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Jail revolving door speeding up

Thanks to some new state regulations people getting arrested for some relatively minor offenses will be getting out of jail a little bit quicker. “Basically it is designed to get people charged with lesser offenses out quicker to make room for the people, who really need to...
Posted On 06 Jul 2016

Expanded W’burg alcohol sales still months away

How soon will it be before Williamsburg residents can go to a place like Butch’s Market to buy a case of beer? Who will get a license to open a liquor store or stores in Williamsburg? How close can a business be to a school or church and still be allowed to sale alcohol?...
Posted On 06 Jul 2016

Williamsburg Fire Chief announces pending retirement

After more than 20 years as the man in charge, Williamsburg Fire Chief James Privett is planning to hang up his helmet and turnout gear. His last day on the job is scheduled for July 29. “I decided it had been long enough. It is time to get out and try to enjoy life and get...
Posted On 06 Jul 2016

Waterline breaks near W’burg’s library

A water line leak caused the closure of the Whitley County Public Library Tuesday and has affected numerous homes and business in Williamsburg. Library officials discovered the water leak about 7:30 a.m. with water coming out of the pavement in the parking lot, which is located...
Posted On 06 Jul 2016

W’burg man flown out after late Friday afternoon crash

A Williamsburg man had to be flown out by emergency medical helicopter following a single vehicle crash late Friday afternoon. Shortly before 5 p.m., Luster B. Williford, 65, of Long Bottom Road, was traveling east on Highway 204 in a four-door gray Ford car when he left the...
Posted On 01 Jul 2016

I-75 cable barrier saves W’burg woman’s life

Emergency officials say a Williamsburg woman is lucky to be alive after her car flipped over on I-75 Friday morning and landed on top of the cable barrier that separates the north and southbound lanes of travel. The crash happened about 10:43 a.m. Friday between the 12 and...
Posted On 01 Jul 2016

W’burg voters say ‘yes’ to more alcohol

Prohibition in the Tri-County area is over at least as far as each of its cities goes. By an nearly two-to-one margin Tuesday, Williamsburg voters decided to follow suit with what neighboring communities are doing and allow alcohol to be sold by the package in stores and by the...
Posted On 29 Jun 2016

Report: Whitley at high risk for HIV outbreak

Fatal overdoses in the state of Kentucky increased last year, with the fentanyl-related deaths contributing 34 percent of all overdose deaths in the state, according to the 2015 report released from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that...
Posted On 29 Jun 2016

Inmates tout benefit of jail’s re-entry program

Whitley Co. Detention Center inmates Anthony Merriman, left, and Mack Jones, right, were two of the featured speakers at a recent Whitley Co. UNITE Coalition meeting and spoke about how the jail’s re-entry program has given them hope. 33-year-old Anthony Merriman makes no...
Posted On 29 Jun 2016

Stacked Corbin payroll tax is unfair to little guys

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal. Let’s put Corbin’s recent decision to stack an additional 1 percent payroll tax onto its residents in the Knox County side of town, but not onto the net profits of businesses there into some perspective. Read this story and...
Posted On 29 Jun 2016