Archives for July 2017

Kingsport Man Arrested On Outstanding Warrant

(JOHNSON CITY) — A traffic stop on Saturday for a stolen license plate ends up with a passenger arrested for an outstanding warrant along with other charges.

Police say they stopped the car on W. Poplar St. after officers ran the license plate and when they approached the vehicle Sean Garber of Kingsport first gave officers another identity even though they knew who he was.

As officers were cuffing Garber he fought back but was eventually taken into custody and booked on a $13,000 bond.

Pink Slips At NSCC

(BLOUNTVILLE) – Some job cuts at an area college…Jim O’Reilly…

Interim Northeast State Community College president, James King made good on budget cuts promised last week…eliminating 28 non-faculty, full-time employees. The school will also not renew 19 part and full-time jobs…while not filling six positions that were currently open. King announced $5 million in cuts would be coming to the college’s spending plan that would bring the budget in-step with expenditures.

Rettke Case Update

(WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN) – Here’s the latest in an ETSU civil rights case…Jim O’Reilly…

A motion to dismiss charges, including civil rights intimidation, against former East Tennessee State University student, Tristan Rettke was filed earlier this month. Rettke dressed in a gorilla mask and carried bananas to a Black Lives Matter rally, last fall. Rettke’s attorney argues his client is protected under the right to free speech.

Sullivan County Property Assessor To Be Named Today

(BLOUNTVILLE) — An interim property assessor is expected to be named today in Sullivan County. The county commission is having a special meeting today to vote on naing the person to temporarily replace Ron Hillman, who died suddenly in June.

Bob White was first named the interim property assessor, but he resigned after just four days on the job. Tonight’s meeting is at 6pm on the second floor of the historic Sullivan County Courthouse in Blountville.

Virginia Universities Researching Uses For Hemp

(RICHMOND) — Three universities in Virginia are conducting research on industrial hemp after the state legalized cultivation of the crop for research purposes two years ago.

The Roanoke Times reports that Virginia Tech, James Madison University and Virginia State University are researching different uses for the crop, which is the same species of cannabis plant as marijuana.

The General Assembly passed a law legalizing hemp cultivation for research reasons in 2015.

Tech is growing 18 different varieties of Hemp and has plans to research hemp-enforced concrete and using hemp fibers in car parts.

Blount County Sheriff Cruisers Vandalized

(BLOUNTVILLE) — The word “pigs” was spray-pointed a sheriff’s office cruiser in Tennessee, prompting an investigation.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the Blount County Sheriff’s Office cruiser was one of several vehicles vandalized on two streets in Maryville overnight Saturday.

A news release from the sheriff’s office says the vehicles and a driveway were spray-painted with “profane words and symbols.”

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Marian O’Briant says authorities do not believe the vandalism spree was linked to two others on separate roads that resulted in keyed cars and slashed tires.

Escaped Felon Captured While Sleeping In Bed

(BULLS GAP) — Taking a not out of the “criminals can never sleep” book, Greeneville Police say they captured a wanted man in bed Saturday in the 200 block of Spice Cove Road in Bulls Gap.

A sheriff’s report says 45 year-old Rex Allen Gray had been on the run for more than a month after he failed to return to a work release program on June 27th.

Gray had been serving a 10 month sentence for violating his probation. A tipster reported that Gray was at the mobile home on Spice Cove Road, so deputies executed a search warrant and ofund him sound asleep in bed.

Jobs Coming To Russell County

(RICHMOND) – Gov. McAuliffe says Virginia beat out Pennsylvania and West Virginia to land a $5 million investment in a local manufacturing operation…Jim O’Reilly…

McAuliffe says Jenn Chem will create 40 new jobs in Russell County with the project. The company makes chemical roof support and sealing products, used in mining and other industries. Jenn Chem will get a number of state and local incentives. The governor approved a $100,000 grant and the state’s tobacco commission approved $215,000.

Heads Up, Drivers

(ABINGDON) – Motorists in Abingdon may need to find an alternate route when traveling over the next two weeks, due to the closure of an off-ramp…Jim O’Reilly…

The Virginia Department of Transportation shut down the exit 14 off-ramp on northbound Interstate 81 for road work. It will be closed for about the next 15 days. They advise motorists to use Exit 13 and Route 11 to access the Exit 14 area. Crews are going to finish the connection between the new off ramp and the interstate.

Sullivan County Commissioners to Appoint New Tax Assessor

(SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN) — The Sullivan County Commission has scheduled a special called meeting today.

The Kingsport Times News is reporting Commissioners will appoint an interim property assessor. The position first became vacant with the death of Ron Hillman in early June.

A few weeks later, it became vacant again when former county commissioner Robert “Bob” White resigned four days after being appointed by the commission.

The meeting, open to the public, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on the second floor of the historic Sullivan County Courthouse.