643 was renamed for former Knox District Supervisor
Julius Hall Friday in a ceremony at the Hurley Park.
Hall's six children were in attendance for the
dedication, all of whom were given replicas of the
road sign placed in memory of their father. From
left are Lois Bowman, Linda Keene, Bobby Hall,
Terry Hall, Doris McDaniel and Josephine
643 Named in Honor of Julius Hall
643 was officially renamed Julius Hall Memorial
Roadway at a ceremony at the Hurley Park Friday as
family and friends gathered to honor the former Knox
a man, Julius Hall was loved by everybody," said
his son, Bobby Hall, in making remarks during the
dedication ceremony. "He didn't see politics in
anybody. He just saw a way to help people."
Buchanan County Board of Supervisors adopted a
resolution last September asking the Virginia
Department of Transportation to consider naming the
road in memory of Hall.
VDOT Representative Conrad Hill was on hand to unveil
the new sign for the roadway, which begins at Rt. 83
on Slate Creek and ends at the Kentucky State Line. He
also presented Hall's six children, all in attendance
for the ceremony, with miniature replicas of the new
Keene, Hall's daughter, and Bobby Hall, brought the
request to the board of supervisors in September. At
the time, Keene noted her father, who was born in
1910, was a devoted Christian and a family man. Hall
died in 1993.
majority of his life was given to serve the
public," Bobby Hall said during the ceremony.
"I can tell you thousands of things that were
accomplished while he was on the Buchanan County Board
in county politics for some 20 years, Julius Hall
first received the Republican party nomination in
1963. He was elected to the office of supervisor for
the first time in 1964 and was elected to a total of
five consecutive terms, serving the county for some 20
his tenure on the board, Hall worked on several
projects including helping to secure sites and
financing for Buchanan General Hospital, the Buchanan County Health Department, the Buchanan
County Library, the Buchanan County Garage, the
Buchanan County Administration Building, the former
Knox Creek Medical Center, the Knox pharmacy, the Knox
Creek Fire Department and a former skating rink
location at Paw Paw.
a member of the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors,
Hall was also a member of the Governor's Local
Advisory Board, the Governor's Highway Committee for
Better Roads, the director of the Buchanan County
Civil Defense Office, the Buchanan County Coal Haul
Roads Committee and the Cumberland Plateau Planning
was inducted into the Buchanan County Hall of Fame in
Hall, choking back tears, thanked VDOT and the board
of supervisors for making the road dedication
really deserves to be so."
Announces New Procedure For Use of Confidential Informants
Cathy St. Clair
safeguards to better control who the Drug Task Force uses as a
confidential informant in the future have been implemented,
according to Buchanan County Commonwealth Attorney Sheila Tolliver.
result, the drug task force will review its proposed use of
confidential informants and their criminal backgrounds with Tolliver
prior to using them as informants.
month, Tolliver moved to drop 47 drug-related charges, including one
against a defendant who had already pled guilty in Buchanan Circuit
Court, after she learned the confidential informant in the cases was
a convicted child molester.
I became aware the Drug Task Force had used a convicted child
molester with a criminal record of forcible sodomy of a child,
inanimate object sexual penetration of a child, and aggravated
sexual battery of a child, as a confidential informant, I
immediately called a special meeting of the Drug Task Force to
address what had occurred and to implement additional safeguards to
prevent anything like this ever occurring again," Tolliver said
in a prepared statement issued last week.
Tolliver said, before an individual was used as a confidential
informant by the Drug Task Force, the standard procedure was that
the Drug Task Force members were to run a criminal background check
on the individual they were considering using as a confidential
informant to determine that personís criminal record and thus
their suitability for being used as a confidential informant.
said in the cases referenced, the Drug Task Force did not run a
criminal background check on the informant before using him as a
resulted in numerous drug cases that were made by the Drug Task
Force using this confidential informant needing to be Nolle Prossed
due to the confidential informantís unreliability and credibility
problems," Tolliver said. "Under the Virginia Rules
of Evidence, all the prior convictions of the confidential informant
would be admissible as evidence in any drug cases he would have been
testifying in thereby seriously undermining and destroying his
credibility as a witness."
prossing the cases last month, Tolliver noted, ďI do not feel that
an individual who is a convicted sex offender and child molester is
an appropriate person to be used as a confidential informant and
there are certainly serious credibility issues involved. When the
commonwealth puts a witness on the stand, the commonwealth has to be
comfortable with the confidential informant. In that instance, Iím
vouching that it is a credible witness and I canít do that with
announced at that time she would be meeting with the Drug Task Force
to implement measures to make certain something like it did not
the future, before an individual is used as a confidential informant
by the Drug Task Force, the Drug Task Force members will be
contacting the Commonwealth Attorney in order to review the
individualís criminal record with the Commonwealth Attorney to
determine if this is an appropriate and credible person to be used
as a confidential informant by the Drug Task Force," Tolliver
Flooding Averted; But Water, Mud Slides Cover Area Roads
was averted Sunday when rain turned to snow, long enough to allow
the Levisa River and other creeks and streams throughout the county
to return to their banks.
Grundy Police Chief Mike Cox noted Riverside Drive was closed at
approximately 7 a.m. as the Levisa River jumped her banks flooding
the back street. Slate Creek also came out of its banks and heavy
run-off from the hills caused several reported cases of flooded
basements and water in several town streets, Cox said.
high water and mud slides were reported, causing traffic lane
closures in some locations.
Bill Young Mountain, which is in the midst of a major
re-construction project, was closed Sunday and remained closed
Tuesday due to rock and mud slides. A re-opening date was contingent
on the extent of debris removal and repair of the erosion control
structures able to be accomplished. In the meantime, school and
industry-thru traffic have had to use detour routes across Dismal.
On average, the detour route adds an extra 30-40 minutes of travel
Rt. 643 at
the intersection of Rt. 653 was still closed Monday morning due to
downtown Hurley area and Guesses Fork suffered numerous mud slides
and high water.
was also reported at other locations throughout the county from
Vansant to Garden Creek and Slate Creek to Big Rock.
several pieces of construction equipment had to be moved to avoid
damages from the rising water.
street was completely covered by flood waters and traffic was
temporarily detoured across the redevelopment site where the new
town construction is getting ready to begin. The redevelopment site
remained high and dry during the flood event.
was the first instance that the emergency detour plan was
implemented since the closing of Main Street," Cox said.
"The plan was executed flawlessly and traffic flowed slowly,
but steadily for the duration of the detour."
dropped to a safe level by late evening which allowed the back
street (Riverside Drive) to be reopened to traffic around 8 p.m.
that the Grundy Police Department, the Grundy Street Department and
Bizzack Inc., the contractor on the Rt. 460 project now underway,
provided traffic control, cleaned blocked drains, cleared debris
from roadways and oversaw the implementation of the emergency detour
the day, Mayor Roger Powers and Grundy Town Council members were
on-scene and active in taking emergency preparedness measures, Cox
neighboring Pike County, Ky., Rt. 460 was reported as closed from
the Shelby Bridge to the intersection of KY 1469 (Chloe Road) due to
pavement failure. Traffic remains detoured through Chloe Road until
further notice while the pavement and damage to utility lines is