Johnson City, TN

Brenda Mock Brown taking reins as ETSU women’s basketball coach

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — East Tennessee State University (ETSU) has named a new women’s basketball coach to replace one-year coach Simon Harris, who the school is firing in the wake of an internal investigation announced a week ago. Brenda Mock Brown, 44, who coached at UNC-Asheville and led that squad to two NCAA tournaments, […]
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Researchers discover extinct bone-crushing dog at ETSU's fossil site

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WZTV) — East Tennessee State University (ETSU) has reported that researchers have discovered an ancient dog the size of the largest living wolves at the university's Gray Fossil Site. Overseen by the Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology at ETSU, university says that researchers have...

VFW food distribution set for Friday

VFW Post 2166 Auxiliary is doing a food distribution with Second Harvest Food Bank for veterans and their families that need assistance on Friday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m. This will be held at the VFW Post at 2001 West Elk Ave, Elizabethton. Those coming to the food distribution are asked to have room in their trunk for the food box and to pop their trunk once they arrive in the line at the post. They can remain in their car and the food box will be loaded for them. The food distribution will be done with no person to person contact to protect each person’s health.

Gray's Mize Farm & Garden Supply Transitions to Hardware Store Thanks to Food City

Mike Farm & Garden in Gray, TennesseeJohn Dabbs/Photographer. You may have seen changes at the trusty Mize Farm & Garden if you've been on Old Gray Station Road recently. Since Food City acquired the store this spring, plans have been underway to transition Mize to a "Curt's Ace Hardware." Now the signs are changing, and the "help wanted" signs are out. K-VA-T Food Stores purchased the business along with other locations and has partnered with Ace Hardware to bring a new line of hardware stores to the Tri-Cities.

Giant bone-crushing dog roamed Gray fossil site

GRAY, Tenn. (WJHL) — The extinct species is called Borophagus, meaning “gluttonous eater” — and now researchers have learned the giant bone-crushing dog was present at the Pliocene-era Gray Fossil site. The confirmation of a humerus (upper arm) bone of the species means the site is now confirmed to have had two species of “terrestrial […]

Remembering the Legends: John Holder

John Holder was born on August 27, 1924, in Stoney Creek (Carter County, Tennessee), He was a decorated veteran of World War II, an avid sportsman, a gospel music singer, a faithful church leader, husband and father. John was married to Ruth Scott Holder, a longtime and beloved nurse in...

Jogging For Jess Memorial 5K Race

(WJHL) Erin Turner, one of the organizers tells us about this year’s run coming up August 13, 2022 at 8 AM at Tusculum University. The race is a birthday celebration and memorial for Jessica Colter, killed in a car crash in Dec 2020 at the young age of 21.
Kingsport Times-News

ETSU’s Archives of Appalachia digitizes Black history collection

JOHNSON CITY — There’s a 47-minute VHS recording that features an interview with the 1964 class of Langston High School, a now closed institution that served Johnson City’s Black students beginning in the 1890s. A 1985 Masonic newsletter, as well as a 1981 Kingsport Times-News article about...

Local Expected To Be Named Next President Of NESCC

The Tennessee Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development and resident of Kingsport, Jeff McCord is expected to be recommended as the next President of NESCC Monday by the Tennessee Board of Regents. McCord, who was instrumental in the development of the Regional Center For Advanced Manufacturing in Kingsport’s Academic Village is expected to be recommended for the job by Chancellor Flora Tydings in a meeting Monday. If approved, McCord would take over as President in the fall.
Kingsport Times-News

ETSU offering free pharmacy dual enrollment class

East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy is offering a free college class for dual enrollment high school students across the region to learn more about the pharmacy profession and how to get into pharmacy school. The course will be free for all students who have a 3.0 high school GPA or above and are dual enrolled.

Jonesborough hosts Downtown at Dusk: Lu’au Edition

(WJHL) Gabe Eveland with Jonesborough Area Merchant & Service Association (JAMSA) and Jennifer Walters tell us about Downtown at Dusk: Lu’au Edition. It is a tropical themed event coming up on Saturday, August 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees will enjoy 10+ tropical themed beverage and small bite tasting stops throughout the downtown area.
Johnson City Press

Construction projects coming together for Johnson City Schools

As Johnson City Schools embarks on the 2022-2023 school year, there are still a few construction projects that are wrapping up. Each construction project is in a different stage, and while things are being finished up, various areas around the schools may look a little bit different than normal. However, the schools are working diligently with their contractors to provide the best learning conditions possible.

ETSU hires Brenda Mock Brown as new women's hoops coach

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State hired Brenda Mock Brown as the Buccaneers’ new women’s basketball coach Monday, one week after announcing Simon Harris was being fired over Title IX issues in his lone season. Interim athletic director Richard Sander announced Brown’s new position at a news conference Monday. Brown is the 10th coach in the program’s history. She was head coach of the women’s basketball program at UNC Asheville between 2012 and 2020, leading the Bulldogs to four straight postseason berths between 2015 and 2019 and consecutive Big South Tournament titles. She also was named the Big South Coach of the Year in the 2015-16 season overseeing the biggest turnaround season in Division I, going from 9-22 to 26-7.

Boil water advisory lifted for Sullivan Co. water customers

BLUFF CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – A boil water notice that affected the homes of the Bristol Bluff City Utility District (BBCUD) and the South Fork Utility District customers has been lifted. The advisory was originally in place as a precaution for customers in the Pleasant Grove road area of the BBCUD and all of the […]

ETSU names new women’s basketball coach

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Athletics announced Monday morning that Brenda Mock would take over as head coach of the women’s basketball team — one week after the firing of head coach Simon Harris. ETSU announced on Aug. 1 that Harris had been suspended with pay amid allegations of NCAA […]
Johnson City Press

Expanded services at ETSU’s Ryan White Center of Excellence for HIV/AIDS Care

A new grant will allow East Tennessee State University to expand clinical services to provide support for individuals with HIV in the region. Dr. Jonathan Moorman, co-director of the ETSU Center of Excellence in Inflammation, Infectious Diseases and Immunity and vice chair for Research and Scholarship in the Department of Internal Medicine, has received a notice of award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).