Local News 2020

MAN ARRESTED IN CARTER SHOOTING

A MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER AN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING IN CARTER COUNTY.  THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WAS CALLED TO HIGHWAY 321 IN HAMPTON AND FOUND TWO MEN, ONE OF WHOM HAD GUNSHOT WOUNDS TO THE UPPER ARM.  INVESTIGATORS THEN WENT TO A HOUSE ON SWIMMING POOL ROAD AND FOUND EVIDENCE LINKING 34-YEAR-OLD JAMES TERRY PIERCE TO THE SHOOTING.  HE WAS ARRESTED FOR VIOLATION OF PROBATION AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.  HE’S HELD AT THE CARTER COUNTY DETENTION CENTER.

COVID-19—SOUTHWEST VA/VIRGINIA

THERE ARE 4 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS AND 25 NEW CASES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.  THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS 2 OF THE DEATHS WERE IN RUSSELL COUNTY WITH 1 EACH IN LEE AND TAZEWELL COUNTIES.  TAZEWELL COUNTY ALSO HAS THE MOST NEW CASES WITH 5 WHILE WISE COUNTY HAS 4 NEW CASES.  ACROSS VIRGINIA, THERE’VE BEEN 578-THOUSAND 559 COVID-19 CASES AND 8-THOUSAND 943 DEATHS ASSOCIATED WITH THE VIRUS.  THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 1-THOUSAND 385 CASES AND 160 DEATHS OVER MONDAY’S REPORT.

WASH CO SCHOOLS DIRECTOR

THE WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL NEGOTIATE WITH DR. JERRY BOYD TO BECOME THE NEXT DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS.  BOYD CURRENTLY SERVES AS AN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.   BOYD ALSO SERVED AS SUPERINTENDENT OF PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS FROM 2012 THROUGH 2020. IF A CONTRACT IS APPROVED, BOYD WOULD REPLACE DR. BILL FLANARY—WHO RETIRES JUNE 30TH.

BOONE LAKE—HIGHER LEVELS

FOR BOONE LAKE RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS WHO STILL HAVE OBJECTS ALONG THE SHORELINE, TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REMOVE THEM.  THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY WILL BEGIN RAISING THE LAKE MARCH 15TH—WITH PLANS TO MOVE UP TWO FEET A WEEK DEPENDING ON WEATHER CONDITIONS.  THE LAKE SHOULD REACH 1373 FEET AT THE END OF APRIL AND HOLD THERE FOR THE MONTH OF MAY.  THAT’S THE ELEVATION WHERE THE INITIAL SEEPAGE NEAR THE DAM WAS DISCOVERED.  THE LAKE SHOULD CONTINUE TO MOVE UP INTO THE MONTH OF JULY WHEN IT’S EXPECTED TO HIT SUMMER POOL AT 1382.

GAS PRICES

GAS PRICES CONTINUE TO INCREASE—WITH THE NATIONAL AVERAGE UP 9 CENTS FROM LAST WEEK—AND 30 CENTS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY.  THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS $2.72 A GALLON AND TRIPLE A PROJECTS THE AVERAGE TO HIT AT LEAST $2.80 A GALLON IN MARCH.  IN THE TRI-CITIES, THE AVERAGE IS $2.49 A GALLON—AND THAT’S UP 8-CENTS FROM LAST WEEK.

SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK-LIGHTNING

TODAY’S FOCUS FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IS LIGHTNING.  ALL THUNDERSTORMS CONTAIN LIGHTNING AND YOU NEED TO SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY—WHETHER IT’S INSIDE OR IN YOUR VEHICLE.  ANTHONY CAVALLUCCI WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN SAYS CHECK THE FORECAST BEFORE PLANNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, “AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE WEATHER FORECAST.  THUNDERSTORMS THAT CREEP UP ON YOU SHOULD NOT BE A SURPRISE.  THEY SHOULD NEVER CREEP UP ON YOU.  YOU SHOULD KNOW AHEAD OF TIME WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE BEING OUTDOORS.”    AS A LAST RESORT, IF YOU CAN’T SEEK SHELTER, FIND SOMEWHERE TO MAKE YOURSELF THE LOWEST TARGET POSSIBLE—AND DO IT AWAY FROM TREES.

NFS GETS CONTRACT

AS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY’S PLAN TO MODERNIZE THE Y-12 SECURITY COMPLEX IN OAK RIDGE, NUCLEAR FUEL SERVICES IN ERWIN HAS BEEN AWARDED A $57.5-MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT FOR CONVERTING AND PURIFYING HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM.  THE CONTRACT WITH N-F-S WILL ALLOW UPDATING PROCESSES AT Y-12, SOME OF WHICH ARE OVER 70 YEARS OLD AND IN NEED OF REPLACEMENT.