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OVER 46,000 COVID-19 CASES IN VIRGINIA

THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 46,000 POSITIVE CASES OF COVID-19 STATE WIDE. AS OF TUESDAY, THERE HAVE BEEN 46,239 CASES IN VIRGINIA. THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN 1,407 DEATHS AND 4,770 HOSPITALIZATIONS. ONE NEW CASE WAS REPORTED IN WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA. THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DOES NOT REPORT RECOVERIES FROM THE VIRUS.

STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT STOPS PASSING OUT FREE MASKS

THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS CONFIRMED THAT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS ARE NO LONGER DISTRIBUTING FREE MASKS AT THIS TIME. ACCORDING TO THE SULLIVAN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE MASK DISTRIBUTION WAS ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER CONTROL, ON A DIRECTIVE FROM THE CENTRAL OFFICE. THE SUSPENSION FOLLOWS A REPORT FROM A NASHVILLE TV STATION, THAT THE SOCK MASKS WERE TREATED WITH A REGISTERED PESTICIDE. ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, THE MASKS WERE ALLEGEDLY TREATED WITH SILVADUR, WHICH IS MADE BY DUPONT. ACCORDING TO DUPONT’S WEB SITE, SILVADUR IS AN ANTIMICROBIAL AND ODOR CONTROL TECHNOLOGY FOR TEXTILES, THAT USES SILVER IONS TO KILL ODOR KILLING MICROBES.

JC MAN ACCUSED OF KEEPING WOMAN IN HIS VEHICLE

A JOHNSON CITY MAN IS FACING CHARGES, AFTER THE CARTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVED A CALL LAST THURSDAY EVENING ABOUT A POSSIBLE HOSTAGE SITUATION. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAID THE CALLER TOLD THEM THAT A WOMAN WAS TIED UP, AND HAD TRIED TO LEAVE A THE VEHICLE SHE WAS IN, BUT A MAN WAS PHYSICALLY RESTRAINING HER. DEPUTIES LOCATED THE VEHICLE IN THE 200 BLOCK OF COAL CHUTE ROAD. DEPUTIES SAY THE WOMAN WAS VISIBLY IN DISTRESS AND CRYING. OFFICERS SEPARATED THE DRIVER 45 YEAR OLD JAMES LINGERFELT AND THE VICTIM. HE WAS CHARGED WITH FALSE IMPRISONMENT, DOMESTIC ASSAULT, AND DRIVING WITH A REVOKED LICENSE. HE’S BEING HELD IN THE CARTER COUNTY DETENTION CENTER.

TN COVID-19 CASES

THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN A TOTAL OF 24,375 POSITIVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN THE STATE, AND 381 DEATHS. THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 821 CASES AND 14 DEATHS SINCE MONDAY. THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN 15,916 RECOVERIES, AN INCREASE OF 352 SINCE MONDAY. IN THE 8 COUNTY NORTHEAST TENNESSEE REGION NO NEW CASES WERE REPORTED TUESDAY. CURRENTLY THERE ARE 34 ACTIVE CASES IN UNICOI COUNTY, 4 IN GREENE COUNTY, 2 EACH IN HAWKINS AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES, AND 1 IN JOHNSON COUNTY. STATEWIDE, OVER 462,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TESTED.

SALTVILLE PHARMACIST PLEADS GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT

A PHARMACIST AT RITE AID IN SALTVILLE VIRGINIA HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGES IN FEDERAL COURT IN ABINGDON. 34 YEAR OLD RYAN PATRICK OF GRAY TENNESSEE, PLEADED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF OBTAINING DRUGS BY FRAUD, AND ONE COUNT OF USING THE REGISTRATION NUMBER OF ANOTHER, IN THE COURSE OF ACQUIRING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. PATRICK WAS ACCUSED OF FILLING PRESCRIPTIONS IN THE NAMES OF AT LEAST 5 DIFFERENT DOGS CONNECTED TO HIS GIRLFRIENDS VETERINARY CLINIC IN BLUFF CITY TENNESSEE. PATRICK IS SCHEDULED TO BE SENTENCED AUGUST 28TH, AND FACES UP TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON, AND A POSSIBLE 250,000 DOLLAR FINE.

JONESBOROUGH RE-OPENING IN PHASE 2

THE TOWN OF JONESBOROUGH IS IN PHASE TWO OF ITS PHASED RE-OPENING. PHASE TWO OF THE TOWNS PLAN BEGAN MAY 27TH, AND INCLUDED THE OPENING OF TOWN HALL WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING PRACTICES AND GUIDELINES IN PLACE, GLASS SHIELDS INSTALLED AT ALL SERVICE COUNTERS, TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL DISTANCING, INCREASED CLEANING AND SANITIZING OF PUBLIC AREAS AND RESTROOMS. THE TOWN CONTINUES TO ENCOURAGE CITIZENS TO MAKE PAYMENTS BY PHONE AT 423-753-1040, OR THROUGH ONLINE BILL PAY, BANK AUTO DRAFT, MAIL, OR DROP BOXES AT THE BACK OF THE POST OFFICE PARKING LOT, AND THE DOOR OUTSIDE THE WATER DEPARTMENT.

MORE TROUBLE FOR MOUNT CARMEL MAYOR

THE MAYOR OF MOUNT CARMEL IS FACING MORE LEGAL TROUBLE. ACCORDING TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL BARRY STAUBUS, CHRIS JONES WAS SERVED WITH A GRAND JURY INDICTMENT FOR TWO COUNTS OF CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION, AND ONCE COUNT OF CRIMINAL SIMULATION. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE SULLIVAN COUNTY JAIL TUESDAY. THIS COMES JUST DAYS AFTER JONES WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT IN HAWKINS COUNTY FOR ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING A WOMAN. IN FEBRUARY JONES WAS INDICTED BY A GRAND JURY, AFTER INVESTIGATORS SAY HE STOLE MORE THAN 300,000 DOLLARS FROM HIS GRANDMOTHER’S ESTATE OVER THE SPAN OF SEVERAL YEARS.

ELIZABETHTON PARKS AND REC BEGINS PHASED RE-OPENING

THE ELIZABETHTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT BEGAN OPENING MANY OF ITS FACILITIES TO THE PUBLIC ON MAY 29TH. THE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THAT PLAYGROUNDS AND PAVILIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR PUBLIC USE AT HARMON PARK, CITY PARK, LIONS FIELD, CARMEN DUGGER SPORTS BALL COMPLEX YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL FIELD, AND THE ELIZABETHTON RECREATION CENTER TEE BALL COMPLEX, BUT THERE ARE SOME RESTRICTIONS. ON JUNE 8TH, THE DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN SCHEDULING PAVILIONS FOR PRIVATE PARTIES OF NO MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE. THE FIRST RESERVATIONS WILL BE FOR JUNE 27TH. THE ELIZABETHTON RECREATION CENTER WILL BEGIN A GRADUAL RE-OPENING JUNE 8TH. AND OUTDOOR BASKETBALL COURTS AND THE OPEN GYM AT THE RECREATION CENTER ARE STILL CLOSED.