Local News 2022

SUSPECT DENIED BOND

A MAN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING A SULLIVAN COUNTY SHERIFFu2019S DEPUTY HAS BEEN DENIED BOND.u00a0 54-YEAR-OLD ALAN COULTER WAS ARRAIGNED IN SESSIONS COURT ON NUMEROUS CHARGES CONNECTED TO LAST WEEKu2019S INCIDENT IN THE HICKORY TREE AREA.u00a0 AMONG THE CHARGES:u00a0 TWO COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED FIRST-DEGREE MURDER.u00a0 THE INJURED OFFICER IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A FULL RECOVERY.u00a0 COULTER’S NEXT COURT DATE IS FEBRUARY 1ST.

WELLSu2014BLY

THE MOTHER OF MISSING 5-YEAR-OLD HAWKINS COUNTY GIRL SUMMER WELLS HAS ACCUSED SUMMERu2019S FATHER OF GRABBING HER BY THE THROAT AND PUSHING HER AGAINST A WALL.u00a0 DONALD WELLS SAYS HE DIDNu2019T LAY A HAND ON CANDUS BLY.u00a0 ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVEDu2014BUT A SHERIFFu2019S REPORT NOTES THERE WERENu2019T ANY MARKS ON BLYu2019S NECK.u00a0 A SHERIFFu2019S DEPUTY REFERRED BOTH TO PRIVATE PROSECUTION AND AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.

COVID-19-BALLAD HEALTH

BALLAD HEALTH REPORTS 381 COVID-19 PATIENTS ARE HOSPITALIZED, AND THATu2019S UP 38 FROM FRIDAY.u00a0 THERE ARE 8 PEDIATRIC PATIENTSu2014UP 1 FROM FRIDAY.u00a0 TODAY, THERE ARE 76 PATIENTS IN I-C-U AND 48 ON VENTILATORS.u00a0 BALLAD SAYS STATE REPORTED DATA FROM TENNESSEE AND VIRGINIA WILL ONLY BE UPDATED EACH THURSDAYu2014RATHER THAN DAILYu2014BECAUSE OF CHANGES IN HOW THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS ITS TOTALS.

BRIGHTRIDGEu2014SCAM

BRIGHTRIDGE IS WARNING OF AN INCREASE IN SCAMS DURING THE WINTER.u00a0 THE UTILITY SAYS SCAMMERS WILL OFTEN PRETEND TO BE UTILITY BILL COLLECTORS OR BRIGHTRIDGE EMPLOYEESu2014AND MAKE CONTACT THROUGH PHONE CALLS, E-MAILS OR EVEN IN PERSONu2014IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET MONEY.u00a0 SCAMMERS TEND TO TARGET THE ELDERLY, NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS AND BUSINESSES. IF YOU GET SUCH A CALL AND FELL ITu2019S A SCAM, BRIGHTRIDGE SAYS CUSTOMERS CAN CHECK THEIR ACCOUNT ON-LINE OR CALL CUSTOMER SERVICE.

AT-HOME COVID TESTu2014SHORT SUPPLY

AS THE OMICRON COVID-19 VARIANT CONTINUES, AT HOME COVID TESTS ARE IN SHORT SUPPLYu2014NOT ONLY FROM BOX STORES, BUT LOCAL DRUG STORES.u00a0 OFFICIALS AT FOOD CITY SAY THEY CANu2019T FIND ENOUGH TESTS TO PUT ON THE SHELVES.u00a0 ALSO, SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES ARE TO BLAME.

BRISTOL VA PHONE SCAM

BRISTOL VIRGINIA POLICE ARE WARNING ABOUT A PHONE SCAM.u00a0 THE AGENCY HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS COMPLAINTSu2014AS SCAMMERS HAVE BEEN CALLING PEOPLE, SAYING THEYu2019VE MISSED JURY DUTY AND THEREu2019S NOW AN ARREST WARRANT.u00a0 THE CALLERS ASK THE WOULD-BE-VICTIMS TO PURCHASE A PRE-PAID CREDIT CARD TO PAY THE FEE.u00a0 YOU SHOULD NEVER GIVE BANK OR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION OVER THE PHONEu2014UNLESS YOU KNOW WHO YOUu2019RE DEALING WITH.

ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

THE WISE COUNTY VIRGINIA SHERIFFu2019S OFFFICE IS LOOKING FOR A PERSON BELIEVED TO BE INVOLVED IN AN ARMED ROBBERY.u00a0 AUTHORITIES RECEIVED A CALL AROUND 11:45 SATURDAY EVENING ABOUT A ROBBERY AT THE VALERO GAS STATION ON WEST MAIN STREET IN APPALACHIA.u00a0 IT WAS ALMOST CLOSING TIME WHEN A PERSON CAME INTO THE STOREu2014ARMED WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE A GUN.u00a0 THE SUSPECT IS A WHITE MALE WHO WAS WEARING A HOODIE AND FACE COVERING.u00a0 THE MAN DEMANDED MONEY AND LEFT IN A SMALL, DARK-COLORED CAR.u00a0

JCu2014NEW HOUSING

JOHNSON CITY COMMISSIONERS HOPE A NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PLANNED FOR THE AREA OF INDIAN RIDGE AND HOPPER ROAD WILL FILL A VOID.u00a0 THE DEVELOPMENT WOULD HAVE SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES AND WOULD BE MARKETED TOWARD FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS.

HOUSING MAP CLEARS SENATE

A PLAN TO SPLIT NASHVILLE INTO SEVERAL CONGRESSIONAL SEATS CONTINUES MOVING IN THE TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.u00a0 ITu2019S SPARKED OPPOSITION FROM DEMOCRATS, WHO SAY THE NEW MAP UNFAIRLY AFFECTS BLACK VOTERS.u00a0 LAWMAKERS ARE NEARING THE END OF A ONCE-A-DECADE-TASK OF CARVING OUT NEW LEGISLATIVE AND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRCITS.

JC SCHOOLSu2014UPGRADES

STILL A LOT OF WORK AT SEVERAL JOHNSON CITY SCHOOLSu2014AS THE SYSTEM GETS READY FOR A TRANSITION TO TWO MIDDLE SCHOOLS.u00a0 VICE-MAYOR TODD FOWLER SAYS RECENTLY FINISHED WORK AT SOUTHSIDE IS A BIG STEP.u00a0 STARTING NEXT SCHOOL YEAR, INDIAN TRAIL AND LIBERTY BELL WILL SERVE GRADES 6 THROUGH 8 WHILE 5TH GRADE GOES BACK TO THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL.

WASH CO TRUSTEE/CLERK OFFICES CLOSED

THE JOHNSON CITY OFFICES OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY TRUSTEE AND CLERK ARE CLOSED THIS WEEK.u00a0 YOUu2019RE ASKED TO VISIT THE MAIN OFFICES AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE IN JONESBOROUGH.u00a0 THE CLOSURES ARENu2019T EXPECTED TO LAST MORE THAN A WEEK.u00a0 A DROP BOX IS AVAILABLE AT THE JOHNSON CITY TRUSTEEu2019S OFFICE TO PAY PROPERTY TAXES.

WASH CO COMMISSION-MEAT PROCESSING

A VOTE ON REZONING FOR A MEAT PROCESSING PLANT HAS BEEN PULLED FROM TONIGHTu2019S WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA.u00a0 THE MOVE COMES AT THE REQUEST OF THE PETITIONER.u00a0 THE FACILITY WAS TO BE BUILT NEAR GRANDVIEW SCHOOL.u00a0 COMMISSION WILL OFFICALLY DECLARE A VACANCY IN THE 15TH DISTRICTu2014FOLLOWING LAST MONTHu2019S DEATH OF COMMISSIONER MIKE FORD.

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