Archives for August 2017

Kingsport Man Indicted For Assault And Kidnapping

(KINGSPORT) — A man indicted in a 2016 kidnapping appeared in court Thursday for his arraigment.

According to court papers 74-year-old Carl Johnson accused a person visiting his home of stealing $200 from him and when the victim denied taking the money Johnson put a gun to his head saying the victim couldn’t leave until he handed over the cash holding the victim against their will for around 45 minutes.

Johnson’s trial is scheduled for Feb. 20 and he remains free on $100,000 bond.

ETSU Student Accused Of Rape Removed From Football Team

(JOHNSON CITY) — An East Tennessee State University student and football player who is facing statutory rape charges has been removed from the team.

Police say Jackson Trawick is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old in an on-campus dormitory room.

The teenager was not an ETSU student.

Authorities say it is the second sexual assault to occur at the school in the past week.

International Overdose Awareness Day is Today

(ERWIN) — If you see someone wearing silver today, they could be doing it to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day. Livewire’s Darrell Moody is talking to an advocate about fighting the opioid crisis…

TRANSCRIPT:

CALVINA FAY IS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DRUG FREE AMERICA FOUNDATION…
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THE FOUNDATION IS OUT WITH AN OPIOID TOOL KIT AT DFAF DOT ORG.

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day

(ERWIN) — Today is International Overdose Awareness Day and advocates are encouraging people to wear silver in support. Livewire’s Darrell Moody is talking to a leader in the effort…

TRANSCRIPT:

CALVINA FAY IS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DRUG FREE AMERICA FOUNDATION…
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YOU CAN FIND AN OPIOID TOOL KIT ONLINE AT DFAF DOT ORG.

Sullivan County Commissioners Okay 9¢ Property Tak Hike

(BLOUNTVILLE) — Sullivan County Commissioners green-lit a 9 cent property tax hike and okayed cutting almost $3 million for city school systems.

Taxpayers will now be billed $2.55 per $100 of assessed value.

Renovation and general purpose funds for Bristol, Tenn. and Kingsport schools are being shifted to the county general fund as a result of the sheriff’s $2 million lawsuit.

The commissioners did approve a 3 percent raise for some county employees who are paid out of the County’s general fund.

AAA Travel Tips During Hurricane Harvey Remnants

As remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey head toward parts of Tennessee, AAA is urging motorists to use caution when getting behind the wheel. Karen Johnson has details.

Trucks, vans, SUVs and trailers are more vulnerable to high wind gusts and could potentially be pushed around or flipped by high winds. AAA’s Stephanie Milani says this is the ideal way to travel. [cut] Otherwise, AAA can help you know the conditions ahead of time. [cut] Milani also recommends slowing down and not using your cruise control. I’m Karen Johnson.

Taking Registrations For Blountville Flea Market

There’s still time to register for the Historic Blountville Flea Market and Yard Sale. Karen Johnson has details.

The event is happening Sept. 9. And typically draws thousands of shoppers and includes food vendors and live entertainment. There is no charge to attend as a shopper. Most of the flea market, food vendors and entertainment will be located in the middle of the Great Stage Road in the Blountville Historic District (Highway 126). But you need to register as a vendor. Spaces are $15 each and must be reserved and paid for no later than 4 p.m. tomorrow . Payment must be made by cash or check only and submitted to the event sponsor, the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, next door to the historic Sullivan County Courthouse. I’m Karen Johnson.

Northeast Tennessee Red Cross Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

The American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee is on the front lines helping in the midst of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Karen Johnson has details.

Trained disaster relief volunteers are on the ground in Texas with more are preparing to make the trip and still more are lined up for disaster volunteer training classes happening today at the regional Red Cross offices in Kingsport. In its latest press release, the Red Cross described Harvey’s catastrophic devastation as “the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history.” With 32,000 people housed in more than 230 shelters in Texas and more in shelters in Louisiana, 1,500 disaster workers on the ground with hundreds more on the way and more than 180,000 meals and snacks served since the storm began last Friday. I’m Karen Johnson.

Tennessee Launches Online Voter Registration

(NASHVILLE, TN) — The Tennessee secretary of state’s office says it has begun offering online voter registration.

The office has initiated a “soft launch” of the online system. In the past, residents who moved, had their registrations purged for inactivity or were never registered had to contact county election commissions directly or sign up in person through a state agency.

TN Task Force One Helps Texas Flood Victims

(JOHNSON CITY, TN) — Members of Tennessee Task Force One are working in Houston to provide help to flood victims.

Since arriving, the crew has worked 12-hour days as an extension of the Houston Fire Department.

They continue to go into some of the hardest-hit areas rescuing flood victims. In some areas of Houston, water is a foot higher than those items, even cars.