are Southwest Virginia Community College Phi Theta
Kappa students who are participating in Operation
Green. The goals of the project are to help save the
environment by recycling bottles and cans and to
promote ways to combat global warming. The SwVCC
Library is also participating in the environmentally
friendly project. For additional information contact
Brady Surles at 276-964-7210, email@example.com,
or Diane Phillips at 276-964-7617.
Warner Cable Begins Grundy System Update
Time Warner Cable, the second largest cable company in
the U.S., has started an upgrade project of its Grundy
cable system. The
upgrade project began in February and is expected to
be completed by the end of the year.
Warner contractors are already working to replace
cable lines and to install fiber-optic lines on power
poles and along easements.
upgrade, when complete, will allow Time Warner to
offer its customers advanced products and services
including Road Runner High-Speed internet services,
High-Definition TV, Video-On-Demand and additional
standard channels; Basic and Digital channels.
added products and services which will be available
include the following:
Road Runner High Speed Internet Service with fast
speeds of up to 6 Mbps downstream / 768 Kbps upstream,
five email accounts, video mail, web mail, chat and
personal web pages benefits: pest control anti-spyware,
anti-virus software, firewall, anti-spam, ad-blocker,
Road Runner Radio, Road Runner Video Channel, CNN
quickcast.com, NASCAR TrackPass, Movielink, Audible,
as well as additional promotions and contests.
High Definition Television (HD): Time Warner Cable
gives customers a wide variety of HD channels from
networks like TNT HD and The Discovery HD – plus
sports channels like ESPNHD, movie channels HBO HD,
Showtime HD and other HD channels.
Pay-Per-View via Remote Control:
Time Warner Cable customers will be able to
order Pay-Per-View movies and events by a push of a
button on their remotes.
To ensure safe viewing, parents will have the
ability to set parental locks and controls through the
Video-On-Demand offers a wide library of
movies, series and programming that each customer can
watch any time they want.
Movie-On-Demand offers a wide variety of new
movie releases as well as older movies.
Premium-On-Demand offers HBO, Showtime, Cinemax
and The Movie Channel programming that is available
whenever the customer is ready to watch their favorite
movie or series. Free On-Demand offers kids and family programming such as
Cartoon Network, Boomerang, A&E, BBC, HGTV, DIY,
Golf, CNN, Court TV and more.
This is only some of the programming available
Time Warner Cable Business Class, which allows
businesses to get the speed they need to streamline
their systems and billing, serve their customers
faster and get crucial business information online the
moment they need it.
information about the new services will be made
available as the company completes the upgrade.
Closures Begin on Rt. 680
Periodic road closures on Rt. 680, Bill Young Mountain, took effect
this week as Bizzack Construction began some of the more intensive
road construction activities involved in the massive $8 million road reconstruction project.
project includes moving sections of the mountainside to fill the
valleys below and eliminating steep grades and hairpin curves by
adjusting the roadway elevation and straightening the path of the
road. Additionally, a quarter-mile truck climbing lane will be
added on the north side of the mountain.
closures will serve to expedite the project, which stretches 1.5
miles from just south of the intersection of Route 629 - Shack Mills
Road to about a half-mile south of Route 638 - Dismal River Road.
March 5, the road closing took effect. The road is now closed daily
from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will remain so while school is in
session. At night, as necessary, the road will be closed from 7 p.m.
until 5:30 a.m. The roadway will be closed around-the-clock during
the summer months when school is not in session; and during other
periods when school is closed for holidays, according to a news
release issued last week by the Virginia Department of
message signs have already been placed at key intersections to
update drivers to the status of the road closures.
positioned at Route 460 and 680 at Keen Mountain on the south side
of the project, near the mouth of Contrary and at Route 638 and 680,
near Pilgrims Knob, on the north side of the project. On
average, detour routes used during the closures will add an extra 30
minutes or more of travel time. However, VDOT officials said
the detour is a better option than being stopped in traffic for
indefinite periods following a blast.
traffic on the mountain road includes numerous school buses
transporting students to and from Twin Valley High School and Twin
Valley Elementary School, employees of two large coal companies, a
sawmill and gas well and a steady stream of coal, gas and log
trucks," said Conrad Hill, VDOT Residency Administrator for
Buchanan and Russell counties.
completed in December 2008, the reconstructed road will greatly
enhance safety and reduce travel time across the mountain,"
Construction, Lexington, Ky., the contractor on the project, has
experience in building roads in rough terrain. In addition to
the Route 680 project, the contractor is building the Route 460
Grundy relocation project and the Route 696 prison road project in
road closures are going to be inconvenient, there's no way around
that. However, VDOT and Bizzack are working to minimize the impact
on school traffic, area industry work schedules and the general
needs of the public." said Rob Griffith, VDOT Area Construction
Engineer responsible for oversight of roadway construction in a
four-county area, including Buchanan, Tazewell, Russell and Bland
the project is completed, it will have been well worth the wait for
the wider, straighter, more direct roadway with reduced elevations
and additional truck climbing lanes to enhance traffic flow,"
addition to the message boards, the Route 680 closure schedule will
be posted on VDOT's website at www.VirginiaDOT.org.
File for County Offices
Cathy St. Clair
Democrat candidates have made it official, filing their intent with
the Buchanan County Democrat Party to seek the party nomination
during a June 2 convention.
to Buchanan County Democrat Party Chairman Vern Presley, candidates
considering election, who wish to be considered for the Democrat
Party nomination, still have until Friday (March 9) at 5 p.m. to
file with the party.
said as of press time Tuesday, those who had filed to seek the
Democrat nomination were as follows:
Attorney: Incumbent Sheila Tolliver.
Incumbent Bill Keene.
Randy Ashby, Tim Potter and Pat Wolford.
of Revenue: Jay Rife.
Court Clerk: Incumbent Beverly (Bev) Tiller and Tony Matney.
Supervisor: Berlin Viers.
Supervisor: Incumbent William P. Harris.
Supervisor: Trey Adkins.
Grundy Supervisor: Incumbent Carroll Branham.
Supervisor: Steve O'Quinn.
Supervisor: Incumbent David Ratliff.
noted the only post for which the Democrats do not have a candidate
filed to date is for the post of South Grundy Supervisor.
Party candidates will be chosen during a convention June 2 beginning
at 10 a.m. at Grundy High School. Candidates selected on that date
will see their names appear on the general election ballot November
meetings are set Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. throughout the county
to name delegates for the June convention. The precinct meetings
will be held at the normal polling places for each precinct with the
exception of the Hurley precinct which will meet at Hurley Middle
A total of
242 delegates will be named among the 17 precincts, with the
allocation based on Democrat votes cast in the 2006 general
taking part in the precinct meetings and convention must provide
written certification they are Democrats; that they are registered
voters in their respective magisterial districts and voting
precincts; that they believe in the principles of the Democrat
Party; and that they do not intend to support any candidate opposed
to a Democrat nominee in the November election.
have not yet filed their notice of intent to seek the nomination for
a specific office, but who still wish to do so, have until Friday at
5 p.m. Declarations of
candidacy and filing fees must be filed with Presley at his business
office on 1200 Plaza Drive, Ste. 2100 in Grundy by the deadline.
filing fee for candidates for the board of supervisors is $150. The
filing fee for any constitutional officer is one percent of the
annual salary of the office the candidate is seeking.