Teen Angel Sponsors Wanted For Teens This Christmas

A Sullivan County mother has made it her mission to help teenagers who need it this Christmas. Teen Angels will help provide gifts to teens.

It was started when Kimberly Lawson discovered there was nothing like the Angel Tree for kids over 12-years-old. She's trying to serve nearly 200 teens from all around the Tri-Cities. People are asked to fill a tote with toiletries, the sort of things important to teens we might take for granted. She also asks sponsors to include a gift card from the teen's favorite store for at least $20. Lawson said she doesn't want kids of any age to miss out on the holiday.

"They're still kids, they still deserve to have a Christmas, too, and I feel sometimes what is the hardest years of their life they're kind of being thrown to the side and they're not having the opportunity that the younger ones are getting to have," Lawson said. "I just hate to see them tossed to the side."

Angels can be sponsored by visiting teen angel website at http://www.teenangeltree.org, Lawson will be at the Walmart in Kingsport Saturday November 21, 2015 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.


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November Pennington Gap Town Council Meeting

The Pennington Gap Town Council met Monday for their regular monthly meeting and have decided to accept Glass Machinery's bid of $15,174.85 for paving and concrete on the Stone Mountain ATV Trail as recommended by engineer Jeff Cochran of the Lane Group. Cochran went on to report that demolition and cleanup of town hall should be completed soon.

Town Manager Phil Hensley reported that the archaeological study is complete for the Greenway and RV Park with campers already making reservations.

Melanie Stokes of the DMV safety office presented a plaque to the Pennington Gap Police Department for their top seat belt participation in the Click It Or Ticket program being one of the highest in the state.

The council voted to write a letter of support for the Lee County Hospital Authority to establish a coalition that will evaluate the health interest of the county.

The December 4th Christmas parade plans were also discussed with the council agreeing to pay travel expenses up to $400 for each school band that participate s in the parade.

The council continues to seek a resolution for collecting business taxes, with some businesses paying while others have refused to pay. Mayor Larry Holbrook says businesses licenses have been a problem for years.

Following an executive session, the council announced the appointment of Lieutenant Jacob Kilbourne to town chief of police effective January 1st. Jonesville Attorney Greg Edwards was appointed town attorney to fill the unexpired term of Chuck Slemp who was elected Commonwealth Attorney of Wise County.

The council voted to apply for a VDOT funded sidewalk extension that will lead from Cecil Street to Combs Road.

Next months council meeting has been changed to December 15th at 6p.m. to avoid holiday conflicts.

Harlan City Police Find Heroin on Ohio Man Visiting Hospital

An Ohio man is facing multiple charges after allegedly being found in possession of heroin after being arrested for an incident at Harlan ARH Hospital.

Joseph Bourgeous, 56, of Columbus, Ohio, was arrested by Harlan City Police on Monday.

According to the citation, Officer Brandon Watts responded to a complaint of a male possibly being under the influence at Harlan ARH Hospital. When police arrived, Bourgeous was allegedly standing barefoot in a puddle of urine in the hall on the fifth floor and told police he was looking for a restroom, however there was a restroom located in the room of the patient he was visiting. Police say Bourgeous’ eyelids were droopy and his speech was slurred, and he could not follow directions well enough to perform a sobriety test. Police also noticed his eyes were bloodshot and his pupils were constricted. Bourgeous was arrested and transported to the Harlan County Detention Center.

A second citation states when Bourgeous arrived at the jail, a search was conducted and he was found in possession of various suspected drugs. Harlan County Detention Center officials found 19 bindles of suspected black tar heroin individually wrapped and in two separate baggies as well as an assortment of pills, including 31 blue pills believed to be Xanax and 21 pills believed to be a legend drug. The pills were not in the original container. Jail staff also found a spoon with black residue, a syringe and cotton that may have been used for filtering on Bourgeous’ person.

Bourgeous received a number of charges including first-degree promoting contraband, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, prescription controlled substance not in original container, public intoxication by controlled substance (excludes alcohol), second-degree disorderly conduct and menacing.

He is being lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center without bond.

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Lee Loses to Appomattox

The Lee High Generals list to Appomattox County Saturday ending their season with a 5-6 record.

VA Becomes First State to End Veteran Homelessness

Virginia became the first state to officially end chronic veteran homelessness, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said on Wednesday. The milestone declaration means that every veteran in the state has housing, except for those were offered shelter, but declined, the Washington Post reported. Virginia housed 1,432 veterans since October 2014, according to a state press release. In order to maintain its status, Virginia has to be able to secure a home for a veteran within 90 days, and have more homes readily available than the amount of veterans without shelter, according to the Post. The fight is not over, however. The Huffington Post reported that on a single night in January, there were 49,993 homeless veterans across the U.S.


VLCF Awards Grant to Preserve The Cedars

The Department of Conservation and Recreation has granted Lee County more than $220,000 to purchase additional land to preserve The Cedars region, documented to be one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America. The money will endure that keytracts at risk of incompatible usage will be preserved or restored. Governor Terry McAuliffe says he is extremely proud that the Commonwealth can assist with the funding of these critical projects.


Marching Generals Asking for Donations for New Uniforms

The Lee High Generals Marching Band is asking for donations for new uniforms. Chris Rowe of Tri-State Metal kicked off the fundraising drive after his donation last month. Lee High Band Boosters say the uniforms will cost an an estimated $45,000. Any civic organization, alumni, business or individual can make a tax deductible donation the Lee High Band at P.O. Box 207 Ben Hur, VA 24218. Please write “uniform donation” on the memo line of your donation. For more information call 276-639-7455.

Lee High Takes on 10-0 Appomattox in First Round of Playoffs

Lee High will take on Appomattox County tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the opening round of the Region 2A West playoffs. Appomattox is the top seeded team with a 10-0 record. The Generals beat Appomattox last year 20-14 in the first round of playoffs.

November School Board Meeting

The Lee County School Board met Tuesday for their regular monthly meeting. Mark Carter congratulated Jonesville Middle School for their county-leading 95.3% attendance rate last month followed by Elk Knob Elementary with 94.6% attendance. Carter announced that Va School Board Association awards of excellence had been granted to Debbie Jessee, Kyle Chadwell, and Ty Haber for their commitment to effective school board governance through participation in the VA School Board Academy Program.

Shannon Grabeel, Principal of Elydale Elementary, gave Elydale's AdvancEd presentation. He noted that Elydale consists of 139 students, mostly from Rose Hill and Ewing, and 30 faculty and staff members. Grabeel said many of their students come from low socioeconomic levels, with 77% receiving free or reduced lunches. Despite these circumstances, Grabeel says Elydale has many notable academic achievements. They have achieved state accreditation in the past, with the exception of last year, but after Spring testing have again achieved state accreditation and the school mathematics average has raised 19%. Grabeel says their goal is to continue to meet all standards of accreditation as well as state and federal objectives and continue to grow in content areas.

Mark Carter Announced American Education Week will be recognized November 16-20 to celebrate education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Carter also announced that this week, November 9-13, is School Psychology Awareness Week which helps connect students to academic, emotional, and social skills they need to succeed.

The Board Voted to delete a questionable grading policy brought to their attention by Brian Dean, Principal of St. Charles Elementary. The Board also approved Fundraising and Field Trip Policy Revisions brought forth by Connie Daugherty. The Board adjourned until Tuesday, December 8th at 7 p.m.

Lee Theatre Shows Include Frosty, Larry Sparks, and Taylor Ray Holbrook

With three great shows this week, everyone should find their entertainment at The Lee Theatre.

Starting Thursday, November 12, Barter Players return with the children's favorite, Frosty, Pro-Art Presentation pricing $5/students, under 5 free, $10/seniors 55+, $15/adults.

Friday, November 13 is IBMA winner Larry Sparks 50 Years of Bluegrass with opening band Jimmy Williams and the All-Stars, $20 admission 

Saturday, November 14, Pennington Gap's own Taylor Ray Holbrook returns from Nashville to tell us about City Life, singing his recorded favorite, Steal My Kiss and maybe some news about upcoming releases. Taylor is accompanied by Jordan Bledsoe and Michael Litton.

Don't miss any of these shows, call now for advance tickets at 276.546.4000 or go online at www.leetheatre.org.