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Carter County carjacking investigation leads to wanted juvenile, drug charge
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) - A carjacking investigation led to the arrest of a wanted juvenile and a drug charge being filed against a man. According to the Carter County Sheriff's Office, a man told deputies Wednesday morning he was carjacked at gunpoint, with the carjacker taking a silver Acura he
Police: Limestone woman found in stolen car arrested on drug charges
JOHNSON CITY, TENN. (WJHL) - Police said a woman found in a stolen car was jailed on drug charges. According to a news release from the Johnson City Police Department, officers arrested Jilliam Laby, 27, 120 Shaw Lane, on Wednesday and charged her with possession of schedule IV drugs and unlawful dr
Elizabethton Electric Department once again thinking about its future independent existence
ELIZABETHTON — A lot of budgetary decisions for the Elizabethton Electric Department were placed on hold for the past year because of a possible sale of the utility to BrightRidge of Johnson City.
Police: Mother charged with neglect after 8-year-old weighed 27 pounds
SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. — A Virginia woman has been charged after police were notified that her severely malnourished child was admitted to a hospital. Leah Kraus, 29, is facing four charges of aggravated child neglect, according to a report from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, following her in
Tennessee felon voting rights restoration bill advances
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee push to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored has cleared its first legislative hurdle. Should voting rights be restored to felons in TN? Vote in the poll below (may take a few seconds to load):
First all-female firefighting crew hosing down stereotypes in Carter County
Carter County, Tenn. (WJHL) - In a field traditionally seen as one for men, a crew of female firefighters is hosing down the stereotypes. The West Carter County Fire Department has the first all-female duty in the region.
Crime roundup: Drugs, check forgery, theft and more
The following is a roundup of felony arrests reported recently by Johnson City police:. Man charged with theft from Rent-A-Center: Johnson City police arrested a man Wednesday after an investigation into several items rented from a Rent-A-Center that had not been returned or paid for. Police discove
Carter County won't opt into smoke-free playground bill
CARTER COUNTY, TENN. (WJHL) - Commissioners chose not to add Carter County on to state legislation that would ban smoking from county-owned parks. The issue came before the commission during the commission's March meeting on Monday. The bill, sponsored by Knoxville lawmakers, is pending in Tennessee
Tennessee Valley Authority plans to increase solar power
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The nation's largest public utility plans to rely more on solar power in the future, according to proposals in a draft long-range power plan. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Tennessee Valley Authority expects to produce somewhere between 4 and 9 gigawatts of solar p
Police: Johnson City man's move prompts his arrest
Johnson City police say officers arrested a man who moved after renting more than $10,000 worth in merchandise from a local business. Officers arrested 40-year-old Arthur Sanders, 2604 Austin Village Blvd., on Wednesday and charged him with hindering secured creditors over $10,000. A press release f
Tennessee woman charged with vehicular homicide in 3-year-old daughter's death
A woman involved in an October 2017 crash that claimed the life of her 3-year-old daughter was indicted Monday by Greene County Grand Jury on a charge of vehicular homicide. Summer Dawn Ingle, 29, of Hartman Lane, is scheduled to appear March 29 in Greene County Criminal Court.
Carter School Board recognizes industrious students from all county high schools, plus some generous supporters
HAMPTON — The Carter County Board of Education recognized students from each of the county’s four high schools during its meeting on Thursday at Hampton Elementary School. One of the groups recognized by the board brought pride that transcended school district boundaries and to everyone in attendanc
Fire burns about 60 acres near Bluff City
BLUFF CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) - A forest fire burned about 60 acres in Sullivan County before it was contained. It happened off Big Arm Branch Road near Bluff City. The Tennessee Division of Forestry says the fire started around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Sullivan County man charged in the death of 4-year-old out on bond
SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) - A Sullivan County man charged with murdering a four-year-old girl is out on bond. According to Lt. Andy Seabolt with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Cody Webb, 28, made bond March 13.
Jonesborough man gets 15 years on rape plea, additional charges dismissed
A Jonesborough man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday after a plea hearing that could have netted him up to 60 years behind bars. Joseph Conley Fink, 50, entered an Alford plea — which means he doesn’t admit guilt but agrees the state had sufficient evidence that a jury could convict him —
Law Changes You Were Never Told About in Tennessee
A few new laws were added to the books last year, but have yet to receive much attention... even though they were added in year 2018! Therefore, WGNS thought it would be good to update you on a few of the law changes in Tennessee:
Tennessee man survives on 'Survivor'
(WVLT) -- Much of East Tennessee native Gavin Whitson’s life has revolved around the opportunity to compete on “Survivor.” He even moved his wedding date to get on the latest edition "Survivor: Edge of Extinction."
Blountville woman charged after child found severely malnourished
SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT/WJHL) -- The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office said a 29-year-old Blountville woman was charged after her eight-year-old son was admitted to the hospital weighing 27 pounds.
School bus, tractor trailer wreck under investigation on I81 in Washington County, Va.
Officials said in a statement that three students were injured in a school bus crash on Thursday morning. According to a statement from Virginia State Police, a school bus collided with a tractor trailer on I-81 in Washington County at mile marker 12 southbound.
Man charged for February assault on the ETSU campus
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - A Washington County, Tenn. grand jury has indicted a Johnson City man on charges related to February 2019 assault on the East Tennessee State University campus.