A 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.
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.
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.
Beginning 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
A 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (606) 218-5276.
Protection 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.
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Men's basketball picked up its first win of the season over Limestone University, 74-71, Saturday afternoon inside the Timken Center.
Redshirt junior Briggs Parris netted a season-high 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field. Junior Cameron Whiteside added 15 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the campaign.
Sophomore Drew Greene recorded a season-high 12 points off the bench while fellow sophomore Izeah Parker registered 11 points and added seven boards.
Limestone (1-9, 1-9 SAC) opened the game on a 10-2 run before the Cavaliers (1-10, 1-10 SAC) came back within four, 15-11 at the 13:43 mark on a three pointer by junior Kaeleb Carter.
Parris' two shots at the free throw line tied the game a little over a minute later before a bucket in the paint by Parker gave UVA Wise its first lead of the night.
Back-to-back three's by Greene pushed the Cavs to a six-point advantage midway through the half, leading Limestone 23-17.
An 14-0 run for the Saints put Limestone back on top, up 38-30 with less than a minute left in the frame.
A pair of free throws by Greene and a layup by Parris pulled UVA Wise back within four, 38-34, to end the half.
The Cavs shot 44.8 percent from the field to start with both teams going perfect at the line. UVA Wise won the first half rebound battle 18-16 and added 10 points from the bench.
A Parris three opened the scoring for the Cavs in the second half as Carter connected on two more at the stripe to tie the game at 38 apiece with 18:18 on the clock.
After trailing by as many as eight points, Limestone climbed back to get within one, 52-51, on a three-point play by Ayo Dada with just over 12 minutes left in the game.
The Saints Dada later hit a three to put Limestone back in front with 9:10 to play, 58-56.
The game went back and forth over the next several minutes as UVA Wise took a one-point lead on another three by Carter, 69-68, with 3:08 to go.
UVA Wise still led by one-point with two minutes on the clock, but a layup by Whiteside extended the margin to three with less than a minute to go as the Cavs held on to pick up their first win of the season, 74-71, over Limestone.
The Cavs shot 51.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from three in the second half.
Limestone's Ben Gahlert and Stephen Edoka each registered a double-double for the Saints on the night. Gahlert finished with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds while Edoka had 14 points and 10 boards.
UVA Wise ended the contest shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and 38.5 percent from three-point range. The Cavs finished with 32 points in the paint and shot 88.9 percent from the charity stripe.
Head coach Blake Mellinger's squad will return to Wise to take on Catawba College inside the David J. Prior Convocation Center Wednesday, February 3.
The Remains Of A Woman Police Say Was Murdered Last Year Have Been Discovered In The Mendota Section Of Washington County Virginia. Sheriff Blake Andis Said The Remains Are That Of Athina Hopson. They Were Located Near Where The Suspect, James Michael Wright, Lived. Wright Is Accused Of Killing Hopson, Elizabeth Vanmeter And Joslyn Alsup. Sheriff Andis Said Hopson Had An Apparent Gunshot Wound. The Death Penalty Is Still Be Considered Against Wright, Who Faces Three Counts Of Capital Murder.
110 New Jobs Are Coming To Buchanan County Virginia. The Virginia Employment Commission Is Relocating And Expanding Its Customer Service Call Center In The Former Sykes Enterprises Building At Southern Gap. The Project Was Supported By A 200-Thousand Dollar Grant From The Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission’s, Cprop Program. The Vec’S Employment Number In Buchanan County Is Expected To Grow To Be More Than 200. The Lease Begins On March 1St And Is Good For Ten Years.