Missing E. Tennessee Toddler Found Safe in Alabama

The TBI said Saturday that 2-year-old Jayce Tristan Stewart from Grainger County was found safe after authorities issued an Endangered Child Alert for the child on Friday night.

The TBI issued the alert Friday on behalf of the Grainger County Sheriff’s Department after Jayce was last seen May 10th in the company of his non-custodial mother, Shanna Ann Hatley.

Police said they found the 31-year old Hatley with her son in Alabama- she was taken into custody. No other details were made available.

Inmate Dies At Wallens Ridge

(BIG STONE GAP) – A prisoner with a long list of felonies is found dead after an altercation with his cellmate at Wallens Ridge State Prison in Big Stone Gap.

The 55-year-old prisoner was serving a life sentence.

Newkirk Denied Bail

(BRISTOL, VA) – A Bristol, Virginia teenager, accused of gunning down a man inside a Kingsport nightspot earlier this year, is denied bond.

William Newkirk, 16, appeared in Kingsport Juvenile Court and has been remanded back to a Johnson City juvenile detention center.

Newkirk is charged with the first degree murder of Brett Rogers, 20, who died from a gunshot wound inside the Hog Wild Saloon on West Stone Drive on March 2.

Black May Have Crossed The Line

(NASHVILLE) — Congresswoman, Diane Black rode a private plane linked to a Tennessee-based trucking company for which she helped extend a federal emissions loophole.

Black, a leading Republican candidate for governor, also accepted $225,000 in campaign contributions linked to the Fitzgerald Glider Kits company.

Insiders say this could cause some problems for the gubernatorial hopeful.

Shooting Victim Identified

(GREENE COUNTY) – TBI investigators release the name of the man shot by a trooper in Greene County.

25-year-old Kenneth Powell of Kingsport was shot after he fired from inside a stolen truck at a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper. He’s in an area hospital at this hour. The investigation continues.

South Holston Dam Update

(BRISTOL, TN) — A $30 million project to upgrade South Holston Dam’s power house is on schedule, with work slated to wrap in October.

The original, 70-year-old hydro turbine is being replaced, and all the supporting structure is being rebuilt to support the 45,000-pound replacement.

The dam hasn’t generated power since the project began last July.

Jobs News From Governor

(CLINTWOOD) – Governor, Northam announces 40 new information technology jobs are coming to Dickenson County.

Northam says Science Applications International Corporation will be opening an IT service center in Clintwood.

Back in February, the county approved a loan of up to $2 million to the Industrial Development Authority to build-out the second floor of a building, where the service center will be located. Northam says the jobs will created by fall 2018.

Records Still Difficult In TN

(NASHVILLE) — Some government agencies in Tennessee are making it difficult for citizens to access public records and, in some instances, violating state law, a newly released audit shows.

Open records advocates hoped that a 2016 state law would make it easier for people to access information. But the audit by the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government found that some agencies adopted rules so rigid they threatened to slow down or thwart the process of getting records.

US House Hopeful McKinley Opens Campaign Office in Johnson City

Less than six months before the general election, Todd McKinley’s campaign for the 1st Congressional District finally has a physical location.

McKinley opened up his campaign office Friday on Main Street in downtown Johnson City. He told the Johnson City Press he picked the location since it was centrally located for his staffers.

The 39-year old is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Phil Roe. According to the FEC, Roe- who has picked up big donations from among other, House Speaker Paul Ryan- currently has more than $484,000 cash on hand in his re-election bid to McKinley’s $8,000.

Va. Gov. Northam Vetoes GOP-Backed Health Care Bills, Calls for Medicaid Expansion

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed a handful of GOP-backed bills related to health care.

Northam vetoed a bill that would have allowed all groups like the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to pool their members together in a group to shop for health insurance. Supporters said it would help reduce costs.

Northam said that legislation and other Republican-backed bills he vetoed would undermine efforts to expand affordable health care. He said lawmakers could help lower rising health care costs by expanding Medicaid to 400,000 low-income adults.

The GOP-led General Assembly is currently split on whether to expand the publicly funded health care program for the poor. The disagreement has led to a lengthy delay in passing a state budget that threatens a potential state government shut down on July 1.