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Friday, October 31, 2014

Wreck Involving Two Daniel Boone High School Students Still Being Investigated
Two Boone High School students remain hospitalized after a serious wreck Thursday night. Police are still investigating the accident on Frog Level Road in Gray which Lieutenent Gary Wiseman says is narrow with curves. "They went off on the right side of the road, hit a culvert in a driveway that made them flip and they and they went across the road sliding on the top and then rolled it again. It then ended up on a tree." Both the driver and the passenger were seriously hurt. (EE)

TSSAA: Two-year postseason ban, $4,750 fine for David Crockett, Daniel Boone High Following Musket Bowl Brawl
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association has imposed a two-year post season ban for both Daniel Boone and David Crockett High School varsity football teams following an all-out brawl involving both squads at the annual Musket Bowl. That means both teams will miss the playoffs until 2016 and each school will pay a fine of $4,750. Washington County, TN Director of Schools Ron Dykes is still evaluating school-based punishment for players involved in the fight, including suspensions from classes and athletics.

Virginia's Constitutional Question on Ballot Meant to Help Veteran's Widows and Widowers
Virginia voters will consider a state Constitutional amendment at the polls Tuesday. It's meant to exempt from local taxing the property of a surviving spouse of someone killed in action in the military. Bristol Voter Registrar Penny Limburg is ready to field questions about it. She said, “If voters have not heard about it, they can come to my office and pick up a brochure that will give them some background on that amendment, a little more explanation.” (LM)

Crowe Pushes Passage of Amendment for Veteran's Charities
State Senator Rusty Crowe of Johnson City is behind Tennessee's Amendment 4 on the ballot Tuesday. If approved by voters, it'll allow veterans organizations to join nonprofits in being allowed to hold annual fundraising events involving games of chance. Crowe says it may have a hard time passing because it doesn't use the word veterans so some voters may not realize it will benefit charities of veteran's groups. He said, “Our veterans have been telling me all these years, Rusty we can't have raffles anymore and provide funding for our charities. So all this does is put them back in so they can have a raffle.” (LM)

Circuit Court Clerk Race Hotly Contested in Bristol
Voter turn out is expected to be high Tuesday in Bristol Virginia with high interest in the special election for circuit court clerk. The race to fill the position, which pays $93,000 in annual salary, features two who've both worked in the office. Kelly Flannagan Duffy has held the interim clerk's position for 10 months. Duffy said, ”I'm not saying I understand every aspect of everything we do in the office, but I do most of it.” Linda Holmes previously worked six years in the office with a focus limited to criminal court duties. She stresses she's learned more, earning a criminal justice degree. She said, “They don't just teach you the criminal side, they teach the civil side, like torts and that kind of thing.” (LM)

Director of Schools: Players ID'd in Musket Bowl Brawl Could be Suspended From School, All Athletics
“It was regrettable. I was saddened to see that activity.” That was Washington County, Tennessee Director of Schools Ron Dykes' first reaction to seeing video of an all-out brawl between Daniel Boone and David Crockett High School players following the Musket Bowl. He has met with both coaches and athletic directors to examine footage of the fight and determine what players will be punished. Dykes said that could result in the teens being suspended from school, from all athletic competition or both. He noted that both teams met for a joint dinner the night before as a benefit for breast cancer awareness... “You know, we've been playing this game for 40 years and this type of thing hasn't occurred before. Both of these schools are noted for their sportsmanship, and they've even won awards for such, so that action makes it a little disheartening,” Dykes said.

Child Neglect Trial Date Set for January
A Johnson City man accused of neglect in a child's death will go to trial in January. 28 year old Jonathan Cravens was arrested last year when police say he left his girlfriend's 16 month old child, Alex Hubbard, at home to run an errand. When Cravens came home Alex was unresponsive and officials say he choked to death. Craven's trial date is set for January 23. (EE)

Police Crash Halloween Party in Elizabethton, Find Drugs and Sawed-Off Shotgun
Seventeen people who gathered at an apartment complex on East F Street in Elizabethton for a Halloween party had a few more guests arrive late. Police officers executed a search warrant at the party spot and found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, assorted prescription medication, mushrooms and a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun. 22-year-old Katherine Brookshear and 29-year-old Christopher Tester were arrested and charged on drug offenses while 24-year-old Nathan Guy was cited for a weapons violation. Two other people living in the apartment complex were written up on drug charges.

Old Bunks from Virginia Intermont Get Use in Southwest Virginia
Deserving children around Southwest Virginia will have a warm bed to sleep in thanks to a non-profit agency purchasing bunks from the dorms of the closed Virginia Intermont College. Communities in Schools Director Sam McKinney said Kroger of Abingdon gave a portion of a prize from selling a winning lottery ticket to the group that help pay for 50 beds that went to students in seven counties. (McKinney): “The very first year I was here, within six months we found that a family had bed bugs. We found that what was happening was the bed bugs were biting these kids so bad because they were actually sleeping on a little mattress on the floor.”

Johnson City Man Charged with Stealing $8,000 of Construction Equipment
Johnson City police arrested 33-year-old Joshua Stanley and have charged him with one count of theft over $1,000. An investigation revealed that Stanley had over $8,000 in construction equipment stored at his home on Huffine Road that had been reported stolen two weeks ago. He is scheduled to appear on the charge in General Sessions Court.

Man Killed by Train in Johnson City Identified
A man struck and killed by a train Sunday in Johnson City has been identified. Police said the victim was 37-year-old Chad Perry of Unicoi. Investigators said the train hit him from behind on the tracks near the Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Center. The investigation is continuing.

Man Found Shot to Death in Home in Greene County
Reports of a man found shot to death in his home in Greene County. Sheriff Pat Hankins has identified the victim as David Lineberry, found in his home on Cumberland Road in the Tusculum area. The TBI is assisting the investigation. (LM)

Bridge in Kingsport to Carry The Name of Decorated Vietnam Soldier
City officials in Kingsport will hold a bridge dedication ceremony on Saturday to honor the highest-ranking military solider in the city's history who perished in the Vietnam War in February 1968. The Clinchfield Street bridge over Reedy Creek will now be known as the Captain James Eddie Reed Bridge. Reed served in the U.S. Army and earned such honors as the Ranger Tab, the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars during his tour of duty. The ceremony takes place at 1 pm that day at the bridge or at the Farmers Market complex if there is inclement weather.

Boone Lake Reservoir Going Down Five Weeks Early for Sinkhole, Seepage Investigation
The annual autumn draw down of Boone Lake is being accelerated so that TVA engineers can investigate and inspect property at Boone Dam following the discovery of a 10-foot wide sinkhole that has since been repaired and an area of seepage found below the dam. That means watercraft and marina owners need to make arrangements for lower lake levels five weeks earlier than normal. Dam Safety Officer Jennifer Dodd said sinkholes are common but the seepage does draw concern. Dodd said, “The seepage with the sediment is why we have increased our inspections, we've initiated additional investigations and that's why we need to bring the reservoirs down a little bit faster so we can continue our investigations and take the precautions we need.”

Johnson City Man Charged in Restaurant Burglary
Johnson City police arrested a man they say was caught on surveillance video in early morning hours in a restaurant on Roan Street, drinking out of liquor bottles and packing up bottles in crates, apparently intending to steal them and food. 44-year-old Troy S. Avery, no known address in the city, is charged with breaking into Jack's City Grill. (LM)

Federal Funding Problems Delay Northeast Tennessee Road Projects
Tennessee’s highway director delays $400 million in road projects for two years because of uncertainty in federal funding. Affected in Northeast Tennessee: multi million dollar projects planned on state route 31in Hawkins County and 35 in Greene County. Highway Commissioner John Schroer notified legislators, pointing out the improvements are needed and important for the economy. He's also stressing the need for a long term solution from Congress, which is still debating gas tax increases and struggling to complete a full six-year highway bill. States rely on it to schedule long-term projects. (LM)

Meth-Making Charges Filed Against Damascus Man
A Damascus man arrested for making methamphetamine. Authorities say 53-year old Larry Dell Greer was arrested for possessing and making meth at his home on Sawmill Road. Authorities say they used a federal search warrant and confiscated a meth lab there. They also say they've confiscated a meth lab in the Rush Creek area of Washington County, Virginia, but no arrests in that yet. (LM)

VDOT Gets More Funding, More Equipment for 2014-15 Snow Removal
A big chill of snowy weather could affect several parts of Southwest Virginia with light to heavy accumulations of snowfall forecast for the weekend... “We will get our equipment ready. We'll get our crews on 12-hour shifts and we'll be prepared for whatever comes,” said Virginia Department of Transportation's Michele Earl on what contractors and road workers will do as residencies around the region prep for old man winter. The agency exceeded snow removal budget caps last year, resulting in Richmond doling out more funds for the region. Earl said, “The snow removal budget for the 12-county Bristol District is about 21 percent more than last year. It's about $17.2 million dollars. Our equipment numbers are also up. Over 800 pieces of equipment are available this year.”

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