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Barbourville man dies after being shot

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A Barbourville man passed away Monday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center after being shot Saturday.

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A “big city” problem has arrived in Barbourville

What does Barbourville now have in common with almost every big city in America?

A parking problem!

Surprisingly, several weeks ago on this same page, a letter to the editor about parking at the courthouse from Randall Young generated a lot of interest. You could even say it caused quite a buzz in town.  Several police cars were identified as violating parking rules, and thus blocking truck and commercial vehicle traffic thru town.

We even heard here at the newspaper from city, county and state police forces about how they would be ensuring all their staff would strictly follow the rules from now on. That’s good.

Yet, even at lunch yesterday, parking around the courthouse square was still a hot topic of conversation.  Seems there are more people working at, visiting, or “just dropping something off” at the courthouse than there are parking spaces near the building.  And several down town merchants feel customers have few parking options.

Of course, there is a FREE public parking lot. It is less than 200 yards from the courthouse. Circuit Clerk Greg Helton, and some courthouse employees usually park there. It almost always has spaces open. Plus, there is a parking lot near Knox Hardware.  But, for many drivers, walking 200 yards is unthinkable.

All this reminds me of the time a gym owner in a nearby town told me his staff often watches customers circle the parking lot. Some circle two or three times just to park close to the door. – Yet, they are coming to the gym to work out!

The same thing happens here in Barbourville.

I sat in traffic at IGA and Wal-Mart, because other cars were waiting in line to get the “illegal” spots in the fire lane near the door someone else was vacating. Never mind the whole center of the parking lot was wide open; we waited in line just so someone could save 25 steps.

Studies show it is actually faster and easier if we all park at the first open, legal space we find, and just walk a little bit. I know personally, I could benefit from the exercise. Heck, it might even lower my stress level and be better for my health than my fussing and fuming about the idiots blocking the fire lane!  Wouldn’t that solve our “big city” problem?

What do you think?

One of two Manchester Street tunnels coming down

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A long-time staple of Knox County is about to disappear.

Beginning Wednesday, June 24 at 7 a.m. the Kentucky Department of Transportation will be removing the narrow railroad underpass under the closed CSX Railroad line at California Hollow.

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Appalachian Foothills’ 14th annual Fire Muster

Saturday’s storm couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Firefighters and their families at Appalachian Foothills’ 14th annual Fire Muster, hosted by Bailey Switch Fire Department.

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Two Knox County students receive help from KCEOC to pay for college

(Left to Right )KCEOC’s Alicia Hill, scholarship recipient Tessa Terrell, and scholarship recipient Keona Jones.  Photo Submitted.

(Left to Right )KCEOC’s Alicia Hill, scholarship recipient Tessa Terrell, and scholarship recipient Keona Jones.
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James J. Davenport Community Services Block Grant Scholarship

Special to the Mountain Advocate

Each year, KCEOC Community Action Partnership presents two recipients with a scholarship which is funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) education fund.  These scholarships are designed to provide continued education to recipients that illustrate need by meeting income eligibility guidelines, and show promise of success indicated by GPA/GED scores, and enrollment in an educational/vocational institution.

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