Local News 2020

BALLAD RETURNING TO MASKING

AS COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO SPIKE IN THE REGION, BALLAD HEALTH CEO, SAYS THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM IS RETURNING TO A UNIVERSAL MASKING POLICY AMONG EMPLOYEES, AND REINSTITUTING THE ONE VISITOR PER PATIENT POLICY. THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS TO THAT RULE, CHIEFLY EXPECTANT MOTHERS MAY HAVE TWO VISITORS, AND ALLOWANCES FOR END OF LIFE SITUATIONS CAN BE MADE. DEATON ALSO SAID BALLAD WILL SOON DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT ELECTIVE SURGERIES WILL CONTINUE.

TBI SHARES LATEST UPDATE ON SUMMER WELLS CASE

THE TBI SAYS THAT THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES LEADING TO THE DISAPPEARANCE OF 5 YEAR OLD SUMMER WELLS REMAINS ACTIVE AND ONGOING. TBI AGENTS AND HAWKINS COUNTY DETECTIVES CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR A 1998-2000 MAROON OR RED TOYOTA TACOMA, WITH A FULL BED LADDER RACK AND WHITE BUCKETS IN THE BED OF THE TRUCK. THIS SEARCH STEMS FROM INFORMATION INVESTIGATORS RECEIVED THAT A TRUCK MATCHING THAT DESCRIPTION WAS SEEN IN THE AREA OF BEECH CREEK ROAD AND BEN HILL ROAD, IN THE LATE AFTERNOON TO EARLY EVENING, ON EITHER MONDAY JUNE 14TH OR TUESDAY JUNE 15TH. SUMMER WAS REPORTED MISSING ABOUT 6:30 PM ON THE 15TH. THE TBI SAYS A PHOTO OF WHAT THE TRUCK MAY LOOK LIKE HAS BEEN CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA, ALONG WITH CLAIMS THE VEHICLE HAS BEEN LOCATED. THAT PHOTO WAS NEVER RELEASED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND IS NOT ACCURATE. THE TBI URGES THE PUBLIC TO ONLY SHARE INFORMATION FROM OFFICIAL SOURCES.

 JOHNSON CO SCHOOLS ADJUST SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE DUE TO COVID

THE INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES IS CAUSING A CHANGE TO THE SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE IN JOHNSON COUNTY. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, THAT THEY WILL BE OPENING SCHOOL BUILDINGS AT 7:45 EACH MORNING, AND STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO GO STRAIGHT TO THEIR CLASSROOMS. THE CHANGE COMES AS THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RECOMMENDS LIMITING LARGE GROUPS FROM BEING TOGETHERS INDOORS. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SAYS THEY SAY THEY HOPE THAT THIS CHANGE WILL BE TEMPORARY.

HELP ORGANIZATION CHANGES NAME

A LOCAL COMMUNITY HELP ORGANIZATION HAS A NEW NAME. THE FORMER BRISTOL CRISIS CENTER IS NOW KNOWN AS PARTNERS FOR STRONGER COMMUNITIES. THE NAME CHANGE TOOK EFFECT AUGUST 1ST, BUT THEIR GOAL OF HELPING THE COMMUNITY REMAINS THE SAME. CEO KYELEE MOFFETT SAYS THE ORGANIZATION OFFERS PRIMARILY SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE, DOMESTIC ASSAULT RESPONSE, AND HAS IN HOUSE REFERRAL SERVICES, AND A CHECK IN PROGRAMS, THAT CALLS 2 TO 3 TIMES A WEEK, CHECKING ON PEOPLE THAT CAN BE SHUT IN. THEIR HOTLINE NUMBER IS 276-466-2312.

JOHNSON CITY CANCELS JOB FAIR AMID RISING COVID-19 CASES

THE CITY OF JOHNSON CITY JOB FAIR, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 11TH HAS BEEN POSTPONED. OFFICIALS SAY THE INCREASE IN LOCAL COVID-19 CASES AND HOSPITALIZATIONS, IS WHY THE EVENT WAS POSTPONED. NO NEW DATE FOR THE EVENT HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED. HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR STEVE WILLIS SAID, ALTHOUGH THE EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED, THEY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO VISIT THE CITY WEBSITE, AND VIEW THE LIST OF OPEN PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME POSITIONS, AND SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS ONLINE. THE CITY OF JOHNSON CITY OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF OPPORTUNITIES, THAT ALLOW RESIDENTS TO WORK CLOSE TO HOME, WHILE HAVING AN IMPACT ON THEIR COMMUNITY.

UVA WISE TO IMPLEMENT INDOOR MASK POLICE STARTING AUGUST 6TH

THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA AT WISE HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL REQUIRE MASKS BE WORN INDOORS, BEGINNING FRIDAY AUGUST 6TH. CHANCELLOR DONNA HENRY STATED IN A POST, THAT THE SCHOOLS FACE COVERING POLICY WILL APPLY TO ALL STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, AND VISITORS, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS. MASKS AND OTHER APPROVED FACE COVERINGS, MUST BE WORN IN ANY INDOOR SPACE. HENRY WROTE THAT THE DECISION WAS PUT IN PLACE DUE TO CDC RECOMMENDATIONS, AS THE DELTA VARIANT OF COVID-19 SPREADS.

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