KINGSPORT POLICE SGT RESIGNS

A SERGEANT OF THE KINGSPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT RESIGNED FRIDAY, AFTER AN INVESTIGATION INTO AN ALLEGED INAPPROPRIATE PHOTO. A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE CITY OF KINGSPORT SAID THE KINGSPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS INFORMED MAY 14TH OF REPORTED ACTIONS BY SERGEANT DANIEL HORNE, THAT DID NOT MEET STANDARDS OF CONDUCT EXPECTED FROM CITY OF KINGSPORT PERSONNEL. ACCORDING TO A CITY SPOKESPERSON, AN INVESTIGATION FOUND THAT HORNE HAD TAKEN AN INAPPROPRIATE PHOTO AT WORK WHILE HE WAS IN UNIFORM. HE THEN SENT IT TO A CONTACT THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA. THE PHOT WAS THEN SENT TO OTHERS WITHOUT HORNES CONSENT. HORNE WAS PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE TUESDAY, AND RESIGNED FRIDAY PRIOR TO ANY OTHER PERSONNEL ACTIONS BEING TAKEN. HORNE HAD BEEN ON THE POLICE FORCE FOR 20 YEARS.

LIKE A TIRED PARTY BALLOON, GAS PRICES SLOWLY DEFLATE

THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR A GALLON OF GAS KEPT UP ITS GLACIAL DECENT, FALLING FOUR CENTS OVER LAST WEEK TO $3.60 A GALLON. THE PRIMARY REASONS ARE WEAK DOMESTIC DEMAND, AND OIL COSTS BELOW 80 DOLLARS A BARRELL. ANDREW GROSS WITH TRIPLE A SAID BARRING SOME UNFORESEEN EVENT, THIS POKEY DROP IN PUMP PRICES IS NOT LIKELY TO CHANGE ANY TIME SOON. HERE IN THE TRI CITIES AGAS IS SELLING FOR AN AVERAGE OF 3.22 A GALLON THIS MORNING IN JOHNSON CITY, 3.16 IN KINGSPORT AND BRISTOL. THOSE PRICES ARE 5 CENTS LOWER THAN THE SAME DAY ONE WEEK AGO.

GREENEVILLE LOOKS TO CAP NUMBER OF LIQUOR STORES

GREENEVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS HAE PROPOSED A NEW ORDINANCE THAT WOULD LIMIT THE LOCATION AND NUMBER OF PERMITS ALLOWED FOR NEW LIQUOR STORES INSIDE THE TOWN LIMITS. CURRENTLY GREENEVILLE HAS SIX LIQUOR STORES. THE NEW ORDINANCE WOULD LIMIT LIQUOR STORE PERMITS TO ONE PER 5,000 RESIDENTS, AND WOULD GRANDFATHER IN THE SIX EXISTING LIQUOR STORE PERMITS IN TERMS OF THEIR BUSINESS AND THEIR LOCATION TODAY. THE CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON THE NEW ORDINANCE AT THEIR MEETING TODAY.

YOUNGKIN VETOES BILLS ON SKILL GAMES, CONTRACEPTION AND CONFEDERATE HERITAGE TAX BREAKS

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR GLENN YOUNGKIN TOOK ACTION OF A FINAL BATCH OF BILLS FROM THIS YEARS LEGISLATIVE SESSION FRIDAY, SIGNING 7 BUT VETOING 48, INCLUDING MEASURES THAT WOULD HAVE ENDED A TAX BREAK FOR A CONFEDERATE HERITAGE ORGANIZATION, AND ALLOWED SMALL BUSINESSES TO HOST SKILL GAMES, WHICH ARE SIMILAR TO SLOT MACHINES. YOUNKIN MADE CLEAR THAT AMONG THE TOPICS HE’S OPEN TO CONTINUE TO NEGOTIATE IS LEGISLATION RELATED TO CONTRACEPTION. HE VETOES ONE SUCH MEASURE THAT WAS INTENDED TO PROTECT ACCESS TO BIRTH CONTROL. THE 7 MEASURES YOUNGKIN SIGNED RANGED FROM PARENTAL NOTIFICATION OF OVERDOSES IN SCHOOLS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS’ ABILITY TO LOWER SPEED LIMITS.

JONESBOROUGH MAN ARRESTED FOR 3 COUNTS

RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, EVADING ARREST

WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARRESTED 34 YEAR OLD JESSE EASTEP AFTER HE ATTEMPTED TO EVADE A TRAFFIC STOP SUNDAY NIGHT. DEPUTIES WERE CONDUCTING SPEED ENFORCEMENT IN THE 1700 BLOCK OF HIGHWAY 107, WHEN THEY CLOCKED EASTEP DRIVING 96 MILES PER HOUR IN A 55 ZONE. DURIN THE ATTEMPTED TRAFFIC STOP EASTEP BEGAN DRIVING ERRATICALLY, BEFORE EVENTUALLY PULLING OVER IN THE 1100 BLOCK OF HIGHWAY 107. EASTEP WAS THEN SEEN MOVING FROM THE DRIVERS SEAT TO THE PASSENGER SEAT. THERE WERE THREE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE VEHICLE AT THE TIME, AND EASTEP WAS CHARGED WITH 3 COUNTS OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE, EVADING ARREST, AND SPEEDING.

MAN DIES IN RUSSELL CO CRASH

A CASTLEWOOD VIRGINIA MAN DIES AFTER A CRASH IN RUSSELL COUNTY SATURDAY. ACCORDING TO VIRGINIA STATE POLICE, A FORD F 150 WAS TRAVELING ON ROUTE 615 AT 12:30 PM, WHEN IT WENT OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD AND HIT A UTILITY POLE. STATE POLICE SAID THE DRIVER 72 YEAR OLD JAMES KASEFONG DIED AT THE SCENE. INVESTIGATORS SAID HE WAS WEARING HIS SEATBELT. THE CRASH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

EARTHQUAKE DETECTED NEAR FALL BRANCH SATURDAY

AN EARTHQUAKE WAS RECODED NEAR FALL BRANCH OVER THE WEEKEND. ACCORDING TO THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, THE EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED AROUND 10:09 PM SATURDAY. THE USGS REPORTED THE 1.9 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HAD A DEPTH OF ABOUT 5.6 MILES. IT WAS FOCUSED NEAR THE GREENE AND WASHINGTON COUNTY LINE, NEAR BANK DRIVE, NORTH OF INTERSTATE 81.

BUCHANAN CO ASKING FOR INPUT ON NEW CONSOLIDATED HIGH SCHOOL

THE U.S. ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS FORMALLY AGREED TO CONTRIBUTE OVER 92 MILLION DOLLARS TO DESIGN AND CONSTRUCT A NEW CONSOLIDATED HIGH SCHOOL IN BUCHANAN COUNTY VIRGINIA. HURLEY, TWIN VALLEY AND GRUNDY HIGH SCHOOLS WILL BE CONSOLIDATED INTO THE NEW SCHOOL LOCATED AT SOUTHERN GAP. CONSTRUCTION IS SET OT BE COMPLETED IN THE SUMMER OF 2026. ACCORDING TO BUCHANAN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THE NEW SCHOOL WILL OFFER STATE OF THE ART EDUCATIONAL AND SPORTS FACILITIES TO THE COUNTY’S STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SAID IN A RELEASE, THE NEW SCHOOL IS NECESSARY TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN EMPLOYERS AND A SKILLED WORKFORCE, INCLUDING LOCAL GRADUATES WHO DESIRE TO WORK AND RAISE FAMILIES IN THEIR HOMETOWNS.

TWO ARRESTED FOR PUBLIC INTOXICATION

TWO PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED FOR PUBLIC INTOXICATION IN GREENEVILLE SUNDAY. SHENA HALE OF GREENEVILLE WAS ARRESTED AFTER SOMEONE REPORTED HALE APPEARED INTOXICATED WHILE SHE WAS WALKING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF AUSTIN STREET AND TUSCULUM BOULEVARD. WHEN POLICE ARRIVED, THEY FOUND HALE WALKING ON THE HOT ASPHALT WITHOUT ANY SHOES ON. WHEN SPEAKING WITH THE OFFICER, HALE REPORTEDLY THOUGHT IT WAS TUESDAY AND SPOKE INCOHERENTLY. A GREENEVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE WAS FOUND LAYING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD IN WET GRASS NEAR WEST SUMMER STREET. THE MAN IDENTIFIED AS LONNY GOAD WAS WOKEN UP BY OFFICERS, AND SAID HE WAS JUST RESTING. HE REPORTEDLY HAD GLASSY BLOODSHOT EYES, AND HAD A STRONG ODOR OF ALCOHOL.