The Smyth County Sheriffs office is asking for your help in locating a Marion Virginia teenage girl missing since last week. Sheriff Chip Shuler says 17 year old Katelin Sherman was reported missing from the Currin Valley Road area around four pm on February 4th. Sherman is described as five feet six inches tall weighing approximately 170 pounds with black hair and green eyes with a tattoo on her right wrist and the top of her left hand. Authorities believe Sherman left her home on her own. If you have information concerning this case your asked to call the Smyth County Sheriff's office.
ELKHORN CITY, Ky. (WYMT) - A housing project in Elkhorn City is getting closer to construction.
Officials are working to renovate the old Elkhorn City High School into apartments.
The project is currently open for bids.
There will be a pre-bid meeting and walk-through at the school Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.
Officials say they will select a contractor by March 1 and plan for construction to begin in April
A Bristol, VA detective has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of an investigation across the state line. 35-year old Aaron Hankins was off-duty when he was arrested for driving under the influence in Bristol, TN. He reportedly hit a concrete and brick mailbox on Dartmouth Drive and drove off. The responding officer was able to follow a trail and found a vehicle registered to Hankins matching a piece of the vehicle that was left behind at the scene of the crash. Hankins has been released from jail and is scheduled for court in June
The Virginia Senate has narrowly approved a measure to allow home schooled students across the state to play in high school sports. The bill known as the Tebow Bill would remove a statewide ban prohibiting home schooled students from participating in high school athletics. The bill is referred to as the Tebow Bill for former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow who was allowed to play high school sports while he was home schooled...The measure is expected to be vetoed by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Wildfire season is approaching and with lingering lack of rain in some areas and minimal snowfall this winter there is an increased threat for 2017. 60% of the wildfires in Virginia occur during the spring. To help reduce wildfires this year the commonwealths Burning Law will go into effect February 15th. The law prohibits open burning between the hours of midnight and 4 p.m. Burning is allowed from 4 p.m. To midnight but the Virginia Department of Forestry still advises people to be cautious under conditions that may lead a fire to spread. These include low humidity, warm temperatures, and winds over 10 mph. Violating the burning law is a class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine
HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Two people in Harlan County are facing drug trafficking charges as a result of undercover investigations.
Police arrested Eugene “J.R.” Farley, 39, and Tabatha Stanton, 28, both of the Holmes Mill community, on Monday.
Farley is charged with five counts of trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin) and importing heroin.
Stanton is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (meth).
Both Farley and Stanton were booked in the Harlan County Detention Center.
The arrested were a result of joint undercover investigations by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police and Appalachia Narcotics Investigations.
A Wise County, Virginia man has been convicted of head-butting a police officer by a jury in Russell County.
Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Patton said Robert Allen Tackett, 48, was charged with assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, indecent exposure and drunk in public.
Russell County deputies were called to a home where Tackett was exposing himself. He was being taken to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail for booking when he head-butted one of the officers inside the patrol car, Patton's report said.
A jury recommended a jail sentence of four years for Tackett following their verdict earlier this week. He will be sentenced on May 2.
A murder charge related to a December auto crash that killed a Missouri woman in Wise County, Virginia has been bound over to a grand jury.
A General District Court judge made that ruling Friday during a preliminary hearing for Samantha R. Dennis, 36, of Coeburn, who police said was intoxicated and driving at over 100 miles per hour when she crashed into a vehicle driven by Rebecca Starling of Saint Charles, Missouri.
Officers said Dennis was trying to avoid a DUI checkpoint on Dec. 23 as she sped down Route 58 in Coeburn and hit the vehicle which also had Starling's two children in the back seat. Starling was pronounced dead at the scene. Her children were treated at an area hospital.
Dennis is charged with felony murder and eluding and those charges are scheduled to go before a grand jury next month.
The judge also found Dennis guilty of driving on a revoked license and sentenced her to a year in jail and fined her $2,500. A motion to grant Dennis bond was also denied by the judge.
LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky Lottery officials say two winning Cash Ball tickets were sold in Kentucky.
The tickets were for the drawing on Wednesday night. Each matched the first four numbers and the Cash Ball number to win the game’s top prize of $225,000.
The winning tickets were sold at the Kroger on Main Street in London and the Taylorsville Country Mart in Spencer County.
The winning numbers were 1-16-22-29 Cash Ball 5.
The television show "Song of the Mountains" that features bluegrass music is set to be the official show of Virginia. The General Assembly has passed a bill that would designate the monthly concert series the state's official television series. The show started in 2003 and airs on PBS stations around the country. It's filmed at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion. The legislation says the show helps preserve the music, heritage and culture of Southwest Virginia.