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Arliss Eugene “Gene” Walters

Arliss Eugene “Gene” Walters, 81, husband of the late Amanda Ruth Clark Walters of Meadow Creek Road, Rockholds, passed away on Monday morning at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.

Graveside services and burial was conducted Wednesday at the Locust Grove Cemetery in Keavy, with Pastor Kevin Roach officiating.

Laurel Funeral Home is honored to be of service to the Walters family.


Glenn Edward Nix

Glenn Edward Nix, 71, of Little Cane Creek, Williamsburg, passed away Friday, September 14, 2018 at his home.

He was the husband of Carlas (Ball) Nix

Funeral services were held Monday, September 17 at the Croley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Sester officiating. Interment was held at the Glenn Nix Family Cemetery


Clinton D. Cogdill

Clinton D. Cogdill, 84, of Lily passed away Saturday, September 15, 2018 at The Heritage.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Helena Hensley Cogdill.

The funeral was held Wednesday with Rev. Doyle Lester officiating. Burial was in the Lee Memorial Gardens at Pennington Gap, VA.

Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Charles Lewis Collins

Charles Lewis Collins, 47, of the Fairview Community of Whitley County, passed away Saturday morning, September 15, 2018 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard, KY after a long illness.

He was born on April 3, 1971 to the late Eugene Collins and Anna Mae (Fredericks) Collins in Jellico, TN.

He was the grandson of the late Lewis Collins and Mary Etta (Williams) Collins and the late Charles Fredericks and Mattie Beatrice (Siler) Fredericks.

He was a graduate of Jellico High School, Class of 1989. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. He worked as a fence builder and contractor for many years before his illness. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Fan.

Charles had a kind and compassionate spirit and was loved by everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

In addition to his father and grandparents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Mark Collins, Gary Collins, and Donnie Ray Collins; and infant brother, James Michael Collins.

He is survived by his mother, Anna Mae (Fredericks) Collins, of the Fairview Community of Whitley County; sister, Renae (Collins) Stewart, and husband, Bill, of Powder Springs, GA; niece, Kimberly (Collins) Archer; nephews, Mark Stewart and Brian Collins; two special boys whom he loved as his own, Noah Mays and J. T. Fontana; special aunts, Sarah Fredericks, Ruth (Fredericks) Leach, and Charlotte (Fredericks) Bays; special uncle, Charles K. Fredericks and a host of special cousins and friends to mourn his passing.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 18, at 2 p.m. at the Cox & Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ronald Wilson and brother Larry Bays officiating.

Musical selections were by Alice (Fredericks) Bowling.

Burial followed in the Lot Cemetery located on Lot-Mud Creek Road in Whitley County.

Pallbearers were Steve Christian, Bill Stewart, Elvis Lawson, Mike Lay, Michael Arnstadt and Harry Chitwood. Honorary pallbearers wereBrad Bowlin, Tony Bramlett, Robbie Collins, David Leach, Charles K. Fredericks and Brian Downs.

Cox & Son Funeral Home of Jellico was in charge of all arrangements.


Corbin votes to move forward with downtown splash park

If all goes according to plan, Corbin children could have a splash pad to play on by next summer.

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Jack Britton McNealy

Jack Britton McNealy, 82, of Wooldridge, TN passed away Monday, September 10, 2018 at Baptist Health in Lexington.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife Jocylle “Jody” Taylor McNealy, son, Carlin “Brit” McNealy, grandson, Ted McNealy and his parents, John L. McNealy and Madeline Taylor McNealy, brother Robert “Babe” McNealy.

He is survived by his sons, Mark McNealy, Jerome L. McNealy and wife Diane, grandchildren, Jack, Edward, Tyler, John, Sam, Jodi (David) Eccles-Amrose, and Zach; sisters, Vonnie Hatfield and Jeanette Jones, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends to mourn his passing.

The funeral service was held Saturday September 15, at the Llewellyn Funeral Home Chapel in Jellico, TN with Rev. Francis Dople Jr. officiating.

Interment followed in the Douglas Cemetery at Wooldridge, TN with military honors by American Legion Post 154.

Llewellyn Funeral Home Chapel in Jellico, was in charge of the arrangements.


Gray motorcycle crash kills London man

A fatal motorcycle crash Saturday evening in Gray has claimed the life of a London man.

A London man died when his motorcycle struck a pickup truck Saturday evening in Gray.

About 8:51 p.m., Kentucky State Police responded to a report of a crash on Ky. 1232.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Robert Eads, 37, was riding a blue Kawasaki motorcycle east on Ky. 1232 when he crossed the centerline into the westbound lane and struck a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck head on, KSP Trooper Shane Jacobs said in a release.

Knox County Ambulance Service transported Eads from the scene to Baptist Health Corbin where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Eads’ 23-year-old passenger from Gray was transported from the scene and flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

As of early Sunday morning, she was listed in critical but stable condition, according to the KSP release.

The operator and passenger in the pickup truck were both transported to Baptist Health Corbin where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

“KSP is continuing to investigate if drugs or alcohol are a contributing factor in the collision,” Jacobs wrote.

So far, police haven’t released the name of Eads’ passenger, or the names of the occupants of the pickup truck.

KSP Trooper Josh Cox is continuing the collision investigation. KSP Trooper Josh Messer and Sgt. Jimmy Anderson, members of the West Knox Volunteer Fire Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.


Chasteen Joseph “Chet” Poynter

Chasteen Joseph “Chet” Poynter, 81, of Keavy passed away Thursday, September 13, 2018, at his home.

Born June 7, 1937, in Laurel County, he was the son of the late Herman and Cleo Poynter.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving six years.

In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ann Poynter; three brothers: Luther “Red” Poynter, Gerald Poynter, and Jerry Ray Poynter; and three sisters: Geneva Nolan, Doris Reeves, and Edith Wells.

He leaves behind his daughter, Vicki (Wayne) Joseph of Hazard; granddaughter, Robin (Scottie) Whited of Lebanon, VA; granddaughter, Elisha (John) Morrow of Palm City, FL; grandson, Ben Joseph of Hazard; great-granddaughter, Hannah Guffey of Lebanon, VA; brother, Larry (Faye) Poynter of Corbin; sister, Fay Foley of Corbin; and beloved pet, Benjam; as well as a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives, and numerous friends.

He will be deeply missed.

A life celebration was held Monday, September 17, in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial followed in Locust Grove Cemetery at Keavy with military rites conducted by the D.A.V. Chapter 158.

Messages of condolence may be left at

Hart Funeral Home of Corbin was in charge of the arrangements.


Whitley Co. BOE approves 4 percent tax hike

Those living in the Whitley County school district will see their property tax bills going up this year.

The Whitley County Board of Education recently recognized Blake McCullah, who was one of 37 students nationwide to attend 29th Annual High School Math-Science Technology Institute at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

During its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Whitley County Board of Education levied a 4 percent tax increase.

The increase means that someone owning a $100,000 home will pay $17 more in taxes.

Prior to the start, the board held a tax hearing and no one spoke out regarding the proposed increase.

Superintendent John Siler noted the increase is the same percentage that both Corbin and Williamsburg also approved.

While he doesn’t like raising taxes, Siler said it is necessary.

“Every district in the state is going through this,” he added.

The board set the real estate and personal property tax rates at 44.7 cents per $100 of assessed value. The rate was officially set at 44.3 cents plus an additional 0.4 cents for prior year loses due to exonerations, or taxes that weren’t paid.

The tax increase is expected to generate between $100,000 – $120,000 in terms of additional revenue for the district.

Siler said the funding would be used to offset various funding decreases and increased expenses that the district is handling.

For instance, there is a 12 percent increase, or $145,000, that the district will have to pay to the County Employee Retirement System (CERS) to help cover shortfalls in the retirement system.

The district will be paying $68,000 for new math textbooks for kindergarten through sixth grade.

The district also received a $58,000 cut for professional development funding, a $109,000 cut for textbook funding, and a $48,000 cut in preschool funding this fiscal year.

In addition, the district added a third school resource officer. One is assigned to the high school, one to the middle school, and a third resource officer will alternate patrols between the elementary schools.

During the 2017 tax year, the Whitley County school district had the 13th lowest tax rate out of the 173 school districts in Kentucky, Siler noted.

During Thursday’s meeting, the board approved the 2018-2019 $44 million working budget, which includes a $29 million general fund.

The district will receive $4,000 in Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funding per student from the state. This is based on average daily attendance and will be an increase of $114,000 for the district, noted Chief Finance Officer Alicia Logan.

The working budget includes a 2.6 percent contingency fund. The state requires at least a 2 percent contingency fund, but the state would prefer each district to have a 5 percent contingency fund, she said.

“Overall we feel good about the budget. We just wish there was more money from the state coming in,” Logan added.

In other business, the board:

  • Recognized Whitley County High School student Blake McCullah, who was one of 37 students nationwide to attend 29th Annual High School Math-Science Technology Institute at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

“We are very proud of Blake. I had the fortune of having Blake as a student when I was principal of the Intermediate School. He was a great student then. He has continued to excel in the classroom,” Siler noted.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin nominated McCullah for the program.

  • Approved the Gear Up Grant memorandum of agreement. The grant will provide $90,000 in direct aid to 10th and 11th grade students to help cover such things as tutoring, job shadowing and college visits.

“We are grateful to have that grant,” Siler added.

  • Approved a historical field trip for Oak Grove Elementary School students that will take them on a trip to Boston and New York.


Raymond Wayne Sharp Sr.

Raymond Wayne Sharp, Sr., 67, of Corbin passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at his home.

Born March 6, 1951, he was the son of the late Alonzo and Nola Sharp.

He was a member of Sandstone Baptist Church.

In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Sharp; and brother, Clyde Sharp.

He leaves behind two children: Raymond Wayne Sharp, Jr., and wife Tania, Felecia Sharp and James Richmond; six grandchildren: Emily Sharp, Garrett Sharp, Benjamin Sharp, Dezerae Sharp, Brittany Gibbs, and Ryan Gibbs; six siblings: Jean Ketron, Leland Sharp and wife Gloria, Lovina Schrader and husband Andy, Phyllis McCoy, Francis Adkins, and Carolyn Reeder; and lifelong friend, Russell Hart. He is also survived by nieces and nephews as well as other beloved relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 16, in the Hart Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Bobby Joe Eaton, Bro. Herbert Wells, and Bro. Brian Reeder officiating.

Burial followed in Worley Cemetery with family members serving as pallbearers.

Messages of condolence may be left at

Hart Funeral Home of Corbin was in charge of the arrangements.