The 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.
Pound 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.
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.
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.
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.
RICHMOND, VA - Legislation to combat elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of incapacitated adults is advancing in the Virginia General Assembly.
On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, House Bill 2018 passed the Virginia House of Delegates 100-0 and Senate Bill 1297 passed the Virginia Senate 39-0. These bills are identical proposals to close a loophole in existing law and allow adult protective services workers to seek a temporary court protective order in emergency situations in order to safeguard incapacitated adults subjected to an act of violence, force, threat or financial exploitation. The legislation was crafted at the request of elder justice advocates and various stakeholders, including the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference (VCJC). VCJC seeks to improve criminal justice in Virginia by assembling selected legal professionals and stakeholders in the field of criminal law to study and discuss issues of interest, to gather information, and, when substantial consensus can be reached, to propose legislation or rule changes to effect reform of criminal law and criminal procedure.
Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp, a member of the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference, testified in both the House and Senate committees that considered the measure. Slemp said, "This is a simple bill, but an important reform. It will provide needed protections for abused, neglected, exploited, and vulnerable adults in emergency situations. We need this new law to close a loophole in Virginia law and to fight elder abuse."
Dr. Pamela Teaster is a Professor and the Director at the Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech and a recognized expert in the field of elder abuse and financial exploitation of incapacitated adults. Testifying last week in the House Courts of Justice Criminal Subcommittee, Dr. Teaster said, "Because more vulnerable younger and older adults and or/ who lack capacity are thankfully living longer than ever before, they may need protection of an emergency order to stop the hemorrhaging that could occur when a perpetrator may be beating them, threatening them, draining their accounts or all of these. This bill will allow a swift and important pause to staunch the potential bleeding – literal, virtual, or both if a person is a possible victim of harm."
An Inmate At The Federal Prison In Lee County Virginia Has Admitted To Having Contraband Inside A Prison. Juan Fernando Sanchez Plead Guilty This Week In U.S. District Court In Abingdon To Possessing A Prison Made Shank Designed To Be Used As A Weapon. Sanchez Faces Up To 60 Months In Prison When He’s Sentenced On April 13th.
A Bristol Virginia Man Who Plead Guilty Last Year To Federal Gun Offenses Has Been Ordered To Spend Time Behind Bars. 48 Year Old Michael Houser Plead Guilty In U.S. District Court In Abingdon Virginia To Two Counts Charging Him With Possession Of An Unregistered Machine Gun And Possession Of An Unregistered Silencer. A Judge Sentenced Him To 30 Months In Prison.