Archives for May 2018

All Escaped Hawkins Co. Inmates Arrested After Wednesday Jailbreak

All four inmates that escaped from the Hawkins County jail have now been captured.

Sheriff’s Office officials said Jonathan Skeens was re-arrested late last night and taken into custody.

Three others- Aaron Morelock, Brian Hall, and Timothy Griffin- were all captured within 12 hours of the jaibreak first being reported Wednesday afternoon.

Dickenson County Man Pleads to Shooting, Gets 30 Years in Prison

It’ll be at least three decades before a Dickenson County man gets out of prison.

James Sykes entered an Alford plea in connection with a standoff and shooting.

Sykes allegedly shot his wife and in-laws before holing himself up inside his home in the Rose Ridge community, keeping police at bay for around 3 hours back in July 2016.

An Alford plea does not admit guilt, only that there was enough evidence to convict.

Survivors of Gatlinburg Wildfire Suing the Federal Government

Two survivors of deadly Tennessee wildfires that began in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have sued the federal government, claiming they lost loved ones and a home because of the negligence of park workers.

The lawsuit in Knoxville was filed Wednesday by the two victims of the November 2016 Gatlinburg area fire: Michael Reed, whose wife and two daughters died, and James England, whose home burned down. They seek a combined $14.8 million in damages.

They blame their losses on claims that federal parks employees violated established fire-management policies, failed to prioritize the safety of citizens and property, and failed to notify and warn of threats posed by the fire. The lawsuit claims that park senior leaders decided to contain, and not extinguish, the fire in the park despite extreme drought conditions.

Property Taxes Could Be Going Up In Mt. Carmel

You could be shelling out more in property tax in Mt Carmel. Karen Johnson….

Last night, the Mount Carmel Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed the first reading of the budget and tax rate 6-1. Vice Mayor Carl Wolfe was the only member to vote it down.If the board passes the budget and tax rate on a second reading, residents of Mount Carmel will face a 29 cent increase in property taxes. Mount Carmel Mayor Chris Jones says the increase in property taxes can’t be avoided since revenue hasn’t gone up in several years. I’m Karen Johnson

Police Looking For Sex Assault Suspect

(CASTLEWOOD) Police in Russell County want a suspected rapist…Jim O’Reilly…

Investigators released a composite sketch of the suspect wanted in a reported sexual assault earlier this week near Castlewood. A female resident was out for a walk on Marshall Road in Bakers Ridge. The victim noted the suspect remained hidden on the side of the road until she approached. There, she was attacked. The suspect is believed to be between 35 and 40-years-old.

Woman Attacked In Castlewood

(CASTLEWOOD) Police in Russell County want a suspected rapist.

Investigators released a composite sketch of the suspect wanted in a reported sexual assault earlier this week near Castlewood. A female resident was out for a walk on Marshall Road in Bakers Ridge. T

The victim noted the suspect remained hidden on the side of the road until she approached. There, she was attacked. The suspect is believed to be between 35 and 40-years-old.

Sinkhole In Bluff City

(BLUFF CITY) – A sinkhole closes an area roadway…Jim O’Reilly…

State transportation officials tell reporters the area at Main Street on Highway 44 in Bluff City remains shut down, as crews continue to try and get the road open again. They don’t know how deep the sinkhole is, but they have already dug around 10 to 15 feet down. There have been five sinkholes around this area in the past few years. Officials hope the roadway will be reopened before the end of day.

Crews Work To Reopen BC Street

(BLUFF CITY) – A sinkhole closes an area roadway.

State transportation officials tell reporters the area at Main Street on Highway 44 in Bluff City remains shut down, as crews continue to try and get the road open again. They don’t know how deep the sinkhole is, but they have already dug around 10 to 15 feet down.

There have been five sinkholes around this area in the past few years. Officials hope the roadway will be reopened before the end of day.

Standoff Ends Peacefully

(ROGERSVILLE) — A Hawkins County man surrenders to police after a standoff…Jim O’Reilly has more…

Christopher Belcher climbed up on the roof of his Carters Valley Road home in Rogersville to avoid being served an arrest warrant. Officers say Belcher pretended a crow bar was a gun while ordering police to shoot him. After 30 minutes, he gave up and was brought in. The warrant was for failing to appear to a May 7 court date for driving on a suspended license and speeding. He faces the court this week.

Rogersville Man Resists Warrant

(ROGERSVILLE) — A Hawkins County man surrenders to police after a standoff.

Christopher Belcher climbed up on the roof of his Carters Valley Road home in Rogersville to avoid being served an arrest warrant. Officers say Belcher pretended a crow bar was a gun while ordering police to shoot him. After 30 minutes, he gave up and was brought in.

The warrant was for failing to appear to a May 7 court date for driving on a suspended license and speeding. He faces the court this week.