Welcome to the Johnson City Press week in review, here's what we'll be covering:
Headlining the national news this week, a gunman unleashed a barrage of gunfire at two military facilities in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines, officials said. The shooter, 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, was also killed. Details from the case are still emerging.
Federal authorities set a September trial Wednesday for Christopher Alexander, who was charged with the July 5 bombing at Victory Orthotics & Prosthetics on Knob Creek Road. Alexander is a Kingsport businessman charged with bombing his competitor’s office in Johnson City earlier this month, according to U.S. District Court in Greeneville.
Alexander appeared with his attorney in federal court for arraignment on arson and three counts of possession of a pipe bomb Wednesday afternoon in Greenville. Judge Ronnie Greer set the case for trial on Sept. 29. Alexander pleaded not guilty to all four charges.
A little more than a week after the July 5th incident, Johnson City police responded to a call about a second explosive device at a private residence about two blocks away from a city elementary school.
The JCPD turned the case over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, where the incident is still under investigation.
A dozen local “super heroes” gathered at the Johnson City Public Library Thursday.
And even though these weren’t the caped kind, they certainly could come to the rescue.
Super Hero Day, part of the library’s summer reading program, was a hit with kids as they were able to climb in, out and all over all kinds of big equipment, including a fire truck, ambulance, street sweeper, bulldozer, police car, concrete truck, city trolley, a Kubota tractor and a power company truck.
It is not simply a market, or a farmer’s market for downtown Johnson City.
The city commissioners have voted to name the still-under-construction downtown facility the Pavilion at Founder’s Park. Its worth noting that a majority of the city’s commissioners did not like the name, but in the end, the vote was unanimous.
Mayor Ralph Van Brocklin, a member of the Johnson City Development Authority board which recommended the name, and Dianna Cantler, Washington County Economic Development Council development manager, argued for the recommended name.
Van Brocklin said, as he has consistently said, that the JCDA’s concern was that the term “market” would limit the perceived scope of the facility and the events that would occur there.
A whitewater raft guide rescued a malnourished and dehydrated female bear cub last week on the Nolichucky River in Erwin, as reported by media outlets around the world.
The 14-pound bears’ new name is Noli, after the river in which she was discovered. And it was as much the weakened cub’s will to survive as it was the guide’s offering of a free ride that saved her life, since it was the bear who voluntarily climbed into the raft.
Danny Allen, a guide with Boone, N.C,-Based High Mountain Expeditions, rescued the cub in his raft on Thursday after guides noticed she had remained stranded on a steep river bank for four days with no mother in sight. Allen called the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which took the 5-month-old female to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.