Truck Problem Slows Traffic On 26

(KINGSPORT) – I 26 is having some problems.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is alerting drivers to take an alternate route if you are taking Interstate 26 East to Kingsport.

Officials tell reporters traffic at mile marker 6 in Sullivan County is being diverted to the off ramp and on ramp due to an oversized load that has gotten stuck in the work zone.

Big Debate Coming Up

(LEBANON) – Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen are set to face off in their first debate in a critical race for the Senate in Tennessee…Jim O’Reilly…

The two rivals will debate at Cumberland University in Lebanon. Hosts include The Tennessean, the League of Women Voters of Tennessee, along with some tv stations in the area. The event will be broadcast live. The race to replace Bob Corker could be pivotal for the slim 51-49 Republican Senate majority. A second debate has also been confirmed for Oct. 10 at the University of Tennessee.

The Battle For Corker’s Office Heats Up

(LEBANON) – Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen are set to face off in their first debate in a critical race for the Senate in Tennessee.

The two rivals will debate at Cumberland University in Lebanon. Hosts include The Tennessean, the League of Women Voters of Tennessee, along with some tv stations in the area. The event will be broadcast live.

The race to replace Bob Corker could be pivotal for the slim 51-49 Republican Senate majority. A second debate has also been confirmed for Oct. 10 at the University of Tennessee.

Chase Leads To Arrest

(CHURCH HILL) — A Hawkins County teen is charged after flees from a traffic stop…Jim O’Reilly reports…

Officers spotted Dylan Brown of Rogersville cross the center line, trying to pass another car on Carters Valley Rd., outside of Church Hill…they try to pull him over…a chase ensues. The pickup with two suspects runs another vehicle off the road…that car had an off duty officer and his child in it. The suspect loses officers. Later, Brown is seen again in the pickup but pulls over this time. He faces a list of charges.

Brown Faces Several Charges Following Pursuit

(CHURCH HILL) — A Hawkins County teen is charged after flees from a traffic stop.

Officers spotted Dylan Brown of Rogersville cross the center line, trying to pass another car on Carters Valley Rd., outside of Church Hill…they try to pull him over…a chase ensues.

The pickup with two suspects runs another vehicle off the road…that car had an off duty officer and his child in it. The suspect loses officers.

Later, Brown is seen again in the pickup but pulls over this time. He faces a list of charges.

Unicoi County Commission Chair Ousted in 5-4 Vote

Longtime Unicoi County Commission Chair Marie Rice lost re-election to that seat last night.

Monday was the first meeting of the newly elected county commission, and an immediate shift of power took place.

Marie Rice had held the chairmanship for the past several years, but was rejected for another term in that chair by a 6-2 vote.

Commissioner Loren Thomas was instead elected commission chairman by a 5-4 vote last night.

Commissioner Todd Wilcox was voted in as the board’s vice chair.

American Airlines Flight Diverts to Tri-Cities Airport

An American Airlines from Charleston, WV to Charlotte made an emergency landing in the Tri-Cities yesterday afternoon.

American flight 5341 left Charleston around 1230 and landed safely in Blountville around 1pm.

The airline says 38 people were aboard the plane- no immediate reason was given for why the plane was diverted.

Tenn. Secretary of State Launches Voter Registration Drive

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett has launched a statewide competition for voter registration at college campuses.

Hargett visited Middle Tennessee State University last week as part of the drive to increase student voter registration before the Nov. 6 midterm election.

He is scheduled to visit other campuses through the end of this month.

Three winning schools will be chosen based on the number of students registered, social media presence and campus creativity in promoting the drive. The schools will include a four-year public college or university, a two-year community or junior college and a private college or university.

Students can register and give their school credit by visiting sos.tn.gov/elections. .

Five Johnson City Schools Honored by State Dept. of Education

Five Johnson City Schools were among the more than 300 across Tennessee that earned the state Department of Education’s highest level of distinction.

Lake Ridge, Cherokee, Towne Acres, Woodland Elementary School, and Liberty Bell Middle School were all named Reward Schools based off their performance last school year.

Reward Schools are ones across the state that show the greatest amount of student academic growth.

In all, 318 Tennessee schools were honored among the state’s 85 districts.

Indiana Man Charged in Attempted Robbery of Bristol (TN) Bank

A would-be bank robber is behind bars after a failed holdup at a Regions Bank in Bristol, TN.

Police were called to the bank in the 800 block of State Street around 9am Monday after a man walked in and handed a teller a note demanding money.

The teller refused to hand over any cash, so the man left. He was found just two blocks away by a K9 unit.
Now the wannabe robber, 26-year old Kevin Scott of Indiana, is charged with attempted robbery.