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  • Kingsport Police Make Crack Trafficking Arrest October 24, 2014 kingsport-crack KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – The Kingsport Police Department’s Vice Unit, along with tactical support from the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team, arrested 2 people after executing a search warrant  into crack cocaine trafficking. According to a Kingsport Police Department media release: On October 23, 2014 at approximately 9:45 PM, Detectives from the Kingsport Police Department’s Vice Unit, with tactical support from the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team, executed a search warrant at a residence located at 3413 Stafford Street in Kingsport. The execution of this warrant came as a result of a lengthy investigation into crack cocaine trafficking in the City ... Read more
  • Common Core Meeting Held in Bristol October 23, 2014 common-core-featured-image BRISTOL, Tenn. (WKPT) – Patty Kinkead pulled her 9-year-old son, Elliot, out of public school 3 weeks ago. “Because Common Core’s being used in the schools, we’ve pulled our son out, and now he’s homeschooled,” says Kinkead. She tells me she’s afraid the Common Core curriculum is going too far. “There’s no school books. They do a lot on the computer at school. You didn’t get to see graded papers, you just had to go log on to see papers that are test scores and the grades they made. And there’s a lot of testing,” says Kinkead. The Common Core has been progressively implemented ... Read more
  • One Person Identified in Kingsport Purse Theft October 23, 2014 Patricia A. GrahamKINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – Kingsport Police have identified one of two suspects in relation to a stolen purse. According to a Kingsport Police Department media release:  On October 4, 2014 at approximately 11:00 PM a lady’s purse was stolen while she was dancing at the Eagles Club, located at 926 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. Surveillance video captured two suspects, one a white male and the other a white female, entering the building and later exiting the building with the purse. The purse was recovered at a local fast food restaurant the following day, but the victim’s credit cards had been removed ... Read more
  • Weekend Traffic Delays Expected in Kingsport October 23, 2014 AP08051503089KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – Motorist should expect traffic delays this weekend due to the Haunted Half Marathon and Halloween Party. Activities connected to the event will take place throughout Saturday from 2 pm until midnight. Around 3 pm, sections of Clinchfield Street, Market Street, Main Street, Sullivan Street, Wilcox Drive, Indurstry Drive, Arch Street, and Roller Street will be closed for 3 hours. The Halloween Party will take place at the Farmers Market from 7 pm until midnight. Area motorists should seek alternate routes to avoid congestion and delays. Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT Staff | E-mail Image Credit: AP Graphics Read more
  • Community Planning Day in Kingsport October 23, 2014 Kingsport logoKINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – Today is Community Planning Day for the city of Kingsport. The day will begin with a ribbon cutting at the new Parkley at Broad and Market Streets at 9 am. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin their presentation at 9:30 am. A walking tour at 10:45 am will showcase different parts of Kingsport, among other events throughout the day. The Planning Day was designed to recognize the history and current positive impact of urban planning in Kingsport. Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT Staff | E-mail Read more
  • Church Hill Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison October 23, 2014 joshua colt looneyCHURCH HILL, Tenn. (WKPT) – A Church Hill man affiliated with the Klu Klux Klan who was accused in federal indictments with his father of making and possessing pipe bombs, a “claymore” mine, and a silencer, will spend 46 months in prison as part of a plea agreement. According to Kingsport Times News, Joshua Colt Looney agreed last week to plead guilty to one count of “knowingly making destructive devices. He will also serve 3 years probation. Looney was facing a maximum of 10 years in prison This past February, Looney and his father, Brian Keith Looney, were named as co-defendants in an ... Read more
  • Eastman’s Commitment to Growth October 23, 2014 eastman-expansion-featured-image KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – It’s been just about a year since the groundbreaking of Eastman’s newest addition to the Kingsport community. A 290 thousand square feet building designed for business strategies and practices. It’s part of Project Inspire, and is expected to bring 300 new jobs to the area. “There’s a lot of things going on to make this a more growth-oriented region,” says Mark Costa, Chairman and CEO of Eastman. Project Inspire focuses on investments in growth, modernization, safety and environment, and … it’s monumental. “This recommitment to the northeast region to continue investing and growing in this area and our plants and our ... Read more
  • Search for Armed Robbery Suspects October 22, 2014 BRISTOL, Tenn. (WKPT) – Around 8 p.m. Wednesday Bristol, Tenn., police received a report about an armed robbery in the parking lot behind 620 State Street. Police say the victim told them two males approached him, pulled out a gun and tried to rob the victim, who was able to get away by running inside the building. The two men left the area and were last seen on Shelby Street near 7th Street. Police say the robbery remains under investigation and anyone with any information is asked to call Bristol police at 423-989-5568 or send an email to tips@bristoltn.org. (Copyright WKPT 2014. All rights ... Read more
  • When Vehicles and Deer Collide October 22, 2014 deer-featured-image KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – Leaves have turned and they’re starting to fall. Autumn is in the air, and here in our area, that means we’ll be seeing a lot more for deer. “During the months of October, November, December, the Tennessee Highway Patrol does see a large increase in traffic-related crashes involving deer,” says Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper, James Knipper. Hunting season and deer mating season are at their peaks. “I think we’ve had two here in the last two weeks. So it’s starting to crank up,” says State Farm Insurance Agent, Ron Mathews. Some deer-vehicle collisions are bound to happen. Mathews says he sees between 20 to 30 victims in ... Read more
  • UPDATE: Assistance Needed in Locating Missing Person October 22, 2014 image0051 UPDATE: Eugene Kaywood, who was reported missing on October 20, 2014, has been located. He is now in the company of family members and is safe and sound. PREVIOUSLY REPORTED: Kingsport Police Detectives are requesting assistance from the public in locating a missing person. According to a media release: On October 20, 2014, Eugene Kaywood was reported missing by his caregiver. He was last seen standing in the carport outside of his residence at approximately 8:40 AM that morning. Due to medical conditions, Mr. Kaywood is unable to properly care for himself. There is some indication that he might be visiting with some friends ... Read more
  • Northeast State Expansion in Johnson City October 22, 2014 NES-JC-featured-image JOHNSON CITY , Tenn. (WKPT) – Behind the doors of what will be Northeast State Community College’s Johnson City campus, construction workers are drilling away. From discussions to purchase to demolition, it’s been a long process. “It’s been ongoing for about three years now,” says Dr. Janice Gilliam, President of Northeast State Community College. Once construction is complete, this building behind me will be home to Northeast State’s Johnson City campus. But construction has taken a little longer than planned. Gilliam says the project has had some delays along the way. “We did first think that we could get in about a year earlier,” says ... Read more
  • Lamar Alexander to Speak at Eastman October 22, 2014 AP03030108041KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will be in Kingsport today. The Republican Senator will be delivering remarks at Eastman Chemical Company’s topping out ceremony this afternoon. According to a press release from the Senator’s office, Alexander will give remarks about the completion of the steelwork of Eastman’s new corporate business center. The event begins at 1:30pm today. Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT Staff | E-mail Image Credit: AP Graphics Read more
  • Skyline Drive Road Construction October 22, 2014 road-workJOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – Motorists should be on the lookout for a road construction beginning next week. According to a press release from the office of Community Relations in Johnson City, public works crews will begin widening Skyline Drive on Monday. The road will be closed from Robin Hood Lane to Clearview Drive from 8 am to 4 pm weekdays. The project will start at the 1100 block of Skyline Drive. Those who need to enter and exit the neighborhood should use Indian Ridge Road and Clearview Drive, or North State of Franklin Road. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution during work ... Read more
  • Gaming for a Cause October 22, 2014 extra-lifeKINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – If you’re a gamer, you will have a chance to make a miracle happen for a child this weekend. According to Wellmont, a 24 hour video game marathon called ‘Extra Life’ will be held this Saturday with the proceeds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All gamer types are welcome to sign up. While many will play from their home, some local stores like Mulligans Gaming in Kingsport will be open 24 hours for ‘Extra Life’ participants. How it works, players raise money by seeking per-hour pledges from friends and family. All the funds generated by this event will stay ... Read more
  • Halloween Events in Marion, Virginia October 22, 2014 Halloween_Madness_2014_flyerMARION, Va. (WKPT) – The city of Marion, Virginia will be hosting numerous Halloween events beginning tomorrow. Scarecrow Lane is back on Main Street from October 23rd – 30th. Local churches, businesses, schools, and others will showcase their scarecrows. Friday at 8 pm there will be a movie showing of “Night of the Living Dead” at the historic Lincoln Theatre. On Saturday everyone is invited downtown beginning at 10 am as local businesses will be handing out goodies; all leading to a concert at the Lincoln Theatre at 7:30 pm. Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT Staff | E-mail Image Credit: marionva.org Read more

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