Trial date set for Corbin man accused of sexual abuse, sodomy and incest

Four years after indictment, a trial date has been set for a sexual abuse case. John E. Sutherland, 74, of Corbin, faces total of 24 counts of sexual abuse, sodomy and incest. At a previous hearing, Sutherland’s court-appointed attorney, Kara Ottis, claimed that since the case began, her client’s health had significantly deteriorated, suffering several [...]

Knox County man charged with rape of minor he met at NIBROC

A mother’s call led Kentucky State Police to arrest a Knox County man for and inappropriate relationship with her underage daughter. Detective Aaron Frederick, of Post 10 in Harlan, responded to the complaint received Wednesday, Sept. 27. Detective Frederick contacted James McCafferty, 32, of Indian Creek, and initiated an interview. Over the course of the [...]

August unemployment rate drops in Knox, Laurel counties

Unemployment rates fell in 32 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in three, including Whitley County, and rose in 85 counties, including Laurel and Knox counties, between August 2016 and August 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's unemployment [...]

Churchill Downs partnering with Keeneland on Corbin horse racing facility

The long-awaited quarter horse track in Corbin will be a partnership between Keeneland and Churchill Downs officials have announced. Cumberland Run, which is to be built on 149 acres of property off of the Corbin bypass, will be one of two facilities constructed under the agreement. The second facility, Oak Grove, will be built in [...]

Knox Fiscal Court sets yearly tax rates

Magistrates of the Knox County Fiscal Court voted to save county residents money and not raise their tax rate. During the August meeting, the court heard from Knox County Property Valuation Administrator Bill Oxendine on the assessed property value of the county. “We’ve grown in places and we’ve lost in places,” said Oxendine. “In real [...]

‘Fire subscription fee’ yields big returns to Knox Co. fire departments

A controversial fee added to Knox County property taxes last year has yielded big returns for fire departments across the county. Enacted in 2016 by the Knox County Fiscal Court, the “Fire Subscription Fee” of $35 per parcel was added to Knox County property tax bills for 2017. The fee ensured property owners would receive [...]

Unemployment rate rises in tri-county area

Unemployment rates fell in 18 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in three and rose in 99 counties, including Whitley, Laurel and Knox, between July 2016 and July 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Whitley County's unemployment rate increased from [...]

Corbin woman indicted for prescription fraud

A Corbin woman was indicted Friday for on multiple counts of prescription fraud. Forty-five-year-old Melissa A. Helton is facing four counts of fraud or false statement in obtaining a forged prescription and four counts of criminal possession of a forged prescription. According to the indictment, on four separate occasions between January 27 and February 3, [...]

Corbin man charged with DUI after nearly hitting police car

A Corbin man was arrested Thursday night after police say a head-on collision between his motorcycle and a Knox County Sheriff’s deputy’s cruiser was narrowly avoided. Deputy William Stewart, the department’s public affairs officer, said deputies arrested 53-year-old Joseph H. Schulten following the incident on U.S. 25E in Corbin. Stewart stated that Deputy Mikey Ashurst [...]

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 [...]