Updated September 02, 2014 05:23:41 PM
Authorities: Man made threat via 'Streetchat' app

An Erwin man was arrested Monday evening following a brief undercover investigation stemming from a post he made on the popular social media site Streetchat.

Rafael Diaz Salvana, 18, 101 Engineer Lane, was arrested Monday evening on charges of false reporting, making death threats to a school employee and harassment. Salvana is a student at Unicoi County High School.

Student Resource Officer Andy Slagle keeps up with social media posts pertaining to the school and on Monday, he noticed a post that read ‘Everyone in school will die on Tuesday’. Slagle alerted Sheriff Mike Hensley. Hensley contacted Unicoi County Schools Director Denise Brown about the situation and also contacted his investigators. More...

Updated August 27, 2014 05:05:50 PM
Wright Stuff: Local teacher selected for state fellowship

A local teacher was recently granted the opportunity to take part in a unique fellowship with the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE).

Lori Ann Wright, the theatre arts instructor at Unicoi County High School, was chosen to participate in the Tennessee Educator Fellowship.

The program provides Tennessee teachers an opportunity to have a significant impact on state-level education policies. Essentially, Wright will have the opportunity to learn in an environment that will help further educate her about state education policy. She will attend training sessions in Nashville as well as online. The fellowship runs from August 2014 to June 2015. More...

Updated August 27, 2014 03:51:43 PM
Labor Day Schedule

The Erwin Record office will be closed Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day.


Updated August 27, 2014 01:40:26 PM
County budget saga continues

The saga of the 2014-2015 Unicoi County fiscal year budget continued last week as office holders again appeared before the Unicoi County Budget Committee. Last week’s meetings, which were held on Tuesday, Aug. 19, and Thursday, Aug. 21, led one office holder to make numerous cuts to his department’s budget.

During a press conference on Friday, Aug. 22, Sheriff Mike Hensley detailed what he described as “unheard of” cuts to the three budgets – sheriff’s department, jail and jail annex – for which he is responsible.

The county, including the sheriff’s department, has been operating on a continuing budget resolution since the 2014-2015 fiscal year began on July 1. Hensley said on Friday he is currently operating on one-twelfth of his proposed budget. However, if his budget is cut by the hundreds of thousands of dollars proposed by some members of the Budget Committee last week, spending money now at the proposed budget levels would cause him to run out of money before the end of this fiscal year. More...

Updated August 27, 2014 12:38:44 PM
Donations being accepted for annual Community Day of Action

Unicoi County residents will once again have the opportunity to provide for students in need this school year during the annual Community Day of Action.

According to Regina Harrell, Coordinated School Health Supervisor for Unicoi County Schools, more than 300 students have expressed needs for food, clothing and school supplies, or a combination of the three. During the 2013 Community Day of Action, more than 400 students were served.

“Forms are sent home with all Unicoi County Students the beginning of the school year explaining the event as a community day focused on going back to school and offering services to students who are in need,” Harrell said. “Families are provided with a checklist of items that may be needed which includes clothing, specifically, jeans, shirts, underwear, socks and shoes. There is also a place to indicate if basic school supplies are needed.  More...

Updated August 27, 2014 12:10:17 PM
Erwin man killed in Colo.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department an Erwin man died in an alleged murder the morning of Sunday, Aug. 24.

CSPD officers responded to the 1000 block of Kelly Johnson Boulevard in response to a reported stabbing, the department reported. When officers arrived at the scene they found a man, later identified as Patrick Hampton, 31, in a parking, who was suffering from several stab wounds.

Hampton was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries, the CSPD said. More...

Updated August 21, 2014 12:59:20 PM
Hunter Education Class begins Sept. 1

A Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency endorsed hunter education class is scheduled to be held at Erwin Town Hall beginning Monday, Sept. 1, and continuing until Friday, Sept. 5.

A live firing exercise is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, for those who pass the written exam on Friday.

All registrations for hunter education classes must be completed online at tnwildlife.org prior to the first day of class. Follow the prompts for hunters on the web page. More...

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