Jonesville Town Council meets tonight in the regular monthly gathering. 7pm at the town hall in Cumberland Bowl Park.
Tuesday the winners of the Entrepreneur Challenge will be announced by the My Southwest Virginia Opportunity Steering Committee at the Hotel Norton in Wise County. 21 small business owners signed up to compete, agreeing to open or expand their businesses in the 7 counties of Southwest Virginia. Challengers were judged in categories including regional strategy, business pitches, business plans. The first place winner gets a 10 thousand dollar grant, and two second place finishers will get 5 thousand each. Third place will earn three businesses 15 hundred dollars each.
Scott County authorities now identify the man they caught after a high speed chase Sunday as a Big Stone Gap resident. Wesley Ray Whitman of Butterfly Lane is charged with reckless eluding, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license. The chase started in Gate City and they had to stop the speeding car with spike strips and ended up subduing the driver with a taser.
Farmers in Southwest Virginia who produce honey or maple sap have till today to purchase crop insurance through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program. The NAP gives financial support to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields or loss of inventory happen because of natural disasters like drought, freeze, hail, too much rain or winds. The Farm Service Agency says natural disasters are an unavoidable part of farming and ranching and the NPA helps producers recover when they have a crop loss.
Wise County Supervisors were told that the coal industry’s slump is hammering the county’s bottom line, and the current budget estimates of income are probably 2 and three quarter million dollars too optimistic. The Financial Administrator for Wise says the coal severance and machinery and tools revenues are probably coming in at half of the original estimate, and Wise will have to face hard facts and start slashing expenses. Supervisor Dana Kilgore was quoted as saying, “We’re bleeding money and we’ve got to stop it.”
Scott County deputies pursued a car in a high speed chase yesterday. Deputies pulled over 27 year-old Wesley Whitman in Gate City and as they walked up to the car he floored it and took off toward Weber City. Deputies radioed ahead and officers put down spike strips to blow his tires in Robinette Valley and he bailed out and ran. They brought him down with a taser.
Local America’s Got Talent third place runner-up Jimmy Rose is back home again for Thanksgiving in Bell County after finishing up the first ever America’s Got Talent national tour. He says his plans for the holidays include performing at events that raise money for charity.
If you are out shopping right now you know better than anyone that you are not alone. At the Best Buy in Bristol people started lining up outside at 1pm yesterday to be first in the store when it opened last evening. Temperatures were in the 20s in many areas when the stores opened at 8.
Christmas came early for a Big Stone Gap electrician who scratched off his Virginia Lottery ticket to discover he’d won 100 thousand dollars. Brett Roberts bought the ticket at The Scotchman on Gilley Avenue in Big Stone Gap, and when he started scratching the Jewel 7s ticket he was delighted when he thought he’d won 100 dollars, and then the extra zeroes appeared. He drove straight to Abingdon to claim the cash at the Lottery Customer Service Center there and put it right in the bank. He says his biggest challenge was persuading his wife he wasn’t kidding.
At the Natural Tunnel tonight and tomorrow night is the first Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel. Dress warmly and it’s 3 dollars for parking and 3 dollars per person for the chairlift. But tonight only from 6 to 9 the chairlift is free if you bring non-perishable food to be given to a food bank.