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.

Girl Drowns In Pool

(UNICOI COUNTY) – A 2-year-old girl is dead after drowning in a pool in Unicoi County.

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.

Wishing For Steady Rain

Wishing for steady rain. Karen Johnson reports.

With Memorial Day weekend just days away, many are heading to the lake to enjoy some summer fun. TVA officials are saying since Friday the lakes in our region are “full.” TVA General Manager for River Management Tom Barnett explains they are expecting a good start to the summer recreation season. “If we continue to get some normal rainfall then we will be able to maintain normal lake levels all summer long,” Barnett said. “I would like to see about an inch a week. If we can get that normal rainfall then we’ll keep the lake levels as high as we can through out the summer.”

Greene Co. Commission Expected to Support Lawsuit Against Drug Manufacturers

The Greene County Commission tomorrow is expected to consider a resolution that would set up a fund to finance or pay for capital projects needed by Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services.

As per the resolution, up to $400,000 of revenues generated by the EMS can be placed in that fund to be held for things like equipment upgrades or new positions.

The commission is also expected to formally throw its support behind an ongoing lawsuit against pharmaceutical makers for their role in the opioid crisis.

Greenville Schools to Start Summer Feeding Program May 29th

Beginning next Tuesday, May 29th, the Greeneville School System is providing a summer meal program free for children under 18.

The program will provide breakfast from 8-9 and lunch from 1030-noon at Hal Henard Elementary School on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and at Greeneville High School Monday-Friday.

The system said Friday there are no residency or income requirements to participate. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Tennessee Department of Education. A school spokesperson said the food served will meet federal nutrition standards.

Two-Week Revival Begins Monday in Bristol, VA

Tomorrow begins the start of a two-week revival in Bristol, VA.

South Carolina-based preacher CT Townsend is putting on the event which will run nightly from tomorrow night through June 1st.

A 3,000 person tent has been set up near Bristol’s large cross off Exit 5.

Greeneville Iris Festival Ends Today

Greeneville’s 24th Annual Iris Festival winds down today.

The festival has two two entertainment stages, a food court, beauty pageant, and car show. Arts and crafts booths will be set up along College, Depot, and Academy Streets. A shuttle to and from the festival will be provided. Visitors may park at Greeneville High School, First Baptist Church off Irish Street, or Towne Square Shopping Center.

Hours for the festival are noon to 5 p.m. today.