Local News 2020

SECOND ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED

THE SECOND SUSPECT IN AN ATTEMPTED MURDER INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA.  JACOB HICKS WAS ARRESTED AT THE BUDGET INN IN ABINGDON.  HICKS HAD BEEN WANTED AFTER A STABBING INCIDENT IN RUSSELL COUNTY TUESDAY NIGHT.  HICKS IS HELD AT THE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA REGIONAL JAIL IN ABINDGON.  ANOTHER SUSPECT, RYAN DENTON, WAS ARRESTED EARLIER THIS WEEK.

COVID-19—SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA/VIRGINIA

THERE ARE 2 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS AND 52 NEW CASES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.  THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS 1 OF THE DEATHS WAS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY AND THE OTHER WAS IN TAZEWELL COUNTY.  TAZEWELL COUNTY ALSO HAS THE MOST NEW CASES WITH 13 AND WASHINGTON COUNTY HAS 10.  ACROSS VIRGINIA, THERE’VE BEEN 583-THOUSAND 60-COVID-19 CASES AND 9-THOUSAND 428 DEATHS ASSOCIATED WITH THE VIRUS.  THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 1-THOUSAND 652 CASES AND 71 DEATHS OVER THURSDAY’S REPORT.

COVID-19-BALLAD

BALLAD HEALTH REPORTS 70 PATIENTS HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19. THAT’S DOWN 8 FROM WEDNESDAY’S REPORT.  TODAY, 15 PATIENTS ARE IN INTENSIVE CARE AND 8 ARE ON VENTILATORS.  BOTH NUMBERS ARE SIMILAR TO WEDNESDAY.  OVER THE PAST WEEK, BALLAD HAS REPORTED 73 COVID-19 DEATHS AND A 10.5-PERCENT POSITIVE TEST RATE FOR THE VIRUS.  BALLAD HAS ALSO RECORDED 1-THOUSAND 906 COVID-19 DEATHS IN ITS 21 COUNTY SERVICE AREA.

81 LANE CLOSURE

GET READY FOR LANE CLOSURES ON A BUSY TRI-CITIES INTERSTATE.  STARTING SUNDAY, ONE LANE IN EACH DIRECTION WILL BE CLOSED ON INTERSTATE 81 NEAR MILE MARKER 59 IN SULLIVAN COUNTY FOR BRIDGE WORK.  THAT’S NEAR THE COLONIAL HEIGHTS EXIT.   THE ON AND OFF RAMPS TO FORT HENRY DRIVE WILL REMAIN OPEN.  THE LANE CLOSURES WILL BE IN EFFECT 24 HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK UNTIL WORK IS FINISHED, WHICH IS SCHEDULED BEFORE MAY 31ST.

NEW JOBS COMING TO SCOTT

TEMPUR SEALY INTERNATIONAL WILL ADD 25 JOBS BY EXPANDING ITS MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN SCOTT COUNTY VIRGINIA.  THE COMPANY WILL INVEST $16.7-MILLION DOLLARS TO INCREASE PRODUCTION TO MEET A GROWING DEMAND FOR FOAM MATTRESS AND PILLOW PRODUCTS. TEMPUR SEALY IS HEADQUARTERED IN LEXINGTON KENTUCKY AND HAS A MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN DUFFIELD, WHICH EMPLOYS 300 PEOPLE.  THE EXPANSION WILL BE COMPLETE BY THE END OF THE YEAR AND THE CAPACITY INCREASE WILL BE REALIZED BY 2022.  THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA HELPED WITH THE EXPANSION WITH A $110-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT.

SEVERE WEATHER-EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM

YOU’VE HEARD THE TONES ON OUR RADIO STATIONS—AS PART OF THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM.  IT’S A WAY TO LET OUR LISTENERS KNOW THERE’S SEVERE WEATHER—AND TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS.  ANTHONY CAVALLUCCI IS WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN AND SAYS, “THESE ARE THE MAIN SOURCES–WEATHER RADIO, EMERGENCY ALERT AND YOUR EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM ARE WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.”    RADIO STATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE E-A-S EQUIPMENT AND RUN PERIODIC TESTS.

BROADBAND GRANTS

TWO AREA COUNTIES ARE INCLUDED IN $14.9-MILLION DOLLARS IN BROADBAND GRANTS—AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO EXPAND ACCESS IN TENNESSEE.  POINT BROADBAND, WHICH SERVES PARTS OF HAWKINS AND HANCOCK COUNTIES, RECEIVED A GRANT OF JUST OVER $1-MILLION DOLLARS.  GOVERNOR BILL LEE HAS MADE EXPANDING ACCESS TO BROADBAND A KEY INITIATIVE BY PROPOSING $200-MILLION DOLLARS TO GET ACCESS TO EVERY TENNESSEAN.