Carter County Man Charged in Home Burglary

A 39-year old man has been charged in connection with a home burglary in Carter County.

Kristopher Bradley was caught on surveillance video taking more than $1,000 in jewelry from a home in the Biltmore community near Elizabethton.

Bradley is now charged with aggravated burglary and evading arrest.

He’s being held on $32,000 bond pending his arraignment.

Bristol (VA) Added to Hurricane Florence Assistance Locations

Bristol, VA has been added to a list of areas in Virginia that is now qualified to get federal assistance because of Hurricane Florence.

Assistance through the Small Business Administration can be used to make repairs or create mitigation projects.

The federal funds are meant to help localities and nonprofits make emergency repairs or replacements due to storm damage.

More details can be found at VAEmergency.gov.

TDOT to Buy 278 Properties as Part of Route 126 Expansion

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is looking to buy 278 properties to complete a project that’ll widen a stretch of State Route 126.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports the project will widen the existing highway and will include adding sidewalks and improving intersections.

The department says the project is necessary to improve safety.

TDOT’s planned acquisitions would involve relocating 108 residences and 16 businesses. TDOT Region One community relations officer, Mark Nagi, says he expects the process of acquiring all the properties to take 30 to 36 months.

USDA Jobs On The Line In WCVA

(WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA) — Local officials vie for federal jobs for the area…Jim O’Reilly…

With a move of two U.S. Department of Agriculture program headquarters, 600 federal government jobs are expected transfer out of the nation’s capital by next year. Washington County, Virginia is on the list for consideration. Officials believe the former Alpha Natural Resources building could be the perfect home to the USDA. That was the pitch by local authorities to the department at a meeting this week…as the deadline for a decision on a location approaches.

Local Officials Make Pitch For USDA Post

(WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA) — Local officials vie for federal jobs for the area.

With a move of two U.S. Department of Agriculture program headquarters, 600 federal government jobs are expected transfer out of the nation’s capital by next year. Washington County, Virginia is on the list for consideration.

Officials believe the former Alpha Natural Resources building could be the perfect home to the USDA. That was the pitch by local authorities to the department at a meeting this week…as the deadline for a decision on a location approaches.

A Needed Road Project Update

(KINGSPORT) — Area officials could be doing some real estate dealings soon…Jim O’Reilly has more…

To complete a project that will widen a stretch of state Route 126, TDOT is looking to acquire 278 properties, spending an estimated $18 million to do so. The project will widen the existing highway, adding sidewalk and bike lanes and improving intersections on a roughly 4.1-mile stretch of the route from East Center Street in Kingsport…total cost is expected to be $50 million.

Officials Mull 126 Project

(KINGSPORT) — Area officials could be doing some real estate dealings soon.

To complete a project that will widen a stretch of state Route 126, TDOT is looking to acquire 278 properties, spending an estimated $18 million to do so.

The project will widen the existing highway, adding sidewalk and bike lanes and improving intersections on a roughly 4.1-mile stretch of the route from East Center Street in Kingsport…total cost is expected to be $50 million.

Money For School And History

(JOHNSON CITY) – A windfall for one area school…

Members of the Langston Education and Arts Development Executive Board and Johnson City executives held a press conference to announce a donation to the Langston High School renovation project. Preston McKee, owner of Morris-Baker Funeral Services made a donation of 10,000.00 dollars. Langston High School was Johnson City’s first African American public high school. The project was started to preserve the legacy, integrity and historical value of the campus.

A Donation For One Area School

(JOHNSON CITY) – A windfall for one area school.

Members of the Langston Education and Arts Development Executive Board and Johnson City executives held a press conference to announce a donation to the Langston High School renovation project.

Preston McKee, owner of Morris-Baker Funeral Services made a donation of 10,000.00 dollars. Langston High School was Johnson City’s first African American public high school. The project was started to preserve the legacy, integrity and historical value of the campus.

Flooding Reported In JC

(JOHNSON CITY) – Too much water at one area location…Jim O’Reilly…

City officials report a portion of Ashley Road, near Greenwood Drive and Seminole Drive in Johnson City, is closed due to flooding. They say crews have been working for a few hours to clear the area and drain the water. A clogged storm drain is causing it. Power lines in the area are not affected.