Aerospace Park Lands $1.6M Grant from TDOT

A seven-figure grant is coming to fund an area project.

The Tri-Cities Airport Authority announced yesterday a $1.6 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to help in the development of Aerospace Park.

The money is expected to fund the final phase of construction, including roads and utilities.

The TDOT fund that the money is pulled from is meant to advance job creation and investment opportunities in the state’s aerospace industry.

Trial Begins in 2015 Bristol Triple-Murder Case

Opening arguments in a Bristol, TN murder trial got underway yesterday.

The trial of Robert Seth Denton began in Blountville on Monday and will continue again today.

Denton is accused of killing his mother, stepfather, and grandmother back in August of 2015.

Denton’s lawyers claim the shooter was Denton’s grandfather, who was at the home the day of the shooting. Prosecutors say the older man found the family dead, then shot Denton in the arm.

Lee Co. Hospital Authority Formally Parts Ways With Americore

At a meeting last night, the Lee County Hospital Authority formally parted ways with Americore, the company that had been slated to reopen the Lee Co. Regional Medical Center.

The details of the separation agreement will be finalized in two weeks, but officials say they do plan to take the hospital back, and hopefully partner with Ballad Health to reopen the facility in Pennington Gap.

Authority leaders said last week Americore was “in default” after failing to meet a number of deadlines.

Johnson City Bank Robber Strikes Again, This Time in Alabama

A man police say robbed a bank in Johnson City last month appears to have struck again, this time in central Alabama.

A man matching the same description as the one wanted in robberies in Asheville, Johnson City, and Mt Juliet walked into a bank in Prattville, AL last week and got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

This time, police were able to spot his getaway vehicle- a white SUV.

Kingsport Mayor Says He Won’t Run for Re-Election

One area mayor says he won’t be running for another term.

Kingsport Mayor John Clark announced that after seven years in city government, it’s time to step aside. He was first appointed to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in 2012, then three years later, was elected mayor when Dennis Phillips chose not to seek a sixth term.

Municipal elections will take place in Kingsport, Bristol and Bluff City on May 21. In addition to the mayoral seat, the ballot in Kingsport will have four seats on the BMA and three on the Board of Education

Man Charged After Threatening to Shoot People in Johnson City

One man has been arrested after he threatened to shoot a man, then ran from officers in Johnson City.

20-year old Marcus Cardwell allegedly went to a home in the 700 block of Wilson Avenue around 2pm and threatened to shoot the people inside.

When officers arrived, Cardwell ran away on foot. He was later spotted riding in a car in the Keystone Community, where he was arrested.

He is now charged with possession of a firearm with altered serial number, evading arrest, and resisting arrest. He is being held without bond.

Man Rescued After Falling from Cliff in Saltville

One man was rescued after he fell off a cliff last night in Saltville.

Crews were called to an area near the cemetery on E. Main Street around 5 o’clock last night.

Officers with the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, Saltville Police Department, Saltville Volunteer Fire Department, and Chilhowie Police Department were able to make a harness and repel down to rescue the 41-year old man.

He was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Firefighters Going To The State Capitol For Personal Cause

Two Bristol, Virginia firefighters are headed to the state capitol for a personal cause. LW’s Karen Johnson.

Michael Wise and Bryan Boyd of the Bristol, Virginia Professional Firefighters Association are heading to Richmond to meet with local lawmakers to discuss cancer prevention and join others in the “Walk The Line” cancer walk on Tuesday. Wise says the walk is to push for legislative action and remember those who’ve died from cancer while on the job. In addition Boyd says there are more synthetics, more plastics, more chemicals and when those things burn those chemicals get released we absorb it and we inhale it.

Man Wanted in October Attack at Kingsport Apartment Complex Arrested in NY

A man wanted in an October attack in Kingsport has been arrested.

Darius Woodbury was charged with attempted second-degree murder after a stabbing incident at the Dogwood Terrace Apartments back in October.

Shortly after the incident, Woodbury left the area and had stayed out of police custody. That is, until this week when he was arrested on an outstanding warrant in New York.

Woodbury was arrested in suburban New York City this week and is now awaiting extradition back to the area.

Carter Co. Deputy Injured in Thursday Wreck

Police have released more details into a crash Thursday on Highway 321 that injured a Carter County Sheriff’s deputy.

Police say a Honda was heading west on 321 when it hit a Chevy Impala head-on.

Just after the initial accident, a deputy, 31-year old Joshua Hopkins, then slammed into the Impala, which was also hit by a second car. In all, three people were taken to area hospitals.

The crash remains under investigation.