Archives for December 2017

Governor Commutes Burns

(RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Outgoing Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe commutes the death sentence of a man convicted of raping and killing his 73-year-old mother-in-law.

The decision means William Burns will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. McAuliffe said he based his decision on Burns’ mental illness and potential intellectual disability.

Missing Autistic Teenager Found Near Mud Hollow

(BRISTOL, Tn.) More than seven hours after he went missing, an autistic teenager has been found in Bristol, TN.

A family traveling from New York to Nashville stopped at the Walmart around 530 last night. An argument then caused the teenager to run off into nearby woods, where he disappeared.

Police, canine units, and even helicopters were brought in to find the boy. Nearly seven hours later -around 1220am- police located him near Mud Hollow, about 3 miles from the store on Volunteer Parkway.

He was taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center as a precaution.

Carter Co. Officials Identify Woman Found Dead in Roan Mtn. House Fire

(ROAN MOUNTAIN) Officials in Carter County have identified the woman killed in a December 18th house fire in Roan Mountain as 95-year old Maude Forbes.

A passing motorist was the first to notice the fire at 180 Cove Creek Road. That driver, Chad Smith, told police he was driving down Cove Creek when he saw heavy smoke.

The Roan Mountain Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire and quickly extinguished the flames. After the fire was out, the victim was found lying in the kitchen. No foul play is suspected.

Vols Star Kelly to Enter NFL Draft, Skip Senior Season

(KNOXVILLE) Tennessee Volunteers star junior running back John Kelly announced on Instagram on Friday that he will enter the 2018 NFL Draft, foregoing his senior season.

Kelly was 7th in the SEC in 2017 in rushing yards per game and 8th in total touchdowns.

He was also one of just four players in the country to lead their team in both rushing yards and receptions.

State Says ‘No’ To TVA Rate Hikes to Cover Cost of Ash Cleanup

(NASHVILLE) Tennessee State environmental regulators say it shouldn’t cost ratepayers more money or take as long as the nation’s largest public utility has estimated to complete a massive, court-ordered coal ash cleanup at a Tennessee power plant.

The state also believes the Tennessee Valley Authority might save money by following the court’s order at Gallatin Fossil Plant. That’s because the other option — leaving 11 million cubic yards of ash in unlined pits and putting a cap on them — could fail to stop pollution and require future cleanup, according to a consultant’s analysis for the state obtained through a public records request.

The utility says it’s taking steps to follow the court’s cleanup requirement, even as it pushes to get the order struck down on appeal.

The state has a separate, ongoing lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority over pollution at Gallatin, about 40 miles from Nashville.

VSP Lands $1.1M Grant in Fight Against Meth

(RICHMOND) The Virginia State Police has been awarded more than $1.1 million in grants from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to help combat the illegal manufacturing and distribution of meth in Virginia.

Virginia is one of just six states nationwide to have been awarded the grant. A similar grant was handed out in 2014, and VSP officials say that year, meth seizures more than doubled.

In all, more than $5M was given to state agencies in New York, North Carolina, Kentucky, Iowa, and California.

Thursday Set for ‘Coin Flip’ to Decide Power in Va. House of Delegates

(RICHMOND) As Democrats and Republicans continued partisan sniping Friday over a House seat that could determine the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates, state elections officials moved to break the deadlock by scheduling a random drawing to pick the winner.

The Virginia Board of Elections said it will pick the winner’s name in the Newport News-based 94th District next Thursday, unless a recount court decides to intervene. The race between Democrat Shelly Simonds and Republican Del. David Yancey has seesawed since the Nov. 7 election. Initially, it appeared that Yancey had won by 10 votes, but a recount put Simonds ahead by a single vote.

A three-judge recount court later declared the race a tie after agreeing with the Yancey campaign that a disputed ballot was a vote for him. On Wednesday, Simonds asked the court to reconsider, but the panel has not yet responded.

First Reponders From Across Country Help Out Grundy Family

(GRUNDY) First responders from across the country are helping out a Buchanan County family who lost their home and most of their possessions just two days before Christmas due to a fire.

Among the items lost- a boy’s large collection of fire fighter and police memorabilia.

While people from Grundy and around the area have supported them with money, clothes, supplies, and food…first responders from as far away as New York are sending the family shirts, hats, patches, and other memorabilia to replace the lost collection.

Search Underway For Missing Carter County Man

(ELIZABETHTON) — Authorities in Carter County are seeking tips to find a man who’s been missing since last week.

Bobby Mobley is described as 5-foot 6-inches tall and 135 pounds with brown hair along with brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black leather coat with a gray hood, camouflage pants, and tan boots.

He was last heard from Dec. 21 in the Lynn Valley area.

Call the Carter County Sheriff’s Department if you know of Mobley’s whereabouts.

Johnson City Man Jailed For Domestic Assault

(JOHNSON CITY) — A man will be welcoming in the new year behind bars after his arrest for a domestic assault earlier this month.

Police say Carson Hughes grabbed his ex-girlfriend at his Moorland Drive apartment and and tried to strike her with a hammer then fled the scene before officers arrived.

Highes was located Friday at his home and booked into the Washington County, Tenn. Detention Center on $50,000 bond with his first court appearance set for Jan. 3.