Pheben Kassahun, WJHL

Pheben Kassahun

WJHL

Blountville, TN, United States

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Kingsport police searching for wanted sex offender

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — Police are asking for the public’s help with locating a wanted registered sex offender. The Kingsport Police Department is looking for Miles C. Mullins, 44 of Kingsport. Mullins is wanted on outstanding warrants for sexual exploitation of a minor (child pornography), two counts of violation of the sex offender registry, and […] → Read More

Apple to close 30 more stores across seven states

Apple will close 30 additional stores across seven states including Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma. → Read More

Tri-Cities legal experts explain what Tennessee’s fetal heartbeat abortion bill would mean for the state

Last week, state lawmakers passed what is being called 'the most restrictive abortion bill in the country'. → Read More

Local lawmakers divided over war memorial funding

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Funding for a war memorial in Johnson City has revealed a division among local state lawmakers. The Tennessee House’s budget includes $10,000 for the Washington County/Johnson City Veterans Memorial Park. According to The Tennessean, Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) asked for the funding to be included despite deep spending cuts. Sen. Rusty […] → Read More

JCPenney closing 154 stores, Kingsport location on list

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)- According to a list released on JCPenney’s website, the Kingsport department store will be closing. The news release, issued Thursday on the store’s website, said in part, “Following a comprehensive evaluation of its retail footprint and a careful analysis of store performance and future strategic fit for the Company, JCPenney identified the […] → Read More

Protests last into the night in Johnson City; 11 arrested

UPDATE JUNE 2, 11:20 AM: Eleven people were arrested following a protest in Johnson City Monday night. Officials at the Washington County Jail confirmed that all 11 protesters have been released as of 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday. Ten of the 11 arrested were charged with disorderly conduct and blocking a lane of traffic: News Channel […] → Read More

NASCAR fans still prep for race weekend despite not being allowed inside Bristol Motor Speedway

For the first time ever, Bristol Motor Speedway will have a huge void during race weekend. Business owners on State Street told Kassahun that race weekends usually cover up to three months of expenses. While that wont be the case this year, they are still preparing for a traditional race weekend celebration. → Read More

Community Heroes: Johnson City sports medicine physician providing ‘outstanding’ care to patients

Each week, we introduce you to someone who makes our region a better place to live. We call them Community Heroes. This week’s community hero is Dr. Todd Fowler. → Read More

Tri-Cities woman finds paternal relatives through ancestry kit

A family reunion is in the works, after a Tri-Cities woman found her biological paternal relatives. → Read More

Community Heroes: Kingsport woman provides healing to those who need it

She is a seamstress, a woman of Christ and has a heart of gold. This unsung hero is known to provide healing to those who need it the most. → Read More

Unemployment benefits complicate return to work as some see bump in pay

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) Tennessee is in the second week of a phased-in re-opening the economy. It is still unclear how quickly that will translate into people returning to work. The number of continued claims for Tennessee unemployment benefits this week sits at more than 321,000 people in Tennessee. This is an increase of more […] → Read More

Drive-thru coronavirus testing site to open in Bristol, Va. on Thursday

BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) — Health officials will open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Bristol, Virginia on Thursday. The site will located at the Bristol City Health Department at 205 Piedmont Avenue. It will be open Thursday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Testing is by appointment only. To be screened, you must […] → Read More

Realtors, economists suggest buying homes now when interest rates are low due to COVID-19

Pending sales are a good indicator of housing activity, based on signed contracts for existing homes in the area, according to the Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors trends report. → Read More

BrightRidge donates $50,000 to Regional AHEAD

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – An initiative dedicated to helping local businesses that are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic received a major boost thanks to BrightRidge. The utility service announced Wednesday that it is donating $50,000 to the Region AHEAD fund. The donation nearly doubles the size of the fund, which was $55,000. The […] → Read More

Johnson County authorities investigating shooting in the Trade community

TRADE, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday afternoon in the Trade community. The sheriff’s office responded around 4:30 p.m. to a report of a man lying in the roadway in the 900 block of Highway 67 North. Deputies found a man with a gunshot wound to […] → Read More

Community Heroes: Jonesborough historian preserving ‘Tennessee’s Oldest Town’ in all forms

Within "Tennessee's Oldest Town" is a gem who works to preserve the town's history in all its forms. We're talking about Anne G'Fellers-Mason, who is this week's community hero! → Read More

Three employees test positive for COVID-19 at Ivy Hall Nursing Home in Elizabethton

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) – Three employees of the Ivy Hall Nursing Home in Elizabethton have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesperson for the nursing home. All three employees have self-quarantined at home according to the nursing home. Ivy Hall says no patients have tested positive for the virus so far. According to the […] → Read More

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites to open in Bristol,Va. and Washington County, Va.

BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) – The Mount Rogers Health District will activate drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Bristol and Washington County, Virginia. Testing will only be open to those who have been pre-screened via telephone. Those who are approved for testing are asked to wear a face covering at the testing site. Appointments will be available […] → Read More

Many Tri-Cities families in need of host families for children due to COVID-19 crisis

Many families in the Tri-Cities area are in need of a host family, due to COVID-19 crisis. Host families can volunteer through a program called “Safe Families for Children”. → Read More

TLC Community Center in Elizabethton provides food boxes at contactless pick-up event

Elizabethton’s TLC Community Center held a curbside food box pick up event Tuesday afternoon. The event was made possible through community donations. Each client received a food box filled with canned meat, peanut butter, cereal, milk and other items. The contactless delivery pickup is a blessing to those who receive a food box. Tuesday also […] → Read More