18 Named in Federal Drug Trafficking Indictment

(KINGSPORT,TN) — A federal grand jury indicts eighteen people in a drug trafficking conspiracy.

The suspects face numerous charges including possession of meth with the intent to distribute. The grand jury returned a 49-count indictment against 18 the drug trafficking case.

The indictment says each person was involved in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of meth in this region. A majority of the people are from Tennessee, most from Rogersville.

Action Plan to Deal with Illegal Dumpingin Scott County

(BLOUNTVILLE, TN) — Illegal dumping in Scott County is a problem. The Board of Supervisors is ready to take action.

Most of the illegal dumping takes place at night by people from out of state and county. Possible solutions include closing all 16 trash disposal sites every evening, closing all sites every Sunday and closing only the sites that get the most illegal trash every night.

Almost all of the sites are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

New Stage Floor At MCCC

The city council voted unanimously to approve a bid from Zeller Construction for $57,860 to repair the stage floor at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. The floor is been made of yellow pine, proven to be too soft for the stage, as over the past decade it is coming up in chunks or separating. The new floor will be made of an oak hardwood plank and will be four inches wide, and one inch thick. The bid will cover the cost of demolishing the old floor, replacing the support structures, and installing the planks.

Mound City PD Head In Trouble

The Mound City Police Chief is behind bars, facing domestic battery charges. Illinois State Police arrested Jimmy Page at his home in rural Union County. State’s Attorney, Tyler Edmonds says Page is being held in the Jackson County Jail, pending a bond hearing scheduled for today.

Local Stabbing

A Harrisburg man is recovering after being stabbed in his head and face in an attack outside his home. Frankie Vasquez was helping his neighbor across the street, when he noticed three people lurking around the abandoned house next door. When he confronted the potential intruders, they attacked. Vasquez suffered five stab wounds. Police have apprehended two juveniles involved in the attack. Police Chief, David Morris says he believes the attack is related to the recent string of shootings in town.

eaves

A member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus is leaving the group after it opposed a major bill to gut Obamacare. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, has left the group due to conflicts over the group’s strategy on the American Health Care Act, which was pulled right before a scheduled vote on Friday because of opposition from caucus members and moderates. In a prepared statement Monday, Poe said he resigned from the group will allow him to be a more effective member of Congress and advoicate for the poeple of Texas.

Trump team changes

President-elect Donald Trump shook up his transition team Friday as he plunged into the work of setting up his administration, elevating Vice President-elect Mike Pence to head the operations. The move, one of the first key decisions as Trump pivots from campaigning to governing, amounted to a demotion for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had been running the Republican’s transition planning for months. On the heels of Trump’s upset victory this week, his team has begun to embark upon building a government,

terrorism on election day

Security is being tightened amid word that Al-Qaeda may be planning Election Day attacks in the U.S. Multiple media reports say New York City authorities have been warned about possible attacks by al-Qaeda. The warning lacks specifics, but NYPD is among the agencies working closely with the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Podesta knew better

Thursday’s Wikileaks dump shows that John Podesta was willing to discuss sensitive information with future boss Hillary Clinton while he worked for President Obama and she was a private citizen in August 2014 – but he knew better than to send the intel over Clinton’s private server from his Gmail account. In the exchange, Clinton, who had resigned as secretary of state 18 months earlier, asked then-Obama counselor Podesta if he knew who was responsible for an Aug. 18 airstrike in Tripoli, in which unidentified bombers blew up an Islamist-controlled arms depot in the Libyan capital. Podesta’s response was – quote – Yes, and interesting, but not for this channel. Podesta was responding directly to Clinton on her personal server at the address of hrod17@clintonemail.com.

Podesta vs FBI

The chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign says FBI Director James Comey owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what his agents are now examining related to the Democratic nominee. John Podesta was responding Friday to a letter from Comey informing Congress that the FBI is investigating whether there is classified information in new emails that have emerged in its probe of Clinton’s private server. Podesta says he is confident the new information will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July, when the bureau closed its investigation without finding evidence to support criminal charges.