As an update to the Lee County Hospital Authority.

Since the closing settlement of the purchase of the building, The Authority are in the works of finding maintance, and equipment for the building.

The authority is also asking the county to rebate the $67,000 the authority paide in real estate taxes as a part of the purchase price of the facility.

The target is to open the hospital up in phase starting with the emergency care center as soon at possible.

Pennington meeting

During the monthly Pennington Gap town meeting that was held on Monday, May 18

The council is working towards finding a site for the future town hall. Art Meade, of the Weldon Cooper Center will be helping to gather information to provide options to the council on a site.

The Virginia Division of Game and Inland Fisheries has approved the North Fork of Powell River as a Trout stream starting at Leeman Field bridge to Food City Bridge.  They will be stocking it in October of 2015, and in hopes to make that a "kids fishing day only'

The ATV trail is still in the works and engineer Jeff Cockran of The Lane Group updated the council on the project. There are two phases to the project. First the town is completing the first 10-mile section from Leeman Field into Stone Mountain, and the Estes Brothers Construction Company is adding 30 additional miles from Purcell into Stone Mountain. Expected competion date is set for August 30, 2015.


Wise weekly


May 21, 2015

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 05/11/2015 through 05/17/2015.

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,803 calls for this seven-day period.
Of the total calls received 424 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 8.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 23 Felony Warrants, 40 Misdemeanor Warrants, 0 DUI Arrests.
Civil Process Served: 506 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 5
17 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 27 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 149 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 20
Escorted Funerals: 6

The Sheriff’s Office Transported:
2 Adults In State
3 Adults Out of State
5 Mental Patients
4 Juveniles
Total Transports: 14
Total Transport Hours: 69.5

1,782 Visitors to Courthouse.

Memorial day

As many banks will be closed on Monday, May 25 in honor of Memorial Day. Many things will be opening and having programs.

At the Veterans Memorial Wall in Cumberland Bowl Park in Jonesville, There will be a Memorial Day Program on Monday, at 10:00 am. Program is open to everyone.

Please take some time and loss remember ones.

Hospital Authority Meeting

The Lee County Hospital Authority met Thursday, May 14th to discuss the recent purchase of the former Lee Regional Medical Center, as well as advancements toward reopening the hospital. The deal was completed with Wellmont Health Systems for $1.7 million. The Hospital Authority will request that the county cover the $67,000 Delinquent Real Estate taxes. A number of service contracts will be needed including property insurance, electricity, an oxygen system, lawn and garden services, elevators, cameras, and many more. Facility responsibilities now fall to the Hospital Authority.

Ronnie Montgomery explained that it is the goal of the Hospital Authority to reopen emergency services to the community as quickly as possible and they hope to have all other services up and running by the beginning of 2016.

The commissioners will reconvene Wednesday May 27th at 3 p.m. at the Pennington Gap Community Center.

Board of Supervisors Meeting

The Lee County Board of Supervisors met Thursday May 14th to discuss a six-year secondary road construction plan. The budget for next year is set a $506,526. Residency Administrator for VDOT, Allen Sumpter, explained that only two roads are currently listed on the plan. Reconstruction for Friendship Hollow, State Route 656, is estimated to cost $550,418 while Dry Branch Road, State Route 668, is estimated at $3.4 million. Two hundred thirty thousand dollars has been set aside for rural additions throughout the county.

Lee County Administrator Dane Poe explained the issues caused by lack of funding after Deep Springs residents made a plea for a tar cover on State Route 809.

The board passed resolutions of support for 3 PSA projects, including the areas of Frog Level, Chances Branch, Thompson Settlement, and for Water System Emergency Generators. The board also approved a 3-year consulting contract for the CPA services of Hicok, Fern, and Company, as well as a 3-year contract for auditing services provided by Robinson, Farmer, Cox, and Associates of Blacksburg.

The board recessed until Thursday, May 28th at 5 p.m. when they will reconvene for a budget workshop.

Local Schools Receive VIP Awards

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education have announced the 2015 Virginia Index of Performance Awards, recognizing schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards. According to the Department of Education website, five schools in our area were awarded Distinguished Achievement Awards including St. Charles Elementary in Lee County and Central High, Coeburn Primary, Eastside High, and St. Paul Elementary in Wise County. These schools met all state and federal benchmarks and made progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.
Governor McAuliffe says, “These schools and divisions are laboratories for innovation that are preparing young Virginians to compete and succeed in a new Virginia economy. (He) congratulates the students, teachers, principals, and communities whose efforts have turned their schools into leader in training the workforce of the future.” He also encourages these schools to take time before the end of the school year to celebrate their accomplishment. For a complete list of awarded schools visit

County Expenditures and Farm Tours

The Lee County Board of Supervisors approved payment of county bills Thursday in excess of $130,000. This cost covered a broad range of expenditures, including repair and maintenance to the Thomas Walker Pool and local tourism advertising.

The Daniel Boone Soil and Water Conservation District along with the Lee County Extension Office will hold a pasture walk on Thursday May 28th at the Whitt Farm in Flatwoods. The walk will include demonstrations and information on weed control in pastures, as well as project developments. Refreshments will also be provided. To register, contact the Lee County Extension Office at 276-346-1522 or the Daniel Boone Soil and Water Conservation District at 276-346-0501.

The Lee County Extension Office will also host a youth farm tour of farms in Lee County on June 12th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour is open to all youths 9 to 18 years of age. Cost is $25 per youth and includes transportation, snacks, and lunch. Space is limited so registration is required by June 5th. To register, contact the Lee County Extension Office at 276-346-1522.

Memorial Day, Diabetes Workshop, and Weekly Sports Schedule

The Jonesville Womens Club will be sponsoring a Memorial Day event at the Veterans’ Wall at Cumberland Bowl Park on Monday, May 25th at 10 a.m. The event will honor those who served and gave their lives for the country. Everyone is welcome to attend the event.

The Lee County Health Department will be offering free diabetes workshops throughout the year. The classes will educate those suffering from or giving care to individuals with diabetic complications. Future classes are as follows:

Nutrition Basics- June 9, Sept. 8, Oct. 27

Basics of Diabetes and Medications- June 2, Sept. 1, Nov. 3

Eat Smart, Change Your Lifestyle- June 23, Sept. 22, Nov. 10

Glucose Control, Activity, and Stress- June 16, Sept. 15, Nov. 17

All classes run from 1-3 p.m. To register, contact Lee County Health Department at 276-346-2011.

Lee County Sports this week include:


Tennis- Lee Boys vs. John Battle- away

Lee Girls vs. John Battle- home

Softball- TW vs. John Battle- home


Softball- TW vs. Rye Cove- away

Baseball- TW vs. Rye Cove- away

Soccer- Lee vs. Grundy


Track- Clinch Mountain Conference- Virginia High


Baseball- TW vs. Lee High- TW

Soccer- Lee vs. KACHEA- home


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and Remote Area Medical (RAM) will be having its clinic on June 6 and 7.

 No veterinary services will be available during the 2015 event at LMU.

The Tex Turner Arena parking lot will open at midnight and numbers will begin to be distributed at 3 a.m. The clinic will open at 6 a.m. each day. All services are rendered on a first-come, first-served basis, with no eligibility requirements. Patients are encouraged to arrive early (by 3:30 am), be prepared for inclement weather and long waits and bring snacks and drinks to last throughout the day. Patients who are unable to stand for long periods of time are encouraged to bring a lawn chair with them.

The patient entrance will be located at the lower level of Tex Turner Arena, which is behind the building. The lower level parking lot will be reserved for event staff and handicapped parking only. All other parking will be in the upper parking lot; shuttle buses will run from that lot to the patient entrance throughout the weekend.

A variety of free services will be rendered at LMU:

• Medical services will include specialist exams, osteopathic manipulations, diabetes screenings and education, cholesterol screenings, pulmonary function testing, pap smears, breast exams and medication assistance.

• Dental cleanings, fillings and extractions will be performed onsite.

• Vision services include complete eye exam with eyeglasses to be made on site, as time and supplies permit.

For more information about services available at the LMU RAM expedition call 423-869-7162. For more information about RAM, go to