MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN REGION

A MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING HIS WIFE AND  HER FRIEND IN FLORIDA HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN THE TRI-CITIES REGION.  JAMES COLLEY OF ST. AUGUSTINE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY THURSDAY EVENING IN NORTON VIRGINIA.  POLICE RECEIVED A CALL FROM A WOMAN WHO SAID SHE WAS BEING HARASSED BY ANOTHER MOTORIST ON U.S. HIGHWAY 23.  AUTHORITIES STOPPED A VEHICLE—AND FOUND SEVERAL WEAPONS INSIDE.  COLLEY WAS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE AND A FUGITIVE WARRANT FOR MURDER HAS BEEN ISSUED. HE’S IN JAIL WITHOUT BOND.


 

 

 

 

JACKSON CANCELS BRISTOL VISIT

 

DUE TO A FAMILY EMERGENCY, THE REVEREND JESSE JACKSON WILL NOT APPEAR IN BRSTOL SATURDAY.  THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST HAD BEEN SCHEDULED TO SPEAK AT THE GREAT GOLDEN GATHERING---A REUNION OF STUDENTS WHO ATTENDED AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOOLS IN THE REGION.  OTHER EVENTS ARE STILL PLANNED FOR THE HOLIDAY INN ON LINDEN DRIVE.

 

 

 

 

HAWKINS CHILD NEGLECT

 

A HAWKINS COUNTY WOMAN IS FACING CHARGES—AFTER HER CHILD WAS FOUND IN THE MIDDLE OF A STREET.  34-YEAR OLD AMANDA HENRY WAS CITED—AFTER A NEIGHBOR FOUND THE 3-YEAR OLD.  POLICE TOOK THE CHILD HOME—AND SPOKE WITH HENRY—WHO SAID SHE LEFT HER 19-YEAR OLD SON AND A FRIEND IN CHARGE—WHILE SHE SLEPT.

 


SKATEBORDER HIT—CHARGES PENDING

 

CHARGES ARE PENDING—AFTER A SKATEBORDER WAS HIT BY A CAR.  IT HAPPENED ON THE MILLIGAN COLLEGE CAMPUS—AND THE DRIVER TOLD ELIZABETHTON POLICE SHE SAW THE PERSON—AND STOPPED—BUT THE SKATEBORDER DIDN’T STOP..WAS STRUCK..AND WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL. 

 


WATERLINE WORK—DOWNTOWN JC

 

WORK IS UNDERWAY INSTALLING NEW WATER LINES ON ROAN STREET IN DOWNTOWN JOHNSON CITY.  WATER-SEWER DIRECTOR TOM WITHERSPOON SAYS THE OLD LINES DATE BACK OVER 100 YEARS, "WE'RE TRYING TO REPLACE PIPE THAT'S AROUND THE TURN OF THE CENTURY--A LITTLE BIT BEFORE- IN THE LATE 1890'S..AND THAT'S A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW THE ELECTED BODY MAKES RE-INVESTMENT IN THE SYSTEM."  WORK ON ROAN BETWEEN MAIN AND MARKET ALSO INCLUDES NEW SIDEWALKS AND CROSSWALKS.  IT BEGAN AUGUST 17TH..AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT 10 WEEKS.  WATCH FOR STREET CLOSURES AND DETOURS.


 

 

 

COMMISSIONER—BUDGET VOTE

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY COMMISSIONER ANDY HARE COULDN’T CAST A VOTE ON THE RECENT 27-CENT PROPERTY TAX HIKE.  AN ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OPINION SAYS BECAUSE HARE WAS HIRED BY THE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM AFTER BECOMING A COMMISSIONER, HE WASN’T ELIGIBLE TO VOTE ON A BUDGET THAT INCLUDES HIS SALARY.  HARE SAID HE WAS THE ONE WHO BROUGHT THE ISSUE TO THE ATTENTION OF COUNTY ATTORNEY DAN STREET…WHO SAID HE WILL CONTINUE TO RESEARCH THE ISSUE.

 

 

MAIN STREET REBUILD

 

MAIN STREET IN DOWNTOWN KINGSPORT WILL BE GETTING AN EXTENSIVE RE-BUILD.  THANKS TO POOR SOIL CONDITIONS, A RE-PAVE ISN’T ENOUGH—AS IT WOULD BEGIN TO FAIL WITHIN A FEW YEARS.  THE ENTIRE PROJECT WILL COST ABOUT $2.2-MILLION DOLLARS..ACCORDING TO ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER CHRIS MCCARTT…WHO SAYS IT’LL IMPROVE THIS KEY DOWNTOWN GATEWAY.  "WE'LL HAVE TO GO IN ON THOSE AREAS THAT WE IDENTIFY THAT NEED TO BE REBUILT AND THE DESIGN WILL LIKELY CALL FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE ASPHALT, CONCRETE AND A CERTAIN DEPTH OF THE UNSUITABLE SOIL."   $1.7-MILLION DOLLARS IN STATE MONIES WILL BE USED—AND THE CITY WILL FUND THE REST.  WORK SHOULD BEGIN IN THE SPRING OF 2017.


 

 


 

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