Lee County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

According to their latest Press Release the Lee County Sheriff’s Office has listed the following individuals as arrested for the accompanying charges.
Daniel James Cheek, age 24 of Pennington Gap, Contempt of Court.
Jessica Ledford, age 45 of Jonesville, Obstruct.
Robbie Jefferson Roberts, age 42 of Jonesville, on Driving Revoked.
Tanner Lee Hood, age 34 of Pennington Gap, on Capias.
Sharon Kay Lipps, age 38, of Pennington Gap, for Capias.
Carmen Elaine Long, age 32 of Jonesville, Possession of Schedule I or II.
Richard William Dinsmore, age 27 of Dryden, Probation Violation.
Chad Donald Parks, age 47 of Jonesville on Capias.
Hailee Brooke Mann, age 24 of Pennington Gap, Possession of Schedule I or II.
Katherine Lucille Nicely Jones, age 45 of Jonesville, Tresspass.
Ricky Jones, age 26 of Rosehill, for Trespass.
Sheena Annette Simpson, age 33, of Pennington Gap, Possession of Paraphernalia.
Jeremiah Lynn Britton, age 35 of Rosehill, Possession of Schedule I or II.
Ryan Shelby Cheek, age 21 of Pennington Gap, for Trespass and Possession of Schedule I or II.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

According to their latest Press Release the Lee County Sheriff’s Office has listed the following individuals as arrested for the accompanying charges.
Lakeith Dawn Herron, age 23 of Big Stone Gap, on Violation of Protective Order.
Melvin Coomer, age 50 of Jonesville, for Assault on Law Enforcement.
Brittany Susha Mays, age 35 of Pennington Gap for Public Intoxication.
Scotty Lynn Rogers, age 41 of Pennington Gap, for Possession of Schedule IV, Shoplifting, and Public Intoxication.
Brittney Katherine Feck, age 31 of Pennington Gap, for Assault and Battery.
Angela Nicole Owens, age 31 of Rosehill, for Possession of Schedule I or II.
Richard Clark Cope, age 42 of Pennington Gap, Assault and Batttery.
Anthony Keith Dotson, age 56 of Jonesville, Public Intoxication.
Daniel James Cheek, age 24 of Pennington Gap, Contempt of Court.
Destiny Rose Stacey, age 23, of Blackwater, Contempt of Court.
Evelyn Marcum, age 47 of Rosehill, Possession Schedule I or II, Schedule IV, Schedule V.
Tommy Wayne Fields, age 25, of St. Charles, for Violation of Protective Order.
Frank Johnson, age 51, of Pennington Gap, Violation of Protective Order.
Willie Ray Musick, age 33, of Pennington Gap, on Assault and Battery

Interim Contact Info Domestic Violence Office

While the Lee County Domestic Violence Office is temporarily vacant as they accept applications from interested individuals, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office want you to know you that if necessary you may still phone 276-346-2689, or 276-346-3490, and in an emergency dial 911.

Fatal Shooting in Pennington Gap

According to the latest Virginia State Police Press Release, Investigators are still looking into the fatal shooting incident that occurred at a home in Lee County, Virginia just off Highway 21. The Press Release included information provided by Virginia State Police Spokeswoman, Corinne Geller, who related the information that Kevin Corbin, age 47, went to his in-laws home to speak with his wife which led to an altercation.
This domestic altercation led to the arrival of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies to the homestead on Highway 421 last Wednesday where it appeared that Corbin had “forced his way into his in-laws’ home” where he then began “violently dragging his wife out the front door.”
The Press Release went on to state that the father of Corbin then “shot at” Corbin. Rescue Personnel were summoned to the scene, but Corbin ultimately perished as a result of injuries he sustained in the fatal shooting.
At this time, the investigation is continuing and whether or not any charges are filed in regards to this incident, will be left to the discretion of the Lee County Commonwealth Attorney H. Fuller Cridlin.

Dog Found on Park Avenue

A local business owner on Park Avenue located a medium size black dog wandering alone and is currently caring for it. The dog is wearing a collar but there is no contact information on it. If anyone has any information on who the owner(s) are, please contact the City of Norton Police Department at 276-679-1212.

LENOWISCO Vaccination Clinic March 17,2021

LENOWISCO Health District will have a large-scale vaccination clinic on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. This clinic will be using the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Available appointments will be offered to those individuals currently on the waiting list in the order of their registration. If you are interested, please ensure your information is on the waitlist. You can add, verify, or update your information by visiting www.vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (829-4682)
On a further side note, the LENOWISCO Health District would like to remind everyone that their vaccine appointment scheduling team is busy working through their waitlist to offer vaccine appointments to pre-registered individuals. If you get a call from an unknown phone number with a Virginia area code (most likely 276, 804, or 703), please answer it – it may be one of their staff calling to schedule your appointment! Please check your email spam and trash folders regularly, and see if you have missed an email from an @vdh.virginia.gov address.

Military Friendly School Designation Earned by MECC

Recently nearby Mountain Empire Community College, or MECC as it is commonly referred to was awarded the Military Friendly School designation for the 2021-2022 year. In order to be eligible for this, more than 1200 schools were evaluated using public data resources as well as responses from a proprietary survey. Other qualifications included graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence, and student retention to name a few. Of the 1200 school entrants less than 750 actually earned the coveted designation.
MECC is known for providing veterans with very specialized support service that include among them, academic advising, counseling and support. MECC also hosts a special Student Veterans of America club, that is active in numerous campus and community activities year round. The Military Friendly Schools list is expected to be published in the May 2021 issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and online can also be located at www.militaryfriendly.com.
Interested individuals will find additional information about MECC’s student veteran programs by logging onto www.mecc.edu/veterans.

Lee County EDA Meeting

The Lee County Economic Development Authority, the EDA will next meet on Thursday evening April 1, 2021 at 6pm. The meeting takes place in the General District Courtroom of the Lee County Courthouse which is located in downtown Jonesville.

Virginia’s Unemployment Insurance Claims Jump 13%

According to Senior Economist Timothy Aylor, the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) announced that the number of continued claims filed decreased by 1,729 claims from the previous filing week, according to figures released recently. Seasonally unadjusted weekly initial unemployment insurance claims jumped 13% from the previous filing week as continued claims fell slightly during the same period.
For the filing week ending March 6, the figure for seasonally unadjusted initial claims in Virginia was 13,736. The latest claims figure was an increase of 1,581 claimants from the previous week.
For the most recent filing week, continued weeks claimed totaled 62,269, which was a 2.7% decrease from the previous week, but 39,555 higher than the 22,714 continued claims from the comparable week last year. Over half of claims that had a self-reported industry were in the accommodation/food service, retail trade, administrative and waste services, and healthcare/social assistance industries. The continued claims total is mainly comprised of those recent initial claimants who continued to file for unemployment insurance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nationwide, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 712,000, a decrease of 42,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 9,000 from 745,000 to 754,000. The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 709,458, a decrease of 47,170 (or -6.2 percent) from the previous week. There were 200,382 initial claims in the comparable week in 2020. Looking at preliminary data, most states reported decreases on a seasonally unadjusted basis.
New York’s preliminary weekly change (-12,968) was the largest decrease among states. Texas’s preliminary weekly change (-11,014) was the second largest decrease. Mississippi’s preliminary weekly change (-10,937) was the third largest decrease. Illinois’s preliminary weekly change (-6,487) was the fourth largest decrease. Virginia’s preliminary weekly change (+7,450) was the second largest increase.
For additional information on who is claiming unemployment insurance in Virginia, access the VEC’s U.I. claims data dashboard (https://www.vec.virginia.gov/ui-claims-dashboard) that is updated no later than the following Monday after the weekly claims press release.

Appalachian Sustainable Development Recruiting 2021 Field School

The Appalachian Sustainable Development or ASD is currently recruiting students for the 2021 Summer Season of Field School. There will be two sessions held in 2021-2022; one in Summer and one in Winter. During both session, students build the knowledge, networks and confidence for planning out a farm operation to fit their land and business goals. Beginning farmers, gardeners and military veterans are encouraged to apply. Registration for 2021 Summer Field School is required and available at www.eventbrite.com/e/139669722901. Enrollment cost is $15 per session, with no fee for military veterans to participate. Questions should be directed to Jenni Roop. FARM Program Manager at jroop@asdevelop.org.
To provide emerging farmers with more tools for success, the Field School is a beginning farmer training program that provides students with an overview of small-scale farming. The Field School program began with Appalachian RC&D Council in Northeast Tennessee. In 2021, ASD is hosting Southwest Virginia’s first annual Field School as part of the expanding offerings of its FARM Program. This next phase of the program’s expansion is funded by the US Department of Agriculture’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement or OPPE, with a focus on serving the needs of military veterans in Central Appalachia.
ASD’s Field School will offer two sessions, taught by 20+ farmers and agricultural professionals at various locations to highlight the opportunities available. The Summer Field School (May 2021-September 2021) has eight on farm sessions to explore production methods and farm enterprises that are thriving in Southwest Virginia.
The Winter Business Intensive (November 2021-March 2022) has eight classroom sessions where students will write business, financial and marketing plans for their farm. Summer Field School and Winter Intensive Classes will be held the first and third Thursday of each month.