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Local businesses left with a high price tag of damages after storm

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Monday cleanup began for families and some local businesses that were destroyed or damaged in Sunday night's storm.Many of you sent in pictures and videos of storm damage near you. The hardest hit seemed to be homes and residential areas, but we did receive one report of damage to a business in Gray at the Station Square.Businesses there include Anytime Fitness, and there was also damage next door at the Miner's Exchange Bank.The property owner David Psimer told us the entire roof has to be r... More>>

VIDEO: Aerial shots of storm damage in Sullivan, Washington County Video included

Aerial view of  area storm damage (Source: Ted Overbay via Twitter) Aerial view of area storm damage (Source: Ted Overbay via Twitter)
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News Channel 11 was in the skies Monday with Wings Air Rescue accessing the damage in Sullivan and Washington counties after Sunday evening's tornado outbreak. Many of you contributed to our news coverage by being our reporters in the field. More>>

July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

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The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee. 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>>

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

Storm damage on home in Rock Springs Road (Source: Mark Hagy) Storm damage on home in Rock Springs Road (Source: Mark Hagy)
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Preliminary damage assessments could be ready by Tuesday morning. More>>

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>>

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>>

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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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>>

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>>

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>>

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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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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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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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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>>

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>>

$1 million lawsuit filed against private probation company Video included

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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>>

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>>

"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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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

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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>>

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>>

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>>

Children's Advocacy Center golf tournament August 4th

For more information about the golf tournament, please call (423) 279-1222.
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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>>

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>>

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>>

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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>>

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>>

Woman faces charges after crashing car with four passengers inside

A woman is facing charges of reckless driving after crashing her car Monday night in Weber, Virginia. More>>

Carter County Commissioners raise property tax rate

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Property owners in Carter County will soon be paying more in property taxes.The County Commission voted to increase the county's property tax rate today, part of the reason, to help fund the design phase of a proposed new school.The property tax rate in Carter County had been $2.33 per one hundred dollars of assessed value.The County Commission increased that rate by 12-cents to $2.45 per one hundred.However, not everyone on the County Commission is happy about raising taxes, to help fund des... More>>

Election officials confident Kingsport can vote on wine in grocery stores

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Sullivan County Election Officials tell News Channel 11 it's likely Kingsport residents will soon be able to decide whether they want to buy wine with their groceries. More>>

Arch Coal idles mine complex in Virginia and Kentucky Video included

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Arch Coal says it is idling the Cumberland River Coal Company complex in Wise County, Virginia, and Letcher County, Kentucky. More>>

Car crash under investigation in Weber City, VA

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Virginia State Police are investigation a crash in Weber City.It happened on River Road around 9 p.m..An officer on scene said it appeared that a car hit a rock and lost control.Five people were in the car, and at least one person was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.This is a developing story. More>>

Army veteran awarded Medal of Honor for valor during Afghanistan battle

Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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President Barack Obama is bestowing the Medal of Honor on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.  More>>

Murder trial canceled, plea deadline set in Gergish, Hunter case

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A plea deadline has been set for three men accused in a 2013 murder case.Monday was supposed to be the start of a four-day long murder trial for Joshua Gergish, Chavez Hunter and Marcus Gergish.They are accused in the shooting death of Timothy Peregoy Senior, who was found outside a Nathaniel Drive apartment complex in April 2013. The trial was cancelled late last week and now a plea deadline in the case has been set for September eighth.Copyright 2104 WJHL. All Rights Reserved. More>>

Testimonies heard in Ballard murder case Video included

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Monday witnesses gave their testimonies in the case of Moses "Lucky" Ballard Junior who is charged with second-degree murder of Michael "Tito" Rowe.Ballard is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in this case.Investigators said a fight on July fourth between Rowe and Ballard erupted in gunfire on Myrtle Avenue in Johnson City.Ballard appeared in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.Two women who were there the night of the shooting testified."We got in to a little ... More>>

Summer Food Program distribution and Back to School Picnic plans Video included

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Good Samaritan Ministries held its final of three food box distributions for its Summer Food Program today,handing out boxes of canned food, frozen food, breakfast items as well as toiletries and detergent to around 200 families that had pre-registered for the program. More>>

JCPD arrest man on attempted murder, kidnapping charges Video included

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Johnson City Police Department officers arrested a man Sunday after he allegedly assaulted a woman and threatened to kill her. More>>

Bristol, Va. police investigating burglary of VapeAloud

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Bristol Virginia Police Department officers are currently investigating a burglary of a business on Lee Highway. More>>

Tennessee Tax-free holiday set for August 1-3

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During this weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost less than $100 per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less. More>>

Fun Fest 2014 activity, entertainment guide Video included

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Tri-Cities residents will have plenty to do for the next few days, as Kingsport kicks off its 34th annual Fun Fest. More>>

Carl Torbush adds Erik Losey to ETSU football coaching staff

Erik Losey, a Hixson, TN native, played at ETSU in 2002 and 2003 and has spent the last seven seasons in the college ranks. During the 2013 season, he served as an assistant coach at Alcom State. Erik Losey, a Hixson, TN native, played at ETSU in 2002 and 2003 and has spent the last seven seasons in the college ranks. During the 2013 season, he served as an assistant coach at Alcom State.
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ETSU head coach Carl Torbush says former Buccaneers offensive lineman Erik Losey has joined the team’s coaching staff. He says Losey is a strong addition to the reinstated program.  More>>

MOST WANTED: Credit and debit card "skimmers" stealing ID's in the Tri-Cities Video included

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 According to the Federal Trade Commission, "Scammers use cameras, keypad overlays, and skimming devices - like a realistic-looking card reader placed over the factory-installed card reader on an ATM or gas pump - to capture the information from your card's magnetic strip without your knowledge and get your PIN." More>>

May Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

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The following are mugshots of individuals arrested in May by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.

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The face behind Bella's Law: Opiate Addiction Treatment Act of 2015 Video included

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Too old to drive: What do statistics in the Tri-Cities show? Video included

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Some people say that the older you are, the more of a concern it is to get behind the wheel."Our vision is not as good, our reflexes are not as fast, our hearing sometimes goes," says Glenna Herron, 71 years old.  More>>

44th annual Jonesborough Days under way Video included

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The sound of the kids' train rolling along Main Street, can only mean one thing - Jonesborough Days are here. It has become an annual Fourth of July tradition for many in our region. More>>

Kingsport man electrocuted at McMinn County farm

A Kingsport man died early Wednesday morning when he was electrocuted on a McMinn County farm. More>>

DCH Foundation Freedom 5K Run/3K Walk set for July 4 in Clintwood

There’s something for the whole family at the inaugural DCH Foundation Freedom 5K Run/3K Walk and Kids, Fun Run, to be held July 4 starting at 8 a.m.  More>>

ETSU athletics officially returns to Southern Conference Video included

The Buccaneers are back home. After spending the past nine seasons as members of the Atlantic Sun Conference, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics officially rejoined the Southern Conference. More>>

Dump truck, flatbed truck crash injures two; 11E westbound reopened Video included

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Washington County emergency communications dispatchers confirmed a crash has occurred between a dump truck and a large flatbed truck at the intersection of Sand Valley Road and Highway 11E in Jonesborough. More>>

Kimberly Perry, of The Band Perry, marries MLB star JP Arencibia Video included

 Kimberly Perry, the lead singer of The Band Perry tied the knot in her hometown. Kimberly Perry, the lead singer of The Band Perry tied the knot in her hometown.
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Greeneville is abuzz with excitement and News Channel 11 has a clue as to why. Kimberly Perry, the lead singer of The Band Perry has tied the knot.  More>>

Share your Blue Plum photos with us! Just post them on our Facebook wall, send them to pix@wjhl.com or post them on Intagram or Twitter using the hashtag #PlumGoodTime.  More>>

Washington County election results are official; Ford still undecided about recount Video included

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The Washington County Election Commission certified the results for the May Republican primary Thursday. The candidate for Sheriff, Craig Ford, is still undecided on whether he’ll request a recount. More>>

Private school move presents zoning issues in Bristol, Va.

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A private school in Bristol is looking to expand and relocate in the city but with the school's desired new location comes a few road blocks. More>>

Do you have a photo of you and your mom? Please share them with us. We'd like to include them in our online photo gallery. Just send your photos to pix@wjhl.com, post them on our Facebook wall, or tweet them to @wjhl11. More>>

ETSU Alum Dr. Joe Moore hired to revive Buccaneer marching band program Video included

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The sounds of a marching band will soon be heard on the campus of ETSU once again. More>>

Problem properties: Who are the lazy landlords and trouble tenants? Video included

Our Community Watchdog review of all code violations in the region's three major cities dating back to 2013 reveals those answers in this special report. Our Community Watchdog review of all code violations in the region's three major cities dating back to 2013 reveals those answers in this special report.
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Our Community Watchdog review of all code violations in the region's three major cities dating back to 2013 reveals those answers in this special report.  More>>

3-year-old in state custody, no charges filed after "one-pot" meth labs found

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Neighbors are still in shock after investigators found several "one-pot" meth labs at a home in Scott County. More>>

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  • July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:21:09 GMT
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
  • June Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    June Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    Thursday, July 10 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-07-10 21:30:26 GMT
    Gregory A. DarnellGregory A. Darnell
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in June by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in June by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.

  • MOST WANTED: Credit and debit card "skimmers" stealing ID's in the Tri-Cities

    MOST WANTED: Credit and debit card "skimmers" stealing ID's in the Tri-Cities

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-07-09 15:50:32 GMT
     According to the Federal Trade Commission, "Scammers use cameras, keypad overlays, and skimming devices - like a realistic-looking card reader placed over the factory-installed card reader on an ATM or gas pump - to capture the information from your card's magnetic strip without your knowledge and get your PIN."
     According to the Federal Trade Commission, "Scammers use cameras, keypad overlays, and skimming devices - like a realistic-looking card reader placed over the factory-installed card reader on an ATM or gas pump - to capture the information from your card's magnetic strip without your knowledge and get your PIN."
  • Local businesses left with a high price tag of damages after storm

    Local businesses left with a high price tag of damages after storm

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:11:59 GMT
    Monday cleanup began for families and some local businesses that were destroyed or damaged in Sunday night's storm.Many of you sent in pictures and videos of storm damage near you. The hardest hit seemed to be homes and residential areas, but we did receive one report of damage to a business in Gray at the Station Square.Businesses there include Anytime Fitness, and there was also damage next door at the Miner's Exchange Bank.The property owner David Psimer told us the entire roof has to be r...
    Monday cleanup began for families and some local businesses that were destroyed or damaged in Sunday night's storm.Many of you sent in pictures and videos of storm damage near you. The hardest hit seemed to be homes and residential areas, but we did receive one report of damage to a business in Gray at the Station Square.Businesses there include Anytime Fitness, and there was also damage next door at the Miner's Exchange Bank.The property owner David Psimer told us the entire roof has to be r...
  • Partly cloudy and mild

    Storm Team 11 Weather: Breezy & Cooler Today

    Storm Team 11 Weather: Breezy & Cooler Today

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:59:11 GMT

    Partly cloudy and mild Tuesday

    Partly cloudy and mild

  • VIDEO: Aerial shots of storm damage in Sullivan, Washington County

    VIDEO: Aerial shots of storm damage in Sullivan, Washington County

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:54:17 GMT
    Aerial view of  area storm damage (Source: Ted Overbay via Twitter) Aerial view of area storm damage (Source: Ted Overbay via Twitter)
    News Channel 11 was in the skies Monday with Wings Air Rescue accessing the damage in Sullivan and Washington counties after Sunday evening's tornado outbreak. Many of you contributed to our news coverage by being our reporters in the field.
    News Channel 11 was in the skies Monday with Wings Air Rescue accessing the damage in Sullivan and Washington counties after Sunday evening's tornado outbreak. Many of you contributed to our news coverage by being our reporters in the field.
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