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Can Snail Mail get any slower? Yes, it can.

Jay Nolan

Jay Nolan

Consumers all across Kentucky are about to be penalized by the United States Postal Service. Why? Because the USPS has already implemented plans that will soon close every major automated mail-processing facility in the state!

And despite what postal officials put on their briefing charts to Congress, here in the real world, when processing facilities close, it takes longer for your mail to be delivered.

Not that long ago, the US Post Office moved our local SCF bulk mail-processing center from London to Knoxville. Mail processing times locally went from 1 day to 2- 3 days officially. But what really happened? “Hundreds of area customers have called and canceled their subscription. I have multiple customers complaining it takes them a week to get their mail now,” said Mollie Hale, circulation manager at the Mountain Advocate in Barbourville.

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Cleaning up downtown

Photo by Bobbie Poynter Dennis Mills (on ladder), Scot Clouse and Debby Spencer test an awning on the side of the Mountain Advocate’s building to see if it can be cleaned without destroying the fabric. Cleaning the awnings up and down the streets is only a small part of Barbourville Tourism’s plan for revitalizing downtown.

Photo by Bobbie Poynter
Dennis Mills (on ladder), Scot Clouse and Debby Spencer test an awning on the side of the Mountain Advocate’s building to see if it can be cleaned without destroying the fabric. Cleaning the awnings up and down the streets is only a small part of Barbourville Tourism’s plan for revitalizing downtown.

By Bobbie Poynter

Editor

What looked like a pleasant Monday afternoon stroll through town turned out to be so much more. Debby Spencer of “We Make Things Happen,” Patty Frazier, Scot Clouse, Dennis Mills were conducting a walkabout of the downtown area of Barbourville as part of Tourism’s Strategic Plan for Barbourville. The group was looking for specific ways to improve the overall look of the streets, sidewalks and buildings themselves.

Below is a list of the good and not-so-good points the group observed during its walk:

  • Intersection of Liberty & High Streets
    • o Need crosswalks added.
    • o Need street repair on Liberty Street next to Thelma’s and Parking Lot.
    • o Need to add planter in Visitor Center front parking lot.
    • Bank driveway on High Street needs some work.
    • Intersection of Main Street and High Street
    • o Sidewalks are in good shape
    • o All four corners are ADA
    • o Need repair work on southeast corner of High Street and Main
    • Around the Square
    • o Awnings need cleaning
    • o Sidewalks are in good shape
    • o All cross walks need to be repainted
    • o Parking spaces need to be repainted
    • o Need foundation work on corner building on the Square next to Ugly Mug.
    • Intersection of South Main and Daniel Boone Drive
    • o Needs crosswalk added
    • o No sidewalk on Daniel Boone Drive between Sycamore and South Main (Not necessary)

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Vehicle registration about to change

By Bobbie Poynter

Editor

The Knox County Clerk’s Office will soon implement what the Commonwealth calls a time- and cost-saving change in the vehicle registration system.

The new vehicle registration system is changing to “print on demand” decals for license plate renewals. Rather than stocking booklets of preprinted decals, the new decals will be printed at the time of registration.

“I’ve seen it, and the only thing it does is replace the books of stickers,” said Knox County Clerk Mike Corey. “We already have the equipment, but nothing has been set up yet. We understand it’s supposed to be up and running by the end of April.”

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State early childhood report blasts Knox

The sky is the limit! These Jessie D. Lay preschool students listen as teacher Becky Blevins reads to them. A new state report says only 1 of 3 Knox County students are ready for Kindergarten. Studies show students like these that complete Preschool or a Head Start are much more likely to succeed academically than other children.

The sky is the limit! These Jessie D. Lay preschool students listen as teacher Becky Blevins reads to them. A new state report says only 1 of 3 Knox County students are ready for Kindergarten. Studies show students like these that complete Preschool or a Head Start are much more likely to succeed academically than other children.

By Jay Nolan

Publisher

“Please, get your children into Preschool or Head Start.” That plea from Jessie D. Lay Elementary Principal Jeff Frost points to one solution for what is a major local problem. Our youngest children are unprepared for school.

In fact, the Kentucky Governor’s office of early childhood and Kentucky Center for Education and workforce statistics released a report this week that paints a sad profile of children in Knox County. Specifically, it states:

  • Two out of every three children here that start Kindergarten are rated not ready. This is far below the state average of 50%.
  • In the academic/cognitive area, Knox children are 7% below their state peers.
  • In physical development, only 41.9% are average or above, compared to 50.1% statewide.

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I-75 at the Laurel-Whitley county line to be reduced to one lane

Lane reductions necessary for bridge inspections

 Special to the Mountain Advocate

The right or “slow” lane of Interstate 75 northbound at the Laurel-Whitley County line (mile point 27.9) will be closed on Tuesday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT for bridge inspections.

Crews will also close the right or “slow” lane of I-75 southbound at mile point 27.9 on the following day, Wednesday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT to complete the inspections.

Motorists are asked to use caution when approaching and traveling through the work zone and be prepared for possible delays due to the lane closure.

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