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  • 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
  • Items Prohibited at Tri-Cities Regional Airport October 21, 2014 prohibited-items-featured-image BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WKPT) – Security checkpoints are arguably one of the most important parts of the air travel process. And that process ensures the safety of all passengers and airline employees. But TSA representatives say, one thing could make it a little smoother. “The majority of the people either say they didn’t know it was in the bag or that they forgot it was in the bag. Really what we want people to do is take stock and take responsibility for what they have with them. Take a look in your suitcase. Take a look in your coat pockets; in your wallets. Things ... Read more
  • Home Sales Down in the Tri-Cities October 21, 2014 AP09020512698TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WKPT) – Home sales in the Tri-Cities are down in the month of September just over 2%. According to the Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors’ trends report, there were 417 closing on previously owned, single-family sales last month, down 10 from the same month one year ago. Foreclosure accounted for just over 15% of all Tri-Cities home sales in September, compared to 18% last year. NETAR President, Louie Leach, said year-to-date sales show the 9 month period ending in September was the best since the recession and 159 sales better than the same period in 2008. Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit ... Read more
  • POW / MIA Recognition Day October 21, 2014 AP10110911076JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – The James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Johnson City will hold a special ceremony for former Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action this Friday. According to a press release from the Department of Veteran Affairs, the event will be held in the VA Carnegie Library and will begin at 10:30 am. The theme for this year will be “You Are Our Heroes and You Shall Not Be Forgotten.” All are invited to this ceremony to join all Americans in pausing to solemnly honor the sacrifices of our POW’s and honor our MIA’s. Refreshments will be served ... Read more
  • Indian Ridge Road Closure October 21, 2014 road work gfxJOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – If you’re going to be traveling in Johnson City this week, you might want to plan alternate routes. According to a press release, the road work began yesterday. Indian Ridge Road will be closed from West Market Street to Harding Avenue from 7 pm until 6 am. The road will be closed to remove and replace approximately 350 linear feet of sewer line. The whole process is expected to take about 4 days if weather permits. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution in work areas and to take alternate routes when possible. Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT ... Read more
  • Kingsport United Way Reaches 75% of Goal October 21, 2014 United-Way-Logo2KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – We have some good news to report from the United Way. According to a press release from the United Way of Greater Kingsport, they are only $1 million away from reaching their $4 million goal for this year’s campaign, with a little over 4 weeks left. The United Way increased their goal $125,000 more than last year, making this the largest goal ever established by the organization. The $3 million raised will go a long way, but they are still looking for more donations to reach that $4 million goal. If you have not pledged you can still do ... Read more
  • Elizabethton Superintendent Announces Retirement October 21, 2014 Edwin Alexander - Credit Johnson City PressELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WKPT) – In a 20 minute meeting of the Elizabethton City School Board, Superintendent Ed Alexander announced he will retire in January. According to the Johnson City Press, Alexander made his announcement by reading a prepared statement after the board spent more than 10 minutes voting on its action items. Though his statement mentioned several reasons for his retirement, after the meeting, Alexander said he decided to retire because he was ready and to ease the transition for the new superintendent. Appointed to Superintendent in 2006, Alexander will retire on January 5, 2015. (Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT Staff | E-mail Image Credit: JC ... Read more
  • Third Sexual Assault Reported at ETSU October 20, 2014 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – Monday afternoon ETSU sent out a notice about the third sexual assault reported this semester on the school’s campus. The notice said ETSU’s Public Safety Department received the report Sunday from a female student. She reported that a male, non-student acquaintance raped her in her dorm room. The student decided not to pursue criminal charges at this time. (Copyright WKPT 2014. All rights reserved.) Credit to: Katie Donaldson | E-mail  Image Credit: ETSU Read more
  • Man Fires Seven Shots In Parents’ Home October 20, 2014 CHURCH HILL, Tenn. (WKPT) – Church Hill police arrested a man Saturday night after they say he fired multiple shots inside his parents’ house. Police tell us they charged Brandon Fugate with aggravated assault and domestic abuse. The suspect’s father told officers Fugate started an argument with him and his wife when they returned to their Grandview Street home. Fugate then broke the glass in an antique pie safe and began tearing his bed apart. The father told police Fugate pulled out a gun. He tried to wrestle the gun from his son, but Fugate fired five shots into the ceiling, one into the ... Read more

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