Norton Police Chief Enlists Aid from Virginia State Police

Now with a third sexual harassment allegation against football coach from John I. Burton High School Jim Adams, Norton City Police Chief James Lanes said that they have called the Virginia State Police in to help with the investigation. This case is the third student to make a complaint against Adams, and the fourth to involve Adams and a student.
According to Superintendent Gina Wohlford, Adams is still employed and at present he has not been asked nor required by the school division to perform his assigned duties.  Additionally, while it was recommended by Wohlford to not renew Adam’s coaching contract, he was indeed voted in to keep him as the high school’s football coach. Adams has since been transferred from John I. Burton to Norton Elementary and Middle School.
Adams had been investigated by the Norton Police and local Social Services Department last April, after it was reported that he had thrown a stapler at a male student along with an allegation that he had made inappropriate comments to a female student regarding her appearance. The third allegation claimed that he had struck another female student on the bottom with a rolled up piece of paper. In a recent school board meeting, two former students claimed that Adams had made inappropriate comments towards them while they were students in his classroom.
The male student declined not to file charges against Adams and the female student’s allegations were deemed as not “prosecutable”, although it was stated that his conduct was inappropriate.
 

20th Anniversary of the Health Wagon’s Wise RAM Clinic

Numerous nurses, doctors and various additional health specialists from the region will be in Wise County this weekend to take part in the Remote Area Medical Clinic. The RAM clinic provides free medical care to thousands in our area thanks to the dedicated men and women giving freely of their time to help the uninsured or underinsured receive the dental, medical, vision and specialized care they need but cannot afford.
This weekend marks the 20th Anniversary of the Health Wagon’s Wise RAM Clinic and they expect to offer their services to the clinic’s 100,000th patient. With volunteers coming from neighboring states who come just to offer their time and expertise to Southwest Virginians who otherwise would have no access to health services. The clinic will be open at 6am each day all weekend.
 

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Record for SWVA Jail Authority Detainees

The list of arrests for the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority is as follows:
Andrew James Adams
Jason Robert Barnes
Robert Michael Barnette
Tony Michael Barnette
Barbara Ann Bosch
Christy Lynn Bowers
Worley Lee Brown Jr.
Dwana Sue Burchett
Lesley Eric Caudill
Derek Lee Coley
Jerry Douglas Conley
Mark Dwayne Cook
Jerry Leon Counts II
Amber Lynn Davis
Preston Shawn Dean
Sarah Jane Dishner
Matthew David East
Ronnie G Engle
Edith Fernandez
Earnest Victor Fields
Mark Jeffrey Fleenor
Thomas Lynn Frazier
Joseph Coy Freeman Jr.
Summer Nicole Freeman
Courtney Allen Frye
Courtland Ramon Gales
Patrick Hagan Gamble
Candice Raine Graham
Patrick Henry Graninger Jr.
Lisa Faye Hackney
Victoria Stephanie Hale
Timothy Ray Hamilton
Tiffany Marie Hass
Jessica Nicole Hobbs
Jeremy Williams Hubbard
Gary Lyle Hudson
Austin Lee Huffman
Hunter S Jackson
Brianna Nicole Johnson
Angelia Michelle Kegley
Travis Lynn Kilgore
Richard Scott Lawson
David Shane Malone
Mark Antonia Marin
David Bartley Mullins
Danielle Nicole Newton
Harold Wayne Noe
Joshua Dale Payne
Jeffrey Allen Pearcy
Sonni Peters
Rava Christine Robinson
Jeffrey David Rolen
Charles Glen Salyers
Abigail Nicole Scott
Matthew Ryan Scott
Christopher Anthony Sexton
Brandon Scott Smith
Leonard Stewart Smith
Michael David Stacey
Ronald Ray Stacy
Cameron Derek Stevens
Gregory Lee Tackett
Katrina Marie Tackett
Jason Ray Tate
Kenny Ray Taylor
Robert Scott Taylor
Johnny Melvin Turner
Kristen Ann Vicars
Felishia Gayle Ward
Ashley Nicole Wells
Shawn Alan Wiley
Kuila Williams
Alicia Yates
 

Lee County Industrial Development Authority June 2019 Meeting

At the recent Lee County Industrial Development Authority meeting it was announced that all repairs to the England Furniture building in Dryden have completed, according to Economic Development Director Aaron Fee at the latest Lee County Industrial Authority Board meeting. Fee added that a Disbursement Request for LaFerney Commercial Roofers who did the work was needed, with the funds to be paid by the Economic Development Fund as agreed upon previously by the County Board of Supervisors. The IDA Board approved his request.
Fee went on to add that an insurance proposal from VACORP received has shown an increase due to the England Furniture Dryden building that has increased in value because of the renovations. The IDA Board approved the VACORP request.
Fee discussed using Virginia Coalfield Development Authority (VCEDA) marketing stipends in the amount of $5,000 towards the development of a website that would be dedicated solely to the IDA, that would make it easier for prospective developers to make inquiries, as well as meeting information, special notices and properties.
Afterwards the IDA discussed the necessity of meeting each month on the first Thursday of each month. They will not be meeting on July 4th in observance of the nation’s holiday, but will instead ask their board members of a new date for the July meeting, in addition to possibly changing the frequency of their meetings in the future.
Lastly Fee pondered that another possible change for the committee could be their name being changed from the Industrial Development Authority to perhaps Economic Development Authority, which has been done in other communities. The board agreed to pursue the matter at their next meeting.
Finally the Board members entered into the Executive Session portion of the meeting, in order to discuss the investment of public funds and prospective businesses.
 

M.E.O.C. Senior Cool Care Program June 1st-September 30th

Mountain Empire Older Citizens or MEOC has a limited quantity of air conditioners and fans to offer older residents who need them and qualify. Qualifications for this free program sponsored by Dominion Energy Virginia, and administered by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative services from June 1st until September 30th are:
Qualifying person must be sixty years of age or older, live in Lee, Scott or Wise Counties, or the City of Norton. Individuals must have an AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) of at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level, which for a household of one person is $1,562 and for a household of two persons is $2,115.
For additional information or to apply for an air conditioner or fan please contact MEOC at (276) 523-4202 or toll free at 1-800-252-6362
 

Powell Valley Electric Cooperative Meeting

The Powell Valley Electric Cooperative will hold their next regularly scheduled monthly Board of Directors meeting on this evening June 24th at 6:30pm. It will be held at the cooperative’s Sneedville office location at 340 Jail Street in Sneedville, Tennessee. For additional information you may contact your local Powell Valley Electric Co-op at 276-346-6003 or stop in during business hours at 331 Church Street in Jonesville.

Powell Valley Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors Meeting

The Powell Valley Electric Cooperative will hold their next regularly scheduled monthly Board of Directors meeting on Monday evening June 24th at 6:30pm. It will be held at the cooperative’s Sneedville office location at 340 Jail Street in Sneedville, Tennessee.

Stickleyville School Community Center’s Board Member Election

The Stickleyville School Community Center’s Board Member Election will be held Friday evening, June 28th at 6pm. Interested members looking to vote must have attended 80% or ten meetings to be eligible.

Extension Master Gardener Training at MECC

This Saturday, the 22nd of June will mark the beginning of an Extension Master Gardener training program at Mountain Empire Community College. This face to face meeting will cover Soils and Fertility, the History of Extension and Risk Management, Entomology, Botany, Organic Gardening and Plant Pathology. Additionally there will be training consisting of email discussions, online modules and a final exam which will end July 31st, 2019.

Participants will need to complete fifty hours of approved volunteer service within a year of beginning this class in order to earn their Certified Master Gardner status, in addition to the original fifty education hours.

Registration cost is $100 and for additional information please contact Phil Meeks by phone at (276) 328-6194 or by email at pmeeks@vt.edu or contact Amy Fannon at (276) 546-2057 or email Amy at afannon@vt.edu.
 

M.E.O.C. Senior Cool Care Program

Mountain Empire Older Citizens or MEOC has a limited quantity of air conditioners and fans to offer older residents who need them and qualify. Qualifications for this free program sponsored by Dominion Energy Virginia, and administered by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative services from June 1st until September 30th are:
Qualifying person must be sixty years of age or older, live in Lee, Scott or Wise Counties, or the City of Norton. Individuals must have an AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) of at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level, which for a household of one person is $1,1562 and for a household of two persons is $2,115.
For additional information or to apply for an air conditioner or fan please contact MEOC at (276) 523-4202 or toll free at 1-800-252-6362.