Archives for September 2018

Bailey Faces Drug Charges

(GREENEVILLE) – A Greeneville man charged with attempted second-degree murder and unrelated drug possession counts from an earlier arrest is arraigned in a Greene County courtroom.

Judge Kenneth Bailey scheduled an Oct. 15 preliminary hearing for Isaac Story. Story had been sought since Sept. 4 by Greeneville police and was considered armed and dangerous.

He surrendered without incident at the Greene County Courthouse after being brought there by a bail bondsman.

Trespassers Arrested For Drugs

(GRENEVILLE) – Two people face drug charges after Greeneville Police investigate a trespassing call in a barn on Crestview Drive.

Officers find James Thach and Karina Carter inside. The officer found bedding and food. Also found was a gram of meth and other items.

Both face drug and trespassing charges. They were taken to jail on bond.

Hicks Adds DUI To Domestic Charges

(GREENEVILLE) – Hubert Hicks faces domestic assault charges after he drives his vehicle over an embankment and into a field off Baileyton Road.

A Greeneville police officer finds the vehicle Hicks was driving at the edge of a creek. The officer witnessed Hicks exiting the vehicle and falling into the water.

Hicks is charged with DUI…the domestic is from another case, last month.

Decade-Long Renovation of Bush Mill Nearly Completed

Just in time for the annual Bush Mill Days festival, a decade-long restoration project at Bush Mill is set to be finished next week.

The mill underwent a number of structural and cosmetic renovations as part of the restoration, which started back in 2008.

More additions are in the future plans for the mill itself as well, including creating a walking trail from the mill to the dam and planting native wildflowers around the site.

Erwin, Unicoi Co. Spending $200K on New Traffic Light Entering Food City Plaza

More than $20,000 will be spent in order to put up a new traffic signal in Unicoi County.

The Joint Economic Development Board approved spending the funds on Friday for the light at the Second Street entrance to the new Food City shopping center.

The town of Erwin asked for the board’s contribution. Construction on that new Food City store is expected to start later this fall and be open by April.

Tri-Cities Airport Authority Searching for New Executive Director

The Tri-Cities Airport is looking for a new executive director after Patrick Wilson announced late last month that he’d be stepping down.

On Thursday, the airport authority approved spending around $37,000 to hire a search firm to help find his replacement.

Wilson has been leading the airport since 2013, and was previously the director from 2005-2012. He told the airport authority board this week that his last day will be on November 2nd.

Director of Operations David Jones will take over in the interim.

Burglar Caught in Act by Sullivan Co. Homeowner

A man wanted in a home burglary in Sullivan County was arrested in the act on Friday morning.

A homeowner called police after seeing Jared Gross inside the home on Bristol Caverns Highway via security camera.

When police arrived, they found the man hiding next to mailboxes on the street.

Officials say Gross was carrying a loaded gun and drugs on him at the time of the robbery. He now faces a long list of charges including aggravated burglary.

Interim Abingdon Town Manager Bashes Council As He Steps Down

Interim Abingdon Town Manager Tony Sullivan is stepping down to return to his former job as police chief.
Sullivan took over for former town manager Greg Kelly.

In his resignation letter, Sullivan slams the town council, saying the board lacked confidence in his abilities as a leader, and called it an insult that the board would ask him to try and find his replacement.

He bashed them for what he said was their trust in him “to figure prominently in the search for the next manager, but don’t trust me enough to do the job.”

His last day is October 12th.

Civil War Re-Enactment Being Held Near Tri-Cities Airport

A Civil War re-enactment of the Battle at Blountville is going on this weekend.

Hundreds of re-enactors will share with visitors what life was like during the war 150 years ago.

Food and medicine used in that period will be shown, and re-enactors will also have an infantry demonstration.

The re-enactments near the Tri-Cities airport get underway at 9am today and again tomorrow. The cost is just $3.

Tenn. Supreme Court to Hear Sullivan, Washington Co. Suits Over School Funding

A pair of lawsuits brought by Sullivan and Washington counties will be heard by the Tennessee Supreme Court early next week.

The suits claim the counties, and respective school districts, are owed more than $2 million as part of liquor-by-the-drink proceeds.

Chancery court judges struck down the suits two years ago, and the issue appeared dead until Sullivan County Attorney Dan Street filed a last-minute motion to appeal earlier this year.

Back in February, county mayor Richard Venable told News 5 “state lawmakers would rather have the case settled in court that make a new law for the funding.”