Lee County RAM

The Lee County RAM Event will be held on September 12 and 13 at the Lee County Airport. Those wishing to donate toward the event can go to www.gofundme.com/leecoram
make check payable to:

The Health Wagon, Lee County Ram;
PO BOX 367 Jonesville, VA 24263

If you would like to volunteer to work this event, use the link below.


Szemak Arraigned in Lee County

A Lee County woman was arraigned Monday after being extradited from Kentucky where she was being held for possession of methamphetamine. Amanda Szemak was taken into custody by the Jonesville Police Department for an offense that occurred on June 30. Szemak was pulled over by the Jonesville Police Department and found with methamphetamine in a 95 Ford Mustang with expired tags that did not match the vehicle. She was not arrested until lab reports confirmed that the substance was meth. Szemak is being held at the Duffield Regional Jail on a $10,000 secured bond.

Tax-Free Weekend and Generals Football

With only 21 days left until the start of the 2015-2016 school year, this year’s tax-free weekend will be held next weekend August 7-9 in Virginia. This means school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products can be purchased without paying sales tax. Online purchases also qualify during the tax-free weekend. Tennessee will also hold their tax-free weekend August 7-9.

The Lee High Generals will travel to Claiborne County on Thursday, August 13 for their first football scrimmage of the season. They will play Marion at home on Friday, August 21 for a benefit game. Lee High season football tickets are now on sale, along with all-season sports passes. For football only, tickets are $50 and include admission to all varsity and jayvee home games, and reserve seating and parking for the season. The all-season pass is $75 and includes only admission. All-season sports passes with reserved seating and parking cost $90. Regular gate admission at each varsity football game will be $6 this year, and $3 for jayvee. Those interested in purchasing passes can call 276-346-0173.

Mining Accident Injures Big Stone Gap Man

A Big Stone Gap man was injured in a mining accident Monday morning at Paramount Coal Company’s Mine No. 26 in Dickenson County. The man caught and twisted 0his arm on the drill steel while installing roof bolts and was airlifted to a hospital in Louisville KY. He is now recovering after a successful surgery.

KY State Trooper Injured in On-Foot Pursuit

A Harlan woman was arrested Monday morning after an on-foot pursuit Sunday night left a Kentucky State Police Officer in the hospital. Trooper Josh Messer sustained a broken leg while pursuing Paula Foley and another suspect, after the pair ran through a road block at Blackmont. The occupants wrecked their truck in a ditch line and fled on foot, prompting Messer to follow and sustain the injury. Foley was arrested Monday morning on multiple charges:







TRAF IN MARIJUANA-8 OZ TO < 5 LBS-1ST OFFENSE Messer was airlifted to the University Of Tennessee Medical Center, but is in stable condition.

MECC Mountain Music School

Mountain Empire Community College is holding their Eleventh Annual Mountain Music School this week, the 27th through the 31st. The program offers students ages 10 and older the opportunity to learn traditional Appalachian old-time music. Free music performances are held each day featuring the region’s most talented performers. The week will end in a jam session to highlight the students’ accomplishments.

Benefit Softball Tournament

A benefit softball tournament will be held on August 15 at Leeman Field to support a local family who lost their 7 year old daughter last week. Teams wishing to enter must have 7 guys and 3 girls and pay $100 per team. Those wishing to enter or help can contact Lori Flanary Olinger on Facebook.

Robbins Murder Trial in Harlan

The jury reached a verdict of not guilty on an attempted murder charge and one count of second-degree assault for a Harlan County man on Friday. Cletus Robbins Jr. was found guilty of kidnapping, first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of intimidating a participant in a legal process. Robbins was arrested in May of 2014, and according to a citation, was detained by the Kentucky State Police for restraining Benji Stout and shooting him in the chest. Robbins and other co-defendants then robbed Stout of $2,400 cash and threatened to kill Stout’s girlfriend’s family if anyone went to the police. Robbins had reportedly purchased $600 worth of Xanax that turned out to be fake, which led to the altercation between he and Stout.
After a verdict of non-guilty on murder charges, the jury returned a penalty of 25 years in prison for all other guilty counts

Wise County Sheriff’s Report

July 23 2015
The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 07/13/2015 through 07/19/2015.
Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,691 calls for this seven-day period.
Of the total calls received 355 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 17.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 48 Felony Warrants, 47 Misdemeanor Warrants, 3 DUI Arrests.
Civil Process Served: 284 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 7
11 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 19 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 230 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 19
Escorted Funerals: 6
The Sheriff’s Office Transported:
1 Adult In State
1 Adult Out of State
4 Mental Patients
3 Juvenile
Total Transports: 9
Total Transport Hours: 38.75
1,858 Visitors to Courthouse.

Lee Theater and MECC-Wellmont Golf Classic

Tickets will go on sale Monday, August 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at Town Hall to see Marty Stuart in concert at the Lee Theater on October 24. Tickets can also be reserved by calling 276-546-4000 with a credit card. Tickets for the stage to the 10th row are $45, $35 for rows 11-18, and $20 for balcony seats. The show will be held October 24 at 7 p.m.

If you missed the Summer Movie Night last night, Lee Theater will be showing the movie “Daddy Day Camp” again tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $3 per person.

The MECC-Wellmont Health Systems Golf Classic will be held at Cedar Hill Country Club next Friday, July 31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The classic is an 18-hole tournament to raise funds for MECC Foundation Scholarships.