant security boxes that banks turn over to the state.

Check the state’s website for any property that may belong to you.

Company Wins Competition

Company Wins Competition

ABINGDON, VA — A competition hosted at the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator netted $10,000 for White Birch Juice.

The event was for local businesses to learn how to make better business proposals before pitching its product to event attendees.

The competition was meant to help entrepreneurs in areas “where other people with resources aren’t paying attention.”

White Birch produces all-natural, cold-pressed juices and a number of organic and locally produced food options and a spokesperson said the winnings will go toward the purchase of equipment and furniture for the business’s new location on Main Street.

Eastman Confident For Future

Eastman Confident For Future

KINGSPORT — After a tough year with earnings down and jobs lost, Eastman Chemical Co. Board Chair and CEO Mark Costa says he is confident about getting back to earnings growth in 2017.

The Kingsport-based global specialty chemical company showed a Quarterly sales revenue decline of about $200 million to $2.2 billion.

Eastman employs about 15,000 people worldwide, including about 6,000 in Kingsport.

Pedestrians Struck at NASCAR Race

Pedestrians Struck at NASCAR Race

RIDGEWAY, VA — A car in the parking lot at Martinsville Speedway hit almost two dozen pedestrians after Sunday’s race.

22 pedestrians were injured with nine people going to the hospital.

None of the injuries were life-threatening.

The motorist was taken into custody for questioning.
Most of those struck were treated at the scene however seven were taken to Martinsville’s Memorial Hospital and two others transported to Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden.

Phase 2 of Sewer Project

Phase 2 of Sewer Project

SURGOINSVILLE — Sewer service is being expanded.

Surgoinsville was awarded a Community Development Block Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to make improvements in the Johnson Estates Subdivision.

Phase 1 was finished last year and Phase 2 will affect homes west of the school on Main Street.

There’s still work and planning to do before ground can be broken on Phase 2 but city officials say it won’t take nearly as long at Phase 1.

Local Race Gets Ugly

Local Race Gets Ugly

JONESBOROUGH — The race for mayor is turning into a fight in Jonesborough.

A Political Action Committee has gotten involved under the direction of the incumbent Mayor’s former political rival.

“Citizens for Better Government in Washington County” is taking issue with a practice burn by the Jonesborough Fire Department in 2014.

The burn took place at a building owned by Mayor Kelly Wolfe.

The PAC claims Mayor Wolfe didn’t have to pay for the burn and used city tax payer dollars.

Mayor Wolfe says the group’s claim is not true and he spent almost $15,000 of his own money to cover the costs.

Meth Bust

Meth Bust

JOHNSON CITY — Two people were arrested after the Johnson City Police ran an investigation at a local motel.

Officers found Jason Taylor at the Econo Lodge ans asked to search the room he was staying in.

With consent officers discovered large amounts of methamphetamine, cash and drug paraphernalia.

Misty Taylor was also arrested.

Halloween Street Closures

Halloween Street Closures

ELIZABETHTON — Halloween hits downtown Elizabethton this afternoon causing several main streets to be closed.

Downtown trick-or-treat festivities will close East Elk Avenue from Elm Street to Sycamore Street and East Elk from Sycamore Street to Riverside Drive and East F Street from from the railroad bed to East Elk will be closed to vehicles from 2:30-5 p.m..

South Lynn Avenue in front of First Baptist Church, between East G and East F streets, will be closed from 2:30-6 p.m. so children can safely cross the street to go to the church from the downtown activities.