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Damage assessments begin in Sullivan, Washington counties in wake of destructive storm

Preliminary damage assessments could be ready by Tuesday morning.
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Boone's Creek neighborhood cleaning up after strong storms Video included

Storm damage in the Wiltshire Subdivision in Gray, TN Storm damage in the Wiltshire Subdivision in Gray, TN
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Folks who live on Wiltshire Drive in the Boone’s Creek community surveyed the damage left behind after Sunday’s storms. Almost every house on the street sustained some kind of damage.  More>>

Storm Team 11 Weather: Breezy & Cooler Today

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A Few Lingering Showers

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Fierce storms rock TN, destroy homes; cleanup underway

Lightning (Source: George "Mo" Moore, Kingsport, TN) Lightning (Source: George "Mo" Moore, Kingsport, TN)

Communities across East Tennessee have begun cleaning up after powerful storms raked across the state destroying at least 10 homes. More>>

EF-3 tornado confirmed in Claiborne County

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-3 tornado touched down near Speedwell in Claiborne County last night with winds of 140 miles per hour. More>>

MONDAY @ 6P: Three's company - Tri-Cities man marries two women; wife pushes for change in bigamy laws

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A Tri-Cities man heads to court Monday to face a charge of bigamy. He's accused of being married to two people at the same time; a crime in Tennessee.   More>>

Kingsport home destroyed in tornado Video included

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Video sent into us by a viewer shows a tornado moving swiftly through the Rock Springs Road area in Kingsport. In the blink of an eye, that tornado left one home in pieces.
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Dollar Tree steps up fight, buys Family Dollar

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The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. More>>

Strike hits Gaza park, killing at least 10 Video included

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A Gaza park was attacked Monday, killing at least 10 Palestinians, including children, a Palestinian health official said. Israelis and the Palestinians traded blame for the strike. More>>

After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care

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A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. More>>

Police investigate deaths of family of 5 in Maine

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Police on Monday said they had recovered a shotgun from an apartment where a couple and their three children were shot to death. More>>

Ozark kidnapping, sexual assault suspect's vehicle found Video included

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The search is on for the Ozark man police say kidnapped a woman and child from their home at knife point and sexually assaulted them. More>>

Murfreesboro police searching for missing Manchester woman after car, phone found Video included

Brooke Roberts, 30, was last seen Monday at the Harper’s Point Apartments in Murfreesboro where she works. Her SUV was found at the nearby Cason Trailhead greenway. More>>

Update: Storm knocks out power to JCPB, Appalachian Power customers

JCPB crews were working to restore power to nearly 1,000 customers.
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Tri-Cities teen ready for Miss Teen USA competition Video included

A local is on her way to Miss Teen U.S.A. 16 year-old Morgan Moseley will head to the Bahamas this week to represent the state of Tennessee in the Miss Teen U.S.A. Pageant. Moseley participated in the Miss Tennessee Teen U.S.A. representing eastern Tennessee. in the end she was chosen to represent our state in this nationwide pageant... Moseley tells us this will be her biggest pageant yet with 51 other girls vying for the crown-- and she's putting in plenty of practice..."I have been having ... More>>

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

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When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. More>>

Man dies after lightning strike affects 14 Video included

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A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said. More>>

Tornado Watch continues, likely tornado in Washington, Sullivan Co.'s

Viewers captured and pictures of what appeared to be a rope tornado touching down in Washington County, TN. Viewers captured and pictures of what appeared to be a rope tornado touching down in Washington County, TN.
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A powerful storm system spawned a tornado and left behind a trail of damaged through in several Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Counties.The worst of the damage appears to be in the Gray and Rock Springs area of Washington County where viewers captured video and pictures of what appeared to be a tornado. More>>

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

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Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. More>>

The Big Hurt and Joe Torre headline HOF class

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Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. More>>

It's 'Jeff Gordon Day' at Indy for record 5th time

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With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. More>>

Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

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Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month. More>>

Emergency management agencies preparing for severe weather

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Local emergency management agencies are getting ready for the severe weather forecast for our area.Nes Levotch, Director of Washington County, Johnson City Emergency Management Agency, said the agency has been making preparations all day. He said he's advised first responders and the TWRA to get their boats off local lakes.Levotch said Washington County, Johnson City EMA has been in contact with the National Weather Service to monitor the storms moving our way."We have not activated our emerg... More>>

Comic-Con's dark side: Harassment amid the fantasy

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Amid the costumes and fantasy of this weekend's Comic-Con convention, a group of young women drew widespread attention to a very real issue - allegations of sexual harassment at the annual pop-culture festival. More>>

Costa Concordia wreck reaches final destination

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The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its final journey, reaching Genoa on Sunday where it will be scrapped. More>>

Your Weekly Constitutional: The Lt. Governor v. the Supreme Court Video included

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News Channel 11's Lauren Haviland sits down with Appalachian School of Law Professor Stewart Harris. More>>

Health Resources Center to hold "Back to School Fair" Video included

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The “BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR” is for all school age children. More>>

Cop reunites stolen bike with owner via Reddit

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A Portland cop is getting free coffee from a user of the online community Reddit after reuniting him with his bike, KOIN reports. More>>

Deputies: drunk driver drives truck into Piney Flats home Video included

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According to investigators a family of four is displaced and a 20-year-old is in jail after driving his car into their house. More>>

Suspect named in early-morning shooting of 5 in Knoxville

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Charges have been filed against a male suspect in the case of the early morning shooting on Cumberland Avenue, according to WATE More>>

Cops: 'Spider-Man' slugged officer in Times Square

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A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square. More>>

American doctor in Africa tests positive for Ebola

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An American doctor working with Ebola patients in Liberia has tested positive for the deadly virus, an aid organization said Saturday. More>>

Fast food workers vow civil disobedience

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Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience. More>>

Israel says it's extending Gaza truce for 24 hours

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Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war. More>>

Bridge dedication ceremony honors fallen Vietnam War soldier Video included

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As of Saturday morning the bridge that runs over Reedy Creek in Kingsport has a new title, Specialist Four David Lee Hann Memorial Bridge.A salute to the U.S. Army Soldier who went to Dobyns-Bennett High School, and volunteered his service in the U.S. Army. His life was cut short, making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom during the Vietnam War. The ceremony on Saturday included a Missing Man Table Ceremony. It also recognized Hann's family members, including his brother Paul, and sister ... More>>

Fire destroys three structures south of Kingsport Video included

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Three buildings are being called a total loss after a fire started in an outbuilding south of Kingsport.
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Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

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Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels. More>>

35th annual Folklife festival celebrates tradition

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?In Kingsport on Saturday Warriors' Path State Park celebrated the "good old days" of Northeast Tennessee.
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Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress

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With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America. More>>

Virginia Senatorial candidates face off in debate

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Candidates for U.S. Senate in Virginia, Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie, went head to head in their first in-person debate Saturday morning.Warner, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie debated at an even hosted by the Virginia Bar Association.According to the Associated Press, Warner accused Gillespie of being a "partisan warrior" who would not contribute to compromise, while Gillespie jabbed that Warner has been a "blank check" for the Obama administration.The Associ... More>>

Police ID 3 kids killed in Philly carjacking crash

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Two carjackers who fled after ramming a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings, were still on the run Saturday as the reward for their capture topped $100,000. More>>

Your Week in Viral Videos: 'Everything is great'

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No vacation ever really goes the way you think it will and despite how much you want to escape work, sometimes your boss shows up on the beach while you’re dancing with your friends and fires you because you weren’t supposed to be taking a vacation in the first place.

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MH17 victims' family: Airline lacking compassion

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The family of two brothers killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 called the carrier rigid and bureaucratic Saturday. More>>

Sunni politician seized in Iraq released by gunmen

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Gunmen in Iraq seized and later released a prominent Sunni politician, officials said Saturday, as confusion remained over who abducted the lawmaker. More>>

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

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The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said... More>>

Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire

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Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. More>>

Medical Watch: Diabetes Supermarket Shopping Video included

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 Learn how to get organized before going to your grocery store and how to navigate the store once you get there. More>>

Air tragedies bring grief without order

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When air travel goes wrong, the modern world has given us a script to follow. More>>

At least 5 victims in early morning shooting in Knoxville

At least five people were hurt in an early morning shooting on the Cumberland Avenue strip. At least five people were hurt in an early morning shooting on the Cumberland Avenue strip.
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At least five people are in the hospital following a shooting on the Cumberland Avenue strip early Saturday morning. More>>

Festival named for moonshiner Popcorn Sutton kicks off in Cocke County Video included

Legendary moonshiner Popcorn Sutton. Legendary moonshiner Popcorn Sutton.

For the first time in five years a festival honoring the life of infamous moonshiner Popcorn Sutton is in Cocke County. More>>

Local educators protest governor's closed-door meeting Video included

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam hosted a closed-door meeting in the Tri-Cities Friday to discuss the state’s education agenda. Haslam said this is just one of about a dozen meetings across the state.Only those invited were allowed inside at the Washington County School District’s central office in Jonesborough. The governor talked with a select group of school directors, principals, and teachers.But the lack of invitation didn’t stop a group from gathering outside the meeting in protest. Teach... More>>

Indian teen has 232 'teeth' removed from jaw

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After complaining of pain in his jaw, an Indian teen and his family discovered that he had a severe dental condition - and surgeons pulled 232 "teeth" from his jaw.  More>>

'Walking Dead' plays season 5 trailer at Comic-Con

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Fans attending Friday's panel for "The Walking Dead" at Comic-Con got to see the first trailer for season five. More>>

TONIGHT @ 11PM: County Mayor's cookout attracts Republican top brass

Tennessee's Republican leadership gathered for a party at the farm of Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge Friday night.   Speakers included U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Tennessee's Republican leadership gathered for a party at the farm of Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge Friday night. Speakers included U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.
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Tennessee's Republican leadership gathered for a party at the farm of Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge Friday night.   Speakers included U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. More>>

Police still investigating after burglar killed

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Prosecutors Friday were waiting for the results of a police investigation into the killing of a burglar by an 80-year-old California homeowner who says he shot the woman in the back as she fled his home and ran down an... More>>

Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall

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Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel's defense minister warned Israel... More>>

Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

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Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S. More>>

US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine

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Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis. More>>

Community groups, teachers bare cost of school supplies Video included

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New numbers from the National Retail Federation predict people will spend about 26.5 billions dollars on back to school items. The research revealed the average family with kids in Kindergarten to 12th grade will spend close to $670 dollars on supplies, clothing and electronics. More>>

Dozens of open meeting complaints filed against Greene Co. Video included

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Complaints continue to flow into the Tennessee Open Records Counsel one week after a heated Greene County Industrial Development Board meeting; a meeting where one community member ended up in jail.Members of the board approved the move to apply for permits for a controversial pipeline.A pipeline that would stretch from US Nitrogen to the Nolichucky River.Members of the community said they could not hear the business being conducted by the board and they were denied permission to speak during... More>>

'Up the Down Staircase' writer Kaufman dies at 103

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Bel Kaufman, the witty and spirited fiction writer, educator and storyteller whose million-selling "Up the Down Staircase" captured the insanity and the humor, the pathos and the poetry of the American high school, died... More>>

What's Working: Brick 4 Kidz trains future science, math engineers Video included

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Ryan Bunning is proud of his creation. "When it's sitting there, the propellers don't' hit the ground," said Bunning. It's all thanks to a new program in the Tri-cities called "Bricks 4 Kidz". " More>>

Community members and TDOC respond to safety concerns after inmate death Video included

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Two significant incidents of violence inside an area prison in less than a month are prompting concerns for some about the facility's safety, and for others, just the opposite.A homicide investigation continues at Northeast Correctional facility in Mountain City, after the death of 24-year-old Timothy Tillery Jr.The Tennessee Department of Correction said Tillery died Saturday following a fight among inmates.His death happened just days after a two week lock down at the facility was lifted.Pr... More>>

Man gets 25 years in kidnapping, assault, police chase, DUI case from 2013

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A man on parole accused in the 2013 kidnapping of a woman was found guilty last month and sentenced to more than a quarter century in prison in a Carter County courtroom Thursday. More>>

Former ETSU Buc Keith 'Mister' Jennings named new Lees-McRae assistant basketball coach

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A former East Tennessee State University men’s basketball player has taken a coaching position at Lees-McRae College. More>>

Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash

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Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and... More>>

WJHL Surprise Squad gives away prizes in Kingsport Video included

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News Channel 11's Surprise Squad, led by Sara Diamond and Morgan King, hit the streets once again to give back to the community.  More>>

Girl uses gift card from WJHL Surprise Squad to help area animal shelter

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During one of our stops at Fort Henry Mall, a woman and her niece, Olivia, received a Food City gift card of $25 from the surprise team. Instead of spending the gift card on herself, the little girl decided to use it to help others.  More>>

More than $1.3 million in TDOT, TDEC grants going toward Greene Co. projects Video included

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced while visiting the area Friday that Greene County will receive more than $1.3 million in Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation grants. More>>

Pope to make first trip to U.S. in 2015

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According to the Catholic News Service, the pontiff will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year.

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Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with US

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In a blow to hopes for peace talks, the Taliban's reclusive leader warned Friday that a bilateral security pact allowing thousands of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting. More>>

Blake Leeper talks about being in Wheaties Next competitioin Video included

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Blake Leeper joined News Channel 11's Kasey Marler via Skype to talk about being in the Wheaties Next competition.
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Three plead guilty in Abingdon federal court for cock fighting operation in Kentucky

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Three people involved in the “Big Blue” Cock Fighting Pit in McDowell, Kentucky pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Abingdon, Va. to animal fighting and drug charges. More>>

Alabama man claims penis mistakenly amputated

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An Alabama man who went to the hospital for a routine circumcision says doctors mistakenly amputated his penis. Johnny Lee Banks Jr. of Birmingham and his wife, Zelda Banks, filed the lawsuit Tuesday.  More>>

VIDEO: Dobyns-Bennett High School Band performs during surprise squad giveaway

WJHL had quite a few friends Thursday who helped us celebrate Surprise Squad, including the Dobyns-Bennett High School Band.  More>>

Sullivan Co. deputies arrest two men in Apple Shed fake money scheme Video included

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The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested two men involved in passing counterfeit currency at a local business Monday. More>>

Two of four teens accused of torturing 16-year-old sentenced to prison

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Two teenagers accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy inside a shed were sentenced to prison Thursday. More>>

Emails reveal Gov. Haslam to hold private meeting with select educators Friday in Jonesborough

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Emails obtained through a public records request reveal Gov. Haslam will hold a private roundtable Friday afternoon at the Washington County Department of Education in Jonesborough. More>>

Former astronaut Hank Hartsfield dies at 80

Former astronaut Henry "Hank" Hartsfield, who logged 483 hours during three trips into space and commanded two shuttle missions, has died. More>>

Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire

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Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More>>

Sullivan County sees surge in counterfeit bills; thieves alter real money Video included

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A surge in counterfeit money making its way across Kingsport and Sullivan County. Thursday afternoon we got a closer look at what a counterfeit bill looks like. More>>

US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

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The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. More>>

Tornado Tears Through Eastern Shore Campground; At Least Two Dead

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Virginia State Police confirm that two people have died after a tornado ripped through an Eastern Shore campground Thursday morning. More>>

High chairs recalled due to strangulation risk

Nearly 3,000 high chairs are being recalled due to a design flaw that could cause children to be strangled. More>>

Traveler catches epic lightning strike on flight

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Traveler Gina Hyams caught a massive cloud-to-ground lightning strike while on a flight Thursday.

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WWII soldier honored in repatriation ceremony Video included

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Almost 70 years after a World War II soldier was declared missing in action in France, a Mountain City family is one step closer to closure.Private First Class Cecil Harris was 19 when he was killed in action. Last summer two hikers found Harris’ remains in Dambach, France. Over the last year, his family has been working to bring him home.Now that PFC Harris’s remains are back on home soil, he was honored with a repatriation ceremony at the Tennessee National Guard Armory in Mountain City Thu... More>>

'Kim Jong-un Dance' video upsets Kim Jong-un

'Kim Jong-un' shows some fancy footwork in a viral YouTube video. North Korean officials were not amused. (Source: YouTube) 'Kim Jong-un' shows some fancy footwork in a viral YouTube video. North Korean officials were not amused. (Source: YouTube)
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North Korea's supreme leader and The Onion's 2012 Sexiest Man Alive is quite upset about a video making the rounds. A YouTube viral hit out of China features Kim Jong-un's head pasted to several clips of people dancing and breaking out karate moves.

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Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

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Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst... More>>

Astronaut tweets 'saddest photo' of Israel-Gaza firefight

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Astronaut Alexander Gerst took a photo of the fighting in the Middle East from the International Space Station, calling it his "saddest photo" yet.

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Update: former Kingsport alderman pleads guilty to DUI charge

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A Kingsport alderman was reportedly arrested Saturday on DUI charges, just one year after being charged with the same crime.

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House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

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With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait... More>>

'Coolest Cooler' Kickstarter set to break crowdsourcing record

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Don't get bored with those 20th century coolers - buy into the technologically-savvy, new millennium version of Ryan Grepper - the Coolest Cooler, and it's set to break a Kickstarter record. 

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Carter County superintendent responds to concerns about new school

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Wednesday the mayor vetoed a budget passed that was passed Monday that gave 550,000 dollars specifically for a new middle school.The mayor says he needs to see a comprehensive plan before giving any money to the new school, but the superintendent says to do that they need the money."I’m not against the middle school I’m against the location,” Carter County resident Jerry Bowers said.He said he has doubts about the location where some of his five grand kids could end up going to middle school,... More>>

Johnson City veteran housing vouchers going unused Video included

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Dozens of housing vouchers set aside for homeless veterans in Johnson City go unused each year.With homeless veterans making up 12% of the adult homeless population, local leaders are trying different methods to end homelessness among Johnson City veterans"I did have housing but I'm no longer able to afford it," said Vietnam Veteran Rufus McClain.For years Rufus McClain has lived hand to mouth and said he knows what it’s like to go from honors to nothing.Johnson City is no stranger to homeles... More>>

Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

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Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed... More>>

Elizabethton police sergeant resigns after internal investigation Video included

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A 16-year veteran police officer with the Elizabethton Police Department chose to resign this month following an internal investigation. According to Chief Greg Workman, the internal investigation found Sgt. Jesus Pena, who worked for the department's narcotics vice unit, failed to file proper paperwork in a timely manner when dealing with undercover informants. The chief called that inexcusable. Chief Workman says filing that paperwork on time helps protect an informant's identity. More>>

Hampton woman intends to plea guilty for federal sex charges involving young children

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A Hampton woman earlier this month filed her intent to plead guilty to federal sex charges involving young children. More>>

Bristol, Virginia police searching for two suspects in armed robbery

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Bristol, Virginia Police say two masked men robbed the Country Boy Food Mart on Lee Highway just after 10:20 Wednesday night. More>>

Mistrial declared in 2012 vehicular homicide case; juror misconduct cited Video included

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A judge in Washington County, Tenn., declared a mistrial Thursday afternoon in a deadly car crash from Valentine’s Day 2012. More>>

Bristol Police search for Appalachian Tire burglar

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Bristol Tennessee Police Department officers are currently investigating numerous burglaries that took place at a local tire storage lot. More>>

YOUTUBE: Fifty Shades trailer hits the web, watch now

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The wait is over. The trailer for the racy film “Fifty Shades of Grey” hit the web today. More>>

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