W’burg drinking water among state’s cleanest

Williamsburg’s drinking water is some of the cleanest in the state. Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized 36 surface water treatment plants in Kentucky for meeting the goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) for 2016, including the Williamsburg Water Department. “What it actually means to everybody here in Williamsburg is that the people [...]

Briar Creek Park bridge repair still weeks away

This bridge at Briar Creek Park remains closed after being damaged by flooding earlier this month. Repairs will begin in June. Williamsburg officials hope to start repair or replacement work early next month on the Briar Creek Park bridge, which has been closed since flooding damaged it in late April and early May. [...]

Man tells police Flakka was ‘eating him up’

Jason David Blevins allegedly can from police trying to avoid arrest on May 23. Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies say a Keavy man that crossed the Cumberland Gap Pkwy. while attempting to elude capture Tuesday morning said he was under the influence of “FLAKKA.” Thirty-two-year-old Jason David Blevins was arrested after running from the [...]

Woodbine man killed when SUV falls on him

A Woodbine man was killed Thursday morning when the SUV he was working underneath of came down on top of him. Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley identified the victim as 25-year-old Jarrett Neal. “It was just a very tragic accident,” Croley said. Woodbine firefighters were paged to the residence at 867 Ky. 1064 near the [...]

Typo skewed Whitley County tourism numbers down

The caboose attached to L&N 2132 has been placed under wraps as the crew working to restore the pieces begins sandblasting the old paint from it. Tourism Director Maggy Kriebel said the caboose will be repainted the traditional red that L&N Railroad used on its cabooses. Kriebel said Tuesday the project to restore the locomotive, coal tender and caboose is on schedule to be completed by June 1.

The initial tourism economic impact numbers released by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet indicating spending by tourist in Whitley County decreased between 2015 and 16 was a typo, according to Commissioner Kristen Branscum.

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Portion of I-75 southbound near the 28-mile marker closing May 17-18

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 11 Office advises motorists that a portion of I-75 southbound (mile points 27.9 – 28) in Whitley County will be reduced to one lane (left lane will be closed) on Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18. The lane closure will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 [...]

Drunk man accused of crashing moped with beers dangling from it

A Knox County man spent three days in jail and must pay $718 in fines and court costs after admitting he was intoxicated when he wrecked his moped Friday night. Fifty-six-year-old Roy Bright pleaded guilty to one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants at his arraignment Monday in Knox District [...]

KSP: Body found in Laurel Lake confirmed to be Lily man

Kentucky State Police say the identity of the body found floating in Laurel Lake Monday morning has been confirmed to be a Lily man. Trooper Lloyd Cochran, public affairs officer at Post 11 in London, said the deceased is 24-year-old James R. Wagers. “All the family has been notified,” Cochran said. The body was found [...]

Report: Local tourism spending down in Whitley

Local tourism officials are disputing a report from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that shows spending by tourists in Whitley County decreased by $3-5 million between 2015 and 2016.

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Bank seeks to foreclose on home where triple homicide occurred

Courtney Taylor is charged with three counts of murder in the death of her husband and two children.

A Tennessee bank is attempting to foreclose on the mortgage of a house that was the site of a January triple homicide in Whitley County.

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