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  • Owner of coal trucking company pleads guilty to federal violations

    Published On: May 31 2016 04:01:39 PM EDT

    The owner of a Big Stone Gap coal trucking company pleaded guilty to violating the Federal Mine and Safety and Health Act in federal court Tuesday.

    Hillis Bresee, 63, and his company, Bresee Trucking, each pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the willful of the mandatory mine safety health or safety standard by providing advance notice of safety inspections.

    The company also pleaded guilty to willfully violating mine safety health or safety standards.

    Bresee faces a maximum penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

    In addition to the plea agreement, Bresee and his company agreed to a civil settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Bresee also agreed to pay $300,000 in civil penalties, $70,000 in restitution to two former employees, and fines of $5,000.

    Sentencing in the case has been scheduled for Aug. 15.

  • Police investigating robbery in Bristol

    Published On: May 31 2016 12:05:55 PM EDT   Updated On: May 31 2016 04:21:24 PM EDT
    BRISTOL, Tenn. -

    Officers are investigating a robbery in Bristol, Tenn.

    Several police officers were called to the Cash Express on Volunteer Parkway around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    According to police, the suspect showed a knife and demanded money. The suspect then fled the scene after taking an undisclosed amount of money.

    Robin Roark works next door at the Sun Credit and Tax Service. She briefly saw the suspect. "My manager actually saw the person pull in and get out of the car and walk behind the car towards Cash Express. I didn't see until they come out, got into their car very quickly. By the time I got to the door to see what was going on, they had already left the parking lot."

    She saw the person leaving toward Volunteer Parkway. "They did have a hoodie on. It looked like it was inside out because you could see the tag in the back."

  • Man in jail after allegedly attacking victim with concrete block and stick

    Published On: May 31 2016 10:54:48 AM EDT   Updated On: May 31 2016 11:56:32 AM EDT

    According to Wise County authorities, a fight between two men left one severely injured and another in jail.

    Derek Kilgore allegedly attacked the victim with concrete block and a stick.

    Investigators said the victim had several cuts and knots on his face, torso, and legs.

    He was transferred to the Johnson City Medical Center and may have to undergo facial surgery.

    Kilgore was jailed without bond on charges of felony malicious wounding.

    Alcohol is believed to be a factor.

  • Mars closest to Earth tonight

    Published On: May 30 2016 03:16:19 PM EDT   Updated On: May 30 2016 06:33:21 PM EDT

    Mars will be at its closest to Earth since the fall of 2005 on Monday night.  While we say 'close,' remember that we're talking about space.  It will still be 46.8 million miles away!  That's equal to driving from New York City to Los Angeles 17,000 times.  No big deal, right? 

    Even at this distance, however, Mars can shine very bright in our night-sky - almost to the magnitude that Jupiter does!

    Look to the east around nightfall and to the south around midnight.  You won't need a telescope or binoculars, as Mars will look like a very bright star in the night sky.  If you happen to get any really good pictures, send them to  

    Mars will be even closer in about another two years.  On July 27th, 2018, Mars will be about 35.8 million miles away.  

    ---Meteorologist Chris Michaels---

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  • VHSL regional baseball, softball, soccer and tennis scores

    Published On: May 30 2016 11:18:04 PM EDT   Updated On: May 31 2016 12:48:14 AM EDT

    Virginia High baseball, Chilhowie Softball and Virginia High Soccer are among Monday's winners

    Here are the scores from the opening round of the VHSL playoffs


    2A West

    Virginia High 7, Lebanon 5

    Grayson Co. 17, Union 0

    1A West

    Auburn 6, JI Burton 1

    Eastside 7, Bath Co. 2

    Galax 7, Honaker 1 (Honaker advances because a Galax forfeit)

    Fort Chiswell 3, Northwood 1


    2A West

    Grayson Co 2, Gate City 1

    Lebanon 10, Tazewell 4

    1A West

    Chilhowie 5, Holston 4

    Parry McCluer 5, JI Burton 0

    Auburn 16, Eastside 5

    Galax 2, Honaker 1

    Boys Soccer

    2A West

    Virginia High 6, John Battle 1

    Graham 4, Lebanon 2

    1A West

    Galax 8, Patrick Henry 0

    Honaker 2, George Wythe 1

    Boys Tennis

    Gate City 5, Glenvar 4

    Girls Tennis

    Gate City 5, Glenvar 0


  • The Bristol Hotel to open in the summer of 2017

    Published On: May 31 2016 05:06:43 PM EDT   Updated On: May 31 2016 06:27:28 PM EDT

    The Executive Plaza in downtown Bristol, Va. will soon receive a transformation.

    The 1920s building will be renovated into The Bristol Hotel.

    The boutique hotel will offer 65 custom rooms ranging from king rooms to penthouse suites.

    Prices will be comparable to hotels around the area.

    However, the experience will be much more than that said Marcus McCall, the developer of the building.

    "It’s literally every room is its own room," McCall said. "It's very custom it’s not just the room it's also the amenities it's the restaurant it's the whole experience of the boutique. "

    Demolition will start on the historic building within the next few weeks and the Bristol Hotel is projected to start welcoming guests and customers in summer 2017.

  • Great Smoky Mountains proposes fee increases for campgrounds

    Published On: May 31 2016 12:49:37 PM EDT

    Camping fees at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park may increase by 25 percent.

    Media outlets report that it's been 10 years since the park has proposed a fee increase, with the exception of the Cataloochee Campground, which raised camping fees in 2011. Park rangers say the extra money would help with maintenance.

    The price would also increase at the park's seven campgrounds, five horse grounds and six picnic pavilions.

    It currently costs anywhere from $14 to $23 to camp at "front country" grounds, meaning the fees would jump a maximum of about $5 with the proposed increase. The park hopes to make $400,000 more with the new fees.

    The park is looking to receive feedback through June 27. It will also host open houses to decide details of a potential fee increase.

  • Two men sentenced for involvement in crack cocaine distribution conspiracy

    Published On: May 31 2016 05:40:27 PM EDT

    Two men were sentenced for their involvement in a drug distribution conspiracy in northeast Tennessee.

    William Corey McAllister, also known as "Bristol" received a seven-and-a-half-year sentence.

    Phillip Eugene Woolwine of Johnson City was sentenced to five years in prison.     

    Both pleaded guilty for their involvement in a crack cocaine distribution conspiracy.

    Three others were also charged in the case.

  • Kenny Chesney to play before Battle at Bristol

    Published On: May 31 2016 05:31:10 PM EDT   Updated On: May 31 2016 05:41:38 PM EDT

    News 5 WCYB's PJ Johnson and Heather Williams just talked with Bristol Motor Speedway's Jerry Caldwell about the announcement that Kenny Chesney will perform before the Battle at Bristol.

  • We Salute You: Johnny Wayne Chapman, Saltville, Va.

    Published On: May 30 2016 09:44:26 PM EDT   Updated On: May 31 2016 10:21:10 AM EDT

    We Salute You: Johnny Wayne Chapman, Saltville, Va.

  • Tuesday Afternoon's StormTrack 5 Forecast Video: 5-31

    Published On: May 31 2016 12:24:22 PM EDT

    Showers and storms will pop-up this afternoon in the heat and humidity, especially in the mountains and foothills.

  • Monday Night's StormTrack 5 Forecast: 05-30-16

    Published On: May 30 2016 06:21:58 PM EDT

    The heat is on, and it stays on through the middle of the week!  Meteorologist Chris Michaels has your StormTrack 5 forecast.

  • Tuesday Night's StormTrack 5 Forecast Video

    Published On: May 31 2016 06:08:15 PM EDT

    Showers and storms expected in the coming days. Details in the StormTrack 5 Forecast Video. 

  • VHSL Playoff Highlights 5-30

    Published On: May 31 2016 12:46:57 AM EDT   Updated On: May 31 2016 12:47:29 AM EDT

    Virginia High baseball, Chilhowie Softball and Virginia High Soccer are among Monday's winners

  • Plumb Alley Day draws thousands

    Published On: May 30 2016 10:22:52 PM EDT
  • Elizabethton mother remembers son, died in Afghanistan

    Published On: May 30 2016 11:11:26 PM EDT