Archives for May 2018

Two Dead After Landslide Causes Boone, NC Home to Collapse

Two people are dead after a landslide caused a house to collapse in Boone, NC.

The collapse happened in the 200 block of Pine Ridge Road in the Heavenly Mountain subdivision.

Buncombe County officials said the earth gave way after several inches of rain fell Wednesday, on top of nearly a half-foot of precipitation over the past week.

Sullivan County Traffic Stop Leads to Gun, Drug Charges

Three people are behind bars in Sullivan County after police found a stolen gun in addition to drugs during a traffic stop.

Police pulled over a car being driven by 32-year old Holli Hensley on Wednesday. One passenger in the car, 62-year old Roderick Boggs, allegedly had a gun on him that was reported stolen from Scott County.

Inside the car, police also found meth, fentanyl, and marijuana. Hensley, Boggs, and another passenger, 43-year old Amanda Bishop, all face charges.

US Rep Black Links Movies, Porn to School Shootings in Speech to Ministers

Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black is linking violent movies and pornography to school shootings, and she blames mental illness and “deterioration of the family,” not guns.

Speaking to ministers, the Tennessee gubernatorial candidate cited pornography’s availability, saying it’s on the grocery store shelf “without parental guidance.” She said she thinks that’s a big part of the “root cause” that we see so many young people with mental illness “caught in these places.”

Black said she’s sensitized to “blow ’em up” movies because she didn’t see them growing up, but they don’t even make her 15- and 16-year-old grandchildren go “ooh.”

The Huffington Post released audio of Black’s comments. Campaign spokesman Chris Hartline says Black cited easy access to pornography as an example of the breakdown in family values.

Future of Bristol Mall Remains Cloudy Despite Upcoming Sale

The sale of the now-vacant Bristol Mall is expected to go through within in the next week to a company that plans to use the site to make medicinal marijuana variants.

But even though the purchase is just about finished, the whole business model for the property’s use remains up in the air.

A biomedical company still has to submit an application with the state of Virginia, and likely compete with other developers- the state has already said they will only allow one medicinal cannabidiol production site in southwest Virginia.

If the permit is granted, the businesses would be up and running by next summer.

VA Budget With Medicaid Passes

(RICHMOND) — Virginia has a new budget…Jim O’Reilly has more…

Governor, Northam is set to sign legislation expanding Medicaid after the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly ignored warnings from the White House against expanding the health care program for the poor. Senate passage came by a 23-17 vote with four Republicans joining Democrats in support of the bill. The House quickly followed with a 67-31 vote tally for passage.

New VA Budget Awaits Signature

(RICHMOND) — Virginia has a new budget.

Governor, Northam is set to sign legislation expanding Medicaid after the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly ignored warnings from the White House against expanding the health care program for the poor.

Senate passage came by a 23-17 vote with four Republicans joining Democrats in support of the bill. The House quickly followed with a 67-31 vote tally for passage.

Neglected Dogs Found In A Greene County Home

Neglected dogs found in a Greene County home. Karen Johnson reports.

A Greene County woman faces charges after nearly two dozen dogs were found at her home. Regina Rhudy is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. The dogs were taken to the Greene County Animal Shelter and are in need of forever homes since court documents show several dozen dogs were living in unsanitary conditions at her home on Jockey Road. Animal shelter Executive Director Amy Bowman said most of those dogs were in bad health and living in poor conditions including two St Bernards supposed to weigh 150 pounds weighed around 60 pounds and several of the dogs had to be euthanized. I’m Karen Johnson

Russell Gets Six Plus Years

(WISE) – A Wise woman is sentenced to more than six years in prison…Jim O’Reilly has more…

Christi Russell plead no contest to attempted murder and manufacturing meth, along with fraud, neglect and abuse charges. Last July, Russell, in an attempt to get away from officers in Norton, dragged a policeman while driving at a high rate of speed. The officer was unharmed. She was arrested in January 2017 for credit card fraud…this just months after facing child abuse and neglect charges.

Wise Woman Heads To Jail

(WISE) – A Wise woman is sentenced to more than six years in prison.

Christi Russell plead no contest to attempted murder and manufacturing meth, along with fraud, neglect and abuse charges. Last July, Russell, in an attempt to get away from officers in Norton, dragged a policeman while driving at a high rate of speed.

The officer was unharmed. She was arrested in January 2017 for credit card fraud…this just months after facing child abuse and neglect charges.

Fake ID Attempt Thwarted By Police

(ROGERSVILLE) — A Rogersville teen uses a fake ID while getting booked by police on drug charges…Jim O’Reilly reports…

Investigators say Jayson Tunnell tried to hide his identity while getting processed into the Hawkins County lockup for drug sales and possession. Tunnell was pulled over on Highway 11-W in Rogersville. A search of the vehicle netted meth, marijuana, pills, 820 dollars in cash and ID that didn’t belong to him. Tunnell faces the court by week’s end.