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  • Kingsport woman leaves 1-year-old alone in unlocked running vehicle September 19, 2014 KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – A Kingsport woman faces charges for leaving her one-year-old daughter unattended in a car. Kingsport Police were called to the parking lot of Ben Franklin Crafts, 1001 Waterman Road, around 2:00 PM Thursday. Officers found the girl in the backseat of an locked 1990 Toyota Camry. Police say the keys were in the ignition and the engine was running. Police say a few minutes later Kayle B. Egan came out of the store with a bag of merchandise and a two-year-old child. Egan told the officers that her one year old child was sick and had fallen asleep, so she ... Read more
  • Collecting Medical Supplies For Liberia September 19, 2014 liberia-supp-featured-image JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – The death toll is rising in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. According to the World Health Organization more 2,600 people have died and more than 5,000 have contracted the Ebola virus in Central and Western Africa; and the numbers continue to grow. Just 30 miles from Monrovia is Kingsville, Handerson Bennah’s hometown. So far, there are no reported cases of Ebola in Kingsville and Bennah has taken on a huge project to keep it that way. “It is a global problem, which I feel requires a global solution; a global involvement,” says Handerson Bennah. Bennah is a Behavioral ... Read more
  • The Future of Tobacco September 19, 2014 tobacco-featured-image KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – Tony Slaughter has been growing tobacco for the last 34 years. And throughout the years, he says he’s seen the industry change, drastically. “Now if you don’t have a contract with a company, for all intensive purposes, you may or may not even be able to sell your tobacco,” says Slaughter. But that wasn’t always the case. Up until 10 years ago, the tobacco industry operated under a government production control and price support system. However, when the government stopped regulating production with the tobacco quota buyout, producers of the crop were left to fend for themselves. “It became a contracting business ... Read more
  • Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion September 19, 2014 r&r logoBRISTOL, Tenn. (WKPT) – The Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion begins today with a list of artists that will get your toes tappin’. The music begins at 5 pm with Reagan Boggs starting off the festival at the State Street Stage. Rhythm and Roots is fun for all ages, and new this year, the Colgate Bright Smiles van will be at the festival on Saturday giving free dental screenings and a free gift to children 12 and under. ETSU accelerated nursing student Laura Slaughter spent the last 18 months helping to get the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures mobile unit to the festival ... Read more
  • Speed Limit Change on Old Jonesboro Road in Bristol, TN September 19, 2014 bristol-signBRISTOL, Tenn. (WKPT) – The City of Bristol Tennessee announced yesterday a permanent speed limit change. The limit changed from 35 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour and will begin next Thursday. According to a press release, the new posted limit is on Old Jonesboro Road between the King College Road and Paperville Road intersections. Traffic engineer, David Metzger, says the reduction is to improve safety due to increased development and traffic volumes. Any questions in relation to the speed limit change should be directed to (423) 989-5522. (Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT Staff | E-mail Image Credit: WKPT Read more
  • Preparing for the Northeast Tennessee Honor Flight September 19, 2014 honor-flight-featured-image JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – It’s been 68 years since Guy Maddox returned home from World War II, but he still remembers his time overseas, like it happened yesterday. “We went to Calcutta, India, there a few months, then they flew us over into China,” says Maddox. He was stationed in China for a few years, and returned home in 1946, 10 months after the war ended, with a plethora of stories to tell. “I met a Chinese girl when I was there that spoke perfect English, and we dated two or three times there in a few days,” says Maddox. Vivid memories, both ... Read more
  • Body Found at Watauga Lake September 18, 2014 HAMPTON, Tenn. (WKPT) – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Carter County Sheriff’s Office investigating a body that was pulled from Watauga Lake around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The TWRA tells us crews found the body of 46-year-old John Wrestler. Wrestler’s unoccupied boat was discovered Wednesday morning about 300 yards from Lakeshore Marina. An autopsy has been ordered for the body. The incident remains under joint investigation. (Copyright WKPT 2014. All rights reserved.) Credit to: Katie Donaldson | E-mail  Image Credit: WKPT Staff Read more
  • Local Theater Manager Wanted on Theft Charges September 17, 2014 Ashley M. CarrollKINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – Kingsport Police are searching for a local theater manager who is wanted on theft charges stemming from an embezzlement investigation. According to a news release from the KPD: On September 7, 2014 the Kingsport Police Department was alerted to an incident of embezzlement by an employee of Frank Theaters, located inside the Kingsport Town Center at 2101 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. Officers spoke with an assistant manager who reported that when he opened the theater that morning he discovered that approximately $3,000 was missing from the safe. Further investigation revealed that two deposits, totaling an additional $3,000, had ... Read more
  • Special election set in SW Va. delegate district September 17, 2014 VIRGINIA ELECTIONS AP GRAPHICBRISTOL, Va. (AP) – A special election has been set for December in a House of Delegates district in southwest Virginia. The Bristol Herald Courier (http://bit.ly/1m9jiRW) reports House Speaker William Howell on Tuesday set Dec. 9 for the special election to replace Republican 4th District Delegate Ben Chafin. Howell says the special election allows time to have the new delegate sworn in for the start of the 2015 general session. Political parties have until Oct. 9 to nominate a candidate. Chafin won a special election in August for the 38th Senate District seat held by Democrat Phillip Puckett, who resigned in June. Chafin ... Read more
  • ETSU Celebrates International Peace Week September 17, 2014 etsu.logo1JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – It’s International Peace Week, and ETSU is doing its part to help keep the peace. The university will hold events today through Sunday, including creating a hand-print peace sign for future Peace Day celebrations, a film showing, a musical performance, and a human formation of a peace sign at halftime of ETSU’s soccer game against South Carolina at Summers-Taylor Stadium. The United Nations began an international day of peace in 1981 to strengthen ideals of peace. For more information and for a full list of events visit http://www.etsu.edu/news/2013/09_September/InternatlDayofPeace.aspx or call 423-439-6633. (Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT Staff | E-mail Image Credit: ETSU Read more
  • Crooked Road Music Fest September 17, 2014 music_fest_logoABINGDON, Va. (WKPT) – The Third Annual Abingdon Crooked Road Music Festival is coming up soon. From September 25th through the 28th the festival will fill the grounds of Heartwood in Abingdon with the sounds of rich history and musical heritage of Southwest Virginia, home of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. According to a press release, the 4 day event includes performances and workshops that illustrate the wide variety of music. For more information on performers, a full schedule, and to purchase tickets visit http://www.abingdon-crookedroadmusicfest.com/ or call 1-800-435-3440. (Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT Staff | E-mail Image Credit: Abingdon Crooked Road Music Festival Read more
  • Creeper Trail Receives National Honor September 17, 2014 creeper-trailABINGDON, Va. (WKPT) – There’s cause for celebration as one of Virginia’s most prominent trails will be inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. According to a press release from the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, the Virginia Creeper National Trail that runs from Abingdon to Damascus will be inducted into the hall of fame and will join prestigious trails as the Great Allegheny Passage, the Katy Trail State Park, and the Fred Marquee Pinellas Trail. According to the RTC, the Creeper Trail offers the perfect way to explore a beautiful part of the world. There will be a hall of fame induction ceremony for Monday, ... Read more
  • ETSU Investigating Report of Rape September 17, 2014 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – Tuesday night ETSU released a statement saying it’s Department of Public Safety received a report about a rape from a student affairs staff member. According to the release, a female student told her resident assistant that two individuals followed her to her room in Governors Hall and assaulted her. The release says the student told her RA on September 9. ETSU authorities are trying to determine the exact date the incident occurred. It has not yet been determined if the two individuals are also ETSU students. The incident remains under investigation. We’ll continue to update you as information becomes available. (Copyright WKPT ... Read more
  • WWII Bomber at the Tri-Cities Airport September 16, 2014 B17-featured-image SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKPT) – Prepare for lift off, and a ride through history. “There’s about ten flying B-17′s today. There are forty or so B-17s that are out there and are in museums and static displays, sitting out in parks and those kinds of things. It’s not every day that a pilot can just come along and fly a B-17,” says pilot Jay Gates. And it’s not every day that a person can come along and ride in one. But for the rest of this week, the Commemorative Air Force is giving the people of the Tri-Cities that opportunity. “Out of the 10 ... Read more
  • Vote to End Hunger September 16, 2014 hunger-vote-featured-image KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has the chance to win $60,000. All they have to do is finish in the top 50 in an online vote. “It’s a voting campaign that takes place every day. We need individuals to vote between September 15th and October 5th. And at the end of the campaign, if this food bank is in the top 50, we’ll be able to secure $60,000,” says Rhonda Chafin, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. $60,000 can supply nearly 240,000 meals for the hungry in our area, and that is ... Read more

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