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Orr is city’s new top cop

Michael Orr is the new chief of the Middlesboro Police Department. Orr was named to the position last ... Read more | Add your comment

COVID cases rising locally despite state’s recent decline

COVID-19 cases across Kentucky have been on the decline so far this week, with fewer new cases being ... Read more | Add your comment

Three ways to access free or reduced-cost prescription drugs

By SUSAN DUNLAP Executive Director Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services   With family and ... Read more | Add your comment

UK student maps planting and use of blackberries in Grow Appalachia program; store-bought berries too expensive for man

By KATIE PRATT University of Kentucky   A University of Kentucky student is contributing to nutrition research that ... Read more | Add your comment


Beshear reports 518 new cases Wednesday;
Good news reported on state budget

While there were still more than 500 new cases of the coronavirus reported in Kentucky on Wednesday, the number is less than many days over ... Read more | Add your comment

by Tom Latek.


Deadline is July 31 to apply for emergency loans from severe storms, flooding

Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia businesses and residents affected by severe storms, flooding, flash flooding, landslides, and mudslides from Feb. 3 through Feb. 29, 2020 can ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.


Back to school like never before

KENTUCKY TODAY The first day of school meets some with excitement and others with dread. As teachers, administrators, staff and students head back to school, ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 4:05 pm


Some facts about Adolph Rupp and race issue

Given the climate in America today when it comes to race relations, it was inevitable that a debate would open up about Rupp Arena and ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 3:53 pm


Faculty group at UK seeks name change to Rupp Arena

A group at the University of Kentucky sent a letter to Kentucky President Eli Capilouto on Thursday, asking the University of Kentucky to change the ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Saturday, July 25, 2020 7:39 am


Kids and hot cars can be a deadly combination

Temperatures will continue to rise throughout the summer, and with those higher temperatures also comes a higher risk for children and animals being left inside ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Saturday, July 25, 2020 7:34 am


Second COVID death reported in county;
Bell reaches 210 total cases

A second Bell County resident has died from COVID-19. The death of a 74-year-old woman, announced Thursday, follows that of an 85-year-old man who died ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, July 23, 2020 10:13 pm


NCAA prepares guidelines for fall sports, SEC ponders 10-game slate

The Southeastern Conference hasn’t released its plans for fall sports, but the NCAA is preparing guidelines for member institutions to follow this season. Those guidelines ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Thursday, July 23, 2020 8:42 am


Man arrested in connection with stolen camper

Two stolen trailers from Claiborne County, Tennessee, were recently found in Bell and Knox counties in Kentucky. According to a post on the Bell County ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:10 pm


Middlesboro Schools provide attendance options for students

Students in the Middlesboro School District will have two options in how they attend classes in the coming school year. The first option is a ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 9:01 pm


College football will be anything but normal this season

What will college football look like this fall? It appears nothing like anything we’ve experienced in our lifetime. A thing of the past could be ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:16 pm


Red Bird Mission adding solar for savings

The nonprofit is installing solar panels to save on their energy bills   Red Bird Mission, a nonprofit organization located at the confluence of the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:49 am


Playing through (a pandemic)

America’s oldest continually played 9-hole golf course sits at the edge of town. COVID-19 has hit almost every business in communities across the nation, and ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 8:47 am


Man takes bank keys, tries to stab officer during arrest

Assistant Pineville Police Chief Curtis Pingleton had an exciting morning, and perhaps a little more exciting than he would have liked. Pingleton said that around ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 5:23 am


County records 170th case, total increases across state;
First local COVID-related death reported

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, continues to hit Kentucky and Bell County with new cases daily. Bell County has been one of the counties in ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:53 pm


County reaches 151 COVID cases, reports first related death

The latest update from the Bell County Health Department reports the county has 13 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 151. Of those, 67 ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, July 20, 2020 8:47 am


Schools across the county making plans to return to classes

As summer days pass, the start of schools across Kentucky, and across Bell County, grows closer. Three area school districts are making plans to return ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Friday, July 17, 2020 9:14 am


Bell, Middlesboro school boards to meet Monday

The Bell County Board of Education will convene in a Special Called Meeting Monday, July 20, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the Bell County Administration ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, July 16, 2020 2:46 pm


UK football team COVID-19 free, 3 test positive in other sports 

By KEITH TAYLOR Kentucky Today The Kentucky football team is COVID-19 free after more than a month of voluntary workouts. The school announced Monday that ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:51 pm


Returning to the classroom has more questions than answers

BY ZAC OAKES zac@amnews.com   Like many of you, I’ve been curiously watching and reading as more information about what the return to school classrooms ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:48 pm


A tradition of service

Busic retiring after 20 years with Middlesboro PD

Tom Busic has been around police work most of his life. He remembers a childhood where his dad, Don Busic, served as an officer with ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:40 pm


Bell reaches 114 COVID cases

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bell County has risen to 114 according to a statement issued Tuesday morning by Bell County Health Department ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:20 pm


83 acres on Pine Mountain being protected

Kentucky Natural Lands Trust has protected an additional 83 acres of the Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor expanding the Laden Trail Preserve in Harlan County. The ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:19 pm


Drive-thru COVID testing offered across county

Testing for the novel coronavirus is expanding across Bell County, and so are the number of positive cases. Drive-thru testing is available in several locations, ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 8:57 pm


New Bell County businesses to benefit from $500,000 grant

A grant of $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency is good news for some potential new businesses in Bell County. Larry Grandey, executive director of ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 7:59 pm


Vehicle crashes through storefront

A normal day at a local retail store became a lot more interesting Monday afternoon when a customer who thought her vehicle was in park ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Monday, July 13, 2020 4:08 pm


Bell COVID cases continue to climb
Total stands at 73 as of Wednesday

Bell County continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases, and seven new cases were reported Wednesday afternoon. Bell County Health Department Director Teresa Hunter ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:51 pm