Archives for May 2018

School Bus v Car In Hawkins Co

(HAWKINS COUNTY) – No one is hurt in a slight accident between a school bus and another vehicle in Hawkins County…Jim O’Reilly…

County officials told reporters around 30 students were on the bus at the time. The crash took place at the intersection of Purem and McKinney Chapel Road. Both vehicles sustained minimal damage. The incident is being looked at by both state and local officials at this hour.

No Injuries In School Bus Fender Bender

(HAWKINS COUNTY) – No one is hurt in a slight accident between a school bus and another vehicle in Hawkins County.

County officials told reporters around 30 students were on the bus at the time. The crash took place at the intersection of Purem and McKinney Chapel Road.

Both vehicles sustained minimal damage. The incident is being looked at by both state and local officials at this hour.

Semi Crash Near Atkins

(ATKINS) – A big rig, hauling frozen chicken runs off the southbound side of I-81, near Atkins…Jim O’Reilly…

Witnesses told officers the truck clipped a tree and went down an embankment, coming to rest on its side up against a wire fence…stopping just short of smashing into a residence nearby. The driver was not injured. Several tow trucks were on hand to do the cleanup. An investigation into the accident is underway.

Freighter Goes Off The Road On 81

(ATKINS) – A big rig, hauling frozen chicken runs off the southbound side of I-81, near Atkins.

Witnesses told officers the truck clipped a tree and went down an embankment, coming to rest on its side up against a wire fence…stopping just short of smashing into a residence nearby.

The driver was not injured. Several tow trucks were on hand to do the cleanup. An investigation into the accident is underway.

Matchups Announced For Baseball, Soccer, Softball State Championships

Matchups have been announced for the high school state championships in both baseball and soccer.

Science Hill will play Collierville, who enters on a 15-game winning streak. In AA, Elizabethton takes on Stewart County. University High gets the defending Class A champions, Loretto.

In soccer, D-B takes on Murfreesboro Blackman.

In softball, Unaka drew Gibson County.

D-B girls tennis faces off against Brentwood.

Local Governments Not Abiding By Open Records Laws, Says Audit

Though most cities, counties and school districts in Tennessee list in their policies contact information for who will handle public records requests, less than half included an email address to which the public can direct those requests.

That’s one of the findings of an audit of government entities across the state by the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, which examined 259 policies between October and March.

Under a state law passed in 2016, government entities in Tennessee were required to establish a written policy by July 1, 2017, on requests for public records, including the name, title and contact information for the person in charge of coordinating public record requests.

State law also requires that government entities using email to transact business must accept records requests through email.

Johnson City PD Accepting Applications for Junior Police Academy

The Johnson City Police Department is accepting applications for its annual, week-long Junior Police Academy.

Anyone between 14-18 who is interested in a potential law enforcement career is encouraged to sign up. The week-long event will put teenagers through many of the same events as a regular police academy without the comprehensive training.

Anyone interested is asking to call the JCPD at 423-434-6125 – applications are also available at the police department.

Meal, Worship Service Goes On Despite Flood at Kingsport Church

A Kingsport church found themselves underwater on Sunday morning after heavy rains on Saturday night caused their building to flood.

Church leaders arrived at Shades of Grace in Kingsport around noon yesterday and found it covered in standing water. Despite the moisture, the church still was able to serve their weekly community meal to those in need as well as hold their regularly scheduled worship service.

Nearly 150 people made it in despite the rising waters.

Hiker Has Gear Stolen at Trailhead Near Damascus

A college student hiking the length of the Appalachian Trail was stranded in Damascus after all her gear was stolen near Roan Mountain.

23-year old Kaitlin Gardino and her dog, Jango, had made it around 400 miles when the dog started limping. Gardino called a shuttle to pick up the two of them near Damascus. She told News 5 she ran all of her gear to the pick-up site, then went back for her dog. When she returned, everything had been stolen.

Members of the hiking community and businesses in Damascus have chipped in to replace some of the gear- the pair are set to continue their trek to Maine this week.

Tragedy In Unicoi Co

(UNICOI COUNTY) – A 2-year-old girl is dead after drowning in a pool in Unicoi County…Jim O’Reilly…

First responders found the child floating in the pool at a Bacus Hensley Road address. Investigators told reporters the parents were looking for the child when they found her in the water. The child died at Johnson City Medical Center. The incident is under investigation…no foul play is suspected.