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Police officer sent to hospital after high-speed chase

A Barbourville police officer was taken to the hospital Saturday after his cruiser was hit head-on by a suspect fleeing police.

Walmart officials say Jennifer Wheat, 30, of Barbourville, got away after allegedly trying to shoplift two car batteries. When the woman was taken into the back of Walmart, store officials say she shoved a store manager in her attempt to leave.

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Drugs confiscated in shopping center raid

Patrolman Josh Lawson searches a vehicle for contraband.

Patrolman Josh Lawson searches a vehicle for contraband.                                                           Photo by Bobbie Poynter

BPD Patroman Robert Brown inspects a bag of marijuana found in a pickup truck.

BPD Patrolman Robert Brown inspects a bag of marijuana found in a pickup truck.               Photo by Bobbie Poynter

After receiving complaints of possible drinking and drug activity in the Union Plaza parking lot Friday night, Barbourville Police, with the help of KSP officers, blocked off the entrances and performed a late-night walk through of vehicles in the parking lot. During a routine check, BPD K-9, Dusty, alerted officers to a red pickup where officers found a baggie filled with marijuana and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The owner,  Zachery M. Helton, 18, of Bimble, was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess.

At the same time, in an unrelated traffic stop on Knox Street, BPD officers stopped another truck and searched it for illegal contraband. No citation or arrest was made.

Patterson takes KC helm

Tony Patterson: "I really want to bring stability to Knox Central." Patterson was recently names the new Panthers boys basketball coach.

Tony Patterson: “I really want to bring stability to Knox Central.” Patterson was recently names the new Panthers boys basketball coach.

It’s been a week of change in town, as a second Knox County coach was formally announced as head of Knox Central’s boys basketball team on Wednesday.

Tony Patterson was formally announced head coach of the Panthers by athletics director Jeff Canady at an official press conference held at Knox Central’s library.

“Tony and his staff will pour their heart and soul into this program, and you can’t go wrong when you have passion to go along with heart and soul,” said Canady.

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Don’t cry over spilt milk

Mildred Higgins

Mildred Higgins

Henry C. Link wrote Mistakes happen. Not only do they happen, they are guaranteed.

My father used to say, the only way you won’t make mistakes is if you don’t do anything,

and that in its self is a mistake.

Too many are afraid to try something new because they feel they might make an error.

They are both right and wrong. Yes, they will probably make errors but it is good to

understand that errors go with territory.

You will never accomplish great or worthwhile things without risk generally means great

mistake potential.

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Living a settler’s life

Photos by Bobbie Poynter David Cornett helped seventeen-year-old Lindsay Wright of Raleigh, N.C. shoot the long rifle as the Appalachian Service Project volunteers visited Historic McNeal’s Crossing, during a living history program by members of the Warriors’ Path.

Photos by Bobbie Poynter
David Cornett helped seventeen-year-old Lindsay Wright of Raleigh, N.C. shoot the long rifle during a living history program by members of the Warriors’ Path.

By the time the dozen buses of Appalachian Service Project (ASP) volunteers rolled into Historic McNeal’s Crossing, the smell of cabbage and potatoes, along with the sweet smell of cornbread filled the air. All the food was cooking in iron pots over an open fire. The ASP workers were taking a well-deserved break from their labors of the week helping to renovate a home here in Knox County.

Historic McNeal’s Crossing in Barbourville was once one of the main arteries in and out of Knox County due to the river crossing.

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