Work Is Underway On The New Elizabethton-Carter County Animal Shelter. It’s Being Built On Sycamore Shoals Drive, The Same Road As The Current Location. The City And County Have Been Planning To Construct The New Facility For About Ten Years. The New Animal Shelter Should Be Finished By This Summer.
Unicoi County Leaders Have Approved A Measure, On Second And Final Reading, Of An Ordinance To Restrict Large Truck Traffic On Certain Roads Within The Town. This Has Been An Ongoing Problem Within The Town. The Restricted Roads Include Marbleton, Springbrook, Golf Course ,Tinker And Powder Howllow Roads As Well As Massachusetts Avenue, Tennessee And Washington Streets And Zane Whitson Drive.
The Sullivan County Commissioner Who Originally Sought To Have All County Departments Submit Budget Requests Reflecting A 5-Percent Cut For The Upcoming Fiscal Year Has Withdrawn His Proposal. Commissioner Dwight King Said The Resolution Is No Longer Needed Because County Mayor Steve Godsey Has Sent A Letter To All Department Heads Asking Each Submit Two Budget Requests; Of The Two One Must Show How They Would Cut 5 Percent From Their Spending Plans. Those Requests Are Expected To Be Turned In By Early March.
The General Assembly has rejected a proposal to study the need for Virginia to adopt its own alternative currency to the U.S. dollar should the federal reserve system collapse. The Senate killed Del. Bob Marshall’s resolution. This marks the third consecutive year the legislature has rejected the proposal. Marshall’s resolution warned of the threat of sophisticated, foreign cyber-attacks on U.S. banks with the aim of undermining consumer confidence and disrupting the national economy.
There’s Going To Be A Change Soon In How Social Security Recipeints Receive Their Funds. Beginning March First, New Recipients Will Be Required To Have The Money Sent To A Direct Deposit Account, Or Onto A Prepaid Debit Card. The Change Is Expected To Save Taxpayers One Billion Dollars Over The Next Ten Years, While Adding An Extra Layer Of Protection Due To Lost Or Stolen Checks.
A Kingsport Motorist Is In Trouble For Allegedly Making Violent Threats To A City Public Works Crew. 47 Year Old Thomas Willis Is Charge With Aggravated Assault. He’s Accused Of Approaching A Public Works Crew Which He Perceived To Be Blocking His Way And Said He Was Going To “Start Busting Some Heads.” City Employees Were Using A Backhoe To Clean Ditches Along Stapleton Drive, Temporarily Blocking The Roadway Prior To The Alleged Incident. Willis Was Arrested Without Incident And Booked Into The City Jail. A Court Date Is Pending In General Sessions Court.
A bill to allow handgun carry permit holders to store loaded firearms in their vehicles in Tennessee no matter where they are parked has cleared its final legislative committee before a full House vote. The House Civil Justice Committee advanced the measure on a voice vote after supporters stressed that the measure would not stop employers from banning weapons on their property but would simply remove their ability to call for criminal charges against violators.
A Southwest Virginia Lawmaker Has Been Honored For His Legislative Record Of Supporting Policies For Manufacturers To Compete In The Global Marketplace. Ninth District Congressman Morgan Griffith Was Presented With The National Association Of Manufacturer’s Legislative Excellence Award. Morgan Said Manufacturing Is Key To The Economy Not Only In Virgina’s Ninth District, But To Communities Across The Country. He Accepted The Award In Dublin At Volvo’s New River Valley Manufacturing Plant Which Employs 21-Hundred Workers.
A Washington County Virginia School Was Placed On Lockdown. Damascus Middle School Was Placed On Lockdown For About Twenty Minutes Wednesday Morning. Sheriff Fred Newman Tells Us It Was A Precautionary Measure. Officers Responded To A Domestic Situation At A Home Near The School That Possibly Involved A Gun. Students Were Never In Any Danger. The Sheriff Said The Lockdown Was Lifted As Soon As Deputies Arrested The Suspect. Charges Against The Suspect Are Pending.
The Autopsy Results Are In For A Scott County Virginia Woman Whose Body Was Found On A Dungannon Roadway This Past Weekend. The Scott County Sheriff’s Ofice Said The Death Of 57 Year Old Mary Darnell Is No Longer Being Investigated As A Homicide. Darnell’s Body Was Found Sunday Near Ohio Street In Dungannon. Although The Autopsy Declared Her Death Was Not Homicide, It Also Showed Her Death Was Not A Result Of Natural Causes. An Exact Cause Of Death Is Still Pending The Return Of Toxicology Tests, Which Could Take Several Weeks Or Longer To Get Back.
A Lawsuit Filed By Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson Against County Mayor Steve Godsey Could End Up Being Resolved Out Of Court. Sheriff Anderson Filed The Suit In Order To Get Additional Funding For His Department. Godsey Has Recently Been Involved In Negotiations To Hopefully Avoid Taking The Lawsuit To Court. Godsey Said If An Agreement Can Be Reached, It Will Be Up To The County Commission To Vote On Whether Or Not To Adopt The Plans. The Matter Could Be Voted On At The Next County Commission Meeting, Which Is Set For February 25th.