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
Friendship Cars Opening Motorcycle Dealership October 10, 2014
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
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
Kingsport Carousel Project Continues October 9, 2014
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – Thousands of hours of work; thousands of dollars from sponsors; and five years of planning.
Now volunteers like Valerie Joh can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“Most cities that decide to do this with volunteers, it takes 10 years. We’ve done it in 5. It’s incredible. People are so wonderful, and they’ve enjoyed it,” says Valerie.
Valerie’s husband came up with the idea in 2009, and the progress it has made is tremendous.
“It has horses and tigers and lions and pumas and otters,” says Valerie.
The base of the carousel was donated to Kingsport from a town ... Read more
Bristol Woman Seeks Bone Marrow Match October 9, 2014
BRISTOL, Va. (WKPT) – Erinn Hollo is fighting for her life.
“The leukemia was not gone. The first round did not work. So, the very next week, I was back in doing another round of induction chemo, with different chemo drugs.”
Just 2 months ago, she was diagnosed with leukemia.
The 28-year-old mother of three daughters under the age of two was shocked when she first heard the news.
“I was like, ‘what are you telling me I’m this sick?’ I don’t understand what you’re saying to me.”
Luckily for Erinn, her young age helps make her prognosis a good one.
But regardless of whether or not ... Read more