Archives for October 2018

Virginia Dems Out-Fundraise GOP Candidates in Senate, House Races

Virginia Democrats in key congressional races outraised their Republican opponents — in some cases by large margins — last quarter, according to new campaign finance reports.

Reports filed late Monday show Sen. Tim Kaine maintaining a sizeable cash advantage over Republican Corey Stewart in the only statewide race.

Kaine reported taking in $2.4 million from July to September, compared to Stewart’s $1 million haul. Kaine has raised about $20 million for his re-election bid overall, a tenfold advantage over Stewart’s $2 million.

All four Democrats running for House also reported having more cash on hand at end of last quarter than their Republican opponents.

FBI Working with Elizabethton HS Students on Cold Case

Officials with the FBI are working with students at Elizabethton High School to try and solve the cold case killings of the Bible Belt Strangler.

A half-dozen redheaded women across four states were found killed, including one in Greene County.
Since the students started digging into the case, two more victims have been discovered, moving the case back into the FBI’s ‘active’ file.

Based off the students’ investigation, they believe the suspect is a white male, likely a truck driver, from the Knoxville area.

The FBI is now following new leads and say they’re getting set to conduct new interviews based off the students’ findings.

Sullivan Co. Volunteer Fire Chief Resigns After Recent DUI

The Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department is looking for a new leader after Chief Bruce Wilson requested to resign his position yesterday.

Wilson requested to be placed on inactive status as well, all this following a recent DUI arrest.

Wilson was pulled over in Bristol last Friday night and charged with driving under the influence.

Outside Money Pours in for Blackburn, Bredesen in Senate Race

Tennessee’s contentious, open U.S. Senate contest has run up a tab that tops $51 million so far, more than half of it spent by outside groups that are clogging TV airwaves with attack ads.

Federal campaign finance disclosures filed this week show that Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen’s campaign has spent $11.7 million since the race began, while outside groups have spent about $13 million to help him.

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s campaign, meanwhile, has shelled out about $9 million, and outside groups some $17.6 million for her bid.

The biggest outside spenders have been Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund, who’s spent $8.5M and the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, which has shelled out nearly $5M.

On Bredesen’s side, Chuck Schumer’s Majority Forward has spend nearly $8.5M…despit Bredesen pledging to not support Schumer if elected.

Roanoke Police Find Body During TS Michael Cleanup Efforts

Police in Virginia have recovered a body during cleanup efforts following the flooding caused by remnants of Hurricane Michael.

Roanoke police said apparent human remains were found in the Roanoke River on Tuesday morning.

Police spokeswoman Caitlyn Cline says the remains have been sent to the state Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and determination of the cause of death.

She says police don’t have any reports of missing persons during the storm, but it’s too early to tell how the person died.

Now There Is Two In HC School Search

(HAWKINS COUNTY) – An area school board clears another hurdle in their search for new leadership…Jim O’Reilly…

The Hawkins County board of education has chosen the two applicants who will continue through the process as finalists for the superintendent position. Neither of the candidates are local. Matt Hixon is an assistant director of schools in San Jacinto, California, while Thomas Sisk is the superintendent in Limestone County, Alabama. The board says it will make its pick by the end of the year.

HC Board Search Update

(HAWKINS COUNTY) – An area school board clears another hurdle in their search for new leadership.

The Hawkins County board of education has chosen the two applicants who will continue through the process as finalists for the superintendent position.

Neither of the candidates are local. Matt Hixon is an assistant director of schools in San Jacinto, California, while Thomas Sisk is the superintendent in Limestone County, Alabama. The board says it will make its pick by the end of the year.

Woman Faces Charges

(JOHNSON CITY) — An area woman faces charges after a domestic…Jim O’Reilly reports…

A Johnson City woman is behind bars after she confessed to stabbing her husband in the leg. 47-year-old Cynthia Morris was arrested following an investigation into the incident at a residence on Sequoyah Drive. Authorities said Morris got a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her husband in the leg. The victim was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center and later released.

Wife Stabs Husband

(JOHNSON CITY) — An area woman faces charges after a domestic.

A Johnson City woman is behind bars after she confessed to stabbing her husband in the leg. 47-year-old Cynthia Morris was arrested following an investigation into the incident at a residence on Sequoyah Drive.

uthorities said Morris got a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her husband in the leg. The victim was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center and later released.

Free Heat For Those In Need

(GREENE COUNTY) – If your home has no heat, a couple of local faith-based groups are making firewood available for free…Jim O’Reilly reports…

Greene County Firewood Ministry Spokesman David Andrew says they deliver as many as a thousand loads around the tri-cities each season. The service began in 2008, handing out more than a half million dollars’ worth of firewood out, for free.