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Past articles by Karissa:

Washington County, TN BOE votes to solicit bids to fix gyms damaged by flooding

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) — Since Christmas Day, two schools in Washington County, Tennessee have been without the use of their gyms due to water damage. The Board of Education met on Tuesday to discuss the next steps needed to get those gyms up and running again. Those two schools are Daniel Boone High School and […] → Read More

Kingsport real estate market continues to bring in out of region buyers

Numbers released for December 2022 and for all of 2023 reveal that more people are finding out that Kingsport has a lot to offer to its residents, which is why officials say more and more people are making a move to the model city. → Read More

No animals injured in fire at Greene County Humane Society

GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — An employee at the Greene County Humane Society is being called a hero after her quick action on Monday likely saved the lives of dozens of animals. Employees at the shelter were about to leave for the day when Administrative Assistant Katrinka Day smelled something burning. “I was just sitting […] → Read More

Shelters preparing for dangerously cold temperatures by providing beds and meals

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Temperatures are going to drop to dangerously cold levels this week and there are people in our region who may not have a warm place to go. Haven of Rest in Bristol, Tennessee is one location that is providing shelter during these frigid conditions. They said with it being a […] → Read More

Fired Sullivan Co. SRO found dead after allegations of student misconduct

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – A former Sullivan County deputy who served as a school resource officer (SRO) was found dead shortly after he was terminated from his position after reports that he had engaged in inappropriate conduct with a student. According to Second District Attorney General Barry Staubus, his office began investigating after receiving […] → Read More

Commission moves forward with proposed Keebler annexation

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Johnson City commissioners moved forward with the proposed “Keebler Annexation” on Tuesday evening. The City Commission unanimously approved on first reading the annexation request as well as a plan of services for 135 acres off Suncrest Drive in Gray, which could become the future site of over 300 single-family homes […] → Read More

Boeing 717 returns to Delta Airlines service at Tri-Cities Airport

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — For the first time in nearly three years, Delta Airlines at Tri-Cities Airport will be bringing back its mainline service. On Wednesday night, a Boeing 717 will fly into the Tri-Cities out of Atlanta, Georgia. It will depart on Thursday morning. This will be the first time there has been a […] → Read More

Local small business owners cope with inflation

MOUNT CARMEL, Tenn. (WJHL) — As the Federal Reserve increases interest rates in an attempt to slow inflation, small business owners are left worrying about how inflation will continue to affect their businesses. News Channel 11 spoke with Merrilyn Price, who has owned Dairy Cup in Mount Carmel for three and a half years about […] → Read More

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