Archives for January 2018

Study Says TVA Gave Breaks To Large Businesses

(NASHVILLE) – A study says the TVA gave large businesses breaks on electric rates over six years while residential customers’ rates increased…Jim O’Reilly…

The Synapse Energy Economics study says the Tennessee Valley Authority’s industrial and direct-serve customers have received almost a 20 percent rate cut from 2011 to 2016, while residential customer rates increased 5 percent. The report released this week says if the increases were applied equally, residential customers would’ve saved $1.4 billion.

Residential TVA Rates Questioned In Study

(NASHVILLE) – A study says the TVA gave large businesses breaks on electric rates over six years while residential customers’ rates increased.

The Synapse Energy Economics study says the Tennessee Valley Authority’s industrial and direct-serve customers have received almost a 20 percent rate cut from 2011 to 2016, while residential customer rates increased 5 percent.

The report released this week says if the increases were applied equally, residential customers would’ve saved $1.4 billion.

9 Arrests During Bristol Sex Sting Operations

(BRISTOL, VA) — There’s been nine arrests over the last few months in Bristol, Virginia, after law enforcement set up a sex sting.

They say a total of ten men began chatting with an undercover officer’s fake social media profile – and then eventually agreed to meet on the pretense that they would have sex with a minor child.

Meanwhile, Bristol Police say they will continue to operate the fake social media profile.

Beavers Drops Out Of TN Governor’s Race

(NASHVILLE) — Former State Sen. Mae Beavers has announced she is dropping out of the race for Tennessee governor.

Beavers, a Republican, also said she didn’t feel like entering the race was in vain because many of the issues at the heart of her campaign have been taken up by other candidates.

The Tennessean wrote earlier on Tuesday of her struggle to raise campaign funds, saying she had only brought in just under $150,000 in the last six months.

Area Teen Arrested On Hunting Charges

(ROGERSVILLE) — Jim O’Reilly has an update on an area poaching story…

A Hawkins County teen, arrested in Hancock County last month for spotlighting deer from a vehicle, is now charged in Hawkins County with 34 counts related to more illegal hunting. Christian Churchwell was booked into the Hawkins County Jail and released without bond.

Rogersville Youth In Trouble For Poaching

(ROGERSVILLE) —A Hawkins County teen, arrested in Hancock County last month for spotlighting deer from a vehicle, is now charged in Hawkins County with 34 counts related to more illegal hunting.

Christian Churchwell was booked into the Hawkins County Jail and released without bond.

Man Arrested In Dispute

(BULLS GAP) — A parking lot brawl leads to charges in Bulls Gap…Jim O’Reilly…

A Mohawk man was arrested by Hawkins County deputies on a warrant for assault, in connection with an incident in the parking lot of the Family Dollar store in Bulls Gap. Officers arrived later at Bobby Lawson’s home in Midway with the paperwork. Investigators told reporters Lawson hit a man with a pickup truck in the parking lot and then tried to strike a woman with the same vehicle.

Hawkins County Man Faces Assault Charges

(BULLS GAP) — A parking lot brawl leads to charges in Bulls Gap.

A Mohawk man was arrested by Hawkins County deputies on a warrant for assault, in connection with an incident in the parking lot of the Family Dollar store in Bulls Gap.

Officers arrived later at Bobby Lawson’s home in Midway with the paperwork.

Investigators told reporters Lawson hit a man with a pickup truck in the parking lot and then tried to strike a woman with the same vehicle.

Greeneville Trucker Found Guilty of DUI Manslaughter In Maine

(PORTLAND, Me.) A former truck driver from Greeneville has been convicted of multiple charges in connection with a fatal crash in Maine in 2016.

55-year old Randall Weddle was found guilty Tuesday on two counts of manslaughter and three counts of aggravated DUI. Police said he was drunk when he crashed his lumber truck into a number of cars in the small Maine town of Washington, killing 45-year old Christina York and 74-year old Paul Fowles.

Weddle’s attorney tried to prevent prosecutors from introducing blood tests collected from the truck’s engine control module- those motions were all denied.

Ex-Greene Co. Clerk Who Resigned Over Sex Harrassment Claims Running For His Old Job

(GREENEVILLE) A local official who resigned four years ago amid a sex discrimination and harassment lawsuit is trying to run for office yet again.

David Thompson stepped down as the Greene Co. Clerk in 2014 after being accused of sexual harassment. Taxpayers in Greene County shelled out $100,000 to settle a more than 30-page lawsuit filed by a former employee, listing 120 different allegations of discrimination and harrassment.

According to a petition filed at the Greene County Election Office this week, Thompson received 55 verified signatures nominating him for the same role he left in 2014.