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BRISTOL VA CRASH, ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED

ONE PERSON SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING CRASH INTERSTATE 81 IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA. VIRGINIA STATE POLICE REPORTS THAT THE CRASH HAPPENED ON I-81 NORTH NEAR MILE MARKER 10 AT 3:24 A.M. THURSDAY. A PASSENGER VEHICLE AND A TRACTOR-TRAILER WERE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH. THE DRIVER OF THE CAR WAS TRANSPORTED TO A HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF SERIOUS INJURIES. THE BRISTOL, VIRGINIA PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION REPORTS THAT A PERSON WAS TRAPPEDN AND THE VEHICLE WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY UNDER THE TRAILER. THE CRASH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

MAN ALLEGEDLY TRIES TO SET WOMAN ON FIRE

A BRISTOL TENNESSEE MAN IS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER AND OTHER CHARGESu2014AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO SET A WOMAN ON FIRE.u00a0 WILLIAM BLEVINS FACES THE CHARGESu2014AFTER A WEDNESDAY NIGHT INCIDENT AT AN APARTMENT ON THE VOLUNTEER PARKWAY.u00a0 POLICE SAY BLEVINS IS ACCUSED OF POURING GASOLINE ON A WOMAN AND TRYING TO SET HER ON FIRE WITH A LIGHTER.u00a0 OFFICERS FORCIBLY TOOK THE LIGHTER FROM BLEVINS AND ARRESTED HIM.u00a0 THE INVESTIGATION REMAINS ACTIVE.

BRISTOL VA CITY JAIL TO CLOSE; RESIDENTS UPSET

SOME BRISTOL VIRGINIA RESIDENTS ARE UPSET AFTER THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO CLOSE THE JAIL.u00a0 A FACEBOOK GROUPu2014CITIZENS OF BRISTOL VIRGINIAu2014IS ACTIVEu2014IN AN EFFORT TO STOP THE CLOSURE.u00a0 u00a0CITY MANAGER RANDY EADS SAYS THE CITY WAS BACKED IN A CORNERu2014AS THE FACILITY WAS BUILT TO HOUSE 67 INMATESu2014AND ON AVERAGE, THE COUNT IS 140.u00a0u00a0 HE ALSO SAYS THE BRISTOL VIRGINIA JAIL IS CLOSE TO 50 YEARS OLD.

KINGSPORTu2014MOTOR VEHICLE CRIMES

THEREu2019S BEEN A SURGE IN MOTOR VEHICLE THEFTS IN KINGSPORTu2014AND THE REGION–WITH MOST HAPPENING BECAUSE THE KEY OR FOB WAS IN THE VEHICLEu2014OR IT WAS ACTUALLY RUNNING.u00a0 u00a0POLICE SAY THERE ARE SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM.u00a0 FIRST, NEVER LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE UNLOCKED WHILE ITu2019S UNATTENDED.u00a0 ALSO, NEVER LEAVE THE KEY OR THE KEY FOB INSIDE THE VEHICLE AND NEVER LEAVE IT IN AN UNSECURED LOCATION.u00a0 DONu2019T LEAVE THE VEHICLE RUNNING UNLESS YOUu2019RE IN IT AND DONu2019T LEAVE VALUABLES IN PLAIN SIGHT.

JC COMMISSION-KEEFAUVER FARM PARK

A NEW PARK IN JOHNSON CITY IS IN THE PLANNING STAGESu2014AND TONIGHT, CITY COMMISSIONERS WILL CONSIDER ANOTHER STEP IN THE PROCESS.u00a0 THE CITY PURCHASED THE FORMER KEEFAUVER FARM ON HALES CHAPEL ROAD 12 YEARS AGOu2014WITH AN EYE TOWARD A PARK.u00a0 ON TONIGHTu2019S AGENDA IS CONSIDERATION OF HIRING A KNOXVILLE FIRM TO FORM A MASTER PLAN.u00a0 TONIGHTu2019S JOHNSON CITY COMMISSION MEETING BEGINS AT 6:00.

LEE-BIDEN-VACCINE

TENNESSEE GOVERNOR BILL LEE WEDNESDAY BLASTED A WHITE HOUSE COVID-19 MANDATEu2014AND SAID HEu2019D FIGHT IT IN COURT.u00a0 LEE SAID WHILE HE BELIEVES THE VACCINE IS THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT THE PANDEMIC, HE ALSO BELIEVES GETTING A VACCINE SHOULD BE A CHOICE.u00a0 THE FEDERAL MANDATE WOULD REQUIRE LARGE BUSINESSES TO MANDATE THE VACCINE FOR EMPLOYEES.u00a0 THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO AFFECT 1.97-MILLION TENNESSEANS AND 100 MILLION AMERICANS.

MISSING TEEN

KINGSPORT POLICE ARE TRYING TO LOCATE A MISSING 16-YEAR-OLD.u00a0 HAILEY CARRICO WAS REPORTED MISSING OCTOBER 19TH AND WHILE FOUL PLAY ISNu2019T SUSPECTED, BECAUSE OF HER AGE INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO FIND HER. HAILEY IS A WHITE FEMALE WITH DARK BROWN AND RED HAIR AND POSSIBLE CLOTHING WAS A PINK JACKET, BLUE JEANS AND WHITE SLIP-ON SHOES.u00a0 HER LAST KNOWN LOCATION WAS IN THE 400 BLOCK OF ALLEN DRIVE IN KINGSPORT.

WOMAN BOUND; MAN CHARGED

ABINGDON POLICE ARRESTED A MANu2014AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY HELD A WOMAN CAPTIVE.u00a0 OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO THE AREA OF BRADLEY AND PRESTON STREETS TUESDAYu2014ON REPORTS OF A WOMAN COVERED IN BLOODu2014WITH HER HANDS BOUND BEHIND HER BACK. u00a0u00a0SHE TOLD POLICE SHEu2019D ALSO BEEN HIT IN THE HEAD WITH A BAT.u00a0 THE VICTIM WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE AND SOUGHT HELP AT A LOCAL BUSINESS.u00a0 MICHAEL DAVID BECK FACES NUMEROUS CHARGES, INCLUDING MALICIOUS WOUNDING AND ABDUCTION BY FORCE.u00a0 THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AND MORE CHARGES ARE PENDING.

COVID-19-BALLAD HEALTH

BALLAD HEALTH REPORTS 186 PATIENTS HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19.u00a0 THATu2019S DOWN 2 FROM WEDNESDAY.u00a0 THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER ALSO REPORTS 44 PATIENTS IN I-C-U AND 34 ON VENTILATORS.u00a0 OVER THE LAST WEEK, THEREu2019VE BEEN 53 COVID-19 DEATHS IN BALLADu2019S SERVICE AREA AND THE POSITIVE TEST RATE FOR THE VIRUS IS 14.8-PERCENT.

NEW PRESIDENT AT N-F-S

RONALD DAILEY IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF NUCLEAR FUEL SERVICES IN ERWIN. N-F-S EMPLOYS ABOUT 1-THOUSAND AS IT MANUFACTURES MATERIAL FOR NAVAL NUCLEAR REACTORS USED IN U.S. SUBMARINES AND AIRCRAFT CARRIERS.u00a0 DAILEY HAD PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS ENGINEERING DIRECTOR AT N-F-S.u00a0

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