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Phipps names National Champ!

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Knox Central High School student Tanner Phipps is the 2015 GNCC Open B National Champion! GNCC is a national racing organization for Woods Racing, the biggest in America. Tanner competes in the Open B class where non-professionals race dirt bikes with a 250 cc engine or higher. Tanner says that he loves dirt bike racing, he’s good at it and it’s how he gets away. According to Tanner the work was worth it. He said, “ At the end of the day when I lay my head down I know I’m making progress to my dream. Hopefully the tittle will bring sponsors, free rides and help for the year ahead. So far it’s my biggest accomplishment.” Tanner is till working toward his dream. He is now preparing for Open A next year. He says,” hopefully another national championship!”

Official of the Year

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Governing Magazine has named Knox County Senator and Kentucky Senate President the National Public Official Of the Year. Every year since 1994, Governing has honored individual state and local government officials for outstanding accomplishment by naming them Public Officials of the Year.

Elected, appointed and career officials from any branch of state or local government are eligible. Our readers are invited to nominate individuals who have had a notable positive impact on their department or agency, community or state.

Governing annually receives several hundred nominations from individuals in the public and private sectors. In addition, Governing staff consults experts and scholars in the field, and also nominates outstanding individuals they encounter in the course of their work. Nominations are evaluated by a selection committee, which, after painstaking research, chooses the winners.

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Artemus World War II Veteran remembered

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Paul James “PJ” Woolum was a highly decorated World War II veteran from Artemus.  Paul served in the U.S. Army Air Corps (later the U.S. Army Air Forces) from 1940 – 1945 in the 446th Bombardment Group as a radio operator and gunner on a B-24 Liberator. During the war, Paul was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for successfully completing 36 bombing missions over Paul Woolum-medals webcontinental Europe and North Africa.  He also won several other medals, including the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Presidential Unit Citation Medal for participating in the 15th Air Force attack on Regensburg, Germany, which destroyed several Nazi aircraft factories. When Paul was stationed in England as part of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, his group was highly decorated for its heroic bombing missions and for its strategic role in leading the D-Day invasion, in which he took part in evacuating the wounded and dead American and German soldiers. His group was also honored to escort and guard General Charles De Gaulle’s plane upon his visit to Oran, Algeria.  Paul was born and raised in Artemus and was a teacher at Knox Central High School for 32 years.  He was married to Zelma Russ Woolum of Artemus, and he was father to Debbie Woolum Graham of Huntsville, Alabama, and to Judy Woolum Darling of Milford, Ohio. Paul passed away at age 82 in 2003.

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Sheriff’s Office searches for burglars

Knox County Sheriff BadgeKnox County Sheriff’s Department continues to search for the suspect(s) of several thefts occurring at Lynn Camp Schools.

During “Meet the Lynn Camp Wildcats Basketball Team” on Friday, Nov. 20, five vehicles in the school’s parking lot were broken into. A window on each vehicle was shattered to gain access and personal items were stolen.

Knox County Sheriff’s Department was alerted and Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Carmack was the first to respond. Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Frith later joined the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to please call them at 546-3181.

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