OFFICER STRUCK BY CAR--SUSPECT ARRESTED

 

 

A WOMAN IS IN CUSTODY—AFTER A CARTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY WAS STRUCK BY A CAR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.  IT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE 2:00—AT CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL—IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE COUNTY.  THE FEMALE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER WAS TRYING TO ARREST SHAWNA LYNN RAY AND WAS HEARD ON EMERGENCY RADIO TRAFFIC ASKING FOR HELP—AND SAYING THE VEHICLE STRUCK HER—AND THEN FLED THE SCENE.  AFTER A MANHUNT, RAY WAS ARRESTED ON AUSTIN SPRINGS ROAD IN JOHNSON CITY.  WE’RE TOLD THE OFFICER WILL BE OK.

 

 

 

MISSING ADULT

 

THE SULLIVAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS LOOKING FOR A MISSING MAN—WHO COULD BE ENDANGERED.  STEPHEN DALE SMITH WAS REPORTED MISSING APRIL 23RD.  HIS FIANCE SAID ON APRIL 12TH, SMITH BORROWED A TOW DOLLY TO DELIVER A CAR TO GREENEVILLE.  HE WAS DRIVING A 2007 DODGE FLATBED TRUCK WHEN HE LEFT KINGSPORT.  HE WAS LAST HEARD FROM AROUND 7:30 THAT EVENING—WHEN HE SENT A TEXT MESSAGE SAYING HE’D BE HOME SOON.  SMITH IS 27 YEARS OLD, 5-FEET 10 INCHES TALL, 200 POUNDS, WITH BROWN HAIR, BLUE EYES AND A BEARD.


   

 

 

 

BRISTOL VA ELECTIONS

 

 

A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE RECEIVED THE MOST VOTES FOR CITY COUNCIL IN TUESDAY’S ELECTION IN BRISTOL VIRGINIA.  KEVIN MUMPOWER CLAIMED ONE OF TWO SEATS UP FOR GRABS—WITH 871 WRITE IN VOTES.  DOUG FLEENOR—WHOSE NAME WAS ON THE BALLOT—RECEIVED 644 VOTES AND GETS THE OTHER SEAT.  INCUMBENT GUY ODUM WAS DEFEATED.  NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS TAKE OFFICE JULY 1ST.

 

 


 

 

NEW JOBS COMING TO KINGSPORT

 

NEW JOBS MAY BE COMING TO KINGSPORT—IN THE FORMER HERITAGE GLASS LOCATION ON LINCOLN STREET.  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICIALS ARE WORKING WITH A COMPANY TO LEASE THE SITE—AND BRING UP TO 100 NEW JOBS.  AS AN INCENTIVE, THE KINGSPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD IS OFFERING TO WAIVE 5 YEARS WORTH OF PROPERTY TAXES.  AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT COULD COME IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS.  THE NEW COMPANY WOULD PRIMARILY MANUFACTURE SOLAR GLASS.

 

 

BRISTOL K-MART TO CLOSE

 

THE K-MART STORE ON WEST STATE STREET IN BRISTOL TENNESSEE WILL CLOSE IN EARLY AUGUST.  A LIQUIDATION SALE WILL BEGIN MAY 19TH—AND THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EFFORT FOR SEARS HOLDINGS TO REDUCE EXPENSES.  ASSOCIATES WHO ARE ELIGIBLE WILL RECEIVE SEVERANCE AND CAN APPLY FOR OPEN POSITIONS AT AREA SEARS OR OTHER K-MART STORES.

 


TOOL THIEF


KINGSPORT POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A TOOL THIEF.  APRIL 20TH, A TOOL BAG WAS TAKEN FROM A TRUCK WHICH WAS PARKED AT LEAPING LIZARDS ON WILCOX COURT.  THE BAG HAD ASSORTED HAND AND POWER TOOLS—VALUED AT NEARLY $700.  THE TOOLS BELONGED TO A WORKER WHO WAS REPARING THE HVAC SYSTEM.  THE SUSPECT IS A HEAVY-SET WHITE MALE, ABOUT 6-2, 240 POUNDS..WITH GRAY HAIR AND A LONG, GRAY GOATEE.  AT THE TIME, HE WAS WEARING BLUE JEANS, A BLACK LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT AND A BALL CAP.

 


KINGSPORT BUDGET


KINGSPORT OFFICIALS SAY THE FISCAL 2017 BUDGET IS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS.  CITY MANAGER JEFF FLEMING SAYS THE BUDGET IS BALANCED, "IT'S NOT BEEN EASY TO BALANCE--IT NEVER IS---BUT WE DID BALANCE IT."  FLEMING SAYS THE OPERATING BUDGET INCLUDES MONIES FOR MORE INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS, INCLUDING STREETS AND PARKS.  THERE ARE ALSO SEPARATE REQUESTS FOR FUNDING FOR THE “ONE KINGSPORT INITIATIVES.”


 

 


ASSAULT CHARGES


A JOHNSON CITY WOMAN IS CHARGED WITH ASSAULT—AFTER HER VEHICLE WAS STOLEN.  JAZMYN WHITESIDE SAID HER CAR WAS STOLEN FROM BELL RIDGE ROAD TUESDAY AFTERNOON.  WHITESIDE THOUGHT A NEIGHBOR WAS RESPONSIBLE, SO SHE STARTED YELLING AT HER—AND HITTING HER CAR WITH A BASEBALL BAT, CAUSING THE DRIVER AND HER CHILDREN TO BE FEARFUL.  WHITESIDE IS DUE IN COURT TODAY.

 


ROE—TRUMP-HILLARY


WITH A DONALD TRUMP-HILLARY CLINTON NOVEMBER MATCHUP FOR THE WHITE HOUSE ALL BUT CERTAIN, THE OUTCOME IS ANYBODY’S GUESS.  BOTH CANDIDATES ARE POLARIZING—AND THAT COULD BE GOOD OR BAD—ACCORDING TO FIRST DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN DR. PHIL ROE OF JOHNSON CITY WHO SAYS, "WILL THE ELECTORATE BE TURNED ON, WILL IT BE TURNED OFF?  I DON'T KNOW, BUT IT SURE IS GOING TO BE FASCINATING TO WATCH."  ROE EARLIER SAID THIS COULD BE A “SENTINEL” MOMENT IN AMERICAN POLITICS—WITH A TRUMP—AN OUTSIDER—SEEKING THE HIGHEST ELECTED OFFICE IN THE NATION.


 

 

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA

 

A JOHNSON CITY MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED—AFTER POLICE FOUND HIM WITH OVER A HALF POUND OF MARIJUANA.  JOSEPH PITMAN WAS A PASSENGER IN A VEHICLE THAT WAS STOPPED ON THE TREE STREETS—FOR HAVING AN IMPROPER LICENSE PLATE.  PITMAN GOT OUT AND STARTED WALKING AWAY, IGNORING POLICE COMMANDS TO STOP.  FORCE HAD TO BE USED TO ARREST HIM AND OFFICERS FOUND THE DRUGS IN HIS PANTS. 

 

 

HAWKINS SHOOTING DEATH

A SHOOTING DEATH IN HAWKINS COUNTY IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.  IT HAPPENED TUESDAY EVENING—NEAR SURGOINSVILLE.  THE BODY OF 39-YEAR OLD DARRELL ROBERTS WAS FOUND IN THE ROADWAY NEAR A MOBILE HOME PARK—WITH MULTIPLE GUNSHOT WOUNDS.  SEVERAL WITNESSES INCLUDING THE ALLEGED SHOOTER ARE BEING INTERVIEWED. 


 

 

 


 

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