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Mock disasters test first responders preparedness

The weather was dreary, damp and wet Monday morning. Rain was misting making working conditions wetter and more slippery than they would be in good weather. In other words, the weather for two mock disasters held simultaneously Monday morning in Whitley County was much like the...
Posted On 25 Jan 2017

Golden Alert issued for missing Ohio man

A Golden Alert has been issued for an Ohio man, who went missing at the Kentucky Welcome Center off I-75 early Tuesday morning. Randall Alan Walker, 54, disappeared about 3 a.m. at the northbound rest area near the Kentucky/Tennessee line. Walker has bi-polar symptoms when off...
Posted On 24 Jan 2017

Courtney Taylor charged with three counts of murder in her family’s killing

Investigators wrapped up there work late Saturday morning into a triple shooting near Savoy that left three people dead. A Williamsburg woman, who allegedly shot and killed her husband and her two children Friday before being shot twice by a Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy,...
Posted On 18 Jan 2017

Taylor family’s pastor tries to come to grips with awful tragedy

Two days after three founding members of Grace Christian Fellowship church were killed in their own home, pastor Gerald Mullins spoke to a nearly packed house. “We had a real moving service Sunday. We had a large crowd and a lot of folks who were hurt and grieving. At a...
Posted On 18 Jan 2017

I-75 crash near Corbin injures one

A tractor-trailer accident Thursday morning in northern Whitley County snarled traffic on I-75 for a few hours. About 9 a.m., Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Chris McQueen responded to a single vehicle crash near the 28-mile marker. Police determined...
Posted On 29 Dec 2016

State judicial redistricting plan calls for new family court judge in Whitley, McCreary County circuit

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.’s judicial redistricting plan would keep Whitley and McCreary counties together, but calls for the elimination of one circuit court judge and the addition of a new family court judge. According to a press release distributed...

Outdoor burning can resume Friday in Whitley County

Starting Friday, Whitley County residents will once again be able to burn things outdoors. Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. issued a ban on all outdoor burning on Nov. 1 due to drought conditions and several wildfires through the area. During the month of November,...
Posted On 14 Dec 2016

Local residents chip in to help Gatlinburg fire victims

When the chips are down for one of our neighbors, the residents of Williamsburg, Whitley County and Jellico can do a lot in just two or three days time. Last week, residents and businesses in Jellico, Williamsburg and Whitley County collected enough items to fill a U-Haul truck...
Posted On 07 Dec 2016

Whitley Co. outdoor burning ban remains in effect, over 3,000 acres burned

Whitley County’s outdoor burning ban, which was instituted by Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. on Nov. 1, will likely remain in place a couple of weeks longer, despite Monday night’s rain. Whitley County Projects Director Amber Owens said that as of now, county officials...
Posted On 30 Nov 2016

Unemployment rate falls in Whitley, Knox counties

Unemployment rates fell in 82 Kentucky counties between October 2015 and October 2016, including Whitley and Knox counties, but rose in 33 counties, and stayed the same in five counties (Breckinridge, Knott, Laurel, McLean and Powell), according to the Kentucky Office of...
Posted On 30 Nov 2016