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  • Deadly crash stalls traffic in Johnson City

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 07:18:36 PM EDT
    Deadly crash stalls traffic in Johnson City

    One person is dead and five others are hospitalized after a two-car crash in Johnson City Thursday.

    Police say it happened at the intersection of Bristol Highway and Carrol Creek Road just after 5:30 p.m.

    They say a Cadillac with five passengers t-boned a gray Mustang. The female driver of the Mustang died at the scene. Two adults and three children In the Cadillac were taken to the hospital.

    Northbound lanes on Bristol Highway were closed for at least two hours after the crash.

  • TVA: 5 to 7 years to fix Boone Dam

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 03:00:43 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 30 2015 09:26:00 PM EDT
    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

    The TVA announced Thursday afternoon that it will take 5 to 7 years to fix Boone Dam.

    TVA President Bill Johnson says the project will cost 200 to 300 million dollars.

     “We realize the impact this will have on those who live and work in neighboring communities, but our overriding focus must always be the safety of our workers and the public. Lowering the lake was a prudent first step, and it's one we'll continue for safety's sake until further remedial work is completed,” said Bill Johnson, TVA president and CEO.

    The plan to fix the leaking will be in 3 stages, and includes installing a concrete wall along the earthen embankment.

    The concrete wall will happen in the 3rd phase, and will be  2 to 3 feet deep and several feet wide.

    Johnson says only 3 companies in the world are capable of doing this kind of work.

    "We can fix this, and we will fix this," said Johnson.

    In October 2014, crews discovered a sinkhole near the dam. The TVA lowered lake levels to take pressure off the dam while investigating the cause and a potential fix.

    The public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposal during a formal environmental review process scheduled for later this year.

    Construction on the dam will begin in early 2016.

  • VSP investigating deadly crash in Russell County

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 07:16:48 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 30 2015 01:09:34 PM EDT
    RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. -

    Virginia State Police troopers are investigating a deadly crash in Russell County.

    A VSP spokesperson said the crash happened on Tower Road just after 12:00 a.m. Thursday morning. A Jeep Wrangler ran off the road, went down the embankment and overturned onto its side.

    A woman died at the scene, two others were taken to a nearby hospital.

    Police are waiting to notify the woman's family before releasing her name. Troopers say she is from out of state.

    VSP tells News 5 it happened around 11:30pm Wednesday on Tower Road in Lebanon.

    We're told a Jeep ran off the road and flipped over, killing a woman inside the vehicle. A man was also injured but is expected to be OK.

    Police are waiting to notify the woman's family before releasing her name. Troopers say she is from out of state.

     

  • Yellow jackets invade Saltville woman's home

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 06:25:54 PM EDT
    SMYTH CO., Va. -

    A Saltville woman claimed that her house has been infested with yellow jackets for more than a month. 

    Thursday morning, Brenda Croan woke up to a stinging surprise.

    "I started swatting them right off the bat," Croan said. "It was like they were coming in thick, very thick."

    Dozens of yellow jackets line the windows in Croan's living room.

    And she thinks that they're coming in from across the street. Croan said that on a hot sunny day, she can see lines of yellow jackets dart toward her house.

    "There was one on I my foot and I thought it was going to sting me before I got it," Croan said.

    Jeff Worley with Bee Leave Pest and Termite Control said that it is possible the yellow jackets have been coming in from the forest. But it's also possible they've been living in her home all along.

    "It can take a small crack as small as an eighth of an inch hole and they can really start getting deep in," Worley said.

    Worley said that it's easy for homeowners to miss a yellow jacket infestation until it's too late.

    "Yellow jackets are very tiny in size so it doesn't take much of an opening for them to penetrate and get in," Worley said. "If it's not detected by passerby's or homeowners, it's just going to enlarge itself."

    And in such a small house, Croan said there's no room for her and all of these unwanted guests.

    "Something's got to be done with it," Croan said. "I mean, I can't live in there like that."

    Pest control experts do not suggest anyone try to take care of something like this alone. News 5 checked and found out that Smyth County does not have a division for pest control, so Croan has contacted an independent company.

    She's also trying to get in touch with the property owners across the street to check if they have an infestation problem as well.

  • Ball Corp. closing Bristol, Va., plant; 230 to lose jobs

    Published On: Jul 29 2015 04:44:44 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 29 2015 07:01:53 PM EDT

    The scene at Ball Corp. after closing, layoffs announced

    Ball Corporation has announced it’s going to cease production and close its beverage packaging end-making plant in Bristol, Virginia. About 230 people work at the plant.

    A company spokesperson told News 5 WCYB's Emily Carrier the closure will happen in May, 2016, and the announcement was early so severance packages can be worked out. The spokesperson said many employees will work right up to the closing of the plant.

    Employees on all shifts were told together, in a Wednesday afternoon meeting. Operations were shut down for that, and the parking lot was full. Carrier reported seeing some employees leaving the property in tears. The company says they “will be provided benefits in accordance with the effects bargaining process, and will be able to apply for open positions within Ball.”

    "This action will better align our manufacturing footprint to meet the needs of our customers as we actively manage our overall cost structure," said Daniel W. Fisher, president, North American metal beverage packaging. "Closing a plant is a difficult decision. We compete against plastic, glass and metal packaging in a highly competitive market, and we will continue to maximize value in our existing operations through optimizing our network, as well as expanding into new and growing products, capabilities and markets to meet the needs of our customers."

    Ball’s Bristol plant on Old Abingdon Highway opened in 1971. It produces beverage can ends. Other Ball facilities will make up the supply.

    The closure including severance is expected to cost $19 million. The company says the majority is expected to be recorded in the third quarter of this year.

    This is the company's press release:

    Ball to Realign Beverage Packaging End-Making Capacity in North America

    BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 29, 2015 -- Ball Corporation [NYSE: BLL] announced today that it will cease production at the company's Bristol, Va., beverage packaging end-making plant during the second quarter of 2016. The plant's capacity will be supplied by other Ball facilities.

    Ball expects to record a total after-tax charge of approximately $19 million, primarily for employee severance and benefits, facility shut down costs and other actions. The majority of the charge is expected to be recorded in the third quarter of 2015.

    "This action will better align our manufacturing footprint to meet the needs of our customers as we actively manage our overall cost structure," said Daniel W. Fisher, president, North American metal beverage packaging. "Closing a plant is a difficult decision. We compete against plastic, glass and metal packaging in a highly competitive market, and we will continue to maximize value in our existing operations through optimizing our network, as well as expanding into new and growing products, capabilities and markets to meet the needs of our customers."

    The Bristol plant opened in 1971 and is one of Ball's oldest North American beverage packaging plants.  It produces beverage can ends in a variety of sizes, and employs approximately 230 people. Bristol employees will be provided benefits in accordance with the effects bargaining process, and will be able to apply for open positions within Ball.

    About Ball Corporation
    Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2014 sales of $8.6 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

    Forward-Looking Statements
    This release contains "forward-looking" statements concerning future events and financial performance. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "estimates" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Key risks and uncertainties are summarized in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Exhibit 99 in our Form 10-K, which are available on our website and at www.sec.gov. Factors that might affect: a) our packaging segments include product demand fluctuations; availability/cost of raw materials; competitive packaging, pricing and substitution; changes in climate and weather; crop yields; competitive activity; failure to achieve productivity improvements or cost  reductions; mandatory deposit or other restrictive packaging laws; customer and supplier consolidation, power and supply chain influence; changes in major customer or supplier contracts or loss of a major customer or supplier; political instability and sanctions; and changes in foreign exchange or tax rates; b) our aerospace segment include funding, authorization, availability and returns of government and commercial contracts; and delays, extensions and technical uncertainties affecting segment contracts; c) the company as a whole include those listed plus: changes in senior management; regulatory action or issues including tax, environmental, health and workplace safety, including U.S. FDA and other actions or public concerns affecting products filled in our containers, or chemicals or substances used in raw materials or in the manufacturing process; technological developments and innovations; litigation; strikes; labor cost changes; rates of return on assets of the company's defined benefit retirement plans; pension changes; uncertainties surrounding the U.S. government budget, sequestration and debt limit; reduced cash flow; ability to achieve cost-out initiatives; interest rates affecting our debt; and successful or unsuccessful acquisitions and divestitures, including, with respect to the proposed Rexam PLC acquisition, the effect of the announcement of the acquisition on our business relationships, operating results and business generally; the occurrence of any event or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of our definitive agreement with Rexam PLC in respect of the acquisition; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against us related to the definitive agreement with Rexam PLC; and the failure to satisfy conditions to completion of the acquisition of Rexam PLC, including the receipt of all required regulatory approvals.

  • Wanted for using TV sets to scam Walmart out of money

    Published On: Jul 29 2015 03:40:30 PM EDT

    Kingsport police are after the man who played a trick on a Walmart electronics department.

    Late on July 9, they said he returned two Vizio High Definition televisions at the Walmart on West Stone Drive. He got nearly $1,200 back.

    Then, after he left, loss prevention personnel realized the returned TVs were smaller and less expensive than the pictures on the boxes.

    Turns out, more than once, the same suspect bought a large TV and a smaller, less expensive TV. Then, he swapped the serial numbers and packaging materials, and returned the less expensive TVs for the refund amount of the larger, more expensive ones.

    All total, authorities say he scammed Walmart out of nearly $2,400.

    Police released pictures of the suspect captured on surveillance video, and say he appears to have extensive tattoos on both arms, and he had a full beard at the time of this incident.

    Anyone who recognizes him is asked to call the Kingsport Police Department at 423-229-9429 or 423-246-9111. You can also submit a tip online anonymously using the “Citizen Feedback” form available by clicking this link.

  • Two free meals for Bristol, VA school kids

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 07:33:08 PM EDT
    BRISTOL, VA -

    Starting this year, kids in most of the Bristol, Virginia schools will eat two meals free.

    Starting August 11, federal funding covers breakfast and lunch for all kids, regardless of need or income, in all four elementary schools and the middle school. The schools that qualify are taking part in the Community Eligibility Provision. Funding comes from the 2012 effort, Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

    More than 40% of the students in those schools are on other federal programs, including SNAP and TANF.

    More than 16,000 students can get both breakfast and lunch free. The program is also expected to create more jobs in the school system. School Nutrition Director Kathy Hicks said the program is good for kids and families alike.

    "All parents will be able to send their children to school, get two meals everyday, there will be no cost to those parents, which we know will save them quite a bit of money, and that's money that can go back into the economy," Hicks said.

    According to Hicks, if enough kids participate in the program this year, Virginia High School could also be covered by the grant next year.

  • Joy Global lays off 55 people in Duffield

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 04:39:20 PM EDT
    DUFFIELD, VA -

    55 people in our area are losing their jobs.

    Joy Global announced they are laying off 55 employees of Joy Mining Machinery in Duffield, Virginia.

    The company calls it a temporary layoff, and it will start tomorrow, July 30. Employees benefits will continue through the end of August. The facility produces large mining equipment.

    The company released a statement that says in part, "... the temporary layoff accounts for less work during the current mining industry downturn. These are highly skilled employees that we look forward to bringing back as soon as demand picks up."

    With this workforce reduction, there are now about 250 employees at the facility in Duffield.

    The entire statement from Joy Global is below.

    “We notified 55 of our employees this week of a temporary layoff to account for less work during the current mining industry downturn. These are highly skilled employees that we look forward to bringing back as soon as demand picks up. Affected employees primarily work on rebuilds for our continuous miner products, equipment that is used to extract industrial minerals such as coal. Joy Global has been supplying the mining industry for more than 130 years and during this downturn is working on growing business in other mineral markets and increasing service offerings.”

  • Florida family finds $1M under the waves

    Published On: Jul 29 2015 01:11:32 PM EDT

    A Florida family proved sunken treasure is still waiting to be found.  Their discovery off the coast of Florida is grabbing headlines around the world.

  • The scene at Ball Corp. after closing, layoffs announced

    Published On: Jul 29 2015 06:23:55 PM EDT

    The scene at Ball Corp. after closing, layoffs announced

  • NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace gives PJ a driving lesson

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 06:15:27 PM EDT

    Rusty Wallace gives WCYB Anchor Paul Johnson a ride around Bristol Motor Speedway.

  • Tonight's StormTrack 5 Forecast, July 30, 2015

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 05:55:28 PM EDT

    Chief meteorologist Dave Dierks with your StormTrack 5 forecast

  • Saltville woman says her house has been infested with yellow jackets

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 06:25:20 PM EDT
  • Yee-Haw Brewery opens in historic Johnson City building

    Published On: Jul 29 2015 06:31:11 PM EDT

    Yee-Haw Brewery opens in historic Johnson City building. Click here to look at construction at the old Tweetsie Depot.

  • Getting help to fix tenant living conditions

    Published On: Jul 29 2015 06:09:39 PM EDT

    Action can be taken to improve living conditions for renters, but contacting the right office can be tricky.

  • TVA announces plan to repair seepage at Boone dam

    Published On: Jul 30 2015 08:04:37 PM EDT

    Lake levels will remain below winter level while the Tennessee Valley Authority tries to repair the Boone dam, a project that will take 5 to 7 years.