Another Hurdle Cleared In Corbin Horse Racing Track

Another hurdle was cleared in Keeneland’s effort to build a $50 million quarter horse racing track and “historical wagering” gambling parlor in Corbin Tuesday when the sale of more than 145 acres of property off of the Corbin bypass was finalized. Plans for the facility, originally named, “Thunder Gap,” and now to be known as, “Cumberland Run,” were announced in 2014. The facility was originally slated to open in September 2016. Cumberland Run will include a 1,723-foot straight racing track, along with barn facilities an entertainment center and grandstand. In addition, the property has six out parcels for commercial development and property allocated for a hotel/motel facility. The track is expected to have 10 to 15 live racing dates a year, but will offer year-round simulcasting and access to instant racing machines which, allow betters to wager on simulated races based on real historical race data.

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Plants Opened In Jackson And Whitley Counties Bring Hundreds Of Jobs To The Area

Two new Senture plants that opened this week in Williamsburg and Annville are expected to bring more than 500 jobs to the region. Jackson County Judge Executive Shane Gabbard said it will bring an economic boost to the area. Congressman Hal Rogers said it will be a help to more than just the economy. Senture chairman Bill Deaton said the Jackson County plant will bring about 120 jobs, while the Whitley County plant will house around 700 people. Judge Gabbard said the Senture plant in Jackson County has a five-year contract.

Two Men Arrested After They Were Found Passed Out In A Vehicle

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says two men are behind bars after they were found passed out in a vehicle. Deputies arrested the two off of Goodin Lane around 11 miles south of London. They were found with needles. 21 year old River Humfleet was charged with public intoxication - controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia along with a warrant for not appearing in court after giving a police officer a fake name or address. 34 year old James H. Smith was also charged with public intoxication - controlled substances. Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Laurel County Police Recover Stolen Vehicle And Arrest Two

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies recovered a stolen SUV and arrest two people. Investigators developed information on the location of the reported stolen Jeep Cherokee Laredo. It was found off Robinson Creek Road, approximately 8 miles south London. During the investigation a 16-year-old boy inside the house had been in possession of the Jeep and had the keys on him. He told police he had the vehicle for three or four days. He was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. A woman there, 32 year old Joanna Miracle, was also arrested after creating a disturbance by yelling and cursing. She was charged with disorderly conduct and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Drug Overdose Call In Knox County Results In 4 Arrests

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called out to a home on McDonald Lane in Heidrick on a possible drug overdose. When officers arrived they couldn't find any evidence of an overdose, but did find eight people there. One of them fled on foot and out of the remaining seven, four had outstanding warrants. Those arrested were:

Amanda N Engle age 32 of Barbourville, KY was arrested on a Knox County Bench Warrant for failure to pay the fine on a No Insurance charge.

Carl Parks age 33 of Barbourville, KY was arrested on a Knox County Bench Warrant for failure to pay the fine on an Escape-3rd Degree charge.

Clarence Sizemore age 37 of Heidrick, KY was arrested on a Knox County Bench Warrant for failure to pay the fine on a Possession of Controlled Substance-2nd Degree charge.

David Chris Mills age 36 of Artemus, KY was arrested on a Knox County Bench Warrant for failure to pay the fine on a Cultivating Marijuana charge.

All four were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

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Laurel County Sheriff Issues Halloween Safety Tips

Tuesday is Halloween and Laurel County Sheriff John Root has issued some tips to help everyone stay safe during the spooky holiday.

· Purchase or make Halloween costumes from flame-resistant materials.

· Pick brightly colored costumes or add your own reflective tape so motorists can see them.

· Attach your child's name, address, and phone number somewhere inside the costume.

· An adult should always accompany children under age 12.

· To avoid tripping, make sure your child's costume is not too long, and that shoes are the proper size.

· Plan the route your children are going to take, especially if they're going out unsupervised. They should go in a group.

· Teach your children never to respond to a driver or pedestrian that calls out to them.

· Make sure your children don't eat any candy or food without checking with you first.

· Tell your children not to go to homes with barking, jumping dogs and not to approach any stray animals.

· Make sure your children have flashlights.

· Establish an appropriate curfew for children to return home.

· Don't hand out candy that could be a possible choking hazard to younger children.

· Teach your children to stay on the sidewalks and cross streets only at corners.

· Teach your children to look, listen and be aware of cars not stopping at corners.

· Teach your children to only go to houses with porch lights on and to never enter anyone's house.

. Teach your child how to call 911 for any emergency

He also advises motorists to watch for children and use extreme caution and expect the unexpected. Trick or Treating hours in London and Laurel County is 6pm to 8pm.

 

Officials Warn Drivers To Watch For Deer

Kentucky officials are urging motorists to watch for deer along roadways, especially over the next couple of months. A statement from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the fall harvest and mating season trigger an increase in deer movement which leads to more accidents. Officials say more than half of all crashes involving deer occur from October through December. Officials say drivers should slow down and be extra alert, especially in the early morning and early evening hours, when visibility is low and deer are most active. If a deer is sighted, officials say don't swerve. Instead, stay straight, keep your hands on the wheel and apply your brakes until stopped. Last year, police recorded nearly 3,100 collisions involving deer.

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Veterans Parade And Park Dedication This Saturday In London

The Veterans Parade and Whitley Branch Veterans Park dedication will be held this Saturday in London. It all starts at 11:45 with a ceremony at the Laurel County Courthouse. Mayor Troy Rudder and Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield will have opening remarks followed by singing, a 21-gun salute from the London DAV and a POW/MIA ceremony from the American Legion. The parade will follow at 1, beginning at the North London Kroger and ending with the dedication of the Whitley Branch Veterans Park on Dixie Street. The official grand opening of the park will be next spring when final additions to the park are completed. After the park dedication at 2 there will be a free meal open to all those in attendance at the London-Laurel County Farmer’s Market. Everyone is encouraged to come out and help honor our American Heroes. For more information contact Judge Westerfields office at 606-864-4640.
 
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Registered Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To Indecent Exposure

The Corbin News Journal is reporting a registered sex offender will find out on Nov. 6 what his punishment is for exposing himself to a woman in Williamsburg. Police say 32 year old James W. Pennington of  London, pleaded guilty to second-degree indecent exposure. He allegedly exposed himself to a lady at Emergency Christian Ministries, a local homeless shelter, where he was staying. According to the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry, Pennington has a prior conviction for first-degree unlawful imprisonment in Perry County. The victim in the case was 14 years old. He is being held in jail in lieu of a $5,000 cash bond. Whitley District Judge Cathy Prewitt also ordered Pennington to wear an ankle-monitoring device and to have no contact with the victim if he posts bond.

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Fentanyl In More Than Half Of Opioid Deaths In 10 States, Including Kentucky

A federal report says the powerful painkiller fentanyl was involved in more than half of the recent opioid overdose deaths in 10 states, including Kentucky. The report is the latest to show how fentanyl is helping to make the nation's current drug epidemic the deadliest in U.S. history. Most of the 64,000 U.S. drug overdose deaths last year involved opioids, which include heroin and painkillers such as Vicodin and Percocet. About 56 percent of opioid deaths in the 10 states studied involved fentanyl. Fentanyl is a far more potent opioid than heroin. It was developed to treat intense pain like that in people suffering through the final stages of cancer, but it is being increasingly sold illicitly and mixed with heroin by dealers because it is cheaper.

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