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  • Man dies after stabbing in Kingsport parking lot

    Published On: Mar 31 2015 09:59:57 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 31 2015 05:00:00 PM EDT
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

    A man is dead after a stabbing in Kingsport Monday night.

    Detectives say 22-year-old Huey Stanley Jr. died at a Kingsport hospital Monday night.

    Police say he was taken to the hospital with several stab wounds. Officers say Stanley apparently had been in a fight with 21-year-old Zachary Morris Gardner.

    News 5 found out the fight began in a parking lot off Meadowview Parkway in Kingsport.

    Police say 21-year-old Zachary Morris Gardner turned himself in to detectives Tuesday morning and is now charged with first degree murder. “It's hard sometimes to walk away, but a lot of times we have to put our pride and our vanity behind, and do our best to de-escalate the situation so that it doesn't ever rise to the level of a physical altercation like this,” says Steve Hammonds, Kingsport Police.

    Gardner's bond has been set at $150,000. He's being held in the Kingsport City Jail.

  • Health system merger announcement expected Thursday

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 05:00:47 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 31 2015 12:00:00 PM EDT

    Monday night, a WCYB News 5 Exclusive:

    Preston Ayres confirmed a merger of two large health systems in our area will be announced on Thursday.

    The health systems are Wellmont and Mountain States Health Alliance.

    The new company will form under the leadership of current Mountain States CEO Alan Levine, with Wellmont’s CEO, Bart Hove, serving as president of the company.

    The company will have a 14 member board of directors.

    Six members will come from existing Mountain States members, six others from Wellmont Health System, and the remaining two from the community.

    The members do not have to currently sit on either board of directors.

    Marvin Eichorn, currently with Mountain States, will be the new chief operating officer.

    Alice Pope will serve as the chief financial officer.

    The new company has not yet been named, and new board members have also not yet named. 

    News 5 WCYB has reached out to both Mountain States and Wellmont asking for a comment. We'll have more details as they come in, along with reaction, tonight at 11.

    Preston Ayres also reports, ETSU will play a major role in this new organization.

    He spoke with a senior level ETSU official on Monday afternoon who told him, as this new partnership moves forward, it will give ETSU the opportunity to expand its research capabilities.

    This new company will become similar in size to some of the largest research hospital systems in the country.

  • Bad inspection report leads to I-81 lane closures

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 10:29:42 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2015 12:00:00 AM EDT

    There’s something extra to watch for if you’ll be driving on Interstate 81 this week: Lane closures in both directions because an inspection last week found something could become dangerous.

    BRISTOL, Va. -

    A News 5 WCYB Traffic Alert: There’s something extra to watch for if you’ll be driving on Interstate 81 this week.

    The Virginia Department of Transportation is announcing lane closures in both directions while metal panels are removed. They are the deteriorating the metal sound walls along I-81 in Bristol near Exit 5.

    VDOT was planning to replace the metal sound walls on the bridge over railroad tracks and Beaver Creek, just before exit 5.  Then, last week, an inspection showed advanced deterioration of the metal panels.  VDOT made the decision to remove the metal walls to assure safety along I-81 as well as along the railroad.

    “At this time - don't know when they're going to be replaced. We anticipate the replacement of them. There will be some study of what materials to use, what the sound needs are there for such a sound wall type situation, and those are the things we'll be looking at,” said Michelle Earl, VDOT spokesperson.

    Earl says, at this time, there is no issue with the concrete walls also located off interstate 81. They plan to keep those where they are.

    All sound panels will be removed by the end of the week.

  • UPDATE: Missing woman found safe

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 06:42:53 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 31 2015 09:08:41 AM EDT
    BRISTOL, VA -

    UPDATE: Police report Alexandria Taylor has been located safely staying at a friends' house.

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    Bristol, Virginia police are searching for a woman who disappeared Sunday night. Detective Tyrone Foster says 18-year-old Alexandria Starr Taylor was last heard from a little after 10 p.m.

    He says Taylor was reportedly at her Aunt's house at 441 Spring Street, Bristol, VA, packed and ready to move to Florida with family. When her aunt returned home after an hour, Taylor had disappeared, apparently with only her cell phone and cigarettes.

    Detectives are interviewing family and acquaintances. If you know anything about her whereabouts, please contact the Bristol, Virginia police at (276) 645-7400.

  • McDonald's will test all-day breakfast

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 05:57:38 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 31 2015 06:12:05 AM EDT
    McDonald's

    Rich Brooks/CNN

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -

    McDonald's is giving late sleepers and big breakfast fans something to smile about by serving McMuffins all day, everyday at some locations.

    It will test out all-day breakfast at certain restaurants in the San Diego area beginning next month, the company said Monday.

    Typically McDonald's stops serving its hash browns, egg sandwiches and hotcakes at 10:30 a.m, but it varies by restaurant.

    "We look forward to learning from this test, and it's premature to speculate on any outcomes," a spokeswoman said.

    McDonald's is struggling to turn lousy sales around and has announced a number of menu changes recently, including a plan to cut back on chicken raised on antibiotics. It is also bringing back its chicken tenders, called Chicken Selects, after a two-year hiatus.

  • Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast

    Published On: Feb 27 2013 06:28:32 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 31 2015 04:57:05 PM EDT
    StormTrack 5 Team

    ABOVE AVERAGE HIGHS THROUGH FRIDAY

    SCATTERED SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY LATER IN THE WEEK

    SUNSHINE EXPECTED FOR THE EASTER WEEKEND, BUT TEMPERATURES WILL BE COOLING DOWN

    Tonight: A spotty shower this evening. Partly cloudy. Lows 36-42. Wind becoming light.

    Wednesday: Plenty of sunshine. Highs 63-68. Northwest wind 10 mph or less.

    Wednesday Night: Clear to partly cloudy. Lows 37-43. Light wind.

    Thursday: Mix of clouds & sun. Warm with a 40% chance of showers. Highs 68-74. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Weather Summary:

    A weak cold front will slide through this evening, and a spotty shower is possible. A clear to partly cloudy sky is expected overnight with lows dropping into the upper 30s to lower 40s.  Some patchy fog may develop late.

    We will be tracking a more potent storm system that will arrive late this week. A breezy southwest wind will allow temperatures from Wednesday through Friday to soar into the upper 60s to middle 70s.  Wednesday looks dry and pleasant.  Rain chances increase late Thursday into Friday with enough instability to produce a few thunderstorms as well. The severe threat looks low in the Tri-Cities at this time (the main threat looks to stay to our west). A cold front will move through Friday night. By Saturday, things will calm down but cool off quite a bit.  It will be breezy with highs in the 50s.

    StormTrack 5 meteorologists are forecasting a fairly pleasant Easter weekend.  High pressure looks to be nearby, providing us with an egg-cellent Easter Sunday. The weather will be cool to start this weekend, but warm and dry to finish.  Some frost will be likely on Sunday morning....so dress warmly for those sunrise services!

    By early next week, Monday and Tuesday will feature a slight chance of rain for now with temperatures warming into the 70s by Tuesday.

    Recap: Highs upper 60s to middle 70s Wednesday through Friday, mid 50s Saturday, mid 60s Sunday and Monday...70s by Tuesday.  Lows in the 40s through Wednesday night, 50s Thursday night, 40s Friday night, near 30 Saturday night, near 40 Sunday and Monday night.

    Our average high is 64°, low 38°.

    Meteorologist Dave Dierks

  • Famous '2001' spaceship to go on display

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 06:19:04 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2015 06:49:46 PM EDT
    Ship fro 2001

    FaceMePLS/Wikimedia Commons

    (CNN) -

    After decades in private hands, a spaceship from the classic film "2001: A Space Odyssey" will go on display for the first time to the public.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that presents the Oscars, purchased the spacecraft at auction Saturday for $344,000. The academy will display the ship in its museum of movie history, scheduled to open in 2017 in Los Angeles.

    "We're excited to add such an iconic piece of movie history to our collection," the academy told CNN in a statement. "We look forward to sharing the '2001' Aries 1B Trans-Lunar Space Shuttle with the public once the Academy Museum opens."

    In case you're wondering, the craft is the spherical lunar lander that transports Dr. Heywood R. Floyd to the moon in "2001."

    Sorry, it's not the Discovery One, the spaceship where mission pilot Dave Bowman later famously implored the ship's computer to "open the pod bay doors, HAL."

    A collector and former art teacher in the UK had kept it for the past 40 years.

    According to the auction house, the spaceship is one of the few sets left from the 1968 film.

    Almost all the props, sets, models and costumes from "2001: A Space Odyssey" were destroyed by director Stanley Kubrick so they could not be used in other productions, the Premiere Props auction house said.

  • New app brings emergency info to your cell phone

    Published On: Mar 27 2015 05:59:30 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 27 2015 06:13:57 PM EDT
    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. -

    Want to be the first to get emergency news on your cell phone? The Washington County, Virginia, Sheriff's Department has unveiled a free mobile app.

    It's called the Sheriff App and it can be downloaded from the App Store.

    The app gives you easy access to things like the Virginia State Police sex offender list, photos, and information concerning most-wanted criminals.

    You can also submit a tip, including pictures, concerning illegal activity.

    Sheriff Fred Newman told News 5 WCYB's Olivia Bailey, "It is simple to navigate through. You have certain topics you can hit, and it will take you right to them. If you need to contact one of our staff members, you can punch on the name and it will call that individual, so certainly we feel like it's a good app and a good resource for our agency.”

    To get the free app, go to your cell phone's App Store and search for "Washington County VA Sheriff’s App."

    The Tazewell County Sheriff's Department has a similar app.

  • Steve Forbes introduced at ETSU

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 11:46:21 PM EDT

    Hear from new ETSU basketball coach Steve Forbes and some of his peers on why his hire is a good thing for ETSU.

  • Good Samaritans bounce purse-snatcher around

    Published On: Mar 31 2015 04:12:06 AM EDT

    Two men in La Habra, California, are being called superheroes after chasing down a guy who took an 82-year-old woman's purse as she was walking home from church

  • Bad inspection report leads to I-81 lane closures

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 05:26:31 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2015 05:52:17 PM EDT

    There’s something extra to watch for if you’ll be driving on Interstate 81 this week: Lane closures in both directions because an inspection last week found something could become dangerous.

  • Comedians take their best verbal shots at Bieber

    Published On: Mar 31 2015 01:22:12 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 31 2015 08:51:41 AM EDT

    Comedians got their chance to verbally assault singer Justin Bieber during his Comedy Central Roast which aired on Monday night.

  • Woman leads Va. police on dramatic chase

    Published On: Mar 31 2015 10:13:03 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 31 2015 12:43:27 PM EDT

    Three police officers were injured during a dramatic police chase in a Virginia suburb just outside of Washington, D.C.

  • Hospital system merger: Preston Ayres at 5:30

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 05:41:34 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2015 06:05:18 PM EDT
  • What will happen to Kelly during year in space?

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 11:06:19 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 30 2015 02:45:38 PM EDT

    Many people dream about living among the stars but the the truth is we still don't what really happens to the people who spend long periods of time in zero gravity.

  • Hospital system merger: Preston Ayres at 6:00

    Published On: Mar 30 2015 06:12:27 PM EDT