DEVICE NOT AN EXPLOSIVE

A SUSPICIOUS DEVICE FOUND ON THE TWEETSIE TRAIL IN JOHNSON CITY WAS NOT AN EXPLOSIVE.  POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE TRAIL IN THE RICH ACRES AREA—AFTER A PASSERBY REPORTED A POSSIBLE PIPE BOMB.  OFFICERS FOUND A TUBE WRAPPED IN CAMOUFLAGE TAPE, WHICH WAS A GEOCACHING BOX—USED IN DIGITAL SCAVENGER HUNTS.  THURSDAY, A DEVICE WAS FOUND ON THE TRAIL—NEAR DOWNTOWN ELIZABETHTON.  IT WAS DETONATED. 


 

 

 

 

MASK WEARING STUDENT NO LONGER ENROLLED

 

THE EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT WHO DISRUPTED A BLACK LIVES MATTER RALLY WEDNESDAY ON CAMPUS IS NOW A FORMER STUDENT.  ETSU OFFICIALS SAY TRISTAN RETTKE IS NO LONGER ENROLLED. RETTKE DONNED A GORILLA MASK AND CARRIED A ROPE AND BANANAS TO A DEMONSTRATION.  HE WAS ESCORTED FROM THE RALLY BY CAMPUS POLICE AND LATER CHARGED WITH CIVIL RIGHTS INTIMIDATION.  RETTKE WILL RETURN TO COURT NOVEMBER 9TH.

 

 

 

PAIR MAY BE IN NC

THE GREENE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS A MISSING MISSOURI TEENAGER—AND THE MAN SUSPECTED OF BRINGING HER TO TENNESSEE—MAY BE IN THE HOT SPRINGS AREA OF NORTH CAROLINA.  KENNETH DYLAN WHITEHEAD AND HARLEY HOPPER WERE SEEN IN THE PAINT CREEK AREA—AND FLED ON FOOT.  THAT PROMPTED HOURS OF SEARCHING..WITH NO RESULTS.  WHITEHEAD IS A WHITE MALE…5-FEET 4-INCHES TALL…120 POUNDS WHILE HOPPER IS 5-3..AND WEIGHS ABOUT 200 POUNDS.

 

 

 

JUDGE RULES AGAINST COUNTY IN LIQUOR SUIT

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY WILL HAVE TO PAY OVER $180-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO KINGSPORT AND BRISTOL—FOR PAST LIQUOR BY THE DRINK TAX REVENUE.  COUNTY ATTORNEY DAN STREET SAYS HE’LL APPEAL THE DECISION.  A PREVIOUS SUIT FILED BY THE COUNTY AGAINST THE TWO CITIES WAS DISMISSED.  THE CITIES THEN COUNTER SUED—CLAIMING THE COUNTY HAD COLLECTED BUT NOT SHARED REVENUE.  STREET SAYS THOSE REVENUES IN QUESTION WERE GENERATED IN NON-INCORPORATED AREAS OF SULLIVAN COUNTY.

 

 

 

FALSE REPORT

 

A JOHNSON CITY MAN IS ARRESTED—AFTER ALLEGEDLY FILING A FALSE REPORT.  POLICE SAY ZACKERY TONEY TOLD THEM HE’D BEEN SHOT IN THE LEG WHILE WALKING NER THE CHERRY STREET PARKING LOT.  HOWEVER, AN INVESTIGATION SHOWED THAT WASN’T THE CASE. 

 

 


DRUG CHARGES


A JOHNSON CITY MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES—AFTER AN EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP.  POLICE SMELLED MARIJUANA IN THE VEHICLE—AND THEY SAW SCALES. 28-YEAR OLD SHAWN WILLIAMS OF HARRIMAN ADMITTED TO HAVING MARIJUANA..AND A SEARCH FOUND LIQUID THC..AND CASH.

 

 


CHIEF ON LEAVE—MAJOR GONE


WITH JONESBOROUGH’S POLICE CHIEF ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AND A TOP RANKING OFFICER LEAVING THE DEPARTMENT, THAT LEAVES THE POLICE FORCE WITH JUST TWO WORKING OFFICERS.  CHIEF MATT HAWKINS IS ON LEAVE—PENDING AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION.  FORMER POLICE MAJOR NATALIE HILTON—A 14-YEAR VETERAN OF THE DEPARTMENT—RESIGNED A FEW WEEKS AGO..AND SAID SHE HAD FILED HARRASSMENT COMPLAINTS AGAINST HAWKINS.

 

 


WASH CO VA STABBING


A THURSDAY EVENING STABBING IN DAMASCUS VIRGINIA IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.  WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF FRED NEWMAN SAYS ONE MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED—BUT HIS NAME HASN’T BEEN RELEASED.  ONE PERSON WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL.  WE HOPE TO HAVE MORE INFORMATION LATER.

 

 

 ROE--FAMILIES CAN SUE


FIRST DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN DR. PHIL ROE OF JOHNSON CITY SAYS AN OVERRIDE OF A PRESIDENTIAL VETO OF LEGISLATION ALLOWING LAWSUITS AGAINST FOREIGN SPONSORS OF TERRORISM WAS NECESSARY.  IN A CONFERENCE CALL WITH REPORTERS, ROE SAID IT COULD GIVE FAMILIES SOME JUSTICE, "SOME PEOPLE HAD SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT IT, BECAUSE WHAT IF IT'S FLIPPED AND PEOPLE DO THAT TO US WITH OUR INTELLIGENCE?  THAT'S A RISK WE TAKE."  PRESIDENT OBAMA VETOED THE MEASURE BECAUSE HE SAID IT WOULD INFRINGE ON THE PRESIDENT’S ABILITY TO CONDUCT FOREIGN POLICY.  THE OVERRIDE RECEIVED OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE.


 

 

SEX OFFENDERS—PUBLIC SAFETY

A RECENT CHECK OF SEX OFFENDERS IN KINGSPORT NETTED 5 VIOLATIONS—INCLUDING 4 WHO’D MOVED AND DIDN’T NOTIFY POLICE.  THAT’S A REQUIREMENT—ACCORDING TO PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER TOM PATTON, "THE MAJORITY OF THOSE (RESTRICTIONS) ARE DESIGNED FOR US TO KEEP TRACK OF THEM AND KNOW THEIR WHEREABOUTS.  SPECIFICALLY, WHERE THEY'RE ALLOWED TO LIVE IN PROXIMITY TO FACILITIES THAT CATER TO OR HAVE CHILDREN.  IT'S A PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUE.  WE WANT THE PUBLIC TO FEEL SAFE."  OFFENDERS WHO MOVE MUST NOTIFY POLICE WITHIN 48 HOURS.


 

 

REFINANCING SAVES CITY

A REFINANCING OF $7.8-MILLION DOLLARS IN BONDS WILL SAVE JOHNSON CITY TAXPAYERS $720-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE CITY AND THE PUBLIC BUILDING AUTHORITY REFINANCED THE DEBT—WITH A 1.6-PERCENT INTEREST RATE, COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS RATE OF 4.77-PERCENT.  CITY MANAGER PETE PETERSON SAYS THE CITY’S DOUBLE-A-2 BOND RATING HELPED MAKE THE REFINANCE POSSIBLE.  MOST OF THE BONDS WERE ISSUED IN 1999 TO HELP BUILD THE MILLENNIUM CENTRE.


 

 

 

THIEF SUSPECT REMAINS IN JAIL

A NORTH CAROLINA FOOD TRUCK OWNER ACCUSED OF STEALING A COMPETITOR’S TRUCK IN JOHNSON CITY WILL REMAIN IN JAIL.  A JUDGE HAS REFUSED TO REDUCE ELEANOR BLACK’S $50-THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.  SHE’S ACCUSED OF STEALING THE NOLI TRUCK IN JULY.  IT WAS FOUND A FEW DAYS LATER IN MADISON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA.  POLICE ALSO SAY BLACK IS WANTED ON OTHER CHARGES IN OTHER STATES.  SHE’LL RETURN TO COURT OCTOBER 6TH.

 

 

MISSING MAN

CARTER COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARE ASKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT A MAN—WHO HASN’T BEEN SEEN SINCE SEPTEMBER 27TH.  BOBBY JOE RUSSELL’S FAMILY SAYS THE 61-YEAR OLD HAS HEALTH PROBLEMS AND REQUIRES OXYGEN AND HE LEFT HOME WITH ONLY A 2-HOUR SUPPLY.  HE’S 5 FEET 9 INCHES TALL, WEIGHS ABOUT 200 POUNDS AND HAS BROWN HAIR AND GREEN EYES.  HE WAS DRIVING A 1997 HONDA CIVIC—TENNESSEE TAG 852-WZT.  IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION, CALL THE CARTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.

 

 

 

 

 

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