Archives for July 2017

Federal Anti-Drug Funding Lands in Tri-Cities

(BLOUNTVILLE) — Federal funding helps fight the opioid epidemic in northeast Tennessee.

The Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition has been awarded $133,000 to prevent abuse of opioids, heroin, and other addictive drugs and to pay for recovery drugs and treatments.

The money comes from the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law in December of last year and provides $1 billion in funding nationwide.

The first expenditures involve getting the anti-overdose drug Narcan into the hands of police and other first responders.

New Speed Limit Signs on I-26 Installed

(JOHNSON CITY) — Road crews finish installing new speed limit signs along Interestate 26.

The new speed limits took effect Monday. Officials say the changes are meant to make speeds more consistent along the highway between Carter County and the Virginia state line.

The non-truck speed limit is now 65 miles-per-hour except between Exit 17 and the Washington/Carter county line, where the limit drops to 60.

Trucks have a 55 miles-per-hour limit along the entire span.

Kroger Online Ordering Coming to Tri-Cities

(BRISTOL, Va.) — Online ordering is coming to a local grocery store chain.

Officials for Kroger tell the Herald Courier that the store’s online ordering service ClickList is coming soon to the Tri-Cities region.

The ClickList logo has been painted on six roped-off parking spots at the Midway St. Kroger location in Bristol, Va.

A firm date of when the service will rollout has not yet been announced.

ETSU Board to Consider Fired Professor’s Appeal

(JOHNSON CITY) — The appeal of a former music teacher’s termination goes under review Tuesday.

Dr. David Champouillon was fired from East Tennessee State University in May after an internal investigation determined he had sexually harassed two faculty members and behaved inappropriatedly in front of other staff and students.

Champouillon appealed the decision, arguing in part that his comments were ‘protected free speech’.

The ETSU Executive Committee is scheduled to review the appeal Tuesday afternoon.

Serial Stalker Brought In Again

(KINGSPORT) – Kingsport Police arrest a known stalker, just 11 days after being released from jail…Jim O’Reilly…

Albert Toronjo of Kingsport called a 62-year-old woman who he didn’t know, identified himself as “Al,” and asked if she played cards. Toronjo then complimented the woman’s personality and then asked if her age and if her husband was still alive. The woman then told him that she was calling the police and hung up. Detectives spoke with Toronjo, who said he had not called the woman. When detectives showed him a photo of her cell phone with his number on it, he still denied calling her. Toronjo is charged with aggravated stalking.

Man Stabbed Near Johnson City Park

(JOHNSON CITY) — Police are investigating a stabbing that took place Monday morning near Paul Christmann park.

A witness tells the Johnson City Press he heard an altercation in the 1000 block of Boone Street and then observed the victim getting up from the ground walking toward him who asked him to call 9-1-1.

According to investigators the victim suffered a non life threatening injury so the case is being treated as an aggravated assault.

Johnson City Woman Fakes Rape Report

(JOHNSON CITY) — A woman ends up in trouble for reporting a rape that she later said never happened.

Police say Stephanie Harp filed the rape report in April and she was taken into custody Saturday on the false report.

Harp was being held on $5,000 bond at the Washington County, Tenn. corrections center pending her first court appearance.

More Trouble For Carter County Jail Inmate

(ELIZABETHTON) — More trouble for a Carter County jail inmate after authorities say he assaulted three corrections officers last week.

Police say Jason Richardson was in the jail’s booking area when the altercation broke out after Richardson was told to hang up a phone call and he refused to do so.

Richardson had been initally jailed on DUI along with possession of drug paraphenalia and resisting arrest.

He filed guilty pleas on both sets of charges.

New Speed Limits On I-26

(BRISTOL, Tenn.) — Watch your speeds on I-26 as there are a number of speed limit changes that went into effect today in Sullivan, Washington and Carter Counties.

The Tennessee Dept. of Transportation says the new speed limit is 65 miles-per-hour except in a portion of Washington County, Tenn where the limit is 60.

Truck speed limits will be 55 miles-per-hour between the Washington and Carter County lines to the Virginia border.

TDOT says the changes will make speeds more consistent throughout the Tri-Cities.

Arrest Made In December Car Theft

(JOHNSON CITY) — Police arrest a man in connection with an auto theft that took place last December.

According to arrest records Michael Goins of Mount Carmel stole the vehicle from the Gibson Ridge Apartments and an investigation resulted in a warrant being issued for his arrest.

Goins was apprehended in Sullivan County and was turned over to Washington County, Tenn. authorities on Sunday where bail was set at $10,000.