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Conway tries to preserve Ky. electioneering law

LOUISVILLE, KY. — Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway turned to a federal appeals court Wednesday in his effort to preserve a state law that bans electioneering close to polling places, calling the buffer zone an important safeguard against Election Day shenanigans.

With the general election less than three weeks away, Conway moved quickly with his motion to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an effort to keep the law in place — pending an appeal — to insulate voters from campaign activities outside the polls.

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Knox absentee balloting now underway

By Bobbie Poynter

The Knox County Clerk’s office is accepting absentee ballots now through Nov. 4 for anyone who will be out of the county on Election Day.

Absentee ballots will also be accepted for anyone confined to a military base, in their third trimester of pregnancy, or have a surgery scheduled on Election Day.

Those who are disabled can call the clerk’s office at 546-3568 and request a paper ballot. Paper requests must be made and returned to the clerk’s office as soon as possible so their votes will be assured of being counted.

All ballots must be returned to the clerk’s office by 6 p.m. the day of the election.

Knox County Clerk Mike Corey wants to remind everyone that voter registration is over.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.

For a list of polling precinct locations and sample ballots, see the Oct. 23 edition of the Mountain Advocate.

Knox County Hospital Officials: Patient not exposed to Ebola virus

Knox County Hospital

Knox County Hospital

UPDATE: 5:45 p.m.

According to Knox County Attorney Gilbert Holland, the adult female patient at the Knox County Hospital who believed she was exposed to the Ebola virus will not be charged. 

The patient apparently believed she had may been exposed through possible third party contact with one of her children. However, hospital officials confirm this is not the case and wish to assure the general public that there never was any cause for alarm.


Knox County Hospital officials confirmed a patient was brought into the emergency room by ambulance around 2 p.m. Friday. Learning of the patient’s possible exposure to the Ebola virus, the hospital immediately took the necessary emergency preparedness precautions and locked down the emergency room.

Dr. Robert Bond, head of the emergency room, consulted with the regional epidemiologist, Dr. Marion Pennington, and they determined it was not an exposure to Ebola.

The emergency room reopened around 3 p.m.

Hospital officials determined there was never any threat of Ebola exposure to the general public.

“If we find that this was a hoax or a falsification of information, we will contact law enforcement,” sad Hospital Administrator, Ray Canady.” We knew that something like this could happen. Our staff is trained in emergency preparedness.”

In addition to the Knox County incident, the Mountain Advocate has confirmed that there have been at least two other similar incidents reported in Fayette County, which also turned out not to be Ebola.

“This is close to home, and we would take a hoax like this very seriously,” said Knox County Attorney Gilbert Holland. “In fact, we would treat it much as we would a bomb threat. This could warrant serious charges against the person or persons making the threat.”

Holland said a person falsely claiming Ebola exposure could face second-degree felony terroristic threatening charges. They could also be charged with wanton endangerment for every patient or staff member put in harm’s way.

Then, there is the huge civil cost the person would have to repay to the hospital for all the time and effort the staff had to put in to handle the possible exposure.

Knox teen loses 11-year battle with cancer

… he had enough strength for all of us.

  • Scott Mullis


Cameron Mullis on a recent trip to the beach.

Cameron Mullis on a recent trip to the beach.

By Bobbie Poynter

Cameron Mullis was never robbed of his childhood. He didn’t feel sorry for himself. He never blamed God for what he didn’t have. But, he thanked Him often for everything he was given.

“Cameron was the most outgoing person,” said Scott Mullis, Cameron’s dad. “Whatever he was doing, he gave 110 percent. And he never forgot people.”

Mullis described his son as having the ability to easily connect with people. His son, he said, could walk up into a crowd of people and, in a matter of minutes, he would know every single one of them.

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KSP visits Lay Special Needs class

Photo by Bobbie Poynter KSP Post 10 Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs recently visited with the Lay Elementary Special Needs class.

Photo by Bobbie Poynter
KSP Post 10 Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs recently visited with the Lay Elementary Special Needs class.

By Bobbie Poynter

KSP Post 10 Public Affairs Officer Trooper Shane Jacobs recently visited with the Special Needs class at Jesse D. Lay Elementary School. Trooper Jacobs spoke to the students about helmet, seatbelt, and gun safety. He warned the children of the dangers of talking to strangers and explained that police officers are their friends. Police officers, he said, can wear all types and colors of uniforms, but their goal is to protect all children.

At the end of the presentation, the children received pencils, safety bracelets and coloring pages as gifts. Each student was then presented with a Junior Trooper Badge and sworn in as Junior Troopers.

“I really enjoy the time I get to spend with the kids in the schools,” said Trooper Jacobs. “If I can impact or help change the life of even one of these students, it will have been time well spent. Kids need to always know that we (policemen) are their friends and are always here for them.”

Trooper Jacobs is available to speak with any school class. Besides Kids Safety, he provides programs on Safe Driving, Drug Prevention, Internet Crimes, and is also available for Career Days.

Any school or teacher wanting to invite Trooper Jacobs to speak to their class can contact him at 606-573-3131.

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