Jim Conrad

POSTED: 2:10 PM Jun 05 2012   UPDATED: 5:04 PM Dec 17 2014

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Jim Conrad

Jim Conrad grew up in the mountains of southwest Virginia and loved to tell the region’s stories.

A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Conrad joined the News 5 staff in 1986 as a videographer.

He also produced newscasts before taking over the Region Focus segments in 2004.

Jim tragically passed away on December 16, 2014. Take a look at the stories below to see his career and how his work showed his love of the area.

Jim's stories, including the Region Focus series, took a positive look at local people and events. He was interested in several topics that found their way into his work.


Students have an underwater conversation

Students at Twin Springs High School got the chance to talk live with two professors from Roane State Community College about living and working underwater.

Getting girls interested in chemistry and science

Are we getting more young girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math?

Kids teaching kids about science and technology

Kids learn from each, other even about complicated things like science and technology.


JROTC students create homemade drone

Junior ROTC students at Greeneville High have created their own helicopter drone from scratch.


Future female scientists attend conference

A conference dedicated to sixth-grade girls is held to get them interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Local art and music

Renowned artist creates Kingsport Carousel print

Famous artist P. Buckley Moss has created a print of the Kingsport Carousel Project that will help fund it.

Totem pole marks Appalachian culture

A new totem pole marks the spot where a new school will teach Appalachian culture, from music to food.

Shop local, shop homemade

As you begin you holiday shopping, think about something made right here by people in the region.

Emory & Henry's radio station goes solar

Emory and Henry's radio station will soon become the only solar-powered radio station on this side of the country.


Local artist creating totem pole

At some point, whittling a piece of wood becomes carving. It might be a small animal or a character, but a local artist wanted to carve something bigger -- so big, in fact, that it's 30 to 40 feet tall. It's a totem pole.


Va Creeper Trail Rails to Trails Hall of Fame Member

The Virginia Creeper Trail get inducted into the Rails to Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame.

Difficulties in raising exotic animals

The unexpected death of a baby giraffe lets us know just how difficult it can be to raise an exotic animal.

Very special therapy dog helps patients

A special therapy dog named Lily relates to patients, because she too is overcoming her own physical problems.


New Creeper Trail trestle set to open

After being destroyed by a tornado three years ago, the longest trestle on the Creeper Trail is set to re-open.

steele creek

Steele Creek Park celebrates 50 years

It's been 50 years since Steele Creek Park was created, and many facts about its history are being uncovered as an anniversary is being planned.


Primary school salutes veterans

Primary school students teach us that it's just a simple thank you is all that's needed to salute our veterans.

Saltville's storied Salt Theater to reopen

The location of the Museum of the Middle Appalachians was once home to the Salt Theater. Now, a smaller version is set to open to tell the town's Civil War history.

Students celebrate Founders Day on Halloween

Students at Mary Hughes Middle School couldn't dress up in their Halloween costumes, so they came up with a better idea -- dress like the founders of the school.

Historic stained glass windows restored

When the Clintwood United Methodist Church burned down in 1958, the only thing left were some historic stained glass windows, which have now been restored for homecoming.

Lee County teen to become Honorary Marine after passing

His love of the Marines and his courage facing a life-threatening heart condition will allow Jacob Sprinkle to become an Honorary Marine.


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