Local News 2020

BRISTOL VA SHOOTING

A TEENAGER REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER A SHOOTING IN BRISTOL VIRGINIA.  IT HAPPENED THURSDAY EVENING IN THE 300 BLOCK OF MOORE STREET.  POLICE SAY A MAN CAME HOME TO FIND HIS ROOMMATE—19-YEAR-OLD JAMES CHRISTIAN CORDLE—WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD.  CORDLE WAS TAKEN TO THE BRISTOL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER.  POLICE SAY A JUVENILE SUSPECT WILL FACE CHARGES.

MAN CHARGED WITH SOLICITATION

AN ELIZABETHTON MAN IS FACING SOLICITATION CHARGES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY.  THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE BEGAN AN INVESTIGATION IN JANUARY INVOLVING AN ADULT SOLICITING NUDE IMAGES FROM A MINOR THROUGH TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION.  37-YEAR-OLD SHAWN HARLESS WAS ARRESTED AT HIS HOME IN CARTER COUNTY.  HE’S ANSWERING THE CHARGES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY SESSIONS COURT.

JC—VISITORS CENTER

THE JOHNSON CITY VISITORS CENTER WILL HAVE A NEW HOME.  CITY COMMISSION WILL BUY THE TWO-STORY PORTION OF THE OLD RAILROAD DEPOT ON BUFFALO STREET FOR $750-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE JOHNSON CITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY WILL ALSO BE HOUSED THERE. THE SINGLE-STORY PORTION—WHICH HOUSED TUPELO HONEY BEFORE IT CLOSED—IS NOT PART OF THE DEAL.

CARTER DRUG ARREST

A SUSPECTED DRUG DEALER IN ELIZABETHTON IS IN JAIL.  NARCOTICS OFFICERS SEARCHED THE HOME OF 31-YEAR-OLD JAMES MATTHEW TIPTON ON PINE RIDGE CIRCLE AND FOUND METH, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND A FIREARM IN HIS VEHICLE.  TIPTON FACES SEVERAL CHARGES AND IS HELD IN THE CARTER COUNTY JAIL.

HARSHBARGER—HR 1

FIRST DISTRICT CONGRESSWOMAN DIANA HARSHBARGER IS CONCERNED ABOUT PENDING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD OVERHAUL ELECTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES.  HR 1 WOULD ALLOW SAME DAY REGISTRATION AND VOTING—AND MORE, “IF SOMEBODY’S REGISTERED IN ONE PRECINCT AND THEY GO TO ANOTHER TO VOTE, IT DOESN’T MATTER.  IF THAT ELECTION OFFICIAL QUESTIONS THEM, THEY CAN BE ARRESTED.  IT IS THAT LUDICROUS.  YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP.”  HARSHBARGER ALSO TOLD A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BREAKFAST IN JOHNSON CITY THAT THERE ARE WAYS TO IMPROVE THE NATION’S INFRASTRUCTURE WITHOUT RAISING TAXES—AS HAS BEEN PROPOSED BY PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN.