All five Knox County magistrates; Carson Gilbert, 1st district, Keith Abner, 2nd district, Jerry (Rabbit) Cox, 3rd district, Pat McDonald, 4th district, and Julio Cima, 5th district, joined Judge Executive J.M. Hall at Wednesday’s Knox County Fiscal Court meeting.
After officially opening the meeting, Judge Hall opened the floor to the general public. Boone Heights resident Sharon Lounder addressed 3rd District Magistrate Jerry Cox. Apparently, the county had come in and cleaned out dirt at the edge of her yard in order to establish drainage. Lounder’s complaint was that the dirt left behind during the county’s work had never been cleaned up, and she spent a total of $1,050 to clean up her hard. She is now requesting an exception to paying penalties on her property tax.
Judge Hall assured Lounder that he will personally meet the county attorney in seeking a resolution to her problem.
Knox resident Jack Irvin queried the court about a permanent residence for the Knox County Farmers’ Market. He suggested bringing the market on to the courthouse square and incorporating Daniel Boone Festival vendors and crafters.
Judge Hall agreed to pass on Irvin’s suggestion to the Tourism Board.
A motion was made to approve the County Attorney Delinquent Tax Report. County Attorney Gilbert Holland reported this year’s amnesty payment program is working well; however, the delinquent payments must be made by Friday, Sept. 19. He reported to the court at $113,899.21 has been collected as of June 2014. A reminder notice will be placed in the Mountain Advocate beginning Aug. 7.
The court approved the hiring of county part-time employees Kasey Gray (as of June 26) and Raymond Fuson (as of July 4), as 9-11 dispatchers. Jared Hinkle was also approved as part-time deputy jailer (as of July 3).
The court accepted a magistrate’s poll vote on distribution of funds for House Bill 235, Resolution #20140709-01 Coal Severance Line-Item Projects Resolution.
Final allocations have been made in the amounts of: Fiscal Year 2015, $265,000; Fiscal Year 2016, $210,000.
Actual county-wide distribution amounts are attached at the bottom of this story.
Judge Hall took a break from the agenda to recognize the quick action and care of her inmates taken by Knox County Jailer Mary Hammonds (who was in attendance) when the air conditioning at the jail suddenly quit the day before. She and her staff had the air conditioning back up within 24 hours.
He also complimented her on having one of the best work-release programs in the area. Jailer Hammonds told those in attendance that a work-release inmate would receive one day off his sentence in exchange for three days working. In addition, inmates in for flagrant child support would be allowed two days of sentencing for every one day in the work-release program.
Fifth District Magistrate Julio Cima asked the jailer about the possibility of using inmates for county road projects. She told him there were conditions that had to be met first. The inmates must be healthy and incarcerated on misdemeanor charges. Also, they are only allowed to weed-eat and pick up trash.
The 2014 Waste Management Program for tire amnesty will be Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 4-6, at the State Highway Garage by Hampton Funeral Home. Three years ago 38,000 tires were turned in. Tires will be accepted with or without rims. The only exception is that no retailers or tires from salvage yards will be accepted.
The board approved Resolution #20140723-01, an agreement between the Knox Fiscal Court, the Transportation Cabinet and the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014, accepting $325,000 in discretionary funds. Judge Hall reported the court originally requested $326,000.The court also unanimously approved:
• Sheriff’s 2nd quarter report
• Acknowledgment of the Extension Service budget
• Sheriff’s 2013 Local Tax Settlement
• Clerk’s 2014 2nd quarter report
• Treasurer’s 4th quarterly report
• 2013-2014 Fiscal Court year-end report
• Budget transfers
• Treasurer’s report
• Interfund transfers
• Claims report
The Knox County Piranhas competed against the Laurel County Barracudas on Saturday, July 19 at Sitvers Aquatic and Fitness Center in Barbourville. Continue reading
On Friday, July 18, the Knox County Town and Country Homemakers held their first organizational meeting for the upcoming new year. Members of the executive committee met to discuss plans for expanding and revitalizing this long standing club, which was originally organized in 1961. Executive officers discussed a myriad of topics, including an adoption of official club colors, emblem, motto, flag and dress code for officers.
The club’s year-long fundraising projects were discussed and voted on, along with the selection of charities on the local, state, national and international levels supported by KCTCH. The Town and Country Homemakers Club’s 50+ years celebration, as well as the installation of the new officers, will take place at a ceremonial dinner on Aug. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the Knox County Extension Office. Current members are asked to invite one future member, along their significant other, to this very important meeting.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
Cultural Arts Contest: August 15, 2014: Members are asked to bring in their crafts that they wish to enter in the contest anytime during the day to the Extension Office.
First Meeting of New Year 50+Years Celebration and Installation Dinner: August 21, 2014, 5:30 pm
District Area Meeting at Middlesboro: October 18, 2014, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, cost is $14
Make a Craft Day: October 20, 2014, 10:00 am Extension Office Members are asked to bring any craft projects on which they are currently working to the Extension Office for a day of work and as well as sharing.
Knox Central 2014 Football Schedule
Aug 29 Perry County Central at Corbin 6:00 PM Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic
Sep 12 Harlan County home 7:30 PM
Sep 19 Bell County away 7:30 PM
Sep 26 Whitley County away 7:30 PM
Oct 3 Clay County away 7:30 PM
Oct 10 Jenkins home 7:30 PM
Oct 17 Rockcastle County away 7:30 PM
Oct 24 Russell County home 7:30 PM
Oct 31 Corbin home 7:30 PM
Michelle Broughton is about to get her husband back.
Barbourville Police Chief Michael Broughton and his wife have been discussing the possibility of his retirement for over a year, and finally after a lot of thought and prayer, Broughton signed his retirement papers Monday. The chief will don his police uniform for the last time on Aug. 31 and officially retire Sept. 1, 2014.
Read the complete story in Thursday’s edition of the Mountain Advocate.