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  • ETSU Public Safety Receives Third-Party Report of Sexual Assault October 1, 2014 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – Wednesday night ETSU sent out a release saying a third party reported a sexual assault that happened earlier in the semester. The university’s Department of Public Safety received the report on Sept. 30. The release says the exact date and location of the incident is not immediately known. It was reported that a female student was sexually assaulted by a male student in his residence hall room. No further details are available at this time, and a police report has not been filed by the student. There is no evidence that the incident is related to last month’s report of a rape ... Read more
  • Southwest Virginia Teen Charged with Killing Half-Brother October 1, 2014 POUND, Va. (AP) – A Southwest Virginia teenager faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of his half-brother. Wise County commonwealth’s attorney Ron Elkins tells media outlets that the 15-year-old boy will be tried as a juvenile. The shooting occurred Monday at the family’s home in Pound. Pound police say the teenager’s 24-year-old half-brother was shot multiple times. The teenager is being held in an area juvenile detention facility. He wasn’t identified because he is a juvenile. Elkins says the victim’s name also won’t be released. (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, ... Read more
  • Milligan College Helps Feed Haiti October 1, 2014 MILLIGAN 2JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – Yesterday, Milligan College students helped feed the hungry. Students helped pack food for Haiti at the Food Aid International sponsored event in the Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts on campus. Students weighed and packed meals formulated to provide a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates and vitamins, according to a press release from Milligan College. The meals would be dispersed through various programs in Haiti to nourish children and their families, as well as to spread the word of Christianity. (Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT Staff | E-mail Read more
  • JC Man Arrested for Driving on Revoked License for DUI Offense October 1, 2014 rouseJOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – A Johnson City man remains in jail this morning after police caught him driving on a revoked license for a DUI offense. Johnson City Police arrested Bradley Rouse on Tuesday during a routine traffic stop. Police pulled Rouse over because of a non-functioning brake light as he was traveling west on Orleans Street. A quick investigation revealed rouse was driving on a revoked license for his felony DUI offense and because he was a habitual motor offender. He is charged with violation of light law and failure to comply with financial responsibility. He is currently housed in the ... Read more
  • Norton Community Hospital Expansion September 30, 2014 norton-hospital-featured-image NORTON, Va. (WKPT) – Yesterday, Norton Community Hospital and Mountain States Health Alliance announced some major new plans to help patients get out of the waiting room. “Last year we saw just over 20,000 patients and we have difficulty getting patients seen as quickly as we would like to. We don’t want our patients waiting in the waiting rooms because if they’re sick or scared or hurting at all, we want them to come back and see a physician as quickly as they can,” says K.K. Moody, ER Physician at Norton Community Hospital. And they’ve come up with a plan to do ... Read more
  • ETSU Campus Safety September 30, 2014 campus-safety-featured-image JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – Walking around ETSU, most students say they feel comfortable, yet it’s no secret that a false sense of security can sometimes emerge in a college environment. In light of the recent reported rape at ETSU, reports on other Tennessee college campuses, and the disappearance of Hannah Graham from UVA’s Charlottesville campus; Detective Jennifer Mayberry at ETSU assures me, they’re watching out for students, all the time. “We’ve got officer presence. Then we’ve got Access Security, which is on duty at night. We’ve got an actual security guard in public housing, or campus housing, who patrols up there,” ... Read more
  • Plans to Build New Field House at J. Fred Johnson Stadium September 30, 2014 jfred-johnsonKINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – The Dobyns-Bennett Athletic Complex may be growing again. According to a report from the Times News, a volunteer-led effort to build a new field house for visiting football teams inside J. Fred Johnson Stadium has changed. The $4.7 million expansion of the stadium is over without the field house, which was in the original plans. However, with bids for the whole project coming in $1 million over budget, the field house was removed and a citizens group agreed to lead the fundraising effort for the field house. On Friday, Kingsport Attorney Todd East, one of the public figures of the ... Read more
  • Kingsport United Way Goal Reaching Half Way Point September 30, 2014 United-Way-Logo2KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – This year’s goal for the United Way of Greater Kingsport is almost at the half way point. 40% of the 4 million dollar goal for the 2014 campaign has been raised, according to a press release from the United Way. This year’s strive reflects an increase of $125,000 aimed at helping everyone in the community to have quality education, financial stability, and good health. It’s never too late to contribute to this year’s campaign. Go to www.uwaykpt.org to contribute. (Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT Staff | E-mail Image Credit: United Way Read more
  • Sullivan County Property Tax Notices Mailed September 30, 2014 AP0204110340SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKPT) – Sullivan County residents can expect to receive something in their mail within the next few business days. According to a press release from Kingsport Community and Government relations, 2014 property tax notices were mailed. The press release goes on to say Sullivan County residents will be assessed a rate of $2.07 per every $100 of assessed value. In Tennessee, property owners do not pay taxes on the full appraised value of their property. Residents living in the Hawkins County portion of the city will not receive a bill until the Hawkins County commission sets a county tax rate. (Copyright 2014 ... Read more
  • Kingsport Couple Charged in Aggravated Robbery September 29, 2014 robbery KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – A Kingsport couple is being charge for Aggravated Robbery, after robbing a man at gun point. According to a media release from the Kingsport Police: On September 27, 2014 at approximately 9:15 PM, Kingsport Police Officers from the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions responded to Model City Apartments, located at 1000 Stonegate Road in Kingsport, in reference to an armed robbery of an individual. Officers spoke with the victim, a 24 year old black male, who had been invited to this location by Mariah Jean Holt, whom he had previously dated. The investigation revealed that Ms. Holt had invited ... Read more
  • Ramsey to Speak About Amendment One September 29, 2014 LtGovRamseyKINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – Amid allegations, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey is set to make an appearance today in Kingsport. Around 11:30 this morning Ramsey will speak to the Greater Kingsport Republican Women at Food City on Eastman Road. Ramsey will take the opportunity to speak about Amendment One, something Ramsey is advocating. If approved by voters on the November ballot, Amendment One would insert constitutional language empowering the legislation to enact, amend, or repeal state statues regarding abortion, including pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, or when necessary to protect the life of the mother. (Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT Staff | E-mail Read more
  • Bristol Man Arrested After Shooting at Home September 29, 2014 ShaunZacharyFergusonBRISTOL, Va. (WKPT) – A Bristol Virginia man was arrested yesterday after police say he allegedly discharged a firearm into a home. Police arrested Shaun Zachary Ferguson. Officials say he went to his mother’s house around 2:15 pm Sunday with the intention of picking up his child. According to police, Ferguson allegedly fired a shot at the front of the house when the mother refused to give him the child. The mother tried to wrestle the gun out of Ferguson’s hands, but was punched in the mouth during the altercation. While leaving, Ferguson allegedly shot several parked vehicles at the residence. Ferguson has a laundry ... Read more
  • Haven of Mercy Ministries Celebrates 38 Years September 26, 2014 haven-featured-image JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – “Dabbled in the drugs, the alcohol. So, got in a lot of trouble for that. Went to prison.” 12 years ago, Thomas Squires’ life was on the line. He went to prison for 5 years, and when he was released, he had nowhere to go. “I was supposed to go to the Salvation Army, and I was five minutes late, so they wouldn’t give me a bed. And I said, ‘where do I go?’ And they said, ‘go to the Haven of Mercy.’ I’d never even heard of it,” says Thomas. Haven of Mercy Ministries is a non-profit shelter, ... Read more
  • Mount Carmel Veterans Memorial Dedication September 26, 2014 vet-mem-featured-image MOUNT CARMEL, Tenn. (WKPT) – Aim high… Honor, courage, commitment… Always ready… Always faithful… Army strong. And the names of these men and women are now immortalized in Mount Carmel’s city park. Today was the dedication of a Veteran’s Memorial that has been in the works for more than 6 years. “I think it’s important for every city to have a memorial honoring their veterans. Had it not been for the veterans, there would be many things changed in this world. And they have always been there to stand up and defend America with their blood or whatever it took. God bless America and our veterans,” says ... Read more
  • Take Back Day Being Held Saturday September 27 September 26, 2014 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials are urging Tennesseans to dispose of unneeded or leftover prescription drugs at drop-off locations around the state on Saturday. Doug Varney, the commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, says the event that is part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is aimed at fighting prescription drug abuse. In Varney’s words: “You might just save someone’s life.” Varney says to remove personal information from original containers before taking them to police and sheriff’s departments participating in the drop-off program. More than 1,000 people die in the state every year from drug overdoses, and Varney said ... Read more