SCHOOL BUS DRIVER DEAD AFTER HAWKINS CO CRASH

ONE PERSON IS DEAD AFTER A CRASH INVOLVING A SCHOOL BUS IN HAWKINS COUNTY MONDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, A 2005 CHEVY SILVERADO PICKUP TRUCK WAS TRAVELING SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 70 NORTH, WHEN IT TRAVELED INTO THE NORTHBOUND LANE, AND HIT A SCHOOL BUS HEAD-ON, NEAR WILLOW ROAD. THE THP SAID THE CRASH OCCURRED JUST BEFORE 7:30 AM. THE DRIVER OF THE SCHOOL BUS IDENTIFIED AS 55 YEAR OLD ALEITA GLADSON OF ROGERSVILLE, DIED AS A RESULT OF THE CRASH. TWO JUVENILES ON THE BUS WERE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. THE DRIVER OF THE SILVERADO WAS INJURED, AND CHARGES ARE PENDING.

STATES SENDING THE MOST PEOPLE TO TENNESSEE

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST CENSUS DATA, FEWER AMERICAN’S MOVED IN 2022, BUT OF THOSE THAT DID, 1 IN 5 MOVED TO A DIFFERENT STATE. AND WHILE SOUTHERN STATES CONTINUE TO RECORD INFLUXES IN POPULATION, THE NORTHEAST SAW THE BIGGEST DROPS, PARTICULARLY IN NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA. THE SENDING THE MOST PEOPLE TO TENNESSEE? IT WAS FLORIDA, WITH 25,318 PEOPLE MOVING TO THE VOLUNTEER STATE FROM IN 2022. SECOND WAS CALIFORNIA, WITH 22,565 PEOPLE FROM THE GOLDEN STATE TO TENNESSEE. THIRD WAS GEORGIA, FOLLOWED BY TEXAS AND ILLINOIS. ROUNDING OUT THE TOP TEN STATE WERE MISSISSIPPI, VIRGINIA, ALABAMA, KENTUCKY AND NORTH CAROLINA.

ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

A SUSPECT WHO IS ACCUSED OF ROBBING A DOLLAR GENERAL STORE IN ERWIN AT GUNPOINT AROUND 9:30 SUNDAY NIGHT IS IN CUSTODY. ACCORDING TO UNICOI COUNTY SHERIFF MIKE HENSLEY, THE SUSPECT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY, AND ALL STOLEN PROPERTY WAS RECOVERED. HENSLEY SAID THE DEPARTMENT INITIALLY RECEIVED A CALL REGARDING A BURGLARY AND THEFT IN FLAG POND SUNDAY NIGHT, AND THE SUSPECT WAS BELIEVED TO BE IN AN SUV. SHORTLY AFTER, THE ARMED ROBBERY OCCURRED AT THE DOLLAR GENERAL ON NORTH MAIN STREET WITH THE SUSPECT DRIVING AN SUV. HENSLEY SAID THE SUSPECT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON MONDAY, BUT NO OTHER DETAILS WERE PROVIDED.

JUDGE ALLOWS CHANGES IN LAWSUIT AGAINST JOHNSON CITY

A JUDGE HAS APPROVED CLASS-ACTION STATUS FOR ALLEGED RAPE VICTIMS OF SEAN WILLIAMS, IN THEIR LAWSUIT AGAINST JOHNSON CITY AND SOME OF ITS POLICE OFFICERS. FRIDAY’S RULING BY JUDGE TRAVIS MCDONOUGH ALSO APPROVED A REQUEST TO ADD TWO INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS FROM THE JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE AMENDMENT PAVES THE WAY FOR ADDITIONAL ALLEGED VICTIMS TO JOIN THE LAWSUIT AS CLASS MEMBERS, WITHOUT HAVING TO TESTIFY IN COURT, AND ALSO CREATES A CLASS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS WITH NO TIES TO THE SEAN WILLIAMS CASE. APPROVAL OF THE AMENDED SUIT STILL LEAVES THE MATTER FAR FROM SETTLED. THE DEFENSE CAN STILL MOVE FOR THE CASE TO BE DISMISSED, AND IF IT ISN’T, TRIAL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN LATE SPRING 2025.

MAN DEAD AFTER FALLING OFF CLIFF IN SMYTH CO VA

THE SMYTH COUNTY VIRGINIA SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAID A MAN DIED AFTER FALLING OFF A CLIFF NEAR CHILHOWIE SATURDAY EVENING. ACCORDING TO A RELEASE FROM THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE, THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE JUST AFTER 5:00 PM SATURDAY, ON HIGHWAY 107 NEAR HORSESHOE BEND ROAD. AUTHORITIES ARRIVED TO FIND 84 YEAR OLD GEORGE ROBERT SNEDEKER OF CHILHOWIE LYING ON THE GROUND ON THE SHOULDER OF THE HIGHWAY. AN INVESTIGATION DETERMINED THAT SNEDEKER HAD FALLEN OFF A CLIFF, AND DIED AS A RESULT OF THE FALL. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAID THE INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION, BUT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN AN ACCIDENT.

CALL FOR EDUCATION COMM TO RESIGN OVER RESIDENCY

DEMOCRATS ARE RENEWING A CALL FOR TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION COMMISSIONER LIZZETTE REYNOLDS TO RESIGN. REPRESENTATIVE CALEB HAMMER REVEALED MONDAY, THAT REYNOLD’S PRIMARY RESIDENCE WAS NOT IN TENNESSEE BUT IN TEXAS, WHERE SHE CAME FROM, DESPITE STARTING AS COMMISSIONER LAST JULY. IT ISN’T TECHNICALLY ILLEGAL FOR REYNOLDS TO LIVE IN ANOTHER STATE, THE ONLY TANGIBLE REQUIREMENT IS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ALSO BE QUALIFIED TO TEACH IN THE SCHOOL OF THE HIGHEST STANDING, OVER WHICH THE COMMISSIONER HAS AUTHORITY. THROUGH DEMOCRATS ARGUE SHE DOESN’T FIT THAT QUALIFICATION EITHER.

TWO ARRESTED AFTER DRIVER RUNS STOP SIGN

TWO PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED IN GREENE COUNTY SATURDAY, AFTER THE DRIVER OF A VEHICLE RAN A STOP SIGN. ACCORDING TO REPORTS, A DEPUTY WITH THE GREENE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE STOPPED THE VEHICLE AT THE KELLER ROAD AND ERWIN HIGHWAY INTERSECTION AROUND 9:30 PM, AFTER THE DRIVER ROLLED THROUGH A STOP SIGN, AND FAILED TO MAINTAIN THE APPROPRIATE LANE OF TRAVEL. THE DRIVER AND TWO PASSENGERS SAID THERE WERE NI ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES IN THE VEHICLE, BUT A K-9 ALERTED ON THE CAR. A BAG WAS FOUND IN THE PASSENGER SIDE WITH SYRINGES, ALONG WITH A BAGGIE WITH METH RESIDUE. PASSENGERS PHILIP DAVIS AND SARA DUNBAR WERE EACH CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. DAVIS WAS ALSO ARRESTED FOR ACTIVE WARRANTS, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, AND CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION FOR LYING ABOUT HIS IDENTITY.

MOTHER & SON CHARGED WITH PUBLIC INTOXICATION AT COURTHOUSE

A GRAINGER COUNTY MAN AND HIS MOTHER WERE ARRESTED FRIDAY MORNING, AFTER THEY WERE DISCOVERED TO BE INTOXICATED AT THE GREENE COUNTY COURTHOUSE. COURT STAFF ENCOUNTERED 44 YEAR OLD CHARLES VOILES AND 63 YEAR OLD ROBYNE BULLION OF BEAN STATION IN THE LOBBY AROUND 10:00 FRIDAY MORNING. BOTH WERE UNSTEADY ON THEIR FEET, WITH VOILES CLAIMING THAT HIS BLOOD SUGAR WAS LOW. A TEST SHOWED THAT HIS LEVELS WERE NORMAL, AND VOILES ADMITTED TO TAKING SUBOXONE EARLIER IN THE MORNING. BOTH VOILES AND BULLION WERE CHARGED WITH PUBLIC INTOXICATION.

WIND ADVISORY THIS AFTERNOON

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY FOR PARTS OF THE TRI CITIES REGION FOR THIS AFTERNOON. THE ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 3:00 TO 4:00 THIS AFTERNOON. WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MILES PER HOUR CAN BE EXPECTED, WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MILES PER HOUR. AFFECTED AREA’S INCLUDE JOHNSON, UNICOI, SOUTHEAST GREEN AND SOUTHEAST CARTER COUNTIES. YOU SHOULD USE EXTRA CAUTION WHILE DRIVING IN THESE AREAS, ESPECIALLY IF OPERATING A HIGH PROFILE VEHICLE. YOU SHOULD ALSO SECURE ANY OUTDOOR OBJECTS.

TRUCK, TOOLS REPORTED STOLEN

SEVERAL ITEMS INCLUDING A TRUCK WERE REPORTED STOLEN FROM A CHUCKY RURITAN ROAD NORTH PROPERTY FRIAY. THE VICTIM SAID SOMEONE STOLE A 2007 CHEVY TRUCK, A JOHN DEERE GATOR, AIR COMPRESSOR, AND HEATER FROM HIS GARAGE. A HAMMER AND CHISEL WERE FOUND INSIDE THE GARAGE DOOR, AND APPARENTLY HD BEEN USED TO FORCE ENTRY. VALUE OF THE STOLEN ITEMS WAS REPORTED AT 21,500 DOLLARS. THE VICTIM SAID VARIOUS HAND TOOLS WERE TAKEN TOO, BUT HE WAS UNSURE EXACTLY WHAT WAS STOLEN.