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Southeast partners with EKU for Aerospace Technology degree.


Eastern Kentucky University President Dr. Michael Benson and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College President Dr. Lynn Moore prepare to sign an agreement that will allow students to complete the first two and half years of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation on the Middlesboro campus.

On Wednesday evening, Presidents from Southeast Community and Technical College and Eastern Kentucky University met in Middlesboro to sign an agreement that will create an aeronautical program that can lead to a Bachelor of Science in Aviation degree with an emphasis on Aerospace Technology.

The option would allow Southeast Community College students the opportunity to complete the first 53 semester hours on the Middlesboro campus. The next 23 credits, know as bridge credits, could be taken at EKU or the Middlesboro-Bell County Airport. The final leg of the degree would require students to finish their degree on  the Eastern Kentucky University campus in Richmond.

“We’re one of the best aviation programs in the country”, stated Dr. Michael Benson President of Eastern Kentucky University. “The EKU program is the only university based program in Kentucky and is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to designate their aviation candidates for the 1,000-hour restricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.”

For more information you can visit the schools website at www.southeast.kctcs.edu.


Knox County Health Department board meets to hire new director.


Members of the Knox County Health Department Board prepare to interview applicants to fill the position of Director of Public Health for Knox County on Tuesday night.

The Knox County Health Department Board of Directors met on Tuesday night  to interview applicants for the position of Director of Public Health for Knox County. The position is set to become vacant on Oct. 31 when current director Susan Liford is scheduled to retire. Board Chairman George Hammons said that they have four individuals scheduled to interview for the position but declined to provide names. Hammons said the board would make a decision in the near future, possibly as early as this evening, on the successful applicant, but the start date would not be until Nov 1. The interviews were held in executive session and were not open to the public. Eight members of the twelve member board were present to conduct the interviews.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Knox School Board votes 3-2 in favor of ‘nickel tax’

The Knox County School Board listened intently to what community members had to say about the recallable nickel tax last Thursday, but at the end of it all, there would be no final decision or vote taken until Monday.

As in the first vote taken on Aug. 26, the vote was once again 3-2 in favor of a 50.4 cent compensating tax rate with an additional 6.3 cent recallable nickel tax. Board members Dexter Smith, Merrill Smith, and Charles Merida voted yes. Board members Sam Watts and Gordon Hinkle once again voted no.

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Panthers dominate Harlan County, 35-8.


Sophomore Tailback Andrew Johnson scored the final touchdown with a five yard run on Friday night to give the Panthers a 27 point victory.


Wide Receiver Matthew Barger runs a route in a 35-8 victory over Harlan County. Barger had two receiving touchdowns with 88 yards in the first half of play.


Frankie Robinson lines up in the second half against the Black Bears. Robinson scored on the second play of the Panthers first possession with an 80 yard touchdown reception to give the Panthers an early 6-0 lead.

The Knox Central Panther football team continued their perfect season Friday night against the Harlan County Black Bears, 35-8. The 5A Bears (1-3)  were held to 127 yards on four possessions in the first half while Knox Central had 235 yards including two receiving touchdowns by Matthew Barger and one by Frankie Robinson for a 21-8 halftime lead. The Panthers continued their offensive domination in the second half with scores from Sophomore Quarterback Jaxon Stewart on a five yard run in their second possession and a rushing touchdown by Tailback Andrew Johnson to cap off a 35-8 victory. The Panthers will take back to the road this Friday when they travel to Log Mountain to take on former Knox Central Head Coach Wayne Mills and his Bell County Bobcats (3-1).

Man reported missing after ATV accident


The Knox County Sheriffs Department, Barbourville Fire Department and Knox County EMS were on the scene of the ATV accident on Saturday night.

What could have turned out to be a tragedy Saturday night ended with an almost happy ending.
About 8 p.m. Saturday, Sheriff’s Deputy Drew Wilson, responded to a call of a single ATV accident in the woods behind the flood wall on Hwy 6.
Family members told police that Colin Kelly, 40, of Barbourville, was reportedly riding a 4-wheeler with 19-year-old Anthony (Bubba) Broughton, also of Barbourville.

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