WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT, STANDOFF THAT SHUT DOWN I-81

A WOMAN IS FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES AFTER A PURSUIT ENDED IN A CRASH ANS STANDOFF THAT SHUT DOWN INTERSTATE 81 IN KINGSPORT THURSDAY. ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, STATE TROOPERS ATTEMPTED TO STOP A JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE FOR SPEEDING ON INTERSTATE 26 IN JOHNSON CITY, BUT THE DRIVER IDENTIFIED AS 30 YEAR OLD JA’NECQUA A. RELEFORD FLED, AND A PURSUIT ENSUED. THE PURSUIT CONTINUED NORTH ONTO I-81 WHERE THE JEEP CRASHED INTO A CABLE BARRIER. THE THP SAID RELEFORD REFUSED TO EXIT THE VEHICLE, BECAME NON-COOPERATIVE, AND CLAIMED TO BE ARMED. SHE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER NEGOTIATIONS. BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH BOUND LANES OF I-81 WERE CLOSED DURING THE STANDOFF. RELEFORD WAS CHARGED WITH FELONY EVADING ARREST, RECKLESS DRIVING, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, DUI, DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE, AND SPEEDING.

KINGSPORT PRESENTS FISCAL BUDGET FOR 2025

THE CITY OF KINGSPORT PLANS TO START THE NEW FISCAL YEAR WITH A BALANCED, WITH NO INCREASE IN THE PROPERTY TAX RATE, AND A STRONG RAINY-DAY FUND OF MORE THAN 25 MILLION DOLLARS. ALL THIS WHILE OVERCOMING UNEXPECTED FINANCIAL CHALLENGES IN HE PREVIOUS YEAR, WHICH HAD A 4.7 MILLION DOLLAR IMPACT ON THE CITY’S BUDGET. THE BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMAN HEARD PRESENTATIONS FROM CITY AND EDUCATION OFFICIALS ABOUT ESTIMATED REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES, CAPITAL PROJECTS, UTILITIES AND BUDGET CHALLENGES FOR THE COMING YEAR.  THE BMA WILL LOOK TO APPROVE THE BUDGET ON TWO READINGS, JUNE 3RD AND JUNE 17TH, AND IT’LL GO INTO EFFECT JULY 1ST.

ONE INJURED IN CRASH ON I-81 IN GREENE CO

ONE PERSON WAS INJURED AFTER A CRASH ON INTERSTATE 81 IN GREENE COUNTY WEDNESDAY. ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, AND NISSAN ALTIMA WAS TRAVELING NORTH ON I-81 NEAR MILE MARKER 48 JUST BEFORE 8 PM. THE VEHICLE REPORTEDLY RAN OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD, FLIPPED OVER ONTO ITS TOP, AND CAME TO AN UNCONTROLLED REST AWAY FROM THE RAD. THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE WAS INJURED IN THE CRASH.

MAN IN CUSTODY TRIED TO TAKE DEPUTY’S GUN AT HOSPITAL LEADING TO SHOT FIRED

THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION RELEASED NEW INFORMATION THURSDAY, AFTER A GUN WAS DISCHARGED INSIDE BRISTOL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER WEDNESDAY NIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE TBI, AGENTS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED BY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE AFTER THE WEAPON WAS FIRED. ACCORDING TO TBI REPORTS, A SULLIVAN COUNTY DEPUTY AND A MAN WHO HAD BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY TUESDAY NIGHT WERE INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT. THE MAN IN CUSTODY HAD BEEN TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR EVALUATION. WHILE THE DEPUTY WAS ADJUSTING RESTRAINTS ON THE MAN, HE REPORTEDLY BECAME PHYSICALLY COMBATIVE, AND TRIED TO TAKE THE DEPUTY’S GUN. THE STRUGGLE RESULTED IN A SHOT BEING FIRED FROM THE WEAPON WHILE IT WAS STILL HOLSTERED. NO ONE WAS HIT BY THE SHOT. THE REPORT SAID THE MAN CONTINUED TO STRUGGLE AND GRABBED THE DEPUTY’S BATTON. HE THEN REPORTEDLY STARTED TO STRIKE HIMSELF WITH IT BEFORE HE WAS SUBDUED. THE MAN BECAME UNRESPONSIVE SHORTLY AFTER AND REMAINS HOSPITALIZED. THE DEPUTY WAS ALSO INJURED.

OFFICIALS STRESS SAFETY AS BOATING SEASON KICKS OFF

FOR MANY, MEMORIAL DAY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF BOATING SEASON. OFFICERS JOHN RIPLEY WITH THE TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY SAYS THAT DURING THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND, THERE ARE EXTRA OFFICERS MONITORING PEOPLE ON THE WATER. RIPLEY SAYS THAT ONE OF THE MAIN CAUSES OF BOAT ACCIDENTS IS IMPAIRED OPERATORS. HE ALSO MENTIONED THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE MORE AT RISK OF BEING HURT THAT OTHERS, AND REQUIRE SOME EXTRA SAFETY MEASURES. A CHILD HAS TO HAVE A LIFE JACKET ON IF THEY’RE UNDER THE AGE OF 13, THE WHOLE TIME THEY’RE ON THE BOAT UNLESS THE BOAT IS ANCHORED OR TIED TO THE SHORE.

PEDESTRIAN INJURED AFTER ALLEGED HIT AND RUN IN RICHLANDS VA

THE RICHLANDS VIRGINIA POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC’S HELP, AFTER A TRUCK REPORTEDLY HIT A PEDESTRIAN WEDNESDAY. POLICE SAID THE PEDESTRIAN WAS HIT BY A PICKUP TRUCK NEAR THE INNOVATED WORSHIP CENTER OR BLUE MOON ON FRONT STREET. POLICE SAID THE TRUCK INVOLVED IS A NEWER MODEL ORANGE CREW CAB FORD RANGER. THE PEDESTRIAN WAS TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL FROM TREATMENT OF INJURIES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 276-964-9134.

LARGE BOULDER CLOSES PORTION OF ROADWAY IN WASHINGTON CO VA

THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION REPORTED A LARGE BOULDER BLOCKING THE ROADWAY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA THURSDAY. MOTORISTS WERE ASKED TO BE ALERT IN THE BRUMLEY GAP ROAD/JOHN DOUGLAS WAYSIDE AREA. THE RIGHT LANE OF THE ROADWAY WAS CLOSED DUE TO THE BOULDER BLOCKING THE LANE. THE LEFT, NORTHBOUND LANE WAS OPEN TO TRAFFIC. VDOT SAID HEAVY RAIN ATTRIBUTED TO THE 10 FOOT BY 10 FOOT BY 25 FOOT BOULDER COMING LOOSE.

LEE CO SPRING WILDFIRE WAS 5TH LARGES IN VA

THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY SAYS A SPRING WILDFIRE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA WAS AMONG THE LARGEST IN THE COMMONWEALTH. THE DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY ANNOUNCED THURSDAY THAT ITS FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO 411 VIRGINIA WILDFIRES DURING THE SPRING FIRE SEASON, WHICH RUNS FROM FEBRUARY 15TH TO APRIL 30TH. COMBINED THOSE FIRES BURNED ALMOST 20,000 ACRES, THE MOST IN A SPRING FIRE SEASON IN THE LAST 30 YEARS. THAT’S COMPARED TO JUST 2,174 TOTAL ACRES BURNED IN SPRING 2023 IN 330 FIRES. A TOTAL OF 29 HOMES AND 28 STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED IN SPRING FIRES. THE MOORE HOLLOW FIRE IN LEE COUNTY WAS THE 5TH LARGEST, BURNING 525 ACRES. THE LARGEST BY A WIDE MARGIN WAS THE 211 WEST FIRE IN PAGE COUNTY. IT BURNED 6,390 ACRES.

FAIRMONT STREET IN BRISTOL TO SEE IMPROVEMENTS

A HEADS UP FOR MOTORISTS AND RESIDENTS IN THE FAIRMONT AREA OF BRISTOL TENNESSEE, SEVERAL STREET WILL SOON BE SEEING IMPROVEMENTS. WORK IS UNDERWAY TO RESURFACE STREETS IN THE FAIRMONT COMMUNITY. THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ROUGHLY A MONTH TO COMPLETE, DEPENDENT ON WEATHER. CITY LEADERS SAY THE WORK IN THE AREA IS NEEDED. RESIDENTS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT ON-STREET PARKING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON STREETS AS THEY ARE BEING RESURFACED, AND SOME STREET CLOSURES MAY BE NECESSARY.

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