Archives for August 2018

Fields Trial Update

(CHARLOTTESVILLE) — A judge decides the trial of a man, accused of driving into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last summer, stays in Charlottesville…Jim O’Reilly reports…

Judge, Richard Moore agreed to take a motion to change the venue for James Fields’ trial on first-degree murder and other charges under advisement. But he says he believes an impartial jury can be selected in Charlottesville. Attorney, Denise Lunsford had requested that Fields’ November trial either be moved or that jurors be brought in from another area. Fields faces up to life in prison on the state-level charges. He also faces federal hate crime charges.

Judge Against Trial To Be Moved

(CHARLOTTESVILLE) — A judge decides the trial of a man, accused of driving into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last summer, stays in Charlottesville.

Judge, Richard Moore agreed to take a motion to change the venue for James Fields’ trial on first-degree murder and other charges under advisement.

But he says he believes an impartial jury can be selected in Charlottesville. Attorney, Denise Lunsford had requested that Fields’ November trial either be moved or that jurors be brought in from another area.

Fields faces up to life in prison on the state-level charges. He also faces federal hate crime charges.

Labor Day Driving Approaches

(RICHMOND) — About one million Virginians are expected to travel over Labor Day weekend…Jim O’Reilly…

AAA says the busiest times will likely be right now…as travelers mix in with commuters. Monday afternoon is also expected to be busy as people return home. Police say they will be out in force…looking for drunk or distracted drivers, Seat belt use also will be looked over carefully.

Police To Be Present On Area Roadsn

(RICHMOND) — About one million Virginians are expected to travel over Labor Day weekend.

AAA says the busiest times will likely be right now…as travelers mix in with commuters. Monday afternoon is also expected to be busy as people return home.

Police say they will be out in force…looking for drunk or distracted drivers, Seat belt use also will be looked over carefully.

TN DOT Takes Holiday Break

Tennessee is halting lane closures on interstates and state highways during the Labor Day Weekend.
The state Department of Transportation says lane closures will pause from noon on Friday until 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Department Commissioner John Schroer says the state wants to ensure travelers get to their destinations quickly and safely during a busy travel time.The department says workers will still be on site in many construction zones, so drivers should obey posted speed limits. Penalties for speeding in work zones with workers present increase from $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increases in insurance premiums.

UT Researcher Turns 90

The University of Tennessee researcher behind the famous body farm turned 90 on Thursday. Forensic anthropologist and UT professor emeritus Dr. William Bass is known around the world for his research on the decomposition of human bodies. Through his 48 years of research and training, Bass takes lessons learned from his life and career in forensic anthropology and being an educator.

TN College Of Applied Technology

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology campus at the Phipps Bend Industrial Park hosted a job fair featuring several local factories looking for workers.Hawkins County is seeing more job opportunities but fewer employees to fill them.”It may be a problem for now, but it’s a good problem to have. We have a shortage of employees to fill a lot of jobs,” said Larry Elkins, the Industrial Development board member. “But I think after some of the efforts like today, the problem will go away.”About seven local companies attended the fair.Techni-Glass was one of them.They were hoping to find reliable employees to fill their positions.But HR Coordinator Issac Overbay says good work is hard to come by.

Hawkins County Animal Cruelty

Three Hawkins County children are taking a stand against animal cruelty after they say they witnessed two men throw a cat over a bridge to die. The trio says they were walking along a road in Mooresburg when they saw a car stop in the street.”You could hear it slam on its brakes down the road and you could hear the cat meowing really loud,” says Shamia Chapman. That’s when the kids say they saw the men tie rope and a rock around the cat’s neck, then throw it over the bridge into the water below. The kids say they ran from the road to the underside of the bridge to try and save the cat’s life.

Lee County Insurance Premiums

Lee County Schools’ insurance premiums will go up with they implement the plan to arm teachers.It comes just two days after Virginia’s attorney general issued an opinion that a Southwest Virginia school system’s plan to arm teachers is “unlawful.”Attorney General Mark Herrig released the opinion Tuesday, he said the Lee County School Board should not proceed with its plan to arm an undisclosed number of teachers in the schools.The plan is the first of its kind in the state of Virginia, which surprised Lee County School Superintendent Brian Austin.

JC Building Damaged After Wreck

(JOHNSON CITY) – Officers find a large hole in the side of an area business…Jim O’Reilly has more…

Johnson City Police wants the driver who slammed into the Merrill Lynch building on Princeton Street. and then left the scene. Part of a brick wall is heavily damaged. No one was inside and no injuries are reported. The search is on for the driver at this hour.