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Students complain of shoddy work and safety hazards in brand new luxury apartments Video included

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Ripped floors, loose nails, no air conditioning..some students say that's what they saw when they walked through the doors of their luxury apartments for the first time.Parents and students sent us pictures of what they say is shoddy work in the new Monarch 815 apartments across from ETSU.Wednesday I met up with ETSU student Laura James who lives in the apartment so she could show me what is wrong.As we were heading up to her room the construction manager and regional manager stopped us.Once ... More>>

Federal court filings show holes used for sex acts inside Bristol adult novelty store Video included

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Federal court documents reveal in the past, the owner of an adult novelty store on State Street in Bristol, Va. was selling more than just lingerie, pornography and synthetic drugs. Instead, pictures filed at the federal courthouse in Greeneville earlier this month show waist-high holes in private rooms inside Exotic Illusions.
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Dobyns-Bennett's Makale Foreman named Player of the Week

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There weren't many games in week zero of the high school football season, but there were a number of big time efforts. Two different Tri-Cities running backs topped 200 yards, but it was a wide-receiver who stood above the rest. More>>

Bid for Damascus K9 open

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Former Damascus Police Officer Justin Miller continues his fight for the K9 he helped trained.Miller resigned from the police department in early July, taking the department's K9 named Emmy, with him.But city leaders said the dog belongs to Damascus because Emmy was purchased with a federal grant that specifies 3 ways for the city to retire a K9.The city has chosen the sealed bid option.In 3 weeks, Miller raised $9,000 to bid on Emmy."In all honestly I couldn't believe I got that much support... More>>

Roads reopened following multiple vehicle crash near Kingsport Pavilion

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The crash happened around 1:45 p.m. near the Target shopping complex. Injuries have been reported. More>>

Knoxville-based Covenant Health has "strong interest" in Wellmont partnership Video included

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Although Wellmont Health System is remaining tight-lipped about who it might partner with in the coming months, Knoxville-based Covenant Health confirms it is among the health systems interested in a possible partnership. "Covenant Health is a non-profit East Tennessee healthcare system with long-standing relationships with physicians and hospitals in the Tri-Cities region," Vice President of Marketing and Physician Services Debby Saraceni said in an email statement... More>>

Bristol, Va. City Council approves property tax increase Video included

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A property tax increase approved by the Bristol, Va., City Council on Thursday will stock city coffers to help pay bills, the vice mayor said Friday morning. More>>

Homeless Veterans Stand Down scheduled for September 5 Video included

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The second annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down is scheduled for September 5 from 8 am-3 pm and Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Downtown Johnson City. It is targeted toward homeless veterans and also veterans at risk of being homeless, low income veterans as well as veterans who have not connected with the V-A. More>>

Two Johnson City schools named Reward Schools Video included

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The Tennessee Department of Education has released a list of Reward Schools as part of the state's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver and two of those schools are in Johnson City – Science Hill High School and Towne Acres Elementary School. This category is reserved for schools in the top 5% statewide with the highest performance or the largest academic growth by students during the 2013-2014 school year. More>>

Health official: No bacterial meningitis at ETSU Video included

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It now appears concerns about cases of bacterial meningitis among students at East Tennessee State University were unfounded. More>>

JCFD's lengthy search for new assistant fire chief to start over Video included

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The lengthy search for Johnson City's next assistant fire chief is taking another unexpected turn. The job has remained vacant since April 2013 and now we're learning the two finalists for the job don't want it.  More>>

ETSU student charged after shot fired in home Video included

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An East Tennessee State University student was arrested by campus public safety officers Monday after he reportedly fired a gunshot in a residence on Aug. 18. More>>

JCPD arrest man for November auto burglary

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Johnson City Police Department officers arrested a man following a November report about an auto burglary. More>>

Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes is Sun. Sept. 14

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News Channel 11 is partnering with your East Tennessee office of the American Diabetes Association to help stop diabetes in our community.The Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes will be at the Kingsport Farmer's Market on Sunday, September 14. More>>

13 local organizations named winners of First Tennessee Foundations's 150 Days of Giving contest

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Local organizations right in our backyard were named winners of First Tennessee Foundation's 150 Days of Giving contest. More>>

Bass Pro's bowling alley built by Tri-Cities crew Video included

"My goal is, is to build a bowling center that will last 40 years - just as they did when I started in 1982,” said Wes Snyder a foreman for Brunswick Installation. "My goal is, is to build a bowling center that will last 40 years - just as they did when I started in 1982,” said Wes Snyder a foreman for Brunswick Installation.
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If you're a hunter or fisherman Bass pro sells all the gear you need, but where does bowling fit in?  The new store features a bowling alley and we found out the lanes are already rich with history. More>>

Kingsport woman arrested after police find Subutex, marijuana, drug paraphernalia in home

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Kingsport Police Department detectives and officers arrested a woman Tuesday on drug charges after they found prescription drugs, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in her home. More>>

Church Hill police arrest man on stolen property, marijuana charges

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A man was charged Tuesday after police officers found that the vehicle he was driving was stolen property from another state. More>>

Johnson City man arrested on numerous identity theft, drug fraud charges Video included

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Johnson City Police Department officers arrested a man on identity theft and drug fraud charges following an investigation into a report that he was using his ex-wife's and another woman's name to get prescription drugs. More>>

Man arrested for allegedly pouring gas on ex-girlfriend while holding lighter Video included

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A 54 year-old Hawkins County man is behind bars and facing several charges including attempted arson. More>>

Johnson City Honda participates in ice bucket challenge, donates $11,000 to area charities Video included

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The ALS ice bucket challenge is going on just about everywhere you look these days. One local car dealer took the challenge this morning in Johnson City More>>

Massage and stroke recovery

GREENEVILLE, TN – A local therapist will demonstrate massage techniques at the next stroke support group meeting at Takoma Regional Hospital from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Robin Dean of Touch of Grace Therapeutic Massage will also discuss the benefits of massage therapy. “We are planning a really fun, relaxing night,” Jamila Darwish, a speech therapist at Takoma and the group's host, said. The meeting is free and open to the public. The support group meetings are now being held in the Ce... More>>

August blood drives

Blood Assurance Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations: · Wednesday, August 27, 8:30a-11:30a, MSHA MTI-ITC, 502 Med Tech Parkway, Johnson City, TN · Wednesday, August 27, 1:15p-3:45p, MSHA Accounting, 1106 W. Market St., Johnson City, TN · Thursday, August 28, 11:00a-4:00p, Russell County Medical Center, Lebanon, VA · Friday, August 29, 12:00n-5:00p, Walmart Supercenter, Brown's Mill Rd., Johnson City, TN · Friday, August 29, 12:00n-5:00p, Washington... More>>

Settlement offer for fired Sullivan Co. road workers to be considered Thursday

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Sullivan County Attorney Dan Street said County Commissioners will meet Thursday morning to consider a settlement.   The current proposal offer $3,000 to each of the seven employees, and the settlement calls for three terminated employees to get their jobs back as soon as September 2nd.

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Tennessee raises the bar on recruiting photoshops Video included

It's not unusual for schools to Photoshop recruits onto fake magazine covers, but the Tennessee Vols took the next step. More>>

Update: Restoration work on historic Sabine Hill set to start next week

Sabine Hill was built in 1815 by General Nathaniel Taylor and his family.   Today, the rundown white frame house sits at the end of West G.Street near a busy state highway. Sabine Hill was built in 1815 by General Nathaniel Taylor and his family. Today, the rundown white frame house sits at the end of West G.Street near a busy state highway.
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Construction is set to start on Sabine Hill on or about September 3rd - a week from tomorrow. More>>

It's National Dog Day! Send us photos of your pooch

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In case you have not heard, Tuesday is National Dog Day. To celebrate the day, we thought to share this really entertaining video of a dog named Nathan, "Dancing with himself."  More>>

J. Fred Johnson Stadium ready for 1st home game

A new season and an upgraded stadium; the Dobyns-Bennett football team is looking to kickoff it's first home game in the newly renovated J. Fred Johnson Stadium. Construction on the stadium began as soon as the season ended last November. "We have handicap rails, going up through the old stadium, new 14-15 hundred seats up top, new concession stands, new bathrooms," said Dobyns-Bennett Athletic Director Carry Daniels.Daniels said although the 70-year-old stadium has served them well, they out... More>>

Greene County voters to fill seat left vacant after commission-elect's death

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In November, voters in Greene County will decide who will replace a county commissioner-elect who passed away last week. Earl Fletcher, Jr was elected to that job-- but last Friday morning he was found dead inside the Nathanael Greene Museum where he served as director for several years. More>>

A string of car burglaries linked by a manufacturer flaw Video included

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It's something Johnson City Police said they've never seen before.Police said starting in late July there's been a string of car burglaries with GM SUVs.In the last month this has happened to seven in Johnson City, four in Bristol, and none so far in Kingsport.One local GM dealer, Tim Copenhaver, told me with the more recent models from 2007 up to 2014 it's easy to cut the power off from the outside. He said he suspects thieves are going up under the front right wheel and cutting the electric... More>>

KPD search for car burglary suspect

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Kingsport Police Department officers are searching for a white man who reportedly burglarized a vehicle at local mall Thursday. More>>

Investigation into TCAT director technically still open but DA doesn't expect criminal charges Video included

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An investigation that has remained one of the most controversial topics in Carter County over the last year is technically still open, but First Judicial District Attorney General Tony Clark says he doesn't think there evidence of a crime. Sheriff Chris Mathes opened an investigation into Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Elizabethton Director Dean Blevins last summer. Since then, Mathes has continued to say he believes Blevins personally benefited... More>>

Carter Co. teacher, coach charged for theft granted diversion, given six months probation Video included

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Court documents show that a Carter County school teacher and coach under investigation for theft charges was granted a pre-trial diversion. More>>

Car found in Boone Lake; no injuries reported Video included

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News Channel 11 has confirmed that a car has been found partially submerged in Boone Lake. More>>

Suspect who escaped police custody captured Video included

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Virginia officers are searching for a man who they say escaped from police custody overnight. More>>

Hewlett-Packard recalls 5 million AC power cords

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Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard. More>>

ETSU student places third in national weightlifting competition

Megan Poole is studying exercise science at ETSU and hopes to enter a physical therapy program and become a pediatric physical therapist. Her dream is to compete in the 2016 Olympic trials and the 2020 Olympic Games. More>>

Practice run for Eastman Road Race set for Aug. 30

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The 2014 Eastman Road Race is coming up on Saturday, September 6. To help participants prepare for this year's race, all runners are invited to participate in a free practice run on the Eastman Road Race 10K course this Saturday, August 30. More>>

ETSU finalizing plans for "Sex Week"

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Plans are being finalized and an official name has been chosen as Eastern Tennessee State University prepares for a sex education event next semester. More>>

Elizabethton principal battling ALS, Josh Wandell, to speak at Milligan College

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Josh Wandell, principal at East Side Elementary School in Elizabethton, will speak at Milligan's first convocation of the 2014-15 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m. in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Seeger Chapel. Wandell, 36, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, in 2013.  More>>

VDOF seeks public's help with acorn, seed collection

Virginians can help preserve tree species by collecting acorns and seeds from 12 species and delivering them to the nearest office of the Virginia Department of Forestry.  More>>

Tweetsie Trail Trek Tongue Twister Challenge Video included

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How many times can you say Tweetsie Trail Trek within 15 seconds?  We want to know. All it takes is three easy steps.  More>>

Former EHS swim coach charged with indecent exposure Video included

Former Elizabethton High School Swim Coach Justin Thomas Conway is accused of exposing himself on two different occasions earlier this month in Johnson City. Former Elizabethton High School Swim Coach Justin Thomas Conway is accused of exposing himself on two different occasions earlier this month in Johnson City.
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Former Elizabethton High School Swim Coach Justin Thomas Conway is accused of exposing himself on two different occasions earlier this month in Johnson City and masturbating in front of those people.  More>>

Kingsport woman, 92, dies after car plunges into Fort Patrick Henry Lake Video included

A 92-year-old woman died when her car crashed into Fort Henry Lake in Kingsport Monday afternoon. A 92-year-old woman died when her car crashed into Fort Henry Lake in Kingsport Monday afternoon.
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A 92-year-old woman died when her car crashed into Fort Henry Lake in Kingsport Monday afternoon.Just before 4 p.m., a white 1998 Lincoln Town Car plunged into the lake killing the driver identified as Inez Summers of Kingsport. Police said Summers drove into a driveway at 3743 Hemlock Park Circle and lost control of her car "for unknown reasons," KPD spokesman Tom Patton said.
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Most Wanted: regional shoplifting ring targets The Mall at Johnson City Video included

Johnson City Police are trying to crack what they think could be a regional shoplifting ring. Johnson City Police are trying to crack what they think could be a regional shoplifting ring.
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Johnson City Police are trying to crack what they think could be a regional shoplifting ring.On August 4th, detectives got several calls from stores in The Mall at Johnson City about thefts inside stores.Surveillance video shows two groups of two people stealing more than $1,000 total from Belk, Zumiz, Crazy Eight, Express, Charlotte Russe, and Justice. More>>

Temporary solution in place for Unicoi County school resource officers Video included

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The budget battle continues in Unicoi County.
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Man charged in stabbing death of Erwin man

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The crime scene is hundreds of miles from our region, but a suspect has been arrested for the stabbing death of an Erwin man. More>>

State loses contact with cemetery owner, civil, criminal proceedings moving forward without her Video included

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A year after our Community Watchdog investigation first uncovered problems at Hawkins County Memorial Gardens, the case has become one of the largest in recent memory at the 3rd Judicial District Attorney General's Office. More>>

ETSU performing arts center fundraising target increased

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One of the most anticipated projects in the history of East Tennessee State University now has a higher price tag, but ETSU's president doesn't believe that will stop the Performing Arts Center from becoming a reality. More>>

Witnesses recount ex-swim coach allegedly exposing himself Video included

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A former local high school swim coach is charged with two counts indecent exposure.Witnesses say Elizabethton High School's former swim coach Justin Conway exposed himself in public on August 1st and 5th.Court documents say Conway recently turned himself on August 19th.I talked with both witnesses about what they say happened."Down the alley way there I had seen someone coming up really slowly," Jodie Forgione said.Forgione said Conway drove up to her while she was sitting on the steps of her... More>>

Nakatetsu and Jtekt talk expansion for Telford plants

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More than 100 jobs could be headed to the region thanks to county leader’s recent trip to Japan.2 weeks ago, Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge and Washington County Economic Development Council C.E.O. Mitch Miller met with leaders of Nakatetsu and Jtekt in Japan.Both companies have plants located in Telford, TN are aiming to build stronger relationships with county leaders.Miller said a stronger relationship with the leaders of these companies could translate to more jobs for Washington Co... More>>

JCPD officer charged with assault Video included

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A Johnson City Police Department officer was charged on Aug. 10 after he reportedly assaulted a man in a local Elk's Lodge.

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Kingsport man charged after pulling handgun on man in Dairy Queen

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A Kingsport man was arrested Saturday after he pulled a handgun on a man in a local restaurant.

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ETSU football announces walk-on tryout information

On Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m., the ETSU coaching staff will hold a meeting for all students who are interested in trying out for the team. More>>

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What's Working: Speedway Children's Charities Video included

In 1997 Claudia Byrd launched the Tri-Cities Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. The Non-Profit Agency raised over 114 thousand dollars "We've raised over 8 million dollars for children in our region" The charity raised 742 thousand dollars just last year. Speedway In Lights serves as the charities largest fundraiser. others include a shooting competing at Shooters Edge, and three golf tournaments a year."All of that money stays right her in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia" ... More>>

WCSO leads state with $9.7million in military surplus equipment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Since 1993, Tennessee law enforcement agencies have received more than 41,000 military surplus items worth at least $121 million, much of that going to the state's smaller cities and counties. More>>

Bicyclist hit by truck, taken to hospital

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A bicyclist was sent to the hospital Sunday afternoon after being hit by a truck in Bristol, Virginia.The 22 year old was crossing Piedmont Avenue on his bike when he was hit.Officers on scene said the truck was driving through the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and Euclid Avenue when the bicyclist came out of a nearby driveway.The man on the bicycle was taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.The crash is still under investigation.Copyright WJHL 2014. All rights reserved. More>>

BMS crews clean up after race week

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The races are over and fans have packed up and left the Tri-Cities after a busy race week in Bristol.Sunday was clean-up day at Bristol Motor Speedway after all the fans and their RV's cleared out.It was an all day event. Crews used vans, tractors, and hundreds of trash bags to clean up the parking lots.Volunteers and BMS staff started with the grandstands and made their way to the campgrounds to clean up the trash left behind by the thousands of fans in attendance.Copyright WJHL 2014. All ri... More>>

Pedestrian hit and killed in Bristol, Va.

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Bristol, Virginia Police are investigating an early morning crash in which a pedestrian was hit and killed by a pickup truck.According to Bristol Police, the crash happened around 7 a.m. Sunday on Island Road near the intersection with Harmony Drive.Investigators said David Ausmus, 66, was walking along Island Road facing oncoming traffic when he was hit from behind by a pickup truck driven by Jeremiah Allison, 74.According to Police, Allison had crossed over the centerline while going around... More>>

Brights Zoo: initial reports show baby giraffe had infection throughout body

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David Bright of Brights Zoo spoke to us on Sunday about the recent death of a baby giraffe named Patch. More>>

Confederate memorial tampered with in Elizabethton, local veteran searches for answers

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The Sons of Confederate Veterans out of Elizabethton are in search of answers after vandals have struck twice over the past week. More>>

King University welcomes incoming students Video included

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Hundreds of students were up bright and early Saturday morning for move in day at King University in Bristol. More>>

Appalachian Power warns customers of possible scam

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Appalachian Power in Virginia is warning customers about a new scam. According to the utility, the scam targets small business owners.The scam tells customers they have to make an immediate payment, or have their service disconnected. Victims are often told to use prepaid debit cards.Jeri Matheney, Appalachian Power spokesperson, said the company does not ask for payment in this manner. Matheney also said while the latest targets of the scam have been in Virginia, this type of scam may also b... More>>

Medical Watch: Fall Allergy Class and Screening Video included

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The fun fall season is right around the corner which means lots of fun trips, falling leaves, and campfires to most people. However, for some of us this means a lot of misery and medication. More>>

Problems with Charter internet

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News Channel 11 has received several calls and messages from viewers about problems with Charter's internet service being down. More>>

Joey Logano wins the 54th Annual IRWIN Tools Night Race

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After an exciting Food City 300 Friday night, the racing continues tonight with the IRWIN Tools Night Race. More>>

D-B comes back to beat Farragut

Touchdown Friday Night scoreboard

Elizabethton 49 Daniel Boone 0Sullivan North 7 Seymour 34Dobyns-Bennett 31 Knox-Farragut 27Unaka 12 Oliver Springs 27 Sullivan South 49 Cherokee 13Cloudland 6 Avery Co. 0North Greene 20 Chuckey-Doak 28Pigeon Forge 71 Cosby 0Hampton 48 Unicoi Co. 12Union Co. 24 Grainger 8 More>>

Unicoi County Commission faces budget challenges Video included

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Unicoi County is in the midst of a budget crisis, meaning drastic cuts to several key departments.
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NASCAR fans react to spring race date change Video included

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NASCAR fans will have to make a few changes to their spring race plans. Race officials at Bristol Motor Speedway confirmed Friday that the spring races are being moved from late March to mid-April.Fans seem excited about the change.“You know what, I love it because it's [March] too early. The weather's always crappy down here, it's either cold, snow, whatever. It's the best thing that ever happened,” Rusty Lodge told News Channel 11.Cleve Hunter and his friends were happy too. “We love the da... More>>

No. 22 Ryan Blaney wins the 33rd Annual Food City 300

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No. 22 Ryan Blaney won the 33rd Annual Food City 300 Friday night, securing his second victory in 24 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. More>>

Medical Watch: Hydration Station Video included

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Lee County fugitive from justice arrested in Johnson City

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Johnson City police arrested a Fugitive from Justice for a crime allegedly committed across the border. More>>

Dog Days of Summer

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WHAT: Imminent Danger German Shepherd Rescue presents DOG DAYS OF SUMMER  More>>

Fuel tank spills gasoline in gas station parking lot

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Belfast-Rosedale Volunteer Fire Department and Russell County Emergency Management responded to the Valero FasMart after a report of a gasoline spill just before 10pm Friday. More>>

Spring BMS race set for April 2015 Video included

Since 2005, the Food City 500 has been held in March. More>>

Former library foundation director accused of embezzling $20k recently worked for another charity Video included

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Less than 48 hours after police charged the former executive director of the Bristol Public Library Foundation with embezzlement, we're learning she spent the last year doing charitable work at another organization.  More>>

Local photographer upset over temporary social media block Video included

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It is something many of us do every single day, post to social media. We found one local photographer who's Facebook post has her now temporarily blocked from using her page. More>>

Johnson City Athletic Club reacts to funding cuts Video included

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Johnson City Athletic Club leaders are brainstorming ways to keep their doors open. The athletic club is sponsored by the Johnson City Housing Authority and the city More>>

Cloud 9 owner agrees to plead guilty to selling $1 million worth of synthetic drugs

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A man who sold synthetic drugs from several businesses across the Tri-Cities has agreed to plead guilty in federal court. Federal court records filed today reveal Daniel Guy Bickley signed a plea agreement earlier this week. Bickley was the owner of several Cloud 9 Emporiums, including businesses in Bristol, Johnson City and Mountain City. Law enforcement previously shut down those businesses during raids a couple of years ago. A federal grand jury indicted Bickley on 72 counts... More>>

Greene County Commissioner-elect, Earl Fletcher, Jr dies Video included

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News Channel 11 has learned that commissioner-elect Earl Fletcher, Jr. has died. Friday morning, he was found dead in the hallway of the Nathanael Greene Museum where he served as executive director. More>>

Pioneers come back to beat Pats

High school football scores - week zero Video included

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NASCAR team owner Ed Whitaker dies Video included

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Amid the excitement of race week in Bristol, a well-known local NASCAR team owner passed away Friday morning. More>>

JCPD revises false alarm ordinance

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Johnson City leaders took the first step in trying to clear up confusion about the city's false alarm ordinance. A Johnson City Police Department task force, along with the city's legal department, clarified some language in that ordinance, which commissioners approved on first reading Thursday night. A Community Watchdog report back in April revealed the city's police officers were not always following city code when issuing false alarm tickets to businesses and homeowners. More>>

VIRAL VIDEO: Local kitty massaging dog a Friskies finalist, your votes needed

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Lauren Jaynes Turbyfill, an Agricultural Education teacher at Cloudland High School in Roan Mountain, TN says a video she captured of her cat is one of 12 finalists in a Friskies Cat Food contest. More>>

U.S. Sen. Corker: "We have never faced a terror group like this" Video included

"We have never faced a terrorist organization like the one that exists in Syria and Iraq," Sen. Corker said. "We have never faced a terrorist organization like the one that exists in Syria and Iraq," Sen. Corker said.
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United States Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) thinks America needs to wake up to the new terror threat brewing in the Middle East."We have never faced a terrorist organization like the one that exists in Syria and Iraq," Sen. Corker said. " They share a border and go back back and forth - the most dastardly, demonic terror group." More>>

Woman who claimed retaliation by Johnson City Commission back on city board

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A Johnson City attorney who was voted off a volunteer board after suing the city will get another chance to serve.Almost two weeks ago, the Commission voted not to reappoint Lee to the Johnson City Housing and Community Development Board.Lee has been a vocal critic of a plan by the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce to sell the so-called “General Mills” property to a developer who plans to demolish the mill and build apartments. She sued the city over its handling of the rezoning request.The Ci... More>>

Friday Morning Kickoff at Daniel Boone

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Are you ready for high school football?News Channel 11's Kasey Marler, Anna Zook and Meteorologist Jeremy Eisenzophf kicked things off this morning at 5:00 a.m. with a LIVE preview of the Daniel Boone and Elizabethton High School game tonight. More>>

Future of Johnson City Athletic Club in jeopardy

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A local club that provides athletic opportunities for young men and women who live in public housing is in jeopardy.The city government and the Johnson City Housing Authority have worked together to fund the Johnson City Athletic Club for years.The club is best known for its boxing program which has produced champion boxers.City leaders terminated the agreement with the Housing Authority at Thursday's commission meeting, but said it doesn't have to be the end of the Athletic Club.“I understan... More>>

Ex-library foundation director charged with stealing more than 20K from the library Video included

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Ex-library foundation director charged with stealing more than 20K from the libraryShe was supposed to spend library foundation money on adult and teen programs, but police believe Anita Foster-Machado spent thousands on herself.Foster-Machado is the former executive director of the Bristol Public Library Foundation, an organization that helps support library programs.Bristol, Va. police arrested her on embezzlement charges Wednesday night.Meanwhile at the Bristol Public Library, tucked away ... More>>

Birthplace of Country Music Museum offers modern touch to history, karaoke booth Video included

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It took quite a bit of hustle and bustle to turn the Birthplace of Country Music Museum into a reality. The facility opened August 1st. New Channel 11 got a personal tour Monday, when the museum is normally closed. More>>

Greene Co. judge dismisses charges against man who spoke out at public meeting Video included

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According to attorneys close to the case, the charges against Eddie Overholt have been dropped. Overholt was arrested at the Greene County Industrial Development Board meeting last month and charged with disrupting a public meeting and resisting arrest. More>>

Local Attorney Bob Jessee died of complications from pneumonia

Bob Jessee (far right) pictured with his wife, Judge Green (center), and friend Kimball Sterling (left). Bob Jessee (far right) pictured with his wife, Judge Green (center), and friend Kimball Sterling (left).
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Well-known local attorney Bob Jessee has died from complications of a blood clot.Jessee's close friend Kimball Sterling told News Channel 11 that Jessee was known and loved across the Tri-Cities.Jessee and his brother Tom were partners at their firm Jessee Jessee in Johnson City.Kimball said Jessee treated his friends like family, and often did pro bono work for those in need.The attorney was more than just a legal advocate, he was a Mark Twain scholar and lover of antiques.Kimball said Jess... More>>

Ridgeview Elementary receives high honor, Administrators take #IceBucketChallenge

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From Ridgeview Elementary News Release: GRAY, TN–August 21, 2014-Faculty, staff and students at Ridgeview Elementary School gathered on the front lawn of the school to celebrate Ridgeview being named a Reward School for Achievement as a result of the TCAP assessment for 2013-14! This is a tremendous accomplishment, placing Ridgeview School in the Top Five Percent of all K-8 schools in the state of Tennessee. The recognition is made even more remarkable by the fact that the school is still a ... More>>

Fossil 5K to benefit museum exhibition and education programs

The Fossil 5K will start and finish at the museum, located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26 at 1212 Suncrest Drive in Gray.  Packet pick-up and registration will be on Friday, Sept. 19, from 5-6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 20, from 7-8:30 a.m. More>>

Bristol Bass Pro Shop open for business Video included

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A highly anticipated Grand Opening took place Wednesday, two years in the making. The Bass Pro Shop in Bristol, Tennessee is open for business.This store is the anchor for the new Pinnacle development and is more than just a retail space.
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Bristol, Va., library staff discovery lead to charges against foundation director

Anita Foster-Machado, Bristol, Tenn., was charged with six felony counts of embezzlement stemming from an investigation by police into purchases made with the Bristol Public Library Foundation credit card between August 2010 and June 2013. Anita Foster-Machado, Bristol, Tenn., was charged with six felony counts of embezzlement stemming from an investigation by police into purchases made with the Bristol Public Library Foundation credit card between August 2010 and June 2013.
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Staff at the Bristol, Va., library discovered questionable purchases on the library foundation's credit card that lead to the arrest of the former foundation director on felony charges Wednesday. More>>

Erwin to tackle liquor sales on November ballot

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On Thursday we checked in with Unicoi County Election Commission office and found while they have not received signatures for wine in grocery stores petitions, the town of Erwin has been working on something else.
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Despite Comptroller's findings, TBI criminal investigation into public utilities still ongoing Video included

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Just this week, state auditors found several of the same problems our Community Watchdog investigation uncovered at two Greene County utility districts last year, but although the State Comptroller's investigation has now concluded, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continues to look into Chuckey and Cross Anchor Utility Districts for alleged theft and official misconduct... More>>

Bright Zoo in mourning after baby giraffe dies

 Despite the giraffe's death, he'll still be named through a contest that will end at midnight Wednesday. Despite the giraffe's death, he'll still be named through a contest that will end at midnight Wednesday.
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Brights Zoo posted on its Facebook page that its new baby giraffe died Wednesday night.  Zoo officials said the baby born two weeks ago didn't venture out Wednesday. More>>

Man arrested for DUI at local elementary school

A Washington County, Virginia man was arrested Wednesday morning for driving under the influence of alcohol after he was seen driving erratically in the parking lot of Van Pelt Elementary School. More>>

Murdered 2-year-old's grave has no tombstone; Wise Co. deputies raising money

Almost two years after her death, Wise County Deputies realized Emma Baldwin had not received a proper burial. Almost two years after her death, Wise County Deputies realized Emma Baldwin had not received a proper burial.
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The Wise County Sheriff Office is raising money to purchase a tombstone for Emma Baldwin.The 2-year-old girl was murdered in October 2012.Her mother, Brandie Baldwin, and Baldwin's boyfriend, Juwan Moore, are both in prison for the crime.Almost two years after the death, Wise County Deputies realized Emma had not received a proper burial. More>>

BREAKING: Bristol Library Foundation exec. director charged with embezzlement

Anita Foster-Machado was arrested on six felony counts of embezzlement which occurred over an almost three year span while she was the foundation's Executive Director. Anita Foster-Machado was arrested on six felony counts of embezzlement which occurred over an almost three year span while she was the foundation's Executive Director.
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The Executive Director of the Bristol Library Foundation is accused of stealing money from the Foundation she led.Anita Foster-Machado was arrested on six felony counts of embezzlement which occurred over an almost three year span while she was the foundation's Executive Director. More>>

Woman who claimed retaliation by Johnson City Commission back on agenda

 On Thursday, August 7th, the Johnson City Commission voted not to re-appoint Amber Lee to the Johnson City Housing and Community Development Board. On Thursday, August 7th, the Johnson City Commission voted not to re-appoint Amber Lee to the Johnson City Housing and Community Development Board.
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A Johnson City woman recently kicked off a community board after suing the city may get another shot at serving.On Thursday, August 7th, the Johnson City Commission voted not to re-appoint Amber Lee to the Johnson City Housing and Community Development Board. More>>

New ETSU basketball ticket pricing leaves some loyal fans frustrated, others hopeful Video included

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Get into the school spirit with #WJHL's Friday Morning Kickoff!

Use #WJHLKick to become a part of our pep rally! Use #WJHLKick to become a part of our pep rally!
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Are you ready for high school football? News Channel 11's Kasey Marler, Anna Zook and Meteorologist Jeremy Eisenzophf will be kicking things off Friday morning at 5:00 a.m. with a LIVE preview of the Daniel Boone and Elizabethton High School game Friday night.Do you want to rally for your school to be featured in our morning show pep rally. We need your help. Show us your school spirit by using the hashtag #WJHLKickoff to tell us where we should hold our ultimate pep rally each week.Each week... More>>

Elizabethton and Johnson City officials take the "ice bucket challenge" Video included

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Ice-cold water is lighting a fire in the hearts of many Americans and now two local cities have joined the effort to raise money and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. More>>

WJHL joins the ALS #IceBucketChallenge Video included

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is soaking the nation. News Channel 11 is joining in on the movement. Thursday, News Channel 11 is challenging Team Wandell of Carter County, TN to take the #IceBucketChallenge.  More>>

Mountain States Health Alliance and Cigna agree to new three year contract

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Thousands of people across our region that have Cigna health insurance can once again get in-network rates with Mountain States Health Alliance hospitals and doctors. More>>

7 year-old struck by car, recovering from injuries Video included

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A day after being struck by a car near his school bus stop, 7 year-old Thomas Human is recovering from his injuries at Niswonger Children's Hospital.A Picture of Thomas taken just after he arrived at the hospital, shows him on a ventilator. More>>

Lawsuit filed in fatal Aug. 5 Hawkins County crash Video included

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A woman was killed and two others were injured in a crash on Highway 11W in Hawkins County Tuesday afternoon. More>>

MOST WANTED: Woman accused of forging receipts to rip off local charity Video included

 Police say Teresa Stotsy is wanted on three counts of criminal simulation. Police say Teresa Stotsy is wanted on three counts of criminal simulation.
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Elizabethton police want to find a woman who they say tried to take advantage of a local charity that helps those in need.Police say Teresa Stotsy is wanted on three counts of criminal simulation. 
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Toppers, Indians football set to join 'Super 6' in 2015 Video included

The bus rides are about to get longer, and the schedules are about to change for the Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill football teams after the TSSAA approved the 'Super 6' classification Monday. More>>

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What's Working: UH goes high tech for middle school students Video included

Erica Preswood's Language Arts class sounds a little different. It looks unusual also. Traditional books are being replaced with iPads. More>>

First day of school for area students

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Today marked the first day back to school for some students across the Tri-Cities region. More>>

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What's Working: Super Cats are on a roll at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport Video included

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 The smiles and the enthusiasm is unmistakable. The Super Cats meet every Wednesday at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport. More>>

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Father returns home to Unicoi County and suprises family at football practice

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.A Unicoi County family is celebrating after a friendly game of tackle football quickly turned into a welcome home surprise.  Lawrence Hampton, a member of the Air Force, has been stationed in Qatar for the past few months. More>>

Tri-Cities man marries two women; wife pushes for change in bigamy laws Video included

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A Tri-Cities man is accused of being married to two people at the same time; a crime in Tennessee. "It made me feel like I had been taken for a ride for 20 years," his wife said. More>>

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What's Working: Tennessee High School adds summer reading assignment for all students Video included

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Tennessee High School is quiet in the summer, but the students continue to learn."we want to elevate expectations" Tennessee High English teacher Tim Davis is excited about the schools new summer reading program.  More>>

VIDEO: Dobyns-Bennett High School Band performs during surprise squad giveaway

WJHL had quite a few friends Thursday who helped us celebrate Surprise Squad, including the Dobyns-Bennett High School Band.  More>>

Tennessee Tax-free holiday set for August 1-3

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During this weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost less than $100 per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less. More>>

Fun Fest 2014 activity, entertainment guide Video included

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Tri-Cities residents will have plenty to do for the next few days, as Kingsport kicks off its 34th annual Fun Fest. More>>

MOST WANTED: Credit and debit card "skimmers" stealing ID's in the Tri-Cities Video included

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 According to the Federal Trade Commission, "Scammers use cameras, keypad overlays, and skimming devices - like a realistic-looking card reader placed over the factory-installed card reader on an ATM or gas pump - to capture the information from your card's magnetic strip without your knowledge and get your PIN." More>>

May Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

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The following are mugshots of individuals arrested in May by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.

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The face behind Bella's Law: Opiate Addiction Treatment Act of 2015 Video included

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Too old to drive: What do statistics in the Tri-Cities show? Video included

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Some people say that the older you are, the more of a concern it is to get behind the wheel."Our vision is not as good, our reflexes are not as fast, our hearing sometimes goes," says Glenna Herron, 71 years old.  More>>

44th annual Jonesborough Days under way Video included

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The sound of the kids' train rolling along Main Street, can only mean one thing - Jonesborough Days are here. It has become an annual Fourth of July tradition for many in our region. More>>

DCH Foundation Freedom 5K Run/3K Walk set for July 4 in Clintwood

There’s something for the whole family at the inaugural DCH Foundation Freedom 5K Run/3K Walk and Kids, Fun Run, to be held July 4 starting at 8 a.m.  More>>

Dump truck, flatbed truck crash injures two; 11E westbound reopened Video included

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Washington County emergency communications dispatchers confirmed a crash has occurred between a dump truck and a large flatbed truck at the intersection of Sand Valley Road and Highway 11E in Jonesborough. More>>

Kimberly Perry, of The Band Perry, marries MLB star JP Arencibia Video included

 Kimberly Perry, the lead singer of The Band Perry tied the knot in her hometown. Kimberly Perry, the lead singer of The Band Perry tied the knot in her hometown.
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Greeneville is abuzz with excitement and News Channel 11 has a clue as to why. Kimberly Perry, the lead singer of The Band Perry has tied the knot.  More>>

Share your Blue Plum photos with us! Just post them on our Facebook wall, send them to pix@wjhl.com or post them on Intagram or Twitter using the hashtag #PlumGoodTime.  More>>

Washington County election results are official; Ford still undecided about recount Video included

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The Washington County Election Commission certified the results for the May Republican primary Thursday. The candidate for Sheriff, Craig Ford, is still undecided on whether he’ll request a recount. More>>

Private school move presents zoning issues in Bristol, Va.

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A private school in Bristol is looking to expand and relocate in the city but with the school's desired new location comes a few road blocks. More>>

Do you have a photo of you and your mom? Please share them with us. We'd like to include them in our online photo gallery. Just send your photos to pix@wjhl.com, post them on our Facebook wall, or tweet them to @wjhl11. More>>

ETSU Alum Dr. Joe Moore hired to revive Buccaneer marching band program Video included

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The sounds of a marching band will soon be heard on the campus of ETSU once again. More>>

Problem properties: Who are the lazy landlords and trouble tenants? Video included

Our Community Watchdog review of all code violations in the region's three major cities dating back to 2013 reveals those answers in this special report. Our Community Watchdog review of all code violations in the region's three major cities dating back to 2013 reveals those answers in this special report.
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Our Community Watchdog review of all code violations in the region's three major cities dating back to 2013 reveals those answers in this special report.  More>>

3-year-old in state custody, no charges filed after "one-pot" meth labs found

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Neighbors are still in shock after investigators found several "one-pot" meth labs at a home in Scott County. More>>

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  • Students complain of shoddy work and safety hazards in brand new luxury apartments

    Students complain of shoddy work and safety hazards in brand new luxury apartments

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:58:44 GMT
    Ripped floors, loose nails, no air conditioning..some students say that's what they saw when they walked through the doors of their luxury apartments for the first time.Parents and students sent us pictures of what they say is shoddy work in the new Monarch 815 apartments across from ETSU.Wednesday I met up with ETSU student Laura James who lives in the apartment so she could show me what is wrong.As we were heading up to her room the construction manager and regional manager stopped us.Once ...
    Ripped floors, loose nails, no air conditioning..some students say that's what they saw when they walked through the doors of their luxury apartments for the first time.Parents and students sent us pictures of what they say is shoddy work in the new Monarch 815 apartments across from ETSU.Wednesday I met up with ETSU student Laura James who lives in the apartment so she could show me what is wrong.As we were heading up to her room the construction manager and regional manager stopped us.Once ...
  • Federal court filings show holes used for sex acts inside Bristol adult novelty store

    Federal court filings show holes used for sex acts inside Bristol adult novelty store

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:58:11 GMT
    Federal court documents reveal in the past, the owner of an adult novelty store on State Street in Bristol, Va. was selling more than just lingerie, pornography and synthetic drugs. Instead, pictures filed at the federal courthouse in Greeneville earlier this month show waist-high holes in private rooms inside Exotic Illusions.
    Federal court documents reveal in the past, the owner of an adult novelty store on State Street in Bristol, Va. was selling more than just lingerie, pornography and synthetic drugs. Instead, pictures filed at the federal courthouse in Greeneville earlier this month show waist-high holes in private rooms inside Exotic Illusions.
  • Knoxville-based Covenant Health has "strong interest" in Wellmont partnership

    Knoxville-based Covenant Health has "strong interest" in Wellmont partnership

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:34:25 GMT
    Although Wellmont Health System is remaining tight-lipped about who it might partner with in the coming months, Knoxville-based Covenant Health confirms it is among the health systems interested in a possible partnership. "Covenant Health is a non-profit East Tennessee healthcare system with long-standing relationships with physicians and hospitals in the Tri-Cities region," Vice President of Marketing and Physician Services Debby Saraceni said in an email statement...
    Although Wellmont Health System is remaining tight-lipped about who it might partner with in the coming months, Knoxville-based Covenant Health confirms it is among the health systems interested in a possible partnership. "Covenant Health is a non-profit East Tennessee healthcare system with long-standing relationships with physicians and hospitals in the Tri-Cities region," Vice President of Marketing and Physician Services Debby Saraceni said in an email statement...
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  • July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:51:57 GMT
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
  • Most Wanted: regional shoplifting ring targets The Mall at Johnson City

    Most Wanted: regional shoplifting ring targets The Mall at Johnson City

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:39 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:39:09 GMT
    Johnson City Police are trying to crack what they think could be a regional shoplifting ring.Johnson City Police are trying to crack what they think could be a regional shoplifting ring.
    Johnson City Police are trying to crack what they think could be a regional shoplifting ring.On August 4th, detectives got several calls from stores in The Mall at Johnson City about thefts inside stores.Surveillance video shows two groups of two people stealing more than $1,000 total from Belk, Zumiz, Crazy Eight, Express, Charlotte Russe, and Justice.
    Johnson City Police are trying to crack what they think could be a regional shoplifting ring.On August 4th, detectives got several calls from stores in The Mall at Johnson City about thefts inside stores.Surveillance video shows two groups of two people stealing more than $1,000 total from Belk, Zumiz, Crazy Eight, Express, Charlotte Russe, and Justice.
  • One week later, Monday's Most Wanted Roundup continues

    One week later, Monday's Most Wanted Roundup continues

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 10:03 AM EDT2014-08-12 14:03:20 GMT
    An hour into our broadcast, Washington and Sullivan County deputies captured five suspects featured in our broadcast. Our first most wanted suspects turned himself in at the WJHL studios.
    An hour into our broadcast, Washington and Sullivan County deputies captured five suspects featured in our broadcast. Our first most wanted suspects turned himself in at the WJHL studios.
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