SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT DIES

 

THE HEAD OF THE BRISTOL VIRGINIA SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS DIED.  THE BODY OF 44-YEAR OLD REX GEARHART WAS FOUND AT THE BREAKS INTERSTATE PARK IN DICKENSON COUNTY VIRGINIA.  GEARHART HAD BEEN IN EDUCATION 18 YEARS AND HAD BEEN WITH THE BRISTOL SYSTEM FOR 6 YEARS.  THE DICKENSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND VIRGINIA STATE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE APPARENT SUICIDE.

 

 


JOHNSON CITY FIRE RATING


JOHNSON CITY NOW HAS THE TOP FIRE RATING IN THE NATION.  A “1” FROM THE INSURANCE SERVICE OFFICE—MEANS THE CITY IS ONE OF THREE IN THE STATE AND 132 IN THE NATION TO EARN THIS MARK. FIRE CHIEF MARK SCOTT SAYS, "WE SHOULD SEE SOME LOWER INSURANCE PREMIUMS THROUGHOUT THE CITY. THE CITY SHOULD BECOME MORE ATTRACTIVE TO INDUSTRY."   THE RATING COMES AFTER EVALUATING FIRE OPERATIONS, WATER AND SEWER SERVICES, AND 9-1-1 COMMUNICATIONS. 

 

 


BOATING SAFETY


THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS HERE—AND IF YOU’RE GOING TO SPEND IT ON THE WATER, THE TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY HAS SOME SAFETY TIPS.  FIRST, HAVE A LIFE JACKET FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR BOAT, KEEP ALCOHOL TO A MINIMUM, HAVE A DESIGNATED BOAT OPERATOR, KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON OTHER BOATERS AND WATCH YOUR SPEED.

 


NEW GLASS COMPANY TO TAKE OVER HERITAGE


A NEW GLASS COMPANY IS COMING TO KINGSPORT—AND WILL BRING 104 FULL-TIME JOBS.  ENVIRA GLASS WILL TAKE OVER THE HERITAGE GLASS SITE ON LINCOLN STREET—AND WILL MANUFACTURE SOLAR GLASS.  EARLIER, CITY MANAGER JEFF FLEMING SAID, "THEY EVEN HAVE HIGH HOPES OF STARTING A SECOND PRODUCTION LINE AND REALLY BECOMING A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH IN THE SOLAR GLASS INDUSTRY.  WE'RE JUST TRYING TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO STABILIZE THE ECONOMY AND ATTRACT JOBS."   ENVIRA IS LEASING THE SITE FROM THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD AND THE CITY.  HERITAGE CLOSED A YEAR AGO—AFTER FINANCIAL ISSUES.  NOW, ENVIRA WILL LEASE THE PROPERTY FOR 20 YEARS..WITH 5-YEARS IN-LIEU-OF TAXES ON THE PROPERTY.

 

 


AAA-MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL


MORE THAN 38-MILLION AMERICANS ARE EXPECTED TO TRAVEL THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.  IT’S THE SECOND-HIGHEST ON RECORD—AND THE MOST SINCE 2005.  IN TENNESSEE, A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE TRAVELING AS WELL—AND STEPHANIE MILANI WITH TRIPLE A SAYS, "WE EXPECT TO SEE 690,000 PEOPLE TRAVELING--AGAIN MOST OF THOSE ARE GOING TO BE ON THE ROADS.  84-PERCENT WILL BE ON THE ROADS."  TO HELP, THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS SUSPENDING ALL CONSTRUCTION-RELATED LANE CLOSURES UNTIL 6 A.M. TUESDAY.


 

JC POLICE-EXTRA PATROLS

THE JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE EXTRA OFFICERS ON THE STREETS THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND—AND THEY’LL BE LOOKING FOR IMPAIRED DRIVERS.  POLICE SAY THAT BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING—AND THE LEGAL BLOOD ALCOHOL LIMIT IS POINT ZERO EIGHT—SO EVEN A SLIGHT BUZZ CAN CAUSE IMPAIRED DRIVING.  THE EXTRA OFFICERS WILL BE PAID THROUGH FUNDING FROM THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY SAFETY OFFICE.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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