Tusculum Fire Truck

A multi-purpose truck that upgrades the Tusculum Volunteer Fire Department’s capabilities is now in service. Donations from the community helped make the purchase possible, says fire Chief Marty Shelton.The fire department looked at trucks for about two years before settling on one previously owned by the full-time fire department in Plano, Texas. The truck was delivered last week.Shelton said the truck, purchased through a used fire equipment dealer, has many useful features.

Bulls Gap Man Arrested

A Bulls Gap man was ordered held without bond, pending a June 17 hearing in Hawkins Co. Sessions Court, after he allegedly led Rogersville Police on a high-speed chase, struck one officer’s cruiser and and attempted to run head-on into another officer’s patrol car.Ronnie Justin Roberts, 33, of Oasis Road, was arraigned in Sessions Court.According to a report two children – ages 5 and 8 that he was supposed to be watching for their father – were passengers in Roberts’ vehicle, whom he abandoned after climbing out the window of his vehicle and briefly running from officers on foot before being brought down with a Taser deployment.

Tri-Cities Emergency Exercise

By the way, Tri-Cities Airport will conduct an emergency exercise on Wednesday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. The federally mandated exercise is designed to promote emergency preparedness, test the airport’s emergency operation plan, train personnel in emergency management duties and coordinate the efforts of local emergency service agencies responding to an aircraft accident or incident.

Commercial Drone License

If you’ve ever considered getting a commercial drone license from the Federal Aviation Administration Northeast State Community College is offering free help toward that goal.NSCC’s Aviation Technology Department is offering a free 10-week FAA webinar for those who want to fly drones commercially. The FAA predicts the career field will grow by an additional 200,000 remote pilots by 2024, according to a news release from NSCC’s Bob Carpenter.The series is scheduled each Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m. and starts June 17. Periodically, guest speakers will give short presentations.

Church Hill Named Safest City

For the second year in a row, Church Hill is announced as the safest city in Tennessee, an honor that Police Chief Chad Mosley attributes more to high-quality residents than to policing.Last year, the New York-based consumer review website Security Baron released a report ranking Church Hill as the safest city in Tennessee based on FBI crime statistics from 2016 and 2017.Last week, Church Hill was named the Volunteer State’s safest city by home security product research and review website SafeWise, based on FBI property and violent crime statistics from 2018.

Sullivan County Masks Available

The Sullivan County Regional Health Department, along with several partners, continues to provide free face masks to the public. The masks are available at the health department’s Blountville office and its Kingsport location at the corner of Wilcox Drive and East Sullivan Street. If you want a mask you can call the health department at 279-2777. But you don’t need an appointment and don’t have to call. They’re available for walk-ins.

Thunder Valley Nationals Rescheduled

If you’re a fan of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals you’ll will have to wait until October to experience the races. According to a release from Bristol Motor Speedways, Bristol Dragway officials announced the Thunder Valley Nationals have been rescheduled for October 9-11.The release says the rescheduling is part of the revised 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Kingsport Carousel Reopens

The Kingsport Carousel has reopened with new hours and restrictions. According to the City of Kingsport, the carousel will be open Wednesday – Saturday at 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.The carousel will close from 2:30-3 p.m. on operating days for staff to clean.

William McCloud Court Appearance

A court appearnace for William McCloud, who has been connected to the case of deceased toddler Evelyn Boswell, appeared in Bristol Sessions Court on Wednesday afternoon. According to the clerk’s office, McCloud appeared in court by video.HE’s facing charges unrelated to The Evelyn Boswell case. McCloud appeared on charges of domestic assault, child abuse and neglect and violation of an order of protection.McCloud was arrested on May 24 after he allegedly assaulted a woman who claimed to be his ex-girlfriend and mother of his 8-year-old child.

Johnson City First Responders Food Truck

And, more encouraging news, a local food truck has announced they will be feeding any local law enforcement officers for free on Wednesday.The Krazy Gringos food truck said in a social media post they will be setting up at the Johnson City Police Department on Wednesday and “feeding ANYONE in blue & all those support services who assist them (Fire, EMS, Dispatchers, etc…). It doesn’t matter your county or where you serve. If you are a Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Constable, Fireman, EMS worker you qualify. Come grab a free meal!”