Archives for August 2018

Piney Flats Man Caught With Fake Bills Runs Into Locked Glass Door Trying to Escape

A Piney Flats man is facing charges after he allegedly tried to pass a fake $20 bill at a Johnson City business, only to run into a locked glass door when he tried to escape.

Over the weekend, police say Dustin James tried to pass off the funny money at a business on Broadway Street.

When he tried to escape from the store, officials say James ran straight into a locked door, shattering it.
When he was taken into custody, police found 14 fake $100 bills in his pocket.

Sullivan Co. Commission to Vote on $5M for West Ridge HS’ Athletic Facilities

Later today, the Sullivan County Commission is set to vote on a nearly $5M project to build athletic facilities at the new West Ridge High School.

That new school is expected to open in time for the 2020 school year.

Earlier this month, the Sullivan County Board of Education approved their end of a $4.8M contract with a developer and contractor to build both the school’s baseball fields and football stadium.

The county commission still has to approve the money, which would come out of the education department’s general purpose fund.

Heavy Flood Damage Reported in Bristol, Va.

Flash flooding over the weekend caused a fair amount of damage, especially in Bristol VA.

In one area, floodwaters even moved some out buildings near Brookdale Circle.

A stream that runs behind that area is connected to Lee Highway- the heavy rains made the stream overflow its banks and pour directly into the basements and driveways of houses there.

News 5 talked to a pair of residents on that street, who said this weekend was the worst flooding they have gotten in years. Luckily, everyone who spoke to the TV station said they did have flood insurance.

(ROANOKE) — A temporary stop-work order forces the Mountain Valley Pipeline to release half its workforce…Jim O’Reilly…

Officials say around 2,100 people were working on a 100-mile stretch of the natural gas pipeline in Southwest Virginia earlier this summer. It was not clear how many remain. The stoppage pushes the completion date to late next year. The project has been put on notice six times since April that its measures to control erosion and sediment were failing.

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MVP Stoppage

(ROANOKE) — A temporary stop-work order forces the Mountain Valley Pipeline to release half its workforce…Jim O’Reilly…

Officials say around 2,100 people were working on a 100-mile stretch of the natural gas pipeline in Southwest Virginia earlier this summer. It was not clear how many remain. The stoppage pushes the completion date to late next year. The project has been put on notice six times since April that its measures to control erosion and sediment were failing.

Another Delay For MVP

(ROANOKE) — A temporary stop-work order forces the Mountain Valley Pipeline to release half its workforce.

Officials say around 2,100 people were working on a 100-mile stretch of the natural gas pipeline in Southwest Virginia earlier this summer. It was not clear how many remain.

The stoppage pushes the completion date to late next year. The project has been put on notice six times since April that its measures to control erosion and sediment were failing.

Carter Co. Schools Running Into Conflict with New ‘In God We Trust’ Law

Carter County officials are running into questions about a new state law.

A new law requires that all school districts post “In God We Trust” in classrooms.

But a 30-year old federal court injunction specifically bars Carter County schools from allowing religious activities during school hours.

State Rep Timothy Hill is expected to ask the state attorney general to weigh in on the conflict this week.

Washington Co. Commissioners to Vote on Courthouse Rehab Project

Tomorrow, Washington County (TN) commissioners will vote on funding the first major facelift in more than three decades to the county’s 105-year-old courthouse in Jonesborough. The county commission will also vote on addition money to pay for capital projects for county schools as well as whether or not to file a lawsuit against big pharma over the opioid crisis. The meeting will also be the last for a number of commissioners as well as County Mayor Dan Eldridge, who is leaving office next month after serving two terms.

Family of DUI Victim Plans to Erect Wanted Billboards

The family of a drunk driving victim plans to put up wanted billboards in a Louisiana town where the driver who killed Shirra Branum has family.

Back in March of last year, Branum was driving in Jonesborough when she was hit by a drunk driver, Alan Mogollon-Anaya. He was found to have a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit, but had been released from police custody in a hospital while toxicology results were pending.

The family plans to put wanted billboard near Mogollan-Anaya’s family’s town in Louisiana- he’s believed to have fled to Mexico.

ETSU Buying Millennium Centre from Johnson City

East Tennessee State University is finally buying the Millennium Centre.

After years of talk and discussion about Johnson City selling the building to the university, on Thursday, city commissioners agreed to sell the building, the adjacent parking garage and properties to ETSU for $5.8M.
City Manager Pete Peterson told the Johnson City Press the sales price essentially covers what the city owes on the facility as well as the legal fees and closing costs associated with the sale.

The sale is expected to close sometime next month.