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Former Virginia state senator considering run for governor

MARION, Va. (WJHL) – A former Virginia state senator from Southwest Virginia is considering a run for governor in 2021. Bill Carrico, a Marion native, announced in 2019 he would not run for reelection in the Virginia State Senate, endorsing then-Delegate Todd Pillion. Pillion would go on to win the election. Thursday, Carrico told News […] → Read More

Federal judge rules accused A.T. murderer competent; case moves forward

ABINGDON, Va. (WJHL) – The case is now moving forward against the man accused of fatally stabbing a man and injuring a female hiker on the Appalachian Trail in Southwest Virginia. James Jordan appeared in federal court in Abingdon Thursday morning. Jordan is accused of killing Ronald Sanchez, Jr., 43, of Oklahoma, and injuring a […] → Read More

Visitor center, campground to reopen at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

(WJHL) – The National Park Service announced that the Visitor Center and campground at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park will reopen this week. According to a release, the Visitor Center will reopen June 9. The Wilderness Road Campground will open on june 11. The reopenings are the latest after COVID-19 closed the park. The Visitor […] → Read More

Pinnacle Road, restrooms to reopen at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

MIDDLESBORO, Tenn. (WJHL) – Cumberland Gap National Historic Park is reopening Pinnacle Road, restrooms and most picnic shelters after closures due to COVID-19. According to a National Park Service release, those areas will open Friday, May 29. The Pinnacle Road leads to the Pinnacle Overlook viewing platform, enabling visitors to see the Cumberland Gap and […] → Read More

Sullivan Co. grand jury indicts Megan Boswell on 11 counts of false reports

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Wednesday afternoon, officials with the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that a grand jury has indicted Megan Boswell on 11 counts of false report charges. Megan Boswell is the mother of Evelyn Boswell, a young child whose remains were discovered on a family member’s property back in March. Investigators said […] → Read More

Girl Scouts to hold drive-thru cookie booth in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians will be selling Girl Scout Cookies via a drive-thru booth in Johnson City next month. The booth, which will be manned by adult volunteers only, will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 at the Johnson City Girl […] → Read More

Va. State Parks announce gradual reopening of park amenities

VIRGINIA (WJHL) – The Virginia State Parks have announced gradual reopening plans of park amenities after many were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a release, anyone visiting state parks through the summer should “anticipate changes to normal park operations.” “Guests should check www.virginiastateparks.gov for the latest information about individual parks before they […] → Read More

Eastman Credit Union to reopen branch lobbies for teller transactions on Monday

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — Eastman Credit Union plans to partially reopen branch location lobbies after closing them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The credit union says it will reopen branch lobbies for teller transactions only beginning Monday, May 11. Beginning Monday, May 18, services will be expanded to include all regular branch transactions. In order […] → Read More

Blue Ridge Parkway to increase access to sections of park in North Carolina

(WJHL) – The Blue Ridge Parkway announced Friday that they are increasing access to sections of the road previously closed to drivers in North Carolina. According to the post on the BRP Facebook page, gates will reopen access to the 14 southernmost miles of the parkway (milepost 454 through 469) on Saturday, May 9. This […] → Read More

SCSO: Man facing charges after discharged bullet causes shrapnel injury

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — UPDATE – A man is in custody after a shot from rifle caused shrapnel from a tile floor to injure a woman, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. According to a release from the sheriff’s office, Jarrett Belcher was arrested after deputies responded to a “reported shooting” in the 100 […] → Read More

Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, issue updates following President’s statement regarding parks reopening

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – At a tree-planting ceremony for Earth Day on Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced National Parks and public lands would start to be reopened. “We will begin to reopen our national parks and our public lands,” President Trump said. Both the National Park Service and National Forest Service modified operations in […] → Read More

Kingsport pauses recycling program

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – The City of Kingsport is temporarily halting its recycling program. During Tuesday night’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Deputy City Manager Ryan McReynolds said the decision “is due to a national trend that has drastically impacted Kingsport’s ability to market the majority of the material collected.” The city said the […] → Read More

Tenn. State Parks: Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park to remain closed after April 24

FLAG POND, Tenn. (WJHL) – One Northeast Tennessee state park will remain closed after others open on April 24th. According to the Tennessee State Parks website, Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park will remain closed. Rocky Fork is known for its access to backwoods areas and tends to draw crowds of people from Tennessee, North […] → Read More

Local manufacturer Crown snags three-year production agreement for hand sanitizer, adding 50 jobs

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Crown Laboratories will add about 50 jobs by the end of May so it can begin massive production of Purel hand sanitizer after winning a three-year agreement with Purel’s parent company. CEO Jeff Bedard said the agreement with GOJO is spurring Crown to build capacity for up to 12 million […] → Read More

ECU donation will go toward purchasing 1,400 Food City gift cards for families affected by COVID-19

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – A donation by Eastman Credit Union will be used to purchase more than a thousand Food City gift cards that will be distributed to families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The credit union donated $35,000 to the United Way Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Relief Fund. That money will be used […] → Read More

Virginia officials close the Channels Natural Area due to coronavirus

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation announced it is closing the Channels Natural Area Preserve on April 3 at 8 p.m. Officials cite COVID-19 concerns as the reason for the closure. According to a release, it “applies to the primary access point on Virginia Highway 80 in Hayters Gap […] → Read More

National Park Service closes overnight shelters along the Appalachian Trail

(WJHL) – The National Park Service has closed all overnight shelters and privies in areas under the Appalachian National Scene Trail Park Office. The closure affects 55 shelters along the Appalachian Trail from Virginia north. According to the release, “These modifications to operations are in support of federal, state, and local efforts to ensure the […] → Read More

New Census Bureau estimates show small population growth in parts of Tri-Cities region

(WJHL) – New estimate data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows small increases in population for most Northeast Tennessee counties, while population decreased in all Southwest Virginia counties. The new information, released March 26, is “based on the 2010 Census and reflect changes to the April 1, 2019 population due to the Count Question Resolution […] → Read More

86 Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees have tested positive for COVID-19

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Vanderbilt University Medical Center confirmed that as of Monday afternoon, 86 of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19. More than 20,000 people work at the medical center. Vanderbilt says some of the employees have recovered and are even back to work. The rest are self-isolating at home. None were hospitalized. In addition to handling nearly […] → Read More

National Forest Service closes access points, trailhead facilities to A.T. in Southwest Virginia

(WJHL) – The National Forest Service and George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are temporarily shutting down trailhead facilities and access points to the Appalachian Trail in Southwest Virginia. The goal is “to prevent groups from congregating and to protect public health” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a release, recreation opportunities in the National […] → Read More