Local News 2020

 

FIRST RESPONDERS POSSIBLY EXPOSED TO FENTANYL

A GREENE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY AND AN E-M-S RESONDER WERE TREATED AT A HOSPITAL—AFTER POSSIBLY BEING EXPOSED TO FENTANYL.  RESPONDERS WERE CALLED TO A HOME ON HARTMAN ROAD AND FOUND A MAN NEEDING MEDICAL TREATMENT.  A WOMAN SAID SHE AND HER BOYFRIEND– TOMMY STARNES–HAD BEEN USING HEROIN, POSSIBLY LACED WITH FENTANYL.  WHILE EN ROUTE TO A HOSPITAL, AN EMS WORKER BEGAN HAVING OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS.  A SHERIFF’S DEPUTY THEN EXPERIENCED THE SAME SYMPTOMS.   BOTH RECEIVED TREATMENT AND WERE RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL.  THE AMBULANCE AND PATROL CAR WERE DECONTAMINATED.  STARNES FACES NUMEROUS CHARGES.  HIS BOND IS SET AT $100-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

WOMAN KILLED AFTER BEING HIT BY CAR

THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AFTER A WOMAN WAS KILLED THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN UNICOI COUNTY.  THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS JOANNE REGINA WAS CROSSING THE ROAD FROM HER MAILBOX WHEN SHE WAS STRUCK BY A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY SHARI DAVIDSON.  IT HAPPENED IN THE 42-HUNDRED BLOCK OF SIMERLY CREEK ROAD.  NO CITATIONS HAVE BEEN ISSUED.

BODY IDENTIFIED

THE JOHNSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS A LENGTHY INVESTIGATION IS FINISHED—AFTER HUMAN REMAINS WERE FOUND IN FEBRUARY 2020.  THE REMAINS WERE FOUND BY A FISHERMAN AND ARE THOSE OF TIMOTHY TRIVETTE, WHO WAS REPORTED MISSING OUT OF WATAUGA COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA IN FEBRUARY 2019.  THE REMAINS WERE FOUND ALONG THE WATAUGA RIVER IN THE HIGHWAY 321 AREA.  FOUL PLAY ISN’T SUSPECTED AND MORE INFORMATION MAY BE RELEASED LATER.

FIRE DESTROYS HOME

A HOUSE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY WAS DESTROYED BY AN EARLY MORNING FIRE.  CREWS RECEIVED THE CALL AROUND 3 A.M. TO PIPER GLEN ROAD IN GRAY.  TWO PEOPLE LIVED IN THE HOME AND WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE WITHOUT INJURY.  THE CAUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

COVID-19-BALLAD HEALTH

BALLAD HEALTH REPORTS 396 COVID-19 PATIENTS ARE HOSPITALIZED.  THAT’S UP 3 FROM THURSDAY—AND AS HAS BEEN THE CASE THE PAST FEW DAYS, THE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO STAY FLAT.  TODAY, 103 PATIENTS ARE IN INTENSIVE CARE AND 78 ARE ON VENTILATORS.  THERE ARE TWO PEDIATRIC PATIENTS—UP 1 FROM THURSDAY. ALSO, AN INCREASE—AS 41-PERCENT OF THE POPULATION IN BALLAD’S SERVICE AREA IS FULLY VACCINATED.

RACE DAY—ARRIVE EARLY

IF YOU’RE HEADED TO THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY FOR THIS EVENING’S XFINITY RACE OR SATURDAY’S CUP RACE, YOU SHOULD ALLOW SOME EXTRA TIME TO PASS THROUGH SECURITY CHECKS.  ALSO, THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU’RE GOING AFTER THE RACE AND PARK ACCORDINGLY.  GATES BOTH DAYS OPEN AS EARLY AS 3 P.M.

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