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Parade route, lineup to be re-routed

Corey and Meagan Chesnut, with a little help from their two-year-old daughter Laurel Kate, fix the log cabin roof of what will soon be the Commercial Bank’s entry at the Daniel Boone Festival Parade. Come parade day, the float will be filled with flowers of the season, as well a several ‘pioneers.’

Corey and Meagan Chesnut, with a little help from their two-year-old daughter Laurel Kate, fix the log cabin roof of what will soon be the Commercial Bank’s entry at the Daniel Boone Festival Parade. Come parade day, the float will be filled with flowers of the season, as well a several ‘pioneers.’

As Knox Countians have all come to know and revere their history, it should be understood that a “bridge out” would not have bothered the parade’s honoree Daniel Boone. He would have moved on down or up the river and crossed when it was safe.

As the parade in honor of Boone approaches, no longer are travelers allowed to move on down the bank to find a better place.

President of the Daniel Boone Festival, Debbie Bingham, says, “Safety is our number one concern. Being safe with the bridge construction is requiring folks to pay more attention than in the past. We have been told the bridge will be open…. the bridge will be closed… I’m just asking attendees to be patient, stay aware of their surroundings and we will have a wonderful Festival. Also, if you have any questions about anything, please go to the Information booth that will open up Wednesday, Oct. 8. We will have maps, details of what’s next, and the latest updates on the bridge opening versus traffic patterns.”

Daniel Boone Festival Parade route

Daniel Boone Festival Parade route

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KCEOC asks Chamber’s help in determining area needs

Matthew B. Courtney, Executive Director of the Bluegrass Center for Teacher Quality

Matthew B. Courtney, Executive Director of the Bluegrass Center for Teacher Quality

Knox County Chamber of Commerce members walked out of Tuesday’s meeting with a lot to think about.

Matthew B. Courtney, Executive Director of the Bluegrass Center for Teacher Quality, currently headquartered at Union College, spoke to the members about what the program is and what kind of work is involved.

The program covers Knox, Whitley, Laurel, Bell, Clay and Harlan counties and provides free professional learning for teachers.

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Soccer scores first win of inauguarl season.

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Knox Central’s Enrica Jackson drives past a Bell County player on Tuesday night for a goal. Jackson scored twice in a 5-1 victory.

The Knox Central girls’ soccer team played host to the Bell County Bobcats on Tuesday night. The Panthers posted a 5-1 victory with two goals from Enrica Jackson, two goals from Layken Merida and a goal from JoBeth Hopper. See this weeks Mountain Advocate for complete coverage.

SOAR Working Groups Report Key Recommendations

Meeting at Natural Bridge yields new partnerships, new ideas

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SLADE, Ky.  (Sept. 23, 2014) – Ten working groups organized under the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative presented their top findings today at Natural Bridge.

Despite the different working group topics, several common themes emerged among the recommendations: the need for cross-agency collaboration, especially in economic development; a desire for training and investment in entrepreneurship; and a strong interest in a robust public relations effort to both market the region to the United States and beyond and to reinforce the citizens’ understanding and support of the uniquely eastern Kentucky story.

The recommendations – some familiar, some novel – are the synthesis of a summer spent talking with eastern Kentucky residents in more than 100 meetings and listening sessions across the region.  In all, more than 2,500 citizens participated in discussions about topics ranging from education to tourism to economic development.

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Daniel Boone Festival closures

Due to the numerous events through the week of the Daniel Boone Festival, the following businesses will be closed.

  • Barbourville Tourism will relocate Thursday and Friday to the gazebo on the north side of the courthouse.
  • City Hall will close at noon Friday.
  • The Knox County courthouse will be closed all day Friday.
  • Knox County Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Barbourville Independent Schools will be closed all week for Fall Break.
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