ETSU students present research findings
Kilgore legislation signed into law
Quilts Trail meeting scheduled in Lee
MEOC to conduct duck race fund-raiser
One-day grief seminar planned
JOHNSON CITY- Five East Tennessee State University undergraduate students traveled to Nashville to present the results of their research projects to state legislators during the second annual "Posters at the Capitol" event held Feb. 7. ETSU students Erika Adams, Robin Gibson, Lucinda Langston, Ian Longacre and Ethan Rutledge discussed their projects in individual meetings and over lunch with legislators including Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, state Sen. Rusty Crowe and state Reps. Matthew Hill and Nathan Vaughn. Charles Manning, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, and Paula Short, vice chancellor, financed and attended the event. Each of the TBR universities selected five students to serve as ambassadors for their school.
RICHMOND - Delegate Terry G. Kilgore, R-Gate City, announced Wednesday that two of his legislative initiatives were signed into law by Gov. Tim Kaine. "I am extremely proud that two of my bills became law. I try to put forth legislative initiatives that reflect sound public policy and will contribute to the betterment of Virginia," said Kilgore. House Bill 1715 increases the fine for dumping garbage into state waters from a maximum fine of $100 to $2,500. It passed the House 91-3 and passed the Senate 38-0. House Bill 1758 increases the penalty for contaminating or obstructing state waters to a Class 1 misdemeanor. The penalty is currently a fine not less than $100 nor more than $500 or confinement in jail for no more than 12 months. This bill passed the House 92-4 and passed the Senate 38-0. "Since current state fines are meaningless, it's important that we strengthen our laws so that they will deter polluters and sufficiently punish litterers. Especially here in beautiful Southwest Virginia , we all should do our part to keep our land and water pristine," said Kilgore.
JONESVILLE - An informational meeting to gauge interest in developing a Quilts Trail in Lee County is scheduled for 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Lee County Extension Office in Jonesville. A Quilts Trail would involve placing painted wooden quilt blocks on scenic barns and other buildings in Lee County in an effort to promote heritage tourism and economic development. For more information call (276)346-1522.
BIG STONE GAP - The second annual Heritage Hall-Mountain Empire Older Citizens Duck Race will be held at 2 p.m. on March 31 at Frog Level Park in Big Stone Gap. All proceeds go to the MEOC Emergency Fuel Fund and residents' Christmas Fund at Heritage Hall. Tickets are $5, and cash will be awarded to the top 10 finishers. The first-place winner will be awarded $1,000, second place will receive $500, third place will get $250, fourth place is worth $150, fifth place gets $100, and sixth through 10th each get $50.
ABINGDON - Virginia Tech's Southwest Center in Abingdon will host a one-day workshop, "Helping Others Cope with Grief: Therapeutic Interventions Following Loss" at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon on March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This workshop is intended to provide counselors, social workers, psychologists, human service workers, nurses, clergy, teachers and other helping professionals an overview and understanding of death, grief and loss responses. To register for the workshop visit www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/glw. For more information call (276)619-4310 or (276)619-4311. The registration fee is $75, which does not include lunch.