Norton Community Hospital Expansion September 30, 2014
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
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
Haven of Mercy Ministries Celebrates 38 Years September 26, 2014
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
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
ETSU Drug Take-Back Program September 26, 2014
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – “We had been talking about how we go out into the community and help with drug take back events and so we thought that maybe we should have one on the ETSU campus so that students and the campus community could safely dispose of their drugs so that’s kinda how this all started,” says Iqra Ahmad, ETSU Graduate Assistant.
With a group effort from the College of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, Generation Rx, and the annual farmers market, students and faculty were able to anonymously bring their drugs right to the heart of campus.
“Keeping ... Read more
Virginia’s Newest Millionaire September 25, 2014
ABINGDON, Va. (WKPT) – Sometimes in life, when lightning strikes; it doesn’t just strike once.
At least, that’s how it happened for Judy Marsh.
“I won two.”
She’s talking about the Virginia Lottery.
Six years ago, Marsh took home $250,000, after playing the Mega Millions.
But earlier this week, she hit the jackpot again, and this time, it was even bigger.
“I’m a millionaire!”
Now Judy Marsh says she’s played the same five numbers for years. But when she bought a ticket from this machine on Tuesday, little did she know, her life would immediately change.
“How does it feel? I don’t know yet, hahaha.”
You see, winning once ... Read more
Alzheimer’s Study at ETSU September 25, 2014
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – Alzheimer’s disease. It is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S and the only one that cannot be treated, cured, or slowed.
But Tabitha Ebbert, with the Alzheimer’s Association, has hope.
“A lot of people think that this is a normal part of aging and it’s absolutely not. It’s not a normal part of aging at all and we want to give people a hope and a chance for this. You know, people think that when they’re 80 they should be getting this, and they shouldn’t,” says Ebbert.
Ebbert works with a database called Trial ... Read more
Unicoi County Sheriff Lawsuit September 24, 2014
UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. (WKPT) – By a vote of 7 to 2, the Unicoi County Commission approved the budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year on Monday night.
But after 5 months of budget planning, there are still some loose ends.
“Now as of yet, we have not been served with a lawsuit, but the Sheriff did pass out a letter last night at the County Commission meeting and made reference to a lawsuit so I guess we can assume that one will be coming,” says Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch.
Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley has expressed intent to sue Mayor Lynch and ... Read more
Unsolved Greeneville Murders September 24, 2014
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WKPT) – Michelle remembers March 23rd all too well.
“I actually drove by the scene that day, on my way to church. I drove by approximately 15 minutes before the smoke was spotted out of the home. It was later that night that I realized, after I saw a story that one person did. At that point, I was afraid that the person they were saying inside was Liz deceased.”
Michelle lost family members she adored.
“Liz used to babysit my brother and I, when we were younger.”
And now even though it’s been six months since a fire swept through this ... Read more
Historic Downtown Jonesborough Walking Tours September 22, 2014
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WKPT) – Farmer’s markets, Jonesborough Days, International Storytelling Festival; on any given week, there is something going on in Tennessee’s oldest town, and it brings a lot of traffic to the downtown area.
And in a town deemed the Storytelling Capital of the World it’s worth a stop.
The Heritage Alliance and the Main Street Jonesborough program have joined together to give historic downtown walking tours.
“Jonesborough’s history goes along with the nation’s history. It’s really got some tremendous characters and stories that we really want to share with folks and we’ve got this beautiful back drop, this beautifully preserved downtown, ... Read more