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Settlement marks local, national park history

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The National Park Service encompasses parks that range from coral lined coasts of the Florida Keys to giant redwood forests in California, but the mountainous terrain and spectacular views throughout our own Cumberland Gap National Park tell a different story.A Presidential act signed by Woodrow Wilson on Aug. 25, 1916 has led the NPS to acquire or purchase over 84 million acres that span the 50 states and several of the US territories.This week marks the 98th birthday of the NPS and without it, visitors may not have the opportunity to see the Tri-State from the Pinnacle Overlook or hike in the footsteps of Daniel Boone.

 

Adkins arrested on drug charge

A Middlesboro man was arrested Wednesday on a drug charge while police were investigating a dispute.Jerry Lee Adkins, 48, was arrested by Middlesboro Police Officer Barry Cowan and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance.According to the citation, officers were dispatched to Willow Street in regards to a dispute between Adkins and a second subject. It was reported that Adkins had left on a bicycle and the second individual left in a blue Cavalier....

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Kids get ‘Booked at the Bell’

The Bell Theater in Pineville has been a staple in the community for as long as most residents can remember.Now, several groups are partnering with the theater in an effort to revitalize it’s presence in the community and give local children a place close to home where they can come for free books and numerous types of school events.“Booked at the Bell” is a partnership with The Bell Theater, the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia-KY (CRF...

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Signs of summer’s close

We are quickly coming to everyone’s favorite time of year. The signs of summer’s close are the start of school, Labor Day and another deer season.Autumn in most states brings cool mornings and warm evenings. It’s the days that country folks enjoy the screen door and open windows. The air seems cleaner and fresher, and the once hazy skies are now as clear as a mountain stream.The most prominent signs of fall are the leaves that are changing from hues of ...

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News in Brief

3 killed in eastern Ky. crashJACKSON (AP) — State police say three people have died and two more suffered injuries when a truck flipped over on an eastern Kentucky highway.WYMT-TV reports the crash happened Wednesday night in Breathitt County on Kentucky 3193.Trooper Tony Russell said it appears the driver lost control of the vehicle, overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. Russell said the truck, which had five passengers, began ...

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KSP charges pair with burglary

Kentucky State Police acted quickly Wednesday night to catch two people suspected of burglary.According to a press release, on Wednesday at approximately 6:30 p.m., KSP Post 10 Harlan received a call of a burglary at a residence on Nealie Lane in Hinkle in Knox County.Preliminary investigation indicates that someone entered the residence and stole money, jewelry and medication. Trooper Jake Wilson began an investigation at that time.A short time later, at appr...

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Journalist’s death a grim reminder of job’s hazards

The horrifying murder of American journalist James Foley by Islamic extremists has shocked the world and provided chilling evidence of the brutality of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS.The video released of a masked terrorist beheading the freelance photojournalist is the latest atrocity of the group whose members have overrun parts of Iraq and Syria, as they rape, slaughter and plunder scores of civilians — Muslims, Christians and any other non-beli...

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Lower Medicare, Medicaid costs projected

Reduced costs for medical services and labor have trimmed the 10-year projected cost of Medicare and Medicaid by $89 billion, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.Medicare spending is projected to drop by $49 billion — or less than 1 percent — from 2015 and 2024, while Medicaid spending is expected to drop by $40 billion — or about 1 percent — over the next decade, CBO said in an update to its April forecast.

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Dr. Harold Pease Columnist

In yet another emerging scary scandal, not well publicized, the CIA recently acknowledged that it “had secretly searched Senate computer files related to an investigation of the agency’s Bush-era harsh interrogation program.”Searched Senate computer files!!! Good grief, that is our own government that they spied on!! Is there nobody safe from spying???Their admission that they had lied for several months when accused of having done so and their apology ...

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We’re dying for drugs

Six eastern Kentucky counties – Bell, Clinton, Breathitt, Floyd, Perry and Harlan – had the highest rates of overdose deaths per 100,000 residents, according to the 2013 Overdose Fatality Report.Substance abuse, particularly the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, is one of the most critical public health and safety issues facing Kentucky, the report states.Over the past decade, the number of Kentuckians who die from drug overdoses has steadily climbed...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, August 28, the 240th day of 2014. There are 125 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 28, 1964, two days of race-related rioting erupted in North Philadelphia over a false rumor that white police officers had beaten to death a pregnant black woman.On this date:In 1609, English sea explorer Henry Hudson and his ship, th...

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Bobcats look to keep rolling

One game into the season it’s obvious the Bell County Bobcats are way ahead of where they were at this time last year. Bell avenged on of last season’s five losses in convincing fashion with a 35-7 win at South Pittsburg, Tenn., on Friday.“Our kids played inspired football last week. Other than the first drive we pretty much shut them down and our offensive line did a great job,” Bobcat coach Wayne Mills said. “On offense everything clicked good, we ju...

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Depth chart reflects Vols’ youth

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Butch Jones likes to compare guiding a young football team to raising children and watching them mature.The Volunteers are about to take their first steps.Tennessee plans to start three freshmen and one junior-college transfer in Sunday’s season opener against Utah State. Ten more freshmen, two redshirt freshmen and three junior-college transfers are in second-team roles. Tennessee’s entire offensive and defensive...

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4 wins for MMS girls

Ray Welch|Daily NewsMiddlesboro Middle School’s Macy Mink runs down a loose ball during action against Pineville earlier ths week. The MMS Lady Jackets defeated the Lady Lions in both their 5-6th grade and 7-8th grade games on Monday. Tuesday, the Lady Jackets pulled out two wins over Page with MMS taking the 5-6th grade game 23-17 and the 7-8th grade game 33-23.

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Shannon opening new State Farm office

Ten-year Marine Corps veteran, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and current captain in the Kentucky National Guard, Chad Shannon, is opening a new State Farm Insurance office in Middlesboro.Shannon’s office will be located in the Village Square Shopping Center beside Subway and La Esperanza at 473 North 12th Street in Middlesboro. Plenty of parking spaces are available and conveniently located.Chad Shannon State Farm has set Sept. 1 as the opening day.

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Arrest Records

The following individuals were recently lodged in the Bell County Detention Center:• Alisha Marie Anderson, 26, of Harrogate, Tenn., theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting);• Pamela Sue Brock, 22, of Middlesboro, second-degree disorderly conduct, prescription controlled substance not in original container, menacing and failure to wear a seat belt;• Ernest Wesley Brock III, 28, of Pineville, was served a bench warrant;• Bobby W...

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Work to become a better investor

On Sept. 1, we observe Labor Day — a celebration of the American worker. Of course, you work hard at your own job, but, when you think of it, every worthwhile endeavor in life requires significant effort — and that’s certainly the case with investing. The harder you work at it, the more likely you are to make progress toward your goals.So as you think about investing, consider the following areas in which you will need to apply yourself:

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Bell’s jobless rate: Better, but still high

Compared to last year at this time the employment picture in Bell County has improved, but the jobless rate is still relatively high compared to a majority of counties in Kentucky.Bell County had an unemployment rate of 12.3 percent last month. That’s an improvement of 2.7 percent from the 14.9 percent figure in July 2013.The county’s labor force in July was listed as 8,898, down from 9,277 a year earlier. Of those, 7,800 were listed as employed, while the nu...

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