Arrest charges for drugs and paraphernalia were found inside in a motel room in Middlesboro.

Mary Beth Coffey (England), 31, of Middlesboro, and Robert Wilson Coffey, 31, of Middlesboro, were charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a few bench warrants.

The Coffeys were at the Boone Trail Motel in Middlesboro.

The police found the following items: six used syringes, 13 crack pipes, three razor blades, 14 small green plastic baggies, half of a straw with residue, 12 blue pills, a baggie containing a white substance that field tested positive for crack cocaine, and several other contraband items.

Robert Coffey was also charged with non-support.

The Coffeys were lodged in the detention center.

Freedom Ride

The first annual Pennington Gap Fire Department is hosting a Freedom Ride in memory of 9-11 our fallen heroes.

Date: June 27, 2015

Time: Registration 8am-9:45 am

Departure- 10Am sharp

Price: $20 per person, Price will include a hotdog dinner, a tee shirt with pre-registration, and a ticket for door prize drawings.

Location: meet at the Pennington Gap Fire Department and prepare for a 100 mile scenic bike ride through the mountains of South West Virginia

This is a family oriented event, NO ALCOHOL; all VA laws will be obeyed

The Town of Pennington Gap nor The Pennington Gap Volunteer Fire Department will be responsible for any injuries or damages during this fund raising event.

Town of Pennington Meeting

The town of Pennington Gap held their monthly meeting on Monday, April 20 at 6:00 pm

During the meeting, the council approved to declare the month of April as Autism Awareness month.

The council also approved to have the police department to proceed with purchasing 15 cameras to be placed in town for the safety of the town citizens.

The Greenway Trail is still in process but had some set backs. The TVA is requiring a repermit for 26A permit since the old permit does not match the previous plans.  The resubmit of the permit can take up to 180 days  for reapproval.

The ATV Trail is currently shut down due to complacations with DCR.  Phil Hensley and Lane Group is working with a representative with DCR on the issues that DCR requires. Phil stated that the trail is going in but is still trying to figure out who is reimbursement back.

RV Park is in the process of working on the layout and getting in the water and sewer lines.  The RV park will outside of Leeman Field.

Miniature Golf is also in the works. This will be a 18 hole course, and possibility of being inside of Leeman Field.  The Council is continuing to work on designs for the course and will have the Federal Prison to help with the labor.


Beef Show

The Lee County 4-H and FFA Beef Show was on Sunday, April 19

These are the following results.

Brandi Herrell won Grand Champion Steer

Taylor Hines won Reserved Champion Steer. 

Alyson Robbins won Grand Champion Heifer

Austin Dean won Reserved Champion Heifer. 

On Showmanship:

Senior Showmanship Grand Champion was Brandi Herrell and Reserved Champion was Taylor Hines. 

Senior Novice: was Alyson Robbins was Grand Champion and Claudia Alsup was Reserved Chamption.

Intermediate Showmanship: was Robby Burchett won Grand Champion and Peyton Redinger won Reserved Chamption.

Junior: Grand Champion was Jazymn Smith.  

Novice Showmanship:Colton Wilder won Grand Champion and Abby Grout won Reserved Champion.

Explosive Charges

A man from Wise County is convicted on explosives charges.

Jimmy Scott Elkins was convicted of tring to produce an explosive device to bust rocks in the National Forest on High Knob.

Charges are of possessing materials that can be used to make fire bombs or explosive devices, with the intent to manufacture fire bombs or explosive devices.

Elkins found the lost Jonathan Swift Silver Mine and wanted to get in, but hadn’t followed the proper procedures to possess explosive materials.

The jury recommended a sentence of 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for July 15th.

Autism Awareness 5K

April is Autism Awareness Month, and to show support  there will a 5K  run/walk on Saturday, April 18 with registration to begining at 9am at Jonesville Middle School
and the Lee County Walk 4 Autism to begin at 10 am.

Cost is $20, which includes a tee shirt and awards to the top overall male and female and top three in six age divisions.

For more information email or registration form can be picked up at the Mayor's office in Jonesville and Pennington Gap.


Coalition training

At The Inn at Wise, a free regional health coalition training and networking event will be on April 29 from 9am to 3 pm.

Interactive sessions will focus on improving community health by using data and evidenced-based strategies. Participants will learn how to build and strengthen local partnerships, develop priorities and increase public awareness and community action.

 Seating is limited. Please register by Monday, April 20; online at, by email to, or call 276-376-4882.

This event is available through a partnership of the Healthy Appalachia Institute at UVa-Wise and the Virginia Department of Health, with support from The Center for Appalachian Philanthropy (AppaPhil) and the County Health Rankings program, produced by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

For more information about the event, contact Margie Tomann, program manager, Healthy Appalachia Institute, UVa-Wise at or 276-376-4882.

Wise weekly


April 16, 2015

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 04/06/2015 through 04/12/2015.

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,634 calls for this seven-day period.
Of the total calls received 368 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 9.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 86 Felony Warrants, 73 Misdemeanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest.
Civil Process Served: 468 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 2
13 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 36 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 227 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 20
Escorted Funerals: 15

The Sheriff’s Office Transported:
0 Adults In State
0 Adults Out of State
0 Mental Patients
0 Juveniles
Total Transports: 0
Total Transport Hours: 0

2,604 Visitors to Courthouse.

Lee Theatre

Monday,  April 20, 7:00 PM, the University of Virginia's College at Wise Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Donald Sorah, is one of several musical ensembles under the music division of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. The 20-member jazz ensemble is made up of college music majors, some high school musicians, college faculty members, local public school music educators, and a few community members. This is the first time the group has made a concert appearance in Lee County. This is FREE ADMISSION.

Friday, April 24, Movie "The Notebook" $3.00 Sponsored by Lee Health and Rehab & Cornerstone Therapy

Saturday, April 25 Michael Sweet, the Voice of Stryper will be preforming. Admission $15 advance $20 at door


It is Bristol weekend for Nascar fans, with visiters coming far and wide to get the Bristol Motor Speedway experience.

The weekend starts with Friday, April 17 with Bush's Bean Pole Day starting at 11:00 am

Saturday, April 18 with Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 amd Pittlite 125 starting at 1:30 pm

Sunday, April 19 with Food City 500 starting at 1:00 pm

Let's welcome all vistors to Lee County and the surrounding areas