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Justin Soto


Johnson City, TN, United States

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Past articles by Justin:

4-year-old walks away from Kingsport elementary; discovered by stranger blocks away

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)- News Channel 11 has confirmed a 4-year-old girl walked away from Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Wednesday while on her way from the classroom to the bathroom, according to the child’s parents. At the time, the little girl was being escorted by teachers when school administrators told the girl’s parents that she somehow […] → Read More

Artistic trains showcased in Founders Park Saturday

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – In celebration of Johnson City’s 150th anniversary – the city unveiled new additions that honor it’s railroad history and local art scene. Fiberglass trains were designed by local artists and showcased in Founders Park Saturday morning. This project hopes to celebrate the city’s strong art community. Each train depicts what […] → Read More

Mountain Dew sign replaces long-time Pepsi billboard on Interstate 26 in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- A long-time Pepsi billboard in Johnson City is getting a major makeover. If you frequently drive on I-26 heading toward downtown Johnson City you may have noticed a Pepsi billboard that reads “Pepsi Tops In East Tennessee.” Officials at Lamar Advertising said the Pepsi billboard has been there since at least […] → Read More

Surveillance video from Elizabethton Airport shows moments leading up to Dale Jr. plane crash

APP users click HERE to watch the video. ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL)- News Channel 11 has obtained surveillance video from the Elizabethton Municipal Airport that shows the first moments Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s plane touched the ground before it crashed in August. The surveillance video only lasts for a few moments. You can see the attempted landing […] → Read More

Tennessee Department of Health details rabies cases; vaccination clinic scheduled

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Tennessee Department of Health’s Division of General Environmental Health has released new information about the number of rabies cases in Northeast Tennessee. This comes as they prepare for a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on September 26. According to TDH, there were 30 animal cases of rabies in the state in […] → Read More

Authorities: Man robs 65-year-old woman, hits her with handgun

SCOTT COUNTY, Va. (WJHL)- Authorities with the Scott County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office have arrested a man accused of robbing a woman after hitting her in the side of the face with a handgun. Deputies said deputies responded to the incident on Spring Valley Circle just before noon on Tuesday. That’s where a 65-year-old woman was […] → Read More

NEW DETAILS: Driver airlifted after Chuckey crash charged with DUI

CHUCKEY, Tenn. (WJHL) – UPDATE – A driver has been charged after a single-vehicle crash on Horton Highway Sunday evening. According to a crash report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Larry Brown, 62, of Greeneville, TN, is being charged with a DUI. Brown is also being charged with failure to exercise due care, not wearing […] → Read More

Dale Earnhardt Jr. still plans on driving in Darlington race following plane crash

(WJHL) Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he is still planning on driving in a race next week at Darlington Raceway. “Yes. I plan on driving still,” Earnhardt wrote in a tweet Wednesday. “My lower back is bruised up real bad. Lots of swelling and I just need that to go down and the […] → Read More

Dale Earnhardt Jr. addresses fiery plane crash in Elizabethton during podcast

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL)- Dale Earnhardt Jr. issued his first statement Monday following a fiery plane crash late last week. You can read the entire statement below. The plane, traveling from Statesville, North Carolina, bounced at least twice before “coming down hard” on the right-wing landing gear, according to investigators. Dale Jr. also released a new […] → Read More

ESPN reporter Marty Smith talks to Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Elizabethton plane crash

ESPN reporter Marty Smith spoke to Dale Earnhardt Junior following Thursday’s plane crash at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport. Smith said Earnhardt is appreciative of the outpouring of support and love they’re receiving. Watch Smith’s full video on his conversation with Earnhardt above. Click here for the latest on the Earnhardt plane crash investigation. → Read More

‘Blue Circle’ in Bristol, TN expected to reopen in Sept.under new management

BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) – A popular restaurant in Bristol won’t be closing their doors after all. Blue Circle announced on Facebook they are now under new management. Mark and Debbie Sourbeer bought the restaurant last week according to the post. According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, the owner’s hope to keep Blue Circle going strong […] → Read More

Eyewitnesses share accounts of plane crash involving Dale Earnhardt Jr.

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL)- News Channel 11’s Justin Soto was on scene at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport for hours Thursday and spoke to people who witnessed the fiery plane crash. You can watch those interviews in the video above. COMPLETE COVERAGE HERE: Earnhardt Jr. released from hospital after fiery plane crash RELATED HEADLINES Video show Earnhardt family […] → Read More

TRAFFIC ALERT: Detour in place for Elizabethton drivers after fiery plane crash

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL)- Elizabethton Police said State Route 91 will likely remain closed until 7 p.m. Friday following Thursday’s plane crash. The detour route in place is pictured in the map above. COMPLETE COVERAGE HERE: Earnhardt tells ESPN reporter he and his family are OK RELATED HEADLINES Video show Earnhardt family fleeing fiery plane crash in […] → Read More

Sports Director Kenny Hawkins reflects on Kulwicki crash of 93′

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- News Channel 11 Sports Director Kenny Hawkins gave us insight Thursday on a deadly crash that happened more than 26 years ago in our region involving a reigning NASCAR Champion. On April 1, 1993, NASCAR driver Alan Kulwicki and three others were killed when their plane crashed in a field near Blountville. […] → Read More

GALLERY: WJHL viewers capture Dale Earnhardt Jr. plane crash in Elizabethton

(WJHL)- Several News Channel 11 viewers captured the moment a plane crashed at the Elizabethton Airport. That plane was carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family COMPLETE COVERAGE HERE: Earnhardt tells ESPN reporter he and his family are OK RELATED HEADLINES Video show Earnhardt family fleeing fiery plane crash in Elizabethton Josh Smith’s one-on-one interview […] → Read More

Josh Smith’s one-on-one interview with Carter Co. Sheriff following Earnhardt Jr. plane crash

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL)- Shortly after 5 o’clock on Thursday News Channel 11’s Josh Smith spoke to Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford about the plane crash involving Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family. You can watch their interview in the video above. FULL STORY HERE: Earnhardt Jr., wife, and child not seriously hurt in Elizabethton plane […] → Read More

Memorial service held for John Battle basketball coach

BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) – A memorial service was held Wednesday night for John Battle High School basketball coach Jon Odum. Odum died on Saturday after a long battle with cancer. The memorial service was held at the high school, with family asking guests to dress casually and wear the colors of either John Battle or […] → Read More

UPDATE: Motorcyclist in critical condition after crash with SUV on North Roan Street

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – UPDATE – A motorcyclist is said to be in critical condition after what police are calling a crash with serious injury. According to a release from the Johnson City Police Department, officers responded to the crash site on North Roan Street just after 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening. The release says […] → Read More

UPDATE: Both drivers injured, taken to hospitals after crash near I-81/I-40 interchange in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – UPDATE: The crash on I-81 in Jefferson County Saturday night led to multiple injuries. According to a crash report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, two vehicles were traveling south on I-81 in the right lane when the driver of Chrysler PT Cruiser rear-ended a GMC Sierra. The GMC skidded into […] → Read More

Smyth Co. Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scam

SMYTH COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) — One Southwest Virginia community is being warned about a new phone scam. The Smyth County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office Facebook page posted yesterday that they are starting to receive more reports of an IRS phone scam. “The scammers are up to their old tricks trying to convince people that they owe […] → Read More