Local News 2020

SEARCH FOR SUMMER

THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SUMMER WELLS.  THE 5-YEAR-OLD WENT MISSING FROM HER HAWKINS COUNTY HOME JUNE 15TH.  AUTHORITIES SAY THE CIRCUMSTANCES BEHIND HER DISAPPEARANCE ARE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.   AUTHORITIES STILL HOPE TO FIND HER ALIVE.  THE GROUND SEARCH, WHICH HAS COVERED OVER 3-THOUSAND ACRES.  OVER 100 AGENCIES HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE SEARCH.  IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, CONTACT THE HAWKINS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE OR CALL 1-800-TBI-FIND.

BRISTOL VA SHOOTING

AN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING IN BRISTOL VIRGINIA IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.  IT HAPPENED AROUND 1:00 AT EASTRIDGE APARTMENTS ON PORTSMOUTH AVENUE.  POLICE SAY A MAN WAS PARKED IN A VEHICLE AND HE WAS SHOT WHILE SITTING INSIDE.  THE MAN THEN DROVE TO A HOUSE ON NORFOLK AVENUE.  AT LEAST THREE SHOTS WERE FIRED, BUT IT’S NOT CLEAR HOW MANY STRUCK THE MAN.  HE WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL AND IS EXPECTED TO RECOVER. NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE, BUT POLICE THINK IT WAS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT.

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND

THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AFTER HUMAN REMAINS WERE FOUND IN KINGSPORT.  THE DISCOVERY WAS MADE IN THE 1600-BLOCK OF ROCK SPRINGS ROAD IN A WOODED AREA—ON AN ABANDONED RENTAL PROPERTY.  THE REMAINS ARE BELIEVED TO BE THOSE OF AN ADULT MALE AND HAVE BEEN SENT FOR FORENSIC ANALYSIS AND TO ESTABLISH A CAUSE OF DEATH. 

SULLIVAN PROPERTY TAX HIKE??

SULLIVAN COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS COULD BE LOOKING AT A PROPERTY TAX HIKE.  COUNTY COMMISSION’S BUDGET COMMITTEE WILL RECOMMEND A 9-CENT INCREASE TO THE FULL COMMISSION, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO VOTE ON THE TAX RATE AND BUDGET NEXT WEEK. COMMISSIONERS SAY THE INCREASE IS NEEDED TO COVER DEBT SERVICE.  THE PROPOSED BUDGET INCLUDES A 4-PERCENT PAY RAISE FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES, WHILE THE BUDGET COMMITTEE WILL RECOMMEND 5-PERCENT.

UNEMPLOYMENT

THERE WERE 12-THOUSAND 187 NEW UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS FILED IN TENNESSEE AND VIRGINIA LAST WEEK.  THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REPORTS 4-THOUSAND 736 WERE FILED IN TENNESSEE AND 7-THOUSAND 451 IN VIRGINIA FOR THE WEEK ENDING JUNE 19.  TENNESSEE REPORTED A DECREASE OF 1-THOUSAND 376.  IN NORTHEAST TENNESSEE, 301 NEW CLAIMS WERE FILED LAST WEEK.  SINCE MARCH 15, 2020, THERE’VE BEEN OVER 1.2-MILLION CLAIMS FILED IN TENNESSEE.  IN VIRGINIA, THERE WAS A SLIGHT DECREASE IN NEW CLAIMS.

ASSAULT WITH A CELL PHONE

JOHNSON CITY POLICE HAVE CHARGED A WOMAN—AFTER SHE ALLEGEDLY HIT SOMEONE WITH A CELL PHONE.  ALEXIS COLLINS OF GRAY WAS ARRESTED AFTER A FIGHT AT A DOWNTOWN JOHNSON CITY BAR.  THE VICTIM SAID COLLINS ASSAULTED HER AFTER A MISUNDERSTANDING—BY HITTING HER IN THE FACE WITH THE PHONE.  THE VICTIM SUFFERED A LACERATION TO HER EYEBROW AND NERVE DAMAGE IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.  COLLINS IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND WILL BE IN COURT TODAY.

 

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