Lee County Public Hearing on Sewer Rate Increase

On Monday afternoon, August 1,2020, the Lee County Public Service Authority will hold a Public Hearing at the Lee County Public Service Authority Office. The PSA Office is located in Jonesville, Va at 397 Park Street.
This Public Hearing is in regards to a proposal by the Lee County Public Service Authority to increase sewer rates in the following manner:
All sewer customers, excluding the Town of Jonesville and the Lee County Federal Prison, to have a three percent increase.
Sewer rates are being proposed to go into effect for the August 2020 billing cycle unless otherwise noted.
Individuals interested in additional information or in obtaining a copy of the Public Service Authority’s proposed schedule for rate increases, may do so by phoning Executive Director, Tracy Puckett at the Lee County Director’s Office at 276-346-7775.

Lee County Board of Supervisors Meeting

The next Lee County Board of Supervisors’ meeting will be held at 4:30pm Tuesday afternoon on July 21, 2020. The meeting will take place in the General District Courtroom of the Lee County Courthouse.

Lee County Arrest Records

James W. Taylor, age 49 of Jonesville on Probation Violation.
Reaven Clayton Leonard, age 50 of Pennington Gap on Breaking and Entering.
Cory Alexander Johnson, age 20 of Jonesville on Breaking and Entering.
Nicholas Rayan Eldridge, age 34 of Ewing on Capias.
Jimmy Jones, age 32 of Rosehill on Assault and Battery charges.
Austin Hunter Wayne Allen, age 20 of Pennington Gap on Driving While Intoxicated.
Don Wayne McKinney, age 60 of Big Stone Gap on Public Intoxication.
Bradley Silas Shelburne, age 33 of Jonesville for Concealed Weapon.
Stephen Almond, age 51 of St. Charles on Assault and Battery.
Tammy Doggette, age 51 of St. Charles on Assault and Battery.
Rebecca Sweeney, age 41 of Jonesville for Probation Violation.
Daniel Lee Rivers, age 38 of Pennington Gap for Public Intoxication and two counts of Damaged Monument.
Elmer Edward Middleton, age 57 of Cranks, Ky for Public Intoxication.
Victoria Cheyenne Hall, age 21 of Jonesville for Possession of Schedule I or II.
Please note that all are considered innocent unless declared otherwise in a court of law.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Monthly Activity Report June 2020

Total calls received by Dispatch: 4,451
Total calls received that Deputies responded to: 732
There were 398 calls dispatched to other agencies.
There were 217 Rescue Squad calls and 10 Ambulance calls.
There were 34 Fire Department calls dispatched.
Deputies escorted 9 Funerals.
41 vehicles were unlocked for citizens.
Deputies served 74 Felony and Misdemeanor warrants and processed 53 people on 74 charges.
Deputies served 38 subpoenas, 22 show cause summons and 506 various civil papers for the three Lee County courts.
Deputies served 44 Protective Orders.
Deputies traveled a total of 59, 286 miles with 813 miles being on transports.
Deputies transported 1 juvenile, 1 mental health patient and
4 prisoners from other jurisdictions.
Lee County Reserve Officers volunteered 48 hours to the community this month.

Lee County Public Service Authority Accepting Bids

Today is the last day to submit a sealed bid for the salvage vehicles being offered by the Lee County Public Service. Bids will be opened up this Wednesday July 1st beginning at 10am. The vehicles being offered are located at the Public Service Authority at 634 Bus Stop Road in Jonesville, towards the landfill. They are located at the first gravel driveway on the right just past the Bus Stop.
For additional information please phone the Public Service Authority Office at 276-346-7775

Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park Lunch on the Lawn Series

Just up the road, the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will begin their Lunch on the Lawn program this coming Friday, July 3rd, 2020 at twelve noon. This kickoff Lunch will feature returning performer Richard Phillips, a local singer, songwriter and acoustic musician. Phillips has performed at the Natural Tunnel’s Lighting of the Tunnel and also its Candlelight program, along with previous performances at Lunch on the Lawn, Mountain Empire Community College Home Craft Days and more for the last twenty-five years.
Remember the Lunch on the Lawn program is open to the public and free of charge. Visitors may bring their own lunch if they choose to. Those who choose not to bring their own food will be happy to know that a food truck will be on hand offering tacos, taco salads, hot dogs, wings and many other items available on their menu.
For additional information concerning the Lunch on the Lawn series of shows, please contact the Southwest Virginia Historical State Park at 276-523-1322.

Appalachian Sustainable Development Launches Groundwork 02

Last week we announced that Appalachian Sustainable Development or ASD as its more commonly referred to as, has launched “Groundwork”, an innovative workforce development program that will provide paid, on the job training to individuals with barriers to employment. To serve this population, the program also provides wrap around services for personal development that focuses on not only physical well being, but emotional health as well.
Program participants can work in either Bristol or Duffield, Virginia. The Bristol program is six months long and involves a thirty hour work week. In Bristol, training occurs on the job through existing programs that support farmers and food access, and with ASD’s network of farms. The Duffield program is twelve weeks long and involves a twenty four hour work week. In Duffield, training occurs on the job at ASD’s Appalachian Harvest Food Hub and focuses on warehousing, distribution and logistics. Participants will earn OSHA forklift certification, OSHA Safety certification and gain skills in logistics, procurement, fulfillment and more.
Primarily agriculturally based, Groundwork will deliver professional and personal skills that transfer to any industry, creating a more robust workforce for the region. The program places a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship, with the goal of bolstering the launch of new businesses in a variety of sectors.
Nationally known and respected for its commitment to local farmers, ASD celebrates it 25th year this year. ASD’s mission is to transition Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier poplulation by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people to healthy food.
Since 1995, ASD has been working in fifteen counties in Central Appalachia. ASD’s reach has since expanded to include partners in eastern WV and KY and southest Ohio. ASD uses six strategies to accomplish its work: education, increasing local food production, developing markets, increasing distribution of local agriculture products, engaging strategic partners, and researching/consulting and advising. ASD operates programs that create jobs in farming and agriculture and address food insecurity. For additional information about ASD please visit https://asdevelop.org , Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

Appalachian Vandals

Area law enforcement for the Town of Appalachia are asking for help from the public to discover who is behind the recent series of vandalism incidents. Law enforcement have reported damages, graffiti and items stolen from various public spots like memorials and parks. To date at least five vehicles have been broken into and officials believe minors or young adults are to blame. Additional information of to volunteer may contact the Appalachia Town Hall at 276-565-3900 between the hours of 8am-5pm.

Eastman Credit Union’s Miracle Field Park Opening

The Kingsport Eastman Credit Union Miracle Field Park has their Grand Opening scheduled for this weekend, Saturday June 27th. Their ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Blue Cross Health Place Playground at 10am. This new million dollar project is intended to provide for a special needs playground. The playground portion is expected to open to the public next week, on July 1st.

Virginia’s Primary Elections

Recently in the Commonwealth, Virginian residents picked their favorite Republican and Democratic nominees for the various congressional races during the low key primary elections. Republican were able to choose among three relatively new political newcomers that are challenging United States Senator Mark Warner in the General Election this coming Fall. As the results came in, it was clear than Republicans chose Daniel Gade to be their nominee against Warner this Fall in the General Election.
Even though Senator Warner came close to losing six years ago, to this date, no other well known Republican candidate has arisen to challenge him this year. Statewide in the Commonwealth of Virginia, no Republican candidate has won in more than a decade.