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BrightRidge Acquisition: Elizabethton Electric holds 12 million in cash, 6.3 million in investments

Last week, BrightRidge CEO Jeff Dykes gave a presentation to Elizabethton City Council members about his companies possible acquisition of Elizabethton Electric. Dykes gave council members a look at how much BrightRidge was willing to pay to acquire Elizabethton Electric and its assets. The price wa


Carter County Superintendent Dr. Kevin Ward returning for one more year

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) - Carter County Director of Schools Dr. Kevin Ward is putting off retirement and returning to his post for one more year. The superintendent, who previously announced his retirement in 2018, accepted a one year extension during Thursday night's Carter County Board of Educ


Bond increased for mother who put baby in freezer

A family who found a baby in an inoperable freezer in their backyard and the mother hiding under their house testified earlier this week that they kept the child overnight after the woman left, according to testimony in a preliminary hearing Tuesday.


Upper East Tennessee Special Olympics adds basketball

(WJHL) - Upper East Tennessee Special Olympics says that it's adding Special Olympics Basketball to their list of available sports for their athletes. Athletes with special needs from Johnson, Unicoi and Washington counties will compete at the basketball games.


Buckles pleads guilty of second-degree murder

ELIZABETHTON — Jacob Buckles, 30, entered a guilty plea Thursday in Carter County Criminal Court in the stabbing death of Colt Calloway, a man described as Buckles’ friend since boyhood.


Fatal crash reported on Blue Springs Road in Carter County

CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed to News Channel 11 it is following a fatal crash in Carter County. The crash was reported around 9:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Blue Springs Road.


Police find 150 pounds of pot in bags at Tennessee airport

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say two men were caught at the Nashville International Airport with more than 150 pounds of marijuana in their suitcases. News outlets report 40-year-old Trung Tiey, of Philadelphia, and 56-year-old Tihn Tran, of Murphy, Texas, were arrested Tuesday on fel


The best in music this week:

Wellington’s Restaurant, 216 W. State of Franklin Road, Johnson City: Thursday, jazz jam with Eddie Dalton And The Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra, 8-10 p.m. (johnsoncityjazzfestival.com)


Head-on collision sends multiple to hospital

A head-on collision involving two vehicles sent multiple individuals to the hospital Thursday afternoon. The wreck occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Highway 321 in Hampton. The Carter County Rescue Squad, Hampton/Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department, Carter County Sheriffs Office and the Tennessee High


Five Questions - Elizabethton City Manager Daniel Estes

ELIZABETHTON — Daniel Estes’ his biggest first-year challenge as city manager of Elizabethton may be just ahead, as he leads city staff and the City Council through the annual budgeting process.


FBI searching for 'Traveling Bandit' accused in robberies in 6 states

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Federal authorities are now calling the man accused of robbing banks from Tennessee to Utah the "Traveling Bandit." Here is information on the suspect directly from the FBI:


Longhorns split a pair with Warriors

ELIZABETHTON—It was a struggle from start to finish for the Longhorns who finally found a way to dispose of Happy Valley. The Longhorns broke open the game in the third quarter and cruised to a 51-42 win on Tuesday night inside of Charlie Bayless Gymnasium.


70-year-old Tennessee woman charged with illegally voting

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has resulted in a 70-year-old woman being charged with voter fraud. According to the TBI, the Piney Flats woman is a convicted felon who cast a ballot during the November general election.


Cash Hollow shooting victim identified

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) - Investigators have released the name of the person killed in a shooting earlier this week. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Charles Shelton of Lewisburg, Tenn. was identified as the victim of Wednesday night's shooting on Cash Hollow Road.


Johnson City felon who threatened his daughter's mother gets 40 months

GREENEVILLE — A Johnson City man who sent threatening letters to the mother of one of his children has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison. Dwayne “Prince Dupree” Railey, whose criminal history includes holding a family hostage, illegally possessing body armor and attempted agg


Cherokee's Russell steps into the statistical spotlight

Cherokee has caught many basketball observers off guard with its strong start to the season. The Lady Chiefs are 13-6, and one of the biggest reasons for the good record is the play of standout guard Harper Russell. She is this week’s spotlight player for the Northeast Tennessee High School Basketba


Middle Tennessee burglary suspect captured after jumping into river

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.--Clarksville Police say a man wanted for several warrants attempted to escape from officers on Friday by jumping into a river. Police responding to a shots fired call in the area of Providence Blvd. attempted to stop a vehicle seen leaving the area when subject Damien Gray exited


Johnson City Commission approves West Walnut Street plan

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) - City leaders approved a plan to redevelop the aging West Walnut Street Corridor. It's an overhaul that could take decades to complete. This comes nearly three years after city leaders made it clear that West Walnut Street wasn't just an old street, it was untapped potent


Congressman says the shutdown has become personal

U.S. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City, said Thursday he “doesn’t understand the logic” behind what has become the longest federal government shutdown in the nation’s history. And though he said it might seem to be “grandstanding” to some, Roe has declined to accept his own federal paycheck “when others aren


Wicked winter storm this weekend in Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - A dynamic storm approaches Middle Tennessee this weekend with strong wind, heavy rain, ice on roads and even a period of snow. The front associated with this complex storm is know as an "arctic cold front." Once the front comes through, temperatures will fall, creating wint