Local News 2020

ENDANGERED CHILD ALERT

AN ENDANGERED CHILD ALERT WAS ISSUED THURSDAY FOR A 3 YEAR OLD GIRL IN GREENE COUNTY. SHERIFF WESLEY HOLT DESCRIBED THE SITUATION AS A CUSTODIAL INTERFERENCE. HE SAID THE CHILD ZELLA LINKLATER, WAS SEEN BY HER PARENTS WITH HER NON-CUSTODIAL GRANDMOTHER IN A CAR NEAR HORSE CREEK PARK ROAD. HOLT SAID THE PARENTS TRIED TO FOLLOW THEM, AND THE GRANDMOTHER ENDED UP STOPPING HER CAR ON BUMBLEBEE LANE, GRABBED ZELLA, THEN TOOK OFF RUNNING INTO THE WOODS. ZELLA IS DESCRIBED AS BEING 3FOOT 6 INCHES TALL, WEIGHING 50 POUNDS, WITH BLONDE HAIR AND BLUE EYES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE AT 423-798-1800, OR 1-800-TBI-FIND.

5 NEW DEATHS, 264 NEW COVID-19 CASES REPORTED

THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTED 5 NEW COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS, 264 NEW CASES, AND 2,395 ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES THURSDAY. FOUR OF THE NEW DEATHS WERE REPORTED IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, ONE WAS REPORTED IN GREENE COUNTY. WASHINGTON COUNTY HAD THE MOST NEW CASES WITH 84, WHILE SULLIVAN COUNTY HAD 61, AND GREENE COUNTY HAD 50. SULLIVAN COUNTY CONTINUES TO HAVE THE MOST ACTIVE CASES WITH 810, WHILE WASHINGTON COUNTY HAS 601. STATEWIDE THERE HAVE BEEN A TOTAL OF 352,376 CONFIRMED AND PROBABLE CASES REPORTED, AND INCREASE OF 4,404 OVER WEDNESDAY, AND A TOTAL OF 4,519 DEATHS, AND INCREASE OF 53 OVER WEDNESDAY.

BOONE DAM PROJECT SETS RECORD FOR GIVING TO SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK

THE BOONE DAM PROJECT TEAM CONTRIBUTED 90,000 POUNDS OF FOOD TO SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF NORTHEAST TENNESSEE  THROUGH THEIR ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE. TVA EMPLOYEES, ALONG WITH BAKER’S CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, BLACK AND VEATCH, GEOSYNTECH, TREVIICOS NICHOLSON JOINT VENTURE PROVIDED ON-LINE DONATIONS AND MATCHING CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS OF OVER 20,000 DOLLARS, WHICH AMOUNTS TO OVER 90,000 POUNDS OF FOOD, SURPASSING THIS YEARS GOAL OF 80,000 POUNDS. RHONDA CHAFFIN WITH SECOND HARVEST SAID THE DONATION WILL HELP PROVIDE OVER 75,000 MEALS FOR PEOPLE IN OUT REGION.

THEFT OVER 10,000 DOLLARS

JOHNSON CITY POLICE ARRESTED AN ELIZABETHTON MAN ABOUT 4:30 WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE ARRESTED RESULTED AFTER OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A LOCAL CAR DEALERSHIP, REGARDING A MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT. AFTER SEVERAL DAYS THE VEHICLE WAS LOCATED IN CARTER COUNTY. 32 YEAR OLD RICHARD JOHNSON WAS CHARGED WITH THEFT OVER 10,000 DOLLARS. ARRAIGNMENT IS SET FOR MONDAY AFTERNOON.

SAFE HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS

WITH THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON UPON US, THE JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT IS REMINDING EVERYONE TO BE EXTRA VIGILANT, AND IS OFFERING SOME SAFETY TIPS FOR WHEN YOU SHOP. BE SURE TO KEEP VALUABLES LOCKED AWAY AND HIDDEN. TRY TO SHOP DURING BUSIER HOURS, WHEN THEY’LL MORE PEOPLE NEARBY TO HELP IF YOU NEED IT. DON’T SHOP ALONE, GO WITH A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER WHEN POSSIBLE. DON’T LEAVE PURSES UNATTENDED IN SHOPPING CARTS. DON’T CARRY LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH. ALWAYS LOCK YOUR VEHICLE IN PARKING LOTS, AND AT HOME. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE AWARE OF PERSONAL SAFETY, BY BEING AWARE OF WHAT AND WHO IS AROUND YOU, PARKING IN WELL LIT SPACES, AND KEEPING YOUR KEYS IN YOUR HAND WHEN GOING IN AND OUT OF STORES.

VA STATE POLICE INVESTIGATING FATAL CRASH

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A CRASH THAT TOOK THE LIVES OF TWO PEOPLE FROM KINGSPORT, INCLUDING A SIX YEAR OLD BOY. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE SINGLE VEHICLE  CRASH OCCURRED ALONG INTERSTATE 81 AROUND 11:00 AM WEDNESDAY. THE KIA SORENTO WAS TRAVELING SOUTH, WHEN IT RAN OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD, AND OVERTURNED SEVERAL TIMES. THE SIX YEAR OLD BOY WAS EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE AND DIED FROM HIS INJURIES. HE WAS IN A BOOSTER SEAT, BUT WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT. 50 YEAR OLD CARMELLITA SAMPLES WAS FLOWN TO A HOSPITAL IN FAIRFAX WHERE SHE LATER DIED. POLICE SAY SHE WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT. THE DRIVER, A 31 YEAR OLD WOMAN FROM JACKSON MISSISSIPPI SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES. TWO MORE PASSENGERS, A 41 YEAR OLD MALE, AND A31 YEAR OLD FEMALE, ALSO SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES. THE WOMAN WAS WEARING A SEATBELT, THE MALE WAS NOT. IDENTIFICATIONS ARE BEING WITHHELD PENDING NOTIFICATION OF FAMILY.

TEEN CITED FOR DRIVING OVER 100 MPH

THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL HAS CITED A DRIVER FOR TRAVELING 107 MILES PER HOUR ON INTERSTATE 26 WEDNESDAY. ACCORDING TO A THP REPORT, A STATE TROOPER CONDUCTED A TRAFFIC STOP ON 18 YEAR OLD JACOB FANNON, AFTER CLOCKING HIM GOING OVER 107 MILES PER HOUR IN A 65 ZONE, NEAR THE TENNESSEE WELCOME CENTER IN SULLIVAN COUNTY. FANNON WAS CHARGED WITH SPEEDING, DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE, RECKLESS DRIVING, AND POSSESSION OF A SUSPENDED LICENSE.