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Knox County bus accident Big Branch Hollow

Stinking Creek firefighters stand by as a wrecker makes its way to the scene of the accident Friday morning. Photo by Bobbie Poynter

Stinking Creek firefighters stand by as a wrecker makes its way to the scene of the accident Friday morning.
Photo by Bobbie Poynter

 A Knox County school bus was involved in a minor accident on Friday morning transporting students to school. The accident occurred around 7:20 a.m. in the Big Branch area of Dewitt, which is located in eastern Knox County.

Preliminary reports state that eight students were on the bus at the time of the accident.

Minor injuries were reported and Knox County EMS was called to the scene.

Seven students were checked by EMS workers and released to their parents. One student was transported to Knox County Hospital for further examination.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Knox school officials: soft ground probable cause of bus accident

Stinking Creek firefighters stand by as a wrecker makes its way to the scene of the accident Friday morning. Photo by Bobbie Poynter

Stinking Creek firefighters stand by as a wrecker makes its way to the scene of the accident Friday morning.
Photo by Bobbie Poynter

By Bobbie Poynter

Knox County school officials praise the efforts of the veteran bus driver involved in an accident this morning in the Big Beech area of Dewitt in Knox County.

According to Knox County Schools Public Relations Director Frank Shelter, the bus  driver, Donnie Mills, is a veteran Knox County bus driver with no prior history of accidents.

“Mills is an experienced driver who knows these roads quite well,” said Shelton. “He’s been navigating the backroads with the log trucks for several years and knows how to handle his bus.”

Of the eight children on the bus, seven were on their way to Dewitt Elementary and one to Knox Middle School. After the bus driver helped the children exit the bus through the emergency exit door, they were escorted back down to the bottom of the hill.

The road into the hollow where the bus was traveling was a one-lane gravel road, and school officials believe the edge of the road simply gave way causing the bus to gradually slide into the ditch and come to a gradual stop.

“This is the worst season for roads,” said Shelton. “They become slushy and slick with mud. But, our drivers are well trained, and the training has paid off as the driver was able to get the kids out of the bus quickly and safely.”

One child, transported by Knox County Ambulance to the Knox County Hospital complaining of pain  in his back, was treated and released. The other seven children were released to their parents at the scene.

Following standard procedure, the  bus driver has been sent for a drug test.

Stinking Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Knox County Ambulance, and the Knox County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

Nash Collects AAC Player of the Week Honors

Lydia Nash

Lydia Nash

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Union College women’s basketball player Lydia Nash (JR/Florence, Ky.) has been named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Nash led the Bulldogs to a 2-0 record last week as the team posted an 80-70 win against Alice Lloyd (Ky.) and a 76-73 overtime win against IU-Southeast (Ind.). Two wins came in the Union College Holiday Classic. Union is 7-3 overall and 4-2 in AAC play.

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Knox County holiday hours

Staff Report

The following Knox County offices have announced the hours they will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays:

Christmas Week

County Clerk: closed at noon Dec. 24 and be closed all day Dec. 26 and 27.

Judge-Executive: closed Dec. 24, 25, 26

Knox County Health Department: closed at noon Dec. 24, closed all day Dec. 26, 26

Post Office: close at noon Dec. 24, closed all day Dec. 25.

Knox County Public Library: closed all day Dec. 24-28.

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Knox County Clerk announces deadline for changing voter party affiliation

By Bobbie Poynter

Knox County Clerk Mike Corey is reminding registered voters who wish to vote in another party’s May 2015 Primary Election or be a candidate as a member of another political party in the regularly scheduled 2015 elections, they must change their registration no later than Dec. 31, 2014.

Those wishing to change their affiliation must go to the county clerk’s office and fill out a new registration card by noon Wednesday, Dec. 31, at which time the office will be closing for the holiday.

To be qualified to vote in a partisan primary election, a voter must have been a member of that party on Dec. 31 of the preceding year or a new registrant who has not changed his or her affiliation.

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