Archives for November 2016

More Burn Ban Arrests

GREENEVILLE — The burn ban in Greene County has been in effect for some time now and it’s kept police busy arresting violators.

According to the Sun five people have been cited since Monday with most of them making appearances today in General Sessions Court.

Ban violators are charged with reckless burning which is a Class A misdemeanor.

ETSU Student Hit By Car

JOHNSON CITY — An East Tennessee State University student is hospitalized after being hit by a car on Wednesday.

Police say it happened on Southwest Avenue as the student tried to cross the road but not in a crosswalk.

According to investigators it was raining heavily and the driver couldn’t stop in time to avoid the student.

There’s been no word on his condition.

Abingdon Tree Lighting Friday

ABINGDON — On Friday night it will begin to look a lot like Christmas as the town holds its holiday tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

It takes place at the corner of Remsburg Drive and Cummings Street and there will be live entertainment from the Watauga/Greendale Elementary Choir.

The C.C. Holiday Express event at the Harry L. Coomes Recreation Center starts right after the lighting at 7:15 p.m.

Warning Issued About Space Heaters

KINGSPORT — Fire authorities are warning people about being careful with space heaters in the wake of a man killed in a house fire in Eidson last week.

Kingsport Fire Department officials say to be sure the heater is in good condition and the electrical cords aren’t frayed.

It’s also recommended to leave 3 feet of space around any portable heater.

Investigators say the fire that killed 68-year-old Elmer Berndt was started by a portable heater.

The Munchies Lands A Man In Jail

GREENEVILLE — A man wanting to get a hamburger ran into some bad luck when a Greeneville police officer pulled in behind him at the drive-through window.

Police say the officer smelled marijuana odors eminating from the car in front and and made contact with the driver identified as Richard Melvin House.

According to investigators House tried to hide a small pipe in his lap and an inspection of the car found a small quantity of pot.

House is due in General Sessions Court today.

Wildfire Briefly Threatened Homes

ELIZABETHTON — Authorities say a power line may have started a 15-acre wildfire off Anderson Road in Carter County on Monday.

The Tennessee Division of Forestry assisted firemen from Unicoi and Carter Counties to get the flames doused.

Officials say some nearby homes were threatened for a time but firemen got things under control before things got worse.

Missing Teenager Found Safe

MIDWAY — A teenage girl who disappeared nearly two weeks ago is found safe.

The Greene County sheriff’s office says 16-year-old Alexus Lynn Bowman was located on Saturday.

According to investigators Bowman disappeared on Nov. 19. when her bedroom window was discovered open but she was not to be found.

Authorities say Bowman is a known runaway.

Election Results Certified

GREENEVILLE — Greene County elections officials have ceritifed the results of the Nov. 8 general election.

The final returns show nearly 24,000 voters cast ballots in the presidential election with Republican Donald Trump receiving just over 18,500 votes and democrat Hillary Clinton collecting around 4,200 votes.

The results were made final at 4:00 p.m. on Monday.

Officer Involved Shooting Deemed Justified

BRISTOL, Tenn. — A Sullivan County grand jury finds the July fatal shooting of a man by Bristol police was justified.

Police say Jonathan Justiss was shot after he pulled a weapon on officers who were trying to arrest him at the Speedway Inn on Bluff City Highway on multiple warrants.

Court records show Justiss had a lengthy rap sheet including a 2011 armed robbery conviction in Bristol, Va.

Fire Destroys A Nearly 100 Year Old Home

GREENEVILLE — A Sunnyside Road home was destroyed by fire Tuesday night.

Authorities say when firemen arrived at the home it was fully engulfed and crews from multiple departments were called in to battle the flames.

The home dates from the 1920s and was valued at $110,000.

A cause has yet to be determined according to investigators.