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I 26—ROCK SPRINGS PROJECT

BE ALERT TO A ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ON INTERSTATE 26 IN KINGSPORT—THAT COULD AFFECT YOUR COMMUTE.  THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS MAKING REPAIRS ON THE I-26 BRIDGE OVER ROCK SPRINGS ROAD.  I-26 TRAFFIC HAS BEEN REDUCED TO ONE LANE IN BOTH DIRECTIONS—AND THAT’S CAUSING BACK UPS, STOPPED TRAFFIC AND CRASHES.  WORK IS BEING DONE AROUND THE CLOCK AND THE PROJECT COULD TAKE 3 TO 6 WEEKS.    YOU MAY WANT TO FIND ANOTHER ROUTE OR ALLOW EXTRA TIME.  ALSO, USE CAUTION IN THE AREA BY SLOWING DOWN AND ELIMINATING DISTRACTIONS.


FLOODING—FLORENCE

EVEN THOUGH THE REMNANTS OF FLORENCE ARE MOVING OUT, THERE’S STILL A RISK OF FLOODING—ESPECIALLY IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS—WHERE FLASH FLOOD WATCHES REMAIN IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING FOR PARTS OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AND SMYTH COUNTY VIRGINIA.  THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS FOR THE TRI-CITIES AREA—AS THE NOLICHUCKY RIVER AT EMBREEVILLE HAS CRESTED OVERNIGHT—AND WILL CONTINUE TO FALL.  THE STAGE IS 6.9 FEET AND FLOOD STAGE IS 12 FEET.


DRUG CHARGES

A BRISTOL VIRGINIA MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES.  THE WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA SHERIFF’S OFFICE WAS INVESTIGATING A THEFT AT THE DELUXE INN WHEN AN OFFICER SMELLED MARIJUANA.  32-YEAR OLD NATHANIEL TODD MAYS SAID HE FLUSHED A JOINT DOWN THE TOILET BUT STILL HAD ONE ABOVE HIS EAR.  HE ALSO HAD METH, MORE MARIJUANA AND SUBOXONE.  MAYS IS IN JAIL WITHOUT BOND.


STUDENTS FACE CHARGES AFTER GAME

TWO VOLUNTEER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FACE CHARGES—AFTER TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS DURING LAST WEEK’S FOOTBALL GAME BETWEEN VOLUNTEER AND CHEROKEE.  A 17-YEAR OLD STUDENT STRUCK A CHEROKEE STUDENT WITH A FLAG POLE AND WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.  ANOTHER 17-YEAR OLD WAS CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL TRESPASSING AFTER AN INCIDENT IN THE STANDS.


INMATE DEATH

AN INMATE IS DEAD AFTER AN ALTERCATION AT  THE LEE COUNTY VIRGINIA PRISON.  STAFF BEGAN LIFE-SAVING EFFORTS AND THE INMATE WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL AND PRONOUNCED DEAD.  THE OTHER INMATE WAS TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES.  THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION IS LOOKING INTO THE ALTERCATION, WHICH IS BEING TREATED AS A HOMICIDE.


MEDICAID EXPANSION FORUM

TONIGHT IN JOHNSON CITY, THERE’LL BE A FORUM—TO TALK ABOUT MEDICAID EXPANSION IN TENNESSEE.  IT’LL BE AT MUNSEY MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH—AND SPEAKERS WILL TALK ABOUT THE UNMET NEEDS OF TENNESSEANS WHO DON’T HAVE EMPLOYER-BASED HEALTH INSURANCE.  SO FAR, THERE HAVEN’T BEEN ENOUGH VOTES IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR AN EXPANSION—DESPITE A PUSH FROM GOVERNOR BILL HASLAM.  TONIGHT’S FORUM STARTS AT 6:30.


JC DOWNTOWN FLOODING

THE TRI-CITIES AREA APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN SPARED ANY MAJOR FLOODING FROM FLORENCE.  JOHNSON CITY OFFICIALS SAY THEY’VE BEEN AS PROACTIVE AS POSSIBLE—TO CONTROL DOWNTOWN FLOODING. CITY MANAGER PETE PETERSON SAYS, “FOUNDERS AND KING COMMONS TURNED INTO A $12-MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT AND WE KNEW THAT WOULD PROBABLY HANDLE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN A FIVE AND 10-YEAR STORM.”  PETERSON ALSO SAYS THE LAST COUPLE OF BIG RAIN EVENTS HAVE DUMPED BETWEEN 2 AND 3 INCHES OF RAIN IN JUST AN HOUR.