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I’ve had a great 24 years at the News Journal

I remember the day I moved to this area. It was in late October or early November 1996. It was brutally cold and snow was flying around in the air. I’d been to Corbin only one other time in my life — about two weeks prior for a job interview. I had almost nothing. I’d recently...

Sports betting would be a good gamble to take

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to allow betting on sporting events across the board in 2018, there’s been high interest in the idea. Initially relegated to Nevada, it’s now been approved by 20 states....

The enduring legacy of Amos Miller

I was a reporter covering Corbin city government in 2004 something wild happened. The current mayor of the town, Scott Williamson, abruptly resigned. He had about a year and a half left on his term. A replacement was needed. The city’s Board of Commissioners appointed Amos Miller...

Corbin loses a true community servant

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. I was sitting across from Bob Terrell one day at the old L&N Depot Building conducting an interview with him. I remember it like it was yesterday. He was Director of Economic Development for the city of Corbin at that time. He...

Proclamation signed! Now let’s focus on Corbin’s future

I’ve run for elected office twice in Corbin, and voters trusted me both times to represent them on the City Commission. I met many of you face-to-face while going door-to-door during both of those races. It was a great way to really get to know my town. I consider that a great...

Utility companies need notification system

The other day, I got in the shower to get ready for work. I turned on the faucet … and all that came out was cold, wet torture. It’s a heck of a way to start your morning! A cold shower. Shaving with cold water. Not fun at all. I went downstairs to check the pilot light on my...

Should Kentucky consider allowing spouses to sue ‘home wreckers?’

There’s been a story circulating nationally this week about a North Carolina man who won a $750,000 judgment against his wife’s lover for ruining their marriage. I was intrigued. I had to know how this was possible. Apparently, there are seven states in the US (Mississippi, North...

Why baby steps? Time to take the leap on cannabis

I was watching the two main candidates for Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture debate on KET Monday night when the subject of “medical marijuana” came up. The challenger, Robert Conway, gave a full-throated endorsement to the idea that doctors should be able to prescribe...

Netflix is too overwhelming to properly enjoy

I just broke up with Netflix. It was sudden and abrupt. We had a long relationship, but it just had to end. I didn’t “let her down easy,” so to speak. Didn’t even really call or text. Just did the deed swiftly with the click of a mouse button. Sorry Netflix. It wasn’t you, it was...

Government absolutely failed to protect coal miners

The situation in Harlan with miners of the Blackjewel coal company not being paid back wages is a textbook case of government flat failing to do its job, enforce the law and protect its citizens. The company declared bankruptcy weeks ago, and images of miners protesting have made...