BrightRidge will donate another $50,000 to RegionAHEAD’s Local Business Recovery Fund, a pool of funding established to help struggling small businesses in the Appalachian Highlands region.According a news release, BrightRidge’s board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday evening to invest the money. BrightRidge is also issuing a challenge to other regional electric utilities to match the investment.Organizers of the Local Business Recovery Fund have so far distributed $98,650 to 22 businesses. Chamber officials will be presenting the first round of grant checks beginning Friday, May 29, through Thursday, June 4. Of the $98,650 in distributed funding, $56,000 is going to Virginia companies and $42,650 is going to businesses in Northeast Tennessee.
Officials have announced the department of navy’s approval to establish a National Defense Cadet Corps program at Elizabethton High School.The school board is evaluating the budget to possibly begin the program this fall.Elizabethton high school has been assigned a mentor, volunteer high school instructor major Steven Bickford, to assist with creating and establishing the program.
Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium’s Nature Center will reopen and some programs will resume on June 1, according to a release from the city of Kingsport.However, there will be limited capacities.The Nature Center was closed and programs discontinued due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the press release, only 20 visitors will be allowed in the Nature Center at a time. The upper level and gift shop area will be accessible. A “flow of traffic” will be designated.Bays Mountain leaders recommend visitors wear masks in the Nature Center and follow social distancing guidelines.
The Better Business Bureau says its offices are getting calls from concerned consumers about a prepaid debit card that arrived in an unmarked envelope stating it was their economic stimulus payment. The BBB says don;t throw away the enveloped because the payments are legitimate!Nearly four million people will receive an Economic Impact Payment card instead of a check, according to the IRS.The card contains the money sent out by the IRS as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
Everyone 10 years of age or older will be required to wear a mask while in many public places in Virginia starting Friday, according to Gov. Ralph Northam.This includes stores, personal care and grooming establishments, inside places where people congregate, inside government buildings, and while using public transportation. This also includes restaurants, except while eating or drinking.There will be some exceptions, including while exercising, if you have trouble breathing or are unable to remove a mask without help, or if your health conditions prohibit wearing a face covering.
A young girl was locked for weeks in an unfinished basement with little nourishment for weeks until she died, according to court documents read in a Roane County, Tennessee courtroom according to news outlets.The parents admitted the 11-year-old girl was buried on the property and her brother remained locked in that same basement until he was released by deputies over the weekend.Her parents, Michael Anthony Gray Sr., 63, and Shirley Gray, 60, have been charged with child abuse, child neglect, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse.
Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation say there is an ongoing investigation after an officer-involved shooting Monday night in Washington County.According to a release from the TBI, deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were called to a home on Polo Lane in Jonesborough after they, “received a report of a male subject threatening to harm himself and a relative.”When authorities got to the home they found a man identified as 43 year old Gary Dorton, 43, “on the front porch, armed with a large knife.”Officials say “Dorton refused to drop the knife and attempted to cut himself. At that point, deputies deployed a taser in order to subdue him.”Dorton died at the scene, according to authorities.
This year’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway is getting a name change – The Supermarket Heroes 500 will be taking place this weekend! Food City President and CEO Steve Smith announced the change at a press conference along with BMS president Jerry Caldwell in a move to honor supermarket employees.The race will proceed with an empty stadium.Even though Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee lifted restrictions that could allow the race to proceed, Caldwell said the restrictions weren’t lifted in time to bring fans in for Sunday’s race.
A man was arrested on Sunday after police say he waved a gun inside Numan’s Cafe & Sports Bar.According to a release from the Johnson City Police Department, officers were called to Numan’s on East Main Street after being informed of a person waving a firearm at a patron of the downtown bar.The release says officers located 25 year old Darius Woodbury of Kingsport, leaving the area as a passenger in a vehicle.Officers stopped the vehicle and found the gun.The release says Woodbury was taken into custody after he was identified by witnesses as the man waving the gun.
All hikers stranded by rising flood waters at a popular hiking trails in southwest Virginia have been rescued.According to Duffield Fire Chief Roger Carter, all of the hikers were rescued on trails around the Devil’s Bathtub.Emergency crews responded to the scene Sunday evening. Emergency crews say 20 people were rescued after being trapped on the trails after heavy rains that caused flash flooding.Crews from multiple departments were called in to assist with the rescues, requiring various locations during the rescue attempts.At least two swift water rescue teams were called in from across southwest Virginia, including Appalachia Fire Department and Bristol, Virginia Fire Department.