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SCHOOL BUS CRASH

THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL IS INVESTIGATING A CRASH INVOLVING AN ELIZABETHTON SCHOOL BUS.  IT HAPPENED ON CHURCH STREET AND NO STUDENTS WERE INJURED.  ANOTHER VEHICLE HIT THE BUS NEAR THE RIGHT REAR TIRE—AND THEN FLED.  AUTHORITIES ARE TRYING TO FIND THE DRIVER.  STUDENTS WERE TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER BUS. 

INTERSTATE 26 ROLLING ROADBLOCKS

HERE’S A TRAFFIC HEADS-UP FOR WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY ON INTERSTATE 26 IN PART OF THE TRI CITIES  .  THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS THERE’LL BE TWO ROLLING ROADBLOCKS IN EACH DIRECTION EACH DAY—BETWEEN THE GRAY AND STATE OF FRANKLIN EXITS.  ONE WILL BE AT ABOUT 10 A.M. AND THE OTHER WILL HAPPEN AROUND 2 P.M.  THEY ARE EXPECTED TO LAST 10 TO 15 MINUTES EACH—AS PART OF THE ONGOING BOONES CREEK INTERCHANGE PROJECT AT EXIT 17.  MOTORISTS TRAVELING ON BOONES CREEK ROAD NEAR THE INTERSTATE CAN ALSO EXPECT DELAYS.

CROWN LABS TO EXPAND

CROWN LABORATORIES IN JOHNSON CITY WILL BE EXPANDING—AND WILL MOVE ITS HEADQUARTERS TO THE FORMER NN BUILDING ON MOCKINGBIRD LANE.  AS PART OF AN AGREEMENT, CROWN WILL RECEIVE $450-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN INCENTIVES TO HELP CREATE 200 NEW JOBS—WITH AN AVERAGE HOURLY WAGE OF $27.17.  CROWN ALSO PLANS TO EXPAND ITS SOUTH JOHNSON CITY MANUFACTURING FACILITY AS PART OF A $27-MILLION DOLLAR LOCAL INVESTMENT.  THE JOB CREATION AND WAGE REQUIREMENTS TAKE EFFECT BEGINNING WITH THE 2025 TAX YEAR.  CROWN EXPECTS NEARLY HALF OF THE NEW JOBS WILL BE AT THE CORPORATE LEVEL.

METH SEIZURE

MORE THAN 800 POUNDS OF METH WERE SEIZED BY FEDERAL AUTHORITIES-0IN AN OPERATION THAT SPANNED THREE STATES, INCLUDING TENNESSEE.  THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION SAID OPERATION CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN ALSO INCLUDED KENTUCKY AND WEST VIRGINIA.  155 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED IN TENNESSEE AND 317 POUNDS OF METH WERE SEIZED.  A TOTAL OF 235 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED IN THE THREE STATES, OVER $800-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH WAS FOUND ALONG WITH 52 FIREARMS AND LARGE AMOUNTS OF HEROIN, FENTANYL AND OTHER DRUGS.

METH SUPPLIER ARRESTED

A MAN DESCRIBED AS A METH SUPPLIER IN GREENE AND HAWKINS COUNTIES HAS BEEN ARRESTED.  37-YEAR OLD MICHAEL CHAD MYERS OF BULLS GAP WAS ARRESTED IN JUNE, BUT POSTED BOND.  AUTHORITIES SAY HE CONTINUED TO SUPPLY METH AND A SEARCH OF HIS HOME TUESDAY FOUND OVER 1 KILOGRAM OF METH AND NEARLY $4-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH. HE WAS TAKEN TO JAIL ON NUMEROUS CHARGES.  MYERS IS ALSO KNOWN AS “MILK MAN.”   

PHONES STOLEN

A THIEF TOOK $10-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF DEMO PHONES AFTER BREAKING INTO THE AT&T STORE AT THE PINNACLE IN BRISTOL TENNESSEE.  IT HAPPENED AROUND 4 A.M. AND THE SUSPECT USED A SLEDGEHAMMER TO GAIN ENTRY.  A SIMILAR CRIME HAPPENED EARLIER IN THE NIGHT IN HAZARD KENTUCKY AND IT’S THOUGHT THE SAME PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BOTH.  POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT WAS ABLE TO GET IN AND OUT OF THE STORE IN ABOUT 3 TO 4 MINUTES.  IT’S THOUGHT THE SUSPECT IS A BLACK MALE, BUT IT’S NOT CLEAR HOW OLD HE IS BECAUSE HE WAS WEARING A HOODIE AND GLOVES.

TRUCKS SET ON FIRE

AN INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING INTO A COUPLE OF TRUCKS THAT WERE SET ON FIRE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA.  THE TRUCKS WERE ON DISPLAY AT BLUE RIDGE CHRYSLER-DODGE-JEEP-RAM IN ABINGDON AS PART OF A GRAND OPENING EVENT.  THE TRUCKS WERE SET ON FIRE SOMETIME LATE SUNDAY NIGHT OR EARLY MONDAY MORNING.  THE DEALERSHIP IS OFFERING A CASH REWARD FOR INFORMATION ON THE CASE.  VIRGINIA STATE POLICE ARSON INVESTIGATORS ARE HANDLING THE CASE.

DOWNTOWN BRISTOL PARKING

THERE ARE SOME CHANGES IN PARKING IN DOWNTOWN BRISTOL TENNESSEE.  THE CITY HAS ADOPTED TWO-HOUR PARKING LIMITS IN MOST PUBLIC PLACES DOWNTOWN.  THE CHANGE COMES AFTER IT WAS NOTED THAT DOWNTOWN PARKING REGULATIONS WERE INCONSISTENT WITH THERE BEING ONE HOUR, TWO HOUR AND THREE-HOUR SPACES.  UNRESTRICTED ON-STREET PARKING WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE ON BROAD STREET BETWEEN SIXTH AND EIGHTH STREETS.

SULLIVAN JAIL—HOW MANY?

SULLIVAN COUNTY OFFICIALS CONTINUE LOOKING AT JAIL EXPANSION.  COUNTY MAYOR RICHARD VENABLE SAYS THE BIG UNKNOWNS ARE THE COST—AND NUMBERS, “WE’RE NEARING 1000–WE’RE PROBABLY AT 950 NOW–AND LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD 10 YEARS.”    VENABLE CONTINUES TO CALL FOR SENTENCING REFORM—TO HELP EASE OVERCROWDING.

ACTING TUSCULUM PRESIDENT

DR. GREG NELSON HAS BEEN NAMED ACTING PRESIDENT AT TUSCULUM UNIVERSITY. NELSON HAS BEEN THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIR SINCE 2017, BUT HE’LL STEP DOWN FROM THAT ROLE TO FOCUS ON THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY. NELSON HAS BEEN ON THE BOARD FOR 5 YEARS.  HE RETIRED FROM EASTMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY IN 2014.  TUSCULUM IS LOOKING FOR A NEW PRESIDENT AFTER DR. JAMES HURLEY LEFT TO LEAD TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY IN TEXAS.