Local News 2020

SUSPICIOUS DEATH

KINGSPORT POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A BODY WAS FOUND ON THE SIDE OF A BUSY ROADWAY THIS MORNING.  PATROL OFFICERS AND DETECTIVES WERE CALLED TO LYNN GARDEN DRIVE NEAR WEST STONE DRIVE AROUND 8 A.M.  POLICE ARE TREATING THE DEATH AS SUSPICIOUS.  THE BODY WILL BE SENT TO THE QUILLEN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE FOR AN AUTOPSY FOR POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION AND THE CAUSE OF DEATH.

COVID-19-BALLAD HEALTH

BALLAD HEALTH REPORTS 211 PATIENTS HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19 AND 1 MORE PATIENT UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR THE VIRUS.  OF THOSE HOSPITALIZED, 44 ARE IN INTENSIVE CARE AND 29 ARE ON VENTILATORS.  THAT LEAVES 61 COVID-19 BEDS AVAIALBLE.  BALLAD’S DAILY SCORECARD ALSO SHOWS AN 18-PERCENT POSITIVE TEST RATE FOR THE VIRUS AND 97 DEATHS OVER THE PAST WEEK.

COVID-19-SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

THERE ARE 3 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS AND 82 NEW CASES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.  THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS 1 DEATH EACH IN SCOTT, SMYTH AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES.  TAZEWELL COUNTY HAS THE MOST NEW CASES WITH 21 WHILE SMYTH COUNTY HAS 19.  ACROSS VIRGINIA, THERE ARE 223-THOUSAND CASES AND 3-THOUSAND 979 DEATHS CONNECTED TO THE VIRUS.  THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 2-THOUSAND 544 CASES AND 37 DEATHS FROM MONDAY.

WOODBY-CARTER MAYOR

YOU CAN REMOVE THE INTERIM TAG FROM CARTER COUNTY MAYOR PATTY WOODBY’S TITLE.  WOODBY HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO SERVE THE REST OF RUSTY BARNETT’S TERM—THROUGH THE AUGUST 2022 ELECTION.  SHE ALSO BECOMES THE FIRST FEMALE TO HOLD THE OFFICE IN THE COUNTY.  WOODBY HAS BEEN IN THE OFFICE SINCE BARNETT’S SUDDEN DEATH IN SEPTEMBER.

WASH CO SCHOOLS-VIRTUAL

WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE SPENDING PLENTY OF TIME WITH THEIR CHROMEBOOKS AND DEVICES—AS THEY’LL REMAIN ON A FULLY VIRTUAL SCHEDULE UNTIL JANUARY 8TH.  THE BOARD OF EDUCATION ADOPTED THE PLAN—BASED ON COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS.  ANOTHER PROBLEM IS HAVING ENOUGH TEACHERS TO KEEP SCHOOLS OPEN FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING.  THE BOARD MEETS AGAIN JANUARY 4TH TO EVALUATE THE LEARNING MODEL.

ONE ACRE CAFÉ—THANKSGIVING MEAL

A JOHNSON CITY CAFÉ WILL STILL SHARE ITS ANNUAL THANKSGIVING MEAL WITH THE COMMUNITY, BUT WITH A DIFFERENT LOOK.  ONE ACRE CAFÉ WILL SERVE MEALS BY TAKE OUT ONLY ON WEDNESDAY.  ANYONE WHO IS PRESENT AT THE CAFÉ AT 603 WEST WALNUT STREET BETWEEN 11 A.M. AND 2 P.M. TOMORROW WILL RECEIVE A MEAL.  THE TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING MEAL WILL BE SERVED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.  PEOPLE ARE ASKED TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCE WHILE OUTSIDE AND IN LINE FOR FOOD.  THE MEAL WILL BE FREE, BUT DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

GAS PRICES—THANKSGIVING

AT $2.10 A GALLON, NATIONWIDE GAS PRICES AT THANKSGIVING WILL BE THE LOWEST SINCE 2015.   TRIPLE-A SAYS THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS HELD OIL PRICES DOWN—AND DEMAND IS ALSO LOWER.  IN THE TRI-CITIES, THE AVERAGE IS $1.82 A GALLON—DOWN 2 CENTS FROM LAST WEEK.