Local and State Headlines for Tuesday, August, 7th, 2018

Boone Woman Charged With Murder Of Missing Man (Mountain City, TN)

Another suspect from North Carolina is being charged with the murder of a missing Morganton man.  The Boone woman is now the fifth person charged with the murder of Carlton Lamaar Edmonson.  Investigators believe he was taken from his home in January and then beaten in a remote location in Tennessee.  He still hasn't been found.  The five suspects are expected to appear in Tennessee court today.  

Troopers Looking For Driver Who Left Scene Of Fatal Crash (Hendersonville, NC)

The highway patrol is looking for a truck driver that left the scene of a deadly crash in Hendersonville.  Troopers say a motorcycle tried to illegally pass a box truck as it turned into a parking lot on Chimney Rock Road.  The driver and passenger on the motorcycle were ejected after the bike crashed into the truck.  The driver of the truck, which was found abandoned, isn't considered to be at fault.      

Health Officials Urge Caution After Norovirus (Transylvania County, NC)

Health officials are urging Transylvania County residents affected by a norovirus to take precautions so it doesn't return.  They told WLOS-TV that 70 cases were confirmed last week from the food borne illness. The county's health director says those returning to their jobs this week need to be conscious about cleaning and control measures.  Six confirmed cases came in over the weekend.  

Enka Plant Evacuated During Fire (Enka, NC)

Fire officials believe a lightning strike may have started a small fire at an Enka plant.  Employees were evacuated at the Coca-Cola bottling plant when flames erupted in the electrical area of the building.  No one was injured.  The Buncombe County fire department is continuing to investigate exactly what happened.  

Chimney Rock Closing During Road Repair At Park (Chimney Rock, NC)

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is expected to be closed for at least ten days to repair a road washed out from recent rain.  The park was closed earlier in the summer while crews cleaned up the mess left from subtropical storm Alberto.  The DOT must now rebuild a portion of the roadway slope at the park to get both lanes open again.  A retaining wall at the upper parking lot is still under repair.   

Mountain State Fair Tickets Available Tomorrow (Fletcher, NC)

Ticket sales kick-off tomorrow for one of this fall's biggest events in the mountains.  Close to 200-thousand people are expected to converge on the North Carolina Mountain State Fair in Fletcher beginning the Friday after Labor Day.  Fair goers will be able to purchase advance tickets at select Ingles stores across Western North Carolina beginning Wednesday.  You can also swing by the Ag Center and Farmers Market in Fletcher for tickets.

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