Cruise In on Main Street Series

The Town of Tazewell held the first of it’s Cruise In summer series on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles were on display, and the musical group Pieces of One entertained the crowd at this free event.

The second Cruise In was held on July 26, featuring music from the Beach Nite Band, following the conclusion of SummerFest 2014, along with another on August 16.

All types of vehicles participated, including fast and furious cars, motorcycles, street rods, classic and muscle cars, as well as kids pedal and battery operated mini cars.

For more information call 276-385-5745. Also, visit their website at and their Facebook.

Scenes from July 26:

Scenes from June 21:



Back of the Dragon 2014

Back of the Dragon Days were held on June 13, 14, and 15th at Tazewell High School. The events featured live music, food and vendor displays, along with a bike show conducted by the Iron Titans Motorcycle Club. The Jimmy Ramey Jr. Memorial Run was conducted by the Tazewell County ABATE chapter.

Tazewell County Public Library – Comic Con 2014

The Tazewell County Public Library proudly hosted the first Comic-Con in Tazewell County on June 7th from 10am – 2pm. Comic-Cons celebrate comics, super heroes, science fiction, fantasy, and gaming. This free family-friendly event kicks off their 2014 summer children’s program.


The Richlands High School robotics team, the Techie Tornadoes, appeared at the library at 12pm to give a robotics demonstration. They recently won the Virginia state championship and appeared in the world competition in St. Louis, MO. Learn more about them on their Facebook page.

Clinton Rowntree Blevins was born in the magical land of Jackson, Mississippi. On a trip to England in 1990, he began writing his first book at the age of eight, which was a thrilling success, and international bestseller, in his eight-year old mind. Since that time he has felt an urgency to get his stories out of his head, in some format, before they steal all of his sleep, and drive him mad. In 2008 he began writing screenplays for Luminarium Pictures, owned by award winning producer Mark Fincannon and Tamara Bracken. C. R. Blevins lives in East Tennesee. He discussed his book A Western Tale – Part One: The Overture, which is a stylized fantasy novel set in the wild west. Part Two: The Bridge is actually getting released this winter. Check out his website and Facebook page.

Local artist Melissa Angles gave workshops for children on drawing techniques. She has a BA from Sterling College in Kansas with a concentration in Studio Art. She has taught Art to children at Bluefield College’s Fine Arts Community School.

Technical Services Librarian Erica Hall gave a talk about “Women in Comics.” This discussion centered around the state of female heroines, female writers, and female fans in comics.

Reference Librarian Chris Wilkes recommended comics/graphic novels for children, teens, and adults in his panel “Graphic Novel Recommendations.” This is a perfect starter for those new to the graphic novel format or want to read comics besides superheroes.

A small video gaming area was set aside to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Just Dance, and Mario Kart.





2014 Spring Expo

The 2014 Spring Expo was held at the Tazewell County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 17th.


2014 Jeffersonville Skirmish

The Skirmish at Jeffersonville Civil War Reenactment was held at Crab Orchard Museum from May 16th through May 18th.

Easter Egg Hunt 2014

The annual Easter Egg hunt was held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Lincolnshire Park. Over 100 children were in attendance.


Emergency Responder Recognition Dinner

The Town of Tazewell and the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors held a dinner on February 4, 2014 at the Fuller Peery building, in honor of the emergency responders who responded to the New Year’s Eve fire on Main Street.

Tazewell County Board of Supervisor’s Chair, Charles Stacy thanked the responders for their tremendous efforts, as did Mayor Don Buchanan, Town Manager Todd Day, and Board of Supervisors and Emergency Services Committee Chair Mike Hymes.

The Board of Supervisers also recognized the responders during their meeting after the banquet, presenting them with plaques in honor of their services.

Citizen Police Academy

What is it? What are the objectives?
The Tazewell Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy is designed for citizens of the Town of Tazewell and surrounding areas who desire a better understanding of law enforcement activities in their community. To some citizens, it may frequently appear that police officers are not doing their job or are exceeding their boundaries of authority. In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform, usually behind a windshield or at the side of a stopped vehicle, now they will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the person behind the badge in a friendly setting. The program provides students with a better understanding of the issues and responsibilities facing law enforcement officers and how they approach various situations and problems. The Officers cannot always be aware of current situations in all areas of the community without input from community members. This program gives the officers an opportunity to learn more about specific needs from neighborhood residents. The objective of the Citizen Police Academy is not to train an individual to be a Police Officer, but rather to produce informed citizens.
Potential candidates for the Citizen Police Academy must meet the following requirements:
1.) Minimum age: 18 years of age.
2.) Live and work in the town of Tazewell or surrounding areas
3.) No felony convictions or charges
4.) No misdemeanor arrests within one year of application
Note: Because of the sensitive nature of law enforcement work, a background investigation will be completed for each applicant. This will include criminal history, driver license status, and warrant check.
Any requirement may be waived or modified upon review and approval of the Chief of Police.
The Tazewell Police Department is excited to offer the Citizen Police Academy. This academy is for anyone who has ever wondered about what police work is like or had questions about the everyday procedures of their law enforcement officials including patrol, drug enforcement, courts, probation, and corrections.
The Academy provides community members with an inside look at local law enforcement and allows citizens to meet and talk with all the members of the department. While taking the classes, citizens will be introduced to a variety of topics such as an in-depth look at the criminal justice system, forensics, patrol procedures, narcotics, self-defense, corrections, traffic enforcement, sex offender laws, and criminal procedures.
The nine-week Academy program is designed to give citizens an overview of the police department’s function and operational procedures. The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional Police Academy; however, the weekly sessions are not designed to train the participant as a police officer, but to allow participants to be more informed about police procedures.
Academy classes are taught by Chief Cooper and all of the members of the Tazewell Police Department. Throughout the courses he will have different members of the department teaching in areas that they have expertise at along with guest speakers from other agencies. Throughout the course, participants will also have the opportunity to attend training, tours of the county’s 911 center and regional jail, and have the opportunity to actually ride-along with an officer on regular patrol duty.
The Citizen Police Academy is not a training class, but is an exciting information class, a behind- the-scenes look at the Tazewell Police Department.
To find out information on the next offering of this free course can contact Mrs. Flora Sinkford at the Tazewell Police Department at 276-988-2503.

Shop-With-a-Cop 2013

The annual Shop-With-a-Cop event was held on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at the Pounding Mill Walmart.