Security issues and a dwindling caseload prompted the decision to shutter the courthouse. But local officials are hoping to give the historic building a new life.
Experts say the stores, many of which gift or share marijuana, are proliferating because the Virginia General Assembly approved marijuana for personal use but failed to set up a retail market.
More than 17,000 residents and more than 1,000 businesses will be served by the new network, federal officials said.
The state theater hopes to replace seats, including the original Empire Theatre seats, as well as carpet and make improvements to two stages and dressing rooms.
Some structural changes have improved delays, but officials are waiting to see if they will last. They’ve asked for help from U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, who says mail problems aren’t unique to Southwest Virginia and is pressing for answers.
The neighborhood around the casino has remained largely unchanged since its opening, but property prices have spiked, and city officials say they’ve seen lots of interest from hotels and restaurants.
Of that, $8.7 million will go to projects in Southwest and Southside. The state authority just finalized the first grants to go out since it received its first set of national settlement payments from manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids in 2022.
Bristol officials hope that working with both Tennessee and Virginia will boost their efforts to bring passenger rail to and through Bristol.
An Opioid Abatement Authority committee recommended a total of $23 million in grants to 76 cities and counties. The funds come from Virginia’s share of settlement payments from the manufacturers and distributors of opioids.
The visitors, all members of the Building Resilient Economies in Coal Communities initiative, were looking for ways to revitalize and diversify their own local economies.