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Watauga Valley Art League is meeting Aug. 16

Date: 2014-08-13
The Watauga Valley Art League will meet Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Johnson City Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan Club to host Friday Fish Fry

Date: 2014-08-12
The Limestone Ruritan Club will have their monthly Fish Fry on Friday, Aug. 15, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Limestone Ruritan building.  Full Story

Greenwood Ruritan hosts all-you-can-eat meal

Date: 2014-08-12
The Greenwood Ruritan Club will serve an all-you-can-eat country breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Lamar Ruritan to hold steak and gravy supper

Date: 2014-08-12
Lamar Ruritan members will hold a steak and gravy supper on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 5-7 p.m. The dinner includes three sides, drink and dessert.  Full Story

JAMA to sponsor hunger walk for food pantry

Date: 2014-08-12
The Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association, a group of “Community Churches Coming Together to Provide Hunger Relief and Hope,” is sponsoring a walk to benefit the JAMA Food Pantry on Saturday, Aug. 23.  Full Story

Major changes coming to high school football

Date: 2014-08-12
The TSSAA Board of Control planned to meet in Murfreesboro on Aug. 11 for what will likely be a final vote that could shakeup the landscape of Tennessee high school football.   Full Story

Historic treasures face potential risk as weather wreaks havoc on sites

Date: 2014-08-12
Maurice Telleen’s fifth of “Ten commandments of Agrarianism,” in a book about traditional food growing systems that maintain the fertility and ecology of the land, states that the term “my country” is not just about flags, parades and anthems.   Full Story

County cannery keeps churning out jars of homecooked foods for local groups, churches

Date: 2014-08-12
Surrounded by the sound of hissing steam pipes, the clang of glass canning jars and a heavenly aroma, 10 members of the Fairhaven United Methodist Church form an assembly line to craft a savory vegetable soup that will bring smiles next winter and raise money for various church projects.  Full Story

Local rabid skunk points to importance of vaccinations

Date: 2014-08-12
A skunk that tested positive for rabies after being found dead in a homeowners’ yard is not a public health concern, though it did result in the preventable loss of a family pet.  Full Story

Close race ends in victory for incumbent as supporters pour out on election night

Date: 2014-08-12
After receiving word of his re-election to the 7th District State House seat in the Aug. 7 election, Rep. Matthew Hill first attributed his win to the hard work of the dedicated people who supported him.  Full Story

Harris earns win over Wolfe for Republican committee

Date: 2014-08-12
For Kent Harris, the results of the Aug. 7 election underscores the importance of each and every vote.  Full Story

One county commission seat still to be filled

Date: 2014-08-12
Five more incumbents were voted out during the Aug. 7 County Election, bringing the total of new Washington County commissioners to 14. But the race isn’t over yet.  Full Story

Telford Ruritan to host benefit barbecue dinner

Date: 2014-08-05
The Telford Ruritan, located on the corner of Telford School Road and Telford New Victory Road, will have a  benefit barbecue dinner on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 5-8 p.m.  Full Story

Lamar event includes meal, music, petting zoo

Date: 2014-08-05
A benefit barbecue for the children of Lamar School will be held at Fender’s Farm on Highway 107, on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 4-7:30 p.m.  Full Story

Mustard Seed to hold barbecue, hot dog dinner

Date: 2014-08-05
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will host a barbecue supper on Saturday, Aug. 9, beginning 5:30 p.m.  Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist plans Aug. 9 breakfast

Date: 2014-08-05
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Fall sports season set to start for Boone, Crockett

Date: 2014-08-05
Nearly three months have passed since the end of the 2013-14 high school sports season. Now it’s time for the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone and Pioneers of David Crockett to welcome the return of high school sports to Gray and Jonesborough.   Full Story

Local golfers find success at Tri-Cities Junior Amateur

Date: 2014-08-05
e area hit the links at the Tri-Cities Junior Amateur Championships on July 28 at The Virginian in Bristol and no other area was better represented at the event than Washington County.   Full Story

Citation fees on their way to Jonesborough for second reading

Date: 2014-08-05
Individuals who are convicted of a traffic citation in Jonesborough may soon have to pay a $5 electronic traffic fee, after the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved on first reading the ordinance at the July 14 meeting.  Full Story

Commission supports proposed constitutional amendment

Date: 2014-08-05
A resolution considered by county commissioners during their July meeting led to further debate on the board’s role in decisions made at the state level.  Full Story

ASP dedicates first ‘New Build’ home

Date: 2014-08-05
Appalachia Service Project held a dedication ceremony last week for the first home completed in the “New Build Northeast Tennessee 2014” campaign.  Full Story

Stewart expects smooth sailing for election

Date: 2014-08-05
Micro Vote has assured election officials there will be no repeat of the Primary fiasco, but some county residents could be confused by the three candidates listed on the Aug. 7 ballot who are no longer in the race.  Full Story

Cherokee Baptist schedules community fish fry

Date: 2014-07-29
Cherokee Baptist Church, 143 Mayberry Road, will host a community fish fry on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the church picnic pavilion.  Full Story

Spaghetti supper funds benefit Cutshall family

Date: 2014-07-29
Former major league umpire and former state representative Dale Ford will be preparing a spaghetti supper to benefit the Heather Cutshall family on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 5-7 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren, 773 Brethren Church Road.  Full Story

Limestone UMC Women hold clothes giveaway

Date: 2014-07-29
The Limestone United Methodist Women of Christian Service will sponsor a clothes giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon at Limestone United Methodist Church, 189 Opie Arnold Road.  Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritans plan monthly breakfast

Date: 2014-07-29
Members of the Bowmantown Ruritan Club will hold their monthly breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Four-H chicken project has brothers eyeing future profits

Date: 2014-07-29
Ty Johnson, age 10, wants to be an architect, with some farm activities on the side. His older brother Tell, age 12, is thinking of raising sheep.  Full Story

Junior Pioneer Camp brings fun for all

Date: 2014-07-29
On July 25-26, the David Crockett Pioneers hosted their annual Junior Pioneer Football Camp.   Full Story

Historic Chester Inn remains unique downtown Jonesborough treasure

Date: 2014-07-29
A few weeks ago, we received a much needed rain. Arriving home, I found our house framed in the center of a rainbow. A site to be seen. A site reminding us of what a wonderful world God has given us, and the wonderful place in which we live.     Full Story

County responds to Bever suit

Date: 2014-07-29
Attorney Jeff Ward filed a motion earlier this month for partial dismissal of claims in the $20 million lawsuit filed by the mother of Aaron Michael Bever who hanged himself in the Washington County Detention Center last year.  Full Story

Washington County Commission: 10th District 1 seat available

Date: 2014-07-29
Forrest Boreing  Full Story

Washington County Commission: 9th District 2 seats available

Date: 2014-07-29
Todd Hensley  Full Story

Washington County Commission: 8th District 2 seats available

Date: 2014-07-29
Brad Baines  Full Story

Washington County Commission: 7th District 3 seats available

Date: 2014-07-29
Bryan Davenport  Full Story

Washington County Commission: 6th District 3 seats available

Date: 2014-07-29
Tom K. Foster  Full Story

Washington County Commission: 5th District 2 seats available

Date: 2014-07-29
Gary McAllister  Full Story

Washington County Commission: 4th District 3 seats available

Date: 2014-07-29
Lee Chase  Full Story

Washington County Commission: 3rd District 3 seats available

Date: 2014-07-29
Larry England  Full Story

Washington County Commission: 2nd District 3 seats available

Date: 2014-07-29
George E. “Skip”  Full Story

Washington County Commission: 1st District 3 seats available

Date: 2014-07-29
Greg Matherly  Full Story

Commission approves $50,000 for disaster cleanup

Date: 2014-07-29
Washington County Commissioners approved a $50,000 appropriation from the General Fund for disaster cleanup from damage wreaked by a tornado that tore through the Gray community the night of July 27.  Full Story

Gray to serve probation in bus accident

Date: 2014-07-29
No conviction and two years probation is the sentence Brenda Gray received for charges incurred while driving the school bus that ran off Mount Wesley Road in Telford two years ago, flipping twice before landing on its side and injuring the 39 David Crockett High School students onboard.  Full Story

Mustard Seed offers all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2014-07-22
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will host its monthly country breakfast on Saturday, July 26, beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Full Story

Marvin’s Chapel men to cook, serve breakfast

Date: 2014-07-22
Marvin’s Chapel United Methodist Men’s Club will be preparing and serving a country breakfast on Saturday, July 26, from 7:30-10:30 a.m.  Full Story

Valley View UMC schedules country breakfast

Date: 2014-07-22
Valley View United Methodist Church, 117 Hartmantown Road, will be having a country breakfast on Saturday, July 26, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Relay for Life event to be held on July 26

Date: 2014-07-22
Jonesborough is adorned in purple, as Tennessee’s Oldest Town kicks off its second annual Relay for Life event on Saturday, July 26, from noon to midnight throughout downtown.  Full Story

Pioneers conclude offseason with FCA camp competitions

Date: 2014-07-22
On Sunday, July 27, high school football in Tennessee will officially get under way with the first formal practice of the new season.   Full Story

County faced with total teacher salary increase

Date: 2014-07-22
Washington County schools closed the 2013-14 fiscal year with a more than $300,000 surplus and no use of fund balance.  Full Story

Arboretum: A ‘Thank-You’ to donors

Date: 2014-07-22
America’s most well-known land-surveyor naturalist, Henry D. Thoreau, delighted in the wildflowers he encountered and noted his observations in a journal.   Full Story

‘Wheels’ event coming to Jonesborough

Date: 2014-07-22
A new event, which will feature a poker run and car show, will be held in Jonesborough this August, thanks to the support of three aldermen.   Full Story

Tobacco grant geared toward improving children’s health

Date: 2014-07-22
In only its first few months of implementation, a new program to raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke in families is already having a positive impact.   Full Story

Gray to be sentenced this week

Date: 2014-07-22
Former school bus driver Brenda Gray pleaded guilty last week to charges in the 2012 accident on Mount Wesley Road that occurred while she was transporting a load of David Crockett High School students, but one parent was not happy with the proposed sentence.  Full Story

Campaign heats ups as Carriger, Hill move toward Election Day

Date: 2014-07-22
Accusations are starting to fall hot and heavy in the race for the 7th District’s Tennessee House of Representatives seat as candidates Phil Carriger and Matthew Hill make a run for the finish line.  Full Story

District 3: Scott Utsman

Date: 2014-07-22
As a Washington County native and parent, Scott Utsman said he has a vested interest in seeing the school system be successful.  Full Story

District 3: Mike Masters

Date: 2014-07-22
Expanding the curriculum would be his priority if elected to the school board, Mike Masters said.  Full Story

District 3: Clarence Mabe

Date: 2014-07-22
Seeking his fourth term on the school board, Clarence Mabe believes he has a lot to offer. “I have been a teacher, a coach and a business person, and I think every kid is important,” he said.  Full Story

District 3: Todd Hull

Date: 2014-07-22
Newcomer Todd Hull is clear about his reasons for wanting to serve on the school board. “I’m a parent, not a politician,” he said. “I’m running to help, not to take another office.”   Full Story

District 3: David Hammond

Date: 2014-07-22
If elected for a second term, David Hammond will continue to ask questions and look into issues on his own time. “I represent the people and work for the people, and put the children first,” he said.  Full Story

WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES

Date: 2014-07-22
District 3 candidates discuss school goals:  Full Story

District 1: Jack Leonard

Date: 2014-07-16
The children and the long-range building plans for the future needs of the school system are the reasons Jack Leonard is seeking a second term as a board member.  Full Story

District 1: Chad Williams

Date: 2014-07-16
After two terms on the Board of Education, Chad Williams believes he still has something to offer. “I’ve enjoyed being part of the system and its growth, and I think my experience will be helpful in (implementing) the facilities plan,” he said.  Full Story

District 1: Keith Ervin

Date: 2014-07-16
Keith Ervin said serving on the school board makes him still feel young. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t like it,” said the candidate seeking a third term.  Full Story

District 1: Annette Fender Buchanan

Date: 2014-07-16
One former educator who decided she needs to be more involved in the school system is seeking her first term on the Board of Education.  Full Story

WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES

Date: 2014-07-16
The Washington County Board of Education is made up of nine elected members from three political districts. Members serve four-year terms, and candidates in District 1 and District 3 will be on the ballot for the Aug. 7 State Primary and County Election.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan set Friday fish fry fundraiser

Date: 2014-07-15
Limestone Ruritan members will have a fish fry on Friday, July 18, at the Limestone Ruritan building.  Full Story

Fairview Methodist to provide country breakfast

Date: 2014-07-15
Fairview United Methodist Church, 878 Highway 81N, will host a big country breakfast on Saturday, July 19, from 7-10 a.m. The menu will include biscuits, gravy, sausage, bacon, pancakes and more. Cost is by donation.  Full Story

Season prep continues for Pioneers at Showdown

Date: 2014-07-15
Given the option to stay local and compete for a 7-on-7 trophy at John Battle high school or travel to South Carolina to play against some of the best athletes in the country at the Palmetto State Showdown, the Pioneers of David Crockett chose the tougher road of the two.   Full Story

Contraceptive facts keep getting lost in the rhetoric

Date: 2014-07-15
If you say something loud enough, long enough, with enough passion, it becomes the truth.    Full Story

The taste of low country boil: Seafood feast rings in summer

Date: 2014-07-15
Nothing says summer like a simmering pot of low country boil. So when Jonesborough Days organizers were planning their 2014 kickoff dinner, they knew what they had to serve.  Full Story

Appropriations recommendations stay the same

Date: 2014-07-15
A recommendation for appropriations to nonprofit organizations has been approved despite not knowing how much funding will be available in the 2014-15 budget.  Full Story

Commission may add vapor products to tobacco restrictions

Date: 2014-07-15
The policy banning tobacco use and smoking in buildings owned and leased by Washington County may soon include electronic cigarettes.  Full Story

Parent challenges board on 2013 case

Date: 2014-07-15
Daniel Stiel, a parent of a former student at Jonesborough Middle School spoke before the Washington County Board of Education last week regarding what he called “an abuse cover up,” which ignited a reaction from other parents who wanted to speak on the matter.   Full Story

Election Commissioners inspect machines, discuss voter turnout

Date: 2014-07-15
Possible reasons for low voter turnout during the May 6 Republican Primary were discussed by Election Commissioners during a meeting last week prior to inspecting and certifying the early voting machines for the County Election.  Full Story

SingleVision schedules dinner, music program

Date: 2014-07-08
KINGSPORT — SingleVision will enjoy dinner and music at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Kingsport First Assembly of God on Monday, July 21.  Full Story

Mayors, Secretary Paulson share views on world climate crisis

Date: 2014-07-08
A former banker and U.S. Treasury Secretary is urging the nation, and fellow Republicans in particular, to recognize the gravity of economic risks and damage from climate change.   Full Story

Teams get ready for CASA tournament

Date: 2014-07-08
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee is holding its ninth annual golf tournament at the Johnson City Country Club on Monday, Aug. 18, to help raise funds and increase awareness for the CASA program.  Full Story

Class stitches outfits for Africa

Date: 2014-07-08
A recent weeklong sewing camp left youngsters the opportunity to create items to take home, as well as sew pillowcase dresses for underprivileged children in Africa.   Full Story

Beloved storyteller Ed Stivender to perform in Jonesborough

Date: 2014-07-08
Ed Stivender, one of the world’s foremost experts on Jack tales, will be the next storyteller in residence for Jonesborough’s Storytelling Live! series.  Full Story

Commission offers recommendation for building foundations

Date: 2014-07-08
Members of the Washington County Regional Planning Commission gave unanimous approval to a resolution regarding foundations of destroyed or demolished buildings and structures during their July 1 meeting.  Full Story

Resident asks developers to honor prior projects

Date: 2014-07-08
A rezoning request for a new subdivision had one Washington County resident making a plea for developers to remember the neighborhoods not completed before moving on to the next one.  Full Story

Kindergarten registration set for county

Date: 2014-07-08
Personnel with the Washington County Department of Education will register children entering kindergarten in any Washington County school for the 2014-2015 school year.   Full Story

Music lover’s dream becomes reality in historic downtown

Date: 2014-07-08
A new music store now graces downtown Jonesborough, offering musical instruments, vinyl records, a recording studio and a courtyard.   Full Story

Furniture Warehouse ‘pickers’ promise collection of sweet deals

Date: 2014-07-08
Paul and Susan Vermillion moved their business from Johnson City to Main Street in downtown Jonesborough because it seemed like a better fit for their family-owned store.   Full Story

Lawsuit filed in suicide of Detention Center inmate

Date: 2014-07-08
Several Washington County-related defendants are named in a lawsuit filed by the surviving natural parent and next of kin of Aaron Michael Bever, who committed suicide last year while an inmate in the Detention Center.  Full Story

Perhaps nation should use more common sense with global warming

Date: 2014-07-02
As our children graduate from high school this year, they will have completed their entire educational career learning about something that didn’t happen during their time in school — global warming.    Full Story

Pioneers to play in Palmetto State Showdown

Date: 2014-07-02
With high school football season rapidly approaching, teams statewide are looking for any edge that might better prepare them for the 2014 schedule.   Full Story

Distillery slowly emerges on Fox Street

Date: 2014-07-02
The home of Tennessee Hills Distillery is coming to life as renovations are completed and the installation of equipment will soon be under way.   Full Story

Jonesborough Flea Market to soon host farm animal auctions

Date: 2014-07-02
Stockyard auctions are returning to the Jonesborough Flea Market.  Full Story

New network for county offers security, savings

Date: 2014-07-02
Washington County government has completed a much-needed phone system upgrade that will provide a significant reduction in operating expenses.  Full Story

Extension programs strive to benefit Washington County residents

Date: 2014-07-02
Several new programs have been added to the list of ongoing opportunities offered to Washington County residents through the UT Extension Office.  Full Story

Town approves water, sewer increases

Date: 2014-07-02
Increases for monthly water and sewer rates will be felt by those living within and outside of the Jonesborough town limits starting July 1, which has raised some concerns from residents.  Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritan to hold July 5 breakfast

Date: 2014-07-01
Bowmantown Ruritan members will host their monthly breakfast on Saturday, July 5, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Hale’s Community Ruritan schedules yard sale

Date: 2014-07-01
Hale’s Community Ruritan, located at Boones Creek and Hales roads, will host its annual yard sale on Saturday, July 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Full Story

JRT pays tribute to soldiers

Date: 2014-07-01
Now in its 11th year, Jonesborough Repertory Theatre’s “1940s USO Show” still has soldiers saluting and audience members tapping.  Full Story

Jonesborough Days set to kick off Thursday, July 3

Date: 2014-07-01
The 2014 edition of Jonesborough Days will kick off this Thursday, July 3rd. Highlighting the three-day event will be the Parade on Friday, July 4th, at 10 a.m. and the Fireworks on Saturday, July 5th, at 10 p.m.  Full Story

Reform of endangered species law is unneeded, unwanted

Date: 2014-06-25
Some Jonesborough residents found themselves among area citizens at a National Park Service training in April on a section of the Appalachian Trail near Chestoa. As volunteers, learning proper use of the NPS protocol in finding and documenting high-priority plants, they will be monitoring several of these at other sites along the trail.  Full Story

Boone athletes compete in state, national events

Date: 2014-06-25
Several Daniel Boone athletes who starred for the Blazers last year recently took their talents to a bigger stage.  Full Story

Dancing through life: University student scratches out a masterpiece

Date: 2014-06-25
A 17-year-old rising senior at University High School claimed first place in Jonesborough’s Open Juried Art Exhibition student component earlier this month.   Full Story

Limestone Ruritan Club to offer biscuits & gravy

Date: 2014-06-25
The Limestone Ruritan Club,  located at 121 Limestone Ruritan Road in Limestone, is having a full Country Breakfast Buffet Breakfast on Saturday, June 28th beginning at 7:30-10 a.m.    Full Story

Sulphur Springs Methodists plan steak dinner

Date: 2014-06-25
The Sulphur Springs United Methodist Camp Meeting will sponsor a Country Fried Steak Dinner on Friday, June 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m.    Full Story

Mustard Seed to offer biscuits & gravy breakfast

Date: 2014-06-25
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot Street, will host its monthly country breakfast on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 7:30 a.m..   Full Story

Area benefit spaghetti supper set for June 27

Date: 2014-06-25
A spaghetti supper benefit for James Wesley Wright II will be held Saturday, June 27, from 6-8 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, 1718 Highway 81 South.  Full Story

Hales Ruritan to host all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2014-06-25
Hales Commnity Ruritan will hold a Country Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, June 28, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

WannaBeatles coming to Music on the Square

Date: 2014-06-25
Jonesborough is going to celebrate 50 years of Beatles music with a little help from the popular tribute band, The WannaBeatles. The Grammy nominated group will perform their fun, family-friendly act at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 27, at Jonesborough’s Music on the Square.  Full Story

Harley to perform at Storytelling Center

Date: 2014-06-25
Bill Harley, a storyteller known for personal tales of exceptional warmth and humor, will soon spend a week at the International Storytelling Center sharing some of his best work.  Full Story

Thirty-year veteran says goodbye to the badge

Date: 2014-06-25
A patrol sergeant with the Jonesborough Police Department said goodbye to a career of more than 20 years as the town wished him well during a retirement party at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center last Thursday.   Full Story

Classes continue for 600 students

Date: 2014-06-25
During their June 10 meeting, members of the General Health and Welfare Committee heard from three applicants seeking special appropriations from the county.  Full Story

Walking tour adds new brochure to collection

Date: 2014-06-25
Jonesborough visitors who enjoy a stroll through Tennessee’s oldest town now have a new map to guide their way.  Full Story

Hill prepares for re-election fight

Date: 2014-06-25
Matthew Hill, Jonesborough’s Republican State Representative, recently launched his campaign for re-election.  Full Story

Classification changes could be coming for high school football

Date: 2014-06-17
The governing body for Tennessee high school athletics could once again change the landscape of high school football in Tennessee.   Full Story

Unequal to equal doesn’t add up

Date: 2014-06-17
Someone once said, “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan schedules fish fry fundraiser

Date: 2014-06-17
The Limestone Ruritan will hold a Fish Fry on Friday, June 20, at the Limestone Ruritan Building.  Full Story

McCarty UMC to host benefit soup bean supper

Date: 2014-06-17
McCarty United Methodist Church, located on Highway 11E, will host a Benefit Soup Bean Supper on Saturday, June 21, from 5-8 p.m.  Full Story

A lesson well-learned on the beauty of art: Class strikes all ‘A’s’ in college-level test at Providence

Date: 2014-06-17
Eight students at Providence Academy have gotten the art history bug — and they’ve got the scores to prove it.  Full Story

Architect hired for Jackson Theatre

Date: 2014-06-17
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to award Ken Ross Architects, a firm out of Johnson City, the Jackson Theatre project last week.   Full Story

Reappraisal values to impact county budget

Date: 2014-06-17
Eight to 10 Washington County residents per day are meeting with the Board of Equalization to discuss their reappraisals, according to Assessor of Property Scott Buckingham.  Full Story

Boones Creek principal recognized by board for making a difference

Date: 2014-06-17
An educator of 44 years — 20 of which were spent at Boones Creek Elementary School as the principal ­ — was honored with the Director of Schools “Made a Difference Award” earlier this month.   Full Story

Boone Street Market lease extended

Date: 2014-06-17
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to extend the Jonesborough Locally Grown lease from three years to 20 years at its meeting last week.   Full Story

Animal control center site to be subdivided for fire station

Date: 2014-06-10
During their June 3 meeting, City Manager Pete Peterson asked Animal Control Board members to consider subdividing the property purchased on North Roan Street and transferring ownership to the City of Johnson City for a new fire hall.  Full Story

Shelter groundbreaking: Van Brocklin says support still needed for new facility

Date: 2014-06-10
Along with the ground-breaking ceremony held last week for the new Washington County-Johnson City Animal Control Center came the plea for additional support.  Full Story

Boone, Crockett 2013-14 sports year defined by change

Date: 2014-06-10
With the end of another high school sports year for Washington County rivals Daniel Boone and David Crockett, the season’s theme seemed to be “change.”  Full Story

“A modest (but needed) proposal” for working toward climate protection

Date: 2014-06-10
The U.S. Supreme Court in 2007 affirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate the heat-trapping emissions that are driving global warming, and, under the Obama administration, it has taken several steps in that direction.  Full Story

New Jonesborough Senior Center continues to grow

Date: 2014-06-10
Although some major delays took place this past winter for the construction of the new Senior Center, the work is now moving along at a good pace, according to town officials.   Full Story

Costs continue to add up at Cash Hollow center

Date: 2014-06-10
Construction and demolition waste being brought to the convenience centers is a growing problem and expense for Washington County.   Full Story

Local family doesn’t win contest, still gets new ride

Date: 2014-06-10
Although Emily Brown did not win the National Mobility Awareness Month contest, she remained a winner due to the generosity of one gentleman.   Full Story

Jonesborough to celebrate Flag Day with special June 14 event

Date: 2014-06-10
Historic Jonesborough will pay tribute to the nation’s flag with a special event on Saturday, June 14, from 4-7 p.m. at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School.  Full Story

Academy sponsors spaghetti supper fundraiser

Date: 2014-06-10
Washington College Academy, 116 Doak Lane in Limestone, will host a spaghetti supper fundraiser on campus from 5-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 14.  Full Story

Lamar Ruritan to honor Flag Day during supper

Date: 2014-06-10
Lamar Ruritan Club members will celebrate Flag Day during a steak and gravy supper on Saturday, June 14, from 5-7 p.m.  Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist sets country breakfast

Date: 2014-06-10
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast on Saturday, June 14, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Lees McRae Summer Theatre announces summer programs

Date: 2014-06-10
Where: Lees McRae College  Full Story

Shelter donor removes match, commits full $500,000

Date: 2014-06-03
A $500,000 pledge toward construction of a new Animal Control Center that initially included a 50 percent match and two other conditions will now be a cash gift in the full amount.  Full Story

Government has role to play, but not in all areas of health care

Date: 2014-06-03
Since his election in 2008, President Obama has vowed to “make the VA a leader of national health-care reform so that veterans get the best care possible.”  Full Story

BOE seeks $175,000 to replace fire, phone, intercom systems

Date: 2014-06-03
In an effort to keep the Board of Education prepared for some important needs Washington County Schools have, the director of schools provided an update on where they stand with fire alarms, phone systems and intercom systems for the schools at a called meeting last month.   Full Story

Greenwood Ruritans plan two-day garage sale

Date: 2014-06-03
The Greenwood Ruritan Club will hold a garage sale on Friday and Saturday, June 6-7, from 7 a.m. to noon.  Full Story

Ruritan breakfast to raise funds for T-ball lights

Date: 2014-06-03
Bowmantown Ruritan Club members will hold their monthly breakfast on Saturday, June, 7, from 7-10 a.m. at the Bowmantown Ruritan building, 1571 Barkley Road in Telford.  Full Story

Wagner’s legacy at Boone about more than just winning

Date: 2014-06-03
When Rick Wagner announced last month that 2014 would be his final season as the head softball coach at Daniel Boone, he left in his wake a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.  Full Story

Murals highlight Jonesborough events

Date: 2014-06-03
A splash of color has been added to the wrought iron fence behind Boone Street Market bringing additional character to downtown Jonesborough through the images of murals.   Full Story

No recounts requested

Date: 2014-06-03
No requests for recounts were made by candidates participating in the May 6 Washington County Primary.   Full Story

Jonesborough Church hosts clothes giveaway

Date: 2014-05-27
Diane’s Closet will hold a free clothes giveaway on Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Jonesborough United Methodist Church “good news fellowship hall,” 105 Second Ave.  Full Story

Mustard Seed to host all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2014-05-27
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will host a breakfast on Saturday, May 31, at 7:30 a.m.  Full Story

Fairview UMC to offer strawberry jam, barbecue

Date: 2014-05-27
Fairview United Methodist Church, 878 Highway 81N, will hold a strawberry jam and barbecue dinner on Saturday, May 31, from 5-8 p.m.  Full Story

Ferguson headlines 10 All-Conference selections

Date: 2014-05-27
With the 2014 Big 7 softball season now in the books, 10 total Lady Blazers and Lady Pioneers were named to the 2014 All-Conference team.   Full Story

TVA’s belated recognition of our Town

Date: 2014-05-27
With “Town wins green power award,” the Johnson City Press recently indicated Jonesborough’s “dedication to green power generation” being recognized by the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Full Story

Wetlands Water Park kicks off new season

Date: 2014-05-27
Splashing for all ages began at Wetlands Water Park Saturday for the 2014 season and will continue until Labor Day.   Full Story

Guild gets ready for road trip

Date: 2014-05-27
The Jonesborough Storytellers Guild is known for its homegrown tales and authentic local tellers.  And, this year is special as the longest running group of tellers in the nation celebrates 20 years of sharing their talents in the Storytelling Capital of the World.    Full Story

McKinney Center Event . . .

Date: 2014-05-27
View and/or purchase these photos and thousands more at the photo store at www.heraldandtribune.com!  Full Story

Board approves athletic allocation; strives to balance funds with needs

Date: 2014-05-27
After a lengthy discussion, the Washington County Board of Education voted to set aside $130,500 for both high schools’ athletic capital outlay needs.   Full Story

CIA Committee recommends health insurance renewel

Date: 2014-05-27
Following the largest amount of claims in eight years, Washington County was looking at a 33 percent increase in health insurance costs.  Full Story

Graduation Issue on sale now!

Date: 2014-05-27
View/purchase graduation and commencement photos at our Photo Store at www.heraldandtribune.com.  Full Story

Election Commission certifies May 6 results

Date: 2014-05-27
Election results from the May 6 Republican Primary have been certified, but it remains to be seen whether any candidates will challenge the numbers or how a new dynamic will affect the county commission.  Full Story

Board takes look at virtual classrooms

Date: 2014-05-27
An application will be sent to the Tennessee Department of Education for a virtual school after the Washington County Board of Education voiced its full support to see if the option is feasible for high school students.   Full Story

Limestone Ruritan offers all-you-can eat buffet

Date: 2014-05-20
The Limestone Ruritan Club, located at 121 Limestone Ruritan Road in Limestone, will host a full country breakfast buffet breakfast on Saturday, May 24, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Hales Community Ruritan schedules breakfast

Date: 2014-05-20
Hales Community Ruritan, located at Boones Creek and Hales roads, will hold an all-you-can-eat country breakfast buffet on Saturday, May 24, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

ON MY OWN: Students explore life after high school

Date: 2014-05-20
High school students in Washington County recently had the opportunity to participate in a hands-on, real-life simulation that taught them about finances.   Full Story

Boone season ends; Coach says goodbye

Date: 2014-05-20
For the second time in as many years, the Lady Blazers softball season came to an end in the state sectional round after a 9-3 loss to Knoxville Gibbs on May 17.   Full Story

Missing the picture in Voter ID ruckus

Date: 2014-05-20
When I voted in the last election, I was asked to fill out and sign a form stating my name and other information. Then I was asked to show my picture ID, which was examined carefully by the person behind the desk, whose eyes went back and forth between my ID, the paper I signed, and the computer screen, seemingly checking every detail closely before letting me vote.   Full Story

Commissioners a no-show for courthouse presentation

Date: 2014-05-20
None of the county commissioners accepted the invitation to hear a presentation about the exterior condition of the downtown courthouse during last week’s meeting of the County-Owned Property Committee.  Full Story

Public Safety recommends county share new EMS cost

Date: 2014-05-20
Public Safety Committee members voted to recommend sharing the cost of new technology for EMS during their May 13 meeting.  Full Story

Movies on Main returns

Date: 2014-05-20
Jonesborough’s Movies on Main kicks off its fourth season on Saturday, May 24, at 8 p.m. with Candy Bingo followed by a showing of the popular movie, “Frozen,” at 8:30 p.m. The event is held on Main Street in Historic Jonesborough and is free to the public, thanks to The Lollipop Shop and the Jonesborough Area Merchants & Services Association.   Full Story

Theater purchase clears way for new community venue

Date: 2014-05-20
The Town of Jonesborough’s recent notification that it now owns the Jackson Theater has opened vast possibilities of providing more activities for the community, according to town officials.   Full Story

Grant awards $400,000 to Jonesborough

Date: 2014-05-20
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen did not hesitate to approve additional grant funding of $400,000 to complete the wastewater improvement project at its May 12 meeting.   Full Story

Detention Center inspection returns ‘zero findings’ report

Date: 2014-05-20
On the heels of the Republican Primary, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was hit with a surprise jail inspection May 12.  Full Story

Jonesborough to host veterans musical tribute

Date: 2014-05-20
The community is invited to attend a tribute this Sunday to help honor those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.   Full Story

Rice ready to don robes for 1st Judicial District

Date: 2014-05-14
Only one week after the election for 1st Judicial District Criminal Court Judge, Lisa Nidiffer Rice is already preparing for the next phase of her career.  Full Story

Election office scrambles to explain 6th District error

Date: 2014-05-13
Inaccurate results posted on the Election Commission website from the Washington County Republican Primary led to one 6th District commissioner receiving the largest number of votes, only to learn later he was no longer even in the running.   Full Story

Graybeal squeaks by in fight for sheriff’s badge

Date: 2014-05-13
In what could end up being the closest race of the Washington County Republican Primary, incumbent Sheriff Ed Graybeal edged out the win over challenger Craig Ford.  Full Story

Commissioner disappointed in election office response

Date: 2014-05-13
Micro Vote may have publicly accepted the blame for the errors in the Republican primary, but 6th District Commissioner Joe Grandy is far from satisfied.  Full Story

Health protections assured through Supreme Court ruling

Date: 2014-05-13
ared might happen, “the aristocracy of monied corporations” has been strongly at work in recent times, challenging, as he phrased it, “our government to a trial of strength and [bidding] defiance to the laws of our country.”  Full Story

Clerks, trustee celebrate victory, look to future

Date: 2014-05-13
Goals have already been set once the county clerk, Circuit Court clerk and county trustee take office.   Full Story

Lady Pioneers end season on high note

Date: 2014-05-13
ad seen their share of ups and a few downs prior to entering postseason play. But throughout the course of the district tournament, the Lady Pioneers proved they belong among the top teams in the conference.   Full Story

Lady Blazers top Volunteer to capture district championship

Date: 2014-05-13
With the first leg of the postseason now finished, Daniel Boone’s final run is beginning to have a fairytale feel to it.  Full Story

Lees McRae Summer Theatre announces summer programs

Date: 2014-05-13
Where: Lees McRae College  Full Story

John Reed looks ahead to 50 more years of care

Date: 2014-05-13
AMay 10 celebration in Limestone featuring live music, food and fellowship honored the 50th anniversary of John M. Reed Home’s service to the citizens of Washington County.  Full Story

Lees McRae Summer Theatre announces summer programs

Date: 2014-05-09
Kiss Me, Kate  Full Story

Greenwood Ruritan to serve steak, gravy meal

Date: 2014-05-06
The Greenwood Ruritan Club will be holding a steak and gravy dinner on Saturday, May 10, from 5-8 p.m.  Full Story

Fairview Methodist to host Saturday breakfast

Date: 2014-05-06
Fairview United Methodist Church, 878 Highway 81N, has scheduled a country breakfast on Saturday, May 17, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist Church sets breakfast

Date: 2014-05-06
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast on Saturday, May 10, from 7-10 a.m. The menu will consist of fresh country sausage, bacon, homemade gravy, biscuits, fruit, juice and coffee. Cost is by donation.  Full Story

Field trip shows kids where pizzas comes from

Date: 2014-05-06
Annette Buchanan recently walked 13 students around a circle replicating slices of a pizza at Fender’s Farm to show the youngsters from Lamar School where the ingredients come from to make a delicious meal.  Full Story

Let’s give Mom a very special day

Date: 2014-05-06
She was going to have a baby in a time when Pharaoh’s law required her child be killed if it was a male.    Full Story

Lady Blazers poised for a final run

Date: 2014-05-06
Five days before the hosts of the 2014 1-AAA district tournament took the field in their first postseason contest, longtime Daniel Boone Head Coach Rick Wagner to the surprise of many, announced that this would be his last season at the helm of Lady Blazer softball.  Full Story

Lady Pioneers advance in district tournament

Date: 2014-05-06
With the pressure turned up at Daniel Boone High School on May 2 for the first round of the 1-AAA district tournament, the Lady Pioneers of David Crockett staved off elimination by outlasting Dobyns-Bennett 3-2 after nine innings of play.  Full Story

Storytelling Live welcomes Bill Lepp

Date: 2014-05-06
Storyteller Bil Lepp, an award-winning tall tale spinner and humorist who recently appeared on Comedy Central, will be the first performer in the Storytelling Live! series, a six-month program that will bring more than two dozen master storytellers to Jonesborough in 2014.  Full Story

Second lawsuit filed in death of inmate

Date: 2014-05-06
With their federal case still under way, Joe and Natasha Peppers filed a second lawsuit April 16 in Washington County Circuit Court related to the death of their son, Stewart W. Peppers, in April 2013 while incarcerated in the Detention Center.  Full Story

Corazon Festival in Jonesborough

Date: 2014-05-06
See our photo store at www.heraldandtribune.com for more photos!  Full Story

Athletics plans hit a snag

Date: 2014-05-06
Confusion between the Washington County Board of Education board members last week concerning capital outlay bond funds set aside for the high schools has resulted in another meeting, set for May 19, for further discussion.   Full Story

Candidates, constituents prepare for primary results

Date: 2014-05-06
Tuesday, May 6, is the first Election Day of the 2014 campaign season, and a lot of planning goes into the 12 hours of voting that, for many offices, will determine the next term of leadership.  Full Story

School board adds $2 million to budget

Date: 2014-05-06
The Washington County Board of Education approved nearly $2 million be added to the 2014-2015 school budget during a called meeting on April 29.   Full Story

Community members share campaign opinions

Date: 2014-04-29
While a four-month series of articles has provided input from candidates seeking office in the 2014 elections, the Herald & Tribune today offers a look at the campaign from the voters’ perspective in our last issue prior to the May 6 Republican Primary.  Full Story

Marvin’s Chapel UMC to hold Barbecue Benefit

Date: 2014-04-29
Marvin’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 1882 Old Boones Creek Road, will hold a Barbecue Benefit for Claudia Anderson on Saturday, May 3, from 4-7 p.m.  Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritan plans monthly breakfast

Date: 2014-04-29
Bowmantown Ruritan Club will hold its monthly breakfast on Saturday, May 3, from 7-10 a.m. at the Bowmantown Ruritan building, 1571 Barkley Road in Telford.  Full Story

Climate change mitigation through energy transition

Date: 2014-04-29
“Salvation gets cheap” was Paul Krugman’s opinion column headline in the New York Times on April 19.   Full Story

Lady Pioneers fall to Boone, beat the ‘Hill’

Date: 2014-04-29
With the regular season grinding to an end, the Lady Pioneers of David Crockett finally captured the signature win that had eluded them for much of the season.   Full Story

Crockett captures senior night win over South

Date: 2014-04-29
Six Pioneer baseball players took to the diamond in Jonesborough for the last time in their high school careers.   Full Story

Jonesborough Farmers Market gets ready for Saturday opening

Date: 2014-04-29
Normally by mid-summer, the Jonesborough Farmers Market has 30 established vendors selling their vegetables, meats, plants, foods, crafts or other products.  Full Story

New ‘death’ compliance costs may be lower

Date: 2014-04-29
Cost to Washington County from a larger number of autopsies may not be as high as originally thought, commissioners learned during their April 28 meeting.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan offers all-you-can-eat buffet

Date: 2014-04-22
The Limestone Ruritan Club, located at 121 Limestone Ruritan Road in Limestone, will host a full country breakfast buffet on Saturday, April 26, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritans cook barbecue chicken

Date: 2014-04-22
Members of the Bowmantown Ruritan Club will be cooking the world famous Bowmantown Barbecue Chicken on Saturday, April 26.  Full Story

Marvin’s Chapel Men’s Club to serve breakfast

Date: 2014-04-22
Marvin’s Chapel United Methodist Men’s Club will prepare and serve a country breakfast on Saturday, April 26, from 7:30-10:30 a.m.  Full Story

Mustard Seed hosts monthly country breakfast

Date: 2014-04-22
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will hold its monthly country breakfast on Saturday, April 26. The meal is typical Southern-style, with gravy and biscuits, sausage, bacon, eggs, pancakes, grits, chocolate gravy, juice and coffee.  Full Story

TENTH DISTRICT: Forrest Boreing

Date: 2014-04-22
Jonesborough  Full Story

NINTH DISTRICT: David Shanks

Date: 2014-04-22
Telford  Full Story

NINTH DISTRICT: Todd Hensley

Date: 2014-04-22
Telford  Full Story

NINTH DISTRICT: Danny Edens

Date: 2014-04-22
Jonesborough  Full Story

The last two questions designed to offer insight for county residents to consider as they choose their next board of leaders are answered today.

Date: 2014-04-22
Week Five  Full Story

Budget Committee withholds approval on TIF district

Date: 2014-04-22
A review of the Economic Impact Plan for the Boones Creek retail project left Budget Committee members wanting more return for the county’s investment.  Full Story

Maybe Joe Camel needs to modernize

Date: 2014-04-22
Where is Joe Camel when you need him?   Full Story

Blazer week filled with success, disappointment

Date: 2014-04-22
For the first time in several seasons, it looks like the Big 7’s best softball team will not be the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone.  Full Story

Committee questions 2007 verbal agreement

Date: 2014-04-22
During last week’s meeting, Budget Committee members questioned the county’s obligation to fulfill a verbal agreement made by former Mayor George Jaynes to Jonesborough contractor Marvin Carter.  Full Story

Town ‘adopts’ New Halifax alleys

Date: 2014-04-22
The Town of Jonesborough entered into a public, private agreement with New Halifax subdivision for routine maintenance on their gravel alleyways following a decision by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s approval on April 14.   Full Story

Holy Week Services at Jonesborough Presbyterian Church

Date: 2014-04-16
Maundy Thursday, April 17, a Tenebrae Service with Communion will be held at Jonesborough Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m.  Full Story

Lamar Ruritan Club to host steak, gravy dinner

Date: 2014-04-15
Lamar Ruritan members will host a steak and gravy dinner on Saturday April 19, from 5-7 p.m.  Full Story

Fairview UMC hosts country breakfast April 19

Date: 2014-04-15
Fairview United Methodist Church, 878 Highway 81N, will host a country breakfast on Saturday, April 19, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Jackson Park Brethren plan love feast, services

Date: 2014-04-15
Jackson Park Church of the Brethren, 100 Oak Grove Ave., will host the “Love Feast” on Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m.  Full Story

Lady Blazers bring in big weekend

Date: 2014-04-15
For the third straight year, the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone topped all local teams in the area’s biggest softball tournament, the Eastman Invitational.  Full Story

Boone completes season sweep of Crockett

Date: 2014-04-15
The Daniel Boone Baseball Blazers’ potent offense once again proved no match for the Pioneers of David Crockett in their second meeting of the season in Jonesborough. The April 10 contest saw the Blazers score 13 runs over the final three innings to complete the season sweep of the rival Pioneers, 15-4.   Full Story

New rule to ensure water quality

Date: 2014-04-15
Over a decade ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency faced court challenges from industrial developers contesting the agencies’ interpretation of the protective reach of the Clean Water Act.  Full Story

First-grade teacher lives to ‘turn the light bulb on’

Date: 2014-04-15
A first-grade teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School who loves seeing the light bulbs go off in her young students’ brains was named the 2014-2015 System Level Teacher of the Year in the Pre-kindergarten through 4th-grade category.  Full Story

Jonesborough plans e-waste collection

Date: 2014-04-15
On April 26, Keep Jonesborough Beautiful will sponsor an e-waste collection as well as two clean-up projects within the Jonesborough town limits.     Full Story

Bomb threat evacuates Boone students

Date: 2014-04-15
Another bomb threat last week evacuated students from Daniel Boone High School until a bomb-sniffing K-9 confirmed there was no danger.  Full Story

EIGHTH DISTRICT: Matthew Morris

Date: 2014-04-15
Telford  Full Story

EIGHTH DISTRICT: Bill B.J. Robbins

Date: 2014-04-15
Jonesborough  Full Story

EIGHTH DISTRICT: Steve Light

Date: 2014-04-15
Limestone  Full Story

EIGHTH DISTRICT: Eddie Haren

Date: 2014-04-15
Jonesborough  Full Story

EIGHTH DISTRICT: Ben Bowman

Date: 2014-04-15
Limestone  Full Story

EIGHTH DISTRICT: Brad Baines

Date: 2014-04-15
Fall Branch  Full Story

SEVENTH DISTRICT: Patrick Littleton

Date: 2014-04-15
Jonesborough  Full Story

SEVENTH DISTRICT: Mark Larkey

Date: 2014-04-15
Gray  Full Story

SEVENTH DISTRICT: Roger Nave

Date: 2014-04-15
Gray  Full Story

SEVENTH DISTRICT: Mike Ford

Date: 2014-04-15
Jonesborough  Full Story

SEVENTH DISTRICT: Bryan Davenport

Date: 2014-04-15
Gray  Full Story

Two questions will be asked each week leading up to the May 6 Republican Primary to offer insight for county residents to consider as they choose their next board of leaders.

Date: 2014-04-15
Week Four  Full Story

Obamacare fix possible with changes

Date: 2014-04-08
Riddled by hundreds of millions of dollars of lawsuits, waivers, delays, and affecting everything including the number of hours a person could work, Obamacare has had a rough road.   Full Story

Blazers finish seventh at Hardin Valley

Date: 2014-04-08
In one of the premiere track and field events of the regular season, Daniel Boone proved it belongs among many of the elite teams in the state.   Full Story

Greenwood Ruritan to serve country breakfast

Date: 2014-04-08
The Greenwood Ruritan Club will serve a country breakfast on Saturday, April 12, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Ruritan club to host Friday Fish Fry Fundraiser

Date: 2014-04-08
The Limestone Ruritan will have a Fish Fry on Friday, April 11, at the Limestone Ruritan Building.  Full Story

Limestone Methodist plans Palm Sunday lunch

Date: 2014-04-08
Limestone United Methodist Church, 189 Opie Arnold Road, is making plans to host its annual Palm Sunday Luncheon featuring a full ham dinner, plus homemade salads and desserts.  Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist Church sets breakfast

Date: 2014-04-08
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast Saturday, April 12, from 7-10 a.m. Cost is by donation.  Full Story

Boone Street Market nears goal

Date: 2014-04-08
Eastman Credit Union donated $5,000 to the Boone Street Market capital campaign last Wednesday, leaving the market with only 5 percent more to reach its goal.   Full Story

Free Wi-Fi offered on Main Street

Date: 2014-04-08
Free Wi-Fi service was installed last year in areas of downtown Jonesborough, providing individuals with the opportunity to scroll through the Internet while sitting outdoors and soaking up the sun.   Full Story

Wolfe leads PAC to oust commissioner

Date: 2014-04-08
A Political Action Committee formed in January to target County Commissioner Mark Ferguson is headed by Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe.  Full Story

SIXTH DISTRICT: Tom Krieger

Date: 2014-04-08
Jonesborough  Full Story

SIXTH DISTRICT: Joe Grandy

Date: 2014-04-08
Jonesborough  Full Story

SIXTH DISTRICT: Tom Foster

Date: 2014-04-08
Jonesborough  Full Story

SIXTH DISTRICT: Mark Ferguson

Date: 2014-04-08
Jonesborough  Full Story

SIXTH DISTRICT: James Brooks

Date: 2014-04-08
Jonesborough  Full Story

FIFTH DISTRICT: Nancy Fischman

Date: 2014-04-08
Johnson City  Full Story

FIFTH DISTRICT: Robbie Tester

Date: 2014-04-08
Johnson City  Full Story

FIFTH DISTRICT: Jimmy Zukas

Date: 2014-04-08
Jonesborough  Full Story

FIFTH DISTRICT: Ron England

Date: 2014-04-08
Johnson City  Full Story

FIFTH DISTRICT: Gary McAllister

Date: 2014-04-08
Jonesborough  Full Story

Two questions will be asked each week leading up to the May 6 Republican Primary.

Date: 2014-04-08
Week Three  Full Story

County voters consider candidates: Mayor’s forum targets strength of the county

Date: 2014-04-08
Two very different perspectives on the current state of Washington County were shared by mayoral candidates at the Community Editorial Board meeting sponsored by the Johnson City Press on April 1.  Full Story

County voters consider candidates: Challenger for sheriff promises better service

Date: 2014-04-08
Who would provide better service as sheriff seemed to be the recurring theme during the candidate forum held last week at the International Storytelling Center.  Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritan to introduce candidates

Date: 2014-04-01
Members of the Bowmantown Ruritan will offer part two of their meet the candidates program during a breakfast on Saturday, April 5.  Full Story

Enon Women’s Auxiliary offers barbecue meal

Date: 2014-04-01
Enon Baptist Church Women’s Auxiliary will hold a barbecue dinner on Saturday, April 12, from 5-8 p.m. at the South Central Ruritan building.  Full Story

Casi Full Gospel to serve ham, chicken dinner

Date: 2014-04-01
Casi Full Gospel Church, 370 Cassi Road in Chuckey, will host a country ham or chicken dinner with all the trimmings on Saturday, April 5, in the Fellowship Hall.  Full Story

Carbon tax may provide a better way

Date: 2014-04-01
At a hearing on climate and energy in March, Bob Corker allied himself to an old, often preached but less often practiced notion — to reduce pollution through market-based fiscal measures.   Full Story

Crockett totals three wins in big week

Date: 2014-04-01
Through the early part of the season, the Pioneers have struggled to gain their footing and find an identity.   Full Story

Blazers dominate Gate City, Abingdon

Date: 2014-04-01
The bats of Boone continued to light up the scoreboard for another week with big wins over Gate City and Abingdon, proving they can win inside the conference and out.   Full Story

Fourth District: David Tomita

Date: 2014-04-01
Johnson City  Full Story

Fourth District: Keith Swink

Date: 2014-04-01
Johnson City  Full Story

Fourth District: Jesse Overbey

Date: 2014-04-01
Johnson City  Full Story

Fourth District: Phyllis Corso

Date: 2014-04-01
Johnson City  Full Story

Fourth District: Katie Baker

Date: 2014-04-01
Johnson City  Full Story

Fourth District: Lee Chase

Date: 2014-04-01
Johnson City  Full Story

Third District: Sam Phillips

Date: 2014-04-01
Johnson City  Full Story

Third District: Larry England

Date: 2014-04-01
Johnson City  Full Story

Third District: Joe Wise

Date: 2014-04-01
Johnson City  Full Story

Third District: Mitch Meredith

Date: 2014-04-01
Johnson City  Full Story

Third District: Ted Ganger

Date: 2014-04-01
Johnson City  Full Story

Third District: Alpha Bridger

Date: 2014-04-01
Johnson City  Full Story

Two questions will be asked each week leading up to the May 6 Republican Party Primary to offer insight for county residents to consider as they choose their next board of leaders.

Date: 2014-04-01
Week Two  Full Story

County finally designates dollars

Date: 2014-04-01
Commissioners approved allocating $150,000 from the Capital Projects and General funds to complete the downtown courthouse renovations during last week’s meeting, but postponed making a recommendation for changes in insurance benefits.  Full Story

Carriger announces 7th District state run

Date: 2014-04-01
Former Johnson City commissioner Phil Carriger shared two promises with the Jonesborough crowd who gathered last week to hear him announce his run for the 7th District State Representative seat.  Full Story

Main Street project gets ready to roll

Date: 2014-04-01
Though there is still a lot of work to do, Jonesborough’s Main Street Program is making progress, according to Main Street Coordinator Melinda Copp.  Full Story

Mustard Seed Worship Center to host breakfast

Date: 2014-03-25
On Saturday, March 29, the Mustard Seed Worship Center will host its monthly country breakfast in the Fellowship Hall at 305 Depot St.  Full Story

Seviers United Methodist schedules bake sale

Date: 2014-03-25
Seviers United Methodist Church, located at 951 Tenn Highway 107, will have a Variety of Soups and Sides and Baked Goods Sale on Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan to host fundraiser for LVFD

Date: 2014-03-25
The Second Annual Sunday Dinner fundraiser for the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department will be held at the Limestone Ruritan Club, 121 Limestone Ruritan Road, on Sunday, March 30, from 11 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.  Full Story

South Central Ruritan sets candidate breakfast

Date: 2014-03-25
South Central Ruritan will host a Meet Your Candidates country breakfast on Saturday, March 29, from 8-10 a.m.  Full Story

Local dog inducted into the Hall of Fame

Date: 2014-03-25
Saving the life of his owner earned one beloved Jonesborough pet a spot in the Tennessee Animal Hall of Fame earlier this month.   Full Story

D-B punctuates tough week for baseball

Date: 2014-03-25
Despite a formidable start to the 2014 baseball season for the Pioneers and especially the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone, week two of the new season left more questions than answers for the Washington County rivals.  Full Story

We can’ t forget the Constitution

Date: 2014-03-25
“How many Senators does California have?”    Full Story

BOE struggles with next year’s budget

Date: 2014-03-25
With another budget year nearing, the Washington County Board of Education held a workshop this month to further discuss some budget restraints they are faced with for the upcoming year.   Full Story

MOTS ready to tune up for spring

Date: 2014-03-25
Music on the Square is getting ready for its annual “tune-up” in anticipation of the 2014 season.  Full Story

Zoning Office to maintain earlier notification

Date: 2014-03-25
Stonegate Developers may have decided not to pursue the $12 million Hickory Springs Road project, but Zoning Administrator Mike Rutherford said bringing residents into the discussion earlier is a process his office will continue.  Full Story

MS group getting ready for April event

Date: 2014-03-25
GREENEVILLE — The 16th annual multiple sclerosis walk for the Greeneville MS Self Help Group will take place next month.   Full Story

New asphalt plant up, operations to begin soon

Date: 2014-03-25
Washington County’s new asphalt plant has been erected, and testing will begin soon in preparation for the spring paving season.  Full Story

SECOND district: Joe Sheffield

Date: 2014-03-25
Johnson City  Full Story

SECOND district: Sam Humphreys

Date: 2014-03-25
Johnson City  Full Story

SECOND district: George “Skip” Oldham

Date: 2014-03-25
Johnson City  Full Story

SECOND DISTRICT: Robbie McGuire

Date: 2014-03-25
Johnson City  Full Story

FIRST DISTRICT: Rick Storey

Date: 2014-03-25
Jonesborough  Full Story

FIRST DISTRICT: Pete Speropulos

Date: 2014-03-25
Johnson City  Full Story

FIRST DISTRICT: Lee Sowers

Date: 2014-03-25
Gray  Full Story

FIRST DISTRICT: Greg Matherly

Date: 2014-03-25
Johnson City  Full Story

FIRST DISTRICT: Jonathan Griffith

Date: 2014-03-25
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FIRST DISTRICT: Doyle Cloyd

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Washington County Commission Candidates

Date: 2014-03-25
With 50 candidates vying for only 25 seats on the Washington County Commission, the Herald & Tribune kicks off “The Questions That Count” series to provide voters with specific answers on how these potential commissioners plan to make a difference.  Full Story

Spring Sports Issue!

Date: 2014-03-20
Check out our photo store for all photos from both schools!  Full Story

Lamar family turns its talents into successful country drive-thru

Date: 2014-03-18
Diners looking for the best cheeseburger around may not think to turn onto Charlie Parker Road off of Highway 81 near Lamar School.  Full Story

Trustee race offers new leadership

Date: 2014-03-18
Neither saw the value of trying to unseat longtime Trustee Jack Daniels, but his withdrawal made the race much more attractive to the current two candidates.  Full Story

Circuit Court incumbent faces a challenger

Date: 2014-03-18
Candidates for Washington County Circuit Court Clerk are offering experienced leadership versus a call for change.  Full Story

Boone Street murals approved

Date: 2014-03-18
Murals will soon grace the wrought iron fence behind Boone Street Market, thanks to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s approval of the Tree and Townscape Board recommendation last week.   Full Story

Cost to mine coal still too high

Date: 2014-03-18
More than 3,000 homes are powered with electricity from the TVA’s wind farm on Buffalo Mountain near Oak Ridge.   Full Story

Rivals square off in opening week

Date: 2014-03-18
The 2014 high school baseball season got under way last week with several notable conference contests, none more intriguing than the early week matchup between rivals Daniel Boone and David Crockett.   Full Story

Limestone UMC men host chili, soup bean meal

Date: 2014-03-18
Limestone United Methodist Men’s group will hold a chili/soup bean luncheon on Sunday, March 23, at noon at the church, located at 189 Opie Arnold Road in Limestone.  Full Story

Hales Ruritan to offer all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2014-03-18
Hales Community Ruritan, located at Boones Creek and Hales roads, will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Saturday, March 22, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Carter asks county to honor promise

Date: 2014-03-18
Jonesborough contractor Marvin Carter is ready to complete his residential development beside the industrial park, and hopes the county will make good on the promise made by former Mayor George Jaynes.  Full Story

Golden Heirs Choir holds steak dinner fundraiser

Date: 2014-03-11
The Golden Heirs Community Choir will host a fundraiser steak dinner with all the trimmings cooked by popular chef Dale Ford on Friday, March 14, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church on Main Street.  Full Story

Pleasant Grove hosts corned beef, cabbage meal

Date: 2014-03-11
Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 687 Pleasant Grove Road in Limestone, will host a corned beef and cabbage meal on Saturday, March 15. from 5-7 p.m.  Full Story

Fairview UMC schedules breakfast, soup supper

Date: 2014-03-11
Fairview United Methodist Church, 878 Highway 81N will host a country breakfast on Saturday, March 15, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Registration date set for fall 2014 kindergarten

Date: 2014-03-11
The Washington County Department of Education has scheduled registration for children who will enter kindergarten this fall in one of the following schools: Boones Creek Elementary, Fall Branch, Grandview, Gray, Jonesborough Elementary, Lamar, Ridgeview, South Central, Sulphur Springs and West View.  Full Story

Help Center special haven in time of need

Date: 2014-03-11
Its looks like any other house in the area — a small brick ranch house sitting off Highway 81 N, the home of the Community Help Center of Northeast Tennessee.  Full Story

Crockett’s Good takes top honors

Date: 2014-03-11
Crockett basketball’s father and son duo, Head Coach John Good and sophomore guard Patrick Good, can now add another accomplishment to a successful first season — Big 7 Conference Coach and Player of the Year.   Full Story

Car lover spends time perfecting his ‘ride’

Date: 2014-03-11
After spending many late nights in the garage holding a light so his father could see what he was doing as he tinkered with cars, John Light slowly caught the fever.   Full Story

Students team up to create prize-winning cell phone case

Date: 2014-03-11
A Regional Science Fair was held at David Crockett earlier this month, naming two of its senior students winners for their “Simply Solar” project.   Full Story

Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner deemed huge success

Date: 2014-03-11
At Jonesborough’s Annual Kiwanis Club Spaghetti Dinner, the sauce isn’t the only thing that seems to keep getting better and better.  Full Story

Attorney salary range gets another look

Date: 2014-03-11
Commissioners voted to table the county attorney discussion during last month’s meeting, but the Legal Services Oversight Committee is coming back in March with a different recommendation.  Full Story

Telford resident tackles committee over courthouse

Date: 2014-03-11
Tired of the rumors, innuendos and catty comments criticizing county leaders, one Telford resident decided to conduct a personal review of the Washington County Courthouse renovations.  Full Story

Market gets ready for new season

Date: 2014-03-11
With a new chair for its executive board and a new season on the horizon, Jonesborough Locally Grown supporters believe their farmers market may be poised for its best season yet.  Full Story

H&T welcomes new publisher

Date: 2014-03-11
William “Bill” Cummings III has been named as publisher of the Herald & Tribune.  Full Story

Crockett hero quickly steps in to save fellow student’s life

Date: 2014-03-11
David Crockett High School senior Kenny Cutshall’s quick thinking saved the life of a fellow student recently.  Full Story

Grievance adds sparks to county clerk race

Date: 2014-03-11
The county clerk’s race will be a heated one as incumbent Kathy Storey is challenged by a former deputy seeking to fulfill a grievance related to her firing less than a year ago.  Full Story

Residents protest community garden idea

Date: 2014-03-11
More than one resident attended the March 5 meeting of the County-Owned Property Committee to voice their opposition to establishing a community garden at the county farm.  Full Story

Conklin Ruritan Club to host monthly breakfast

Date: 2014-03-04
Conklin Ruritan members will hold their monthly country breakfast on Saturday, March 8, from 8-10 a.m. at the Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 586 Mt. Wesley Road in Telford.  Full Story

Endangered species law under attack

Date: 2014-03-04
Jean Henri Fabre, the “humble chronicler of the common place” as an American naturalist called him, studied and wrote voluminously about the life and behavior of insects.  Full Story

Basketball season is one to remember

Date: 2014-03-04
For the four varsity teams of David Crockett and Daniel Boone, the 2014 basketball season will not soon be forgotten.  Full Story

Teens unite to create library fun

Date: 2014-03-04
The front room of the Jonesborough Library came alive last week as teenagers arrived dressed in pirate and princess costumes for a February program, aptly titled “Pirates & Princesses.”   Full Story

Fuel card program moves forward for Washington County Schools

Date: 2014-03-04
Fuel tanks will soon be removed from three school campuses in Washington County, as the school district makes the transition from its current fueling system to a fuel card program for its bus fleet.   Full Story

‘Relay’ gets ready for 2014

Date: 2014-03-04
For Lisa Tipton, the Rally Team meeting at AmericInn Lodge & Suites last week to kick off the second Relay for Life season in Jonesborough was the perfect place to tell her story.   Full Story

Commissioners debate need for full-time attorney

Date: 2014-03-04
Despite a firsthand opinion of the job’s demands, commissioners still can’t agree on how to structure the county attorney’s position.  Full Story

Cameras pulled from classrooms

Date: 2014-03-04
After concerns surfaced last month about cameras being used as a new teachers’ evaluation tool in Washington County classrooms, the process was stopped immediately, Director of Schools Ron Dykes told school board officials at a called meeting on Feb. 25.  Full Story

Zoning seeks community input for new site

Date: 2014-03-04
Zoning officials are taking a proactive rather than reactive approach in seeking input from county residents regarding a proposed $12 million development on 50 wooded acres off of Sinking Creek Road.  Full Story

Candidates turn out for breakfast in effort to meet voters face to face

Date: 2014-03-04
Bowmantown Ruritan members offered one of the first opportunities for residents to meet the candidates for the 2014 elections during their monthly breakfast last week.  Full Story

Richardson to say goodbye to H&T

Date: 2014-03-04
After 35 years with Press Inc./Jonesborough Publishing, Herald & Tribune Publisher Lynn Richardson has announced her retirement.  Full Story

Election Commission makes plans for Washington County’s primary

Date: 2014-03-04
Members of the Washington County Election Commission met Feb. 27 to certify candidates for the May 6 Republican Primary and decide on the sites and hours for voting.  Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritan plans candidate breakfast

Date: 2014-02-25
Bowmantown Ruritan members will offer an opportunity to meet the candidates during their monthly breakfast on Saturday, March 1.  Full Story

Boone, Crockett students team up to manufacture the perfect robot

Date: 2014-02-25
With their robot stored safely away, students of David Crockett and Daniel Boone High Schools are focusing on final preparations for the First Robotics Competition.   Full Story

New energy may not be all that ‘green’

Date: 2014-02-25
While we are experiencing one of the coldest winters on record and global temperatures have not changed for over a decade, we still “need to do something” about climate change. The solution is du jour “green energy.” However, these “solutions” are damaging critical ecological systems.    Full Story

Disappointing loss in Sevierville in Regionals after big win against ‘Toppers

Date: 2014-02-25
David Crockett Pioneers entered the region tournament playing their best basketball of the season. But a staggering statistic proved the difference between a win and a loss for the peaking Pioneers on Feb. 22 in Sevierville against the Smoky Bears.   Full Story

Cold weather gives students chance to help

Date: 2014-02-25
By reaching out a helping hand, David Crockett High School students are working hard to turn this winter’s recent blasts into a blessing for area homeless.  Full Story

McKinney Center open for business

Date: 2014-02-25
The McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School’s main purpose may be programs and classes, but it’s beginning to play another role in the community as well.  Full Story

Commissioners say it’s time to quit

Date: 2014-02-25
County Commissioner Pat Wolfe felt a sense of relief when the Feb. 20 noon deadline passed and he was no longer eligible to qualify for the 2014 election.  Full Story

Going head to head: Candidates get ready to square off in upcoming Mayor’s race - Mike Rutherford

Date: 2014-02-25
Mike Rutherford plans to use his 28 years of experience to reverse the direction of Washington County if elected mayor. “I’m watching us step backward, and I don’t see us listening to the public,” he said.  Full Story

Going head to head: Candidates get ready to square off in upcoming Mayor’s race - Dan Eldridge

Date: 2014-02-25
Mayor Dan Eldridge wants another four years to continue what he’s started. “I hope that people understand the real focus of my efforts has been the stewardship of taxpayer dollars,” he said.  Full Story

ECU makes $250,000 donation to ETSU Arts Initiative

Date: 2014-02-20
In a donation designed to jumpstart generosity throughout the region, Eastman Credit Union presented a $250,000 check to East Tennessee State University officials on Feb. 11 to help fund their ETSU Arts Initiative.   Full Story

Town declares Feb. 14 as ‘Dona Lewis Day’

Date: 2014-02-20
Last week, the Town of Jonesborough recognized Dona Lewis for her countless hours of service to the community by dedicating Feb. 14 as Dona Lewis Appreciation Day in Jonesborough.   Full Story

Crops carrying hidden danger

Date: 2014-02-20
“USDA seeks public review and comment” is the headline of a January 3 news release.   Full Story

Future downtown distillery clears next hurdle

Date: 2014-02-20
Stephen Callahan, who hopes to open a distillery in downtown Jonesborough later this year, received nearly the full support of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen during an ordinance’s first reading last week — minus one vote.  Full Story

After being found guilty of theft, Burleson resigns

Date: 2014-02-20
During the Feb. 11 meeting of the Public Safety Committee, Chair Roger Nave read a letter from Joshua Burleson notifying members of his resignation from the Office of Constable, District 1.  Full Story

Legislative leaders honored by TPA

Date: 2014-02-20
NASHVILLE — Two legislative leaders from East Tennessee are the 2014 recipients of the Tennessee Press Association’s coveted “Open Government Award.”  Full Story

Crockett ousts Boone in Big 7

Date: 2014-02-20
The Pioneers of David Crockett and the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone tipped off the first game of the Big 7 conference tournament at Viking Hall on Feb. 10.   Full Story

Mustard Seed Worship Center to host breakfast

Date: 2014-02-20
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will hold its monthly country breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 7:30-10 a.m.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritans to hold Fish Fry fundraiser

Date: 2014-02-20
Limestone Ruritan members will hold a Fish Fry on Friday, Feb. 21, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Limestone Ruritan Building.  Full Story

Fairview UMC to serve soup supper on Feb. 21

Date: 2014-02-20
Fairview United Methodist Church, located at 878 Highway 81N, will host a soup supper on Friday, Feb. 21, from 6-8 p.m.  Full Story

Telford Ruritan plan benefit meal for fieldhouse

Date: 2014-02-20
The Telford Ruritan Club, corner of Telford School and Telford New Victory roads, will host a benefit dinner on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 5-7 p.m. to raise funds to build a fieldhouse.  Full Story

Lamar Ruritan to host cube steak, gravy dinner

Date: 2014-02-11
Lamar Ruritan Club will have a cube steak and gravy supper on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 5-7 p.m. at the Ruritan building near Lamar School.  Full Story

Fairview UMC plans to host breakfast and dinner

Date: 2014-02-11
Fairview United Methodist Church, 878 Highway 81 N, will host two upcoming meals.  Full Story

TEE TIME: Jonesborough youth refuses to let diabetes get in the way of his beloved golf game

Date: 2014-02-11
For all that life offers, finding that which we are truly passionate about can be one of the most rewarding endeavors of our journey. At just 9-years-old, Noah Turner has already found his passion, reflected in the dew-soaked morning greens, the reverberating ping of club meeting ball and the spirit of competition.   Full Story

Regulations replace rule of law

Date: 2014-02-11
“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.”   Full Story

Teachers select Aug. 5 start date for calendar

Date: 2014-02-11
Washington County teachers, who recently voted on three versions of calendars for the 2014-2015 school year, selected version two, which has school starting on Tuesday, Aug. 5 and includes class on Election Day.  Full Story

Legal Services Committee sets salary for attorney

Date: 2014-02-11
Guidelines of the private act that established the Office of County Attorney will not allow Washington County to be represented by a firm.  Full Story

County to collect household hazards

Date: 2014-02-11
Washington County residents can begin gathering hard-to-dispose-of items in their homes in preparation for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection scheduled for Saturday, April 5.  Full Story

Lamar couple win big check

Date: 2014-02-11
Hank and Susan Phillips thought Thursday, Feb. 6, was going to be an ordinary day.  Full Story

Committee wants vote from full commission

Date: 2014-02-11
County-Owned Property Committee members are recruiting support to get their plan for the courthouse renovations before the full commission for a vote regardless of input from the Budget Committee.  Full Story

Snow days causing problems for county schools

Date: 2014-02-11
With only three snow days left for the 2013-2014 school year, going to school on Saturday is one alternative under consideration.   Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist Church plans breakfast

Date: 2014-02-04
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, 1567 Gray Station Sulphur Springs Road, will host a country breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

JAMSA members to meet for breakfast Feb. 6

Date: 2014-02-04
Jonesborough Area Merchants and Service Association will meet for breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:47 a.m. at Olde Towne Pancake House, corner of Lincoln Avenue and Boone Street.  Full Story

Conklin Ruritan Club to host country breakfast

Date: 2014-02-04
Conklin Ruritan members will hold their monthly country breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 8-10 a.m. at the Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church, 586 Mt. Wesley Road in Telford.  Full Story

Good leads Pioneers to topple the Hill

Date: 2014-02-04
What a difference a year makes. This time last season, current David Crockett Head Coach and former Science Hill assistant John Good was helping oversee a Hilltopper team that had not lost a league contest since 2009. His son Patrick, one of the area’s best young guards, promised a bright future for the team.   Full Story

We need stronger testing, regulations

Date: 2014-02-04
It wasn’t until 2012 that the Prenter community in Boone County, W. Va., a region with extensive mountaintop coal mining, was able to obtain municipal water service from Charleston.   Full Story

Jonesborough Planning Commission approves residence for garage work

Date: 2014-02-04
At a recent meeting, Joneborough resident Gary Lykins asked the Jonesborough Planning Commission to review the Customary Incidental Home Occupation ordinance to determine if he can do limited mechanical work from home.   Full Story

Hill promotes bill for teachers

Date: 2014-02-04
State Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, paid a visit to David Crocket High School the morning of Feb. 3 to share information about a bill that will protect teachers from losing their license based on standardized test scores.   Full Story

Workshop provides search training to help keep schools safe

Date: 2014-02-04
The Washington County Department of Education is partnering with the Sheriff’s Office to provide its staff with the correct training on how to search students.   Full Story

Herald & Tribune welcomes new executive editor

Date: 2014-02-04
An award-winning journalist with over 25 years of editorial experience has been named executive editor of the Herald & Tribune in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Community mourns loss of Chuckey bakery owner

Date: 2014-02-04
When Leonard “Rowdy” Yates Jr. failed to show up at his bakery facility on Mitchell Road in Chuckey Monday morning, employees knew something was wrong. Something was very wrong.  Full Story

Increased number of autopsies will impact county

Date: 2014-02-04
Equipping EMS to conduct death investigations is only the beginning of the cost to Washington County, commissioners learned during last week’s meeting.  Full Story

New car lot coming to Jackson Boulevard

Date: 2014-01-29
lrichardson@heraldandtribune.com  Full Story

Roadrunner, Dunkin’ Donuts receives lighting, sign approval

Date: 2014-01-29
The Jonesborough Planning Commission approved a sign and lighting plan for the new Roadrunner and Dunkin’ Donuts building last week, moving it one step closer to its proposed opening date in March.   Full Story

Architect, board discuss cost of new shelter

Date: 2014-01-29
Almost 2,000 animals, including puppies and kittens, were euthanized during 2013 due to lack of space at the Washington County-Johnson City Animal Control Center, Director Debbie Dobbs said during the Jan. 15 meeting of the Animal Control Board.  Full Story

Graybeal says relationships build credibility

Date: 2014-01-29
Relationships built during his tenure are one of the strongest reasons Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal says he should remain in office for a fourth term.  Full Story

Proposed distillery gets planning commission OK

Date: 2014-01-29
Stephen Callahan is one step closer to opening a distilling company in downtown Jonesborough – a new company that will produce Tennessee moonshine.   Full Story

Pioneers go winless for week

Date: 2014-01-29
With winter weather pushing the Pioneers’ and Lady Pioneers’ Tuesday game to Wednesday, both Crockett teams were forced to play twice in three days. The outcome of those contests left the teams winless for the week and in need of momentum with two weeks remaining until the postseason.   Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritan plans monthly breakfast

Date: 2014-01-29
Members of the Bowmantown Ruritan Club will hold their monthly breakfast on Saturday Feb. 1, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Election Update: Jan. 17-23

Date: 2014-01-29
During the last week, the following people picked up petitions from the Washington County Election Commission.  Full Story

Mother’s message of love resonates

Date: 2014-01-28
Picture this. You are a young mother with two boys moved from Tennessee to the inner city of Detroit. Your husband has left. You are poor, black, have a third-grade education. You are basically illiterate. Your son is failing in his 5th grade class. He has developed a violent temper. His brother is following suit. What do you do?  Full Story

Verbal fireworks mark commission meeting

Date: 2014-01-28
Debate on whether the County-Owned Property Committee was invited to attend the Budget Committee’s meeting about the courthouse renovations led to a heated discussion following the adjournment of the January commission meeting.  Full Story

Peppers autopsy released

Date: 2014-01-28
An autopsy report released Jan. 24 indicates Washington County Detention Center inmate Stewart Peppers died from “excited delirium associated with the misuse of Nandrolone Decanoate, exogenous testosterone and acute cannabinoid.”  Full Story

Election Update: Jan. 10-16

Date: 2014-01-24
During the last week, the following people picked up petitions from the Washington County Election Commission.  Full Story

EMS to take over county death investigations

Date: 2014-01-22
New rules from the Tennessee Department of Health Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are changing the way deaths in Washington County are investigated.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan Club offers breakfast buffet

Date: 2014-01-21
The Limestone Ruritan Club, located at 121 Limestone Ruritan Road, will hold a country breakfast buffet on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 7:30-10:00 a.m.  Full Story

Marvin’s Chapel UMC men schedule breakfast

Date: 2014-01-21
Marvin’s Chapel United Methodist Men will be preparing and serving a country breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.  Full Story

Hales Ruritan to host all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2014-01-21
Hales Community Ruritan, located at Boones Creek and Hales roads, will hold an all-you-can-eat country breakfast buffet on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 7-10 a.m. The menu will include scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, ham, grits, biscuits, gravy, coffee and juice. Cost is by donation.  Full Story

JRT to bring storybook characters to life

Date: 2014-01-21
To view or purchase these photos and many more, visit the Photo Store on our website.  Full Story

Lady Blazers use big second quarter for sweep of Pioneers

Date: 2014-01-21
One quarter was all the Lady Blazers needed to put away the Lady Pioneers in Jonesborough on Jan. 14 and complete the season sweep of their biggest rival in a 68-40 win.   Full Story

Crockett defeats Boone in thrilling contest

Date: 2014-01-21
The Pioneers of David Crockett and Trailblazers of Daniel Boone met for the second and final time of the regular season in Jonesborough on Jan. 14 and once again reminded all in attendance why the two schools make up one of the best rivalries in Northeast Tennessee sports.   Full Story

Forty years of endangered species act

Date: 2014-01-21
As he wrote in 1940, some Sunday in January Aldo Leopold would walk his farm land to inform and reassure himself, from tracks or their lack in the snow, of animals still present in the area or newly absent. He did so annually, he stated, because “one appreciates what is left only after realizing how much has already disappeared.”  Full Story

Meth busts send 58 to federal prison

Date: 2014-01-21
Fifty-eight people are serving time in federal prison as a result of the concerted efforts of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement in surrounding counties to bust two methamphetamine manufacturing conspiracies.  Full Story

Committee supports Daugherty Act

Date: 2014-01-21
District Attorney General Tony Clark asked Public Safety Committee members for their support of an amendment known as the Officer Gary Daugherty Act that would increase the penalty for evading arrest if a person is injured during the attempt.  Full Story

Legal Services committee to investigate representation by multi-member firm

Date: 2014-01-21
County commissioners will consider retaining their current legal counsel while the Legal Services Oversight Committee investigates the option of being represented by a firm with multiple attorneys.  Full Story

Showdown brewing on courthouse renovations

Date: 2014-01-21
Budget Committee members have requested a face-to-face with members of the County-Owned Property Committee and newly hired Construction Manager Hiram Rash to break down the $150,000 request in new spending to finish the second floor renovations in the downtown courthouse.  Full Story

Jonesborough pleased with WCEDC decision on executive committee

Date: 2014-01-21
The Washington County Economic Development Council’s decision to include the Town of Jonesborough as a voting member of its executive committee has town officials pleased but not surprised.  Full Story

Innovative teachers receive Quest awards

Date: 2014-01-21
Seven grants totalling $20,000 were given to teachers of the Washington County Department of Education last week during a special ceremony sponsored by the Quest Foundation.   Full Story

Distillery coming to Jonesborough?

Date: 2014-01-21
If all goes according to plan, a craft distilling company may come to downtown Jonesborough later this year.  Full Story

Let the battle begin: Ford throws his hat in ring for Sheriff

Date: 2014-01-21
Taking the podium prior to his official announcement as a candidate for Washington County sheriff, Craig Ford said he was overwhelmed by the response from the crowd at the Jonesborough Visitors Center on Jan. 16.  Full Story

Local student rings in 2014 with dream trip

Date: 2014-01-14
A flyer, which was spotted in a “Seventeen” magazine, won one Jonesborough resident a trip to New York with her family.  Full Story

New Year brings good luck for Boone

Date: 2014-01-14
After nearly a month of tournament play, the Blazers and Lady Blazers opened 2014 with winning efforts against old foe and former conference member, Sullivan South, on Jan. 3.   Full Story

Politicians can’t fool Mother Nature

Date: 2014-01-14
It was a great idea. Take a shipload of climate change scientists, retrace the path of Douglas Mawson’s trip a century ago, and measure and compare water temperatures, study ice flows, etc. — all to show the world man-made global warming exists, even in the coldest part of the earth.    Full Story

G’Fellers named to Andrew Johnson Bank board

Date: 2014-01-14
For Homer G’Fellers, his new job is simply another way to help Jonesborough.  Full Story

BOE looks at possiblity of Fuelz Fleet Cards

Date: 2014-01-14
Members of the Washington County Board of Education were recently presented with a possible solution to accountability concerns in fueling its bus fleet.   Full Story

Committee considers sale of parcel to resident

Date: 2014-01-14
Washington County resident Bobby Bailey is interested in purchasing a parcel of county-owned property on Big Limestone Road that the Zoning Office has deemed useless.  Full Story

Mary B. Martin: Final registration nears for winter/spring classes

Date: 2014-01-14
Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts is pleased to announce the upcoming lineup of arts education classes to be offered during the winter/spring semester. Registration will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McKinney Center, 103 Franklin Ave.   Full Story

County recommends $150,000 to finish courthouse renovations

Date: 2014-01-14
County-Owned Property Committee members will recommend $150,000 be allocated to finish the downtown courthouse interior renovations, which could be completed within 60 days of remobilization.  Full Story

Election Update: Jan. 4-9

Date: 2014-01-14
During the last week, the following people picked up petitions from the Washington County Election Commission.  Full Story

Office ready for upcoming campaign season

Date: 2014-01-14
Members of the Washington County Election Commission Office are prepared for the excitement and challenges involved in a year offering May, August and November elections in county and state governments.  Full Story

Three calendar choices selected to go to teachers

Date: 2014-01-14
During last week’s meeting, the Washington County Board of Education approved allowing professional staff to vote on three different calendar options, one of which will have schools closed on Election Day.   Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist plans Jan. 11 breakfast

Date: 2014-01-07
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast Saturday, Jan. 11, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Daniel Boone High School to hold FAFSA night

Date: 2014-01-07
Daniel Boone High School is offering help with completing the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid.  Full Story

Chapter to recognize Jonesborough’s historic buildings

Date: 2014-01-07
Jonesborough’s Daughters of the American Revolution State of Franklin Chapter recently completed an extensive two-year project including an architectural survey of individual properties in Tennessee’s Oldest Town.  Full Story

Local minister says goodbye to the pulpit, but not to the message

Date: 2014-01-07
After helping get Cross of Grace Lutheran started in 2010, Reverend Edward Wolff is retiring. His last worship service was on Jan. 5 at the Jonesborough Area Senior Center.  Full Story

Deer season to come to end with ‘Young Hunt’

Date: 2014-01-07
The second Young Sportsman Hunt will conclude the 2013-14 deer hunting season in Tennessee. The hunt is scheduled for Jan. 11-12. Washington, Unico, Carter, Greene and Sullivan counties are included.  Full Story

Don’t politicize safety regulations

Date: 2014-01-07
Last April, I cited an open letter by the dean of Duke University’s School of the Environment to the Environmental Protection Agency urging regulation of coal ash disposal as among the “Top Three Must-Dos” in President Obama’s second term.   Full Story

New Mary B. Martin Program for Arts classes set to begin

Date: 2014-01-07
Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin’s Program for the Arts will begin new classes beginning this month.  Full Story

Internet genealogy workshop to be offered by ETHC

Date: 2014-01-07
Trace your roots while having fun. The East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St., will offer an Introductory Internet Genealogy workshop on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1-3 p.m.  Full Story

Election Update: Dec. 27—Jan. 3

Date: 2014-01-07
During the last week, the following people picked up petitions from the Washington County Election Commission.  Full Story

Net Trans Director plans for Blue Route changes in 2014

Date: 2014-01-07
A Net Trans bus route which currently links Jonesborough to Johnson City will undergo some changes in the spring according to Candace Gump, the new deputy director of the Northeast Tennessee Rural Public Transit program.  Full Story

Jonesborough’s role on WCEDC executive board still uncertain

Date: 2014-01-07
Jonesborough’s representation on the Executive Committee of the Washington County Economic Development Council is not a matter of money, according to WCEDC Vice Chairman Joe Grandy.  Full Story

A look at 2013

Date: 2013-12-31
Be sure to check out all of our photos in the Photo Store at www.heraldandtribune.com!  Full Story

Looking back: A time to reflect

Date: 2013-12-31
As 2013 comes to a close, it is only right and fitting to reflect on the year as we go into 2014.  Full Story

New deputy director for NET Trans chosen

Date: 2013-12-31
First Tennessee Human Resource Agency has appointed Candace Gump as Deputy Director of the NET Trans Program.  Full Story

Election Update, Dec. 20—26

Date: 2013-12-31
During the last week, the following people picked up petitions from the Washington County Election Commission:  Full Story

Town pleased with first phase of treatment plan

Date: 2013-12-31
The first phase of Jonesborough’s new wastewater treatment plant was completed three weeks ago, and the second phase is under way.   Full Story

Assessment to assist in county funding decisions

Date: 2013-12-31
During the county commission’s December meeting, United Way President Lester Lattany presented an overview of the 2013 Community Needs Assessment for Johnson City, Jonesborough and Washington County.  Full Story

Town selects major as employee of year

Date: 2013-12-31
Jonesborough Police Department Maj. Matt Rice was named Employee of the Year for the Town of Jonesborough in a recent ceremony during the town’s holiday employee-appreciation luncheon.  Full Story

TOP STORIES OF 2013

Date: 2013-12-31
The year 2013 was a year to celebrate the old and embrace the new — a concept repeated again and again throughout the pages of the Herald & Tribune.  Full Story

Tips for easy gift returns

Date: 2013-12-26
Gift returns are inevitable come the holiday season. No matter how much thought shoppers put into gifts for their loved ones, chances are someone is going to return one of those gifts.   Full Story

Mustard Seed to host all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2013-12-26
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will host its monthly country breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 28, beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Full Story

Farmers market gets a boost

Date: 2013-12-26
Farm Credit Mid-America recently announced the decision to donate $3,500 to the Town of Jonesborough and the Jonesborough Farmers Market to support the new Boone Street Market project. Above, left to right, Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe, Harold Hayes of Farm Credit Mid-America and Karen Childress of the Jonesborough Farmers Market hold the check presented by Hayes, while Town Adminstrator Bob Browning and Main Street Director Melinda Copp look on. The Boone Street Market, slated to open sometime in 2014, will be a year-round indoor market that will supplement the already successful outdoor Farmers Market.  Full Story

Shop With a Cop Highlights

Date: 2013-12-26
Get these and other photos in our Photo Gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com  Full Story

Partnership to benefit local schools

Date: 2013-12-26
An offshoot of the City/County Liaison Committee that will focus on collaborative strategies for education is in the works.  Full Story

Town focuses on attracting more restaurants in upcoming year

Date: 2013-12-26
Now that the downtown improvement project is completed, the Town of Jonesborough is focusing on bringing more restaurants to the area.  Full Story

Election Update, Dec. 13-19

Date: 2013-12-26
During the last week, the following people picked up petitions from the Washington County Election Commission.   Full Story

Boone’s Trailblazer Classic part of the holidays

Date: 2013-12-24
With preparation for the holidays in full swing, it can only mean one thing for high school hoops — tournament season has arrived.   Full Story

Lady Blazers fall short of Holiday Hoops win

Date: 2013-12-24
The Lady Trailblazers of Daniel Boone were joined by seven other teams for the three-day Holiday Hoops tournament at Viking Hall.  Full Story

‘People’s Poet’ speaks to our time

Date: 2013-12-24
Carl Sandburg, whose home in North Carolina is a national historic site under Park Services auspices, is best known as the renowned biographer of Abraham Lincoln. In a large body of other writings, he deals with many social and political-power issues, and with working people’s struggles in the early 20th century.  Full Story

Extension office report shows greater impact

Date: 2013-12-24
County commissioners reviewed a report of activities from the UT Extension during their Dec. 16 meeting.  Full Story

New park manager shares big plans for new year

Date: 2013-12-24
Some improvements are currently under way at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park under the new management of Bill Knapp.   Full Story

Bond sale will save county almost $800,000 over next four years

Date: 2013-12-24
Washington County had a good day in the bond market last week. On Dec. 16, the county sold almost $8 million of bonds to refinance the balance of the 2004 series of general obligation school bonds.  Full Story

Gettin’ Knottin’ for Christmas

Date: 2013-12-17
The Knotty Ladies  Full Story

Merry contra dancers plan holiday jig

Date: 2013-12-17
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society and the Jolly Ole Elf will hold a dance extravaganza beginning at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.  Full Story

Boone sees stiff competition in Roundball

Date: 2013-12-17
The Blazers and Lady Blazers joined fellow Big 7 member Science Hill in Johnson City this weekend for Roundball in the Palace. The event brought Webb and Christian Academy of Knoxville to the Tri-Cities, giving the Blazers an opportunity to play against Knoxville area competition.  Full Story

Winless week for Pioneers

Date: 2013-12-17
Prior to tipping off last week’s action, Crockett basketball was at its highest point in several seasons. The Pioneers had just defeated Boone and the conference standings; and Lady Pioneers had just captured their first conference victory in four years.   Full Story

Despite haters, keep Christ in Christmas

Date: 2013-12-17
When I was young, there was one thing that we always looked forward to each year -  Full Story

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Date: 2013-12-17
Find these and many other photos available on our photo gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com.  Full Story

Audit Committee recommends in-house IT department

Date: 2013-12-17
Audit Committee members gave unanimous approval to the motion to strongly recommend Washington County establish an in-house information technology department.  Full Story

County financial report finds four deficiencies

Date: 2013-12-17
During the Dec. 6 meeting of the Audit Committee, Melissa Steagall-Jones of Blackburn, Childers and Steagall presented an overview of the 2013 comprehensive annual financial report.  Full Story

Lease paves way for Boone Street Market

Date: 2013-12-17
e Town of Jonesborough and the Jonesborough Farmers Market was approved during the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last week, paving the way for the opening of the Boone Street Market sometime next year.  Full Story

County receives a ‘no’ on credit rating upgrade

Date: 2013-12-17
While Moody’s Investors Service did not raise Washington County’s credit rating during a recent review, Mayor Dan Eldridge said feedback from the analysts was positive.  Full Story

Town approves traffic cameras for five more years

Date: 2013-12-17
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved the renewal of a five-year agreement with Redflex Travel Systems, the company that operates Jonesborough’s traffic camera enforcement system.  Full Story

Conklin Rotary Club members to host breakfast

Date: 2013-12-10
The Conklin Rotary Club will hold a country breakfast Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8-10 a.m.  Full Story

First Baptist choir to present Christmas cantata

Date: 2013-12-10
The choir of First Baptist Church of Jonesborough will present its Christmas Cantata, “Bethlehem Morning,” at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15.  Full Story

Pleasant Grove UMC to present Christmas show

Date: 2013-12-10
Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 687 Pleasant Grove Road in Limestone, will present a Christmas program Sunday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.   Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist plans Dec. 14 breakfast

Date: 2013-12-10
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast Saturday, Dec. 14. The menu will include country sausage, bacon, homemade gravy, biscuits, scrambled eggs, fruit, coffee and juice.  Full Story

‘Shop’ ready to brighten kids’ holidays

Date: 2013-12-10
EDITOR’S NOTE: ‘Talk of the Town’ is a bi-monthly column written by the Town of Jonesborough to further inform its residents on a variety of topics. Look for it every other week in the Herald & Tribune.  Full Story

Coupon clipper masters the art of saving money

Date: 2013-12-10
While Donna Gordon was in search for a book about computers, she stumbled upon another that changed her way of shopping.   Full Story

Lady Blazers thwart rival Crockett

Date: 2013-12-10
Just over three weeks into the basketball season, the Daniel Boone Lady Blazers already seem to be hitting their stride following an impressive week that included wins over one of the conference’s best teams, Volunteer, and a blowout victory over rival David Crockett.  Full Story

Pioneers capture overtime win in epic battle against Boone

Date: 2013-12-10
The hardwood rivalry between Daniel Boone and David Crockett never fails to disappoint and once again lived up to its billing in the first clash of the season between the two teams. The Pioneers captured a thrilling overtime win over the Blazers, 64-62.  Full Story

Protecting public lands becoming harder

Date: 2013-12-10
In a 1962 book on the public-lands efforts and achievements by Theodore Roosevelt and other early presidents, Michael Frome stated an observation that, “as long as there is public land, chances are somebody will be trying to separate the public from it.”  Full Story

Committee debates election day impact

Date: 2013-12-10
A long discussion held during the Washington County Board of Education meeting last week targeted the question of whether schools should be in session during election day on Aug. 7, 2014.   Full Story

County postpones shelter match decision

Date: 2013-12-10
A decision on whether Washington County will match Johnson City’s increased support of the animal control center will likely be postponed until the first of 2014, though an approval may not be in the best long-term interest of the organization.  Full Story

Former school bus driver’s plea date moved to March

Date: 2013-12-10
The plea deadline set for Dec. 3 in the case of former Washington County school bus driver Brenda Gray, who is facing numerous felony charges from the September 2012 crash that injured 39 David Crockett High School students, has been extended. During last week’s hearing, attorney Cliff Corker asked for more time to finish his review of the state’s accident reconstruction and the accuracy of the discovery presented. Corker agreed to represent Gray following the unexpected death of her first attorney Michael LaGuardia. During the October hearing, Corker said he has spoken with people who indicate the speed Gray was traveling prior to the crash was a lot less than the 52-60 mph reflected in the charges. Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp scheduled a new plea deadline of March 7, 2014, and a March 20, 2014, trial date.  Full Story

Rash chosen as construction manager

Date: 2013-12-10
After considering proposals to complete the courthouse renovations, Washington County Purchasing Agent Willie Shrewsbury has decided to request a formal contract from Hiram Rash, one of the owners of GoinsRashCain, Inc. Construction Services and its affiliate company CainRashWest Architects, both located in Kingsport.  Full Story

Miller announces plans to step down from senior center

Date: 2013-12-10
Jonesborough Senior Center Director Joan Miller says she will step down as the center’s director, coinciding with the opening of the town’s new senior center scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.  Full Story

New McKinney Center director selected

Date: 2013-12-10
The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen were expected to hear the recommendation for a new director for the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School at their meeting on Monday, Dec. 7.  Full Story

County schools earn high marks from state

Date: 2013-12-10
The Washington County School District received an A from the Tennessee Department of Education in every core subject area this year.   Full Story

Eliminating filibuster defied founders

Date: 2013-12-03
Jefferson visited Washington and asked why the Convention delegates had created a Senate. “Why did you pour that tea into your saucer?” asked Washington. “To cool it,” said Jefferson. “Even so,” responded Washington, “we pour legislation into the senatorial saucer to cool it.”  Full Story

Hardee's Classic: Crockett falls short, Boone captures fifth

Date: 2013-12-03
For the past 24 years the Hardee’s Classic at David Crockett High School has highlighted the transition from the gridiron to the hardwood for area basketball teams and fans.   Full Story

The man behind the music in ‘A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol’

Date: 2013-12-03
David Wohl may not live in Jonesborough, but this holiday season, his music will entertain theater-goers in Tennessee’s oldest town.   Full Story

Detention Center lawsuit dismissed

Date: 2013-12-03
A lawsuit related to the care provided in the Washington County Detention Center has been dismissed, interim County Attorney Keith Bowers told commissioners during their November meeting.  Full Story

Town Hall drug box is successful

Date: 2013-12-03
Jonesborough police are calling the implementation of a drug drop box a success, based on the amount of traffic it has seen since its installation this summer.   Full Story

Courthouse renovation manager faces scrutiny from commission

Date: 2013-12-03
More than one commissioner questioned how a Sullivan County architect became the County-Owned Property Committee’s first choice in overseeing the renovations on the second floor of the downtown courthouse.  Full Story

County race picks up speed as nine indicate intention to file

Date: 2013-12-03
Nine hats are in the ring, with more surely to come.  Full Story

Carriger announces plans to run against incumbent Hill

Date: 2013-12-03
Phil Carriger has announced he will be a candidate in the upcoming election, opposing incumbent Representative Matthew Hill (R) to represent District 7 in the Tennessee General Assembly.  Full Story

Mayor argues commissioners had resolution for fund balance vote

Date: 2013-12-03
A plea to consider the interests of Washington County citizens finally convinced commissioners to suspend the rules during last week’s meeting and vote on a fund balance policy, though there was more than one disagreement on whether they had been fully informed.  Full Story

Mustard Seed Worship Center hosts breakfast

Date: 2013-11-26
On Saturday, Nov. 30, the Mustard Seed Worship Center will host its monthly country breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m.  Full Story

Town employee retires after 23 years of service

Date: 2013-11-26
After 23 years, Lawrence Shaw, a custodian for the Town of Jonesborough, has decided to retire and focus on his health.   Full Story

Crockett looks forward to ‘Good’ season

Date: 2013-11-26
rockett Athletic Director Josh Kite has had to make some difficult decisions that would undoubtedly reverberate through Pioneer athletics for years to come.   Full Story

Boone falls to Science Hill in conference opener

Date: 2013-11-26
The Blazers and Lady Blazers opened conference play on Nov. 22 with a visit to Science Hill. Against the perennial Big 7 favorite, the Blazers were swept on the night as the girls fell 58-35 and the Boone boys dropped the late game, 63-46.  Full Story

Good news from the TVA

Date: 2013-11-26
To the surprise of many, in mid-November the Tennessee Valley Authority announced the closure of three of its 11 coal-burning power plants.  Full Story

Novelty Band holds Christmas sing-along to benefit Jonesborough Repertory Theatre

Date: 2013-11-26
The Jonesborough Novelty Band will provide a Christmas sing-along show at the Stage Door on Friday, which will benefit the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre.  Full Story

Ground-breaking ceremony to be held for new Senior Center

Date: 2013-11-26
A ground-breaking ceremony will take place for the new Jonesborough Senior Center Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m. at the corner of Longview and East Main Street.   Full Story

Sulphur Springs teacher awarded ‘best in state’

Date: 2013-11-26
For Diana O’Neal, to truly understand science, you have to hold it in your hand. For it to become important to you, she said, you must be able to apply it to your life.  Full Story

Charges filed against three accused in DBHS bomb threat

Date: 2013-11-26
Remaining consequences are under consideration regarding a bomb threat made last week at Daniel Boone High School.  Full Story

National Storytelling Network headquarters moving to Missouri

Date: 2013-11-26
A locally-based national organization, with roots deep in the Jonesborough storytelling movement, has announced it will move its headquarters out of state.  Full Story

Telford Ruritan members host barbecue dinner

Date: 2013-11-22
The Telford Ruritan Club will host a barbecue dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Telford Ruritan Club building, located on the corner of Telford School and Telford New Victory roads.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritans to provide breakfast buffet

Date: 2013-11-22
The Limestone Ruritan Club, located at 121 Limestone Ruritan Road in Limestone, will hold a country breakfast buffet on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 7:30-10 a.m. The buffet will serve scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, baked apples, grits, tater tots, bacon, sausage, country ham, pancakes with hot syrup and drinks.  Full Story

Cherry Grove Baptist site for shoebox drop-off

Date: 2013-11-22
Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Jonesborough residents prepare to collect more than 1,650 gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 18–25.  Full Story

Radio hour to celebrate town’s Christmas past

Date: 2013-11-22
Jonesborough’s Original Storytelling Radio Hour comes to the International Storytelling Stage on Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. with stories, skits and songs all about Jonesborough’s Christmas Past. The show will also be recorded for a future broadcast on WETS 89.5 FM.  Full Story

Basketball season returns for Crockett and Boone

Date: 2013-11-22
David Crockett and Daniel Boone welcomed back basketball to the area last week as the winter sports season tipped off for local high schools.   Full Story

So much for which to be thankful

Date: 2013-11-22
I was about 7 years old, and Thanksgiving was approaching.   Full Story

Jonesborough approves Farmers Market expansion

Date: 2013-11-22
A proposed partnership between the Town of Jonesborough and the Jonesborough Farmers Market, Jonesborough Locally Grown, was approved by the members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Nov. 11.   Full Story

Committee reviews fund balance policy

Date: 2013-11-22
During next week’s meeting, Washington County commissioners will consider drafts of two new policies designed to further implement best management practices.  Full Story

Commission considers school bond refinancing

Date: 2013-11-22
Refinancing the 2004 series of general obligation school bonds could save the county $700,000 in interest over the next four years, but commissioners will have to act quickly.  Full Story

Railroad debris landing on county employees’ vehicles

Date: 2013-11-22
Reserved parking spaces at the downtown courthouse are causing problems for those county employees assigned to the back wall just under the railroad tracks.  Full Story

Downtown businesses doing Main Street shuffle

Date: 2013-11-22
Almost like a game of musical chairs, two established Jonesborough businesses will be moving and will become neighbors in the center of the downtown historic district, a third will stay put but has expanded its services to Johnson City, and a fourth will move just a few doors down the street.  Full Story

Local authorities working to UNRAVEL GRAVEL

Date: 2013-11-22
Investigators with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested a “major player” last week in what appears to be an increase in dealings with a synthetic drug commonly referred to as “gravel.”  Full Story

Project manager to be hired for stalled courthouse renovations

Date: 2013-11-20
Washington County Budget Committee members agreed to allocate funds for an on-site project supervisor to complete the renovations on the second floor of the downtown courthouse, but refused to hire a new contractor.  Full Story

Crockett falls in second-ever playoff appearance

Date: 2013-11-12
After making the playoffs for just the second time in school history, the 2013 David Crockett High School football season has reached a conclusion.   Full Story

Energy efficiency or more nuclear power?

Date: 2013-11-12
The outgoing mayor of New York City last month announced a very smart decision concerning street lighting and municipal energy use.   Full Story

Commissioners second-guessing their unanimous vote on zoning changes

Date: 2013-11-12
Despite last month’s unanimous approval of updated zoning regulations, some Washington County commissioners are apparently having second thoughts.  Full Story

Project manager hired for construction of animal shelter

Date: 2013-11-12
Animal Control Board members approved hiring Burleson Construction Co. to provide project management services for the new Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter.  Full Story

DAR chapter completes architectural survey

Date: 2013-11-12
Jonesborough’s Daughters of the American Revolution State of Franklin Chapter recently completed an extensive, two-year project including an architectural survey of every individual property in Tennessee’s oldest town.   Full Story

Boone Drama Club set to put on ‘Little Women’ Nov. 15-16

Date: 2013-11-12
Daniel Boone High School’s Drama Club will present its fall production, “Little Women,” adapted by Katie Purchase from the novel by Louisa May Alcott, Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Performances will take place in the high school’s Little Theatre. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students and can be purchased at the door.  Full Story

Schools seeking $225,000 from county for recent projects, repairs

Date: 2013-11-12
Washington County Board of Education members did not agree on the Facilities Committee’s recommendation to use proceeds from the county’s debt offering for projects not included on the original list of capital needs provided to the county commission.  Full Story

Town employee charged with theft

Date: 2013-11-12
A town employee has been fired and charged with theft after allegedly stealing gasoline on repeated occasions from his employer.  Full Story

Town dedicates McKinney Center

Date: 2013-11-12
The Town of Jonesborough dedicated the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School on Nov. 8, officially re-opening the former school for African American students as a new center for the arts.  Full Story

Homeless vets shelter out, UT extension office in at county farm?

Date: 2013-11-12
If the number of residents at last week’s County-Owned Property Committee meeting is any indication, the newest idea for use of the county farm may be the answer that pleases everyone.  Full Story

Farmers market looking to open downtown store

Date: 2013-11-12
A new, six-day-a-week business may soon be opening up shop in downtown Jonesborough.  Full Story

WCQR, Second Harvest provide holiday feasts

Date: 2013-11-05
WCQR 88.3 radio and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee will partner for the fifth year in a row to launch Project Thanksgiving, an initiative to provide entire Thanksgiving meals for 5,500 area families.   Full Story

All-you-can-eat breakfast planned at Bethesda

Date: 2013-11-05
GREENEVILLE — Bethesda Community Church, 302 Park St., will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8-11 a.m.  Full Story

South Central Ruritan plans chicken, ham meal

Date: 2013-11-05
South Central Ruritan will host a barbecue chicken and ham dinner on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the South Central Ruritan Building, located at 2536 Highway 107.  Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist Church sets breakfast

Date: 2013-11-05
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast Saturday, Nov. 9, from 7-10 a.m. The menu will consist of country sausage, bacon, homemade biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, fruit, juice and coffee.  Full Story

Conklin Ruritan Club to host country breakfast

Date: 2013-11-05
Conklin Ruritan members will hold their monthly country breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8-10 a.m. at Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church, 586 Mt. Wesley Road in Telford.  Full Story

Organization helps families deal with loss of infant children

Date: 2013-11-05
By MEGHAN MCCOY  Full Story

Boone captures Musket Bowl over Pioneers

Date: 2013-11-05
Before a capacity crowd at Nathan Hale Stadium in Gray, the high school football season reached its pinnacle on Nov. 1 in Washington County as the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone High School defeated the Pioneers of David Crockett High School 42-6 in the 43rd meeting between the schools.   Full Story

Obamacare belongs in private sector

Date: 2013-11-05
“They would say there were a few problems, but they were being worked out. Everything seems to be going well — until it collapses.”   Full Story

Halloween Happenings!

Date: 2013-11-05
For more photos, visit the Photo Gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com.   Full Story

McKinney Center dedication scheduled for Nov. 8

Date: 2013-11-05
The Town of Jonesborough will celebrate the completion of its new community arts center, the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School, with a dedication of the center honoring the McKinney family on Friday, Nov. 8.  Full Story

Veterans Day program set for Nov. 10 in town

Date: 2013-11-05
The Jonesborough Veterans Affairs Committee will present a special Veterans Day musical tribute program on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.  Full Story

Security improvements to county school buses being tested this week

Date: 2013-11-05
Washington County Director of Schools Ron Dykes provided an update on security improvements being made to school buses during the Oct. 29 meeting of the Board of Education’s Safety Committee.  Full Story

Town BMA agrees to annex, debates its use

Date: 2013-11-05
Members of the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen agreed to annex a piece of property, but stopped short — for now — of giving the owner the zoning he had requested for the land.  Full Story

What really happened in jail incident that left inmate dead?

Date: 2013-11-05
In his 12 years as a detention officer, Lt. Jason Lowe had never seen someone exhibit the “manic strength” he claims to have witnessed from a now deceased inmate at the Washington County Detention Center.  Full Story

Bullying in county school system studied

Date: 2013-11-05
According to the state’s first Bullying and Harassment Compliance Report, almost 5,500 cases of bullying were confirmed during the 2012-13 school year, with 48 occurring in Washington County.  Full Story

Great paving debate continues in county

Date: 2013-11-04
Washington County Commissioner Mark Ferguson brought the same paving resolution back to the county commission during the Oct. 28 meeting that he had tried to discuss last month, but offered it with a much different introduction.  Full Story

Fine Art in the Park 2013

Date: 2013-10-29
For more photos, check out our photo store/gallery!  Full Story

McCarty Methodist schedules Nov. 2 chili meal

Date: 2013-10-29
McCarty United Methodist Church, located at 104 McCarty Church Road in Telford, will host a chili supper on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 4-7 p.m. The menu will consist of chili, cornbread, cole slaw, desserts and drinks. Cost is by donation. Proceeds will benefit the Helping Hands Mission food pantry.  Full Story

Church bazaar, Ruritan breakfast set for Nov. 2

Date: 2013-10-29
The Harmony Baptist Church Fall Bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from 7 a.m. to noon.   Full Story

Greenwood Ruritans host steak and gravy meal

Date: 2013-10-29
On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Greenwood Ruritan Club will serve an “all-you-can-eat” steak and gravy dinner to benefit charities in the community.  Full Story

Next contra dance to feature Canadian callers

Date: 2013-10-29
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.   Full Story

Boone loss ends playoff hopes

Date: 2013-10-29
Over the past several seasons, Daniel Boone High School has been a staple in the TSSAA football playoffs.   Full Story

Pioneers undone by interceptions in loss

Date: 2013-10-29
The David Crockett High School offense has been one of the best in the conference over the second half of the season, but Oct. 25 was a different story as the Pioneers hosted one of the Big 7’s top teams, Tennessee High (5-4, 3-2).   Full Story

Musket Bowl Preview

Date: 2013-10-29
For more photos, check out our photo store/gallery!  Full Story

Don’t endanger people ‘Into Eternity’

Date: 2013-10-29
For a recently published book, Dr. Helen Caldicott interviewed the Danish director of a documentary about the Onkalo repository in Finland, which is to “hide” the spent-fuel waste from that country’s nuclear power plants.   Full Story

Fifth Annual Bark for Life

Date: 2013-10-29
For more photos, check out our photo store/gallery!  Full Story

Leaders divided on design for police vehicles

Date: 2013-10-29
Police vehicles in Tennessee’s oldest town will soon be looking different, but just how different remains to be seen.  Full Story

Town to save $14,800 on one project, spend $2,800 on another

Date: 2013-10-29
The Town of Jonesborough will save roughly $14,800 on a water line project after further examination revealed more of the work can be done by town employees than originally planned.  Full Story

Bomba’s, Ghost Town Diner close their doors

Date: 2013-10-29
Two local restaurants have closed in Jonesborough, both last week.   Full Story

Drug Court coming soon to Washington County

Date: 2013-10-29
Washington County is in the process of establishing a Recovery Drug Court that will offer offenders a new option for rehabilitation.  Full Story

Flood relief leads to help for others

Date: 2013-10-29
Through a new pilot program, Appalachian Service Project hopes to provide 10 new homes during the next year for Washington County residents living in substandard conditions.   Full Story

Second part of wastewater project to cost $500,000 more than original estimate

Date: 2013-10-29
The lowest bid for the second phase of an ongoing improvement project at Jonesborough’s wastewater treatment plant came in $500,000 higher than the projected cost of the work.  Full Story

Watercolorist finds second palette in herbal soap making

Date: 2013-10-22
Ginny Wall’s artwork brought her to the Jonesborough Farmers Market the first year it opened and has connected her to the market every year since.   Full Story

Boone falls to Volunteer in football action

Date: 2013-10-22
Daniel Boone High School (3-5, 2-2) and Tennessee High School (4-4, 2-2) entered their Oct. 18 match-up with identical records and major playoff ramifications on the line.   Full Story

Lady Blazers knock off Lady Pioneers

Date: 2013-10-22
The 2013 soccer season came to a close last week for both the Lady Pioneers of David Crockett High School and Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School.   Full Story

Musket Bowl named top 100 rivalry

Date: 2013-10-22
For 10 years, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected the top high school football rivalries across the country to highlight during the high school football season.   Full Story

Telford Ruritan to host Fall Fest and Dinner

Date: 2013-10-22
The Telford Ruritan Club will host a Fall Fest and Dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Telford Ruritan Club building, corner of Telford School and Telford New Victory roads.  Full Story

New Victory UMC schedules barbecue meal

Date: 2013-10-22
New Victory United Methodist Church, 682 New Victory Road in Telford, will host a barbecue supper and bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in its fellowship hall. The meal will include a barbecue sandwich, baked beans, slaw, beverage and dessert. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. In addition, baked goods will be for sale. Carry-outs will be available. Proceeds from the event will benefit special projects.  Full Story

Mustard Seed plans all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2013-10-22
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will host its monthly country breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 a.m. The meal consists of biscuits and gravy, bacon and eggs, sausage and country ham, grits, pancakes, chocolate gravy, juices and coffee. Cost for the all-you-can-eat breakfast is $7 per person.  Full Story

Mount Carmel Methodist schedules breakfast

Date: 2013-10-22
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, Highway 107 in Chuckey, will host a country ham breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7:30-10:30 a.m.  Full Story

First Baptist to hold festival, receive award

Date: 2013-10-22
First Baptist Church of Jonesborough will host a Children’s Harvest Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6-8 p.m., in the church’s parking lot at 201 E. Main Street. The festival will include food and refreshments as well as a variety of games, booths and a bouncy house. A special feature will be rides on Little Pete’s Railroad, which was a popular activity at Jonesborough Days. Instead of prizes, booths will be giving out candy to the children. There will be no admission charge, and all activities will be free.  Full Story

Golden Heirs Choir to host spaghetti dinner

Date: 2013-10-22
The Golden Heirs Community Choir will host a benefit spaghetti dinner prepared by Chef Dale Ford, who will be assisted by his wife, Joanne, on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5-8 p.m. at Jonesborough Presbyterian Church on Main Street.  Full Story

Bark For Life coming to Jonesborough

Date: 2013-10-22
With the help of Happy Tails — Jonesborough Publishing’s publication about animals and the people who love them —and other generous sponsors, the American Cancer Society will host a special event called Bark For Life for dogs and their human companions.   Full Story

Gracious Designs to close in Jonesborough

Date: 2013-10-22
Downtown Jonesborough will soon say goodbye to one its most popular stores.   Full Story

Three Jonesborough businesses in trouble for selling alcohol to minors

Date: 2013-10-22
Three Jonesborough businesses have been fined and employees charged after a sting last week conducted by the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission.  Full Story

Animal Control Board cuts ties with fundraising consultant

Date: 2013-10-22
After much discussion and mixed reviews on performance, the Animal Control Board has ended its $5,000 per month contract with fundraising consultant firm Dickerson, Bakker and Associates.  Full Story

Town’s public safety in good hands

Date: 2013-10-22
Helping low-income families put Christmas presents under their trees. Checking on the homebound and elderly within town. Installing a child’s carseat in the back of a vehicle.  Full Story

BMA approves paving plan for 12 roads in Jonesborough

Date: 2013-10-22
A dozen roads in Tennessee’s oldest town are now in line to be paved, although when that will happen remains up in the air.  Full Story

Ferguson challenges Highway Department’s request for fund transfer

Date: 2013-10-22
Washington County Commissioner Mark Ferguson challenged the Budget Committee’s authority to approve line item transfers in the Highway Department budget during the Oct. 16 meeting.  Full Story

Chili Cookoff

Date: 2013-10-15
Check out our photo gallery for more photos!  Full Story

Friends make thyme for cleaner, greener life

Date: 2013-10-15
Joni and Charlie Pritchett, Jen Williams and Kris Shaffer all knew each other as students at Science Hill High School. A decade later, they are closer than ever, brought together by a natural, common purpose.  Full Story

Burger leads Pioneers to shootout win over Volunteer

Date: 2013-10-15
David Crockett High School sophomore quarterback Ryan Burger threw for 481 yards and five touchdowns in a 43-42 win over Volunteer in Jonesborough on Oct. 11.   Full Story

No grant funding means no new investigator for police

Date: 2013-10-15
The flame went out earlier this month on Jonesborough Police Chief Matt Hawkins’ last flicker of hope for getting a second investigator for his department this year.  Full Story

Grants, compactors, recycling make for savings in Solid Waste

Date: 2013-10-15
Approximately $60,000 in landfill disposal fees has been saved since Washington County’s contract with Waste Management went into effect July 1.  Full Story

Calls for action on climate change

Date: 2013-10-15
They say they served four Republican presidents since 1969 and held fast to common-sense conservative principles in tackling some urgent national problems of their time.  Full Story

WOMEN’S art exhibit coming

Date: 2013-10-15
By MEGHAN MCCOY  Full Story

New attorney questions accuracy of speed reports in case against bus driver

Date: 2013-10-15
Brenda Gray’s new attorney may decide to take her defense in a different direction.  Full Story

Decision to name health department after Hankal reversed

Date: 2013-10-15
In response to concerns from health department officials and members of the community, the County-Owned Property Committee voted last week to revise the naming request approved during its August meeting.  Full Story

Red Cross to host blood drive at Power Board

Date: 2013-10-08
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Johnson City Power Board on Boones Creek Road.  Full Story

Pleasant Valley Church holds Harvest Festival

Date: 2013-10-08
The Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren will hold its annual Harvest Festival and Barbecue on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 4-8 p.m.  Full Story

Sulphur Spring Baptist hosts Oct. 12 breakfast

Date: 2013-10-08
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast Saturday, Oct. 12. The menu will consist of country sausage, bacon, homemade biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, fruit, juice and coffee. Cost is by donation.  Full Story

Meet the Kings of ArkAngel Farms

Date: 2013-10-08
Many people meet Tanya King through her sidekick, Betty, the sociable golden Silkie hen that has been coming to the market with King since 2008.   Full Story

Fourth Annual Thunder Run

Date: 2013-10-08
For more photos from the car show, visit the Photo Gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com.  Full Story

Public health care and government shutdowns

Date: 2013-10-08
When you fail to plan, you shut down. That seems to be where we are today, and where we will be forever unless things change.  Full Story

Blazers lose heartbreaker to D-B

Date: 2013-10-08
All that separated Daniel Boone High School from a monumental win over Dobyns-Bennett in Gray was a mere 30 seconds.   Full Story

‘All-around team effort’ captures win for Pioneers

Date: 2013-10-08
The Pioneers of David Crockett High School remain in the thick of a playoff hunt following an important 35-8 conference road win on Oct. 4 against Sullivan Central.   Full Story

Ongoing design discussions for new animal shelter slowing process of building facility

Date: 2013-10-08
Lack of formal construction plans for the new Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter keeps members of the Animal Control Board in an ongoing design discussion that appears to be preventing the project from moving forward.  Full Story

County may consider spay/neuter ordinance

Date: 2013-10-08
In an effort to target repeat offenders, members of the Animal Control Board have submitted a proposed spay/neuter ordinance for consideration during the Oct. 17 meeting of the Johnson City Board of Commissioners.  Full Story

Teachers of the Year named

Date: 2013-10-08
Washington County’s 2013-14 teachers of the year were held up as examples of why Board of Education members need to make their voices heard by state leaders.  Full Story

New SRO to start this week, another by year-end

Date: 2013-10-08
The first of Washington County’s three new School Resource Officers was expected to join the team this week.  Full Story

Laughing their tales off

Date: 2013-10-08
With his first National Storytelling Festival under his belt, the International Storytelling Center’s new executive director Kiran Singh Sirah says he is “exhausted, but thrilled.”  Full Story

Telford Ruritan to sell ‘almost famous’ barbecue

Date: 2013-10-01
The Telford Ruritan Club will be selling their “Almost World Famous” barbecue Saturday, Oct. 5, beginning at 10 a.m. at Bob Shanks farm off Carson Road, across from Grandview Elementary School.  Full Story

Westside Christian to hold bazaar Oct. 5

Date: 2013-10-01
Westside Christian Church, 1405 Persimmon Ridge Road, will hold its annual fall bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Full Story

Meals being offered by variety of groups

Date: 2013-10-01
The Limestone United Methodist group will have a fish/chicken fry at the church on Friday, Oct. 4, from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  Full Story

Son at helm of Garst family farm

Date: 2013-10-01
Ever since he was 15, Andrew Garst has been fitting farming around his schoolwork, first as a student at Daniel Boone High School and now at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton.   Full Story

You can’t make this stuff up

Date: 2013-10-01
Spending time with writer Jim Carmichel is a lot like enjoying a great concert — the more you listen, the more you want to hear.  Full Story

Daniel Boone Trailblazers fall to Sullivan South Rebels, 42-14

Date: 2013-10-01
The move for Sullivan South High School’s out of the Big 8 Conference this season to the Three Rivers Conference thus far has paid huge dividends.   Full Story

Crockett takes out Chuckey-Doak for homecoming win

Date: 2013-10-01
The Pioneers of David Crockett High School started the second half of their season on Sept. 27 with a 27-13 homecoming win over Chuckey-Doak.  Full Story

Guidelines inspired by public service facilities

Date: 2013-10-01
In our town, it is not uncommon for the departments delivering water-related services to receive high marks for effectiveness from state or federal agencies.   Full Story

Get involved with Relay For Life

Date: 2013-10-01
The American Cancer Society will be hosting a “meet-and-greet” event for anyone interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities for the 2014 Relay For Life of Jonesborough Committee.  Full Story

Dunkin’ Donuts likely to open in January 2014

Date: 2013-10-01
Members of the Jonesborough Planning Commission met last week and unanimously passed a proposed site plan for the new Dunkin’ Donuts set to open at the Shell gas station early next year.  Full Story

Landscaping at McKinney Center to take ‘less formal, woodland’ look

Date: 2013-10-01
With their sights set on holding a grand opening celebration at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School later this month, crews are busy putting the finishing touches on the interior of the building.  Full Story

Crockett Homecoming 2013

Date: 2013-10-01
Visit our Photo Gallery for more photos!  Full Story

Ferguson presents resolution at meeting, commissioners won’t hear it

Date: 2013-10-01
Less than one week after his professed understanding of state law, Commissioner Mark Ferguson continued his efforts to direct paving in Washington County.  Full Story

Matherly elected to serve third year as chair of Washington County commission

Date: 2013-10-01
During the annual officer elections held at the Sept. 23 meeting, county commissioners retained the current leadership by electing Greg Matherly as chair and Lee Chase as vice chair.  Full Story

Crockett senior turns to school family during tough times for his real family

Date: 2013-10-01
For David Crockett High School football player Cody Chambers, adversity has defined his senior year at David Crockett High School. But with the lessons he has learned over the years from his father, Cody has refused to allow that adversity to define him.  Full Story

Facilities needs at county schools will cost $100M

Date: 2013-10-01
A $100 million investment over the next decade will be needed to complete a proposed facilities master plan for Washington County schools.  Full Story

Avoid the DMV when renewing your license

Date: 2013-10-01
The Washington County Clerk’s Office is partnering with the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security to offer a new site for driver’s license renewals in an effort to reduce waiting time.  Full Story

Crock-pot makes great apple butter

Date: 2013-09-26
Apples have been featured at farmers markets for several weeks now.   Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritan sets fall chicken barbecue

Date: 2013-09-24
Bowmantown Ruritan members will hold their annual fall chicken barbecue on Saturday, Oct. 12. The event is call-in only, with no meal to be served.  Full Story

Mt. Zion Ladies Circle schedules spaghetti meal

Date: 2013-09-24
Members of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Ladies Circle will hold a spaghetti meal fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 12:30-2 p.m. Attendees can eat in the fellowship fall for a cost of $5. Carry-outs also will be available.  Full Story

Telford Ruritan Club schedules barbecue dinner

Date: 2013-09-24
The Telford Ruritan Club, corner of Telford School and Telford New Victory Roads, will be hosting a barbecue dinner on Saturday Sept. 28, from 4:30-7 p.m.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan Club to offer breakfast buffet

Date: 2013-09-24
The Limestone Ruritan Club, located at 121 Limestone Ruritan Road in Limestone, will hold an all-you-can-eat country breakfast buffet on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 7:30-10 a.m.  Full Story

Sulphur Springs UMC sets 28th Harvest Festival

Date: 2013-09-24
Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church will celebrate its 28th Annual Harvest Festival on Sept. 27-28.  Full Story

Mustard Seed Worship Center to offer breakfast

Date: 2013-09-24
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will host a country breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 28, beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Full Story

Fairview United Methodist sets Lord’s Acre Sale

Date: 2013-09-24
Fairview United Methodist Church, 878 Highway 81N, will hold a Lord’s Acre Sale on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be available, in addition to fried pies, pumpkins, baked goods, produce and apple butter.  Full Story

Arizona couple finds happiness in East Tennessee chile patch

Date: 2013-09-24
Jeff and Jolene Stratton never expected to become “the pepper people.”  Full Story

Turnovers doom Crockett in D-B game

Date: 2013-09-24
With fewer athletes and less experience, David Crockett High School would have needed to be nearly perfect to upset conference heavyweight Dobyns-Bennett High School (3-2, 2-0) on Sept. 20 in Jonesborough.   Full Story

Blazer defense guides Boone to victory

Date: 2013-09-24
Under Head Coach Jeremy Jenkins, the identity of the Daniel Boone High School football team has always been twofold — a strong defense and a solid ground game.   Full Story

Banning guns not the answer

Date: 2013-09-24
“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”   Full Story

Town water system receives high marks from TDEC

Date: 2013-09-24
Like a student scoring high on a test, the Town of Jonesborough’s Water Department was praised recently for earning a high grade from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.  Full Story

Question of legality spurs review of plant bid process

Date: 2013-09-24
A question regarding the legality of procuring bids for construction of a new asphalt plant has prompted Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge to request a formal review of the process.  Full Story

Ferguson questions plan to pave streets in Jonesborough

Date: 2013-09-24
Washington County Commissioner Mark Ferguson questioned the paving scheduled for the Town of Jonesborough when the Public Works Committee reconvened last week.  Full Story

Telford couple charged with abusing infant son

Date: 2013-09-24
A Telford couple faces charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect following their indictment by a grand jury earlier this month.  Full Story

Deakins' authority challenged

Date: 2013-09-19
The first meeting of the 2013-14 Washington County Public Works Committee was a combination of old issues and new demands.  Full Story

Fairview Methodist schedules Sept. 21 breakfast

Date: 2013-09-17
Fairview United Methodist Church, 878 Highway 81N, will host a country breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

McCarty UMC to hold fish fry supper for ministry

Date: 2013-09-17
McCarty United Methodist Church, 104 McCarty Church Road in Telford, will have a fish fry supper on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 4-7 p.m.  Full Story

Harvest Time holds gospel singing, bean supper

Date: 2013-09-17
Harvest Time Christian Church, 920 Highway 107, will hold a Gospel Singing with Bean Supper on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 3-7 p.m.  Full Story

Boone retains Musket Cup on the links

Date: 2013-09-17
Daniel Boone and David Crockett high school golfers competed in the annual two-day Musket Cup beginning Sept. 4 at Graysburg Hills.  Full Story

Crockett handed another big loss, this time at hands of Elizabethton

Date: 2013-09-17
David Crockett High School traveled to Elizabethton on Sept. 13 in the second game of their toughest stretch of the season.   Full Story

More plant species at risk of extinction

Date: 2013-09-17
A radio anouncement caught my attention the other day.   Full Story

A lifetime of gardening, preserving

Date: 2013-09-17
What he now does as a hobby, Andy McIntosh used to do just to survive.   Full Story

Contra dance, family dance scheduled for Sept. 21 at Visitors Center

Date: 2013-09-17
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will host a contra dance Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.  Full Story

Sales at Wetlands suffer

Date: 2013-09-17
A wet and cooler-than-usual summer is being blamed for dried up sales at Wetlands Water Park this year, marking at least the second year in a row the town-owned water park has seen a drop in its earnings.  Full Story

BMA gives go-ahead on senior center

Date: 2013-09-17
Hours after members of the Senior Center Advisory Committee unanimously approved design changes to a new senior center to be located off East Main Street, members of the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen also approved the changes at a meeting on Sept. 9.  Full Story

Architect gives rundown on courthouse work

Date: 2013-09-17
An initial review of work needed on the downtown courthouse exterior could lead to an expanded assessment that includes renovations on the second floor.  Full Story

JRT leaders making plans for successful future

Date: 2013-09-17
In the midst of the largest production the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre has ever taken on, the JRT’s Board of Directors met Sept. 3 to make plans for the future.  Full Story

McKinney Center reopens, two out of three employees resign

Date: 2013-09-17
Just when everything concerning the physical structure of the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School seems to be coming together, the staffing of the facility is falling apart.  Full Story

County budget passes, but not without debate

Date: 2013-09-17
Washington County Commissioner Phyllis Corso urged other board members to reject the 2013-14 budget during a called commission meeting held Sept. 10.  Full Story

ISC leader’s salary revealed

Date: 2013-09-17
Two weeks after two representatives of the International Storytelling Center refused to disclose the salary of the newly hired ISC Executive Director Kiran Singh Sirah, ISC Board Chair Bill Kennedy contacted the Herald & Tribune on Sept. 12 to provide the information.  Full Story

Deadly Deception: Former Klan leader, convicted killer led secret life in Jonesborough

Date: 2013-09-11
In a town known for its stories, one tale, the macabre but true story behind the life of David Curtiss Stephenson, is one that Jonesborough could just as well have done without.  Full Story

Conklin Ruritan schedules breakfast for Sept. 14

Date: 2013-09-10
Conklin Ruritan members will hold their monthly country breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8-10 a.m. at the Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 586 Mt. Wesley Road in Telford.  Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist Church hosts breakfast

Date: 2013-09-10
Sulphur Spring Baptist Church will host a country breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

JAMA Walk for Hunger set for historic downtown

Date: 2013-09-10
The Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association Walk for Hunger will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9-11 a.m. in Historic Downtown Jonesborough.  Full Story

Tickets now on sale for ‘Duck Dynasty’ speaker

Date: 2013-09-10
A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” star and Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson will speak at Viking Hall Civic Center on Saturday, Oct. 19, as part of a fundraiser to benefit Family Ministries, which is based in Greeneville.  Full Story

Diaz enjoys freedom of farming his own way

Date: 2013-09-10
Freedom is important to José Diaz. He raises his chickens free on his farm and his vegetables free of chemicals.   Full Story

Boone rolls over Central

Date: 2013-09-10
After opening the season with a 35-0 loss to Elizabethton, the immediate thought about Daniel Boone High School football was that the Blazers were finally entering a rebuilding mode following years of success.   Full Story

Pioneers lose big to Science Hill

Date: 2013-09-10
David Crockett High School’s 2-0 start to the football season came crashing down on Sept. 6 underneath the lights of Kermit Tipton Stadium in Johnson City.   Full Story

Local author hits ‘bestseller list,’ completes sixth book in series

Date: 2013-09-10
Local author Scott Pratt is finally getting a long-awaited taste of success.  Full Story

Higher wage causes ripple effect

Date: 2013-09-10
Years ago, a friend and I were talking, and I asked what she had been doing.  Full Story

Four applications for attorney job in hand

Date: 2013-09-10
Despite a job description and salary that are still under discussion by the Washington County Commission, four candidates have expressed formal interest in the county attorney position with the submission of their resumes.  Full Story

Committee recommends Bowers as interim attorney

Date: 2013-09-10
Waiting for the Washington County Legal Services Oversight Committee to find a new county attorney could get expensive.  Full Story

BOE passes supplemental pay policy

Date: 2013-09-10
During their Sept. 5 meeting, Washington County Board of Education members unanimously passed on first reading a supplemental pay policy for school employees who are paid above and beyond their regular salary for their extracurricular work in certain activities such as coaching.  Full Story

Only a handful of people have access to the results of security assessments at county schools, but how many of them have BOTHERED TO LOOK?

Date: 2013-09-10
A concentrated effort was required to complete security assessments in all of the Washington County schools before the final student day on May 24, but Board of Education members don’t appear to feel the same sense of urgency to learn the results of those assessments.  Full Story

Leaders approve senior center redesign

Date: 2013-09-10
Less than two weeks after airing their frustration about being left out when it came to the redesign of a new senior center, members of the Senior Center Advisory Committee were all smiles on Sept. 9.  Full Story

Senior Center vans not in ADA compliance

Date: 2013-09-06
The Senior Center Advisory Committee’s desire to purchase another van for the center may be impacted by the drastic difference in the new facility’s estimated cost and the lowest bid.   Full Story

Town awarded $1,900 for theater arts program

Date: 2013-09-06
The Town of Jonesborough is among six regional organizations to be awarded an Arts Build Communities grant for the 2013-2014 fiscal year for special arts projects.  Full Story

Greenwood Ruritan to offer steak and gravy meal

Date: 2013-09-03
On Saturday, Sept. 7, the Greenwood Ruritan Club will serve an all-you-can-eat steak and gravy dinner from 4-7 p.m. to benefit charities in the community.  Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritans to host monthly breakfast

Date: 2013-09-03
Bowmantown Ruritan Club will hold its monthly breakfast on Saturday Sept. 7, from 7-10 a.m. at the Bowmantown Ruritan building  Full Story

Boone soccer takes down UH

Date: 2013-09-03
After opening the women’s soccer season on Aug. 20 with a 5-0 loss to perennial powerhouse Dobyns-Bennett High School, the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School have won three straight contests.   Full Story

Lynch makes bread that’s worth the dough

Date: 2013-09-03
For Pat Lynch, making bread is more than just baking dough. It’s a science.   Full Story

Career On Pointe

Date: 2013-09-03
Jonesborough native Gwynn Root says she was “mesmerized” when she saw a performance of “The Nutcracker,” for the first time.  Full Story

Withdraw ‘protective’ guides

Date: 2013-09-03
Marine scientist Rachel Carson, acclaimed for her books on sea life and exposing the threat of toxic chemicals (in Silent Spring), also had strong concerns about radiation pollution.   Full Story

Historical documents one step closer to being on display at Justice Center

Date: 2013-09-03
Recommendations regarding display cases for the historical documents display in the George P. Jaynes Justice Center were discussed during the Aug. 26 Washington County Commission meeting.  Full Story

Recovery efforts in Dry Creek earn national award

Date: 2013-09-03
Washington County’s approach to recovery efforts from the Dry Creek flood last summer has been recognized with an Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations.  Full Story

Jonesborough leaders to address tractor trailers in downtown

Date: 2013-09-03
Jonesborough’s Traffic Advisory Committee has spent the last two months discussing an age-old problem in Tennessee’s oldest town — tractor trailers traveling through the downtown area.  Full Story

Commissioners debate committee assignments

Date: 2013-09-03
Washington County Committee on Committees members were mum on their proposed list of appointees for 2013-14, but some other commissioners had plenty to say during last week’s meeting of the full commission.  Full Story

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN?

Date: 2013-09-03
Members of the Jonesborough Senior Center Advisory Committee were looking for answers last week, but only managed to come up with more questions.  Full Story

Gray appears to have new attorney for case

Date: 2013-09-03
A status hearing on the legal representation for former school bus driver Brenda Gray was held Aug. 29 in Washington County Criminal Court.  Full Story

Parking at Justice Center debated

Date: 2013-08-28
County-Owned Property Committee members took their recommendation for an employee parking plan at the George P. Jaynes Justice Center to the full commission for consideration during its August meeting.   Full Story

Let there be light?

Date: 2013-08-28
An experiment under way at the Washington County Courthouse in downtown Jonesborough could result in permanent lighting for the 100-year-old clock tower.  Full Story

Roadrunner gives $75,000 to Dry Creek recovery

Date: 2013-08-27
Helen Story says she wakes up at night and it takes her a second to realize the home she’s sleeping in is really hers. Her new home was made possible through the efforts of Appalachian Service Project, volunteers, and donations from businesses like the $75,000 contribution Roadrunner Markets made last week.  Full Story

Telford Ruritans to host Aug. 30 barbecue dinner

Date: 2013-08-27
The Telford Ruritan Club, located at the corner of Telford School and Telford New Victory roads, will host a barbecue dinner on Friday, Aug. 30, from 4:30-7 p.m.  Full Story

Mustard Seed planning all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2013-08-27
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will host an all-you-can-eat country breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 31, beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Full Story

‘Shrek the Musical’ takes audience to land of ‘Far Far Away’

Date: 2013-08-27
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre’s latest production, “Shrek the Musical,” may soon have everyone believing in “happily every after.”  Full Story

Ottingers reap harvest back on farm

Date: 2013-08-27
The back of Phillip Ottinger’s pick-up truck is packed with corn as he prepares for the weekly farmers market in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Boone falls to Elizabethton

Date: 2013-08-27
The Daniel Boone High School Trailblazers couldn’t find a solution to the Elizabethton defense last week.  Full Story

Pioneers win big to kick off new era in football

Date: 2013-08-27
David Crockett High School opened the 2013 football season at home on Aug. 22 with new uniforms, a first-year coaching staff and a resoluteness that fans have not seen from their Pioneers in quite some time.   Full Story

Town offers lots of ‘good news’

Date: 2013-08-27
Watching the nightly news, it is becoming replete with stories of government mistrust.   Full Story

Fair Days!

Date: 2013-08-27
For more photos, visit our photo gallery on this website!  Full Story

Farm to Table successful

Date: 2013-08-27
For more photos, visit our photo gallery on this website.  Full Story

Is Ferguson chairman?

Date: 2013-08-27
Washington County Commissioner Mark Ferguson did most of the talking during the annual Committee on Committees meeting Aug. 19.  Full Story

New ISC leader Kiran Singh Sirah now in town, on the job

Date: 2013-08-27
Just two weeks into the job, the International Storytelling Center’s new executive director, Kiran Singh Sirah, says he is listening to and learning from those who call the region home.  Full Story

Jailers deny beating inmate to death

Date: 2013-08-20
Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal and a handful of corrections officers at the Washington County Detention Center are adamantly denying allegations that an inmate was beaten to death inside the jail in April.  Full Story

Former Jonesborough police officer sentenced for trafficking in steroids

Date: 2013-08-20
A former Jonesborough police officer and Washington County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to serve time in federal prison.  Full Story

Budget Committee proposes no tax hike

Date: 2013-08-20
An agreement with the Washington County Board of Education and a positive report from Moody’s Investors Service, have the county Budget Committee ready to present a 2013-14 budget that includes no property tax increase.  Full Story

Crockett beats Boone in Jamboree action

Date: 2013-08-20
The new Big 7 welcomed football back to the Tri-Cities on Aug. 15 at Science Hill High School’s Kermit Tipton Stadium.  Full Story

Enchantment with a native plant and insects

Date: 2013-08-20
When Aldo Leopold declared that “there is drama in every bush, if you can see it,” he meant that life on a farm or any other natural setting is never dull.  Full Story

Bees, eggs make sweet business

Date: 2013-08-20
For Claudia Randolph, bees are more than just a source of honey.   Full Story

JRT expands to adjacent building

Date: 2013-08-20
Patrons of the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will soon have a new place to wait before a performance and to relax in afterward.  Full Story

MSHA chooses Vonderfecht's successor

Date: 2013-08-19
Alan Levine has been named by the Board of Directors to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mountain States Health Alliance effective January 6, 2014. He will succeed current CEO Dennis Vonderfecht upon his retirement at the end of the year.  Full Story

Lamar Ruritans schedule steak and gravy dinner

Date: 2013-08-13
Lamar Ruritan members will host a cube steak and gravy supper on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Ruritan building from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $8 per person, and carry-outs will be available. For more information, call Gordon Lane at 753-8396  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan sets Friday fish fry fundraiser

Date: 2013-08-13
The Limestone Ruritan will hold a fish fry on Friday, Aug. 16, at the Limestone Ruritan building.  Full Story

Fairview United Methodist sets Aug. 17 breakfast

Date: 2013-08-13
Fairview United Methodist Church, 878 Highway 81N, will host a country breakfast Saturday, Aug. 17.  Full Story

Pleasant Grove UMC schedules roast beef meal

Date: 2013-08-13
Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church will be serving a roast beef dinner on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 5-7 p.m.  Full Story

Love of animals leads Woodworths to cheesey life

Date: 2013-08-13
Jack Woodworth and his family began raising milk goats by chance.   Full Story

High school football gets under way with Jamboree on Aug. 15

Date: 2013-08-13
The Big 7 football jamboree is set to take place Thursday, Aug. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Science Hill High School in Johnson City.   Full Story

Crockett football on the rise

Date: 2013-08-13
Excellence on the football field has, more often than not, eluded David Crockett High School throughout its history, having put together just four winning seasons in more than 40 years.   Full Story

This is the transformed America?

Date: 2013-08-13
Folks are telling us the economy is getting better. I reckon the stock market and the news help us feel this way.   Full Story

Should county residents be charged for zoning services?

Date: 2013-08-13
Washington County Zoning Administrator Mike Rutherford is against the Budget Committee’s recommendation that his office move to a fee-for-service policy regarding stormwater assistance.  Full Story

Rain dampens Centennial Celebration

Date: 2013-08-13
For more photos of the celebration, go to our photo gallery.  Full Story

Groundbreaking on animal shelter not realistic until 2014

Date: 2013-08-13
The value of Dickerson Bakker and Associates’ $5,000-a-month fundraising counsel was questioned during the Aug. 6 meeting of the Animal Control Board, but the consensus among members of the Fundraising Committee is the services are needed.  Full Story

Rambo new chancellor

Date: 2013-08-13
Washington County Attorney John Rambo was in his office preparing for the Aug. 5 called meeting of the county commission when he received a call from Herbert Slaterly, attorney to Gov. Bill Haslam, regarding the chancellorship for the 1st Judicial District.  Full Story

Schools to get more money from county

Date: 2013-08-13
Washington County Budget Committee members are recommending an allocation of 2 pennies from the Debt Service Fund and a 1 percent increase in budgeted sales tax revenue during 2013-14 to meet the county’s maintenance of effort requirement for the school system.  Full Story

County to borrow $10M as planned

Date: 2013-08-13
Following months of meetings and debate, county commissioners approved the third piece of the $10 million debt offering during a called session last week.  Full Story

Conklin Ruritan members plan August breakfast

Date: 2013-08-06
Conklin Ruritan Club will hold its monthly country breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8-10 a.m. at the Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 586 Mt. Wesley Road in Telford.  Full Story

Mustard Seed schedules barbecue supper for all

Date: 2013-08-06
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will host a barbecue supper on Saturday, Aug. 10, beginning at 6 p.m.  Full Story

Webb shows how photography, activism add up to fungi

Date: 2013-08-06
While most farmers spend a lot of time in the sun cultivating their crops that thrive on light, Rodney Webb, who owns and operates Salamander Springs Farm in North Carolina, nurtures his main crop in the damp dimness.   Full Story

A talent to forge for Limestone resident

Date: 2013-08-06
Blacksmithing, a time-honored craft, is in Jamie Tyree’s blood.  Full Story

Sold-out ‘Farm to Table’ dinner set for Aug. 24

Date: 2013-08-06
“Farm to Table” may be becoming the most popular meal in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Young Boone football team readies for action

Date: 2013-08-06
With practice beginning last week in preparation for the fast-approaching season, the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone High School officially welcomed football back to Gray.   Full Story

Fracking problems and federal lands

Date: 2013-08-06
The new fracking method of oil and natural gas extraction continues to make news.  Full Story

Leaders debate turn lanes at 11E medians

Date: 2013-08-06
Members of Jonesborough’s Traffic Advisory Committee continue to debate the need for turn lanes at several median cuts on Highway 11E and just who should be responsible for funding such projects.  Full Story

Town optimistic about $725,000 in grants for Jackson Theatre project

Date: 2013-08-06
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced last week the recommendation of 19 Appalachian Regional Commission grants, including one for $450,000 to help the Town of Jonesborough renovate the old Jackson Theatre on Main Street.  Full Story

Technology coming to county school buses

Date: 2013-08-06
Safety in transporting Washington County students will see a marked improvement with the addition of global positioning units on the school buses and cellular telephones for the drivers.  Full Story

Plan for speed tables on Woodrow Avenue reconsidered

Date: 2013-08-06
A plan to put two speed tables on Woodrow Avenue has been altered after town leaders discovered the traffic calming devices could cause major drainage problems.  Full Story

Enrollment closed at four ‘near-capacity’ schools in county

Date: 2013-08-06
Washington County Board of Education members voted to close enrollment at four near-capacity elementary and middle schools, but refused to take away county students’ choice of which high school they attend.  Full Story

Senior Center cost estimates off by $2M

Date: 2013-08-06
The lowest bid for the construction of a new Jonesborough Senior Center came in approximately $2 million higher than the amount officials estimated the project would cost.  Full Story

Eden UMC to hold Homemade Ice Cream Supper

Date: 2013-07-30
Eden United Methodist Church, 1620 Mill Springs Road, will hold its annual Homemade Ice Cream Supper on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m.  Full Story

Greenwood Ruritan Club to host Aug. 3 breakfast

Date: 2013-07-30
The Greenwood Ruritan Club will serve a country breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Limestone UMC women to hold clothes giveaway

Date: 2013-07-30
The Limestone United Methodist Women of Christian Service will sponsor a clothes giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon at Limestone United Methodist Church, 189 Opie Arnold Road.  Full Story

Christian Storytelling Festival to feature Matthew West

Date: 2013-07-30
Grammy-award winning musician Matthew West will headline this year’s Christian Storytelling Festival at Providence Academy.  Full Story

Twin sisters offer up double the deliciousness at farmers market

Date: 2013-07-30
When Carol Rouse was a little girl, her mother would buy the ingredients to make margarine and allow Carol and her twin sister, Donna Organ, to mix the ingredients.   Full Story

Town soccer sign-ups set for August

Date: 2013-07-30
The Town of Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Department and the Jonesborough Soccer Association will host registration for fall soccer programming at Persimmon Ridge Park.  Full Story

Excitement building for new era in Crockett football

Date: 2013-07-30
Under new direction of first-year Head Coach Jeremy Bosken, the David Crockett High School Pioneers are gearing up for the upcoming football season with an intense approach over the summer, one complete with camps, new uniforms and even a little midnight madness.  Full Story

Keep the good things happening

Date: 2013-07-30
Herb Stein once noted, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”   Full Story

Committee on Committees members remain

Date: 2013-07-30
Mayor Dan Eldridge’s call for a change in the Committee on Committees was ignored during last week’s commission meeting when the same members were elected to serve for the fourth consecutive year.  Full Story

Senior Center may be forced to cancel out-of-state travel plans

Date: 2013-07-30
The Jonesborough Senior Center may have a new van, but at least for now, it will only be carrying passengers within the State of Tennessee.  Full Story

Called meeting set for third vote on county loan

Date: 2013-07-30
Hoping the third time’s the charm, Budget Committee members will present the same recommendation for a $6 million capital outlay note during a called meeting of the Washington County commission on Monday, Aug. 5.  Full Story

Bus driver involved in crash still trying to get new attorney

Date: 2013-07-30
Brenda Gray appeared in Washington County Criminal Court again July 29 in regard to the September 2012 bus crash that occurred while she was driving a load of David Crockett High School students home from school.  Full Story

School board considers $115M in projects

Date: 2013-07-30
Washington County Board of Education members are considering a facilities master plan that includes eight major projects over an eight-year period at a total cost of $95-$115 million.  Full Story

International Storytelling Center hires new executive director

Date: 2013-07-24
Referring to himself as a “global citizen,” Kiran Singh Sirah says he is anxious to start his new job as the executive director of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Local Relay for Life raises $20,000.00

Date: 2013-07-23
See our Photo Gallery for more photos!  Full Story

Mustard Seed Worship Center to offer breakfast

Date: 2013-07-23
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will serve a country-style breakfast on Saturday, July 27, beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Full Story

Daniel Boone Class of 1973 plans reunion in fall

Date: 2013-07-23
The Daniel Boone High School Class of 1973 will have a class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at The Peerless Restaurant in Johnson City.  Full Story

‘Uncle Rob’ gardens with natural creativity

Date: 2013-07-23
At 15, Rob Senn’s first paying job was at a farm-fresh produce market in his hometown of Memphis.   Full Story

One man’s journey from war to worship

Date: 2013-07-23
With so much bad going on in the world today, it is easy to forget the blessings that do fall every day. But every once in a while there’s a story that surfaces that is a true testimony of God’s great works, one that reminds people how blessed they really are.   Full Story

Lady Blazers Little League All-Stars advance to state championship

Date: 2013-07-23
The 9-10 Daniel Boone Lady Blazer softball team is just a game away from bringing a state title home to Gray.   Full Story

President offers hope for action on climate change

Date: 2013-07-23
For the 87 percent of Americans a recent opinion poll showed to be supportive of government action on climate, the president’s speech on this matter, at Georgetown University a month ago, contained a hopeful message.   Full Story

Work begins to fix traffic issue near Justice Center

Date: 2013-07-23
A road construction project intended to improve safety along a busy part of Highway 11E is now under way.  Full Story

‘Herald & Tribune’ receives General Excellence Award

Date: 2013-07-23
The Herald & Tribune, Jonesborough’s newspaper since 1869, is a repeat winner of the coveted General Excellence Award from the Tennessee Press Association.   Full Story

County commissioners still divided on borrowing funds

Date: 2013-07-23
Washington County Commissioners voted to issue bonds to reimburse the school system for capital expenses and provide funding for facilities improvements during their July 22 meeting, but plan to meet again in two weeks to make a decision on school safety improvements and projects for the rest of the county.  Full Story

Stuck in middle of civil rights, cyber-bullying?

Date: 2013-07-23
Nine lines were added to a Washington County Board of Education policy on “zero tolerance offenses” last week to accommodate a change in state law regarding cyber-bullying.  Full Story

Ruritan members to host Friday fish fry fundraiser

Date: 2013-07-16
The Limestone Ruritan will hold a fish fry on Friday, July 19, at the Limestone Ruritan Building from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan hosts all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2013-07-16
The Limestone Ruritan Club, located at 121 Limestone Ruritan Road in Limestone, will hold a country breakfast buffet on Saturday, July 27, from 7:30-10 a.m.   Full Story

Senior Center to host book signing for town native

Date: 2013-07-16
A longtime Jonesborough resident will hold a book signing on Sunday, July 21, to celebrate his new book, “Shades of Night.”  Full Story

Finding strength in survival

Date: 2013-07-16
For most, Valentine’s Day is a day filled with thoughts of love and romance. But for Jonesborough resident Kaye Gonel, it has become a day of mixed emotions.  Full Story

Thirty-five seasons of Rogue Harbor

Date: 2013-07-16
Tucked in the mountains of Madison County, N.C., is Rogue Harbor Farm, home to Linda and Aubrey Raper.   Full Story

Town’s inaugural Relay For Life set for July 20

Date: 2013-07-16
Businesses and town residents are being encouraged to show their awareness and support in the fight against cancer now through July 20 by helping to “paint the town purple.”  Full Story

Little League All Stars see success

Date: 2013-07-16
This summer will, no doubt, be a summer to remember for two Jonesborough Little League All-Star teams as they set a new standard of excellence in the Little League District Five Tournament.   Full Story

McKinney Center closed to public at request of state fire marshal

Date: 2013-07-16
A state fire marshal has requested the Town of Jonesborough refrain from holding any more activities at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School until a certificate of occupancy is issued.  Full Story

Board of Ed cuts $1M from budget, nobody losing job

Date: 2013-07-16
Washington County Board of Education members approved a second draft of the 2013-14 budget last week that reduces the school system’s deficit by $1 million.  Full Story

Inmate’s death prompts $20M lawsuit from family

Date: 2013-07-16
Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal still has not been served any papers related to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of an inmate who died while incarcerated at the Washington County Detention Center.  Full Story

We are in this together despite differences

Date: 2013-07-16
About a year ago, Egypt was erupting with many wanting change.   Full Story

Topical Index of articles printed on the Genealogy and History page from June 26, 2012, to June 25, 2013.

Date: 2013-07-10
THE ANNUAL SUMMARY  Full Story

Low and slow...it’s how they roll

Date: 2013-07-10
What do you get when you mix a whirlwind romance with a great recipe for barbecue?  Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist hosts country breakfast

Date: 2013-07-09
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast on Saturday, July 13, from 7-10 a.m. The menu will consist of fresh country sausage, bacon, homemade gravy, biscuits, scrambled eggs, fruit, juice and coffee. Cost is by donation.   Full Story

Conklin Ruritan members plan country breakfast

Date: 2013-07-09
Conklin Ruritan members will hold their monthly country breakfast on Saturday, July 13, from 8-10 a.m.  Full Story

Bringing flavor back at Kany Farm

Date: 2013-07-09
When they were younger, Mike and Karen Heiney remember eating chicken, or even eggs, that boasted lots of flavor. As they grew older, though, the chicken they purchased at the store, “just didn’t taste good anymore,” Karen says.   Full Story

Area seniors take to the court for a new activity with a funny name

Date: 2013-07-09
A new opportunity is available for seniors at the Senior Center in Jonesborough — the popular game with a funny name, pickleball.   Full Story

Shining example in energy transformation

Date: 2013-07-09
A Bloomberg news article recently advised that “U.S. Energy Policy Should Take a Lesson from Germany’s Energiewende.”   Full Story

Bus driver’s hearing pushed back after lawyer’s sudden death

Date: 2013-07-09
The bus driver accused of causing a crash that injured 39 high school students made a brief appearance July 8 in Washington County Criminal Court to request another attorney be appointed to represent her after the untimely death of her previous lawyer.  Full Story

Police department chooses newest K9 handler, in process of selecting dog

Date: 2013-07-09
The Jonesborough Police Department will soon have a second K9 on the force after several months with just one four-legged crime fighter on the roll.  Full Story

County attorney recommends padded cells at Washington County Detention Center

Date: 2013-07-09
The growing difficulty in dealing with inmates’ mental health issues has County Attorney John Rambo recommending a padded cell for the Washington County jail.  Full Story

Jonesborough Days 2013 Roundup

Date: 2013-07-09
Visit our photo gallery at heraldandtribune.smugmug.com  Full Story

Cook, son charged with domestic assault following incident

Date: 2013-07-09
Longtime Jonesborough business owner and organizer of the town-run Music On The Square program Steve Cook was arrested late last month on an aggravated domestic assault charge.  Full Story

Leaders debate borrowing or ‘pay as you go’ system for Solid Waste

Date: 2013-07-09
Rather than transferring excess revenue to the General Fund to participate in the debt offering, Washington County Solid Waste Committee Chair David Shanks wants to wait for the department’s surplus to accumulate so needed equipment can be purchased outright.  Full Story

Town mails out annual Water Quality Report

Date: 2013-07-09
The Town of Jonesborough’s 2012 Water Quality Report landed in the mailboxes of 10,000 water customers late last month.  Full Story

Good news, bad news for town police department’s annual budget

Date: 2013-07-09
After requesting and being denied for at least two years the funding to hire a second investigator, Jonesborough Police Chief Matt Hawkins is hoping for the best when it comes to a federal grant that could help his cause.  Full Story

Sheriff’s office proposes plan to add SROs at schools

Date: 2013-07-09
A proposed plan for School Resource Officers offers a compromise that, if approved, would be more cost-efficient and provide a better means to fill the spots with the best candidates than the original request.  Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritan members to host breakfast

Date: 2013-07-02
Bowmantown Ruritan Club will hold its monthly breakfast on Saturday, July 6, from 7-10 a.m. The breakfast will be held at the Ruritan building.  Full Story

Interns, hoop houses help regional couple operate organic farm

Date: 2013-07-02
JEM Farm stands for the names of its owners, John and Elizabeth Malayter.   Full Story

Softball league gives adults chance to take to the diamond

Date: 2013-07-02
The Jonesborough co-ed softball league continues to be a hit for many local adults.   Full Story

In history of mankind, freedom has been considered the exception

Date: 2013-07-02
As we approach our nation’s birthday, I would like to quote U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s views of our country from a speech he gave on May 11.  Full Story

PAY CHECK: Highest paid town employees, how salaries compare in other areas

Date: 2013-07-02
With a new fiscal year now under way, employees with the Town of Jonesborough can expect to see a 5 percent increase in their pay.  Full Story

Town Hall becoming hub of drug activity

Date: 2013-07-02
The Robert E. Browning Town Hall Building has become a hub of drug activity, and leaders could not be happier.  Full Story

County makes $5,000 death benefit official

Date: 2013-07-02
During last week’s meeting, Washington County commissioners formalized the process for providing a $5,000 death benefit to retiring county employees.  Full Story

Commissioners reject $9.2M loan proposal

Date: 2013-07-02
The Washington County Commission’s failure to approve the $9.2 debt offering puts Washington County in a new fiscal year with a now-defunct 2013-14 budget, no plan to address immediate capital needs, and the prospect of spending the fund balance or raising taxes just to get through the next 12 months.  Full Story

Say hello to USO SHOW

Date: 2013-06-25
The air seems to vibrate with “red, white and blue,” as tap dancers pat-a-pat-pat across the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre stage, and a rousing number of “Hawaiian War Chant” echoes in the wings.   Full Story

McAnally’s tomatoes arrive ‘unseasonably early’ thanks to greenhouses

Date: 2013-06-25
Visitors to Gordon McAnally’s stand at the Jonesborough Farmers Market often remark on how unseasonably early his tomatoes are available.   Full Story

Public lands into private hands?

Date: 2013-06-25
Among the lands Theodore Roosevelt set aside, in perpetuity, for use and enjoyment of the American people is the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska..   Full Story

Season comes to a close in Jonesborough

Date: 2013-06-25
On June 22, Jonesborough Little League hosted closing ceremonies for participating children and their families.   Full Story

Employee wellness program gets OK from committee

Date: 2013-06-25
Washington County employees could save $15 per month in their health insurance costs if commissioners approve the wellness program recommended by the Washington County Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural Committee.  Full Story

Town’s newest park named through contest

Date: 2013-06-25
The town’s newest park may not be built yet, but it already has a name.  Full Story

County mayor, committee members go at it in meeting

Date: 2013-06-25
The tension was thick and accusations were flying during last week’s meeting of the County-Owned Property Committee.   Full Story

ISC receives state grant for $59,500

Date: 2013-06-25
The International Storytelling Center has been awarded a $59,500 grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.  Full Story

Construction of new senior center nears

Date: 2013-06-25
The Town of Jonesborough will issue a request for bids for the construction of its new senior center later this week.  Full Story

Town to borrow $400,000 to pave streets

Date: 2013-06-25
The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed a budget on final reading last week that includes a $400,000 capital outlay note for paving town streets.  Full Story

D.A. Office renovation estimate hits $300,000

Date: 2013-06-25
Further discussion of the renovation plans for the District Attorney’s Office in the George P. Jaynes Justice Center led Washington County Budget Committee members to cut the proposed amount to spend on the project in half during their June 12 meeting.  Full Story

BMA approves town budget for upcoming fiscal year

Date: 2013-06-25
Members of the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen, last week, passed a town budget for the fiscal year 2013-2014.  Full Story

9/11 firefighter, wife to open antique store downtown

Date: 2013-06-25
Jonesborough’s newest residents — and business owners — John and Karen Cleary, are glad to be coming to a town that honors its history and its country.  Full Story

Seniors should reserve spot today for lunch, bingo

Date: 2013-06-18
The Jonesborough Senior Center will offer “Crazy Bingo” and lunch on Thursday, June 20, at 12:30 p.m.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan plans all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2013-06-18
The Limestone Ruritan Club, located at 121 Limestone Ruritan Road, will hold a Country Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, June 22, from 7:30 to 10 a.m.  Full Story

First Baptist plans Festival in the Park for June 22

Date: 2013-06-18
First Baptist Church of Jonesborough, 201 E. Main St., will host Festival in the Park on Saturday, June 22.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan Club to host fish fry fundraiser

Date: 2013-06-18
The Limestone Ruritan will be having a Fish Fry on Friday, June 21, at the Limestone Ruritan Building.  Full Story

It’s only natural at Stoney Slope Farm in Gray

Date: 2013-06-18
In her early 20s, Emily Peters worked at a nursery where she had to wear a lot of protective gear to handle pesticides.   Full Story

Art show comes to close at McKinney Center

Date: 2013-06-18
The Jonesborough Open Juried Art Show made a very successful return to the Town of Jonesborough over the past three weeks.   Full Story

Crockett wrestlers recognized

Date: 2013-06-18
The David Crockett High School wrestling team recently held its awards ceremony to recognize members of the 2012-13 team. Several students received awards for the year. The Most Improved Award went to Weston Vest. The DCHS Coaching Award was presented to Lucas Stelter. One Hundred Percent Awards went to Dillenger Messer and Alec Hamaker. Most Valuable Player honor was given to Zachary Bynum, who also was named as the Leonard M. Bryant Memorial Award recipient. Pictured above is the team with coaches Tod Parker and Byron Tolley.  Full Story

Put up your sign, let others smile

Date: 2013-06-18
Sometimes low technology really works — the letter or note in the mail, the picture printed on paper and glued in the family album, a nice hello as you pass by, or something like that.   Full Story

Mayor breaks tie in sheriff’s office cars debate

Date: 2013-06-18
Washington County Commissioner Ethan Flynn objected to the purchase of cars for the sheriff’s office being included in the list of capital items to potentially be funded through the proposed debt offering.  Full Story

Rezoning approved for Dunkin’ Donuts project

Date: 2013-06-18
It’s donut time in Tennessee’s oldest town ­ — well, almost.  Full Story

Board of Ed determines top priorities for capital projects at schools

Date: 2013-06-18
During a called meeting June 13, Washington County Board of Education members developed a $2.5 million list of capital needs that would be addressed if the county commission goes ahead with plans to borrow $8.6 million.  Full Story

County leaders looking to borrow $9.2M for capital projects

Date: 2013-06-18
Washington County Budget Committee members finalized a list of capital projects for the proposed debt offering that has grown to more than $9 million with a few last-minute additions.  Full Story

Richardson named TPA president

Date: 2013-06-18
Herald & Tribune Publisher Lynn Richardson has been named president of the Tennessee Press Association, the trade association of daily and non-daily newspapers across the state.  Full Story

Stricter requirements proposed for future constable candidates

Date: 2013-06-18
Washington County constables want to raise the bar related to qualifications required to hold the office.  Full Story

Three graduate from Air Force basic training

Date: 2013-06-17
Three Daniel Boone High School alumni recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.   Full Story

Scott completes U.S. Navy basic training

Date: 2013-06-17
Navy Seaman Robert R. Scott Jr., son of Ronda G. and Robert R. Scott, of Gray, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.   Full Story

Several locals train, become Marines

Date: 2013-06-17
Several individuals with ties to the Jonesborough and Washington County areas have been recognized over the last several months for their military successes.  Full Story

Relay for Life teams set June 22 garage/bake sale

Date: 2013-06-11
The Relay for Life of Jonesborough will hold a Garage Sale/Bake Sale at Cradic Chiropractic in Jonesborough (corner of Headtown Road and 11E across from Andrew Johnson Bank) on Saturday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Full Story

Lifelong knitter raises alpacas, spins it into successful business

Date: 2013-06-11
Louise Nuttle can’t recall a time when she didn’t knit.   Full Story

STICK WITH IT

Date: 2013-06-11
There aren’t too many parents who would be pleased when their daughter winds up in a sticky situation.  Full Story

Three area brothers inducted into softball Hall of Fame

Date: 2013-06-11
Three brothers from Washington County have been inducted into the Heartland Softball Association’s Hall of Fame.  Full Story

Principals request new athletic buildings at both high schools

Date: 2013-06-11
Principals from both Washington County high schools spoke to members of the Board of Education Facilities Committee about adding multipurpose athletic buildings to their campuses.  Full Story

Visitors Center in midst of makeover

Date: 2013-06-11
The Jonesborough Visitors Center is in the midst of a makeover.  Full Story

Fracking rule shouldn’t be enacted

Date: 2013-06-11
Regulatory “oversight of fracking raises concerns,” the Tennessean stated in early June, as this mining practice expands in Tennessee.   Full Story

Grand jury indicts county constable on two felony charges

Date: 2013-06-11
A Washington County constable and employee with the county’s Highway Department has been indicted on auto burglary and theft charges.  Full Story

Board of Ed yet to name top needs at area schools

Date: 2013-06-11
Despite meeting three times last week, Washington County Board of Education members say they will be unable to comply with the county commission’s request for a list of $3 million in capital needs by the Budget Committee’s meeting on Wednesday, June 12.  Full Story

New contract means Dykes to remain director of schools

Date: 2013-06-11
Washington County Director of Schools Ron Dykes received an average score of 4.11 on a five-point scale during his annual evaluation. Still, some school board members think his score should be even higher.  Full Story

Department heads plead for more as town budget considered

Date: 2013-06-11
Leaders have already approved, on first reading, the town budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.   Full Story

Off-duty sheriff’s deputy critically injured in wreck

Date: 2013-06-11
An off-duty Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy was critically injured in a crash on June 5 just yards away from his home in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan to host benefit barbecue supper

Date: 2013-06-04
A barbecue supper to benefit Washington County resident Sharon Rupert will be held Saturday, June 8, from 4-8 p.m. at the Limestone Ruritan.  Full Story

Conklin Ruritan holds country breakfast on June 8

Date: 2013-06-04
Conklin Ruritan members will hold their monthly country breakfast on Saturday, June 8, from 8-10 a.m. at Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church.  Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist to offer country breakfast

Date: 2013-06-04
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast on Saturday, June 8.  Full Story

Limestone Church of the Brethren holds yard sale

Date: 2013-06-04
Limestone Church of the Brethren will hold a yard sale on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8. The church is located at 204 Oakland Road.  Full Story

Jonesborough Methodist hosts clothing giveaway

Date: 2013-06-04
Jonesborough United Methodist Church will host a clothing giveaway on Saturday, June 8.  Full Story

In hog heaven with the Sentelles

Date: 2013-06-04
Sometime in the middle of the 19th century, Minnie Sentelle’s great-great-grandfather left his native Missouri to build a new life homesteading in present-day Greene County.   Full Story

Lady Blazers earn conference honors

Date: 2013-06-04
Following an undefeated record in the conference and a district tournament championship, the Daniel Boone High School softball team also controlled the end-of-season awards.   Full Story

Boone relay team captures state championship

Date: 2013-06-04
In November 2012, amid high expectations, the Daniel Boone High School cross-country team finished second at state, narrowly beaten out by state champion Brentwood.   Full Story

Town tourism logo to debut at festival

Date: 2013-06-04
The town’s new tourism logo will likely make its first major debut as part of the Jonesborough Days Festival in July.  Full Story

Hiring leaders who ‘know something’

Date: 2013-06-04
In the 1850s, the Whigg political party had become so ineffective that a new party was established called the “Know Nothings.”  Full Story

Success seen at town venue through storytelling concerts

Date: 2013-06-04
The Jonesborough Visitors Center is seeing its fair share of tall tales this year with at least three storytellers offering concerts at the facility within a few months.  Full Story

Former journalist wants commissioners reduced to three

Date: 2013-06-04
Reducing the number of Washington County commissioners from 25 to three and changing their status to full-time county employees was suggested as a means to improve local government during the May 28 commission meeting.  Full Story

School safety assessments completed

Date: 2013-06-04
Security assessments at all Washington County schools were completed prior to the last day of school on May 24.  Full Story

Boone wins second annual alumni football game

Date: 2013-06-04
Former Pioneer and Trailblazer football players separated by decades took to the field on Saturday evening at Nathan Hale Stadium in Gray for the second annual Legends of the Musket Bowl alumni football game.   Full Story

General Store and Eatery set to pick up where Sweet Shop left off

Date: 2013-06-04
Long-time Sweet Shop owner Trish St. Jean was at her store last week, talking with buyers interested in purchasing the equipment from her ice cream parlor.  Full Story

Seven commissioners back out of training trip to Gatlinburg

Date: 2013-06-04
Questions about the Washington County Commission’s travel budget during the May 28 meeting revealed different opinions regarding what commissioners should have to pay out of pocket for training.  Full Story

Jonesborough couple indicted on 145 meth charges

Date: 2013-06-04
A grand jury indicted a Jonesborough couple late last month on a combined 145 charges related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.  Full Story

First Baptist to offer free showing of ‘Courageous’

Date: 2013-05-28
First Baptist Church, 201 E. Main St., will offer a free public showing of the movie “Courageous” on Sunday, June 9, at 6 p.m.  Full Story

Library schedules free class on creating a resume

Date: 2013-05-28
The class, “How to Create a Simple Resume” will be hosted by the Jonesborough Library on Thursday, May 30, at 1 p.m.  Full Story

Teller-in-Residence event honors Ugandan women

Date: 2013-05-28
Teller-in-Residence Connie Regan-Blake will lead a special event, “Hope is Back on Me: A Storyteller’s Journey in Africa,” on Friday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m. at the International Storytelling Center.  Full Story

Alumni game returns

Date: 2013-05-28
Former Boone, Crockett football players to take to face-off June 1:  Full Story

Future bright at Shiny C Farm in Fall Branch

Date: 2013-05-28
At Shiny C Farm in Fall Branch, Texas Longhorn cattle graze, corn reaches toward the sun and 7-year-old Cheyenne Cox rides the tractor with her father, Brent, as he works the land.  Full Story

A grim message from nature

Date: 2013-05-28
Theodore Roosevelt called it “the plain duty” of those in power to rise to new challenges and solve them in such ways that their birthright not be destroyed for future children.  Full Story

Town accepting applications for Jonesborough Days Festival

Date: 2013-05-28
The Town of Jonesborough is accepting vendor applications for the 43rd annual Jonesborough Days Festival scheduled for Friday, July 5, from 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Full Story

Walk for Chiari awareness set for June 1 on Main Street

Date: 2013-05-28
Jonesborough resident Donna Renfro knows all about Chiari brain malformations.  Full Story

County health department needs more space

Date: 2013-05-28
A lack of storage space is requiring the Washington County Health Department to store hazardous waste in the stairwell of its building.  Full Story

Water line needs relocating for traffic circle

Date: 2013-05-28
A 6-inch water line near an impending traffic construction project will be relocated following approval of a bid from members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen at their May meeting.  Full Story

New police officers join department

Date: 2013-05-28
Town leaders approved hiring two new police officers following recent resignations of officers within the department.  Full Story

Graduation day!

Date: 2013-05-28
The Herald & Tribune Annual Graduation Keepsake is now on the stands.  Full Story

Auditors question clothing allowance for county sheriff’s office

Date: 2013-05-28
Clothing allowances provided to a small number of employees in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office may not be in compliance with IRS guidelines.  Full Story

Town looking to pave way for smoother travel

Date: 2013-05-28
Leaders are considering paving more than 12 million square feet ­— or 220-plus football fields — worth of town roadways beginning this year.  Full Story

Obamacare: An expensive ‘train wreck’

Date: 2013-05-21
Question: What will cost most of us at least $2,500 next year, will raise taxes, is illegal to implement in South Carolina, is considered a “train wreck” by its architect, has been rejected by 33 states, will have the IRS collecting its premiums and penalties from us, will negatively affect employees and employers, and is unknown by 42 percent of the population?   Full Story

Hales Community Ruritan to host breakfast buffet

Date: 2013-05-21
Hales Community Ruritan, located at Boones Creek and Hales roads, will hold an all-you-can-eat country breakfast buffet on Saturday, May 25, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Onks Cemetery to hold decoration May 25 weekend

Date: 2013-05-21
Onks Cemetery, located on Old Jonesborough Road, will hold decoration on the weekend of May 25-26. Donations for cemetery upkeep can be made to Onks Cemetery, c/o Vera Lowe, treasurer, 4141 Old Jonesborough Road, Jonesborough, Tenn. 37659.  Full Story

Mt. Wesley UMC sets annual Memorial Day service

Date: 2013-05-21
Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church, 586 Mt. Wesley Road in Telford, will have the annual Memorial Day observance on Sunday, May 26, beginning at 10:45 a.m.  Full Story

Fourth Friday Dancers plan next event for May 24

Date: 2013-05-21
The Fourth Friday Dancers invite the public to join them Friday, May 24, for a night of fun at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.  Full Story

Mustard Seed to provide all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2013-05-21
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will host an all-you-can-eat country breakfast on Saturday, May 25, beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Full Story

Veterans Memorial Musical Tribute set for May 26

Date: 2013-05-21
The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Jonesborough Veterans Affairs Committee will hold their 13th annual Veterans Memorial Musical Tribute on Sunday, May 26, at 2:30 p.m. in the Jonesborough Visitors Center auditorium.  Full Story

Teen has spent nearly half his life selling produce at Jonesborough Farmers Market

Date: 2013-05-21
Dominick Haynes has the canopy and a table full of produce like other vendors at the Jonesborough Farmers Market.   Full Story

Lady Blazers’ season comes to end with sectional loss

Date: 2013-05-21
As the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School headed south last week for regional and sectional action, so did their season.   Full Story

After 75 years on display in same place, historical marker relocated

Date: 2013-05-21
It took several hours, help from several town employees, the supervision of a stone mason and a large crane to move a 3.5 ton monument that has made its home in front of the downtown courthouse for nearly 75 years.  Full Story

TOWN-WIDE YARD SALE

Date: 2013-05-21
Weather no problem for bargain hunters!  Full Story

Town agrees to sell land, Dunkin’ Donuts plan moves forward at Shell gas station

Date: 2013-05-21
Folks needing a quick cup of coffee or perhaps a jolt of sugary sweetness will soon have another place to get their fix in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Telford couple charged with child abuse after 2-year-old found severely injured

Date: 2013-05-21
Two Telford residents were charged last week with aggravated child abuse following an incident at their home that left a child severely injured.  Full Story

Improvements coming to Knob Creek Road

Date: 2013-05-21
New management may jumpstart a project begun five years ago to improve the one-lane tunnel on Knob Creek Road.  Full Story

County Commission exceeds travel budget, wants more

Date: 2013-05-21
Whether additional travel dollars should be approved for Washington County commissioners, who are already over budget in that line item by more than $2,000, was considered again during the May 15 meeting of the Budget Committee.  Full Story

County attorney seeking open chancellor’s position

Date: 2013-05-21
A once-in-career opportunity has Washington County Attorney John Rambo working on an application for the judicial seat that will become open with the retirement of Chancellor G. Richard Johnson next month.  Full Story

Town (approved) logo

Date: 2013-05-21
More than a year after the search for a tourism logo for Tennessee’s oldest town began, it finally concluded with leaders giving approval to a proposed design last week.  Full Story

Leaders hope drunk-driving demonstration hits home with high school juniors, seniors

Date: 2013-05-14
It was a scene right out of a television drama ­— two young people lying dead in the middle of the road, a handful more injured, ambulances, rescue helicopters and police officers swarming around the scene of the crash.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan Club schedules Friday Fish Fry

Date: 2013-05-14
The Limestone Ruritan will host a Fish Fry on Friday, May 17, at the Limestone Ruritan Building from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Full Story

Jonesborough plans annual yard sale for JAMSA

Date: 2013-05-14
Jonesborough invites the public to its annual spring townwide yard sale on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Full Story

McCarty UMC to hold benefit meal for food pantry

Date: 2013-05-14
McCarty United Methodist Church, 104 McCarty Church Road in Telford, will host a benefit supper for the Helping Hands Mission Food Pantry on Saturday, May 18, from 4-7 p.m.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan offers all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2013-05-14
The Limestone Ruritan Club, located at 121 Limestone Ruritan Road in Limestone, will hold a Country Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, May 25, from 7:30-10 a.m.   Full Story

Town resident awarded for campus garden project

Date: 2013-05-14
Once in a while we have a wonderful unexpected surprise that creates a landmark in pride for a community.   Full Story

Juried art show to open this month at McKinney Center

Date: 2013-05-14
From watercolors to carved wood, some of the area’s finest pieces of art will be on display this month as the Jonesborough Juried Art Show returns to Tennessee’s oldest town.  Full Story

McKee’s microgreens have macro benefits

Date: 2013-05-14
Just by driving by Felicia McKee’s house, one wouldn’t know that she has a thriving gardening business.   Full Story

Academy Hill reinvented: A look at what’s there now

Date: 2013-05-14
For several members of the Jonesborough Senior Center, a recent visit to Academy Hill on West Main Street was a trip down memory lane.  Full Story

Boone, Crockett baseball done

Date: 2013-05-14
The 2013 baseball seasons came to a close for both Daniel Boone and David Crockett high schools last week.  Full Story

Jenkins leads Lady Blazers to region

Date: 2013-05-14
It is rare to see a freshman make a prominent impact on a team, and even less common to see one lead a team with as much talent as the Daniel Boone High School softball team.   Full Story

Accepting safety risks for jobs

Date: 2013-05-14
The Mosheim citizens who opposed a nitrogen production plant in their neighborhood have reason for new concern.   Full Story

O’Callahan next teller-in-residence

Date: 2013-05-14
Decorated storyteller Jay O’Callahan, who has performed for the Smithsonian and on NPR, will be the next teller-in-residence for the Storytelling Live series at the International Storytelling Center.   Full Story

New kind of cash mob coming to town

Date: 2013-05-14
A successful marketing venture that encouraged people to shop locally in downtown Jonesborough last year is returning to Tennessee’s oldest town ­­— sort of.  Full Story

Kennedy honored for preservation efforts

Date: 2013-05-14
Jonesborough resident Dr. William Kennedy recently was honored at a membership breakfast for the Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County Chamber of Commerce.  Full Story

‘New favorite’ for fireworks location

Date: 2013-05-14
Test shots of several fireworks in Jonesborough last week have leaders looking at a new location to serve as the headquarters for the town’s annual fireworks display set for Saturday, July 6.  Full Story

Asleep on the job?

Date: 2013-05-14
Commissioner claims deputy in charge of inmates was ‘asleep,’ ‘snoring;’ sheriff says not a chance:  Full Story

Insurance broker won’t shop health benefits

Date: 2013-05-14
Despite stalled negotiations between BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Mountain States Health Alliance, the county’s insurance broker doesn’t want to request quotes from other companies to provide health benefits for county employees.  Full Story

Trailblazers, Pioneers meet in postseason play

Date: 2013-05-07
After a weekend of postseason baseball, Daniel Boone and David Crockett high schools are still alive in the Big 8 Conference tournament.   Full Story

Remembering a preservation pioneer

Date: 2013-05-07
Rocking Chair Musings - By Jack Van Zandt  Full Story

WCSO to conduct school safety assessment instead of independent firm

Date: 2013-05-07
If there is a better answer to student safety than School Resource Officers, Washington County may never know.  Full Story

Flora flourishes under Phillips’ care

Date: 2013-05-07
As the cold winds and snow blew in February, Perry Phillips was at work in his humid 80-degree wood-stove stoked basement. At his well-equipped potting bench, seeds are sorted and sown, cuttings are plucked and planted.   Full Story

‘The Voice of the Prairie’ hits the JRT airwaves

Date: 2013-05-07
Janette Gaines always believed “The Voice of the Prairie” would be the perfect fit for the small town of Jonesborough. It appears she was right.  Full Story

Town’s biggest property taxpayers

Date: 2013-05-07
While hundreds of shoppers file in and out of Lowe’s each week to buy items needed for a quick repair or a major renovation, the 4-year-old store in Jonesborough is making its own improvements – to the tax base in Tennessee’s oldest town.  Full Story

Leaders debating best place to shoot off fireworks for Jonesborough Days

Date: 2013-05-07
Triple-digit temperatures forced the cancelation of the July Fourth fireworks last year in Jonesborough and leaders are determined not to let that happen again.  Full Story

Free Kid Power event set for May 11 in Gray

Date: 2013-05-07
A free Kid Power event will take place Saturday, May 11, at Daniel Boone High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Gray.   Full Story

Arbor Day festivities scheduled for May 10-11

Date: 2013-05-07
The third annual “From the Roots Up” celebration, in honor of Arbor Day, will take place May 10-11 in Jonesborough.   Full Story

Ghost Town Diner opens in downtown Jonesborough

Date: 2013-05-07
At Jonesborough’s newest restaurant – the Ghost Town Diner – it’s all about the barbecue.  Full Story

Area churches plan joint prayer service for May 2

Date: 2013-04-30
Jonesborough area churches are sponsoring a National Day of Prayer Service on Thursday, May 2, at noon at the downtown Historic Jonesborough Courthouse.  Full Story

Veterans Homecoming scheduled for fairgrounds

Date: 2013-04-30
The Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council will sponsor the Fourth Annual Veterans Homecoming on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11 at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray.  Full Story

Greenwood Ruritan members to hold garage sale

Date: 2013-04-30
The Greenwood Ruritan Club will have a garage sale on Saturday, May 4, starting at 7 a.m.  Full Story

Mayberry Community UMC closes doors

Date: 2013-04-30
A Jonesborough church that has been offering worship services since the late 1800s has officially closed its doors.  Full Story

Farmers Markets opens May 4 in downtown

Date: 2013-04-30
The Jonesborough Farmers Market will open Saturday, May 4, on Courthouse Square in downtown.   Full Story

Boone baseball has strongest week to date

Date: 2013-04-30
With the baseball district tournament set to begin May 3, the Daniel Boone High School Trailblazers and David Crockett High School Pioneers have solidified their spots in conference rankings. Boone (16-12, 9-4) sits at third while the Pioneers (9-17, 4-9) hold sixth place.  Full Story

Lady Blazers claim another regular season championship

Date: 2013-04-30
Over the past several softball seasons in the Big 8 Conference, there has been Daniel Boone High School and then everyone else.   Full Story

Chernobyl, other atomic-power accident effects

Date: 2013-04-30
As member of a National Institute of Health scientific panel, Dr. Tim Mousseau (University of South Carolina) came to Erwin two years ago.   Full Story

Ceremony on May 3 will officially open town’s new disc golf course

Date: 2013-04-30
On Friday, May 3, the Town of Jonesborough will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of a new disc golf course located inside Persimmon Ridge Park. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m.   Full Story

Weitkamp to kick off ‘Storytelling Live’

Date: 2013-04-30
The new season of the International Storytelling Center’s teller-in-residence series is set to begin with Kim Weitkamp, a Virginia-based storyteller who specializes in tall tales, humor, and poignant personal stories.   Full Story

State opposed to judicial diversion in bus crash case, possible plea agreement in works

Date: 2013-04-30
Decision on how $700,000 in insurance money will be divided among claimants not likely until at least late summer -   Full Story

Food stamps at farmers markets

Date: 2013-04-30
Federal money for EBT machines going unspent -   Full Story

Goodbye TCAPs

Date: 2013-04-30
Tennessee schools to start using online standardized testing -  Full Story

Campaign for new animal shelter moves forward

Date: 2013-04-30
The consultant managing the financial campaign for a new animal shelter will be working out of an office provided by the City of Johnson City.  Full Story

Nave questions Eldridge’s opposition to annexation bills

Date: 2013-04-30
Washington County Commissioner Roger Nave’s comments on annexation during the April 22 commission meeting indicate ongoing conflict that has nothing to do with Johnson City.  Full Story

Lollipop Shop to move into historic storefront

Date: 2013-04-30
Building donor Bernard Kaiman dies -  Full Story

Marvin’s Chapel UMC men to cook, host breakfast

Date: 2013-04-24
Marvin’s Chapel United Methodist Men will prepare and serve a country breakfast on Saturday, April 27, from 7:30-10:30 a.m.  Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritan Club to hold chicken dinner

Date: 2013-04-24
Bowmantown Ruritan Club will hold a chicken dinner Saturday, April 27, at 5 p.m.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan offers all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2013-04-24
The Limestone Ruritan Club, located at 121 Limestone Ruritan Road, will hold a country breakfast buffet on Saturday, April 27, from 7:30-10 a.m.   Full Story

Hales Community Ruritan to host breakfast buffet

Date: 2013-04-24
The Hales Community Ruritan, located at Boones Creek and Hales roads, will hold an all-you-can-eat country breakfast buffet on Saturday, April 27, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Lutheran Church provides free community dinner

Date: 2013-04-24
Cross of Grace Lutheran Church will host a free community dinner at the Jonesborough Area Senior Center on Sunday, April 28, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The dinner is open to all people living in the area.  Full Story

Mustard Seed to host breakfast, anniversary event

Date: 2013-04-24
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will host an all-you-can-eat country breakfast on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Full Story

Telford Ruritan dinner aids child with medical bills

Date: 2013-04-24
The Telford Ruritan Club, corner of Telford School and Telford New Victory roads, will host a benefit dinner on Friday, April 26, from 5-7:30 p.m.  Full Story

Jackson Park women host benefit meal for family

Date: 2013-04-24
The Women’s Fellowship Group at Jackson Park Church of the Brethren, 100 Oak Grove Ave., will host a benefit meal for the Edwards family Sunday, April 28, at 1 p.m.  Full Story

Board of Ed fails to balance budget, expects $3.5M deficit, $22M in facilities needs

Date: 2013-04-24
Despite projections of flat revenue in the upcoming fiscal year, Board of Education members voted to submit a $900,000 reimbursement request for capital expenditures, a 2013-14 budget with a $3.5 million deficit and a list of $22 million in facilities needs.  Full Story

Guidelines established for carports in town

Date: 2013-04-24
A months-long debate over where carports should be located on properties within Jonesborough seems to have come to a conclusion.  Full Story

Town borrows $2.2M for second phase of improvement project

Date: 2013-04-24
Town leaders were expected to sign the paperwork Tuesday morning that will kick off the second phase of an ongoing improvement project at the Jonesborough Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Full Story

Grant to cover one school’s risk assessment

Date: 2013-04-24
Washington County has a new opportunity for a risk assessment to determine the threats and vulnerabilities at one of its schools.  Full Story

Little League Edition Now On Sale!

Date: 2013-04-23
See all the photos and information about this year's Little League season!  Full Story

Lady Trailblazers clinch Big 8 title for regular season

Date: 2013-04-23
With more than a week still remaining of the softball regular season, the race for the Big 8 Conference’s top seed is already over.   Full Story

Boone boys finish third in track meet, best of Big 8 Conference

Date: 2013-04-23
Track teams from around the area and out of state converged on the campus of Science Hill High School in Johnson City over the weekend to participate in the annual Tri-Cities Track Classic.   Full Story

Always be aware, always be free

Date: 2013-04-23
By Jack Van Zandt  Full Story

Funding for Jackson Theatre yanked from Haslam’s budget

Date: 2013-04-23
Is political retribution to blame for loss of $500,000?:  Full Story

Renovation work at courthouse questioned

Date: 2013-04-23
County-Owned Property Committee members are calling for a plan review to determine if renovations to the second floor of the downtown courthouse in Jonesborough are following specifications of the design approved by the Washington County Commission.  Full Story

Town agrees to allow some felons to volunteer with youth

Date: 2013-04-23
Six months ago, town leaders voted to tighten the belt on background checks for volunteers working with youth programs such as Jonesborough Little League and the Persimmon Ridge Soccer Association.  Full Story

Blood Donations Needed

Date: 2013-04-18
Donors with type O blood are especially needed now. O negative  Full Story

Pleasant Grove Methodist provides chicken dinner

Date: 2013-04-17
Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church will host a chicken dinner on Saturday, April 20, from 5-7 p.m.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan Club hosts Friday night fish fry

Date: 2013-04-17
The Limestone Ruritan will have a Fish Fry on Friday, April 19, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Limestone Ruritan Building.  Full Story

McCarty UMC to sponsor classic car show April 20

Date: 2013-04-17
McCarty United Methodist Church, located at 104 McCarty Church Road in Telford, will host a classic car show on Saturday, April 20, from 4-8 p.m.  Full Story

Newest park will be named through youth contest

Date: 2013-04-17
The name of the town’s newest park will be up to Jonesborough’s youngest residents.  Full Story

Town to celebrate National Volunteer Week on April 21-27

Date: 2013-04-17
The Town of Jonesborough will celebrate National Volunteer Week from April 21-27.  Full Story

Myriad of events scheduled this week in region

Date: 2013-04-17
SPECIAL DAY FOR SPECIAL KIDS  Full Story

Consensus reached on tourism logo

Date: 2013-04-17
After months of tweaking and re-tweaking designs, it appears a new Jonesborough tourism logo has finally been agreed upon.  Full Story

Is Wi-Fi worth it?

Date: 2013-04-17
A plan to provide free wireless Internet service to visitors in part of downtown will cost the Town of Jonesborough approximately $8,500 over three years. But it’s not necessarily the cost that has one alderman wondering if it’s worth it.  Full Story

‘Bagsters’ coming to Spring Clean-Up

Date: 2013-04-17
Jonesborough leaders will try a pilot program for collecting junk from town residents next week.  Full Story

ThreeStar program gets revamped, focuses on five pillars

Date: 2013-04-17
Tennessee’s ThreeStar program is still one of the top resources for community best practices, according to Dan Hawk, rural development director for the Department of Economic and Community Development.  Full Story

Jonesborough to offer ‘Hand Up’

Date: 2013-04-17
Program will allow water customers to pay $1 extra on utility bills to help those in need make ends meet:  Full Story

Volunteer fire departments contemplate charging residents

Date: 2013-04-16
An unexpected increase in radio fees could lead the Sulphur Springs Volunteer Fire Department to turn off six of its units and begin charging for services.  Full Story

Pioneers take it on chin in Boone, Crockett rematch

Date: 2013-04-16
On April 3 the underdog Pioneers went into Gray and upset the favored Blazers 15-11.   Full Story

Streaking Crockett, steady Boone both have perfect week

Date: 2013-04-16
As local softball action hits the homestretch, the Daniel Boone High School Lady Trailblazers and David Crockett High School Lady Pioneers are the two hottest teams in the Big 8 Conference.   Full Story

Dealing with coal ash is a ‘must-do’

Date: 2013-04-16
A week after the November elections, the dean of Duke University’s School of the Environment published an open letter to the EPA.   Full Story

Issue between insurance company, MSHA has county debating switch

Date: 2013-04-16
Washington County has received the requested renewal quote from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, but commissioners were hesitant to make a recommendation until contract negotiations with Mountain States Health Alliance are settled.  Full Story

Joint Ruritan dinner to benefit Limestone firemen

Date: 2013-04-09
Ruritan clubs surrounding the Limestone Community will hold a benefit meal on behalf of the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, April 14.  Full Story

Lamar Ruritan hosts cube steak and gravy supper

Date: 2013-04-09
Members of the Lamar Ruritan Club will host a Cube Steak and Gravy Supper on Saturday, April 13, from 5-7 p.m. at the Ruritan building.  Full Story

Fall Branch Ruritan schedules pancake breakfast

Date: 2013-04-09
Fall Branch Ruritan is having a pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 13, from 7-10 a.m.   Full Story

Fairview UMC plans soup supper, family night out

Date: 2013-04-09
Fairview United Methodist Church will host a Soup Supper/Family Night Out on Friday, April 12, from 6-8 p.m.  Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist to host country breakfast

Date: 2013-04-09
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast on Saturday, April 13, from 7-10:30 a.m. The menu will include country sausage, bacon, homemade biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, fruit, juice and coffee. Cost is by donation.   Full Story

Annual garage sale to benefit John M. Reed Home

Date: 2013-04-09
The Golden Years Auxiliary of John M. Reed Home in Limestone will have its annual garage sale Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren in Sulphur Springs.  Full Story

Religion mixes with thrills in local author’s trio of books

Date: 2013-04-09
Hoping to break into the niche writing market of Christian thrillers, local author Dean Klein has three books already under his belt – works he says that were inspired by movies such as “Poltergeist,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and the “Harry Potter” series.  Full Story

Taste of Jonesborough set for April 16 at ISC

Date: 2013-04-09
The Jonesborough Area Merchants and Services Association will host the third annual “Taste of Jonesborough” sampling event at the International Storytelling Center on Tuesday, April 16, from 6-8 p.m.  Full Story

Benedict Arnold statues not needed

Date: 2013-04-09
Rocking Chair Musings - By Jack Van Zandt  Full Story

Boone, Crockett softball teams play in Invitational

Date: 2013-04-09
Last season the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School took home the championship trophy at one of the largest local softball tournaments of the year, the Kingsport/Eastman Invitational.   Full Story

Pioneers beat Blazers 15-11 in baseball showdown

Date: 2013-04-09
The Pioneers of David Crockett High School and Trailblazers of Daniel Boone High School have navigated two different paths this season.   Full Story

Sinkhole discovered outside Lowe’s

Date: 2013-04-09
An area business is trying to determine the best way to fix a sinkhole discovered late last year by Jonesborough building inspector J.W. Greene. According to Greene, he was conducting an inspection of the stormwater retention pond on the property of Lowe’s Home Improvement store off Highway 11E when he discovered the sinkhole last fall. “It’s big,” Greene said. “At one place it is three stories deep.” The sinkhole is long and narrow, running approximately 200 feet in length and 25 feet in width. The depth of the hole ranges between 10-30 feet. While the ground above portions of the sinkhole has started to collapse, much of the sinkhole remains underground and is not visible from above ground. A geological study was conducted a few weeks ago, the results of which were reported to Greene last week. “There are two fixes to it,” Greene said. “Lowe’s has it out for bid now.” Sinkholes are not uncommon in East Tennessee, according to Town Administrator Bob Browning. “It’s just the nature of the area,” he said. “It happens in this area because of the topography.”  Full Story

Plans continue at old gas station

Date: 2013-04-09
Town leaders discussed last week plans to finish replacing sidewalks in downtown Jonesborough.  Full Story

Reserved parking area for county employees at downtown courthouse being considered

Date: 2013-04-09
Washington County Zoning Administrator Mike Rutherford is taking another stab at getting reserved parking spaces for county employees at the downtown courthouse.  Full Story

Project to fix intersection near Justice Center likely to begin in late spring, early summer

Date: 2013-04-09
A road construction project intended to improve safety along a busy part of Highway 11E will likely begin in late spring or early summer.  Full Story

Archive project needs $500,000

Date: 2013-04-09
During last week’s meeting, County-Owned Property Committee members voted to send the request from the Washington County Archive to the Budget Committee with no recommendation for just how much should be awarded to the project.  Full Story

County taxes must be paid on land purchased for future animal shelter

Date: 2013-04-09
During their April meeting, members of the Washington County-Johnson City Animal Control Board learned their application for property tax exemption for the new shelter site had been denied.  Full Story

School board to spend $26,000 more for custodial services as matter of ‘safety’

Date: 2013-04-09
Criminal background checks conducted annually on employees as opposed to only at the hire date are worth more than $25,000 to Washington County Board of Education members, who awarded the custodial contract to SSC Service Solutions primarily for that reason.  Full Story

Theater gets $500,000 from state allocation

Date: 2013-04-09
Gov. Bill Haslam’s $500,000 allocation to the Town of Jonesborough will help restore a historic landmark in Tennessee’s oldest town while igniting a longtime dream of many town leaders.  Full Story

TAX TROUBLE?

Date: 2013-04-09
Failure to better monitor county-owned vehicles could cost taxpayers:  Full Story

Leaders look for intersection fix

Date: 2013-04-09
The busiest intersection in town is desperately in need of a makeover, according to town — and now state — officials.  Full Story

Garage sale to benefit homeless children

Date: 2013-04-02
The Johnson City Woman’s Club will hold a super garage sale on Saturday, April 6, at 212 Shadowood Drive, Johnson City, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Full Story

Leesburg Ruritan yard sale set for April 6

Date: 2013-04-02
The Leesburg Ruritan will host a yard sale on Saturday, April 6, during the hours of 8 a.m. until noon.   Full Story

New Victory UMC to host barbecue supper

Date: 2013-04-02
New Victory United Methodist Church, 682 New Victory Road, Telford, will host a barbecue supper and bake sale in its fellowship hall from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6.  Full Story

Spring expo, health fair to take place April 11 in town

Date: 2013-04-02
The Jonesborough Senior Center will host its fourth annual Spring Expo and Health Fair on Thursday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.  Full Story

Jonesborough man recollects his WWII experiences as part of 69th Infantry Division

Date: 2013-04-02
A scrapbook bulging with photos, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia traces the journey of an 18-year-old soldier serving his country during World War II.  Full Story

Plan to combine middle school soccer program moves ahead

Date: 2013-04-02
Members of the Washington County Board of Education Athletics Committee will recommend giving the system’s two athletic directors discretion in deciding how many middle school soccer teams will be formed.  Full Story

Slow start has baseball, softball Pioneers in need of turnaround

Date: 2013-04-02
The David Crockett High School softball and baseball teams have struggled through the first three weeks of the regular season.  Full Story

Boone shows improvement at Coke Invitational

Date: 2013-04-02
The Blazers of Daniel Boone High School took a break from the grind of regular season play late last week to participate in the Kingsport Mets Coke Invitational tournament.   Full Story

The monarch butterfly’s serious decline

Date: 2013-04-02
The late opinion editor of the Johnson City Press would have been saddened by news in mid-March of steep population decline in our best known butterfly.   Full Story

Phyllis Corso takes over late husband’s commission seat

Date: 2013-04-02
Phyllis Corso was elected to serve the remainder of her late husband’s term on the Washington County Commission during the March 25 meeting.  Full Story

Speed tables, road closures return to Main Street this week

Date: 2013-04-02
Speed tables are on their way back to Main Street.  Full Story

School board agrees to risk assessment

Date: 2013-04-02
County commission must now approve spending $84,000 to examine safety needs at schools. . .   Full Story

Leaders want $22M over five years for school facilities

Date: 2013-04-02
Members of the Washington County Board of Education Facilities Committee voted last week to recommend a $22 million list of needs to the county commission’s Joint Education Committee.  Full Story

Commission divided on voucher stance

Date: 2013-04-02
Following numerous discussions, votes and draft resolutions, Washington County commissioners went on record last week as neither opposing nor supporting the Tennessee Choice and Opportunity Scholarship Act.  Full Story

Roundabout may close end of Depot Street for months

Date: 2013-04-02
Plans to close off one end of Depot Street during an upcoming construction project caught town leaders off guard earlier this month.  Full Story

Kennedy takes over as chair of ISC’s Board

Date: 2013-04-02
A local physician and historic preservationist has been named chairman of the International Storytelling Center’s Board of Governors.  Full Story

POWER STRUGGLE: Commissioners trying to change state law to lessen mayor’s authority, Eldridge not happy

Date: 2013-04-02
Continued disagreement over proposed changes to the Regional Planning Commission’s structure led Washington County commissioners to approve requesting a change in state law during last week’s commission meeting.  Full Story

Rain delays, postponements define week for softball, baseball

Date: 2013-03-26
The softball and baseball teams at both David Crockett High School and Daniel Boone High School faced a familiar foe last week — Mother Nature.   Full Story

Local churches offer Holy Week, Easter services

Date: 2013-03-26
The following services are scheduled at area churches during Holy Week. Weekday services will begin each night at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Town recognized in ‘Country’ magazine thanks to resident

Date: 2013-03-26
Jonesborough got a little free marketing recently thanks to a resident who took it upon himself to brag about Tennessee’s oldest town in a national magazine.  Full Story

A story that’s better than any Hollywood tale

Date: 2013-03-26
Rocking Chair Musings  Full Story

Easter EggStravaganza

Date: 2013-03-26
For complete gallery of photos, go to:  Full Story

Town hires trio of companies for lawn mowing services this season

Date: 2013-03-26
The Town of Jonesborough hopes to spend significantly less this year to have the lawns mowed at its facilities.  Full Story

Metal roof at Wetlands to be re-painted

Date: 2013-03-26
The blue roof at Wetlands Water Park will soon look a whole lot bluer now that town officials have agreed to spending a little green.  Full Story

Jonesborough couple charged for elder fraud

Date: 2013-03-26
Two Jonesborough residents were arrested last week following a lengthy investigation into their allegedly stealing at least $200,000 from two elderly people in Johnson City.  Full Story

Town applies for grant to help fund farmers market at former gas station

Date: 2013-03-26
Plans for the farmers market to set up a year-round retail location at the former Exxon gas station located on Boone Street continue to move forward.   Full Story

Board of Ed dislikes bill to streamline county finances

Date: 2013-03-26
Washington County Board of Education members will consider a draft resolution opposing the state’s County Financial Management Act of 2013 during a called meeting on Thursday, March 28.  Full Story

Looking for the Old Town Emporium?

Date: 2013-03-26
Stop by the Jonesborough Visitors Center soon and you may find it . . .  Full Story

Princeton Arts Center lease agreement in works

Date: 2013-03-26
During their March meeting, Washington County commissioners were expected to consider a lease agreement between the county and the City of Johnson City for its continued use of the county-owned Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City.  Full Story

FIVE POINT FAREWELL

Date: 2013-03-26
After 36 years in business, a small town grocery store that has proudly offered cold drinks and hot gossip to hundreds of loyal customers says goodbye . . .   Full Story

Limestone Ruritan hosts all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2013-03-19
The Limestone Ruritan Club, located at 121 Limestone Ruritan Road in Limestone, will hold a country breakfast buffet on Saturday, March 23, from 7:30-10:00 a.m.   Full Story

Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department auction set

Date: 2013-03-19
A benefit auction for the Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department will be held Saturday, March 23, starting at 5 p.m.   Full Story

Limestone Methodist provides Palm Sunday lunch

Date: 2013-03-19
Limestone United Methodist Church, 189 Opie Arnold Road, will host a Palm Sunday Luncheon on Sunday, March 24, at noon.  Full Story

Telford Ruritan to host barbecue dinner March 22

Date: 2013-03-19
The Telford Ruritan Club, corner of Telford School and Telford New Victory Roads, will host a barbecue dinner on Friday, March 22, from 5-8 p.m.  Full Story

Houston earns DAR ‘Good Citizen’ award

Date: 2013-03-19
David Crockett High School senior Geordyn Houston has been selected for the Daughters of the American Revolution good citizen award for 2012-13.   Full Story

Jonesborough teen wins Poetry Out Loud at state level, heading to nationals

Date: 2013-03-19
From a competitive field of more than 1,500 students across the state, Whitney Baxter, a junior at Providence Academy, has received the title of 2013 Poetry Out Loud Tennessee State Champion.   Full Story

Spring sports off and running

Date: 2013-03-19
arm weather displaces the cold of winter, the emergence of spring greets the return of high school baseball and softball to the area.   Full Story

Boone, Crockett softball teams go head to head

Date: 2013-03-19
The 2012 state softball runner-up, the Daniel Boone High School Lady Trailblazers, opened 2013 on the road against a familiar foe, the Lady Pioneers of David Crockett High School.   Full Story

Roe’s ‘no brainer’ needs investigating

Date: 2013-03-19
The latest newsletter by U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) announces that the “Keystone Pipeline Should Be a No-Brainer.”   Full Story

New line must be built to connect Crockett to town wastewater system

Date: 2013-03-19
Concerns regarding domestic water and fire service connections to David Crockett High School will prevent Washington County from connecting to the Town of Jonesborough’s main sewer system line.  Full Story

Town must pay Norfolk Southern $27,000 for permit to build sewer line under railway

Date: 2013-03-19
As part of ongoing work at Jonesborough’s wastewater treatment plant, the town will have to build a 12-inch sewer line under the railroad tracks adjacent to the plant.  Full Story

Adjustments made to project at wastewater treatment plant

Date: 2013-03-19
A third cost adjustment for the ongoing wastewater improvement project in Jonesborough came before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week. It tacks on another $48,000 for the first phase of a multimillion dollar improvement project currently under way at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.   Full Story

WITH AN OPEN HEART

Date: 2013-03-19
Zaylei Adams has three holes in her heart, and one strong hold on everyone else’s . . .   Full Story

Public meeting addresses traffic circle at Five Points

Date: 2013-03-19
Plans to create a roundabout traffic circle at the Five Points intersection of State Route 81, State Route 353 and Depot Street moved one step closer to reality following an informational public meeting conducted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation on March 14 in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Does county support or oppose vouchers?

Date: 2013-03-19
Heated calls from Gov. Bill Haslam’s office and a closer look at proposed legislation have Washington County reversing its stance on school vouchers.  Full Story

Real estate scam hits area, nation

Date: 2013-03-19
Scammers prey on potential renters by pirating legitimate realty listings:  Full Story

‘The Hobbit’ comes to life this month at JRT

Date: 2013-03-19
Bilbo Baggins has come to Jonesborough. And if he’s not careful, he may end up creating a crowd of theatergoers longing to go with him when he leaves.  Full Story

Seviers UMC to hold Baked Goods and Soups Sale

Date: 2013-03-19
Seviers United Methodist Church located at 951 Tenn Hwy 107,   Full Story

Did town officer resign over Facebook post?

Date: 2013-03-12
The resignation of a Jonesborough police officer last week may come as a surprise to many in the community.  Full Story

‘Pioneer Wars’ starts new era for Crockett

Date: 2013-03-12
Since the December 2012 hiring of Jeremy Bosken as the new David Crockett High School football coach, the Pioneer program has undergone a dramatic facelift.   Full Story

Say hello to... GUITART!

Date: 2013-03-12
It’s a project that has been months in the making. And if you ask organizer Steve Cook, the results have proven well worth the wait.  Full Story

How do you run out of money?

Date: 2013-03-12
If you run out of money, is it because you made too little or spent too much?   Full Story

Police arrest 31 in February

Date: 2013-03-12
Jonesborough police arrested 31 people in February on charges ranging from aggravated assault and driving under the influence to forgery, theft and cruelty to animals.  Full Story

County considers beefing up drug testing policy for all personnel

Date: 2013-03-12
Drug and alcohol testing for all Washington County employees is being considered, but buy-in from the county officials will be necessary to make it happen.  Full Story

BMA considers proposal for farmers market, retail store at former gas station

Date: 2013-03-12
A proposal to establish a year-round farmers market in Jonesborough was expected to be presented at the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting March 11.  Full Story

Commission must vote again on commitments to animal shelter, senior center

Date: 2013-03-12
Appropriations for a new Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter and a new Jonesborough Senior Center will require another vote from the county commission due to errors found in the minutes of a meeting.  Full Story

Teachers’ raises may be based on performance across state

Date: 2013-03-12
Raises for Washington County School System personnel may be distributed in a different way this year.  Full Story

Hales Community Ruritan to offer breakfast buffet

Date: 2013-03-12
Hales Community Ruritan, located at Boones Creek and Hales roads, will serve an all-you-can-eat country breakfast on Saturday, March 23, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan schedules Fish Fry Fundraiser

Date: 2013-03-12
Limestone Ruritan Club will have a Fish Fry Fundraiser on Friday, March 15, at the Limestone Ruritan building.  Full Story

Fairview United Methodist hosts country breakfast

Date: 2013-03-12
Fairview United Methodist Church, 878 Highway 81N, will host a country breakfast on Saturday, March 16, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Fairview UMC hosts soup supper/family fun night

Date: 2013-03-05
Fairview United Methodist Church, 878 Highway 81N, will host a soup supper/family fun night on Friday, March 8, from 6-8 p.m. Cost is by donation.  Full Story

Dinner to benefit Sulphur Springs School prom

Date: 2013-03-05
A spaghetti dinner will be held Saturday, March 9, from 5-8 p.m. as a fundraiser for Sulphur Springs School’s eighth grade prom.  Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist Church to host breakfast

Date: 2013-03-05
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast on Saturday, March 9, from 7-10:30 a.m.  Full Story

Conklin Ruritan members plan monthly breakfast

Date: 2013-03-05
Conklin Ruritan members will hold their monthly country breakfast on Saturday, March 9, from 8-10 a.m.  Full Story

Beals named Miss DCHS 2013

Date: 2013-03-05
David Crockett High School held its 42nd Annual Miss DCHS Pageant on Feb. 9. Savannah Beals beat out 10 other contestants to earn the title of Miss DCHS 2013. Beals was also honored for having the best talent of the evening. Hannah Stewart was first runner-up, also earning the highest score in the interview portion of the competition. Second runner-up was Caitlin Rice, who also took top honors in the evening gown category. Emily Lewis was named Miss Congeniality. Others competing in this year’s pageant were Bethany McKinney, Greta Monten, Cassie Buchanan, Samantha Hensley, Allison Bryant, Kricket Bryant and Miranda Garrison. The evening also featured performances by Gay Whitt School of Dance, Lesa’s School of Dance, and Crockett’s own Opus Show Choir.   Full Story

Jonesborough Senior Center hits it big with new acting ventures

Date: 2013-03-05
When it comes to the Jonesborough Senior Center’s latest theater venture, set to take stage March 7-8, there’s good news and there’s bad news.  Full Story

Boone’s star guard Ryan Gaitor named Player of Year

Date: 2013-03-05
The Big 8 Basketball Conference awards banquet was held March 1 to honor the best of the best in the conference this season.   Full Story

Tarlton steps down as Crockett basketball coach

Date: 2013-03-05
David Crockett Head Basketball Coach Richard Tarlton has stepped down after four seasons at the helm.   Full Story

Nation’s youth calling for climate action

Date: 2013-03-05
They came to Washington, D.C., by the tens of thousands on Feb. 17, from Bristol, Johnson City and Jonesborough, from the Cumberland region and Nashville and Memphis, from Boone, N.C., and Abingdon, Va., and far-away communities all across the U.S.   Full Story

Wi-Fi test run planned for downtown area

Date: 2013-03-05
Visitors to downtown Jonesborough may soon have the ability to log into their favorite websites while relaxing on a bench along Main Street.  Full Story

WHO’S THE BOSS? Safety position created, whom person should answer to questioned

Date: 2013-03-05
Consideration of an occupational safety and health program for Washington County employees indicates the ongoing struggle for authority between the mayor and county commissioners is still at hand.  Full Story

Commission votes to support MSHA stance on Medicaid Expansion legislation

Date: 2013-03-05
At least one county commissioner was having second thoughts about the enthusiastic response the commission gave to the request for support of the Medicaid Expansion legislation during the Feb. 25 meeting.  Full Story

Five Point Grocery to close March 31

Date: 2013-03-05
Gladys Williford appeared before the Washington County Beer Board during its Feb. 28 meeting to request an off-premise permit for a new business she plans to open called, “The Point.”  Full Story

Eldridge’s plans for change delayed by commission

Date: 2013-03-05
Mayor Dan Eldridge’s first step toward restoring credibility to the county’s planning and zoning process was delayed when the resolution with proposed changes to the Washington County Regional Planning Commission was referred to committee during last week’s county commission meeting.  Full Story

Vandals target Jonesborough parks

Date: 2013-03-05
An apparent increase in instances of vandalism at town-owned property has officials upping their security efforts at those locations.  Full Story

Family Ministries accepting benefit auction items

Date: 2013-02-26
GREENEVILLE — Family Ministries is planning its third annual Festival on the Farm Benefit Auction to raise awareness and continued support for the Children’s Home and the Equine Therapy Program.  Full Story

End of the road for Boone squads at regionals

Date: 2013-02-26
nishes at the district tournament, both of the Daniel Boone High School basketball teams’ post-season runs came to an end in the Region 1-AAA quarterfinals Feb. 22-23.   Full Story

Larry Stamm: A Jesus-loving Jew

Date: 2013-02-26
Born into a Jewish family, Larry Stamm, pastor of local outreach at Grace Fellowship, said he always believed in God.  Full Story

A lesson in trusting God to help

Date: 2013-02-26
by Jack Van Zandt  Full Story

You can take Smith out of Storytelling, but you can’t take storytelling out of Smith

Date: 2013-02-26
The building at 109 E. Main St. in the historic district has a new tenant with a familiar face for many Jonesborough residents.  Full Story

Board of Ed: Funding SROs is sheriff’s job

Date: 2013-02-26
Washington County Board of Education members are in agreement: school resource officers should be assigned to every school — and someone else needs to pay for them.  Full Story

Police arrest 31 in January

Date: 2013-02-26
Jonesborough police arrested 31 people last month on charges including aggravated burglary, driving under the influence, child abuse/neglect and obtaining drugs falsely.  Full Story

Commissioner wants better record of county-owned vehicles

Date: 2013-02-26
Commissioner Joe Sheffield said one of the first things he tried to get after taking office is a list of county-owned vehicles. He’s still trying.  Full Story

Crockett principal on mission to create ‘one solid community’

Date: 2013-02-26
David Crockett High School Principal Andy Hare is passionate about his school — and he’s not afraid to show it.  Full Story

Power struggle over security at Justice Center

Date: 2013-02-26
A candid conversation on courtroom security at the George P. Jaynes Justice Center last week revealed something of a power struggle between the judges and the sheriff on who has the final word.  Full Story

What’s up at the old Exxon station?

Date: 2013-02-26
A hubbub of activity has been taking place over the last two weeks at the former gas station near the intersection of Boone and Main streets.   Full Story

Local couple give downtown building to Heritage Alliance

Date: 2013-02-26
A historic building in downtown Jonesborough has been donated to the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia by local residents Bernard and Audrey Kaiman.  Full Story

Current Issue of Happy Tails on Stands Now!

Date: 2013-02-26
The Winter/Spring Issue of Happy Tails is out! The full-color, 24 page publication is included free in every issue of the Herald & Tribune and is also available at a multitude of locations throughout the Washington County area. If you don't subscribe to the Herald & Tribune, you can pick up your copy at one of many retail locations or boxes in the area or stop in at 702 W. Jackson Blvd., Jonesborough.  Full Story

Who should take lead in effort to get more SROs?

Date: 2013-02-22
If more school resource officers are the answer to increasing safety at area schools, many county commissioners are saying the Board of Education should take the lead on making it happen.  Full Story

Greenwood Ruritan to serve steak and gravy meal

Date: 2013-02-19
On Saturday, March 2, the Greenwood Ruritan Club will be serving an “all-you-can-eat” steak and gravy dinner to benefit community charities.  Full Story

Visitors Center to host shape note singing school

Date: 2013-02-19
A free Shape Note Singing School will be held at the Visitors Center on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Full Story

Student exchange program seeking host families

Date: 2013-02-19
World Heritage Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for high school students from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea, and the former Soviet Republic.  Full Story

‘Midnight at the Bethel Black History Museum’ set

Date: 2013-02-19
Christian Women Fellowship of Bethel Christian Church will present “Midnight at the Bethel Black History Museum” on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan offers all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2013-02-19
The Limestone Ruritan Club, located at 121 Limestone Ruritan Road, will hold a country breakfast buffet on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 7:30-10 a.m.  Full Story

Mustard Seed Worship Center schedules breakfast

Date: 2013-02-19
The Mustard Seed Worship Center, 305 Depot St., will host a country breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 7:30-10 a.m.  Full Story

It’s all Greek to me

Date: 2013-02-19
The Providence Academy Elementary Art Department hosted its 15th annual Winter Art Exhibit last week, this year choosing the theme, “It’s all Greek to me.” The event transformed the school’s cafeteria into a spectacular exhibit featuring the artwork of elementary school students as well as a “school-sized” version of the Greek Parthenon surrounded by various Grecian exhibits hosted by sixth-graders in traditional Grecian costume. Artwork showcased at the event included dramatic theater masks and traditional Grecian urns and pottery. The students, at various stations within the school, told about Greek life including mythological characters such as Medusa and the Minotaur, medicine, philosophy and more. For more photos, visit the Photo Gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com.  Full Story

New art show coming to Tennessee’s oldest town

Date: 2013-02-19
Plans are currently under way to bring a major art show, once a premier event in Jonesborough and throughout the region, back to the state’s oldest town.  Full Story

Horticulturist to speak on shade gardening

Date: 2013-02-19
Horticulturist Jason Reeves, will present “Friends in the Shade Garden; Keeping Your Hosta Company” on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 pm, at Johnson City Power Board Building Auditorium on Boones Creek Road in Jonesborough.   Full Story

Senior Center News

Date: 2013-02-19
The Jonesborough Senior Center hosted a Polka Dot and Parfait on Feb. 7, inviting guests to wear polka dots, indulge in fruit-and-yogurt parfaits and dance to polka music.   Full Story

Keep cats indoors for birds’ sake

Date: 2013-02-19
In Memories of the American Frontier and other writings, Teddy Roosevelt often remarked on his love of birds and their varied song.   Full Story

Grapplers compete in state tournament

Date: 2013-02-19
Daniel Boone High School freshman Jacob Cutshall joined senior teammate Trevor Shropshire at the TSSAA wrestling state tournament over the weekend.   Full Story

Boone ends Crockett’s season, Trailblazers continue on

Date: 2013-02-19
The District 1-AAA tournament commenced last week at Daniel Boone High School and while two Washington County teams secured berths into the region tournament, the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers of David Crockett High School were met with opening round losses.   Full Story

TOSHA wants updated safety program for county

Date: 2013-02-19
Members of the Washington County Public Safety and Budget committees unanimously approved a resolution last week to establish an occupational safety and health program for county employees and provide a coordinator to implement the program.  Full Story

Kindergarten registration scheduled

Date: 2013-02-19
The Washington County Department of Education will register children who will enter kindergarten in a Washington County school this fall. Schools include Boones Creek Elementary, Fall Branch, Grandview, Gray, Jonesborough Elementary, Lamar, Ridgeview, South Central, Sulphur Springs and West View.   Full Story

Next school year begins Aug. 6

Date: 2013-02-19
Members of the Washington Washington County Board of Education approved a calendar for the 2013-2014 school year during their Feb. 7 meeting.  Full Story

Affordable Care Act impacting county

Date: 2013-02-19
Washington County Budget Committee members are recommending initial compliance measures to avoid a possible $500,000 insurance increase due to a federal act’s provisions for part-time employees.  Full Story

Who should take lead in effort to get more SROs?

Date: 2013-02-19
If more school resource officers are the answer to increasing safety at area schools, many county commissioners are saying the Board of Education should take the lead on making it happen.  Full Story

What exactly is the job of a school resource officer?

Date: 2013-02-19
Student safety is the primary purpose of school resource officers, but the role of Washington County SROs is way more than standing guard waiting for a possible gunman to arrive.  Full Story

Town changes drug testing policy

Date: 2013-02-19
Jonesborough leaders changed an employee drug testing policy last week so that it includes individuals recently hired to work for the town.  Full Story

DONE DEAL: Town officially owns ISC building

Date: 2013-02-12
Leaders handed over a $1 million check Feb. 8, officially giving the Town of Jonesborough ownership of the International Storytelling Center building on Main Street.  Full Story

Pioneers, Trailblazers face off

Date: 2013-02-12
With Big 8 teams wrapping up regular season play last week, preparation for the postseason has begun.   Full Story

McCarty UMC to host ‘breakfast for supper’ dinner

Date: 2013-02-12
McCarty United Methodist Church, 104 McCarty Church Road, will host a “breakfast for supper” meal on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 4-7 p.m. The menu will include scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice.   Full Story

Limestone Ruritan Club to host fish fry fund raiser

Date: 2013-02-12
The Limestone Ruritan will hold a fish fry on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Limestone Ruritan Building.  Full Story

Kiwanis selling tickets for annual spaghetti dinner

Date: 2013-02-12
The Kiwanis Club is making plans for its annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Feb. 23.  Full Story

Lamar Ruritan plans cube steak and gravy supper

Date: 2013-02-12
Lamar Ruritan will hold a cube steak and gravy supper on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 5-7 p.m. at the Ruritan building.  Full Story

In life, scissors never beat guns

Date: 2013-02-12
by Jack Van Zandt:  Full Story

County working on PAC agreement with Johnson City

Date: 2013-02-12
In another attempt to reach an agreement with the City of Johnson City on the use of the Princeton Arts Center, Mayor Dan Eldridge recently mailed a proposed lease agreement to City Manager Pete Peterson.  Full Story

Tourism experts rank town logo options

Date: 2013-02-12
Jonesborough Logo Committee members Claudia Moody and Alicia Phelps traveled to two state tourism conferences, one in Nashville and the other in Murfreesboro, during the last week of January, taking with them four suggested tourism logo designs for Jonesborough.  Full Story

Environmental Court in works

Date: 2013-02-12
Washington County Attorney John Rambo knew one of his priorities after accepting the full-time position would be setting up the county’s new Environmental Court.  Full Story

Local leaders still opposed to school vouchers

Date: 2013-02-12
State Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) encouraged Washington County leaders to unite in opposition to bills promoting school vouchers.  Full Story

Lamar sixth-graders use origami to help Sandy Hook healing process

Date: 2013-02-12
When it comes to origami, 12-year-old Cameron Ayllon is a self-professed “master.”  Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist Church to host breakfast

Date: 2013-02-05
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7-10:30 a.m.  Full Story

Conklin Ruritan hosts breakfast at Mt. Wesley UMC

Date: 2013-02-05
Members of the Conklin Ruritan Club will hold their monthly country breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 8-10 a.m.  Full Story

Free income tax help available for local residents

Date: 2013-02-05
The American Association of Retired Persons will offer free help with income taxes to local older residents as well as low or middle income residents through Monday, April 15.  Full Story

ETSU plans events for 15th anniversary of V-Day

Date: 2013-02-05
East Tennessee State University is celebrating the 15th anniversary of V-Day, an international effort dedicated to ending violence against women and girls.  Full Story

Get on board with what’s happening at Senior Center

Date: 2013-02-05
The latest event to be planned through the Jonesborough Senior Center is our mystery/comedy dinner show, “Jewel of De‘Nial.”  Full Story

It’s ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ at JRT

Date: 2013-02-05
Just in time for the Valentine’s season, Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is adding a little extra romance to Tennessee’s oldest town, thanks to the genius of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the theater’s newest production, “A Grand Night for Singing.”  Full Story

Tough losses to Hilltoppers don’t spoil Blazers’ week

Date: 2013-02-05
As both Science Hill High School basketball teams continue to sit atop the Big 8 Conference standings, the Blazers and Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School have quietly put together strong seasons.   Full Story

Resiliency defines Pioneers as more losses pile up

Date: 2013-02-05
Losing is never easy. Losing in the fashion both David Crockett High School basketball squads did to Science Hill last week, for some teams, could be devastating.   Full Story

Downtown courthouse renovations rotated

Date: 2013-02-05
A change to the renovation plans for the county commission chambers in the downtown courthouse will return the second floor courtroom to its original design.  Full Story

Mining: Nothing that glitters is gold

Date: 2013-02-05
In the preface to “Roughing it,” his account of his travels in the American west in the 1860s, Mark Twain notes the narrative’s inclusion of the “curious episode of the silver- [and gold] mining fever in Nevada,” in which he himself participated.  Full Story

JRT to hold auditions for ‘The Voice of the Prairie’

Date: 2013-02-05
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for its upcoming production, “The Voice of the Prairie,” on Sunday, Feb. 10, and Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the theater.  Full Story

Walkways through town slowly coming to fruition

Date: 2013-02-05
Like pieces of a giant jigsaw puzzle, walkways in Tennessee’s oldest town are slowly falling into place.  Full Story

Who should pay for SRO programs in schools?

Date: 2013-02-05
State Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) told Washington County commissioners last week that the state needs to share the cost of placing a school resource officer in every school.  Full Story

Local artist’s attempt at town logo joins firm’s trio of designs for trip to Nashville

Date: 2013-02-05
A last-minute submission for a proposed Jonesborough tourism logo by a local artist was included with three others to be critiqued by professionals attending the Tennessee Tourism conference in Nashville last week.  Full Story

Costly project on horizon at Crockett

Date: 2013-02-05
An aging sewer system at David Crockett High School will likely cost the county major money in a couple of years.  Full Story

Former town cop pleads guilty to steroid distribution

Date: 2013-02-05
A former Jonesborough police officer and Washington County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty in federal court last week to distributing anabolic steroids through the U.S. Postal Service.  Full Story

Jonesborough getting own Relay For Life event

Date: 2013-02-05
The American Cancer Society will make history in Jonesborough later this year as it hosts the town’s first-ever Relay For Life.  Full Story

WCQR plans 6th annual night of love and laughter

Date: 2013-01-29
88.3 WCQR Radio will hold its 6th annual Night of Love and Laughter on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at Celebration Church.  Full Story

Fairview Methodist to serve fish, chicken dinners

Date: 2013-01-29
Fairview United Methodist Church, 878 Highway 81N, will serve fish and chicken dinners Friday, Feb. 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Full Story

Christian Leadership Conference to be discussed

Date: 2013-01-29
The Heritage Alliance will host Dr. Thomas R. Peake at the Jonesborough Visitors Center on Thursday, Feb. 7, as he presents “The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Then and Now: the Origins of SCLC and Reflections on its Role Today.”  Full Story

Chamber, EDC to host Career Fair for community

Date: 2013-01-29
The Chamber of Commerce serving Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County and the Washington County Economic Development Council will host a Career Fair at The Mall at Johnson City on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 4-7 p.m.  Full Story

Library offering ‘Souper Bowl’ fundraiser Jan. 30

Date: 2013-01-29
On Wednesday, Jan. 30, the Jonesborough and Gray libraries will host its “Souper Bowl.”   Full Story

Super Contra Weekend to include ‘Foot Ball’ on Feb. 3

Date: 2013-01-29
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a double-header contra dance Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.   Full Story

February Senior Center Activities

Date: 2013-01-29
The February calendar/newsletters have gone out and I’m sure you have read yours from cover to cover.  Full Story

Booker T. School transformation nearing beautiful end

Date: 2013-01-29
After months of ripping out old plasterboard, sagging floors and rotting window casings at the former Booker T. Washington School on East Main Street, Town Operations Manager Craig Ford says he is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Full Story

Full throttle toward economic oblivion

Date: 2013-01-29
It’s a new year. Last year’s “crisis” is over, and yet the next “crisis” lies in wait.   Full Story

Pioneers struggle in conference play

Date: 2013-01-29
Another tough stretch of conference competition greeted the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers of David Crockett High School last week as both teams fell in all four contests to Big 8 Conference foes.   Full Story

Boone splits weekly games with rivals

Date: 2013-01-29
The Blazers and Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School returned to action last week following a previous week of cancellations and postponements.   Full Story

Four Jonesborough police officers awarded

Date: 2013-01-29
Four Jonesborough police officers recently received recognition for their efforts on the job.  Full Story

Potential town logo designs to include historic font, flame and courthouse

Date: 2013-01-29
The much discussed flame icon used in proposed Jonesborough tourism logo designs was not extinguished last week, but instead reinvented and again incorporated into revised logo designs presented at the town’s Logo Committee meeting on Jan. 24.  Full Story

Leaders want officer in all county schools

Date: 2013-01-29
It did not take a school shooting for Washington County to consider the safety of its students.  Full Story

Area residents receive new houses through federal grant

Date: 2013-01-29
For brothers George and Keith Bridwell, there is no place like home.  Full Story

Boone boys manage to squeeze in a victory over Tennessee High

Date: 2013-01-22
High school basketball in most parts around the area came to a halt last week due to the adverse weather conditions.   Full Story

Limestone Ruritan offers all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2013-01-22
The Limestone Ruritan Club, 121 Limestone Ruritan Road, will hold a country breakfast buffet on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 7:30-10 a.m.  Full Story

Doak Museum jam sessions to begin 2013 season

Date: 2013-01-22
GREENEVILLE ­— “Pickin’ at the Doak’s” will return to the Doak House Museum at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.  Full Story

Men of Marvin’s Chapel UMC to sponsor breakfast

Date: 2013-01-22
Marvin’s Chapel United Methodist Men will sponsor a country breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 7:30-10:30 a.m.  Full Story

Limestone VFD offers free smoke alarm installation

Date: 2013-01-22
The Limestone Volunteer Fire Department is participating in the State’s Fire Marshal Office’s smoke alarm installation program.  Full Story

Greenwood Ruritan Club to host country breakfast

Date: 2013-01-22
The Greenwood Ruritan Club will serve a country breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 7-10 a.m. The meal will include scrambled eggs, sausage patties, bacon, pancakes, grits, tomato slices and sausage gravy and biscuits.  Full Story

Telford Ruritan to host benefit dinner for individual

Date: 2013-01-22
The Telford Ruritan Club will host a benefit dinner on Friday, Jan. 25, from 5-8 p.m.  Full Story

Friday Dancers to feature Ivy Road at Jan. 25 event

Date: 2013-01-22
Friday Dancers invite the public to enjoy the music of Ivy Road on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.  Full Story

February hopping for seniors

Date: 2013-01-22
February’s list of activities at the Senior Center is endless.  Full Story

ETSU Conifer Garden will be sorely missed by many

Date: 2013-01-22
As many of you know, I have written about the Dwarf Conifer Garden at East Tennessee State University many times over the last nine years.   Full Story

Miss Historic Jonesborough receives key to town

Date: 2013-01-22
After being crowned Miss Historic Jonesborough late last year, Emilee Ketron became an honorary citizen of Tennessee’s oldest town last week.  Full Story

Privileged with safe, tasty water

Date: 2013-01-22
Thanks to national laws such as the Safe Drinking Water Act, we enjoy clean drinking water.   Full Story

Town receives ‘clean’ audit, three findings noted

Date: 2013-01-22
The Town of Jonesborough received a clean audit for the most recently completed fiscal year.   Full Story

County mayor hires full-time benefits coordinator

Date: 2013-01-22
As of Jan. 15, Washington County has a full-time benefits coordinator.  Full Story

Fanning the flame: Quest for new town tourism logo continues

Date: 2013-01-22
The Jonesborough Logo Committee has taken another step toward choosing an official design for its tourism logo.  Full Story

Board sticks with Saturday morning for graduations

Date: 2013-01-22
While Washington County Board of Education members refused to alter the traditional date and time of graduation ceremonies, they did propose a number of options for the students who will be unable to attend because of religious reasons.  Full Story

Will red light cameras remain in Jonesborough?

Date: 2013-01-15
A contract for traffic cameras at three intersections in Tennessee’s oldest town is set to expire at the end of the year and leaders will soon have to decide whether they want to continue with the safety program.  Full Story

Hale’s Ruritan to provide all-you-can-eat breakfast

Date: 2013-01-15
Hale’s Ruritan will host a country breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 7-11 a.m. in the Ruritan building at Boones Creek and Hale’s roads.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan Club holds Fish Fry Fundraiser

Date: 2013-01-15
The Limestone Ruritan will have a fish fry on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Limestone Ruritan Building.  Full Story

Cross of Grace hosts study of Acts for community

Date: 2013-01-15
Cross of Grace will be hosting a community Bible study each Wednesday evening at Bomba’s Fresh Italian restaurant.  Full Story

Girl Scout cookies can be ordered through website

Date: 2013-01-15
Thin Mints, Samoas, and six other cookies are back as the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians launches its annual cookie program.  Full Story

Jonesborough Baptist Church to host youth rally

Date: 2013-01-15
Jonesborough Baptist Church will host a youth rally on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m.  Full Story

Jonesborough resident part of team to create new voting system

Date: 2013-01-15
Mandy Morland, of Jonesborough, is a member of a team of Clemson University researchers that received the FCC Chairman’s 2012 Award for Advancement in Accessibility.  Full Story

Recipes wanted for library cookbook

Date: 2013-01-15
The Friends of the Washington County-Jonesborough Library will publish a cookbook this year to benefit the library.   Full Story

Lady Trailblazers earn victory over Lady Pioneers

Date: 2013-01-15
With the first half of the conference schedule coming to an end, the Daniel Boone High School Lady Blazers (11-8, 3-4) improved their conference ranking, beginning the week with a big win over rival David Crockett High School and concluding it with a conference victory over Sullivan Central.   Full Story

Boone, Crockett rivalry highlight of week

Date: 2013-01-15
Prior to their Jan. 8 meeting, the boys of Daniel Boone and David Crockett high schools were tied in the Big 8 Conference, each team holding a 2-3 record.   Full Story

We must have strategy beyond laws. Jack Van Zandt

Date: 2013-01-15
Bad things happen to the good and innocent, it has always been so.  Full Story

Judge dismisses Gray annexation case

Date: 2013-01-15
Gray residents may have lost their annexation case, but county commissioners in the 7th District stand behind their position that property owners should have the choice to remain outside the City of Johnson City limits.  Full Story

Newcomer Van Huss sworn into State House

Date: 2013-01-15
On Jan. 8, the Tennessee House of Representatives officially gaveled into session, marking the beginning of the 108th General Assembly in Tennessee.  Full Story

New restaurant opening downtown

Date: 2013-01-15
A new eatery offering “good old-fashioned southern cooking” will open next month at 109 Courthouse Square in downtown Jonesborough. It was formerly occupied by The Creekside.  Full Story

Commission’s role clarified in creation, updating of county personnel policies

Date: 2013-01-15
Despite multiple drafts, discussions and requests for changes, the final job description for Washington County’s legal services director/attorney essentially ends where it started, with John Rambo reporting to the 25-member commission through the Legal Services Oversight Committee.  Full Story

Five Washington County teachers receive grants for class projects

Date: 2013-01-15
A handful of Washington County teachers sounded more like giddy school children earlier this month as they described science-related projects they’ll be doing in their classrooms this year.  Full Story

ONE ACRE CAFE

Date: 2013-01-15
One Acre Café, a future restaurant dedicated to “nourishing the body, replenishing the spirit and growing the community so that all can be fed,” will hold its first informational fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center.  Full Story

SHERIFF: Proper county safety procedures in place

Date: 2013-01-15
Despite a confused response to a bomb scare in the downtown courthouse last fall, Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal assured Public Safety Committee members proper procedures are in place to address crisis situations.  Full Story

Trustee reallocates money intended for security at offices in Johnson City

Date: 2013-01-15
A reallocation of budgeted money has removed the security officer from the Johnson City location of the County Clerk and Trustee on Marketplace Boulevard.  Full Story

Leaders to discuss safety in schools, latest synthetic drug to hit the market

Date: 2013-01-15
Commissioner Roger Nave has scheduled a called meeting of the Washington County Public Safety Committee to address security within schools as well as the dangers of a new synthetic drug.  Full Story

County combines middle school soccer teams

Date: 2013-01-09
Middle schools in Washington County will no longer have their own, individual soccer teams.  Full Story

Boone wins Alpha Classic, falls to Science Hill

Date: 2013-01-09
The boys’ basketball team at Daniel Boone High School couldn’t have imagined a better way to end December.   Full Story

Crockett boys garner two wins in New Year

Date: 2013-01-09
With both the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers of David Crockett High School in need of a turnaround following the holidays, the boys of Crockett squeaked out two wins against Sullivan Central and University High to move to 7-10 on the season. But the Lady Pioneers weren’t as fortunate, dropping both contests to sink to 1-15 on the season.  Full Story

Community thrift store holds ‘cozy coat giveaway’

Date: 2013-01-09
Jonesborough Community Thrift Store, 612 W. Main St., will provide more than 500 coats during its “cozy coat giveaway.”  Full Story

Fairview UMC plans soup supper, family fun night

Date: 2013-01-09
Fairview United Methodist Church, 878 Highway 81N, will host a soup supper/family fun night on Friday, Jan. 11, from 6-8 p.m.  Full Story

How to grow your own horseradish

Date: 2013-01-09
Easy to grow, horseradish is a hardy perennial plant grown for its pungent roots.   Full Story

Theater arts classes for kids set to begin

Date: 2013-01-09
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is currently registering students for their winter/spring class season.   Full Story

Longtime JRT actress takes on biggest role yet

Date: 2013-01-09
When Jennifer Schmidt stepped through the doors of the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre last week as JRT’s new artistic director, she felt like she was coming home.   Full Story

New phone system moves forward for county offices

Date: 2013-01-09
A second consideration of a new network to support the county’s computer and telephone systems met with success during the Jan. 2 meeting of the County-Owned Property Committee.   Full Story

Solid cost figures wanted before commitment to archive renovation

Date: 2013-01-09
Members of the County-Owned Property Committee want some solid cost figures before making a decision on plans for renovating the Washington County Office Building to serve as a county archive.  Full Story

Loss of old trees a global problem

Date: 2013-01-09
Among the crowning highlights for Alexander von Humboldt, at the end of a 5-year scientific expedition to central and south America, was an invitation to the White House by President Jefferson, himself a renowned “friend of the sciences” and much admired by the German explorer.   Full Story

Town changes water treatment method

Date: 2013-01-09
The Town of Jonesborough is returning to a method of disinfecting water that hasn’t been used by the treatment plant in several years.  Full Story

Library offering storytimes

Date: 2013-01-09
The libraries in Jonesborough and Gray will offer special storytimes for children during the winter and spring.  Full Story

More logo options to be considered

Date: 2013-01-09
After much debate and less-than-rave reviews of the options produced in the first go around, the committee charged with coming up with a town logo will return to the drawing board on Tuesday, Jan. 15.  Full Story

Arnold chosen as new judge

Date: 2013-01-09
In a 19-to-3 vote, Washington County Commissioners appointed Robert D. “Don” Arnold as General Sessions Judge, Part III.  Full Story

School leaders consider breaking tradition for graduation date

Date: 2013-01-09
Ciera Wilson, a senior at Daniel Boone High School, doesn’t spend her Friday nights at football games or shopping with friends.  Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritan schedules country breakfast

Date: 2013-01-02
Bowmantown Ruritan Club will host a country breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 7-10 a.m. in its building at the corner of Barkley and Bowmantown roads.  Full Story

What you need to know about snow and trees in your yard

Date: 2013-01-02
“Snow is both friend and foe to trees and shrubs,” says Tchukki Andersen, arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association. “Snow causes its share of damage, as we all know, but in many cases it also protects plants and their roots against extreme fluctuations in temperature that could damage or even kill them.”  Full Story

Going organic in 2013: A resolution worth keeping

Date: 2013-01-02
Once in a while we have a wonderful unexpected surprise that creates a landmark in pride for a community.   Full Story

A couple’s daily exercise in faith

Date: 2013-01-02
With more than 200 Bible verses mentioning the word “walk,” one Jonesborough couple is literally putting that word into spiritual action, turning their daily exercise into a way to share their faith with others.  Full Story

Bosken named new Crockett football coach

Date: 2013-01-02
For the first time in seven seasons, there will be a new face leading the charge for football at David Crockett High School.   Full Story

Thoughts on a ‘wonderful life’

Date: 2013-01-02
The following headlines appeared in a local paper on Dec. 18: “Local first responders set for mass fatality training class;” “14 year old girls arraigned in fatal stabbing;” “Student safety on minds of local officials.”   Full Story

Clean energy grants now available for 2013

Date: 2013-01-02
NASHVILLE ­— Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau recently announced a second offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grants, totaling $2.25 million to fund energy efficiency projects for municipal governments, county governments, utility districts, and similar entities in Tennessee.  Full Story

Roe staffers to hold office hours in Washington County Jan. 8

Date: 2013-01-02
U.S. Congressman Phil Roe will send staff to hold office hours in Jonesborough on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Washington County Office Building, 103 W. Main St., from 2-4 p.m.   Full Story

Roe recognized for his support of small businesses

Date: 2013-01-02
U.S. Congressman Phil Roe (TN-01) recently was recognized as a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business.   Full Story

Foster parents needed in Jonesborough area

Date: 2013-01-02
Youth Villages is looking for caring adults in Jonesborough and the surrounding counties to become foster parents to a child who has suffered abuse, neglect, abandonment or other issues.   Full Story

Stricter regulations for pets and owners being considered in county

Date: 2013-01-02
A complaint to the county’s Public Safety Committee about a pit bull running loose in a neighborhood led Chair Roger Nave to request more information on Washington County’s right to regulate dog behavior.  Full Story

Iris Glen error results in $17,000 credit for town

Date: 2013-01-02
The Town of Jonesborough continues to see savings through a trial run with a landfill in Blountville.   Full Story

Town leaders aim to get Little Limestone Creek off list of polluted streams

Date: 2013-01-02
In hopes of one day getting Little Limestone Creek off the state’s list of polluted streams, town leaders agreed to more extensive water testing in 2013.  Full Story

Cell phones thwart funding for 9-1-1 calls

Date: 2013-01-02
Bob McNeill, director of the Washington County Emergency Communications District, made an appeal during last month’s Washington County Budget Committee meeting for full funding of the district’s request for fiscal 2012-2013.  Full Story

Town expects to close on ISC building this month

Date: 2013-01-02
Title issues that have caused a delay in the sale of the International Storytelling Center building on Main Street appear to have inadvertently helped Jonesborough taxpayers.  Full Story

LampLight Theater plans 8th New Year’s Eve gala

Date: 2012-12-26
FALL BRANCH — LampLight Theatre will host its 8th annual New Year’s Eve Gala on Sunday, Dec. 31.  Full Story

Foundations perform at Cherokee Baptist Church

Date: 2012-12-26
Cherokee Baptist Church, 143 Mayberry Road, will hold a pre-New Year’s Eve Gospel Sing on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 6 p.m.  Full Story

Mustard Seed Worship Center to provide breakfast

Date: 2012-12-26
Mustard Seed Worship Center will host an all-you-can-eat country breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 29.  Full Story

Applications being accepted for music scholarship at ETSU

Date: 2012-12-26
Applications are available for the inaugural Dr. Thomas Jenrette Vocal Scholarship Competition at East Tennessee State University.  Full Story

A solar-power gift for the kids

Date: 2012-12-26
For clean, alternative energy, our town and the metro area don’t look like some European counterparts yet, but we are heading there.  Full Story

Girls to compete in Trailblazer Invitational

Date: 2012-12-26
Christmas break won’t last long for the Lady Blazers, Lady Pioneers and 14 other girls’ basketball teams from around the area.   Full Story

Man arrested after nearly hitting sheriff at intersection

Date: 2012-12-26
A man was behind bars on several drug charges after he nearly struck a vehicle being driven by the Washington County sheriff at an intersection in Jonesborough last week.  Full Story

Work at former Booker T. Washington School moves forward

Date: 2012-12-26
Progress continues at the former Booker T. Washington School, now being transformed into the McKinney Arts Center for the Town of Jonesborough.  Full Story

No major flags with county audit

Date: 2012-12-26
Washington County received an unqualified opinion with no major flags in the audit report of its financial statements for fiscal year 2011-2012.  Full Story

Ford now a full-time employee with town

Date: 2012-12-26
Less than a month after being hired on as the town’s newest employee, former state Rep. Dale Ford went from part-time status to full-time.  Full Story

Homes for the holidays: Flood victims get new houses

Date: 2012-12-26
Washington County has surpassed its goal of building five homes to replace ones destroyed during the August flash floods before a self-imposed Christmas deadline.  Full Story

Area kids ‘Shop with a Cop’

Date: 2012-12-26
Area police and firefighters served as Christmas elves last week, taking approximately 50 children on a holiday shopping spree at Wal-Mart on West Market Street.  Full Story

‘Changing Lives Concert’ features Kingdom Heirs

Date: 2012-12-18
GREENEVILLE – Tickets for the upcoming “Changing Lives Concert” went on sale Dec. 10.  Full Story

Jonesborough Baptist sets New Year’s Eve service

Date: 2012-12-18
Jonesborough Baptist Church, 1030 Old Boones Creek Road, will host a special New Year’s Eve service on Monday, Dec. 31, at 7:30 p.m.  Full Story

Jackson Park Church hosts Christmas Eve service

Date: 2012-12-18
Jackson Park Church of the Brethren, 100 Oak Grove Ave., will host a very special Christmas Eve service at 11 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24.  Full Story

Central Christian plans Dec. 24 candlelight service

Date: 2012-12-18
hristmas Eve candlelight service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m.  Full Story

Virginia Light to retire after 60 years as organist

Date: 2012-12-18
When a congregation expresses its faith through music, only an organ can produce a sound that is both ethereal and exuberant.   Full Story

New worries on hydrofracking as UT considers lease for drilling

Date: 2012-12-18
As the Knoxville News Sentinel reported, dozens of residents and property owners attended an open house recently, questioning University of Tennessee officials about a plan by the school to open its land to natural gas drilling.  Full Story

Lady Pioneers inch closer to conference win

Date: 2012-12-18
In three seasons, the David Crockett High School Lady Pioneers have been unable to win a game against any Big 8 Conference foe.   Full Story

Town to operate on holiday schedule

Date: 2012-12-18
The offices of the Town of Jonesborough will be closed on the following dates for the Christmas and New Year holidays:  Full Story

Browning to continue as town administrator

Date: 2012-12-18
Town Administrator Bob Browning will keep his job for at least two more years following last week’s meeting of the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen.  Full Story

Patch to be designed for county constables

Date: 2012-12-18
Training for Washington County constables and a proposed addition to the uniform were considered during the Nov. 13 meeting of the Public Safety Committee.  Full Story

Police make 29 arrests in November

Date: 2012-12-18
Last month, Jonesborough police arrested 23 people on a total of 29 charges. Individuals were arrested for everything from drug violations and driving under the influence to child abuse and violation of wildlife hunting laws.  Full Story

New road to be named after former town mayor

Date: 2012-12-18
The recent creation of two public roads in the area of Highway 11E and Headtown Road meant town leaders needed to come up with names for those new thoroughfares.  Full Story

Longtime JRT actress named new artistic director

Date: 2012-12-18
A familiar face will now take on the role of artistic director at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre.  Full Story

County considers abandoning Lewis Circle

Date: 2012-12-18
Following a two-hour discussion on whether to pave Lewis Circle in Gray, members of the Washington County Public Works Committee voted to recommend the county abandon it.  Full Story

BMA not sold on proposed flame concept for town’s tourism logo

Date: 2012-12-18
A proposed town logo featuring a central flame above the word “Jonesborough” failed to ignite members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, who requested a redesign during their Dec. 10 meeting.  Full Story

County discovers IRS provision to partially fix botched bus buy

Date: 2012-12-18
An unexpected opportunity has enabled Washington County to provide almost $100,000 toward the Board of Education’s purchase of school buses.  Full Story

ETTAC provides toys for children with disabilities

Date: 2012-12-11
The East Tennessee Technology Access Center is giving away adapted battery operated toys for the holidays to children with disabilities who cannot use their hands to play with typical toys.  Full Story

Pleasant Grove UMC presents Christmas program

Date: 2012-12-11
On Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m., Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church will present a Christmas program. The church is located at 687 Pleasant Grove Road in Limestone.   Full Story

David Crocket HOSA students to hold blood drive

Date: 2012-12-11
Members of the David Crockett High School HOSA will host a blood drive on Friday, Dec. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school gym.  Full Story

Boones Creek Christian hosts Living Nativity drive

Date: 2012-12-11
Boones Creek Christian Church, 305 Christian Church Road in Gray, will host a drive-through Living Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 16.  Full Story

Oak Glen Baptist to host clothing giveaway

Date: 2012-12-11
Oak Glen Baptist Church, 462 Oak Glen Circle in Fall Branch, will host a clothing and household giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 8 a.m. - noon.  Full Story

Poinsettias are classic, traditional and can’t be beat

Date: 2012-12-11
Years ago, we had a house in Florida. The house was painted white; it had those ugly but serviceable metal awnings, which were white with a red stripe on either side.  Full Story

Fire department to provide free smoke detectors

Date: 2012-12-11
It’s a simple truth, according to Jonesborough Fire Chief Phil Fritts — smoke detectors save lives. But not everyone can afford smoke detectors.  Full Story

Antique Mart to host final cash mob

Date: 2012-12-11
In what once served as a hardware store nearly 150 years ago, sits a treasured storefront that is one of the oldest operating businesses in the oldest town in Tennessee.   Full Story

Pioneers come away with first conference win, Lady Pioneers still winless in Big 8

Date: 2012-12-11
The Lady Pioneers of David Crockett High School are still searching for their first Big 8 Conference win, opening the season at 1-5 overall with a 0-2 conference mark.   Full Story

Conference struggles continue for Boone boys, girls

Date: 2012-12-11
The Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School have been on the cusp all season of notching their first conference victory, just to have it snatched away in the waning moments.   Full Story

Return rail service for people, climate

Date: 2012-12-11
“Take a serious look at reviving passenger rail,” the Bristol Herald Courier headlined an editorial in July.   Full Story

Thieves posing as Power Board employees

Date: 2012-12-11
Washington County authorities are investigating a burglary in which the thieves reportedly represented themselves as Johnson City Power Board employees to gain access to the victim’s home.   Full Story

Logo idea moves to BMA for possible approval

Date: 2012-12-11
The Town of Jonesborough Logo Committee met on Dec. 4 and took a formal vote to bring two designs to the board with a recommendation that one, which contains a flame icon, be chosen as the official town logo.  Full Story

Boxcar Betty’s closing its doors

Date: 2012-12-11
Eco-friendly store, Boxcar Betty’s Eco Depot, will be going out of business as of Dec. 31.   Full Story

Security contract ending for Justice Center, task force considers new one

Date: 2012-12-11
With the two-year security contract for the George P. Jaynes Justice Center at an end, county officials met Nov. 29 to discuss ideas for improvements in multiple areas of the building.  Full Story

Naming of third judge on the horizon

Date: 2012-12-11
Washington County commissioners continued to discuss the voting process for the appointment of the third Sessions Court judge during the Dec. 3 meeting of the Legal Services Oversight Committee.  Full Story

Library to show holiday movies for kids

Date: 2012-12-11
The Jonesborough Library will be showing a series of four cartoon classic Christmas films on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 10 a.m.   Full Story

School board takes aim at commissioners

Date: 2012-12-11
During their Dec. 6 meeting, Board of Education members didn’t hesitate to discuss their disappointment in recent actions of the Washington County Commission.  Full Story

Town studying turn lanes on Highway 11E

Date: 2012-12-11
With at least two requests currently under consideration, town leaders have decided to create a policy for the installation of turn lanes along Highway 11E.  Full Story

Smith to retire from ISC

Date: 2012-12-05
The end of the year will mark the end of an era for the International Storytelling Center.  Full Story

Plans for new Senior Center move forward

Date: 2012-12-05
A project years in the making moved one step closer to fruition last week as members of the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a design plan for a new senior center.  Full Story

Sneyd’s last request for appeal denied

Date: 2012-12-05
A final ruling in Clerk and Master Brenda Sneyd’s lawsuit against Washington County for a 10 percent raise has set a precedent for the county and the state. It has also denied her the increase.  Full Story

A food-secure world for children

Date: 2012-12-05
Her representations of tender family and mother-child emotional bonds came to be known and loved the world over.   Full Story

Crockett boys, girls face off against D-B

Date: 2012-12-05
The David Crockett High School Pioneers opened conference play on the road Nov. 30 against Dobyns-Bennett.   Full Story

Lighthouse Baptist to provide live nativity Dec. 8

Date: 2012-11-27
What started out as a simple manger scene outside a church during the Christmas season has become a full-fledged nativity over the years, coming complete with live animals.  Full Story

Telford UMC to host madrigal singers of Crockett

Date: 2012-11-27
The Madrigal Singers of David Crockett High School will perform in concert at the Telford United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m.  Full Story

Limestone firemen offer Christmas trees, wreaths

Date: 2012-11-27
The Limestone Volunteer Fire Department is now selling Christmas trees and wreaths.  Full Story

Jonesborough UMC hosts free clothing giveaway

Date: 2012-11-27
Diane’s Closet will hold a free clothing giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Full Story

Homeschooling Outreach Expo planned for Dec. 8

Date: 2012-11-27
The first Homeschooling Community Outreach Expo will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Boones Creek Christian Church.  Full Story

Gerhard, Mize to offer free concert Dec. 6 at Northeast State

Date: 2012-11-27
Guitar legends Ed Gerhard and Bill Mize will perform at the main campus of Northeast State Community College for a free Christmas concert on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Sigean to perform, Eustis to call Dec. 1 contra dance

Date: 2012-11-27
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a contra dance on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.   Full Story

Second Harvest provides food for Thanksgiving

Date: 2012-11-27
More than 1 million pounds of food was distributed by Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee during the six weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.   Full Story

Artisan Studio Gallery to host next mob

Date: 2012-11-27
Designing jewelry has been a passion for artisan and gallery owner Debra Locher since she was 14 years old.  Full Story

Crockett finishes fourth in Hardees Classic

Date: 2012-11-27
The annual holiday tournament, the Hardees Classic, renewed for the 23rd, bringing eight teams to the campus of David Crockett High School for three days of hardwood action.   Full Story

Nature bats last: Avoiding a fateful collision

Date: 2012-11-27
Twenty years ago this month, the Union of Concerned Scientists published a statement titled, “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.”   Full Story

Roe staffers in town Dec. 4

Date: 2012-11-27
Congressman Phil Roe (TN-01) will send staff to hold office hours in Jonesborough on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Washington County Office Building, 103 W. Main St. from 2-4 p.m.   Full Story

Library to show ‘Holiday Inn’

Date: 2012-11-27
Singing, dancing, laughter and love set to the incomparable music of Irving Berlin. That’s Holiday Inn, showing at the Jonesborough Library on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m.  Full Story

Tennessee Valley Church Furniture to close

Date: 2012-11-27
A family-owned Washington County business will be closing its doors for good at the end of the year.  Full Story

School system examines options to address growing student population

Date: 2012-11-27
A master plan study for Washington County’s educational facilities offers four options for serving a growing student population.  Full Story

Countermine, others named to ISC Board of Governors

Date: 2012-11-27
When the Board of Governors of the International Storytelling Center meets in Jonesborough in December, it will welcome three new members, bid farewell to three others and begin its work to find a new leader for the organization.  Full Story

The Meadows: Trail deal remains, bypass agreement not so much

Date: 2012-11-27
A piece of land the Town of Jonesborough had hoped to obtain for a future bypass around town will remain privately owned for now.  Full Story

Sheriff: $50,000 prevents need for jail expansion

Date: 2012-11-27
Approximately $50,000 in renovations to the Washington County Detention Center will increase the inmate capacity and enable the county to avoid a building program.  Full Story

Logo moves ahead

Date: 2012-11-27
Members of the town’s Tourism Logo Committee came a step closer Nov. 20 to choosing a new logo to be used for signage and branding throughout Jonesborough.  Full Story

OOPS: House demolished before builders realize it cannot be rebuilt in same location

Date: 2012-11-27
As part of the federal Home Grant Program, John Paul Price’s house at 304 Depot St. was demolished recently to make way for the construction of his new residence.  Full Story

Holt to offer tribute concert in Jonesborough

Date: 2012-11-21
Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories.   Full Story

Hardee’s Classic returns to Crockett

Date: 2012-11-21
The Hardee’s Classic basketball tournament at David Crockett High School renews on Tuesday, Nov. 20, for the 23rd straight year.   Full Story

Tree and Townscape members needed

Date: 2012-11-21
Jonesborough leaders are looking for town residents who are interested in joining the Tree and Townscape Board.  Full Story

JRT to hold auditions for ‘The Hobbit’

Date: 2012-11-21
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for its upcoming production, The Hobbit, on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 9-10, at 7 p.m. at the theater.   Full Story

Carports only allowed in back yards?

Date: 2012-11-21
The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen amended a zoning ordinance so that it no longer requires freestanding carports to be built only in a person’s back yard.  Full Story

H&T ad director named ‘hometown hero’

Date: 2012-11-21
Washington County resident and Herald & Tribune Ad Director Bea Casey was recognized last week as a Hometown Hero by Modern Woodmen of America.  Full Story

Amazing little-known abilities of plants

Date: 2012-11-21
You don’t fool the dodder, the Venus flytrap or many other plants when it somes to getting food.   Full Story

Town using grant to work with at-risk youth

Date: 2012-11-21
Work has started on a Town of Jonesborough project to develop an early intervention program for at-risk children in the community, according to Town Administrator Bob Browning.  Full Story

BOTCHED BUS BUY: County buys $600,000 worth of buses 13 days too early to use bond for reimbursement

Date: 2012-11-21
A startling discovery confirmed during the Nov. 15 Budget Committee meeting revealed Washington County commissioners and Board of Education members are not on the same page regarding the purchase of new buses, which could mean additional pressure on an already troubled schools budget.  Full Story

Wrong building evacuated in bomb scare

Date: 2012-11-21
Washington County’s response to a bomb scare the day before the presidential election pointed to potential gaps in the safety system and raised the question of which building should be referred to as “the courthouse.”  Full Story

Child struck by car while crossing street to board school bus Nov. 19

Date: 2012-11-21
A 12-year-old girl was struck and injured by an oncoming car on Nov. 19, as she attempted cross the street to board a school bus.  Full Story

Bus crash case headed to grand jury

Date: 2012-11-20
Wearing a brown shirt with gold lettering that read, “DCHS Stand Together,” Shannon Renee Warren, a freshman at David Crockett High School, took the stand on Nov. 13 to testify against the woman who once drove her to and from school.  Full Story

Annual Artwalk

Date: 2012-11-20
Ridgeview School's Annual Artwalk  Full Story

Community/Church Breakfast and Dinners

Date: 2012-11-14
Fish Fry - Friday, Nov. 16 - 4:30-7:30 -Limestone Ruritan - $10.00 per person  Full Story

Troutdale coming to Jonesborough?

Date: 2012-11-13
Ben Zandi, CEO of Troutdale Kitchens, was in Jonesborough Monday morning touring the historic district and taking a close look at two buildings – the recently sold Salt House and the former Bistro 105 location – in his search for a potential new restaurant site.   Full Story

QUEST hands out $27,000 in grants

Date: 2012-11-13
Washington County’s annual QUEST Foundation Grant Awards Ceremony was held Nov. 8.   Full Story

Military News

Date: 2012-11-13
Air Force Airman Victoria J. Baldwin recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.  Full Story

Storytelling guild to host ‘Tellebration’ on Nov. 17

Date: 2012-11-13
The Jonesborough Storytellers Guild will take part in the worldwide benefit day of storytelling called Tellebration on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center on Boone Street.  Full Story

Boone JROTC takes first at drill meet

Date: 2012-11-13
The Daniel Boone High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC unit took first place in the second annual Drill and Rifle competition at South Iredell High School in Statesville, N.C.  Full Story

WCSO reserve officers get tasers

Date: 2012-11-13
A recent donation from a private individual provided 10 tasers to the reserve officers serving the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.   Full Story

Participants wanted for town Christmas parade

Date: 2012-11-13
Jonesborough’s annual Christmas parade is now in search of participants.  Full Story

Seven take part in judge interviews

Date: 2012-11-13
Months of planning the application process for the third Sessions Court judgeship in Washington County reached a somewhat anti-climactic ending when only four questions were asked during the Nov. 8 interviews.  Full Story

Judicial immunity does not protect county

Date: 2012-11-13
As the number of General Sessions Court judges serving Washington County increases, so does the county’s exposure to plaintiffs who argue the judges’ decisions and seek to recover damages from the local government.  Full Story

Title issues holding up ISC purchase

Date: 2012-11-13
The Town of Jonesborough’s plan to purchase the International Storytelling Center building remains in a holding pattern according to Town Administrator Bob Browning.  Full Story

Veteran's Day Event

Date: 2012-11-13
Nov. 11, 2012  Full Story

Banning the plastic bag: One community or state at a time

Date: 2012-11-13
They festoon tree limbs and litter beaches and the countryside, clog storm drains and waterways, are carried out to the ocean in vast numbers, and use up 17 million barrels of oil per year, in the United States alone.   Full Story

Gun season for deer hunters set to begin Nov. 17

Date: 2012-11-13
NASHVILLE — One of Tennessee’s traditions is the annual opening of gun season for deer which falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year, that means it begins on Nov. 17.  Full Story

Johnson City Turkey Trot takes place Nov. 22

Date: 2012-11-13
The seventh annual Turkey Trot 5K Road Race and Family Fitness Walk is set for Thanksgiving morning in Johnson City.   Full Story

Green steps down as Crockett football coach

Date: 2012-11-13
After seven seasons at David Crockett High School, Head Football Coach Ken Green has decided to resign.   Full Story

Pulitzer Prize winner gives lecture at King College

Date: 2012-11-06
BRISTOL — The 2012-2013 Buechner Institute Lecture Series at King College will ponder “Here and There: Now and Then.”  Full Story

United Methodist Churches hold benefit yard sale

Date: 2012-11-06
New Victory and Mayberry United Methodist churches will hold a yard sale/lunch on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Full Story

Senior Center collecting food for Good Samaritan

Date: 2012-11-06
The Jonesborough Senior Center is collecting food for Good Samaritan Ministries.  Full Story

Community/Church Breakfast and Dinners

Date: 2012-11-06
Nov. 9 - Fairview United Methodist Church, Supper/Family Fun Night, 6-8 pm - Donation - 913-2275  Full Story

Sixth-grader competes in contest

Date: 2012-11-06
Eleven-year-old Gracie Murray believes in her school. In fact, she’s down right proud of it.   Full Story

Gracie Murray’s essay: A Cheer for the Chanticleer

Date: 2012-11-06
Sulphur Springs School is in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the oldest town in the state. Sulphur Springs is a small community in Washington County, a lot like Mayberry, where everyone knows each other. Sulphur Springs School may be the only school in the state where its real-live mascot, a gamecock, otherwise known in literature as a chanticleer, struts and cock-a-doodle-doos every morning in the front yard. The best part about my school is that it is a place where a kid can grow, learn, and change. Sulphur Springs School and its faculty and staff have helped me to be a successful student, and they have put me on the right path for an exceptional future.   Full Story

Muzzleloader season runs through Nov. 16

Date: 2012-11-06
Tennessee’s muzzleloader/archery season for deer opened Nov. 3 and continues through Friday, Nov. 16 in all three of Tennessee’s deer hunting units, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.  Full Story

Trailblazers’ season ends with playoff

Date: 2012-11-06
Daniel Boone High School’s football season came to an abrupt end Friday night under the lights of Nathan Hale Stadium in Gray with surprising 28-7 loss to Tennessee High in the opening round of the TSSAA playoffs.   Full Story

Boone cross country captures second at state championship

Date: 2012-11-06
Last season the Daniel Boone High School boys’ cross country team took the district, region, and state competition by surprise, eventually placing fifth at the state championships.   Full Story

Time to examine nuclear ‘no harm’ mantra

Date: 2012-11-06
In northeastern Japan this spring, radioactive cesium, among a gamut of radioactive particles spewed over the countyside in the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant, reappeared in tree pollen, causing yet more radiation-effect worries for the citizens.   Full Story

Crockett band takes top honors at two recent events

Date: 2012-11-06
The David Crockett High School Pioneer Band performed at the 28th Annual Appalachian Classic Band Festival held at Sullivan Central on Oct. 20.   Full Story

Donate by Nov. 8 to Project Thanksgiving

Date: 2012-11-06
For the fourth year, Second Harvest Food Bank has teamed up with WCQR, 88.3 Radio to launch “Project Thanksgiving,” a charity initiative that will provide entire Thanksgiving meals for 5,000 families in our area.   Full Story

School bonds sold, new buses to be purchased

Date: 2012-11-06
Washington County has sold the $1.85 million general obligation school bonds, which will provide funds for new school buses.  Full Story

Dykes pleased with report card results

Date: 2012-11-06
Director of Schools Ron Dykes told Board of Education members he is extremely pleased with the results of the 2012 Report Card for Washington County.  Full Story

Spay and neuter clinic set for Nov. 10 at Tractor Supply in Jonesborough

Date: 2012-11-06
Prevent A Litter Spay/Neuter Mobile Connection of Manchester is coming to Washington County for its first-ever low cost, mobile spay and neuter clinic.   Full Story

Restaurant closes its doors

Date: 2012-11-06
Jonesborough will see one new business open in downtown while another, just a block away, has closed.   Full Story

County creating landscape manual

Date: 2012-11-06
The development of a manual to make Washington County even more attractive and environmentally sound through the requirement of new landscaping and the preservation of existing landscaping has come as a surprise to many county officials.  Full Story

Jonesborough earns Main Street status, joins Keep America Beautiful

Date: 2012-11-06
The Town of Jonesborough is making a connection with two national organizations that Town Administrator Bob Browning believes will offer the community a chance for enhanced networking and better opportunities for economic development.  Full Story

Full-time attorney starts, county has yet to create job description for position

Date: 2012-11-06
John Rambo began work as Washington County’s first full-time attorney Nov. 1 without an office or a job description.  Full Story

BMA members can now be paid

Date: 2012-11-06
With three people running unopposed for the trio of available spots on the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen, there’s not likely to be a surprise when it comes to who wins. But who takes those seats isn’t the only thing decided in this year’s town election. How much the town will be doling out to those BMA members is also up for debate.  Full Story

Does subdivision need speed tables?

Date: 2012-10-30
A study by Jonesborough authorities revealed no major incidents of drivers speeding through The Meadows subdivision located at the west end of town. But at least one neighborhood resident is adamant there is a problem.  Full Story

Boone wins tenth straight Musket Bowl

Date: 2012-10-30
The 41st meeting on the gridiron between Daniel Boone and David Crockett took place Thursday night in Jonesborough in front of a capacity crowd on the Pioneer campus. The Blazers (8-2, 5-2) stretched their winning streak in the rivalry to 10 games with a 48-8 victory over host David Crockett (2-8, 0-7) in the final regular season game of the 2012 football season.   Full Story

Trailblazer boys headed to state cross country meet

Date: 2012-10-30
The Daniel Boone boys’ cross-country team continued its dominance over local schools, capturing the regional title on Oct. 25.   Full Story

Climate action plan urgent

Date: 2012-10-30
In 2007, the year before the previous presidential election, conservation focused scientists published a call for “100 days of climate action.” Modelled after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 100 days of action following the opening of the 73rd Congress, in 1933, to stem the Depression and its high unemployment, the scientists called on the future national leader “to create and implement a climate action plan adequate to the emergency ahead.”  Full Story

The UnderGround to host premiere event for teens

Date: 2012-10-30
The UnderGround, a dance and social club specifically designed for middle and high school teens, will have its premiere event on Friday, Nov. 2, from 7-11 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Town library hosts free class on organizing papers

Date: 2012-10-30
Want to get organized? Come to the Jonesborough Library on Monday, Nov. 5, from 6:30-8 p.m. and attend a class on organizing your household papers.  Full Story

Town to host 30th Annual Holiday Craft Show, Sale

Date: 2012-10-30
The Town of Jonesborough will host its 30th Annual Holiday Craft Show and Sale on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.  Full Story

Boone students to perform ‘Rehearsal for Murder’

Date: 2012-10-30
The Daniel Boone High School drama club will hold performances of its fall show, “Rehearsal for Murder,” on Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3.  Full Story

Franklin Graham to speak at Hope Center Benefit

Date: 2012-10-30
Christian leader Franklin Graham will be the keynote speaker for the annual Hope Center Benefit Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the General Morgan Inn at 6 p.m.  Full Story

Wolfe, Countermine look to another term

Date: 2012-10-30
An early morning meeting is nothing new for Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe or Vice Mayor Terry Countermine. But as the duo gathered recently for a pre-breakfast get-together at Town Hall to discuss their upcoming re-elections, the mood was decidedly light-hearted.   Full Story

Jonesborough Bluegrass Series gets new management

Date: 2012-10-30
The leader of the Jonesborough Bluegrass Series has passed it, as well as the rest of his Mountain Music Entertainment company, into a new set of hands.  Full Story

Town resident writes Christian-based book

Date: 2012-10-30
Jonesborough resident Louise Kearley has written a book titled “I Remember.”  Full Story

JRT in search of new artistic director

Date: 2012-10-30
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is once again in the market for an artistic director.  Full Story

State looking into fixes for intersection at Boones Creek Road, Highway 11E

Date: 2012-10-30
State organizations are now involved in the effort to improve traffic flow at the intersection of Boones Creek Road and Highway 11E.   Full Story

Merchants discuss revised advertising guidelines

Date: 2012-10-30
Several downtown merchants took part in a public workshop last week to discuss with the town’s Historic Zoning Commission the rules regarding signage and outdoor furnishings.  Full Story

Five Points traffic circle expected to be built next spring

Date: 2012-10-30
After years of discussion, a controversial traffic circle at the Five Points intersection in Jonesborough is likely to be constructed next spring.  Full Story

Flood victims getting new homes

Date: 2012-10-30
Construction of Doug Wilson’s new home at 293 Dry Creek Road is under way, with four more homes planned to be finished before the end of the year.  Full Story

County’s new phone system may come with new employee

Date: 2012-10-30
Despite projected annual savings of more than $130,000, a discussion about a new network to support the county’s computer and telephone systems was tabled when County-Owned Property Committee members realized a full-time employee was included in the proposal.  Full Story

Bus crash money deposited in court

Date: 2012-10-30
An attorney for the Washington County Board of Education filed a $700,000 check and a court document last week related to a handful of lawsuits filed from a Sept. 20 school bus crash in Telford.  Full Story

Lawsuits filed in school bus crash, more expected

Date: 2012-10-23
A Johnson City attorney has filed five lawsuits on behalf of five different families whose children were on board the Washington County school bus that crashed on Sept. 20 in Telford. The crash sent 26 of the 39 students on board to the hospital, many with serious injuries.   Full Story

Symphony to offer Mary B. Martin Family Concert

Date: 2012-10-23
KINGSPORT — Symphony of the Mountains will bring the Mary B. Martin Family Concert to the Toy F. Reid Center on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m.  Full Story

ETSU plans open house for prospective students

Date: 2012-10-23
JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State University will hold the annual Fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 3. High school students, transfer students and their families are invited to attend.   Full Story

Telford Ruritan Club to hold fall funfest and dinner

Date: 2012-10-23
Members of the Telford Ruritan Club will host a Fall Funfest and Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4-8 p.m. at the club’s building on the corner of Telford School and Telford New Victory roads.  Full Story

Lamar High School Class of ‘62 plans 50th reunion

Date: 2012-10-23
Members of the 1962 graduating class of Lamar High School will meet for their 50th class reunion on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Johnson City Country Club.  Full Story

Auditions on Oct. 28-29 for upcoming play at JRT

Date: 2012-10-23
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for A Grand Night for Singing, on Sunday, Oct. 28, and Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. at the JRT.   Full Story

‘Shop With a Cop’ program seeks donations

Date: 2012-10-23
The Jonesborough Deptartment of Public Safety is seeking donations to fund its annual “Christmas Shop with a Jonesborough Cop and Fire Fighter” program.   Full Story

Commissioners question paving projects

Date: 2012-10-23
Three paving requests considered during the Oct. 22 meeting of the Washington County Commission had commissioners questioning who was paying for the jobs and whether the county roads were suffering as a result of this extra work.  Full Story

Flood repair work to break ground in Dry Creek

Date: 2012-10-23
A groundbreaking and dedication ceremony for the rebuild of the homes destroyed by the August flood was scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, but not everyone in the Dry Creek Community is happy with the progress.  Full Story

State approves changes to dangerous intersecton

Date: 2012-10-23
Town leaders recently received a permit from the Tennessee Department of Transportation that should pave the way to safer travel in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Should school buses have seat belts?

Date: 2012-10-23
Whether one rollover in 50 years justifies adding seat belts to the county’s school buses was discussed during the Oct. 17 meeting of the Board of Education Safety Committee.  Full Story

Cash mob to celebrate Christmas in October

Date: 2012-10-23
Charles Dickens once said, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”   Full Story

Bark For Life coming to Jonesborough

Date: 2012-10-23
With the help of Happy Tails — Jonesborough Publishing’s publication about animals and the people who love them —and other generous sponsors, the American Cancer Society will host a special event called Bark For Life for dogs and their human companions.   Full Story

Fine Art in the Park

Date: 2012-10-23
More than three dozen area artists showed off their talents and skill at the Town of Jonesborough’s annual Fine Art in the Park event. Held at Storytelling Park and inside the International Storytelling Center, the fourth annual event is a judged and juried show and sale. Artists’ work was on display both Saturday and Sunday.  Full Story

Senate’s ‘CARE’ action values public lands

Date: 2012-10-23
The Wilderness Society and other national groups concerned with preserving public lands and wildlife issued a statement applauding a “CARE” action in the U.S. Senate.   Full Story

Boone records another win, Pioneers falter again

Date: 2012-10-23
The Trailblazers of Daniel Boone High School (7-2, 4-2) continued to improve their regular season resume with a 30-16 senior night win over Sullivan South on Oct. 19, further improving their postseason positioning.   Full Story

H & T Musket Bowl Issue Hits Newsstands!

Date: 2012-10-23
The Herald & Tribune's Annual Musket Bowl issue in now available. See your local retailer or stop in and pick up a copy.  Full Story

‘Kids Our Age’ to perform at Visitors Center dance

Date: 2012-10-16
Dance to your favorite music from the 50s, 60s and 70s at the Jonesborough Visitors Center on the fourth Friday of each month.  Full Story

JCPenney offers makeovers for cancer survivors

Date: 2012-10-16
Local cancer survivors will have the opportunity to get a free makeover from Sephora inside JCPenney in the Mall at Johnson City.   Full Story

Fellowship Quilts to host cash mob

Date: 2012-10-16
It can often be said that quilters were the original recyclers, with hand-me-down treasures passed on from families and generations to beautiful renditions of quilts used as home décor, framed art, clothing and even toys.   Full Story

Boone boys win Trailblazer Invitational

Date: 2012-10-16
In its 40th year, Boone’s annual Trailblazer Invitational welcomed runners from across the area on Oct. 13 to the campus of Daniel Boone High School for a cross-country meet that usually acts as a final tune-up for the postseason.   Full Story

Jonesborough gears up for plenty of Halloween fun

Date: 2012-10-16
Main Street in downtown Jonesborough will soon serve as a hub for little ghosts, goblins, superheroes and good witches to gather for the annual Halloween Haunts & Happenings.   Full Story

Vendors wanted for town craft show

Date: 2012-10-16
The Town of Jonesborough is currently accepting outdoor food vendors for the 30th Annual Holiday Craft Show and Sale on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. New vendor spaces have also been opened to the Visitors Center parking lot and lobby areas to accommodate a higher demand from vendors and patrons including food vendors.   Full Story

‘Small Town Bachelor’ seeking eligible men

Date: 2012-10-16
Jonesborough is teaming up with a production company in hopes of hosting a new reality show called the next “Small Town Bachelor.”  Full Story

Rambo required to vacate law office by Oct. 31

Date: 2012-10-16
County Attorney John Rambo is required to vacate his office on 125 E. Jackson Blvd. by Oct. 31, but renovations haven’t begun for his new space in the downtown courthouse.  Full Story

Archive storage trailers to be utilized for several more months

Date: 2012-10-16
Washington County’s records from the old Downtown Centre in Johnson City will remain housed in storage trailers for several more months due to snags in preparing the Archive Annex at the old courthouse on Main Street in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Potential solar power unreached

Date: 2012-10-16
All causes shall give way. Such was the determination of the king in one of Shakespeare’s tragic plays.   Full Story

Longtime member of law enforcement mourned by family, friends

Date: 2012-10-16
Lifelong law enforcement professional Fred Phillips died Oct. 11 at his home in Jonesborough. He was 72.  Full Story

Low-speed solution to cart conundrum

Date: 2012-10-16
A low-speed solution will likely alleviate the concerns of a handful of Jonesborough residents who utilize golf carts to transport both people and equipment throughout the downtown area.  Full Story

Turnovers cost Boone, Pioneers routed

Date: 2012-10-09
The Daniel Boone High School Trailblazers and the David Crockett High School Pioneers each hit the road on Oct. 5 to face the conference’s top two teams, Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett.   Full Story

Tax credit for wind power should be permanent

Date: 2012-10-09
In an address 130 years ago, the British physicist Lord Kelvin argued that wind, one of the “natural sources of energy [always] available to man” should be used to generate electric power, since coal reserves would eventually be depleted.  Full Story

Bus driver charged

Date: 2012-10-09
The woman behind the wheel of a Washington County school bus when it crashed in Telford on Sept. 20, now faces dozens of charges in connection to the wreck.  Full Story

Children leave mark on ‘Wall of Hope’

Date: 2012-10-09
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City was the scene of laughter, hugs, tears of joy and paint-smeared little hands and feet on Sept. 29, as 72 former patients placed their prints on the NICU Wall of Hope.   Full Story

‘Nutcracker’ auditions set for this month in Jonesborough

Date: 2012-10-09
WSB Production will hold auditions for “Nutcracker, the Musical” at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, on Monday, Oct. 15, and Monday, Oct. 22, both at 7 p.m.   Full Story

Expansion set for strip center

Date: 2012-10-09
A strip center near the corner of Headtown Road and Highway 11E is about to get a little bigger.  Full Story

Planning Commission denies rezoning request

Date: 2012-10-09
Jonesborough leaders denied a rezoning request from a man trying to improve his elderly father’s living conditions.  Full Story

Matherly reappointed to serve as commission chair

Date: 2012-10-09
Commissioner Greg Matherly was unanimously elected to lead the Washington County Commission for a second year as chair during the group’s Sept. 24 meeting.  Full Story

ETSU bands open fall program with free concert

Date: 2012-10-09
JOHNSON CITY – The East Tennessee State University Bands Program will present the Opening Fall Band Concert on Thursday, Oct. 11.  Full Story

WF Stables to host ‘Saddle Up For St. Jude’ event

Date: 2012-10-09
WF Stables, 165 Tommy Campbell Road, will hold its annual “Saddle Up For St. Jude” event on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m.  Full Story

Hales Community Ruritan plans Haunted Forest

Date: 2012-10-09
Hales Community Ruritan will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Haunted Forest during October.  Full Story

Pigeons remain problem

Date: 2012-10-09
Washington County officials have seen a decrease in the pigeon population in downtown Jonesborough, but not to the extent they had hoped.  Full Story

Police investigating house fire as arson

Date: 2012-10-09
Authorities are searching for the individual or individuals who set fire to a home right under the noses of Jonesborough firefighters.  Full Story

Courthouse renovations to cost $256,000

Date: 2012-10-09
Proposed renovation plans for the downtown courthouse include updated chambers for the county commission, offices for the county mayor and county attorney, a security system, new doors and a price tag of $256,000.  Full Story

Golf cart owners teed off over Tennessee law

Date: 2012-10-02
Golf carts have long been used throughout downtown Jonesborough as a way for some area residents to transport both people and equipment from here to there.  Full Story

Jonesborough stars in Bowles’ latest book

Date: 2012-10-02
Author David Bowles has written a new book, which is being released nationally, based on life during the Revolutionary War as it takes place throughout East Tennessee.  Full Story

Fender’s Farm to host auction, re-enactment

Date: 2012-10-02
The Shriners will be having a benefit auction at Fender’s Farm, 254 Highway 107 on Thursday, Oct. 4, beginning at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Chess tournament Oct. 13

Date: 2012-10-02
Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, will host its first-ever National Chess Day Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 13. Ages 6 through adults can participate.  Full Story

Quilt show in Kingsport

Date: 2012-10-02
Quilters and quilt enthusiasts will gather for a quilt show at the Netherland Inn in Kingsport on Oct. 5-7.   Full Story

‘Unwound’ author to sign book

Date: 2012-10-02
Jonesborough author Barry Blair will sign copies of his novel, Unwound, at Mauk’s of Jonesborough during the National Storytelling Festival on Friday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Full Story

Bledsoe’s storytelling art on display

Date: 2012-10-02
Jonesborough artist Bill Bledsoe has unveiled his newest – and next to last – official poster for the National Storytelling Festival.  Full Story

TACA artists at Visitors Center

Date: 2012-10-02
The Tennessee Association of Craft Artists will again have crafts for sale during the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough. The group of artists has had local crafts at the Visitors Center for more than a dozen years. Eight TACA members will be on hand with items including fiber, jewelry and woodworking.   Full Story

Cross-country Blazers keep up stellar pace, Bishop turns in strong run for Pioneers

Date: 2012-10-02
The Daniel Boone High School boys’ cross-country team gave another strong performance on Sept. 28 at the Bristol Cross meet, winning easily over every team in attendance.   Full Story

Boone manhandles Tennessee High in homecoming win

Date: 2012-10-02
After Friday night’s contests, the Big 8 Conference is beginning to take shape with the postseason chase in full swing as teams enter their final month of regular season action.   Full Story

Leaders look at improving regulation of electronic message boards in town

Date: 2012-10-02
A unanimous vote by the Jonesborough Planning Commission on changes regarding electronic message boards will likely change before month’s end.  Full Story

Protections for fracking too weak

Date: 2012-10-02
When the secret corporate task force led by Vice President Cheney a decade ago built an energy policy package, later enacted by the Congress, it contained some special waivers for one industry sector.   Full Story

Library gets $20,000 funding boost from state

Date: 2012-10-02
The Jonesborough Public Library is the recipient of just under $20,000 in state funding, a healthy increase over the usual amount the library receives.   Full Story

Inmate sues jail over Bible

Date: 2012-10-02
A pretrial detainee in the Washington County Detention Center has filed a complaint in federal court alleging his First Amendment right to free exercise of religion has been denied.  Full Story

Wedding Loft sold, Artglass for sale

Date: 2012-10-02
Two Jonesborough shopkeepers, eager to move into new phases of their lives, say they are ready to leave their downtown businesses and the everyday work world behind.  Full Story

Storytelling Festival celebrates 40 years

Date: 2012-10-02
The National Storytelling Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, bringing to town more than two dozen tellers from all corners of the world.  Full Story

Wolfe runs into Jonesborough fan at convention

Date: 2012-09-28
Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe traveled to Tampa Bay, Fla., last month as a delegate of Tennessee taking part in the Republican National Convention held Aug. 27-30. Days later, he returned home as a representative of not only Tennessee, but also of Louisiana.  Full Story

School bus rolls three times in crash, sends dozens to hospital

Date: 2012-09-25
Patricia Griffith thought her son was kidding when he called her shortly after 3 p.m. on Sept. 20 and said his bus had been in a bad wreck. It was the terrible background noise of screaming children that made Griffith realize this was no joke.  Full Story

Community Help Center to host golf tournament

Date: 2012-09-25
The Community Help Center of Northeast Tennessee, located at 1591 Highway 81N, is sponsoring a golf tournament at The Crossings Golf Course in Fall Branch, on Friday, Oct. 5.   Full Story

Third annual Ridgeview Golf Tournament set for Sept. 29

Date: 2012-09-25
The Crossings Golf Club will play host to the Third Annual Ridgeview Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 29.   Full Story

Cornhole tournament set for Oct. 6 at DCHS

Date: 2012-09-25
Pioneer Parents and Partners will host a cornhole tournament at the David Crockett High School gymnasium on Saturday, Oct. 6.   Full Story

Heavy hearted Pioneers come away with inspirational win

Date: 2012-09-25
On Sept. 21, the David Crockett Pioneers got their second win of the season, scoring 30 points in the final quarter for a 52-25 homecoming victory over South Greene.   Full Story

Storm spotter classes scheduled for October

Date: 2012-09-25
The Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency will host two National Weather Service Storm Spotter training classes in October.   Full Story

Automobile fuel economy: How the party perspectives differ

Date: 2012-09-25
Congressman Sherwood Boehlert’s (R-N.Y.) talk on “The State of the Environment” in 2005 singled out three related issues as “most salient for the future of our nation and our planet.”   Full Story

Parks and Rec Department honored for Halloween event, James Martin

Date: 2012-09-25
The Town of Jonesborough received two top awards last week from the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association.  Full Story

County to consider financing $1M for archive

Date: 2012-09-25
Washington County will receive almost $15 million more in state appropriations this year than last year, but commissioners are still considering a bond offering to finance up to $2.6 million in capital projects.  Full Story

The Johnny Possum Band to play MOTS

Date: 2012-09-25
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature the Johnny Possum Band on Friday, Sep. 28, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Spelman to share stories as next teller-in-residence

Date: 2012-09-25
Celebrated storyteller Jon Spelman is scheduled to perform as the International Storytelling Center’s next teller-in-residence.   Full Story

Cash mob craze continues in Tennessee’s oldest town

Date: 2012-09-25
What started as an eight-week promotion to get people to shop in downtown Jonesborough has now become the social event of the season.  Full Story

Reimbursement from state tire grant loses air

Date: 2012-09-25
Washington County will net even less revenue this year from the state’s waste tire grant because of a change in the payment formula.  Full Story

Covenant to host free Blessing of Animals

Date: 2012-09-18
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 603 Sunset Drive in Johnson City, will host a free Blessing of the Animals event on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m.  Full Story

Lady Pioneers beat Lady Blazers

Date: 2012-09-18
After earning their first volleyball victory of the season against Chuckey-Doak (25-21, 25-10, 25-19) on Sept. 10, the Lady Pioneers of David Crockett High School followed up with an even bigger victory over rival Daniel Boone the following night.   Full Story

Boone defeats Crockett in soccer

Date: 2012-09-18
Daniel Boone and David Crockett high schools faced off against each other in girls’ soccer last week, with the Lady Trailblazers coming out on top.  Full Story

Satisfy your sweet tooth at next cash mob

Date: 2012-09-18
Ever since Sarah Jessica Parker, portraying Carrie Bradshaw, sank her teeth into a cupcake from Manhattan’s Magnolia Bakery nearly 10 years ago on the TV series “Sex and the City,” cupcakes have taken the country over, one sweet tooth at a time.   Full Story

Johnson City Community Concert Band to perform at MOTS

Date: 2012-09-18
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature the Johnson City Community Concert Band on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.  Full Story

What are they thinking in Washington?

Date: 2012-09-18
A bill is wending its way through the U.S. House of Representatives.   Full Story

ETSU invites public to celebrate International Day of Peace events

Date: 2012-09-18
East Tennessee State University will celebrate the International Day of Peace with several events, ending at the ETSU women’s soccer game on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Town, ISC agree on short-term lease

Date: 2012-09-18
Town leaders agreed to terms of a short-term lease with the International Storytelling Center organization last week as a closing on the ISC building draws nearer.  Full Story

Jonesborough police arrest 47 in August

Date: 2012-09-18
Jonesborough police arrested 47 people on 72 offenses in August, including four charges of driving under the influence, 17 drug violations, five burglary charges and 13 instances of reckless endangerment.  Full Story

Wolfe to represent town on JCPB

Date: 2012-09-18
Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe will serve as the town’s representative on the Johnson City Power Board’s board of directors.   Full Story

Committee wants flood victims to get break on building permit fees

Date: 2012-09-18
During the Sept. 13 Budget Committee meeting, Mayor Dan Eldridge said he has already had several people ask if the county will waive the building permit fees for flood victims, similar to what was done after last year’s tornadoes.  Full Story

Town tightens belt on background checks

Date: 2012-09-18
A policy requiring background checks for individuals volunteering with Jonesborough athletic organizations is now a little stricter.  Full Story

Sale of local business could double machine company’s size

Date: 2012-09-18
Approval of a rezoning request for the sale of two parcels of land on Bristol Highway in Johnson City could have a positive economic development impact on Washington County.  Full Story

Next Cash Mob to take place at Jonesborough Art Glass

Date: 2012-09-11
Jonesborough is known for the variety of shops that showcase regional artisans featuring items that are unique and can only be found at one of the locally owned businesses in the heart of the Historic Downtown District.   Full Story

Free conference offers help to parents

Date: 2012-09-11
Leading experts on Christian family life skills will keynote a two-day, multi-denominational conference at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City on Sept. 28-29 Admission is free to the public.  Full Story

Dog swim set for Sept. 14-16

Date: 2012-09-11
Legion Street Pool in Johnson City is going to the dogs.  Full Story

ETSU Alumni Golf Classic on Sept. 21

Date: 2012-09-11
The 46th annual East Tennessee State University Alumni Golf Classic will be held at the Cattails Golf Course at MeadowView Convention Center in Kingsport on Friday, Sept. 21.  Full Story

Boone remains unbeaten, Crockett continues to slide

Date: 2012-09-11
Through the first four weeks of the regular season, the Blazers of Daniel Boone High School and Pioneers of David Crockett High School sit in very different places, both mentally and statistically.   Full Story

Lady Trailblazers down Morristown

Date: 2012-09-11
The Lady Blazers defeated Morristown East in a home game last week. Boone charged out of the gate early, taking a 1-0 lead four minutes into the contest on a Katelyn Cox (junior forward) goal. Boone added two more goals to capture a 3-1 lead heading into the half. The two teams traded goals early in the second half to make the score 4-2. But the Blazers would score two more times to grab a 6-3 lead before substituting in their JV players late in the contest. The win pushed the Blazers to 5-1 (1-1) for the season.  Full Story

Hours extended in Washington County to accommodate voters in general election

Date: 2012-09-11
Voters taking part in the Nov. 6 general election will have an extra hour to cast their ballots in Washington County.  Full Story

Reminder message from a little prince

Date: 2012-09-11
Visiting the Carl Sandburg national historic site recently, on the poet’s desk in the library I glimpsed a small but renowned book.   Full Story

Antique tractor show coming to Jonesborough

Date: 2012-09-11
There will be an antique tractor show at the Tractor Supply store in Jonesborough on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by Tractor Supply and the Antique Power Association. For more information, call 753-3277.  Full Story

Cemetery cleanup set for Sept. 15

Date: 2012-09-11
The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will host a cleanup day at the Old Jonesborough Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 15.   Full Story

Extension Office to host open house

Date: 2012-09-11
The staff of the University of Tennessee Extension Office in Washington County will hold an open house on Thursday, Sept. 27.  Full Story

Cooks wanted to take part in upcoming chili cookoff

Date: 2012-09-11
The Town of Jonesborough is looking for contestants to compete in its upcoming chili cookoff.  Full Story

State arts commission to tour ISC

Date: 2012-09-11
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Arts Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting in Johnson City at the Carnegie Hotel later this month.  Full Story

Renovations soon will transform old courthouse into mayor, attorney offices

Date: 2012-09-11
County-Owned Property Committee members recommended the approval of $17,000 from the Capital Projects line to begin renovations on the second floor of the courthouse.  Full Story

G’Fellers to voluntarily bow out of JCPB appointment

Date: 2012-09-11
Jonesborough Alderman Homer G’Fellers will voluntarily bow out of his recent appointment as the town’s representative on the board of directors of the Johnson City Power Board.  Full Story

Surviving the attack

Date: 2012-09-11
Within 30 minutes of two planes hitting the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 was departing from Dulles International Airport bound for Los Angeles.   Full Story

Walk for Down Syndrome to be held

Date: 2012-09-04
The 12th Annual Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at the East Tennessee State University soccer warm-up field.  Full Story

‘Teju’ to tell tales this week

Date: 2012-09-04
Call him Teju. Storyteller Tejumola Ologboni is one of the country’s premier African-American storytellers, sharing folk tales and songs from the countryside to the city and all the way to the continent of Africa.   Full Story

The Lollipop Shop set to host cash mob Sept. 8

Date: 2012-09-04
It was during the National Storytelling Festival a little more than 10 years ago when a small candy store created so much of a buzz that hundreds of people began rushing into Jonesborough’s newest shop to find their favorite childhood memories.   Full Story

Pioneers lose 43-0 to Tennessee High

Date: 2012-09-04
For all the optimism Crockett’s season-opening win brought to Jonesborough regarding the state of the football program, it evaporated just as quickly in the Pioneers’ home opener on Friday night against Tennessee High (2-1, 1-0).  Full Story

Boone avoids déjà vu, escapes with win

Date: 2012-09-04
On Friday night in Boone’s conference opener, a bad case of déjà vu for the Blazers nearly derailed their 21-13 win over Volunteer.  Full Story

Sneyd seeks second appeal in lawsuit

Date: 2012-09-04
Clerk and Master Brenda Sneyd is making her third and final attempt to sue Washington County for a 10 percent pay increase.  Full Story

Eye on the Environment: More drilling and mining on public lands

Date: 2012-09-04
Teddy Roosevelt judged as “noteworthy in its essential democracy” that portions of the country’s most scenic and important natural areas be preserved through placing them under public ownership and management.   Full Story

Candidates for judge must garner commission nomination

Date: 2012-09-04
An application form has been approved, but candidates for the new General Sessions Judgeship will not even be considered without a nomination from a county commissioner.  Full Story

Senior Center hosting craft show

Date: 2012-09-04
The Jonesborough Senior Center will host a craft show featuring several of its members’ handmade crafts at the Jonesborough Flea Market on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Full Story

MOTS to feature White, Petteway

Date: 2012-09-04
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature Amy White and Al Petteway on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Town gears up for yard sale

Date: 2012-09-04
The Town of Jonesborough will host its annual fall town-wide yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 15.  Full Story

Fall story times at libraries in Jonesborough, Gray to begin

Date: 2012-09-04
The libraries in Jonesborough and Gray will begin the newest season of story time for kids next week.  Full Story

Museum hosting free event

Date: 2012-09-04
Hands On! Regional Museum will celebrate 25 years with a birthday bash on Friday, Sept. 7, from 6-8 p.m.  Full Story

JCPB audit notes no major wrongdoings by G’Fellers

Date: 2012-09-04
The Johnson City Power Board’s board of directors met Aug. 28 to discuss 19 agenda items.   Full Story

Commissioners vote against increasing mayor’s authority

Date: 2012-09-04
Despite being the only county in the state that does not allow its mayor to approve budget line item amendments, commissioners refused to request the General Assembly give the same ability to Mayor Dan Eldridge.  Full Story

Community Concert Band to perform

Date: 2012-08-28
The Johnson City Community Concert Band will perform a free concert on Monday, Sept. 3, at the Visitors Center in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Fall Branch Days planned for Sept. 3

Date: 2012-08-28
The Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department and the Fall Branch Ruritan will sponsor Fall Branch Days on Monday, Sept. 3.  Full Story

Crockett to hold blood drive Aug. 31

Date: 2012-08-28
A blood drive will be held at David Crockett High School on Friday, Aug. 31, from 3-8:30 p.m. The blood drive will run in conjunction with the facility’s Back to School Bash, which is open to the entire community. To make an appointment to donate blood, or for more information, call the American Red Cross at 202-5619.  Full Story

JAMA schedules Walk For Hunger

Date: 2012-08-28
The Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association will host a Walk For Hunger on Saturday, Sept. 15, at David Crockett High School.  Full Story

Mauk’s to host next cash mob

Date: 2012-08-28
With 100 years under its belt, Mauk’s of Jonesborough thrives as the oldest continuing business in the oldest town in Tennessee.   Full Story

Fairest of the Appalachian Fair

Date: 2012-08-28
The Appalachian Fair’s annual Fairest of the Fair pageant took place Aug. 20. Hannah Everhart, 17, took home the title of Miss Appalachian Fair 2012. She will now move on to compete in the Tennessee Fairest of the Fair pageant in Nashville early next year. In addition to the crown, Everhart also received $200 through the Richard Shadden Scholarship to go toward continuing her education. Also placing in the contest were Abigail Eldridge, 17, first runner-up; Raquel Velasco, 18, second runner-up; Taylor Patterson, 18, third runner-up; and Lauren Malone, 20, fourth runner-up. Patterson and Malone tied for the Ashley Williams Miss Congeniality Award. The award is named for the Miss Appalachian Fair 2002, who passed away a short time after being crowned. A total of 10 contestants took part in this year’s pageant. For more photos from the pageant, visit the Photo Gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com.  Full Story

Voice for the wildlife needs to be heard in regulating coal ash

Date: 2012-08-28
The title of Barbara Ward’s “Who speaks for earth?” comes to mind as one follows the wrangling over proposed regulation of “coal combustion residuals.”   Full Story

Requirements upped to get unemployment benefits

Date: 2012-08-28
NASHVILLE — Beginning Sept. 1, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will begin implementation of the Unemployment Insurance Accountability Act of 2012.  Full Story

Town still expects to close on ISC building next month

Date: 2012-08-28
Plans are moving forward in the town’s acquisition of the International Storytelling Center building on Main Street.  Full Story

Mayor’s move to downtown courthouse advances to next step

Date: 2012-08-28
Design plans for the new location of the county mayor’s offices were approved in concept during the Aug. 20 meeting of the County-Owned Property Committee.  Full Story

Black to share tales as next teller-in-residence

Date: 2012-08-28
The next teller-in-residence for the International Storytelling Center’s Storytelling Live program will be humorist, historian, and folk teller Judith Black.   Full Story

Hot dog eating contest set for Sept. 1 in Jonesborough

Date: 2012-08-28
The Town of Jonesborough, with the help of Bull Dog Hot Dogs, will sponsor a Hot Dog Eating Contest on Saturday, Sept. 1, in front of the downtown courthouse at noon.  Full Story

‘Hairspray’ making its way to JRT stage

Date: 2012-08-28
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will open its 2012-2013 musical season with the Tri-Cities’ premier of Hairspray.  Full Story

Johnson City Symphony Orchestra to hold auditions

Date: 2012-08-28
The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will be holding auditions for the following key instrumental openings on Thursday, Sept. 6: Violin 1 and 2-Section; Viola-Section; Cello-Section; String Bass-Section; and second Clarinet.  Full Story

MOTS to feature Evergreen

Date: 2012-08-28
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature the band Evergreen on Friday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Library’s ‘Tuesday Night at the Movies’ to feature ‘Top Hat’

Date: 2012-08-28
The Jonesborough Library will show the 1935 movie “Top Hat” on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 5:30 p.m.  Full Story

Waxwing Band lands in town for weekend of Contra

Date: 2012-08-28
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.   Full Story

FEMA denies funding for destruction caused by flash floods

Date: 2012-08-28
The second disaster in two years has Washington County again shifting into recovery mode, but the process will be far from the same this time around.   Full Story

County farm likely to become facility for homeless veterans

Date: 2012-08-28
During the second meeting to discuss possible uses for the county farm, agency leaders agreed a facility to assist homeless veterans would have the most potential for success in Washington County.  Full Story

Second Harvest schedules annual golf classic

Date: 2012-08-28
Registrations are being accepted for the annual Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee Golf Classic scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24.  Full Story

Trailblazers retain Musket Cup in two-day win

Date: 2012-08-28
After two days and several rounds of golf, the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone retained the Musket Cup over rival David Crockett in the annual event with a score of 14 ½ to ½ .  Full Story

You say tomato, I say...rubber ducky?

Date: 2012-08-23
Life these days at the home of Orlis and Elizabeth Francis is just “ducky.”  Full Story

G’Fellers replaces Gearhart on BMA

Date: 2012-08-21
Longtime Jonesborough resident and former town mayor Homer G’Fellers returned to the political scene last week as the newest member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.  Full Story

Rambo wants full-time attorney job

Date: 2012-08-21
Next week, Washington County commissioners will consider a unanimous recommendation from the Legal Services Oversight Committee to transition County Attorney John Rambo to in-house counsel, effective Nov. 1.  Full Story

Who decides if American flags should fly in downtown?

Date: 2012-08-21
Ruth Verhegge, a Jonesborough resident and chairman of the town’s Flag Committee, carried a hefty pile of papers to the podium during last week’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting as she prepared to address town leaders.  Full Story

School system needs to help Hispanics, students with disabilities

Date: 2012-08-21
According to a recent report from the Tennessee Department of Education, the Washington County School System has two subgroups of students who have failed to meet goals of state-mandated academic achievement.  Full Story

Schedule an IDEA meeting

Date: 2012-08-21
The reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires the Washington County School System to consult with representatives of private schools and parents living within the district who choose to homeschool their children.  Full Story

Doc Bonhomie to play MOTS

Date: 2012-08-21
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature the band Doc Bonhomie on Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Potential solar power unreached

Date: 2012-08-21
Our German sister city, Teterow near the Baltic Sea, aims to cover all its electric energy needs through inhouse sources, so to speak.  Full Story

Process to hire third judge moves ahead

Date: 2012-08-21
Members of the Washington County Legal Services Oversight Committee reviewed the application for General Sessions Judge when they reconvened Aug. 16.  Full Story

JRT to host auditions for upcoming productions

Date: 2012-08-21
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and It’s a Wonderful Life, on Sunday, Sept. 9, and Monday Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. at the theater.   Full Story

Theater gears up for fall classes, opening of McKinney Center arts programming

Date: 2012-08-21
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will host fall registration for students in kindergarten through 12th grade throughout August.  Full Story

Budget Committee recommends seeking proposals for bond offering

Date: 2012-08-21
Budget Committee members voted to recommend the county commission seek proposals for the bond offering with an option to request advisory services.  Full Story

Butterfly watch set for Aug. 25

Date: 2012-08-21
Naturalist Don Holt, of the Mountain Empire Butterfly Club, will lead a butterfly identification session at the Jonesborough Butterfly Garden on Saturday, Aug. 25, starting at 10 a.m.   Full Story

Boone takes out Elizabethton in season opener

Date: 2012-08-21
In 26 all-time gridiron meetings between Daniel Boone High School and Elizabethton High School, the Blazers have found themselves on the losing end 25 times.   Full Story

Crockett wins on the road against Sullivan East

Date: 2012-08-21
On Aug. 17, the David Crockett High School Pioneers matched their entire win total of last season in just four quarters.  Full Story

No two things the same at Kaley’s

Date: 2012-08-21
After 20 years in the industry, Marianne Onks knows a thing or two about running a successful business.   Full Story

The Isaacs to headline Christian Storytelling Festival on Aug. 24

Date: 2012-08-21
The award winning singing family, The Isaacs, will headline the 2012 Christian Storytelling Festival set for Friday, Aug. 24, at Providence Academy.  Full Story

Crew keeps waters calm, pure at treatment plant

Date: 2012-08-21
Mike Jackson likes to think of his department as the quiet one with the big impact. As long as he and his staff at the Jonesborough Water Treatment Plant do their jobs well, he said, no one should even know they exist.  Full Story

School Board still plans to give 3.5 percent pay increase

Date: 2012-08-14
Despite recommending the county commission finance $1.8 million in buses and provide a permanent source of increased revenue, Washington County School Board members refused to reduce the amount of money they are pulling from the schools fund balance for the 2013 budget.  Full Story

Gearhart resigns from alderman post

Date: 2012-08-14
Jonesborough Alderman Mary Gearhart has resigned from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, citing ongoing health issues as the reason for her departure. In stepping down, Gearhart has asked her colleagues to appoint former town mayor Homer G’Fellers to serve the remainder of her term, which expires in November 2014.  Full Story

Jonesborough nominated in ‘curb appeal’ competiton

Date: 2012-08-14
Jonesborough is one of hundreds of attractive towns and neighborhoods that will compete this summer in a national contest to find the “Prettiest Painted Places in America.”  Full Story

Contra-versial’ to perform at upcoming dance

Date: 2012-08-14
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a family contra dance and a regular contra dance on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.   Full Story

Tourism lecture to take place Aug. 14

Date: 2012-08-14
The second in a series of tourism talks is set to take place Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 5:30 p.m.  Full Story

Work on county archive continues, word spreads

Date: 2012-08-14
Members of the Washington County Public Records Commission approved bid documents prepared by Beeson, Lusk and Street during their Aug. 9 meeting and authorized engineer Clyde Kidd to get prices on reinforcing the Archive Annex.  Full Story

School system considers way to save $7.2 million

Date: 2012-08-14
Washington County School Board members are considering a proposal from Energy Education that could save the system $7.2 million in utility costs over a 10-year period.   Full Story

State wildlife conservation program at risk

Date: 2012-08-14
Perhaps, as a vehicle owner through a “Watchable Wildlife” license tag or in other ways, you show appreciation for conservation of the biological resoures of our state.   Full Story

Sandcastle contest set for Aug. 18

Date: 2012-08-14
As part of the ongoing We Dig Jonesborough campaign, a Sandcastle Building Contest will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m. in front of the courthouse in downtown.   Full Story

Residents asked to be ‘bear aware’ as fall approaches

Date: 2012-08-14
The bear population in Tennessee is now probably higher than it has been in the last 100-150 years, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.   Full Story

Squirrel hunting season begins Aug. 25

Date: 2012-08-14
Tennessee’s hunting season for gray, fox and red squirrels opens Saturday, Aug. 25, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.   Full Story

Fall sports season kicks off this week

Date: 2012-08-14
Local high school football fans were forced to wait a little bit longer to see the return of football to the Tri-Cities following the cancellation of the Big 8 Jamboree on Aug. 9.   Full Story

Unearthing the past

Date: 2012-08-14
Rebecca “Boo” Moss never planned to be an archaeologist. That’s because she never thought she would find historical artifacts on the property surrounding her Jonesborough home.  Full Story

Boxcar Betty’s to host third cash mob in ongoing series

Date: 2012-08-14
What do old records, bicycle chains and forks have in common? A lot, when it comes to one of historic Jonesborough’s newest shops.  Full Story

Tourism lecture set for Aug. 14

Date: 2012-08-08
The second in a series of tourism talks is set to take place Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 5:30 p.m.  Full Story

Trey Hensley to play MOTS on Aug. 10

Date: 2012-08-08
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature the Trey Hensley Country Band on Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

‘Facebook meets Jesus’ at mybluenoodle

Date: 2012-08-08
If Brian Watkins had hoped to create some chatter concerning his newest business endeavor, he has been very successful.  Full Story

Commission vote seals deal on third judgeship

Date: 2012-08-07
Appointing a third Sessions Court judge is now more of an obligation than an option for the Washington County Commission, leaders learned last week.  Full Story

Town considers logo options

Date: 2012-08-07
The quest to create a town logo that best represents Jonesborough forged ahead last week during a committee meeting where several concepts were presented.  Full Story

Sales tax increase for schools voted down

Date: 2012-08-07
Hopes for additional education dollars were dashed last week with the failure of the quarter-cent sales tax increase.  Full Story

Three terms and Ford’s out

Date: 2012-08-07
Political newcomer Micah Van Huss defeated incumbent state Rep. Dale Ford in the Republican Primary race for the 6th District House of Representatives seat.  Full Story

Improving spent-fuel safety at our nuclear plants

Date: 2012-08-07
“Trouble with a capital T and rhymes with P and stands for pool” is how Elliott Negin and David Lochbaum, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, describe the current, spent-fuel holding practice at most of the nation’s nuclear power plants.  Full Story

Cheer squad to offer classes starting Aug. 7

Date: 2012-08-07
The Elite Starz Competition Cheer Squad, for ages 5-12, will offer classes starting Tuesday, Aug. 7.  Full Story

Competitive baseball 11U tryouts Aug. 12

Date: 2012-08-07
The 2013 Kingsport Indians 11U competitive baseball team will have try-outs on Sunday, Aug. 12, at Domtar Park Field No. 6 in Kingsport.  Full Story

Sign-ups for youth soccer to take place Aug. 11, Aug. 18 at Persimmon Ridge

Date: 2012-08-07
The Town of Jonesborough’s Parks and Recreation Department will be holding registration for youth soccer on Saturday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon.  Full Story

Players, sponsors still wanted for CASA golf tournament

Date: 2012-08-07
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee will hold its 7th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, Aug. 20, at the Johnson City Country Club.   Full Story

Dragon Boat Festival set for September, registration now open

Date: 2012-08-07
Registration is on for the seventh year of the Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City.  Full Story

Jamboree to kick off Big 8 football

Date: 2012-08-07
On Thursday, Aug. 9, fans will congregate at the campus of Tennessee High for a yearly ritual that will summon another start to the school year.  Full Story

History lessons at the Chester Inn Museum

Date: 2012-08-07
For more than 200 years, the Chester Inn has witnessed the changing face of downtown Jonesborough. Now — as home to the relatively new Chester Inn Museum — it’s being given a chance to share it’s story.  Full Story

Beth Horner uses an axe to get what she wants

Date: 2012-08-07
Jonesborough’s teller-in-residence program will offer a week’s worth of performances by the renowned storyteller Beth Horner.   Full Story

Flash floods cause major damage

Date: 2012-08-07
More than 50 homes in Washington County were lost during a flood Aug. 5.  Full Story

Gracious Designs to host cash mob Aug. 11 at 11 a.m.

Date: 2012-08-07
When you enter Gracious Designs of Jonesborough, the southern hospitality and charm immediately embrace each guest just the way store owner Marty Glasgow intended.  Full Story

Fall Branch woman finds snake in toilet

Date: 2012-08-02
Finding a snake in your toilet is not an everyday occurrence. And for that, one Fall Branch woman is extremely thankful.  Full Story

Area church rebuilding family’s home

Date: 2012-07-31
Patrick Tilley awoke with a start when his CPAP breathing machine suddenly stopped working shortly after 12:30 a.m. on July 2. That startled feeling quickly turned to panic when he pulled the mask off his face to get a breath of air.  Full Story

Budget Committee approves revised funding proposal for schools

Date: 2012-07-31
A revised funding proposal for the Washington County School System was unanimously approved during the July 24 meeting of the Budget Committee.  Full Story

Bombas to open restaurant featuring fresh Italian

Date: 2012-07-31
A new restaurant is set to open in Jonesborough in the building formerly occupied by The Daily Bread at 125 E. Jackson Blvd.  Full Story

Dance society’s potluck dinner set for Aug. 4 at Visitors Center

Date: 2012-07-31
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present its annual Summer Harvest Potluck Dinner & Contra Dance on Saturday, Aug. 4.   Full Story

Kindergarten signups take place Aug. 2

Date: 2012-07-31
Personnel with the Washington County Department of Education will register children entering kindergarten in any Washington County school for the 2012-2013 school year.   Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritan to host breakfast

Date: 2012-07-31
The Bowmantown Ruritan will host a country breakfast from 7-10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. It includes ham, bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy, cooked apples, grits and more. Cost is by donation. The facility is located at the corner of Barkley and Bowmantown roads. For more information, call Harvey Crain at 257-6003. For more community events, see Page 3B.  Full Story

Unglacial speed of ice melting should be call to action

Date: 2012-07-31
The connotation of the word “glacial” as meaning infinite slowness in movement or action no longer holds.  Full Story

Balsam Range to play MOTS on Aug. 3

Date: 2012-07-31
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature the Balsam Range band on Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Members of county Committee on Committees to remain same

Date: 2012-07-31
Washington County Commissioners voted last week to make no change to the membership of the Committee on Committees, the body who assigns commissioners to service on standing and special committees.   Full Story

Lady Blazers 13-14 All-Stars win state championship

Date: 2012-07-31
The Daniel Boone High School softball program looks to be in very capable hands for years to come after the 13-14 year old All-Star team captured the junior softball state championship on July 18 with a 2-0 victory over the Morristown All-Star team.   Full Story

Area continues award-winning tradition of hosting ASA softball tournaments

Date: 2012-07-31
Ninety-five teams are playing in the ASA/USA 18/U Girls Fast-Pitch Softball National Championship that started July 29 in Johnson City.   Full Story

Tryouts for 11U competitive team Aug. 12

Date: 2012-07-31
The 2013 Kingsport Indians 11U competitive baseball team will have try-outs on Sunday, Aug. 12.  Full Story

Hands Around the World to host first cash mob

Date: 2012-07-31
Janet Browning has always served as a traveling teacher in one way or another, but when she made the decision to leave her afterschool program to sell art out of a van in poverty stricken villages across the globe, she was taking a giant leap of faith based on her true passion and dedication to education.  Full Story

We Dig Jonesborough set to begin

Date: 2012-07-31
Donning plastic yellow construction hats, town leaders officially announced their plans for a promotional campaign that will entice people throughout the region to come experience downtown Jonesborough as it undergoes a major facelift.  Full Story

TDEC offering free radon test kits

Date: 2012-07-25
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is offering free radon test kits to Tennessee households through July 30, as part of an ongoing effort to educate citizens across the state about the dangers of radon exposure. There is a limit of one free test kit per address.   Full Story

We dig Jonesborough

Date: 2012-07-24
If all goes as planned, people will truly be “digging Jonesborough” beginning in August.  Full Story

H&T recognized by TPA as top newspaper

Date: 2012-07-24
NASHVILLE — The Herald & Tribune received top honors at the Tennessee Press Association awards ceremony held July 13.  Full Story

Kindergarten signups set for Aug. 20

Date: 2012-07-24
Personnel with the Washington County Department of Education will register children entering kindergarten in any Washington County school for the 2012-2013 school year.   Full Story

Reductions in state funding have Crumley House gearing up for fight

Date: 2012-07-24
Guynn Edwards, executive director of The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Limestone, is readying himself for a fight.  Full Story

Mercury poison to be reduced thanks to Sen. Alexander

Date: 2012-07-24
Perhaps because it can be deadly, the heavy metal which coal fired power plants send up into the air through their stack emissions is named after a Greek-Roman mythical deity: Mercury.   Full Story

County officials to get state-mandated raise

Date: 2012-07-24
While the Washington County Commission has yet to make a decision on salary increases for the 2013 budget, some county employees are already assured of a raise.  Full Story

Guild performs in town on Tuesdays

Date: 2012-07-24
The Jonesborough Storytellers Guild now gathers each week to present stories on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Creekside Restaurant located in downtown Jonesborough.  Full Story

Summitt to serve as grand marshal for Food City 250

Date: 2012-07-24
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Food City will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its sponsorship of the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, Aug. 24, with a very special guest serving as grand marshal.  Full Story

UT alum among athletes competing at Olympics

Date: 2012-07-24
KNOXVILLE — Looking for someone to root for in the upcoming Olympics? Eleven athletes with ties to the University of Tennessee will compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.   Full Story

Guit-art

Date: 2012-07-24
Calling all artists.  Full Story

Cupcake competition to benefit American Cancer Society

Date: 2012-07-24
On Sunday, July 29, professional and home bakers will come together to fight back against cancer through a Battle of the Batter cupcake competition.  Full Story

Storyteller from Ireland lands at ISC to offer tales

Date: 2012-07-24
Storyteller Niall de Búrca, of Ireland, has one of those accents. It’s the kind of accent that makes every word sound like singing; the kind of accent that would sound good reading the phone book.  Full Story

Two FCCLA teams from Crockett win at nationals

Date: 2012-07-24
Two teams from David Crockett High School’s Family Career Community Leaders of America program took first place at the national competition in Florida earlier this month.  Full Story

Architect to receive $87,500 to build new animal shelter

Date: 2012-07-24
During their July 17 meeting, members of the Washington County-Johnson City Animal Control Board approved a flat fee of $87,500 for architect Thomas Weems to build the new animal shelter on North Roan Street.   Full Story

Curriculum for player development focuses on fundamentals on and off the field

Date: 2012-07-17
With football season just around the corner, the Pioneers of David Crockett put in some early preparation this past week by partnering with the NFL and National Guard for a player development football camp on the campus of the high school.  Full Story

Plans for Dunkin’ Donuts in Jonesborough move forward

Date: 2012-07-17
Town leaders received just one proposal for an acre of land adjacent to Town Hall, a proposal that will bring donuts and coffee to Jonesborough’s main intersection.  Full Story

Members nominated for county’s Legal Services Oversight Committee

Date: 2012-07-17
In less than five minutes, members of the Washington County Committee on Committees nominated and approved a list of individuals to recommend for the new Legal Services Oversight Committee.   Full Story

Jonesborough fleet recognized

Date: 2012-07-17
The Town of Jonesborough received recognition in a trade magazine called Government Fleet Magazine.  Full Story

Renovations ongoing at downtown courthouse

Date: 2012-07-17
Improvements continue in one county building, but a different use will now have to be considered for another.  Full Story

Endangered Species law rescues a unique Tennessee plant

Date: 2012-07-17
Characteristically, it was their essential utility in underpinning the nation’s material wealth that President Theodore Roosevelt would stress in promoting preservation of natural resources. But with aim of preserving “for our children’s children, as a priceless heritage, all the delicate beauty of the lesser and the majesty of the mightier forms of wildlife,” he also defended them for the beauty they evoke in our lives.   Full Story

Traffic circle at Five Points one step closer to fruition

Date: 2012-07-17
A proposed traffic circle in Jonesborough that will require the demolition of a longtime convenience mart went through another round of approval at the July 9 meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.   Full Story

Town signs purchase agreement on ISC building

Date: 2012-07-17
Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe signed a purchase agreement on July 10, officially kicking off the town’s plans to buy the International Storytelling Center on Main Street.   Full Story

Homeowners want Jonesborough to BYPASS THE BYPASS

Date: 2012-07-17
After working out an agreement in May to acquire land that could be used in the future to build a bypass around Jonesborough, town leaders heard from residents who fear the impact such a road may have on their properties.  Full Story

Leaders debate responsibility for making up deficit in schools budget

Date: 2012-07-17
Whose fund balance should be used to cover the $2.5 million deficit in the Washington County School System’s budget was debated with administrators during the July 12 meeting of the Budget Committee.  Full Story

Construction ‘killing’ business in downtown

Date: 2012-07-17
Downtown merchants had their request denied last week for the town to conduct its ongoing construction work at night instead of during peak business hours.  Full Story

Crockett alum’s new album showcases change from ‘boys to the men’

Date: 2012-07-17
Taylor Cochran has done a lot of growing up since graduating from David Crockett High School in 2010. And so has his music.  Full Story

Closet aims to bring hope to children in foster care

Date: 2012-07-17
For more than a decade, Rachele Hamilton and her family have opened their home to around 50 foster children.   Full Story

Town expected to buy ISC building

Date: 2012-07-10
During their July 9 meeting, members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen were expected to consider — and it appears likely accept — a proposal to purchase the International Storytelling Center building for $1 million from U.S. Rural Development.  Full Story

Leaders question use of flags on Main Street lamp posts

Date: 2012-07-10
After being laid to rest nearly a year ago, it appears the issue of American flags flying high on lamp posts along Main Street may once again be causing flap among town leaders.  Full Story

Taking action or succumbing to changing-climate misery

Date: 2012-07-10
He is optimistic, Dave Freeman said at a meeting on energy issues in Chattanooga recently, since Americans have a “pretty good track record of turning things around when signs of danger to our country become unmistakable.”  Full Story

Crockett’s Wright named one of two Witten scholars

Date: 2012-07-10
For local David Crockett senior Seth Wright, hard work on the playing field and in the classroom paid off when he received the Jason Witten Scholar Athlete of 2012.  Full Story

Love of lettering

Date: 2012-07-10
Roy Foster was 18 years old when he caught the sign painting bug. As Foster watched a painter who worked for Broyles Signs letter ice boxes with the word “ICE,” he thought to himself, “I’d like to do that.”  Full Story

Storytellers guild to bring Grimm fairy tales to life July 14

Date: 2012-07-10
Inspired by the German Romantic Movement, the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild will celebrate 200 years of tales during Grimm Fairy Tales night at Rocky Mount Historic Site on Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Crazy 8s champion returning for attempt at three-peat

Date: 2012-07-10
On Saturday, July 14, at 9:58 p.m., runners from all over the world will converge on Fred Johnson Stadium for the 23rd Indian Path Medical Center & CrestPoint Health Crazy 8s 8K Run.  Full Story

Youth soccer registration under way

Date: 2012-07-10
Johnson City Parks and Recreation began registration for youth soccer on July 2. Registrations will be accepted online at www.myjcparks.org or at the Winged Deer Park Athletic Tower weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is $25 for City residents and $30 for non-City residents; online registration includes a small convenience fee.  Full Story

MOTS to feature Brodsky

Date: 2012-07-10
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature Chuck Brodsky on Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Funding for county to house state felons upped, jail houses 170 such inmates

Date: 2012-07-10
Washington County could receive almost $11 million during the next five years for housing state felons.   Full Story

Jonesborough sign ordinances to be revamped

Date: 2012-07-10
A request from a local business owner to put a sign up on his building has town leaders looking at rewriting their policies.  Full Story

Budget hearings continue in Washington County

Date: 2012-07-10
Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge reiterated his opposition to padding the budgets during the first hearing with department heads held July 5.  Full Story

Funding for county to house state felons upped, jail houses 170 such inmates

Date: 2012-07-10
Washington County could receive almost $11 million during the next five years for housing state felons.   Full Story

Cyber bullying to be included in training for county students

Date: 2012-07-10
Awareness of cyber bullying will be included in a new training session for Washington County students on proper social networking behavior.  Full Story

Town to regulate open signs in downtown

Date: 2012-07-10
Town leaders are making no bones about it ­— they want downtown businesses to stay open later in the evening. But how establishments tell people they are open is also something town leaders want a say in.  Full Story

Manning determined to make Broncos the right decision

Date: 2012-07-03
The Niswonger Golf Classic brought plenty of celebrities to the links at the Ridges in Jonesborough on June 25, but the most popular was Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.  Full Story

Hearings to be held July 10 in Knoxville on Tennessee fracking regulation issues

Date: 2012-07-03
On New Year’s Eve, Youngstown, Ohio was shaken by the biggest in a succession of earthquakes.   Full Story

Jonesborough man dies in boating accident on Nolichuck

Date: 2012-07-03
A Jonesborough man died over the weekend after the boat he was operating capsized on the Nolichucky River in Washington County.  Full Story

Ten Commandments may be displayed at county’s Justice Center

Date: 2012-07-03
During their June meeting, Washington County commissioners appointed a study committee to design a historical documents display for the George P. Jaynes Justice Center on Highway 11E.  Full Story

Professional whistler, storyteller to perform

Date: 2012-07-03
High school is a time when many young people start thinking about their careers. A student who likes science might resolve to become a doctor. A kid who’s good at math might consider becoming an accountant.   Full Story

Signage plan heads to BMA for approval

Date: 2012-07-03
The final version of a plan for wayfinding signage in downtown Jonesborough is now headed to the town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen.  Full Story

Sidewalk issue outside former theater to be fixed

Date: 2012-07-03
Members of Jonesborough’s Tree and Townscape Board agreed to widen a sidewalk and prune a tree to relieve problems in front of area businesses.  Full Story

Election Commission readying for upcoming election

Date: 2012-07-03
Washington County Election Commission members are gearing up for the Aug. 2 General Election by making plans for early voting.  Full Story

ISC Board votes to give up building

Date: 2012-07-03
The International Storytelling Center building is now officially for sale.  Full Story

Court upholds decision in Sneyd case

Date: 2012-07-03
Clerk and Master Brenda Sneyd got no further with the Tennessee Court of Appeals than she did with the trial court in her lawsuit against Washington County.  Full Story

Leaders vote against reducing size of commission once again

Date: 2012-07-03
A last-ditch effort to reduce the size of the Washington County Commission failed in a 20-to-5 vote during last week’s meeting.  Full Story

JRT director excited to get new season of plays rolling

Date: 2012-07-03
At the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre on Main Street, Artistic Director Christy Vance is more than a little excited.  Full Story

TOWN FOR HIRE!

Date: 2012-07-03
Even though Jonesborough newcomers Don and Deb Burger say they love the traditional way of doing things, their method of selecting a new place to live has been anything but conventional.  Full Story

JRT director excited to get new season of plays rolling

Date: 2012-07-03
At the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre on Main Street, Artistic Director Christy Vance is more than a little excited.  Full Story

ISC Board appears divided over whether to keep downtown building

Date: 2012-06-26
A letter written by Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe to the International Storytelling Center’s Board of Governors indicates the organization’s leadership council may be at odds over whether to keep its iconic downtown building.  Full Story

BMA passes budget

Date: 2012-06-26
Town employees will get a 5 percent raise while Jonesborough residents will see no change in their property tax rate in the upcoming fiscal year.  Full Story

Roe’s right-hand man among six vying for commission seat

Date: 2012-06-26
The surprisingly large number of candidates will make the competition for the 8th District seat on the Washington County Commission a race to watch in the Aug. 2 general election.  Full Story

School system’s $64M budget rejected

Date: 2012-06-26
Members of the Washington County Budget Committee voted unanimously to reject the county school system’s proposed budget of more than $64 million when they reconvened June 19.  Full Story

Will Congress overturn the mercury rule?

Date: 2012-06-26
Economist Paul Krugman’s Christmas column in the New York Times last year worried that “if any Republican wins [the 2012 presidential] election, he or she will surely try to undo this good work.”  Full Story

Joint school boards meeting addresses sale tax referendum

Date: 2012-06-26
Convincing members of the media to positively promote the sales tax referendum is the key to a successful vote, city and county school board members decided during a joint meeting June 20.  Full Story

Jonesborough water customers asked to hunt, report leaks

Date: 2012-06-26
While town leaders are proud of Jonesborough’s nearly perfect water system rating and the quality of the water provided to its customers, they are still looking for ways to improve.   Full Story

Cleaning the Nolichucky

Date: 2012-06-26
Area residents joined the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts group on June 23 for the 11th annual Nolichucky River Cleanup and Celebration. Participants removed debris from the river and its banks all day, but still managed to have a little fun while they were at it. At left, clockwise from left, Syngine Jeffers, Tyler Hurst, Sergel Bolen and Philden Cooper help with the cleanup effort. For more photos from the event, visit the Photo Gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com.  Full Story

New bed and breakfast may be opening in Jonesborough

Date: 2012-06-26
A new bed and breakfast may be making its way to Tennessee’s oldest town.  Full Story

Jonesborough to show ‘1776’ film on July 3

Date: 2012-06-26
The Jonesborough Library will show the film 1776 on Tuesday, July 3, at 5:30 p.m.  Full Story

Celebrity athletes visit town to help children’s hospital

Date: 2012-06-26
The Niswonger Children's Hospital Golf Classic returned to Jonesborough on June 25 with a host of celebrities hitting the links at The Ridges to help raise money for children.   Full Story

Crockett FCCLA students headed to Orlando for nationals

Date: 2012-06-26
By Michael Baker, Staff Writer  Full Story

Linda Poland celebrated as town’s ‘resident storyteller’

Date: 2012-06-26
For 15-years, Linda Poland has served as Jonesborough’s resident storyteller.  Full Story

Stivender to offer tall tales June 26-30

Date: 2012-06-26
To look at Ed Stivender, or to hear him in conversation, you might not guess he’s such an energetic performer and an award-winning Philadelphia mummer. But the low-key Catholic is known around the world for his quick wit and his hilarious improv.   Full Story

Rail excursion to take guests through gorge

Date: 2012-06-26
The Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum will host its Summer 2012 Rail Excursion through the Scenic Hiwassee River Gorge in East Tennessee on Saturday, July 14.   Full Story

Starbucks to open in Jonesborough

Date: 2012-06-21
A popular coffee chain is on its way to Jonesborough.  Full Story

Starbucks to open in Jonesborough

Date: 2012-06-19
A popular coffee chain is on its way to Jonesborough.  Full Story

Committee discusses creation of tourism logo

Date: 2012-06-19
The town’s newest committee met for the first time last week to discuss the creation of a tourism logo for Jonesborough.  Full Story

Starbucks coming to Jonesborough

Date: 2012-06-19
A popular coffee chain is on its way to Jonesborough.  Full Story

Former area newspaper man, civic leader dies

Date: 2012-06-19
Tim P. Jones, 69, Johnson City, passed away Thursday in Nashville surrounded by his family following a battle with cancer.   Full Story

PRAISE THE ROOF

Date: 2012-06-19
By Vincent Johnson, Contributing Writer  Full Story

Town to borrow $650,000

Date: 2012-06-19
The Town of Jonesborough will pay an estimated $64,000 annually for the next 12 years to complete two ongoing projects.  Full Story

Jonesborough museum to get state exhibit on Civil War

Date: 2012-06-19
An official traveling exhibit of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will spend two months in Jonesborough, starting Friday, June 29.  Full Story

Budget Committee to make recommendation on school system’s proposed $64M budget

Date: 2012-06-19
Washington County Budget Committee members were expected to reconvene Tuesday, June 19, to make a recommendation on the proposed $64 million budget for the county school system.  Full Story

Jonesborough Days seeking parade entries

Date: 2012-06-19
The Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting entries for the 42nd Annual Jonesborough Days Parade to be held Saturday, June 30, at 10 a.m.   Full Story

Tickets available for festival’s kickoff dinner

Date: 2012-06-19
This year’s kickoff dinner for the Jonesborough Days and Nights Festival will be held on Tuesday, June 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center.  Full Story

Library to host talk on two naval battles

Date: 2012-06-19
The Jonesborough Library has scheduled a program to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World War II Battles of Coral Sea and Midway.   Full Story

Kids’ reading program at library

Date: 2012-06-19
A children’s reading program is underway at the libraries in Jonesborough and Gray. The program is held on Wednesdays in Jonesborough and Thursdays in Gray, both at 10 a.m.  Full Story

Birch this week’s teller-in-residence

Date: 2012-06-19
Storyteller Carol Birch, who will perform as this week’s teller-in-residence at the International Storytelling Center, loves the classics that line her bookshelf.   Full Story

Music on the Square to feature Carson Peters

Date: 2012-06-19
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature Carson Peters on Friday, June 22, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Positive change begins personally, but...

Date: 2012-06-19
That this one Earth is “all we got” is the kernel of hundreds of messages on the United Nations website as world civic, government and business leaders meet this week in Rio de Janeiro.   Full Story

Skaggs gearing up for Jonesborough

Date: 2012-06-19
Country music legend Ricky Skaggs has been playing music for the last 53 years, but he has never been more excited about it than right now.  Full Story

Losing means winning at Town Hall

Date: 2012-06-19
The Town of Jonesborough lost an employee last month, and fellow staffers couldn’t be happier about it.  Full Story

Students focus on environment

Date: 2012-06-19
By Michael A. Baker, Staff Writer  Full Story

No objections filed after Storytelling miscalculation

Date: 2012-06-12
A modification to include additional creditors in the Amended Disclosure Statement and Plan of Reorganization filed by the International Storytelling Center was approved June 5 in Bankruptcy Court.   Full Story

Officials speak out on commission limiting privileges

Date: 2012-06-12
A new requirement for permission to speak during Washington County Commission meetings is not sitting well with several county officials.  Full Story

Third phase of subdivision may include new road

Date: 2012-06-12
Town leaders have neither seen nor approved a site plan for the third phase of a Jonesborough neighborhood, but some community members are already voicing concern over the possible project.  Full Story

Persimmon Ridge Road in need of more improvements

Date: 2012-06-12
Improvements to both ends of Persimmon Ridge Road are being considered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  Full Story

DEBATE: How should downtown businesses indicate they are open?

Date: 2012-06-12
Town leaders are taking aim at the methods in which downtown businesses indicate they are open.  Full Story

Dynamics of, changes in tourism to be lecture topics

Date: 2012-06-12
On Tuesday, June 12, the Jonesborough Area Merchants and Services Association will host the first in a series of lectures involving the trends, changes and dynamics of tourism.   Full Story

Presentation to show artist’s photos from South Africa

Date: 2012-06-12
Jonesborough Fine Art Gallery, a local cooperative of 26 artists located on Main Street, will host outdoor photographer gallery and member Richie Hayward for a photo presentation on his recent trip to South Africa.   Full Story

Reagan Boggs to headline MOTS

Date: 2012-06-12
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature Reagan Boggs and the Coal Men on Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Forest to share stories of farm life

Date: 2012-06-12
The International Storytelling Center’s next teller-in-residence will be Heather Forest, a songstress and curator of folklore and fables.  Full Story

Light named new county commissioner

Date: 2012-06-12
Steve Light, of the Bowmantown Community, was unanimously elected during the May 29 meeting to represent the 8th District on the Washington County Commission.  Full Story

GOP should protect the nation’s waters

Date: 2012-06-12
President Theodore Roosevelt’s vision of rivers being connected “from [their] headwaters in the forest to [their] mouth on the coast” was evidently shared by Republicans and Democrats in the Congress when, unanimously, they passed the Clean Water Act in 1972.  Full Story

Jackson Theatre owner wants sidewalk fix

Date: 2012-06-12
Wesley Wilson, owner of the old Jackson Theatre, is hoping what is good for one end of downtown Main Street will soon be good for the other end.  Full Story

Special graduation held for Boone softball seniors

Date: 2012-06-12
Members of the Washington County Board of Education hosted a separate graduation ceremony June 7 for the six Daniel Boone High School seniors who were in Murfreesboro competing in the state softball tournament and unable to join their classmates at the May 26 schoolwide commencement ceremony.  Full Story

‘Bambino’ baseball kids in league of their own

Date: 2012-06-12
By Alice Parsons, Contributing Writer  Full Story

Basketball tourney coming to Greeneville

Date: 2012-06-12
By Vincent Johnson, Contributing Writer  Full Story

Todd Peters breathes new life into old things

Date: 2012-06-12
In his role as the Heavy Metal Milkman, craftsman Todd Peters takes the expression “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” to a new level.  Full Story

Leaders consider 5 percent raise for town employees

Date: 2012-06-05
The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a preliminary budget for 2012-2013 that includes a 5 percent pay increase for town employees. The budget does not, however, include the funding of new positions within the town.  Full Story

Matherly halts vote on his $450 monthly pay increase

Date: 2012-06-05
Washington County Commission Chair Greg Matherly wants to wait a few months before voting to increase the monthly pay for his position.  Full Story

Construction of new senior center may start this year

Date: 2012-06-05
Construction of a new senior center for the Town of Jonesborough may be underway as early as the end of this year.  Full Story

Commission votes to serve as boss of full-time attorney

Date: 2012-06-05
Upon receiving approval from the Tennessee General Assembly to create the office of county attorney, Washington County commissioners immediately instituted a new layer of supervision for the position.  Full Story

Vintage Gray returns to MOTS on June 8

Date: 2012-06-05
When they finished their concert last year at Music on the Square in Jonesborough, the entire 1,200 or so people in attendance offered a standing ovation. The band Vintage Gray had been a hit.  Full Story

Bohren to perform at Storytelling Live

Date: 2012-06-05
Spencer Bohren, a celebrated musician who specializes in American blues, folk, gospel, and country, will perform as Storytelling Live’s next teller-in-residence.  Full Story

Love Lavender Festival set for June 9-10

Date: 2012-06-05
The Love Lavender Festival is set to return to Jonesborough on June 9-10.  Full Story

Teen reading program to begin June 12

Date: 2012-06-05
The libraries in Jonesborough and Gray will host a Teen Summer Reading Program this year.   Full Story

Knit in Public Day to be celebrated at library

Date: 2012-06-05
The Jonesborough Library will be taking part in World Wide Knit in Public Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.  Full Story

DENIED: Munchie’s rezoning for beer sales

Date: 2012-06-05
Despite arguments for the economic benefit of the county, commissioners denied business owner Mike Pierce’s request for a rezoning that would allow Munchie’s Country Store and Kitchen, 219 Fordtown Road, Fall Branch, to apply for an off-premise beer permit.  Full Story

‘Silent Spring’ turns 50, much work remains

Date: 2012-06-05
It is the very first entry box in the World Watch Institute’s “Environmental Milestones” map for the last half-century.   Full Story

Storytelling returns to court, bank wants to keep ability to file claim against ISC

Date: 2012-06-05
First Tennessee Bank filed a response May 24 requesting the U.S. Bankruptcy Court leave a door open for the bank to file a future claim against the International Storytelling Center.  Full Story

Town considers creating business districts

Date: 2012-06-05
As work continues on a plan to makeover signage in downtown Jonesborough, it appears Tennessee’s oldest town may soon add a couple of business districts.  Full Story

Animal shelter to hold event June 11

Date: 2012-06-05
The Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter and Ziggy’s Second Chance Network will hold an adoption event on Monday, June 11, from 5-7 p.m. at the animal shelter.   Full Story

Lady Blazers Sheffey, Rogers named players of year

Date: 2012-06-05
The awards just keep coming for the Daniel Boone High School Lady Trailblazers after a record breaking softball season where the team collected 50 wins and finished as state-runner-up.   Full Story

Summitt receives Medal of Freedom

Date: 2012-06-05
By Vincent Johnson, Contributing Writer  Full Story

FolkMoot to return to Jonesborough on July 28

Date: 2012-06-05
Last year, Folkmoot USA dazzled Jonesborough audience members with its colorful combination of international dance and music.  Full Story

ANTIQUE MART HAUNTED?

Date: 2012-06-05
Joan Furches, long-time proprietress of the Jonesborough Antique Mart in downtown, has discovered there is more to running her business than working with customers and sorting through inventory.  Full Story

Forty-eight years and still going strong

Date: 2012-06-05
More than 10 million women-owned or partially owned businesses exist in the United States today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.   Full Story

Creation of County Service Office aims to help area veterans

Date: 2012-06-05
Establishing a County Service Office would provide additional assistance to the almost 11,000 veterans residing in Washington County.  Full Story

No discussion on school consolidation

Date: 2012-05-29
School consolidation, expected to be at the top of the agenda, wasn’t mentioned during the 15-minute meeting of the City-County Liaison Committee on May 24.  Full Story

Gunless constable says he did nothing wrong

Date: 2012-05-29
Marvin K. “Pete” Ferguson, a Washington County constable who earlier this month was deemed ineligble for re-election, said he has always told everyone he is a “gunless constable.”  Full Story

Will Niswonger save Storytelling?

Date: 2012-05-29
No boxes are being packed at the International Storytelling Center and it appears none will be – at least for the time being.  Full Story

Captain D’s coming to Jonesborough

Date: 2012-05-29
A variance request at the Jonesborough Board of Zoning and Appeals meeting earlier this month revealed the identity of an incoming restaurant.  Full Story

Pigeon problem at courthouse under control

Date: 2012-05-29
The number of pigeons in the area surrounding the Washington County Courthouse has diminished greatly since the USDA Wildlife Services Division began treating the population problem in January.  Full Story

County upgrades completed for energy efficiency

Date: 2012-05-29
Upgrades completed last week to improve the energy efficiency in seven county-owned buildings will provide significant recurring savings.  Full Story

Post Office parking to be limited to 20 minutes

Date: 2012-05-29
Parking at the Post Office on Boone Street is about to get a little easier.  Full Story

Work at downtown property may fix ‘trip hazard’

Date: 2012-05-29
A necessary repair to private property has town employees hoping to also fix what Mayor Kelly Wolfe referred to as a major “trip hazard” in downtown Jonesborough.  Full Story

Roe should support people’s choice

Date: 2012-05-29
Not unlike the invocations in the Catholic all-saints litany, the e-newsletters by U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01)have some constant refrains.   Full Story

Crockett landscapers state champs

Date: 2012-05-29
By Michael Baker, Staff Writer  Full Story

Engine show runs May 31 through June 2

Date: 2012-05-29
The East Tennessee Antique Engine Association will host the 41st Annual East Tennessee Crank-Up! on May 31 through June 2 at 2045 Sciota Road in Elizabethton.  Full Story

Town hosting night walk to raise awareness

Date: 2012-05-29
The Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation is hosting walks across America for the first year, including one in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Blair Concert Choir to present free concert

Date: 2012-05-29
The Blair Concert Choir will present a free concert at the Jonesborough Visitors Center on Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Annual Boones Creek Day set for June 9

Date: 2012-05-29
On Saturday, June 9, the Boones Creek Historical Trust will host its annual Boones Creek Day event.  Full Story

Appalachian Heritage Fair set for June in Limestone

Date: 2012-05-29
On June 9-10, Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone will be hosting its 7th Annual “Appalachian Heritage Fair” event.   Full Story

HAM radio enthusiasts invited to June 16 event

Date: 2012-05-29
Storybrook Farm in Jonesborough will host a vintage HAM Radio meet on Saturday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Full Story

Boone falls to Soddy-Daisy in state championship

Date: 2012-05-29
Entering the 2012 softball season, the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone were expected to be one of the area’s best teams. As it turned out, they happened to be one of the state’s best.  Full Story

Registration ends May 30 for Jonesborough co-ed softball

Date: 2012-05-29
The Town of Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for adult co-ed softball teams through May 30.  Full Story

Free Family Fishout Saturday to be held at Winged Deer

Date: 2012-05-29
In conjunction with the statewide Free Fishing Day, Johnson City will hold the second annual Family Fishout on Saturday, June 9, at Winged Deer Park.  Full Story

TWRA offers guidelines for safe summer boating season

Date: 2012-05-29
Memorial Day weekend is regarded as the unofficial start to the summer boating season, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency encourages the use of life jackets while boating in a safe and responsible manner.  Full Story

Mark Ferguson Press Release

Date: 2012-05-22
Press release read by Mark Ferguson during the May 14 called meeting of the County-Owned Property Committee:  Full Story

Matherly gets pay increase for work as commission chair

Date: 2012-05-22
For the first time in more than 20 years, the Washington County Commission will consider a pay increase for its chairman.  Full Story

Felony conviction will prevent constable from running for re-election

Date: 2012-05-22
Confirmation of a past criminal conviction will prevent a constable from running for re-election, members of the Washington County Election Commission learned last week.  Full Story

Town garners more property for bypass

Date: 2012-05-22
It appears property for yet another portion of a proposed bypass around Jonesborough will soon be in the hands of town leaders.  Full Story

Smoke testing of sewer lines to begin in Jonesborough

Date: 2012-05-22
Jonesborough Director of Environmental Services Hugh Thomason will soon set out to prove that where there is smoke, there is not always fire.  Full Story

Countermine appointed town’s first vice mayor

Date: 2012-05-22
Jonesborough Alderman Terry Countermine may not have been at the May 14 meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, but that didn’t stop his colleagues from appointing him to serve as the town’s first-ever vice mayor.  Full Story

‘Doors Open’ event welcomes visitors to several sites for free

Date: 2012-05-22
The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, based in Jonesborough, has partnered with local museums and historic sites throughout the region to showcase and highlight our region’s rich history on Saturday, May 26.  Full Story

Kudzu meets zucchini in Yarn Exchange’s performance May 28

Date: 2012-05-22
The Jonesborough Yarn Exchange will perform The Great Kudzulini Menace and other stories from the Farmer’s Market on Monday, May 28, at the International Storytelling Center at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Tyler Williams to take MOTS stage

Date: 2012-05-22
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature Tyler Williams on Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Beer tent gets go-ahead at town festival

Date: 2012-05-22
A beer tent will be allowed at the Jonesborough Days and Nights Festival for the first time in the annual event’s history.  Full Story

County wants town’s help with cost for traffic light study on Highway 11E

Date: 2012-05-22
Washington County will ask the Town of Jonesborough to pay half of the cost for a warrant study to justify whether a traffic signal is needed at the intersection of North Cherokee Street and Highway 11E.  Full Story

Boone softball team blazes its way to state tourney

Date: 2012-05-22
After almost 50 games this season, the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School (44-4) will be playing their remaining schedule in Murfreesboro at the TSSAA softball state tournament.   Full Story

Boone beats Crockett in ‘Legends’ match up

Date: 2012-05-22
The remembrance of our youth is littered throughout our lives — a yearbook, an old jersey, a familiar face, or perhaps just a memory reminding us of a time when life was simpler, pure and less demanding.   Full Story

Town celebrates ‘Cherry Smith Day’

Date: 2012-05-22
Cherry Smith couldn’t hold back her tears as Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe read a proclamation honoring the longtime music teacher for her dedication to the youth of Washington County.  Full Story

Recreating the Sistine Chapel

Date: 2012-05-22
It took an entire school year to complete, but for 97 students at Providence Academy their piece de resistance was well worth the effort.  Full Story

Wetlands set to open for season on May 26

Date: 2012-05-22
Summer is almost here, and the season’s perfect vacation spot may be closer than you think. In fact, it’s just around the corner.  Full Story

Lady Blazers capture district, last county team standing girls eliminated

Date: 2012-05-15
After a week of District 1-AAA tournament play, just one Washington County team remains active in the softball and baseball postseason.   Full Story

STORYTELLING SNAFU: Leaders miscalculate what they owe

Date: 2012-05-15
Creditors will receive a lower-than-expected payout from the International Storytelling Center due to a miscalculation in the total amount of claims, a mistake that will also take the organization back to the courtroom.   Full Story

Dunkin' Donuts may be headed to Jonesborough

Date: 2012-05-15
The gateway into Jonesborough may soon look significantly different if leaders agree to sell a portion of town-owned land to the owners of the Shell gas station at the intersection of Highway 11E and Boone Street.  Full Story

Music on the Square to feature BENTLEY

Date: 2012-05-15
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature the band BENTLEY on Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Spring Chickens to play at contra dance

Date: 2012-05-15
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society welcomes Asheville, N.C., band Spring Chickens and local caller Noah Grunzweig to the contra dance set for Sunday, May 20.  Full Story

County commitee hears funding requests from organizations

Date: 2012-05-15
Washington County is taking a closer look at the requests for funding assistance from community organizations during the 2013 budget year.  Full Story

Pledging to not drink bottled water

Date: 2012-05-15
The U.S. Girl Scouts Leadership Journey this year deals with the “Wonders of Water,” the tiny proportion of fresh water that must support all terrestrial life, its journey through oceans, atmosphere and the planet’s vegetation and land water bodies, the risks to it from pollution and ways to save and protect it.  Full Story

Roe to speak at area luncheon May 29

Date: 2012-05-15
Dr. Phil Roe, a Tennessee native and U.S. Congressman representing the First Congressional District of Tennessee, will join the American Advertising Federation of Northeast Tennessee as a guest speaker on Tuesday, May 29.   Full Story

Town to host Memorial Day tribute to veterans May 27

Date: 2012-05-15
The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen, along with the town’s Veterans Affairs Committee, will host the 13th annual Veterans Memorial Musical Tribute on Sunday, May 27.  Full Story

Citizens needed for disaster training

Date: 2012-05-15
The Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency is calling on proactive citizens who would like to take a leadership role in their communities should a disaster occur.  Full Story

Cleanup scheduled at Old Jonesborough Cemetery

Date: 2012-05-15
The Heritage Alliance will host a cleanup day Saturday, May 19, at the Old Jonesborough Cemetery on Main Street.   Full Story

Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn coming to Jonesborough

Date: 2012-05-15
The lazy days of summer and the mischievous antics of young boys are on the way to town as Jonesborough Repertory Theatre presents Mark Twain’s classic “Tom Sawyer,” written by Paul Kester, starting Thursday, May 17.   Full Story

One-man theater sensation Jim Stowell to tell stories as this week’s teller-in-residence

Date: 2012-05-15
Jim Stowell, one-man theater sensation and storyteller extraordinaire, will perform as the next teller-in-residence for Storytelling Live.   Full Story

Dykes, Eldridge at odds over how to fund schools

Date: 2012-05-08
A disagreement on the source of the problem, no action from state legislators, and an unwillingness to pursue one option that guarantees additional funds keep the Washington County School System and county commissioners at odds over the 2013 budget.  Full Story

County office building no longer site for archive?

Date: 2012-05-08
An offer “out of the clear blue” from the Washington County Election Commission could change the course of establishing a county archive.  Full Story

Traffic light likely solution at North Cherokee intersection

Date: 2012-05-08
Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe and Town Administrator Bob Browning attended the May 3 meeting of the County-Owned Property Committee to discuss the latest plan to address traffic problems at the intersection of North Cherokee Street and Highway 11E.  Full Story

Lunch to cost more next school year

Date: 2012-05-08
Washington County schools will have no choice but to raise their paid lunch prices for the 2012-13 school year.  Full Story

A commandment of caring for nature

Date: 2012-05-08
For more than a century, as damage from increasing industrial use of its resources became evident, influential voices have raised warnings and admonitions of need for an ethic of caring for the natural world.   Full Story

Town-wide yard sale set for May 12 in downtown

Date: 2012-05-08
Jonesborough will host its annual town-wide yard sale on Saturday, May 12, until 3 p.m.   Full Story

New Hope Brethren to host breakfast

Date: 2012-05-08
New Hope Brethren Church, 352 New Hope Road, will host a country breakfast on Saturday, May 12, from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.   Full Story

Blazers end Crockett’s season in conference tournament

Date: 2012-05-08
After finishing the regular season ranked fourth and fifth in the Big 8, the Blazers of Daniel Boone High School and Pioneers of David Crockett High School punched their tickets to the district tournament with the two rivals opening the first round head-to-head on the diamond against one another.   Full Story

ETSU golf club brings home national honors

Date: 2012-05-08
Members of the Golf Club at East Tennessee State University recently brought home national championship honors from the National Collegiate Club Golf Association.  Full Story

ETSU disc golf team takes part in national championships

Date: 2012-05-08
East Tennessee State University was represented by two teams at the disc golf national collegiate championship, held in North Augusta, S.C.  Full Story

The Norton Family plays on

Date: 2012-05-08
When Telford musician Daniel Norton belts out the lyrics to Chuck Berry’s 1960s hit song, “Nadine,” it seems plenty of women might be wishing for a name change.  Full Story

Local family receives gift of life

Date: 2012-05-08
The Waddell family owes everything to a young man they will never meet.   Full Story

Board debates future of trees on Main Street

Date: 2012-05-01
As crews work to make changes to the downtown streetscape in Jonesborough, leaders are taking a look at the obstacles standing in their way – namely, dozens of trees throughout the downtown area.  Full Story

Ceremony honors tornado victims

Date: 2012-05-01
Doug Penley, the lone Washington County resident to lose his life during the April 2011 tornadoes, was honored Saturday during the Day of Remembrance ceremony held at the Camp Creek Ruritan Memorial Site in neighboring Greene County.  Full Story

Downtown sign plan hits another snag

Date: 2012-05-01
After resolving one issue with a proposed new plan for signs in downtown, Jonesborough leaders are now facing another one.  Full Story

Flower show set for May 11-12

Date: 2012-05-01
The Shady Oaks Garden Club of Johnson City is presenting its Standard Flower Show with the theme, “Dig Deeper,” on May 11-12. Held in Gray at the ETSU Natural History Museum, club members will use plant and other materials to interpret specific classes and sections of the fossil site.  Full Story

State legislature should do better

Date: 2012-05-01
The title, “Returning to Work,” could mean the materials in products we discard after single or short use.   Full Story

Jonesborough festival secures Friday entertainment, logo

Date: 2012-05-01
Two popular bands on the local scene will take the stage on the first night of the Jonesborough Days and Nights Festival this year.  Full Story

‘Steamshovel’ to perform at May 5 contra dance

Date: 2012-05-01
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society welcomes Asheville band “Steamshovel” and caller Adina Gordon to the contra dance set for Saturday, May 5.  Full Story

Donald Davis to tell tall tales May 14-15

Date: 2012-05-01
Donald Davis, a master storyteller, is coming to the Jonesborough Visitors Center on May 14-15 at 7:30 p.m.  Full Story

Plant expert to lead walk, native trees discussion

Date: 2012-05-01
Professor Jamey Donaldson is an expert on the wildflowers and other plants of the Appalachian mountains.   Full Story

Crockett TSA heads to nationals

Date: 2012-05-01
Every year, Guy McAmis, drafting instructor at David Crockett High School, takes a handful of his students to compete in Vex Robotics competitions.  Full Story

Series to feature The Gibson Brothers

Date: 2012-05-01
The Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series will present The Gibson Brothers on Saturday, May 19.   Full Story

Groundbreaking set for May 4 at wastewater plant

Date: 2012-05-01
The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the town’s Wastewater Improvement Project on Friday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at the existing wastewater plant facility off Britt Drive and West Main Street.   Full Story

Renowned ‘liar’ to launch season

Date: 2012-05-01
As the International Storytelling Center’s first teller-in-residence for the season, Bil Lepp looks forward to warming up the stage with a few whoppers.  Full Story

‘Southern Dozen’ contest opens to more than just motorcycles

Date: 2012-05-01
The Johnson City Convention and Visitors Bureau is opening its “Southern Dozen” contest to more than just motorcyclists this year.  Full Story

Boone, Crockett take part in conference track meet

Date: 2012-05-01
Daniel Boone and David Crockett high schools’ track squads joined fellow Big 8 members in Kingsport for the conference meet on April 26-27.   Full Story

High school baseball, softball seasons near end

Date: 2012-05-01
With the district tournament set to begin at the end of the week, the margin for error is quickly diminishing for high school baseball and softball teams as a win or loss can be the difference in playing another game or heading home for the season.  Full Story

ETSU to serve as Olympic training site

Date: 2012-05-01
East Tennessee State University has been designated as a U.S. Olympic Training Site for weightlifting by the United States Olympic Committee.   Full Story

Getting children back on track

Date: 2012-05-01
Putting young people back on the path toward success is the main objective of Washington County Juvenile Services, according to Director Angel Blackwell.   Full Story

Jonesborough Farmers Market opens May 5

Date: 2012-05-01
Look for more produce and variety than ever when the Jonesborough Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday, May 5.  Full Story

County ups funding for new senior center

Date: 2012-04-26
Washington County commissioners passed an amended resolution during their April 23 meeting that changed the structure of their allocation to the Animal Control Board and boosted the amount they will give to the Jonesborough Senior Center by $150,000.  Full Story

BMA responds to warnings of pump station problems

Date: 2012-04-26
Jonesborough Director of Environmental Services Hugh Thomason may not be a psychic, but he is certainly predicting some major problems in the town’s future.  Full Story

Storytelling Live kicks off May 1 in Jonesborough

Date: 2012-04-26
In Jonesborough, there’s no such thing as tourists; there’s only company. And nothing makes the company feel right at home quite like a good story.  Full Story

A Taste of Jonesborough

Date: 2012-04-24
Organizers for the second annual Taste of Jonesborough are calling it a success.  Full Story

Historic signs on the move?

Date: 2012-04-24
The Jonesborough Tree and Townscape Board has already been tasked with determining a new signage plan for downtown. Now it appears the future of two other signs is also theirs to assess.  Full Story

Trey Hensley to perform benefit concert

Date: 2012-04-24
Grandview School’s Parent-Teacher Association will present a benefit concert featuring Trey Hensley on Friday, May 11, from 8-9:30 p.m. at the school’s football stadium.  Full Story

Railroad Museum to feature ‘Yankee Rivals’ exhibit

Date: 2012-04-24
East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum will hold a Heritage Day on Saturday, April 28.  Full Story

Crockett to host diabetes fundraiser

Date: 2012-04-24
David Crockett High School will host a fund raising event for Juvenile Diabetes at the school on Saturday, April 28, from 1-5 p.m.  Full Story

Endangered species law keeps promise to America’s children

Date: 2012-04-24
On Earth Day we may recall some area schoolchildren’s action on behalf of a Nolichucky River mussel, almost two decades ago.   Full Story

Roe staff in Jonesborough next month

Date: 2012-04-24
U.S. Congressman Phil Roe (TN-01) will send staff to hold office hours in Jonesborough on Tuesday, May 1, and Tuesday, May 15, at the Washington County Office Building, 103 W. Main St.  Full Story

Guild to hold benefit for library

Date: 2012-04-24
The Jonesborough Storytellers Guild will present its Spring Fling on Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center to benefit the Jonesborough Library.  Full Story

‘Pickin’ in the School Yard’ set for April 28

Date: 2012-04-24
University School will host an Appalachian music festival and pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 28.  Full Story

Boone alum named second lieutenant

Date: 2012-04-24
William M. Palmer, a 1999 graduate of Daniel Boone High School, has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve through the ROTC program after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Full Story

Appalachian Heritage Quilters to hold show

Date: 2012-04-24
The Appalachian Heritage Quilters will be holding their Third Annual Quilt Show on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Appalachian Fairgrounds.  Full Story

Trailblazers throttle Pioneers in error heavy game

Date: 2012-04-24
The April 16 contest against visiting David Crockett High School didn’t begin the way Daniel Boone High School had hoped, but it sure did end well for the Trailblazers.  Full Story

Crockett rifle team earns high honors

Date: 2012-04-24
Students at David Crockett High School were among those earning high honors last weekend at the Tennessee State High School Position Air Rifle Championship.  Full Story

Finding her way, one piece at a time

Date: 2012-04-24
Mosaic artist Lee Ann Petropoulos’ life so far has been one big journey, one with many side trips and a number of detours. But finally, it seems, Petropoulos has arrived at a destination that makes her truly happy.  Full Story

Softball, baseball teams travel for tournament action

Date: 2012-04-17
It has been an interesting week for the softball and baseball teams of Washington County as each was able to take a break from the conference schedule with tournament play. The Crockett and Boone baseball teams traveled to Myrtle Beach on Monday, taking part in the five-day Mingo Bay Classic where they saw teams from several different states. The Lady Blazers joined the two baseball teams in South Carolina with end of the week action against a host of teams outside of the area. The Lady Pioneers remained in the area throughout the week, taking part in the East Tennessee Classic over the weekend.  Full Story

Girls on the Run to host 5K on May 20

Date: 2012-04-17
Girls on the Run will host a 5K run on Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. on Milligan College campus.   Full Story

Hazardous materials to be collected April 21

Date: 2012-04-17
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Washington County on Saturday, April 21.  Full Story

Pre-kindergarten applications being accepted

Date: 2012-04-17
The Washington County Department of Education will have applications available at Grandview, Gray, and Lamar schools from Tuesday, April 17, through Friday, May 4, for children to attend a half-day pre-kindergarten program at the schools for the 2012-2013 school year.   Full Story

Old Glory event set for April 21

Date: 2012-04-17
Jonesborough’s Old Glory Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at the Visitors Center on Boone Street.  Full Story

Storytelling Guild hosting Spring Fling

Date: 2012-04-17
The Jonesborough Storytellers Guild will host Spring Fling Friday Night, on April 27, at 7 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center.   Full Story

Senior Center hosts health fair

Date: 2012-04-17
The Jonesborough Senior Center hosted a health fair and spring expo last week at the Visitors Center on Boone Street. The event included health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index as well as informative sessions and cooking classes. An estimated 25 businesses and organizations took part in the third annual event held on April 12. For more photos from this year’s health fair, visit the Photo Gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com.   Full Story

BMA approves new temporary business permit

Date: 2012-04-17
A new type of business permit will soon be available in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Groups look to help homeless children

Date: 2012-04-17
Creative strategies to support homeless youth in the Tri-Cities will be developed during the next few months through a grant awarded to the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.  Full Story

Proposed logo, focus on storytelling garner criticism at meeting

Date: 2012-04-17
A proposed town logo depicting Jonesborough as the storytelling capital of the world has garnered some negative opinions, including those of the town mayor’s teenage daughter.  Full Story

Eldridge vetoes commission’s vote to hire building inspector

Date: 2012-04-17
Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge has vetoed the resolution commissioners passed during their March meeting to create the position of a county building inspector.  Full Story

Wolfe wants specialty plate for Tennessee’s oldest town

Date: 2012-04-17
Officials are considering a new way to promote Jonesborough, a method that would really put advertising in motion for Tennessee’s oldest town.  Full Story

Federal action on greenhouse gases

Date: 2012-04-17
One of the lily-of-the-valley’s other common names, “May bells” points to its usual flowering time; its little white blossoms, though, show much earlier these days, in late March and, profusely, by mid-April.  Full Story

ETSU to host Genocide Awareness Days

Date: 2012-04-17
Students at East Tennessee State University will hold Genocide Awareness Days on Wednesday and Thursday, April 18-19.  Full Story

Jonesborough Yarn Exchange set to perform

Date: 2012-04-17
On Monday, April 23, the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange will offer an evening of stories, live music, comedy and an audience sing-along at the International Storytelling Center.  Full Story

U.N. Mission commander to Rwanda to speak at ETSU

Date: 2012-04-17
Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire will speak on “Children as Instruments of War” in a free public lecture at East Tennessee State University on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium.  Full Story

Libraries offer murder mysteries

Date: 2012-04-17
The Jonesborough and Gray libraries will host a teen murder mystery this month.  Full Story

Old Glory event set for April 21

Date: 2012-04-17
Jonesborough’s Old Glory Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at the Visitors Center on Boone Street.  Full Story

Crockett livestock program breeds success

Date: 2012-04-17
Students in the Livestock Management Program at David Crockett High School play a significant role in the experiential learning courses that are preparing them for a variety of careers.  Full Story

Leaders want downtown visitors center

Date: 2012-04-10
Town leaders are hoping the third time is a charm when it comes to garnering grant funding to create a downtown visitors center annex.  Full Story

Beer garden may be on tap for town festival

Date: 2012-04-10
The Jonesborough Days and Nights Festival, scheduled for this summer, will look and sound a lot different than it has in previous years.   Full Story

‘Taste of Jonesborough’ set for April 17

Date: 2012-04-10
The Jonesborough Area Merchants and Services Association will host the second annual “A Taste of Jonesborough” sampling event at the International Storytelling Center on Tuesday, April 17, from 6-8 p.m.  Full Story

Nuclear power: Bad for water, too

Date: 2012-04-10
A table in Tennessee Statistical Abstracts some years ago showed 82 percent, or more than 8 billion gallons per day of the freshwater taken from our lakes, streams, rivers going to the Tennessee Valley Authority to make electricity.  Full Story

Harbin to teach workshops for JRT on how to create plays

Date: 2012-04-10
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will offer two playwriting workshops, “Playwrights in the Attic” on April 21 and April 28, to coincide with the opening of Little Women the Broadway Musical.  Full Story

Jonesborough Storytellers Guild finds new place to tell tales

Date: 2012-04-10
The Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, telling stories on Main Street every Tuesday night for the past 18 years, has a new home: the Creekside Restaurant in downtown Jonesborough.   Full Story

Wet weather leads to postponements for ball teams

Date: 2012-04-10
For baseball and softball teams at David Crockett and Daniel Boone high schools, the first week of April carried with it plenty of wet weather that led to postponements of the majority of games last week.   Full Story

Blue Plum 5K to take place June 2

Date: 2012-04-10
Blue Plum Festival goers will have an opportunity to run or walk beside members of the local community in celebration of good health in June.  Full Story

ETSU sorority hosting golf tournament in Jonesborough

Date: 2012-04-10
The Kappa Delta Sorority chapter at East Tennessee State University will host the 12th annual Shamrock Golf Tournament at The Crossings Golf Club in Jonesborough on Saturday, April 14.  Full Story

Boone students say ‘adios’ to cancer

Date: 2012-04-10
No matter what language you say it in, cancer is a dirty word. For kids in Daniel Boone High School’s Spanish Club, working to eradicate the word — or, more importantly, the terrible disease it represents — has become their main mission.  Full Story

Reading can be ruff stuff

Date: 2012-04-04
Students in Connie Moore’s third grade class at Jonesborough Elementary School love to read, especially if those listening have a nose for the written word.  Full Story

The Isaacs to perform at Christian Storytelling Festival

Date: 2012-04-04
The award-winning singing family The Isaacs will headline this year’s Christian Storytelling Festival at Providence Academy.   Full Story

JRT celebrates spring with ‘Little Women’

Date: 2012-04-04
Little Women, the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, will come alive on Jonesborough Repertory Theatre’s stage starting Friday, April 13, as JRT presents Little Women, The Broadway Musical.  Full Story

Jonesborough Senior Center to host several events this month

Date: 2012-04-04
The Jonesborough Senior Center will host several events this month, including an art history lesson on Monday, April 9, at 1 p.m.   Full Story

New type of business permit in limbo

Date: 2012-04-04
A new type of business permit being considered by the Town of Jonesborough remains in limbo after last month’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.  Full Story

Mourning for the veteran trees

Date: 2012-04-04
His Journal on Jan. 29, 1860, relates Henry Thoreau watching “a noble pine” being felled near Concord.   Full Story

Tree sale set for April 7 in Jonesborough

Date: 2012-04-04
The Washington County Soil Conservation District Youth Board will hold a tree sale on Saturday, April 7, at 1105 E. Jackson Blvd., beginning at 9 a.m.  Full Story

County sign ordinance may see revision

Date: 2012-04-04
A variance request recently approved by the Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals will trigger a revision of the county sign ordinance, according to Zoning Administrator Mike Rutherford.  Full Story

Hallelujah: Church, jail go separate ways

Date: 2012-04-04
Members of the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church thank God for a lot of things. And after years of suffering destruction to their place of worship, it seems parishioners now have one more thing for which to be thankful.  Full Story

Washington County stands firm on opposition to Sneyd pay raise

Date: 2012-04-04
In the response filed last week to Clerk and Master Brenda Sneyd’s appeal for a 10 percent raise, Washington County stands behind its right to use discretion in awarding supplemental pay increases.  Full Story

Vote thrice defeated on shelter funding

Date: 2012-04-04
Despite negotiations, Washington County commissioners voted three times against funding a new animal shelter during their March meeting. The only successful vote sent the project back to the county’s Budget Committee.  Full Story

Ridgeview softball team sweeps tournament

Date: 2012-04-04
Ridgeview School hosted and won the third annual Ridgeview Invitational Multi-County Tournament that took place March 8-10.   Full Story

Lady Trailblazers own Eastman Invitational

Date: 2012-04-04
For the first time since 2009, the Eastman Invitational will have a new champion.   Full Story

FBI searches alleged bank robber’s Jonesborough apartment

Date: 2012-04-03
The Jonesborough man arrested last week for robbing a bank in Knoxville wasn’t the kind of person you’d expect to commit that sort of crime, according to some of his neighbors.  Full Story

Board moves ahead with land buy for animal shelter

Date: 2012-03-27
An April 15 deadline led members of the Johnson City-Washington County Animal Control Board to make a decision on the purchase of 6.6 acres on North Roan Street for a new animal shelter, but the county still has reservations about the fundraising plan to build the facility.  Full Story

CENTER OF ATTENTION

Date: 2012-03-27
As plans and designs for a new senior center in Jonesborough plow ahead, it appears the town has reached an agreement with the owners of three pieces of property needed to put the facility at its proposed location on East Main Street.  Full Story

‘Take Back the Night’ 5K on March 31 to raise money, awarness of violence against women

Date: 2012-03-27
Every two minutes in the United States, someone becomes a victim of sexual violence.   Full Story

Book sale to take place April 14-15

Date: 2012-03-27
The Friends of the Washington County Public Library will hold a spring book sale Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, in Gray at the Appalachian fairgrounds in Commercial Building 1.   Full Story

Spring expo, health fair set for April 12 at Visitors Center

Date: 2012-03-27
The Jonesborough Senior Center will host a Spring Expo and Health Fair on Thursday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Full Story

Area residents receive academic honors

Date: 2012-03-27
East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy recently announced the names of students who attained a grade point average qualifying them for inclusion in the dean’s list for the fall 2011 session.   Full Story

Price-Anderson law should be repealed

Date: 2012-03-27
At the turn of the “too-cheap-to-meter” atomic energy era, the nuclear industry knew that accidents would have immense costs, possibly bankrupting utilities that took this path.   Full Story

April 1 contra dance to feature Dry Ridge Runners

Date: 2012-03-27
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a contra dance on Sunday, April 1, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.   Full Story

Experience Italian Baroque sacred music at March 29 event

Date: 2012-03-27
The Knoxville Early Music Project will appear in concert at East Tennessee State University on Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mathes Hall auditorium.  Full Story

Student environmental group to host ‘tour’ of mountaintop removal mining

Date: 2012-03-27
In conjunction with Earth Month, East Tennessee State University’s student-led group, the Environmental Conservation Organization, will sponsor the Google Earth Tour of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Ball Hall auditorium.  Full Story

Blazers, Pioneers renew diamond rivalry

Date: 2012-03-27
It has been almost a year since the Blazers of Daniel Boone High School and Pioneers of David Crockett High School last met up on the baseball diamond.   Full Story

Boone remains unbeaten, Crockett snaps losing skid

Date: 2012-03-27
The Lady Blazers are already looked upon as one of the best teams in the area, if not the entire state.   Full Story

Leading role at JRT

Date: 2012-03-27
Award-winning director, playwright and actor Christy Alaska Reece Vance is ready to bring a new vibe to the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre.   Full Story

Who’s on Main?

Date: 2012-03-20
With jackhammers and dump trucks blocking much of Jonesborough’s Main Street on a regular basis, patience is running thin among some downtown merchants.   Full Story

Budget Committee votes to fund animal shelter at $350,000

Date: 2012-03-20
Members of the Washington County Budget Committee are recommending the county commission match Johnson City’s support of $350,000 for a new animal shelter.  Full Story

Festival to focus on new events, keep plenty of staples

Date: 2012-03-20
Jonesborough Days will be looking — and sounding — quite a bit different this year, thanks in great part to performances by country music legend Ricky Skaggs and gospel group The Whites.  Full Story

JAM-A SESSION

Date: 2012-03-20
Shortly before noon on March 14, country music legend Ricky Skaggs rolled up to Daily Bread restaurant in a two-toned Maybach with California license plates. Dressed in all black, Skaggs hopped out of the luxury car and strolled into the Jonesborough restaurant alongside his wife, Sharon White, and her father, Buck White.  Full Story

Let’s celebrate World Water Day

Date: 2012-03-20
Congress deals with allocation of San Joaquin River water in California, the Tennessee Valley Authority throttles power production from nuclear plants as drought dries up rivers and raises their water temperature, the Texas governor holds public prayer meetings for rain.   Full Story

Jonesborough police arrest 34 in February

Date: 2012-03-20
Jonesborough police arrested 34 people in February on charges ranging from driving under the influence and assault to disorderly conduct and public intoxication  Full Story

Libraries going back to 1970s

Date: 2012-03-20
Take a trip back in time to the groovy 1970s with “That 70s Program for Teens” at the Jonesborough Library on Monday, March 26, from 6:30-8 p.m., or at the Gray Library on Tuesday, March 27, from 6:30-8 p.m.   Full Story

Meals to benefit child in need

Date: 2012-03-20
Mountain View Restaurant in Limestone will hold a benefit for 5-year-old Weston Keeton on Sunday, March 25.   Full Story

Roe to host veterans’ event in Johnson City

Date: 2012-03-20
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University and ETSU’s College of Business and Technology will host a free “Services for Those Who Have Served” veterans’ event on Friday, March 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Millennium Centre, 2001 Millennium Place, Johnson City.  Full Story

Easter Eggstravaganza set for March 31 in town

Date: 2012-03-20
The town of Jonesborough is gearing up for its Easter Eggstravaganza, scheduled to take place Saturday, March 31, from 1-3 p.m. at Storytelling Park in downtown.  Full Story

County to conduct budget process differently this year

Date: 2012-03-20
At the request of the Washington County Audit Committee, a different kind of process will be followed in preparing the county budget for fiscal year 2013.  Full Story

Tennessee has work to do in making sure meetings stay open

Date: 2012-03-20
Tennessee has at least 200 boards and commissions that do everything from promoting soybeans to licensing dentists to overseeing the state’s colleges and universities. Almost all of them are required to invite the public to attend their meetings, but the way they do that is inconsistent at best.  Full Story

Lady Trailblazers pummel Lady Pioneers to start season

Date: 2012-03-20
The spring sports season has returned to Washington County.   Full Story

Little League Jamboree set to take place March 24

Date: 2012-03-20
Little league baseball is set to open in Jonesborough with a jam-packed Jamboree on Saturday, March 24.   Full Story

Crockett, Boone open baseball season with key games

Date: 2012-03-20
The Pioneers of David Crockett High School and Blazers of Daniel Boone High School opened the baseball season with a couple of key conference games on the schedule.   Full Story

A doll of a house

Date: 2012-03-20
When it comes to ways to relieve stress, some people exercise, some play golf. Others may find reading or watching television good ways to relax.  Full Story

Book signing with local author set for March 29

Date: 2012-03-20
On Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m., local author Mary E. Kingsley will be at the Jonesborough Library.  Full Story

Renowned writer, musician to speak March 29 at ETSU

Date: 2012-03-20
“An Evening with James McBride” will be held at East Tennessee State University on Thursday, March 29, as part of the Student Government Association’s Civility Week observance.  Full Story

Area author to host book signing

Date: 2012-03-20
Author T. Amos Potter, who is also a veterinarian in the area, will host a book signing on Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mr. K’s Used Books and CDs, 4 Mark Twain Court, Johnson City.  Full Story

Washington County schools call off schools for four days

Date: 2012-03-13
Students in Washington County will get four unexpected days off courtesy of unused inclement weather days.   Full Story

School to hold book fair

Date: 2012-03-13
Jonesborough Elementary School is set to host a book fair, complete with a luau theme. The event will take place March 19-22, with a family fun night scheduled for Thursday, March 22 from 2:30-6 p.m.   Full Story

Ruritan to host fish fry

Date: 2012-03-13
The Limestone Ruritan will host a fish fry on Friday, March 16, at the Limestone Ruritan Building.   Full Story

Jonesborough businesses stop selling synthetic drugs

Date: 2012-03-13
Synthetic drugs are no longer being sold in Jonesborough, and likely won’t be finding their way back onto store shelves any time soon.  Full Story

Representative government, or corporate grip over policy?

Date: 2012-03-13
Almost to the day eight years ago, I reported on a proposal by the Office of Surface Mining to streamline permit approvals for projects in which mountain ridges are blasted off for more profitable extraction of coal.   Full Story

TriCities Bacon Fest coming Sept. 1

Date: 2012-03-13
Johnson City couple Brandi and Travis Woodall love bacon. Now, through their local business, Positive Approach Events, the Woodalls will give other the opportunity to fall in love with the meat treat, too.  Full Story

Boone, Crockett football alums to start new state tradition

Date: 2012-03-13
For the first time in the history of Tennessee football, two high school alumni football teams will take to the field for a full-pad, full-contact game.   Full Story

TWRA publishes new fishing guide

Date: 2012-03-13
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has published The Angler’s Guide to Tennessee Fish, a new identification guide on the vast variety of fish species in the state.   Full Story

Family Race Night filled with events for race fans

Date: 2012-03-13
In conjunction with the weekend NASCAR races, the annual Food City Race Night, will return to Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, March 16.   Full Story

Wood from infamous Boone tree turned into ‘desk pounders’

Date: 2012-03-13
A piece of local history became an unusual birthday gift for Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe.  Full Story

Mayor receives hate mail over senior center, animal shelter

Date: 2012-03-08
During his first meeting with the newly appointed Budget Committee, Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge said he wanted to clear the air on two controversial issues that he says currently have him receiving hate mail.  Full Story

Sneyd files appeal in lawsuit against county

Date: 2012-03-08
Clerk and Master Brenda Sneyd is ready to go to trial over the 10 percent pay increase she insists Washington County owes her.  Full Story

SIGN LANGUAGE Two business owners speak against plans to remove signs downtown

Date: 2012-03-08
If members of Jonesborough’s Tree and Townscape Board were looking for a sign as to whether they were headed in the right direction when it comes to proposed changes in downtown, they got one last week.  Full Story

Conklin Ruritan hosting breakfast

Date: 2012-03-08
The Conklin Ruritan Club will host a country breakfast on Saturday, March 10, from 8-10 a.m. at the Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 586 Mt. Wesley Rd., Telford.  Full Story

BMA to hold called meeting for final vote on synthetic drug moratorium

Date: 2012-03-08
The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen is wasting no time in finding a way to fight synthetic drugs.   Full Story

WAR ON SYNTHETIC DRUGS

Date: 2012-03-07
Washington County commissioners took a stand against synthetic drugs by passing a resolution during their February meeting, “making the use, possession, production, manufacture, distribution, transport, sale, offering for sale, trade, barter, exchange or purchase of certain substances unlawful and a public nuisance in the unincorporated areas of Washington County.”  Full Story

An appeal for better electric-energy choices

Date: 2012-03-07
Within less than two weeks, when clouds of radiation from the nuclear-plant explosion in Fukushima on March 11 last year drifted over the Japanese countryside, spinach and cows milk from some farms began to set off Geiger counters.   Full Story

JRT set to perform ‘The Arabian Nights’

Date: 2012-03-07
A taste of the Middle East hits the stage at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre when the Stage Hands group presents “The Arabian Nights,” adapted from “The Entertainment of a Thousand and One Nights.”   Full Story

‘Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam’ to benefit Second Harvest

Date: 2012-03-07
A fundraiser to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank will take place Thursday, March 15, at the Electric Cowboy in Johnson City beginning at 7 p.m.   Full Story

Roe staff holding office hours

Date: 2012-03-07
U.S. Congressman Phil Roe (TN-01) will send staff to hold office hours in Jonesborough on Tuesday, March 6, and Tuesday, March 20, at the Washington County Office Building from 2-4 p.m.   Full Story

Wear turquoise on Tuesday

Date: 2012-03-07
In an effort to show support for National Lymphedema Day, State Rep. Dale Ford (R-Jonesborough) is urging individuals to wear turquoise on Tuesday, March 6, to raise awareness about the debilitating condition.  Full Story

Heifer and bull sale set for April 13

Date: 2012-03-07
The Washington County Cattleman’s Association will be having its Third Annual Spring Heifer and Bull Sale on Friday, April 13, at the Kingsport Stockyards in Kingsport.  Full Story

Collecting food for pantry 4-H

Date: 2012-03-07
The 4-H Club of Washington County is collecting nonperishable items for Good Samaritan Ministries.   Full Story

Garden classes being offered

Date: 2012-03-07
The University of Tennessee Extension Office in Jonesborough will offer five educational workshops in March and April for home gardeners.  Full Story

Crockett football alums could return to the gridiron

Date: 2012-03-07
For a countless number of former players, the chance to play football one more time is often just a dream, the opportunity to put on pads and strap a helmet just a distant memory.   Full Story

Gray resident among King cyclists finishing at the top

Date: 2012-03-07
Gray resident Zach Nave is among several cyclists at King College to finish at the top during a recent race.  Full Story

TWRA fishing, hunting licenses on sale

Date: 2012-03-07
Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale for 2012-13.   Full Story

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Date: 2012-03-07
Christian and Rya Cumback were days away from welcoming their second daughter into the world. They had everything ready for her arrival and couldn’t wait to give 3-year-old Ellie a little sister.  Full Story

Walrath to share history of Rocky Mount

Date: 2012-03-07
MaryGrace Walrath will join Rocky Mount interpreters as they share the history of Rocky Mount and the Southwest Territory on Saturday, March 17.   Full Story

BMA to hold called meeting for final vote on synthetic drug moratorium

Date: 2012-03-06
The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen is wasting no time in finding a way to fight synthetic drugs.   Full Story

Skaggs to play Jonesborough Days

Date: 2012-03-06
Country music legend Ricky Skaggs will headline this year’s Jonesborough Days Festival, helping to put the event a “notch above” what it has been in the past few years.  Full Story

Synthetic drugs take center stage

Date: 2012-02-28
Synthetic drugs have prompted a variety of actions recently by members of the community, including several different attempts to stop the sale of them.  Full Story

County maxed out on support of education

Date: 2012-02-28
A drop in student enrollment, combined with a slight increase in the county’s fiscal capacity and a disproportionate split of sales tax revenue have Washington County maxed out on its support of education.  Full Story

Season comes to end for Lady Trailblazers

Date: 2012-02-28
The Daniel Boone High School Lady Trailblazers watched their season come to an end in Morristown on Feb. 24 at the hands of the District 2AA Champion Lady Hurricanes, who beat Boone 65-35.   Full Story

Boone’s Shropshire grapples with success, winning region and placing fourth at state

Date: 2012-02-28
Just a week after taking gold in the region, Daniel Boone junior grappler Trevor Shropshire, hit the mat in Franklin on Tennessee wrestling’s biggest stage, the TSSAA State Tournament.   Full Story

Schedule set for Tri-Cities PGA Pro-Am Series

Date: 2012-02-28
The schedule for this year’s Tri-Cities PGA Pro-Am Series has beent set.   Full Story

Black bear harvest a record

Date: 2012-02-28
NASHVILLE — A record black bear harvest was established in the 2011 hunting seasons, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.  Full Story

Welcome to Wetlands

Date: 2012-02-28
When Matt Townsend got the call from the Town of Jonesborough letting him know he had been selected as the new director for Wetlands Water Park, he couldn’t help but think he would soon be stepping into a job for which he had been preparing most of his life.  Full Story

Providence Academy to put on ‘Hello Dolly’ performances

Date: 2012-02-28
The Providence Academy Drama Department will preform its winter production, “Hello Dolly” beginning Friday, March 2.   Full Story

Library to celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday with special readings

Date: 2012-02-28
With fabulous words that smack, bang and go honk, the work of Dr. Seuss has swept children into the world of reading, and kept adults entertained, too.  Full Story

Pioneer Parents and Partners to Host Fundraiser

Date: 2012-02-23
Pioneer Parents and Partners have teamed up with Pizza Inn in Johnson   Full Story

County weighs options to fight synthetic drugs

Date: 2012-02-22
Proposed action by the Washington County Commission against the sale of synthetic drugs would have little impact until state or federal legislation is passed deeming the drugs illegal.  Full Story

JRT gets new artistic director

Date: 2012-02-22
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre has a new leader.  Full Story

Lady Blazers move on to regional tournament

Date: 2012-02-22
Daniel Boone High School’s Lady Blazers are the only county basketball teams still in the district tournament following a week of play that saw the Boone boys and both Crockett teams fall in the opening round.  Full Story

Pioneers, Boone boys falter in district tournament action

Date: 2012-02-22
The season ended in the opening round of the district tournament for the Lady Pioneers of David Crockett High School.   Full Story

Canonizado earns second state championship

Date: 2012-02-22
David Crockett High School’s Megan Canonizado captured her second state wrestling championship in as many years over the weekend in Franklin.   Full Story

Jonesborough Man and Woman Arrested on Methamphetamine Charges

Date: 2012-02-22
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Jonesborough enacts moratorium on stores selling synthetic drugs

Date: 2012-02-21
Dr. B.J. Smith knows the real side effects associated with fake drugs. In fact, as an internal medicine physician at two area hospitals, Smith gets up close and personal with his fair share of synthetic drug users.  Full Story

Commissioners recommend full-time attorney for themselves

Date: 2012-02-21
Members of the Washington County Oversight and Steering Committee unanimously approved a resolution written by Commissioner Joe Corso that includes creating an Office of County Attorney solely “to report to and serve all needs and pleasures of the Washington County Board of Commissioners.”  Full Story

VOTED OUT: Veteran elections administrator fired

Date: 2012-02-14
After nearly 30 years on the job, Washington County Administrator of Elections Connie Sinks was fired Feb. 10 by a majority vote of the Election Commission.  Full Story

Storytelling must vacate building by June 1 or sooner

Date: 2012-02-14
Rural Development has issued a new deadline of June 1 for the International Storytelling Center to vacate the building, 30 days earlier than the original agreement.  Full Story

Toxicology program seeks comments on DU

Date: 2012-02-14
On Jan. 19, the National Toxicology Program announced it is seeking public comment on substances which “may pose a hazard to human health (through) their carcinogenicity.”  Full Story

Downtown alleyways to get new look

Date: 2012-02-14
Alleyways in downtown Jonesborough will likely be getting a facelift soon.  Full Story

Archive receives $5,000 grant

Date: 2012-02-14
Washington County received a $5,000 grant from the state last week to help with the creation of a county archive.  Full Story

Learn proper pruning techniques

Date: 2012-02-14
A demonstration of proper pruning techniques for trees and shrubs will be held at the Jonesborough arboretum, on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. To 12 p.m.  Full Story

Kindergarten registration dates set

Date: 2012-02-14
The Washington County Department of Education will register children who will enter kindergarten in a Washington County school this fall.   Full Story

JCCT celebrates 100 seasons

Date: 2012-02-14
To begin its 100th season, the Johnson City Community Theatre is revisiting the play, “The Curious Savage,” which has been performed two other times at the JCCT.  Full Story

Crockett takes down Boone in final regular season matchup

Date: 2012-02-14
This year’s high school basketball regular season is in the books for the Pioneers of David Crockett and the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone.   Full Story

Lady Blazers douse Crockett’s chance at first conference win

Date: 2012-02-14
With 13 conference games played this season, only one remained for the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone and Lady Pioneers of David Crockett.   Full Story

Area middle schools record big basketball wins

Date: 2012-02-14
Middle school basketball in Washington County reached its pinnacle following a championship week in which four local teams participated in the state sectionals in Sevierville, two of which brought home championships.  Full Story

‘Celebrate Color’ at free art exhibit

Date: 2012-02-14
An art exhibit called “Celebrate Color: Of, By and Featuring Folks of Color” is now on display at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville.  Full Story

Storytelling back in court: Reorganization plan to be considered

Date: 2012-02-07
If all goes according to plan Feb. 7, the International Storytelling Center will move one step closer to its proposed reorganization.  Full Story

County creating its first-ever traffic plan

Date: 2012-02-07
Washington County’s first Transportation Development Study will provide recommendations for a long-range road improvement and installation strategy by identifying current deficiencies and projecting future needs based on land use, growth and infrastructure.  Full Story

Fox and Main intersection to see improvements

Date: 2012-02-07
Proposed improvements at the corner of Fox and Main streets are expected to make the downtown Jonesborough intersection more pedestrian friendly.  Full Story

PETA sends county email opposing poisoning of pigeons

Date: 2012-02-07
Washington County is coming under fire from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals regarding the method being used to reduce the pigeon population at the downtown courthouse in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Police pursuit ends with crash on Main Street

Date: 2012-02-07
A 24-year-old Chuckey man faces multiple charges after crashing his car onto its side on Main Street in Jonesborough on Feb. 3.  Full Story

Telford, Conklin Ruritans to host meals

Date: 2012-02-07
The Telford Ruritan Club will host a Valentine dinner on Friday, Feb. 10 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.   Full Story

Company wants new pipeline, residents do not

Date: 2012-02-07
A war saga has been unfolding in Washington.  Full Story

Federal authorities make meth bust in Washington County, six arrested

Date: 2012-02-07
Four pounds of methamphetamine were discovered at a home in rural Washington County last week, resulting in the arrest of six people on immigration charges.  Full Story

School board wants money from sale of Downtown Centre

Date: 2012-02-07
Washington County Board of Education members are hoping a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Downtown Centre in Johnson City will assist in the purchase of new school buses.  Full Story

Pioneer wrestler captures 100th win, looks to earn state title

Date: 2012-02-07
Before Jeremiah Rogers began his senior season at David Crockett High School, the 160-pound grappler told his mother his goals for his final year as a Pioneer were to win the region then bring a state championship home to Jonesborough.   Full Story

Area veterans contribute memorabilia for new exhibit

Date: 2012-02-07
On Jan. 30, members of the Washington County Veterans Committee and the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia gathered at the Jonesborough Visitors Center Museum to accept artifacts from days gone by – military items to be put into a rotating museum display and then to be returned to their owners.  Full Story

Local author writes fourth book in ‘Cutie Pie’ series

Date: 2012-02-07
Fall Branch resident and author Lisa Hall has released the fourth installment of “The Cutie Pie Chronicles.”  Full Story

Senior Center to host art history discussion Feb. 13

Date: 2012-02-07
Local artist Pete Paulin will offer discussion on art history in the early 15th century through the 17th century starting Monday, Feb. 13, at the Senior Center in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Annual black history event set to take place Feb. 11 at ETSU

Date: 2012-02-07
The Black Faculty and Staff Association at East Tennessee State University will host its annual Black Heritage Event on Saturday, Feb. 11, in the D.P. Culp University Center.  Full Story

Sculptor Mary-Ann Prack’s figures on display in Johnson City

Date: 2012-02-07
“Figures and Faces in the Abstract,” an exhibition of sculptures by Mary-Ann Prack, will be on display at Tipton Gallery through Friday, Feb. 24.  Full Story

Sulphur Springs Baptist plans country breakfast

Date: 2012-02-07
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church will host a country breakfast Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 10:30 a.m.  Full Story

ETSU hosts activities during Black History Month

Date: 2012-02-07
February is Black History Month, and a variety of activities is planned at East Tennessee State University to commemorate the month and to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the community, the nation and the world.  Full Story

February is Black History Month, and a variety of activities is planned at East Tennessee State University to commemorate the month and to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the commu

Date: 2012-02-07
Landon Masters, of Jonesborough, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association.  Full Story

Officials look for ways to save on retirement benefits

Date: 2012-01-31
A new study group is exploring options to ensure the retirement plan for Washington County employees does not become cost-prohibitive.  Full Story

Library showing of ‘Brigadoon’ set

Date: 2012-01-31
The Jonesborough Library will host a showing of Brigadoon on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m.   Full Story

Ruritan to host country breakfast

Date: 2012-01-31
The Bowmantown Ruritan will host a country breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 7-10 a.m.  Full Story

Free tax help for seniors, low income

Date: 2012-01-31
Senior citizens as well as low or middle income residents will be offered free income tax help beginning Feb. 1.  Full Story

Greenwood Ruritan to host breakfast

Date: 2012-01-31
The Greenwood Ruritan Club will host an all-you-can-eat country breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 7-10 a.m.   Full Story

Jobs coming to Jonesborough

Date: 2012-01-31
An economic bright spot is shining its rays on Jonesborough as dozens of new jobs make their way to Tennessee’s oldest town.  Full Story

Service road, island to fix ‘chaotic traffic patterns’ at Justice Center

Date: 2012-01-31
A new service road and changes to the intersection of North Cherokee and Highway 11E will likely eliminate the “unsafe” traffic conditions plaguing the George P. Jaynes Justice Center since it opened in late 2009.  Full Story

Leaders consider Wi-fi in downtown

Date: 2012-01-31
Jonesborough might be Tennessee’s oldest town, but it’s certainly trying to keep up with the newest technology.  Full Story

Gershwin musical makes its way to JRT stage

Date: 2012-01-31
The magic of the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, considered one of the most successful songwriting teams in the history of popular music, will come alive for the first time in the region on Jonesborough Repertory Theatre’s stage in February.   Full Story

Dance society to host ‘Foot Ball’ on Feb. 5

Date: 2012-01-31
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a doubleheader contra dance on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4-5, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.   Full Story

Environmental stewards wanted for awards

Date: 2012-01-31
NASHVILLE – The Department of Environment and Conservation is inviting Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2012 Environmental Stewardship Awards.   Full Story

Crockett softball team plans chili supper

Date: 2012-01-31
David Crockett High School’s softball team will host its 7th Annual Chili Supper on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 5-8 p.m.   Full Story

County’s health department ranked No. 1 for primary care

Date: 2012-01-31
Washington County’s health department is ranked No. 1 in the state for primary/clinical care.  Full Story

Fight childhood obesity with help of HEAL Appalachia grant

Date: 2012-01-31
It is estimated that by 2020, 50 percent of the U.S. population will be obese.   Full Story

Lady Blazers finish week perfect, struggles continue for rest

Date: 2012-01-31
Only four regular season games remain for the girls and boys of David Crockett and Daniel Boone high schools.   Full Story

Blazers split conference contests

Date: 2012-01-31
After opening the week Jan. 24 in Kingsport against Dobyns-Bennett with a loss, the young Trailblazers (9-15, 4-7) bounced back Friday with a big win over Volunteer.   Full Story

Lady Blazers playing best of season

Date: 2012-01-31
While a top-two finish in the conference is unlikely, Boone (14-8, 7-4) sits at third place among the Big 8 contenders after moving up a spot following two huge road wins.   Full Story

conference win alludes Lady Pioneers

Date: 2012-01-31
The girls of David Crockett are running out of time to notch their first conference win of the season.   Full Story

Pioneers slide continues

Date: 2012-01-31
A losing trend continued last week for Crockett (12-12, 4-7) as the team dropped two more conference games.   Full Story

Town leaders move one step further on plans to build a bypass

Date: 2012-01-18
Jonesborough aldermen were divided on a decision last week that will keep alive the possibility of building a bypass around Tennessee’s oldest town.  Full Story

Jonesborough seeks Main Street status

Date: 2012-01-18
Tennessee’s oldest town is getting with the program – the Tennessee Main Street Program.  Full Story

Dawn gone from Daily Bread

Date: 2012-01-18
Jonesborough’s newest restaurant has been open less than two months, but Daily Bread on West Jackson Boulevard is already on its third general manager.  Full Story

BMA gives OK to condemn woman’s property to use for needed sewer line

Date: 2012-01-18
The development of a new subdivision may lead to the condemnation of land on State Route 81 North if town officials cannot strike a deal with the property owner.  Full Story

Washington County employees could see lower health insurance premiums

Date: 2012-01-18
Washington County employees who participate in the wellness program could pay a lower premium for health insurance next year.  Full Story

Scholarship opportunity for area high school seniors

Date: 2012-01-10
Seniors in the Washington County School System are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship through the East Tennessee Foundation.  Full Story

‘School Board Appreciation Week’ set for Jan. 22-28

Date: 2012-01-10
The Tennessee School Boards Association, school systems and communities across the state will recognize the work of boards of education Jan. 22-28 during School Board Appreciation Week.  Full Story

Men needed to take part in research study

Date: 2012-01-10
A researcher at East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine is enrolling men in a study to determine the effectiveness of strength training in preventing diabetes.  Full Story

Super Bowl champ Dan Reeves to speak at King

Date: 2012-01-10
Super Bowl Champion Dan Reeves will visit King College on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m.   Full Story

Overmatched Blazers, Lady Blazers fall big to Science Hill

Date: 2012-01-10
It has been bad news for just about every team playing the Hilltoppers (17-1, 5-0) and even worse news for teams facing the undefeated Lady Hilltoppers (17-0, 5-0) of Science Hill High School this season.   Full Story

Crockett boys put up two wins, girls post pair of losses

Date: 2012-01-10
While much of the Big 8 Conference had a few days to rest and get their legs back under them following a slew of holiday tournaments, David Crockett High School’s girls’ and boys’ squads took to the court Jan. 2 at home against Chuckey-Doak.   Full Story

Jonesborough police arrest 21 in December

Date: 2012-01-10
Jonesborough police arrested 21 people last month, charging them with everything from driving under the influence to armed robbery.  Full Story

Blood drive set for Jan. 20

Date: 2012-01-10
David Crockett High School student Kristan Johnson will help host a blood drive at the Jonesborough Visitors Center on Friday, Jan. 20, from 1-5:30 p.m.  Full Story

Programs on 4-H livestock, horses set

Date: 2012-01-10
Children in grades four through eight who are interested in learning more about cattle, sheep and goats can sign up to take part in the Washington County 4-H Livestock Project Group.  Full Story

Locals named to King’s president, dean lists

Date: 2012-01-10
Several area residents were recognized recently by King College for having superior academic grades in the fall semester.  Full Story

Plans for fire training facility at Industrial Park push forward

Date: 2012-01-10
Officials continue discussions with the Washington County Volunteer Fire Chiefs Association about establishing a fire training facility in the county’s Industrial Park.  Full Story

Price increase at Iris Glen triggers talk of transfer station

Date: 2012-01-10
Preliminary discussions are under way to build a transfer station on county-owned property across the street from the Industrial Park in Telford.  Full Story

JRT to hold ‘Little Women’ auditions

Date: 2012-01-10
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for the upcoming performance of the Broadway musical “Little Women” on Jan. 22-23 at the JRT.  Full Story

Washington County deputy struck by robbery suspects fleeing in vehicle in Jonesborough

Date: 2012-01-10
A Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy is on the mend after being struck by a vehicle last week during a police pursuit in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Tree & Townscape Board gives streetscape plan once over

Date: 2012-01-10
Input from members of the Jonesborough Tree and Townscape Board on the Downtown Streetscape Plan was provided during a called meeting Jan. 4.  Full Story

Jonesborough to get gym, possibly tractor supply store

Date: 2012-01-10
Vacant buildings in the shopping center at the town’s main intersection appear to be getting new tenants.   Full Story

County schools losing $500,000 in state funds

Date: 2012-01-10
After learning the Washington County school system will lose nearly $500,000 in state funding this upcoming school year, area leaders are looking for an explanation.  Full Story

Town Receives High Marks on Running the Water Dept.

Date: 2012-01-10
Good news is pouring from the Town of Jonesborough’s Water Department, which recently received a high score for its overall performance and continues to keep outstanding bills at a minimum.  Full Story

Youth talent search underway, culminates with performance

Date: 2012-01-04
The Mountain States Foundation is preparing for a brand-new fundraising event to benefit Niswonger Children’s Hospital this year, and foundation officials are looking for a special set of talented kids to help out.  Full Story

Washington County TWRA’s Prater named ‘Officer of the Year’

Date: 2012-01-04
Jeff Prater, a wildlife officer with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency based in Washington County, recently was honored by the Shikar-Safari Club International as its 2011 Tennessee Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Full Story

WANTED: Your wildlife, fishing photos for calendar

Date: 2012-01-04
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2012-13 photo contest for publication in the Tennessee Wildlife Magazine.   Full Story

United Way meets goal with $50,000 donation

Date: 2012-01-04
The United Way of Washington County met its annual fundraising goal thanks to a donation from Roadrunner Markets last week.   Full Story

Lady Blazers, Pioneers take part in JC Honda Invitational

Date: 2012-01-04
Sandwiched between Christmas and the New Year, the Johnson City Honda Invitational at Daniel Boone High School renewed for a second straight year this past week in Gray.   Full Story

Politics of patriotism for energy independence

Date: 2012-01-04
Through “changing a few light bulbs” in Town Hall and the Visitors Center, Jonesborough will significantly reduce its electric-energy bills and save many thousands of dollars in the years ahead.  Full Story

Area kids in state poster contest

Date: 2012-01-04
Ten area children were named winners of a recent poster contest hosted by the University of Tennessee Extension Office. The winning kids’ 4-H art posters will now be a part of the statewide competition.  Full Story

Teacher evaluation system to be evaluated due to many complaints

Date: 2012-01-04
A statewide evaluation system for teachers will now have its own evaluation after complaints recently triggered leaders to take another look at the process for grading Tennessee educators.  Full Story

Local businessman donates life-saving tools to Jonesborough police

Date: 2012-01-04
Since opening a medical practice in Jonesborough less than two years ago, Jim Montag has watched 23 people walk through his door in cardiac arrest.  Full Story

DENIED: NSN’s claim for $5.7M from ISC

Date: 2012-01-04
National Storytelling Network’s $5.7 million claim against the International Storytelling Center was disallowed in its entirety Dec. 15 by United States Bankruptcy Judge Marcia Phillips Parsons.  Full Story

So where does Smith fit in?

Date: 2012-01-04
This will be a year of big changes for Jimmy Neil Smith.  Full Story

Storytelling files reorganization plan

Date: 2012-01-04
The International Storytelling Center filed a disclosure statement and plan of reorganization in its bankruptcy case Dec. 29, 2011, two days before the deadline.  Full Story

Kids, cops invade store for Christmas extravaganza

Date: 2011-12-27
Christmas is a time of excitement and happiness for most children as they impatiently wait to see what Santa Claus brought them this year. But for some parents, Christmas is a time of worry and stress as they try to come up with additional money to give their kids a holiday to remember.  Full Story

JRT holding auditions for upcoming performance

Date: 2011-12-27
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for the Stage Hands production of Lowell Swortzell’s enchanting “Arabian Nights” at the Jonesborough Visitors Center on Jan. 8, 2012, at 2 p.m. and Jan. 9, 2012, at 7 p.m.   Full Story

Tennessee district attorneys to focus on outlawing synthetic drugs in 2012

Date: 2011-12-27
Every year, each of Tennessee’s district attorneys faces different challenges in his or her district. As a group, the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference continuously works to identify serious areas of concern that must be addressed at the state level. Going into 2012, synthetic and prescription drug abuse tops the list.  Full Story

Crockett forestry team represents state at national competition

Date: 2011-12-27
Members of the David Crockett High School FFA represented the State of Tennessee recently in the National FFA Forestry Contest in Indianapolis.  Full Story

Boone FFA freshmen attend national leadership conference

Date: 2011-12-27
Students from across Tennessee attended a leadership conference held at FFA Camp Clements in Doyle.   Full Story

WCQR invites kids to free ‘Noon Year’s Eve’ event

Date: 2011-12-27
WCQR invites all children to its free “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration, Saturday, Dec. 31, at Kingsport Town Center, formerly Fort Henry Mall.  Full Story

Solving the climate-warming problem

Date: 2011-12-27
President Theodore Roosevelt spoke about the inherent complexity when the many nations of the world engage in joint negotiation endeavors to solve a common problem.   Full Story

Remembering those we lost in 2011

Date: 2011-12-27
The area lost several notable people in 2011. While the Herald & Tribune honors all those who lost their lives this year, here are few community leaders whose absence will be especially missed as we enter a new year.  Full Story

Kingsport man arrested for robbing Walgreens

Date: 2011-12-27
A Kingsport man is charged with robbing the Walgreens in Jonesborough last week.  Full Story

ECU donates to Jonesborough Veterans Park

Date: 2011-12-27
Eastman Credit Union recently donated $1,000 to the Jonesborough Veterans Park located in front of the Visitors Center on Boone Street.  Full Story

Library to offer ‘Moonstruck’ at movie night

Date: 2011-12-27
On Jan. 3, 2012, at 5:30 p.m., the Jonesborough Library will host Tuesday Night @ the Movies. The event is free and open to the public.  Full Story

Scholarship to memorialize Richard Shadden

Date: 2011-12-27
Commissioner Ben Bowman challenged fellow commissioners to give $100 toward the remainder needed to endow a Richard Shadden 4-H Scholarship Fund.  Full Story

Girl found wandering on East Main Street

Date: 2011-12-27
A 4-year-old child is in state custody after she was found wandering on East Main Street in Jonesborough around 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 21.  Full Story

Voters to decide on sales tax increase for schools

Date: 2011-12-27
A voice vote of the Washington County Commission will place the referendum for a quarter-cent sales tax increase on the August 2012 ballot, but not everyone was in favor.  Full Story

Auditors offer ways to improve Washington County operations

Date: 2011-12-27
While Washington County received top marks on its 2010-2011 audit, several suggestions for improvement were offered.  Full Story

Volunteer fire department gives back

Date: 2011-12-13
Members of the Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department were busy the evening of Dec. 6 delivering fruit baskets, household supplies and even checks to nearly 30 families who were impacted by the tornadoes that tore through Washington County during April.  Full Story

Crumley House gets $15,000

Date: 2011-12-13
Roadrunner Markets joined with BP to donate $15,000 to the Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Limestone.   Full Story

Civic Chorale presents ‘All is Still’ concert Dec. 17

Date: 2011-12-13
The Civic Chorale will present its Christmas concert, “All is Still,” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, in St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnson City.  Full Story

Good Samaritan provides ways to help families

Date: 2011-12-13
Unfortunately, many families in our community see Christmas more as a burden than a blessing. Parents feel hopeless and they stress over how to provide presents for their children. As they struggle to make ends meet, basic necessities such as food and clothing are more like a luxury.  Full Story

ETSU offers ice skating, storytelling and more

Date: 2011-12-13
The East Tennessee State University Office of Professional Development will off a Renaissance Child Holiday Art Workshop, Dec. 19-21.  Full Story

Lady Blazers defeat Sullivan South, Dobyns-Bennett

Date: 2011-12-13
With their male counterparts in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, the Lady Blazers are hoping last week was the beginning of their own streak, a winning one.   Full Story

Boone boys drop two more, remain winless in Big 8

Date: 2011-12-13
nto the season, the young Trailblazers of Daniel Boone are in the midst of a losing streak, the first they have experienced in a long time.   Full Story

Saving dollars and improving our health

Date: 2011-12-13
In his December newsletter, Sen. Lamar Alexander notes that he helped defeat a proposal dealing with air-pollution regulation by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).   Full Story

Local Food City employees recognized for volunteerism

Date: 2011-12-13
Two area Food City employees are among those being honored by the company for their volunteerism in the community.  Full Story

Budget Committee to review debt management policy for county

Date: 2011-12-13
Members of the Washington County Budget Committee will review the finalized draft of a Debt Management Policy during their Dec. 14 meeting and hope to recommend it to the full commission next week.  Full Story

QUEST awards $20,000 in grants to local teachers

Date: 2011-12-13
Seven Washington County teachers will share nearly $20,000 in grant money for innovative projects and programs for the 2011-2012 school year.  Full Story

Family event rounds out sixth season for Historic Jonesborough Dance Society

Date: 2011-12-13
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a potluck, family dance and contra dance on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.   Full Story

Growth flip flops school board districts

Date: 2011-12-13
Growth in Washington County during the last 10 years has resulted in the smallest school board district now being the largest.  Full Story

JRT remains without new artistic director

Date: 2011-12-13
With the departure of Johnathan McCarter from the artistic director role at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre earlier this year, town leaders thought they had found a replacement in Carmen Mandley.  Full Story

Crockett boys, girls show promise, still lose to D-B

Date: 2011-12-06
Opening conference play by hosting Dobyns-Bennett is never a favorable matchup for any team in the Big 8, especially the basketball teams at David Crockett High School.   Full Story

Trailblazer Classic set to take place Dec. 15-20, showcases middle school play

Date: 2011-12-06
For the basketball enthusiast, the 2011 Trailblazer Classic is a must-see event.   Full Story

Downtown Centre sells for $1 million

Date: 2011-12-06
Closing papers signed Dec. 1 completed Washington County’s sale of the Downtown Centre for $1 million.  Full Story

County way behind in economic development

Date: 2011-12-06
When it comes to economic development, Washington County is way, way behind.  Full Story

Commission votes for creation of airport authority

Date: 2011-12-06
Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously to join their fellow airport owners in supporting the development of a Tri-Cities Regional Airport Authority.  Full Story

Commission approves plan to add 10th district to county

Date: 2011-12-06
The Washington County Commission approved the redistricting plan during its Nov. 28 meeting, but not without an objection to the number of commissioners it includes.  Full Story

Holiday schedule set for Town

Date: 2011-12-06
Town of Jonesborough employees will be given 14 days off in 2012 for holidays, one more than they received for this year.  Full Story

New local restaurant opens, staple downtown restaurant shuts its doors

Date: 2011-12-06
With the opening of a new restaurant on Highway 11E in Jonesborough, another has closed its doors — at least temporarily.  Full Story

Second Harvest receives ‘pantry on wheels’

Date: 2011-12-06
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has been chosen as one of 10 national food banks to receive a mobile pantry truck and share in a $5 million donation from the Idol Gives Back Foundation.  Full Story

County hoping to receive $875,000 from state for new archive

Date: 2011-12-06
With dreams of a county archive dancing in their heads, leaders in Washington County may soon put the issue of how to fund it to bed.  Full Story

For want of something precious was lost

Date: 2011-12-06
In a War-Songs poem in 1917, Carl Sandburg used a gray wolf analogy to predict an “Out” and “Good-night” to weak, old, degenerate royalty — to “the kings, the czars, the kaisers.”   Full Story

‘Game over’ for climate stabilization, Part II

Date: 2011-11-29
Failed negotiations by the “super committee” toward solving a declared fiscal crisis in government, rising poverty among children, young people’s revolt against inequality and lack of fair opportunity as expressed in “occupation” encampments — these and other matters have seemed among big news stories in recent weeks.  Full Story

Greet each other with a smile this season

Date: 2011-11-29
Sometimes you hear laughter in strange places.   Full Story

First round losses sour Hardees Classic for Crockett, Boone

Date: 2011-11-29
As families came together last week to celebrate holiday traditions, another tradition was taking place at David Crockett High School — the Hardees Classic. The basketball tournament, in its 22nd year, brings eight teams to Crockett, allowing each a chance to jumpstart their respective seasons. This year, opening round losses for Boone and Crockett ended any chance the rivals had at repeating last year’s championship matchup.   Full Story

A good mind simply doesn’t retire

Date: 2011-11-29
I read that we retire to, not from, something.   Full Story

Program teaches seniors computer skills

Date: 2011-11-29
Senior citizens wanting to learn more about using the Internet will soon have that opportunity.  Full Story

Noland to replace Stanton as ETSU president

Date: 2011-11-29
Brian Noland has been named the ninth president to lead East Tennessee State University.  Full Story

Bell ringers to play multiple times this holiday season

Date: 2011-11-29
The handbell ringers of Jonesborough Presbyterian Church are very busy this Christmas season.   Full Story

Public invited to Madrigal Concert at Presbyterian Church

Date: 2011-11-29
There’s a Celtic sound coming from the sanctuary of Jonesborough Presbyterian Church as the adult choir practices for its special Madrigal Concert, Tapestry of Light. The performance is set for Sunday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. A small group of instrumentalists called Consort will accompany the singers. The public is invited to attend. At right, Karen Welch, Bill Reese, Chuck Collins and Terry Welch practice for the upcoming event.  Full Story

Children invited to be a part of new youth choir in area

Date: 2011-11-29
There is a new choir at Jonesborough Presbyterian Church.  Full Story

Golden Heirs Community Choir set to perform Dec. 8, 17

Date: 2011-11-29
The Golden Heirs Community Choir will present a very heart-warming Christmas Musicale this season at two different dates and locations.   Full Story

Town hoping to improve water loss problems by replacing old meters

Date: 2011-11-29
The Town of Jonesborough is in the process of replacing 2,500 old water meters in hopes of accounting for some of the town’s unaccounted for water loss.  Full Story

Wetlands Water Park to get security system after instances of vandalism

Date: 2011-11-29
Leaders in the Town of Jonesborough voted earlier this month to spend nearly $11,000 on a security system for Wetlands Water Park on Persimmon Ridge Road.   Full Story

Gray Christmas Parade Correction

Date: 2011-11-29
The Gray Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. Line up will begin at 11 a.m. at the Appalachian Fairgrounds.   Full Story

New tenant for Industrial Park?

Date: 2011-11-29
The Washington County Industrial Park could soon have a hot new tenant.  Full Story

Sulphur Springs might get EMS station

Date: 2011-11-29
Residents of the Sulphur Springs community could soon benefit from the construction of an EMS station at 1626 Highway 81N.  Full Story

Mayor, commissioners go at it during called committee meeting

Date: 2011-11-29
Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge butted heads with members of the County-Owned Property Committee last week during a called meeting to address the use of space at the county office building.   Full Story

Concerns arise about local youth and synthetic marijuana

Date: 2011-11-29
When Mike Johnson’s 16-year-old son had to be taken to the hospital after smoking a substance known to many as synthetic marijuana, Johnson decided it was time to take a stand.  Full Story

‘Game over’ for climate stabilization?

Date: 2011-11-23
Could the hope, by many thousands of young Americans who ringed the White House on November 6 be illusory that an oil pipeline project might be halted for good?   Full Story

Town chooses site for senior center

Date: 2011-11-22
The Town of Jonesborough will pursue building a new senior center off East Main Street following the approval of the site by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen at its Nov. 14 meeting.  Full Story

Employee sues school system

Date: 2011-11-22
Officials with the Washington County School System are adamantly denying claims that special education children are being mistreated at any of its schools.  Full Story

Saving the cemetery

Date: 2011-11-22
Nearly two dozen people enjoyed the great outdoors Saturday by taking part in a cleanup project that brought new life to a historic site in Tennessee’s oldest town.  Full Story

Commissioners shifted, district added in Washington County

Date: 2011-11-22
After meeting twice last week, members of the Washington County Redistricting Committee are ready to recommend finalized maps to the county commission.  Full Story

Town moves ahead at gas station property

Date: 2011-11-22
After purchasing the former Exxon gas station on Boone Street last month, town leaders are now moving forward on plans to inspect the underground tanks on the property.  Full Story

County agrees to stay out of storytelling issue

Date: 2011-11-22
The Town of Jonesborough has requested Washington County’s official endorsement of the continued use of the International Storytelling Center facility for storytelling and tourism purposes.  Full Story

Town tree lighting scheduled for Nov. 26

Date: 2011-11-22
The Town of Jonesborough’s annual lighting of the Christmas tree ceremony will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, at 5:45 p.m. Unlike previous years, town leaders elected to close down Main Street to vehicle traffic in front of the courthouse during the lighting event this year.  Full Story

Glitch will not impact sale of Downtown Centre

Date: 2011-11-22
A technical glitch should not delay the county’s sale of the Downtown Centre to the Johnson City Development Authority, according to Mayor Dan Eldridge.  Full Story

County to re-establish community relations role

Date: 2011-11-22
Members of the Washington County Budget Committee will recommend to the full commission funding the position now referred to as Director of Community Relations and Special Projects.  Full Story

Jonesborough police arrest 45 in October

Date: 2011-11-22
Jonesborough police arrested 45 people in October, including seven for driving under the influence. Other arrests included charges of public intoxication, aggravated assault and drug violations.  Full Story

Library to kick off holidays

Date: 2011-11-22
The Jonesborough Library is holding an open house to kick off the holiday season at the library.  Full Story

TSBA names McLain ‘Master Board Member’

Date: 2011-11-22
Washington County Board of Education Chairman Phillip McLain recently received an award from the Tennessee School Boards Association.  Full Story

Silverbacks leading the way for independent football

Date: 2011-11-22
Six years ago, Grayson Bledsoe, a student at Providence Academy came to his father and said he wanted to play football.   Full Story

Hardee’s Classic takes place this week

Date: 2011-11-22
nual Hardee’s Classic at David Crockett High School is slated to tip off on Tuesday, Nov. 22.   Full Story

Tickets now on sale for Make-A-Wish chocolate festival

Date: 2011-11-22
Volunteers with the The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of East Tennessee like to think of themselves as magicians. They work with area children who have life-threatening medical conditions and help these children choose one very special heartfelt wish that they’d like to receive.  Full Story

Volunteer Toastmasters to hold free workshop Dec. 1

Date: 2011-11-22
The Volunteer Toastmasters of Washington County is holding a free educational workshop, called “Communication 101” on Dec. 1.   Full Story

Be thankful, share your abundance

Date: 2011-11-22
Thursday we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a special time of family, friends and memories of our spring, summer and fall gardens.   Full Story

NPAC to feature local among several acts

Date: 2011-11-22
GREENEVILLE — The Niswonger Performing Arts Center invites you to kick off the Christmas season with a special concert on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2:30 p.m. by the Appalachian Express Chorus, who has been entertaining audiences with the sounds of four-part Barbershop harmony since 1968.  Full Story

Smith: ISC building likely to go into foreclosure

Date: 2011-11-15
Founder and President of the International Storytelling Center Jimmy Neil Smith told the Herald & Tribune late last week that Rural Development has agreed to one of several proposals the ISC submitted to get the organization back on its feet after filing for bankruptcy last December.  Full Story

County may be divided into 10 districts

Date: 2011-11-15
An additional legislative district is included on a preliminary redistricting map to meet the equal population requirement based on growth in Washington County during the last 10 years.  Full Story

Town receives grant for railroad crossing

Date: 2011-11-15
A $250,000 bump in the road has been smoothed out for Jonesborough’s ongoing walkway project along Little Limestone Creek.  Full Story

One step closer to new animal shelter

Date: 2011-11-15
Plans for the new animal shelter are moving forward, Shelter Director Debbie Dobbs told members of the General Health and Welfare Committee during their Nov. 9 meeting.  Full Story

HZC changes tune on proposed courthouse plaza

Date: 2011-11-15
What members of the Historic Zoning Commission had been calling the “crown jewel” of a downtown remodeling project appears to have lost its shine.  Full Story

Commissioner suggests reducing employee benefits to increase salaries

Date: 2011-11-15
Washington County Commissioner Ethan Flynn addressed members of the Cultural, Industrial and Agricultural Committee during their Nov. 7 meeting regarding ways the county could save money by reducing employee benefits.  Full Story

County holds debt management workshop

Date: 2011-11-15
Washington County officials discussed which ratios would be the most beneficial to include in the county’s new plan during a Nov. 9 debt management workshop.  Full Story

JCSO to offer free holiday concert Nov. 30

Date: 2011-11-15
The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Holiday Concert for children and the general public on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 10:30 a.m. at Freedom Hall in Johnson City. The concert is free, but the orchestra is requesting non-perishable food items in non-breakable containers be brought as a donation for Second Harvest Food Bank.   Full Story

Contra dance set for Nov. 19

Date: 2011-11-15
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a Contra and Family Dance on Saturday, Nov. 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.   Full Story

Turkey dinner scheduled at Boone's Creek Ruritan

Date: 2011-11-15
The Boones Creek Ruritan will host a turkey-and-dressing dinner on Friday, Nov. 18, from 5-8 p.m. at its clubhouse, 144 Boring Chapel Road, Gray.  Full Story

Limestone Ruritan hosting fish fry

Date: 2011-11-15
The Limestone Ruritan will host a fish fry on Friday, Nov. 18, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Limestone Ruritan Building.   Full Story

Forensics specialist to speak at ETSU

Date: 2011-11-15
Dr. Michelle Hamilton, a noted forensic anthropologist, will speak at East Tennessee State University on Monday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. in room 102 of Rogers-Stout Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.  Full Story

Ridgeview invites public to book fair

Date: 2011-11-15
Ridgeview School is in the midst of its fourth annual book fair. Parents and community members are invited to attend the fair to help the school’s classrooms and library grow through the purchase of books.  Full Story

Crockett to hold blood drive Nov. 21

Date: 2011-11-15
The David Crockett High School HOSA chapter is sponsoring an American Red Cross Community Blood Drive on Monday, Nov. 21, in the school gym.   Full Story

Historic preservation takes center stage

Date: 2011-11-15
The East Tennessee Historic Preservation Conference was held for the first time in Jonesborough last Friday and Saturday at the International Storytelling Center.   Full Story

Every day should be Veterans Day

Date: 2011-11-15
We celebrated Veterans Day a few days ago, but I love our veterans 365 days a year.  Full Story

Progressive Dinner celebrating 34 years in Jonesborough on Dec. 3-4

Date: 2011-11-15
The annual Progressive Dinner hosted by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4. Multiple seatings are available.  Full Story

Volunteers needed to clean up Old Jonesborough Cemetery

Date: 2011-11-15
The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is hosting a clean up day at the Old Jonesborough Cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 19.   Full Story

Father-daughter duo heading out together

Date: 2011-11-15
Tony Snapp has been at the helm of David Crockett soccer for 18 years, the last four of which were spent with his daughter, Brooklyn, serving as the team’s goal keeper.   Full Story

Crockett alums qualify for cross country nationals through Milligan

Date: 2011-11-15
Two former David Crockett High School students recently qualified for the NAIA Cross Country Championship while running for Milligan College.  Full Story

‘Give a Gobble’ event collecting food for needy

Date: 2011-11-15
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many people are making plans for a big feast with family and friends.  Full Story

Highway medians intended to imitate creek bed

Date: 2011-11-15
During this time of year my e-mail and telephone are full of questions about the beautiful blue flowers blooming in the median of Highway 11E through Jonesborough.   Full Story

Future of ISC building has Town worried

Date: 2011-11-08
Nearly a year has passed since the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough filed for bankruptcy. Initially, ISC leaders and town officials expressed confidence that Storytelling would come out of the matter stronger and better off than it had ever been.  Full Story

Traffic problems at Justice Center

Date: 2011-11-08
Traffic issues around the Justice Center on Highway 11E have town and county leaders teaming up to find a solution “before someone gets killed.”  Full Story

Pigeon Problem

Date: 2011-11-08
It has been said that a bird going to the bathroom on your head is good luck. For those in need of such luck, hanging out at the Washington County Courthouse in Jonesborough might be their best bet.  Full Story

Board of Education opposes proposed state legislation

Date: 2011-11-08
During their Nov. 3 meeting, members of the Washington County Board of Education unanimously adopted three resolutions opposing state legislation related to the academic calendar, appointed superintendents, and the creation of a voucher program.  Full Story

Three companies announce multi-million-dollar projects in Washington County

Date: 2011-11-08
Three recent announcements regarding new investments and job creation indicate Washington County is making progress despite the economic downturn.  Full Story

Downtown Centre sale expected this month

Date: 2011-11-08
With the Downtown Centre sale expected to close in a couple of weeks, members of the Washington County Public Records Commission are making decisions about storage space in the former jail facility and the county office building.  Full Story

Town feels ‘no pressure’ to decide future of newly acquired property

Date: 2011-11-08
With the property at the corner of Boone and Main streets now in the Town of Jonesborough’s possession, leaders are in no rush to make a decision as to what will become of it.  Full Story

PHIL Foundation’s 5K set for Nov. 13

Date: 2011-11-08
The PHIL Foundation will host its annual 5K Fun Run/Walk to raise funds for its philanthropic endeavors on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Daniel Boone High School cross country course in Gray.   Full Story

Leesburg community meeting to take place Nov. 15 at Ruritan

Date: 2011-11-08
The Leesburg Neighborhood Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Leesburg Ruritan building.   Full Story

Jonesborough holds weekend ceremony

Date: 2011-11-08
The 13th Annual Military Veterans Tribute in Music was held Nov. 6 at the Visitors Center featuring the Band of the Smoky Mountains, the official musical ambassador for the Tennessee Air National Guard. For more photos from the event, visit the Photo Gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com.  Full Story

Senior Center recognizes vets with special ceremony

Date: 2011-11-08
The Jonesborough Senior Center hosted a special event for veterans last week at the facility. The afternoon included a presentation of veterans and speeches by Alan Jackson, a retired member of the United States Air Force, and Marion Light, chairman of the Jonesborough Veterans Affairs Committee. At left, the crowd gathered at the Senior Center listens as one of the guest speakers talks about honoring veterans.  Full Story

More Veterans Day events scheduled for this week

Date: 2011-11-08
• East Tennessee State University will hold a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. to honor and remember those who have served their country through military service. The public is invited to attend.  Full Story

New tradition begins in Washington County

Date: 2011-11-08
A new Washington County tradition was born Nov. 1 in the first-ever Mini Musket Bowl between eighth grade football players from the middle schools feeding into David Crockett and Daniel Boone high schools.   Full Story

Déjà vu for Boone in playoffs

Date: 2011-11-08
Last year, the Daniel Boone Trailblazers took a senior-filled football team to Knoxville for a second round battle of the TSSAA state playoffs against West High School.   Full Story

Blazers run to fifth place finish at state

Date: 2011-11-08
After finishing second overall at the region one championship last week (behind Dobyns-Bennett), the Daniel Boone High School boys’ cross country team earned a place in the Nov. 5 state tournament.   Full Story

Every garden dances to a rhythm we design

Date: 2011-11-08
About two weeks ago, while attending the American Conifer Society meeting in Athens, Georgia; I had the pleasure of touring gardens surrounding the home of Vince Dooley, retired University of Georgia football coach.   Full Story

Jason Coleman to play famous grandfather’s favorite songs

Date: 2011-11-08
“The Legacy of Floyd Cramer,” featuring his grandson Jason Coleman, will be performed at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m.  Full Story

Group fitness classes in Jonesborough

Date: 2011-11-02
The Town of Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Department will hold group fitness training classes at the Jonesborough Visitors Center through Dec. 5.  Full Story

Turkey Trot 5K registration ongoing

Date: 2011-11-02
The sixth annual Turkey Trot 5K Road Race and Family Fitness Walk is set for Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 24, at 8:30 a.m. in Johnson City.  Full Story

Don’t let being busy get in the way of experiences

Date: 2011-11-02
Do you miss a lot of things because you are too busy?   Full Story

Pizza Plus, other franchise coming to town

Date: 2011-11-02
A new restaurant is headed to Jonesborough near the intersection of Highway 11E and Headtown Road.  Full Story

County’s redistricting nears completion

Date: 2011-11-02
During the Oct. 25 meeting of the Washington County Redistricting Committee, Chairman Greg Matherly shared a letter from the state comptroller’s office about the approaching deadline for the county redistricting plan.  Full Story

ETSU digital media students take top honors

Date: 2011-11-02
East Tennessee State University’s digital media students took top honors among the universities presenting their work at the International Digital Media and Arts Association Student Showcase earlier this month in Savannah, Ga.  Full Story

Two Jonesborough residents inducted into ETSU Business and Techology Hall of Fame

Date: 2011-11-02
The East Tennessee State University College of Business and Technology inducted several new members into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony Oct. 28, including two Jonesborough residents.  Full Story

Commission approves security for city office

Date: 2011-11-02
During their Oct. 31 meeting, commissioners approved a $24,000 budget amendment to pay for the addition of security officers in the Johnson City location of the County Clerk and Trustee offices on Marketplace Boulevard.  Full Story

Decision on revised position delayed for another month

Date: 2011-11-02
A decision on the budget amendment providing funds for the renamed Director of Community Relations and Special Projects position was delayed for another month when commissioners referred it back to the Budget Committee for more revisions.  Full Story

Fall season of contra dances begins Saturday

Date: 2011-11-02
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold its first community contra dance of the fall season on Saturday, Nov. 5.  Full Story

Trailblazers earn ninth straight win in county rivalry

Date: 2011-11-02
ween Daniel Boone (5-5, 4-3) and David Crockett (1-9, 1-6), 56 seconds was all it took to turn a tight fourth quarter match into a 27-0 romp, hoisting the Blazers into the playoffs with a final regular season win.   Full Story

Boone boys headed to cross country championships

Date: 2011-11-02
The boys of Daniel Boone High School will be taking part in the TSSAA State Championship meet in Nashville on Saturday, Nov. 5.   Full Story

Town’s wellness program sees success

Date: 2011-11-02
There are 102 Town of Jonesborough employees who may be healthier because of a successful wellness program that offers not only basic health screenings and services, but also a human touch to healthcare in Tennessee’s oldest town.  Full Story

Tasting event to benefit American Cancer Society

Date: 2011-11-02
Eat, drink and be merry.   Full Story

‘Festival of Trees’ begins holiday season at Hands On

Date: 2011-11-02
The Hands On Museum in Johnson City will host its annual Festival of Trees event this month, with a Showing of Trees set for Nov. 2-15 and a gala on Nov. 18.  Full Story

Lifelong Washington County resident honored posthumously for work in school nutrition

Date: 2011-11-02
After serving Washington County Schools for 40 years as the administrator of the school food service program and providing over 50 million meals to school children during that time, Virginia Patton Campbell was honored posthumously for her leadership and pioneering efforts last week.  Full Story

Color it green in gardens, buildings

Date: 2011-11-02
Barely two weeks ago, a group of Master Gardeners from the Tri-Cities traveled to Charleston, W.V., for an exciting, informative meeting to learn new trends and methods of growing.   Full Story

TDOT forcing town to rip out plants on Highway 11E

Date: 2011-11-01
Motorists driving through Jonesborough on Highway 11E during the next week or two will likely notice some landscaping upheaval in the medians there.  Full Story

County holds debt workshop

Date: 2011-11-01
In addition to a redistricting plan, Washington County must establish and adopt a debt management policy before the end of the year.  Full Story

County creates oversight committee

Date: 2011-11-01
A newly formed Oversight and Steering Committee will serve as a legislative body whose members will set an annual agenda for the county commission’s work.  Full Story

Leaders unlikely to support weakening of sunshine law

Date: 2011-10-25
As the president of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association mounts a statewide campaign to get state legislators to weaken the sunshine law, it appears local leaders are unlikely to hop on board.  Full Story

Who runs the county?

Date: 2011-10-25
A document being referred to as “the manifesto” outlines objectives Washington County commissioners want accomplished this year, raising the question of who actually runs the county.  Full Story

Depleted uranium found in samples of water, soil

Date: 2011-10-25
Potential environmental and public health consequences of poisoning from depleted uranium found in samples taken near Aerojet Ordnance were discussed during a press conference held on the Courthouse steps in Jonesborough on Oct. 23.  Full Story

Art in the Park sees good weather, nice turnout

Date: 2011-10-25
More than 20 local artists displayed their works during Historic Jonesborough’s Third Annual Fine Art in the Park Festival. Held Oct. 22-23 at the International Storytelling Center Park, visitors were treated to a variety of different mediums, including sculpture and handmade jewelry. Top left is Nancy Jane Earnest, lifelong artist and resident of Johnson City. Aside from her landscape and portrait work, she is dedicated to the use of expressive arts as a healing modality. Middle left, guests enjoy the work of Douglas Gross, of Jonesborough. Gross enjoys photographing common things and framing them in such a way to create art. Brett Anderson, bottom left, spends long hours handcrafting kitchen tools, decorative items and musical instruments.  Full Story

JRT holding auditions for upcoming play

Date: 2011-10-25
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for “S’ Wonderful,” composed by George Gershwin with lyrics written by Ira Gershwin, on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 6-7, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 7 p.m.  Full Story

County to receive $234M from state

Date: 2011-10-25
Washington County will receive approximately $233.8 million in state appropriations during the 2011-2012 fiscal year, according to information released late last week.  Full Story

Race for Ian scheduled to take place Nov. 5

Date: 2011-10-25
The Race for Ian, a 5K run planned for Saturday, Nov. 5, will be held to raise money for the Tennessee Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders Foundation.  Full Story

New athletic facility in the works at Daniel Boone

Date: 2011-10-25
Daniel Boone High School could soon be breaking ground on a new athletic training facility on campus.   Full Story

Depot project continues, town buys old gas station

Date: 2011-10-25
After several weeks of work by a state prison work crew, the historic Chuckey Train Depot has been dismantled and the pieces moved to Jonesborough.  Full Story

Tax relief program approved

Date: 2011-10-25
In a unanimous decision, the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted on Oct. 10 to establish a property tax relief program for residents.  Full Story

Crockett earns first win of the season in senior night thriller

Date: 2011-10-25
ason hasn’t elapsed the way the team’s seniors had hoped or expected.   Full Story

Boone keeps playoff hopes alive with victory over Rebels

Date: 2011-10-25
The Daniel Boone Trailblazers entered last Friday’s game at Sullivan South well aware of the ramifications at hand.   Full Story

Remembering Kathryn at the ‘Swappin Grounds’

Date: 2011-10-25
“The Swappin’ Grounds” has been part of the National Storytelling Festival for many years. It is a special place where storytellers and storyteller wannabes can tell a family friendly 10-minute story by signing up at the Christopher Taylor log home on Main Street.   Full Story

Topiary adds creativity to indoor, outdoor gardens

Date: 2011-10-25
Topiary defined: … “Characterized by the cutting or arranging of shrubs or trees into shapes as in gardening.” Fascinated with the artistic medium of topiary for most of my life, I have two that have been growing in my kitchen window for several years. So easy to create, simple to maintain, and once well started, it will provide entertainment for years. This is a houseplant anyone can start and enjoy. Add a dash of patience and it is good to grow.   Full Story

BMA approves Senior Center architect

Date: 2011-10-19
The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen took another step forward on Monday, October 10, unanimously approving Ken Ross Architects as the proposed senior center project architectural firm .  Full Story

Zoning office wants reorganization

Date: 2011-10-19
A somewhat surprising request for a reorganization of the County Zoning Administrator’s Office was presented to the Budget Committee during its Oct. 11 meeting.  Full Story

Restaurant leadership changes before doors open

Date: 2011-10-19
There has been a change in leadership at a soon-to-open restaurant in Jonesborough,  Full Story

Committee to recommend revised communications position

Date: 2011-10-19
A revised job description with a new title to replace the former communications director position was distributed for review during the Oct. 11 Budget Committee meeting.  Full Story

New commission chair says rules not being followed, changes to be made

Date: 2011-10-19
Since being elected chairman of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, Greg Matherly has been studying the rules of procedure.  Full Story

Gray Elementary students win grand prize

Date: 2011-10-19
The Johnson City Power Board recently recognized several aspiring young artists for their contributions to the Power Board’s fourth annual Imagination Power Calendar Art Contest.  Full Story

Haunts & Happenings returns to town

Date: 2011-10-19
Be sure to visit Historic Jonesborough for a “spooktacular” time this Halloween.  Full Story

Make time to visit new museum

Date: 2011-10-19
Jonesborough is in her glory with all of the splashes of different colors from the full blooming mums.  Full Story

Economic Summit to highlight progress made under EDC

Date: 2011-10-19
JOHNSON CITY — The ninth annual Economic Summit, highlighting local economic development progress by working together under the newly formed Washington County Economic Development Council, will be held at Millennium Centre on Tuesday, Nov. 1.  Full Story

Blazers triumph over Sullivan Central to keep playoff hopes alive

Date: 2011-10-19
With the regular season of high school football winding down, the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone entered the Oct. 14 contest against Sullivan Central in a must win situation to keep any hope of a playoff berth alive.   Full Story

Crockett remains winless with loss against Sullivan South

Date: 2011-10-19
For a team entering its eighth contest without a win, plagued by injuries and uncertain about what the future will bring, one might expect a minimal effort. But the Pioneers are a different breed of athlete; they are hardy, scrappy and determined.   Full Story

Blazers race to win Trailblazer Invitationals

Date: 2011-10-19
The Daniel Boone cross country team is no stranger to success both at a local and state level. The 2011 Blazers are expected to vie for the school’s third state championship after putting together a promising year among regional competition.   Full Story

Downtown Centre sale to close mid-November

Date: 2011-10-14
The final piece of the deal to sell the Downtown Centre fell into place last week with the Johnson City Commission’s approval to allow tax increment financing to be used to help pay for renovations to the facility.  Full Story

ISC disappointed with ruling, future unclear

Date: 2011-10-14
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has valued the International Storytelling Center at almost twice the amount the ISC received from its own appraiser.  Full Story

Keeling bounces back

Date: 2011-10-14
Jeff Keeling may be out, but he’s not down.  Full Story

School board, member earn recognition from TSBA

Date: 2011-10-14
Renee Jones Rogers, of the Tennessee School Boards Association, presented a Board of Distinction Award to the Washington County Board of Education during its Oct. 6 meeting.   Full Story

JRT to present Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Date: 2011-10-14
Hyde will come to the stage of the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre this October to feature an intensely compelling account of the darkness that lurks just beneath the surface in Victorian London as the two sides entail a suspenseful battle over the notorious Dr. Jekyll.  Full Story

SiriusXM to offer Storytelling Radio

Date: 2011-10-14
SiriusXM returned to the National Storytelling Festival for the second year.    Full Story

First quarter proves too much for Blazers to overcome

Date: 2011-10-14
A 21-point first quarter deficit proved to be too much for the Blazers to overcome in a 42-26 home loss against Science Hill on Friday night.   Full Story

Undefeated Dobyns-Bennett maintains perfect record with win against Crockett

Date: 2011-10-14
In Jonesborough Friday night it was the battle of the beaten against the unbeaten as undefeated Dobyns-Bennett (7-0) turned a 28-0 first quarter lead into a 56-7 beat down against the winless Pioneers (0-7) of David Crockett.   Full Story

Residents soon to face construction in downtown Jonesborough

Date: 2011-10-14
Some changes are coming to downtown Jonesborough. And while these changes may mean temporary traffic slow-downs and detours along Main Street for the next several months, they also carry with them the promise of a better, stronger downtown area, town officials say.  Full Story

Boones Creek resident retires from church after playing piano for 69 years

Date: 2011-10-14
Harold Johnson knows how to tickle piano keys, he’s been doing it for 69 years.  Full Story

Beaufort Sea spill could be worse

Date: 2011-10-14
President Roosevelt used to praise the Audubon Society for “work of incalculable good in stirring, rousing and giving effect” to wildlife conservation, especially in the Arctic region of Alaska.  Full Story

Mayor to ‘get on with business’

Date: 2011-09-20
Mayor Dan Eldridge will not veto the budget passed by the Washington County Commission during its called meeting Sept. 8.  Full Story

BMA approves $3 million for wastewater plant improvements

Date: 2011-09-20
The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a resolution on Sept. 12 to authorize the terms of a Rural Development grant/loan for just over $3.27 million to fund Phase I improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.   Full Story

Budget cuts could have dire consequences for county

Date: 2011-09-13
Budget cuts approved during the Sept. 8 called meeting of the county commission will have a far-reaching impact — possibly killing the deal for the sale of the Downtown Centre and ending Northeast State’s plans to lease the site for a Washington County campus.  Full Story

Eldridge chooses to leave post

Date: 2011-09-13
Prior to the Sept. 8 meeting, Mayor Dan Eldridge announced he will not seek reappointment as chair of the Washington County Commission.  Full Story

Board of Mayor and Aldermen may appoint new JRT director

Date: 2011-09-13
Members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen were expected to take action on the appointment of a new artistic director for the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre during their Sept. 12 meeting.  Full Story

JRT offers perks for patrons

Date: 2011-09-13
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is rewarding loyal patrons with incentives and special event invitations specifically designed for season pass holders for the remainder of the theater's 2011 and 2012 performance season.  Full Story

Dance Society hosts contra dance

Date: 2011-09-13
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a contra dance on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center.   Full Story

Jonesborough Library to hold two events Sept. 19

Date: 2011-09-13
Have you started thinking about pumpkins, leaves and fall colors?  Full Story

Boone pushes past Happy Valley at homecoming

Date: 2011-09-13
The annual homecoming game for the Blazers usually provides a break in the conference schedule with lesser opponent to beat up on. But as David Crockett found out, the homecoming game isn’t always an easy win.   Full Story

Pioneers fall short of win against Cockes at homecoming game

Date: 2011-09-13
In past seasons Cocke County has been the perfect homecoming opponent for David Crockett. The Pioneers have annually relied on the Fighting Cockes as an easy win to cap off the homecoming festivities in Jonesborough. But the 2011 Crockett football season seems to be going from bad to worse following a 67-35 shellacking on Sept. 9 against Cocke County. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 0-3 on the season.  Full Story

Butterflies use milkweed to complete life cycle

Date: 2011-09-13
We love butterflies, the Flag Corps of gardens. They flit, fly and pose on flowers while sipping nectar to live their life cycles while remaining close to their favorite host plants.   Full Story

Jonesborough dedicates Arboretum

Date: 2011-09-06
After more than 12 years of planning and planting, the Ardinna Woods Arboretum, a Level 2 certified arboretum, was dedicated in Jonesborough.  Full Story

BMA ups property tax

Date: 2011-09-06
After more than a decade of discussions on the need for a new senior center, the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen agreed that the time is right to build a new facility.  Full Story

Redistricting members want no reduction in commission size

Date: 2011-09-06
In an effort to save the county money, members of the Redistricting Committee voted to recommend the Washington County Commission remain at maximum-allowed 25 members.  Full Story

Judge rules for county, Sneyd case dismissed

Date: 2011-09-06
Senior Judge Walter C. Kurtz granted Washington County’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed the lawsuit filed by Clerk and Master Brenda Sneyd for a 10 percent pay increase.  Full Story

Trailblazers come together in big win against Volunteer

Date: 2011-09-06
In the first two games of the season for the Daniel Boone Trailblazers, a combination of turnovers and inefficiency on offense pushed the Blazers to a 0-2 start. With their first conference game on the road at Volunteer, the Blazers look to have put their slow start behind them after a 41-0 win on Friday night.   Full Story

Tennessee High tramples first win hopes for Pioneers

Date: 2011-09-06
In recent years the David Crockett Pioneers have gashed opposing defenses on the ground, using the Wing-T offensive set to pile up yards week after week.   Full Story

Tips to keep birds coming throughout the winter

Date: 2011-09-06
Now that September is here, can cold be far away? During summer we do not feed birds often because gardens provide ample seeds and bugs, thus we slack off and only put out a little bird seed.   Full Story

Board of Education delays vote on sales tax increase

Date: 2011-09-06
Members of the Washington County Board of Education were unanimous in their decision to postpone the vote on the quarter cent sales tax resolution until their October meeting.  Full Story

HZC committee to review advertising guidelines

Date: 2011-08-30
Dr. William Kennedy, chair of the Historic Zoning Commission, led an orientation session on Aug. 25 for members he recently appointed to the ad hoc committee established to review the HZC Advertising Standards and Guidelines.  Full Story

Town residents voice opinions

Date: 2011-08-30
A standing-room-only crowd of Jonesborough residents filled the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center Aug. 23, expressing varying degrees of support and opposition for four proposed Town of Jonesborough projects.  Full Story

Budget Committee hopes to clear final hurdles

Date: 2011-08-30
After the school system agreed to cover its deficit, Washington County Budget Committee members had two hurdles left toward approval of the balanced budget submitted for 2011-12.  Full Story

Changes to be recommended

Date: 2011-08-30
During its Aug. 25 meeting, members of the Jonesborough Traffic Advisory Committee voted to recommend to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen an intersection layout plan for Main and Boone streets, and a change in the parking status in front of the Chester Inn.  Full Story

Turnovers key in Cherokee’s win over Boone Trailblazers

Date: 2011-08-30
With two games already on the books, the Daniel Boone Trailblazers football team is still looking for its first win of the season after their most recent loss in Rogersville, a 27-7 defeat by Cherokee on Friday night. While the Blazers haven’t reached for the panic button just yet, the success of past seasons have left lofty expectations for a young group looking to continue the winning ways at Daniel Boone High School.   Full Story

Daniel Boone volleyball opens season to conference play

Date: 2011-08-30
With the volleyball season underway this past week, the Lady Blazers and new head coach Anna Johnson dropped their first two conference matches. After losing handily to Sullivan South on Aug. 23 in straight sets (25-10, 25-1, 25-5), Boone looked much more capable and confident against Big 8 foe Dobyns-Bennett on Aug. 25. The Lady Blazers gave the perennial powerhouse all they could handle in a contest that could have gone either way (25-22, 25-8, 25-22). A far left, Hannah Scheurer, Morgan Staten and Madison Staten.  Full Story

Local golfers hit the links for CASA benefit

Date: 2011-08-30
More than 100 golfers came out to the Johnson City Country Club on Aug. 22 in support of CASA of Northeast Tennessee for the sixth annual golf benefit. The day of festivities began with a catered lunch for participants prior to the four-man team scramble shotgun start. A range of door prizes were available to participants following the 18 hole tournament.  Full Story

Local woodworker becomes farmers market celebrity

Date: 2011-08-30
Bear Anderson keeps himself busy with several different occupations.   Full Story

Plan for Schools Goes to Commission

Date: 2011-08-24
A funding plan to benefit Washington County and its school system received unanimous approval from the Board of Education and the Budget Committee, and will be recommended to the county commission during its August 29 meeting.  Full Story

Plan for Schools Goes to Commission

Date: 2011-08-24
A funding plan to benefit Washington County and its school system received unanimous approval from the Board of Education and the Budget Committee, and will be recommended to the county commission during its August 29 meeting.  Full Story

Pharmacy employees, students volunteer at Senior Center

Date: 2011-08-24
Nearly 40 volunteers gathered at the Jonesborough Senior Center on Saturday morning with one goal in mind – improving the landscaping around the building.  Full Story

Plan for schools goes to commission

Date: 2011-08-24
A funding plan to benefit Washington County and its school system received unanimous approval from the Board of Education and the Budget Committee, and will be recommended to the county commission during its August 29 meeting.  Full Story

Judge says ‘wiggle room’ allowed

Date: 2011-08-24
During the Aug. 16 hearing for the lawsuit Clerk and Master Brenda Sneyd filed against Washington County, Senior Judge Walter C. Kurtz said the Legislature gives each county “wiggle room” in deciding whether to award a 10 percent pay increase to clerks who serve more than one court.  Full Story

Reinvention of old Jackson Theatre ‘cultural, economic investment’

Date: 2011-08-24
In its heyday, the Jackson Theatre on Main Street in Jonesborough brought everyone downtown on Saturday evenings. Now, town officials are considering a reinvention of the old theatre that they believe could have a similar effect.  Full Story

Struggles abundant in openers for Crockett and Boone

Date: 2011-08-24
For the Pioneers of David Crockett and the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone, the 2011 football season couldn’t have started much worse.   Full Story

Historic Jonesborough Gets Ready for Sept. 10th Town-Wide Yard Sale

Date: 2011-08-24
The Jonesborough Area Merchants & Service Association, along with the Town of Jonesborough, welcome the public to its annual spring town-wide yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Full Story

Roe to hold staff office hours in Washington County

Date: 2011-08-24
U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) will send staff members to hold office hours in Jonesborough on Tuesday Sept. 6 and 20 at the Washington County Office Building, 103 W. Main St., from 2 – 4 p.m.  Full Story

ETSU College of Nursing to Open New Clinic

Date: 2011-08-24
The groundbreaking for the ETSU College of Nursing clinic was held recently behind the Quillen ETSU Physicians and Associates/ETSU Heart building, 329 W. State of Franklin Road.   Full Story

Local residents receive accounting scholarships

Date: 2011-08-24
The Educational & Memorial Foundation of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) recently awarded scholarships to 11 East Tennessee area residents for the 2011-12 academic year.   Full Story

Small business grants topic of workshop

Date: 2011-08-24
Entrepreneurs and small business personnel who want to learn more about federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding are invited to a workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at East Tennessee State University’s Innovation Laboratory.  Full Story

Elaeagnus: Local evergreen offers low maintenence, attractive way to create garden privacy

Date: 2011-08-24
As gardeners, we are always on the lookout for attractive, hardy and easy to care for plants and shrubbery. We are particularly interested in evergreen plants because they are useful as permanent hedges and privacy makers for our gardens.  Full Story

Balance of preservation, renovation needed for McKinney Arts Center

Date: 2011-08-09
With a list of at least four potential projects that could each require some kind of property tax hike to complete, Jonesborough officials are turning to town residents to prioritize the town’s needs.  Full Story

Storytelling Center challenges USDA’s building appraisal

Date: 2011-08-09
The International Storytelling Center will return to federal bankruptcy court in Greeneville on Sept. 22.  Full Story

Board of Education denies racial hostility in school system

Date: 2011-08-09
The Washington County Board of Education as well as a student at Daniel Boone High School filed responses in federal court last week to a woman’s claims that her son was repeatedly bullied and then beat up because of his race.  Full Story

Town plans remount of community play for fall, starts collecting more stories

Date: 2011-08-09
The story of Jonesborough, as told in the community play, ‘I am Home,’ earlier this year, will likely return to the stage in October.  Full Story

Motoko to serve as next teller-in-residence

Date: 2011-08-09
Japanese storyteller Motoko, former student of master mime Tony Montanaro and one-time guest on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, will be the next teller-in-residence for the Storytelling Live! series at the International Storytelling Center.  Full Story

Crockett Days set for Aug. 12-14

Date: 2011-08-09
Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone will host the 9th annual Crockett Days event Aug. 12-14.  Full Story

Animal shelter proposals due by Aug. 15

Date: 2011-08-09
The deadline for responses to the request for proposals regarding a new location for the Johnson City/Washington County animal shelter is Monday, Aug. 15.   Full Story

Crockett, Boone back to the gridiron with some similarities

Date: 2011-08-09
Last season, the Pioneers of David Crockett High School and the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone High School were as different as any two teams in the conference, sharing a county as their only similarity.   Full Story

Grieving for Greedy

Date: 2011-08-02
Elizabethton resident Brandon Kincaid lost his best friend last month after making a terrible judgment call to leave his beloved dog in a car on a hot day.  Full Story

Residents to help decide if new senior center is worth the expense

Date: 2011-08-02
With a list of at least four potential projects that could each require some kind of property tax hike to complete, Jonesborough officials are turning to town residents to prioritize the town’s needs.  Full Story

Jonesborough puts a ‘jingle’ in its step

Date: 2011-08-02
It isn’t Christmas, but in Jonesborough things are already starting to “jingle.”  Full Story

Stories that sing, stories that heal

Date: 2011-08-02
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Beef conference coming to area Aug. 15-16

Date: 2011-08-02
A Tri-State Cow-Calf Conference is set for Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 15-16, in Johnson City.   Full Story

Ron Short and the Possum Playboys to play MOTS

Date: 2011-08-02
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature Ron Short and the Possum Playboys with opener, Jeni and Billy on Friday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Downtown landscaping topic of meeting scheduled for Aug. 11

Date: 2011-08-02
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

High schools to hold freshmen orientation

Date: 2011-08-02
Daniel Boone High School freshmen orientation will be Monday, Aug. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon. Students who have not picked up their schedules can pick them up at this time.  Full Story

Architectural, historical survey of Jonesborough to be completed with $5,000 in grant funding

Date: 2011-08-02
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Back-to-School Bash at Crockett set for Aug. 5

Date: 2011-08-02
David Crockett High School will host its annual “Back to School Bash” on Friday, Aug. 5, from 5-8:30 p.m.   Full Story

Crockett forestry team wins state, earns place in nationals

Date: 2011-08-02
Since 1994, the self proclaimed worldwide leader in sports, ESPN has televised the Scripps National Spelling Bee, attracting millions of viewers after the network opted to slot the competition in primetime.   Full Story

Area student earns bronze medal in Romania

Date: 2011-08-02
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Commission size to remain at 25?

Date: 2011-07-26
Members of the Washington County Redistricting Committee refused to even consider reducing the number of county commissioners on the board during a called meeting July 19 to determine the future size of the legislative body.  Full Story

Supporters speak out for Rambo

Date: 2011-07-26
A closer look at legal expenses may lead Washington County to hire a full-time attorney.  Full Story

County sets policy for installing, removal of traffic devices

Date: 2011-07-26
A resolution creating a policy for traffic calming procedures for county roads was approved by unanimous vote during the July 25 meeting of the Washington County Commission.  Full Story

Fun at Folkmoot

Date: 2011-07-26
Three teams of entertainers from North Carolina’s Folkmoot USA Festival made their first appearance at an out-of-state venue, entertaining an audience of nearly 100 on Saturday evening at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.  Full Story

Polynesian Beach Party set for Aug. 6

Date: 2011-07-26
On Saturday, Aug. 6, the Crumley House in Limestone will host a Polynesian Beach Party to raise money for the brain injury rehabilitation center.  Full Story

Lieberman to combine history, personal life as teller-in-residence

Date: 2011-07-26
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Sales tax holiday set to take place Aug. 5-7 throughout state

Date: 2011-07-26
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Genealogist group meets Aug. 2

Date: 2011-07-26
The Watauga Association of Genealogists will meet at the Johnson City Public Library, 100 West Millard St., on Tuesday Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m.   Full Story

Clothing giveaway set for Aug. 6

Date: 2011-07-26
The Limestone Women of Christian Service will sponsor a clothes giveaway beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Limestone United Methodist Church, 189 Opie Arnold Road.   Full Story

Roe hosting office hours next month

Date: 2011-07-26
U.S. Congressman Phil Roe (TN-01) will send staff to hold office hours in Jonesborough on Tuesday, Aug. 2, and Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Washington County Office Building from 2-4 p.m.   Full Story

Alumni softball game to honor Boone tradition

Date: 2011-07-26
Daniel Boone High School will celebrate 32 years of softball tradition with an inaugural alumni game scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m.   Full Story

JRT goes in search of Humpty-Dumpty

Date: 2011-07-26
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Could International Storytelling Center have a buyer?

Date: 2011-07-12
Yet another member of a local philanthropic family may be coming to the aid of the financially troubled International Storytelling Center.  Full Story

Woman suing county school system, says her son was ‘brutally attacked’ because of his race

Date: 2011-07-12
The mother of a Daniel Boone High School student is suing the Washington County school system after alleging her son was brutally assaulted by a fellow student because of his race.  Full Story

County’s budget woes appear less precarious than originally reported

Date: 2011-07-12
Constructing a financial plan based on the amount of money spent during the prior year instead of the amount requested could eliminate a remaining $1.3 million deficit and enable Washington County to balance its 2011-2012 budget.  Full Story

Dykes ‘very pleased’ with TCAP results for county

Date: 2011-07-12
On Friday, the Tennessee Department of Education released results from its standardized testing, allowing area leaders and parents to see just where Washington County lines up among other school districts in the state.  Full Story

Cost of reading on the rise: Local libraries upping fees

Date: 2011-07-12
Libraries in Washington County have voted to increase fines for overdue materials and some fees for services at its libraries in Jonesborough and Gray.  Full Story

‘Curious George’ to play contra dance events July 16

Date: 2011-07-12
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, July 16, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.   Full Story

More unresolved, nuclear-energy problems

Date: 2011-07-12
Strategists for “real wealth” are touting uranium as the new gold mine for Wall Street investing.   Full Story

Preserving history: Archive process continues

Date: 2011-07-12
More than $1,000 in filing fees has already been collected by the County Clerk’s Office for the establishment and operation of a Washington County Archive.  Full Story

‘Genealogical Day’ set for July 23

Date: 2011-07-12
The Jonesborough Genealogical Society will have a “Genealogical Day” on Saturday, July 23, at 9:30 a.m. at the Jonesborough library.   Full Story

Town police, fire departments experience active month of June

Date: 2011-07-12
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Crockett shoots down competition to earn national title

Date: 2011-07-12
By NICK SHEPHERD  Full Story

Jonesborough Days 2011

Date: 2011-07-05
Hundreds came out to the 41st Jonesborough Days, held July 2-3 in downtown Jonesborough.   Full Story

Property tax increase for Jonesborough?

Date: 2011-07-05
On June 30, the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed a balanced budget for the new fiscal year that included a 5 percent pay increase for town employees and no increase in property taxes.  Full Story

Commissioners debate economic development

Date: 2011-07-05
A difference of opinion on what constitutes economic development preceded a vote by Washington County commissioners to purchase land near the current Industrial Park.  Full Story

How recycling could save you and the town money

Date: 2011-07-05
Members of the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen were talking trash last week, literally, as they discussed an increase in garbage rates for town residents.  Full Story

Making a new plan for local planning

Date: 2011-07-05
Recent budget cuts by Gov. Bill Haslam and legislators will mean the closing of state-run local planning offices in several areas of the state, including the Tri-Cities.  Full Story

Meredith suggests compromise, gets voted down

Date: 2011-07-05
Commissioner Mitch Meredith’s last-ditch effort to hold at least one commission meeting in the George P. Jaynes Justice Center failed in an 18-6 vote at the group’s June meeting.   Full Story

Jonesborough Days 2011

Date: 2011-07-05
Hundreds came out to the 41st Jonesborough Days, held July 2-3 in downtown Jonesborough. The event featured a parade on Saturday morning, musical entertainment, a variety of vendors and plenty of activities for people of all ages. For more from this year’s Jonesborough Days, visit the Photo Gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com.  Full Story

Free community fish fry on July 14

Date: 2011-07-05
Four Oaks Health Care will host its annual fish fry on Thursday, July 14, from 6-8 p.m.  Full Story

MOTS to feature Scat Cats this week

Date: 2011-07-05
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature The Scat Cats on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Conklin Ruritan to host country breakfast

Date: 2011-07-05
The Conklin Ruritan Club will host an all-you-can-eat country breakfast on Saturday, July 9, from 8-10 a.m. at the Mount Wesley United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 586 Mt. Wesley Road, Telford.   Full Story

Local middle school softball player heading to MLB all-star game

Date: 2011-07-05
On July 10 at 5 a.m., Boones Creek Middle School softball player Kristen Hall will step on a plane bound for Phoenix, Az., on the final leg of an incredible achievement for the 12-year-old.  Full Story

Town bids farewell to state planner, names street after him

Date: 2011-06-28
After 28 years of serving Jonesborough as the town’s state planner, Chuck Alley will retire from the job next month. His retirement coincides with the state’s doing away with the planning office as a whole.  Full Story

Tasers to be used by WCSO

Date: 2011-06-28
Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies will add a faster-acting tool to their utility belts if commissioners approve the transfer of funds for the purchase of 10 taser devices.  Full Story

Law enforcement gearing up for holiday weekend

Date: 2011-06-28
Those driving through Washington County during the Fourth of July holiday weekend will see twice the police force driving along with them.  Full Story

Tracking county’s fixed assets continues

Date: 2011-06-28
A discussion about tracking the county’s fixed assets continued during the June 25 meeting of the Audit Committee.  Full Story

MOTS to feature Rhythm Brewers this week

Date: 2011-06-28
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature the Rhythm Brewers on Friday, July 1 at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Sale set to benefit animal shelter

Date: 2011-06-28
The Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter will host a thrift store sale on July 1-2 at 1404 E. Main St., Johnson City.  Full Story

Toy show and sale set for July 2

Date: 2011-06-28
Collectible toys, trains, tractors and machinery, cars, boats, dolls, banks, models, baseball cards, and more will be on display on Saturday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grandview School.  Full Story

Jonesborough Bluegrass Series continues July 23

Date: 2011-06-28
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Roe to hold office hours in July

Date: 2011-06-28
U.S. Congressman Phil Roe (TN-01) will send staff to hold office hours in Jonesborough on Tuesday July 5, from 9-11 a.m. and Tuesday, July 19, from 2-4 p.m. at the Washington County Office Building. Roe’s staff will be available to assist First District constituents in a variety of areas.  Full Story

‘Move Over Law’ expands to include utility workers starting July 1

Date: 2011-06-28
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Rules for cleaner air will prevent premature deaths

Date: 2011-06-28
“This is something industry can afford and the nation needs,” a New York Times editorial declared in March.  Full Story

Celebrities hit the Ridges to benefit local children’s hospital

Date: 2011-06-28
U.S. Open winner Corey Pavin and former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl joined other local and national sports celebrities on Monday at the Blackthorn Club at the Ridges for the 2011 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic.  Full Story

Town residents place in PGA Junior Series

Date: 2011-06-28
Jonesborough resident Will Botts took sixth place in the Boys 12-13 division during the two-day golf tournament held June 21-22 as a part of the Tri-Cities PGA Junior Series.  Full Story

Town may create industrial park

Date: 2011-06-21
Town officials are in discussion with the Washington County Economic Development Board on a possible new industrial park in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Commission taking hard look at open signs in Jonesborough’s historic district

Date: 2011-06-21
An open sign is a telltale signal to potential customers that a business is, well, open.  Full Story

Sneyd responds to request for lawsuit dismissal

Date: 2011-06-21
In a motion filed June 17, Clerk and Master Brenda Sneyd argues Washington County is required by state statute to give her the 10 percent pay increase she is seeking with her lawsuit by the very fact the raise was given to another clerk.  Full Story

Town to host Dog Jog on June 28

Date: 2011-06-21
The first official event for the 2011 Jonesborough Days Festival will take place on Tuesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. with the 2nd Annual Dog Jog in Historic Downtown Jonesborough.   Full Story

MOTS to feature Red June this week

Date: 2011-06-21
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature Red June on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Town looking into transient vendor policy

Date: 2011-06-21
aesthetics and free enterprise, the Town of Jonesborough will be looking at ways to improve its transient vendor policy.  Full Story

Jonesborough police, fire experience active month

Date: 2011-06-21
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Witten, others to return for Niswonger golf classic on June 27

Date: 2011-06-21
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Permit to be awarded for falcon trapping

Date: 2011-06-21
This year, for the first time, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded Tennessee one permit allowing the trapping of one Peregrine falcon for the use in falconry.  Full Story

Nelson takes first in Sulphur Springs golf tourney

Date: 2011-06-21
Charles Nelson took first place in the Sulphur Springs Fire Department Golf Tournament held recently at Twin Creeks Golf Course in Chuckey. Kim Crabtree earned a second-place finish and Sammy Haren took third.  Full Story

Storyteller Kathryn Windham dies at 93

Date: 2011-06-14
Kathryn Tucker Windham, a perennial favorite at Jonesborough’s National Storytelling Festival, has died at her home in Selma, Ala. She had just celebrated her 93rd birthday on June 2.  Full Story

Historic Zoning discusses funnel cake trailer

Date: 2011-06-14
Members of Jonesborough’s Historic Zoning Commission briefly discussed the issue of a funnel cake trailer in the town’s Historic District at their June 9 meeting.  Full Story

Downtown Centre sale moves ahead, settlement reached in mediation

Date: 2011-06-14
It was a “good week” last week for Washington County, according to Mayor Dan Eldridge.  Full Story

Washington County Relays For Life

Date: 2011-06-14
Hundreds came out to the Relay For Life of Washington County on June 10 at Indian Trail Middle School in Johnson City. The event honored all those who have battled cancer and raised money to find a cure for the disease. Dozens of teams spent the night at the event, walking the track through the evening until 7 a.m. the next day. Several activities took place throughout the night, including entertainment by a Jonesborough band, The Twang Bangers, a special luminaria ceremony, local celebrities in dunk tanks and a Mr. Relay Pageant that brought in an estimated $1,000 in fundraising in less than 30 minutes. For more photos from this year’s Relay For Life, visit the Photo Gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com.  Full Story

New location for animal shelter comes closer to reality

Date: 2011-06-14
City and county officials are ready to end the 10-year search and move ahead with the purchase of a new site to house their shared animal shelter.  Full Story

Town kicks off ‘Fantastic Fridays’ at Wetlands Water Park

Date: 2011-06-14
Wetlands Water Park at Persimmon Ridge is ready to kick off the summer with “Fantastic Fridays.”   Full Story

Family dance series set to begin June 18

Date: 2011-06-14
The Jonesborough Visitors Center will be hosting a new family dance series along with the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society beginning Saturday, June 18, designed specifically for families with young children.  Full Story

Fresh food offers better quality, health benefit

Date: 2011-06-14
When Brian Halweil wrote a Worldwatch book, Eat Here, the title didn’t advertise the culinary offerings of a particular eatery or locale. Its “here” was a shorthand for “locally produced food.”  Full Story

Olympics offer area seniors chance to compete, feeling of camaraderie

Date: 2011-06-14
Local seniors are giving new meaning to the “golden” years by going for the gold in the 2011 senior Olympics.   Full Story

Botts ties for first in Tri-Cities Golf Club Junior Series

Date: 2011-06-14
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Vintage Gray to headline MOTS on June 17

Date: 2011-06-14
Vintage Gray, an oldies band from Alabama, will perform music from the 50s, 60s and 70s at Music On the Square on Friday, June 17.   Full Story

JRT gears up for ‘1940s USO Show’ production

Date: 2011-06-14
Pull up a seat, turn your radio to WJRT and transport back in time to 1940s America, as Jonesborough Repertory Theatre presents 1940s USO Show.   Full Story

Charlotte Blake Alston to serve as teller-in-residence

Date: 2011-06-14
Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston, a regular collaborator with the Philadelphia Orchestra, will be the next teller-in-resdience for the International Storytelling Center’s Storytelling Live series.  Full Story

Man of the hour: Dykes receives top honors in First District, nominated for ‘Superintendent of the Year’ in Tennessee

Date: 2011-06-07
Washington County Director of Schools Ron Dykes has been chosen as the First District’s Superintendent of the Year – an honor Dykes said took him “completely by surprise.”  Full Story

MEDICARE MESS: Subcontractors failed to notify Medicare of mailing mix up by deadline

Date: 2011-06-07
According to a report created by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, only one employee of a CMS subcontractor stood between a debacle and a disaster.  Full Story

Mayor to move, commission meetings stay put

Date: 2011-06-07
Commissioners finally approved Mayor Dan Eldridge’s request to move his offices to the Washington County Courthouse in downtown Jonesborough, but refused to give up the old courtroom there where they will continue to meet.  Full Story

Dykes gets $12,000 raise

Date: 2011-06-07
During a called meeting on June 1, members of the Washington County Board of Education voted to increase Ron Dykes’ salary by more than $12,000 for “exemplary service” in his role as director of schools.  Full Story

MOTS to feature folk singer-songwriter

Date: 2011-06-07
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature Amy Speace on Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

County Records Commission tasked with doling out storage space

Date: 2011-06-07
Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge asked members of the Public Records Commission to begin work on determining how storage space in the former jail at the downtown Jonesborough courthouse will be divided.  Full Story

CASA in need of volunteers to serve as child advocates

Date: 2011-06-07
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

United States should re-evaluate nuclear power

Date: 2011-06-07
As reported by Bloomberg, Japan now also has a “dead zone” around the plant whose reactors suffered crippling damage in March.  Full Story

Crockett Class of 1976 to hold reunion

Date: 2011-06-07
The 1976 class of David Crockett High School will celebrate its 35th reunion with a covered dish meal at the David Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone on Saturday, July 23, from 4- 9 p.m.   Full Story

Celebrate Worldwide Knit in Public Day on June 11

Date: 2011-06-07
On Saturday, June 11, the Jonesborough Library will celebrate Worldwide Knit in Public Day from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Full Story

Blood donors eligible for $3,000 prize

Date: 2011-06-07
The American Red Cross’ “Super Summer Save” campaign is now underway and will continue through July 31.  Full Story

South Central Ruritan hosting horse show to benefit ballfield

Date: 2011-06-07
The South Central Ruritan Club will sponsor the 10th annual Tennessee Walking Horse Show on June 11.   Full Story

Motorcyclists invited to ride ‘The Southern Dozen’

Date: 2011-06-07
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Invitational set for June 11

Date: 2011-06-07
The Sulphur Springs Volunteer Fire Department is having its 31st Annual Golf Invitational at Twin Creeks Golf Course in Chuckey on Saturday, June 11.   Full Story

The Twang Bangers to headline Relay For Life on June 10

Date: 2011-06-07
If you ask Jonesborough resident Tyler McCoy what spurred him and his buddies to form the local band, The Twang Bangers, he’ll tell you they were just having fun playing some music. But the truth is, talent created this group, one that is now seeing a huge surge in popularity both locally and throughout parts of the southeast.  Full Story

Relay For Life to take place June 10

Date: 2011-06-07
The Relay For Life of Washington County is set to take place on Friday, June 10 starting at 7 p.m. Held at Indian Trail Middle School on Car Mol Drive in Johnson City, the Relay For Life is a major fundraising event for the local American Cancer Society.  Full Story

Meeting addresses issue of funnel cake trailer

Date: 2011-05-30
A controversial funnel cake trailer parked at the gateway to downtown Jonesborough will remain in operation – at least for now.  Full Story

County requests Sneyd lawsuit be dismissed

Date: 2011-05-30
Washington County filed a motion May 25 to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Clerk and Master Brenda Sneyd that seeks a 10 percent pay increase in her salary of $73,866, starting from the year 2006.  Full Story

Traffic camera legislation to have ‘minimal’ impact on town

Date: 2011-05-30
A Tennessee legislative bill that will have an effect on the installation and regulation of red light cameras has been approved by both the House and Senate and is headed to Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk for his signature.  Full Story

Traffic cameras to blink yellow starting June 1

Date: 2011-05-30
Starting June 1, the Town of Jonesborough will change three of its four lighted intersections to a flash pattern from midnight to 6 a.m. daily.  Full Story

Contra dance event to honor recent graduates

Date: 2011-05-30
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present two contra dances this weekend.   Full Story

Damage assessment ongoing

Date: 2011-05-30
The Washington County Assessor’s Office is reviewing the recent storm-damaged areas of Washington County in order to adjust asssessments on structures that have been destroyed or partially-destroyed.  Full Story

Museum moves outdoors with quilt mural

Date: 2011-05-30
Leaders of Tennessee’s oldest town are taking the history museum to the streets, with several projects that aim to tell the story of Jonesborough’s past without guests ever having to step indoors.  Full Story

Movies on Main schedules showings

Date: 2011-05-30
The newest event to hit the streets of Jonesborough — Movies on Main — will return to Courthouse Square on Saturday, June 11, with a showing of E.T. starting at 8:45 p.m.  Full Story

MOTS to feature ‘Barefoot Movement’

Date: 2011-05-30
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature The Barefoot Movement with opener Christopher Beste on Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Local art foundation finds a home

Date: 2011-05-30
The newly formed Jonesborough Regional Fine Art Foundation recently announced its plans for permanent location and gallery space to be located in downtown Jonesborough, as well as the establishment of a Fine Art Speakers Bureau.  Full Story

Primates’ behavior may be example for us

Date: 2011-05-30
Frans de Waal, a Dutch-born American biologist, was termed one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine.  Full Story

Man sentenced for murder-for-hire scheme in Washington County

Date: 2011-05-30
A Carter County man entered a plea in court last week to solicitation of first degree murder for his alleged hiring of a hitman to kill a Washington County resident.  Full Story

Nolichucky River cleanup project slated for June 4

Date: 2011-05-30
The 10th Annual Nolichucky River Cleanup & Celebration will take place Saturday, June 4.  Full Story

Antique engine event scheduled for June 2-4

Date: 2011-05-30
The East Tennessee Antique Engine Association presents the 40th Anniversary of the East Tennessee Crank-Up! taking place June 2-4 at 2045 Sciota Road, Elizabethton  Full Story

Jonesborough Little League growth an uphill climb

Date: 2011-05-30
By CHRIS SHIELDS  Full Story

Signing to be held June 4 for book about Harley “Skeeter” Swift

Date: 2011-05-30
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Library to host author Saundra Kelley

Date: 2011-05-30
The Jonesborough Library on Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m., will host an author talk and book signing.   Full Story

Historic Zoning Commission under fire

Date: 2011-05-24
Less than a month ago, funnel clouds swept into the area, ravaging parts of Washington County but missing Jonesborough. Now, it seems Jonesborough is getting hit with a different kind of storm — one centering not around funnel clouds, but funnel cakes.  Full Story

REMEMBERING RICHARD: Appy Fair manager, county commissioner dies

Date: 2011-05-24
On Monday morning, following the sudden death of longtime Appalachian Fair Secretary-Manager Richard Shadden, Peggy Cox found herself alone to answer the phone at the fairgrounds.  Full Story

Mr. Casey goes to Washington

Date: 2011-05-24
Motivated by what he considers government gone astray, Ralph Casey is headed to Washington, D.C., in hopes of making his opinions known.  Full Story

Donald Davis to perform May 30

Date: 2011-05-24
Donald Davis, one of America’s favorite master storytellers, is coming to the Jonesborough Visitors Center on Monday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m.  Full Story

Slash Coleman to serve as teller-in-residence

Date: 2011-05-24
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

MOTS to feature Americana flatpicker

Date: 2011-05-24
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature Larry Keel and Natural Bridge on Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Garden Gala set for May 28

Date: 2011-05-24
The gardens of Jonesborough will be blooming with excitement on Saturday, May 28, as the 15th annual Garden Gala comes to town.  Full Story

Population growth crowding animals, plants

Date: 2011-05-24
A visit to the Chattanooga Aquarium never fails to rekindle one’s sense of wonder at the natural world and its amazing creatures.  Full Story

State-FEMA aid for Tennessee disasters tops $5 million, disaster recovery centers remain open

Date: 2011-05-24
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

‘Contraversial’ to perform at contra dance May 28

Date: 2011-05-24
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, May 28, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.   Full Story

Farmers Market to host special events

Date: 2011-05-24
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Seymour ends Lady Trailblazers’ run

Date: 2011-05-24
In almost every sport among every game, one team has to win, while the other must lose.   Full Story

Tri-Cities Amateur Tour coming to area

Date: 2011-05-24
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Greenwood Ruritan to host golf tournament

Date: 2011-05-24
The Greenwood Ruritan Club will be hosting a golf tournament at the Crossings Golf Course on Saturday, June 25.   Full Story

Organizations plan variety of Memorial Day events

Date: 2011-05-24
• New Victory United Methodist Church, 682 New Victory Road, Telford, will hold a candlelight service on Saturday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. Gary Basinger will open the service, the Rev. Cathy Fowler will be the speaker, and music will be provided by Dennis Garber. The service will be held outdoors.  Full Story

Habitat Project to hold volunteer meeting

Date: 2011-05-24
A Community Information Session will be held on Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m. at the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church on Main Street for the upcoming Habitat For Humanity project in Jonesborough.   Full Story

Free grief camp being offered for children

Date: 2011-05-24
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Sheriff's Office plans to send a dog to jail

Date: 2011-05-17
The Washington County Detention Center’s newest weapon in the war against drugs will have four legs and a nose for narcotics.  Full Story

Debt restructuring to free up county money

Date: 2011-05-17
A two-part plan to restructure the county’s debt could halve the $4.25 million general fund deficit by freeing up needed cash flow.   Full Story

Town races to acquire train depot

Date: 2011-05-17
With Tennessee’s governor considering ways to cut costs, the Town of Jonesborough is trying to complete its Chuckey train station project before a program funding its potential workforce is canceled.  Full Story

Tornado cleanup efforts continue

Date: 2011-05-17
Despite multiple tornadoes roaring through the region on Wednesday, April 27, and continuing through the early hours of Thursday, April 28, Johnny Deakins said all the roads in Washington County were open to emergency traffic before lunchtime on the 28th.  Full Story

Contra dance on May 21 to feature community open band, volunteer callers

Date: 2011-05-17
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a contra dance on Saturday, May 21, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.   Full Story

Plays selected for next JRT season

Date: 2011-05-17
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Commissioners at odds over litter cleanups at county expense, demand priority sytem

Date: 2011-05-17
Approval to clean up two abandoned properties at the county’s expense has members of the General Health and Welfare Committee concerned about setting a precedent that will encourage property owners to pass the buck.  Full Story

Jonesborough traffic signals set to blink during early morning hours

Date: 2011-05-17
During the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on May 9, aldermen approved Mayor Kelly Wolfe’s idea to change the sequence of traffic signals along Jackson Boulevard so they blink yellow/red from midnight to 6 a.m.  Full Story

MOTS to feature Zephyr Lightning Bolts

Date: 2011-05-17
Music On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature Zephyr Lightning Bolts on Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Jonesborough police arrest 34 in April

Date: 2011-05-17
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Garden expert to speak at May 19 event

Date: 2011-05-17
On Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m., the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area will hold its quarterly meeting.  Full Story

Roe to hold office hours locally on June 7, 21

Date: 2011-05-17
U.S. Congressman Phil Roe (TN-01) will send staff to hold office hours in Jonesborough on Tuesday, June 7, and Tuesday, June 21, at the Washington County Office Building from 2-4 p.m..   Full Story

Lady Trailblazers win district championship

Date: 2011-05-17
After beating Science Hill 15-3 on May 11, the Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone High School retained the Big 8 district crown for the third straight season.   Full Story

No place like home

Date: 2011-05-10
Ten-year-old Leah Hall goes to sleep each night on a day bed in the living room of the two-bedroom trailer her family rents in Erwin. Her clothes stay tucked away in boxes, not a dresser, for the most part.  Full Story

Medicare mix-up impacts 15,500 patients

Date: 2011-05-10
One phone call to the Herald & Tribune from a local resident has uncovered a “systems and printing” error affecting over 15,500 Medicare subscribers in more than 11 states.  Full Story

Jonesborough gardens certified as state arboretum

Date: 2011-05-10
After years in the making, the gardens at Jonesborough’s Pliny Fisk Environmental Services facility have finally been certified by the state as a Level II arboretum.  Full Story

Archive presses on despite questions

Date: 2011-05-10
Members of the Public Records Commission are moving ahead with plans for the archive despite some unanswered questions about the mayor’s offices moving to the downtown courthouse.  Full Story

Library hosting author talk May 16

Date: 2011-05-10
The Jonesborough Library will host an author talk and book signing on Monday, May 16, at 6 p.m. for an author talk and book signing.   Full Story

JRFAF to sponsor reception May 27

Date: 2011-05-10
The Jonesborough Regional Fine Art Foundation will sponsor a reception for the Watauga Art League on Friday, May 27 from 7-9 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.   Full Story

Season over for Crockett and Boone baseball

Date: 2011-05-10
An entire season came down to just one game for each of four teams, and only one escaped elimination over the weekend.  Full Story

MEDICARE MESS: Records mailed out to wrong people

Date: 2011-05-03
Gray resident Wayne Swihart was minding his own business on April 23 when he went to get his mail from the mailbox.   Full Story

ISC, NSN part ways; NSN still claims festival ownership

Date: 2011-05-03
The partnership between the International Storytelling Center and the National Storytelling Network ended in federal court April 26 when Judge Marcia Phillips Parsons approved the ISC’s motion to reject three contracts in place between the organizations.  Full Story

Tornadoes ravage region

Date: 2011-05-03
More than a dozen lives were lost in the Tri-Cities area last week when tornadoes ripped through the region.   Full Story

Power Board changing rate structure

Date: 2011-05-03
More than 75,000 meters are being replaced by the Johnson City Power Board in preparation for a new rate structure mandated by the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Full Story

City leaders looking for county commitment on new animal shelter

Date: 2011-05-03
Johnson City Public Works Director Phil Pindzola asked for a commitment from Washington County toward funding the cost of a new animal shelter during the April 28 meeting of the City-County Liaison Committee.  Full Story

Jonesborough Days vendors being accepted

Date: 2011-05-03
The Town of Jonesborough is accepting vendor applications for the 41st Annual Jonesborough Days Festival on Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 3, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.   Full Story

Town wide yard sale set for May 14

Date: 2011-05-03
Jonesborough’s annual town-wide yard sale will take place on Saturday, May 14 as a part of the US 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale event.   Full Story

Music on the Square begins May 6

Date: 2011-05-03
Music on the Square will open its season with a Cinco de Mayo celebration on Friday, May 6 from 7-9 p.m. in downtown Jonesborough.   Full Story

Farmers market kicks off May 7

Date: 2011-05-03
The Jonesborough Farmers Market is set to open for the sesaon on Saturday, May 7.  Full Story

County unveils new website

Date: 2011-05-03
Washington County got a new mayor late last year for the first time in 24 years. Now, the county is getting a new website as well.  Full Story

Boone takes turn at upending Science Hill

Date: 2011-05-03
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Boone, Crockett softball see busy week

Date: 2011-05-03
With postseason play approaching, the Daniel Boone Lady Blazers (27-6, 12-1) entered their last full week of the regular season tied for the top spot in the district.   Full Story

‘I am Home’ art exhibit set for May

Date: 2011-05-03
The Watauga Valley Art League will host an “I Am Home” member exhibit starting Tuesday, May 3 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. The pubic is invited to enjoy as well as purchase the artwork of over a dozen area artists.   Full Story

FEMA assistance available in county, other opportunities for help

Date: 2011-05-03
FEMA assistance now available in county  Full Story

Sneyd to pay own fees in lawsuit

Date: 2011-04-26
Clerk and Master Brenda Sneyd will be suing Washington County on her own dime, according to a ruling signed last week by Senior Judge Walter C. Kurtz.  Full Story

Archive approved... sort of

Date: 2011-04-26
Washington County commissioners have said they are in favor of an archive, but remain in a tug-of-war with the mayor, who has proposed the only viable location to be considered for such a facility.  Full Story

Insurance costs for county remain in limbo

Date: 2011-04-26
Members of the Washington County Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural Committee voted on an insurance plan during a called meeting April 18, but a recommendation on increasing the portion county employees pay into the plan has yet to be decided.  Full Story

Police get new crime-fighting weapon

Date: 2011-04-26
Jonesborough police will soon be sporting a new weapon in law enforcement – tiny cameras worn as a part of each officer’s uniform to record interactions with the public.  Full Story

Boones Creek exit to see construction this weekend

Date: 2011-04-26
Motorists should exercise caution while driving near the Boones Creek Exit 17 off Interstate 26 this weekend.  Full Story

Downtown Centre sale approved by committee, full commission

Date: 2011-04-26
Paving the way for the full Washington County Commission to cast its vote, the County Owned Property Committee met in a called meeting on April 21 to approve a final contract to sell the Downtown Centre to the Johnson City Development Authority.  Full Story

Hazardous waste to be collected at Boone on May 7

Date: 2011-04-26
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

JRT to present ‘Our Town’ May 6-22

Date: 2011-04-26
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

‘Hope on Wheels’ ride takes place April 30

Date: 2011-04-26
The third annual Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride is set for Saturday, April 30, beginning at 9 a.m. in Johnson City.   Full Story

‘JAM for Japan’ fundraiser set for April 29

Date: 2011-04-26
Alpha Omega, a Christian based fraternity and sorority at East Tennessee State University, is hosting a fundraising event “JAM for Japan” on Friday, April 29 beginning at 7 p.m. at The Trail, 2506 1/2 S. Roan St., Johnson City.  Full Story

Annual horse show scheduled for April 30

Date: 2011-04-26
The 10th annual Tennessee Walking/United Racking Horse Show will be held Saturday, April 30, at the South Central Ruritan Park on Highway 107.  Full Story

Drug disposal to be held April 30

Date: 2011-04-26
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Town celebrates Arbor Day with free trees

Date: 2011-04-26
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Pre-K applications being accepted

Date: 2011-04-26
The Washington County Department of Education will have applications available at Grandview and Lamar schools April 25-29 for children to attend a half-day (8:15 am-1:45 pm) Pre-K program at both schools for the 2011-2012 school year.   Full Story

Boone, Crockett softball teams face each other, other tough opponents

Date: 2011-04-26
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Storytelling in court April 26 to deal with NSN, town sides with ISC

Date: 2011-04-19
The International Storytelling Center is returning to bankruptcy court on Tuesday, April 26, with a motion to extend its exclusivity period to file a reorganization plan for another 120 days.  Full Story

Downtown Centre likely to be sold for $1 million

Date: 2011-04-19
The long-awaited sale of Washington County’s Downtown Centre may take place sooner than expected.  Full Story

Sneyd ordered to answer questions in lawsuit

Date: 2011-04-19
During an April 13 telephone hearing, Judge Walter Kurtz ordered Clerk and Master Brenda Sneyd to answer questions about the amount of time she works as special commissioner, but refrained from making a final decision on whether the county has to literally pay the price to be sued.  Full Story

JRT remains in the red

Date: 2011-04-19
Repeated losses from productions of the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre may require the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to make some tough decisions during the upcoming budget process.  Full Story

New community event to bring films, cruise-ins to Courthouse Square starting in May

Date: 2011-04-19
A series of free movie nights for local families will be hosted by the Jonesborough Area Merchants and Service Association beginning Saturday, May 14.  Full Story

Magic show coming to Visitors Center

Date: 2011-04-19
Jonesborough will be a magical place on Tuesday, April 26, with the help of the Court Appointed Special Advocates of North East Tennessee.  Full Story

Storytellers Lepp, Deedy to offer benefit shows for ISC

Date: 2011-04-19
The International Storytelling Center has organized a season full of top talent, new faces, and special surprises to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Storytelling Live! program.  Full Story

Artists invited to create town’s official 2011 Christmas card

Date: 2011-04-19
Historic Jonesborough is in search of an official 2011 Christmas card that will be made available at the Historic Jonesborough Gift Shop beginning in September.   Full Story

Jonesborough police make 29 arrests in March

Date: 2011-04-19
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Boone manhandles Crockett in rivalry match up

Date: 2011-04-19
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

More than 40 bird species spotted in Tennessee’s oldest town during Great Backyard Bird Count

Date: 2011-04-19
Jonesborough appears to be going to the birds, right along with the rest of North America.  Full Story

Northeast State considers coming to Jonesborough

Date: 2011-04-12
As leaders of Northeast State Community College work to establish a presence in downtown Johnson City, it appears they might also be considering expanding to Jonesborough.  Full Story

Tornado has leaders looking to improve safety

Date: 2011-04-12
Following a confirmed tornado touching down in Washington County less than a mile from town limits on Saturday, Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe is on a mission to better inform the community about the possibility of another such storm.  Full Story

Money, water issues stall traffic, Walgreens projects

Date: 2011-04-12
While one project in Jonesborough appears to be right on schedule, two others have seen their progress hindered – one by nature, the other by the nature of state governmental process.  Full Story

County employees could see hike in insurance premiums

Date: 2011-04-12
After 15 years with no increases, it may be time for Washington County employees to raise their contributions to their health insurance plan.  Full Story

School board addresses needed facelifts at schools

Date: 2011-04-12
Taking the first step in addressing priority facilities needs, the Washington County Board of Education awarded the contract for the re-roofing of Sulphur Springs School Elementary during its April 7 meeting.   Full Story

Meeting addresses improvements to create better downtown streetscape

Date: 2011-04-12
Pedestrian safety and the unsightliness of the Exxon station at the corner of Boone and Main streets were concerns brought up during the first public meeting for citizen input into a streetscape plan for downtown Jonesborough.  Full Story

Free Easter Eggstravaganza set for April 16 at Storytelling Center

Date: 2011-04-12
The International Storytelling Center’s Storytelling Park will transform into a egg-citing wonderland on Saturday, April 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for Jonesborough’s annual Easter Eggstravanganza event.   Full Story

Area organizations to host dinners

Date: 2011-04-12
Several area organizations will host dinners this weekend:  Full Story

Cheesecake contest, waltz to raise money for Japan

Date: 2011-04-12
On Sunday, April 17, a Cheesecake Waltz Benefit for Japan will be held to raise awareness and funds for the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund.   Full Story

Reel High Boys to play contra dance

Date: 2011-04-12
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a contra dance on Saturday, April 16, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.   Full Story

Chronicler of Appalachia’s plant heritage: Andre Michaux

Date: 2011-04-12
Turn the pages in Carman’s guidebook on the Wildflowers of Tennessee and one name crops up persistently: Andre Michaux, whose travels here more than two centuries ago were commemorated at the Tipton Haynes Historic Site last Saturday.  Full Story

Documentary preview, discussion to focus on water infrastructure

Date: 2011-04-12
As a prelude to Earth Day, East Tennessee State University is teaming with other local organizations to host a preview of a public television documentary, “Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure,” on Wednesday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center ballroom.  Full Story

Boone, Crockett take part in Coca-Cola baseball classic

Date: 2011-04-12
The 2011 edition of the Coca-Cola baseball classic, which opened at Daniel Boone and David Crockett high schools on April 6, felt at times more like an all-star game.  Full Story

Lady Pioneers narrowly miss upset win, Lady Blazers still undefeated in conference

Date: 2011-04-12
The Lady Pioneer and Blazer softball squads wrapped up their week sitting in two very different places among other Big 8 teams. While the Lady Blazers sit undefeated in the conference and the Lady Pioneers are near the bottom, it’s the Crockett girls who have shown the most improvement from the beginning of the season to the midway point.   Full Story

Community play, ‘I Am Home’ to showcase stories of Jonesborough

Date: 2011-04-12
Sue Henley has spent most of her life in Jonesborough. As a child living in Sulphur Springs, Henley remembers venturing into town every Saturday.  Full Story

County commissioners get into heated debate over benefits

Date: 2011-04-05
A heated discussion about benefits for county commissioners during their March 28 meeting escalated to the point a five-minute recess had to be called for everyone to calm down.  Full Story

County wants JCDA to pay outright for Downtown Centre

Date: 2011-04-05
With Northeast State Community College receiving state approval to create a teaching site at the Downtown Centre much sooner than expected, leaders of Washington County are now scrambling to expedite the sale of the facility to the Johnson City Development Authority.  Full Story

Extension agent’s salary approved

Date: 2011-04-05
In response to what has received far more public outcry than pauper burials and commissioner benefits, Washington County agreed to fully fund the salary and benefits of Extension Agent John Hamrick during the March 28 Commission meeting.  Full Story

Hill’s right-on-red bill gets axed

Date: 2011-04-05
A local legislator’s proposal to allow drivers to yield at red lights came to a halt last week.  Full Story

Community invited to give input on look of downtown Jonesborough

Date: 2011-04-05
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Clerk, trustee offices to move to north Johnson City

Date: 2011-04-05
Following months of discussion, Washington County commissioners made a final decision to move the County Clerk and Trustee offices from the Downtown Centre to North Johnson City.  Full Story

Old Glory Celebration to take place April 9

Date: 2011-04-05
The 7th Old Glory Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Visitors Center in Jonesborough.   Full Story

Pioneers upset Hilltoppers

Date: 2011-04-05
April 1 marked the perfect day for Pioneer senior left-hander Jacob Adkins to pull his biggest prank of the year.   Full Story

Boone takes down Crockett, wins five at tournament

Date: 2011-04-05
All great teams are marked by common characteristics, one of which being a signature win.   Full Story

Leaders visit Haslam, discuss revitalization zone, grants

Date: 2011-03-29
After giving Gov. Bill Haslam enough time to “get his feet on the ground,” Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe and Town Administrator Bob Browning headed to Nashville last week to talk with the state’s newly elected leader about the needs of Tennessee’s oldest town.  Full Story

Plans move ahead for archive at mayor’s office

Date: 2011-03-29
During a called meeting on March 24, members of the Public Records Commission approved three resolutions that will bring the establishment of a county archive one step closer.  Full Story

I-81 drivers could soon have different route to Jonesborough

Date: 2011-03-29
The route some tourists take to arrive in Jonesborough could soon change if Mayor Kelly Wolfe has anything to say about it.  Full Story

District Attorney’s office in need of more space at Justice Center, task force meets to make changes

Date: 2011-03-29
The inhabitants of the George P. Jaynes Justice Center in Jonesborough are adjusting to working in their new digs.   Full Story

Caregivers needed to take part in ETSU study

Date: 2011-03-29
A researcher in East Tennessee State University’s College of Nursing is conducting a study of people who act as rural caregivers to family members.   Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritan to host breakfast

Date: 2011-03-29
The Bowmantown Ruritan, on the corner of Barkley and Bowmantown roads, will host an all-you-can-eat country breakfast on Saturday, April 2 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.   Full Story

Hope for Tennessee’s mountains

Date: 2011-03-29
The Memphis Commercial Appeal termed it “Hope for the mountains” when efforts late last year by Gov. Phil Bredesen and Sen. Lamar Alexander resulted in a petition to the Department of Interior.  Full Story

Gray library to host teen murder mystery April 2

Date: 2011-03-29
A teen murder mystery will take place at the Gray Library on Saturday, April 2, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. “The Pharaoh’s Curse”  Full Story

Boone teams lose openers, rally for victories

Date: 2011-03-29
For the softball and baseball teams of Daniel Boone High School, last week’s games ended in the two squads’ first defeats of the season.   Full Story

Crockett boys looking for turnaround, Lady Pioneers take first win

Date: 2011-03-29
With losses stacking up for the softball and baseball teams of David Crockett, the second week of the season offered an opportunity for the teams to push their season in the right direction. While the Lady Pioneers received their first win of the season, things didn’t get any easier for the boys, opening the week with tough in-conference games followed by an extremely competitive tournament beginning on Thursday.  Full Story

Shinn, Smith on different sides of Storytelling fence

Date: 2011-03-15
With Storytelling’s future hanging in the balance, all parties concerned are waiting to see if former NBA team owner George Shinn will proceed with a game on approach or choose to take his ball and go home.   Full Story

Hill trying to change right-on-red law

Date: 2011-03-15
State Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) is taking aim at red light cameras with a bill he is sponsoring that would change the law requiring drivers to stop before making a right on red at a traffic light.  Full Story

Jonesborough to approve two liquor stores on 11-E

Date: 2011-03-15
With three applications submitted for liquor stores in Jonesborough and only two spots up for grabs, Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting will play a significant role in determining who will be approved to set up shop, and where.  Full Story

Jonesborough businessman Chester White dies

Date: 2011-03-15
Chester White, one of Jonesborough’s oldest business owners, died Saturday at the Johnson City Medical Center. He would have been 91 on March 17.  Full Story

Second judge recuses self in Sneyd lawsuit against Washington County

Date: 2011-03-15
Washington County was granted a motion on March 7 for the recusal of Chancellor Thomas R. Frierson II, the judge assigned by the Tennessee Supreme Court to hear the case filed by Clerk and Master Brenda Sneyd, who is suing the county for a 10 percent pay increase.  Full Story

Northeast State’s move to Washington County starting to gain speed

Date: 2011-03-15
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Jonesborough farmers market kicking off May 7

Date: 2011-03-15
The Jonesborough Farmers Market will open May 7, and farmers and gardeners who raise and sell their own produce or farm products are invited to become vendors.   Full Story

‘Taste of Jonesborough’ coming to ISC on March 22

Date: 2011-03-15
Jonesborough Area Merchants & Service Association will host “A Taste of Jonesborough” at The International Storytelling Center on Tuesday, March 22, from 7-9 p.m.   Full Story

Boone JROTC takes first place in North Carolina competition

Date: 2011-03-15
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Pancake breakfast on March 19 to benefit Crockett students

Date: 2011-03-15
David Crockett High School’s Pioneer Parents and Partners has teamed up with Texas Roadhouse in Johnson City to host a “Pancake Breakfast” Saturday, March 19, from 8–10 a.m.   Full Story

Nominees being accepted for preservation awards

Date: 2011-03-15
As part of Preservation Month 2011, the Heritage Alliance is now accepting nominations for its annual Regional Preservation Awards recognition program.   Full Story

MOTS to hold ‘Spring Tune Up’ fundraiser on April 1

Date: 2011-03-15
As the cold weather moves out of Jonesborough, Music on the Square is getting ready to move in. Held each Friday evening starting in May, MOTS features live performances by local and regional bands, storytellers, poets and performance artists.  Full Story

Yarnspinners to celebrate ‘World Storytelling Day’

Date: 2011-03-15
On Thursday, March 24, Doc McConnell Yarnspinners will resent an evening of storytelling to celebrate “World Storytelling Day” at the Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 East Center St., Kingsport.   Full Story

Storytelling events set for March 26

Date: 2011-03-15
Two storytelling events are scheduled at The Story Barn at Quiet Meadows in Limestone on Saturday, March 26.   Full Story

Possible Shinn takeover not welcome news at Storytelling Center

Date: 2011-03-08
Stopping just short of accusing the former New Orleans Hornets’ owner of mounting a form of hostile takeover, International Storytelling Center leaders are telling George Shinn they don’t want his help.  Full Story

Countermine changes tune about compensation

Date: 2011-03-08
Two weeks after saying he would never vote for compensation of elected officials in Jonesborough, Alderman Terry Countermine changed his tune at a called meeting held Feb. 28.  Full Story

County accused of ‘judge shopping’ in Sneyd suit

Date: 2011-03-08
Washington County was accused of “judge shopping” during the March 1 hearing in Greeneville Chancery Court for its first motion in the case against Clerk and Master Brenda Sneyd.  Full Story

Commissioners address Corporate Systems lawsuit, NACo membership, redistricting

Date: 2011-03-08
Updates on ongoing issues were provided during the Feb. 28 meeting of the Washington County Commission.  Full Story

Roe to hold Town Hall by telephone

Date: 2011-03-08
U.S. Congressman Phil Roe invites all in the First District of Tennessee to participate in a Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, March 15, at 6 p.m.  Full Story

Senior Center to offer workshops on variety of topics this month

Date: 2011-03-08
The Jonesborough Area Senior Citizens Center will host three workshops in March.  Full Story

Packaging, mail often wasteful

Date: 2011-03-08
A Jonesborough shop last fall was selling some special teas. With the USDA organic logo displayed on one, a Sencha grey tea from China was noted also to be “certified organic by QAI.” The packaging shown as done in Canada, a company in Arizona “produced and distributed” the product.  Full Story

Plan for county archive taking shape

Date: 2011-03-08
Plans for a Washington County Archive must be approved by the County-Owned Property and Budget committees before they can be taken to the Commission for a vote, Mayor Dan Eldridge advised members of the Public Records Committee during their March 3 meeting.  Full Story

Spaghetti supper set for March 12

Date: 2011-03-08
The Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren will host a spaghetti supper on Saturday, March 12, starting at 5 p.m.  Full Story

Regionals: Boone gets bounced by Science Hill

Date: 2011-03-08
Last season, the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone High School were one of only 16 teams left vying for a basketball state championship.   Full Story

Two ETSU bluegrass bands to perform in Kingsport

Date: 2011-03-08
On March 10, two bands from the East Tennessee State University Old Time and Country Music Program will entertain and delight the crowds at the Renaissance Center Theatre in Kingsport starting at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Horses and lunatics, oh my: Town charter has unique policies in place

Date: 2011-03-01
Men living in Jonesborough might soon be able to breathe a little easier after the town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen removes a part of its charter that requires male residents between the ages of 21 and 45 work on the streets at least six days a year.  Full Story

County may have violated Sunshine Law

Date: 2011-03-01
Washington County’s compliance with the state Sunshine Law was questioned during the Feb. 21 meeting of the Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural Committee.  Full Story

With 1,200 members, but just 34 parking spaces, the Jonesborough Senior Center is feeling the squeeze

Date: 2011-03-01
The Jonesborough Senior Center’s calendar is jam-packed with unique activities every month. Trouble is, so is the actual senior center.  Full Story

JAMSA elects board members, sees 42 businesses join

Date: 2011-03-01
Members of the newly formed Jonesborough Area Merchants and Service Association elected board members during a Feb. 22 meeting held at the Visitors Center.  Full Story

Providence Academy to host Christian Storytelling Showcase

Date: 2011-03-01
Providence Academy will host its annual Christian Storytelling Festival starting Friday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the school.  Full Story

Jonesborough native presents research findings to state legislators in Nashville

Date: 2011-03-01
Each year, student researchers from Tennessee Board of Regents institutions are invited to present their findings in poster format to state legislators in Nashville as part of “Posters at the State Capitol Day.” This year, East Tennessee State University sent seven undergraduates to explain their work in the fields of art, astronomy, biology, health sciences, human development, nursing and psychology.  Full Story

Base decisions on facts, science

Date: 2011-03-01
Retired Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) served the nation for 24 years.  Full Story

Bowmantown Ruritan to host breakfast

Date: 2011-03-01
The Bowmantown Ruritan will host a country breakfast on Saturday, March 5, from 7-10 a.m. The Ruritan is located at the corner of Barkley and Bowmantown roads.  Full Story

Slam event to feature ETSU storytellers

Date: 2011-03-01
The East Tennessee State University Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling, the ETSU TaleTellers and producer/emcee Cathy Jo Janssen will present a Story Slam at Down Home in Johnson City on Wednesday, March 16, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Full Story

Boone moves on to face Science Hill, Crockett’s season over

Date: 2011-03-01
On Saturday night, the David Crockett Pioneers and Daniel Boone Trailblazers once again shared the spotlight for Washington County.   Full Story

Appalachian Storm to perform at contra dance March 5

Date: 2011-03-01
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, March 5, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with a class for beginners starting at 7 p.m.   Full Story

Limestone UMC to host revival services starting March 6

Date: 2011-03-01
Limestone United Methodist Church, at 189 Opie Arnold Road, will host a Revival Services beginning Sunday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m. with a covered dish meal and service at 7 p.m.  Full Story

Sulphur Springs United Methodist Men to host dinner

Date: 2011-03-01
Sulphur Springs United Methodist Men, 1432 Gray Sulphur Springs Road, will be sponsoring a country fried steak dinner on Friday, March 4, beginning at 6 p.m.   Full Story

Ferguson questions mayor’s claims of county financial woes

Date: 2011-02-22
Some Washington County officials seem to have a lack of understanding about the county’s current financial situation. But the question remains, which officials have it right and which ones have it wrong?  Full Story

Bank of America releases liens on ISC income despite previous objection to do so

Date: 2011-02-22
Bank of America released its liens on the International Storytelling Center’s post-petition festival fees, grants, donations, and other income during the Feb. 15 hearing in the Bankruptcy Courtroom of the James H. Quillen United States Courthouse in Greeneville.  Full Story

Folkmoot Festival coming to town

Date: 2011-02-22
Jonesborough will be the first venue outside the State of North Carolina to serve as a performance site for the Folkmoot Festival.  Full Story

Boone senior chosen as Roan scholar

Date: 2011-02-22
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Storytellers Guild to host day of mini-workshops March 5

Date: 2011-02-22
The Jonesborough Storytellers Guild will host a day of mini-workshops on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Central Christian Church at the corner of Fox and Main streets in Jonesborough.  Full Story

Contest showcases tasty pies

Date: 2011-02-22
Pies took center stage at The Cranberry Thistle in downtown Jonesborough on Saturday. The annual pie contest saw eight entries this year, with a three-berry pie earning the grand prize as well as the top pie in the fruit category. Lois Kyker’s chocolate almond meringue won in the cream category and Dean Chesnut was recognized for his banana split pie in the “other” category. For more photos from the event, visit the Photo Gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com.  Full Story

Methamphetamine components found on side of road in Washington County

Date: 2011-02-22
Washington County deputies discovered components to making methamphetamine during a call last week.  Full Story

Crockett NJROTC places third in air rifle championship, will head to nationals

Date: 2011-02-22
Five cadets from the David Crockett High School NJROTC Rifle team recently traveled to Anniston, Ala., to compete in the Navy JROTC Air Rifle Championship.   Full Story

Roe staff to hold office hours March 1, 15

Date: 2011-02-22
U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) will send staff to hold office hours in Jonesborough from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, and again at the same time on Tuesday, March 15, at the Washington County Office Building.   Full Story

New business worskshop set for March 10

Date: 2011-02-22
The Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its next free bimonthly new business workshop on Thursday, March 10, from 8-11:45 a.m. at the department’s Johnson City regional office, 204 High Point Drive.  Full Story

Preservation efforts benefit all

Date: 2011-02-22
The “Woodpecker” film recently shown at East Tennessee State University captured well the joyous excitement in the whole country when traces of a bird deemed extinct (Ivory-billed woodpecker) sug-gested its possible survival in a forest in Arkansas.  Full Story

Goodbye district, hello regionals: Crockett, Boone win district openers

Date: 2011-02-22
David Crockett and Daniel Boone can breathe a sigh of relief after winning their opening games of the district to gain a spot in the regional tournament.   Full Story

Ladies of Boone, Crockett end season at district tournament

Date: 2011-02-22
For the Lady Pioneers and Lady Blazers, Valentine’s Day served up a couple of heartbreaks in the opening round of the district tournament, putting an early end to their seasons.   Full Story

Food City 500 to honor Jeff Byrd with name change

Date: 2011-02-22
To honor Jeff Byrd, the dynamic president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway who passed away last October, Food City officials today announced the March 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Bristol Motor Speedway will carry a new name.  Full Story

Local author pens fourth book

Date: 2011-02-22
Washington County native Scott Pratt recently released his fourth novel in a series focusing on a defense attorney named Joe Dillard.  Full Story

City Youth Ballet to perform “Dancing Princesses” Feb. 26

Date: 2011-02-22
“Dancing Princesses” comes to the stage at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, as the City Youth Ballet’s senior dancers showcase several classical ballet selections.   Full Story

Wolfe casts deciding vote in issue of compensation for BMA members

Date: 2011-02-15
Following much discussion and disagreement, Mayor Kelly Wolfe cast the deciding vote to approve the proposed revisions to the Town Charter during the Feb. 14 meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.  Full Story

Auditor calls out county for employee retirement plan

Date: 2011-02-15
County Auditor and CPA Charles Steagall appeared at the Feb. 7 meeting of the Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural Committee to discuss a health benefits plan for retired county employees — a plan that he claims was unknown to the auditors before last month.  Full Story

Committee votes to overturn mayor’s decision to drop NACo

Date: 2011-02-15
Members of the Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural Committee will recommend the Commission overturn Mayor Dan Eldridge’s decision to not renew Washington County’s membership with the National Association of Counties.  Full Story

AREA Schools compete in TSA event

Date: 2011-02-15
It was no regular day at school for dozens of high school students taking part last week in the annual Technology Student Association Regional Competition at Daniel Boone High School.  Full Story

Several area Ruritans, churches to host meals, events

Date: 2011-02-15
Several area Ruritan Clubs and churches will host special events this weekend.  Full Story

Wry Bred to play Feb. 19 contra dance at Visitors Center

Date: 2011-02-15
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.   Full Story

Auditions, volunteer meeting scheduled for Telling Jonesborough’s Stories performance

Date: 2011-02-15
Last year, Jonesborough residents and community members shared their stories and memories of Tennessee’s oldest town.   Full Story

Free pruning workshop set for Feb. 26 in Jonesborough

Date: 2011-02-15
A demonstration of proper pruning techniques for shaping desired growth habit in young trees and shrubs will be held at this arboretum of the Town of Jonesborough, on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon.   Full Story

Cooking class at Visitors Center to focus on simplicity

Date: 2011-02-15
The Jonesborough Visitors Center will host a class dedicated to serving up one of winter’s favorite dishes with instruction by Main Street Café & Catering owner Beverly Jenkins and the Jonesborough Area Senior Center.  Full Story

Health and Welfare Committee to recommend revised guidelines for pauper burial policy

Date: 2011-02-15
The General Health and Welfare Committee approved revised guidelines for the pauper burial policy during its Feb. 9 meeting.  Full Story

An open letter to President Obama

Date: 2011-02-15
An open letter to the President:  Full Story

‘Think differently’ and we may see the dream ISC was built on

Date: 2011-02-15
It’s not the Eiffel Tower.   Full Story

BMA opts to appoint vice mayor, addresses other proposed changes in Town’s Charter

Date: 2011-02-15
While the issue of compensation for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen took center stage at Monday’s BMA meeting, other proposed changes to the Town’s Charter generated a lot of conversation during a public hearing on Feb. 8.  Full Story

Schools to hold registration for incoming kindergarten students

Date: 2011-02-15
The Washington County Department of Education will register children who will enter kindergarten in a Washington County school this fall.   Full Story

Five Crockett wrestlers headed to state competition, Pioneers take fifth in weekend tournament

Date: 2011-02-15
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Crockett boys, Boone girls earn rivalry sweeps

Date: 2011-02-15
On Feb. 8, the Pioneers of David Crockett and Lady Blazers of Daniel Boone both pulled out the brooms to sweep their Washington County rivals.   Full Story

A boy with heart

Date: 2011-02-15
Three-year-old Mason Shelton was born with a broken heart. And when he was just 3 days old, he underwent open heart surgery as doctors attempted to mend one of their tiniest patients ever.  Full Story

Town considers purchasing ISC building

Date: 2011-02-08
Calling the International Storytelling Center “one of the major pieces of the tourism puzzle that brings visitors to Jonesborough,” Town Administrator Bob Browning is keeping a close eye on the ISC’s bankruptcy proceedings in a Greeneville federal court.  Full Story

Committee recommends county offices move to north Johnson City

Date: 2011-02-08
Despite recent information indicating TIF funds could possibly be used to fund moving two county offices out of the Downtown Centre if they remained in downtown Johnson City, members of one county committee voted to recommend the offices go elsewhere.  Full Story

Could the animal shelter have a new home?

Date: 2011-02-08
The Johnson City/Washington County Animal Shelter could soon have a new, more spacious home.  Full Story

County to address redistricting: Size of commission likely to come up

Date: 2011-02-08
Seven commissioners will be recommended by the Committee on Committees to lead the redistricting process for Washington County.  Full Story

More snow days in Washington County will mean school on Saturdays

Date: 2011-02-08
Board members gave Director of Schools Ron Dykes permission to schedule classes on Saturdays if additional days are missed because of bad weather.  Full Story

Jonesborough, Gray libraries to host ‘Anti-Valentine’s Day’ parties

Date: 2011-02-08
Think Cupid is stupid? Does Valentine’s Day make you say “Oh, yuck?” Come to an Anti-Valentine’s Day party for teens at the Gray Library on Feb. 8, from 6:30-8 p.m., or the Jonesborough Library on Feb. 14, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.   Full Story

Gulf needs federal restoration

Date: 2011-02-08
So bountiful were birds of all kinds in the Gulf region swamps that James Audubon is said to have done over a thousand of his famous “Birds of America” paintings there during the early 1820s.  Full Story

ETSU ROTC to hold reunion

Date: 2011-02-08
East Tennessee State University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will host the “Return to the Buc Battalion” reunion on Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12.  Full Story

Garland nominee for McDonald’s All-American

Date: 2011-02-08
McDonald’s recently announced its nationwide list of prep seniors who have been nominated for the 2011 McDonald’s All-American Games. Of the nearly 2,000 nominees announced, the 24 male athletes and 24 female athletes chosen to compete will be released on ESPNU airing Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.   Full Story

TIF funds could be used to get Northeast State into Downtown Centre

Date: 2011-02-03
Washington County remains in talks with Northeast State Community College to get a satellite campus of the facility at the county-owned Downtown Centre in Johnson City.  Full Story

ISC looks to sever ties with National Storytelling Network

Date: 2011-02-03
In an effort to solve its financial crisis, the International Storytelling Center will begin by attempting to sever its ties with the National Storytelling Network.  Full Story

County commissioners vote to keep their health benefits

Date: 2011-02-03
Washington County commissioners were divided Monday morning as the issue of commissioner health benefits once again took center stage.  Full Story

Daniel Boone High School teacher charged with sexual battery

Date: 2011-02-03
A Daniel Boone High School plumbing teacher was charged with sexual battery by an authority figure last week after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate contact with a student at the school.  Full Story

Dance society to host double header, including ‘Foot Ball’

Date: 2011-02-03
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a doubleheader contra dance on Saturday and Sunday, February 5-6, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.   Full Story

Climate control urgency of today

Date: 2011-02-03
Addressing what he saw as the defining issues of his time, Martin Luther King’s words seemed strikingly applicable to those of today.  Full Story

Cranberry Thistle to host free concerts

Date: 2011-02-03
The Cranberry Thistle in downtown Jonesborough will host several free concerts this week.  Full Story

Crockett takes down Boone for second time this season

Date: 2011-02-03
The battle for Washington County returned to the hardwood on Jan. 29 as Daniel Boone met David Crockett in Jonesborough.   Full Story

Lady Trailblazers prove too much for Lady Pioneers

Date: 2011-02-03
With the girls of David Crockett (2-19, 0-9) and Daniel Boone (10-13, 3-8) sitting at the bottom of the conference, their first meeting of the season provided some extra motivation.   Full Story

Jonesborough man wins car

Date: 2011-01-26
Jonesborough resident Nathan Coggins has always cared about the environment. He and his family raise a garden, recycle, and Coggins has even dreamed of one day owning an electric car complete with solar panels.  Full Story

Storytelling in Court

Date: 2011-01-26
New Peoples Bank isn’t interested in the International Storytelling Center’s remaining cash, but it does want the pledged money it was promised in a security agreement.   Full Story

Commissioners remain undecided on whether to transfer Probate Court

Date: 2011-01-26
Budget Committee members have yet to make a final decision on the transfer of Probate Court functions from Chancery to Circuit Court, but there was plenty of opposition to the idea expressed during a Jan. 19 committee meeting.  Full Story

Mayor’s Office to host free tax preparation evenings

Date: 2011-01-26
Free income tax preparation is coming to the Washington County Mayor’s office on Monday evenings during tax season, starting Jan. 31.  Full Story

Hill to host town halls on Jan. 27, 28

Date: 2011-01-26
State Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) will be holding town hall meetings this week to hear from his constituents regarding issues that concern them.   Full Story

JAMSA to elect remaining board members

Date: 2011-01-26
Jonesborough Area Merchants & Service Association will be electing its remaining board members on Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.  Full Story

Railroad heritage days planned

Date: 2011-01-26
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

New cell phones danger to gorillas

Date: 2011-01-26
A three-fold letter in the mailbox had me fooled the other day.  Full Story

AARP to offer free income tax help

Date: 2011-01-26
The American Association of Retired Persons will offer free income tax help for local older residents as well as for low or middle income residents starting Tuesday, Feb. 1, and continuing through April 16.  Full Story

Crockett freshman marches in Governor’s Parade

Date: 2011-01-26
David Crockett High School freshman Savannah Beals was the lone 4-H member to represent Washington County at the inaugural parade for Gov. Bill Haslam on Jan. 15.  Full Story

Tennessee Arts Commission looking for award nominees

Date: 2011-01-26
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Arts Commission has announced a Call For Nominations for the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards.   Full Story

Storytelling Center makes changes in wake of Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing

Date: 2011-01-18
The International Storytelling Center is entering a new chapter in its tale of financial woes.  Full Story

County to cut $6 million

Date: 2011-01-18
With the return of an independent audit emphasizing the need for more cash flow in Washington County, Mayor Dan Eldridge is on a mission – to cut the county’s budget by 5 percent for the next fiscal year.  Full Story

CIA Committee votes to keep commissioners’ health insurance

Date: 2011-01-18
Despite a $2.5 million shortfall in the county’s budget, members of the CIA Committee will recommend both commissioners’ health insurance benefits and incentive pay for attending meetings continue with no changes.  Full Story

White’s/IGA in Jonesborough closes its doors, other chains set to expand

Date: 2011-01-18
IGA Food Store customers in Jonesborough found themselves having to turn around and leave without a single item on Monday, as they were met with locked doors and an apology note.  Full Story

Proud Annie Mystery Theatre saved from foreclosure, back on ‘solid’ ground

Date: 2011-01-18
After facing foreclosure late last year, Proud Annie Mystery Theatre owner Braden McKinley seems to be looking at a brighter new year.  Full Story

Thermometer swap to take place Jan. 26

Date: 2011-01-18
A mercury thermometer swap will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington County Health Department, 219 Princeton Road, Johnson City.   Full Story

CASA to provide training for children advocates

Date: 2011-01-18
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee will provide volunteer advocacy training beginning with orientation on Thursday, Feb. 3, for people interested in speaking up for the best interests of children in the local area.   Full Story

LED: the “hottest,” smartest new thing in lighting

Date: 2011-01-18
For many at this time, when the landscape has the feel and look as though an Arctic tundra, the electric bills may not only seem high but be a burden on household budgets.   Full Story

Economics Education Fair to help students, adults

Date: 2011-01-18
Junior Achievement of Tri-Cities TN/VA is holding its first ever Economics Education Fair. Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 29, this fair will benefit Tri-Cities students and adults while furthering the mission of Junior Achievement.   Full Story

Athletic directors scrambling to re-schedule missed games

Date: 2011-01-18
The recent bout of bad weather has the Washington County school district reeling from lost time.  Full Story

Storytelling Center broke, files for bankruptcy

Date: 2011-01-04
Staggering under a debt of at least $4 million, the International Storytelling Center filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on Friday in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Greeneville.  Full Story

Tennessee Quilts to be featured in 2011 Quilt Sampler magazine

Date: 2011-01-04
Tennessee Quilts, a quilt shop in Jonesborough, has been chosen as one of 11 featured shops across the United States for the Spring 2011 issue of Quilt Sampler magazine, published by Better Homes and Gardens.   Full Story

Getting in the HABIT: Reading program to bring dogs into schools

Date: 2011-01-04
It appears reading will soon be going to the dogs at some Washington County schools.  Full Story

Whoa there!

Date: 2011-01-04
An unusual visitor spent about a week at the firing range atop Persimmon Ridge in Jonesborough. The small horse was spotted by several hikers in the area, some of whom fed him to be sure he would make it through the cold winter days. According to dispatchers, the horse likely broke free from a nearby farm to find himself in the unusual grazing grounds. Authorities initially believed he would find his way back home, but rescued the horse last week after it appeared he wasn’t planning on leaving any time soon. The animal was taken to an area animal hospital while authorities attempted to find its owner.  Full Story

Jonesborough couple has area’s first baby of new year

Date: 2011-01-04
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Cedar Creek Baptist to host blood drive

Date: 2011-01-04
On Sunday, Jan. 9, Cedar Creek Baptist Church will host a blood drive from noon to 4:30 p.m.  Full Story

America still participating in wind energy

Date: 2011-01-04
Thomas Friedman of the New York Times had voiced worries if the United States was “sleeping” while China was making a “Great Leap Forward” in green energy technology.  Full Story

County’s new pauper burial policy only for unclaimed bodies

Date: 2011-01-04
Washington County seeks to balance the societal demand for proper treatment of deceased paupers’ remains with the escalating demand for services to be paid by taxpayer dollars.  Full Story

County offers two sites for Jan. 12 blood drive

Date: 2011-01-04
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

JRT to hold auditions for ‘High School Musical’

Date: 2011-01-04
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Lady Blazers host new annual tournament, Lady Pioneers in attendance

Date: 2011-01-04
As the boys of Daniel Boone traveled south for a holiday tournament in Florida, the hosting Lady Blazers faced inclement weather that postponed the beginning of their first annual Johnson City Honda/McDonald’s Invitational at Bobby Snyder Gymnasium.   Full Story

Free program provides healthy start to new year

Date: 2011-01-04
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Chancellor recuses self from Sneyd lawsuit against county

Date: 2010-12-28
Chancellor Richard Johnson has recused himself from presiding over a lawsuit in which his clerk is suing Washington County for a 10 percent raise in pay.  Full Story

Time running out for Town to relocate Chuckey train station

Date: 2010-12-28
Jonesborough has until the end of the week to relocate a Chuckey train station or Norfolk Southern will demolish it.  Full Story

Abuse of county’s pauper burial program leads to formal policy

Date: 2010-12-28
Members of the Washington County Health and Welfare Committee have established a formal policy to prevent abuse of pauper burials.  Full Story

Jonesborough man charged after driving drunk, ramming police cruiser and fleeing in Sulphur Springs

Date: 2010-12-28
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Commission creates audit committee, approves land purchase

Date: 2010-12-28
Commissioners approved the establishment of a Washington County Audit Committee and the appointment of its first members during their Dec. 20 meeting.  Full Story

Roe staff to hold office hours in Jonesborough

Date: 2010-12-28
U.S. Congressman Phil Roe (TN-1) will send staff to hold office hours in Washington County from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, and Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at the Washington County Office Building, 103 W. Main St..   Full Story

Hydrofracting effects dire to drinking water

Date: 2010-12-28
A recent e-newsletter by the First District representative was critical of the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming its policies to be hurting jobs and the economy.  Full Story

Coach uses boxing to mold lives, shape individuals

Date: 2010-12-28
One of Washington County’s most successful sports seems almost a secret to those not affiliated with it.   Full Story

For this mom and daughter, graduation day meant DOUBLE the excitement

Date: 2010-12-21
Like any proud mom, Debra Carver can’t say enough about her daughter, Megan Shelton, who graduated from East Tennessee State University over the weekend.  Full Story

Proud Annie in foreclosure, hoping for Christmas miracle

Date: 2010-12-21
Braden McKinley, owner of Proud Annie Mystery Theatre in Jonesborough, is hoping for a special Christmas Eve miracle this year — an approved loan modification that will save his business.  Full Story

Celebrating the reason for the season

Date: 2010-12-21
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Jonesborough BMA approves billboard changes, liquor store maps and more

Date: 2010-12-21
Several important action items were approved by unanimous vote with no discussion during the Dec. 13 meeting of the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen.  Full Story

New cupcakery to satisfy more than just a sweet tooth

Date: 2010-12-21
These aren’t your grandma’s cupcakes.  Full Story

Action needed by all to help save the planet

Date: 2010-12-21
An essay by a renowned contemporary Appalachian writer in The Progressive magazine’s December issue mirrors well the concern Americans feel about danger from the Earth-warming trend.   Full Story

Trailblazer Classic sees big action, wraps up this week

Date: 2010-12-21
For the basketball enthusiast, the 2010 Trailblazer Classic is a must-see event. The five-day tournament includes 64 games with 36 participating teams.   Full Story

Despite losing both her children, Zel Hester carries on... so that their light will always shine

Date: 2010-12-13
Losing a child is probably one of the most difficult things a parent can experience. Losing two children is almost unimaginable. Just ask Jonesborough resident Zel Hester.  Full Story

BMA addressing billboard issues

Date: 2010-12-13
Members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen were expected to address an amendment to the town’s sign ordinance that would allow one or more of the town’s “grandfathered” billboards to be replaced with changeable message signs.  Full Story

Area resident helps decorate Presidential home for the holidays

Date: 2010-12-13
Like many of us, Johnson City resident Liz Bushong recently spent several days decorating for the holiday season.   Full Story

Jonesborough ornament gets promoted to residential tree

Date: 2010-12-13
Liz Bushong’s second year decorating the White House was made extra special after she learned an ornament from the Town of Jonesborough would be among the decorations going up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Full Story

County audit committee to be among first in state

Date: 2010-12-13
At the recommendation of the state comptroller, Washington County leaders are taking the initiative to establish a first-ever audit committee for the governing body.  Full Story

Presidents’ views differ on environment, taxes

Date: 2010-12-13
Controversy over extension of low tax rates sought by GOP lawmakers for the nation’s most wealthy, embroils the White House and Congress.  Full Story

Contra Dance in Jonesborough celebrates five years with special event

Date: 2010-12-13
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

County considers debt refinancing

Date: 2010-12-13
Refinancing Washington County’s $31 million debt could provide needed cash flow, but restraint will be required in using that money, at least until the economy bounces back.  Full Story

Boone to host Trailblazer Classic Dec. 16-21

Date: 2010-12-13
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Crockett falters in Roundball tourney

Date: 2010-12-13
By CHRIS SHIELDS  Full Story

TCAPs now to count as 25 percent of students’ grade

Date: 2010-12-07
Low TCAP scores can result in dire consequences for a school system, but previously had no direct effect on the test-takers. Now it seems Tennessee students will also feel the pain.  Full Story

Teachers being offered retirement incentive in Washington County

Date: 2010-12-07
Teachers retiring during the 2011-2012 school year may be eligible for a $12,000 payout.  Full Story

County makes counter offer on 60 acres near Industrial Park

Date: 2010-12-07
Washington County is awaiting an answer to its counter offer for 60 acres of the farmland near the Industrial Park in Telford.  Full Story

Candle lighting ceremony on Dec. 12 to honor area children who have died

Date: 2010-12-07
Members of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will host a candle lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 12 for those who have lost children and want to remember them in a special way.  Full Story

County to centralize all economic development groups

Date: 2010-12-07
By KAREN SELLS  Full Story

Open house to be held Dec. 11 at old Jackson Theatre

Date: 2010-12-07
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Mountain City man charged in fatal car wreck in Gray

Date: 2010-12-07
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Despite strong start, Crockett loses to D-B

Date: 2010-12-07
Momentum for the boys of David Crockett appeared to be continuing in the early going at Dobyns-Bennett on Friday.  Full Story

Boone boys win, girls falter against Tennessee High

Date: 2010-12-07
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Crockett grapplers go 4-0 to start season

Date: 2010-12-07
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Fan favorites to perform ‘Skating on Thin Ice’

Date: 2010-12-07
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Hope for climate talks to enlighten public on global warming

Date: 2010-12-07
In the leading article of Science magazine’s current issue, the editor urges more effort from the scientific community to enlighten the public on the issues pertaining to global warming.  Full Story

Northeast State considering Downtown Centre for Washington County campus

Date: 2010-11-30
After more than a year of trying to decide what to do with the Downtown Centre in Johnson City, it appears Washington County leaders may have found the answer in Northeast State Community College.  Full Story

New Jonesborough book club to help adults with disabilities

Date: 2010-11-30
In a town where stories are everywhere you turn, the creation of a unique book club will soon have a handful of individuals starting a new chapter of a very important tale.  Full Story

School system, sheriff’s office team up for additional safety

Date: 2010-11-30
Lisa Bradley has spent the last three years answering anywhere from 75 to 400 phones calls a day as a receptionist at David Crockett High School. As a gatekeeper of sorts at the school, Bradley directs calls, answers questions and even manages who comes in and out of the facility.  Full Story

County forced to turn over jail commissary, will lose $30,000

Date: 2010-11-30
Following a threat of contempt, members of the Washington County Commission authorized the mayor during the Nov. 22 meeting to sign a contract with the Tennessee Department of Human Services to take over the operations of the Detention Center commissary.  Full Story

Jonesborough kicks off Christmas season

Date: 2010-11-30
The Town of Jonesborough kicked off the holiday season over the weekend with the annual lighting of the town’s 80-foot spruce tree in front of the Washington County Courthouse and a special visit from Santa Claus on Saturday. The event marks the first in a series called Christmas in Olde Jonesborough, which takes place every Saturday in downtown through Dec. 18.  Full Story

Bluegrass series to hit Jonesborough

Date: 2010-11-30
The Jonesborough Visitors Center will host a three-part bluegrass series in 2011.   Full Story

‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ program focuses on needy elderly

Date: 2010-11-30
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Harmony of humans and nature and protecting biodiversity

Date: 2010-11-30
As Professor Edward Wilson of Harvard University suggests, organized efforts to preserve non-human life forms have undergone changes over time that offer some hope of success.   Full Story

Crockett, Boone meet in finale of Hardee’s Classic

Date: 2010-11-30
For the Daniel Boone Trailblazers and David Crockett Pioneers, the holidays brought about more than just turkey and shopping. The Thanksgiving break also marked the annual boy’s basketball Hardees Classic.   Full Story

Girls on the Run 5K scheduled for Dec. 5

Date: 2010-11-30
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Local band, caller to debut at contra dance

Date: 2010-11-30
CONTRIBUTED  Full Story

Merchants not sold on new association

Date: 2010-11-23
During a merchants meeting with the largest attendance in recent history, Jonesborough business owners expressed their displeasure with the process followed to establish the new Jonesborough Area Merchants and Service Association.  Full Story

JRT not covering cost of productions

Date: 2010-11-23
A loss of more than $3,600 from the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre’s last two productions has some town leaders concerned about the viability of the organization. And if things don’t improve soon, a new cast of characters may be running the show.  Full Story

Mabe’s ethics questioned

Date: 2010-11-23
Members of the Washington County Ethics Committee decided during a hearing Friday to recommend no further action be taken regarding Clarence Mabe’s alleged violation of the county ethics code.  Full Story

Storytelling festival to be featured on Sirius XM during Thanksgiving

Date: 2010-11-23
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

County records committee works to find location for archive, prioritize documents

Date: 2010-11-23
The recent damage of hundreds of historical documents has put new life into the establishment of a formal Washington County Archive.  Full Story

Changes to town garbarge schedule announced

Date: 2010-11-23
The offices of the Town of Jonesborough will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The schedule for the garbage and recycling pickup will be as follows: Thursday’s collection will be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Friday’s collection will be on the regular Friday pick up schedule.  Full Story

‘Crockett Christmas’ set for Dec. 11 at state park

Date: 2010-11-23
On Saturday, Dec. 11, from 4-8 p.m., Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park will host its annual “Crockett Christmas” event celebrating the spirit of Christmas on the frontier.   Full Story

Clean air, clean elections needed in the United States

Date: 2010-11-23
It’s the way climate economists at the Union of Concerned Scientists described the results if clean-energy technologies were powering the nation’s economy. It’s advantages Californians were striving for when they passed a Global Warming Solutions Act in 2006 that would reduce heat-trapping air-pollutant emissions to 1990 levels.  Full Story

Boone students arrested on drugs, weapons charges during school sweep

Date: 2010-11-23
From STAFF REPORTS  Full Story

Persimmon Ridge Park to feature disc golf course

Date: 2010-11-23
Persimmon Ridge Park in Jonesborough offers a variety of recreational opportunities, from hiking trails and baseball fields to a water park and playground. Soon, that list will also include disc golf.  Full Story

Area AAU wrestling program readies participants for next level

Date: 2010-11-23
The Johnson City Wrestling Club has opened the doors of Science Hill High School to area children in kindergarten through seventh grade.   Full Story

Christmas tree display at Visitors Center

Date: 2010-11-23
The Jonesborough Visitors Center will soon transform into a festive holiday wonderland with its annual Christmas tree display, which is open to the public Dec. 1-31.