Rogersville, TN

HCSO: Boyfriend attempts break-in with handgun after receiving breakup text

A Church Hill man is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly attempted to break into his girlfriend’s home Monday evening after receiving a text from her stating she wanted to break up. The victim told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office that Richard Allen Ford pointed a handgun at her and her two daughters, putting them in fear for their lives. Ford, 71, 148 Chickasaw Circe, Church Hill, was charged...
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HCSO: Burglary suspect pointed shotgun at victims and accused them of theft

A Clinch Valley man was charged with aggravated assault among other charges late Sunday night after he allegedly broke into the home of family members, pointed a shotgun at them, and accused them of theft. Shortly before midnight Sunday HCSO Deputy Dustin Winter responded to a residence on Clinch Valley Road on a report of a suspect in the house holding the victims at gunpoint. Upon his arrival Winter reportedly...
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Traffic back to normal after crash on I-26

UPDATE: Traffic both eastbound and westbound has returned to normal, according to TDOT. GRAY, Tenn. (WJHL) — A crash reported on Interstate 26 near Gray is causing traffic delays both eastbound and westbound. According to TDOT, a multivehicle crash was reported around 4 p.m. on I-26 east at mile marker 12.6. TDOT reports one eastbound […]

Committee recommends using ARPA funds for $5.7 million 5-year capital outlay plan

A proposal to use $5.7 million in ARPA funds to complete Hawkins County’s 5-year facility repair plan would likely divert COVID money from other agencies that have made funding requests. But, the county commission’s Public Buildings Committee decided Wednesday if it doesn’t make those facility repairs now, it will end up costing more later when ARPA funding isn’t available. On Wednesday the PBC voted 5-1 to recommend beginning the process...

Cherokee Sweeps Devils

ROGERSVILLE — Cherokee swept Greeneville in bowling on Wednesday, taking the girls match 19-4 and the boys match 15-8. In girls, the Lady Chiefs jumped to a 6-2 lead behind Makenzie Donels’ 196 and Cierra Laster’s 148. Alexis Marante rolled a 139 and Ariana Powell a 125 for Greeneville. The Lady Chiefs won the next four Baker games to extend their lead to 14-2 with games of 148, 141, 130 and 144. The Lady Devils salvaged the last game with a 114. ...

The most beautiful place in Virginia you’ve probably never heard of

State Parks Solutions is an ongoing series of reports to help you find and plan low-cost, easy-on-the-gas-tank vacations with an emphasis on outdoors activities. DUFFIELD, Va. (WFXR) — It may be one of the most beautiful places in Virginia, and one of the least known. Natural Tunnel is a ten-story tall, 850-foot long cave formed […]

'It would not take away from the horrific facts': Judge dismisses request for 4 convicted in Lillelid Murders

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — A Greene County judge dismissed a post-conviction request made by four people convicted in the 1997 Lilliled Murders to have the murder weapon analyzed. Karen Howell, Dean Mullins, Crystal Sturgill and Joseph Risner filed a motion for the gun used in the killings to be fingerprinted more than a month ago. The matter came before the court on Aug. 30, and the court made a decision on Sept. 26 to deny the request after reviewing the petitions as well as the responses filed by the state.

'Crying out for help': Hawkins EMS will seek 'Beby Doe' funds to offset drug response expenses

Hawkins County EMS announced last week it will be seeking an unspecified amount of the county’s remaining “Baby Doe” opioid lawsuit settlement funds due to the increased number of narcotics calls the ambulance service answers. HCEMS assistant director Paul Lutz told the county commission at its Sept. 26 meeting that he and director Jason Murrell will be providing a presentation to the commission’s Budget Committee seeking those funds. “As we...

Hawkins County Humane Society needs more space, funding and volunteers, Part 2

Elana Stanley is a longtime Hawkins County Humane Society volunteer, but in recent years she and others have tried to take on more responsibilities as overcrowding and under-funding has become the new normal. “There are so many ways to help, not only fostering but we also sponsor adoptions, donate time for cleaning, visiting and walking dogs and calming anxious animals by spending time with them,” Stanley said. “We also donate regularly to Rogersville Animal Hospital because they do most of their emergency vetting. We donate...

Two year sentence for man who fled HCSO 105 mph in the wrong lane on 11-W

A Rogersville man who led the HCSO on a high speed chase that reached 105 mph on Highway 11-W in the wrong lanes of travel in February was sentenced Monday to two years after pleading guilty to felony evading arrest and felony reckless endangerment. Doyle Adam Henley, 36, 292 Campbell Drive, Rogersville, appeared in Hawkins County Criminal Court Friday before Judge Alex Pearson. Aside from felony evading arrest and felony...
Kingsport Times-News

Mad Greek keeps its customers happy

KINGSPORT — Since 1988, the locally owned restaurant Mad Greek has been a staple in the area, with loyal customers who keep returning. Mad Greek has three locations in Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City, but don’t let the name fool you; this restaurant specializes in Greek, Italian and even American cuisine.

Dental ministry served 60 patients in Rogersville with extractions and cleanings

The Brentwood Baptist Mobile Dental Unit was in Rogersville again this past weekend doing free tooth extractions for over 60 patients and cleaning teeth. Through a partnership now with Brentwood Baptist, Sparta Baptist Dental team and Of One Accord Ministry, hundreds of Hawkins County residents have been served over the past decade who don’t have insurance, and live in constant pain because of decayed teeth. In 2013, Brentwood Baptist Church,...

Plan your trip to the mountains, fall color should soon be vibrant

If you haven’t already, go ahead and book your trip to the mountains of the Appalachian Highlands. Fall color is about to boom in the region’s highest elevations. “Any time over the next three weeks that you can sneak in a mountain drive, it should not disappoint,” said Travis Watson, the campus arborist at East Tennessee State University.

Commission names bridge for 93-year-old WWII vet John L. Brice

The Hawkins County Commission voted unanimously last week to name a bridge in Stanley Valley on Housewright Hollow Road after one of the community’s most distinguished citizens. The resolution approved by the commission on Sept. 26 named the first bridge on Housewright Hollow Road the John L. Brice Bridge. Following the commission approval last Monday the Highway Department erected the sign during a ceremony at the bridge attended by Mr....
Kingsport Times-News

Haunts & Happenings 2022 (updated 10/6)

Here’s a look at the local haunts and happenings on tap throughout the region in coming weeks. Before venturing out, we recommend checking in with hosting organizations for any updates or schedule changes:. • Doggie Splash Bash (Kingsport) will be held Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m....
Kingsport Times-News

Mooresburg man charged with attempted murder

MOORESBURG — A Mooresburg man was charged with attempted second-degree murder after he allegedly attempted to shoot his neighbor in the head over an altercation about his dogs. According to a police report by Deputy Benjamin Shanks, on Thursday at around 10:43 p.m., officers with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s...

Hawkins County dispatcher deployed to Florida for hurricane relief

NAPLES, Fla. (WJHL) — A Hawkins County 911 dispatcher was part of a team of emergency communications specialists deployed to Florida in response to Hurricane Ian. Cheyenne Murrell, a shift supervisor with the Hawkins County Emergency Communications District, is in Naples, Florida along with others from across Tennessee. Murrell and other members of the team […]