Archives for September 2018

Search Continues in the Smokies for Missing Ohio Woman

More than 30 agencies and 125 people were searching an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after an Ohio woman went missing last week.

53-year old Mitzi Clements and her daughter became separated on Tuesday while hiking near Clingmans Dome.

Saturday was the first good weather day for searchers, who had been hampered by rain, fog, wind, and chilly, 40 degree temperatures.

Helicopters, multiple canine teams, and specialized search and rescue drones are all assisting in the search.

No Charges Filed Following Brawl at Wise Co. Pee Wee Football Game

No charged were filed after a large brawl at a pee wee football game last night in Wise County.

In the postgame handshake line, words were apparently exchanged between the coaching staffs of Dickenson County’s Ridgeview area and Wise County.

That then turned physical, with the adults throwing punches and body-slamming each other while the elementary school students were trying to pull them apart.

Despite the fight being caught on video, the sheriff’s office declined to file charges against any of the adults involved.

Escaped Lee Prison Camp Inmates Captured

A pair of inmates escaped from the Lee Prison Camp in Lee County.

Officials say the jailbreak happened around 845 last night.

34-year old Toyon Jones and 30-year old Ethan Jackson were both being held on drug charges.

Neither man made it very far- they were taken back into custody around 430 this morning…still on the prison grounds.

In addition to their original charges, both Jones and Jackson now face federal criminal escape charges.

Five Local School Districts Sharing Nearly $1M in School Safety Grants

Nearly a million dollars in school safety grants are coming to five local districts as part of the state’s Safe School program.

Kingsport City Schools will get around $215K for vehicle control, signage and classroom security.

Sullivan County Schools will pick up just shy of $300,000 for access control, visitor management and communication.

Bristol TN Schools are getting just over $100,000 to address behavioral and mental health positions and surveillance.

Carter County Schools are getting around $210K, Johnson County Schools just over $90,000.

$40K Grant Approved to Restore St Paul’s Lyric Theater Marquee

A $40,000 grant has been finalised to help restore the marquee on the front of the Lyric Theatre in St Paul.
The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority closed on the grant late last week, and was awarded from their Tourism Capital Improvement Matching Fund to St. Paul’s Industrial Development Authority.

The Times-News reports multiple groups have secured nearly $3M in funding to restore the old theatre. Other funds are coming from the Appalachian Regional Commission and St Paul Tomorrow, Inc.

Ex-Rogersville Postman Charged with Stealing Mail, Prescriptions

A former Rogersville postman has been sentenced to probation after admitting to opening mail and stealing prescriptions.

38-year old Shawn Ice of Midway had faced up to six months in prison.

Back in December of 2016, the VA notified the Rogersville post office that a number of prescription packages were not getting to their intended recipient.

After denying stealing the packages on three accounts, Ice admitted to taking the pills to feed an opioid addiction.

Hamilton County Murder Suspect Arrested in Hawkins County

A murder suspect wanted in Hamilton County was arrested in Hawkins County on Thursday.

The Times-News reports 28-year old Morgan Copeland was wanted on a charge of second degree murder in connection with a fentanyl overdose death that occurred on March 24.

Officials say fentanyl that the woman gave to Nicholas Jackson on that day wound up leading to his death.
Copeland had four previous drug and gun arrests dating back to 2015. She is being held in Hamilton County on just a $75,000 bond.

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Hamilton County Murder Suspect Arrested in Hawkins Coujnty

A murder suspect wanted in Hamilton County was arrested in Hawkins County on Thursday.

The Times-News reports 28-year old Morgan Copeland was wanted on a charge of second degree murder in connection with a fentanyl overdose death that occurred on March 24.

Officials say fentanyl that the woman gave to Nicholas Jackson on that day wound up leading to his death.
Copeland had four previous drug and gun arrests dating back to 2015. She is being held in Hamilton County on just a $75,000 bond.

Hundreds Gather for Johnson City Alzheimer’s Walk

Hundreds gathered in Founders Park in Johnson City yesterday for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Organizers say around 600 people took part in the 2018 edition of the walk that aims to raise both awareness and money for Alzheimer’s research.

It’s the third largest fundraising event of the year for the Alzheimer’s Association. The Johnson City walk had hoped to raise more than $75,000.

Drug Bust In Wise Co

(WISE COUNTY) – Several police units from Wise County were part of a multi-agency drug roundup, targeting methamphetamine distribution at three properties in Coeburn.

Three people were arrested. Officers also seized a car, drug supplies and more than $2,500 in cash. The investigation continues.