Virginia State Police Are Investigating A Car/Train Crash In Lee County. A Delivery Truck Was Struck Last Night By A Norfolk Southern Train. The Driver Of The Truck Had To Be Transported To A Local Hospital. There’s No Word On His Condition. The Incident Remains Under Investigation.
The Health Wagon In Wise Virginia Will Be Conducting Free Health Fairs In Wise And Clintwood Next Month. Free Medical Services Include Physical Exams, Pulmonology, Chest X-Rays, Ultrasounds And Mammogram Registrations. The Events Will Take Place At Zion Family Ministries In Wise March 6Th From 9 To 4 And At EnerVest At Happy Valley In Clintwood 9 To 4.
Along with the rise in dating website use, there comes a rise in online dating scams.
Scammers create fake profiles, build relationships with individuals through the dating site, and then attempt to steal their money and disappear. You can spot a con artist quickly by recognizing a few red flags: They might propose chatting offline or profess their feelings for you before getting to know you. They may offer to visit if you can help cover travel costs using gift cards or money transfers, then cancel those plans to visit because of a phony reason such as their “wallet was stolen.”
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The Virginia House Of Delegates And The Senate Both Passed Bills Prohibiting Drivers From Holding A Cell Phone While Operating A Vehicle. Motorist Would Still Be Able To Operate A Hands Free Device Or Use Their Cell If Lawfully Parked, Stopped Or Reporting Emergencies. Now The House Must Pass The Senate Bill Or The Senate Pass The House Bill Before The Governor Can Sign The Legislation.
Authorities Say A Virginia State Trooper That Was Killed In A Shooting Overnight In Cumberland County Virginia Is From Chilhowie. Lucas Dowell Was Executing A Search Warrant With A Tactical Team Outside Farmville When And Adult Male Began Firing Shots At The Team. The Shooter Was Killed And Trooper Dowell Passed Away A Short Time Later From Injuries He Sustained. Dowell Was A Graduate Of Chilhowie High School.
The Name Of A Female Who Died Over The Weekend After A Tree Fell On Her Car In Wise County Virginia Has Been Released. She Is 64 Year Old Iris Walker Of Jenkins Kentucky. 35 Year Old Tony Osborne Of Pound Is Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter And Trespassing After Cutting The Tree Down For Firewood. Osborne Is Set To Be Arraigned In General District Court On February 11th.
Coeburn Virginia Town Manager, Drew Mullins, Has Announced He Plans To Resign After The Town’s Fiscal 2019-20 Budget Has Been Worked Out. Mullins Said He Will Enter Law School. A Specific Date Has Not Yet Been Released.
Virginia State Police Are Continuing To Investigate A Tree Falling On A Car In Wise County Over The Weekend That Left A Female Dead. Authorities Said A Nissan Was Traveling North On Route 23 When A Tree Fell On It. The Vehicle Then Ran Off The Road Into A Ditch. An Investigation Revealed The Tree Fell As It Was Being Cut Down. Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp Said Tony Osborne Is Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter And Trespassing. The Name Of The Female Victim Has Not Been Released.
Natural Tunnel State Park In Duffield Virginia Will Host A Dam Safety And Flood Prevention Workshop. The Virginia Department Of Conservation And Recreation Will Be On Hand To Explain The Grant Funding Processes. Registration Is Required And Lunch Is Provided. The Workshop Will Be At The Cove Ridge Center Tuesday From 10 To 3. Register Online At Dcr.Virginia.Gov
Lee County Hospital Authority Approves Plan to Separate from Americore Health, LLC and Selects Ballad Health as its Medical Partner to Re-Open the Hospital in Lee County
(Pennington Gap, Virginia). Last night the Lee County Hospital Authority Board of Commissioners
met and took several actions regarding the Authority’s relationship with Americore Health, LLC
and the Authority’s ongoing effort to re-open a hospital in Lee County.
Commissioners Approve Transaction to Repurchase Hospital Building
In a unanimous vote, the Commissioners adopted a motion by Dr. Scott Litton to approve the
transaction documents necessary to sever the relationship between the Authority and
Americore. The vote concludes discussions of the past few weeks between the Authority and
Americore to structure an efficient and quick separation. When the Authority selected Americore
during 2017, Americore was the only option that guaranteed the Authority to re-open a hospital
in the county.
“We felt like Americore was making great progress until mid-August,” said Commissioner Howard
Elliott. “Then,” he added, “all progress stopped.”
“The Commissioners of the Authority provided very clear guidance to the Special Committee on
the acceptable structure of any transaction: no additional county debt could be created and the
county debt already on the building could not be cancelled and written-off,” said H. Ronnie
Montgomery, Vice Chairman of the Authority.
“We set up a Special Committee at the December 16th meeting to work with legal counsel and
Americore to finalize the Certificate of Public Need extension request and to discuss the
relationship with Americore,” he added. “Eventually, those discussions turned to a separation.”
“We have really focused on our main goal – re-opening a hospital – and over the past few weeks
we began to conclude it was better for the people of Lee County if we went in a different
direction,” added Commissioner Diana Pope. Mr. Elliott and Ms. Pope served on the Joint
Operations Committee created following the initial transaction with Americore to oversee the
re-opening of the hospital. Together with Mr. Montgomery, the three Commissioners comprise
the Authority’s Special Committee.
The approved transaction contemplates that the existing secured note on the building held by
the Lee County Board of Supervisors will remain on the building and be repaid over time. The
other existing debt on the facility, which was placed on the building by Americore, will be paid by
the Authority’s new medical partner, as required by the Authority’s deal with Americore.
Commissioner Benny Sergent summed up the thoughts of his fellow commissioners noting: “Our
goal during the fall of 2018 was to give Americore every opportunity to succeed without
interfering with their plans, if they could execute upon them, and I believe we did that,” He