Local News 2020

MORE NOISE AT HOLSTON??

THERE MAY BE SOME INCREASED NOISE SATURDAY AT THE HOLSTON ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT IN KINGSPORT.  B-A-E SYSTEMS OPERATES THE PLANT AND WILL BE DOING A ONE-TIME, SELF-CLEANING OF A NEW NATURAL GAS-FIRED STEAM FACILITY.  B-A-E SAYS IT’S NECESSARY AS ONE OF THE FINAL STEPS IN CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW FACILITY THAT’LL REPLACE THE EXISING COAL-FIRED POWER SUPPLY.  THE CLEANING WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 9 A.M. UNTIL 4 P.M. ON SATURDAY.

BILLBOARDS CREATED TO FIND SUMMER

A MYRTLE BEACH ADVERTISING COMPANY IS HELPING WITH EFFORTS TO FIND 5-YEAR-OLD SUMMER WELLS.  COASTAL OUTDOOR ADVERTISING HAS CREATED THE “MISSING SUMMER WELLS” BILLBOARD—AFTER SEEING REPORTS OF HER DISAPPEARANCE AND THE ONGOING SEARCH EFFORTS.  THE DIGITAL BILLBOARDS ARE IN 20 LOCATIONS IN THE MYRTLE BEACH AREA AND IN JUST TWO DAYS HAVE GENERATED OVER 43-THOUSAND EXPOSURES.  WITH THE PEAK TOURISM SEASON JUST AHEAD, OFFICIALS WITH THE ADVERTISING COMPANY SAY IT’S THE BEST CHANCE TO GET SUMMER’S IMAGE IN FRONT OF TOURISTS.

SULLIVAN DRUG ARREST

A WISE COUNTY VIRGINIA WOMAN FACES SEVERAL CHARGES—AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP IN SULLIVAN COUNTY.  DEPUTIES TRIED TO STOP A VEHICLE ON INTERSTATE 26, BUT THE DRIVER FLED—AND AFTER A SHORT PURSUIT, BRIDGETTE JOAN BLEDSOE OF APPALACHIA WAS ARRESTED.  SHE HAD ACTIVE WARRANTS IN SULLIVAN AND SCOTT COUNTIES—AND DURING A SEARCH OVER $190-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF DRUGS WERE FOUND, INCLUDING HEROIN, METH, MOLLY AND MARIJUANA.  OFFICERS ALSO FOUND $895-DOLLARS.  BLEDSOE WAS TAKEN TO THE SULLIVAN COUNTY JAIL AND THERE IS ALSO A HOLD FROM SCOTT COUNTY.

MAN IMPERSONATES VETERAN, GETS MEDICAL SERVICES

A GEORGIA MAN WILL SERVE FEDERAL PRISON TIME FOR STEALING MEDICAL TREATMENT AFTER CLAIMING TO BE A VETERAN.  31-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER VOYLES USED THE IDENTITY AND SEPARATION PAPERS OF A VETERAN WHILE RECEIVING MEDICAL SERVICES AT A KNOXVILLE HOSPITAL.  HE WAS THEN TRANSFERRED TO THE V-A MEDICAL CENTER IN JOHNSON CITY AND FOR ABOUT A WEEK, HE ACCEPTED SERVICES—TOTALING OVER $20-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  VOLYES HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN PROSECUTED IN ATLANTA FOR USING THE SAME VETERAN’S IDENTITY TO GET DRUGS FROM THE V-A MEDICAL CENTER IN ATLANTA.  HE WAS SENTENCED TO 27 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON AND WILL BE ON 3 YEARS SUPERVISED RELEASE.

A JOHNSON CITY MAN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

A JOHNSON CITY MAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER AN INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED AT WAFFLE HOUSE ON NORTH STATE OF FRANKLIN ROAD ON JUNE 6TH. POLICE SAY WHILE AT WAFFLE HOUSE, 26 YEAR OLD NATHAN ARMSTEAD RETRIEVED A BASEBALL BAT FROM HIS VEHICLE, WHILE IN AN ARGUMENT WITH ANOTHER CUSTOMER. THE VICTIM WAS STRUCK IN THE HEAD WITH THE BAT, WHILE ATTEMPTING TO SEPARATE THE TWO MEN IN THE ARGUMENT. ARMSTEAD TURNED HIMSELF INTO THE WASHINGTON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER MONDAY, AND WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.

BVU TO RESUME DISCONNECTING PAST DUE ACCOUNTS

BRISTOL VIRGINIA UTILITIES AUTHORITY WILL RESUME DISCONNECTING PAST DUE UTILITY ACCOUNTS BEGINNING JULY 1ST. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, BVU SUSPENDED RESIDENTIAL SERVICE DISCONNECTS FOR A TOTAL OF 364 DAYS THROUGHOUT 2020 AND 2021, WITH THE GOAL OF ASSISTING CUSTOMERS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. BVU OFFICIALS REPORT AN UNPRESENTED NUMBER OF ACCOUNTS IN DELINQUENT STATUS OVER THE PAST 16 MONTHS, ABOUT ONE OF EVERY FIVE ACCOUNTS IS PAST DUE. CUSTOMERS SHOULD CONTACT BVU CUSTOMER SUPPORT BY WEDNESDAY JUNE 30TH, TO RECONCILE PAST-DUE ACCOUNT BALANCES OR DISCUSS AVAILABLE REPAYMENT PLANS. CUSTOMERS ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR PAST DUE ACCOUNTS.

BRISTOL LOOKING AT PURCHASE OF OLD BALLAD HEALTH WELLNESS CENTER

THE CITY OF BRISTOL TENNESSEE IS LOOKING AT POSSIBLY PURCHASING THE OLD BALLAD HEALTH WELLNESS CENTER ON WEST STATE STREET, AND CONVERTING IT INTO A COMMUNITY CENTER. PARK’S AND RECREATION DIRECTOR TERRY NAPIER, PRESENTED PLANS TO THE CITY COUNCIL DURING A MEETING TUESDAY. THE PLAN IS ESTIMATED TO COST THE CITY MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS. EXPERTS WILL EXAMINE THE BUILDING’S STRUCTURE, BEFORE THE CITY MAKES A FINAL DECISION. THE CITY REQUESTED A 90 DAY DUE DILIGENCE PERIOD TO EXAMINE THE BUILDING.

CROWN LABORATORIES HIT BY RANSOMWARE ATTACK

A JOHNSON CITY COMPANY WAS THE VICTIM OF A RANSOMWARE ATTACK LATE LAST MONTH. CROWN LABORATORIES CEO JEFF BEDARD SAID THE COMPANY LEARNED OF THE ATTACK MAY 24TH. BUT HE SAID CROWN’S OPERATIONS ARE BACK TO NORMAL. HE SAID THE FBI IS INVESTIGATING THE ATTACK, AND THAT HE COULDN’T COMMENT FURTHER DUE TO THE ONGOING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION.

NORTH CAROLINA MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

A HENDERSON NORTH CAROLINA MAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER BEING ARRESTED WEDNESDAY. ON TUESDAY, JOHNSON CITY POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE AREA OF DIVISION STREET AND EAST PINE STREET, IN REFERENCE TO A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE. OFFICERS LOCATED AN INFINITI Q 50 THAT WAS FOUND TO HAVE BEEN STOLEN OUT OF APEX NORTH CAROLINA. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED BRANDON CHADWICK HARRIS WAS A SUSPECT WHO HAD BEEN DRIVING THE VEHICLE IN THE AREA. ABOUT 6:10 PM, HARRIS WAS LOCATED AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON A SEPARATE WARRANT. FURTHER INVESTIGATION REVEALED HARRIS HAD TAKEN THE VEHICLE FROM A DEALERSHIP IN APEX, AND ABANDONED IT AFTER IT RAN OUT OF FUEL. HE’S CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY OVER 10,000 DOLLARS.

WOMAN FACING CHARGES AFTER LEAVING CHILD IN CAR

AUTHORITIES SAY A WOMAN WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY, AFTER LEAVING A CHILD IN A LOCKED CAR IN MARION VIRGINIA. ACCORDING TO MARION POLICE, A GRANDMOTHER LEFT A CHILD IN A CAR IN A WALMART PARKING LOT FOR MORE THAN NA HOUR AROUND 5:30 PM. EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE, BROKE OUT THE WINDOW, AND GOT THE CHILD OUT. THE WOMAN 71 YEAR OLD BETTY JEAN LYONS OF MARION, WAS CHARGED WITH FELONY CHILD ABUSE.

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND

KINGSPORT POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE DISCOVERY OF HUMAN REMAINS OFF ROCK SPRINGS ROAD IN SULLIVAN COUNTY WEDNESDAY. POLICE SAY OFFICERS AND DETECTIVES RESPONDED TO THE 1600 BLOCK OF ROCK SPRINGS ROAD AROUND NOON, REGARDING THE DISCOVERY OF HUMAN REMAINS IN A WOODED AREA, ON AN ABANDONED RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. THE REMAINS BELIEVED TO BE THAT OF AN ADULT MALE, WERE SENT TO THE ETSU JAMES H QUILLEN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE FOR FORENSIC ANALYSIS, TO ESTABLISH A CAUSE OF DEATH. POLICE SAY NO FURTHER DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE, AS THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.

SULLIVAN CO LOOKING A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

SULLIVAN COUNTY TAX PAYERS COULD BE LOOKING AT A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE. THE COUNTY’S BUDGET COMMITTEE VOTED UNANIMOUSLY WEDNESDAY, TO RECOMMEND A NINE CENT INCREASE TO THE FULL COUNTY COMMISSION, WHICH IS SCHED8ULED TO VOTE ON THE TAX RATE AND COUNTY BUDGET NEXT WEEK. COMMISSIONERS SAY THE TAX INCREASE IS NEEDED TO COVER THE COUNTY’S DEBT SERVICE. THE PROPOSED BUDGET INCLUDES A 4 PERCENT PAY RAISE FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES, AND THE COMMITTEE AGREED TO UP THAT TO A RECOMMENDATION OF 5 PERCENT.