Archives for July 2016

Murder, Arson and Robbery Conviction

ABINGDON, Va. – A Washington County, Virginia judge handed down multiple life sentences Tuesday in the 2012 murders of Karen Lynn McKibben and Donald Wayne Heath, who were stabbed to death at Edgemont Apartments in Abingdon.

After a sentencing hearing Tuesday, Heath’s stepson, Coty Wayne Young, received three life sentences plus 40 years on charges of capital murder, first-degree murder, arson and robbery. Young’s girlfriend, Stephanie Renee Molino, also received three life sentences plus 40 years. She had been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, arson and robbery. They are not eligible for parole.

Shooter Transferred from Hospital to Jail

BRISTOL, Tenn ─ He was accused of murder during a shooting spree in Bristol. Now Lakeem Keon Scott, 37, is behind bars in the Sullivan County jail in Blountville after being released from Bristol Medical Center. Scott was treated for officer-inflicted gunshot wounds after killing one person and trying to kill others because he was upset by recent national police incidents. His bond is set at $5 million, with information on a court appearance pending. While hospitalized, Scott was indicted by a Sullivan County grand jury and charged with one count of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder and seven counts of employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.

Slow-Poke Law Could Save Hours – and Lives

If traveling across Tennessee seems easier, it just might be because of the new “Slow Poke Law,” which went into effect on the first of July. Because the Slow Poke Law, or HB1416, applies to three-lane interstates and multilane highways, it won’t affect the Tri-Cities as much as Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis, but it could speed things up for anyone traveling throughout the Volunteer State. The new law allows a $50 fine for the infraction. The state isn’t advocating for speeding, but leaders agree the new law will provide state troopers another tool to help make the roads safer for motorists and emergency vehicles alike.

Greene County School Board Calls For Marketing

One way to make people aware of your efforts and offerings is Marketing. That was one of the concepts broached by the Greene County Board of Education during a board retreat held at Doak Elementary School last week.

Performance goals for the 2016-2017 year include a provision that the board will work to improve school culture by requiring all schools to develop a marketing plan.

Though details of what such a plan would involve are not yet developed, officials told the board that it should take into account the changing face of media in the modern world, including in particular social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

Goals fall into six categories: Vision of Learning; School Culture and Instructional Program; Management and Operations; Collaboration with Families and Community; Integrity, Fairness and Ethics; and Director/Board Relationships.

Kingsport Library Offers 3-D Printing

KINGSPORT, Tenn ? The future is here, since the Kingsport Public Library got a 3D printer and a 3D scanner. Library card holders are invited to bring in a print file, and trained library staffers can start the process. Currently, the price is under $2 and library officials say most jobs will cost less than $5.

Grandmother Free on Bail

MOUNT CARMEL, Tenn ? A Mount Carmel grandmother remains free on $1000 bail today after she was charged with aggravated assault for pistol-whipping the father of her grandchildren with a BB pistol. Gradie Margaret Taylor, 55, of Mount Carmel claimed the father, Jonathan Shepard had previously come to her house and made death threats. Taylor stated that she had told her daugher that if Shepard showed up at her house to pick up his children, she would shoot him. Police report that when they arrived at her house, Taylor was standing in the doorway holding a silver handgun which turned out to be a BB pistol. Taylor’s aggrivated assault charge carries a sentence of 3-6 years if she is found guilty.

This Holiday is Not Taxing!

NASHVILLE, TN — Tennessee’s sales tax holiday starts Friday at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday at 11:59 p.m., giving shoppers a chance to save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers.
A recent change in Tennessee law has moved the tax holiday to the last weekend of July instead of the first weekend of August.

The general rule is that the sales tax break applies to clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less. However, there are some exceptions – for instance, computer parts like keyboards and clothing accessories like handbags are still taxable.

To avoid surprises at the store, check the lists of exempt and taxable items at


BLOUNTVILLE, TN — Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Andy Seabolt and Abingdon, Virginia Police Department spokeswoman Tenille Montgomery are amont the latest to issue scam alerts for the Tri-Cities area.
In Abingdon, officers were recently advised of the phone scam, in which the caller says he or she wants to rent a property through a program at Virginia Highlands Community College. But the program, which is supposed to assist with paying the rent for a year, doesn’t exist. The caller then tells the property owner that bank account information is needed so the rent can be transferred.

Reports of an age-old IRS scam continue this summer in Sullivan County. The caller claims to be from the IRS, informing people that they own money and will be arrested if they do not pay.

Officials remind us people never to provide any information, such as bank accounts, credit cards, Social Security number or birth date, to callers. You may also have the ability to block certain callers, depending on your phone provider.

Milligan Teaches Teachers New Tech Tricks

ELIZABETHTON, TN — New classroom technologies are a few of the innovations that several Milligan College Master of Education students presented at Technology Academy, an inaugural conference, held last week at Science Hill High School.

The conference was started by Dr. David Timbs, a 1994 Milligan M.Ed. graduate, who serves as supervisor of instructional technology in the Johnson City Schools and adjunct education instructor at Milligan, and was attended by over 220 area teachers.

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Jul. 25, 2016 8:49 AM CST
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Bristol Schools Hold Public Hearing on New Superintendent

BRISTOL, VA – The city School Board will conduct a public hearing tonight to receive input on its search for a new superintendent.

Bristol residents are being asked to suggest characteristics they consider important in the division’s next superintendent. So far nearly 130 surveys on that subject have been received. The board is replacing former Superintendent Rex Gearheart, who died in May.

After the public hearing, the board members are expected to finalize the list of traits and qualifications the next superintendent should have. Results will go to the Virginia School Boards Association – which is oversee the search process – and the job will be posted Tuesday. Applications will be available from July 27 through Aug. 26 and interviews are expected to occur in September or October.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the school administration building, 220 Lee St.