Local News 2021

WASH CO COMMISSION-VACCINE MANDATES

WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE APPROVED A RESOLUTIONu2014THAT ASKS STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATORS TO OPPOSE VACCINE MANDATES.u00a0 IT PASSED ON A 14-1 VOTE. COMMISSIONER JODI JONES WAS THE ONLY u201cNOu201d VOTE.u00a0 THE PLAN IS FOR THE RESOLUTION TO GET TO STATE LAWMAKERS BY WEDNESDAYu2014IN TIME FOR A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION ON COVID-19 MANDATES.u00a0

WASH CO-BRIGHTRIDGE

WASHINGTON COUNTY MAY FILE SUIT AGAINST BRIGHTRIDGEu2014OVER A BITCOIN MINEu2014UNLESS ATTORNEYS FROM BOTH SIDES CAN COME TO A RESOLUTION.u00a0 THEREu2019S BEEN CONTROVERSY AROUND THE OPERATIONu2014AND LAST MONTH, COMMISSIONERS DIRECTED COUNTY STAFF TO SHUT DOWN RED DOGu2019S OPERATIONu2014FOR VIOLATING ZONING.u00a0u00a0NEARBY RESIDENTS HAVE COMPLAINED OF NOISE FROM THE MINEu2014WHICH IS NEXT TO A BRIGHTRIDGE SUBSTATION ON BAILEY BRIDGE ROAD.

INMATE STABBING

AN INMATE IS ACCUSED OF STABBING ANOTHER INMATE AT THE NORTHEAST CORRECTIONAL COMPLEX IN MOUNTAIN CITY.u00a0 OFFICIALS SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED SUNDAYu2014AND THE INMATE USED A HOMEMADE WEAPON.u00a0 THE VICTIM IS IN STABLE CONDITION AT A HOSPITAL.u00a0 THE INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION AND CHARGES ARE PENDING.

ETSU-BALLAD-NURSING

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY IS PARTNERING WITH BALLAD HEALTH TO HELP ADDRESS THE NURSING SHORTAGE.u00a0 BALLAD HAS INVESTED $10-MILLION DOLLARS TO FOUND THE APPALACHIAN HIGHLANDS CENTER FOR NURSING ADVANCEMENT. u00a0THE NEW CENTER WILL BE ON THE ETSU CAMPUS AND WILL TAKE A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO NURSING EDUCATION AS ITu2019LL COMBINE BUSINESS, NURSING, LIBERAL ARTS, EDUCATION AND OTHER PROGRAMS.u00a0 THEREu2019LL ALSO BE REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER INSTITUTIONS.

BRISTOL TN CITY COUNCIL

BRISTOL TENNESSEE CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN A SPECIAL SESSION THIS MORNINGu2014AND THEREu2019LL BE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE LANDFILL IN NEIGHBORING BRISTOL VIRGINIA.u00a0 EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE PANEL VOTED TO RETAIN A LAW FIRMu2014TO ADVISE THEM ABOUT ODOR PROBLEMS AT THE LANDFILL.u00a0 THE CITY DOESNu2019T HAVE ANY JURISDICTION IN VIRGINIA, BUT OFFICIALS HAVE RECEIVED COMPLAINTS ABOUT ODOR PROBLEMS.

TCATu2014MASK MANDATE

THE MASK MANDATE AT THE TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY IN ELIZABETHTON WILL EXPIRE SUNDAY.u00a0 HOWEVER, COLLEGE OFFICIALS SAY THEY WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR COVID-19 INFECTION RATES AND POSITIVE CASE COUNTS WITHIN THE COLLEGE COMMUNITY.u00a0 THEY ALSO ASK FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING WHEN POSSIBLE AND IF A STUDENT, FACULTY OR STAFF MEMBER HAS COVID-19 SYMPTOMS TO CONTACT A SUPERVISOR OR INSTRUCTOR FOR MORE GUIDANCE.

OPIOID SETTLEMENT MONEYu2014USE

WASHINGTON COUNTY OFFICIALS WILL DECIDE HOW TO USE THE COUNTYu2019S SHARE OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM AN OPIOID SETTLEMENT.u00a0 NUMEROUS CITIES AND COUNTIES WILL SHARE IN MORE THAN $21-MILLION DOLLARS.u00a0 THEREu2019S BEEN DISCUSSION ABOUT ESTABLISHING A RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTERu2014AT THE FORMER NORTHEAST CORRECTIONAL ANNEX IN ROAN MOUNTAIN.u00a0u00a0 THE SUIT WAS FILED IN 2017, BUT THE OPIOID CRISIS CONTINUES TO HAVE A DEADLY IMPACT ON TENNESSEE–WITH OVERDOSE DEATHS INCREASING BY MORE THAN 40-PERCENT FROM 2019 TO 2020.

VIRGINIA GOVERNORu2019S RACE

VIRGINIAu2019S RACE FOR GOVERNOR IS IN THE FINAL STRETCH AND POLLS SHOW ITu2019S CLOSE.u00a0 NUMEROUS POLLS OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS SHOW DEMOCRAT TERRY MCAULIFFE AND REPUBLICAN GLEN YOUNGKIN IN A DEAD HEAT—WITH ELECTION DAY ONE WEEK FROM TODAY.u00a0 THE RACE WILL LIKELY COME DOWN TO WHICH PARTY CAN GET OUT ITS VOTERSu2014AND SWING VOTERS WILL ALSO BE KEY.u00a0 DEMOCRATS HAVE WON TWO STRAIGHT GOVERNORu2019S RACES IN VIRGINIA.