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Inmate misses hometown

Hello, just wanted to let you know I’ve been a loyal subscriber of your paper for years. I’m currently in a federal prison away from Kentucky. I was raised in Brown’s Branch. When I get the paper here, a lot of people from big areas say, “Man, that’s a small paper.”
I say, “Can you say you know where all of these places are?” I can even look at the arrests an say I know fifty percent of the people arrested. I say this is my town. You guys have all those great officials there. like Mike Corey, Gilbert Holland, and Bill Oxydine. Great people that go out of their way to do their job.

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Knox Historical Museum to focus on famous area women

By Dora Sue Oxendine Farmer

For the Mountain Advocate

Knox County holds many firsts, especially in the area of accomplishments of numerous local women. This article will focus on six women who lived and worked in the late 1800’s to the late 1900’s. All of these women hold the title of being the first woman to achieve this particular status in their field.

  • Miss Nola Minton, (1884-1975) was a woman well known not only in Kentucky’s show horse circles, but she was well known around the world. Miss Minton’s showhorse breeding, judging, training and riding earned her a nation-wide status. She was president of T. W. Minton Company, a hickory processing firm established by her father in 1914. The mill produced lumber for golf club shafts, car and wagon wheel spokes, and canes for the blind, as well as regular walking canes. She invented the white cane for the blind after witnessing a blind man being struck by a speeding car who was trying to cross a crowded street without assistance. Miss Minton was the first woman to be elected to the Kentucky State Fair Board and the first named to the Horseman’s Hall of Fame. She died in Barbourville, Kentucky, at the age of 90.
  • Mrs. Jennie Lee Mealer Walker (1889-1982) was the first woman elected sheriff in Kentucky and in Knox County. A staunch Democrat, she ran for the office in the 1930’s when her husband, B. P. Walker, was disqualified. Although at the time a few women in Kentucky had been appointed sheriff, usually succeeding their husbands who had been killed, Mrs. Walker was the first to be elected sheriff. Although regulating a county the size of Knox was commonly looked upon as a man’s job, Mrs. Walker did not shirk her duties and handled every situation in a professional manner. Actions from investigating murders to breaking up of “home brew” stills were all in a days’ work for her. Mrs. Walker did all of this along with taking care of her home and children.

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Arrests as of March 26, 2015

JAIL (59)Monday 3/16

Brandy Michelle Bailey, 29, Woodbine; served warrant.

Dale Baker, 53, Cannon; served 3 warrants.

Mark D. Baker, 25, Corbin; served 2 warrants.

Kenneth Allen Bays, 34, Bimble; alcohol intoxication in public (2nd offense).

Jerry D. Brown, 37, Barbourville; manufacturing methamphetamine.

Donald R. Davis, 45, Lily; alcohol intoxication in public (2nd offense).

Steve Allan Jones, 33, Woodbine; served warrant.

Sabrina Gail Messer, 32, Artemus; possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana, manufacturing meth., driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol.

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Court records as of March 26, 2015

Marriages:

Heather Joan Weddle, 37, Gray to Eric Charles Tepesano, 38, Corbin.

Viola Marie Longsworth, 27, Barbourville to Roman Nicolas Payne, 21, Cannon.

Carrie Elizabeth Barton, 23, Gray to Eugene Adrian Garland, 30, Gray.

Deed Transfers:

TJ Carnes to Bill Hubbard, Knox property.

Randy and Lori Worely  to M & M Corbin Properties LLC, Knox property.

Jerry Jr., and Lorena Noe to Set Properties LLC, Knox property.

Russell and Ida Broughton to Kimberly Mills, Knox property.

Ernest Hinkle and Michelle (Hinkle) and Lonnie Bruce Jr., to Megan McDonald, Knox property.

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Downtown Revitalization meets

Photo by Bobbie Poynter Ethan Hamblin discusses Hazard’s downtown revitalization project at the first Barbourville Mainstreet/Downtown Revitalization meeting.

Photo by Bobbie Poynter
Ethan Hamblin discusses Hazard’s downtown revitalization project at the first Barbourville Mainstreet/Downtown Revitalization meeting.

By Michaela Miller

For the Mountain Advocate

A diverse group of people, including business owners, organization representatives, community leaders, farmers, and town residents, all came to the library Tuesday for the first Downtown Revitalization meeting of the year.

Guest speaker Ethan Hamblin, from Gays Creek, Ky, talked about InVision Hazard, a project created for the city’s downtown revitalization. Hamblin discussed organizations in Hazard, such as the Appalachian Arts Alliance and Pathfinders of Perry County, that have come together to make the project work.

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