Archives for June 2017

Extra BUI Patrols For Independence Day

(JOHNSON CITY) — There will be extra police patrols out for the Independence Day holiday looking for drunk drivers, and the same thing will be happening on area waterways.

It’s all part of a national program called Operation Dry Water and according to Virginia conservation police July had the highest number of boating accidents and fatalities in 2016.

WCYB reports Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers will be out with a number of safety checkpoints and patrols.

Traffic Stop Leads To Multiple Charges

(JOHNSON CITY) — A traffic stop Thursday results in the driver arrested on multiple charges.

Police say James Davis of Jonesborough was pulled over on W. Market Street when officers determined the vehicle he was driving was reported stolen.

According to an arrest report Davis was found to have a revoked driver license and was in posession of methamphetamine.

Davis was booked into the Washington County, Tenn. jail on $16,000 bond.

Tennesseans Take To The Roads And Skies For the Fourth of July

A record number of travelers are taking to the roads and skies for the July 4th holiday. Karen Johnson has more.

To celebrate the nation’s birthday, a record 44.2 million Americans, including 872,000 Tennesseans, are expected to travel this holiday weekend, an increase of 34,000 Tennesseans from last year, according to AAA. Tennessee’s Stephani Milani says the expected travel increase is mainly due to the lower gas prices we’ve enjoyed this spring and early summer. In Tennessee, 782,000 people are expected to drive, 38,000 will fly and 51,000 will use other transportation with popular getaways to Disneyland and Jamaica. I’m Karen Johnson.

“Project Lorax” Float Entered In Tomorrow’s Parade

Some of Washington County’s democrats will indulge in a July 4th activity tomorrow. Karen Johnson reports.

For the first time anyone can recall, about 20 members of the Washington County Democratic Party will enter a float in tomorrow’s Jonesborough Days Parade entitled Project Lorax based on the popular Dr. Suess book. Murphey Johnson and several Washington County Democratic Party members will be reviving their Project Lorax initiative by riding a 20-foot long float. He says Project Lorax distributed 1,300 copies of the book to second-graders across Johnson City schools and some local county schools and they wanted to build on that theme. I’m Karen Johnson.

Kingsport PD Asks For Help Locating Missing Woman

(KINGSPORT) — Kingsport Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman missing since June 9th. Tomorrow Statzer reportedly left to look at an apartment with a friend in Kingsport, but she never arrived. Tomorrow also sometimes uses the name Tammy.

Complicating the issue is that she wasn’t reported missing until June 17th. Police say she moved out of her apartment at Maple Oak recently. Statzer is a 59 year-old woman, stands about 5’6″ tall and weighs about 180 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes and has significant health issues.

If you know anything, call Kingsport Police at 423-229-9429.

Drug Coalition Receives Naloxone Grant

(BRISTOL, TN) — The Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition has received a big grant to help opioid drug overdoses. The coalition says it will receive more than 130-thousand dollars from the State Targeted Response Grant in Tennessee, which will be used to purchase the drug Naloxone and provide the training necessary for first responders to use it in the field.

ETSU Defensive Line COach Fired Over Alleged Death Threats

(JOHNSON CITY) — Developing news out of East Tennessee State University, where football defensive line coach Scott Brumett has been fired.

Head Football Coach Carl Torbush made the announcement this morning after Brumett was charged with assault of a hotel clerk in Chattanooga.

The clerk reported that Brumnett threatened to kill him if his door key card didn’t work. Brumett is formally charged with assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Lawsuit Filed Against Guardrail Maker For Causing Deaths

(KNOXVILLE) AP — The families of three people killed when their vehicles crashed into a guardrail end have filed lawsuits that alleged the “defective” Lindsay X-LITE system caused their relatives’ deaths.

News outlets report the families of Jacob Davison and Lauren Beuttel filed lawsuits in Cumberland County on Wednesday, while Wilbert Byrd’s son filed in Hamilton County.

The lawsuits allege the guardrails were improperly installed by Cumberland Guardrail due to insufficient instructions by Lindsay Corporation and Valmont Industries.

Lindsay said in a statement that the equipment’s inability to prevent every tragedy doesn’t indicate a flaw. Cumberland didn’t return a request for comment Wednesday

B.J. Doughty, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman, says the guardrail ends failed to absorb the impact in several fatal crashes. TDOT’s findings prompted it to replaced roughly 1,800 X-LITES.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Announces Job Cuts

(WILLIAMSBURG) — The non profit organization that runs the historic Colonial Williamsburg site in Virginia has announced plans to slash jobs. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation says it can no longer handle the same amount of employees due to financial losses over a period of several years.

CEO Mitchell Reiss says the Foundation will outsource most golf course operations, retail stores, and even maintenance and facilities operations.

Reiss blames some of the downturn on less American history being taught in America’s classrooms.

Ramping-Up Drug Testing For Offenders

Sullivan County’s District Attorney General is toughening a drug testing policy. Karen Johnson has a report.

Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus has requested county officials develop a protocol for searching and randomly drug-testing offenders participating in the county’s community service program. County taxpayers benefit from the program because it provides free labor – an estimated $500,000 last year – and means there’s no cost for keeping them in jail. Staubus made the request in the wake of a drug bust last month at the county’s solid waste station in Kingsport where individuals were using and selling drugs while performing community service. I’m Karen Johnson.