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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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Police investigate deaths of family of 5 in Maine

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Neighbors struggled to make sense of the shooting deaths of a family of five in which the father was known to many throughout their apartment complex as a friendly maintenance worker. More>>

UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire Video included

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The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight (0400 GMT) Monday morning. 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>>

Boone's Creek neighborhood cleaning up after strong storms Video included

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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. Many of the people who live on the street said they didn’t think the storms were that serious until they heard the winds pick up.“I looked up in the trees and I just saw a lot of leaves like a funnel cloud… I’ve never seen anything like that in my life,” John Walton, a resident of Wiltshire Drive, told us.“As fas... 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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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>>

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>>

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>>

Storm Team 11 Weather: Strong/Severe Storms on the Way...

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Strong/Severe storms possible today

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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>>

Ozark woman, child abducted & sexually assaulted; nationwide manhunt for suspect 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>>

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>>

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>>

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What's Working: Tennessee High School adds summer reading assignment for all students Video included

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Tennessee High School is quiet in the summer, but the students continue to learn."we want to elevate expectations" Tennessee High English teacher Tim Davis is excited about the schools new summer reading program.  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>>

Gatlinburg woman creates not only soap company, but jobs for the community Video included

Cindy Heinemann describes herself as determined. She started Misty Mountain Soap Company in her kitchen 10 years ago. Her goal then was to feed her family and make a quality product, but she also accomplished something else. She created jobs.

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Gov. Haslam announces 1,000 new jobs coming to Anderson County's SL Tennessee plant Video included

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was in Anderson County Friday morning to announce that SL Tennessee is adding 1,000 new jobs. 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>>

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>>

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>>

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

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An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week. 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>>

Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

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Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the... 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>>

Ohio State marching band chief fired after probe

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Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and... 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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UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

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A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and... More>>

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>>

$1 million lawsuit filed against private probation company Video included

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GM profit 2Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs

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Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes. More>>

Randy Taylor receives two life sentences in death of Virginia teen Alexis Murphy Video included

Randy Taylor, 48, was convicted in May of abducting and killing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy. Randy Taylor, 48, was convicted in May of abducting and killing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy.
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Randy Taylor, the man convicted of abducting and killing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy, was given two life sentences in her death on Wednesday.  More>>

Tractor trailer wreck on Rock Springs Road exit ramp; traffic being detoured to Wilcox Drive exit Video included

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A detour is being arranged at the nearby Wilcox Drive exit to northbound Highway 93/John B. Dennis Highway to eastbound Moreland Drive and then back to Rock Springs. More>>

Goodwill, feds investigate possible data breach

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Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach.  More>>

Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

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A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. More>>

Candidates flock to Facebook before election Video included

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This election year, candidates are flocking to Facebook to win support and gain the most votes. More>>

US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

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The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to... More>>

FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. More>>

Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash

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An airline said Thursday it suspected typhoon weather caused one of its planes to crash land on a small Taiwanese island, killing 48 people. More>>

Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

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The Senate agreed Wednesday on an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs, setting up a vote next week on several alternatives.

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Funeral held for man who died in NY police custody

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An overflow crowd packed a church and sang songs on Wednesday at the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. More>>

"Time for change" for ETSU athletics

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ETSU Athletics' new logo isn't the only change in the works. Athletic Director Dick Sander said "It's a time for change at ETSU," and that includes a new home for Buccaneer Basketball.Buccaneer Basketball is moving to Freedom Hall. "Mr. [Pete] Peterson and I this afternoon reached final agreement on the primary components of the contract," said Dr. Brian Noland, ETSU President. "The 'Minidome' right now is going through significant renovation with the placement of a new roof on the building, ... More>>

Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

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The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much... More>>

Son sentenced to life without parole for parents' murder at Pizza Plus Parlor Video included

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Wednesday's sentencing in Tazewell County marked the conclusion of a five year investigation into a double murder.Harvey and Valerie Looney were found dead at the Pizza Plus restaurant in Claypool Hill, Virginia back in 2009.The man convicted of killing them, their son, Christopher Looney. More>>

Two Southwest Virginia residents indicted in Wash. Co, Va. Circuit Court

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The Commonwealth’s Attorney for Washington County announced Tuesday that a total of 100 defendants were charged in Circuit Court for the new term. More>>

Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

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Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term... More>>

Mayor vetoes Carter County budget Video included

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On Wednesday Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey vetoed the budget approved earlier this week.On Monday the Carter County Commission passed a budget with a tax increase and money for a new school."We were wanting to move forward and we're being held back,” Carter County Superintendent Dr. Kevin Ward said after he learned Humphrey vetoed the budget.With the amended budget passed the property tax increased by 12 cents to $2.45 per 100 dollars of assessed value.Of that $1.06 would go to schools wi... More>>

Nasty living conditions, black algae water lead to animal cruelty charges for woman who shows dogs competitively Video included

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A woman who owns several dogs and cats in Jonesborough faces multiple animal cruelty charges after an animal control officer says he found the animals living in deplorable conditions. Johnson City-Washington County Animal Control Officer Wayne Thomas caught it all on tape. More>>

US Nitrogen continues talks with Old Knoxville Highway Utility District

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US Nitrogen is continuing informal talks with Old Knoxville Highway Utility District regarding access to water from the Nolichucky. This comes days after a public meeting where dozens of residents expressed environmental concerns regarding US Nitrogen returning treated water to the river without going through a utility company. A US Nitrogen representative said in order for the company to reach an agreement with Old Knox., the utility would have to make some major upgradesIn a statement to Ne... More>>

Rock House Road bridge reopens

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Nearly two years ago a massive flood tore through the Dry Creek community in Washington County, Tennessee. The flood damaged dozens of homes and destroyed the Rock House Road bridge that connected the community to other parts of the county. After years of planning and rebuilding, the highway department made the finishing touches to the new Rock House Road bridge Wednesday afternoon. The bridge is now officially open. Washington County Highway Superintendent John Deakins told News Channel 11 t... More>>

Former Wash. Co bus driver granted judicial diversion, will serve two years probation Video included

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Former Washington County bus driver Brenda Gray took the stand in in her sentencing hearing Wednesday. More>>

Fast-pitch softball tournament starts this weekend at Winged Deer Park

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A tournament is coming to our region and bringing 1,000s of fans and millions of dollars with it. More>>

KPD seek information in alleged assault of man

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Kingsport Police Department officers are seeking information in an assault allegation from June 20. More>>

40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil

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Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. More>>

Pit Bull devoted to injured Chihuahua pal

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The story of a stray lab-Pit Bull mix who took care of her Chihuahua sidekick who has an injured eye is melting the hearts of people all across the country. More>>

GM issues 6 more safety recalls

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General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles. More>>

Morristown woman hit, killed by truck

One dead in two car crash in Bell County One dead in two car crash in Bell County

A Morristown woman died early Wednesday morning after being hit by a truck. More>>

JCPD arrest whiskey burglar of downtown JC bar

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Johnson City Police Department officers arrested a man after he allegedly broke a window to get into a local bar and stole a bottle of whiskey. More>>

Shirley Jones to perform at Barter Theatre benefit event

You can make reservations by calling 276-619-3315, and also find out about how you can meet Shirley Jones at an exclusive reception following her performance. More>>

Fitness company to expand manufacturing plant in southwest Virginia

Fitness equipment maker Core Health & Fitness is planning to invest $2 million to expand a Grayson County manufacturing plant, creating 250 jobs. More>>

Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

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Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday. More>>

Two Morristown men arrested on numerous drug charges following traffic stop

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Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two Hamblen County men on methamphetamine charges following a traffic stop on Tuesday. More>>

Woman pleads guilty to making false tainting claim

A Bluff City, TN woman has agreed to plead guilty to falsely claiming a relative's bottle of Tropicana juice had been poisoned. More>>

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Man charged in Econo Lodge stabbing in Kingsport Video included

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Kingsport Police Department officers charged a Freeport, Fla. man Tuesday after he reportedly stabbed another man at a local motel.
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Student group hopes to bring event similar to UT's 'Sex Week' to ETSU Video included

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By Jordan MooreJOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - Hoping to bring an event to campus, one that could stir debate just because of its name, 'Sex Week'. As of now, that name is not official but students at ETSU tell us the bottom line of this event would be to create an open communication about the topic.Tuesday afternoon, ETSU student Max Carwile lead a discussion on how to move forward with this concept. More than a dozen students and faculty listened in on her ideas to create a sexual health and awar... More>>

Despite sanctions call, UK approves arms to Russia

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Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine, a group of lawmakers said in... More>>

Man convicted of attempted murder escapes from Knoxville courtroom

Officials are searching for a man just convicted of attempted murder who left a downtown Knoxville courtroom Tuesday afternoon. More>>

State of Tennessee sets up daycare inspection report database

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Tennesseeans now have access to an on line database that allows them to look up daycare inspection reports for centers across the state. More>>

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Beretta moves to Tennessee because of Maryland gun laws Video included

A manufacturer is heading to the volunteer state because of a gun-control bill that places limits on its operations in Maryland...Beretta says it will move operations to Gallatin, Tennessee. That new facility is scheduled to be opened in the middle of next year. Beretta's General Manager says a gun-control bill that passed the Maryland senate would have prohibited the company from being able to manufacture, store or even import products it sells. Beretta says it has no plans to relocate i... More>>

2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

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Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry. More>>

Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

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By The Associated Press When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots... More>>

In international flight, volatile conflicts abound

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In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense systems... More>>

Police investigating Tuesday night stabbing at Econo Lodge motel in Kingsport Video included

Kingsport Police are investigating a stabbing at a city motel.  Police arrived at the Econo Lodge just after 7 p.m.. Kingsport Police are investigating a stabbing at a city motel. Police arrived at the Econo Lodge just after 7 p.m..
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Kingsport Police are investigating a stabbing at a city motel.Police arrived at the Econo Lodge just after 7 p.m. More>>

Senate, House on collision course on border money

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Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to... More>>

Tweetsie Trail horse ban causes criticism by some Video included

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A trail connecting Johnson City to Elizabethton will soon be open. More>>

AARP’s “Smart Driver” course offered

GREENEVILLE, TN – Want an easy discount on your auto insurance? Take a driver safety course. AARP’s new “Smart Driver Course” for those 55 and older will be offered Wednesday and Thursday, July 30-31, at Takoma Regional Hospital. “This is an informative course that helps participants learn current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate their vehicles more safely,” Tina Chudina, Takoma’s community relations liaison, said. “Everyone can benefit from brushing up on ... More>>

July blood drives

Wellmont Health System’s Marsh Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations in the coming days. · Wednesday, July 23, 8-11 a.m., Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Blountville · Wednesday, July 23, 1-5 p.m., Tulsa Dental Products, Johnson City · Thursday, July 24, noon-7:30 p.m., Holston Valley Medical Center, emergency room annex, Kingsport · Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., University of Virginia-Wise, Student Center parking, Wise, Virginia · Friday, Jul... More>>

Semi hauling beehives crashes near Tenn.-Ky. line on I-24

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Interstate 24 near the Tennessee-Kentucky state line is closed Tuesday after a semi hauling beehives crashed. More>>

ILVTOFU: Too vulgar for specialty plate in Tenn., state says Video included

Updated: Jul 22, 2014 10:34 PM

The state of Tennessee denied a Murfreesboro woman’s request for a personalized license plate due to the perceived vulgarity of her message. More>>

State official: Rep. Hill's Overmountain PAC not under investigation Video included

Despite the failure of a political action committee, of which he serves as treasurer, to file proper campaign paperwork with the state on time, Tennessee's Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance says neither Rep. Matthew Hill (R-District 7) nor the PAC are Despite the failure of a political action committee, of which he serves as treasurer, to file proper campaign paperwork with the state on time, Tennessee's Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance says neither Rep. Matthew Hill (R-District 7) nor the PAC are
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Despite the failure of a political action committee, of which he serves as treasurer, to file proper campaign paperwork with the state on time, Tennessee's Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance says neither Rep. Matthew Hill (R-District 7) nor the PAC are under investigation. Although the actions of a political action committee that Hill is associated with caught the state's attention earlier this month, it appears Hill can now put that behind him. More>>

Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

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A destructive wildfire in Washington state has grown slightly but firefighters have made progress in their efforts to get it under control. More>>

Complaint to Private Probation Services Council sheds light on potential conflict of interest Video included

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Fmr. head coach Tony Dungy clarifies Michael Sam draft comments

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Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy is clarifying comments he made on NFL Draft choices, and the comments were directed at St. Louis Rams rookie Michael Sam.

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Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

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President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. More>>

Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

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A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot... More>>

Massive sinkhole forms in FL neighborhood

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 A massive sinkhole opened up Saturday night in Spring Hill, FL - north of Tampa.No one was injured but several homes were evacuated. More>>

Quillen College of Medicine Class of 2018 orientation continues

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When you think of a hospital, team work probably isn't the first word that comes to mind, but that is what it takes to get the job done. Today 72 first year medical students began their orientation with some team building exercises. Quillen College of Medicine Class of 2018 participated in what is called "Quillen Academic Boot Camp" More>>

Plane crash bodies removed from war zone

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A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the... More>>

More than a quarter of kids in our region living in poverty according to recent report Video included

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Though Tennessee is improving overall, Northeast Tennessee has some of the highest numbers of children living in poverty in the state.According to the recently released numbers from the Kids Count Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the volunteer state is one of five states that made the biggest improvement in the well-being of children.Tennessee moved up three rankings to 36th overall, the report is based on education, health care and poverty.Tennessee also moved from 42nd to 37th in... More>>

Rep. Matthew Hill quietly buys website in opponent's name and posts attack ad there Video included

Rep. Matthew Hill (R-District 7) admits his campaign quietly bought a website in the name of his opponent for $8 from GoDaddy.com and then posted an anti Phil Carriger ad on the site."We bought the domain name because they didn't," Rep. Hill said. "I think it was like $8 or something." PhilCarriger.com takes you to a website called "The Real Phil Carriger." More>>

Vote for your favorite local MiLB mascot Video included

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Minor League Baseball’s Mascot Mania is underway for the Appalachian League and some of your favorite Tri-Cities area mascots need your help! More>>

11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

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In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say. More>>

Chrysler recalls 792,000 Jeep SUVs for ignition switches

DETROIT (AP) - Chrysler is recalling up to 792,300 older Jeep SUVs worldwide because the ignition switches could cause engine stalling.Tuesday's recall covers 2005-2007 Grand Cherokees and 2006-2007 Commanders.Chrysler says it's not sure exactly how many will be recalled. The company says an outside force such as a driver's knee can knock switches out of the "run" position, shutting off the engine. This disables power-assisted steering and braking and the front air bags might not inflate.Engi... More>>

George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles

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A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed - by beetles. More>>

Marion, Va. man charged for alleged forcible rape Video included

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Marion, Va. Police Department officers arrested a man Tuesday, following an investigation into a report of forcible rape. More>>

Children's Advocacy Center golf tournament August 4th

For more information about the golf tournament, please call (423) 279-1222.
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Virginia Governor McAuliffe orders spending on small businesses

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is ordering state agencies to contract more often with small businesses and businesses owned by women minorities. More>>

Kingsport man charged with aggravated burglary

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Johnson City Police Department officers arrested a Kingsport man Sunday on aggravated burglary charges. More>>

Erwin man charged for 2013 auto burglary

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Johnson City Police Department officers arrested an Erwin man Tuesday, following an investigation into an auto burglary on July 4, 2013. More>>

Kingsport police seek man, woman captured on surveillance during burglary

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The Kingsport Police Department needs your help identifying two suspects who robbed a home on Gravely Road in Kingsport. More>>

Palace guards play 'Game of Thrones' theme

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The performance by the uniformed guard of Buckingham Palace gave a regal feel to the opening music of the HBO show about the fictional Westeros.

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Kingsport man arrested after authorities find crack cocaine inside home

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Kingsport Police Department officers arrested a 74-year-old man Monday, after they allegedly found crack cocaine and packaging materials during a search of his home. More>>

Groups want multi-state trails in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia

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Several groups on the Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia borders want to connect the trail systems in the area and create one large trail in an effort to draw more adventure tourism into the area. More>>

Woman charged after kids found living in home with animal feces, no running water Video included

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A Kingsport woman was arrested on multiple charges Monday after Kingsport Police Department officers said she allowed her children to live in a home with animal feces scattered throughout and no running water. More>>

VIDEO: 'Never Stop Dancing', elderly man tosses canes, busts a move

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A charming video that's making the rounds on social media proves we can all dance and enjoy music, regardless of our age. More>>

Russians fed conspiracy theories on Ukraine crash

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An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine's east. A botched mission to commit mass murder against Russian citizens. More>>

Tennessee woman remains missing in Maine

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It's been one year since a Tennessee woman disappeared while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine, and her whereabouts remain a mystery. More>>

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Deeds leads new Virginia Mental Health Panel Video included

a massive review of virginia's mental health system is in the works as lawmakers continue their efforts to make it a model system across the U-s... a new mental health reform panel met for the first time on Monday and elected state senator creigh deeds as its chairman. deeds has made improving the state's mental health system his top priority after his mentailly ill son killed himself last year. senator deeds says it's the panel's mission to recommend and help implement improvements to vir... More>>

California firm issues nationwide fruit recall

A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination. More>>

Poor probationers in debt too deep; penalties pile on Video included

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Area probationers are finding themselves trapped under a pile of debt too deep to dig themselves out of. News Channel 11's Kylie McGivern examines their complaints and questions the oversight of private probation companies.  More>>

Community reacts to Eddie Overholt's arrest at Greene County public meeting Video included

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Friday morning moments after Greene County Mayor Alan Broyles cautioned against public outburst at a Greene County Industrial Development Board Meeting, Eddie Overholt asked board members to speak up. More>>

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  • Police investigate deaths of family of 5 in Maine

    Police investigate deaths of family of 5 in Maine

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:05 AM EDT2014-07-28 06:05:25 GMT
    Neighbors struggled to make sense of the shooting deaths of a family of five in which the father was known to many throughout their apartment complex as a friendly maintenance worker.
    Neighbors struggled to make sense of the shooting deaths of a family of five in which the father was known to many throughout their apartment complex as a friendly maintenance worker.
  • UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

    UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:05 AM EDT2014-07-28 06:05:08 GMT
    The U.N. Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas.
    The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight (0400 GMT) Monday morning.
  • Man dies after lightning strike affects 14

    Man dies after lightning strike affects 14

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:54:28 GMT
    Authorities now say 14 people - including a 15-year-old - have been struck by lightning during rare summer thunderstorms that have swept through Southern California, injuring two critically.
    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.
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  • Update: Storm knocks out power to JCPB, Appalachian Power customers

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

    JCPB crews were working to restore power to nearly 1,000 customers.
    JCPB crews were working to restore power to nearly 1,000 customers.
  • Boone's Creek neighborhood cleaning up after strong storms

    Boone's Creek neighborhood cleaning up after strong storms

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:05:47 GMT
    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. Many of the people who live on the street said they didn’t think the storms were that serious until they heard the winds pick up.“I looked up in the trees and I just saw a lot of leaves like a funnel cloud… I’ve never seen anything like that in my life,” John Walton, a resident of Wiltshire Drive, told us.“As fas...
    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. Many of the people who live on the street said they didn’t think the storms were that serious until they heard the winds pick up.“I looked up in the trees and I just saw a lot of leaves like a funnel cloud… I’ve never seen anything like that in my life,” John Walton, a resident of Wiltshire Drive, told us.“As fas...
  • Kingsport home destroyed in tornado

    Kingsport home destroyed in tornado

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:05:05 GMT
    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.
    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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