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Man facing drug trafficking charges 

A Pineville man is facing multiple charges including trafficking methamphetamine after allegedly being found in possession of the ... Read more | Add your comment

County recognizes Friends of the Shelter;
Pet adoption rate grows to 85 percent

The Bell County Fiscal Court took the opportunity during a meeting on Tuesday to recognize the 20th anniversary ... Read more | Add your comment

Quilt of Valor ceremony held, military vets honored for their service

Eight military veterans were presented with a Quilt of Valor in a ceremony at the Middlesboro Community Center ... Read more | Add your comment

Longtime AMS in Bell Association stepping down effective April 30

Bruce Walzer, a staple in the Bell Baptist Association for the past 31 years, is retiring effective April ... Read more | Add your comment


Beshear warns Ky. could be moving toward fourth wave of COVID-19

Gov. Andy Beshear said that looking at some of the trends, a fourth wave of COVID-19 in Kentucky is possible, similar to what is being ... Read more | Add your comment

by Tom Latek.


Election reform bill a stand for democracy, Beshear says

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Gov. Andy Beshear held a ceremony on Wednesday where he signed into law five bills passed during the recently concluded 2021 ... Read more | Add your comment

by Tom Latek.


Annual all-region basketball teams announced

By Paul Lunsford Contributing writer North Laurel sophomore guard Reed Sheppard was named Most Valuable Player and South Laurel’s Jeff Davis was tabbed as Coach ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, April 16, 2021 7:39 am


Celebrate progress during Crime Victims’ Rights Week

When the pandemic brought everything to a screeching halt, it brought with it a sudden loss of stability and control, isolation, and helplessness. The world ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:27 pm


Kentucky’s Top Cop
Bell County native appointed KSP commissioner

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the appointment of Col. Phillip Burnett Jr. as commissioner of the Kentucky State Police (KSP). “I believe in Commissioner Burnett’s ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:09 pm


Stoops likes tempo, urgency of revamped offense under Coen

As Kentucky enters its final week of spring workouts, Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has been pleased with his team’s progress learning and adapting to ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Monday, April 12, 2021 4:13 pm


Nation’s top-rated high school kicker commits to UK

Spring break week turned into college commitment week for Boyle County junior Jackson Smith. He’s the top-rated kicker/punter in the 2022 recruiting class by ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Friday, April 9, 2021 4:04 pm

LMU Athletics

LMU softball takes home win streak to 23 games

Lincoln Memorial University Sports Information HARROGATE, Tenn. – Keeping its perfect Dorothy Neely Field record intact throughout a record-shattering season thus far, the Lincoln Memorial ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, April 9, 2021 8:18 am


Middlesboro hosting spring cleanup

The city of Middlesboro is planning a spring-cleaning day, scheduled for April 17. City Council member and head of the council’s Community Development Committee Judy ... Read more

by joeasher, Friday, April 9, 2021 7:49 am


Kentucky temporarily shutting down unemployment insurance system to stop fraud

Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Thursday that significant steps are being taken to halt cyberattacks on the state’s unemployment insurance system, including shutting it down ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Friday, April 9, 2021 7:31 am


Tennessee man arrested on rape charge

A Tazewell, Tennessee, man is facing charges including rape following an investigation by Bell County Sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick Brooks that began in 2016. Shane Whitehead, ... Read more

by joeasher, Thursday, April 8, 2021 9:50 am


Beshear asking for major disaster declaration for flooding

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Gov. Andy Beshear submitted a request to President Joe Biden Wednesday asking that a major disaster declaration be issued for some ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Thursday, April 8, 2021 8:57 am


Proposed abortion amendment signed, will be on Nov. 2022 ballot

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Secretary of State Michael Adams signed House Bill 91, a proposed Constitutional Amendment on abortion, during a ceremony attended by pro-life ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Thursday, April 8, 2021 8:29 am


It’s a brave new world in college basketball

John Calipari is used to players taking the one-and-done route when leaving Kentucky. He’s just not accustomed to players throwing their names into the transfer ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 7:49 am

LMU Athletics

Let’s play two!

LMU adds two more home doubleheaders to final week of regular season

HARROGATE, Tenn. – Whereas the remainder of the regular season only stood at six more games for the Lincoln Memorial University softball team at the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 4:18 pm


Man faces meth charge after traffic stop

A man is facing drug charges after allegedly being found in possession of methamphetamine during a traffic stop. Rockie Overton, 50, of Middlesboro, was arrested ... Read more

by joeasher, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 3:59 pm


Paws on the Square event offers dog show and more for four-legged friends

Looking for a chance to show off your dog and get a little exercise in the process? Paws on the Square, a dog walk and ... Read more

by joeasher, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 3:57 pm


SB 48 should be vetoed, and here’s why

David Thompson Kentucky Press Association The Kentucky Press Association strongly urges the Governor to veto the SB 48, a bill recently passed by the Kentucky ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 3:50 pm


Laurel Cove pre-party to take place at The Burl

The second pre-party show for the Laurel Cove Music Festival has been announced, with the two-night event taking place at The Burl in Lexington. The ... Read more

by joeasher, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 3:40 pm


LMU women’s soccer snags five all-SAC award winners

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Fresh off one of the most successful head coaching debuts in school history, the Lincoln Memorial University women’s soccer program was ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:28 pm


Former Wildcat Juzang enjoyed ‘phenomenal run’ with UCLA

Johnny Juzang gave it his all and left everything on the court following UCLA’s 93-90 loss to Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament national semifinals. Moments ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:22 am


Kentucky freshman guard Askew opts to enter transfer portal

Devin Askew will finish out his collegiate career elsewhere after the freshman guard announced his plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal on Monday. “I ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:05 am


Child sexual abuse prevention campaign launched

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Kentucky, and Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined with advocates to announce the launch of a child sexual abuse ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:37 am


State unemployment services combating fraud claims

The Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance has announced a change aimed at cutting back fraudulent claims filed in the state. The agency says it has ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:29 am


LMU hoops ranked No. 3 in final media poll

NEW CASTLE, Del. – Following a third national semifinal appearance in six seasons, the Lincoln Memorial University men’s basketball team completes its historic 2020-21 campaign as ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, April 2, 2021 8:17 am


Railsplitter baseball Plays to Win Vs. Cancer

LMU baseball invites you to help make a difference in the lives of kids with cancer   CONTRIBUTE BY MAKING A DONATION   HARROGATE, Tenn. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, April 2, 2021 7:59 am


Samarrippas tabbed LMU men’s basketball’s new leader

Lincoln Memorial University and the school’s Board of Trustees have selected Jeremiah Samarrippas as the men’s basketball program’s 18th head coach, announced the LMU Department of ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, April 1, 2021 2:13 pm