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Police: Johnson City woman arrested, charged with aggravated assault

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WCYB) — Johnson City Police arrested Doris Kindle of Johnson City and charged her with aggravated assault on June 27. According to authorities, Kindle was threatening someone with a knife and attempted to attack him. Doris Kindle was arrested and transported to the Washington County Detention...
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Waldo receives Sertoma's Service to Mankind Award

KINGSPORT — The Sertoma Club of Kingsport presented its 2021 Service to Mankind Award to Frank Waldo. Chuck Huffman, chair of the Service to Mankind Award committee, read highlights of the letter by Dr. Joe Smiddy nominating Waldo for the honor. It said, “Frank is a philanthropist, ordained minister,...

Officials announce long-term road closure in Limestone

LIMESTONE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Motorists who drive on Garland Road in Limestone will need to find an alternate route for the upcoming months. Officials announced that the road will be closed for several months beginning on Wednesday, June 29, for bridge repairs. Access to Garland Road from Old State Route 34 will be closed. Those […]

JCPD: Woman charged after threatening man with knife

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – A Johnson City woman has been charged with aggravated assault after an incident involving a knife, police report. According to the Johnson City Police Department (JCPD), Doris Kindle was taken into custody Monday around 10:30 a.m. after officers responded to a reported knife threat. When officers arrived, they reported seeing […]

Deputies Investigate Burke County Triple Homicide

NEWLAND, N.C. — Deputies are investigating after three people were shot and killed in Burke County on Monday. At 5:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, Burke County 911 received a call regarding a shooting that occurred on Rhododendron Run in Newland, N.C. Burke County Deputies asked for assistance from Avery County...

Input sought on proposed pump track in Hampton

HAMPTON, Tenn. (WJHL) — A local organization wants to hear from local riders and others on a proposed pump track in the Hampton community. SORBA Tri-Cities has contracted with American Ramp Company and Velosolutions to design an asphalt pump track. It will be located in the proposed bike skills park at the Hampton Watershed Trails […]

Mountain City annual Sunflower Festival returns July 9

The Sunflower Festival returns to Mountain City on July 9th. Organizers say this year’s festival is the biggest in the event’s history. Activities include more than 250 craft vendors and food trucks, live music, and kids’ activities. Additionally, a car, truck, and bike show is happening, as...

Community Market will return to Erwin Tuesdays from July through September

The Town of Erwin is prepared to kickoff the Erwin Community Market, which hits the ground running the first Tuesday in July and will continue through September. Local farmers and market buyers are encouraged to take part in the seasonal market for a good serving of community reinvestment. “The Community...

Independence Day Celebrations happening across the Tri-Cities

Main Street Jonesborough; July 2-3 Live music, dozens of vendors, food trucks, and free activities and events for the whole family! Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. The festival hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. The festival begins Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m. with a parade to kick off the festivities. Activities, music, contests and more will continue throughout the weekend. The fireworks display starts at 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 3 to wrap up the celebration. Full schedule at

Bristol Tennessee abortion center seeks donation to make move to Virginia

An online donation drive launched by an owner of a Bristol, Tennessee abortion center has collected over $80,000 to move their operations across state lines. The GoFundMe account says the need for funds began following the leak of the potential Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision last month. Owners of...
Johnson City Press

Pilot program offers free elementary tuition at one Bristol school

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Sullivan County and other Tennessee residents will receive free tuition at Fairmount Elementary School in Bristol Tennessee City Schools (BTCS), the city school board has decided. The Board of Education voted 5-0 June 20 make the change as a pilot program of sorts, which staff recommended,...
Kingsport Times-News

Kingsport to host Independence Day Parade Saturday

KINGSPORT — The Independence Day Parade will take place Saturday and feature plenty of flags, floats and fun. “The Mack Riddle American Legion Independence Day Parade is a great tradition and important event for this community,” said Miles Burdine, president and CEO of the Kingsport Chamber, which is sponsoring the event. “It is great to see the way our community joins together as we celebrate our freedom and honor those who serve and sacrifice for our country.”

Bristol, TN schools to offer free elementary tuition to out-of-district kids

BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Bristol Tennessee Board of Education approved a Tuition-Free Designated Elementary program at Fairmount Elementary School last week. Beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year, out-of-district students in kindergarten through fifth grade who live in Tennessee will be able to apply to attend Fairmount Elementary at no cost. “Our hope is that […]

A Life Lived: Carolyn Pless devoted her life to teaching young children

Carolyn Pless was a teacher of young children for 30 years, teaching first at Duffield School, then East Side, and later at Lynn Avenue and Harold McCormick School. Lilo Duncan, Carolyn’s best friend and a lifelong friend, recalls that Carolyn had not yet graduated from college, when T.A. Dugger, Jr., then superintendent of schools, hired her to fill in for a teacher at Duffield School, who was taking a leave of absence. “That summer she went back to school and got her teaching degree, and the next year she was given a position at East Side School. She had 43 first-graders!,” said Lilo. She then taught at Lynn Avenue until it closed, and finished her career up at Harold McCormick.