VA Has New Ed Chief

(RICHMOND) — The superintendent of Virginia’s fifth-largest school system is named state superintendent of public instruction…Jim O’Reilly…

James Lane was appointed by Gov. Ralph Northam, who says Lane’s experience as superintendent, school administrator and teacher has given him “deep grounding” in education. Lane has been superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools since 2016. He says he plans to emphasize early-childhood education and workforce preparation.

Lane Tapped To Lead Public Instruction

(RICHMOND) — The superintendent of Virginia’s fifth-largest school system is named state superintendent of public instruction.

James Lane was appointed by Gov. Ralph Northam, who says Lane’s experience as superintendent, school administrator and teacher has given him “deep grounding” in education.

Lane has been superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools since 2016. He says he plans to emphasize early-childhood education and workforce preparation.

VA Budget Update

(RICHMOND) — The Virginia House of Delegates plans to reconvene next week with plans to finalize a state budget…Jim O’Reilly…

Republican speaker, Kirk Cox told reporters the House would be in session on May 30. Cox cancelled a House meeting earlier this week after the Senate delayed a vote Tuesday on the state budget. GOP Senate leaders said they needed another week to study a new budget proposal that includes Medicaid expansion. State government shuts down July 1, if no budget is passed.

Delegates Try Again Next Week

(RICHMOND) — The Virginia House of Delegates plans to reconvene next week with plans to finalize a state budget.

Republican speaker, Kirk Cox told reporters the House would be in session on May 30. Cox cancelled a House meeting earlier this week after the Senate delayed a vote Tuesday on the state budget.

GOP Senate leaders said they needed another week to study a new budget proposal that includes Medicaid expansion. State government shuts down July 1, if no budget is passed.

Agencies Partner Up After 2,000 911 Calls from Kingsport Apartment Complex

Police in Kingsport are partnering with city fire and EMS to try and reduce the number of emergency calls coming from one downtown apartment complex.

NewsChannel 11 reports that over the past year, police have responded to more than 2,000 911 calls from the Maple Oak Apartments.

While residents say crime is prevalent there, recent calls have been for things that abuse the 911 system. The agencies are now going around the complex, trying to educate residents on what kinds of things 911 should and shouldn’t be used for.

5 More Sentenced in Hawkins Co. Meth Conspiracy

The number of people sentenced in a huge meth conspiracy across east Tennessee has now reached 18 after five more people were sentenced this week.

A Rogersville man, 50-year old James Byington, got the harshest sentence of the five of 17 and a half years in prison. Other sentences ranged in length from just shy of 6 years to more than 15 years.

Federal officials said the group was distributing the drug in and around Hawkins County. Of the 18 that have been sent to jail in the case, all but three were from Hawkins County.

All Escaped Hawkins Co. Inmates Arrested After Wednesday Jailbreak

All four inmates that escaped from the Hawkins County jail have now been captured.

Sheriff’s Office officials said Jonathan Skeens was re-arrested late last night and taken into custody.

Three others- Aaron Morelock, Brian Hall, and Timothy Griffin- were all captured within 12 hours of the jaibreak first being reported Wednesday afternoon.

Dickenson County Man Pleads to Shooting, Gets 30 Years in Prison

It’ll be at least three decades before a Dickenson County man gets out of prison.

James Sykes entered an Alford plea in connection with a standoff and shooting.

Sykes allegedly shot his wife and in-laws before holing himself up inside his home in the Rose Ridge community, keeping police at bay for around 3 hours back in July 2016.

An Alford plea does not admit guilt, only that there was enough evidence to convict.

Survivors of Gatlinburg Wildfire Suing the Federal Government

Two survivors of deadly Tennessee wildfires that began in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have sued the federal government, claiming they lost loved ones and a home because of the negligence of park workers.

The lawsuit in Knoxville was filed Wednesday by the two victims of the November 2016 Gatlinburg area fire: Michael Reed, whose wife and two daughters died, and James England, whose home burned down. They seek a combined $14.8 million in damages.

They blame their losses on claims that federal parks employees violated established fire-management policies, failed to prioritize the safety of citizens and property, and failed to notify and warn of threats posed by the fire. The lawsuit claims that park senior leaders decided to contain, and not extinguish, the fire in the park despite extreme drought conditions.

Property Taxes Could Be Going Up In Mt. Carmel

You could be shelling out more in property tax in Mt Carmel. Karen Johnson….

Last night, the Mount Carmel Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed the first reading of the budget and tax rate 6-1. Vice Mayor Carl Wolfe was the only member to vote it down.If the board passes the budget and tax rate on a second reading, residents of Mount Carmel will face a 29 cent increase in property taxes. Mount Carmel Mayor Chris Jones says the increase in property taxes can’t be avoided since revenue hasn’t gone up in several years. I’m Karen Johnson