WOMAN ARRESTED IN GREENE MURDER

AN AFTON WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH A 2016 GREENE COUNTY MURDER.  VONDA STAR SMITH IS CHARGED IN DEATH OF JESSIE MORRISON—WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND IN AUGUST ON A ROAD IN AFTON.  AUTHORITIES SAY SMITH IS THE GRANDMOTHER OF ONE OF MORRISON’S CHILDREN.   GREENE COUNTY SHERIFF PAT HANKINS SAID THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING, BUT HE DIDN’T EXPECT ANY MORE ARRESTS.  A MOTIVE WASN’T DISCLOSED. SMITH IS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF MURDER—AS MORRISON WAS PREGNANT AT THE TIME OF HER DEATH.


 

 

GREENE DEATHS

TWO PEOPE WERE FOUND DEAD TUESDAY EVENING IN GREENE COUNTY.  EMERGENCY DISPATCHERS RECEIVED A CALL FROM A WOMAN ON WHISPERING ROAD WHO SAID SHE WAS LOCKED IN HER ROOM, WAS BLEEDING AND THAT A MAN WITH A GUN WAS TRYING TO GET HER.  OFFICERS FORCED THEIR WAY INTO THE HOUSE AND A MAN AND WOMAN WERE FOUND DEAD.  THE TWO WERE IN A RELATIONSHIP AND LIVED AT THE HOME.  THE BODIES HAVE BEEN SENT FOR AUTOPSIES.

 

 

 

BOARD TAPS BARNETT

THE JOHNSON CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS TAPPED DR. STEVE BARNETT TO BE THE NEXT SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT.  THE BOARD VOTED TO BEGIN NEGOTIATIONS WITH BARNETT—WHO’S CURRENTLY PRINCIPAL AT TOWNE ACRES ELEMENTARY.  HE WAS ONE OF FIVE FINALISTS TO SUCCEED DR. RICHARD BALES—WHO’S RETIRING LATER IN THE YEAR.  A COMMITTEE WILL WORK ON BARNETT’S CONTRACT—AND WILL PRESENT IT TO THE FULL BOARD ON APRIL 3RD.

 

 

SCOTT FATAL

A DEADLY CRASH IN SCOTT COUNTY VIRGINIA REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.  IT HAPPENED TUESDAY—ON ROUTE 23 IN THE DUFFIELD AREA.  A FORD VAN WAS TRAVELING SOUTH—WHEN IT RAN OFF THE ROAD, HIT A GUARDRAIL, CROSSED INTO THE MEDIAN..AND CONTINUED SOUTHBOUND.  NEAR MILE MARKER 20, THE VAN RAN OFF THE ROAD AGAIN—AND HIT A DODGE TRUCK-HEAD-ON.  THE VAN DRIVER—ROBERT TAYLOR OF DUFFIELD—WAS FLOWN TO A HOSPITAL FOR NON-LIFE THREATNING INJURIES.  THE DRIVER OF THE DODGE—MARVIN CLARK—AND A PASSENGER—REGINA SPIVEY—BOTH OF PENNINGTON GAP—WERE KILLED AT THE SCENE.  CHARGES ARE PENDING.

 

CHARGES SENT TO GRAND JURY

THE CASE OF A FALL BRANCH MAN ACCUSED OF HOLDING HIS GIRLFRIEND AND TODDLER HOSTAGE DURING A NEW YEAR’S DAY STAND-OFF HAS BEEN SENT TO A GRAND JURY.  JAMES LITTLETON IS ACCUSED OF POINTING A GUN AT FIREFIGHTERS—WHO WERE CALLED TO THE HOME—ABOUT A FIRE.  A REQUEST TO LOWER HIS $125-THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND WAS DENIED.  HE’S CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING, AND AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC ASSAULT.  LITTLETON RETURNS TO COURT MAY 12TH.

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS

WATCH FOR BRIDGE REPAIR ON INTERSTATE 81 NORTH IN WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA.  THE BRIDGE OVER HALLS BOTTOM ROAD—NEAR BRISTOL—WILL BE DOWN TO ONE LANE THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING.  YOU SHOULD ANTICIPATE DELAYS—DURING PEAK TRAFFIC TIMES—ESPECIALLY THE AFTERNOON.


 

 

SULLIVAN BOND ISSUE-TAX HIKE

SULLIVAN COUNTY’S $140-MILLION DOLLAR BOND ISSUE IS SET TO CLOSE NEXT WEEK—AND IN ADDITION TO THE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM, KINGSPORT, BRISTOL AND JOHNSON CITY SCHOOLS WILL SEE PROCEEDS.  COUNTY MAYOR RICHARD VENABLE SAYS TALKS CONTINUE ABOUT HOW TO PAY, "WE ANNOUNCED SOME TIME AGO THAT WE PREDICTED IT WOULD TAKE ABOUT NINE CENTS.  WE HOPE IT'LL BE LOWER THAN THAT, BUT I THINK THE COMMISSION IS UP TO DOING WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO MAKE THOSE IMPROVEMENTS."  SULLIVAN COUNTY PLANS TO BUILD A NEW HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL.


 

 


HASLAM—GAS TAX BILL


A PROPOSAL TO BOOST TRANSPORTATION FUNDING IN TENNESSEE CONTINUES MOVING IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE.  THE PLAN WOULD CUT SALES TAXES ON GROCERIES—WHILE RAISING THE TAX ON GAS AND DIESEL.  MARK NORRIS OF SHELBY COUNTY IS THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER—AND IS CARRYING THE BILL, "IT'S REALLY SORT OF A LANDMARK BILL.  IT STARTED AS THE IMPROVE ACT AND NOW WE LIKE TO CALL IT THE IMPROVED IMPROVE ACT."  THE PLAN IS AIMED AT TACKLING A $10-BILLION DOLLAR BACKLOG IN ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS.


 

DRUG ARREST

A CROSSVILLE TENNESSEE MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED—ON DRUG CHARGES.  52-YEAR OLD GLEN MONCILOVICH WAS STOPPED FOR RECKLESS DRIVING—ON INTERSTATE 81 IN WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA.  A SHERIFF’S DEPUTY SMELLED MARIJUANA—AND DURING A SEARCH, FOUND OVER TWO POUNDS.  MONCILOVICH WAS TAKEN TO JAIL—WHERE HE’S HELD WITHOUT BOND.

 

 

TEEN—FALSE REPORT

A 15-YEAR OLD HAS BEEN CHARGED—AFTER POLICE SAY SHE REPORTED A PHONY SHOOTING THREAT.  CARTER COUNTY AUTHORITIES RECEIVED INFORMATION ABOUT A SHOOTING THREAT AGAINST THREE SEPARATE SCHOOLS ON FEBRUARY 28TH.  A STUDENT DISCOVERED THE THREAT ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND REPORTED IT TO A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL.  THE TEEN IS CHARGED WITH FALSE REPORTING AND WILL APPEAR IN CARTER COUNTY JUVENILE COURT.

 

 

 

 

 

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