Kate Nemarich, WJHL

Kate Nemarich


Johnson City, TN, United States

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Past articles by Kate:

A home for the holidays: Elizabethton woman receives Holston Habitat home

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) — Just in time for Christmas, an Elizabethton woman is stepping into her new house. “Today’s a fabulous day,” said Laura Kelly, Executive Director of Holston Habitat. “We are here to celebrate Patti as she achieved her dream of having an affordable home.” Patti marks the 317th family served by Holston Habitat […] → Read More

Lawmaker and judge react to scathing Tennessee DCS report

TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) — Local leaders are reacting after a scathing report on the state of Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services. A state audit says DCS needs to fix issues that have plagued the department for years. The audit cites 5 main failings within the system. General Sessions Juvenile Court Judge Kenneth Bailey said that […] → Read More

Helicopter brings Santa and gift cards to Northeast Tennessee children

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Santa Claus got an early start to visiting the children of Northeast Tennessee, but he left the sleigh at home and took to the skies in a new ride. Children at Rise Up! in Johnson City changed “Santa” as a helicopter piloted by Alan Bracken from the Inside Track WOW […] → Read More

Carter Co. warns of fentanyl-laced pills

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) —The Carter County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning as law enforcement said they’re seeing deaths caused by suspected fentanyl-laced pills. The sheriff’s office said they’ve seen three overdose deaths in less than fives weeks. Capt. Jeff Markland Criminal Investigations Division said fentanyl has been confirmed in one of those deaths, and […] → Read More

A space for work and show: Fischman Gallery

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — People in Johnson City don’t have to travel far to find art in the Tri-Cities, there’s a gallery right at the heart of downtown giving local artists a home. Each month the walls of the Fischmn Gallery are filled with art by local and regional artists. The space and opportunity […] → Read More

Search for new director of Sullivan County Schools

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Sullivan County Schools is on the search for its next director of schools. School officials narrowed their search to three candidates, each being interviewed publically Monday. This comes as current Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski plans to retire at the end of June. Each of the three candidates comes from an […] → Read More

Suspect’s sister speaks about brother killed in Glade Spring police incident

GLADE SPRING, Va. (WJHL) — Virginia State Police have identified Travis Fields as the man who died after allegedly firing shots near Washington County Virginia Deputies. According to VSP, Fields fired a shot and a Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Deputy returned fire. Fields died at the scene. Field’s sister, Laura Combs, said her brother was […] → Read More

More than scoring deals at Small Business Saturday

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) — As shoppers prepare for the holiday rush, local businesses are hoping they’ll seek local options for holiday gifts. Local cities are joining in the effort to get people to shop locally this Small Business Saturday. The City of Elizabethton is encouraging shoppers to head downtown to buy gifts from local shops […] → Read More

Protestors call for more punishment after reported Daniel Boone assault

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Protestors gathered outside the Washington County Department of Education building Wednesday afternoon to call for more punishment in the reported locker room assault that happened at Daniel Boone High School. Protestors told News Channel 11 that they’re happy to see the TBI getting involved, but believe more needs to be […] → Read More

Elizabethton Betsy Band wins state championship

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Elizabethton Betsy Band returned home on Sunday to major fanfare after competing in the state band competition. The band competed against 20 other bands at the Tennessee Division II State Band Competition and left state champions. They also won first place for percussion, color guard and drum major. Fire Trucks […] → Read More

Crowe, Craig face off in Tennessee Senate District 3 race

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Longtime District 3 state Sen. Rusty Crowe (R) is facing Kate Craig (D) on the November ballot. Crowe has held the District 3 State seat since 1990. For Craig, this is her first time running for public office. Crowe said his longevity makes him the ideal candidate. “The knowledge, background, […] → Read More

Mother of slain pregnant woman says murder suspect was father to unborn child

The mother of a pregnant Buchanan County woman who was reportedly murdered over the weekend told News Channel 11 that the suspected killer was the father of the unborn child. → Read More

LIHEAP: turning up the heat, but not the cost for some families

With cold weather moving in many will be turning their thermostats up. However, for some in the community heating isn’t in the budget. Cold temperatures are not only uncomfortable, but they can also be dangerous. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is available for households making below certain thresholds. → Read More

Brewing economic success: Distilleries and breweries could boost economic growth

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — Business owners and economic leaders said breweries and distilleries are helping to boost Northeast Tennessee’s economy and that’s partially thanks to the people they are drawing to our region. A couple of Tri-Cities business owners spoke Thursday morning to a room of economic leaders at the MeadowView Convention Center in Kingsport […] → Read More

Advocates detail protocol for treating sexual assault victims

TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) — In light of recent accusations by a local district attorney regarding the treatment of a rape victim by staff at the Johnson City Medical Center, News Channel 11 reached out to sexual assault victim advocates to learn about proper protocol in the care of victims and collection of evidence. Sexual assault […] → Read More

Addressing gaps in foster care in Northeast Tennessee

TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Tennessee Department of Children’s services is facing a shortage of homes leading to children bouncing between DCS offices and temporary placement across the region. As of Monday afternoon, there are 9,113 children in the care of DCS. More than a 10th of those cases come from the Tri-Cities region alone. […] → Read More

Progress made in Carter County SRO search

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — When Carter County Sheriff Mike Fraley started his term last month one of his goals was to fill the open School Resource Officer positions immediately, now more than a month in he says progress is being made. Fraley said they have doubled their SRO staff since the start of the […] → Read More

Tri-Cities Latinos: Building connections and community online and in-person

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – After noticing a disconnect, one Tri-Cities woman made it her mission to connect Hispanic and Latino people in the Tri-Cities, not just with each other, but with local businesses. “I call myself the Latino Yellow Pages,” said Maria Aramburu, Bilingual Realtor. “Through social media, I created a group called Tri-Cities […] → Read More

‘Listen to the voice inside your head’: Staying vigilant could save your life

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — When it comes to reducing your risk of becoming a victim of a crime, first and foremost Washington County, Tennessee Chief Deputy John Rose said victims are never to blame. However, there are ways he said people can help reduce their risks. Rose likes to use driving as an analogy […] → Read More

Dollywood holds ‘Great Pumpkin LumiNights’ event

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Dollywood is bringing back some traditional favorites this fall season. During the Harvest Festival, park-goers can enjoy fall-themed foods along with music from a wide range of genres. Dollywood is also holding its Great Pumpkin LumiNights event. At night, the park lights up as the glow of the Great Pumpkin […] → Read More