The 2014 Knox Central Football team opened their season at Corbin in the Pigskin Classic against Perry Central on Friday night with a convincing 39-6 win. The Panthers took the opening drive 65 yards to jump out to an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Special teams proved to be the biggest asset of the game with Matthew Barger scoring two touchdowns on punt returns of 76 and 66 yards while Frankie Robinson added another touchdown on a 55 yard punt return. The Panthers will be back on the field next Friday at Clay County when they take on North Laurel in the Appalachian Bowl.
The Knox Central Lady Panther volleyball team let a two to one lead slip away on Thursday night to district rival Lynn Camp. The Lady Panthers held a two set to one lead heading into the fourth set, but was out scored 25-14 to force a fifth and final tie breaker. Lynn Camp took the final set 15-13 to win the match. For complete coverage see next weeks Mountain Advocate.
Corbin Police are searching for the man who unsuccessfully tried to rob Pizza Hut in Corbin Wednesday afternoon.
According to Major Rob Jones, the department’s public affairs officer, the robber, described as a white male, between 5’7” and 5’11,” wearing a hoodie and white bandana over his face, came into the restaurant at the Trademart Shopping Center just after 2 p.m.
By DEAN MANNING
For The Mountain Advocate
Kentucky State Police have arrested a Corbin man for arson.
Kentucky State Police were called out Monday to investigate an explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed a home in Gray Monday night.
West Knox Fire Chief Daryl Baker said firefighters were at the station training when they were paged out at 7:41 p.m. to the structure fire off of KY 3436. The first units arrived in less than two minutes.
“Bystanders said there was an explosion,” Baker said. “It was fully involved and already starting to fall when we got there.”
Neighbors told firefighters that no one was inside but that someone had been there working on the on-going remodeling project about 45 minutes to an hour prior to the 911 call being made.
Baker said firefighters needed approximately 30 minutes to knock down the flames and worked until 9:45 p.m. to fully extinguish the fire.
While firefighters did not report finding anything that led them to suspect arson, Baker said there is a large amount of traffic in an out of the neighboring Copes Market, leaving him to wonder why the fire had such a head start.
“It is very odd,” Baker said.
In addition, Baker said no one claiming to be the owner came to the scene. Damage has been estimated at $50,000.
“We have no idea what caused the explosion,” Baker said.
Tuesday afternoon Trooper Gregory arrested Christopher Wyatt, 28, of Corbin. Wyatt is charged with third degree arson, which can carry a sentence of one to five years in prison.
Wyatt is lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
Trooper Gregory is continuing the investigation.
Additional 6.3-cent tax rate subject to recall
Knox County Schools Finance Officer Gertrude Smith explained to the Knox County School Board Tuesday that the FY 2014 Unaudited Annual Financial Report showed a deficit of $1,388,947 over the previous fiscal year.