JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man is getting creative while trying to find a kidney donor.
The Johnson City Press reports 62-year-old Jeff Shevell is making T-shirts and car signs...
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Former Miami quarterback Cade Weldon and former Coastal Carolina quarterback Chance Thrasher have transferred to East Tennessee State.
Tennessee editorial roundup
Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers:
The Johnson City Press on remembering the doughboy:
Two missing women and a missing teenage girl were shot to death by a carnival worker who met them through the traveling show, authorities in Virginia say.
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A sick Tennessee teen fulfilled his dream of graduating from high school just days before he died.
News outlets report 19-year-old Dakota Johnson had attended...
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State University faculty have received a $1.2 million grant to recruit and train high school teachers in science, mathematics, technology, and...
Cohen III carries Green Bay over E. Tennessee St. 102-94
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Sandy Cohen III had 29 points as Green Bay defeated East Tennessee State 102-94 in the first round of the CIT on Wednesday night.
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Tray Boyd III scored 24 points, tying his season high, as East Tennessee State got past Western Carolina 81-74 on Saturday. Bo Hodges added 20 points for the...
ETSU looks to extend streak vs WCU
Western Carolina (7-23, 4-13) vs. East Tennessee State (22-8, 12-5)
Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, Tennessee; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
ETSU seeks revenge on UNCG
East Tennessee State (22-7, 12-4) vs. UNC Greensboro (23-5, 12-3)
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Sunday, 3 p.m. EST
Williamson leads E. Tennessee St. over Mercer 88-69
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Daivien Williamson came off the bench to score 16 points to carry East Tennessee State to an 88-69 win over Mercer on Saturday.
Jeromy Rodriguez had 14 points and seven rebounds for East Tennessee State (21-7, 11-4 Southern Conference). Lucas N'Guessan added 12 points and four blocks. Tray Boyd III had 10 points and 11 assists for the hosts.
Tennessee congressman speaks out on undocumented students
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee congressman says schools in his district are having to hire more English language learning teachers due to an influx in undocumented students.
However, he offered no evidence when pressed by reporters.
Tisdale scores 29, helps ETSU hold off The Citadel 91-83
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Isaiah Tisdale scored a career-best 29 points and made six free throws in the last 35 seconds as East Tennessee State fended off The Citadel 91-83 Thursday night.
Tisdale scored 20 of his 29 points after halftime and, despite being a 61 percent free-throw shooter, calmly sank six in a row after The Citadel had cut the ETSU lead to 83-80 on a couple of free throws by Hayden Brown.
Magee scores 11 of 32 points in OT, Wofford beats ETSU 78-76
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Fletcher Magee scored 11 of his 32 points in overtime on Thursday night and Wofford stayed undefeated in Southern Conference play with a 78-76 win over East Tennessee State.
Magee made 7 of 15 from 3-point range, including the go-ahead 3 that made it 75-73 for the Terriers (20-4, 12-0) with 31 seconds left in the game. Fouled on the shot, Magee missed the extra free throw but made two free throws with eight seconds left to extend the lead to four.
Tennessee brewery creating 150th anniversary beer
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Johnson City Brewing Co. is brewing up a one-of-a-kind birthday present for the city.
On Thursday, community members trekked to the downtown brewhouse to contribute to the brewery's special sesquicentennial beer.
"Before it was Johnson City, the area was called Blue Plum, so we figured, let's make a Blue Plum Lager, light and crisp, well-balanced; and then through fermentation, we'll add fresh, pureed plums into the beer," said head brewer Eric Latham.
ETSU using grant to train sexual assault nurse examiners
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State University says it will use a $1.4 million federal grant to train sexual assault nurse examiners in rural communities.
According to a news release, the effort is meant to decrease the number of unreported sexual assaults in the Appalachian highlands and increase prosecution.
Local men’s group exercises leadership, friendship muscles
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — It's 5:38 on a mid-January morning. Twenty-seven men gasp and sweat as they hoist cinder blocks above their heads in the 32-degree weather clenching downtown Johnson City.
Powering through multiple reps of bicep curls, planks and uphill sprints in the pre-dawn, their bodies grow stronger, but they are intent on building upon something bigger.
UNCG beats ETSU 75-68 in battle of 16-win teams
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Francis Alonso and Angelo Allegri each scored 15 points as the pair combined for eight 3-pointers and UNC Greensboro beat East Tennessee State 75-68 on Saturday.
The game featured two of the 11 teams in the nation with at least 16 wins. UNCG (17-3, 6-1 Southern) extended its road record to 8-2 and East Tennessee State (16-5, 6-2) lost its first home game in 11 tries.
Armus block secures ETSU 85-82 win over VMI
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Daivien Williamson scored 23 points and Mladen Armus blocked the potential tying shot in the closing seconds and East Tennessee State held on to defeat VMI 85-82 on Thursday night for its eighth straight win.
East Tennessee State University expands military student aid
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State University is expanding scholarships and waiving out-of-state tuition for military service members, their families and veterans.
According to the school, beginning in the spring it will offer 15 $1,000 scholarships each semester to military spouses or children. An additional 10 scholarships of $1,500 each will go to veterans who no longer receive GI Bill benefits.
Incoming military-affiliated students can also waive out-of-state tuition.
Local filmmakers aim to turn region into movie-making magnet
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — When it comes to movies, local filmmakers say our region could be a gold mine.
That was what Erik Kitchens had in mind when he launched his production company "30 Daze Productions" about a year ago. Along with the creativity from other professionals in the area like photographer Chasity Thompson and writer Angela Caito, the company got to work on smaller projects like promotions for local businesses.
6 indicted in death of Tennessee inmate
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Six men have been indicted in a Tennessee inmate's death.
A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation statement says a Washington County grand jury returned indictments Thursday charging the men in Joseph Lockner's death.
The Johnson City Press reports a detention officer found the 29-year-old unresponsive on a bathroom floor Dec. 17 after hearing commotion. Lockner later died as a result of his injuries.
East Tennessee State extends Sanders’ contract through 2023
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State coach Randy Sanders has received a two-year contract extension after leading the Buccaneers to a Football Championship Subdivision playoff appearance in his debut season.
The extension means that Sanders' contract now runs through the 2023 season. The deal pays him $255,000 annually.
Sanders said Friday in a release announcing the extension that "I am excited to build off last season's success and continue taking this program to new heights."
Woman accused of putting her baby in freezer, closing lid
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman accused of placing her 8-month-old baby into a freezer has been charged with child abuse.
The reports say 19-year-old Brittany C. Smith placed the infant in a freezer and closed the lid last week in Johnson City. The child was taken to a hospital, but no condition has been released.
East Tennessee St rolls to 96-70 win over Chattanooga
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Tray Boyd III came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers and score 19 points and East Tennessee State shot 61 percent from the floor and cruised to a 96-70 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday.
Boyd hit 7 of 9 shots, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, as the Buccaneers (13-4, 3-1 Southern Conference) made 36 of 59 shots — 9 of 18 from distance. Bo Hodges had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and reserve Mladen Armus pitched in with 10 rebounds and eight points.
Boyd III sparks East Tennessee St past Samford 81-72 in OT
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Tray Boyd III scored seven of his 22 points in overtime and East Tennessee State ended the game on an 11-0 run to hold off Samford 81-72 on Thursday night.
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Fossils of prehistoric pig-looking animals ID’d in Tennessee
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State University says its researchers have discovered fossils of two extinct prehistoric, pig-looking species that previously had never been found in the Appalachian region.
The university says the species of peccaries were identified in the fossil-rich clays of the Gray Fossil Site, once a large pond surrounded by forest dating back about 5 million years.
From Houston’s Herminator to Tennessee Tamale Guy
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Friends and metal fans in Texas, who listened on Thursdays to his Sweet Nightmares radio show on KPFT 90.1 FM knew him as the Herminator. People here who crave authentic Mexican food know him as the Tennessee Tamale Guy.
Last year, when Hurricane Harvey hammered Houston, the Herminator's house was lifted off its foundation.
He lost clothes, shoes, furniture, a large chunk of his vast music collection and a Fender Stratocaster guitar in the floodwaters.
East Tennessee St. rolls to 79-56 win over Furman
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Jeromy Rodriguez scored 19 points with 11 rebounds and East Tennessee State rolled to 79-56 win over Furman in a Southern Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon.
Rodriguez was 8 of 10 from the field for the Buccaneers (11-4, 1-1). Lucas N'Guessan and Daivien Williamson added 13 points apiece and Patrick Good had 12.
Rodriguez’s 21 pts lifts ETSU past UT Martin 80-62
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Jeromy Rodriguez scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds — one off his career high — and East Tennessee State beat UT Martin 80-62 on Saturday night.
ETSU (8-3) got 20 points from Tray Boyd III, Patrick Good scored 14 and Mladen Armus scored 10 with eight rebounds and six assists.
The Buccaneers owned a 45-29 rebounding advantage, made 10 3-pointers and shot 31 of 61 (50.8 percent) from the field.
ETSU shuts down NAIA Reinhardt 107-60
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Jeromy Rodriguez had 17 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and East Tennessee State beat NAIA Reinhardt 107-60 on Monday night.
ETSU closed the first half on an 11-0 run for a 52-27 lead and started the second half by making 12 of its first 15 shots.
Tisdale scores 18, ETSU beats North Dakota State 79-61
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Isaiah Tisdale scored 18 points, Jeromy Rodriguez added 14 with eight rebounds and four assists and ETSU beat North Dakota State 79-61 on Saturday.
Mladen Armus scored nine points and grabbed 13 rebounds with four assists, Tray Boyd III added 13 points and D'Andre Bernard scored 10 off the bench for the Buccaneers (5-2), who shot 59 percent to 40 percent for the Bison.
Howell guides Jackson State past Chicago State 81-68
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Howell scored 12 of his 17 points in a dominant first half for Jackson State and he added 11 rebounds and five assists to propel the Tigers to an 81-68 victory over Chicago State on Tuesday night.
Lemmie Howard pitched in with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting for the Tigers (1-4), who took the lead for good on Jeremiah Bozeman's 3-pointer that made it 9-6 with 13:29 left in the first half.
Boyd scores 23, ETSU pulls away for 77-63 win over SHSU
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Tray Boyd scored 23 points and Mladen Armus added 17 with nine rebounds as East Tennessee State pulled away from Sam Houston State in the second half to take a 77-63 victory in the Cayman Islands Classic Mainland Tuesday night.
Jeromy Rodriguez grabbed 12 rebounds while adding 11 points for East Tennessee State (4-2) which has won three straight and four of its last five games.
East Tennessee State pulls away from Chicago State, 86-61
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Jeromy Rodriguez scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Tray Boyd III hit six 3-pointers and added another 18 points off the bench as East Tennessee State kicked off the mainland portion of the Cayman Islands Classic on Monday night, pulling away from Chicago State late for an 86-61 victory.
The victory advances the Buccaneers to face Sam Houston State on Tuesday.
Smith, Sam Houston St. beat Jackson St. 75-60
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — RJ Smith scored all of his 12 points in the second half and grabbed nine rebounds to help Sam Houston State beat Jackson State 75-60 on Monday in the Cayman Islands Classic mainland.
Chad Bowie and Kai Mitchell each scored 12 points and Bubba Furlong added 11 for Sam Houston State (3-3).
Samford denies ETSU outright SoCon title, upsets Bucs 38-27
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Devlin Hodges ran for three touchdowns and surpassed Steve McNair for the most passing yards in a Football Championship Subdivision career as Samford denied East Tennessee State the outright Southern Conference championship with a 38-27 upset on Saturday afternoon.
Hodges finished 40 of 53 for 404 yards to give him a career mark of 14, 584. McNair set the previous mark of 14,496 at Alcorn State (1991-94).
Body found in Tennessee in 1985 was New Hampshire woman
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a body found 33 years ago along an east Tennessee highway has been identified as a woman reported missing from New Hampshire.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the partially decomposed body sat unidentified since it was found along Interstate 81 in Greene County in April 1985.
East Tennessee State blows past Hiwassee 109-44
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Mladen Armus and Jeromy Rodriguez had a double-double apiece to pace East Tennessee State to its first win of the season, a 109-44 thumping of Hiwassee College on Thursday night.
Saylors, Herink lead ETSU 45-43 over Western Carolina in 3OT
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Jacob Saylors ran for the winning score and a fierce defensive rush frustrated a 2-point conversion attempt by Western Carolina as East Tennessee State emerged with a 45-43 triple overtime win on Saturday.
Tennessee editorial roundup
Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers:
The Johnson City Press says the governor's race should not play second fiddle to the Senate race:
With all the attention focused on Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, voters easily could let interest wane in the state's other essential contest.
Holmes runs for 3 TDs in ETSU’s 45-0 win over Gardner-Webb
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Quay Holmes rushed for three touchdowns, Jacob Saylors ran for two scores and ETSU cashed in on turnovers to beat Gardner-Webb 45-0 on Saturday to win its fourth straight.
Holmes is the first Buccaneer since Gavin Varner, in 2003, to rush for three touchdowns in a game.
Holmes scored on a 2-yard run on the Buccaneers' opening drive, an 11-yarder in the second quarter and a 10-yarder in the third. He gained 105 yards on 20 carries.
In Mississippi, Trump mocks Ford’s claims against Kavanaugh
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump ignited a crowd at a campaign rally in Mississippi on Tuesday by mocking a woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago.
In Tennessee, Trump accuses Dems of trying to sink Kavanaugh
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — As the fate of his Supreme Court pick hangs in the balance, President Donald Trump barnstormed Monday for a Republican Senate candidate in Tennessee, warning that Democrats will unleash havoc if they gain control of Congress and accusing them of trying to sink his nominee.
The Latest: Trump declares Blackburn would be ‘true fighter’
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's Tennessee rally (all times local):
President Donald Trump is barnstorming for the Republican Senate candidate locked in a tight race in Tennessee.
The president appeared at a rally in Johnson City to support U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is facing Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen (BRED'-uh-sen). They are competing for the seat currently held by retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker.
Trump to hold Tennessee rally, Blackburn Senate fundraiser
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to Tennessee for a public rally and a fundraiser for Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid.
Trump will be in Johnson City for the events Monday in support of Blackburn in her tight race against Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen. The rally will be Monday evening at Freedom Hall and tickets are available free online.
ETSU fights off Chattanooga in 17-14 win
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Quay Holmes accounted for both East Tennessee State touchdowns — one on the ground and the other through the air — and the Buccaneers beat Chattanooga 17-14 on Saturday.
NCAA places ETSU on probation for men’s tennis violations
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State's athletics department has been placed on two years' probation and its former men's tennis coach has received a five-year show cause order from the NCAA.
The NCAA ruled former coach Yaser Zaatini and a booster provided about 14 men's tennis players with $9,937 in impermissible benefits over the course of five years. The report didn't mention Zaatini by name.