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Past articles by Karissa:

Neighbors speak out after Kingsport man charged with first degree murder

A Kingsport man faces murder charges after a body is found in his apartment. The investigation began when a body was discovered at Maple Oak Apartments on Thursday afternoon. Police said the person who lived in the apartment was not home when the body was discovered. Police located the resident, Samuel Rex Sandidge, in the Lynn Garden area and charged him with first degree murder. → Read More

Daniel Boone Little League softball team prepares for the World Series

After punching their ticket to the Little League World Series, a Tri-Cities team is trying to raise thousands of dollars to go across the country. The Daniel Boone Little League won the Southeast Regional Championship over the weekend in Georgia. → Read More

Lee County schools still moving forward with plan to arm teachers despite governor, AG concerns

Lee County, Virginia schools are still planning to move forward with a plan to arm teachers and staff, despite concerns from state's top government leaders. → Read More

Lee County schools in 'dire need' of repairs just days before classes resume

Students in Lee County, Virginia return to class next week, where work continues to fix storm damage at several schools. → Read More

Petition to keep 'Dixie' at Patrick Henry High School gathers thousands of signatures

Nearly 2,300 signatures have been collected on a petition to keep Patrick Henry High School's unofficial fight song as Dixie since an announcement was made last week that the tune will be replaced. The school in Glade Spring, Virginia will no longer play 'Dixie' during sporting events like they did in the past. → Read More

Witnesses describe interaction with Gate City alligator

An alligator has been removed from the water in Gate City, Virginia after hours of searching. Someone spotted the gator yesterday at Big Moccasin Creek and wildlife officers were finally able to get it out of the water just after noon on Friday. → Read More

Kiplinger names Johnson City as one of the best places to retire for your health

Johnson City has been named one of the top ten places to retire for your health, according to Kiplinger. → Read More

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve appreciation luncheon held at Eastman

Eastman held an employer appreciation luncheon on Thursday that is hosted by the ESGR chapters of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia, → Read More

Water line break impacts several businesses in downtown Kingsport

A water line break caused issues for some downtown Kingsport businesses on Tuesday. The break happened around 9 o'clock on Clay Street and crews have been on scene trying to repair the damage all day. → Read More

Carter County commissioners to vote on proposed property tax increase

The Carter County commission is meeting Monday night to vote on a proposed property tax increase. Last year, property taxes increased by two cents and now there is a nine cent property tax increase proposal to help offset this year's deficit. → Read More

Smoking outlawed in all public housing units nationwide

By the end of the month, smoking will be banned in public housing units across the United States. The Housing and Urban Development Department implemented the law to help improve health and tenants' safety. → Read More

Annual report reveals increase in child deaths in Tennessee

The state of Tennessee recently released the 2018 Child Fatality Annual Report that hopes to help parents understand and prevent child deaths. The findings showed that the Volunteer State has higher mortality rate than the national average. This report is data that was collected in 2016 and that year, nearly 1,000 children under the age of 18 died in Tennessee - a number that continues to grow. → Read More

BMS creates first of its kind women's club called 'High Banks and Heels'

Bristol Motor Speedway has started a new women's club called 'High Banks and Heels'. This is the first of its kind in NASCAR and it was created to give women coming from all over an opportunity to get together and share their passion for racing and Bristol Motor Speedway. → Read More

Tri-Cities based team trained to carry out cave rescues

Millions around the world eagerly awaited word as a daring rescue mission in a treacherous cave in Thailand ended Tuesday morning, saving the remaining members of a soccer team and their coach. → Read More

Local farmers cite money concerns due to rising tariffs

The United States could be in the middle of the first trade war we've seen in a long time, according to a professor at East Tennessee State University. Back in March, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on other countries importing goods and those countries have since retaliated with their own tariffs. → Read More

Final version of West Walnut Street redevelopment plan revealed

The city of Johnson City has recently received the final version of the West Walnut Street redevelopment plan which reveals some major changes to that area of Johnson City. → Read More

SWVA middle school accepting donations for family killed in head-on crash

A southwest Virginia middle school is accepting donations for a family involved in a head-on crash that killed three people. → Read More

New boating regulations to go into effect July 1

With a busy holiday weekend coming up, there will be a lot of people out on local waterways. If you rent a boat, there are some changes going into effect this weekend that you need to know about. → Read More

Kingsport woman files multiple reports citing cruelty to ducks on Greenbelt

A Kingsport woman is begging for a change after she says ducks are being injured along a popular walking and biking trail in the city. She said it has been going on for months along the Greenbelt near Petsmart in Kingsport and said she wants to see this cruelty stop. → Read More

Mount Carmel red light cameras are live

Red light cameras in Mount Carmel have been activated. The cameras went live on Friday, June 15 and there will be a 30 day warning period for violators. They are located at the red light at the... → Read More