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  • 911 complications in NE Tenn. should be fixed

    Published On: Apr 18 2015 08:09:43 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 18 2015 09:22:36 AM EDT
    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. -

    911 service in Washington County, Tennessee, and several surrounding counties should be fixed and emergency callers should be immediately connected to an operator.

    That wasn't the case earlier Saturday morning. Calls to 911 were taking up to one-minute before they connected.

    As of 8:40am, a representative of the Washington County Tennessee 911 service told News 5 WCYB the connection problem had been fixed and the system is back to normal operations.

  • Race weekend at Bristol!

    Published On: Apr 16 2015 01:22:27 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 19 2015 09:45:00 AM EDT
    BRISTOL, Tenn. -

    This is one of the biggest weekends of the year for Bristol Motor Speedway, and we hope you make this your one-stop-shop for all the events and excitement!

    151 Speedway Blvd, Bristol, TN 37620, (423) 989-6933
    Some ticket links go to TicketMaster.

    STATEMENT from Jerry Caldwell, general manager, Bristol Motor Speedway, sent to News 5 WCYB at 8:25am Sunday:

    “The gates open at 9 a.m., and we’re looking forward to welcoming guests. We have a full day of activities in the works. With special appearances in the display area, the AutoTrader Pre-Race Concert with Old Crow Medicine Show and of course, our unrivaled driver introductions hosted by Bill Goldberg, it’s sure to be an amazing day at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    “We’re moving forward with events as planned. Should the weather dictate changes to our schedule, fans can find the most up-to-date information at BristolMotorSpeedway.comBristol LIVEradio, Twitter (@BMSUpdates), Facebook or via our new app for Bristol Motor Speedway available for download on iTunes and Android phones.
    “We will make every effort to accomplish the full day of events on the same day as scheduled, and if needed, we’ll turn on the lights. Come on out and join us for a great day at the track.”

    Friday, April 17th
    Bush’s Beans Pole Day, 11am
    Food Donations, 11:30am at Food City, 1921 Highway 394, Blountville, TN. Smithfield & Food City will donate 30,000 pounds of protein to the 2nd Harvest Food Bank of NE TN and Feeding America SW VA. Click here for VIDEO!
    Food City 500 Practice, 12-1:25pm
    Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Practice, 1:30-2:25pm
    Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Final Practice, 3-4:25pm
    Food City Race Night, featuring entertainment, free food sampling, show cars, racing simulators, special appearances by numerous NASCAR celebrities, and  cancer screenings. Admission is FREE. 4-9pm
    Bush's Beans Pole Day Qualifying for Food City 500, 4:30pm (Jay Bush, great-grandson of founder A.J. Bush, will present the Bush’s Beans Pole Day award)
    Lace up to support Speedway Children's Charities' Spring 5k Race, 8pm

    Matt Kenseth wins pole for Sunday's race.

    VIDEO:
    5pm: Paul Johnson shows us Food City Race Night
    5pm: Cassandra Sweetman on fans finding entertainment away from the track
    5:30pm: Paul Johnson chats with Claudia Byrd of Speedway Children's Charities
    6pm: Paul Johnson with the undying devotion of Bristol fans

    Saturday, April 18th
    Food City 500 Practice, 8:30-9:25am
    Drive to Stop Diabetes Qualifying, 9:30am
    Food City 500 Final Practice, 11:30am-12:25pm
    Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 (300 laps, 159.9 miles), 1:30pm
    Pitt Lite 125 (125 laps, 66.6 miles), 4:30pm
    "It's Bristol Baby!" special, 7-7:30pm, News 5 WCYB: Live from the BuildYourFuture.org Bristol Fan Zone. Casey Goetz and Paul Johnson will preview the Food City 500 and bring you “up to speed” on all the happenings at BMS this weekend.
    WATCH Part 1
    WATCH Part 2
    WATCH Part 3
    WATCH Part 4

    SCROLL DOWN for Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Results.

    Sunday, April 19th
    Tom Wopat & John Schneider from The Dukes of Hazzard host Autotrader Pre-Race Concert, headlined by two-time Grammy winners Old Crow Medicine Show, 9:30-10:15am
    Pro-wrestler, former NFL football player, TV host, & automobile aficionado Bill Goldberg serves as the pre-race host, to emcee Bristol's unique driver introductions
    Food City 500 (500 laps, 266.5 miles) 1pm, watch on Fox Tri-Cities
    See why the race is called the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes.

    SEASON PASSES for 4 days of events. Includes Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 & PittLite 125, & Sunday’s Food City 500. Plus, the Food City 300 XFINITY Series on Aug 21st & IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series on Aug 22nd.

    Renew tickets for 2016 before Saturday at 8 to receive a 30-Piece Screwdriver Bit Set and Tape Measure, a chance to meet Dale Jr., and a free ticket to the Post-Race Party after the Food City 500.

    TRAFFIC HELP: The Tennessee Department of Transportation will be sending special “HELP” to the Tri-Cities this weekend to assist with the heavy traffic expected in conjunction with NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 18th, and Sunday, April 19th. Four lime-yellow HELP trucks from Knoxville will patrol the area on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 8:30pm each day. They will assist with any incidents that may occur in an effort to keep traffic moving. The trucks are four-wheel drive and equipped with push bumpers, top-mounted arrow boards, emergency work lights, air compressors, and other tools. Operators can perform a variety of functions from clearing a stalled car off the roadway to changing a flat tire.

    Be the Food City Tailgater of the Race!

    Search for a stolen 2008 Kubota Diesel, Silver Anniversary Edition. Police say they expect to see a large number of ATV’s in and around the race track area.

    One of the most storied organizations in auto racing, Roush Fenway Racing boasts two championships and 135 wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

    It's the world's fastest half-mile and the business boom it creates lasts for months.

    Mountain Dew and NASCAR go way back. You can see the logo at tracks around the country.

    When the Super Bowl of the Tri-Cities comes to town, the weather becomes a HUGE deal for race-goers.

    Coming to town to camp out 2 weeks before the race!

    Rico Abreu, a 4’4” driver with a mountain of talent.

    Even safer place to watch races with additional SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier walls.

    Speedway links to fan info and news releases.

    Want more info? The Bristol Motor Speedway now has its own app!

    NASCAR XFINITY-Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Results
    By The Associated Press
        
    Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway
    Lap length: .533 miles
    (Start position in parentheses)    
    1. (2) Joey Logano, Ford, 300 laps, 150 rating, 0 points, $61,795.
        
    2. (9) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 300, 109.1, 42, $50,774.
        
    3. (14) Chris Buescher, Ford, 300, 109.6, 41, $43,677.
        
    4. (1) Erik Jones, Toyota, 300, 112.9, 0, $44,885.
        
    5. (16) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 300, 101.9, 39, $34,701.
        
    6. (13) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 300, 97.4, 38, $33,566.
        
    7. (6) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 300, 119.8, 0, $25,998.
        
    8. (4) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 300, 108.9, 36, $31,857.
        
    9. (8) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 300, 90.6, 35, $31,635.
        
    10. (12) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 300, 85.5, 34, $34,382.
        
    11. (17) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 300, 81.8, 33, $31,080.
        
    12. (7) Darrell Wallace Jr., Ford, 300, 91.8, 32, $30,979.
        
    13. (21) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 299, 74.4, 31, $30,878.
        
    14. (11) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, 297, 72, 0, $30,828.
        
    15. (20) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 297, 68.7, 29, $31,152.
        
    16. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 297, 88.2, 0, $24,702.
        
    17. (23) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 296, 61.2, 27, $30,652.
        
    18. (29) David Starr, Toyota, 296, 62.6, 26, $30,601.
        
    19. (33) Cale Conley, Toyota, 296, 59.5, 25, $30,500.
        
    20. (25) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 295, 59.3, 24, $30,950.
        
    21. (24) Ryan Reed, Ford, 294, 63.6, 23, $30,574.
        
    22. (32) Blake Koch, Toyota, 294, 48.5, 22, $30,319.
        
    23. (22) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 294, 49.5, 21, $30,268.
        
    24. (28) Todd Bodine, Chevrolet, 293, 46.3, 20, $30,192.
        
    25. (27) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 293, 47.7, 19, $30,291.
        
    26. (26) Eric McClure, Toyota, 291, 40.6, 18, $30,066.
        
    27. (18) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, engine, 273, 67.2, 17, $30,016.
        
    28. (19) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, brakes, 268, 67.4, 16, $29,940.
        
    29. (31) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, 260, 49.6, 15, $29,889.
        
    30. (10) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 252, 75.1, 14, $29,634.
        
    31. (5) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 229, 91.6, 0, $23,128.
        
    32. (35) Peyton Sellers, Chevrolet, electrical, 227, 37, 12, $28,992.
        
    33. (15) J.J. Yeley, Toyota, accident, 206, 67.6, 11, $28,876.
        
    34. (37) Timmy Hill, Toyota, engine, 198, 33.7, 0, $28,841.
        
    35. (39) Mike Harmon, Dodge, suspension, 106, 28.2, 9, $22,800.
        
    36. (38) Carlos Contreras, Chevrolet, brakes, 60, 32, 8, $20,646.
        
    37. (36) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, fuel pump, 55, 28.7, 7, $19,646.
        
    38. (30) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, brakes, 41, 37.2, 6, $18,646.
        
    39. (34) Jeff Green, Toyota, vibration, 28, 33.8, 5, $17,646.
        
    40. (40) Derek White, Dodge, electrical, 11, 28.1, 4, $16,646.
        
    ___
        
    Race Statistics    
    Average Speed of Race Winner: 87.218 mph.
        
    Time of Race: 1 hour, 50 minutes, 0 seconds.
        
    Margin of Victory: 1.172 seconds.
        
    Caution Flags: 8 for 48 laps.
        
    Lead Changes: 1 among 1 driver.
        
    Lap Leaders: J.Logano 1-300.
        
    Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): J.Logano, 1 time for 300 laps.
        
    Top 10 in Points: 1. C.Buescher, 258; 2. T.Dillon, 258; 3. C.Elliott, 246; 4. D.Wallace Jr., 236; 5. R.Reed, 220; 6. E.Sadler, 215; 7. B.Gaughan, 211; 8. R.Smith, 211; 9. B.Scott, 205; 10. D.Suarez, 202.
    ___
        
    NASCAR Driver Rating Formula    
    A maximum of 150 points can be attained in a race.
        
    The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.

  • Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast

    Published On: Feb 27 2013 06:28:32 PM EST   Updated On: Apr 19 2015 06:13:40 AM EDT
    StormTrack 5 Team

    PERIODS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS SUNDAY AND MONDAY

    STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE - - - HEAVY DOWNPOURS, GUSTY WINDS AND HAIL

    TURNING COOLER BY MID-WEEK

    Sunday: Periods of showers and thunderstorms.  Scattered PM storms. Rain heavy at times. Highs 66-71. South wind 5-10mph.

    Sunday Night: Mild and breezy.  Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.  Lows 52-56.  Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Breezy.  Heavy downpours and gusty winds possible.  Highs 67-73.  Southwest wind 10-25 mph.

    Weather Summary:

    Periods of rain are likely Sunday with thunderstorms certainly possible in the afternoon. A few storms may become strong to severe in spots.  A slight risk for severe weather has been issued for areas west of the Tri-Cities.  Some storms could contain heavy downpours, gusty winds and even hail in spots.  Be on the alert to these conditions, especially if you plan on being outdoors at the race Sunday afternoon. 

    One limiting factor Sunday for storm development is rain earlier in the day.  Some of this rain has the capability of eating into the energy necessary for strong storms later in the day.  This is something we'll keep an eye on through Sunday.

    Heavier showers will likely be situated over the North Carolina High Country, thanks to more lift along the mountainous terrain.  This has prompted a Flood Watch to be issued for Avery, Ashe, Watauga counties in North Carolina and Grayson County in southwest Virginia. 

    We'll be watching this weather pattern very closely as it may have implications on the Sunday race.  Have the rain gear handy and a plan to get to a safe spot should storms impact the race during the afternoon.

    Breezy conditions, showers and thunderstorms are likely Monday ahead of a strong cold front.  Given enough instability in the atmosphere, some storms may become strong to severe, containing gusty winds, frequent lightning and heavy downpours.  As a cold front sweeps east of the Tri-Cities Monday night, the weather will be drying out Tuesday and Wednesday! Temperatures will actually fall to below average for the middle of the week. 

    There's a slight chance of a few pop up showers during the middle of the week, but for now there's no widespread threat.  Expect temperatures to run in below average into the weekend as well.

    Recap: Highs will be in the middle 60s to lower 70s Sunday and Monday, mainly in the 60s for the remainder of the week.  Lows in the 50s through Sunday night...40s Monday night...upper 30s to mid 40s through the remainder of the week.

    Our average high is 69°, low 43°.

    Meteorologist Ricky Matthews

  • Bridge named after soldier killed in Vietnam

    Published On: Apr 17 2015 11:13:06 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 18 2015 10:00:00 AM EDT

    Staff Sergeant Michael T. Gibson Memorial Bridge

    COEBURN, VA. -

    This weekend, a bridge in Michael Gibson's hometown will be officially named in his honor.

    Staff Sergeant Mike Gibson was 21 years old when he died. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, the Bronze Star, Air Medal and Purple Heart.

    Half a century ago mike gibson sat on this bridge in Wise County. Gene Gibson, his uncle, says, "We didn't have any electronic stuff to play with, so we just sat there and watched traffic."

    Mike, like so many other young men, left for Vietnam and didn't make it back. Gene says Mike was killed in action November 28, 1969, only a few months after his 21st birthday. Gene says, "it's one of the hardest things that ever happened to me, when they told me he was killed. I ain't got over it yet."

    Now, the bridge, in the Bondtown section of Coeburn is being dedicated in Mike's honor. Gene first proposed the idea to town council in the 90s. "When VDOT hung the signs up I said, 'boys now it's real,'" says Gene.

    Mike's legacy stretches far. David Bovill served in the 9th Division around the same time as Mike and experienced many of the same things. Bovill says, "Rice paddies, heavy water, snakes, and it was terrible. it rained horrible."

    When he heard about the dedication, he knew he had to make the trip from New Jersey. "He was a good guy and I was sorry to hear he died. As far as I'm concerned this is my way of honoring him is to come down here," says Bovill.

    Now, Bovill along with Mike's family will meet on the bridge where he spent so much time.     

    There will be a ceremony tomorrow afternoon in Coeburn to unveil the sign on the bridge that will now be named in honor of Staff Sergeant Mike Gibson. The event starts at 2 p.m.

  • School nurse saves the life of a teacher

    Published On: Apr 17 2015 05:56:07 PM EDT
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

    A Kingsport kindergarten teacher is lucky to be alive today after almost choking to death.

    Wednesday, April 15th Jefferson Elementary School teacher, Maggie Booher was eating a peanut butter sandwich with some other teachers when she realized she was choking.

    “I could tell that I had swallowed it, and that it had gone down the wrong way,” said Booher.

    Booher could not speak or breathe, and despite her colleague’s quick thinking, they could not get the peanut butter sandwich dislodged from her airway.

    “I was clutching my throat, clutching my chest” said Booher.

    It was a team effort. One teacher performed the Heimlich maneuver, but was unsuccessful. Another quickly called the school nurse, who came running to the rescue.

    “I found her in the hallway, reddish purple in color, unable to speak and not coughing,” said Jefferson school nurse, Laura Jennings.

    Nurse Jennings stayed calm, and did what she was trained to do.

    “I did the Heimlich six times,” said Jennings. “She weakly coughed and then gasped for air, so we were lucky."

    Nurse Jennings saved the day, and urges others to get CPR training.

    "If you don't know CPR every second you go without air, the chance for survival decreases."

    As for Booher, she says she's blessed to have a friend like Jennings.

    "For me, my family and I, we're going to be forever grateful,” said Booher. “It was definitely a day that had a happy ending."

    Booher says she is going to stay away from peanut butter for a while, but is happy to be home with her husband, and 16 month old daughter.

  • Spacecraft to make death dive into Mercury

    Published On: Apr 17 2015 09:50:51 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 18 2015 12:43:15 AM EDT
    OTD August 3 - Messenger launch

    NASA

    2004: NASA launches the spacecraft Messenger to study Mercury's chemical composition, geology and magnetic field. It would successfully enter Mercury's orbit on March 18, 2011, and send back the first photo from Mercury orbit on March 29, 2011.

    (CNN) -

    Let's start with a pop quiz (space junkies can skip this test). True or False, Mercury is:

    1) The planet closest to the sun in our solar system

    2) So hot that water couldn't possibly exist there

    3) Something used in old-style glass thermometers

    4) A planet you don't think about very often

    Answers: True, False, True (but not what we're talking about in this story) and I'm guessing No. 4 is true too.

    If you flunked the test, it might be because Mercury (the planet) suffers from bad (or very little) press.

    Or, maybe it's just bad lighting.

    Mercury orbits about 35,983,125 miles from the sun. Compare that to Earth -- we're about 93 million miles from the sun. Mercury's closeness to the sun makes it hard to see except at dawn and twilight. This may be one reason we don't think about it much.

    Venus, on the other hand, the planet between Earth and Mercury, appears to be the brightest planet in the sky. It's so bright it's been mistaken for an airplane.

    But back to Mercury.

    It's getting some attention from the media now because it's about to get a visitor.

    The NASA spacecraft MESSENGER (an acronym for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) is about to crash onto Mercury.

    The probe was launched in 2004 and traveled more than six and a half years before it started orbiting Mercury on March 18, 2011. Now, MESSENGER is running out of fuel and NASA says it will hit the planet's surface at 8,750 mph (3.91 kilometers per second) around April 30.

    You won't be able to see it hit because MESSENGER will crash on the side of Mercury facing away from Earth.

    There's no way to save the spacecraft, but mission operators at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, have been doing what they can to delay the inevitable. They've been using the little bit of fuel left on board to maneuver the spacecraft to keep it in orbit. They'll do one final maneuver on Friday, April 24.

    "Following this last maneuver, we will finally declare the spacecraft out of propellant, as this maneuver will deplete nearly all of our remaining helium gas," mission systems engineer Daniel O'Shaughnessy said at a recent media briefing. "At that point, the spacecraft will no longer be capable of fighting the downward push of the sun's gravity."

    But rather than mourn the loss, scientists held a briefing to celebrate the mission's success.

    "For the first time in history we now have real knowledge about the planet Mercury that shows it to be a fascinating world as part of our diverse solar system," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

    One of MESSENGER's big findings: It sent back data indicating that ice in Mercury's shadowed polar regions, if spread over an area the size of Washington, would be more than two miles thick, NASA said.

    It also took some amazing photos of the planet.

    So the MESSENGER mission is ending, but scientists say they'll be busy for years studying data from the probe.

    And if you want to see Mercury with your own eyes, you may be in luck if you can find an area with dark skies. It will be visible in the night sky just before dusk until about the end of May.

    Your favorite astronomy website will have some helpful guides. Here are a few:

    • Earthsky.org

    • Astronomy

    • Sky and Telescope

    • Stardate

  • Alpha Natural Resources deficient on stock exchange

    Published On: Apr 18 2015 04:56:28 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 18 2015 05:00:00 AM EDT
    NYSE file

    John R. Coughlin/CNNMoney

    BRISTOL, Va. -

    Local coal provider Alpha Natural Resources could soon be taken off the New York Stock Exchange.

    The reason is, its common stock does not currently satisfy one of the standards for continued listing and trading on the exchange.

    All stocks need to be worth at least $1 when traded. Alpha Natural's value sits at just 99 cents.

    The company plans to file intent to fix the deficiency and it has six months to do so.

    The deficiency does not affect the company's normal business operations.

  • Couple married 73 years dies 5 minutes apart

    Published On: Apr 17 2015 11:56:34 AM EDT
    Elderly old hands

    Heartbreaking or romantic? A Kentucky couple that was married for 73 years died mere minutes apart.

    Doug Wilson received an early-morning call on April 7 telling him his father, William, had died at the Thomas Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, Kentucky, reports Today.com.

    Five minutes later, he received a call telling him his mother, Lillian, had died at the retirement community at which she lived, reports Today.com.

    Both William, 93, and Lillian, 89, had Alzheimer’s disease.

    “They were a really loved couple,” Doug Wilson, 66, tells the Lexington Herald-Leader.

  • It's Bristol Baby --- Part 4

    Published On: Apr 18 2015 11:12:07 PM EDT

    Watch part 4 of It's Bristol Baby with Paul Johnson and Casey Goetz.

  • NY math teacher suffers beating from parent

    Published On: Apr 17 2015 04:35:53 AM EDT

    A middle school teacher in Hempstead, New York, is recovering from a beating after a student's mother attacked her inside the classroom. Police say she put the teacher in a chokehold, then her 14-year-old niece punched the teacher in the face.

  • Saturday Night's StormTrack 5 Forecast: 04-18-15

    Published On: Apr 18 2015 06:33:50 PM EDT

    Meteorologist Chris Michaels has full details on showers and storms coming into the area just in time for the Food City 500.  Watch his StormTrack 5 forecast for the latest.