The recently approved federal tax reform legislation is one reason why the regions two largest hospitals are delaying a much talked about merger. Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health Systems plan to merge and become Ballad Health but that will have to wait until the end of next month. Hospital officials now say the impact of the just approved measure dealing with tax exempt financing will require them to restructure their bank held tax exempt bonds. Their request for a delay was deemed appropriate and was granted approval by the Tennessee Deputy Attorney General.
Police have arrested two Coeburn men for manufacturing pipe bombs. Jerry Hensley and William Wineberger are charged with manufacturing a fire bomb or explosive device and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The explosive ordinance disposal team was called in and disarmed two devices according to police. Both men are being held in the Southwest Regional Jail in Duffield.
WISE WORKS CREATES SAVINGS FOR COUNTY & SENTENCING OPTIONS FOR COURT
Chuck Slemp, Commonwealth's Attorney for Wise County & the City of Norton, appeared last night at the December meeting of the Wise County Board of Supervisors to discuss the successes of an alternative sentencing program called Wise Works.
Wise Works was created earlier this year by the Wise County Board of Supervisors at the request of Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp. In July, the Board granted Slemp's request for a one-year grant to fund the new program. Beginning on August 1, 2017, non-violent and low-risk felony offenders could request to serve all or part of their sentences by completing community services hours as an alternative to jail. Participants are sentenced to work a set number of days at a designated job site. A program director supervises those who enter the program and works closely with the court, local job sites, prosecutors, and probation officers to ensure compliance with the program's expectations. Drug tests are administered at random and failure to comply with any rules of the program results in incarceration by a probation violation.
Brett Hall serves as the program's first coordinator. Hall said, "This program has seen great success since its inception in August. So far, we have had twenty Wise Works participants. Our workers are at numerous job sites from across the county and in just a few months they have worked over 3,000 hours in service to our community."
Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said, "As Commonwealth's Attorney, my office carefully reviews cases with our law enforcement partners in an effort to seek justice, protect our community, and ensure a voice for victims of crime. We remain committed to seeking lengthy sentences and harsh punishment in cases when appropriate. However, in cases with non-violent offenders who are unlikely to reoffend, it is also our duty and opportunity to seek ways to set offenders on the right path instead of simply incarcerating them." Slemp continued, "This program is a matter of common sense. Not only does this program offer job training, workforce development and an opportunity to turn people's lives around, taxpayers save on the cost of housing inmates, local towns and non-profit organizations save on labor costs, and participants learn the value of hard work."
Since August, Wise Works has saved taxpayers of Wise County over $38,000 in jail costs. The contributions to the community of these workers have created a taxpayer savings of over $20,000 in labor costs for localities and non-profit organizations.
The grant-funded program is expected to continue in 2018 providing an additional sentencing option for Courts within the county.
(Wise, Va.) -- The LENOWISCO Health District is supporting a new health and wellness coalition to serve the residents of Lee County. The Lee County Health and Wellness Launch Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the White Rocks Community Center in Rose Hill. The meeting is open to all interested parties.
“We hope people who live, work, play, worship and learn in Lee County will attend. They know their community and their county best, including the great things already in place and working and the areas where there are still needs. We appreciate very much those who have met in the past, developing the community health assessment, and hope that they and others will commit to work to address the greatest priorities identified by and in the community,” said Sue Cantrell, M.D., director, LENOWISCO Health District.
“To consider the factors affecting the well-being of an area, it may be helpful to think of the steps that an individual addressing health and related issues might consider -- such as what is my first priority in my personal health improvement plan, what have I tried before and how did that work, what else could I try and what do I need to try that something new, and so on,” Dr. Cantrell continued. “Naturally, to do so as a coalition involves partnering not only with other coalitions but also with agencies, faith based communities, schools, businesses, civic organizations and other groups and residents of Lee County. We look forward to working with others, addressing important issues to Lee County.”
According to the data from the 2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps substance abuse, chronic disease, obesity and diabetes are all issues for Lee County and for the LENOWISCO Health District.
“Unfortunately, Lee County and the LENOWISCO Health District are not alone in struggling with these health challenges but we can make a difference if we all work together,” concluded Dr. Cantrell. “It is our hope that, in developing this new coalition, we will find strength in the collaboration, moving our area forward toward improved well-being.”
If you are interested in attending or want more information, contact District Health Educators Dan Hunsucker at 276-386-1312 or Daniel.Hunsucker@vdh.virginia.gov, or Nora Murphy at 276-328-1915 or Nora.Murphy@vdh.virginia.gov.
Here's a look the schedule,
2017 ARBY’S CLASSIC
Tuesday, December 26
Game 1 1:00 pm Eastside HS, VA vs Tabernacle, Bahamas
Game 2 2:30 pm Greeneville HS, TN vs Bearden HS, TN
Game 3 4:00 pm Science Hill HS, TN vs Columbia HS, GA
Game 4 5:30 pm Fern Creek HS, KY vs Webb School, TN
Game 5 7:00 pm North Mecklenburg HS, NC vs Gate City HS, VA
Game 6 8:30 pm Landstown HS, VA vs Tennessee HS, TN
Wednesday, December 27
Game 7 2:30 pm Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
Game 8 4:00 pm Winner Game 1 vs Columbus HS, MS
Game 9 5:30 pm Mater Academy, FL vs Dobyns-Bennett HS, TN
Game 10 7:00 pm Sullivan East HS, TN vs Lee HS, AL
Game 11 8:30 pm Lakota East HS, OH vs Winner Game 2
Thursday, December 28
Game 12 9:00 am Loser Game 3 vs Loser Game 4
Game 13 10:30 am Loser Game 5 vs Loser Game 6
Game 14 12:00 pm Loser Game 8 vs Loser Game 9
Game 15 1:30 pm Loser Game 10 vs Loser Game 11
Game 16 5:00 pm Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 4
Game 17 6:30 pm Winner Game 5 vs Winner Game 6
Game 18 8:00 pm Winner Game 8 vs Winner Game 9
Game 19 9:30 pm Winner Game 10 vs Winner Game 11
Friday, December 29
Game 20 9:00 am Winner Game 12 vs Winner Game 13
Game 21 10:30 am Winner Game 14 vs Winner Game 15
Game 22 12:00 pm Loser Game 16 vs Loser Game 17
Game 23 1:30 pm Loser Game 18 vs Loser Game 19
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS SLAM DUNK CONTEST – 5:30 pm
Game 24 7:00 pm Winner Game 16 vs Winner Game 17
Game 25 8:30 pm Winner Game 18 vs Winner Game 19
Saturday, December 30
Game 26 12:30 am Winner Game 7 vs Loser Game 13
Game 27 2:00 pm Winner Game 20 vs Winner Game 21
Game 28 3:30 pm Winner Game 22 vs Winner Game 23
FUN FACTORY 3-POINT CONTEST – 5:00 PM
Game 29 6:00 pm Loser Game 24 vs Loser Game 25
Game 30 7:30 pm Winner Game 24 vs Winner Game 25
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Mark Warner have launched a new initiative for attracting potential entrepreneurs to the Commonwealth. Virginia is for Entrepreneurs is an effort to better match entrepreneurs with potential investors across backgrounds, industries and regions throughout the state. Partners in the program include universities, investment groups venture funds and statewide organizations. Warner says the plan will help to build on progress thats already been made in southwest Virginia so that innovators in the region regardless of background or industry have access to capital for their business.
A Coeburn man is facing 11 charges including three counts of attempted homicide following a domestic incident with his son and his pregnant fiance. Robert Ellis got into a physical fight with his son and his fiance. During the altercation Ellis pulled a .38 caliber handgun from the back of his waistline and fired shots toward both of them. They managed to escape through the front door and report the incident to authorities. Police arrested Ellis who was found with the gun in his right hand.
WHITESBURG, Ky. – Start a new family Christmas tradition this year by participating in Letcher County Tourism’s Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by double kwik, on Thursday, December 21 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Gather the family, load up in the car and join us as we celebrate the holiday season with a night in lights.
Begin the night at any of the four participating double kwik locations (listed below) to pick up a scavenger hunt list and complimentary hot cocoa for the family. Then travel through Letcher County enjoying the various light displays while checking off your list.
Families are encouraged to take lots of pictures while looking for lights. Post photos to Letcher County Tourism’s Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/983054491833420/ with #Christmaslightscavengerhunt. The picture with the most likes by 9 p.m. on December 21 will win a special Christmas surprise.
Participating double kwik locations:
Jenkins double kwik
987 Old Hwy 12
Jenkins, KY, 41537
Neon #1 double kwik
103 Hwy 317
Neon, KY, 41840
Pine Mountain Market double kwik
122 Jenkins Rd.
Whitesburg, KY, 41858
Isom double kwik
9722 Hwy 15 North
Isom, KY, 41824
For more information, visit www.discoverletcher.com/events
A Wise County woman convicted of making false statements to federal agents has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Tina Sartin, 38, was sentenced Tuesday. She previously pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements in a matter within the jurisdiction of the federal government, namely an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
Evidence showed Sartin gave false information in connection to an investigation involving Michael Todd Lintz, the former Norton Parks and Recreation Maintenance Supervisor, who was previously convicted of civil rights and perjury violations. Sartin gave the agents fabricated text messages and falsely stated she had been threatened in connection with her cooperation with the ATF.
WFHG BRISTOL- A thirty day review by the Federal Trade Commission is now complete and a closing date is the remaining step in the process to merge the regions two largest health care providers. Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health Systems' merger will become final sometime in before January 31 when a closing date is chosen. When complete the two will become known as Ballad Health.