Crews Repairing Gas Line

(JOHNSON CITY) – A utility problem shuts down a Johnson City roadway.

First responders were dispatched to the 1000 block of Antioch Road. Residents in the area reported smelling natural gas. It didn’t take long to crews to find the gas leak.

Immediately, they closed the road as utility crews are on scene, plugging the leak. Officials say the operation could take the better part of the day. No word on a cause.

Mayor Says No To Budget

(CARTER COUNTY) – Carter County mayor, Leon Humphrey vetoes the budget passed by the commission earlier this week…Jim O’Reilly…

Humphrey says he is vetoing the resolutions and says there was never a deficit and a property tax increase was uncalled for. Earlier this week, commissioners approved an 11-cent increase in the property tax rate. The mayor’s office says they only needed a nine-cent increase to shore-up a roughly $400,000 deficit. The commission expected the extra two-cents to go toward county employee raises.

Humphrey Describes Tax Increase As Uncalled For

(CARTER COUNTY) – Carter County mayor, Leon Humphrey vetoes the budget passed by the commission earlier this week.

Humphrey says he is vetoing the resolutions and says there was never a deficit and a property tax increase was uncalled for. Earlier this week, commissioners approved an 11-cent increase in the property tax rate.

The mayor’s office says they only needed a nine-cent increase to shore-up a roughly $400,000 deficit. The commission expected the extra two-cents to go toward county employee raises.

VA Bulks Up On Revenues

(RICHMOND) — Virginia collected $550 million more than expected in revenues last fiscal year…Jim O’Reilly…

Gov. Northam says it’s an encouraging sign of economic momentum in the state, adding the surplus was in connection to increases in income tax payments. Northam says a strong stock market and a boost in federal defense spending are likely major factors for that growth. Lawmakers have already set aside the surplus to replenish the state’s rainy day fund.

Economy Rolling Along In VA

(RICHMOND) — Virginia collected $550 million more than expected in revenues last fiscal year.

Gov. Northam says it’s an encouraging sign of economic momentum in the state, adding the surplus was in connection to increases in income tax payments.

Northam says a strong stock market and a boost in federal defense spending are likely major factors for that growth.

Lawmakers have already set aside the surplus to replenish the state’s rainy day fund.

Local District Attorney Censured by Supreme Court Over Book

A Tri-Cities lawyer has been censured by the Tennessee Supreme Court for publishing a book about the so-called Facebook murders in Johnson County.

The Assistant District Attorney in the First Judicial District, Dennis Brooks, received a public censure late last week.

The court claims Brooks’ book was published before the appeals process was exhausted for two of the people convicted, leading to one of those charged to file motion for a new trial, claiming Brooks, in the book, included evidence that was not presented to the defense.

Brooks says while he disagrees with the decision, he will not be fighting it.

US Rep Black Lands Rick Santorum Endorsement in Tenn. Governor’s Race

FOX News pundit and two-time failed Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has become the latest name involved in the Tennessee GOP governor’s race by endorsing U.S. Rep. Diane Black.

Black’s campaign announced the support of the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Santorum praised Black for her socially conservative stances, including anti-abortion views.

Four leading Republican candidates are competing ahead of the Aug. 2 primary election.

Santorum’s endorsement follows the involvement of another failed GOP Presidential hopeful-turned-FOX News-pundit in Mike Huckabee, who has endorsed former state economic development commissioner Randy Boyd.

Businessman Bill Lee’s latest noteworthy backer is former Congressman Zach Wamp. House Speaker Beth Harwell has touted the Tennessee Education Association’s support.

VSP Identifies Man Killed in Tuesday Crash on Old Wilderness Road

Officials with the Virginia State Police identified the man killed Tuesday morning in a crash in Southwest Virginia.

State troopers say the accident happened just before 11 a.m. in the 1100 block of Old Wilderness Road.

44-year old David Wyatt was driving his Kia sedan when it ran off the road and hit a tree. Officials say Wyatt was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

Niswonger Partners With Childrens Miracle Network

Niswonger Children’s Hospital announced this week they have partnered with Children’s Miracle Network. That means any donations raised in the region will go directly to the hospital.

Lisa Carter, the hospital’s CEO, told News 5 the partnership will allow the hospital to expand services for children in the region.

Children’s Miracle Network holds more than a half-dozen national fundraisers each year with businesses and other organizations.

Carter said the partnership will ensure that any money raised in the Tri-Cities will go to benefit children in the Tri-Cities.

Couple Charged in Tazewell Co. Shooting Fighting Extradition Back to Va.

Two people charged in a July 1st shooting in Tazewell County are fighting extradition back to Virginia.

34-year old Terry Bandy and 29-year old Ashley Mayfield were taken into custody in West Virginia a few days after the shooting.

Mayfield is due in court tomorrow, while Bandy has refused to waive his extradition and come back willingly to Virginia.

The pair were arrested in connection with a shooting near Baptist Valley that injured two people. One of the victims, an unidentified female, remains hospitalized more than two weeks later.