Gavin Grimm vs Virginia School Board Case

Something to be aware of is the Gavin Grimm case filed against the Virginia School Board. For almost four years Grimm has been in an active lawsuit against his former school district after he was banned from using the boys bathrooms in high school. Having come to the public eye on a national platform for transgender right, his case almost made it to the United States Supreme Court.
After graduating he moved to California but has continued to keep fighting and the Virginia School Board may be giving in, although thankfully not in court. Today they are expected to hold a public hearing in which they plan to discuss the possibility of allowing transgender studetns to use the whichever bathroom they feel aligns with their chosen gender identity.
After a court order legally declared him as a man, Grimm was denied the option of changing the gender listed on his high school transcript that still lists him as female. Federal laws do not directly address the issue but some states do provide explicit guidance to schools for updating their records. Virginia however does not have a clear policy.
According to the Chief Legal Officer for the National School Boards Association, the issue is will continue to rise as more students express their gender identity preference.
 

Nationwide Dollar General Baby Gripe Recall

Local parents should know that the Food & Drug Administration recently announced a recall on an herbal supplement designed for babies that is sold nationwide at all Dollar General stores. Manufacturer Kingston Pharma, LLC has recalled all Dollar General Baby Gripe Water that has organic ginger and extracts of fennel because of undissolved citrus flavonid.
Gripe Water is intended to treat stomach discomfort in babies due to colic, hiccups, gas or teething. The UPC code of the affected product is 85495002463. Anyone with the product should immediately discard or return the product. At this time a week old infant has reportedly had difficulty when attempting to swallow the product and three additional complaints have been filed as caused by the citrus flavonid.
 

Wise Central Dispatch Stats

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,454 calls last week. Of the calls received 265 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. The total number of Domestic calls was 9. Deputies served 29 Felony Warrants, 28 Misdemeanor Warrants, and served 373 Civil papers. Deputies also responded to 4 traffic accidents, and 7 additional criminal investigations were begun with 16 cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 260 man hours of Court Room Security, unlocked 15 vehicles, escorted 3 funerals and had 6 transports during this period. Last week there were 1,535 visitors to the Wise County Courthouse.

Aaron Frazier Arrested

A Scott County Deputy clocked a black Honda Civic going 80mph in a 25mph zone on East Carters Valley Road. When the Deputy activated his blue lights the driver of the Honda Civic accelerated and drove erratically into Tennessee. Sullivan County then took over the pursuit and ended it behind O'Charleys in Kingsport. The driver was identified as Aaron Frazier who was driving on a revoked license. The vehicle was verified as having been stolen.

Rudy Joe Queen Arrested

A Scott County Deputy stopped a vehicle traveling North on 23 for no working tail lights. When the Deputy approached the vehicle the subject known as Rudy Joe Queen appeared to be acting nervous. The Deputy then called for a K9 unit. Queen turned over to the Deputy a small eyeglass case that contained a glass smoking pipe and a small baggie of a white crystal like substance that tested positive for Methamphetamine. The subject was then arrested for Possession of Schedule II, and also issued a summons for Equipment Violation.

Lee County Sheriff Parsons Warns of Fake Direct TV Scammers

Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons cautions that surrounding areas have been receiving calls regarding a scam concerning Direct TV. Area residents have been receiving phone calls claiming to represent Direct TV and giving several addresses until getting to the would-be victim's name and address. The caller then tells them they will be sending a technician out to the residence. Direct TV knows who their customers are and would never conduct business in this manner. Parsons reminds residents to never respond to any phone calls requesting personal information. The easiest way to deal with these types of phone calls is to simply hang up.

Lee County Sheriff’s Dept January 2019 Stats

Lee County Sheriff's Office Monthly Activity Report for January 2019
Total calls received by Dispatch: 5,483
Total calls received that Deputies responded to: 1,133
There were 469 calls dispatched to other agencies.
There were 260 Rescue Squad calls and 9 Ambulance calls.
There were 40 Fire Department calls dispatched.
Deputies escorted 15 Funerals.
58 vehicles were unlocked for citizens.
Deputies served 90 Felony and Misdemeanor warrants, served 19 Protective Orders and processed 50 people on 85 charges.
Deputies served 156 subpoenas, 11 show cause summons and 230 various civil papers for the three Lee County courts.
Two search warrants were executed.
Deputies traveled a total of 64,592 miles with 1,514 miles being on transports.
Deputies transported 2 juveniles, 5 mental health patients and one prisoner from another jurisdiction.
Lee County Reserve Officers volunteered 72 hours to the community last month.
 

Gate City AppCAA Offering Free Tax Preparations and Filings

Now on their 11th year, AppCAA or the Appalachian Community Action Agency is once again offering low to moderate income residents an opportunity to have their taxes prepared and filed free of charge, now thru April 15th, 2019.
Using Certified IRS VITA volunteers, tax returns will be prepared using IRS approved online tax return preparation software and then will be e-filed absolutely free of charge. Options for getting your returns processed are by appointment, walk ins and drop offs.
Appointments for this free service may be made at AppCAA's Gate City office located at 175 Military Lane on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9-3pm. Walk in preparation and filing will also be done on these days as time allows. To make an appointment please phone 276-452-2441 or 1-833-491-VITA, extension 3.
If you choose the drop off option, clients will leave copies of their personal identifiable information such as Social Security numbers or cards, all original W-2 forms and any other income sources so that volunteers will be able to process their tax returns onsite as time allows. No appointment is necessary for the drop off option during normal operating hours of 8:00-4:30pm, Monday thru Friday.
After the completion of your taxes, clients will need to go back to the AppCAA office in Gate City to pick up their taxes and sign the completed tax return. If additional information is needed, clients will be contacted directly by the AppCAA staff.
In order to speed the process, all clients are asked to take along the following items if applicable:
Photo ID, Social Security cards for yourself and dependents, birth dates, W-2, W-2G, 1095-A, B and C, 1099-R, 1099-Misc listing all wage and earnings. Form 1099 from bank interest and dividend statements. Health insurance exemption certificate if you have one. Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check. A copy of last year's federal and state tax returns if available. The amount paid for daycare, including their tax identifying number, or business employer identification number.
 

VDOT News Release for Lee, Scott and Wise Counties

According to the latest info from the Department of Transportation’s website:
In Lee County, the (St. Charles Road) water line project. Motorists can expect delays during daylight hours on Route 352 (Saint Charles Road) because of water line installation work. The project starts at the intersection of Route 421 and extends North for roughly 6,500 feet. Completion date is sometime early this Fall.
In Scott County on Route 224, ongoing work continues in an effort to straighten a portion of Route 224 in Scott County. Motorists are cautioned to be alert to periodic delays and flagging operations. As always, watch out for highway workers. Completion date for this project is July of this year.
Route 627 bridge replacement project continues. Because of construction of a new Route 627 bridge over Copper Creek in Scott County that is being constructed upstream from the existing bridge, motorists are asked to use caution in this area. Watch out for flaggers and highway workers. Completion date is July of this year.
Utility Projects are ongoing in various locations and motorists should anticipate lane closures during daylight hours at the following locations:
Power Line Installation along Route 72 between Route 660 (Golf Course Road) and Route 627 (Reed Hollow Road) with completion expected this Winter.
Power Line Installation along U.S. Route 23 between Route 58 in Duffield and Route 871 (Natural Tunnel Parkway) with completion expected by this Winter.
Route 23 bridge replacement in Weber City; Due to the replacement of Route 23 bridges over North Fork Holston River in the Weber City area of Scott County, motorists can expect one lane traffic and a 12 foot width restriction in each direction. Reminder that speed limit in the work zone is 35 mph. Completion for this project is this Summer.
In Wise County beginning this month will be sewer line installation. Motorists can expect delays on Route 706 in the Tacoma area of Wise County due to a sewer line installation project that is expected to conclude this Fall.
 

Wise County Sheriff’s Office Accepting School Supply Donations

In nearby Wise County, Sheriff Ronnie Oakes and Assistant Sheriff Grant Kilgore publicly recognized 12 year old Riley McKinney and her family for collecting school supplies to fill book bags that Riley purchased for Wise County school children in need. Wise County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of their School Resource Officers will   accept school supply donations, and distribute them to students that may have a need. For those interested in donating supplies such as: pencils, paper, crayons, glue, markers, personal care hygiene items or money to purchase these items you can drop off donations at the Appalachia Town Hall or the Wise County Sheriff’s Office between 8am-4pm weekdays, now thru March 1st, 2019. You may also contact Lt. Teresa A Meade at 276-328-3566 for additional information.