Archives for February 2018

School Bus Driver May Have Been Drunk

(JONESBOROUGH) – There are new details in Tuesday’s school bus crash in Jonesborough…Jim O’Reilly…

Officials say after an investigation, they believe the school bus driver involved in the accident that hurt six fell asleep behind the wheel. They add, the driver may have been intoxicated at the time. The investigation into the incident continues.

Jonesborough Bus Crash Update

(JONESBOROUGH) – There are new details in Tuesday’s school bus crash in Jonesborough.

Officials say after an investigation, they believe the school bus driver involved in the accident that hurt six fell asleep behind the wheel.

They add, the driver may have been intoxicated at the time. The investigation into the incident continues.

A Look At Area Economics

(BRISTOL, TN) — A King University study examines the economic progress of our area’s economic growth and recovery since the recession…Jim O’Reilly…

It shows 13,000 jobs were lost during the Meltdown. But since, East Tennessee has been making progress. In the Tri-Cities area, Johnson City has shown the most growth, adding about 4500 jobs. The study says health care and social assistance have taken over from manufacturing as the largest industry. There have also been job gains in retail, accommodations, and food services.

BTN Sees Great Recession In The Past

(BRISTOL, TN) — A King University study examines the economic progress of our area’s economic growth and recovery since the recession.

It shows 13,000 jobs were lost during the Meltdown. But since, East Tennessee has been making progress.

In the Tri-Cities area, Johnson City has shown the most growth, adding about 4500 jobs.

The study says health care and social assistance have taken over from manufacturing as the largest industry. There have also been job gains in retail, accommodations, and food services.

Jones Efforts To Block Statements Thwarted

(GREENEVILLE) – Defense motions, to suppress signed statements given to TBI agents by Erick Eugene Jones Jr., are denied…Jim O’Reilly…

The statements were given by Jones after the December 2014 deaths of two little girls in the Greeneville house where he lived. Still to be heard at an upcoming hearing is testimony about other statements given by Jones to the Greeneville Police about Jones’ alleged role in the Dec. 17, 2014, deaths of 13-month-old Kynsleigh Easterly and 2-month-old Trinity Brooke Tweed. The state intends to seek the death penalty for Jones.

Jones Case Update

(GREENEVILLE) – Defense motions, to suppress signed statements given to TBI agents by Erick Eugene Jones Jr., are denied.

The statements were given by Jones after the December 2014 deaths of two little girls in the Greeneville house where he lived.

Still to be heard at an upcoming hearing is testimony about other statements given by Jones to the Greeneville Police about Jones’ alleged role in the Dec. 17, 2014, deaths of 13-month-old Kynsleigh Easterly and 2-month-old Trinity Brooke Tweed. The state intends to seek the death penalty for Jones.

GOP Hopefuls Don’t Oppose TennCare Requirements

(NASHVILLE) — Tennessee’s candidates for governor are mostly supportive of proposed TennCare work requirements…Jim O’Reilly…

At a health care forum, Republican House Speaker, Beth Harwell touted her legislation that seeks a federal waiver to require able-bodied TennCare patients without children under 6 to work, volunteer or attend school. The push stems from an offer from the Trump administration to let states craft programs imposing work requirements on certain Medicaid recipients. Republican businessman Randy Boyd said he’s in favor of at least looking at work requirements.

Harwell Backs TennCare Work Requirements

(NASHVILLE) — Tennessee’s candidates for governor are mostly supportive of proposed TennCare work requirements.

At a health care forum, Republican House Speaker, Beth Harwell touted her legislation that seeks a federal waiver to require able-bodied TennCare patients without children under 6 to work, volunteer or attend school.

The push stems from an offer from the Trump administration to let states craft programs imposing work requirements on certain Medicaid recipients.

Republican businessman Randy Boyd said he’s in favor of at least looking at work requirements.

Six Hospitalized After Jonesborough School Bus Crash

(JONESBOROUGH) A school bus crash in Washington County, Tennessee Tuesday afternoon sent six people to the hospital.

Police said the bus was driving in the 400 block of Cherokee Mountain Road in Jonesborough around 3 o’clock when it suddenly went off the road and into a tree.

18 students were on the bus at the time of the accident. The driver and 5 students were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is now investigating the crash.

GOP Candidates For Sullivan Co. Sheriffs Hold Debate

(SULLIVAN COUNTY) The three Republican candidates running for Sullivan County Sheriff got together Tuesday night for their first debate of this election season.

Wayne Anderson, who has been sheriff now for 20 years, is running against Joe Earles and Matt Austin. Both men said they apppreciated Anderson’s work and his dedication to the community, but after two decades, said it was time for a change.

The main topic on which the three differed was how to tackle the ongoing opioid epidemic. While Anderson said a partnership with the DA’s office would mean “a lot more arrests,” the other two candidates suggested involving the community and educating students about the issue.