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Man arrested after two alleged trailer thefts in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — A man has been arrested following the alleged theft of two trailers in Johnson City. According to the Johnson City Police Department (JCPD), George Hendricks was arrested after an investigation revealed his involvement in the theft of a trailer from Lamons Court on Dec. 21 and another trailer theft from […]

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office recognizes Explorers for award

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. — On Thursday the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office recognized its Explorer Post 172 for its recent showing at Winterfest 2023. The group competed against 37 other Explorer Posts from across the nation in Explorer Post competitions that included, uniform inspection, warrant service, unknown trouble, and active shooter. The group did well in all four categories, but in warrant service they placed first. It's the first time the Explorer Post has placed first in a Winterfest Competition. The Sheriff's Office says the group trained extra in preparation for the competition.

UPDATE: Sullivan double homicide suspect waives preliminary hearing

A double homicide suspect made an appearance in Sullivan County Sessions Court where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Donald Britt’s case will now be presented before a grand jury in April. He is accused of killing his former girlfriend Katie Arnold. Investigators said Britt was fearful Arnold would inform police about a recent robbery he was involved in.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum nominated for "USA Today's 10 Best"

BRISTOL, Va. (WCYB) — The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is asking for your votes. The museum has been nominated for "USA Today's 10 Best" Music Museums. Travel experts selected the top 20 nominees in contests covering food, lodging, destinations, travel gear and more. BCM says votes are needed...

Sullivan County Sheriff's deputy awarded for saving victims from house fire

SULLLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. — A Sullivan County Sheriff's Deputy was recognized for saving two lives during a house fire that happened back on Christmas Eve in 2022. The Sheriff's Office says the fire happened at a house along D Droke Road in Piney Flats December 24, 2022. Deputy Austin Saddler was the first person to arrive on scene. Once he was at the home he heard a woman inside, and Saddler went inside the home. Inside the home he realized there was a man in there as well. Through smoke and flames, Saddler safely got both victims out. Deputy Saddler also was also able to help get two animals out of the house safely.

Sullivan Co. murder suspect Donald Britt appears in court

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Donald Britt, the man facing numerous murder charges out of Sullivan County, appeared in court on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 a.m. During the appearance, Britt waived his preliminary hearing. He is currently facing charges in the Jan. murders of Katie Arnold and Barry Countiss. The session ended after Britt […]

Cities with the most expensive homes in Johnson City metro area

Purchasing a home is one of the most important investments there is. More than a place to live, homeownership is an asset with the potential to tremendously rise in value. Given the current state of the real estate market, housing affordability plays a determining role for buyers. As of January 26, 2022, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate sits at 6.13%. As a result of higher mortgage rates across the board, home prices have risen significantly. The typical home value in the United States increased over the last year by +8.4% to $356,819. ...

JC Mayor Fowler speaks to his vision for the city in Kiwanis Club meeting

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Johnson City Mayor Todd Fowler spoke to members of a local Kiwanis Club chapter on Wednesday to outline several ongoing initiatives and lay out his vision for the city’s future. Fowler, the meeting’s guest of honor, presented the city’s progress and took questions from members of the audience. Fowler said […]
Johnson City Press

Today In Johnson City History: Feb. 1

Feb. 1, 1898: One hundred and twenty-five years ago today, The Knoxville Tribune reported, “W. D. Kenner, agent of several of the largest insurance companies in the country, left for a business trip to Johnson City Friday morning.”. According to, The Knoxville Tribune was a newspaper published in...

‘We show really well right now’ – Kingsport joins Johnson City in top 10 housing markets list

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — Kingsport’s metro area has joined Johnson City’s in the top 10 of a closely watched, Wall Street Journal/ national quarterly housing markets index that Johnson City topped in the fall. Kingsport’s metropolitan statistical area (MSA) ranked seventh among more than 300 metro housing markets in the quarterly “emerging housing markets” index […]
East Tennessean

Finding Bucky: The search continues

The ETSU community will soon have a new Bucky, and the lucky candidate will be chosen through the first-ever mascot competition. “Becoming Bucky” Project Manager Cody Ryans said that about five months ago, he and his team decided to put a new spin on the way ETSU selects its mascot. Eventually, they landed on a “reality-show” approach, which Ryans compares to the “Masked Singer” or “Survivor.”

Jason Derulo, Rainbow Kitten Surprise headlining ETSU concert

JOHNSON CITY – Jason Derulo, who has more than 20 billion streams, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise, whose music has generated more than one billion streams, will co-headline this year’s Student Government Association spring concert at East Tennessee State University. The event is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday,...

Men’s Tennis Back Home, Host East Tennessee State and Illinois State

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas men’s tennis team return back home to Billingsley Tennis Center for the weekend for a pair of matches. The Razorbacks (6-1) face the ETSU Buccaneers (0-5) on Friday, February 3 at 5:30 p.m. CT and the Illinois State Redbirds (3-3) for a doubleheader on Sunday, February 5 at 11 a.m. CT and 3 p.m. CT.