A Suspended Norton Virginia High School Football Coach Continues To Receive Pay Despite Being On Suspension. Virginia State Police Are Investigation Norton High School Coach James Adams On A Sexual Harassment Complaint. The School Board Met This Week But Took No Action On His Status. Adams Has Been Suspended Since June Of This Year.
(WISE, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health’s LENOWISCO Health District will begin offering seasonal flu vaccine in September on a walk-in basis, and at special offsite clinics in schools, businesses and organizations.
Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is a serious disease caused by the influenza virus that affects the respiratory tract. It is highly contagious and generally spreads from person-to-person when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can be transmitted even before flu-like symptoms appear. A person usually becomes sick one to three days following exposure to the virus. Typical flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the timing and duration of flu seasons vary, from early fall to late spring. Receiving an annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of becoming sick with the flu and spreading the virus to others. It takes up to two weeks to develop the vaccine’s full protection. It is no longer recommended to take the vaccine as soon as it is available, but now recommended to get vaccinated by the end of October. This recommendation is due to evidence that immunity to some strains of the flu virus in the vaccine decline more rapidly than thought in the past. If you have already taken the vaccine this year, there is no need to take another one in the same year.
All persons aged 6 months or older who do not have contraindications should be vaccinated against influenza each year. Particular effort should be made to vaccinate people at higher risk for influenza complications, including:
· Adults and children who have chronic lung disorders (including asthma), heart disorders (not including high blood pressure), kidney, liver, neurologic, hematologic or other metabolic disorders, including diabetes;
· Persons who are immunocompromised due to any cause;
· Residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities;
· Health care personnel;
· American Indians/Alaska Natives;
· Persons who are extremely obese (body mass index 40 or higher for adults); and
· Household contacts and caregivers of those in other high risk groups.
For more information, or to schedule an offsite flu vaccination clinic, call the LENOWISCO Health District at 276-328-8000.
The man who caused a two-hour manhunt and lockdown of Mountain Empire Community College earlier this year appeared in the Wise County Circuit Court this morning on the day he was scheduled for a jury trial.
David Dewayne Scott, age 44 of Big Stone Gap, entered a plea of guilty today to all counts of an Indictment against him in the Wise County Circuit Court. He admitted guilt to various weapons charges including possession of a weapon by a violent felon, stealing the firearm, brandishing the weapon, recklessly handling the gun, and discharging it in an occupied dwelling. Scott further pled guilty to resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He offered his plea without an agreement from the Commonwealth's Attorney's office, meaning a judge will determine his sentence after listening to the testimony of witnesses from prosecutors and the defendant at a sentencing hearing.
On March 30, 2019, Scott, a convicted violent felon, stole a firearm from a vehicle parked at 1803 Lenora Road in Big Stone Gap. Shortly thereafter he pointed the firearm at his sister and then shot through a window at a residence. Scott then fled the home and entered the wooded area near the Mountain Empire Community College campus, pursued by officers from Big Stone Gap, the Wise County Sheriff's Office, and the College itself. His proximity to the college resulted in its temporary closure, evacuation, and lockdown. He was eventually arrested on campus. Scott later admitted that he was under the influence of drugs.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Dan Fast and Sarah Childress successfully prosecuted the case.
Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said, "This frightening incident was every police officer's nightmare: a violent felon, under the influence of heroin and other drugs, deranged for unknown reasons, armed with a loaded firearm and headed for a college campus. We are so grateful to the officers of the Big Stone Gap Police Department, Wise County Sheriff's Office and campus police at Mountain Empire Community College for their quick and professional response. I also want to commend the good work of our prosecution team for securing these convictions."
A sentencing hearing in the case is now scheduled for January 7, 2020. Scott faces up to 39 years behind bars as total possible maximum punishment.
The Virginia Department Of Game And Inland Fisheries Is Offering Free Fishing Days At The End Of The Month. In Conjunction With National Hunting And Fishing Day The Free Fishing Event Will Be Held On September 29 And 29th. Anyone Can Fish Free In Public Fresh Waters Around The Commonwealth Without Having To Buy A Fishing License. However, All Fishing Regulations Still Apply.
Food City to award $700,000 to local schools
Are you up for the challenge? Food City has pledged $700,000 in contributions for the upcoming school year. With Food City’s School Bucks Challenge, it’s easy to earn reward points. For every $1 you spend, using your Food City ValuCard, you’ll receive 1 point.
“Our Food City School Bucks Program has provided much-needed support for thousands of schools throughout our market area. Our School Bucks Challenge makes points collection easier than ever,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.
The 2019-2020 School Bucks Challenge begins Wednesday, September 4, 2019 and continues through May 5, 2020. Simply link your Food City ValuCard to the school of your choice online at www.foodcity.com/schoolbucks or at the checkout of area Food City locations. Area students will also receive barcoded school ID’s to provide to friends and family. When scanned at checkout, the barcode designates the school to credit with your purchases. The barcoded school ID’s are also available online at www.foodcity.com/schoolbucks for customers preferring to sign-up in-store.
Food City has pledged $700,000 for the upcoming school year. School allocations are based upon the percentage of customer purchases assigned to each school. Schools can monitor their progress biannually online at foodcity.com.
“Food City is committed to supporting the education of our youth,” said Smith. “Since the program’s inception, we’ve awarded over $19,300,000 in much-needed educational equipment and tools to more than a 1000 participating area schools”.
For more information about the new Food City School Bucks Challenge, please contact your local school, visit foodcity.com or contact the Food City School Bucks Coordinator, Lisa Johnson at 1-800-232-0174.
Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City’s parent company) operates 132 retail outlets throughout southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, east Tennessee, Chattanooga and north Georgia.
Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. and to 4:00 p.m. The Clinch Coalition (TCC)
presents the 13th annual High Knob Naturalist Rally at High Knob Recreation Area.
Registration begins at 9:30 for the family friendly event that includes hikes, presentations,
kayaking, fly fishing, nature arts and crafts throughout the day. Lunch is provided and people
are encouraged to bring chairs.
The High Knob Naturalist Rally participants discover and learn about the unique natural world of
southwest Virginia. Experts, educators and knowledgeable naturalist present programs about,
wolves, visit the world of beavers, butterflies, mushrooms, mussels, salamanders, edible plants,
medicinal plants forest ecology and regional geology. Special programs focus on wilderness
survival, High Knob's climate, making maple syrup, solar energy, and backyard birding.
The. U.S. Forest Service works with the Clinch Coalition to make the High Knob Naturalist Rally
possible. All activity is free, open to the public and the day use fee is waved. The High Knob
campground is closed however camping available at Flag Rock located approximately two miles
from the Naturalist Rally.
The Clinch Coalition formed in August 1998 when a small group of concerned citizens
organized to protect southwest Virginia's great natural resources. The group endeavors to
make the public aware and actively involved with the environment through educational
programs, guided hikes, trail work and the High Knob Naturalist Rally.