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Saying a fond farewell to NIBROC 2018

NIBROC! It’s the best four-day stretch of the year, I think. I know some don’t agree. That’s fine. To me, it’s just one big celebration, right in our downtown. We close down the streets. We set the grind of reality aside for just a bit and all resolve to have a great time. We...

Repair work on Gordon Hill in Corbin is needed

At one time Gordon Hill in Corbin was paved with brick. My guess is that it made for better traction up the winding hill. The brick made for a bumpy ride. Things haven’t changed much today. There are places on the hill that still make it a bumpy ride. For months there has been a...

More areas of attention suggested for road repairs

Roads! I wrote about the condition of Highway 312 out of Corbin last week and I have been reminded that there are other situations that need attention. One of those is the Cumberland Gap Parkway between Exit 29 and U.S. 25 that runs by Lowes and Walmart. The highway department...
Posted On 23 Aug 2018

It’s a fact: Welfare to work policies really work

First, the good news: Kentucky’s unemployment rate is among the lowest ever. Then, bad news: Kentucky’s unemployment rate is among the lowest ever. How can historically low unemployment rates be bad news? While more job opportunities than ever exist across the commonwealth with...
Posted On 23 Aug 2018

Taking a moment to say ‘thank you’ to the advertisers who believe in the News Journal

This week I wanted to write a special column specifically addressing all of those businesses or individuals that have chosen to advertise in our newspaper, either in the past, currently or in the future.

We must remember, we are all ambassadors for our communities

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. Since we are a newspaper and we are located on Main Street in Corbin, it’s a relatively common thing for folks from out of town to stop in seeking directions to certain restaurants, or Cumberland Falls or whatever. You need to...

New Whitley County Fair Board off to a good start

The Whitley County Fair returned last week after a one-year absence with a new fair board and some new events. Considering that this was pretty much a rebuilding year for the fair, I thought it went really well. Friday night’s mud bog probably drew hundreds of people for some...
Posted On 25 Jul 2018

Fulfilling promises to Kentucky

Not even two years into the Trump administration, our country is finally getting back on the right track. On the heels of a major regulatory rollback and historic tax reform, consumer confidence is soaring and unemployment is shrinking. I’m proud of the many promises this...
Posted On 29 Jun 2018
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My one, fateful book review

My one and only book review for this newspaper may have gotten me blacklisted. Let me explain. A couple of years ago, I thought it would be a cool idea to add book reviews as a semi-regular part of what we offer in the News Journal. I didn’t just want them to be reviews of the...

State highway workers were quick to respond

A salute to the men who work for the Kentucky Department of Highways. Monday, during a massive thunderstorm, they arrived just minutes after a tree fell on the road near the 770 bridge that leads to Cracker Barrel restaurant in north Corbin. My daughter Amber, who was heading...
Posted On 28 Jun 2018