Helping Kids with Food Allergies on Halloween October 24, 2014
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – “Peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame seeds.”
Alissa Covely’s five-year-old son, Hudson, has life-threatening food allergies.
“My older son accidentally smeared some peanut butter on his face, and just became swollen and was having trouble breathing. He was diagnosed when he was two. And found out he was allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame seeds,” says Covely, Northeast Chapter Coordinator of Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee.
According to foodallergy.org, 1 in 13 kids in America is like Hudson, and suffers from food allergies.
And for some, those allergies can be particularly dangerous.
“Children may be unaware that there is cross-contamination in some ... Read more
Common Core Meeting Held in Bristol October 23, 2014
BRISTOL, Tenn. (WKPT) – Patty Kinkead pulled her 9-year-old son, Elliot, out of public school 3 weeks ago.
“Because Common Core’s being used in the schools, we’ve pulled our son out, and now he’s homeschooled,” says Kinkead.
She tells me she’s afraid the Common Core curriculum is going too far.
“There’s no school books. They do a lot on the computer at school. You didn’t get to see graded papers, you just had to go log on to see papers that are test scores and the grades they made. And there’s a lot of testing,” says Kinkead.
The Common Core has been progressively implemented ... Read more
Eastman’s Commitment to Growth October 23, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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