Health

Warner, Kaine announce $500,000 award for Tazewell County adult daycare center project

Posted on Oct 12, 2017

Pictured is U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

FALLS MILLS, Va. — U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., announced the award Wednesday of $500,000 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission for a proposed adult daycare center project in Tazewell County.

The funding was awarded to the Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Inc., in partnership with the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors, to build a community service and senior facility at the former Falls Mills Elementary School site, the two lawmakers said.

“We are pleased to announce this important investment that will help build a facility to support seniors in Southwest Virginia,” Warner and Kaine said in a joint statement. “This facility will provide care for the elderly in Tazewell and lessen the burden on their families who care for them.”

The community service and senior facility will provide adult day care, serve nutritional meals to meet the needs of seniors, provide assistance with supplemental nutrition assistance program applications, and help with health care enrollment and options counseling.

The new facility will be constructed at the current site of the old Falls Mills Elementary School. If all goes as planned, demolition work on the old elementary school may begin later this year.

The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, a non-profit Virginia corporation serving the four-county area of Tazewell, Buchanan, Dickenson and Russell counties, is overseeing the development of the project.

When completed, the facility is expected to employ four full-time and 14 part-time employees within one year.

Officials are hoping to have the 8,277 square foot structure constructed and ready for occupancy by mid 2018.

The original plan was to convert the old elementary school into the daycare center. But after a feasibility study on the project was completed, it was determined it would be more economically feasible to tear down the old school and build a new facility, according to an earlier report by Northern District Board of Supervisor member Maggie Asbury.

Since its inception in 1965, the ARC has generated over 300,000 jobs and $10 billion for the 25 million Americans living in Appalachia, according to Warner and Kaine.

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com

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Hymes visits Remote Area Medical, Reaffirms support for providing health coverage for 30,000 Southwest Virginians

Posted on Jul 20, 2014

Offers Marketplace Virginia as one possible solution

Mike Hymes, from Tazewell County’s Board of Supervisors, visited Remote Area Medical at the Wise County Fairgrounds this weekend and issued the following statement:

“We are the richest nation on earth and yet for thousands of people, the only health care they will get is provided by volunteers in muddy tents at a county fairground. The sheer number of desperate people I saw huddling against the rain at RAM makes it clear we need to find a way to provide health coverage for the 30,000 uninsured working people in Southwest Virginia.”

“I support Marketplace Virginia, the bipartisan plan that will allow the 30,000 uninsured people in our region access to affordable health coverage. It’s a Virginia way to address this health care crisis without Washington interference. These are working people, and Marketplace Virginia, to which they will also contribute financially, will not only ensure a healthier workforce, but also help our rural hospitals stay open.”

“The volunteers and medical professionals with Remote Area Medical provide an invaluable service to the people of Southwest Virginia. I applaud them for selflessly donating their time to help our families, friends and neighbors get necessary, and in some cases, lifesaving medical care. My son and his wife, a dentist, and members of our church have volunteered at RAM in Buchanan County, and I have seen the positive difference that this program makes in the lives of not only the patients but also the volunteers.”

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Residents of Tazewell say they have concerns about the number of people with Cancer

Posted on Aug 10, 2013

Residents of Tazewell say they have concerns about the number of people with Cancer

Several years ago the Board of Supervisors requested a study be conducted, by the State Health Department , of the number of cancer cases being reported in Tazewell county . This study was inconclusive. At the next Board of Supervisors meeting, Mike plans to ask the board to fund an independent study of the recent reported cancers in Tazewell county. He feels strongly that we must be proactive in our efforts to determine the cause of this problem in our communities. Please support for spending your tax money for this important study.

This topic has been on the minds of many county residents lately and received a lot of attention recently thanks to a report by WVVA.

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New Trash Sites

Posted on Jul 22, 2013

New Trash Sites

A clean county is important for many reasons, that is why during Mike’s term in office he has fought to build two trash collection sites in the southern district.  One in Gratton and one in Thompson Valley.  These sites make it convenient for residents to deposit trash locally, and avoid the cost of hauling their trash to the county landfill.

 

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