VCEDA Hosts Discussions with Secretary of Commerce and Trade, VEDP

Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick and Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) President & CEO Jason El Koubi took part in a series of regional roundtable discussions related to economic development, education, workforce and the coal industry, hosted by the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) in Lebanon, Tuesday. VCEDA also hosted a luncheon in honor of Merrick […]

Phlebotomy Grads

Mountain Empire Community College recently received notification that several students successfully completed both their board certification exam with The National Phlebotomy Association. Those earning their certification include (front) Christina Hurd, Jasmine Ramey, Megan Mickles, Santana McMurray, (back) Jarred Bush, Heather Hemphill, Miressa Ashley, Shelby Ward and Halie Owens. Congratulations to the newly certified phlebotomists.


You are invited to join the Allen Hicks Jam (1844 Bethel Road, Nickelsville) every Friday evening, from 6 to 10 p.m. The event includes great food and entertainment and free admission and is located 1.5 miles from Nickelsville. Blood drive for the Marsh Regional Blood Center is planned for Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the […]

Ervin Named Vice President at Local Bank

Powell Valley National Bank announces the appointment of Stacy Ervin as Vice President and Lender retained to serve consumers, farmers and businesses across the region. “Our team is thrilled to welcome Stacy on board, and he is a great addition to our lending team,” said Browning Wynn II, market executive for PVNB. “Stacy is a proven leader in the agriculture […]

Whitetop Mtn. Band

The Whitetop Mountain Band is a familybased band from the highest mountains of Virginia. They play everything from fiddle and banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, four-part mountain gospel songs – and some flat foot dancing. They perform Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at […]

Daily Walk

God God isn’t far away; He surrounds you with his love. He’s in every good thing that touches you, in every step you make and every breath you take. He’s not far away for he’s with you always.

Jimmy R. Gibson

Jimmy Ray Gibson, 69, Kingsport, Tenn., passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Holston Valley Medical Center. Jimmy was born Aug. 12, 1952 in Richlands and was the son of the late Ervin Edward and Laura Evelyn (Lucas) Gibson. He was retired from the Sullivan County Department of Education and also from Quebecor (Kingsport Press). In addition to his parents, […]

Jerry A. Fields

Jerry Adril Fields, 82, Kingsport, Tenn. and formerly of Gate City, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Orchard View Rehab Center, Kingsport, Tenn. Jerry was born September 8, 1939 in Scott County and was the son of the late Barnie Robert and Lizzie Belle (Begley) Fields. Jerry was retired from Holston Defense Army Ammunition Plant as a steam operator […]

Ellen Kelly

Ellen Marie Vermillion Kelly, 86, of Hiltons, passed away peacefully Friday, May 13, 2022. She was born in Lynch, Ky. to the late Onsby and Ottra Vermillion. She graduated from Lynch High School and attended Union College at Barbourville, Ky. where she received her AB Degree. Ellen then taught for several years at Lynch Independent Schools before returning to college […]

Barbara A. McMurray

Barbara A. McMurray, 69, Church Hill, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at her residence after a brief illness. Barbara was born Dec. 29, 1952 in Sullivan County, Tenn. and was the daughter of the late Orbin and Virginia (Carter) Lane. In addition to her parents, her first husband, Paul Perry; sister, Wilma Lane and brother, James Lane preceded […]