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Johnson City Police Beats

On August 3, officers of the Johnson City Police Department arrested Jonathon Bulla, Johnson City, and charged him with aggravated robbery, attempted carjacking, auto burglary, and theft of property over $1,000. On July 1, two subjects were robbed at gunpoint on Knob Creek Dock Road. The suspects fled the scene...
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Local road reopens after being closed for bridge work

Winkler's Creek Road in Boone is back open as of today. A section of the road had been closed as NCDOT crews removed the existing deck, beams and handrail before repairing the substructure and replacing the beams, deck and handrail. NCDOT crews completed rehabilitation nine days earlier than expected. Photo:...
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Nightlife, Lenoir, NC

Explore the great nightlife in the Lenoir area. When you’re in a new place, one of the best ways to get to know the area better is by exploring the nightlife. When you visit Lenoir & the NC foothills, you’ll quickly realize that the area has a strong nightlife scene, and there’s a ton to see and do even after the sun sets.

Neighbors of proposed Johnson City subdivision win victory at planning commission

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Neighbors of a 58-acre piece of farmland won a victory Tuesday when the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission recommended the most restrictive form of residential zoning (R-2A) among three options that were being considered. Residents of the Highland Parc subdivision adjacent to the Sugg property turned out in force for […]

News 5 to Watch: Unaka's Landon Ramsey

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WCYB) — Unaka has never won a playoff game. The Rangers are 0-17 all-time in postseason play. In 2022, they have a golden opportunity to snap that streak this season thanks to their quarterback. Landon Ramsey. A Player of the Week recipient a year ago, Ramsey has...
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Owens headlines weekend winners at Bristol Dragway

For Josh Owens, it was better than an Oscar or Emmy. The 19-year-old Hampton racer took home a “Wally” on Saturday at Bristol Dragway. Owens rocketed down the track in 5.269 seconds at 150.64 mph in his blue dragster to win the Super Pro race at the weekend’s DER Bracket Series event. The track’s 2021 Super Pro champion crossed the finish line ahead of runner-up Buddy Fleenor from Rogersville, who made a 4.787-second pass at 141.76 mph.

JCPD: Lowe’s employee charged with embezzlement

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Johnson City Police Department charged a former Lowe’s employee with embezzlement on Wednesday. According to the release, Mark Horton, of Telford, had placed merchandise at the exit door and left with the items without paying. The incidents were reported to have started as early as May 10 with the […]

Alicia Summers named Economic Development Director of Johnson City

Johnson City has named Alicia Summers as its new Director of Economic Development. According to City Manager, Cathy Ball, this is the first city position solely dedicated to economic development in more than ten years. Alicia Summers began her position on August 1st. She has worked in economic development in...

Eastman hiking club repairs section of Appalachian Trail

ROAN MOUNTAIN, Tenn. (WJHL) — Cherokee National Forest officials and members of the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club teamed up to improve a section of the Appalachian Trail. Last summer, the club approached the Forest Service about mitigating an area in the Bradley Gap section of the trail, which is located in the Roan […]

Telford man arrested for embezzling from his employer

A man from Telford was arrested on Wednesday for embezzlement from a Johnson City business. According to a report from the Johnson City Police Department, Mark Horton was arrested following an investigation into several incidents at Lowe’s hardware store. The report says deputies discovered Horton had been staging merchandise...
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Kitten found stuck underneath vehicle by automotive staff

When Shelby Ingram’s Toyota Highlander first began making a strange, unidentified noise, she had no idea what was causing it. That is until automotive technicians at Johnson City Toyota pulled a live kitten from underneath her car on Monday afternoon.

Town of Newland welcomes two new hires

NEWLAND — Newland Board of Aldermen introduced its two most recent hires, a new town administrator and public works director, at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2. The board hired Bill Bailey as the town administrator. Bailey is part-time effective immediately, and will be full-time and take over the role completely on September 1. The new hire became necessary after Sandy Lewis, the previous administrator, walked out of the town’s June 13 budget proposal meeting and has been working part-time since. Lewis was...

Banner Elk Town Council amends handful of ordinances

BANNER ELK — Banner Elk Town Council met for its regular scheduled meeting on Monday, Aug. 8, to have public hearings for rezoning requests and discuss amendments to ordinances. Banner Elk Police Chief Kevin Hodges presented an ordinance amendment that would allow the department to ticket people and businesses for blocking handicap parking spaces with things other than vehicles. Hodges proposed an amendment to the ordinance that included “building materials, personal property, items associated with said operation of the business, or any other materials which...