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Water outage scheduled for Monday April 21st

A water service outage is scheduled for Monday April 21st for parts of Bristol, Virginia.Beginning at 11pm Monday, water will be shut off for the area around Exit 7 of I-81.Bristol Virginia Utilities will be shutting the water off for VDOT construction along Old Airport Road. The outage will affect customers on Old Airport Road from I-81 to the Hassen Heights Entrance.It will also include Old Stage Road and Hickory Drive. Surrounding areas may also experience low water pressure during the ou... More>>

Virginia construction projects for week of April 21st

VDOT BRISTOL'S WEEKLY TRAFFIC ALERT for April 21 - 27, 2014.BRISTOL, Va. - In an effort to keep motorists informed, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) provides weekly information about highway construction and maintenance projects in southwestern Virginia. When traveling through highway work zones, use caution and be alert to changes in traffic patterns and slow-moving or stopped traffic.To help motorists take the guesswork out of travel plans, call VDOT's 511 orclick here.INTER... More>>

Tennessee construction project for Monday April 21st

City of Bristol, Tennessee will close both southbound lanes of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Anderson Street to just south of the YMCA building on Monday, April 21, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM on April 22.Southbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard motorists will be detoured via Anderson Street, 6th Street and Melrose Street back to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard south of the work zone.Northbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard motorists are not affected by this work.This road closure... More>>

Peters Hollow Egg Fight continues legendary Easter tradition Video included

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The Tri-Cities region has its share of holiday traditions, but one Easter event has gained legendary status in Carter County: the Peters Hollow Egg Fight. This year marks the 191st edition of the fight to see who has the strongest eggs. You would think after 190 years, the question of who had the hardest eggs would have been answered by now, but it hasn’t. Norman Peters has been egg fighting for 70 years, he says even his mother couldn’t remember hearing about an Easter without an egg fight.... More>>

Easter Celebrations: How our viewers celebrated this Easter Holiday

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It was a beautiful Easter Sunday with sunny skies and mild temperatures.

Here is a look at how some of our News Channel 11 viewers celebrated this Easter Sunday. Click through the slide show.

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Great American Clean Up holds drop off event in Johnson City

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Folks in Johnson City had an opportunity to participate in the Great American Cleanup Saturday. A drop off service was held for residents at Indian Trail Middle School and Cherokee School. Folks could bring by any unwanted household trash or recycling. Recycling and Marketing Coordinator Eva Hunter told News Channel 11 the city usually collects several tons of waste during one of these drop off events."We see basketball goals, we see bicycles, we see windows, we see patio furniture, we see a ... More>>

Tweetsie Trail project gets its own song

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A bicycle and pedestrian trail linking Johnson City and Elizabethton now has its own song.

The Tweetsie Trail is being built on the abandoned ET&WNC rail line, formerly travelled by steam locomotives. The trains got the nickname "tweetsie" from local residents because of their shrill whistles.

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Johnson City Commission holds planning meeting

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Johnson City commissioners were hard at work Saturday morning trying to map out future goals.Commissioners have been holding strategic planning meetings for the past several Saturdays at city hall.Eleven different areas of importance and action steps to accomplish those goals are on the table.Mayor Ralph Van Brocklin said projects like Downtown Revitalization will impact the entire city."How you make this a more attractive community which plays into everything else. If you have an attractive ... More>>

Unicoi County Republican candidates host meet and greet

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Folks in Unicoi County got a chance to talk one-on-one with Republican primary candidates Saturday.Instead of a Lincoln Day Dinner, this year the Unicoi County Republican Party opted for a meet and greet-type rally.All 45 candidates that will be on the Republican primary ballot in Unicoi County in May or August were at the event.Republican Party Chairman Jim Buchanan told News Channel 11 he thinks the event was a better way for voters to get to know the candidates."Give voters a chance to com... More>>

Johnson City Farmer's Market open for spring season

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The Johnson City Farmer's Market opened for the spring season on Saturday.Folks lined up to shop the vendor stalls stacked with fresh veggies, eggs, honey, and other tasty treats.The Farmer's Market runs Wednesdays and Saturdaysfrom April through October,from 7 a.m.to 2 p.m., oruntil vendors run out of goods.Vendors toldNews Channel 11 today that they're excited about thefuture and growth of the Farmer's Market.Copyright WJHL 2014. All rights reserved. More>>

Virginia Intermont baseball team plays last home games Video included

After struggling financially for the past few years, the outlook for Virginia Intermont College's future is decidedly bleak after last week’s announcement that a merger with Webber International University had fallen through.It's a reality that could mean the end of Virginia Intermont both in the classroom and on the field.Today the Cobra baseball team played their last home games for the foreseeable future.It's the s... More>>

County health rankings shed light on region's health problems

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After finding out that part of the Tri-Cities ranked as one of the least healthy areas in the country, we wanted to take a closer look at why that is, and how the region can change. We first told you last week about a study that ranks the Kingsport/Bristol area as the third least healthy metro in the United States. The Gallup-Healthways poll cited factors like obesity, blood pressure, and the poverty rate. To get a better understanding of why the Model City and the Twin Cities have such a po... More>>

E-cigarettes banned in L.A. public places starting Saturday

Smoking electronic cigarettes in many Los Angeles public places will be illegal starting Saturday.That includes bars, restaurants, and clubs.
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After the NICU: Educational tools for those caring for babies born drug-dependent Video included

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After the NICUPrevious Stories:Sullivan County has the highest rate of drug dependent newborns in the stateMoms of drug-exposed newborns one step closer to facing jail timeCopyright 2014 WJHL. All rights reserved. More>>

JCPD arrest woman who attempted to pass forged check at Eastman Credit Union Video included

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Johnson City Police Department officers have arrested a woman who reportedly tried to pass a forged check at a local bank.

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Greene Co. residents raise questions, concerns about US Nitrogen plant Video included

Greene County residents gathers to voice concerns about US Nitrogen and its impact on the environment. Greene County residents gathers to voice concerns about US Nitrogen and its impact on the environment.
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People are raising questions and concerns involving a new plant nearing completion in Greene County. The new facility is located in the 400 block of Pottertown Road in Greene County and will include the Nolichuckey River as a vital part of plant operations. More>>

191st Peters Hollow Egg Fight scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday

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A Carter County Easter tradition celebrates its 191st year this weekend. More>>

Longtime "Witness Walk" still strong in Erwin Video included

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Hundreds of people in Erwin turned out this morning for the “Witness Walk.” More>>

People with disabilities lose part-time jobs with VA Video included

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For nearly 20 years, people with disabilities have worked inside the cafeteria at Mountain Home VA campus. Recently that long run came to an end for six part-time employees. Allan Cole is one of them. The 52 year-old man has Down's syndrome. Before he lost his job last month he had worked at the VA for 16 years. "I miss my friends," Cole said. "I wish I could go back. It's hard to say goodbye." More>>

PHOTOS: Good Friday

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 Do you have any Easter photos you’d like to share with us? Just post them on our Facebook wall (wjhl.com/facebook) or tweet us a photo to @wjhl11. You can also, email the photo to us at pix@wjhl.com.   More>>

Low power, altitude cited as possible causes of Holston Mtn. plane crash Video included

Low altitude and insufficient power were cited by a pilot as possible reasons for the crash of his airplane shortly after takeoff from the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in March, according to a preliminary report from the NTSB. More>>

Now hiring: AT&T

AT&T wants to hire more than a dozen employees in Lebanon, VA. More>>

Virginia boasts 240-plus farmers' markets

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Virginia is seeing an explosion of farmers' markets. More>>

Stateline Drive-In Theater offers free movie admission for opening weekend

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If you’re looking for some outdoor entertainment for your family this weekend, the Stateline Drive-In Theater on Highway 19E in Elizabethton will be showing a free movie tonight through Sunday. More>>

In Your Corner: Ways to defend yourself Video included

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According to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) every two minutes, an American is sexually assaulted. Click on the link to find out how you can defend yourself.  More>>

Renovations to J. Fred Johnson Stadium underway Video included

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Many people in the Tri-Cities have attended a football game at J. Fred Johnson Stadium in Kingsport. The stadium at Dobyns-Bennett High School is getting a major overhaul. More>>

Good Friday "Walk with the Cross"

If you're looking to celebrate Good Friday, the Bloomingdale Community Annual "Walk With the Cross" will be observed.Beginning at 11 am, the public is invited to meet at Holly Springs United Methodist Church at Highway 11 West and Bloomingdale Road in Central Heights. More>>

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor visits Northeast State Video included

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Governor Haslam's signature legislative proposal known as "Tennessee Promise" passed both chambers this week.The bill allows graduating high school seniors to have free tuition at Tennessee's two-year colleges.The legislation is a cornerstone of the Governor's "Drive to 55" campaign to improve the state's graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by the year 2025.Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan made a stop at Northeast State Community College today, to discu... More>>

Anonymous tip leads to TBI investigation of former Daniel Boone High School basketball coach Video included

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According to TBI Public Information Officer Josh DeVine, the investigation "centers around allegations that (Arnold) had an inappropriate relationship with a 16 year-old student." More>>

Caught on camera: woman passing stolen checks, I.D., at Johnson City credit union

Cameras caught the image of a woman who police said used stolen checks and ID at a Johnson City credit union. Cameras caught the image of a woman who police said used stolen checks and ID at a Johnson City credit union.

Johnson City Police hope someone recognizes the woman caught on surveillance video using stolen checks and I.D. at a local credit union.The crime happened March 27th at the Eastman Credit Union in Johnson City. More>>

Final report on Food City chopper crash expected within a few weeks Video included

The investigation of a fatal helicopter crash on South Holston Lake in August 2012 could be complete within a few weeks.  The investigation of a fatal helicopter crash on South Holston Lake in August 2012 could be complete within a few weeks.
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The investigation of a fatal helicopter crash on South Holston Lake in August 2012 could be complete within a few weeks.  More>>

Operation Salt Vegas: Federal agents serve meth warrants in southwest VA, northeast TN Video included

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Federal investigators served dozens of warrants on individuals in southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Agents call the investigation “Operation Salt Vegas”. More>>

Kingsport man starts new program for the homeless

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Last year, Kingsport City Schools identified 320 homeless children within the school system. Since then, city officials and organizations have tried to figure out ways to help those children, and their families.....
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Blountville man sentenced to 10 years in prison following solicitation of minor for sexual activity Video included

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A Blountville man was sentenced in federal court in Greeneville Thursday following an investigation where he reportedly attempted to entice a child into illegal sexual activity. More>>

Flashing campaign sign on 11E concerns drivers

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Campaign signs are designed to get the public's attention. One Greene County sign is so flashy, it may be putting drivers at risk.A sign for Road Superintendent David Weems' re-election campaign is posted on the side of a box truck, that has flashing lights at night.A viewer emailed News Channel 11 with video of the truck at night, and concerns about how much the lights resemble emergency lights."One side of it has red and white alternating flashing lights, which at night makes it look like a... More>>

BVU announces planned water outage

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Beginning 11 p.m. Monday, April 21, to approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, BVU will have a planned water service outage in parts of the Exit 7 area.
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YOUTUBE: Jonesborough teacher creates “Gangnam Style” parody promoting exercise Video included

The video, created by Jonesborough 8th grade teacher Luke Holt, is a parody of “Gangnam Style”. The video, created by Jonesborough 8th grade teacher Luke Holt, is a parody of “Gangnam Style”.
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The video, created by Jonesborough  8th grade teacher Luke Holt, is a parody of “Gangnam Style”. More>>

House fire reported on Savoy Drive in Blountville Video included

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Sullivan County dispatchers confirmed Thursday afternoon that a house was on fire in Blountville. More>>

Lonnie Greer pleads guilty to felony weapons charges, faces 180 months in prison Video included

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A Jonesborough man pleaded guilty Thursday to felony weapons charges. Authorities say he changed his plea to avoid a trial and a harsher sentence. More>>

How much does your child's superintendent make; Salaries in the Tri-Cities Video included

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They're in charge of dozens of schools and thousands of kids, but how much do they make?We went through all of the superintendent contracts in our area and found the top paid superintendents in our area More>>

ETSU to host Old Crow Medicine Show and Carolina Chocolate Drops Video included

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The East Tennessee State University Student Government Association’s Spring Concert featuring Old Crow Medicine Show and the Carolina Chocolate Drops will be held on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the ETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center (Minidome).  More>>

Early morning crash leads police to gun in felon's car Video included

EarlyThursdaymorning at 1:08am Johnson City police officers arrested 25 year-old James M. Perkinson.Perkinson was arrested after an investigation following a car crashon State of Franklin Rd. at Jack Vest Dr. Perkinson was transported to Johnson City Medical Center and was later released. During the investigation, officers discovered a glass pipe, marijuana, and later a handgun belonging to Mr. Perkinson. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence first offense, Simple Possession, Posses... More>>

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Bill to protect teachers against poor standardized test scores is discussed in Nashville Video included

A bill introduced to protect teachers from being penalized due to poor test scores is being debated in the final days of the 108th General Assembly in Nashville. More>>

Wednesday night house fire destroys Erwin home

AnErwin family's home was destroyed following a house fire Wednesday night.Volunteer firefighters were called to a home on Harris Street in Erwin late Wednesday evening. When crews arrived on the scene the home was deemed a total loss.No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.Copyright WJHL 2014. All Rights Reserved. More>>

Johnson City MD talks addiction in USA Today Video included

In Wednesday's "USA Today",  Dr. Stephen Loyd admits he was taking as many as 100 pills a day while treating patients in Johnson City. In Wednesday's "USA Today", Dr. Stephen Loyd admits he was taking as many as 100 pills a day while treating patients in Johnson City.

Johnson City physician Dr. Stephen Loyd carried a painful secret for many years.While treating patients, he was quietly managing a raging addiction to prescription medication. To deal with stress, Loyd admits he was taking as many as 100 pills a day. More>>

King’s Tornado Alley Shoppe launches new online store

BRISTOL, Tenn., April 9, 2014 – King University’s Tornado Alley Shoppe has launched its brand new online store, www.tornadoalleyshoppe.com. The online store provides access to your favorite KU merchandise at the click of a mouse. “We are excited to make Tornado Alley accessible to our students and alumni no matter where they are,” said Susan Marshall, Tornado Alley Shoppe manager. “No one has to wait until their next trip to the Bristol campus to purchase their King merchandise. They can or... More>>

‘Cooking With Super Foods’ class planned

GREENEVILLE, TN – A “Cooking with Super Foods” class is planned April 21 at Takoma Regional Hospital, taught by popular Chef Deidra Harruff. The class will be offered twice – at 11:30 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. -- in the hospital’s Everett and Carolyn Coolidge Volunteer Conference Center, located behind the hospital. Harruff will teach how to cook with kale, quinoa and whole grains. She also will demonstrate how to make gomashio, a healthy alternative to salt. Other upcoming classes by Harruf... More>>

Blood donation opportunities

Johnson City – About 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood; however, only three percent actually do. The American Red Cross is encouraging individuals to join those who have stepped up to help save lives by donating blood or platelets. “While only about three percent of the population donates blood, many of us will need blood at some point in our lifetime,” said Gwen Hunter, Blood Donor Recruiter in East Tennessee. “The Red Cross relies on volunteer donors to meet the ne... More>>

Rescued: woman falls 30 feet, breaks bones near Carter County waterfall Video included

Rescue crews carry a woman to safety after she fell about 30 feet near the Laurel Fork Falls in Carter County, TN. Rescue crews carry a woman to safety after she fell about 30 feet near the Laurel Fork Falls in Carter County, TN.
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A woman reportedly fell about 30-feet near Laurel Fork Falls in Carter County Wednesday afternoon. More>>

Judge "freezes" methadone clinic federal lawsuit against Johnson City

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TN House OKs report to delay Common Core testing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state House has voted to adopt the report of a special committee that recommends the testing component of Tennessee's Common Core education standards be delayed a year. Lawmakers voted 85-8 in favor of the conference committee report on Wednesday. The Senate is expected to vote on the report Thursday. Last month, Republican and Democratic House members passed a bill that sought to delay further implementation of the new standards for two years. It also sought to ... More>>

Man says he found syringe at Elizabethton park

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Walking in the park you may never expect to find danger, but a man recently discovered a potential threat to his family in one Elizabethton park. More>>

JCPD arrests man following burglary investigation

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Johnson City Police Department officers arrested a man Tuesday, following an investigation into a burglary of a home on Fairridge Road. More>>

People owe $154,000 in unpaid tickets in Kingsport, mayor's name on list Video included

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People owe a combined $154,000 in unpaid tickets in Kingsport and one of the names on the list is a prominent city leader, according to documents provided to us by the city. In all, the city says more than 2,000 tickets remain outstanding.  More>>

Elder abuse legislation passes in Tennessee House Video included

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Tougher penalties for people who abuse or neglect vulnerable adults are one step closer to becoming a reality. The State House unanimously passed legislation today that would increase the punishment for elder abusers. The State Senate passed the legislation last week. The bill, which would also create a state elder abuse task force, was sparked by a Community Watchdog investigation last summer that uncovered a large number of people who abused adults in our area. Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson C... More>>

Delays, stops on Interstate 26 near Gray exit to be expected

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Motorists driving on Interstate 26 this afternoon should expect delays, as well as stops on the east and westbound lanes. More>>

Two Greeneville residents face multiple charges following traffic stop

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Two Greeneville residents face several charges after they were stopped by Greeneville City Police Department officers during a traffic stop. More>>

Limestone man charged with attempted second-degree murder following standoff with WCSO Video included

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Washington County deputies arrested a Limestone man after he threatened to kill his girlfriend and himself at a home on Garland Road Tuesday night. More>>

Kingsport Aquatic Center hiring for summer season

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The Kingsport Aquatic Center will hire 50 employees to work the busy 2014 summer season, which begins May 12 with the opening of the outdoor water park. More>>

Ozark Mountains Brewing Supplies to hold ribbon cutting ceremony for new location, expansion

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Ozark Mountains Brewing Supplies will celebrate their expansion and new location Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Kingsport. More>>

Victims of Virginia Tech massacre remembered on 7th anniversary

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The victims of the April 16, 2007, massacre at Virginia Tech will be remembered at ceremonies in Richmond and Blacksburg. More>>

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Bill would add consequences to adult Bullying at work Video included

Senator Jim Kyle (D)-Shelby County sponsored a bill that would hold people accountable for bullying at work. More>>

Kingsport 911 service ranks in top 4 in TN

The city of Kingsport is one of four cities in Tennessee with a 100% score for knowing every address for it's emergency 911 service.Meaning for those who live in Kingsport and make an emergency call to 911 from a land-line or cell phone, dispatchers know exactly where that call is coming from and help can be dispatched more quickly."In an emergency situation when you dial 911 and the call comes through our call center that the one of the systems they have is their mapping system, and that map... More>>

Reality TV show "Southern Justice" follows Sullivan Co. Sheriff's Office Video included

A new television show is putting a local sheriff's office in the national spotlight.  More>>

Gov. McAuliffe to visit Bristol Wednesday for bill signing

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The Governor of Virginia will be in Bristol Wednesday to sign his first legislative act.The City of Bristol announced Governor Terry McAuliffe will visit The Falls retail development Wednesday at 9:45 a.m.. More>>

The growing use and abuse of Suboxone in the Tri-Cities Video included

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Tonight, we're delving into a drug that's gaining popularity in the headlines: Suboxone. The prescription drug is used to wean people off opioid addiction - for example heroin, and narcotic painkillers. But it doesn't come without controversy. You may recall the uproar in Baileyton, when locals learned of a suspected Suboxone clinic. Within a month of it's opening, Emmaus Medical and Counseling shut its doors, due to violating a town zoning ordinance. Monday, we told you a man charged with ... More>>

Kingsport court drops charge against 49ers Daniel Kilgore

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The Kingsport General Sessions court dismissed a charge against San Francisco 49ers Daniel Kilgore. The public intoxication charge was filed in January against Kilgore back in January. More>>

Golf balls ending up on Elizabethton airport runway Video included

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Tuesday was not ideal weather to be outside. It was rainy, cloudy and cold.  More>>

Virginia Intermont College and Webber International cancel merger Video included

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Virginia Intermont College and Webber International University will not go forward with a merger.  More>>

JCPD offers tips bear safety tips

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With the weather getting warmer, bears are coming out of hibernation and searching for food.  More>>

Residents express concerns about future apartment complex on Bluff City HWY Video included

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A future multifamily apartment complex on Bluff City Highway is raising a lot of concerns for residents already living in the neighborhood. More>>

Sullivan County Animal Shelter in need of donations

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Some animals in our region are in need of your help. The Sullivan County-Bluff City-Kingsport Animal Shelter is in desperate need of funds, to help care for the numerous animals at the shelter right now. More>>

April 13- 19 is National Telecommunicators week

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Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. More>>

Strawberry farm plans to freeze water around berries to protect from cold Video included

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News Channel 11 went to Scott’s Strawberry Farm to see what types of precautions they were taking to protect their crop. More>>

KPD searching for woman who used stolen debit card at three local businesses Video included

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Kingsport Police Department officers are currently searching for a woman who reportedly used a stolen debit card at three businesses in Kingsport on March 7. More>>

PHOTOS: 6 Tenn. sites added to National Register

Six Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. More>>

Ex-Grundy firefighter charged in two wildfires Video included

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A former Grundy firefighter faces charges of starting two wildfires that burned 440 acres in Buchanan County. More>>

Man arrested on assault charges after hitting cousin with hammer

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A man was charged with assault Sunday after he reportedly hit a man with a hammer during an argument. More>>

Dozens of hate groups listed in Virginia and Tennessee Video included

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are 37 active hate groups in Tennessee and 26 in Virginia.
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April Mugshots

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The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. More>>

17 animals die in house fire on Carroll Creek Road Video included

More than a dozen firefighters were trying to extinguish a house fire on Carroll Creek Road Monday afternoon. More>>

DNYD PL8S: Why personalized plates get denied in TN and VA Video included

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We've all seen the personalized license plates that are tough to figure out. In fact, license plates must meet a certain standard. In both Tennessee and Virginia, the department of motor vehicles receives request that will never make it to print.   More>>

Help the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast TN win $5,000

Starting now until May 18th, you can help Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee win $5,000. All you have to do is enter codes from specially marked "outnumber hunger" products by General Mills at: outnumberhunger.com.Each week, one food bank will receive $5,000 for receiving the most codes and one grand prize of $50,000 will be given to the food bank who receives the most meals from the public overall by May 18th.Every code entered with a northeast Tennessee zip code equals a donati... More>>

Early voting in Sullivan County Video included

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Primary election day is may 6th in Sullivan County, but voters will have ample opportunity to vote early.Early voting begins on April 16th at the election office in Blountville.Then on April 24th, early voting will open up at the National Guard Armory in Bristol, and at the Civic Auditorium in Kingsport.Usually there are between ten and eleven thousand voters in a county primary, but election officials want to encourage everyone that lives in Sullivan County, to exercise their right to vote.A... More>>

ETSU to host eighth annual Intermountain Brain Injury Conference

JOHNSON CITY – The eighth annual Intermountain Brain Injury Conference, “Current Topics in Brain Injury: Evaluations and Interventions,” will be held Friday, March 21, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Millennium Centre, opposite the campus of East Tennessee State University. The day begins with registration at 8 a.m. and offers three informative sessions throughout the day. The first speaker will be Judith Rice, an assistant professor in ETSU Nursing Graduate Programs, offering “Brain Behavior: The Ro... More>>

Spaces available for ETSU family mediation training

JOHNSON CITY — A few spaces remain for Rule 31 family mediation training approved by the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission (ADRC) to be offered by East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development. The sessions will meet from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at the new ETSU at Kingsport-Downtown Center, 300 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport, on two Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, March 6-8 and 20-22. Jean Munroe will conduct the 46-hour course that will f... More>>

TWRA bear trapping effort in Johnson City on hold; bear inactive

For the past several days, TWRA officials have been attempting to trap a black bear that has reportedly been causing problems around the North. N. St. and Sherwood Forest area of Johnson City. More>>

Kingsport plans on offering city manager job to Jeff Fleming

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The city of Kingsport could soon seal the deal in its search for a city manager. More>>

Man allegedly tried to kill Kingsport police officers with knife, bricks; Taser deployed several times Video included

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Kingsport police say a man is behind bars facing attempted murder charges after a he tried to injure officers several times during an arrest. Around 2:15 a.m. Sunday, a resident called police saying a man was snooping around their van on Glen Avenue. More>>

Despite close friendships, county mayor says he's not linked to PAC Video included

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Washington County Commissioner Mark Ferguson's opponents have labeled him a ringleader. So who then is the ringleader of his opposition? Ferguson is stopping just short of naming names. "I would ask (Jonesborough Mayor Kelly) Wolfe what his interest is," Ferguson said. "I have no comment on (that possible interest)." More>>

Governor McAuliffe signs bill that could bring new hospital to Lee Co.

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In the wake of the closing of Lee Regional Medical Center a few months ago, legislation signed by Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe could provide another option for Lee County.  More>>

SCAM BUSTERS: Tennessee consumers targeted by utility scam

Scam artists call a home or business posing as a co-op or utility employee and threaten to shut off service unless the consumer provides immediate payment using a reloadable debit card, prepaid gift card or online payment service like PayPal.  More>>

Johnson County sheriff race back at 5

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The ballot for Johnson County sheriff will now have five names on it. Current Mountain City police officer Ken Lane is back in the running for Johnson County sheriff.  More>>

Community members snap photos, selfies during General Mills Walking Tour

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Members of the Johnson City community continue to fight for a city landmark that could be demolished in as little as weeks for a luxury apartment complex. More>>

Unicoi Co. Sheriff's Office arrest two men on drug charges following traffic stop Video included

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Two men were arrested Saturday on drug charges, after Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office found marijuana in their vehicle during a traffic stop. More>>

Johnson City man arrested for burglary, theft of local home

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A Johnson City man was arrested Monday after police received a call about someone inside a local home. More>>

Early voting for May 6 primary begins Wednesday

Early voting for May 6 primary elections begins this Wednesday and continues through May 1.

 

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Man dies after truck overturns in a river in Dickenson County, VA

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Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal accident in Dickenson County. The crash happened Friday afternoon around 2:50 p.m. on Route 754 – two miles west of Route 631. More>>

Kingsport, Bristol on list of least healthy cities in America

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The Tri-Cities are taking a hit in a fit-list,ranking 3rd in a recent study of the worst cities for physical health. Kingsport and Bristol, Tenn. and Virginia, ranked 3rd on the list of the "Top 10 Least Healthy Cities in America", according to USA Today. Gallup-Healthways surveyed hundreds of thousands of Americans in 189 metropolitan areas in the U.S. According to the survey, Kingsport's obesity rate is just over 30%, about 40% of people who live in Kingsport have high blood pressure and th... More>>

Johnson City police arrest man for auto burglary

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Johnson City police say a 40-year-old man is spending his morning behind bars after he was arrested for auto burglary. Officers responded to the 800 block of Lamont Street around 1:10 Monday morning, after a woman reported a suspicious person in the area. The woman told police a man knocked on her door and tried to sell her items.She also told police one of the items she saw was hot rollers. According to police, the woman refused to open the door, but minutes later heard a car door slam. When... More>>

March Mugshots

Michelle Marie Bussiere was arrested last week and charged with identity theft, forgery, theft under $500, among other charges.  (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office) Michelle Marie Bussiere was arrested last week and charged with identity theft, forgery, theft under $500, among other charges. (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)
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This photo gallery features mugshots of individuals arrested in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia.  More>>

Your Weekly Constitutional: Watauga High School Book Ban. Video included

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News Channel 11's Josh Smith sits down with Professor of Law Stewart Harris. Today's topic: Mary Kent Whittaker assigned the critically-acclaimed book, The House of the Spirits, to her honors English class. Then she taught a lesson in academic freedom and free speech.Copyright 2014 WJHL. All rights reserved. More>>

Your Weekly Constitutional: Patrick Henry v. James Madison.

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News Channel 11's Sara Diamond sits down with Stewart Harris,Professor of Law at Appalachian School of Law. Stewart discuses Colonial Williamsburg, Part III: Ratification Smackdown! Patrick Henry v. James Madison. Copyright WJHL 2014. All rights reserved. More>>

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  • After the NICU: Educational tools for those caring for babies born drug-dependent

    After the NICU: Educational tools for those caring for babies born drug-dependent

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:45:45 GMT
    After the NICUPrevious Stories:Sullivan County has the highest rate of drug dependent newborns in the stateMoms of drug-exposed newborns one step closer to facing jail timeCopyright 2014 WJHL. All rights reserved.
    After the NICUPrevious Stories:Sullivan County has the highest rate of drug dependent newborns in the stateMoms of drug-exposed newborns one step closer to facing jail timeCopyright 2014 WJHL. All rights reserved.
  • Autism Alert: Early Diagnosis — Early Treatment

    Autism Alert: Early Diagnosis — Early Treatment

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    (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Although autism is a complicated and varied condition, there are some tests that can help diagnose children.For example, scientists can look to see which side of an adult’s face babies focus on.
    (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Although autism is a complicated and varied condition, there are some tests that can help diagnose children.For example, scientists can look to see which side of an adult’s face babies focus on.
  • People with disabilities lose part-time jobs with VA

    People with disabilities lose part-time jobs with VA

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    For nearly 20 years, people with disabilities have worked inside the cafeteria at Mountain Home VA campus. Recently that long run came to an end for six part-time employees. Allan Cole is one of them. The 52 year-old man has Down's syndrome. Before he lost his job last month he had worked at the VA for 16 years. "I miss my friends," Cole said. "I wish I could go back. It's hard to say goodbye."
    For nearly 20 years, people with disabilities have worked inside the cafeteria at Mountain Home VA campus. Recently that long run came to an end for six part-time employees. Allan Cole is one of them. The 52 year-old man has Down's syndrome. Before he lost his job last month he had worked at the VA for 16 years. "I miss my friends," Cole said. "I wish I could go back. It's hard to say goodbye."
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  • March Mugshots

    March Mugshots

    Monday, April 7 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-04-07 16:49:38 GMT
    Michelle Marie Bussiere was arrested last week and charged with identity theft, forgery, theft under $500, among other charges.  (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)Michelle Marie Bussiere was arrested last week and charged with identity theft, forgery, theft under $500, among other charges. (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)
    This photo gallery features mugshots of individuals arrested in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. 
    This photo gallery features mugshots of individuals arrested in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. 
  • Most Wanted: Woman accused of causing crash captured

    Most Wanted: Woman accused of causing crash captured

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 12:51 PM EST2014-03-04 17:51:53 GMT

    The Elizabethton Police Department says after the airing of our story, officers received information about the whereabouts of a woman who caused a crash a year ago in Elizabethton that left three people seriously hurt.

    The Elizabethton Police Department says after the airing of our story, officers received information about the whereabouts of a woman who caused a crash a year ago in Elizabethton that left three people seriously hurt.

  • Woman featured on News Channel 11's Most Wanted list captured

    Woman featured on News Channel 11's Most Wanted list captured

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 12:51 PM EST2014-03-04 17:51:53 GMT
    Rebecca SpearsRebecca Spears
    A woman wanted for a failure to appear in court charge, was captured Monday.Rebecca Spears was listed as wanted by authorities for failing to appear in court on charges of driving on a suspended license and not having insurance.
    A woman wanted for a failure to appear in court charge, was captured Monday.Rebecca Spears was listed as wanted by authorities for failing to appear in court on charges of driving on a suspended license and not having insurance.
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