Kaylyn Kluck, WJHL

Kaylyn Kluck

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Johnson City, TN, United States

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More than two dozen give input on Confederate statue in Abingdon

ABINGDON, Va. (WJHL) — More than two dozen people spoke during a packed public hearing Tuesday evening in Abingdon about whether to move a statue honoring Confederate soldiers. There were passionate comments both for and against moving the statue located outside the historic Washington County Courthouse in Abingdon. The statue has been there since 1907. […] → Read More

Bristol, Va. Council passes resolution asking for casino referendum placed on November ballot

BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) – The Bristol, Virginia City Council voted Tuesday night in favor of a resolution that would ask for a referendum allowing casinos in the city. The resolution “direct(s) the filing of a petition for writ of election to hold a referendum on casino gaming at 500 Gate City Highway, Bristol, Virginia.” The […] → Read More

Unicoi County road superintendent involved in dump truck crash

ERWIN, Tenn. (WJHL) — Unicoi County Road Superintendent Terry Haynes was involved in a dump truck crash on Tuesday, a county official confirmed to News Channel 11. The crash happened on Jackson Love Highway before the train underpass, according to county Mayor Bubba Evely. Evely said Haynes was extricated from the county dump truck and […] → Read More

Northeast Tennessee mayors grapple with mask mandate enforceability

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- As mask mandates set in for Sullivan and Washington Counties, the question remains if other Northeast Tennessee counties will implement mandates as well. Carter County Mayor Rusty Barnett said there currently isn’t a mandate in the works. But the situation is fluid, and Barnett suggested this could change depending on recommendations […] → Read More

Sullivan County volunteer firefighter ‘on leave’ pending investigation

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — A member of the Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department is “on leave” pending an investigation. In a news release Tuesday night, Chief Lance Bellamy said the investigation is regarding a situation that took place in Blountville on July 4 involving a fire department member and use of a fire department vehicle. […] → Read More

GOP congressional candidates offer mixed views on second round of stimulus checks

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — With one month until Tennessee’s August election, several GOP candidates from a crowded congressional field spent the day campaigning in the Tri-Cities. News Channel 11’s Kaylyn Kluck spoke with several candidates at a Republicans of Kingsport luncheon on pandemic-related issues. In particular, candidates were asked if they’d be in favor of […] → Read More

Marion police, community, prepare for protest crowds

MARION, Va. (WJHL)- Marion police say they’re preparing to monitor two protest events scheduled to happen in town Friday. A large law enforcement presence, with multiple agencies involved, will patrol town tomorrow. “As part of these preparations, we have assembled what may be the largest deployment of law enforcement resources in the regions recent history,” […] → Read More

Special education programs face unique challenges heading back to school

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Special education teachers, parents, and students faced unique obstacles from school closures due to COVID-19. The specifics of many school reopening plans are still uncertain, leaving teachers and parents concerned about getting their children back to routine in the fall. Everything changed this spring for Olivia Andrews, a student in Johnson […] → Read More

Confederate-named elementary schools to be discussed by Bristol, Virginia School Board

BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL)- The names of two elementary schools are now being reconsidered as places and monuments honoring the Confederacy across the country face backlash. The Bristol, Virginia School Board is set to discuss its school naming policy at an upcoming meeting on July 6th. Two of its elementary schools, Stonewall Jackson and Washington-Lee, reference […] → Read More

Rep. Hill wants to expand sales tax holiday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) wants to temporarily expand Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday. Hill is proposing a temporary sales tax exemption for the purchase of furniture, electronics, clothing, back-to-school supplies, and new and used vehicles during certain dates. There would also be a week-long sales tax holiday for restaurants. Tennessee’s current […] → Read More

Kingsport passes budget with $3.9M in cuts, no tax increase

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday passed a budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Despite anticipating a $5.5 million loss in general fund revenue, City Manager Chris McCartt’s budget does not include a tax increase. In order to balance the $170 million budget, more than $3.9 million in […] → Read More

Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – For the first time, Twitter has flagged some of President Donald Trump’s tweets with a fact-check warning. On Tuesday, Twitter added a warning phrase to two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots “fraudulent” and predicted that “mail boxes will be robbed,” among other things. Under the tweets, there is now a […] → Read More

Bristol, Va. City Council approves Hard Rock as preferred casino operator

BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) — The Bristol, Virginia City Council approved a resolution naming Hard Rock as the preferred operator of a proposed casino at the former Bristol Mall site. The council unanimously approved the measure during a public hearing on the project Tuesday evening. The city will now submit all required documentation to the state […] → Read More

VSP: Man’s remains found near abandoned tractor in Russell County

CASTLEWOOD, Va. (WJHL) — The Virginia State Police is investigating after human remains were found in Russell County, but investigators believe the man’s death is not suspicious. State police say the remains were discovered while responding to a call for a welfare check on an adult male in the 200 block of Chestnut Ridge Circle […] → Read More

Tennessee judges: It’s OK to film clothed women in public

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Three appeals court judges in Tennessee have ruled that it isn’t illegal to film women fully clothed in public without their permission. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Sunday that the Court of Appeals judges wrote separate but identical opinions last month when dismissing unlawful photography convictions against David Eric Lambert. Lambert […] → Read More

D-B EXCEL program seeks additional high school students for fall enrollment

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)- An alternative high school experience is still seeking students to join its classes for the 2020-2021 school year. Administrators for the D-B EXCEL program of Kingsport City Schools say there are still a few spots open for rising high school students to join their program in the fall. Due to the COVID-19 […] → Read More

Sullivan County commissioners urge state to pass ‘Evelyn Boswell’s Law’

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — County leaders passed a resolution Thursday night that urges state lawmakers to pass a bill named “Evelyn’s Law” in honor of Sullivan County toddler Evelyn Boswell. The Sullivan County Commission gave unanimous approval of the resolution which encourages the General Assembly to pass HB 1309/SB 1194. In February, three Tri-Cities state […] → Read More

Video arraignment to be held for Megan Boswell on May 8

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- It was announced Thursday that Megan Boswell, the mother of Evelyn Boswell, is set to be arraigned in court Friday morning via video conference. Megan Boswell was arrested in late February and charged with one count of false reports. PREVIOUS STORY: Judge keeps Megan Boswell’s bond at $25k, due back in […] → Read More

Sullivan Co. commissioners to discuss ‘Evelyn Boswell’s Law’ at Thursday night meeting

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- On Thursday night’s Sullivan County commission agenda is an item that stems from the death of a Sullivan County toddler earlier this year. Investigators discovered the body of Evelyn Boswell on March 6 at a family member’s property along Muddy Creek Road. It is a case many in the community followed […] → Read More

New program to help local businesses recover from COVID-19 shutdown

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – A new program will help local businesses that are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sync Space Entrepreneur Center and TSG Innovation Group have announced the creation of the “Restart Accelerator.” The goal of the program is to “identify, promote, and nurture companies with technology, products, and services that […] → Read More