Archives for December 2016

Police Ramping up Traffic Enforcement for New Year’s Eve

JOHNSON CITY-Police agencies in both Virginia and Tennessee are stepping up traffic enforcement for New Year’s Eve.

Both the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Virginia State Police will be conducting a large number of sobriety checkpoints looking for impaired drivers.

Police in Johnson City alone say that traffic enforcement during New Year’s Eve account for almost 10-percent off all driving arrests over the past two years.

Last Chance for Tow 2 Go

BRISTOL-AAA is helping you out if you decide to take part in the New Year’s celebration.
The Auto Club wants to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel and risking the lives of other motorists.

In the effort to do decide to drink, call AAA at 1-855-2-TOW-2-GO and a tow truck will take your vehicle to anywhere in a 10-mile radius.

The good news is that the program is free and available to both AAA members and non-members in Tennessee.

The program ends January 2nd.

3rd Car Stolen in Greene Co.

GREENE COUNTY–Deputies are on the lookout for their third stolen vehicle over the past week.

The Sun reports that a Clay Way man told police someone stole his 2007 Dodge Durango sometime Thursday morning. He said he had started the SUV to let it warm up, then went back inside his house. The vehicle was gone when he returned.

A Kia Sorento SUV was taken from Kelly Gap Road on Christmas morning after someone took the keys from inside a home there. Two days earlier, a 2013 Dodge Avenger was stolen from Dyer Road after the victim says she left the keys in the car overnight.

Greene Co. Fair Signs New Rides Provider

GREENE COUNTY–The 2017 Greene County Fair is getting a new provider for its games and rides.

Event officials said Friday that they have signed Florida-based Belle City Amusements for the fair’s midway attractions.

The fair ended its contract with Georgia-based Family Attractions, LLC, after a Ferris wheel malfunction at this year’s event caused three children to fall nearly 40 feet from the ride.

Belle City will provide 25-30 rides and games for fair-goers, the most the Greene County Fair has ever had.

Defendents Seek New Venue in Country Club Lawsuit

GREENEVILLE–A lawsuit over a Sullivan County golf course took a new twist Friday.

Owners for the Country Club of Bristol have been locked in a battle with golf operations company Integrity Golf since October. That’s when Integrity suddenly left town despite having signed a 10-year contract to run the golf course.

Integrity now wants the case moved out of Sullivan County and into federal court in Greeneville. Integrity claims that the change of venue should be allowed because the company is based in Florida, not Tennessee.

The country club’s owners are challenging the change.

Driver May Have Hit Pedestrian Intentionally

BLOOMINGDALE–A car-versus-pedestrian collision Friday may have been intentional.

Sullivan County deputies responded to the incident around 3:30pm on Stuffle Street. A pickup truck driver had struck the victim, leaving him with serious injures. The victim was taken to Hudson Valley Medical Center in critical condition.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said the two people involved knew each other, but police are still working to determine the nature of the incident. Investigators recovered a gun at the scene as well.

3rd Vehicle Stolen In Greenville In Less Than A Week

GREENEVILLE — An SUV is stolen from a Clay Way home Thursday morning.

Police say the driver left it unattended while it was warming up and when he came out of the home the vehicle was gone.

So far the vehicle hasn’t been located and a suspect remains at large.

According to investigators this theft is the third in the last seven days with vehicles also stolen from homes on Dyer Road and Kelly Gap Road.

Johnson City Woman Turns 107

JOHNSON CITY — An area woman marked her 107th birthday Tuesday with a celebration attended by around 50 family and friends.

WJHL reports the birthday party for Opal Leedy was held at the Waters of Johnson City where she is a resident.

Cake and ice cream was served of course and a video looking back at Opal’s 107 years was shown afterwards.

Community Gathers For Memorial Blood Drive

ELIZABETHTON — The community came together Thursday at a blood drive to remember a woman killed in a recent fire.

The first annual Dana Keeling blood drive is named for the woman who died from smoke related injuries resulting from a fire at her Pine Ridge Circle apartment last month.

Keeling’s 3-year-old daughter Sara Keeling also died from her injuries from the fire.

Dana’s mother Emma Grindstaff says her daughter was an active participant in every blood drive she could attend even through she could not give blood herself.

Progress Being Made On General Mills Property

JOHNSON CITY — There’s new activity at the former General Mills plant on W. Walnut St.

Crews hired by new property owner Summers-Taylor have begun cleaning up the grounds and demolition of the part of the building destroyed by fire in September is expected to begin early next month.

Summers-Taylor closed on the property about two weeks ago.

The mill had been vacant since 2002.