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35th ANNIVERSARY—RECORD COLD

TODAY IS THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ALL-TIME RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE RECORDED AT TRI-CITIES AIRPORT.  THE LOW ON JANUARY 21ST 1985 WAS 21-DEGREES BELOW ZERO, WHICH IS THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED.  THAT WAS PART OF A COLD SNAP THAT REACHED DEEP INTO THE SOUTH—AS IT WAS 24-BELOW ZERO IN KNOXVILLE AND 10-BELOW IN CHATTANOOGA.  JUST HOW FAR SOUTH DID THE COLD REACH?  TEMPERATURES WERE 20-DEGREES IN ORLANDO AND 30-DEGREES IN MIAMI.

STORAGE UNIT DEATH

NEW INFORMATION ABOUT A MAN KILLED IN A STORAGE UNIT IN WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA.  THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS 46-YEAR OLD WALTER LAMPKINS HAD BEEN LIVING IN THE UNIT IN GLADE SPRING FOR A FEW DAYS BEFORE SATURDAY’S FIRE.  46-YEAR OLD KELLY GOFF OF GLADE SPRING WAS ARRESTED AFTER AN INVESTIGATION.  GOFF AND LAMPKINS WERE IN A PREVIOUS RELATIONSHIP AND HAVE A CHILD TOGETHER.  GOFF IS CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER AND ABDUCTION.

ATTEMPTED MURDER

A JOHNSON CITY MAN HAS BEEN INDICTED ON NUMEROUS CHARGES, INCLUDING ATTEMPTED FIRST-DEGREE MURDER.  IN OCTOBER, POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE APARTMENT OF 19-YEAR OLD TROY RICHARDSON, WHERE HE LIVED WITH BRIANNA BROOKS AND DANIELLE REED.  RICHARDSON HAD BEEN DATING BROOKS, BUT SHE TOLD POLICE THEY’D RECENTLY BROKEN UP.  WHEN SHE BROUGHT SOMEONE ELSE TO THE APARTMENT, RICHARDSON AND BROOKS GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT WHICH ESCALATED INTO A PHYSICAL ALTERCATION.  RICHARDSON IS ALSO CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON, AND TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CAUSING SERIOUS INJURY.

BALLAD TO RESUME ELECTIVE SURGERIES

BALLAD HEALTH WILL RESUME ELECTIVE SURGERIES WEDNESDAY AFTER SUSPENDING THEM LAST WEEK BECAUSE OF A RECALL ON SURGICAL GOWNS.  THOSE SURGERIES THAT WERE POSTPONED ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING RESCHEDULED.  LAST WEEK, BALLAD ANNOUNCED THAT ELECTIVE SURGERIES SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY AND TODAY WERE POSTPONED BECAUSE OF STERILITY ISSUES WITH CARDINAL HEALTH SURGICAL PROCEDURE PACKS, WHICH INCLUDE GOWNS AND OTHER ITEMS USED DURING SURGERY.  BALLAD SAYS IT WAS ABLE TO SECURE THE INVENTORY THAT’S NECESSARY FOR EMERGENCY AND URGENT PROCEDURES. IT’S NOT KNOWN IF THERE’LL BE ADDITIONAL SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS.

JEWELRY THIEVES

ELIZABETHTON POLICE ARE ASKING FOR HELP IN IDENTIFYING TWO PEOPLE SUSPECTED OF STEALING $1200 DOLLARS WORTH OF JEWELRY FROM WAL-MART.  THE TWO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE VANDALIZED A JEWELRY CASE IN THE STORE BEFORE STEALING THE JEWELRY.  ONE SUSPECT IS A WHITE MALE WHO WAS WEARING A HOODIE AND A CAP.  THE OTHER IS A WHITE FEMALE AND SHE WAS WEARING A DARK HOODIE.

CHILD NEGLECT

A GREENE COUNTY MOTHER IS FACING CHILD NEGLECT CHARGES AFTER POLICE FOUND HER LIVING IN A VEHICLE WITH HER TWO CHILDREN.  OFFICERS SAY TWO MEN WATCHING THE CHILDREN SAID THEY HADN’T BEEN BATHED IN A WHILE AND BOTH HAD A SEVERE RASH.  TWO BOXES OF FOOD WERE IN THE TRUNK WITH EGGS AND MILK, NEITHER OF WHICH WERE IN A COOLER.  THE MOTHER, SUMMER FEATHER, AND BOTH CHILDREN WERE TAKEN TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES IN GREENEVILLE.  FEATHER IS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS AND POLICE SAY THIS IS THE THIRD TIME THEY’VE BEEN CALLED TO CHECK ON THE WELFARE OF THE CHILDREN.

DRESS WARMLY

TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE A LITTLE WARMER TODAY—BUT IT’S STILL GOING TO BE COLD—AND IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE OUTSIDE, BARRY BRICKEY WITH THE KINGSPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS TO DRESS WARMLY, “IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE OUT TRAVELING OR EVEN JUST OUT FOR A LITTLE WHILE, YOU NEVER KNOW–YOU MAY HAVE SOME MECHANICAL PROBLEMS WITH YOUR CAR, MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE DRESSED WARMLY AND ALWAYS CARRY SOME EXTRA THINGS IN YOUR VEHICLE–MAYBE A BLANKET, A PACK OF HAND WARMERS–AND THAT WAY YOU CAN BE SAFER.”  TODAY’S HIGH IS FORECAST FOR THE LOWER 30’S—WELL BELOW THE NORMAL HIGH OF 45.  A WARMING TREND IS FORECAST TO START WEDNESDAY.

JC CHAMBER BUILDING—CITY PURCHASE??

AS JOHNSON CITY OFFICIALS CONSIDER PURCHASING THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUILDING, CITY MANAGER PETE PETERSON SAYS IT MIGHT BE A GOOD FIT FOR THE CITY—AND NOT JUST BECAUSE OF ITS LOCATION.  PETERSON ALSO SAYS THERE COULD BE SEVERAL USES, “INITIALLY, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, THERE ARE A LOT HIGHER AND BETTER USES FOR IT THAN A TRAILHEAD.  WE’VE GOT SOME SPACE NEEDS FOR STAFF.”    LATER IN THE YEAR, THE CHAMBER WILL MOVE TO THE MODEL MILL SITE ON WEST WALNUT STREET. THE CHAMBER IS ASKING $500-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE CITY IS HAVING AN APPRAISAL AND STAFF IS EVALUATING THE BUILDING.

ALL-TIME HIGH SEATBELT USAGE

SEATBELT USAGE IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH IN TENNESSEE.  THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY SAFETY OFFICE SAYS THE USAGE RATE IN 2019 WAS 91.75-PERCENT—UP FROM 90.9-PERCENT IN 2018.  RESEARCH DATA WAS COLLECTED AT 190 PRE-IDENTIFIED ROADWAYS IN THE STATE AND RESEARCHERS OBSERVED MORE THAN 34-THOUSAND VEHICLE OCCUPANTS.  THIS MARKS THE SECOND YEAR TENNESSEE’S USAGE RATE TOPPED 90-PERCENT.