Gate City, VA

Man hit by SUV on 11W in Church Hill

CHURCH HILL, Tenn. (WJHL) — A man was taken to a hospital after he was hit by an SUV Thursday evening in Church Hill, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. State troopers say a 31-year-old Kingsport man was struck by a Toyota 4Runner as he was crossing Highway 11W at Silver Lake Road. The man […]
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Elizabethton Police seek public’s help

A stolen vehicle case has led the Elizabethton Police Department to ask for the public’s help in identifying a man in photos provided by the department. If anyone has any information, they are asked to call the police department at 423-542-4141.
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Sullivan County deputy shot in standoff identified

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deputy shot in a standoff on Riley Hollow Road early Friday morning. Officials say Sullivan County Deputy Evan Wade was released from the hospital on Monday and is expected to make a full recovery. In the early morning hours of January...
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Johnson City Press

Winter weather advisory issued for parts of Northeast Tennessee

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for some areas of Northeast Tennessee by the National Weather Service in Morristown. The advisory is from 1 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday. The weather service said snow is expected, but accumulations are likely to range from a light dusting to one...

Man sent to prison for 15 years on meth conviction

A Pennington Gap, Virginia man will spend 15 years in prison for distributing major amounts of methamphetamine into Lee County. Commonwealth’s Attorney Fuller Cridlin announced the sentence of James Edward Regan passed down in Circuit Court this week. Cridlin said investigative work and multiple traffic stops were enough evidence...
Kingsport Times-News

Gate City officer honored for pulling colleague to safety

GATE CITY — A Gate City Police Department officer recently received the agency’s highest honor. GCPD Sgt. Matthew Stewart earned a Medal of Valor for pulling fellow officer Jessica McGraw to safety just before an oncoming vehicle lost control, crossed a median and crashed into her patrol car on Highway 23 in October 2021. McGraw was conducting a car crash investigation when Stewart responded to the scene upon McGraw’s request.

Bill ending unexpected medical billing in Tenn. passes Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – A bill co-sponsored by a local state senator has passed unanimously in the state Senate. Senate Bill 0001 effectively would end surprise medical billing in Tennessee. SB0001 passed in the Tennessee Senate on Thursday and is now awaiting transmission to the state House of Representatives. The bill was co-sponsored by Sen. […]
Murfreesboro Post

Today In Johnson City History: Jan. 28

Jan. 28, 1886: According to The Comet, “The election at Elizabethton last Saturday to determine whether or not that ancient town should become a taxing district is said to have been the most exciting in its history. It was not a political contest. Democrats were arrayed against Democrats and Republicans against Republicans. Liquor flowed as freely as the waters of Doe river (sic), and the blood of the ‘oldest inhabitants’ was at fever heat. It is said to have been the most demoralizing election held in that place in years. The proposition to form a taxing district carried by a majority of five. We hear rumors of a bill being filed to enjoin the proceedings.”

Driver crashes into nail salon in Bristol, Virginia

BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) – A car ran into the front of a nail salon in Bristol on Thursday. According to the Bristol, Virginia Police Department, the front of the store sustained damage from the incident, however, the car made it out in good condition. The BVPD said no airbags were deployed and no headlights were […]

Masked shooter sends Carter County man to hospital

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Authorities continue to search for a shooting suspect in Carter County after responding to a shooting in the 100 block of VIP Road Wednesday night. A release from the Elizabethton Police Department (EPD) revealed that county deputies responded at 9 p.m. to reports of an injured man who had been […]

Eastman says heat transfer fluid leak caused steam plume

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — Eastman Chemical Company said there was no fire at its Kingsport plant Thursday afternoon, but emergency crews did respond to a “small heat transfer fluid leak.” According to a company spokesperson, Eastman’s fire department responded to a Therminol leak and used water to manage the released material, which resulted in a […]

Ballad Health facing COVID, staffing crisis as vaccine deadline looms

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Record COVID-19 hospitalizations and staffing shortages have hit Ballad Health — and patients — hard just two weeks before 1,000-plus unvaccinated employees who haven’t applied for exemptions are supposed to have gotten their first dose. CEO Alan Levine and other Ballad leaders described the mounting crisis in stark terms at […]

Lee County Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Meth Trafficking

In a press release dated January 26th from Fuller Cridlin, Lee County Commonwealth’s Attorney, a Lee County man has been sentenced to 15 years for methamphetamine trafficking. James Edward Regan, of Pennington Gap, was sentenced by the Lee County Circuit Court to serve a total of 15 years in the Virginia Penitentiary on two counts of possessing over 10 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. This term of incarceration is to be followed by a minimum of five years of supervised probation.