Attacks Ads Continue in Tennessee Governor’s Race

Ex-state economic development commissioner Randy Boyd is waging his first attacks on businessman Bill Lee in Tennessee’s four-way Republican gubernatorial primary.

Boyd’s ad claims Lee was president of a group that lobbied for amnesty, revisits Lee’s 2015 donation to ex-Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and asserts Lee didn’t support then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016, citing no sources.

Boyd’s campaign referenced Associated Builders and Contractors. Lee was state chapter chairman in 1999 and has donated to the national PAC. The national group supported permanent residence for people here illegally with positive work histories in 2002 and similar 2005 ideas.

Boyd’s team says Lee didn’t donate to Trump’s campaign, criticism Boyd also faces. Lee says he didn’t lead the national builders group, opposes amnesty, fully supported Trump and called donating to Barry a business decision.

Woman Dead After Greeneville Crash

An area woman has died following a single-vehicle crash in Greeneville on Tuesday afternoon.

According to a news release from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 31-year-old Tasha Dunbar was driving on State Highway 93 around 215 Tuesday afternoon when she lost control of her Jeep.

The SUV went off the left side of the road near mile marker five and hit a tree head on.

Dunbar was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

BrightRidge Gets Go-Ahead on Johnson City, Washington Co. Digital Expansion

Officials with BrightRidge and the TVA have gotten approved a plan to cover parts of Washington County, Tennessee and Johnson City with a larger digital footprint.

10-gigabit broadband access will be expanded to mostly rural areas under the plan that calls for an 8-year, $64M investment by the company.

The TVA, who’s acting as the federal regulator on the project, is tasked with making sure the service pays for itself.

That new high-speed internet is expected to be available later this year.

Bridge Accident Overnight

(KINGSPORT) — An area span is closed for a time…Jim O’Reilly…

A car crash partially shut down the Hammond Bridge on Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The eastbound lanes over the Holston River, going toward Colonial Heights were closed until about midnight. No word on injuries. The investigation into the accident continues.

Crash Closes Bridge

(KINGSPORT) — An area span is closed for a time.

A car crash partially shut down the Hammond Bridge on Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The eastbound lanes over the Holston River, going toward Colonial Heights were closed until about midnight.

No word on injuries. The investigation into the accident continues.

Icenhour Resigns Post

(ABINGDON) — Abingdon’s town attorney steps down…Jim O’Reilly has more…

Deborah Icenhour turned in her resignation as town attorney to Town Council. Icenhour was hired back in 2007. She was appointed town attorney by the council in 2009. City officials tell reporters the law firm of PennStuart will be representing Abingdon, for now.

Abingdon Counsel Turns In Resignation

(ABINGDON) — Abingdon’s town attorney steps down.

Deborah Icenhour turned in her resignation as town attorney to Town Council. Icenhour was hired back in 2007. She was appointed town attorney by the council in 2009.

City officials tell reporters the law firm of PennStuart will be representing Abingdon, for now.

Gas Leak In Johnson City

(JOHNSON CITY) – A utility problem shuts down a Johnson City roadway…Jim O’Reilly…

First responders were dispatched to the 1000 block of Antioch Road. Residents in the area reported smelling natural gas. It didn’t take long to crews to find the gas leak. Immediately, they closed the road as utility crews are on scene, plugging the leak. Officials say the operation could take the better part of the day. No word on a cause.

Crews Repairing Gas Line

(JOHNSON CITY) – A utility problem shuts down a Johnson City roadway.

First responders were dispatched to the 1000 block of Antioch Road. Residents in the area reported smelling natural gas. It didn’t take long to crews to find the gas leak.

Immediately, they closed the road as utility crews are on scene, plugging the leak. Officials say the operation could take the better part of the day. No word on a cause.

Mayor Says No To Budget

(CARTER COUNTY) – Carter County mayor, Leon Humphrey vetoes the budget passed by the commission earlier this week…Jim O’Reilly…

Humphrey says he is vetoing the resolutions and says there was never a deficit and a property tax increase was uncalled for. Earlier this week, commissioners approved an 11-cent increase in the property tax rate. The mayor’s office says they only needed a nine-cent increase to shore-up a roughly $400,000 deficit. The commission expected the extra two-cents to go toward county employee raises.