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Escapee faces judge

Harley David Smith

Harley David Smith

Harley D. Smith, 29, of Frankfort, held his head high and spoke with confidence as he faced Judge Thomas Jensen in circuit court Friday. Smith faced three separate cases, including one with three counts of theft and another, his most recent case, second degree escape and first degree persistent felony offender.

Due to the many cases Smith faces, and his nearly two month absence from court while on the run, there was some confusion as to who would act as Smith’s representation. Public Advocate Attorney Kara Ottis was previously been assigned to Smith’s case. It was determined that she would more than likely take the case back once she returns from a leave of absence. In the meantime, however, Public Defense Attorney Halley Vallance would stand in.

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City School’s plan to make up snow days

In light of the recent snowstorm, Barbourville Independent Schools have some snow days to make up.

As of Friday, Barbourville was two days shy of the 170 educational days required by the state. The 2015-2016 calendar was amended at the February meeting, to use the first week of the 2016 Spring Break as make-up days. It was approved that March 14 and 15 would be used to make up the two missing days. The board also authorized that March 16, 17 and 18 could be used for additional make-up days. This will reserve at least one full week for spring break.

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Downtown renovations continue

Photo by Emily Baker The 'Lawson Building' on Courthouse Square.

Photo by Emily Baker
The ‘Lawson Building’ on Courthouse Square.

In addition to construction on the old Magic Theater’s marquee, renovations are underway for the Lawson Building on Courthouse Square. See the complete story in next week’s edition of The Mountain Advocate.

Hospital software lawsuit settled

The former Knox County Hospital and CSS Health Technologies, Inc., have finally come to terms.

The Knox Hospital Corporation originally filed a lawsuit against CSS on Aug. 7, 2015, when a glitch kept the hospital’s billing system from billing 12,000 procedures, an error that could have cost the hospital $200,000.

When CSS threatened to terminate the hospital’s software license, the hospital filed a restraining order with the Knox County Circuit Court.

CSS then filed a removal of the case from Knox Circuit Court to U.S. District Court on Sept. 2, 2015.

In January 2016, the parties’ attorneys requested a judge serve as mediator in an effort to reach a settlement, but were ordered to employ a private mediator.

Mediations apparently worked because on Feb. 2 the hospital and CSS resolved their issues set forth in the lawsuit and agreed on a tentative settlement in U.S. District Court, the details of which will not be made public.

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Gray man arrested for meth

A white powder suspected to be meth was found inside the suspect's gloves.

A white powder suspected to be meth was found inside the suspect’s gloves.

Deputy Keith Liford stopped a vehicle on Lynn Camp Hollow Road in Gray at approximately 8 a.m. Thursday, February 11. Deputy Liford determined the driver, David Lowe, was under the influence. Deputy Liford, finding Lowe to be under the influence, arrested him. The deputy found two plastic bags containing a large amount of white powder suspected to be Methamphetamine concealed in a pair of gloves on Lowe’s person. Several syringes were also found during the arrest.

Lowe was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Constable Reed Murphy assisted in the arrest.

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