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  • Truck overturns in Russell County

    Published On: Oct 29 2014 03:12:37 PM CDT
    Updated On: Oct 29 2014 09:05:30 PM CDT
    Overturned Truck 10-29-2014
    RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. -

    Russell County emergency management supervisor Jess Powers released the following information about an overturned truck on Wednesday afternoon:

    "A truck hauling scrap metal has overturned on U.S. Highway Route 19, North of Lebanon, in the Northbound Lane, in the curve at Tiller's Trailer Park, blocking both lanes of traffic (see attached picture).

    Expect delays in traveling north, due to the north bound traffic is being rerouted onto the southbound lane.

    Cleanup and Hazmat crews are on scene, but progress will be slow and maybe overnight."

    The man inside the house the metal fell onto was not injured.

    Timothy Hoss, the driver of the truck, was flown to the Bristol Regional Medical Center to be treated for serious injuries.

    All lanes were reopened as of 7:30PM.

    The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

  • Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast

    Published On: Feb 27 2013 05:28:32 PM CST
    Updated On: Oct 30 2014 10:18:04 PM CDT
    StormTrack 5 Team

    AREAS OF DENSE FOG OVERNIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING

    RAIN SHOWERS DEVELOPING FRIDAY AFTERNOON

    MUCH COLDER AIR ARRIVES FRIDAY NIGHT, CHANGING RAIN TO SNOW

    * WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING FOR THE LOWER ELEVATIONS, INCLUDING THE TRI-CITIES *

    * WINTER STORM WARNING FOR FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF EAST TENNESSEE, SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, AND WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA *

    * Click here for the latest advisories, watches and warnings *

    LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS IN THE VALLEYS

    MODERATE TO HEAVY ACCUMULATIONS IN THE MOUNTAINS

    Tonight: Partly cloudy and cold. Areas of dense fog late. Lows 32-37. Light wind.

    Friday: Mostly cloudy, rain showers developing in the afternoon. Highs 49-55. West wind 5-10 mph.

    Friday Night: Rain mixing with and changing to snow. Lows 30-35. Winds northwest 5-15 mph.

    Saturday: Mountain snow showers. Valley rain/snow mix. Windy and cold. Highs 36-42. Northwest wind 5-20 mph.

    Weather Summary:

    We are tracking a strong cold front in the StormTrack 5 Weather Center. Ahead of this system will we see partly cloudy skies overnight with lows in the mid 30s. Be alert for area of dense fog overnight into Friday morning.

    StormTrack 5 meteorologists are tracking a wintry setup in the Tri-Cities Friday night into Saturday. A storm system will move through the Great Lakes in conjunction with a cold front that will head our way. Scattered rain showers will develop Friday afternoon ahead of the front.

    If you have any outdoor Halloween plans on Friday, the earlier the better. Friday evening and night may be a little wet for the trick or treating.

    Cold air will pour into the region Friday night changing the rain to snow (first in the mountains about 2500 feet by midnight and between midnight and 3 AM Saturday in the Tri-Cities). Temperatures will drop to near or below freezing Friday night, with higher elevations achieving this quicker than the valleys.  The wind direction from northwest will help produce lift especially across the higher elevations.

    Snowfall totals up to 3" are possible for the valleys (below 2000 feet). Any accumulations in the Tri-Cities will be mainly on the grass, cars, decks, and other elevated surfaces.

    Snowfall for the middle elevations (2000 to 3000 feet) will likely be 2 to 5" with locally heavier amounts. Our forecast data is indicating quite a bit of snow accumulation is possible above 3000 feet. This would include places like High Knob, Whitetop, and Roan Mountain. Snowfall totals around 3000 to 4000 feet will likely be 3 to 7" with locally heavier amounts. More than 6 inches possible above 4000 feet with mountain tops above 5000 feet possibility getting more than a foot!

    Roads across the higher terrain will become hazardous so be on the alert for snow and ice covered roads in these areas Friday night and Saturday. *Snowfall totals will greatly depend on elevation.*

    On Saturday we expect flurries or snow showers in the area. In the valleys, the snow will mix with or change to rain showers during the day while snow showers will continue in the mountains, especially for the snow-prone northwest facing slopes. Gusty winds and cold temperatures will make it feel like winter Saturday! Flurries should taper off Saturday evening.

    Clearing skies Sunday. We will be chilly though as the low pressure area with our departing system joins forces with a high in the Great Lakes to bring a cold northerly flow.

    Monday and Tuesday, temperatures warm up as the Great Lakes high slides east and we pick up that warming south to southeasterly flow again. Highs will be near normal in the afternoons.

    A new system will increase our chances of rain on Wednesday with mostly cloudy skies.

    Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night. Daylight saving time ends Sunday morning at 2:00 am. Finally a chance to get back the hour of sleep we lost in back in March!

    Highs will be in the lower 50s Friday with lower 40s Saturday, upper 40s Sunday and the 60s Monday through Wednesday. Lows will be in the low to mid 30s tonight and Friday night with 20s Saturday night and Sunday night before warming back into the 30s and low 40s Monday night through Wednesday night.

    You can get the latest forecast, radar, and severe weather alerts on News 5, WCYB.com, and on the StormTrack 5 weather app.

    Our normal high is 65°, low 39°.

    Meteorologist Dave Dierks and David Boyd

  • StormTrack 5: Winter Weather Alerts for Friday Night and Saturday

    Published On: Apr 25 2014 09:08:29 PM CDT
    Updated On: Oct 30 2014 09:11:21 PM CDT
    StormTrack 5 Team

    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the lower elevations, including the Tri-Cities, for Friday night and Saturday morning.

    A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the higher elevations of east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and western North Carolina for Friday night and Saturday.

    See the links below for the latest information.

    LINKS*

    Main StormTrack 5 Weather Page

    Current Severe Weather Alerts

    Sign up for Severe Weather Alerts

    Radar & Maps

    Severe Threat Tracker

    StormTrack 5 Forecast

    Viewer Pictures (see and send your own)

    (*Mobile website users, click the "view full site" link at the bottom of the page to visit our full website for more information).

     

    WATCH vs. WARNING

    WATCH:  Weather conditions are favorable to produce severe weather, stay alert. 
    WARNING:  Severe weather is likely or occurring, TAKE ACTION NOW.

     

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    Once safe to do so, send pictures, video, and reports to weather@wcyb.com.
    Be sure to upload your picture HERE as well.

  • Smyth County deputy arrested

    Published On: Oct 30 2014 05:13:03 PM CDT
    Cline, Kimberly Nicole - photo
    SMYTH COUNTY, Va. -

    The Smyth County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that Deputy Kimberly Cline was arrested the night of October 28th for public intoxication.
    Cline has been suspended with pay which is dependent upon an internal investigation.
    The incident happened while Cline was off duty.
    The sheriff's office will not release anymore information until after the investigation.

  • Premature twins delivered on couch, in ambulance

    By Olivia Bailey, Multi-Media Journalist, obailey@wcyb.com
    Published On: Oct 29 2014 04:32:57 PM CDT
    Updated On: Oct 30 2014 07:42:56 AM CDT

    Twin babies made their way into the world a little unexpectedly Tuesday night, and it's a case nurses at the hospital say they have never seen.

    KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

    Twin babies made their way into the world a little unexpectedly Tuesday night, and it's a case nurses at the hospital say they have never seen.

    Kristian Light was 29 weeks and two days pregnant with the babies when she started having pains around 9 p.m. Tuesday. She called her doctor, but her pains became worse as the night went on. Around 10:30 p.m., the baby girl was born on the couch at their home before first-responders arrived.

    "We were trying to get her in the vehicle to go to the hospital and by the time she stood up and she sat back down, the little girl came and I had 911 on the phone immediately," Light's husband, Daniel, said.

    Cynthia Salyers and her daughter Courtney live about a mile away. They both volunteer for the Scott County Lifesaving Crew and knew they had to do something when they heard the situation over the police scanner.

    Then, as Light was being loaded into the ambulance, the other baby, a boy, came.  Daniel says this was a life-changing moment for him because he also helped deliver the twins. It's nothing short of what's being called a miracle.

    "The only thing we could do was just get here loaded up and here. The babies were coming. She couldn't stop it. She had fought so hard to stop it, but she couldn't stop it anymore," Daniel Light said.

    "It's critical to have a baby at 29 weeks, to have them here in the hospital with all the equipment that you need. So, to have babies at 29 weeks at home and to get them to the hospital successfully and for them to be doing as well as they're doing, that's a miracle," nurse Jessica Gibbons said.

    Those babies are being monitored 24 hours a day at Holston Valley Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

  • New store in Bristol, Va. packed on opening day

    By News 5 Staff, news@wcyb.com
    Published On: Oct 29 2014 02:53:01 PM CDT
    ollies opening
    BRISTOL, Va. -

    Shoppers turned out in force today for the opening of a new store in Bristol, Virginia.

    Ollie's Bargain Outlet officially opened Wednesday morning. The store is located in the former Food City location on Euclid Avenue.

    The store is a discount retailer.

    The company also recently opened a new store in Wise, Virginia. Both stores created close to 60 jobs.

  • Mother, superintendent respond to school's Nation of Islam handout

    By Olivia Caridi, ocaridi@wcyb.com
    Published On: Oct 29 2014 04:45:51 PM CDT
    Updated On: Oct 29 2014 05:00:54 PM CDT

    An Elizabethton mother is angry after she claims her third grade son's teacher handed out a controversial sheet of paper in class.

    ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

    An Elizabethton mother is angry after she claims her third grade son's teacher handed out a controversial sheet of paper in class.

    Fox News first published the story about the Nation of Islam handout the student brought home that portrayed the Founding Fathers as racist.

    Sommer Bauer's son brought the handout home from class at Harold McCormick Elementary School last month, and it immediately struck her as odd. "It is not age appropriate for 8-year-old children to be in the classroom. Bottom line," she says.

    She says she was contacted by Fox News, but wanted to talk to the principal beforehand. "I just wanted to know if it was an honest mistake that this was printed off and given to the students in the classroom, or is it part of the curriculum?" she says.

    Her son told her that the class divided into four small groups that day for a Mount Rushmore activity, and the handout was one they were told to study.

    But Superintendent Ed Alexander says the handout was discarded by the teacher, and the boy grabbed it off the desk. He showed News 5 four handouts he says the teacher used during the lecture.

    He called the sheet from the Nation of Islam "inflammatory," and says it was "the sheet that the child procured from the discarded stack at the teacher's desk."

    Bauer says she's angry that her son is being portrayed as a thief. "If it were a mistake on the teacher's half, I know they are busy and they print a lot of materials. But if it was the teacher's mistake, all he or she had to do was say she was sorry, not that my son took something from the desk and he's to blame," she says.

    Alexander says he's now dealing with something that's blown up nationally. "Thinking that we as a school system would promote Islam, Islamic nation, anti-patriotism, defame the presidents of the United States that are on Mount Rushmore, doing these things, indoctrinating our children, that's absurd," he says.

    Alexander told News 5 that lesson plans by teachers are checked every week by principals, and that the legitimate Mount Rushmore materials that the teachers used in the small groups were included in the third grade student standards.

    But he knows this whole situation shouldn't have happened. "The question being: Should it had of been in the classroom? Of course not. But it was there. It wasn't used as part of the lesson as a means to indoctrinate the children," he says.

    Both say they want to move forward, and Bauer says she just wants the school to admit the truth. "Rectifying a wrong would make me feel better, absolutely. Absolutely it would make me feel better. But it would not deny that wrong was done," she says.

    Alexander told News 5 he's been getting profane emails and threats since the story went national. Bauer told us she is looking for an attorney.

  • Man charged with making, possessing child pornography

    By News 5 Staff, news@wcyb.com
    Published On: Oct 29 2014 04:55:23 PM CDT
    Updated On: Oct 29 2014 05:01:46 PM CDT
    jimmy Mullins

    A Southwest Virginia man is facing child porn charges.

    According to the indictment, 51-year-old Jimmy Mullins is charged with sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13 and making child pornography.

    He's also accused of possessing child porn.

    Mullins could get life in prison if convicted. His next court date is scheduled for January 12.

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  • 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

  • Vet removes dog's eye without permission

    A Florida woman says a local animal hospital removed her dog's eye without her permission.

  • Ex-trooper says he tossed tickets for sex

    A former state trooper in Ohio admits to tearing up traffic tickets in exchange for sex and violating women in handcuffs.

  • Eye problems for diabetics

    A clinical trial is underway nationwide to help reduce vision loss in diabetes patients, and some doctors in our area have been participating in that trial for more than a decade. The studies test a standard of care against a variety of experimental drugs.