NCC inmates take worker hostage
Kingsport man's manslaughter trial reset
Johnson City police seek armed robber
Washington commissioners approve TIF
Library to celebrate Seuss' birthday
MOUNTAIN CITY - A hostage situation inside the Northeast Correctional Complex had authorities working well into Monday night to get a prison employee freed from inmates' capture. "We do have an incident currently under way at the Northeast Correctional Complex," said Tennessee Department of Correction spokeswoman Dorinda Carter in a phone interview around 10 p.m. Monday. "It is under control at this point. It's not a disturbance on the whole complex. There is no risk of escape." Carter said the incident began just before 6:30 p.m. Monday. As of 10 p.m., two inmates were believed to still be holding one prison employee hostage inside the facility. "We do have staff there working on the situation," said Carter, who had not heard of any injuries stemming from the hostage situation. "We're just praying for a resolution. Hopefully it will come soon." While Carter was confident the hostage situation would be resolved effectively, she said the prison and TDOC treat all threats seriously. "Any time we have inmates who are out of their area, we take all situations pretty seriously - if it's threatening to an employee or even another inmate," Carter said. "It's always high risk."
KINGSPORT - The trial for a Kingsport man charged in the beating death of another was delayed Monday because of problems getting some witnesses to court. Eric Melvin Crowe, 33, faces one count of voluntary manslaughter in the May 2005 death of Robert Tester. Crowe was arrested May 12, 2005, after police and medical personnel responded to 3413Â½ Memorial Blvd. about an unconscious person. When they arrived, they found Tester lying on the floor with multiple injuries consistent with a physical attack. Crowe's trial is now scheduled for May 14. He remains free on a $10,000 bond.
JOHNSON CITY - Johnson City police are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store early Monday, the latest in a string of holdups this month. This one occurred at the Road Runner Market at 1702 W. Market St. just after midnight. There have been at least three other store robberies in Johnson City this month. The Road Runner clerk told police that a man came into the store, brandished a weapon, and demanded she open the register and give him the money. After taking the cash, the unidentified man left the store and went toward the rear of the building. Police said the suspect - possibly Hispanic - was between 5 feet and 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed between 110 and 140 pounds, and had dark skin. Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call the JCPD at 434-6166 or Crime Stoppers at 434-6158.
JOHNSON CITY - Washington County commissioners approved the concept of the Johnson City Development Authority's tax increment financing (TIF) program Monday by a vote of 18-5, setting up an official vote on county participation next month. Johnson City Mayor Steve Darden spoke on behalf of the Johnson City Commission, which approved participation in the TIF program late last year. "I'm here to encourage you to vote for TIF," said Darden of a program in which property taxes are set on the assessed value of a property. Then, with any improvements made after the assessment, extra taxes collected over the base level are put into a fund managed by the JCDA and invested into the revitalization of downtown Johnson City. "I think that it is safe to say that downtown Johnson City is an area that serves the city as well as the County Commission," Darden said. Now that commissioners have approved the program in concept, County Attorney John Rambo will work out some amendments and come back with a resolution next month. Rambo said these amendments would allow the county to get out of the TIF program if commissioners thought it wasn't working.
KINGSPORT - The Kingsport Public Library will celebrate the birthday of Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, during this week's story times. There will be a reading of "The Cat in the Hat" in recognition of its 50th publication anniversary. Portions of Seuss' book "Happy Birthday to You" will also be read. A program for preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, will be held today. A program for toddlers, ages 24 to 36 months, will be held Thursday. Both programs begin at 10:30 a.m.