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  • 500 new jobs coming to Wise County

    Published On: Jun 29 2016 04:27:44 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2016 05:32:56 PM EDT

    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Frontier Secure, a division of Frontier Communications Corporation, will establish a customer care center in Wise County. Virginia beat out Connecticut, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia for the project, which will create up to 500 jobs.

    The Virginia Economic Development Partnership helped Wise County and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority with the project. The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority approved a $5.6 million loan to the Wise County Industrial Development Authority to secure the deal. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $2 million in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds.

    “Frontier Secure is excited to announce the opening of our new Customer Care Center in Wise County, and we want to thank our partners from the state, county, region and local community for making this a reality,” said Kelly Morgan, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Frontier Secure. “Wise County offers the talent we depend on to drive our 100% U.S.-based operations, and we are proud to play a role in supporting economic growth in Southwest Virginia. This expansion will provide us the additional capacity that we need to service our growing strategic partnership business.”

    “Today is a great day for Southwest Virginia. Frontier Secure’s decision to locate its customer care center in Wise County will have a tremendous economic impact on the region and the Commonwealth,” said McAuliffe.

    "I want to congratulate Frontier Secure on their decision to locate a customer care center in Wise County, bringing 500 new jobs to the region," said state Senator Bill Carrico, a member of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.

  • Gate City man arrested in Georgia on child sex crimes

    Published On: Jun 29 2016 06:06:26 PM EDT

    A Gate City, Va. man was arrested last Wednesday in Georgia and charged with child sex crimes. Stan Godsey was arrested in Bremen, Ga. 

    Police said an officer posing as a 15-year-old girl online was contacted by Godsey. Godsey then rented a motel room and drove to the designated spot arranged by the undercover officer. That is when he was arrested. 

    Godsey was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor and attempting to commit a felony. He is being held in the Haralson County Sheriff’s Department Jail in Georgia.

  • Authorities: 27 charged in "major" northeast Tennessee meth bust

    Published On: Jun 27 2016 05:47:41 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 27 2016 06:09:49 PM EDT

    Federal authorities say more than two dozen people are charged in a major methamphetamine distribution ring in Northeast Tennessee. Among those, six were charged with possessing firearms to further drug trafficking. The investigation was headed up by local and federal authorities, leading to an 80 count indictment. Those charged include Greeneville residents Jeffery Brian Willis and Jenny Louise Musson, Rogersville resident Eric James Reedy, Mooresburg residents Stephen Dwight Hopkins, Kellie Hopkins, and John Nathaniel Beasley, and Mosheim resident Maria Smelcer. Authorities say most have appeared in federal court in Greeneville and pleaded not guilty.  

    Following is a complete list of individuals charged in the indictment:  

     Rickey Dale Munsey, 47, Washburn, Tenn.;

    Jeffery Brian Wills, 27, Greeneville, Tenn.;

    Joel Hosea Beasley, 36, Morristown, Tenn.;

    Steven Dwight Hopkins, 46, Mooresburg, Tenn.;

    Guy Mayns, 31, Morristown, Tenn.;

    Christopher Allen Williams, 47, Morristown, Tenn.;

    James Guinn, 36, Morristown, Tenn.;

    Jenny Louise Musson, 32, Greeneville, Tenn.;

    Maria Smelcer, 42, Mosheim, Tenn.;

    Tomasena Miluv Payne, 28, Talbot, Tenn.;

    David Lee Sicilia, 31, Morristown, Tenn.;

    Andrew Harville, 28, Morristown, Tenn.;

    Nathan Carroll, 36, Morristown, Tenn.;

    Jamie Lee Bray, 24, Morristown, Tenn.;

    Darinda Sue Beasley, 36, Morristown, Tenn.;

    Erica Sue Harris, 34, Russellville, Tenn.;

    Jeremy Kane Jones, 30, Morristown, Tenn.;

    Eric James Reedy, 32, Rogersville, Tenn.;

    Timothy Shannon Maner, 35, Morristown, Tenn.;

    Christopher Wayne Munsey, 26, Morristown, Tenn.;

    Morgan Alan Moore, 30, Morristown, Tenn.;

    James Calvin Hale, 38, Morristown, Tenn.;

    Larry Wayne Martin, 52, Russellville, Tenn.;

    Kellie Hopkins, 23, Mooresburg, Tenn.;

    Donald Edward Grey, Jr., 40, Bean Station, Tenn.;

    John Nathaniel Beasley, 19, Mooresburg, Tenn.; and

    Tim Parvin, 38, Russellville, Tenn.

     

  • Tyler Summitt's statement on the death of Pat Summitt

    Published On: Jun 28 2016 07:01:07 AM EDT
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    Tyler Summitt released this statement about the passing of his mother, Pat Summitt:

    “It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Patricia Sue Head Summitt.

    She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most.

    Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced. Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease. 

    For 64 years, my mother first built her life upon a strong relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Her foundation was also built upon love of her family and of her players, and love of the fundamentals of hard work which reflected her philosophy that ‘you win in life with people’.

    She was the fourth of five children – Tommy, Charles, Kenneth and Linda – born to Richard and Hazel Head on June 14, 1952, in Clarksville, Tenn.  Her tireless work ethic and her love of the game of basketball were created during the time she spent growing up on the family farm.

    She’ll be remembered as the all-time winningest D-1 basketball coach in NCAA history, but she was more than a coach to so many – she was a hero and a mentor, especially to me, her family, her friends, her Tennessee Lady Volunteer staff and the 161 Lady Vol student-athletes she coached during her 38-year tenure.

    We will all miss her immensely.

    A private service and burial will be held for my mother in Middle Tennessee.  I ask that you respect the privacy of that time.

    We are in the process of finalizing the details of a public celebration of her life which will take place in one of her favorite places, Thompson-Boling Arena. Once those details are finalized, we will share them with you.

    Thank you.”

  • Name released in South Holston Lake drowning

    Published On: Jun 27 2016 03:42:39 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 28 2016 03:45:58 PM EDT

    The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a man who drowned in South Holston Lake Monday. The man was identified as 18-year-old Austin Oga of Johnson City. Oga was a sophomore computer science major at ETSU.

    According to authorities, around 2:45 p.m. Monday, the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible drowning near the Highway 421 boat ramp across from Laurel Marina.

    Officers spoke with witnesses who said Oga was swimming with a group of friends near the boat ramp when he went under and did not resurface. One of the swimmers tried to help him but was unsuccessful. The group then called 911.

    A diver with the Kingsport Lifesaving Crew was in the area when the call came out. He responded to the scene and located Oga a short time later. Oga was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Wise, Va. man sentenced to 19 years for role in multiple home invasions

    Published On: Jun 28 2016 02:23:36 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 28 2016 02:23:47 PM EDT

    A Wise, Va. man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to numerous charges in relation to a string of burglaries from late 2015 to early 2016.

    Jason Wayne Mullins, 35, pleaded guilty on the date he was to face a Wise County jury.

    Mullins pleaded guilty to seven counts of burglary, six counts of grand larceny, three counts of grand larceny of a firearm, two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, one count of third or subsequent offense petit larceny, and one count of receiving stolen goods.

    Mullins was sentenced to 120 years with 101 years suspended, so he will serve a total of 19 years in prison. The remaining suspended sentence will be conditioned upon successful completion of 25 years’ probation.

    Co-defendant, Amy Melinda Fletcher Mullins, 38, of Wise, pleaded guilty on May 20 for her role in the burglaries. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 25 and faces a maximum sentence of 321 years in prison.

    According to the official release, between Dec. 24, 2015 and Feb. 11, 2016, Amy Mullins burglarized seven locations, including family homes. Mullins and his wife studied each location beforehand and timed the entry when they thought no one be home. Using a crowbar and wire cutters, Mullins and his wife broke into homes in Wise. They took cash, personal belongings, firearms and $30,000 to $40,000 worth of jewelry.

    After an investigation, the couple was apprehended and Mullins confessed to his crimes. Officers found a significant number of stolen items in the Mullins residence and at a pawn shop. Authorities later discovered that the two knew some of the victims and that Mullins’ wife was a bridesmaid in one of the victim’s weddings.

    “Today’s plea and sentencing is a significant step toward protecting our citizen’s safety in their own homes,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp said. “We live in a safe and wonderful community. I believe that we should be safe in our homes and this case sends a clear message that we will not tolerate home invasions and violent crime.”

  • 72-year-old rape and kidnapping victim testifies in Sullivan County

    Published On: Jun 28 2016 07:38:12 PM EDT

    Graphic testimony is shaping the case against a man accused of raping and kidnapping an elderly woman in Sullivan County. Larry Stumbo's trial got underway Tuesday.

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    Graphic testimony is shaping the case against a man accused of raping and kidnapping an elderly woman in Sullivan County. Larry Stumbo's trial got underway Tuesday.

    Four witnesses took the stand. One of them the key witness, the then 72-year-old victim.

    Stumbo's trial began with an emotional narrative by the prosecution, illustrating the night of February 6, 2014 when the 72-year-old woman in Blountville was raped then kidnapped at gunpoint.

    "He started counting from 35 down, 35, 34, 33, so she began taking her clothes off," said Sullivan County assistant district attorney Gene Perrin during opening statements.

    The Bristol, Tennessee Police Department 911 dispatcher was called to the witness bench, and the 911 call was played for the courtroom.

    "He knew my name, and he knew my granddaughter's name, so I'm thinking it's Larry Stumbo," said the victim in the 911 call. "I don't know but I think it's Larry Stumbo."

    The prosecution called Bristol, Tennessee police officers to the stand who responded to the scene. They said they saw Stumbo driving the victim's stolen vehicle, when he fled from the officers, then crashed and abandoned the car.

    Prosecution also introduced evidence including the flat-screen television stolen from the victim, and the mask worn by the man during the crime.

    "He had a flesh colored mask with red teeth, fangs hanging down," said the victim in testimony.

    The defense argued Stumbo and the victim were in a consensual relationship that began September 2013 and ended that night in February.  The defense attorneys were working to poke holes in the witnesses' stories.

    "Would you agree with me on that night you signed a statement that said he grabbed a 50-inch T.V. and took it out with us into a 2013 Toyota," defense attorney Terry Jordan asked the victim.

    The victim recounted the things she says he made her do that night, none of which were consensual.

    "I just wanted to live and I knew he had a gun, and i knew he had a pillow over my head," the victim said.

    Other witnesses include a doctor and nurse who performed a rape kit on the victim. The trial is expected to continue through Thursday.

  • Toyota recalls 1.4 million cars for airbag problem

    Published On: Jun 29 2016 09:28:03 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2016 09:56:23 AM EDT
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    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -

    Toyota is recalling 1.4 million cars worldwide for a problems with exploding airbags.

    Though Toyota said this recall does not involve a Takata airbag, it has not identified the supplier.

    Toyota said it is not aware of any deaths or injuries related to this latest airbag recall. It also said the cause of the problem, and the solution, is different from the Takata problem.

    In this recall, the airbags are on the side of the car, not the steering wheel or passenger-side dashboard. These airbags have inflators composed of two chambers that are welded together. Toyota said when the car is parked and unoccupied for a period of time, that weld can develop a crack and the two chambers can separate, causing the airbag to inflate and some pieces of the inflator to shoot into the car.

    The models involved in the recall include three hybrid models, the Prius, the Prius Plug-in and the Lexus CT200h produced between October 2008 and April 2012. Nearly 500,000 of the 1.4 million cars being recalled are in the U.S.

    Takata airbags are the focus of the largest auto recall in history, with more than a dozen different automakers forced to recall cars with its products installed -- including Toyota. There are 69 million Takata airbags that have been recalled or will be recalled by 2019 in the United States alone.

    The Takata airbags need to be recalled because the inflators can rupture, sending shrapnel into the driver or front seat passenger. At least ten U.S. deaths have been linked to exploding Takata airbags, along with dozens of serious injuries.

  • Service held for bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley

    Published On: Jun 29 2016 10:40:02 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2016 10:40:28 AM EDT

    News 5 WCYB's PJ Johnson was at the funeral service in McClure, Va. for the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley.

  • Ralph Stanley II speaks about passing of his father

    Published On: Jun 28 2016 06:16:08 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 28 2016 06:16:17 PM EDT

    News 5 WCYB's PJ Johnson spoke with Ralph Stanley II about the passing of his father, Dr. Ralph Stanley.

  • Out to Lunch with Preston: Wooden Pickle, Marion, Va. - Part III

    Published On: Jun 29 2016 02:09:04 PM EDT

    In this week's Out to Lunch with Preston, News 5 WCYB's Preston Ayres continues his tour of area restaurants at the Wooden Pickle in Marion, Va.

  • Former players react to passing of Pat Summitt

    Published On: Jun 28 2016 05:08:23 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 28 2016 06:05:46 PM EDT

    News 5 WCYB's Casey Goetz has reaction to Pat Summitt's passing from former players Courtney McDaniel and Joy Scruggs. Scruggs played on Summitt's first team at UT.

  • We Salute You: Gary Maiden, Bristol, Tenn.

    Published On: Jun 29 2016 06:21:40 PM EDT

    We Salute You: Gary Maiden, Bristol, Tenn.

  • VFW member discusses Dr. Ralph Stanley

    Published On: Jun 28 2016 05:45:00 PM EDT

    News 5 WCYB's PJ Johnson spoke with the VFW's Bob Perrigan about the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley. The VFW will be performing a 21-gun salute during Stanley's service.

  • Wednesday Night's StormTrack 5 Forecast: 06-29-16

    Published On: Jun 29 2016 05:33:19 PM EDT

    80s and sunshine through Friday, but will rain ruin your holiday weekend plans?  Chief Meteorologist Dave Dierks has a sneak peek at that in your StormTrack 5 forecast.

  • Wednesday Afternoon's StormTrack 5 Forecast Video: 6-29

    Published On: Jun 29 2016 12:19:41 PM EDT

    Nice and warm today! Meteorologist David Boyd looks ahead to the weekend.