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Barbourville Independent BOE rescinds 4% tax increase

Barbourville Schools Superintendent Larry Warren opens the public hearing on the proposed 2014-15 tax increase

Barbourville Schools Superintendent Larry Warren opens the public hearing on the proposed 2014-15 tax increase

On Sept. 4, the Barbourville Schools administration recommended a two percent tax increase over the two percent compensating rate to help balance the 2013-14 budget. At that time, the board voted to approve the rate.

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18 Historic Jackets

 

Every April in Augusta, Georgia a highly coveted green jacket has been awarded to the winner of the Master’s Golf Tournament. This tradition has been carried out annually for the last 80 years. The city of Barbourville and Union College started another tradition last Wednesday night 9/17/14. Not one jacket, but eighteen lab coats were awarded to the first class to enroll in the college’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences pre-licensure program. Pre-licensure means the students have completed all prerequisites to enter the two-year nursing program. At the end of the two years, they will be Registered Nurses.

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Priming the machines

Voting machines are prepared for November election.

Voting machines are prepared for November election.

Knox Clerk gets voting machines ready for November’s election

James Sloan (far left) and Tim Sammons (far right) of the Kentuckiana Election Services came in Thursday and began setting up the 80-plus voting machines that will be used in Knox County’s November election. Knox County Clerk Mike Corey (center) kept a close watch as each machine was loaded with the ballots and programmed. Once the voting machines are set up, he said, security protocols are put in place to keep anyone from tampering with the machines before the election.

Southeast partners with EKU for Aerospace Technology degree.

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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.

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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.

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