Crossovers in Gate City to Be Closed as Part of Safety Improvement Project

A spot prone to crashes in Gate City is getting a facelift.

A series of crossovers along Route 23 in Gate City will soon be eliminated as part of a pair of safety enhancement projects from the state’s road agency.

A total of six crossovers will be closed between Business Route 23 and Route 224. According to the Virginia Dept of Transportation, that stretch has been the site of several crashes over the past five years.
The other safety project will be to realign construction of 224 at the intersection of Nottingham Road. That is set to be done by next summer.

Wanted Fugitive Captured in Kingsport

A wanted fugitive was captured in Kingsport following a brief police chase Tuesday night.

Police say they spotted Brian Debusk, who was wanted on a warrant out of Washington County, Virginia around 930 last night on E. Stone Drive.

Kingsport Police, along with the US Marshals Service, took part in the arrest. Debusk was wanted on drug and eluding arrest charges.

He remains behind bars in Kingsport, awaiting extradition back across the state line.

Four Injured in Piney Flats House Fire

Four people were injured, one seriously, after a house fire Tuesday afternoon in Piney Flats.

Officials say one person suffered severe burns and was airlifted to an area hospital- the other three were treated at the scene.

Fire crews were called to the home on Goodman Cemetery Road around 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon.
Officials say it appears the fire started in the attic, where the homeowner was working. That man, along with three people from a painting crew, were the only ones at the home when the fire started.

It has been deemed accidental, although an investigation is ongoing.

Dorm Reopens at Mountain Mission School After Fire

Five months after a tree fell on a power line, sparking a fire at a dorm at Mountain Mission School in Grundy, renovations have been completed to the building.

School director Chris Slone gave the media a tour of the new dorm yesterday, with all new furniture, bedrooms, concourses, kitchens, and new bath facilities.

It’s the first time the building has gotten an upgrade since 1980- the complete overhaul was helped in part by donations from corporate partners as well as Jim and Fran McGlothlin.

The couple also helped raise nearly $57 million for the school at the American Legends golf tournament earlier this month.

Bill Lee Touts Religious Nonprofit As Model for Criminal Justice Reform

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee on Tuesday pointed to a Nashville faith-based halfway home as a possible model for reducing Tennessee’s recidivism rate.

Lee told reporters that organizations like Men of Valor —where he has served as a board member for several years —should be studied by the state as a possible learning tool to help other communities.

According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, statewide recidivism in 2016 was roughly 47 percent — down from 50.5 percent in 2010. Men of Valor’s website claims its recidivism rate for former inmates who complete their one-year re-entry program is around 15 percent.

Lee said he didn’t see a problem with the state’s involvement in a religiously-affiliated nonprofit, also declining to answer whether he would support taxpayer funding to go to religious nonprofits.

Virginia Supreme Court Asked to Intervene in Bristol Councilman Removal

The Virginia Supreme Court is being asked to intervene and assign a special judge to hear a local case.
Bristol, Virginia city councilman Doug Fleenor has filed a legal challenge against an attempt to kick him off the council. All local judges have removed themselves from the case because Fleenor is a practicing attorney.

He claims the attempt violates state law.

Other council members claim evidence against him of neglect of duty or wrongdoing, but no details have ever been released as to what that evidence is.

Bad Crash In WCVA

(WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA) — Jim O’Reilly reports on a Washington County, Virginia crash…

A Medflight helicopter could be seen leaving the crash scene on Hawthorne Road as the amount of damage in the accident unfolded. Witnesses told officers the vehicle rolled over in the wreck. No word on injuries at this hour. Virginia State troopers are handling the crash investigation.

One In Hospital After Rollover Crash

(WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA) — Here’s he latest on a Washington County, Virginia crash.

A Medflight helicopter could be seen leaving the crash scene on Hawthorne Road as the amount of damage in the accident unfolded.

Witnesses told officers the vehicle rolled over in the wreck. No word on injuries at this hour. Virginia State troopers are handling the crash investigation.

Man Who Caused E And H Lockdown Bonded Out

(ABINGDON) – Matthew Barr, the man accused of stealing a truck from a gas station in Glade Spring, turns himself in to police…Jim O’Reilly…

Barr was booked into the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon, charged with theft of a vehicle and theft of a firearm. He has been released on $5,000 bond. The all-clear has been given for the Emory & Henry campus.

Barr Faces Charges After Truck Theft And Manhunt

(ABINGDON) – Matthew Barr, the man accused of stealing a truck from a gas station in Glade Spring, turns himself in to police.

Barr was booked into the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon, charged with theft of a vehicle and theft of a firearm.

He has been released on $5,000 bond. The all-clear has been given for the Emory & Henry campus.