Man killed on I-81 identified

A 46-year-old Johnson City man who was struck and killed Saturday when he attempted to recover his bicycle off the road and was hit by a tractor trailer has been identified.

Jason Shearin was traveling on Interstate 81 when his bicycle fell out of his truck bed around 4 p.m., according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report.

Shearin stopped his truck in the median of the interstate, got out and attempted to retrieve the bike, the report said.

A tractor trailer, driven by Wilson Lamont, of Fresno, California, was approaching at the same time.

The report states Lamont moved into the fast lane of the interstate to avoid hitting Shearin. Shearin also moved into the fast lane in an attempt to avoid getting hit, but was instead struck by the tractor trailer.

No charges have been filed in the incident.

Rogersville Men’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday

The next Rogersville Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be held Thursday, August 22 at the Price Public Community Center on Hasson Street in Rogersville.

Hardee’s biscuits and coffee will be available at 6 a.m. Jerry Sullivan will have the program of scripture, devotion and prayer beginning at 6:30 a.m. All men are welcome.

For more information, contact Dr. Blaine Jones via email at

Two hit by tire tread on I-40 and injured

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says two motorcyclists were injured Sunday afternoon when a tire tread from a tractor trailer flew off and hit them as they traveled on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County.

Patricia Shiverdecker, 58, Maryville, was operating a Bomba three-wheeled motorcycle, and Alexis Phillips, 25, Alcoa, was riding a two-wheeled Yamaha at the time of the 4:18 p.m. incident.

Both cycles were eastbound near the 411 mile marker at the time they were struck.

“A tire tread from an unidentified tractor trailer became airborne, striking vehicle 1 and driver in the far front and steering mechanism, additionally hitting the driver in right side arm and hand region. The tire tread then traveled back striking vehicle two and driver in same areas,” the report says.

A medical helicopter put down at a nearby truck stop and both cyclists were sent to the UT Medical Center in Knoxville for treatment.

Man charged after traffic stop

Jefferson County authorities have filed charges against a Morristown man following a Friday traffic stop.

Sheriff Jeff Coffey said Deputy Brandon Bullins stopped a red Nissan 350Z for disregarding a stop sign at the intersection of East Dumplin Valley Road and Talbott-Kansas.

K-9 Sgt. Tim Herzog arrived on the scene and deployed his K-9 partner “Hekko,” who displayed a positive alert on the vehicle. A search of the car revealed 110.7 grams of methamphetamine, .7 grams of an unknown brown powdered substance, and .5 grams of marijuana. A loaded handgun with three loaded magazines also was recovered from the vehicle.

The Nissan, handgun, and $2,225 cash were seized from the driver, Tracy Edward Self, 45, 1117 Arden Ave., Morristown. Self was placed in the Jefferson County Detention Center on charges of sale and delivery of Schedule II (methamphetamine), sale and delivery of Schedule VI (marijuana), possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, and disregarding a traffic control device. Bond for Self was set at $50,000.

The Black Keys return after 5-year break

NASHVILLE (AP) — When The Black Keys last played a festival together in 2015, there was no plan to go on an indefinite hiatus. Guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney just stopped booking shows.

Now five years after their last album, the Grammy-winning duo is back with their ninth record called “Let’s Rock” and a new tour starting Sept. 19 in Los Angeles.

Carney says the nonstop worldwide touring they were doing prior to their break was taking a toll on their lives. Both worked on solo projects as producers and collaborators with other artists.

Auerbach says the time apart working on different music separately made it a lot more fun when they returned to the studio last year to start recording again.

Police: Man dies after being punched outside a bar

HERMITAGE (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a man who was punched outside a bar about two weeks ago has died from his injuries.

News outlets report 52-year-old Jamie Mitchell has been in a coma since Aug. 23 after he was punched and knocked to the ground outside Rebar by the Dam in a Nashville neighborhood.

A statement from Metro Nashville police says 52-year-old Brian Vantassel was arrested and charged on Aug. 24 with felony aggravated assault. It says police are in contact with the district attorney’s office regarding a potential upgrade to Vantassel’s charge since Mitchell’s death.

The statement says Mitchell died from injuries sustained during the altercation. Police didn’t immediately say what caused the altercation.

Vantassel has a scheduled hearing on Sept. 17. It’s unclear whether Vantassel has an attorney.

State drops same-sex rape case brought by homophobic deputy

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Prosecutors are dropping same-sex rape charges in a case investigated by a homophobic deputy who gave sermons as a Baptist church pastor calling for the execution of gay people.

Assistant District Attorney General Sean McDermott says that former Knox County sheriff’s detective Grayson Fritts’ involvement factored in the decision, as they wouldn’t have him testify. Other cases involving Fritts also are being reviewed after his hate-filled sermons came to light this summer.

Shawn Lee Smith was indicted on rape and sexual battery charges in a 2015 attack at a hotel. He was accused of luring the victim there by hiring him to work in a massage therapy business. A mistrial was declared on the sex-related charges; He was convicted of impersonating a licensed professional.

FBI names new special agent in charge in Tennessee office

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A new special agent in charge has been named for the FBI office in Knoxville, Tennessee.

FBI Director Christopher Wray named Joseph E. Carrico to the post. He was previously deputy assistant director in the Operational Technology Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington.

Carrico replaces Troy Sowers, who retired in August.

Carrico joined the FBI in 1999, assigned to Dallas. He became a supervisory special agent and moved to headquarters in 2005.

Carrico, whose hometown is Louisville, Kentucky, was supervisory senior resident agent in charge of the Covington Resident Agency in Kentucky, starting in 2009. Before going to Operational Technology, he was assistant special agent in charge of the Administrative Branch of the Chicago Field Office.

3 bodies found in Nashville home in apparent murder-suicide

NASHVILLE (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a man is suspected of fatally shooting his wife and grandson before killing himself.

Metropolitan Nashville Police said on Twitter that the shooting occurred Saturday night in the Nashville neighborhood of Hermitage.

Police said 64-year-old Terry Majors is believed to have fatally shot his 61-year-old wife, Leigh Shea-Majors, and 6-year-old grandson, then shot himself. A 4-year-old granddaughter was uninjured and ran to a neighbor’s home for help.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Police: Officer in Nashville struck by car, shoots driver

NASHVILLE (AP) — Police in Tennessee say an officer was hit by a car before shooting the driver in Nashville’s entertainment district.

Police in downtown Nashville were flagged down at 12:30 a.m. Saturday and told that a man was waving a gun in his car.

Metro Nashville police said in a news release that officers approached but the motorist drove away, hitting other vehicles.

Police say the car struck Sgt. Kris Delap, who fired at least once. Police say the driver was wounded. He stopped at a gas station and was arrested.

Police said the driver, 30-year-old Pasquala Walls, was hospitalized in critical condition. Police said Walls, who is black, had warrants for aggravated assault and evading arrest.

Delap, who is white, was treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

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