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TN COVID-19 NUMBERS

THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTED A TOTAL OF 46,520 CONFIRMED CASED OF COVID-19 IN THE STATE THURSDAY, AND INCREASE OF 1,575 CASES OVER WEDNESDAY. THEY ALSO ANNOUNCED 594 CONFIRMED DEATHS, 11 MORE THAN WEDNESDAY. THE DEPARTMENT REPORTED 17 NEW CASES IN THE EIGHT COUNTY NORTHEAST TENNESSEE REGION, BRINGING THE NUMBER OF ACTIVE CASES TO 120. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 28 ACTIVE CASES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, 26 IN GREENE COUNTY, AND 23 IN SULLIVAN COUNTY. CARTER COUNTY REPORTS 14 CASES, THERE ARE 13 CASES EACH IN HAWKINS AND JOHNSON COUNTIES, AND 3 IN UNICOI COUNTY.

MAN FACES MULTIPLE CHARGES

JOHNSON CITY POLICE WERE CALLED THURSDAY, TO THE AREA OF OLD LEWIS ROAD AND MARTINDALE DRIVE ABOUT A SUSPICIOUS PERSON. WHILE RESPONDING, OFFICERS WERE TOLD THE MAN HAD STOLEN A BICYCLE. WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED, 29 YEAR OLD ROBERT SMITH GOT OFF THE BIKE AND FLED ON FOOT. HE WAS APPREHENDED AFTER A BRIEF CHASE, AND WAS FOUND TO HAVE PROPERTY FROM AT LEAST FOUR VEHICLES HE HAD BROKEN INTO, AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. SMITH WAS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY, THEFT OF PROPERTY, AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. ARRAIGNMENT IS SET FOR MONDAY AFTERNOON.

PRINCIPAL NAMED FOR WEST RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

SULLIVAN COUNTY DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS DR DAVID COX ANNOUNCED THURSDAY, THE SELECTION OF DR JOSH DAVIS, TO BE THE FIRST PRINCIPAL OF WEST RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL IS A CONSOLIDATION OF SULLIVAN SOUTH, CENTRAL AND NORTH HIGH SCHOOLS, AND IS EXPECTED TO OPEN IN THE FALL OF 2021. DAVIS IS AN ALUM OF SULLIVAN NORTH HIGH SCHOOL, HAS SEVERAL DEGREES FROM EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY, AND WORKED AS A TEACHER IN BOTH THE SULLIVAN COUNTY AND KINGSPORT CITY SCHOOL SYSTEMS. HE HAS ALSO SERVED AS AN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, A HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, AND MOST RECENTLY AS PRINCIPAL OF SULLIVAN NORTH HIGH SCHOOL.

TWO IN CUSTODY ONE AT LARGE AFTER BODY IS FOUND IN VEHICLE

THE GREENE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS SEARCHING FOR A MAN CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER, AFTER A BODY WAS FOUND IN A WRECK VEHICLE OFF FREEDOM ROAD MONDAY. INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY’RE LOOKING FOR 24 YEAR OLD ADRIAN KISER IN CONNECTION WITH THE MURDER. HIS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS IS 2085 OLD SNAPPS FERRY ROAD IN CHUCKY, AND WAS LAST SEEN IN JOHNSON CITY. TWO OTHER PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CASE. ZACHARY RICHARD AND ELIZABETH PHILLIPS HAVE EACH BEEN CHARGED WITH FACILITATION ON SECOND DEGREE MURDER, AND ARE CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A 250,000 DOLLAR BOND. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON KISER’S WHERE ABOUTS, IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE GREENE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.

WASHINGTON CO APPROVES BACK TO SCHOOL PLAN

BY A VOTE OF 7 TO 2, THE WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVED A PLAN TO REOPEN SCHOOLS THIS FALL, AMID THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. AS PART OF THE PLAN, STUDENTS WILL WEAR MASKS ON SCHOOL BUSES, AND BUS DRIVERS WILL TAKE STUDENT TEMPERATURES BEFORE GETTING ON THE BUS. CAR RIDERS WILL ALSO HAVE THEIR TEMPERATURES CHECKED. DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS BILL FLANARY SAID SCHOOLS WILL BE VERY LIBERAL WITH EXCUSED ABSENCES THIS YEAR. HE ALSO EXPECTS 20 TO 25 PERCENT OF STUDENTS WILL STAY HOME FOR ONLINE LEARNING. FLANARY SAID IF A STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, THE SCHOOL WILL LIKELY CLOSE FOR A DAY OR TWO, WHILE THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONDUCTS CONTACT TRACING. EMPLOYEES WILL NOT BE CHARGED A SICK DAY IF THEY HAVE TO SELF QUARANTINE, DUE TO A POSITIVE TEST, OR POSSIBLE EXPOSURE.

EMPLOYEE OF SULLIVAN CO TRUSTEE’S OFFICE TESTS POSITIVE

ACCORDING TO SULLIVAN COUNTY MAYOR RICHARD VENABLE, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SULLIVAN COUNTY TRUSTEE’S OFFICE HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. VENABLE SAID TWO OTHER EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN TESTED AND ARE AWAITING RESULTS. NO OTHER EMPLOYEES HAVE EXHIBITED SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS, BUT WILL BE MONITORS. THE TRUSTEE’S OFFICE WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. INSTRUCTIONS, A DROPBOX, AND PHONE NUMBERS WILL BE POSTED OUTSIDE OF THE TRUSTEE’S OFFICE, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BUSINESS WITH THE OFFICE.

REWARD OFFERED IN SWVA MURDER CASE

THE WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS NOW OFFERING A 5,000 DOLLAR REWARD, FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST OF TWO PEOPLE WANTED FOR MURDER. AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR TERRY LINEBAUGH AND HEATHER JONES. LINEBAUGH IS WANTED FOR 1ST DEGREE MURDER, JOES FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER. SHERIFF BLAKE ANDIS SAID HE BELIEVES THE TWO MAY BE IN A SMALL BLUE MITSUBISHI FOUR DOOR VEHICLE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA SHERIFF’S OFFICE.

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