Jeff Keeling, WJHL

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Des Moines, IA, United States

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Two ‘super PACs’ release ads blasting Congressional candidate Diana Harshbarger on same day

Candidate says one PAC trying to get competitor ‘career politician’ Timothy Hill elected (WJHL) – Two “super PAC” political action committees unleashed attack ads toda… → Read More

Newly formed PAC running attack ads against incumbent State Representative Matthew Hill

(WJHL) – Its name seems benign enough — East Tennessee PAC — but the newly formed political action committee’s advertisements are anything but. Tennessee State Representative Matthew Hill of Jonesborough (R-Seventh) has borne the brunt of attack ads released by the PAC this month as he faces his stiffest primary challenge since 2014. Those ads […] → Read More

ETSU budget: Open letter to president calls for no cuts to adjunct faculty, levels criticisms

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – An “Open Letter to Preserve Instruction” that calls for more transparency and no adjunct faculty layoffs has drawn the signatures of hundreds of East Tennessee State University faculty, staff, alumni and others since its initial release Thursday. The letter, addressed to President Brian Noland and interim Provost Wilsie Bishop, calls […] → Read More

Federal judge: Due process denied in 2015 David Crockett HS hazing case

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) – Washington County school officials denied a David Crockett High School student due process following a 2015 hazing incident at a football camp, a federal judge has ruled. The student had sued the school system and the Washington County Board of Education. The school system was ordered to pay part of the […] → Read More

Poll: Hagerty, Sethi within margin of error in NE Tennessee

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Bill Hagerty leads Dr. Manny Sethi by 6.6 percentage points in a recent poll of Northeast Tennessee voters conducted for WJHL. The poll of 800 people likely to vote in the Aug. 6 primary, by Spry Strategies, shows Hagerty at 35.6 percent. Sethi was selected by 29 percent of respondents, […] → Read More

“Digital divide”: Pandemic lays bare rural schools’ challenge

ROAN MOUNTAIN, Tenn. (WJHL) – When Cloudland High School (CHS) shut down in mid-March, lack of high-speed internet availability meant about more than 100 students simply couldn’t participate in the transition to virtual learning. “When you get to actually the pockets and communities and up the mountains where our students live, about one-fifth of our […] → Read More

Bristol Business Park, Phipps Bend site County among eight statewide getting industrial site development grants

(WJHL) – Bristol Tennessee Essential Services is receiving a $500,000 grant to grade and prepare a site at Bristol Business Park, Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) announced this morning. Also in the region, the Hawkins County Industrial Development Board will receive $100,000 to conduct due diligence studies at Phipps Bend Industrial Park. […] → Read More

Pandemic puzzle: ETSU piecing together budget amid major uncertainty

Scenarios range from budget reductions of around seven and a half percent across the board to all units, to budget situations in which things may be altogether flat year over year. ETSU President Brian Noland JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The heads of East Tennessee State University’s colleges and major departments completed an unenviable task […] → Read More

City of Elizabethton: One confirmed COVID-19 case among city employees

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL)- Officials with the City of Elizabethton confirmed Tuesday afternoon that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The city was reportedly notified about that positive test result on June 15. News Channel 11 was sent the following statement by City Manager Daniel Estes. “The City of Elizabethton has one confirmed case of COVID-19. […] → Read More

Congressional candidate Nichole Williams address issue could yield perjury charge

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – She’s withstood an attempt to get her name removed from the First Congressional District Republican Primary ballot. Now Nichole Williams may face a perjury charge — she says for inadvertently signing election filing paperwork that included her former address. Sullivan County’s online court record system shows an open “State of Tennessee […] → Read More

JCDA vetting companies interested in providing new housing for Sevier residents

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Johnson City Development Authority’s most ambitious project, transformation of the John Sevier Center, yet took another of its many steps toward completion last week, JCDA commissioners learned Friday. Commissioners also learned that the budget year starting July 1 allocates only half the $1 million “balloon payment” due to Hometrust […] → Read More

Johnson City Mayor: No formal applications but several groups interested in ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- What started as a discussion on social media, has now turned into interest from several groups looking to create a Black Lives Matter mural in Johnson City. On Wednesday, News Channel 11’s Jeff Keeling sat down with Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock who said in part, “There hasn’t been any formal applications to do […] → Read More

Son of Washington County, Tenn. sheriff transferred to ‘non-law enforcement civilian position’

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) — The son of the Washington County sheriff, who was seen on video slapping a handcuffed man in 2018, was “transferred to a non-law enforcement civilian position” last month, according to sheriff’s office personnel documents. The documents reveal that Edwin Graybeal III was moved to the new position effective May 26 and list his […] → Read More

Nurse convicted for sharing information on child rape has license suspended

(WJHL) – A former Johnson City Medical Center nurse who was a sexual assault examiner has had her license suspended for five years, 18 months after she was found guilty of unlawful disclosure of confidential child sex abuse information. Tessa Proffitt, of Jonesborough, was found guilty on six counts in November 2018 after she was […] → Read More

As state unemployment system processes backlog of problem cases, many still await benefits

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Rachael Peterson is getting back to work as a physical therapy assistant, but the hours are slow coming. That’s why five weeks and counting waiting on a glitch in her unemployment payments was starting to put a hurting on the household budget. “It’s hard not being able to go back […] → Read More

April tax revenues: NE Tennessee hit less hard than state as a whole

(WJHL) – April was expected to be the cruelest month for Tennessee sales and use tax collections due to COVID-19. It was — though it didn’t bite as harshly as many expected, particularly in rural counties and also in Northeast Tennessee. Across seven Northeast Tennessee counties, for instance, local option sales tax revenues were 3.3 […] → Read More

‘Hard decisions’ on budget confront Washington County

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) – Only one thing’s been certain during the Washington County budget process this spring — county leaders face difficult decisions in the COVID-19 battered economy. After days of budget committee meetings and requests for officeholders to cut their budgets, the county published a proposed budget Tuesday for the fiscal year 2021, which […] → Read More

Ohio-based retailer “Rose & Remington” coming to Johnson City mall

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – A fast-expanding “luxury boho-chic” retailer will open its first Tennessee location at the Mall at Johnson City early next year, a company spokeswoman said Monday. Named for one of the owners’ twin daughters, “Rose & Remington” is a “lifestyle store” that offers home decor in addition to what Marketing Director […] → Read More

Judge’s vote by mail ruling draws vastly different responses from voters

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – He may be 74, but Navy veteran Karl Sorenson is not in the least supportive of allowing all Tennessee registered voters to vote by mail during the COVID-19 public health crisis. It’s a different story for David Salinas, who’s in his 30s and lives just a few blocks from Sorenson. […] → Read More

Free Wi-Fi now available in parts of downtown Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Free Wi-Fi service is now available in parts of downtown Johnson City, according to the Johnson City Development Authority. The JCDA says the service, called Gig All Out, is available in the 200 and 300 blocks of East Main Street, Founders Park, the Pavilion at Founders Park, and King Commons. […] → Read More