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Police find meth lab

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Bell County sheriff’s deputies arrested two men on Sunday after they allegedly found an active meth lab inside a residence on Houston Miracle Lane.Wayne Eugene Touchton, 51, of Miracle, and Scott D. Bolf, 46, of Okeechobee, Fla., were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.According to the arrest citation, police received an anonymous tip stating methamphetamine was being manufactured at a residence at Houston Miracle Lane. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with Touchton, who stepped out of a building behind his residence.


Kentucky prep football polls

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The top teams in the Kentucky Associated Press high school football polls, with first-place votes, records, total points and previous rankings:Class 1ARank-SchoolFPVRcdTPPvs1. Mayfield(14)1-1140-...

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Lady Jackets fall to HCHS

Down two starters, the Middlesboro Lady Jackets hung with Harlan County for most of their match but just came up short in dropping a 25-19, 25-22 decision to the Lady Bears.MHS coach Mike Spradlin was without seniors Karrah Hart and Adreana Lefevers. Hart was with her fiance who was having surgery while Lefevers could be out for the season with an injury. Still he was pleased with his girls’ effort just not with their serving.

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Corbin tops MHS girls, 5-0

The Middlesboro Lady Jacket soccer team hosted the Corbin side that had knocked them out of the last two 13th Region tournaments by identical 10-0 scores.Tuesday, MHS wasn’t able to avenge those losses but did put together some encouraging play in a 5-0 loss that was shortened due to weather.“We didn’t play bad at all. We started out a whole lot better than we did last week against Claiborne,” Lady Jacket coach Jeff Sorke said. “Corbin has a...

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Bell 12s beat Thomas Walker, 33-0

Bell County 11- and 12-year-olds opened the youth football season with a 33-0 win over Thomas Walker, Va., on Saturday in the Bell County Bowl.Quarterback Seth Mills opened the scoring for the Bobcats with a 38-yard touchdown run. Bell County forced a three and out and took over after a punt at their own 33. Hunter Bailey ran for a 20-yard gain and Mills got loose again and scampered 47 yards for a second touchdown. Mills added the extra point to stretch the lead to 13-0....

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Pair brings ‘relief’ to Africa

With recent diseases like Ebola spreading across the globe, the last thing someone would want to do is travel to a foreign country. However, for local nurse anesthetist Shannon Smith, traveling to Africa was on the top of her to-do list.Smith marked her fourth trip to the continent from July 31 to Aug. 17 with a health organization called Kenya Relief. Smith assisted doctors in Migori, Kenya with obstetric and gynecological procedures that she was used to practicing at Manchester M...

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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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Arrest Records

The following individuals were recently lodged in the Bell County Detention Center:• Jeffery Scott Brock, 33, of Arjay, was served five bench warrants;• George Edward Browning, 58, of Middlesboro, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of an open alcohol beverage container in motor vehicle, failure to produce insurance card and failure to wear a seat belt;• Timothy Bullins, 47, of Middlesboro, was served two bench warrants;...

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Inflatable planetarium helps UC students

WILLIAMSBURG – Dr. Larry Newquist, professor of physics at University of the Cumberlands (UC) since 1991, teaches astronomy not only at UC, but also to elementary and high school students in the local community using an inflatable planetarium.“I enjoy teaching and the students of all ages seem to like the planetarium,” said Newquist. “It is something different from the classroom setting and I love teaching the students about our nighttime sky and all the man...

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Students tour airport

Photo submittedStudents from the Powell Valley Beta Club recently toured the Middlesboro-Bell County Airport with instructors Amanda Walker and Janice Bean. They enjoyed learning about the different types of aircraft and airport facilities.

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Harrogate approves Brunswick Station plans, ups city sewer rates

HARROGATE, Tenn. — It appears the Harrogate Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) is one step closer to realizing the completion of its second station, to be located on Brunswick Street.The Harrogate Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) approved a plan last week that will allow the bidding process to begin, pending assurances that eight extra feet are needed possibly to accommodate overhead beam work.If needed, the 60 ft. by 78 ft. structure should include room for four bay...

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News in Brief

Fire department puts coolers on fire trucksBENTON (AP) — A western Kentucky fire department has installed a refrigerator on one of its trucks with the goal of keeping firefighters hydrated.Palma-Briensburg Fire Department Assistant Chief Todd Devine says the cooler will hold water so firefighters can battle flames while keeping cool.Devine told WPSD-TV in Paducah the department plans to install more refrigerators on other trucks in the n...

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Former CDO employee sentenced on Medicaid fraud

FRANKFORT – A former Consumer Directed Options (CDO) employee has been sentenced on a charge involving Medicaid fraud.On May 30, 29-year-old Ahmad Davis pleaded guilty in Fayette Circuit Court to one count of presenting fraudulent claims to defraud the state Medicaid program over $300, a class D felony. This afternoon, Davis received a one-year prison sentence, which will be probated for three years. He was also ordered to pay $14,505.36 in restitution to the Kentucky Departm...

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Take Advantage of all your school counselor has to offer

With every new school year comes new opportunities and challenges as kids head back into the classroom. It may be a new teacher to face, new friends to make, new tough subjects or a whole range of other issues that can leave a student at any age feeling anxious and worried.And while most of those issues seem to work themselves out in the first few days or weeks of classes, there can be challenges for your child, both academically and socially, that might present real problems for t...

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LMU-CSON students receive scholarships

HARROGATE, Tenn. — Three Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Caylor School of Nursing (CSON) students have been awarded Lynn and Georgia Blake Endowment Fund scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.Jenna Satterfield, of Harrogate, Tenn., Taylor McDonald, of High Ridge, Mo., and Bradley Wooten, of Williamsport, Tenn., are recipients of this year’s scholarships.All are students in the Bachelor of Science in nursing program. The fund was established by Dr. Ly...

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Afghanistan’s moment of reckoning

Afghanistan faces ever deepening security and political crises. As American troops withdraw, Taliban military advances are threatening entire districts, and government coffers are dwindling.NATO leaders are scheduled to hold a summit meeting next week that is supposed to reaffirm the alliance’s commitment to keep supporting Afghanistan’s security forces, which, like the rest of the government, are heavily dependent on international aid. It will be very hard to justify c...

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By Katherine Hawkins Contributing Columnist

Beginning in the 1990s, and accelerating after Sept. 11, the CIA flew terrorism suspects to secret police custody in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Libya. Many of them were tortured. Starting in 2002, the CIA began operating secret prisons all over the world: Thailand, Lithuania, Romania, Poland, Afghanistan, Djibouti, briefly Guantanamo Bay.

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, September 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.On this date:In 1666, the Great Fire of London broke out.In 1789, the United States Treasury Department was est...

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