Appalachia, VA

VSP investigating inmate death at regional jail

DUFFIELD, Va. (WYMT) - State authorities are investigating an inmate’s death at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield. The Virginia State Police said its Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office launched an investigation into the May 20 death of inmate Sherri D. Cook, 43 of Whitesburg, Kentucky.
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Ridgeview's Hill winner of Bill Lane Award as SW Virginia's top male athlete

Cannon Hill does not take a lot of time off. With his schoolwork, family and the four sports he plays, the rising Ridgeview senior stays busy. “I don’t know if there is a day that I’m not actually doing something (athletically), except for the weekends,” Hill said. “And we do a lot of individual work on the weekends, so they’re usually busy, too.
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Wheelie popping teen accused of fleeing traffic stop faces felony evading arrest charge

When a Mount Carmel officer attempted to stop a Kingsport teen Monday who was popping wheelies on a motorcycle in front of the Hardee’s on Main Street, the teen allegedly popped a wheelie in front of the officer and fled. The ensuing high speed pursuit led police along several Mount Carmel residential streets, into Church Hill, and then back into Mount Carmel where the driver was arrested after parking the bike in a residential garage. ...

Kingsport unveils new skate park

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The city of Kingsport held a grand opening for the new location of the Scott Adams Memorial Skatepark.   The grand opening included professional skateboarder demonstrations, prizes, open skating times, and music. The original skatepark opened up in 2005 and is named after a 13-year old who was strcuk by a vehicle […]
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Wise County budget heads to final vote July 1

WISE — The Wise County 2022-23 draft budget drew few comments on Friday after a scheduled Board of Supervisors public hearing. Representatives of the Wise County school system and Frontier Health thanked the board for their funding in the budget, while county resident Walter Crouse said he was skeptical of the budget’s revenue projections due to national economic conditions.

Flag Rock Road Temporarily Closed

Flag Rock Road will temporarily close to vehicular traffic today, June 24, as well as Monday, June 27, and Tuesday, June 28. The closure is to allow for repaving of Flag Rock Road. This closure will impact access to Flag Rock Campground, Flag Rock Overlook, the Woodbooger Statue, picnic shelters, and the Shelter Trailhead. If visiting the park on these dates, please plan to park at the Norton Reservoir Trailhead. See for driving directions. Questions? Contact Norton City Hall at (276) 679-1160 or Norton Parks and Recreation at (276) 679-0754. Thank you for your patience! Thank you for your patience!
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VanDyke goes full steam ahead to win Kingsport feature

KINGSPORT — It was full steam ahead for the VanDyke Express in NASCAR Weekly Series action Friday night at Kingsport Speedway. Kres VanDyke took the lead from Brad Housewright on lap 14 of the 60-lap Late Model Stock feature and rolled to his sixth straight victory. The Abingdon driver built a half-lap lead in the red No. 15 Chevrolet before cruising toward the end.
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Flyboys hand Axmen first road loss of Appy League season

GREENEVILLE — Almost on a nightly basis, the Appalachian League gives fans a crazy game. On Friday at Pioneer Park, the Greeneville Flyboys gave fans all they could handle in an 8-7 walk-off win over the Kingsport Axmen. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of...
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This week at Kingsport Public Library (June 26-July 2)

Here’s a look at what’s happening this week at the Kingsport Public Library (400 Broad St). • Summer Reading continues for readers of all ages through July 29. Sign up at • The Let’s Get Moving morning walking group will meet Tuesday, June 28, at 7:30 a.m....
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New Scott Adams Memorial Skate Park opens

KINGSPORT — Hundreds gathered at the newly opened Scott Adams Memorial Skate Park on Friday as the city unveiled the massive new open-air facility for skateboarders and BMX riders. “This is just another example of a magnificent structure in the middle of greenspace, and you can’t get any better...
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Wise county officials say Appalachia will continue to get fire, emergency services

WISE — Appalachia residents will continue to see fire and emergency medical service coverage despite a disagreement over Wise County funding for the department. Wise County Administrator Mike Hatfield on Thursday released a statement saying that the Appalachia Fire and Rescue organization has told county and Appalachia town officials that it will cease emergency medical service coverage in the town and adjacent county response zone after July 2.

Pound, Va. home blocked by coal mine runoff

POUND, Va. (WJHL) — An elderly person’s home is inaccessible after runoff from a coal mine that closed nearly 50 years ago filled a culvert in front of the home, Virginia Energy reports. The state agency has declared an abandoned mine emergency and hopes a contractor will be able to construct a new culvert and […]

Tri-Cities residents react to overturn of Roe v. Wade

BRISTOL, Tenn. (WCYB) — Tri-Cities residents are reacting to Friday's landmark decision by the Supreme Court. Tennessee is likely to see a nearly total ban on abortion in about 30 days -- but what is next for the state is laid out in a 2019 law -- The Human Protection Act.
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Nila Jane Gibson

BIG STONE GAP, VA - Nila Jane Gibson, 75, of Big Stone Gap, Virginia lost her battle with cancer on Friday, June 24, 2022 and went to be with the Lord. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 pm, Monday, June 27, 2022 at West End Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap. Funeral services will follow at 7 pm with Rev. Kevin Taylor officiating. Graveside services will be held at 11 am at the Glencoe Cemetery. For the complete obituary go to Roy A. Green Funeral Home is serving the Gibson family.
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Joann Wade Salyer

Joann Wade Salyer, 80, arrived in heaven on June 24th, 2022. Born in 1941 in Clinchport, Virginia to Lovely Laney Wade and Walter “Preacher” Wade, Joann moved to Kingsport, Tennessee at an early age. There she met and married the love of her life, Billy “Jack” Salyer. Joann graduated from Sullivan High School, then worked at Jewel Box, Times News, Ralph’s Variety Printing, Red Cross, and retired from Regions Bank after 18 years. She was a member of Bloomingdale Baptist Church and dearly loved her ladies’ Sunday School class.
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Terry E. Thompson

KINGSPORT - Terry E. Thompson, 64, of Kingsport, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Holston Valley Medical Center. He was born January 10, 1958, in Prince George County, MD to the late Richard and Mary Cochran Thompson. Terry was a loving, kind, compassionate and “big hearted” son, husband, father,...