Archives for April 2018

Earthquake In Tennessee

Did you feel the earthquake? Livewire’s Karen Johnson reports.

Officials at the United States Geological Survey are reporting a 3.1 magnitude earthquake last night near Morristown. According to the USGS website that earthquake was 7.9 miles NW of Morristown and was at a depth of 21.7 km. It happened at around 6:30 PM. There are no reports of injuries. I’m Karen Johnson

Multiple Carter County Seats to be Decided on Primary Tuesday

Tuesday is election day across the area, and one race that will be decided in Tuesday’s primary is the one for Carter County Sheriff. The primary will pick the winner of the three Republican candidates, who will be unopposed in the November general. In Unicoi County’s 1st District, Tuesday’s primary will also settle a six-person race for three seats. A 5-candidate race in the 3rd District will also determine the winner of that commission seat.

Three Rescued After Canoe Capsizes in Wautaga River

Rescue crews pulled three people from the Watauga River last night after their canoe overturned. The capsize happened in Carter County, near West Elk Avenue. Two people were able to make it to shore, where they were met by rescue crews. A third person was stranded on an island in the middle of the river and was rescued by boat. One person was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

Road Work Begins on University Pkwy. in Johnson City

Get ready for some driving headaches in Johnson City this week…city Water and Sewer Services will begin performing sewer line maintenance along University Parkway. Work at the intersection of University and South Roan Street began this morning and is set to wrap up by 8pm. Work at the intersection of University and Buffalo Street will start on Tuesday morning at 8 and last through 830 Thursday night.

Hundreds Race in Bristol’s Power of Play 5K

Hundreds gathered in Bristol, TN yesterday morning for the annual Power of Play 5K. The race is meant to promote health and fitness for all ages. Saturday’s 5K started at the Bristol Regional Medical Center, with all proceeds going towards physical education and physical activity programs as well as Bristol, Virginia Schools. Those that took part both ran and walked the 5 kilometers that started and ended at the medical center and culminated in an expo with health and wellness vendors plus heart and vascular screenings.

One Dead In Kingsport Crash

One person died following a crash in Kingsport yesterday afternoon. Police were called to the scene in front of a gas station in the 4000 block of Memorial Boulevard around 1:15pm. The accident involved a motorcycle and a car- police did not give any further details. One person was pronounced dead at the scene- the names of those involved were not released.

Knoxville Announced Privately Funded Museum, New Police Headquarter

Knoxville’s mayor has announced plans for a new, privately funded $150 million science and discovery museum and a new $40 million combined police and fire headquarters.

Mayor Madeline Rogero revealed the two projects Friday in her State of the City Address . Rogero says the museum will be funded and endowed by Clayton Homes founder Jim Clayton and his family. It will be located at the city’s Safety Building site, which opened in 1969. Rogero’s office says that building no longer can serve law enforcement needs.

The police and fire building will be located on back side of the Knoxville College campus. The college stopped offering classes in 2015 due to lost accreditation, declining enrollment and aging infrastructure.

In her address, Rogero also said she’s not proposing a property tax increase.

House Fire In Big Stone Gap

(BIG STONE GAP) – An abandoned house is destroyed after an overnight fire in Big Stone Gap. The call came in just after midnight of a fire on a back road off of East Big Stone Gap Road. No injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fatal Crash ID

(WISE COUNTY) – A Wise County man is killed after a car crash earlier this week. Darrin Carter, of Exeter, was driving on Route 68 when he ran off the right side the road. He overcorrected, and went over an embankment, hitting a tree. The wreck is still under investigation.

Lewis Is Caught

(CARTER COUNTY) – Carter County deputies arrest of Lance Lewis, charged with felony evading arrest. The Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls of a suspicious vehicle from residents in the Stoney Creek area Thursday night. When a deputy attempted to pursue the truck, the driver crashed and fled on foot. Deputies believe Lewis was the driver of that truck. Additional charges are pending against him, including reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.