<![CDATA[VALLEY BROADCASTING & COMMUNICATIONS INC. - NEWS]]>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 10:26:34 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[HEALTH WAGON RECEIVES IT’S FIRST DOSES OF MODERNA VACCINE]]>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:55:31 GMThttps://valleybroadcast.com/news/health-wagon-receives-its-first-doses-of-moderna-vaccineThe Health Wagon In Wise County Virginia Finally Has Their First Doses Of The Covid-19 Vaccine. Dr. Teresa Tyson CEO And President Of The Health Wagon Said They Have 100 Doses Of The Moderna Vaccine And Hope To Receive More Shipments On A Weekly Basis. The Clinic Plans On Doing A Drive-Thru Clinic For Those Waiting For The Vaccines To Arrive. As Of Early February They Had Over 500 On A Waiting List.]]><![CDATA[SWVA AUTHORITY SETS LOW TAX RATE TO LURE DATA CENTERS]]>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:53:29 GMThttps://valleybroadcast.com/news/swva-authority-sets-low-tax-rate-to-lure-data-centersThe Lonesome Pine Regional Industrial Facilities Authority In Southwest Virginia Has Decided To Establish The Lowest Property Tax Rate In The State For Data Center Equipment. This Change Was Made With The Hopes Of Luring More Businesses Like This To Norton As Well As Dickenson, Lee, Scott, And Wise Counties. The Tax Rate Now Sits At 24-Cents Per $100 Of Accessed Value With A Favorable Depreciation Schedule.]]><![CDATA[POUND COUNCIL SEAT FILLED]]>Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:52:36 GMThttps://valleybroadcast.com/news/pound-council-seat-filledPound Virginia Leaders Have Decided To Fill The Seat Of An Outgoing Council Member. Susan Freeman Has Been Sworn In To Fill The Post Of Phil Cantrell Jr Who Resigned February 23Rd. This All Took Place During A Special Called Council Meeting Where Mayor Stacey Carson Cast A Tie-Breaking Vote.]]><![CDATA[POUND VIRGINIA COUNCILMAN AND TOWN MANAGER RESIGN]]>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 14:17:30 GMThttps://valleybroadcast.com/news/pound-virginia-councilman-and-town-manager-resignA Pound Virginia Town Council Member And Town Manager Have Submitted Resignations. Town Manager Jane Bennett Said Council Member Phil Cantrell Jr. Submitted His Resignation Due To Health Problems. Bennett Later Submitted Her Own Resignation Claiming She’s Unable To Do The Job She Was Hired To Do. The Resignations Came Before Town Leaders Learned 300-Thousand Dollars Had Been Frozen Due To A Missed Payment. The Town Is Now Going To Renegotiate A 398-Thousand Dollar Loan With New People’s Bank.]]><![CDATA[NORTON CRASH CLAIMS ONE]]>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 14:10:25 GMThttps://valleybroadcast.com/news/norton-crash-claims-onePicture
A Two Vehicle Crash In Wise County Virginia Has Claimed The Life Of One Person And Left Two Others Injured. Virginia State Police Said A Tractor-Trailer Crashed Head-On Into Another Vehicle. The Passenger In That Vehicle, 22 Year Old Perry Owens Died At The Scene. The 20 Year Old, Driver Amanda Pearson Of Big Stone Gap Was Airlifted To Bristol Regional Medical Center For Treatment Of Serious Injuries. The Driver Of The Tractor Trailer 30 Year Old Travis Toliver Of Jackson Ohio Was Transported To Johnson City Medical Center For Further Treatment. He Has Been Charged With Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs. The crash Remains Under Investigation.

<![CDATA[COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS CHANGE IN VIRGINIA MARCH 1]]>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 14:05:31 GMThttps://valleybroadcast.com/news/covid-19-restrictions-change-in-virginia-march-1Picture
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Has Announced Some Covid-19 Restrictions Will Be Eased Starting March 1St. Outdoor Gatherings Will Allow 25 People, Attendance For Outdoor Sporting Events Will Be Allowed To Be 30% Capacity. Indoor Limits For Sporting Events Will Remain The Same. Entertainment Venues Will Have An Outdoor Attendance Limit At 30% With A Maximum Of 1000 People. Indoor Venues Will Be Limited To 30% Maximum 250 People. 

<![CDATA[Severe Weather Awareness Week - February 28 to March 6, 2021]]>Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:59:24 GMThttps://valleybroadcast.com/news/severe-weather-awareness-week-february-28-to-march-6-2021Beginning Sunday, February 28th, the National Weather Service offices that serve Tennessee will be conducting Severe Weather Awareness Week 2021. Each day, a new topic will be covered by way of online presentations. You will be able to register for any or all of the FREE classes that will be offered during the week.  Find out more at https://www.weather.gov/ohx/swaw2021

<![CDATA[SHOOTING AT HAYSI BUSINESS LEAVES TWO DEAD]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:41:19 GMThttps://valleybroadcast.com/news/shooting-at-haysi-business-leaves-two-deadA Shooting At A Haysi Virginia Business Has Left Two People Dead. The Shooting Occurred Monday Morning When The Suspect Entered Hillcom And Fired Multiple Shots, Then Fled The Area. The Victim Was Pronounced Dead At The Scene. Dickenson County Sheriff Deputies Pursued The Suspect For Around 3 Miles Before He Stopped On Bartlick Bridge And Fired At A Deputy Who Returned Fire. The Suspect Was Pronounced Dead From A Self Inflicted Gunshot Wound. The Virginia State Police Are Assisting With The Investigation.]]><![CDATA[Registration now open for UPIKE's Bear the 99 5K]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:11:54 GMThttps://valleybroadcast.com/news/registration-now-open-for-upikes-bear-the-99-5kPicture
PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville's Alumni Association will be hosting the much-anticipated Bear the 99 5K race on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Online registration is now open for both in-person and virtual races at www.runsignup.com/UPIKEBearthe99. Please register online by February 26 to guarantee a T-shirt and finisher medal. The event begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
With 2020's race being canceled due to COVID-19, organizers are more than ready to begin the race season in Pikeville.
"It's the first scheduled race of the year in Pikeville!" explained race organizer and Director of Alumni Relations Lisa Blackburn. "Once again, the race will begin on Benefactors Plaza and end with a climb up the 99 steps back to the plaza, using the course designed by Joel Thornbury for the inaugural 5K in 2019."
Social distancing and safety protocols will be observed. Face masks are required at all times while awaiting the start of the race.
"We will be following the guidelines put in place by the City of Pikeville along with the guidelines from Healthy at UPIKE," said Blackburn. "We will social distance, require everyone to wear face masks before the race begins and we will be starting racers in smaller groups to keep people from congregating."
All race proceeds go toward the UPIKE Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund. In 2019, the 5K raised $18,000, and UPIKE Alumni Board President Kay Hammond hopes to reach or exceed this goal in 2021.
"With sponsor and community support, we were able to raise funds for much-needed alumni scholarships that helped to change the lives of the students who received them," said Hammond. "We are very proud that we had over 100 participants at our first race, and we are looking for that support again so we can help even more students with alumni scholarships."
Everyone who pre-registers by the required date will receive a face mask and T-shirt prior to the start of the race and commemorative finisher medal upon crossing the finish line. Top male and female will be awarded in each age division, as well as overall male and female winners, with these prizes being mailed to all recipients.
For an updated list of 2020 alumni events and for more information about UPIKE's Bear the 99 5K, email alumni@upike.edu or call (606) 218-5276.

<![CDATA[AMT, Brown and Caldwell team selected for Virginia water quality project]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:10:45 GMThttps://valleybroadcast.com/news/amt-brown-and-caldwell-team-selected-for-virginia-water-quality-projectProtection of the Commonwealth's bodies of water preserved via collaborative stormwater management
RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 09, 2021 — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has engaged a team of A. Morton Thomas and Associates, Inc. (AMT) supported by team partner Brown and Caldwell to assist in implementing its municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) program.  
Encompassing more than 50,000 miles of roadways, over 1,000 stormwater management facilities, and over 15,000 regulated outfalls, VDOT's MS4 is authorized to collect and safely discharge excess stormwater into bodies of water within urbanized areas of the Commonwealth in adherence with Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit limits. VDOT's MS4 program addresses control measures and special conditions to monitor and reduce pollutants discharging from its sewers, ensuring permitted total maximum daily load requirements are met to protect the water quality of streams, rivers, wetlands, and bays. VDOT's storm sewer system is unique in that it is integrated with municipal systems across the Commonwealth; the AMT/Brown and Caldwell team will assist VDOT in working with these municipalities to address issues related to interconnectivity statewide.
The team will work alongside VDOT's MS4 and stormwater management leadership to review and enhance stormwater management guidelines, policies, standards and specifications, and manuals to ensure ongoing VPDES permit compliance. Additionally, the team will provide inventory, inspection, and data management solutions to identify, catalog, assess, and monitor assets through enhanced data analytics and establish as-needed maintenance strategies. A thorough training curriculum associated with MS4 program requirements including design, construction, maintenance, and pollution prevention will also be developed.
"We are honored to be selected, and our vastly experienced local team is committed to helping Virginia continue to meet its water quality regulatory requirements," said AMT Project Manager Ginny Snead, PE, CFM.]]>