Archives for April 2017

More Notification Needed

(GREENE COUNTY)-A group of people in Greene County are upset after a nitric acid vapor release at US Nitrogen on Pottertown Road…Jim O’Reilly…

Many are not pleased that they did not hear about the leak warning or the all clear. Greene County Mayor, David Crum and 9-1-1 Director, Jerry Bird say they are looking at getting a county-wide emergency notification system, to alert people of any type of emergency.

Cigarette Re-sellers Beware

(RICHMOND)-Governor, McAuliffe signs a new state law that aims to crack down on cigarette trafficking…Jim O’Reilly…

It will create a system where cigarette resellers will need to get a special certificate from the Virginia Department of Taxation. It also requires new record-keeping conditions for sales greater than 50 cartons or with a value larger than $10,000 in a single case. Officials say the measure will bring approximately $10 million back to taxpayers each year. Traffickers buy cigarettes relatively cheaply in Virginia and sell them in cities where they’re heavily taxed.

Virginia Creeper Trail Celebrated

ABINGDON-A large number of folks turned out Saturday for the Inaugural Virginia Creeper Fest in Abingdon.

Officials say the family friendly event was held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Virginia Creeper Trail.

The Virginia portion of the biking and hiking trail is 34 miles long and passes through the rural section of Washington County.

Theft Cast Headed to Carter County Grand Jury

ELIZABETHTON-The Carter County Grand Jury is expected to hear the case against woman is accused of breaking into an Elizabethton home, then ramming the homeowner’s vehicle.

On April 20th, Police say a homeowner came back to their home in the 200 block of West K Street to find an unknown car in their driveway, then they saw 45-year-old Stacy Hatley get into the vehicle.

She then allegedly rammed the homeowner’s vehicle in an attempt to get away.

Police caught up with her a few blocks away and charged her with several offenses including aggravated burglary.

She remains held in the Carter County Jail.

Fiddlers Convention A Big Success

UNICOI COUNTY-The inaugural Upper East Tennessee Fiddler’s Convention at Rocky Fork State Park in Unicoi County Saturday is being considered a success.

Over 600 people turned out to see 75 musicians celebrate the heritage of musicians in the region.

The convention was put on by Rocky Fork State Park and East Tennessee State University’s Department of Appalachian Studies.

Greeneville Airport Authority Asking for Upgrades

GREENEVILLE-The Greeneville-Greene County Airport Authority is looking to make significant upgrades to buildings at the airport.

As part of the 2018 budget, the Authority is asking for the $60,000 to come from Greene County and Greeneville governments.

Officials say the County will be asked first at the Greene County Budget and Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday followed by the city at their next meeting.

Greene County and the City of Greeneville operate the airport as a joint venture.

Bristol Businesses Receive Grant Money

BRISTOL, Va-Several businesses in downtown Bristol, Virginia are getting a shot in the arm.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports six businesses were awarded $1,000 as part of the Downtown Bristol Entrepreneur’s Grant competition.

Officials say the Believe in Bristol competition was made possible with funding from Wells Fargo and Virginia and Tennessee Main Street Projects.

Groups Work to End World Hunger

JOHNSON CITY-Two organizations in Johnson City are working to help end world hunger.

The Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church and Rise Against Hunger recently packed 20,000 meals that will be sent to schools and orphanages around the world.

The church plans another packing event on June 17th.

Stolen Items Recovered in Sullivan County

BLOUNTVILLE-Authorities have discovered over $40,000 in stolen items at a home in Sullivan County.

Deputies with the Sullivan County and Washington County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office raided a home in the Hickory Tree Community and found six stolen lawnmowers from Abingdon and several stolen vehicles.

There is no word on any arrests.

New Animal Shelter Planned for Sullivan County

KINGSPORT-Plans are moving forward for a new animal shelter in Sullivan County.

Officials with Petworks Regional Animal Services say environmental testing and survey of the proposed site on East Stone Drive in Kingsport.

Over $3.5 million is needed for completion of the project which almost $1.5 million needing to be raised through a fundraising effort.

The initial $2 million is being contributed by local governments and grants.

You can find out more at petworkstn.com.