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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Wellmont Discusses Strategic Options October 17, 2014 wellmont-featured-image BRISTOL, Tenn. (WKPT) – “There has been no decision made. Clearly, there is no consensus developed,” says Roger Leonard, Chairman of Wellmont’s Board of Directors. It’s one of the largest health systems in our region, and that’s why the future of Wellmont has been at the forefront of community concern in the last year. “We have gotten tremendous feedback from the community,” says Julie Bennett, Vice Chairwoman of Wellmont’s Board of Directors. But so far, details have been vague and many questions, unanswered. In the past 2 months, the health system says it’s held 28 town hall meetings, and 14 medical staff meetings to ... Read more
  • Voting on Amendment One October 17, 2014 amend1-featured-image JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – One of the issues facing Tennessee voters this election season is Amendment One. The proposed constitutional amendment would give lawmakers more power to regulate abortions in Tennessee. Whether you are for it or against it, Amendment One on Tennessee’s constitution is receiving as much attention as any candidate in the upcoming November election. “It narrows the scope of the right of privacy in Tennessee. It specifically says the Tennessee constitution does not give rise to a right to abortion,” says Stewart Harris, Professor of Law at Appalachian State. Amendment One could change the future of abortions in the state ... Read more
  • Healthy Eating for Toddlers October 16, 2014 tummy-featured-image JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – The kids at ETSU’s Child Study Center say they want more, of vegetables, protein, and whole grains. And that’s what they’re getting, thanks to a new nutrition program called Rainbow in My Tummy. “The mission, really, of ‘Rainbow in My Tummy’ is to change the food culture within the child care center,” says Michelle Johnson, Registered Dietician & Assistant Professor at ETSU. Johnson tells me she’s been talking about implementing the program for a couple of years. But with the help of a grant she recently received, the program kicked off at ETSU’s childcare facility just last week. The ‘Rainbow ... Read more
  • Organ Recipient Meets Donor Family October 15, 2014 organ-donor-featured-image KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – Five years, four months, and four days. That’s how long it’s been since Doug Huff’s life was forever changed. “Like a kid, at Christmas time, expecting a new bike under that there tree,” says Doug. Five years, four months, and four days. That’s how long it’s been since Doug Huff received a new heart. And today, he met the woman who made that possible. “Oh! I made that heart.” exclaims Jerri Northam. Jerri Northam is the mother of Morgan Northam-Williams. Morgan was killed in a motorcycle accident in June of 2009. Morgan’s organs were donated to a number of deserving people, and ... Read more
  • Friendship Cars Opening Motorcycle Dealership October 10, 2014 brisol-cyclists-featured-image BRISTOL, Va. (WKPT) – Motorcycle enthusiasts, who fantasize about rolling through the hills of Blue Ridge or riding along Virginia’s Crooked Road, won’t have to dream for much longer. “Heck, you can’t rent a motorcycle within 400 miles of here with Eagle Rider,” says Mitch Walters, President of Friendship Enterprises. But that’s about to change, thanks to a 2 million dollar dealership from Friendship Enterprises, headed to West State Street in Bristol, Virginia. “The combination of Indian, Victory, Slingshot, Eagle Rider, and Friendship Cars will make this great location,” says Walters. Motorcyclists will have the opportunity to buy or rent their bike of choice, ... Read more
  • Local Doctor Leads Brain Computer Interface Research October 10, 2014 bci-featured-image JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKPT) – Doctor Eric Sellers at ETSU is pushing the limits of communication. “With our system, we flash all the letters of the alphabet, and numbers, command keys from the computer. And when the one you want to select flashes, your brain will produce this response.” In the last 12 years, he’s been at the forefront of research with brain-computer interface devices. Its technology that relies on brainwaves, to give a voice to disabled persons, who may otherwise never write or speak again. “It just decides what letter is producing that response. So it’s what I refer to often as a ... Read more

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