Two southwest Virginia localities are vying for a proposed Hydroelectric pumped storage facility in their county. And for good reason. A recent study shows the project could result in more than 300 milion dollars in investments to the region and would create thousands of jobs during the construction phase. Tazewell and Russell Counties are both being evaluated by Dominion Energy as potential sites for the water pumped electricity producing facility. Its estimated the infrastructure investment alone could reach two billion dollars and would bring in twelve million dollars a year in county taxes.
Police in Lee County, Virginia had to use rubber bullets to finally end a standoff with an erratic and irate woman. Police initially responded to an erratic driver and pursued Melissa Holmes of Big Stone Gap before she crashed into a police cruiser. Holmes then pulled a handgun and knife on officers, who then fired rubber bullets to force her to drop her weapons. Holmes eventually had to be tackled by the officers and then arrested.
A state health actuary says health plan premiums are set to rise by an average of nearly 60 percent in Virginia's 2018 individual marketplace. Next year, average monthly premiums will range from roughly $500 to $1,050 and the rise will come as many residents see their options for plans dwindle to one insurer. State insurance commissioner Jacqueline Cunningham told legislators she's had no indication that any carriers plan to drop out before today's deadline by which insurers must submit their rates and agree to participate in next year's market.
WISE COUNTY, Va. (WYMT) - A Wise County man was sentenced on Monday for his role in the attack on a Southwest Virginia police officer.
The Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney said in a news release that Derek James Bise, 38, of Coeburn, was sentenced to five years in prison, with four of those years suspended. Bise will still serve one year.
Back in July of 2016, officials say Bise attacked a Norton police officer who had responded to a report of a missing patient at Norton Community Hospital.
Police say Bise, the missing patient, saw the officer and then took off running until he fell. When the officer approached, Bise punched him in the head, which led to a concussion. The officer then attempted to use pepper spray to subdue Bise, leading the suspect to charge the officer and forcing the spray into the officers face.
More officers arrived and took Bise into custody.
Southwest Virginia residents will get two more chances to learn about a proposed pumped hydroelectric storage facility being studied for the coalfield region. The proposed project is expected to create new jobs for the region if it becomes a reality. Mountain Empire Community College is holding a meeting to discuss the issue on October third, while Tazewell High School is set for a meeting on October fifth. Dominion Energy is considering sites in Tazewell and Wise Counties for the project.
A fugitive from Lee County was caught in Johnson City. It started as a call to police about a possible assault. As they investigated, officers found 44-year-old Brian Wayne Scott had a warrant for his arrest for violation of a court order. As he was about to be handcuffed, officers say he ran inside his Magnolia Ext. apartment and locked the door. The officers were able to force their way inside and arrested Scott. He’s being held in the Washington County Detention Center without bond.
If you live in Sullivan, Carter, Hawkins, Unicoi, Washington, Greene or surrounding counties, you may notice something on the ground. Beginning today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services will distribute oral rabies vaccines in our region. The small white plastic packets will be dropped from low flying helicopters. They’re coated in fishmeal crumbles to attract wildlife and are not harmful to pets. However, if you see one, you should leave it alone. If you wish to move them, you need to wear gloves and avoid contact with your skin.
Students at southwest Virginia schools as well as others across the Commonwealth received ten million more school breakfasts during the last school year. Governor Terry McAuliffe says about 50 thousand more students are eating breakfast at school each day. Public funding to help pay for more school breakfasts has increased during the McAuliffe Administration.
Sullivan County school officials have notified the public that there has been a confirmed case of tuberculosis at Sullivan Central High School. Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski assures parents, students and staff that there is not any ongoing exposure at the Blountville facility and that risk is minimal. If you would like to have more information on the issue, the school system and the Regional Health Department will host a meeting on Monday evening at 6:30 in the Sullivan County Department of Education board room.
Kingsport Police are searching for a man they believe is using a victim's credit card he stole from a safe in an earlier home burglary on Cliffside Drive. The safe contained guns, jewelry, a checkbook, coins and a significant amount of cash along with a credit card. It's that card that has the attention of police after several thousand dollars worth of merchandise has been purchased at several stores. Police are looking at video surveillance footage that possibly shows the thief making a purchase. The investigation is ongoing.