Bristol city manager resigns
Bristol, Virginia city manager Dewey Cashwell resigned in June. He'd held the job for almost three years. The reason was hush-hush, but he received a year's pay as severance -- about $125,000 in all. Cashwell is now city manager in Culpepper, Virginia. Click here to read more.
Former sheriff's court cases end
Former Unicoi County sheriff Kent Harris spent a good deal of the year in court. He faced three trials on 13 felony counts. Two ended in hung juries, and the third was dismissed by a judge. After the last one, District Attorney Tony Clark decided not to pursue any further action against Harris. Click here to read more.
Heavy rains flood the area
In July, saturated ground and heavy rain caused widespread flooding in downtown Kingsport and in several other areas. We reported live as the water went from ankle deep to knee deep in a matter of minutes. Downtown shops suffered major damage, as did some homes. Officials called this an exceedingly rare event. One resident captured amazing video of floodwaters in his backyard -- click here to view the video. that same storm caused flooding in johnson city as well, where roads were covered and many drivers were stranded. Click here to read more.
Man shot after allegedly trying to ram deputies
In August, three Sullivan County deputies shot a man who hit two of them with his car. The deputies answered a call about a car crash. Upon arrival, they saw 58-year-old Roger Street had hit another car and was standing in the road. He then got back in his car and while trying to flee, hit the two deputies. They opened fire. The deputies had minor injuries. Click here to read more.
Greeneville man gets life in prison
In august, Ethan Self of Greeneville was convicted of killing his father. Self confessed to the shooting, but said it was an accident. The jury didn't believe him, and he got life in prison. Click here to read more.
School cuts 50 positions
In September, teachers and school staffers in Buchanan County, Virginia got a tough lesson in economics. An overflow crowd heard the school board explain why it needed to cut about 50 positions district-wide. The superintendent cited a loss of more than $2 million in federal funds. Click here to read more.
Hospital closes in Lee County
Cuts of another kind led to the closing of the only hospital in Lee County, Virginia. In May, its owner, Wellmont Health System, said the hospital would stay open. But after trimming staff and cutting beds, it announced in September that Lee Regional would close just three weeks later. Click here to read more.
Rain can't stop Rhythm & Roots
Mother Nature tried, but she couldn't dampen spirits at this year's Rhythm & Roots event in Bristol. Despite wet, cool weather, thousands of fans still turned out to sample music, some of it indoors. Luckily, organizers had insurance to help cover costs in the event of inclement weather. Click here to read more.
Church bus involved in accident
October proved to be a deadly month on area interstates. On October 2, a bus chartered by a church group hit an SUV and tractor-trailer on I-40 near Dandridge. The big-rig erupted in flames. Six people in the bus and the SUV driver were killed. 14 other people were hurt. Click here to read more.
Firey crash kills three
That same day on I-81 in Smyth County, Virginia, another fiery and deadly crash happened as a tanker truck carrying more than 8,000 gallons of gas hit a pickup, then slammed into a highway cushion truck. The tanker blew up, spewing thick black smoke and closing the interstate. Three people died in the accident. Click here to read more.
First trial in 'Facebook murders'
The trial of Marvin Potter took place in October. He was accused of killing a Mountain City couple. Billie Jean Hayworth and Billy Payne, Jr. were found shot to death. Prosecutors say Potter killed them because they de-friended Potter's daughter Jenelle on Facebook. After a week long-trial, Potter was convicted. Click here to read more.
'Battle At Bristol' announced
After very successful spring and fall races, the Bristol Motor Speedway made news in October. It was announced that BMS will host a football game between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies. The game is set for September 10, 2016, and should bring in about 150,000 fans. If so, that will be the biggest crowd to ever attend a college football game. Click here to read more.
Mayor, candidate scuffle in city hall