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Promise Zone delivers in first year

Jerry Rickett

Jerry Rickett

By Jerry Rickett

It’s been a year of firsts for Kentucky’s Promise Zone. We’ve hired a coordinator, created a strategic plan, established six working committees and conducted meetings in each of the eight Southeastern Kentucky counties in the zone.

Last year, President Obama announced that Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Perry, Leslie, Clay, Knox and part of Whitley would become of one of the five federal Promise Zones. As such, the area will gain a competitive advantage in applying for federal funds as well as additional assistance from various federal agencies that oversee housing, education, economic development, agriculture and safety. Those agencies also will provide increased coordination to help the counties maximize federal and private investment.

We’ve listened. We’ve collaborated. We’ve planned. And those efforts already are paying off.

Programs in the Promise Zone have attracted more than $109 million in funding. Investments already are being made in areas such as education; medical facilities; college and career readiness; online information technology degree and certificate programs; workforce training; health and anti-drug initiatives; and housing and energy-efficiency projects. Some of the highlights include:

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Third utility trailer recovered

daniel witt

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dylan southerland

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The Laurel County Sheriff’s Department recovered a reported stolen utility trailer in Keavy Wednesday evening Jan. 14. The trailer had apparently been stolen from Cornett subdivision off Ward Cemetery road approximately six miles south of London recently.

The 5 x 14 utility trailer had apparently been sold to a buyer who was unaware that it had been stolen. The buyer saw a recent newscast reporting the recovery of two other trailers and the arrest of two subjects allegedly possessing and selling stolen trailers.

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Knox Schools announce open houses

Knox Schools open house

Open House at Knox Central and Lynn Camp

Knox Central High School and Lynn Camp Schools will hold Open House events this week.   Parents/guardians and students are invited to visit their child’s school, review their progress in classes, and learn more about the services and programs offered at each school.

Knox Central High School

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

4pm – 6:30pm

Lynn Camp Schools (Elementary and Middle/High)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

5pm – 7pm

Bell County Murder Investigation

(East Pineville, Ky.) – Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan is currently on the scene of a murder investigation in the East Pineville community of Bell County. The scene is located on Old Bell High Road just off U.S. Highway 119 approximately 1.5 miles from the junction of U.S. 25E in Pineville.

 Kentucky State Police received the call just after midnight. It was reported that a woman was found murdered at a residence.  At this time, no other information is being released as the investigation is ongoing. Additional information will be released at a later time this morning.

 The Bell County Sheriff’s Office is assisting KSP Detectives Bryan Johnson and Jacob Wilson in this investigation.

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