Tackett admits guilt 2nd time



Former Golden Years Rest Home administrator James F. “Chum” Tackett has pleaded guilty to felony theft charges for the second time in less than a month — this time to stealing more than $300,000 in state funds intended for the care of rest home residents. In exchange for the plea, Tackett would be placed on probation for a period of […]

Beshear defends jobs record; Williams says change needed



When political forecasters predict the winner and losers of an election, the factor most often considered is the economy. This is typically true for national elections, but economic conditions in Kentucky and the nation make it a major concern in the Nov. 8 election for governor. Kentucky had the 14th highest unemployment rate in the nation in September, a slight […]

Candidates ramp up attacks in last debate



LEXINGTON In their final encounter before next Tuesday’s election, a debate televised statewide on Halloween, the candidates for governor ramped up their attacks and developed deeper contrasts on a range of issues. Republican state Sen. David Williams called Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear “the most ineffectual governor in history,” while Beshear blamed his failures on Williams’ “obstructionist kind of politics” as […]

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Alpha report anticipated



RICHMOND, Va. Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is expected to post lower profit but higher revenue when it releases its third-quarter results before the stock market opens on Thursday. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: How global demand has impacted U.S. coal prices and the health of the industry. The Abingdon, Va., company, which has extensive operations in Letcher County, said […]

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Fired miner loses fight over job



An underground miner has lost his claim that he was fired from his job as a roof bolter in a Letcher County mine because he had refused to install roof bolts in an illegal and dangerous place. North Fork Coal Corp. fired Mark Gray on May 15, 2009. After Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis declined to file suit on Gray’s […]

Jenkins school officials cleared in abuse case



Charges have been dismissed against the Jenkins Independent School System, its superintendent and football coach on charges of failing to report a sexual assault of a Jenkins High School student last November. The charge of “failure to report child dependency, neglect or abuse” was dismissed against the school system because it is an entity not a person, according to an […]

4 Simple Steps to Transform Chicken as Usual



Chicken is a popular choice for family dinners — but no matter how much your family enjoys it, serving it the same way over and over again can stir up cravings for something new. Chef Tim Love knows all about finding new ways to enjoy familiar foods. He’s teaming up with the Hellmann’s Brand to let home cooks know about […]


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