Local News 2022

CITY SENDS LETTER ABOUT PROPERTY

THE CITY OF BRISTOL VIRGINIA HAS SENT A LETTER TO THE OWNERS OF THE VIRGINIA BUSINESS COLLEGE.u00a0 CITY OFFICIALS WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THE FORMER VIRGINIA INTERMONT COLLEGE CAMPUS.u00a0 A CHINESE FIRM OWNS THE PROPERTY AND HAD PLANNED TO OPEN THE BUSINESS SCHOOL, BUT THAT HASNu2019T HAPPENED. u00a0V-I CLOSED IN 2014 AND MANY OF THE BUILDINGS HAVE FALLEN INTO DISREPAIR.u00a0 u00a0

CARTER SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

A THURSDAY MORNING SHOOTING IN CARTER COUNTY REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.u00a0 JONATHAN DEREK HARDING FACES SEVERAL CHARGES, INCLUDING ATTEMPTED MURDER, AFTER THE INCIDENT ON BLUE SPRINGS ROAD IN THE STONEY CREEK COMMUNITY.u00a0 THE SHERIFFu2019S OFFICE FOUND THE VICTIM WITH SEVERAL GUNSHOT WOUNDS.u00a0 THE VICTIM SAID HARDING WAS IN A NEARBY HOME.u00a0 THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL.u00a0 HARDING IS JAILED ON $200-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

MAN SENTENCED IN ATTEMPTED MURDER

A CARTER COUNTY MAN WILL SPEND 6 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED SECOND-DEGREE MURDER.u00a0 CLAUDE HARVEY BANNER WAS SENTENCED AFTER A 2019 SHOOTING AT HIS HOME IN BUTLER.u00a0 AUTHORITIES SAID BANNER SHOT THE VICTIM AFTER AN EVENING OF DRINKING ALCOHOL.

CITY TO RECEIVE $250K FOR MIRACLE FIELD

STATE REPRESENTATIVE BUD HULSEY OF KINGSPORT SAYS THE CITY WILL BE GETTING $250-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO FINISH MIRACLE FIELD.u00a0 ITu2019S A MULTI-PURPOSE PARK WITH A RUBBER PLAYING FIELD AND IT ALSO HOSTS THE CITYu2019S MIRACLE LEAGUE.u00a0 THE MONEY COMES FROM THE $52.8-BILLION DOLLAR STATE BUDGET THAT WAS PASSED LAST MONTH.

CARTER SCHOOLS-HUNTER EXPANSION

THE CARTER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS APPROVED AN EXPANSION AT HUNTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IF THE COUNTY WILL PROVIDE SOME EXTRA MONEY.u00a0 THE PROJECTED COST WAS ABOUT $21-MILLION DOLLARS, BUT THE ACTUAL PRICE TAG HAS COME IN AT NEARLY $30-MILLION.u00a0 u00a0THE COUNTY COMMISSION IS EXPECTED TO CONSIDER THE REQUEST AT ITS JUNE MEETING.

FORMER RESTAURANT MANAGER ADMITS TO TAX FRAUD

A FORMER RESTAURANT MANAGER HAS ADMITTED TO TAX FRAUD IN WASHINGTON COUNTY.u00a0 AMY OAKS TURNER WAS A MANAGER AT CHARLEYS CHEESESTEAK AND PLEADED TO SEVERAL COUNTS, INCLUDING ATTEMPTED TAX EVASION AND FELONY THEFT BETWEEN $10 AND $60-THOUSAND DOLLARS.u00a0 SHE WAS SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS SUPERVISED PROBATION AND WAS ORDERED TO PAY OVER $91-THOUSAND DOLLARS RESTITUTION.u00a0

SULLIVAN JAIL PAY TO STAY

A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD REQUIRE INMATES TO PAY FOR THEIR STAY IN THE SULLIVAN COUNTY JAIL IS UNDER REVIEW.u00a0 INMATES STAYING IN THE JAIL LONGER THAN 24 HOURS WOULD HAVE TO PAY $35-DOLLARS A DAY.u00a0 THE ISSUE IS EXPECTED TO BE ADDRESSED AT JUNEu2019S COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING.

VDOT TO LIFT LANE CLOSURES

THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WILL LIFT MOST LANE CLOSURES ON INTERSTATES AND OTHER MAJOR ROADS FOR THE UPCOMING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, BEGINNING AT NOON FRIDAY MAY 27 UNTIL NOON TUESDAY MAY 31.u00a0 WHILE LANES WILL BE OPEN IN MOST AREAS, THERE COULD BE SOME THAT ARE CLOSED AS PART OF SEMI-PERMANENT WORK ZONES.u00a0 BASED ON TRAFFIC DATA, VDOT SAYS THERE COULD BE HEAVY TRAFFIC CONGESTION BETWEEN NOON AND 6 ON FRIDAY AND MID-DAY ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.u00a0

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