Lee County woman killed in crash
Hearings in fatal wreck rescheduled
Break-in reported at Clinch Valley VFD
Medical assistant accused of fraud
AccessTN now accepting applications
JONESVILLE - A single-vehicle accident claimed the life of a Lee County woman Tuesday. A Virginia State Police spokesman said Sherry Miller Ely, 49, Route 1, Box 231, Jonesville, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:45 p.m. accident. Ely was traveling south on Route 70 near the Powell River Bridge when she ran off the road to the right, overcorrected, ran off the roadway to the left, and struck a signpost then some trees before her 1998 Dodge Durango came to a stop. Ely, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected and pronounced dead at 4:57 p.m.
JOHNSON CITY - The preliminary hearings of three people charged in the vehicular deaths of three others, including a mother and daughter, has been rescheduled for Thursday. Patsy J. Cole, 18, 314 S. Broadway St., and Chasity Brown, 23, and Israel Brown, 20, both of 1901 Knob Creek Road, No. 2, are all charged with three counts of vehicular homicide as the result of a Jan. 30 wreck. Chasity Brown also is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated child neglect. Cole also faces a charge of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated child neglect. Israel Brown faces an additional charge of aggravated child neglect. Valarie R. Mitchell, 22, and her mother, Ethel A. Cox, 42, both of 1300 Clearview Drive, No. 4, were pronounced dead at the scene. One of Cole's passengers, Michelle Campbell, 18, 2008 E. Watauga Ave., died four days later from her injuries. Israel Brown and Cole's 11-month-old son, Damien, were seriously injured. The preliminary hearing is set for 2:30 p.m. in Johnson City's Downtown Centre.
CLINCH - The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office is investigating a break-in last week at the Clinch Valley Volunteer Fire Department station at 4584 Route 70-N, Eidson, in which $4,300 worth of equipment was stolen. The burglary was reported last Thursday evening by Clinch Valley VFD Chief Dave Knight, who told deputies the thieves had forced their way into the building through the north side entrance. The thieves also forced their way through two locked interior doors to make entry to the bay area where the fire trucks and equipment are stored. Among the items reported missing were a generator valued at $2,000, a pump valued at $1,000, a radio valued at $750, a nozzle valued at $350, and 100 feet of hose valued at $200. Damage to the doors was estimated at $300.
JOHNSON CITY - Johnson City police charged a physician's medical assistant with prescription fraud for allegedly trying to get drugs without a doctor's signature. Julie Deskins, 38, of Bluff City, faces five counts of obtaining narcotics by fraud. Deskins worked for Dr. Ann Thompson, and police said she sent prescriptions for herself electronically to local pharmacies without the doctor's authorization. Deskins was released from the Washington County Detention Center on a $7,500 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Washington County General Sessions Court on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
AccessTN, a new health insurance plan that is part of the state's "Cover Tennessee" initiative, is now accepting applications. The plan is targeted toward Tennesseans who do not have health coverage due to their medical condition. Enrollment begins on March 1. Those eligible have to be a U.S. citizen, a Tennessee resident for six months, age 19 or over, and medically uninsurable for more than six months. For more information or to get an application call 1-866-636-0080 or go to www.AccessTN.gov.