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Williams indicted on theft charges

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A Pineville woman was recently indicted after allegedly passing worthless checks at Pineville Pawn Shop.Tanisha A. Williams, 24, was indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury on three counts of theft by deception over $500.According to the indictment, Williams passed three checks on the account of Carolyn S. Williams at the pawn shop and obtained $850 in cash each time. In total she received $2,550.The alleged thefts occurred on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23. She was arrested on the charges on Feb. 6. The investigating officer for the case was Pineville Police Det. Kevin Goodin.


Jailer raises concern over woman brought to jail injured

Bell County Jailer Rex Miller voiced a concern during a recent Middlesboro City Council meeting.A woman was brought to jail in late March with a broken leg. Miller said when Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe was contacted about the woman’s health, he became belligerent and denied her treatment.Miller explained the current policy reads that if an arresting officer believes the arrested person is injured first take them to a doctor, have them checked out and then ...

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Man flown to hospital following coal truck wreck

One man was injured following a single-vehicle wreck off of KY 221 on Thursday. According to Bell County Volunteer Fire Department public relations officer Bucky Shelby, a coal truck had flipped over, landing on its driver side. In the process of flipping, the truck struck the driver causing multiple injuries.Shelby said the wreck occurred at Straight Creek Coal Mines at the Bell and Harlan county line. The victim was flown from the scene of the wreck by AirEvac to Holston Valley M...

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Autism month gives children a chance to be themselves

Autism affects one in every 68 children in America and still many families without autistic children do not know much about the disorder.Margaret Earls is a local mother with an autistic son and is familiar with the hardships faced by autistic children. Earls works not only to help families with autistic children, but also to educate families without autistic kids.All families enjoy seeing a movie on the big screen but the loud sounds, changing lights and sometimes even ...

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Fiscal Court holds first budget reading

The Bell County Fiscal Court held a special-called meeting on Thursday to hold the first reading of the 2014-2015 proposed budget. Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock said although the budget was tough to put together, it is a good budget. He credits having a good budget to Erma Brooks and Clara Miracle.“Erma and Clara put a tremendous amount of work into preparing this budget for the court and for myself,” said Brock.Brock said putting together a budget ...

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4-H club learns wilderness survival

Photo submittedThe Bell County 4-H Community Club met April 12 for their regular monthly meeting. The 4-H program for April was wilderness survival taught by Richard Mason, Bell County 4-H club leader. Richard also showed a video to members about 4-H camp – Bell County youth camp at J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp near London on June 9-12. The Bell County 4-H Community Club meets the second Saturday of each month. If you are interested in joining 4-H or attending 4-H camp, contact the ...

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Forestry economic impact: Improved in 2013, looks better for 2014

Kentucky’s forests are a significant component of Kentucky’s economy, and a University of Kentucky economic impact study by UK forestry experts found that 2014 looks bright for increased economic growth in the state’s forestry industries.Jeff Stringer, UK extension professor for hardwood silviculture and forest operations, Billy Thomas, extension associate for family forest education, Bobby Ammerman, extension associate for secondary forest industry, and Alison Da...

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State hemlock trees face serious threat

Tens of millions of Kentucky hemlock trees are at risk from a bug—just 1/16 of an inch in size — that literally sucks the life out of the tree by feeding on the starches that are the tree’s food source. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (uh-DEL-jid), which has no natural predators, has infested trees in nearly a quarter of the state’s 120 counties, mostly in southeastern Kentucky, but also as far west as Lexington.

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Annual Geocache Weekend is May 2-4

JAMESTOWN – Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will host the 9th Annual Earth Day Geocache Weekend, May 2-4.Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a GPS to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches.”Lake Cumberland State Resort Park has prepared another challenging hunt from the novice to the expert cacher. Be prepared for a challenge! The park wants everyone to enjoy the beauty of Lake Cumberla...

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Beware of elm bark thieves

Wild medicinal plants have been used to cure ailments for thousands of years, and are still very much in use today.Over 40 percent of prescription drugs sold in the U.S. contain at least one ingredient derived from nature. Herbal medicine is very big business, with sales topping over 500 billion dollars annually.The Appalachian Mountains where we live is very plant rich place, and many folks make some extra income by finding and collecting wild plants, roots and bark to ...

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Clean water is key to business success

Our company depends on clean water for our success. That’s why we’re pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new draft rules for enforcement of the Clean Water Act last month. Since the Supreme Court handed down decisions in 2001 and 2006, enforcement of the Clean Water Act’s provisions has become incredibly complex, leaving businesses and consumers without clarity. This action by the EPA will give us the confidence we need to know that our access to cl...

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April 30 deadline to apply for elk hunt

FRANKFORT – Where there were no elk two decades ago in Kentucky, an estimated 10,000 or more now roam freely.A landmark restoration effort re-established an elk herd in the state’s scenic southeastern region and created one of the most sought-after hunting opportunities east of the Rocky Mountains.“Our elk herd is doing fantastic,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. R...

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Officials say boy’s remains likely incinerated

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials haven’t found the remains of a 5-year-old Indiana boy who is presumed dead following a fire at a rental cabin in East Tennessee and say it’s likely they were completely incinerated.Sevier County Sheriff Office Capt. Jeff McCarter told the Knoxville News Sentinel that firefighters and investigators spent several days sifting through debris searching for any trace of Tyveon Temple of Indianapolis.

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FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.While the proposal being issued Thursday won’t immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.The agency said the proposal sets a foundatio...

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FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called “last mile” connection to people’s homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don’t harm competition or limit free speech.That’s according to a senior FCC official familiar with the matter who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on...

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Grimes wants Keystone pipeline OK’d

FRANKFORT (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.

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Announcer relishes role as voice of Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE (AP) — From his perch with a panoramic view of the world’s most famous racetrack, the new voice of Churchill Downs will sit out one of the most anticipated moments of the tradition-soaked Kentucky Derby.Larry Collmus will try to tune out “My Old Kentucky Home” while the crowd of 160,000-plus sings along and the thoroughbreds take to the Churchill Downs track. The veteran announcer says it gives him chills, and he wants to avoid bei...

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Piece of ‘Band of Brothers’ gets new commander

FORT CAMPBELL (AP) — The original “Band of Brothers” has a new commander and will be getting a new home.The 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment executed a change of command ceremony at Fort Campbell on Wednesday. At the end of the week, the regiment will move from the 4th Brigade Combat Team to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. The move is being made as the Army shrinks its overall size as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wrap up.The 4th Brigade, which is par...

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