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Ashley Sharp


Johnson City, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Ashley:

Johnson City apartment complex confirms positive COVID-19 case

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- In an e-mail to residents this week with the subject line “Important Health Notification,” officials with the Haven at Knob Creek confirmed a positive case of COVID-19. That e-mail to residents read in part, “We have been informed that an individual was diagnosed with COVID-19, commonly known as the Coronavirus, at […] → Read More

VIDEO: Protester tries to stop volunteer firefighter from washing away ‘Black Lives Matter’ chalk message

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- An incident involving a small Black Lives Matter Protest is now at the center of an investigation at the Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department. The video above was taken on July 4 and features Rachel Bush, a Blountville native, that was taking part in what she described as a peaceful protest. […] → Read More

NCDHHS: 46,855 COVID-19 cases in North Carolina; new cases in Mitchell and Yancey counties

ASHE COUNTY, N.C. (WJHL) – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has reported there have been a total of 46,855 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Wednesday. 667,422 people have been tested in the state, according to NCDHHS. There are currently 846 hospitalizations and 1,168 deaths throughout North Carolina, according […] → Read More

VDH: 53,318 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Virginia; five new cases in SWVA

RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL) – The Virginia Department of Health reported 53,318 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Wednesday. The total case number of confirmed and probable cases in Virginia is 55,775. VDH said there have been 1,478 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths across the state along with 105 probable COVID-19 deaths. On Wednesday, VDH reported […] → Read More

TRI: Millions of dollars from CARES act will keep airport afloat post-pandemic

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) Airports have been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Air travel started to plummet in March, as the virus spread worldwide. Numbers from the TSA report that for the week of June 15, they saw an average of about 500,000 travelers a day. Compare that to the average of 2.5 million passengers per […] → Read More

Dungannon VFD: Hiker rescued from Devil’s Bathtub

Duffield, Va. (WJHL) — Authorities say one hiker was rescued after getting injured at Devil’s Bathtub in Southwest Virginia. The Dungannon Fire Department was dispatched to Devil’s Bathtub to assist Fort Blackmore Fire Department following a call for that hiker on Saturday. The following was posted to the Dungannon Fire Department’s Facebook page. “Dungannon Fire […] → Read More

Regional attractions seeing boost in Memorial Day business

TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) As most attractions across Tennessee have gotten the green-light to reopen in time for Memorial Day, it is a welcomed sight for many who have lost revenue amid the pandemic. As this year is not your typical Memorial Day holiday, the coronavirus has impacted travel and the economy. But locally, outdoor attractions […] → Read More

Local farmers hurt by bottleneck in food processing nationwide

TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) The effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to ripple through the food industry nationwide. As some are predicting that the country is on the brink of widespread meat shortage, local farmers say it does not start with them. Barry Bales owns Bales Farm in Mosheim, Tennessee. “This farm’s been in my family […] → Read More

Giving Tuesday: Donate to the United Way to help nonprofits survive pandemic

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) Seven local chapters of the United Way have teamed up to create a local relief fund to help non-profits in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia survive the COVID-19 pandemic. May 5, 2020 marks “Giving Tuesday” which is an annual, global effort to give back and help communities do good for those […] → Read More

Social Media challenges, quizzes can put you at risk for scams

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — What was your first car or your high school mascot? What town did you grow up in? You may recognize these questions from the multiple social media trends that are circling Facebook. But you may also recognize them as security questions. With people staying home and surfing through social media, more […] → Read More

Susan G. Komen Tri-Cities holding “virtual” Race for the Cure

TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) The coronavirus pandemic continues to cancel events across the country. As one could imagine, a group of cancer survivors is not going to let the virus cancel the annual Tri-Cities Race for the Cure. Some big changes are keeping this year’s fundraiser alive. The race will now be virtual; taking place online […] → Read More

“You can’t give up:” The importance of endometriosis awareness

TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) It is a disease often times misunderstood and misdiagnosed, even though researchers estimate 1 in 10 women will have it in their lifetime. March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month, and one local advocate hopes that by talking about the condition, she can help other women and girls go down an easier path. […] → Read More

Good Samaritan mechanic offers free services to anyone delivering food, medical supplies

TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) “If I can help, I will,” says Michael Surber. That’s the mindset of the owner of Mike’s Mobile Mechanic, hoping to lend a helping hand as the local community responds to the coronavirus outbreak. The Johnson City mechanic says while schools are closed, if you or an organization are out delivering food […] → Read More

‘We are the Volunteer State:’ Community shines in aftermath of Cookeville tornado

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Putnam County, Tennessee saw the deadliest event in its modern history when a tornado ripped through Cookeville and surrounding communities Monday night. 18 lives were lost in the county. That number includes 5 children. In the wake of what was left behind is a community that will not let a storm […] → Read More

Super Tuesday: What you need to know before you vote

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – 14 states, including Tennessee and Virginia, are participating in Super Tuesday’s vote for the primary candidate of the Democratic Party in the 2020 Presidential Election. Locally, races for county commission seats will be decided in Sullivan and Carter County. In Washington County, Tennessee, the race for assessor of property has […] → Read More

Bill prohibiting people convicted of animal cruelty from owning pets for at least two years passes Tenn. Senate

BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) – A bill that aims to protect animals in Tennessee from owners with animal cruelty charges has passed its first hurdle in the Tennessee General Assembly. ​ For some activists, it’s been a cause for celebration. “We are talking serious crimes where an animal could die and probably has, and if you […] → Read More

Where can I early vote in Northeast Tennessee?

TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) – Early voting for the Tennessee Presidential Preference Primary opens Wed. February 12 and runs through February 25. Tennessee and Virginia are among the states that will vote in the Presidential Primary on March 3, also known as “Super Tuesday.” Here are the locations where you can early vote in Northeast Tennessee: […] → Read More

“Freezin’ for a Reason:” Volunteers plunge into ice-cold water to raise money

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) Supporters of Good Samaritan Ministries took the plunge at the second annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” fundraiser. Organizers say it is all to raise money to help combat poverty and change lives here in our region. The pool at The Wellness Center in Johnson City was filled with ice on Saturday, […] → Read More

Science Hill inducts 24 into Athletic Hall of Fame

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) Two dozen former athletes were inducted into the Science Hill High School Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, February 1. This marks the 9th class of inductees. School leaders say those chosen are shining examples of history and heritage of a proud Hilltopper community. Saturday was a day to honor their accomplishments […] → Read More

Valentine dinner with music, dancing to benefit homeless animals

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – If you are looking for a night of music and dancing with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, our local animal rescue community has it covered. The “Red, Hot and Blues for Rescue” fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 8 will benefit the Animal Shelter of Sullivan County and the Neonatal Kitten Rescue. […] → Read More