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Police: Tennessee man killed baby after learning he wasn't the dad

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man beat an infant to death after discovering that he wasn’t the child’s father, police said. Jose Avila-Agurcia, 33, is charged with murder in the death of 4-month-old Alexander Lizondro-Chacon, Memphis police said.


Five Month Investigation Ends With Suspect Being Extradited from South Carolina to Washington Co. Tennessee

An investigation spanning five months into a suspect that allegedly drove a car at a victim, pointed a gun at another, and evaded Johnson City police custody during a chase is now in jail.


Which nonprofit should get public funds?

Washington County commissioners kicked off their work on a new county budget Wednesday by discussing an old dilemma. Members of the county’s Budget Committee wanted to know how much the county should contribute to funding outside nonprofit agencies.


Grand jury indicts 14 in East Tennessee heroin and fentanyl distribution case

A federal grand jury in Greeneville indicted 14 people on charges of distributing heroin and fentanyl in East Tennessee following an investigation involving 18 law enforcement agencies.


Washington County, TN school board speaks out on Hammond's arrests and votes on budget

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn.(WJHL) - For the first time since his second arrest on April 18th Washington County School Board member David Hammond attended a school board meeting Tuesday night.


Peggy Ann Bakery opening store in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- A Greeneville favorite is expanding, with plans to open another location in the Tri-Cities region. Peggy Ann Bakery will be opening up shop on West Walnut Street in Johnson City.


Tennessee woman arrested for alleged rape of child, posting videos

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--Memphis Police have arrested a 24-year-old woman for rape of a child after she reportedly raped a 4-year-old boy. Police have arrested Marion for rape of a child and especially aggravated exploitation of a minor. Police say she admitted to being in the videos.


County approves athletic project, industrial park plan

The Washington County Commission was thinking of new ballfields and a potential new manufacturer when the group passed two motions approving plans at the Boones Creek athletic facility site and the Washington County Industrial Park.


Man accused of threatening Appalachian Trail hikers pleads guilty to charges

UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) - The Appalachian Trail hiker accused of threatening other hikers on the trail was sentenced in Unicoi County Sessions Court Thursday. James Jordon, 30, of Massachusetts, received probation and ordered to pay fines following his hearing.


East Tennessee quarry fined for river pollution

Environmental regulators are fining an East Tennessee quarry for polluting the water. Vulcan Construction Materials have been fined $30,000 for pollution. The company is located along the North Fork Holston River along the western edge of Sullivan County.


Most States Are Reducing Prison Populations — Tennessee's Is Growing

More than half of the states in the country reduced their prison populations in 2018. Tennessee went the other way. A new report from the Vera Institute of Justice documenting prison populations at the state and federal levels shows that Tennessee is one of 19 states that increased its prison popula


BREAKING: Tennessee Senate passes school voucher bill 20-13

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL)- Thursday morning there was extensive discussion ahead of a vote on the ESA bill in Nashville on the Senate floor. The final vote on the Senate floor was 20-13.


Former ETSU director fired after audit reveals questionable purchases

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- News Channel 11 has obtained a memo ahead of Friday's ETSU Board of Trustees' Audit Committee meeting that reveals an investigation into the former director of Center for Academic Excellence at ETSU.


Today in Johnson City history: April 25

April 25, 1889: C.K. Lide & Co. advertised the sale of 800 kegs of mining powder at Knoxville prices. April 25, 1939: Toupie Scalf was fined $50 for possessing ½ gallon of white whiskey. He paid $25 and was released on the order of a Dr. Matthews.


Kroger now offering pickup at both Johnson City stores

Kroger is now offering customers the ability to order groceries online and pick them up at the 112 Sunset Dr. store, the second Kroger in Johnson City to offer the service, according to a Thursday press release.


If you were at these East Tennessee gas stations, you may have been exposed to measles

CLINTON, Tennessee — The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has identified two locations, one in Clinton and one in Chattanooga, where people may have been exposed to measles after the department confirmed one case had been identified in East Tennessee.


Test-driving truck to move furniture nets Kingsport arrest

The blotter is derived from recent incident reports and central dispatch records of local police agencies. Police responded to Burger King in Blountville due to a man in the roadway “causing a traffic hazard.” He was found to have a large amount of dried blood on his face, but refused to say if he h


'AT' hiker charged with criminal impersonation is released from jail

UPDATE: The hiker known as 'Sovereign', who was arrested after allegedly threatening hikers on the Appalachian Trail, will not face new charges. He was released from jail today, and given probation and fines. His original charges are criminal impersonation and drug charges.


Deadly Unicoi County shooting investigation underway, could be self defense

ERWIN — Unicoi County investigators and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are continuing to develop information in a deadly shooting Saturday, but one official said the preliminary indications are the shooting was self defense.


Tennessee House seeks to fund disabled insurance program

Tennessee House lawmakers say they're fighting to secure funding in next year's budget so that disabled children will be able to get Medicaid assistance. House members announced Wednesday they intend to fully fund the so-called Katie Beckett program - which helps parents care for severely disabled c