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Recent articles by Josh:

Hagerty brings GOP Senate campaign to Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Republican Senate candidate Bill Hagerty came to Johnson City on Monday with hopes of winning support. Hagerty was in town to attend a meeting of the Washington County Republican Women at the Carnegie Hotel. A new poll exclusive to News Channel 11 shows Hagerty leading the Republican primary in Northeast […] → Read More

Kingsport couple aboard cruise ship unsure about return to the U.S. amid COVID-19 concerns

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – A Tri-Cities couple on a cruise ship in the Caribbean is waiting to see if they’ll be allowed to get off the ship in Florida. Suzi and Jeff McKee of Kingsport are on the Emerald Princess Cruise Ship. They’re in good health, and so are the approximately 3,000 other people onboard. […] → Read More

Jeanie Hopland on coronavirus scare: ‘I’m living proof that God answers prayers’

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL)- In a sit-down interview with News Channel 11’s Josh Smith, Elizabethton resident Jeanie Hopland shared her first-hand experience with coronavirus overseas. Jeanie Hopland and her husband, Dr. Arnie Hopland, were stuck aboard a cruise ship for weeks just off the coast of Japan after the spread of coronavirus forced passengers into quarantine. […] → Read More

Grand opening held for remodeled D.P. Culp Student Center

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — A grand opening celebration was held Thursday at ETSU’s D.P. Culp Student Center following major renovations. The $45 million project included new eating options, a new student activities area, and a new bookstore. “It’s a big day for the university, it’s a day that we’ve dreamed of for a long […] → Read More

JCPD: Virginia woman arrested after allegedly stealing 2 RVs from Johnson City dealership

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – A Sugar Grove, Virginia woman was arrested on Thursday after investigators say she stole two RVs from A&L RV in Johnson City. According to a release from the Johnson City Police Department, Tomeka Brooks, 28, was charged with Motor Vehicle Theft over $250,000 after a theft occurred on June 10, […] → Read More

Tri-Cities woman released from hospital in Japan after 2 negative virus tests; preparing to fly home

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) – A Tri-Cities woman who has been quarantined in Japan has tested negative twice for coronavirus and is being released from the hospital. Jeanie Hopland, wife of Dr. Arnold Hopland, will soon board a plane bound for the United States, Dr. Hopland told News Channel 11’s Josh Smith. “It’s like I’ve been […] → Read More

Tri-Cities doctor hopeful to be released from Japanese dorm quarantine after negative virus test result

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Elizabethton doctor quarantined in Japan and separated from his wife is hoping to be released from the room he is being kept in after a negative test result. Dr. Arnold Hopland told News Channel 11’s Josh Smith on Wednesday that he recently tested negative for coronavirus and expects to be […] → Read More

Latest challenge for Tri-Cities couple in coronavirus quarantine: Lack of test supplies at Japanese hospital

TOKYO (WJHL) — A lack of testing supplies could delay a Tri-Cities woman’s release from a Tokyo hospital. Jeanie Hopland is under observation Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital after testing positive Sunday for coronavirus, just moments before she and her husband were set to be evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship where they’d been in […] → Read More

Jonesborough inmates charged with assaulting a jailer and locking him in a jail cell

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) — Two inmates in the Washington County Tennessee jail face additional charges after allegedly beating up a corrections officer. Around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 13th, jail administrators say an inmate grabbed a detention officer’s radio microphone and struck the officer multiple times in the face and head until the officer was […] → Read More

Elizabethton couple quarantined, separated in Japan hopeful to return in next few days

(WJHL) – A Tri-Cities woman diagnosed with coronavirus and receiving care in a Tokyo hospital is well and in good spirits. That’s according to her husband, local physician Dr. Arnold Hopland, who remains quarantined on-board a cruise ship docked just offshore. Jeannie Hopland of Elizabethton tested positive for coronavirus just moments before she and her […] → Read More

Tri-Cities couple, other Americans could be evacuated from quarantined cruise ship on chartered flight Sunday

(WJHL) – Americans, including a Tri-Cities couple, quarantined aboard the “Diamond Princess” cruise ship off the coast of Japan will have the choice to be flown back to the United States Sunday on a chartered flight. “The Department of State, working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and other partner agencies, will […] → Read More

Tri-Cities couple, other Americans to be evacuated from quarantined cruise ship

(WJHL) — Some Americans will be evacuated from a cruise ship that has been quarantined off the coast of Japan due to coronavirus, according to ABC News and a Tri-Cities couple on board the ship. Dr. Arnold Hopland of Elizabethton told News Channel 11 he has been informed by Rep. Phil Roe’s office that about […] → Read More

Plans underway for 8th annual Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- This year, News Channel 11 and WTFM radio are partnering to broadcast the fundraising event March 6th and 7th. All donations made during the event will go to support the care of kids at the region’s only children’s hospital. Niswonger Children’s Hospital is next door to the Johnson City Medical Center. […] → Read More

State Sen. Rusty Crowe ‘seriously considering’ running for Congress

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn (WJHL) — Tennessee state Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) says he’s seriously considering a run for the United States Congress. Crowe says he’s been overwhelmed by calls and emails from East Tennesseans asking him to run. “I’ve been getting call after call – the response is overwhelming,” Crowe told News Channel 11 […] → Read More

THP: 2 people hospitalized following fiery crash

GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Two people were taken to the hospital Thursday after a crash led to a car fire on Highway 11E in Greene County. Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers responded to the crash at the intersection of Highway 11E and Heritage Road. A THP report details that the driver of a Hyundai Tucson, Earl Yarbor, 76, […] → Read More

Patient’s death after being dropped in the O.R. leads to safety changes at Ballad Health

Greeneville, Tenn (WJHL) – A Tri-Cities man who went to the hospital for hip repair surgery late last year, left the operating room with a broken neck. That’s because immediately after surgery, he was dropped on the operating room floor and sustained injuries that later claimed his life. That patient was Harold Landers, an 80-year-old husband […] → Read More

Fire destroys home of Johnson City teacher, community rallies to help

Johnson City, Tenn (WJHL) School may be out for summer, but some Johnson City teachers are working hard to help one of their own who lost everything in a house fire. Monday morning, Woodland Elementary School physical education teacher Tiffany Collins woke up to find her house on fire, according to Joe Crabtree, Tiffany’s friend […] → Read More

WATCH: JCPD demonstrates firework dangers ahead of July 4th

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- As Johnson City Police take a different approach to enforce fireworks ordinances in the city, they gave News Channel 11 cameras exclusive access at just how dangerous these fireworks can be. Last year several 911 calls were made about fireworks being shot into yards, near cars, and on streets in the […] → Read More

JCPD: Using fireworks as weapons could lead to jail time

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – West Davis Park is a quiet community in the heart of Johnson City. “It’s a good place to live and we want to keep it that way,” said Carla Forney whose family has called it home for decades. “Our neighborhood is a good neighborhood. And we’re not afraid to […] → Read More

Ceremony planned for decorated Vietnam veteran who died without family to plan burial

When Hamilton M. Edwards died on May 30th, there were no friends of family to make this final arrangements. → Read More