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News 5 WCYB

Blountville, TN, United States

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Past articles by Olivia:

Grant provides housing to domestic violence victims, individuals in transition

New grants are making southwest Virginia housing options possible for those in need. → Read More

Longtime Southwest Virginia Delegate Joe Johnson passes away at 90

News 5 has learned that long-time Southwest Virginia Delegate Joe Johnson has passed away. Delegate Israel O'Quinn's office released a statement Friday morning. → Read More

Multiple rescues made in Wise County due to flooding

Multiple rescues were made by crews in Wise County Thursday, due to flooding in the area. Many crews were staged just outside of the town of Pound. → Read More

Evacuation order issued for Pound Bottom, swift water rescue teams respond to Pound

Update: Swift water rescue teams are responding to Pound, due to flash flooding in the area. The Appalachia Fire Department is also responding to the area. → Read More

Former Russell County mine preparation plant repurposed as industrial development site

A new industrial site is ready to go in Russell County that could have a lot of potential for new business. → Read More

Castlewood intersection named in honor of service member missing in action

A Castlewood intersection is now named in honor of a service member who remains listed as missing in action. → Read More

Regional initiatives address need for affordable, quality childcare

Agency officials say southwest Virginia has a gap of affordable quality childcare of nearly three times the rest of the Commonwealth. → Read More

'Project Weld' connects prison inmates with workforce training prior to release

A new initiative in southwest Virginia is giving second-chance opportunities for inmates in custody. When an inmate arrives to Wise Correctional Unit in Coeburn, there is no question on whether their time served will be productive. "I tell them when they first come to the camp: You’re going to work. You’re going to go to school, or you’re going to do both," superintendent Jessica King told us. → Read More

UVA-Wise to receive $12M as part of Virginia budget

Virginia’s biennium budget has a large focus on education, including higher education. UVA-Wise is set to receive more than $12 million. “We really want to grow the college," Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City) said. "We feel that the growth at UVA-Wise will really help us with economic development. ”Around 2,000 thousand students are enrolled in UVA-Wise, with half of them in full-time classes.… → Read More

Teacher Appreciation Week highlights community support of education

Many around the country are observing Teacher Appreciation Week for educators throughout our schools. At Joseph P. Van Pelt Elementary School in Bristol, they tell us they have received a number of gracious donations. Community organizations and churches have provided two meals a day for teachers and staff members this week. We were there as breakfast was delivered on Friday. → Read More

Social-emotional learning bridges the gap between home and school for Van Pelt students

Van Pelt Elementary is working to help students with social and emotional learning. The Bristol, Virginia school is implementing the program to help students identify their emotions in zones by using colors. For example, green indicates a student is feeling good and ready to learn. Other colors like yellow, red, and blue help students designate and associate their feelings with methods to… → Read More

Community members work to restore Washington County, Virginia church

Members of one Washington County, Virginia community are working to restore a historical church. The renovations and repairs are part of an attempt to celebrate all generations who have come through the doors. “The music brings more life to the community and brings joy and peace," Ronnie Mongtomery told us as we visited the small church in the rural community of Plum Creek just outside of Glade… → Read More

NEIGHBOR NEXT DOOR: Coffee shop owner creates book club for kids

Wolf Hills Coffee is one of several new businesses that inhabit Abingdon’s historic Springhouse. We started making coffee beans in our skillet on the stove, and they were really terrible, so we invested in a roaster," owner Sarah Beth Childers told us. "We had some friends get interested in it, and they wanted to help us out with it. We started going to the farmer’s market. We never imagined we… → Read More

The Appalachian School of Law partners with Virginia AG's Office to offer appeal program

Students at the Appalachian School of Law will soon have a unique opportunity in Virginia court rooms. The school and the Virginia Attorney General's Office announced a new externship program Wednesday that will allow law students to work on criminal appeals cases in the state. “ASL is an incredible asset to Southwest Virginia. ASL students are well-rounded, hardworking, and passionate people… → Read More

Deputy credited with saving woman in Wise County fire

Wise County emergency crews are crediting a sheriff’s deputy with saving the life of a woman in a house fire early Monday morning. Members of the Appalachia Fire Department tell News 5 it was the actions of a deputy who was able to bust a door open and pull a victim out of a home that saved her life. The call happened early Monday morning at the Inman Village Apartments on Don Whitehead Drive. → Read More

Motorcyclist killed in Johnson City crash on Thursday

A motorcyclist is dead following a crash in Johnson City on Thursday. Johnson City police say the crash happened just after 5 p. m. Thursday on East Fairview Avenue and Roosevelt Street. Police say the crash involved two motorcycles and a pickup truck. Authorities tell News 5 one motorcycle driver was released from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The occupants of the truck were… → Read More

Emory & Henry to offer blockchain course in partnership with William & Mary, InvestSWVA

A new technology is the focus of a new course at Emory & Henry College. The college's new School of Business is diving right in, launching new initiatives in emerging technologies. “Business education is always at the cutting edge in the forefront of what’s going on, and we have that sense of obligation in the academic environment to be on the cutting edge of what’s happening," Emmett Tracy told… → Read More

Napoleon Hill Foundation extends courses to high school students

A course to build student success is now being offered at local high schools. The curriculum is based on worldwide well-known business books, written by a local author, Napoleon Hill, in the early 20th century. “I discovered the greatest book of them all was ‘Think and Grow Rich,'" Napoleon Hill Foundation executive director Don Green told News 5. "It sold over 100 million copies. → Read More

Richlands man killed in Dickenson County logging incident

A man was killed Thursday in a logging accident in Clintwood, Virginia, according to police. The Dickenson County Sheriff's Office received a call about a logging accident around 10:30 a. m. to Lake Road. When deputies arrived, they found 65-year-old Jerry Coleman of Richlands pinned under a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time. → Read More

Circuit judges appoint three interim Pound town council members

Three new interim members have been appointed to Pound's town council. Judges from the Virginia's 30th Judicial Circuit appointed Doris Mullins, Kensleigh Browning, and George Dean as interim council members following a petition filed in January surrounding financial and other troubles for the town. Since the resignation and removal of other members, the council had not been able to conduct… → Read More