Archives for August 2016

U.S. Marshals offer reward for tips to inmate’s capture

JONESBOROUGH — U.S. Marshals have offered a reward for anything leading to the capture of the inmate who escaped the Washington County Detention Center.

Timothy England ran away on Monday.

No one has released much on how it happened, but the sheriff has called England the first to break out of this jail.

Officials say he has ties to upper East Tennessee and Blount County.

Five more people charged in Hawkins Co. jailbreak

ROGERSVILLE — Law enforcement has arrested five other people following the escape and capture of Timothy Rose and Derek Short.

Rose and Short climbed a 12-foot razor fence to break out of the Hawkins County Jail on Monday.

However, inmates Jody Harper, James Mullins, and Patrick Ryan all helped them make a break for it.

Additionally, officials arrested Ashlei Shanks and Timothy Trott with Short for accessory.

Hawkins EMS keeping Church Hill EMS area with seven more ambulances

CHURCH HILL — Hawkins County EMS has apparently bought seven used ambulances from Church Hill EMS.

This has increased the working fleet and eased concerns about what would happen with Church Hill’s insurance expiring tomorrow.

Hawkins has used Church Hill’s ambulances and Church Hill’s stations since Church Hill last week announced its decision to go out of business.

VDOT Safety Service Patrol to help deal with football traffic next week

BRISTOL — The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Safety Service Patrol increases its activity in Bristol next weekend because of the Battle of Bristol.

VDOT Safety Service Patrol vehicles intend to keep an eye on the area between the state line and Exit 22 in Abingdon on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday next week.

The drivers of these vehicles look to help law enforcement minimize traffic incidents.

“Soft lockdown” ends at High Point Elementary

BRISTOL — A “soft lockdown” ended as classes finished today at High Point Elementary in Bristol, Va.

The procedure followed a situation at the school involving estranged parents of a student.

The Washington County sheriff says extra deputies and patrol personnel had positioned themselves as students left with parents or boarded school buses.

The investigation continues into what led to the lockdown.

New York man charged with attempted murder in Kingsport

KINGSPORT — A shooting in Kingsport has led to an arrest in New York.

Authorities say 33-year-old Kerrieth Price of Brooklyn, N.Y. awaits extradition back to Tennessee.

They have charged Price with attempted murder, accusing him of shooting a man in Kingsport over a disagreement.

Police say the shooting happened Aug. 20 between two businesses on East Stone Drive.

This sent a 22-year-old man to a hospital.

Just Jump opening at The Pinnacle in February

BRISTOL — A trampoline park comes to Bristol, Tenn.

The Pinnacle has announced plans for Just Jump to put in a 25,000-square-foot facility in February.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports this location may employ 50 people.

Just Jump opened in Johnson City last year, and it can accommodate groups, birthday parties, and corporate events.

The trampoline park intends to have events for multiple age groups.

Party crashers in Mount Carmel “extremely under the influence”

MOUNT CARMEL — Two people apparently wandered into a stranger’s residence in Mount Carmel last week, and deputies say they fought them while responding to a complaint of unwanted guests.

The sheriff’s office has described 28-year-old Christopher Finn of Kingsport and 26-year-old Sara Crawford of Surgoinsville as “extremely under the influence” of drugs.

Deputies allegedly saw Finn eating grass and dirt, and Crawford rambling incoherently.

Online auctions begin in advance of the Battle at Bristol

BRISTOL — Speedway Children’s Charities has started auctioning off great experiences having to do with the Battle at Bristol.

You can visit to bid on some prizes.

Items include a VIP reception prior to the concert next Friday, a pregame package for next Saturday, and a postgame celebration.

This online auction ends next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

“Bristol” sign getting makeover for football game

BRISTOL — The “Bristol” sign downtown changes noticeably for the Battle at Bristol.

Over a thousand white light bulbs in the sign give way to University of Tennessee orange and Virginia Tech maroon.

This unlikely combination of color welcomes people to town for the football game next Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

This game may have the largest crowd ever to watch a college football game.