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What happened to create a 20-mile traffic backup on Interstate 81 between Abingdon and Bristol?
BRISTOL, Va. — Traffic stalled for around 18 hours on a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 81, starting on a snowy Sunday morning and spanning to 4:45 a.m. on Monday. “The backup lasted pretty much all day and all night,” said Mike Armstrong, the fire chief for Bristol, Virginia.
Car wreck on Island Road. No injuries reported
Bristol, VA — Police responded to a vehicle that flipped completely over and landed off the road in Bristol Virginia. The accident happened on Island Road near Spring Street.
Heavy snow causes damage to auto parts store in Bristol, Va
BRISTOL, Va-- An auto parts store was forced to close early after heavy snow caused damages to the building. The Bristol, Virginia fire department was called to the O'Reilly Auto Parts store on Lee Highway at 2:00 p.m., Sunday afternoon.
KPD: Suspect attempts to steal Wal-Mart merchandise, threatens loss prevention with knife
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) - Kingsport police say they are searching for a man suspected of threatening employees with a knife and attempting the steal nearly $1,000 of merchandise from Wal-Mart.
Small-town care keeps Misty's Florist going strong
ABINGDON, Va. — Misty Green’s name showed up on a sign when she was just a little girl. She’s the “Misty” of the longtime Misty’s Florist in Bristol, Tennessee. That business along Volunteer Parkway has survived, decade after decade, despite competition from bigger stores.
Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia leaders meet with Ballad Health on changes ahead
BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) - Tuesday night - another Tri-Cities government pressed for answers about controversial proposed changes in local health care. Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia city council members met with Ballad Health top executives.
Family makes the most of being stranded on snowy Virginia interstate
BRISTOL, Va. — It should have been a routine ride from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to Marion, Virginia. Travel time: Three hours, tops. Ali Bare, 23, had spent a couple of nights celebrating Christmas in a cabin with her father, racecar driver Duke Bare, of Meadowview, Virginia, and other family members.
Four-way stop installed in Benhams
BRISTOL, Va. — Travelers are being asked to use caution when traveling through a busy intersection in the Benhams community where a new four-way stop has been established. The Virginia Department of Transportation installed stop signs last week at the intersection of Benhams Road and Reedy Creek Roa
UPDATE: Accused Bristol Walmart shooting suspects appear in court
A Sullivan County couple appeared in court Tuesday on charges they killed the woman's ex-husband in broad daylight outside Bristol, Tennessee’s Walmart. Michael Heatherly was a vendor for Walmart and was shot and killed outside his car in the parking lot in September 2017.
Pal's says couple who bought burgers for stranded motorists was given discount
News 5 has received numerous complaints that Pal's did not offer a discount to a couple who bought burgers for stranded motorists from the restaurant off of exit 7 in Bristol. Pal's has now issued a statement on the matter in which they say a discount was given.
Va. couple hands out cheeseburgers to drivers stranded on I-81
BRISTOL, Va. (WSET) -- A couple from Jonesboro, Virginia showed an amazing act of kindness to drivers who were stuck on I-81 due to the hazardous weather conditions. After seeing the amount of people stranded, they bough 50 cheeseburgers and walked up and down the road to pass them out.
Bristol, VA Police investigating overnight shooting; 1 person killed
BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) - Bristol, Virginia Police are investigating an overnight shooting and possible homicide that left one man dead. Captain Maynard Ratcliff tells News Channel 11 the call came in around 1:05 a.m. Saturday morning.
Street Outlaws: Bristol returns on New Year's Day with $200K on the line
BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) - Bristol Motor Speedway is set to start the new year in the fast lane. Discovery Channel's Street Outlaws: Bristol - Race to $200K premieres on New Year's Day.
'A Clint Black Christmas' show postponed in Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn--If you have tickets to 'A Clint Black Christmas' at the Paramount, you will have to hold onto those tickets for a couple of more months. The show, which was scheduled for December 9th, has been postponed until March 31st.
Raven man charged with attempted murder in Tennessee
A chase on I-40 in Tennessee ended with a Raven man in custody on multiple felonies including shooting at a police officer Reports in the Bristol Herald Courier and the Morristown Citizen Tribune say Christopher Allen Deel, 32, and an unidentified female were wanted out of Jefferson County after he
UPDATE: Missing Kingsport teen with autism found safe
UPDATE (11:11 p.m.) The missing Kingsport teen with autism has been found safe. According to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Austin Hurd was unharmed. Deputies say Hurd was found at the mausoleum at East Lawn Cemetery.
INTERSTATE 81 BLOCKED AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS, MOTORISTS TOLD TO AVOID TRAVEL
BRISTOL— The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is advising motorists to avoid Interstate 81 in southwestern Virginia and northeast Tennessee due to multiple blockages. There have been backups reported from the Tennessee/Virginia border to Abingdon in Washington County, a distance of over
FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE IN VIRGINIA APPREHENDED IN BLOUNTVILLE
Late Saturday night, Cumberland County deputies arrested 48-year-old Lori Ann Graham of Crossville on a warrant for failure to appear in court. A check through dispatch revealed Graham to be wanted in Scott County, Virginia, on a Capias warrant for multiple drug charges.
Town of Abingdon says property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks
ABINGDON, Va. — The Town of Abingdon has issued a statement addressing residents who have asked the town when sidewalks are going to be cleared. The town said that property owners are the ones responsible for clearing paved sidewalks in front of their property, not the town. Employees of the town ha
Overcrowded Sullivan County Jail re-certified by state corrections agency
The Sullivan County Jail in Blountville is once again certified for service in Tennessee but its 32-year-old facilities are still being stretched beyond reason. A report issued Monday said Sheriff Jeff Cassidy and members of the county correctional facility administration appeared before the Tenness