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Knox superintendent responds to recallable nickel tax petition


With over 2,600 signatures filed on time with the county clerk to petition the ‘recallable nickel tax,” it seems very likely the petition will be validated by the Knox County clerk’s office within the next 30 days. In lieu of the possibility, Knox County Schools Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles remains positive that the building of a new Knox County Area Technology Center will happen.

“I still believe this is best for our community, our kids,” said Sprinkles.

In the event the petition is validated by the county clerk’s office, Sprinkles said it is highly unlikely the school board will opt for a special election. The board will probably wait and add it onto next year’s election ballot.

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Corbin Arena to host Southern Kentucky Robotics Invitational

The Kentucky Wildbots Team 3844 from Lynn Camp High School and Corbin High School, the Thoroughbots Team 3259 from Pulaski Southwestern, and the Corbin Tourism Commission proudly present the first annual Southern Kentucky Robotics Invitational (Battle for the Bluegrass). This one-day event will be held Saturday, Oct 25, at the Corbin Arena.
This high school robotics competition will use the format of “Aerial Assist” the 2014 FIRST Robotics game.
The event is free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events
7:30 am – Limited team access (members are allowed to move tools and robots into the pit)
8:00 am – Pits and stands open; schedule and radio programming instructions released
8:15 am – Drivers’ Meeting (ALL teams must send at least one representative)
8:30 am – Opening Ceremonies
8:45 am – Qualification Rounds
12:30 pm – Alliance Selection and Lunch
1:45 pm – Elimination Rounds
4:30 pm – Awards Ceremony
4:30 pm – Pit Cleaning/Load-Out
5:00 pm – Doors close

Conway tries to preserve Ky. electioneering law

LOUISVILLE, KY. — Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway turned to a federal appeals court Wednesday in his effort to preserve a state law that bans electioneering close to polling places, calling the buffer zone an important safeguard against Election Day shenanigans.

With the general election less than three weeks away, Conway moved quickly with his motion to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an effort to keep the law in place — pending an appeal — to insulate voters from campaign activities outside the polls.

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Knox absentee balloting now underway

By Bobbie Poynter

The Knox County Clerk’s office is accepting absentee ballots now through Nov. 4 for anyone who will be out of the county on Election Day.

Absentee ballots will also be accepted for anyone confined to a military base, in their third trimester of pregnancy, or have a surgery scheduled on Election Day.

Those who are disabled can call the clerk’s office at 546-3568 and request a paper ballot. Paper requests must be made and returned to the clerk’s office as soon as possible so their votes will be assured of being counted.

All ballots must be returned to the clerk’s office by 6 p.m. the day of the election.

Knox County Clerk Mike Corey wants to remind everyone that voter registration is over.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.

For a list of polling precinct locations and sample ballots, see the Oct. 23 edition of the Mountain Advocate.

Knox County Hospital Officials: Patient not exposed to Ebola virus

Knox County Hospital

Knox County Hospital

UPDATE: 5:45 p.m.

According to Knox County Attorney Gilbert Holland, the adult female patient at the Knox County Hospital who believed she was exposed to the Ebola virus will not be charged. 

The patient apparently believed she had may been exposed through possible third party contact with one of her children. However, hospital officials confirm this is not the case and wish to assure the general public that there never was any cause for alarm.


Knox County Hospital officials confirmed a patient was brought into the emergency room by ambulance around 2 p.m. Friday. Learning of the patient’s possible exposure to the Ebola virus, the hospital immediately took the necessary emergency preparedness precautions and locked down the emergency room.

Dr. Robert Bond, head of the emergency room, consulted with the regional epidemiologist, Dr. Marion Pennington, and they determined it was not an exposure to Ebola.

The emergency room reopened around 3 p.m.

Hospital officials determined there was never any threat of Ebola exposure to the general public.

“If we find that this was a hoax or a falsification of information, we will contact law enforcement,” sad Hospital Administrator, Ray Canady.” We knew that something like this could happen. Our staff is trained in emergency preparedness.”

In addition to the Knox County incident, the Mountain Advocate has confirmed that there have been at least two other similar incidents reported in Fayette County, which also turned out not to be Ebola.

“This is close to home, and we would take a hoax like this very seriously,” said Knox County Attorney Gilbert Holland. “In fact, we would treat it much as we would a bomb threat. This could warrant serious charges against the person or persons making the threat.”

Holland said a person falsely claiming Ebola exposure could face second-degree felony terroristic threatening charges. They could also be charged with wanton endangerment for every patient or staff member put in harm’s way.

Then, there is the huge civil cost the person would have to repay to the hospital for all the time and effort the staff had to put in to handle the possible exposure.

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