Police investigate gunfire

Gunfire was used during an argument in Norton, VA on Sunday.

John Thacker, 49, was found by Norton Police with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Thacker and his wife have been arguing, when Thacker took a gun, shot his wife's dog and
broke into the home, and assaulted his wife by strangulation.

After the incident Thacker shot himself in the head.

Thacker was taken to Norton Community Hospital, later taken to Bristol Hospital by Med Flight.

The investigation is ongoing.

Harlan Education

During the Harlan County Board of Education meeting this week, the Board approved to pay over $275,000 in failed workers' compensation to settle old debts.

The payments will be paid over the next seven years and derived from Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust (KSBIT) and Kentucky League of Cities collapsing.

KSBIT ran up a deficit of approximately $60 million, by apparently having too good of deals and too low of cost.

The district will pay $69,710 this year, and an additional $34,854 for the next six years to settle the debt.

August 23 Weekend events

There are several events going on this weekend.

On Saturday, August 23:

There will a 5K Run/Walk to support Lee High Student Kayla Payne.  Cost is $15 and registration will start at 8 am  and the event will begin at 9 am.  The route is the Steven Rowlett Memorial Road Race course, it begins and ends at Lee Bank in Pennington. For more information contact Amanda Thacker Honeycutt at hope4kayla5k@gmail.com

The Peenington Gap Lions Club is hosting an ATV Drag Race starting at 12 noon.  Admission is $7 Adults, $2 children.

There will also be a BBQ and live music starting at 5 pm at the Lions Club Pavilion in Leeman Field.

  A fundraising festival will be at Cumberland Bowl Park in Jonesville in support for Remote Area Medica clinics for Lee County. There will be
softball tournaments, 3 on 3 basketball, music, benefit auctions, vendors.

The softball is a double elimination, and starting at 8:30 am. To preregister call Chris Jones at
276-346-7722 by August 18, cost is $125 per team.

Basketball starts at 11:00 am with onsite register, cost $30.

Board of Supervisors August Meeting

The Board of Supervisors held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 19.

During the meeting a representative from Comcast Cable spoke about the new franchise that will take place within the county.

The new franchise will be named Midwest Cable of the South, which is between Comcast and Time Warner Cable formerly between Comcast and Charter. The agreement will uphold the same contract as the current agreement.  The employees in Norton and technicians of Comcast will remain the same just under the new franchise.

The expected time for the complete change over is by the end of the year or the first quarter of 2015.

Continuous to PG Meeting

There are two houses that are in Pennington that are burnt down but have not been completely torn down.

Pennington Gap resident Clarence Peters asked the Council about a house beside his that caught fire over a year ago.

The Council stated that the building inspector will look into the house.  Building inspector, Keith Harless stated that the house is a safety hazard, and will inspect the house and proper measures towards getting the house removed.

Pennington Gap Police Department report stated that they made 15 warrants/arrest, 24 summons, 2 DUI arrest and 1 Mental Health Transport.

Also the Police Department was approved for a $5,750 in Pass-through grant funding from the National Highway Safety Administration for Federal Fiscal Year 2014.

High Knob grand opening.

There will be a formal ribbon cutting and dedication ceremonies for the official grand opening for the High Knob Observation Tower. 

The ceremony is Friday, August 22 at 11:30 am. The newly restored tower on High Knob is handicap accessible and 4,233 feet above sea level.

The view from the tower is four surrounding states including Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and West Virginia.

PG Town meeting

The Town of Pennington Gap held their monthly meeting on August 18, at 6:00 pm.

During the meeting, the Council approved to have September as Chiari Awareness month.  Chiari Malformations is a serious neurological disorder where the lower part of the brain,descends into the spinal canal.  Sam Gilley is a 5 year old boy, who has Chiari, and his family is wanting to spread the awareness about the disorder.  Several individuals in Lee County have the disorder and the Gilley family would like to county know more about the disorder.

On September 20, there will be a 5K walk/run for Chiari Awareness.  The event is called "Conquer Chiari Walk Across America" and will begin/end in Leeman Field Park.

The Greenway is in progress and is waiting for VDOT to approval the revised plan.  There was an approval for the placement of concrete and steel.

Prison on Lockdown

The federal prison in Lee county is under lockdown as of August 17th. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating into an attack on a correctional officer of an inmate.

Staff was able to contain the inmate and the officer was treated for some injures and released from the hospital.

Lee County Schools start back

Lee county schools start back up on Monday August 18. Take extra time to allow for traffic around the schools and through town.

Coal miners appreciation week

Coal miners will be appreciated this week by the Middlesboro mall and The Big One 106.3 WRIL.

Monday August 18 will be the start of the appreciation week. Friends and family members of local coal miners can nominate the miner into different drawings this week.

The drawing box is located at center stage by the Incredible Chocolate Chip Cookie Factory in the Middleboro Mall. Every day a winner will be announced on The Big One 106.3.