Free Mobile Food Pantry at LMU

A free mobile food pantry will be available on October 4th at the LMU-DCOM parking lot on the LMU campus on Harrogate, TN.  The pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until the food runs out. Students will also be on hand to do blood pressure checks, BMI screenings, and osteopathic manipulative medicine. The event is open to the community.

Middlesboro Bingo Halls Wanting Exemption From Smoking Ban

Representatives for Bingo halls in Middleboro are pushing for exemption from the city-wide smoking ban that went into effect on August 24th. They claim sales have sharply declined since implementing the new rule. As these sites operate under various non-profit organizations, such as local churches and clubs, they hope the exemption will be put in place to bring sales back up, thereby increasing the proceeds to these organizations.

Petitions can be found at the bingo halls, one for Middlesboro residents and another for those living outside the city. Players come from Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee, some riding several hours on a bus.

Petitions in support of the exemption status can be found at local bingo halls. There are two separate types of petitions — one for Middlesboro residents and one for those who live outside of the city. Bingo players come from not only surrounding cities in Kentucky, but from Virginia and Tennessee as well. Some groups ride a bus for several hours to come to Middlesboro to play bingo.

Bingo representatives are so eager to bring players back that they are asking smokers and non-smokers alike to attend the next Middlesboro City Council Meeting to support the exemption.

Bingo representatives have been asking players to attend the upcoming sub-committee meeting on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at Middlesboro City Hall. No action can be taken at the sub-committee meeting. The next regularly scheduled Middlesboro City Council meeting is scheduled for Oct. 20 at 7 p.m..

The smoke-free distance around the bingo hall is the same as all other businesses in Middlesboro — no smoking within 20 feet of any entrance or exit.

Southwest VA Long Term Recovery Day of Service

Day of Service 10-03-2015

New Traffic Signals in Lee County

The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin installing new signals at three intersections on alternate Route 58 in the Pennington Gap next month. New signals will also be installed on Route 23 in the Applachia area of Wise County and the Gate City area of Scott County.

Traffic engineers for VDOT determine if a signal is needed by evaluating multiple factors including:

The number of vehicles and pedestrians that use the intersection

The physical makeup of the intersection

Traffic delays during peak hours

Average vehicle speeds

The number and types of accidents that have occurred there

High Knob Hellbender 10K

The High Knob Hellbender will take place this Saturday, October 3rd begining at 7:30. Participants will be climbing six miles and more than 2,000 feet from downtown Norton to the High Knob summit. Haven't registered yet? Never fear! There's still time. See

Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 3 at the Norton Farmers Market building.

Rye Cove Teacher Charged for Sex Crimes Against Minors

A former Rye Cove High School teacher has been charged with sex crimes against children. The investigation is continuing and more charges could be coming.

Jeremy Francis of Kingsport has been charged after the Sullivan County District Attorney's Office reported allegations of inappropriate contact with underage students from Rye Cove.

Francis was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and one count of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

Friday, he was booked into the Sullivan County Jail and released on $20,000 bond.

Scott County Job Fair Oct. 1st


Scott County Job Fair
OCTOBER 21 from1pm-6pm

@ Scott County Career & Technical Center

Many local Employers will be there!
Dress for an interview with RESUME in hand!

If possible, create an account in advance with the Virginia Employment Commission at, or plan to register at the event.

The Virginia Employment Commission, the Scott County Economic Development Authority, Mountain Empire Community College and many other partners are joining Regional Adult & Career Education to host a Job Fair for Scott County Area Residents on Wednesday, October 21 from 1-6 PM at the Scott County Career & Technical Center in Gate City.

The Event is FREE to participating employers and job seekers.

Employers wishing to participate should contact Stephen Mullins with the Virginia Employment Commission at 276 679-9592 or

Job Seekers may register in advance with the VEC at

Dress for an interview with RESUME in hand!

Chestnut Grove Car Show

Chestnut Grove Assisted Living is hosting  the 2015 Nut Behind the Wheel Car Show today at 6 p.m. Registration begins at 5. Dryden Baptist Church parking lot, located across from Chestnut Grove will serve as the site of the car show. Judging will take place at 7. No entry fee is necessary but donations will be accepted for the Chestnut Grove Christmas Fund.

Big Stone Celtic Festival Schedule

8:30 AM
(at Bullit Park)
Tour De Cracker's Neck Registration
(race at 9:00 AM)
10:00 AM
(at Bullit Park & Greenbelt)
K9 Doggie Dawdle
10:00 AM
(at The Farmer's Market)
Thistle Dew
11:00 AM
(Starts at the Fire Hall, opposite Farmer's Market)
PARADE — All Welcome!
11:30 AM Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums
NOON Celtic Harp with Sandra Parker
12:45 PM Ocean Quartet
1:45 PM Alan Reid/Rob van Sante
2:45 PM Union High School
3:00 PM Sigean
4:00 PM Jack Beck
2:00 PM Ocean Quartet
3:00 PM Alan Reid/Rob van Sante
4:00 PM Sandra Parker
11:30 AM Jack Beck and Ron Short
(Walk-in crafts available between all acts)
1:00 PM Ron Short
2:00 PM Thistle Dew
12:30 PM W.B. Yeats meets Joseph Sobol
2:00 PM Doug & Darcy Orr:  'Wayfaring Strangers' ~ The Scots-Appalachian Connection
3:15 PM Songs of the Sea:  The Ocean Band
11:30 AM Sheepdogs
12:30 PM Highland Games
1:30 PM Sheepdogs
2:30 PM Highland Games
3:30 PM Sheepdogs
11:30 – 2:30 PM Celtic Kitchen
2:45 pm Ron Short
3:45 PM Thistle Dew
6:30 PM Ceilidh Dance with Sigean and friends

Public Lands Day Event

Tomorrow is National Public Lands Day with a special event to be held at Stone Creek Outdoor Classroom and Community Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families are invited to lend a hand by planting bulbs and flower seeds or picking up trash. Additional activities are being offered, including those for children. For more information call 276-628-1600.