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"Barnwood Builders" films episode in Wise

‘Barnwood Builders,’ a documentary television series on the Magnolia Network, featured Wise, Virginia, in its most recent episode. In the show, Mark Bowe and his crew of West Virginia master craftsmen salvage antique barns and cabins, reusing the wood to create stunning, modern homes. Jim and Susan Gilliam Cox contacted the builders about an old Gilliam family homeplace — a log home dating back to the 1860s — and the home was chosen to be featured on the show. These photos were taken by Tim Cox on the final day of the four-day shoot in March. If you missed the airing of the episode last Thursday, you can still watch it on discovery+ or other streaming platforms. See additional photos at
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Letcher County police chase ends in crash

WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Two people were arrested Monday afternoon after police officers say they led them on a chase in Letcher County. An officer from Whitesburg Police tried to pull over a car when the driver sped on, with the officer giving chase. The chase continued on US-119 south...
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Trio plead guilty to federal drug cases related to two overdose victims in Wise County

A trio of now-convicted drug dealers from Southwest Virginia pleaded guilty to supplying teenagers with pills laced with fentanyl. Paul Mason Perkins, 20, of Big Stone Gap, and Austin Jeremiah Lane, 22, and Cheyenne Carrico, 20, both of Norton, now await sentencing in a federal case linked to drug conspiracy from a pressed pill operation based in California.
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Three Wise County residents plead guilty to fentanyl distribution

ABINGDON — Three Wise County residents have pleaded guilty in a fentanyl distribution scheme that prosecutors say was connected to overdoses by two teens. According to U.S. Attorney for Western Virginia spokesperson Brian McGinn, Paul Mason Perkins, 20, Big Stone Gap; Austin Jeremiah Lane, 22, Norton; and Cheyenne Cassie Carico, 20, Norton, all recently pleaded guilty to one charge each of conspiracy to distribute and possess 40 grams or more of fentanyl with intent to distribute.

Mendota triple-murder trial scheduled for January

MENDOTA, Va. (WJHL) — The trial of the man accused of killing three women in Mendota is set to begin early next year. Prosecutors said James Michael Wright’s trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 9. Wright faces several charges, including three counts of aggravated murder, in the 2019 deaths of Elizabeth Vanmeter, Joycelyn Alsup, […]
Kingsport Times-News

Editorial: Kingsport's remarkable growth continues

The remarkable growth that Kingsport is experiencing continues with yet another housing development that will allow the city to annex just to the north of the county’s new high school, West Ridge. And that, in turn, will attract continued investment into an area just east of the city that,...
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Kingsport city officials warn of the dangers, legality of fireworks

Kingsport city officials are warning the public that setting off individual fireworks within city limits is illegal and potentially dangerous. The Kingsport Police Department and Kingsport Fire Department put out joint press releases on Monday about the hazards and legality of fireworks within city limits. Tom Patton, spokesman for the...

Motorcycle driver who crashed during high speed pursuit charged with felony endangerment

A Church Hill man who allegedly fled a traffic stop on a motorcycle while speeding on Carters Valley Road in Mount Carmel was arrested after he crashed into the back of a passenger vehicle during the pursuit. MCPD Detective Hunter Jones stated in his report that on June 17 around 6:20 a.m. he observed a yellow sport bike, later identified as a Honda CBR, traveling East on Carters Valley Road near Big Oak Road 65 mph in a 45 mph zone. ...
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Minding Your Business: The launch of Bristol Now proves the power of local interest

Happy (almost) Fourth of July week! Below are a few tidbits on events and business happenings. Enjoy!. • According to the American Automobile Association, the Tennessee gas price average (as of Monday) is $4.51, down eight cents from last week’s average. Kingsport and Bristol’s Monday average is $4.48. A year ago, the average was $2.82.
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Pilot program offers free tuition at Bristol elementary school

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

Church Hill 2023 budget includes surplus, employee raise

“We have no tax increase, and we feel like we took care of our employees,” Church Hill Mayor Dennis Deal said of the proposed 2022-2023 fiscal year budget, which has the town operating in the black . The board unanimously approved the budget on second reading at their June 21 meeting. City Clerk Vicky Turner told the Review that, since the town is still searching for a full-time City Recorder,...
Kingsport Times-News

Washington Elementary principal named a National Distinguished Principal

KINGSPORT — Washington Elementary School Principal Heather Wolf has been named a 2022 National Distinguished Principal (NDP) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) for the state of Tennessee. Each year, the NAESP honors outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation and abroad as...

Kingsport’s storm drain art contest begins

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – The City of Kingsport is seeking local artists to paint five storm drains to raise awareness about the importance of protecting rivers, stream habitats and aquatic wildlife. The City of Kingsport’s Stormwater Department, the Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport will choose five winners to receive $150 and their chance […]
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City looking for storm drain artists

KINGSPORT — The city of Kingsport’s Stormwater Department, with the help of the Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport, is seeking local artists and creative minds to paint five storm drains to raise awareness about the importance of protecting rivers, stream habitats and aquatic wildlife. To enter...