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Facility discussions continue at Bell school board meeting

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The Bell County Board of Education continued discussions about facility projects during the regular meeting on Tuesday. The board approved a BG-1 for Bell Central modular units.Title I Supervisor Jeff Saylor said they will be able to complete about 50 to 65 percent of the project during the summer. There will be a need to rotate classrooms from August to December in order for to take place in the phasing plan developed by RossTarrant Architects.Saylor said two modular units will be leased. The units will be budgeted in the general fund.The board also approved a few items in regards to the Yellow Creek renovation project. They approved a revised BG-1, a revised owner/architect agreement and an owner/construction manager agreement.


Smithfield takes PRIDE in canal

Smithfield led their fourth annual cleanup Wednesday along the canal in Middlesboro as part of Kentucky’s PRIDE initiative.The nine volunteers from Smithfield collected seven bags of trash and waste as well as shopping carts and tires along the banks of the canal.Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE) spans 42 counties in the Commonwealth. It was launched in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers and Gen. James Bickford to encourage citizens to restore ...

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Second Saturday event kicks off in the Gap

The first Second Saturday event of the season kicked off this past weekend in Cumberland Gap, Tenn. Local performers included the Washtub Singers, Gyve Turkey, Salina Ely and the dulcimer duo of Brittany and Phil.The event was entitled April Showers and participants decorated umbrellas which were displayed in the foliage at Festival Park.Local business owner Steve Moore of The Frame Shop received attention for his unique motorcycle themed umbrella. The artwork...

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Servolution holds health clinic grand opening

Servolution Health Services held its dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting Monday evening in Speedwell.Members of the community gathered at the clinic to take tours of the facility and hear guest speakers and religious leaders at the dedication service.SHS offers dental and medical care for qualifying community members who are at or below the 200 percent poverty guideline and are without insurance. These services are provided due to grants, monetary donations and volunt...

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SelfRefind opens expanded location in Barbourville

SelfRefind, a privately owned group specializing in addiction treatment, opened an expanded location in Barbourville on March 31.SelfRefind currently operates 17 locations across Kentucky and Ohio, providing physician directed treatment for those addicted to opiates and alcohol.“We’ve seen high demand for our services throughout all locations,” said Jamie Durham, CEO.“Our Barbourville location required an expansion to meet the needs of ...

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Board approves new position

The Middlesboro Board of Education (BOE) met on Tuesday for their regular monthly meeting. Among items discussed was the creation of a new position – Innovation Coordinator.Superintendent Steve Martin explained the new position would stem from the acquisition of a new grant the district had applied for and as such would not be an additional cost.“This (position) will not be any cost to the district,” explained Martin.He also pointed out the p...

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Improve your ‘investment environment’

On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day — a day devoted to education and action on environmental issues. As a citizen of the world, you may have a keen interest in protecting your physical surroundings. And as someone trying to reach long-term financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you’re probably also interested in improving your investment environment.So here are a few suggestions:

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KCEOC to host home ownership workshop

The American dream is to own a home.KCEOC believes that dream is still alive striving to provide clients with powerful knowledge that will help them achieve their dreams of home ownership with the Yes You Can program.Yes You Can is a free program that teaches prospective home buyers how to become successful homeowners. KCEOC has housing counselors on staff to educate and prepare clients for home ownership through Yes You Can workshops.

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