Local News 2020

GREENE SHOOTING SUSPECTS

THE GREENE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS ASKING FOR HELP IN FINDING TWO SHOOTING SUSPECTS.  THE CHARGES STEM FROM A LATE NIGHT SHOOTING INCIDENT ON HOUSE ROAD IN THE SUNNYSIDE AREA.  DEPUTIES FOUND JOSHUA MURRAY BLEEDING FROM A LEG. MURRAY TOLD OFFICERS THAT ANDREW DINSMORE AND ANOTHER MAN ENTERED THE HOME AND THE SECOND SUSPECT SHOT HIM IN THE LEG.    DINSMORE IS WANTED FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED ROBBERY.  IF YOU CAN HELP, CALL 9-1-1 OR THE GREENE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.

COVID-19—NORTHEAST TN/STATE

THERE ARE 21 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS, 196 NEW CASES AND 2-THOUSAND 892 ACTIVE CASES IN THE 8 COUNTY NORTHEAST TENNESSEE REGION.  7 OF THE DEATHS WERE IN GREENE COUNTY AND 6 IN WASHINGTON COUNTY.  SULLIVAN COUNTY HAD 4, HAWKINS COUNTY HAD 2 AND THERE WAS 1 NEW DEATH EACH IN HANCOCK AND UNICOI COUNTIES.  SULLIVAN COUNTY HAS THE MOST NEW CASES WITH 75 AND THE MOST ACTIVE WITH 792.  ACROSS TENNESEE, THERE ARE 3-THOUSAND 492 NEW COVID-19 CASES AND AN INCREASE OF 128 DEATHS OVER WEDNESDAY’S REPORT.   

COVID-19—SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

THERE ARE 8 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS AND 129 NEW CASES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.  THERE WERE 2 DEATHS EACH IN THE CITY OF BRISTOL, WASHINGTON AND DICKENSON COUNTIES AND 1 EACH IN SMYTH AND TAZEWELL COUNTIES.  WASHINGTON COUNTY HAD THE MOST NEW CASES WITH 33 AND THERE ARE 25 NEW CASES IN LEE COUNTY.  ACROSS VIRGINIA, THERE ARE 4-THOUSAND 13-NEW CASES AND 79 ADDITIONAL DEATHS FROM WEDNESDAY’S REPORT.  ALSO, OVER 360-THOUSAND VACCINES HAVE BEEN ADMINISTERED WITH OVER 39-THOUSAND BEING FULLY VACCINATED.

COVID-19—BALLAD HEALTH

BALLAD HEALTH REPORTS 226 PATIENTS HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19.  THAT CONTINUES A DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 PATIENTS THAT STARTED TWO WEEKS AGO.  48 PATIENTS ARE IN INTENSIVE CARE AND 33 ARE ON VENTILATORS.  THERE ARE 69 COVID-19 BEDS AVAILABLE.    BALLAD HAS ALSO ADMINSTERED 23-THOUSAND 171 FIRST DOSES AND 11-THOUSAND 6 SECOND DOSES OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE.  BALLAD ALSO REPORTS A 22.9-PERCENT POSITIVE TEST RATE FOR THE VIRUS AND 83 COVID-19 DEATHS OVER THE PAST WEEK.

JC MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE

A 40-YEAR-OLD JOHNSON CITY MAN IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED STAUTORY RAPE.  JERRY LYNN BLEVINS ALLEGEDLY ADMITTED TO POLICE THAT HE HAD SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH A 16-YEAR-OLD FEMALE IN 2019.  DUE TO THE AGE OF THE JUVENILE AND THE AGE DIFFERENCE BEWEEN THE TWO, BLEVINS WAS CHARGED.  HE’S JAILED ON $10-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND WILL BE ARRAIGNED TODAY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY SESSIONS COURT.

MISSING TEEN

KINGSPORT POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A MISSING 16-YEAR-OLD.  TEMBER GRANT NICHOLE EVANS WAS REPORTED MISSING JANUARY 19TH AND WHILE OFFICERS DON’T SUSPECT FOUL PLAY, DUE TO HER AGE, EVERY EFFORT IS BEING MADE TO FIND HER.  SHE’S A WHITE FEMALE, 5-FEET 4-INCHES TALL, 115 POUNDS WITH BROWN HAIR AND BROWN EYES.  SHE ALSO HAS A HEART TATTOO ON HER INSIDE RIGHT FOREARM.  IT’S POSSIBLE SHE WAS WEARING A BLACK AND WHITE STRIPED SWEATER AND SHE WAS RECORDED ON VIDEO AT WALGREENS ON EAST STONE DR AROUND 6:45 P.M. TUESDAY.  

HARSHBARGER—WHIP TEAM

FIRST DISTRICT CONGRESSWOMAN DIANA HARSHBARGER HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN WHIP TEAM.  SHE SAID IT’S A GREAT HONOR TO BE ONE OF THE FRESHMEN SELECTED.  SHE ALSO SAID SHE LOOKS FORWARD TO ADVANCING COMMON-SENSE CONSERVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO THE COUNTRY’S PROBLEMS.   POLITICAL PARTY WHIP TEAMS ARE MAINLY RESPONSIBLE FOR COUNTING HEADS AND ROUNDING UP PARTY MEMBERS FOR VOTES AND QUORUM CALLS.

UNEMPLOYMENT

42-THOUSAND 578 NEW UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS WERE FILED IN TENNESSEE AND VIRGINIA LAST WEEK.  18-THOUSAND 237 OF THOSE CLAIMS WERE FILED IN TENNESSEE AND 24-THOUSAND 341 IN VIRGINIA FOR THE WEEK ENDING JANUARY 16TH.    TENNESSEE REPORTED A DECREASE IN NEW CLAIMS COMPARED TO THE WEEK BEFORE—WITH A DIFFERENCE OF 3-THOUSAND 717 CLAIMS.  IN NORTHEAST TENNESSEE, 959 NEW CLAIMS WERE FILED LAST WEEK.