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Director of Clinical Services (Licensed Clinical Psychologist)

Career Opportunity

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services, founded in 1855, a Virginia based charitable, non-profit organization, committed to the needs of adolescents, is searching for a Virginia Licensed Clinical Psychologist to assume the role of Director of Clinical Services.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is a 55-bed psychiatric residential treatment facility and accredited private school for adolescent boys and girls ages 12 to 21 licensed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Virginia Department of Education.  The organization has obtained national accreditation through the Council on Accreditation. The campus is located on 135 tranquil acres in rural Southside Virginia.  Jackson-Feild’s residential services include trauma informed psychiatric residential treatment which incorporates Neurotherapy and EMDR treatment modalities in a cottage campus setting. 

The Director of Clinical Services reports to the President and CEO and works in partnership with senior management to implement the organization’s strategic initiatives in support of JFBHS’ vision, mission, and philosophy.   The Director of Clinical Services focuses on the delivery of progressive high quality care and is directly involved in the delivery of patient treatment.  The Director of Clinical Services is responsible for managing and directing all operational aspects of JFBHS’ clinical program including the admissions process, individualized treatment planning, discharge planning, program development and evaluation; quality improvement initiatives; licensing, Medicaid, and accreditation compliance; staff development; and staffing and financial management. It is the responsibility of this position to lead, direct, develop  and support the clinical staff enabling them to provide the highest quality of care to ensure the success of the organization’s programs and positive outcomes for clients served.  In addition, the Director of Clinical Services has an opportunity to provide individualized psychotherapy, group and family therapy, and psychological assessments.

The Director of Clinical Services must possess the ability to work both at the strategic and tactical levels; strong management and administrative skills including human capital, process, project and financial management required.  A working knowledge of trauma informed treatment modalities, DBHDS regulations, Medicaid regulations, and COA accreditation standards required.  Qualified candidates must possess proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint; and the ability to monitor patient outcomes utilizing medical records software.  The ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing is required.  Polished formal presentation skills required.   Successful candidates must possess the ability to read and interpret basic financial statements and have a working knowledge of relevant employment laws.   Qualified candidates will possess the credential of Virginia Licensed Clinical Psychologist and possess 5 years of clinical and management experience in an in-patient psychiatric adolescent residential treatment facility or similar organization. 

Competitive compensation and benefits including employer sponsored health, dental, vision, and life insurance and an employer matching 401(k) retirement plan.  Compensation is commensurate with credentials and experience.    Post offer criminal background and drug screening required.  JFBHS is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place.  Position Open Until Filled.

Submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to cthompson@jacksonfeild.org.

NOTICE

Greensville County Business, Professional and Occupational Licenses for 2015 are now due.  To avoid penalties, please secure your 2015 license from the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office on or before  March 1st.  We are located in the Greensville County Government Building at 1781 Greensville County Circle, Rm 132 on Highway 301 North – Sussex Drive.  Our office hours are from 8 to 5 Monday thru Friday.

Martha S. Swenson

Master Commissioner of the Revenue

Greensville County

ATTENTION TAXPAYERS

CITY OF EMPORIA

2015 BUSINESS PERSONAL PROPERTY RETURNS ARE DUE TO BE FILED WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF THE REVENUE NO LATER THAN MONDAY, MARCH 2ND TO AVOID PENALTY AND INTEREST FOR LATE PAYMENT.  PLEASE MAIL THE RETURNS TO THE COMMISSIONER OF THE REVENUE, P.O. BOX 956, EMPORIA, VA 23847 OR DELIVER TO THE OFFICE LOCATED AT 201 SOUTH MAIN STREET. 

IN ADDITION, 2015 CITY BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATION LICENSES ARE ALSO DUE TO BE RENEWED NO LATER THAN MONDAY, MARCH 2ND.   THERE WILL BE PENALTY AND INTEREST APPLIED TO ALL LICENSES NOT RECEIVED BY THAT DATE.  PLEASE REFER TO THE ADDRESSES SHOWN ABOVE.

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A black male, King Charles small breed dog. He was found on Halifax Street in front of Picture Perfect.
 
The Emporia-Greensville Humane Society has the dog and will hold until the ownerIs found.
 
Please call 804 731 8987

Utility Work on West Atlantic

NOTICE

UTILITY REPAIRS

There will be temporary lane closures on West Atlantic Street from North Main Street to Market Drive due to utility repairs.

Appropriate traffic control will be established to facilitate vehicular movement.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 634-4500.

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Obituary-Debbie Hitt

Debbie Hitt, 57, of Emporia, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015. She is survived by her daughter, Mechelle Otten and husband, Thomas; two grandchildren, Haley Hitt and Blake Hitt and two sisters, Donna Marietta and Deana Leaton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Red Cross, 420 E. Cary St., Richmond, Virginia 23219. Online condolences may be made atwww.owenfh.com.

Obituary-Irma Elizabeth Jarratt Bass

Irma Elizabeth Jarratt Bass, widow of Wilbur Louis Bass, Jr., passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015. She is survived by two sons, Billy Bass and Robert Bass; daughter, Jerrica Bass and a sister, Hazel Moody and husband, Jerry. She also leaves behind her beloved feline “furbabies”, Cleo, Mango and Eddie. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarrat, Virginia. The funeral service will be held graveside 2 p.m. Monday, March 2 at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs

Farmers Now Have Until March 31 to Update Yields and Reallocate Base Acres; Deadline for Choosing Between ARC and PLC also Remains March 31

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015.  The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015.  

“This is an important decision for producers, because these programs provide financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace. Producers are working to make the best decision they can.  And we’re working to ensure that they’ve got the time, the information, and the opportunities to have those final conversations, review their data, and to visit the Farm Service Agency to make those decisions,” said Vilsack. 

If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by March 31, 2015, the farm's current yield and base will be used.  A program choice of ARC or PLC coverage also must be made by March 31, 2015, or there will be no 2014 payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage through the 2018 crop year.

“These are complex decisions, which is why we launched a strong education and outreach campaign back in September.  Now we’re providing a one-time extension of an additional month so that every producer is fully prepared to enroll in this program, “ said Vilsack.

Nationwide, more than 2.9 million educational postcards, in Englishand Spanish, have been sent to producers, and over 4,100 training sessions have been conducted on the new safety-net programs. The online tools, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc, allow producers to explore projections on how ARC or PLC coverage will affect their operation under possible future scenarios.

Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

To learn more, farmers can contact their local Farm Service Agency county office.  To find your local office visit http://offices.usda.gov.

The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

Budget Amendment Puts Brakes on Speed Traps

By Sean CW Korsgaard, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – The highway through Hopewell may not be paved in gold, but that hasn’t stopped the city from making a mint off it.

Taking advantage of a two-mile stretch of Interstate 295 that passes through the city, the Hopewell Sheriff’s Department issues about 1,000 speeding tickets a month, according to AAA, the advocacy group for motorists. It says the speed trap generates over $1.8 million annually for city government.

But a state budget amendment approved by the General Assembly would help curb such practices by Hopewell and other localities, AAA says. The amendment reduces the financial incentive for local police to write excessive numbers of tickets.

“This amendment adjusts the formula by which local collections of fines and fees based on local ordinances may not exceed a certain threshold of the total collections of fines and fees beginning in fiscal year 2016,” according to a legislative note explaining the amendment.

AAA Mid-Atlantic, which serves more than 3.4 million members from New Jersey to Virginia, has made Hopewell’s “Million Dollar Mile” the focal point of its effort against “policing for profit.”

Currently, localities must return a portion of excess fine revenues to Virginia’s Literary Fund, which supports public education. Hopewell, for example, this year had to give the Literary Fund $86,000 – twice as much as any other locality, according to the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts.

However, under the existing formula, the amount of money that localities must remit is so small that it has little impact curbing “policing for profit,” AAA says.

A new formula was included in House Bill 1400, a package of state budget amendments approvedThursday by the General Assembly. It is contained in amendments 3-6.05 #1c and 37 #1c, which were initially proposed by Sen. Charles Carrico, R-Galax, and Del. Matthew James, D-Portsmouth.

The new methodology will lower the threshold for determining whether local fine collections are excessive and will require localities to remit more of that money to the Literary Fund. The new formula will take effect July 1.

AAA lobbied for the amendment. It sent emails to its 200,000 Virginia members, with a link to send emails to Virginia lawmakers – in particular to budget conferees – “to let them know policing for profit shouldn’t be happening, and to please shut it down.”

“AAA has advocated for the safety of the traveling public for over a century and does not wish to condone speeding in any way,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “AAA simply feels that speed enforcement should be conducted in areas where speeding is a documented problem or other safety concerns exist.”

Hopewell employs 11 sheriff’s deputies working in 14-hour shifts to patrol 1.7 miles of interstate highway. Nearly three-fourths of the tickets were issued to out-of-state motorists, according to AAA. “These motorists are unlikely to come back to the area to fight their tickets but rather simply pay the associated fines and fees,” the group said in a statement last week.

The Hopewell Sheriff’s Department could not be reached for comment. The Office of the State Inspector General looked at the situation in 2013 and reported, “The sheriff has stated that his intent is to slow down traffic on the interstate and make it safer for the traveling public.”

Virginia ranks seventh in the nation for the number of traffic tickets issued per year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In addition, the agency says, Virginia is tied with Illinois for having the nation’s highest speeding fines – up to $2,500. Moreover, under Virginia law, reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

“When the commonwealth raised its interstate speed limits a few years back, it failed to adjust the reckless driving threshold accordingly. So now, anyone caught going 11 mph over the posted speed on the interstate is subject to a reckless driving charge,” John Bowman, a spokesman for the National Motorists Association, said in an interview with Watchdog.org.

“Congestion, coupled with speed traps, red-light cameras and aggressive traffic enforcement make Virginia a very difficult place to drive.”

Senate OKs Limits on Use of License Plate Data

By Kevin Lata, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – The Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would limit police retention of license plate data to seven days in an attempt to restrict government stockpiling of personal information.

Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, proposed Senate Bill 965 as part of a broader effort to clamp down against government overreach into personal lives, an area he has targeted the past two legislative sessions.

“The state should not use surveillance technology to collect information on its citizens where there is no discrete reason to do so,” Petersen said.

Under current law, there is no limit on how long government agencies can store passive data collected by license plate readers.

LPRs are typically mounted to police vehicles and standing structures such as traffic lights and bridges. They work by rapidly taking photos of license plates – at a rate of one per second, according to an LPR manufacturing company’s website. The technology can capture the data when vehicles are moving as fast as 100 mph.

The devices help law enforcement agencies track down stolen motor vehicles and people connected to criminal investigations, including theft and kidnapping.

Some police departments store their LPR data for up to a year. Civil liberties organizations believe that poses the potential for abuse. Supporters of the legislation included the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation and the American Civil Liberties Union – unlikely bedfellows who disagree on many issues but share concerns about unwarranted government surveillance.

“The issue here is the limitations of the Fourth Amendment,” Petersen explained in a Facebook status. “It was written for a low-tech agrarian society, not today’s data heavy internet age.”

He warned citizens to be careful because “we’re one click away from being watched.”

Petersen received input from law enforcement agencies when drafting the legislation but encountered what he called a “philosophical difference about limits on state power.” The Virginia Sheriffs Association, the State Police, the Prince William County Police Department and other law enforcement groups opposed his bill.

Petersen said he believes SB 965 strikes a balance between personal liberty and public safety.

“This bill will protect Virginians from unnecessary and indiscriminate police data collection and retention,” Petersen said.

A companion bill, HB 1673, was introduced by Del. Rich Anderson, R-Prince William. The House Militia, Police and Public Safety endorsed the measure on a 17-4 vote Friday. It is now before the full House of Delegates.

Bill Would Help Taxpayers, Habitat for Humanity

By Morgan White, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Delinquent property owners could settle their tax bills by donating their property to Habitat for Humanity or a similar nonprofit, under legislation moving through the General Assembly.

The Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity has pushed for the measure (HB 2173), which won unanimously approval from the House of Delegates last week.

Known as the Habitat Bill, it would enable delinquent taxpayers to exchange their property for the taxes they owe, explained the legislation’s sponsor, Del. Robert Orrock Sr., R-Thornburg.

“When the taxes exceed the value of the property, it’s awfully hard to get the property owner to come forward to do anything with it because he’s going to owe more than whatever he gets for the property,” Orrock said.

He represents the 54th House District, which includes parts of Caroline and Spotsylvania counties. Orrock said a few situations in his district have underscored how donating a house in arrears on taxes to Habitat for Humanity can be a win for everybody – the property owner, the local government and the nonprofit group.

“The delinquent taxpayer wins because he gets out from underneath and walks away at least clean. The county or city wins because they’re going to get properties back on the tax roll. And the Habitat for Humanity type group wins because they now have properties,” Orrock said.

“They can just go forward with the construction project because they didn’t have to buy the land for it.”

The Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity has endorsed the bill.

“This legislation will be particularly helpful to the greater Fredericksburg community, including the City, Stafford, King George, and Spotsylvania Counties, as condemned or undesired land can be put to good use in building Habitat homes, or other non-profit builders, with far less red tape helping the affiliate to achieve its 2020 vision,” the group said last week in a press release.

The Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity’s 2020 vision is to construct 20 news homes by that year. This would increase affordable housing in the area and would contribute to a healthy housing market. Habitat officials say the initiative would attract businesses and serve as a catalyst to transform neighborhoods and lives.

The Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity was one of 10 affiliates recognized by Habitat for Humanity International for legislative advocacy. (There are more than 1,500 Habitat affiliates in the U.S.)

HB 2173 passed the House 100-0 on Feb. 10. It is now before the Senate Finance Committee.

The bill is being co-sponsored by seven other legislators, including House Speaker William Howell of Fredericksburg.

Obituary-Mamie Beryl Browder Harrison

MAMIE BERYL BROWDER HARRISON of Emporia, Va., age 82, was called home by the Lord on January 28th, 2015.  She was predeceased by her husband, James Weaver Harrison and sister Josephine Sparks.  She is survived by her only child, Cynthia Harrison Caldwell, and her husband Orris Franklin Caldwell, Jr. of Raleigh, NC, two sisters, Doris Hobeck, and Carroll Williams, sisters-in-law, Hazel Ferguson, Polly Wray and most notably, sister in law and lifetime best friend Peggy Allen and  Godson, Richard Darrell Allen.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.  Additionally, she is survived by numerous friends and family, who willingly sat by her bedside in her final days.  Further, she is survived by her “foster” grandson, Jonathan Eric Allen, who always held a special place in her heart. 

Beryl worked for Farmer’s Home Administration in Greenville County and was the only woman to ever hold the title of County Supervisor without a college degree at that time.  After her retirement, she and Peggy enjoyed many fun filled trips with her sister and her husband, Carroll and Thurman Williams.

She was a devoted wife, mother, aunt, sister, and friend. Her legacy, by far, was her sweetness and grace toward others and her willingness to help in any way possible. She was an amazing seamstress and often made Cindy’s clothes which they designed together until she was no longer able to sew.  She loved sewing, sunbathing, sleeping and most of all shopping.  Beryl was the most loving, devoted mother and best friend a daughter could ask for.  Even her last wish was to help others, by donating her body to research.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:00 at Calvary Baptist Church on Main Street in Emporia, Va.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to your preferred Alzheimer’s or Diabetic Research charity.

Please call (434)634-3413 for tickets!

Please call (434)634-3413 for tickets!

 

Assembly OK’s a 2-Song Solution

By Cort Olsen, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – The House of Delegates joined the Senate on Tuesday in approving both “Our Great Virginia” and “Sweet Virginia Breeze” as official state songs. But will Gov. Terry McAuliffe sign the legislation into law?

The House voted 81-15 in favor of a bill to designate:

  • "Our Great Virginia” as “the official traditional state song.” The song combines the melody of “Shenandoah,” a ballad from the 1800s, with words by New York lyricist Mike Greenly. This song is the preference of House Speaker Bill Howell.
  • “Sweet Virginia Breeze” as “the official popular state song.” This is an up-tempo pop tune by Richmond musicians Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett.

The measure designating the state songs is Senate Bill 1362, which was approved 37-1 by the Senate on Feb. 10. It represents a compromise: Originally, SB 1362, sponsored by Sen. Walter Stosch, R-Henrico, included only “Sweet Virginia Breeze.” But it was amended to incorporate SB 1128, which sought to designate “Our Great Virginia” as the state song.

A third song – “Virginia, the Home of My Heart,” by Richmond singer-songwriter Susan Greenbaum – had been in the running. But the bill promoting that song died in the House Rules Committee two weeks ago.

Greenbaum said she is still hopeful for her song. “It isn’t over, from what I have been told,” Greenbaum said. “The governor still hasn’t signed any of the songs into law yet.”

Virginia has been without a state song since “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” was retired in 1997 for its racist lyrics.

When it comes to the songs, the votes at the Capitol don’t exactly mirror the votes on social media.

On YouTube, for example, “Sweet Virginia Breeze” has been played more than 42,000 times, with about 200 likes and three dislikes. The folksy “Virginia, the Home of My Heart” has been played about 12,000 times, garnering 140 likes and five dislikes. “Our Great Virginia” also has been played about 12,000 times, with 50 likes and 21 dislikes.

About 4,800 people responded to an online poll in which Capital News Service asked, “What’s your No. 1 choice to be Virginia’s next state song?” About 56 percent preferred “Sweet Virginia Breeze”; 41 percent, “Virginia, the Home of My Heart”; and 2 percent, “Our Great Virginia.”

The remaining 1 percent of the respondents suggested other songs, like “Virginia Pride” by David Tuck, “Rolling Home to Old Virginia” by The Press Gang and even “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

Several people who took the unscientific poll criticized “Our Great Virginia,” saying it evokes Missouri rather than Virginia. A plurality of the comments extolled “Virginia, the Home of My Heart,” calling it heartfelt and dignified. Many other people said they enjoyed “Sweet Virginia Breeze” because it is upbeat and catchy.

Some respondents said Virginia voters should decide the issue. “Please put this on a ballot and let the PEOPLE NOT THE POLITICIANS decide what their state song should be. After all it’s THEIR state song isn’t it?” one person wrote.

But a few respondents supported the two-song solution. One person commented, “Why not two state songs? I vote for ‘Sweet Virginia Breeze’ for the fun one and ‘Our Great Virginia’ for the one to play at funerals.”

 

 

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