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COVID-19—VIRGINIA

THERE ARE 39 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND NO NEW DEATHS.  THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS 23 OF THE NEW CASES ARE IN SMYTH COUNTY, 5 IN RUSSELL COUNTY, 3 IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, 2 IN TAZEWELL AND WISE COUNTIES, AND 1 NEW CASE EACH IN THE CITY OF BRISTOL, LEE, DICKENSON AND BUCHANAN COUNTIES.  THERE ARE 141-THOUSAND 138 COVID-19 CASES IN VIRGINIA AND 3-THOUSAND 21 DEATHS CONNECTED TO THE VIRUS.  THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 627 CASES AND 6 DEATHS FROM SUNDAY.

WOMAN FALLS FROM WINDOW

JOHNSON CITY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING HOW A WOMAN FELL FROM A FIFTH STORY WINDOW AT 200 EAST MAIN STREET.  OFFICERS WERE CALLED AROUND 2:30 SATURDAY MORNING AND THE WOMAN WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL FOR HER INJURIES.  SEVERAL WITNESSES HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWED.  IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, CONTACT JOHNSON CITY POLICE.

MAN CHARGED—MINOR—DRUGS

A MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED AFTER POLICE FOUND HIM WITH A MINOR—AND DRUGS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS.  UNICOI POLICE WERE ON PATROL AND SAW JACOB MACE AT UNICOI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL—WHERE THERE’D BEEN VANDALISM AND DRUG PROBLEMS AT THE PAVILION.    OFFICERS SMELLED MARIJUANA AND BOTH HAD GLASSY, GLAZED EYES.  MACE HAD A BACKPACK WITH 12.1 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA AND A GLASS PIPE.  BOTH ADMITTED SMOKING MARIJUANA BEFORE ENTERING THE PAVILION AT THE SCHOOL.  THE JUVENILE WAS RELEASED TO A GUARDIAN AND MACE WILL APPEAR IN COURT IN NOVEMBER.

WASH CO SCHOOL—BACK IN PERSON

WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL STUDENTS BEGIN A HYBRID SCHEDULE TODAY.  THERE’LL BE TWO DAYS OF IN-PERSON LEARNING AND THREE DAYS OF REMOTE INSTRUCTION.  WHAT’S NOT CLEAR IS JUST HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL SHOW UP FOR CLASS—AS SURVEY NUMBERS HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THE MAP.   THE STAGGERED SCHEDULE WILL RUN THROUGH OCTOBER 1ST.

JC ROADWORK

REPAIR WORK WILL BEGIN TODAY AT A BUSY JOHNSON CITY INTERSECTION.  PUBLIC WORKS CREWS WILL BEGIN REPAIRING CONCRETE MEDIANS AT WEST MARKET STREET AND UNIVERSITY PARKWAY.  THE WORK WILL OCCUR IN 2 PHASES AND SHOULD BE COMPLETE BY OCTOBER 2ND.  VARIOUS TRAFFIC AND TURN LANES WILL BE CLOSED THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT.  YOU’RE URGED TO USE CAUTION IN THE AREA.

COVID-19—ETSU—FALL SEMESTER

FALL SEMESTER CLASSES AT EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY BEGAN AUGUST 24TH.  IN THE MIDST OF COVID-19, THINGS LOOK MUCH DIFFERENT ON CAMPUS—WITH THE BULK OF COURSES BEING TAUGHT ON-LINE RESIDENCE HALLS REDUCED TO SINGLE OCCUPANCY AND NUMEROUS COVID-19 PROTOCOLS IN PLACE. UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DR. BRIAN NOLAND SAYS THINGS HAVE GONE WELL,”IN MANY RESPECTS, THE FALL HAS EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS.”    THERE’VE BEEN JUST A HANDFUL OF STUDENTS AND STAFF WHO’VE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19—A FAR CRY FROM OTHER COLLEGE CAMPUSES, INCLUDING THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE.