Cop complaints

Jenkins mayor says fraudulent writings may bring libel suits

The City of Jenkins has a new policy on dealing with public complaints about city police officers. Mayor Charles Dixon told the Jenkins City Council at its August meeting Monday night that if a citizen wants to complain about a police officer’s actions, he or she must submit the complaint in writing. Dixon said the written complaint will then be […]


A med-evac helicopter landed on the Whitesburg bypass Monday morning to pick up a Knott County woman who was injured when the sport-utility vehicle she was driving flipped four times after she braked for a red light. See related story and photo inside.

Coal-to-liquids quietly becoming a U.S. reality

It’s largely escaped notice, but there’s already a dozen or so coalto liquids plants in various stages of development around the country. While most are years away from construction, supporters of converting coal to motor fuels say at least some are a certainty – even if Congress doesn’t approve incentives sought by coal-to-liquids supporters. Yet supporters consider some form of […]

McRoberts men face drug counts

Two men from McRoberts were arrested last week by the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department on drug-related charges. Franklin Bentley, of 21 B Ball Drive, and Gregory L. Ratliff, of 28 Rod Run Drive, were arrested August 7 after a three-month investigation into allegations of narcotics being sold from their homes, said M.K. Terry, a lieutenant with the sheriff’s department. Terry […]

The Drifters will headline

The Drifters, featuring long-time member Benny Anderson, are coming to Jenkins next week to cap off the Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival. The festival will begin in Jenkins on August 20. The musical highlight is expected to occur when Benny Anderson and The Drifters take the Jenkins City Park stage at 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 25. The concert, which is […]

Nashville singer says she’s ready to play here Saturday

Nashville recording artist Kate Sansing is scheduled to perform a free concert Saturday night (August 18) at 8:30 at Riverside Park in Whitesburg, next to the Whitesburg hospital. Sansing is opening for country star T.G. Sheppard during the Riverfest celebration, being sponsored by Jenkins Festival Committee Inc. and Coca-Cola. Sansing is described as a fiery singer who made her way […]

Mine owner controversial

Murray Energy President Bob Murray was scheduled to brief reporters on efforts to rescue six miners trapped deep inside his company’s Crandall Canyon Mine. Instead, Murray went off. He ranted against environmental regulation, labor unions and the news media. On live television last week, Murray turned an update on the Utah mine collapse into a platform for promoting the coal […]

Jason Isbell to perform here

A limited number of tickets are now on sale for a concert in Whitesburg next month featuring Jason Isbell and his touring band, The 400 Unit. Isbell, familiar to many as a guitarist, singer and songwriter with the critically-acclaimed Drive-By Truckers, is scheduled to perform at the Summit City Lounge on Main Street on Friday, September 28 at 8 p.m. […]

Four accused of charging hundreds of dollars in fuel on company’s credit card

Three men and one woman have been charged with fraudulently using a credit card to buy hundreds of dollar’ worth of diesel fuel in the name of a Letcher County laboratory which specializes in coal sampling. One of the four, 24-year-old Jesse Grover Burke Jr. of McRoberts, was arrested August 7 on charges contained in a seven-count indictment returned by […]

Woman airlifted to Tenn. hospital after wreck here

A Hindman woman was airlifted to a Kingsport, Tenn., hospital for treatment of injuries she suffered Monday morning in a one-vehicle accident on the Whitesburg bypass. Devade Williams, 52, was transported by helicopter to the Holston Valley Medical Center after the sport-utility vehicle she was driving flipped four times across two lanes of traffic and a guardrail near the old […]

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