Archives for February 2018

Tenn. Gubernatorial Candidates Tout Work Requirements for TennCare Recipients

(NASHVILLE) Tennessee’s candidates for governor said Tuesday that they are largely supportive of proposed TennCare work requirements, but some of them expressed concerns about possible costs and bureaucracy.

At a health care forum Tuesday, Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell touted her legislation that seeks a federal waiver to require able-bodied TennCare patients without children under 6 to work, volunteer or attend school.

According to a fiscal analysis, though, Harwell’s bill would impact 86,400 people and cost $18.7 million annually in state money and $15.3 million in federal money. Harwell has said she doesn’t think the cost estimate is correct.

Marion Senior HS Open Wednesday After Bomb Threat Evacuation on Tuesday

(SMYTH COUNTY) A written bomb threat caused the evacuation of Marion Senior High School in Smyth County on Tuesday.

Police and K9 units searched the building, but did not turn up any explosives or weapons. The school is expected to be open today with business operating as usual.

Both the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office and the school district are investigating the author of that note.

Sullivan Co. Mayoral Candidate Kicked off Ballot

(KINGSPORT) An independent candidate running for Sullivan County Mayor has been kicked off the August ballot.

Administrator of Elections Jason Booher told News 5 on Tuesday that he has disqualified independent candidate Kelly Brook Frye.

Just one week after filing to run for the mayoral spot, Frye was convicted on a felony charge of filing a false claim. Back in 2015, she was arrested at the Kingsport Justice Center amid a family dispute and accused a bailiff of assaulting her. Police and witnesses disagreed, leading to the charge.

Judge Orders Removal of Tarps on Charlottesville Confederate Statues

(CHARLOTTESVILLE) A judge in Virginia has ordered the city of Charlottesville to remove the black shrouds that were installed over two Confederate monuments after a white nationalist rally last summer.

Local news outlets report Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore gave the city 15 days from the time an official order is signed to remove the tarps.

They currently cover statues of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The tarps have been removed several times since being put up in August as a sign of the city’s mourning of the deadly violence at the August rally.

Moore’s decision came during a hearing in a lawsuit against the city, which is seeking to remove the monuments.
The city said in a statement that it is disappointed by the ruling but will respect the court’s decision.

BC Woman Charged In Dec Death

(BUCHANAN COUNTY) – The mother of a 7-year-old boy found dead in his Buchanan County, Virginia home in December is now charged in his death…Jim O’Reilly…

Christina Stacy of Whitewood, is accused of involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and neglect. Officials say the child’s death may be related to a heating source inside the Wimmer Gap Road residence. Stacy used a power generator in the basement for warmth that evening. Prosecutors say carbon monoxide poisoning led to the death. Two other people, another child and an adult, found unresponsive at the home were hospitalized.

Stacy Faces Manslaughter Charges

(BUCHANAN COUNTY) – The mother of a 7-year-old boy found dead in his Buchanan County, Virginia home in December is now charged in his death.

Christina Stacy of Whitewood, is accused of involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and neglect. Officials say the child’s death may be related to a heating source inside the Wimmer Gap Road residence.

Stacy used a power generator in the basement for warmth that evening. Prosecutors say carbon monoxide poisoning led to the death. Two other people, another child and an adult, found unresponsive at the home were hospitalized.

Sentencing In A Local Shaken Baby Case

Sentencing in a local shaken baby case. Livewire’s Karen Johnson

A Scott County child will never be allowed to see his parents following a court order recently in Circuit Court. Luke Stallard is sentenced to serve two years in prison and cease all contact with his son who was severely abused in 2016, according to information from the Scott County Commonwealth Attorney’s office. Earlier, Stallard’s wife Summer was given a four-year sentence after the state presented evidence of the child’s horrific injuries likely caused by shaken baby syndrome including a skull fracture, 23 broken ribs, and spine injuries. Commonwealth’s Attorney Marcus McClung says he’s heartbroken by the judge’s decision. He had recommended a 20 year sentence just for Summer. I’m Karen Johnson

Burglar Wanted In Bluff City

(SULLIVAN COUNTY) – Sullivan County investigators want a suspect who burglarized a Bluff City home…Jim O’Reilly…

The male suspect was captured on a security camera, carrying a concrete saw and a flat screen television out the door of the residence. He got in by prying the handle off the back door of the Old Weaver Pike home. If you know anything in the case, give Sullivan County investigators a call.

SC Deputies Look For Thief

(SULLIVAN COUNTY) – Sullivan County investigators want a suspect who burglarized a Bluff City home.

The male suspect was captured on a security camera, carrying a concrete saw and a flat screen television out the door of the residence.

He got in by prying the handle off the back door of the Old Weaver Pike home. If you know anything in the case, give Sullivan County investigators a call.

Shooting In Norfolk

(NORFOLK) – A shooting at a Norfolk State University residence hall injures a student…Jim O’Reilly…

When the police arrived, they found a 19-year-old student inside his room, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. They checked an adjoining room…the suspect was gone. The student was taken to an area hospital, he’s expected to be OK. No other injuries were reported. State, local and federal investigators are on the case.