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New traffic signal, more turn lanes coming to busy Johnson City intersection

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Traffic at one of Johnson City’s busiest intersections should be alleviated thanks to a project that will begin next week. City officials said they will be adding a traffic signal and increased turn lanes where Peoples Street and Greenline Road intersect.


Henry Johnson: The man behind Johnson City

There's still quite a bit of mystery surrounding the man after whom Johnson City is named. In fact, there's only one known photo of Henry Johnson. According to family history, Johnson was born on April 27, 1809 in Guilford County, North Carolina and eventually crossed the mountains and settled in pr


UPDATE: Local economic officials respond to NN closing in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- NN, Inc. has announced its shared services center in Johnson City will be closing at the end of June. In September 2017, company officials announced that NN, Inc. was moving its headquarters from Johnson City to Charlotte, N.C.


Arkansas man accused of abducting woman from Johnson City business; victim hospitalized

Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office deputies helped Johnson City police track down an Arkansas man and a woman he was accused of abducting and assaulting Thursday. Matthew Dewbre, 34, Fort Smith, Arkansas, was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, aggravated kidnapping, and violation of a


Tennessee man returns home to find a naked stranger on his couch drinking juice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a Tennessee man returned home to find a naked stranger sitting on his couch drinking juice. WKRN-TV cites a Nashville police report that says the resident summoned officers Wednesday and told them he called out to the stranger, who responded by screaming and droppi


Ask Storm Team 11: Explain the Spring "Winters"

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) - Friday, April 19, 2019 - Ask the storm team allows you to ask our team team your questions. We had several people ask us to explain the Spring Weather Folklore about the "Winters" related to trees blooming.


Tennessee man allegedly raped woman while she was in bed with her child

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors say DNA testing helped convict a Tennessee man for raping a woman in her apartment more than nine years ago. The Shelby County district attorney's office in Memphis said in a news release that 44-year-old Carlos Wilson was found guilty Wednesday of rape and aggravat


Kingsport search nets crack cocaine, four arrests

KINGSPORT — The execution of a search warrant has located more than an ounce of crack cocaine and spurred felony charges against four men, according to police. At about 11:30 Thursday morning, members of the Kingsport Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit descended on 814 Myrtle Street. Flash ba


Johnson City to celebrate founder's birthday

The Johnson City Sesquicentennial Commission will be celebrating the birthday of Henry Johnson, the founder of Johnson City, on April 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. in King Commons Park.


Tennessee county votes to become a 'gun sanctuary'

POLK COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVC) — Polk County has joined several other local communities in declaring itself a "gun sanctuary." A resolution recently passed by the county board of commissioners that in part says the county will defy efforts by state or federal government to enforce strict gun-control la


Pal's comes in second for USA Today best regional fast food chain poll

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Pal's Sudden Service came in second place in a nationwide poll for best "regional fast food." The Tri-Cities based regional fast food restaurant was chosen by USA Today to compete against other regional chains in the search for the 10 Best Regional Fast Food chains in the


Jonesborough rally planned in opposition of education saving account bill

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) - JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) – A group is organizing a Monday afternoon rally in opposition of Tennessee’s education savings account bill. The ESAs are also being called vouchers.


Tennessee wants to help patients affected by doctor arrests

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Following a sweeping crackdown on doctors accused of illegally prescribing opioids, Tennessee has activated substance abuse resources and statewide call lines to help prevent the suspects' patients from seeking out dangerous street drugs.


Several 'walk with the cross' through downtown Kingsport

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) - An annual Good Friday tradition continued in Kingsport, despite the heavy rain. More than 20 people showed up for Shades of Grace's annual Walk with the Cross around the downtown Kingsport. This year's focus was on homelessness and addiction, which appeared on the cross. Th


Oldest Tennessee church still holding services

Sinking Creek Baptist has provided many people a church home for almost 250 years. The oldest church in Tennessee, it is located at 2313 Elizabethton Highway in Johnson City — on the same ground where it began in 1772. It is named for a tributary of the Watauga River, and was originally called Watau


US Nitrogen asks to renew water permit

US Nitrogen has applied to renew a permit that will allow it to continue pumping water from the Nolichucky River for use at its Midway plant, and state regulators have scheduled a public hearing on the matter for May.


Realtor disputes Johnson City's decision to demolish homes

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) - A road project aimed at easing congestion on Knob Creek Road in Johnson City has a local realtor questioning the city's move to demolish several buildings along the road.


Go Fund Me launched for woman killed in 'random shooting' at Tennessee outlet mall

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A Go Fund Me has been launched for one of the victims killed in a 'random shooting' at a Tennessee outlet mall on Tuesday. 24-year-old Olivia Cunningham of York, Pennsylvania was one of the two victims killed when a gunman walked up to the Tanger Outlet Mall in Sevierville and open


Ballad making major change to air ambulance services

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) - The region's largest health care system is making a major change regarding air ambulance services. Ballad Health has picked a single company to provide such services, selecting Med-Trans, locally known as Wings Air Rescue.


Johnson City Development Authority hoping to draw more people to downtown area

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) - The Johnson City Development Authority is hoping to draw more attention to the downtown area of Johnson City with new events and upgrades. The JCDA presented its ideas at Monday night's commission meeting.