Lee High Senior playing at ETSU football

A Lee High School Senior verbally committed to ETSU football team

Justin Gilliam had many other colleges such as  Emory & Henry, the University of the Cumberlands (Kentucky) and Virginia Military Institute that shown interest in his football talents but he decided to go to East Tennessee State University.

Gilliam will graduate as the Generals’ career record-holder in receptions (86), receiving yards (1,837) and touchdown catches (24).

ETSU opens the 2015 season on September 3 against Kennesaw State in Johnson City, marking the return of collegiate football at the school after a 12-year absence.

One vehicle accident

A one-vehicle accident leaves a Clintwood man dead at the scene.

Michael E. Mayo, 26 of Clintwood was making a delivery in a water tanker truck when  it ran off the right side of the roadway. The tanker overturned and rolled down a steep incline. 

The accident occured on Tuesday, Wampler Ridge Road, a private road off Aily Road.

Mayo was not wearing a seat belt and the cause of the crash remains under investigation

Britton family and Wells Chapel Choir

At the Lee Theatre this week

On Saturday, January 31 at 7:00 pm The Britton Family and Wells Chapel Choir will have a Gospel Singing.

Admission is free. Thanks to Woodway Stone and others for making this possible.

Come enjoy local talent and a wonderful evening of inspiration.

J. Frank volunteer

J. Frank White Academy students will be volunteering at the Claiborne County Animal Shelter.

J. Frank White Academy requires each student to perform 25 hours of community service work each year, and for members of the JFWA Beta Club the requirement is 30 hours.

The students will not be able to work with the animals directly  due to liability, but will be shredding donated newspapers for bedding for the animals.

The students volunteering will help the shelter greatly and volunteers will be at the shelter two Saturdays a month.

 J. Frank White Academy hopes this will be a project that continues.

The shelter will also be having a $100 plate dinner and silent auction on Febuary 15.



The Claiborne County Animal Shelter is a nonprofit volunteer operated animal rescue and adoption shelter. They do not charge a fee for dropping off animals. For information about volunteering, donations or the fundraiser you may contact Martz at 423-869-6234.

Person of Interest


If anyone has information on the male subject wearing the ball cap and overalls, please contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office at (276) 346-7777

boil water advisory

Due to a main line break, Black Mountain Utility District has issued a boil-water advisory for the Louellen, Holmes Mill and Closplint areas. Bring water to a rolling boil for one minute before consumption.

mobile home fire

A mobile home caught fire this past Saturday evening in Russell County.

The home was in Cleveland, VA and authorities believe it was cause by a portable bathroom heater.

No one was injured in the fire, but the owner of the home lost most of his possessions.

Anyone wants to help the home owner can contact the Mountain Empire chapter of the American Red Cross.

Expand a virginia program for vets

For State News

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe annouced that he is wanting to expand a Virginia program to hire 10,000 jobs pledged to veterans.

McAuliffe stated the V3 Program has 234 member companies that have pledged 10,000 jobs and hired nearly 7,000 veterans.

As an incentive the companies will be rewarded for successfully recruiting, hiring and retaining service members and veterans seeking private sector employment.

The proposals are before the General Assembly.

Wise Sheriff weekly press release


January 22, 2014

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 01/12/2015 through 01/18/2015.

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,497 calls for this seven-day period.
Of the total calls received 325 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 7.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 19 Felony Warrants, 39 Misdemeanor Warrants, 0 DUI Arrests.
Civil Process Served: 265 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 4
15 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 18 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 221 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 18
Escorted Funerals: 7

The Sheriff’s Office Transported:
0 Adults In State
0 Adults Out of State
2 Mental Patients
1 Juvenile
Total Transports: 3
Total Transport Hours: 14

1,891 Visitors to the Courthouse through the main screening area.

Search warrent

A search warrents was executed on January 22 for synthetic drugs.

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Response Team, and the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrent in at the Road Side Service Center in Coeburn, VA and found 

4.4 pounds of synthetic cannabinoid with a street value of $20,200.

Three vehicles with a total value of $20,000, belonging to Bradford Levi Moore, 35, of St. Paul, VA,

one .45 semi-automatic pistol,

$2,311.00 in cash were also seized.

Task Force also searched Moore's resident.

 Coeburn Police Department, Virginia State Police, Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, United States Postal Inspector, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisted with the execution of the search warrants.