Kingsport shooting under investigation
Teen wreck victim in critical condition
Body recovered from Cherokee Lake
Motorists near TCRA warned to slow down
Appalachia man arrested after shooting
School to host â€˜Art in the Afternoon'
A Monday evening shooting is under investigation by the Kingsport Police Department. Police say shortly before 6:15 p.m. Lawrence Jennings, 46, of Virgil Avenue, blocked the intersection of Nassau Drive and Kingston Court, not allowing his ex-girlfriend to pass. Jennings' former girlfriend was a passenger in the car of Giles Eddie Ferguson, 69, who is her brother-in-law. Jennings began to kick the door and beat the windows of Ferguson's vehicle, police said. He was able to get inside and attack Ferguson, at which point Ferguson shot Jennings in the abdomen, according to police. Jennings then drove to Valero Market on East Stone Drive, where he told the clerk he had been shot. He was taken to Holston Valley Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. Det. David Cole said several witnesses observed Jennings stop Ferguson's car, as well as the shooting. He said the incident is still under investigation, and would not confirm Ferguson's actions as self-defense. Det. Cole added that they were waiting to see if Jennings' condition improved so they could talk to him again about the incident.
KINGSPORT - Of the three teenagers involved in a single car accident near Cherokee High School in Rogersville on Monday afternoon, one was to be released from the hospital Tuesday and one remained listed in critical condition. Robert Henry Johnson, 14, of Rogersville was ejected from the back seat of a 1994 Camaro driven by his brother on Route 70 Monday evening. As of Tuesday afternoon he remained in critical condition at Holston Valley Medical Center. His brother, 20-year-old Thomas Bradley Johnson, who was driving, remained hospitalized at HVMC in fair condition Tuesday. HVMC officials said the front seat passenger, Justin D. Bailiff, 15, was in good condition and was to be released Tuesday.
The body of a man believed to have drowned has been recovered from Cherokee Lake in Grainger County. According to Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman Gil Francis, the body of Gary Ryan Stringer, 26, of Jefferson City, was recovered Monday. "Apparently he was swimming late (Sunday) afternoon," Francis said. "We got a call in to TVA Police around five o'clock. He was trying to swim from one island to the next, got about midway out and went under." A search for the body was conducted by the TVA in cooperation with Grainger County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
BLOUNTVILLE - Motorists driving around Tri-Cities Regional Airport are being warned to watch their speed and slow down, TCRA officials said. TCRA's Public Safety Department is now using a radar gun and radar trailer to monitor speeding and improve the safety of people walking into and out of the terminal. TCRA purchased the equipment with funds through the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office. Agencies that receive this $5,000 grant can purchase traffic safety equipment in exchange for their participation in programs such as "Click It or Ticket" and "Booze It or Lose It." To fulfill the grant requirements, the airport will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints at various times.
APPALACHIA - A 911 call from an Appalachia man stated his father was "accidentally shot." But Wise County authorities have deemed otherwise, charging the caller with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The 911 call brought Wise County deputies to Lower Exeter Road on Sunday. There they found James Lester Smith Sr. with a gunshot wound to the stomach. He was transported to a local hospital for surgery and remains in critical condition. Though Smith's son, James Lester Smith Jr., made the emergency call, police soon determined the shooting was intentional. He was arrested on the scene.
Carters Valley Elementary School will host "Art in the Afternoon," an art show and sale, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The theme is "The Great State of Tennessee." Student artwork, student and staff pottery, and various theme baskets will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will go into the school's playground fund to help replace broken and outdated equipment. Baskets will be on display in the cafeteria during the event. The public is invited.