Archives for January 2018

Pro-Utility Legislation Moving Through Va. General Assembly

(RICHMOND) Legislation that state regulators say could leave Virginians paying double for large-scale upgrades to the electric grid is advancing in the General Assembly.

A state House panel on Tuesday approved a bill sponsored by Del. Terry Kilgore to overhaul how electric rates are set for Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power customers.

The bill was amended from an earlier version to placate some concerns that the bill was too friendly to electric monopolies. But a key provision, which would let utilities avoid having to reduce rates by increasing investments in the electric grid, remains.

Dominion said the provision promotes rate stability, but regulators said customers would effectively be paying more than twice what was necessary for such upgrades. Lawmakers said more changes to the bill are likely.

Nine Arrested By Bristol (VA) Police in Internet Sex Sting

(BRISTOL, Va.) A 5-month long investigation and sting into child sex predators has wrapped up in Bristol, VA and ended in the arrests of nine men.

According to a release from the police department, investigators focused on Internet-based crimes and lured men to their arrests similar to that of the NBC show ‘To Catch a Predator.’

Of the nine men arrested, five were local to Bristol, TN and VA. Two traveled from Bluff City, one from Abingdon, and one from Fall Branch. One other suspect has not yet been arrested.

State Sen. Beavers Drops Out of Tenn. Governor’s Race

(MT. JULIET) Former state Sen. Mae Beavers says she is dropping out of the crowded Republican field for the Tennessee governor’s race.

On Facebook Tuesday, the Mt. Juliet ex-lawmaker said it was not a light decision to suspend her campaign because people embraced her conservative message. But she wrote that it is the right choice to make. Beavers wrote that she’s looking forward to her retirement after decades of serving as an elected official. She only raised $163,900 from July through mid-January and had $167,400 cash on hand.

Beavers’ departure from the race leaves four major Republicans in the field: U.S. Rep. Diane Black, state House Speaker Beth Harwell and businessmen Randy Boyd and Bill Lee. The Democratic field includes former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh.

“Operation Frostbite” Nets Massive Arrests

“Operation Frostbite” nets massive arrests in Southwest Virginia. Livewire’s Karen Johnson.

The operation was conducted by numerous state, federal, and local area law-enforcement agencies. It was a mass arrest of 80 people who have recently been indicted by the Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury in 111 indictments, charging over 200 drug related offenses.Those offenses include distribution, possession, and manufacturing of illegal narcotics, conspiracy to distribute narcotics, prescription fraud, child abuse and neglect, contributing to the delinquency of a child, and distribution of narcotics within 1,000 feet of a school. I’m Karen Johnson

Deadly House Fire In Greeneville

(GREENEVILLE) – One person dies in a house fire in Greeneville…Jim O’Reilly…

Officials say 53-year-old Penny Knight succumbed in the fire on Remine Avenue. The home is a total loss. State and local fire investigators have been at the site as the investigation into the blaze continues.

Investigation Into Fatal Blaze Continues

(GREENEVILLE) – One person dies in a house fire in Greeneville.

Officials say 53-year-old Penny Knight succumbed in the fire on Remine Avenue.

The home is a total loss. State and local fire investigators have been at the site as the investigation into the blaze continues.

Three Hospitalized In Moses Lake Collision

Three people were hospitalized from injuries suffered in a collision Monday afternoon on state Route 17 near Moses Lake. Police say Julianne Klein from Moses Lake was west on Randolph Road Northeast when she turned left onto SR 17 and was hit by a northbound pickup truck. Klein had to be extricated from her car and was taken to Samaritan Hospital. The driver of the pickup and an 18-year old passenger were also taken to Samaritan. Klein is to be cited for failing to yield.

For the first time in more than 150 years, the U.S. will be treated to a “Super Blue Blood Moon” early tomorrow morning

(JOHNSON CITY) — For the first time in more than 150 years, the U.S. will be treated to a “Super Blue Blood Moon” early tomorrow morning. Livewire’s Darrell Moody is talking to ETSU’s associate professor of physics and astronomy about the the best time to see it…

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GARY HENSON IS ALSO DIRECTOR OF ETSU’s PLANETARIUM…
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THE BEST TIME TO VIEW THE MOON WILL BE TOMORROW MORNING AROUND 5:51.

Greene County Detention Center Recertified By State

(GREENEVILLE) — The Tennessee Corrections Institute recertifies the Greene County Detention Center and workhouse for the second year in a row.

According to the Greeneville Sun a surprise inspection was conducted by TCI personnel last Thursday and no deficiencies were found with the report saying the jail staff was very professional and courteous during the inspection process.

The jail was last inspected in July of 2017.

House Of Delegates Considers Smyth County Request To Eliminate Library Board

(RICHMOND) — The Virginia House of Delegates is taking up the issue of eliminating the Smyth County Library’s Board of Trustees.

According to the News and Messenger the county board of supervisors sent a resolution to the House asking that the county be exempted from the requirement to have a library board of trustees.

Lawmakers say eliminating the board will result in a cost savings.

Officials with at least three municipalities which have branches in their area expressed concerns about eliminating the board.