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  • Woman buys year's supply of pumpkin spice lattes

    By By Jenna Morton
    Published On: Oct 16 2014 12:10:43 PM CDT
    Pumpkin spice latte stock up


    MOLINE, Ill. (WQAD) -

    It's that time of year when, if you're not carving a pumpkin, you're likely drinking one.

    Pumpkin spice everything is all over menus and store shelves right now.

    One Quad City woman is making it a year-round tradition.

    Sherry Lynn Gustafson is getting her fix by loading up on pumpkin spice lattes.

    "I love pumpkin pie, and this is like pumpkin pie with whipped cream on it in a drink. So, I can drink as much I want, less calories too," she said.

    It's an obsession she's had for at least 10 years.

    "I got hooked, and then I used to go get them at the gas station, then I used to start making my own," Gustafson said.

    Her love of the seasonal drink, however, goes beyond most.

    "I get worse as we go. I start hoarding now, so I might have to rethink how many we have to get," Gustafson said.

    Gustafson decided to stock up so she can drink pumpkin spice all year long. She bought 52 boxes of the drink mix.

    "I don't want them to think I'm a nut, so I get a little bit at a time," Gustafson said.

    When the rest of the world has moved on to eggnog and peppermint, Gustafson will be relaxing in her living room with the only spice she'll ever need, all year 'round.

    "Whenever I need a fix, I'll get it," she said.

    Gustafson plans to buy at least 30 more boxes.

  • Woman charged with child abuse for the second time in two weeks

    By Kristen Quon, Producer/Reporter,
    Published On: Oct 20 2014 04:18:58 PM CDT
    KINGSPORT, Tenn -

    A local woman returned to jail after she was arrested on child abuse and neglect charges for the second time in less that two weeks.

    Kingsport police say 25-year-old Jeanne Reed, was arrested again after officers say witnesses tell them they spotted Reed's children walking in the road around 11:30 yesterday morning.

    Witnesses tell police one child was not wearing shoes, and was only wearing a shirt and diaper. The other child had on clothes but only one shoe.

    Police say Reed was found on the phone in a bedroom.

    Reed was arrested back on Oct. 8 for the same charges, after a similar incident.

    The children are now in the custody of the Department of Children's Services.

  • Sullivan County Highway Commissioner says employees are abusing sick time

    By News 5 Staff,
    Published On: Oct 20 2014 04:23:11 PM CDT
    Highway Department

    Forty-nine employees with the Sullivan County Highway Department used sick leave in the last two-week pay period.    

    Sullivan County Highway Commissioner, Jim Belgeri, tells us workers with the department are not allowed to use vacation time for just a couple hours out of the day, so employees typically use sick time if they want to leave work early.

    For example, Belgeri says if a job is scheduled for 10 hours and the crew finishes in seven hours, they will take off the other three hours instead of starting the next job.

    Belgeri says, "It's not acceptable to me and I don't think it should be acceptable to the commission to be paying people for sick leave when they're not sick."

    Belgeri says other county worker are allowed to take vacation time for partial days, so he just wants to have it equal across the board.

    The commission will take up this issue at their next meeting, in November.

  • Man dies in accident at Bristol candy company

    By Joey Barker, News Producer,
    Published On: Oct 15 2014 10:40:20 AM CDT
    Updated On: Oct 15 2014 02:33:35 PM CDT
    BRISTOL, Va. -

    UPDATE: The Bristol, Virginia Police Department released the following information:

    "Bristol, Virginia Police are investigating a death which occurred this morning at Helms Candy Company on Lee Highway.

    Police, fire, and emergency medical units responded to that location at 10:17 this morning.

    The victim, Gary Bowers, 50, of Washington County, Virginia,  apparently died at the scene from what appeared to be some sort of industrial accident.  He was employed by "At Work Personnel", which is a temporary employment agency.

    The incident remains under investigation, and further information will be released as it becomes available."


    A worker was killed on the job in Bristol, Virginia Wednesday morning.

    The accident happened at the Helms Candy Company. Emergency crews were called to the scene around 10 a.m.

    Emergency officials say he fell onto a machine and was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    His name has not been released.

  • Sullivan County passes resolution to support abortion amendment

    By Kristen Quon, Producer/Reporter,
    Published On: Oct 20 2014 09:46:44 PM CDT
    Updated On: Oct 20 2014 10:45:26 PM CDT

    Amendment One is a hot topic leading up to the election in November, and one local government is supporting it.

    The Sullivan County commission voted to pass a resolution supporting the amendment that will give the power to regulate abortions to the state government.

    If you vote yes, you are saying you want state lawmakers to have that control.

    If you vote no, you are saying you want it to stay the way it is now.

    We talked with one commissioner in Sullivan county to find out why they passed the resolution.

    "I think both sides can get behind this amendment because it's essentially neutral toward the subject," said Matthew Johnson of the Sullivan County Commission. "It clears up the fact that the constitution is silent toward the topic of abortion, and the folks have that decision to make come November 4th."

    There are four total amendments that will be on the ballot this year.

  • Third rape this semester reported on ETSU campus

    By News 5 Staff,
    Published On: Oct 20 2014 04:36:37 PM CDT
    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

    ETSU sent out a safety notice to students and staff today about a sexual assault that occurred on campus. This is the third reported rape this semester.

    ETSU started the safety notices this semester in order to expand notification procedures about sexual violence and other incidents that occur on campus.

    ETSU says the female student reported that a male non-student acquaintance raped her in her residence hall room.

    The student does not plan on filing charges in this case.

  • Man charged with attacking two people for money

    By Kristen Quon, Producer/Reporter,
    Published On: Oct 20 2014 08:15:13 PM CDT
    Updated On: Oct 20 2014 08:19:57 PM CDT
    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn -

    A man and woman in Johnson City say they were attacked in their home, which has now led to two arrests.

    Johnson City police say that someone broke into the victims' home, assaulted them, and stole $2,000 dollars in cash and jewelry.

    20 year old Michael Duncan is charged with aggravated robbery.

    He is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.

    A juvenile was also arrested in the case and will appear before a judge at a later date.

  • Gas prices take a tumble

    By Cassandra Sweetman, Multi-Media Journalist,
    Published On: Oct 20 2014 12:36:53 PM CDT
    Tennessee -

    If you've been driving in the past week you've probably been enjoying the low gas prices.  In fact they're the lowest they've been in Tennessee since 2011.  The average price per gallon slipped 11 cents to $3 or less.

    AAA representatives say a few factors contribute to the drop: fracking has produced an overabundance of oil, the blend of oil used in the winter is less expensive than the one used in the summer, and people aren't taking as many trips this time of year.  AAA travel agent Cecilia Campbell says it won't stop here.       

    "They continue to go down and will probably go down another 11 to 20 cents per gallon by Thanksgiving, so it's a good sign," said Campbell.  She says making sure you have the correct amount of air in your tires and avoiding hauling cargo on your roof are a good way to make this gas last.  She also suggests this may be a good time to take that weekend getaway you've been planning.

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