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Panel discusses sidewalk repairs

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Councilman Bo Green introduced three cost estimates for sidewalk replacements during the regular Middlesboro City Council meeting on Tuesday.The council approved work to be done on one of those sidewalks, located on Cumberland Avenue near the canal bridge.According to Mayor Bill Kelley, the council discussed the sidewalk in a previous council meeting. He said the city proposed a price of $10 per square foot, and the contractor (Stewart Contracting) returned a price of $8.85 per square foot. The price includes demolition as well.Kelley said he asked Bluegrass Contracting, which is doing all the sidewalk work currently, about repairing the sidewalk, but they responded they’re on a tight schedule and couldn’t take the job.


Dr. Harold Pease Columnist

Many may not realize that Congress had prayer today before they deliberated. In a typical workweek, Monday through Friday, prayer is said every morning in the U. S. Senate and in the U. S. House of Representatives. Each House invites and pays a Christian minister to pray each day for a week that they are in session.Ministers apply for this privilege and they come from every sector of the country. This has been so since the 1st Congress in 1789 some 225 years ago and will continue a...

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State must reassess marijuana policies

In July, Washington became the second state where marijuana could be purchased legally for recreational use.Folks have been buying pot legally in Colorado since the first of the year, and Reuters reported in April the state expects recreational sales to generate $98 million in revenue this year.Earlier this month, the District of Columbia Board of Elections voted to put a recreational use initiative on the ballot in November. Alaskans will also be voting on the issue thi...

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Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar is rebuffing Dollar General’s takeover bid, citing antitrust issues. The discounter’s board supports its existing merger with Dollar Tree.Family Dollar Stores Inc. Chairman and CEO Howard Levine said in a statement Thursday that its board and advisers reviewed Dollar General Corp.’s offer and determined it wasn’t reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.Dollar General declined to comment....

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Moving rural America forward

In January, President Obama declared that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, August 21, the 233th day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 21, 1944, the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and China opened talks at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington that helped pave the way for establishment of the United Nations. (The talks concluded on October 7.)On this date:In 1614, T...

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‘Meet the Panthers’ tonight

Cumberland Gap High School will be hosting a ‘Meet the Panthers’ dinner at the school cafeteria this evening.It’s a chance to meet and mingle with the players and coaching staff. Cumberland Gap football players will be serving dinner, which is free.“It’s just a good chance to meet the team and have a good time and kick the season off,” Panther head coach Corey Russell said.The event starts at 6:30 p.m. While the dinner is fr...

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Panthers look for turnaround in 2014

HARROGATE, Tenn. — A lot went wrong for the Cumberland Gap Panthers in 2013 as they dropped their final six games to finish with a 2-8 record. This year they’re turning page with a new look on offense and five underclassmen starting on both sides of the ball.“I think we can be very successful this year. Even though we’re a young team, I feel like we’re very strong up front and if you can control the line of scrimmage that makes life a lot easier,”...

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Lady Railsplitters picked 3rd in SAC

ROCK HILL, S.C. — The Lincoln Memorial University women’s soccer team has been selected third in the South Atlantic Conference women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll, while forward Michelle Hunter (Tecumseh, Ontario) and midfielder Olivia Thompson (Melbourne, Fla.) were named to the preseason All-SAC Second Team, officials with the league office announced on Wednesday.The Lady Railsplitters received a total of 93 points with one first-place vote in the 2014 ...

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Bell County Schools to start on schedule

Bell County School officials squashed the rampant rumors of a further delay in the school schedule at Tuesday night’s regularly-scheduled board meeting.Bell County Schools are scheduled to start their school year on Tuesday — weeks after many nearby school systems began classes. The delay in the schedule is a result of ongoing construction for renovations at Bell County High School, Bell Central School Center and Yellow Creek School Center.Board members discu...

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Hampton charged with criminal abuse

A Middlesboro woman was arrested on Tuesday after police say she abused her child.Nicole G. Hampton, 27, was charged with second-degree criminal abuse of a child 12 years of age or under.According to the arrest citation, Hampton wantonly abused her 4-year-old child. Police said the child had bruising on the buttocks, back and legs. Hampton also hid the child from social services on different occasions due to the child’s injuries.Hampton was being held at...

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My Social Security Week launches

In honor of the 79th Anniversary of the Social Security Act, Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting commissioner of Social Security, invites everyone to celebrate the first National my Social Security Week. From Aug. 17-23, Social Security will host numerous events to highlight the many benefits of a my Social Security account, a personalized online account people can establish at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount beginning in their working years and continuing throughout the time they receive Social Secur...

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Pineville ACT scores improve

While it’s still early, this school year is already full of positive things happening at Pineville Independent School.Discussed at the school board meeting Monday were the results from the ACT Profile Report from the 2013-2014 testing cycle. Average scores for juniors in reading, English and math improved while science scores remained constant with the prior year.“Science is not included in accountability, but there is a huge push for that in college. We felt...

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Community Calendar

To place an announcement in the Community Calendar, email: bmoore@civitasmedia.com; fax: 606-573-0042 attention Bethany Moore; or drop a written copy of the announcement by our office at 120 North 11th Street, Middlesboro (behind Food City). Announcements should be submitted no later than four days before the event. If information is received in time, it will be published one or two days before the event. Announcements will not be accepted by phone. For more information, call 606-909-4145...

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Bus rental spat comes as Senate candidates meet

FRANKFORT (AP) — The candidates in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race are answering questions together for the first time amid a squabble over a bus rental.Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is accusing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes of accepting potentially illegal campaign gifts from her father’s bus company.The Grimes campaign says it sampled rates from four companies before deciding how much to pay to rent an 11-year-old luxury bus from Jerry Lundergan̵...

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New federal mining rule survives court challenge

LOUISVILLE (AP) — New federal rules that labor officials say could save lives at dangerous mining sites have survived a court challenge from mining industry groups.The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit brought by the National Mining Association and other groups.The new rules, approved in January, allow federal labor officials to designate a mine as a repeat violator of safety rules without a prior warning. It also allows regulators ...

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NEW YORK (AP) — Privacy-wary parents are increasingly pausing before they post photos, names and other information about their wee ones on social media. Some are choosing a complete blackout, while others opt for nicknames and a few carefully selected snapshots.Here are some social media tips for parents, relatives and friends.— ASK FIRST, POST LATER

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News in Brief

Billionaire to pay $1.5M fine for Kentucky minesLOUISVILLE (AP) — West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of reclamation violations at several of his coal mines in eastern Kentucky.The agreement between Justice and the state’s Department for Natural Resources is a reduction from the $4.5 million in outstanding penalties he owed for the violations. Kentucky officials said ...

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