On May 2 Nathaniel, 15, of Gate City was fishing with 71-year-old Edward McMillan on Cherokee Lake near the Quarryville Boat Ramp west of Rogersville when the boat overturned, sending them both into the water.
Organizers are inviting members of their churches to attend and to bring their own chairs as with any event at the park, but volunteers will help ensure families are spread out to satisfy state requirements for social distancing.
JT Stroder, who participated in Tuesday's BOE meeting via conference call, will take over for Rebecca Isaacs, who is retiring at the end of June after nine years at the helm.
The National Day of Payer observance was held on the normal date at the normal time Thursday afternoon, but the circumstances were anything but normal as anyone in attendance could attest to.
Wednesday was the first day hair salons could reopen in Tennessee, and there were a lot of dark and/or gray roots in need of touching up at the Looking Glass in downtown Rogersville.
Town Square will play host as usual to Rogersvile’s National Day of Payer observance Thursday, albeit with social distancing enforced, as well as a couple of alternatives for those who aren’t yet ready to join an audience.
Although school-sanctioned proms have been canceled in Hawkins County, there is an effort underway to allow Cherokee High School juniors and seniors to have an unofficial “night under the stars” on Rogersville Town Square.
There's no timeline for the reopening of Rogersville's Chip Hale Center, but when the center's 35 intellectually disabled clients do get to come back, they'll be awaiting the arrival of four new badly needed vans.
During a normal racing event, Cherokee Raceway Park hosts about 100 race cars and 400 people, but the governor’s executive order names racetracks as non-essential businesses and prohibits gatherings greater than 10 people.
“Fundraisers have been canceled and we've lost a lot of funding already. We have applied for several grants and we're praying they come through. We're not going to quit serving our patients because some of them could die.” — Kathy Christian, Church Hill Medical Mission
“I think we had a good turnout because fishing and the lakes are some of the few things open people can still go to. I believe that people just believe in fishing the tournament just to help us better our agency.” — Lt. Corey Young
Project coordinator Corki Weart told the Times News next Wednesday looks to be another big distribution day at the Rogersville National Guard Armory as well, as they will attempt to provide medical masks to all of Hawkins County’s nursing home personnel.
Of One Accord’s food pantries are continuing through this epidemic to provide emergency food assistance to its ever growing clientele, but clients are noticing new protective measures are now in place due to COVID-19 and social distancing.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article ran in the Kingsport Times News Progress Edition on March 1.
The church can be the church and not meet, but the church cannot be the church and not pray.