WWII Bomber at the Tri-Cities Airport September 16, 2014
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
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
Unicoi County High School Greenhouse September 15, 2014
ERWIN, Tenn. (WKPT) – Last month, the Agriculture Department at Unicoi County High School received a donation, that will forever change its curriculum.
“This facility was donated, and we had a dedication on August 29, from Farm Credit. And the facility’s main focus is gonna be to grow vegetable production for the school nutrition program,” says UCHS Agriculture Teacher, Lucas Anders.
And now, two and a half weeks later, Lucas Anders says his students are hard at work.
“We’re now starting to measure for our beds, and teaching kids how to calculate volume of soil needed, materials needed. And also, I’ve separated the ... Read more
Hawkins Co. Super Bowl Raising Breast Cancer Awareness September 11, 2014
HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (WKPT) – For the first time since 1980, blue and orange or red and black will not be the dominate colors as the Falcons take on the Chiefs.
“Both sides in pink, and trim out the field in pink. Put the fans in pink, and do everything pink. All in order to be able to raise for the American Cancer Society,” says Sam Griffith, Agency Manager at Farm Bureau.
The Volunteer versus Cherokee game is 1 of 37 high school football games statewide trading their school colors for pink.
The ‘Pink Out Game’ is sponsored by the Hawkins County agencies ... Read more
Battle at Bristol Countdown September 10, 2014
BRISTOL, Tenn. (WKPT) – The world’s fastest half mile will have yet another claim to fame.
“We will turn the ‘Last Great Coliseum’ into the ‘Largest Football Stadium in the World,’” announced BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell.
Two years from now, college football fans will witness history, and today the countdown to the Battle at Bristol is officially on.
With 730 days left to go, a big countdown clock will be placed on the corner of State Street and Volunteer Parkway. Close to a million cars will pass it each month to see just how many days are left until the big game.
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Holston Valley Middle Gets VH1 Grant September 10, 2014
BRISTOL, Tenn. (WKPT) – Students at Holston Valley Middle School will now enjoy the sounds of a brand new electric piano for many days to come.
“Our old sound, it was slowly fading away, so we definitely needed new equipment, so it was a big honor,” says HVMS Student, Hannah Daniel.
Holston Vallley is a recipient of a VH1 Keys Plus Kids Grant that provides new pianos and musical equipment to public schools.
“We were very humbled and very surprised. It’s a much needed grant here at Holston Valley,” says Jill Wishon, HVMS Music Teacher:
Holston Middle is the only school in the state ... Read more
Overcrowding in the Sullivan County Jail September 5, 2014
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WKPT) – Space is hard to come by in the Sullivan County Jail.
“We have enough beds for 146 females, but today we have 182, and we’ve had as many as 189 this month,” says Sullivan County Chief Deputy, Lisa Christian.
The large population and lack of beds creates lots of tension.
“If there are a lot of inmates and it’s overcrowded, you see more fights. Just the stress, it’s harder on the officers,” says Christian.
Christian says a major cause of overcrowding is due to the increased number of female inmates.
“People didn’t expect to have so many females in jails and ... Read more
Disabled Veteran Receives Home in Kingsport September 4, 2014KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – When Joshua Moore found out that he was eligible to receive a 100% mortgage-free home donation, he was at a loss for words.
“It almost seemed like it was a joke. It was too good to be true,” says Moore, a retired Navy Seaman.
But it wasn’t too good to be true.
After serving in the Navy from 1997 to 2005, Moore says he had a difficult time resuming life in Tennessee.
“I’ve had a lot of hard times. Whether it was due to financial problems or losing jobs because of my disability that I’ve got; I am a disabled ... Read more
Local Students Attend Conservation Camp September 4, 2014BRISTOL, Va. (WKPT) – Close to 100 students traded in their metal desks for the great outdoors yesterday.
“We call it teaching nature in nature,” says Kathy Lowdermilk, Director of Keep Bristol Beautiful.
Keep Bristol Beautiful and the Upper East Tennessee River Roundtable combined to host the 4th Annual Conservation Camp at Sugar Hollow Park.
More than 800 third and fourth grade students from Washington County and Bristol City Schools attend the event over a three day period.
“This is our educational, big educational event of the year. We try to incorporate what the teachers are teaching in the classroom and get the kids ... Read more
Emory & Henry College Death Threat September 4, 2014EMORY, Va. (WKPT) – In 2012, stateuniversity.com ranked Emory & Henry College as the safest four-year college or university in Virginia; and that’s one reason why students at the school say campus safety typically doesn’t concern them.
“I feel very safe. I’ve never felt threatened at all,” says fifth-year student, Nolan Lipscomb.
But a little before 10 last night, a different feeling swept through the campus.
“Nothing like this has ever happened in the Emory community at all. It’s a very safe place, very small town, and everybody is close. So it was really scary,” says Grad Student, Jessica Turpin.
Dean Gourley sent an ... Read more