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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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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. ...
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RPD: Man who reported truck stolen actually abandoned it after hit and run

Rogersville police charged a man with filing a false report last week after Officer Justin Smith discovered that a pickup he reported stolen had actually been abandoned after he was involved in a hit-and-run. Smith stated in his report that on June 13 he took a stolen vehicle report from Jerimar William Carmony, 27, 518 Tuggle Hill Road, Rogersville. Carmony stated that on June 13 around 8:46 p.m. he returned...

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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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.
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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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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...

Hawkins County’s Lauren Ross competes for Miss Tennessee title

This week, Rogersville’s Lauren Ross, daughter of Hawkins County Sessions Court Judge Todd Ross, competed against girls from all across the state for a chance to be named Miss Tennessee. “Competing in the Miss Tennessee competition is new and exciting,” Ross told the Review. “I love being able to meet so many new people and get out of my comfort zone.” Ross found success in the 2021 Miss Kingsport competition,...
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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.
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Out & About

“Humor Me: The Art of Laughter” is on display at the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia, through July 3. For more information visit WKMA reccomends that all staff and visitors to the museum, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks. The Reece Museum at East Tennessee...
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Elizabeth Carpenter Bass

ROGERSVILLE - Elizabeth Carpenter Bass, age 96, of Rogersville passed away Friday, June 24, 2022 at Signature Health Care of Rogersville following a brief illness. She was a member of Rogersville First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Hugh Lee Bass, parents Clarence and Effie Pease Carpenter, sister Ruby Gentry, brothers James Earl Carpenter, Charlie Wade Carpenter, and Thomas Perry Carpenter.

Axmen crush State Liners, increase division lead in Appy League West

BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) – The State Liners came out firing against the league-leading Axmen on Saturday night, scoring two quick runs in the first inning. But, Kingsport scored in nearly every inning that followed, flattening Bristol, 17-5. Aaron Casillas paced the Axmen’s offensive output, hitting 4-for-6 with 5 RBI, while Cole Hales earned the win […]
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Grateful for the heart and soul of 'small town' police officers

When I hear the term “small town policing,” it is often used condescendingly, with references to Barney Fife, carrying one bullet in his pocket. In my mind, I see something else, based on personal observance: a Rogersville officer carrying in his arms an old, frail woman through knee-deep snow to her front door; a Rogersville officer who digs into his own pocket to try and provide as much food as he can to homeless folks camped under a river bridge; a Hawkins County deputy who makes sure a kitten whose leg has been sawn off by a soulless human makes it to a shelter; a Rogersville officer who sees a young man walking along the highway in the dark, who he had arrested a day earlier for DUI, and picks him up and takes him home.
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Lewis Edward Tunnell

CHURCH HILL - Lewis Edward Tunnell, age 80, of Church Hill, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Asbury Place in Kingsport following a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Lewis was a 1960 graduate of Church Hill High School and attended East Tennessee State University. During high school he played football and baseball and following his school years he played semi-pro baseball with the Church Hill Merchants. Lewis was proud to have served in the United States Army Reserves with the 844th Engineers and the 639th Transportation. He was a retiree of Eastman Chemical Company with 38 years of service. Lewis attended First Baptist Church of Church Hill. In his leisure time, he enjoyed all sports, especially golf; and also took great pride in gardening and sharing with others. He was an avid University of Tennessee Volunteers Athletics fan. Most of all, Lewis was a very loving, kind and generous man, who will be greatly missed by all who love him.
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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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Wayne Neal

KINGSPORT - Wayne Neal, 71, of Kingsport, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at his home following a lengthy illness. Wayne was a lifelong resident of Sullivan County. He served with the U.S. Army in the 25th infantry in Vietnam and was retired from the US Postal Service. Wayne loved riding motorcycles.