Local News 2020

CHILD DIES FROM COVID-19

THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS CONFIRMED THE DEATH OF A CHILD LESS THAN 10-YEARS OLD FROM COMPLICATIONS OF A CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITION AND COVID-19.  THIS IS THE FIRST REPORTED DEATH OF A CHILD IN VIRGINIA UNDER THE AGE OF 10 WHO HAD COVID-19.  THE CHILD WAS IN THE CENTRAL VIRGINIA REGION.  THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ISN’T RELEASING ANY MORE INFORMATION TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF THE CHILD’S FAMILY.

BALLAD HEALTH—CHILDREN’S NETWORK

BALLAD HEALTH IS MAKING A MAJOR INVESTMENT INTO CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE FOR THE TRI-CITIES REGION.  THE NISWONGER CHILDREN’S NETWORK WILL PROVIDE A HIGHER LEVEL OF COMPREHENSIVE HEALTHCARE ACROSS THE REGION FOR CHILDREN.  THE INVESTMENT IS NEARLY $60-MILLION DOLLARS. LISA CARTER IS C-E-O OF THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND SAYS, “THIS IS A REGIONAL SYSTEM OF HEALTHCARE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES THAT MARKS A  NEW PHASE IN THE HIGH STANDARDS OF HEALTH CARE BEING DELIVERED FOR CHILDREN ACROSS THE REGION.”    BALLAD PLANS TO SECURE AT LEAST $17-MILLION DOLLARS IN GIFTS TOWARD THE NETWORK.  $9-MILLION OF THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN SECURED, THANKS TO A $7-MILLION DOLLAR GIFT FROM THE J.D. NICEWONDER FAMILY.  ALSO, NISWONGER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL WILL EXPAND BY ADDING TWO STORIES THAT’LL FEATURE A NEW CENTER FOR PERINATAL AND NEONATAL CARE AND CENTER FOR PEDIATRIC SPECIALTIES.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULTING WOMAN, PUPPY

A BRISTOL TENNESSEE MAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER POLICE SAY HE ASSAULTED A WOMAN AND HER PUPPY.  OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO A DOMESTIC DISTRURBANCE LAST MONTH AND ARRESTED 30-YEAR-OLD JOHN DUDLEY JUNIOR.  THE VICTIM TOLD INVESTIGATORS THAT DUDLEY BECAME ANGRY AFTER THE DOG USED THE BATHROOM IN ITS CRATE.  DUDLEY ALLEGEDLY PULLED THE DOG FROM THE CRATE AND WHEN HE TRIED TO PUT THE DOG IN A BATHTUB, IT BIT HIM.  HE ALLEGEDLY PUNCHED AND KICKED THE DOG AND WHEN THE VICTIM TRIED TO INTERVENE, DUDLEY ALLEGEDLY PUSHED HER INTO A WALL.  POLICE SAY THE DOG SUSTAINED INJURIES TO ITS JAW, FRONT PAW AND TEETH.  DUDLEY IS CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.

ETSU-FLAG

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DR. BRIAN NOLAND’S APPEARANCE BEFORE THE STATE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE WAS FOR A BUDGET REVIEW, BUT THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM KNEELING WAS A HOT TOPIC.  BRISTOL SENATOR JON LUNDBERG SAID, “IN MY MIND, PUTTING THAT KNEE DOWN GAVE THE BIRD TO OUR FLAG.”    NOLAND SAID THE TEAM DIDN’T INTEND TO SHOW DISRESPECT TO VETERANS, BUT INSTEAD WANTED IT TO BE A CALL TO END SOCIAL AND RACIAL INJUSTICE. THE COMMITTEE DID APPROVE ETSU’S BUDGET WITH NO OPPOSITION.

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS

26-THOUSAND 885 NEW UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS WERE FILED IN TENNESSEE AND VIRGINIA LAST WEEK.  THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REPORTS 16-THOUSAND 530 OF THOSE CLAIMS WERE FILED IN VIRGINIA AND 10-THOUSAND 355 IN TENNESSEE FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 27TH.  TENNESSEE REPORTED A DECREASE IN NEW CLAIMS OF 1-THOUSAND 722. IN NORTHEAST TENNESSEE, 518 NEW CLAIMS WERE FILED LAST WEEK.  SINCE MARCH 15, 1-MILLION 84-THOUSAND 738 UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS HAVE BEEN FILED IN TENNESSEE.

COVID-19—SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA/VA

THERE ARE 2 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS AND 36 NEW CASES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.  THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS 1 OF THE DEATHS WAS IN THE CITY OF BRISTOL AND THE OTHER WAS IN TAZEWELL COUNTY.  SCOTT COUNTY HAS THE MOST NEW CASES WITH 10.  ACROSS VIRGINIA, THERE’VE BEEN 581-THOUSAND 408 COVID-19 CASES AND 9-THOUSAND 357 DEATHS ASSOCIATED WITH THE VIRUS.  THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 13-HUNDRED CASES AND 31 DEATHS FROM WEDNESDAY.

COVID-19-NORTHEAST TN/STATE

THERE ARE 4 NEW DEATHS AND 104 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN THE 8 COUNTY NORTHEAST TENNESSEE REGION.  2 OF THE DEATHS WERE IN CARTER COUNTY WITH 1 EACH IN HAWKINS AND SULLIVAN COUNTIES.  SULLIVAN COUNTY HAD THE MOST NEW CASES WITH 35 WHILE WASHINGTON COUNTY HAD 26.  THERE ARE CURRENTLY 829 ACTIVE CASES IN THE REGION—AND THAT SNAPS A 6 DAY STREAK OF DECLINING ACTIVE CASES.  SULLIVAN COUNTY HAS THE MOST ACTIVE CASES WITH 305 WHILE WASHINGTON COUNTY HAS 181.   

BODY FOUND IN CARTER

THE CARTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CONTINUES INVESTIGATING AFTER HUMAN REMAINS WERE FOUND IN THE SOUTH SIDE COMMUNITY.  A DECOMPOSED BODY WAS FOUND WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND IT’S BEEN SENT TO THE QUILLEN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE FOR IDENTIFICATION.  IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, CONTACT THE CARTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.

CHILD ABUSE

A JOHNSON CITY WOMAN WILL BE ARRAIGNED TODAY ON CHARGES THAT SHE USED A TASER ON HER CHILD.  A POLICE REPORT NOTES THAT CHRISTINA JOHNSON TOLD D-C-S INVESTIGATORS THAT SHE DIDN’T KNOW HER SON HAD THE TASER USED ON HIM AND THEN SAID HE USED THE TASER ON HIMSELF.  AFTER FURTHER INVESTIGATION, JOHNSON ADMITTED USING THE TASER ON HER 8-YEAR-OLD.  SHE’S CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE AND FALSE REPORTING.

KNIFE ATTACK

AN ELIZABETHTON WOMAN FACES CHARGES AFTER A KNIFE ATTACK.  POLICE WERE CALLED TO A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE ON SOUTH HILLS DRIVE AND FOUND A MAN WITH A SMALL PUNCTURE WOUND TO HIS LEFT SHOULDER AND HE WAS ALSO BLEEDING FROM HIS NOSE AND MOUTH.  THE MAN SAID HIS GIRLFRIEND—23-YEAR-OLD GABRIELLE WALLACE—WOUNDED HIM THEN DAMAGED HIS CAR WITH THE KNIFE.  WALLACE WAS APPOINTED A PUBLIC DEFENDER AND WILL RETURN TO COURT MARCH 10TH.