Archives for April 2018

Ridgefields Area of Kingsport to Experience Water Disruption

Some areas of Kingsport will be without water today as crews work on water line improvements in the Ridgefields area.

As crews make new connections, customers on Forestdale, Cloverdale, Havendale, Silverdale, and Sunningdale Roads will all likely be without water for at least some of the day today. Crews will be working from 830-5.

The city has not given an estimate for how long they believe water service will be disrupted.

Public Comment Period on Pipeline Impacts Begins Today

Virginians can start weighing in on whether they believe the water quality approvals granted for two natural gas pipelines are adequate to protect the state’s waterways.

The Department of Environmental Quality made available on Friday information and instructions for a 30-day public comment period about the water permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. The comment period opens Monday. It was initiated by the State Water Control Board earlier this month.

Critics have argued the review process the U.S. Army Corps of engineers used for the permits was overly broad and DEQ should have done a stream-by-stream study. The department has said the reviews are adequate, and the pipeline companies say they’ve undergone a thorough, fair environmental review process.

Woman Charged After Toddler Dies in Harlan County (KY) House Fire

A woman has been charged after a 3-year old boy died in a house fire Saturday in Harlan County, KY.

37-year old Amanda Brock allegedly left her 11-year old son to watch her toddler nephew alone while she went to watch go-cart races. While she was gone, the house the boys were in caught fire.

The 11-year old ran to a neighbor’s house for help, but left the 3-year old inside.

Brock was the legal caretaker of the little boy, and has now been charged with manslaughter and wanton endangerment.

Virginia Senate To Take Up Budget on May 14

The Virginia Senate will consider a new state budget on May 14, nearly a month after the House sent its spending plans over.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Senate has yet to send two House budget bills to its Finance Committee for consideration. Senate Republican leaders opposed to the House Medicaid expansion proposal have slowed the process.

They say they want to see a report on state revenue as income taxes come due on May 1 and the potential impacts of tax reform are felt.

Sen. Ryan McDougle, R-Hanover, called the Senate back into special session. He says the budget the House adopted on April 17 is essentially the same as the one that stalled in March over Medicaid expansion. Senators have until May 7 to submit alternative proposals.

One Injured In Sullivan Co. House Fire

One person was hospitalized following a house fire in Sullivan County Sunday afternoon.

Crews were called to the home on Roberts Lane yesterday. Officials with the Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department said crews were assisting Bloomingdale VFD with a “well involved” house fire.

One person inside the home was taken to an area hospital for burns on his hands- the injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Kingsport Crash Fatality

A Kingsport crash fatality Saturday…
Kingsport Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that happened Saturday afternoon in front of a gas station on Memorial Boulevard at around 1:15 p.m. The collision involved a passenger car and a motorcycle and while the wreck resulted in a fatality, no additional details were immediately available. Public Information Officer Tom Patton, says details will be released after the notification of next of kin.

Sullivan County Fire Sunday

An unidentified fire victim in Sullivan County…
One person was hospitalized as a result of injuries suffered in Sullivan County house fire on Sunday afternoon.
Captain Andy Seabolt with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office said the blaze occurred on Roberts Lane. He confirmed that one person was taken to the hospital for burns to their hands, but the victim was not identified. No other details were available.

Caney Fork Kayaking Tragedy

A Caney Fork Kayaking tragedy…
A body was recovered from the Caney Fork river Sunday morning. The river runs through Gordonsville, Tennessee, East of Nashville. According to Smith County Rescue Squad Chief Sonny Carter, on Saturday afternoon, they received a call about a father and son needing assistance after their kayak flipped on the river. The kayaking accident is under investigation, and authorities have not yet positively identified the body.

Drug Take Back Day

Addressing the prescription drug crisis one take back at a time…
Saturday was the 15th national prescription Drug Take Back Day, designated to getting rid of unused or expired prescription medications cross the country. Drop-off sites were located in Bristol, Tennessee, where a collection location was in the police department parking lot. The service is free and anonymous.

Green County Fire

A Green County home was detroyed by fire…
The house fire near Warrensburg Road was put out,but the residence was severely damaged Sunday. No injuries have been reported and the family who lived in the home was evacuated. However, they say the family pet died in the fire.