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Kingsport City Schools Set to Hire New Superintendent

(KINGSPORT) The school board of Kingsport City Schools is expected to approve a contract to hire a new superintendent at its meeting tonight.

The board is expected to approve a contract for Jeff Moorhouse, who currently serves as the superintendent of Greeneville City Schools.

His last day there is February 1st, and would be available for hire on the 2nd thanks to a early release from the Greenville school board.

His hiring marks the second time Kingsport City Schools is set to bring over the former leader of the Greeneville system.

That meeting is set for 6 o’clock tonight.

Dominion Energy Using Recent Cold Spell to Push For $5 Billion Pipeline

(RICHMOND) The 2014 “polar vortex” and the wave of cold weather it unleashed over much of the U.S. has surfaced again and again as proponents have made the case for one of Virginia’s most controversial infrastructure projects, the Dominion Energy-led Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The same argument, that existing pipeline capacity is stretched to the max during periods of severe weather, reared its head again a few weeks ago after a similar spate of plunging temperatures ushered in 2018.

Pipeline opponents say Dominion is recycling an old argument that ignores other factors that lead to service curtailments and contend that building a $5.5 billion new pipeline is the most expensive way to deal with demand spikes caused by cold weather.

Weekend Apartment Fire Leads to Arson Charges For Kingsport Man

(KINGSPORT) Arson charges have been filed against a Kingsport man whom police say tried to burn down an apartment complex after getting into an argument with his girlfriend.

Crews were called to the Model City Apartments on Stonegate Road just before midnight Sunday in response to a fire.

Once on the scene, they saw smoke coming from the windows and door of an apartment and a responding officer saw Bobby Hite, Jr. leaving that same unit. He is now charged with aggravated arson and remains in the Kingsport City Jail, awaiting arraignment.

Johnson City Man Charged With Breaking Into Church, Punching Woman

(JOHNSON CITY) Police in Johnson City have arrested a man after he allegedly broke into a area church and punched a woman inside.

Johnson City Police said officers caught Lance Lukens trying to break into a church at while he was intoxicated.

A woman at the church told officers that Lukens had been asked to leave earlier for disruptive behavior. She said he later returned and punched her after asking him to leave.

Lukens is now facing a burglary charge and is being held on a $10,000 bond. He’s set to be arraigned in court later today.

Trial of Semi Driver Who Killed Six in 2015 I-75 Crash Begins Monday

(CHATTANOOGA) A trial is set to begin in Tennessee for a Kentucky truck driver charged in the deaths of six people in a 2015 interstate crash.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports 42-year-old Benjamin Brewer is set to go on trial Monday in Hamilton County Circuit Court in Chattanooga. A 16-member jury was chosen in Nashville last week.

Federal investigators have said the June 2015 crash on Interstate 75 near Chattanooga likely happened because Brewer, who failed to slow down in a construction zone, was probably fatigued and had taken methamphetamine.

Brewer, of London, Kentucky, is charged with six counts of vehicular homicide, four counts of reckless aggravated assault and three other counts of driving violations. Brewer’s trial was postponed twice last year.

Utility Improvements Done in Kingsport's Colonial Heights Annexation

(KINGSPORT) Five-plus years after Kingsport put the finishing touches on annexing the Colonial Heights community, long-awaited utility improvements have been finally been completed.

At a recent meeting, city officials said the five-phase plan which began in 2015 wrapped up late last month. The improvements included new water and sewer lines as well as adding new paved streets where the work took place.

Those annexations were from west of Fort Henry Drive, north of Interstate 81 and east of Interstate 26. In all, the city put in 90 fire hyrdants and 16 miles of sewer lines at a cost of more than $14 million.

Abortion Bills Go Down In Richmond

(RICHMOND) – A Republican-led Virginia Senate committee votes down two bills aimed at increasing access to abortion services…Jim O’Reilly…

The committee voted along party lines against legislation pushed by abortion-rights advocates. One bill was related to abortion clinic regulations and another would have removed the requirement that rape victims file a police report before receiving an abortion funded by the state.