VaNews for Tazewell County
Fern Echols spotted a man walking near the family house and ventured outside to investigate. She suspected he worked as a contractor for the private company that hopes to route a large natural gas pipeline through the region.
“He told me he was looking for endangered species,” she recalled. “I told him, ‘Honey, you just met one.’”
Fern Shupe Echols, a daughter of a Tazewell County coal miner, is 76 years old.
Two Southwest Virginia organizations have been awarded nearly $3 million in funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission to help coal miners affected by recent layoffs.
Virginia is among nine states — including Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia—to receive funding, which could bring more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multi-million-dollar federal grant.
Bill Bunch of Tazewell just wants his water kept clean.
The Tazewell resident, who is running for Congress, urged the State Water Control Board Wednesday night to be cautious when regulating wastewater from the Clinch River Power Plant as it is returned into the river and drinking supply.
Tazewell County officials have seized more than $850,000 of equipment at a coal mine owned by West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice for failure to pay property taxes.
Tazewell County Treasurer David Larimer said the distress/seizure warrant was executed after the county did not receive payment of $850,000 in property taxes that were due in December.
Though Tazewell County voters had plenty on the ballot Tuesday, they had few choices outside of the national election.
Benjamin A. Gibson was running unopposed for the Pocahontas mayor’s seat, as was Jannis R. “Jan” White for the Richlands mayoral position and A. Donald Buchanan Jr. for the job in Tazewell.
Some Southwest Virginia viewers are getting their public television back. About 27,000 households in Tazewell and Buchanan counties can now receive West Virginia PBS through Time Warner Cable, four months after the Roanoke PBS station was forced to turn off two transmitters due to budget cuts.
A water quality study of the Clinch River and its tributaries has yielded some sobering results.
The study has identified 16 impaired streams that account for an estimated 96 miles of waterways in Wise, Scott, Lee, Tazewell and Russell counties.
Prosecutors from Smyth and Tazewell counties will split $1.3 million derived from a federal court decision last May, when Abbott Laboratories pleaded guilty to falsifying benefits of the drug Depakote, Department of Justice officials announced Wednesday.
Dr. Michaelene Meyer, currently serving as the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Manassas City Public Schools, has been appointed to serve as the Superintendent of Tazewell County Schools. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelors of Science in Education, a Masters of Education in Administration, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies (Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership).
A federal study reveals that Southwest Virginia has a larger rate of accidental death from prescription drug overdoses than any other part of the commonwealth.
The report, based on recommendations from a November summit presented in Wytheville by the Western District of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Virginia, says that the highest concentration of fatalities stemming from abuse and overdose of painkillers and other opioids like OxyContin, Lortab and Xanax are based in Russell, Dickenson, Wise, Buchanan and Tazewell counties.