Whitley Co. has 7.2 percent June unemployment rate

Unemployment rates rose in 96 Kentucky counties between June 2016 and June 2017, fell in 20 and stayed the same in four counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's June unemployment rate was 7.2 percent. Laurel County's June unemployment rate [...]

Keavy man acquitted in Knox County rape case

A Keavy man accused of a 2010 rape has been found not guilty. Randy Lee Vanderpool, 54, was charged in February for acts that took place February 2010 through august 2010. According to Vanderpool’s arrest citation, he was charged with four counts of first degree rape, first degree sexual abuse and a second degree sodomy [...]

Williamsburg man charged with burglary at Corbin apartment complex

A Williamsburg man was arrested Thursday morning in connection with a burglary complaint at a Corbin area apartment complex. Knox County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 20-year-old Johnathan O’Quinn on one count of second-degree burglary. According to Deputy William Stewart, the department’s public affairs officer, deputies were called to Elaine Court Apartments off of Standard Avenue about [...]

Lawsuit filed in case of 2016 fatal shooting by Knox County deputy

The family of a man shot and killed by Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Mikey Ashurst in June 2016, has filed a lawsuit against the county, sheriff’s department, Ashurst and Constable Brandon Bolton. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, claims intentional homicide and violation of the constitutional rights of the man, Jesse [...]

Unemployment rate falls in Whitley, Laurel counties

Unemployment rates fell in 74 Kentucky counties between May 2016 and May 2017, including Whitley and Laurel counties, rose in 28 and stayed the same in 18 counties, including Knox County, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's unemployment rate fell [...]

Gray man sentenced to 12.5-year prison term for child porn

More than four years after he was initially charged, a Gray man was formally sentenced Tuesday to 12.5 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

Forty-nine-year-old Jerry Luke appeared in U.S. District Court in London Tuesday for the sentencing hearing in his case that began May 21, 2013 in Knox County Court.

Luke had pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in January. In exchange, the agreement called for Luke to be sentenced to 150 months in prison.

In federal court, defendants are advised of the sentencing guidelines in the case, but advised the judge has the power to deviate from the guidelines in either direction.

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Lawsuit accuses former Knox County sheriff of framing man for murder

A former Knox County Sheriff and half a dozen other law enforcement officers have been sued after a man was acquitted of murder charges last year. William “Bill Bill” Anderson, 37 of Campbell County, Tennessee., filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in London against former Knox County Sheriff John Pickard, former deputy Derek [...]

Knox County home lost to flames

Woodbine, Bailey Switch and Barbourville firefighters were called to battle this mobile home fire on Ky. 459 Monday morning. No one was home at the time. A Knox County man has lost his home to a fire that started Monday morning. The mobile home, located on Hwy 459, caught fire when tenant Sonny [...]

Unemployment rate drops statewide, locally

Unemployment rates dropped in 115 Kentucky counties, including Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties, between February 2016 and February 2017, rose in three and stayed the same in two counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's unemployment rate fell from 8.2 [...]

Whitley unemployment rate 59th in Kentucky

Unemployment rates fell in 90 Kentucky counties between January 2016 and January 2017, including Whitley, Knox and Laurel counties, but rose in 23 counties and stayed the same in seven counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, which is an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's unemployment [...]