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HOPLAND—TOKYO

THE WIFE OF ELIZABETHTON PHYSICIAN DR. ARNOLD HOPLAND HAS BEEN TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL IN TOKYO—AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE CORNOAVIRUS.  JEANINE HOPLAND AND HER HUSBAND WERE GETTING READY TO LEAVE THE DIAMOND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP WHEN HER TEST CAME BACK POSITIVE.  WHILE SHE’LL BE HOSPITALIZED, DR. HOPLAND WILL REMAIN ON THE SHIP.

WASH CO VA HOMICIDE

A HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA.  AUTHORITIES SAY THEY HAVE FOUND A BODY ON CAMPGROUND ROAD NEAR BRISTOL.  THE WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING AND MORE INFORMATION IS EXPECTED LATER.

WANDELL

THE ELIZABETHTON COMMUNITY CONTINUES TO MOURN AFTER THE PASSING OF DR. JOSH WANDELL OVER THE WEEKEND.  WANDELL WAS THE FORMER EDUCATOR WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ALS IN 2013.  HIS FIGHT INSPIRED MANY WITH THE THEME:  FAITH OVER FEAR.  THERE ARE PLANS FOR A CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE FRIDAY AT ELIZABETHTON HIGH SCHOOL BEGINNING AT 4:30 P.M.

KENTUCKY MAN WANTED FOR MURDER ARRESTED IN JOHNSON CITY

A HARLAN KENTUCKY MAN WANTED ON MURDER CHARGES HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN JOHNSON CITY.  KENTUCKY STATE POLICE WERE CALLED TO A HOME SATURDAY ON REPORTS OF A SHOOTING.  THEY FOUND A VICTIM, 39-YEAR OLD MATTHEW SMITH, WHO’D BEEN SHOT AND DIED LATER AT A HOSPITAL.  RICHARD CODY WAS IDENTIFIED AS THE ALLEGED SHOOTER-AND AN INVESTIGATION FOUND HE’D ENTERED HIS ESTRANGED WIFE’S HOUSE, ALLEGEDLY FIRED MULTIPLE SHOTS AND FLED TO JOHNSON CITY, WHERE HE WAS ARRESTED SATURDAY.  HE’S AWAITING AN EXTRADITION HEARING.

ONE DEAD IN CARTER WRECK

ONE PERSON IS DEAD AFTER A SUNDAY MORNING WRECK IN CARTER COUNTY.  IT HAPPENED ON HIGHWAY 19-E NEAR BEAR BRANCH ROAD IN ROAN MOUNTAIN.  A TRUCK DRIVEN BY 30-YEAR OLD MARIA ENRIQUEZ OF ROAN MOUNTAIN WENT OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD AND STRUCK A ROCK EMBANKMENT.  THE VEHICLE OVERTURNED AND A PASSENGER, 30-YEAR OLD FERNANDO AMBROCIO, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.  THREE CHILDREN WERE INJURED AND THERE’S NO WORD ON THEIR CONDITION.

HEAD-ON CRASH

A HEAD-ON CRASH IN CARTER COUNTY IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.  IT HAPPENED AROUND 12:41 THIS MORNING ON HIGHWAY 19-E AT RITTERTOWN ROAD AND WAS CLEARED AROUND 7:15 A.M.  TWO VEHICLES WERE INVOLVED IN THE WRECK—AND MORE DETAILS ARE EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED LATER BY THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL. 

MAN THREATENS TO JUMP FROM BUILDING

BRISTOL VIRGINIA POLICE SAY A MAN, WHO THREATENED TO JUMP OFF A DOWNTOWN BUILDING, IS DOWN.    THE MAN WASN’T FACING ANY CRIMINAL CHARGES AND IT’S BELIEVED HE’S BEEN ON THE ROOF SINCE MIDNIGHT.  THE MAN WAS DOWN SAFELY JUST BEFORE 10 THIS MORNING.

ROE—CORONAVIRUS

FIRST DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN DR. PHIL ROE CONTINUES TO CLOSELY WATCH THE CORONAVIRUS—AND ITS IMPACT ON THE UNITED STATES.  ROE SAID IT’S ANYBODY’S GUESS JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE IN CHINA ACTUALLY ARE IMPACTED, “MANY PEOPLE IN CHINA HAVEN’T BEEN TESTED…..AND I THINK PROBABLY THIS DISEASE HAS BEEN GROSSLY UNDERREPORTED.”    MANY AMERICANS ON THE DIAMOND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP HAVE BEEN EVACUATED—AND ARE BACK ON AMERICAN SOIL.  DR. ARNOLD HOPLAND AND HIS WIFE, JEANINE, FROM ELIZABETHTON, WERE ON THE CRUISE.  JEANINE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS AND IS AT A TOKYO HOSPITAL, WHILE DR. HOPLAND REMAINS ON THE SHIP.