Lee County Business Roundtable October 5th

All business leaders in Lee County are invited to attend an informative business roundtable this Friday morning, October 5th at ten o'clock, at the Pennington Gap Community Center located at 41676 West Morgan Avenue. Lunch will be served so they're asking everyone to sign up through Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lee-county-business-roundtable-tickets-50509944604

This roundtable event is an opportunity for business leaders in the Lee County area to discuss issues and share ideas. Participants will also learn about related resources available to support businesses in the region through the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board and other partners in the Virginia Career Works system. This informal discussion will be facilitated by Sam Wolford, Regional Business Growth Manager/Project Manager with Genedge.

The Lee County Business Roundtable is made possible through funding from the Heart of Appalachia Economic Transition Project and is sponsored by the Southwest Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, The Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board, and Genedge. For additional information please contact Jason Sartin at 276-883-5043, or you may send an email to j.sartin@swvaworks.com.

This will be the first in a series of discussions planned throughout 2018.

Wise County’s Project Lifesaver

Wise County's Project Lifesaver is geared towards locating people that tend to wander off due to Alzheimer's, Dementia or Special Needs. Lt. Teresa Meade with the Wise County Sheriff's Department stated that, "We've had a a couple of finds through the years, they were elderly individuals and I feel like if they had not been found they would have passed away." Meade added that residents of Wise County can get their first device free but all donations are greatly appreciated. This is effective because you attach a bracelet type tracker to the individuals wrist or ankle. After that if your loved one wanders off or becomes lost, you can contact the local law enforcement, and using advanced radio technology officials can immediately begin a search. Interested agencies may also sign up to participate in Project Lifesaver.

Scott & Wise Counties Recommended for Grants

Both Scott and Wise County, Virginia have been the recepients of recommendations for grant awards from the Coalfield Water Development for their proposed water projects in both counties. Including a $50 thousand recommendation for Scott County's Public Service Authority for the first phase of their Fairview Community Water Project, and $25 thousand plus earmarked for the town of Pound in Wise County for needed water meter replacement. The Executive Committee of the Coalfield Water Development Fund is scheduled to meet on October 25th at 1:30 p.m.

Wise County Leaders Sever Ties With Acting County Administrator

The Wise County Virginia Leaders severed all ties with Acting County Administrator David Cox. Wise County has chosen to buy out his contract as part of their deal. David Cox had been serving in the position since February, when his predecessor Shannon Scott had been let go. Wise County native Michael Hatfield will fill the position later this month.

Coal Miner Injured in Southwest Virginia

Coal miner injured in underground accident at the D-7 Osaka Mine in southwest Virginia that’s owned by Revelation Energy. According to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy report, that stated the miner was operating a continuous miner when it struck an underground wall which caused a boulder, thirty inches in diameter to dislodge and fall between the roof and the wall of the mine. As it fell, the rock grazed the miner’s neck and legs. The unnamed miner was treated for injuries and released.

Operation California Dreamin Drug Bust

In a recent joint effort drug bust between Federal and local authorities entitled “Operation California Dreamin” that began in 2017, 28 people from California, Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee were arrested on charges of Allegedly Trafficking Methamphetamine from California to Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Officials from the DEA or Drug Enforcement Administration, The Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives worked alongside southwest Virginia law enforcement in the investigation.

White Rocks Community Center and Repair Affair Wheelchair Ramp Project

In conjunction with Repair Affair, the White Rocks Community Center in Ewing will be building wheelchair ramps for families that have a family member who require the use of a wheelchair, and whose income is less than 135% of the Federal Poverty Level. In order to qualify for this, individuals must reside in western Lee County and not have a safe wheelchair ramp at their home currently.
The men’s outreach program ministry from Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church of Middlesboro, Kentucky is sending volunteers from Middlesboro to help western Lee County residents. Repair Affair has been volunteering to build wheelchair ramps in Bell County, Kentucky for qualified families for years now, and the ministry has been expanded to include Northern Claiborne County, Tennessee and Western Lee County, Virginia.
To apply for a free wheelchair ramp, qualifying applicants may call Mrs. Wade Wilson at the White Rocks Community Center at 276-445-4683 and schedule an appointment. This free service is being scheduled for the Spring season so reserve your date now.

Scott County Board Meeting Tomorrow

Next Scott County Board meeting will be October 3rd at 8:30 a.m. at the Scott County Administrative Office.

Escaped Lee County Inmates Back in Custody

The two Lee County inmates that had escaped this past weekend are now safely back behind bars at the United States Lee Prison Camp. Having escaped Saturday evening, both inmates, 34 year old Toyon Jones and 30 year old Ethan Jackson are back in custody. Previously both inmates had been incarcerated on Narcotics Violations, and now they face additional charges for their escape.

Lee County Sheriff’s Dept September 2018 Stats

Lee County Sheriff's Office Monthly Activity Report
Total calls received by Dispatch: 5,817
Total calls received that Deputies responded to: 1,340
There were 486 calls dispatched to other agencies.
There were  275 Rescue Squad calls and 5 Ambulance calls.
There were 35 Fire Department calls dispatched.
 Deputies escorted 19 Funerals.
45 vehicles were unlocked for citizens.
Deputies served 146 Felony and Misdemeanor warrants,
23 Protective Orders and processed  80  people on 136   charges.
Deputies served 231  subpoenas, 31  show cause summons and   281  various civil papers for the three Lee County courts.
2 search warrants were executed.
Deputies traveled a total of  68,401 miles with 3,303 miles being on transports.
Deputies transported 6  juveniles, 4  mental health patients and   2 prisoners from other jurisdictions.
Inmates from the Duffield Regional Jail, along with Deputies picked up 237  bags of trash from Lee County roadways.
Lee County Reserve Officers volunteered  88  hours to the community this month.