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Family gets closure 69 years after WWII soldier disappears Video included

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69 years after their family member was classified as missing in action in France, a family in Mountain City, Tn. will get closure.Private First Class Cecil Harris was 19-years-old when he went to France to fight in World War II.A few months later, he was killed in Dambach, France.For almost 7 decades, his only surviving son wondered what happened to his father.Edwin Harris met his father for the first and only time in the summer of 1944, when he was a newborn."I just knew he liked to hunt lik... More>>

Hearing, press conference scheduled Wed. in Tazewell Co. Pizza Plus Parlor murders

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There are new developments in a 2009 double murder in Tazewell County. A hearing in the case has been scheduled this Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Tazewell County Circuit Court. 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>>

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>>

WJHL Surprise Squad back in action Video included

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News Channel 11's Surprise Squad, led by Sara Diamond and Morgan King, will be hitting the streets once again on Thursday, and we couldn't be more excited! 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

Virginia State Police are investigation a crash in Weber City.  It happened on River Road around 9 p.m.. Virginia State Police are investigation a crash in Weber City. It happened on River Road around 9 p.m..
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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>>

Piney Flats man sentenced to 14 months after postage stamp scheme Video included

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A Piney Flats man was sentenced to 14 months in prison Monday following his arrest for a counterfeit postage scheme. More>>

ETSU football "Kids Camp" set for July 26th

 The ETSU football program will host the Carl Torbush/ETSU Football Kids Camp presented by Chick-Fil-A at Johnson City Crossings for children entering 4th grade to those entering 8th grade on Saturday, July 26th inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
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Inmate dead after fight at Northeast Correctional Complex; name released Video included

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 The name of a Northeast Correctional Complex inmate who died this weekend after a fight between several inmates at the prison has been released. More>>

Hot Pursuit 5K & 2Mile Walk to benefit Sullivan County Sheriff's K-9 unit

Money raised from the event will go to Sullivan County's K9 Unit to purchase additional training equipment as well as materials needed to make improvements to their K9 agility course. More>>

Church Hill man charged after cutting electrical wires inside home being renovated

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A Church Hill man was arrested Friday on burglary and vandalism charges after he was seen leaving a home being renovated on Ramey Town Road. More>>

Out of the Box Bash benefit for Christmas Box program

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Local bakers are encouraged to enter their best desserts for this special event. Attendees will bid on their favorite dessert, and awards will be given to the baker raising the most funds. More>>

Progress being made on The Tweetsie Trail; run/walk set for Aug. 30

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Construction on a local trail aimed at public walking, hiking, running, biking and other types of recreation has made strides toward completion. More>>

Firefighters find $48,000 worth of marijuana while fighting fire in Hawkins Co. Video included

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The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office arrested three people after firefighters said they found an elaborate marijuana growing operation while they were trying to put out a fire.  More>>

Kitty conundrum: Cats overrun Greeneville trailer park

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A Greeneville woman claims her neighborhood has been taken over by cats and the city won't do anything about it. Greeneville resident Barbara Fox told News Channel 11 the cats belong to her neighbor and while the majority of the cats are inside of the house.  More>>

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

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. For the first time everyone of the nearly 1200 Tennessee High School students are now required to read a novel during the summer and complete a summer reading assignment. "we ask them to do more and they do more." Each grade level is assigned a specific novel"Kelly Vance picked the... More>>

$530 million spent at Tenn. national parks in 2013

A report shows more than 8 million people visited Tennessee's national parks last year, spending $530 million in the process. More>>

Christmas in July craft fair in Jonesborough

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It was Christmas in July Sunday at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.Members of the Jonesborough senior center had booths set up to display and sell homemade jewelry, decorations, quilts, and other crafts.The senior center members said they want to pass on the art of crafting. "It brings back a lot of happy memories for people to see some of the pieces that grandma had, or that their mom had. And it makes me feel good, gives me a burst of happiness to give them a burst of happiness," one craft... More>>

RAM clinic provides an estimated two million dollars in free health care this weekend Video included

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After three days of rain and more than 2,500 patients passing through, the Remote Area Medical (RAM) volunteers packed up their free health care clinic in Wise Sunday. Coordinators estimate more than 2 million dollars in free care was provided this weekend.RAM and the Southwest Virginia based Heath Wagon organization provide free medical, dental, and vision treatment each year at an annual clinic for those who are uninsured and under insured."Far too many this is the only access they have to ... More>>

People protest immigration in Johnson City Video included

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A group of protesters in Johnson City were part of about 300 protests nationwide Saturday.A group of people protested at the Princeton Road Overpass at Interstate 26 in Johnson City to speak out about immigration.Protester's told News Channel 11 they feel strongly that the U.S. needs to secure its border with Mexico."It's foolish for people to think that it's only children coming across the border, that's my main concern. We have gang members coming, we have human traffickers coming, we have ... More>>

Your Weekly Constitutional: The Chief Justice Video included

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The Chief Justice. Gary Wade, the Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, tells us all about his fascinating job as the highest elected judicial officer in the state, and how he got there. It all started in his hometown of Sevierville, where he went to high school with another famous Tennessean you may know, Dolly Parton.Catch 'Your Weekly Constitutional' with Stewart Harris on WETS-FM, 89.5, Sundays at 3pm and Tuesdays at 8pm.Copyright 2014 WJHL. All rights reserved. More>>

Go Green With Your Clean Video included

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Many parents today are concerned about the amount of chemicals that come into their house and come in contact with their children. Although the store bought cleaners are effective at getting rid of dirt, dust and mildew they can sometimes cause problems. Eczema, airway irritation, eye irritation, and allergic reactions are all possibilities from contact with chemicals from household cleaners.For a healthier way to clean look for products with labels that say:GreenNontoxicBiodegradablePetroleu... More>>

Charges pending after fatal crash in Kingsport Video included

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Charges are pending after a fatal accident in Kingsport. More>>

Fallen tree causes power outage for hundreds of JCPB customers

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The Johnson City Power Board is working to restore power for hundreds of customers after a tree fell across the lines. The outage is along Oakland near the Rotary Park area and Girl Scout Center.According to JCPB, the tree caused significant damage to seven spans of wire. As of 4 p.m. Saturday, JCPB said it will be several hours before all power is restored.To report any outages call 423.282.5272Copyright WJHL 2014. All rights reserved. More>>

Annual bowling tournament for people with disabilities Video included

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Saturday dozens of kids and adults with disabilities made their way to Warpath Bowling Lanes in Kingsport to bowl for free.Every year for the last 30 years on the last week of Fun Fest Warparth Bowling Lanes hosts a free tournament for kids and adults with physical and mental disabilities. The co-owner of the bowling alley Beverley Lane said the purpose is for the kids to have a day of fun out with their families.“These kids, they can beat me. Most of them it doesn't matter whether they've go... More>>

Family of teen killed on jet ski overwhelmed with community support Video included

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Saturday friends of Bailey Stout, the 14-year-old girl killed in a jet ski accident last week, came together to raise money for the family.On July 11th Stout was killed when the jet ski she was riding with her mother was hit from behind by a jet ski driven by her father."You beat yourself to death for your child to be dead in your arms and you are hollering for help,” Nikki Hulse, Bailey’s mom said. “There’s not enough words to express if it wasn’t for the community and the people we would ha... More>>

Fit Tips: Mobility Video included

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On today's fit tips, we're working mobility. Rob and Sara demonstrate the importance of stretching out your hips and you only need a wall to do it.Copyright 2014 WJHL. All rights reserved. More>>

Medical Watch: Healthy Summer Eating Video included

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Summer is an easy time to eat healthy or fall off the wagon. Lets talk about a few tips that will set you up for success instead of tripping you up.1) Beware of large picnic plates and eating straight from containers2) Utilize the fresh produce of summer from your yard or local farmers market and make vegetarian meals at least twice a week3) use fresh fruit AND veggies to make smoothies for the whole family4) Drink half your weight in water (oz) every day (unless on fluid restriction by your ... More>>

Charges pending against Rogersville man who fell off cliff during Walmart theft getaway

Kingsport Police say Darrell Helton will face criminal charges after stealing from Walmart. Kingsport Police say Darrell Helton will face criminal charges after stealing from Walmart.
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Kingsport Police say a man who stole from a local Walmart and fell off a cliff during his getaway will soon face criminal charges.  More>>

Some people in Carter County questioning new middles school

The Carter County Commission will adopt a budget on Monday.That budget includes funding for a proposed school in the Stoney Creek area.The proposed school is proposed to cost 16 million dollars and would hold a little over 600 students from 5th through 8th grade from Keeneburg, Hunter and Unaka elementary schools.The proposed budget includes giving 850,000 dollars to the school system for the new middle school.The county already spent 200,000 dollars to close on property along Highway 91 inte... More>>

UPDATE: Two escorted out of U.S. Nitrogen pipeline meeting

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Two people were escorted out of a public meeting Friday morning at the light and power building.The Greene County Industrial Development Board met Friday to vote on whether or not to reapply for TDOT permits.The permits would give U.S. Nitrogen access to state right of ways needed to build a miles long pipeline from the Nolichucky River to the company’s plant.Activists and those living along the river crowded the light and power board room hoping to express these concerns.Greene County Mayor ... More>>

Two ousted from U.S. Nitrogen pipeline meeting Video included

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A public meeting in Greene County ended in a shouting match and two people being escorted from the light and power building Friday morning. More>>

PHOTOS: Rockin’ the 80s, send your pics!

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News Channel 11 now has more than 80,000 Facebook fans! We are celebrating the milestone by reminiscing about the 80s.  More>>

Governor McAuliffe stresses importance of closing coverage gap at RAM event

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Hundreds of volunteers made their way to Wise County to disperse free health care to those in need this weekend.Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps along with Southwest Virginia based Healthwagon have teamed up to provide free medical, dental, and vision treatment to those who are uninsured and under insured.Governor Terry McAuliffe toured the event Friday, and said it draws attention to the healthcare gap and need for Medicaid expansion.Thousands of people will be treated this weekend, hundr... More>>

Carter Co. 911 moves into a new home Video included

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A new era for Carter Co.'s 9-11 started this week, on Wednesday the system opened up their new building and at 10 am the new system went live in a new building at 529 S. Sycamore St.  More>>

Early voting brings out large crowds in Carter Co. Video included

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Early voting began today across Tennessee and that brought out large crowds in Elizabethton where the ballot in Carter Co. has 13 pages including four write-in campaigns.  More>>

Former bus driver pleads guilty in 2012 Washington County bus crash Video included

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The woman accused of injuring 26 Washington County students in a 2012 bus crash pleaded guilty to eight counts of aggravated assault by reckless action, one count of reckless endangerment, and one count of speeding Friday morning in Washington County Criminal Court. 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>>

KPD warns of counterfeit currency circulating through area Video included

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The Kingsport Police Department has reportedly received numerous counterfeit bills found throughout the area and they are asking residents, businesses and financial institutions to be aware of the activity. More>>

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State is asking for help and input in it's health plan Video included

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The Tennessee Department of Health is asking for your input on the state's health plan.. More>>

Kia recalls nearly 52,000 Souls to fix steering

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Kia is recalling nearly 52,000 Soul small SUVs to fix a problem that can cause steering failure. More>>

SCSO searching for alleged burglars of Bloomingdale home Video included

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Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office deputies are currently searching for two men they say broke into home in the Bloomingdale area of Kingsport Monday. More>>

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RAM clinic runs from Friday until Sunday at the Wise County Fairgrounds Video included

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The Remote Area Medical Clinic begins Friday 7/18 and runs until Sunday 7/20 at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Wise County, Virginia. Hundreds of volunteers will give people free dental, health, and eye exams during the clinic. More>>

Family of attacked horse sets up reward fund for information Video included

A Jonesborough family wants to know who came onto their property and slashed one of their horses with a box cutter. A Jonesborough family wants to know who came onto their property and slashed one of their horses with a box cutter.
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A Jonesborough family has set up a reward fund after they say someone took a box cutter and slashed the leg of one of their horses.   More>>

How far will you go to destroy personal data on your old phone? Video included

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How far will you go to destroy personal information on your cell phone? And does it go away after being destroyed? News Channel 11’s Sara Diamond is taking destruction to the extreme, as she explores Smartphone Security.  More>>

No decision made about Washington County, Va. fracking ordinance Video included

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The Washington County, Virginia Board of Supervisors gathered Thursday night to talk about a proposed ordinance that’s been under discussion for months.That ordinance would establish permitting and location standards for the controversial practice of “fracking.”That’s the term used for extracting gas and oil from the ground using water, sand, and/or chemicals at high pressures underground.The last time the Board of Supervisors met to discuss the fracking ordinance, they heard from people for ... More>>

J.C. Commissioners approve SHHS field house contract

Johnson City Commissioners approved a contract Thursday night that will clear the way for a new field house to be built at Kermit Tipton Stadium.Commissioners voted unanimously contract documents from the J.E. Green Company for the new field house.Johnson City Mayor, Ralph Van Brocklin, said construction on the field house could begin in as soon as a month. More>>

Writes-ins, long ballots could cause back up at Carter County polls

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 Election day across Tennessee is August 7th, but early voting begins Friday, July 18.  For Carter County, counting all the votes may go past August 7th. That's because of all the write-in campaigns waging in the county-wide election. More>>

Carriger outspending Hill in 7th District TN House race

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News Channel 11 pulled campaign finance records and learned the two candidates for 7th District state representative are out-spending every other state candidate in Northeast Tennessee.Matthew Hill is trying to keep the job representing Washington County in the Tennessee General Assembly, a job he's held for the past 10 years.  He faces a serious challenge from fellow Republican Phil Carriger. More>>

Center applying to provide methadone faces zoning hurdles Video included

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"Thrill hill" resident says speeding must stop

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A street nicknamed "thrill hill" by residents is causing some people in the Telford community to demand more police patrols.The street, Nofattie Road located in Telford, Tennessee got its nickname from its steep hills and winding pavement.Telford resident Kyle Greenwell told News Channel 11 with houses so close to the road and cars driving way over the speed limit, there's a disaster waiting to happen."Speed limits 30 miles an hour we have cars that in excess of 90 miles an hour," said Greenw... More>>

A year after flooding in Bloomingdale; repairs still needed Video included

It's hard to believe, today marks the one year anniversary of the flood that destroyed dozens of Kingsport downtown businesses and homes. And even though its been 12 months, several families are still trying to rebuild. Last year, raging water swept through the Bloomingdale community damaging and destroying homes. After the flood The Tennessee Housing Development Agency announced it would give Sullivan County $100,000 as part of a rebuild and recover grant.The First Tennessee Development Dist... More>>

Rogersville man charged for allegedly growing marijuana in home

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Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Rogersville man on marijuana charges following a tip that he was growing the marijuana in an outbuilding on his property. More>>

Johnson City Senior Center Foundation to hold community yard sale

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The Johnson City Senior Center Foundation will hold a community yard sale from 7 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Aug. 2.  More>>

Hawkins Co. Sheriff's deputies search for auto repair shop thief Video included

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Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies are currently searching for a man who reportedly took tools and electronic equipment from a repair auto shop in Mooresburg, Tennessee on Monday. More>>

Lakeside Concert Series welcomes Lightnin’ Charlie and the Upsetters

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On Thursday (July 17) Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series will showcase the talents of a fan favorite known locally, nationally and internationally for his charisma and dynamic stage show.  Lightnin’ Charlie has been entertaining crowds with his virtual encyclopedia of classic American music styles for four decades. More>>

Chilhowie, Va. teen turns himself in for April vehicular homicide Video included

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A Chilhowie, Va. teen was arrested Wednesday, following an investigation into a vehicular homicide back in April. More>>

Volunteers still needed for the 22nd annual South Holston Lake Cleanup

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The 22nd annual South Holston Lake and River Cleanup is just around the corner and volunteers are still needed. More>>

Community reacts to baby death investigation in Russell County Video included

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Investigators said Lawson killed her newborn child on June 27th in Castlewood. How and why, they won't say.  More>>

SCAM BUSTERS: Greeneville woman uses mother's disability check to pay for loan, loses hundreds Video included

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It was the perfect solution for one Greeneville family. They said it was a quick and easy fix to pay some bills, but now they say it is more of a hassle than help after loosing more than $800 to a person they thought would provide a helping hand. More>>

Four people arrested on meth charges after lab found in Unicoi motel Video included

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Four people were arrested by Unicoi County Sheriff's Office deputies Wednesday night after a meth lab was found at the Budget Inn Motel. More>>

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Rep. Phil Roe talks about Republicans suing President Obama Video included

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 A Johnson City Congressman is joining House Speaker John Boehner's fight to hold President Barack Obama accountable for what they care calling a clear disregard for the Constitution of the United States of America.     More>>

Johnson City holding 43rd Citizens Police Academy

Deadline for registration is August 18, 2014. Applications must be returned by that date for processing.
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THP investigating fatal accident involving motorcycle in Greene County

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating an accident in Mosheim that claimed a man's life. More>>

Meth lab components discovered inside Budget Inn room in Unicoi County Video included

Unicoi County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Budget Inn located on golf Course Road Wednesday night to investigate a suspicious smell and some trash that had been recently dumped.Investigators soon discovered meth making materials in the trash in addition to one of the rooms.Unicoi County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy, Frank Rogers, said at least one person would face meth related charges and an ongoing investigation could yield more arrests. More>>

"The Taste" brings international flavor to Fun Fest

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Formerly the Taste of the Tri-Cities, a popular attraction at Kinsgport’s Fun Fest now has a new name.Now just the Taste, the new name comes after Fun Fest organizers made some changes, inviting vendors from outside the Tri-Cities.“We wanted to broaden our horizons and look past the Tri-Cities, so we have international food, we’re featuring some Greek food, Nicaraguan food, Japanese,” said Lucy Fleming, Fun Fest Director.Fleming said while the festival is staying true to its loyal local vendo... More>>

Gillespie brings Virginia Senate campaign to Bristol Video included

Gillespie walked State Street, made a stop at the soon-to-open Birthplace of Country Music Museum and met with voters at a local restaurant.  Gillespie walked State Street, made a stop at the soon-to-open Birthplace of Country Music Museum and met with voters at a local restaurant.
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The man who hopes to defeat United States Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) campaigned in Southwest Virginia Wednesday night.Ed Gillespie hopes increasing frustration with incumbents in Washington will hand him a victory in November. More>>

Camp Take-A-Stand provides anti-bullying training for local students Video included

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A local law enforcement agency is educating students on a growing problem in our country. They're teaching kids how to combat bullying by taking a stand. The National Education Association says each day in this country, 160,000 students miss a school day because of bullying. More>>

Voters may have to wait until 2016 for special election in key Johnson City position Video included

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Voters get to head to the polls as early as Friday in Washington County, Tennessee, for the upcoming August election and there will be plenty of seats up for grabs, but the position of Johnson City Juvenile Court Clerk will not be one of them. Instead, voters may have to wait until August 2016 to have their say in that race.  More>>

“Puttin’ on the Britts”, Summer Concert Series finale

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The Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to the final performance of the “Puttin’ on the Britts”, Summer Concert Series, Tuesday, July 29, from 7pm – 9pm at Britt’s Park, Allegheny Avenue in Downtown Richlands. The featured group is Music Memories Band. Sponsored by Community Home Care Services.Music Memories band is made up of Earl Humphrey (founder), Danny Tittle, Ron Ealey, and Roger Vandyke.Music Memories plays a variety of music primarily Oldies rock, classic country and new co... More>>

One year later: Kingsport business owners recover from floods Video included

It was nearly one year ago, when Market Street in Downtown Kingsport was ravaged by flood waters. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage was dealt to dozens of business owners' store fronts. 65 businesses felt mother nature's wrath on July 17th of last year. Many of them, lost everything from inventory to infrastructure. "There is still a little bit of residue where that water line was on the inside," said Jo-Rita Clayton, who owns Gazebo Party Shop in Downtown Kingsport.Now, she enjoys a... More>>

ETSU behavioral health clinic now accepting TennCare programs

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The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with some evening appointments.  It is located on the ETSU campus, and free parking for patrons is available.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 423-439-7777.
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City of Johnson City citizen reporting software now available

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Citizens may sign up for 311GIS at 311GIS.com and may download the app from the iTunes or Android Play Store.
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Fun Fest's The Taste opens today in Memorial Park Video included

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Formerly known as The Taste of Tri-Cities, this year’s The Taste opens today in Memorial Park for Kingsport’s Fun Fest. More>>

Man arrested after reportedly firing gun in downtown JC Video included

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A 911 caller reported two men were checking door handles, looking for unlocked vehicles. The caller also reported the men left the Jobe St. parking lot in a red SUV and a gunshot was fired from the vehicle as they left.  More>>

Sullivan Co. Sheriff's Office's Camp Take-A-Stand held this week

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The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office kicked off their three-day summer camp Tuesday, which targets the issue of bullying. More>>

Lockdown at Northeast Correctional Complex lifted Video included

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A Northeast Correctional Complex official confirmed Wednesday that the facility lockdown has been lifted. More>>

Attacker slashes horse with box cutter in Jonesborough Video included

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A Jonesborough family wants to know who came onto their property and slashed one of their horses with a box cutter.According to a report filed with the Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office, it happened between 8 p.m. Monday July 14th and 8 a.m Tuesday July 15th at a far on Frank Lowe Road.   More>>

ETSU forms two new academic departments after Mass Comm. Program loses accreditation

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The Mass Communication Department at East Tennessee State University has created two new Departments after losing its accreditation. More>>

Council looks at changing laws on tethering animals in Bristol, Tenn. Video included

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The rules may soon be changing for dog owners in Bristol, Tennessee. More>>

Falling between the cracks: chronic pain patients Video included

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

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

    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."
    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."
  • WJHL Surprise Squad back in action

    WJHL Surprise Squad back in action

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:30:25 GMT
    Where will we be? We won't tell! It's a SURPRISE!Where will we be? We won't tell! It's a SURPRISE!
    News Channel 11's Surprise Squad, led by Sara Diamond and Morgan King, will be hitting the streets once again on Thursday, and we couldn't be more excited!
    News Channel 11's Surprise Squad, led by Sara Diamond and Morgan King, will be hitting the streets once again on Thursday, and we couldn't be more excited!
  • Poor probationers in debt too deep; penalties pile on

    Poor probationers in debt too deep; penalties pile on

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:13 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:13:36 GMT
    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. 
    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. 
  • Monday's Most WantedMonday's Most WantedMore>>

  • July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:06:33 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."
  • Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

    Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:20:49 GMT
    Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, a Gaza police official said, as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state...
    A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on all flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot...
  • Family gets closure 69 years after WWII soldier disappears

    Family gets closure 69 years after WWII soldier disappears

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:01:34 GMT
    69 years after their family member was classified as missing in action in France, a family in Mountain City, Tn. will get closure.Private First Class Cecil Harris was 19-years-old when he went to France to fight in World War II.A few months later, he was killed in Dambach, France.For almost 7 decades, his only surviving son wondered what happened to his father.Edwin Harris met his father for the first and only time in the summer of 1944, when he was a newborn."I just knew he liked to hunt lik...
    69 years after their family member was classified as missing in action in France, a family in Mountain City, Tn. will get closure.Private First Class Cecil Harris was 19-years-old when he went to France to fight in World War II.A few months later, he was killed in Dambach, France.For almost 7 decades, his only surviving son wondered what happened to his father.Edwin Harris met his father for the first and only time in the summer of 1944, when he was a newborn."I just knew he liked to hunt lik...
  • Massive sinkhole forms in FL neighborhood

    Massive sinkhole forms in FL neighborhood

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:46:11 GMT
     A massive sinkhole opened up Saturday night in Spring Hill, FL - north of Tampa.No one was injured but several homes were evacuated.
     A massive sinkhole opened up Saturday night in Spring Hill, FL - north of Tampa.No one was injured but several homes were evacuated.
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