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VSP investigating inmate death at regional jail

DUFFIELD, Va. (WYMT) - State authorities are investigating an inmate’s death at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield. The Virginia State Police said its Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office launched an investigation into the May 20 death of inmate Sherri D. Cook, 43 of Whitesburg, Kentucky.
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MCCC brings ‘hope and recovery’ to Hindman

HINDMAN, Ky. (WYMT) - This week, a new center opened its doors in Knott County, hoping to fill a need for the people in the area. Glenda Shrum, president of the Knott Drug Abuse Council, said she and her colleagues worked for nearly a decade to bring intensive treatment to the area.
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Kingsport Times-News

Wise County budget heads to final vote July 1

WISE — The Wise County 2022-23 draft budget drew few comments on Friday after a scheduled Board of Supervisors public hearing. Representatives of the Wise County school system and Frontier Health thanked the board for their funding in the budget, while county resident Walter Crouse said he was skeptical of the budget’s revenue projections due to national economic conditions.

Family releases name of Kentucky Power worker who died on the job

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Update: We have learned the name of the Kentucky Power worker who died. The family said Wallace “Woo” Melton Jr., 58, was killed Thursday morning. Perry County Sheriff Joe Engle says that around 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning, Melton was in his Kentucky Power truck on the right fork of Maces Creek in the Viper area when he went over an embankment.
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Wise county officials say Appalachia will continue to get fire, emergency services

WISE — Appalachia residents will continue to see fire and emergency medical service coverage despite a disagreement over Wise County funding for the department. Wise County Administrator Mike Hatfield on Thursday released a statement saying that the Appalachia Fire and Rescue organization has told county and Appalachia town officials that it will cease emergency medical service coverage in the town and adjacent county response zone after July 2.

Juneteenth celebration held in Hazard

Several community organizations held a Juneteenth fellowship celebration and cookout in downtown Hazard on Saturday, June 18, to educate the community about the history of slavery ending in the United States. Juneteenth, short for June 19, marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas. in 1865 to take...

SOAR Focus summit kicks off in Hazard - 11:00 p.m.

London Police Chief Retires - 11:00 p.m. Mountain News Top Stories at 4:00 p.m. - June 23, 2022. Teen talks about riding helicopter shortly before it crashed. Maddison Brown had taken what turned out to be one of the Vietnam era helicopter's final rides. Two arrested after large drug raid...

Crime In The Coalfields episode 10 out now

APPALACHIA, WV, KY, VA (WVNS) – Every other Tuesday at Midnight, we bring you the most notorious, most unknown, and the deepest crime cases that Appalachia has to offer. The tenth episode of Crime In The Coalfields, centered around the tragic unsolved murder of Roy Melvin, is available right now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and […]

Heat continues into the weekend

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Skies remain dry, but our seasonably hot weather continues as we close out the work week and head into the final weekend of June (I know, right?) Another warm evening expected as we finish the night out tonight. And that includes the mostly clear skies we’ll have tonight. Mild and muggy is the name of the game as we drop back into the middle and upper 60s overnight. That’s ahead of an even hotter day on the way for Saturday.

Kentucky Office of Rural Health Seeks Applications for Elder Wellness Enrichment Initiative Grant

Hazard, Ky. (June 24, 2022) — The Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) is accepting applications for its Elder Wellness Enrichment Initiative Grant, which will provide funding of up to $5,000 to nonprofit rural health care organizations and community-based organizations to create or enhance services for older adults — to help them age in place in rural Kentucky.

EKY animal shelter experiences overwhelming amount of drop-offs

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) -An animal shelter in Hazard is experiencing a surplus of animals that are in desperate need of homes. Those with the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter said they are running out of room to house any more strays, but animals are still showing up. On Tuesday, 25...

Commentary: Lessons on Acceptance from Rural America

A number of years ago, my husband surprised me on my 40th birthday with a gathering of unlikelies, held at our favorite, family-owned, Italian restaurant in the heart of Appalachia. It didn’t occur to me then that the friends he had invited were unlikelies; for me, they were people I had known most of my life: family, close friends, and new friends. But by the end of the evening, one comment seemed to carry the weight of the time we all spent together, celebrating. The words were spoken by my older sister who, generally, was not one to delve beneath the surface of any topic, thinking it best to keep conversation light. “As I looked around the room,” she began, “I suddenly realized how the gathering represented so many different people from so many different walks of life. And I wondered how we all fit so well together.” These words brought a moment of astonishment and deep gratitude.

TyTy Washington selected 29th in the NBA Draft

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky’s own TyTy Washington was selected 29th in the NBA Draft. The pick was by Memphis, but Washington will be traded to Houston. Washington averaged 12.5 points, 3.9 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game and shot 45.1 percent from the field in his one season at UK. He was a five-time SEC Freshman of the Week.

Summer sizzle continues into the weekend before rain chances return

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The heat continues into the first weekend of summer, but some possible relief could be on the way next week. Look for another hot and sunny ahead on this Friday. Like I suspected yesterday, the earlier than expected sunshine took us up into the upper 80s and the Wendell Ford Airport in Hazard actually made it to 90. Look for a similar situation today, but we are going to go ahead and forecast 90 for a high after early morning temperatures in the mid to upper 60s.

Inmate death reported at Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield

(WCYB) — The Virginia State Police is investigating the death of an inmate at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield. Investigators say Sherri Cook, 43, of Whitesburg, Kentucky was taken to the jail for processing on the afternoon of May 20. Cook's behavior was described as "combative" and she was "secured in a safety chair."

American Idol winner Noah Thompson to perform at Black Gold Festival

HAZARD, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Black Gold Festival Committee has announced 2022 American Idol winner Noah Thompson will perform in Hazard this fall. The 41st annual Black Gold Festival will take place Sept. 15-17, 2022. According to festival organizers, Thompson will perform on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m....

Wallins man charged with wanton endangerment and resisting arrest

A Wallins man is facing charges including wanton endangerment and resisting arrest after allegedly fleeing from police and destroying property at a store. Michael Tyler Buell, 36, was arrested on June, 16, by Kentucky State Police Trooper J. Jones. According to the citation, Kentucky State Police Post 10, Harlan, received...