News, views and musings from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia

Nuthin’ Common with ‘Rocky Top’

Nuthin’ Common with ‘Rocky Top’

The Bluegrass song, “Rocky Top” is a mainstay for many bands to play and was a piece composed in about 10 minutes by the married songwriting duo Felice and Boudleaux Bryant during a break while working with Chet Atkins and Archie Campbell at the Gatlinburg Inn in 1967. Now considered number seven on the “Top…

Good weather, good leaves, good music, good times

Good weather, good leaves, good music, good times

Good weather, sunshine and moderate temperatures greet this weekend, allowing a chance to see what is left of the leaf season. A variety of entertainment choices in the area as well. Temperatures are forecast for the lower 60s Friday, 66 on Saturday and 65 on Sunday with no rain in the forecast for the first…

GOP Sheriff Zeman supports Mark Warner

GOP Sheriff Zeman supports Mark Warner

Floyd County Sheriff Shannon Zeman, a Republican, is featured on a new campaign ad supporting Democrat Mark Warner’s re-election effort, saying the Republican, Ed Gillespie, is not a worthy opponent. “Mark Warner is working to solve problems,” Zeman says in his appearance in the ad.  “Ed Gillespie and his attacks are the problem.” Zeman is…

Gas pipeline propaganda: Lies, damn lies and more

Gas pipeline propaganda: Lies, damn lies and more

If the often-vague and always sidestepping executives of EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy thought Franklin County would be a cakewalk for their natural pipeline express running from West Virginia to Chatham, they got a hardcore lesson of what country folks think of fast-buck corporate types in Rocky Mount. A large crowd of angry residents of…

Caleb Tanner back on the boards

Caleb Tanner back on the boards

Caleb Tanner, owner of the Virginia High School League season basketball scoring record and and the 2013-14 Timesland boys basketball player of the year as a senior at Floyd County High School, was back on the court Monday night as a member of the Elev8 Sports Institute post-graduate ball team in a fundraising game against…

Video

Entertainment

Diverse options on stage

Diverse options on stage

Contrasting styles of music for a Floyd Americana Afternoon at the Country Store:  Driving sounds from Morgan Wade & Sweet Magnolia and the more laid-back Bruce Scism. Have video of both and will work on it soon.  Editing video takes much more time than shooting the footage and only so many hours in a day.…

News

Another chapter of Paul D. Allen’s sordid saga

Another chapter of Paul D. Allen’s sordid saga

Paul D. Allen, the self-promoted “data center developer” who led Floyd County’s economic development folks down a long and unfulfilled path of promises about a data center in the area, is now under indictment for $1.2 million in bank fraud in Ohio. It traces back to Allen’s “B-Telecom,” a data company he claimed to own…

Sports

Buffaloes lose to Glenvar 27-7

Buffaloes lose to Glenvar 27-7

Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes fell to Glenvar 27-7 in Roanoke County Friday night. The loss now leaves Floyd at 1-6 for the season and the team heads for Eastern Montgomery County on Friday, October 24 for the next game. Full story by Roger Mannon in next week’s Floyd Press. (Blue Ridge Muse Photographer Doug…