Dental exam at a RAM clinic. Courtesy of RAM.

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RAM to hold clinic at Emory & Henry May 21-22

Remote Area Medical, a nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free dental, vision and medical care to those in need, will hold a free two-day clinic in Washington County on May  21-22. RAM will be set up at Emory & Henry College in collaboration with Emory & Henry College and Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences. 

All RAM services are free, and no ID is required. Free dental, vision and medical services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The patient parking lot will open no later than 11:59 p.m. (midnight) on Friday night, May 20, and remain open for the duration of the clinic. Once in the parking lot, additional information regarding clinic opening processes and next steps will be provided. Clinic doors open at 6 a.m. 

Due to time constraints, patients should be prepared to choose between dental and vision services. Medical services are offered, in addition to dental or vision services, free to every patient attending the clinic. All patients will be required to wear a face covering and must undergo a COVID-19 screening before entering  the clinic. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit or call 865-579-1530. 

Additional information: 

• Services available at the free RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, glaucoma testing, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women’s health exams and general medical exams. Free take-home colon cancer screening test kits will also be available.  

• In some situations, such as inclement weather, volunteer cancellations or other circumstances outside of RAM’s control, the parking lot may open earlier or a smaller number of patients may be served. RAM encourages everyone who would like services, especially dental services, to arrive as early as possible. Clinic closing time may vary based on each service area’s daily capacity. For more information, please see RAM’s FAQ page. 

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Jeff Tatum’s new business, the Route 19 Hot Dog Shop at Wardell, Va., is a recent recipient of a VCEDA Seed Capital Matching Grant. Courtesy of VCEDA.

VCEDA awards grant for restaurant in Tazewell County

The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority has awarded a $10,000 seed capital grant to the Route 19 Hot Dog Shop in Tazewell County.

The restaurant is owned by Jeff Tatum and located on Virginia 18 between Claypool Hill and Lebanon in the Steelsburg Plaza.

The Route 19 Hot Dog Shop is projected to create six full-time and 10 part-time jobs within three years, said Jonathan Belcher, VCEDA executive director/general counsel in a statement.

The restaurant is located not far from Southwest Virginia Community College, which gives it a ready customer base. It offers a 10% discount to students. “After the old King Kone closed in Richlands, I felt like the area was missing something in terms of a good old-fashioned hot dog,” Tatum said in a statement. “The VCEDA grant really helped us, especially with the increase in minimum wage. We have used some for working capital and have plans to use some for a new flooring project. As a new business starting up, there are so many expenses and this first winter was brutal. It was difficult, but the funds have helped us get through the winter months. We learned a lot through the winter and will approach things with a different game plan for this coming winter as we now have the data to use for planning.”

Tatum worked with the Small Business Development Center at Southwest Virginia Community College in developing his application to VCEDA and received a letter of support from the Tazewell County Industrial Development Authority.

About the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority Seed Capital Matching Grant Fund: VCEDA region for-profit businesses one year and under with less than 10 full-time employees are eligible to apply for dollar-for-dollar matching grants up to $10,000 from the VCEDA Seed Capital Matching Fund. Applicants work with the Small Business Development Centers at Mountain Empire and Southwest Virginia community colleges to prepare the applications to VCEDA that include detailed business and financial plans. Businesses must be located in or plan to operate in the VCEDA region in southwestern Virginia that includes Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell and Wise counties and the city of Norton.

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Showtimers presents “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.”

Showtimers Community Theatre in Roanoke will present The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon May 13-15 and 20-22. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Showtimers is located at 2067 McVitty Road in Southwest. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for students.

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Forest Service reschedules Kids Fishing Day at Cave Mountain Lake

The USDA Forest Service has rescheduled the Cave Mountain Lake annual Kids Fishing Day which will now be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event was rescheduled due to forecasted rain and thunderstorms.

The lake will be stocked with trout in advance of this exciting event open to children ages 3 to 15. Kids Fishing Day is a great opportunity for parents to introduce their children to fishing and to the many outdoor recreation opportunities on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.

Fishing is free at the event, however state game laws for the Youth Fisheries Program do apply. Children are allowed to catch and keep three trout, a minimum of seven inches or longer, and should bring their own poles and any fishing supplies necessary for catching fish. A reminder to parents that only one pole per person is allowed. A parent or adult guardian must accompany all children. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day. It is anticipated that approximately 10 trophy fish will be included in the stocking.

Cave Mountain Lake is managed as a Youth-Only Stocked Trout program by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources from April 1 through June 15. Persons over the age of 15 years old may not fish in the lake until after June 15.

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