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Jackets rally for 6-3 win at Bell

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John Millett scored the tying run on a wild pitch and eighth-grader Tyler McCullough put the Jackets ahead to stay with an RBI single in the sixth inning as Middlesboro defeated Bell County 6-3 on Tuesday to complete a sweep of the home-and-home series.Senior Lucas Crawford pitched all seven innings to get the win. He scattered seven hits and only one of the runs he allowed was earned. Crawford was efficient as he needed just 86 pitches in the complete game. He struck out four without walking a batter.


Railsplitters begin title defense against Newberry

FOREST CITY, N.C. — The Railsplitters will begin their tournament title defense on Thursday, squaring off against the Newberry Wolves in the opening round of the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Championship at McNair Field. Lincoln Memorial University and Newberry College are scheduled to clash at 7:30 p.m. at the home of the Forest City Owls.

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Project graduation seeks donations

This is the 26th year for Middlesboro High School’s Project Graduation — a concept for planning, publicizing and producing chemical free prom and graduation parties that attract large numbers of students. This concept is an attempt to provide an alcohol and drug free alternative to the traditional drinking parties that have become the accepted form of celebration following graduation.The graduation party is a joint effort with the school, families, community and busines...

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Local businesses offer new services, giveaways

Local businesses are beginning to think outside of the box to improve sales in an ever dwindling economy.The Pineapple Tea Room in Cumberland Gap, Tenn. is one of the most recent additions to the small town’s business community. Owner Sue Bain runs the restaurant as well as the neighboring store Nothin’s Perfect — a retail store that sells primitive items.In addition to their regular hours, The Tea Room is now open for numerous types of private parties....

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Club directors attend Bank Travel Conference

Commercial Bank’s Golden Presidential Club Directors Nadean Meredith of the Middlesboro office and Carolyn Valentine of the Barbourville office attended the Bank Travel Conference on March 29 in Huntsville, Ala.Bank Travel Conference is a membership organization associated with bank loyalty program directors, a nationwide group that often plans trips and other events for their bank customers.The conference is an annual meeting designed to increase the knowledge of ...

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Firefighters receive ALS training

The Middlesboro Fire Department now has what officials are referring to as a mobile emergency room to better serve urgent health care needs of city residents.Advanced Life Support (ALS) is a common training system throughout most of the Commonwealth, but the city didn’t complete training until earlier this month.Basic Life Support (BLS) began in October 1979 and focused on the work of EMTs.Certification was made on April 7 for ALS paramedics, who now off...

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Pineville officer to be dedicated to HIDTA program

Pineville City Council passed a motion to dedicate an active Pineville police officer, to be named by Police Chief Bill Matthews, to HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas) during a special council meeting on Tuesday.The selected officer will be with HIDTA for one year. After the year is up, city officials will look at the results and make a decision of whether to stay with the organization or pull out. Councilman Bo Bush made the motion to dedicate the officer. It was second...

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Show off your selfie

Here’s your chance to show off your selfie!The Middlesboro Daily News is accepting selfies for a special project to publish in mid-May. We are inviting readers to send us their best selfie photograph.One lucky selfie will be chosen as the main art to be published in the newspaper. Other selfies will be posted on our Facebook wall and website for our readers to enjoy.Please email your selfie by May 2 to bmoore@civitasmedia.com with the word ‘selfie&...

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Mason recaptured after escape from detention center

A Middlesboro woman who escaped from the Bell County Detention Center was arrested by the Pineville Police Department.Christina L. Mason, 35, was charged with second-degree escape and second-degree fleeing or evading police.According to the arrest citation, Mason was helping in the kitchen at the detention center when she walked out the back door. When police made contact with her at a residence on Virginia Avenue, Mason fled from police, the citation states.P...

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Turn your retirement ‘vision’ into reality

Retirement can be an exciting, active time of your life. But if you’re going to get the full benefits from your retirement years — which could last two, or even three, decades — you’ll need to have a vision for what you want to do. And to transform this vision into reality, you’ll need to take a “holistic” approach — one that involves a financial strategy, clear communications with family members and an awareness of the challenges that may stand...

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Labor Dept. cuts levels of allowable coal dust

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.“Today we advance a very basic principle: you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your life for your livelihood,” Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said. “But that’s been the fate of more than 76,000 miners who have died at least in part because of black lung since 1968.”...

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US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday.The initiative is part of a broader Obama administration effort to trim the nation’s prison population, ease sentencing disparities arising from drug possession crimes and scale back the use of strict p...

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Soldier’s remains returned to Paducah for burial

PADUCAH (AP) — The remains of a Paducah soldier, who disappeared during World War II, have been sent home.WPSD-TV reports the remains of William T. Carneal, which were discovered in Saipan, arrived back in Paducah on Tuesday. He will be interred Friday after a ceremony.Carneal’s remains were found in 2013 along with dog tags, a high school ring and American coins.Sandy Hart of the Kentucky Veteran and Patriot Museum in Wickliffe sai...

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Court won’t overturn death sentence for man

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to overturn the death sentence of a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky.The justices ruled 6-3 that Robert Keith Woodall was not entitled to a new sentencing hearing despite his claim that jurors received faulty instructions.Woodall argued that the trial judge should have told the jury not to draw any negative conclusions about his refusal to tak...

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Ethics ‘reform’ little more than posturing

House Democrats took to the floor Monday to repeatedly express their “outrage” at the Legislative Ethics Commission’s decision not to punish former state Rep. John Arnold on charges of sexual harassment and to praise the “moral courage” of the three women who came forward with the allegations, according to the Associated Press.“We want to send a message that harassment of any kind will not be tolerated in any branch of the government,” said...

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Small business owners missing tax credit?

”Communication Breakdown, It’s always the same” — Led Zeppelin “What we have here is a failure to communicate” — from the movie Cool Hand Luke A Kentucky professional who owns his own business found that he missed getting the Health Care Tax Credit.For the past four years!Since the credit is worth 35 percent of what he is paying in health insurance, his business lost out on about $40,000....

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Appalachian Reading Series set Friday, Saturday

HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) Appalachian Reading Series will welcome visiting author Susan Gregg Gilmore on Friday for a public reading followed by a writing workshop on Saturday.The reading is now set for 7 p.m. in the Arnold Auditorium of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) and the workshop will take place on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon in room 105 of the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine building. Gilmore will read from ...

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Student leaders attend summit, meet movie star

Eight student leaders from Bell County Schools were selected to attend a leadership summit at Berea College on April 12.The summit, sponsored by Berea College’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) and College for Every Student (CFES), provided opportunities for students to hone their leadership skills, dream about their goals and aspirations, and meet a movie star who has realized his dreams.“These students gave up a bea...

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