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New Bridge…New Name

Barbourville Police Chief Winston Tye gives his report to the City Council.

Barbourville Police Chief Winston Tye gives his report to the City Council.

By David Stewart

Barbourville City Council’s first order of business at it’s October meeting was Resolution Number 2014-5, which was to rename the old Route 11 bridge as the new Charley Greene Dixon Jr. Bridge. Anyone that wished to express an opinion about the proposed new bridge name was given a chance to speak. No one did, so the Council unanimously approved the resolution.

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Two Knox deputy jailers face criminal charges

By Bobbie Poynter

The Knox County grand jury indicted two jail employees Friday on criminal abuse, official misconduct and assault charges.

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Locked Up …But Not Raw

Photos and story by David Stewart

Knox Central’s new incoming coach of the high school basketball team, Wendi Messer, created a buzz and quite a bit of fun Wednesday when she teamed up with Jeff Canady, the school’s athletic director, to hold court in the Knox Board Annex. Wanted posters for local celebrities and politicians were circulated around town. If they failed to turn themselves in, Messer’s deputies (her basketball team) were sent out to “arrest” them.

Jeff Canady played judge and jury, which made him actual executioner when handing out monetary sentences. Bailiff Brandon Hillard and booking officers Madison Hicks and Becky Brown showed no mercy as arrestees were dressed out and pictures were taken. The inmates were then thrown into the cooler.

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GR Hampton honors a lost classmate

By David Stewart
GR Hampton’s First Priority decided that one of their first priorities in remembering Cameron Mullis would be to write him a note. They would then attach it to a balloon and send it heavenward. The idea was approved and the word began to spread around the school. On the morning of the launch, bus driver Steve Mills used his bus to go to the IGA with some teachers. When they returned to the school, the bus did not deliver children. It was crammed full of almost 200 helium filled balloons. The balloons were golden, blue and red, golden to raise awareness of childhood cancer and GR’s school colors of blue and red. (Rumors of a floating bus are being passed around town.)

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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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