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Delta Flight Forced to Make Emergency Landing in Knoxville

(KNOXVILLE) A Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta to Cleveland Sunday morning was forced to make an emergency landing in Knoxville after one of its engines failed.

Delta flight 1474 left Atlanta a little before 9am. Less than 25 minutes later, the 139 passengers on board were landing in Knoxville after the right side engine on board the MD-88 aircraft failed.

No one was injured- Delta later sent another plane to get all those passengers to their final destination of Cleveland, Ohio.


Johnson City Named Among Worst Tenn. Cities for LGBTQ Residents

(JOHNSON CITY) The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, has released the results of its sixth annual Municipal Equality Index, which assessed LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including eight in Tennessee.

Johnson City scored well below the state average of 34 out of 100…coming in at only 18.

There were 44 different criteria, covering everything from city services, law enforcement policies, the city’s relationship with the LGBTQ community, and various nondiscrimination protections.

Chris Sanders, the executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project, told the Johnson City press the low score is indicative of a number of deficiencies, some of which he called ‘cultural.’

He cited the 2016 Washington County Commission vote on an anti-marriage equality resolution…which fell just one vote short of passage.


Bikers Hit The Road to Benefit Crisis Center of Bristol

(BRISTOL, Tn.) Dozens of area bikers took to the road Sunday as part of a charity ride to benefit the Crisis Center of Bristol.

The center partnered with Black Wolf Harley-Davidson for the event. The Crisis Center has been in operation since 1970, helping people with a variety of problems, from helping cope with sexual assault to suicide prevention.

If you want to donate or volunteer, log on to crisiscenterinc.org.


Drug Take-Back Event Scheduled for Saturday Throughout SW Virginia

(BRISTOL) Law enforcement agencies throughout SW Virginia will be taking part in a number of no questions asked, prescription drug disposal events Saturday.

Pills and patches will be accepted, but no needles or syringes.

The collection will take place Saturday between 9am and 1pm at a number of sites including at Food City locations in Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, Pennington Gap, St. Paul, and Wise. Other locations include the Scott Co. Sheriff’s Office in Gate City and the CVS Pharmacy in Norton.


Johnson City Breast Cancer Walk Raises $110,000

(JOHNSON CITY) A breast cancer fundraiser 5K drew thousands to Founder’s Park in Johnson City Sunday.

More than 3,000 runners were there to raise money to support a pair of organizations- the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Organizers of the walk and run had set a fundraising goal of more than $160,000…and as donations were still being tallied, the number exceeded $110,000 with more still to come.


Ray Sentenced

(JOHNSON CITY) – A Johnson City woman, convicted earlier this year for sex crimes involving an underage juvenile, is sentenced to 25 years in prison…Jim O’Reilly…

Amber Ray had three additional years suspended during her hearing in an Elizabethton courtroom. She was charged with rape of a child and incest. A jury found Ray guilty in April, following a two-day trial. Investigators say the crimes occurred at a home in Elizabethon, adding Ray sexually abused a child over a six-month period, beginning in late 2012.


Sex Case Ends

(JOHNSON CITY) – A Johnson City woman, convicted earlier this year for sex crimes involving an underage juvenile, is sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Amber Ray had three additional years suspended during her hearing in an Elizabethton courtroom.

She was charged with rape of a child and incest. A jury found Ray guilty in April, following a two-day trial. Investigators say the crimes occurred at a home in Elizabethon, adding Ray sexually abused a child over a six-month period, beginning in late 2012.


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