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Past articles by Brit:

TRAFFIC ALERT: SR 67 partially closed in Carter County

Tennessee State Route 67 near US 19E in Carter County is closed. That's in the Hampton area. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, there is an overturned tractor trailer blocking traffic. The TN SmartWay website shows the estimated time of reopening as 11 a. m. Saturday. Stay with News 5 for updates. → Read More

Power outage affecting parts of Bristol, Va.

Parts of Bristol, Virginia, are experiencing a power outage. According to a post on the BVU Authority Facebook page, customer downtown off Euclid Avenue (both sides of Commonwealth), Martin Luther King Blvd, Moore St, Jefferson Drive, and surrounding areas are affectd. No word yet on the exact cause, how many people are without power, or when it may be restored. An eyewitness told News 5 they… → Read More

School officials: 2 Sullivan County schools to close Thursday

Two Sullivan County schools will be closed Thursday, February 14, and Friday, February 15, 2019. According to Board of Education chair Michael Hughes, Sullivan North High School and Sullivan North Middle Schools will both be closed. More information is expected to be released as to why the schools are closing. → Read More

Washington Co., VA leaders pass admission tax

The Washington County, Va. Board of Superisors passed an admission tax for future entertainment and sports facilities at the Pinnacle. The tax is set at 10%. The tax would only apply to purchases made on tickets for events at the Pinnacle. Steve Johnson, the developer of The Pinnacle, has been looking to expand his shopping center for months. Board Chairman Saul Hernandez previously told News 5… → Read More

Kingsport Police looking for missing elderly man

The Kingsport Police Department is asking for help finding a missing elderly man. According to police, J. R. Pratt, 90, was reported missing by his daughter Wednesday evening. The police said Pratt is dependent upon medications and has been diagnosed with dementia. Officers said he should be considered missing and endangered. Pratt was last seen about 4 p. m. Wednesday driving a 1995 Buick Regal… → Read More

Bluff City crews shutting off water due to leak

Some Bluff City residents will be without water Wednesday night due to a water leak. According to Mayor Irene Wells, the leak is at Main Street and Fleming Drive. Crews are working to fix the problem. Wells said it's unknown how long the water will be out. Stay with News 5 and WCYB. com for updates to this story. → Read More

Kingsport Police investigating shooting at apartment complex

Kingsport Police officers are investigating a Monday shooting at an apartment complex off West Stone Drive. According to investigators, patrol officers responded about 5:45 p. m. to the report of a shooting at Stonecrest Apartments on Stonegate Road. The complex was formerly the Model City Apartments. According to police, two victims have been taken to an area medical facility for treatment. No… → Read More

WCSO: Suspect wanted for pharmacy robbery captured in Hawkins County

The man wanted by the Washington County, Va. Sheriff's Office for the December 28, 2018 armed robbery of an Abingdon pharmacy has been arrested in Hawkins County, Tenn. According to Sheriff Fred Newman, Logan Parsons, 27, has wanted fortwo counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, and one count of eluding police. Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson told News 5 the U. S. Marshals asked for… → Read More

Connect to Congress: More lawmakers refuse pay during shutdown

As of January 16, 80 lawmakers said they will not take a paycheck until the partial federal shutdown ends. That includes some from Tennessee. On Wednesday, News 5 spoke to Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). She said she is taking her check, along with her staff. She also said Democrats are more concerned about hold out on border funding than finding a solution to end the shutdown. → Read More

Blackburn talks about bill to cut federal funding for some health clinics

As Congress continues to try to work on passing a budget and end the partial government shutdown, other bills are still being introduced. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced a bill to cut federal funding for clinics which provide abortions. Under Title X, clinics providing health care for women can receiving special funding. In an interview with News 5, Blackburn said her bill would… → Read More

TBI: Washington Co. woman charged for harboring fugitive

A joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of a Fall Branch woman for her role in helping a fugitive. On January 10th, TBI Special Agents and investigators from the sheriff’s office began searching for Jonathan Robert Pearson. He was wanted in connection to the death of a Washington County inmate. → Read More

Elizabethton city leaders tweak new pub bar rules

Elizabethton City Council has tweaked the city codes for pub bars. The pub bars were approved in fall 2018. According to Mayor Curt Alexander, the changes are to serving times and the amount of beer these breweries could make each year. Alexander said the new rules will allow beer served until 11 p. m. Also, the council voted to increase the allowed amount brewed from 7,500 gallons to 15,000… → Read More

Lawmakers ready for shutdown stalemate to end

Talks to end the partial federal government shutdown are at a standstill. Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump walked out of a meeting with congressional leaders. Lawmakers representing Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia told News 5 their thoughts on the shutdown. Many lawmakers, are ready for it to end. “Big portions of the federal government, nine of 15 federal departments, are… → Read More

VSP: Arrest made in fatal Smyth County hit-and-run

Virginia State Police has arrested a Marion, Va. , man in connection with Sunday morning's fatal hit-and-run crash in Smyth County. Joseph H. Kestner, 31, has been identified as the driver of the Honda that crashed into a house and killed its resident. At 9:05 a. m. January 6, Virginia State Police responded to a fatal hit-and-run crash in Smyth County. A gold 1993 Honda Accord was traveling… → Read More

Abingdon Police investigating bank robbery

Multiple agencies are investigating an afternoon bank robbery in Abingdon. According to the Abingdon Police Department, investigators were called to Carter Band and Trust on West Main Street about 2:40 p. m. Monday. Officers spoke with the employees who stated that a white male, dressed in dark clothing entered the bank, handed a gray plastic bag to a teller and instructed the teller to fill the… → Read More

Lee County Public Service Authority asks some customers to conserve water

The Lee County Public Service Authority is asking customers in the Big Hill and Miller-Smyth Chapel areas to conserve water. The conservation order prohibits non-essential water usage. According to the order, the PSA has the storage capacity for two to three days if the areas, assuming normal usasge. The letter says non-essential water usage is discouraged until an injunction between the Lee… → Read More

Lee County residents losing water service due to dispute

Some Lee County Public Service Authority customers will be losing water service at 5 p. m. December 31. According to a post on The Town of Pennington Gap Facebook page, customers of the PSA receiving water indirectly from the Town of Pennington will experience an interruption in service. The affected areas include Big Hill and Miller-Smyth Chapel sections. In June 2018, News 5 reported on a… → Read More

Johnson County deputies investigation aggravated robbery

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating an aggravated robbery. It happened Friday morning in the Cold Springs area of the county. Investigators said two unknown persons went to the victim’s residence and forced their way inside. After a brief conversation with the victim, they locked them inside another room of the home. The victim was eventually able to escape to a nearby… → Read More

TVA preparing for heavy rain heading toward Northeast Tennessee

The Tennessee Valley Authority is preparing for a line of storms headed toward Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. According to a series of Twitter posts on Thursday afternoon, releases from all nine Tennessee River dams are being increased to move as much water as possible through the river system. Releases from dams on tributary rivers are being gradually reduced. → Read More

Baby Jesus stolen from Greeneville park light display

Someone has stolen the Baby Jesus state from a Greeneville Parks & Recreation display. According to a post on their Facebook page, the statue was stolen from the Nativity at "Christmas in the Park" about 10:30 p. m. Sunday. The display was located on the right at the softball field at Hardin Park. According to the department, the figure was a "blow mold type. " The Parks & Recreation department… → Read More