Services are set for Joyce Mullins

Funeral services for Joyce Mae Mullins, 55, of Jackson, formerly of Payne Gap, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday). Burial will be in the Johnson family cemetery at Payne Gap. Born in Letcher County, she was a daughter of the late William P. and Della Mae Quesenberry Johnson. Mrs. Mullins was a bookkeeper, specializing in tax preparation. She […]

Wellmont to Jenkins: More hospital work coming

Wellmont Inc. announced this week that more renovations are coming to Jenkins Community Hospital. Jim Moore, vice president in charge of facilities for Kingsport, Tenn.-based Wellmont, attended the April meeting of the Jenkins City Council meeting on Monday to give a progress report on the renovation of the hospital. Moore showed the council drawings of planned work and invited them […]

Therapists facing fraud charges

Three therapists from eastern Kentucky were recently indicted for Medicaid fraud. Vanessa Rouse, a 35-year-old speech pathologist from Deane; Janice Fields, a 48-year-old developmental interventionist from Happy; and Tiffany Bentley, a 27-year-old physical therapist from Cromona, were indicted April 3. According to the indictment, Rouse, Fields and Bentley fraudulently billed the Kentucky Medicaid Program for services provided to children in […]


ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Rumors of a change in the workplace could make you a mite uneasy about going ahead with implementing your ideas. Best advice: Ignore the talk and proceed as planned. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Everyone has an opinion on how to handle a recent business suggestion. Thank them for their advice. Then go […]

Black lung group to meet April 10

The Tri-State Black Lung Alliance will meet from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 10, at the Harlan National Guard Armory at 3436 Hwy. 421 S. All retired and active miners, widows and spouses from Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee who are interested in improving black lung laws for miners and their dependents are invited to attend. For more information, call […]

Love of music runs in the family

Southern Ohio

Hello again! Gosh we are into April already! Where is the time going? It seems like no time since we had Christmas, then New Year’s, and Easter came so early. Before we know it this year will be just like everything else, just a memory! Finally the daffodils, which I have always called Easter lilies, are in bloom. It seems […]

Kenneth Ray Bentley buried at Jackhorn

Funeral services for Kenneth Ray Bentley, 63, of Jackhorn, were held April 8 at the Church of Christ at Haymond. Burial was in the Gad Johnson Cemetery at Jackhorn. A son of Octavia Clouse of Jenkins and the late Hayes Bentley, he was born at Neon. He died April 5 in Kingsport, Tenn. He was a member of the Church […]

Hard times hit timber industry in Appalachia, elsewhere

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Global economics and the housing bust are throwing a relentless string of problems at the mom-and-pop sawmills and logging companies that make up much of the nation’s hardwood lumber industry. Large furniture makers have abandoned the U.S., a growing number of raw logs are being shipped overseas for processing and changing consumer tastes and construction downturns have slashed […]


More than 53,000 tires were collected during Letcher County’s tire amnesty program that took place last week. Forty thousand to 45,000 tires were collected at the old Southeast Tipple at Isom and 13,000 tires were collected at Driller’s LLC at the Gateway Industrial Park in Jenkins. Pictured are tires collected at Isom on April 5.


RECAPS - 4/7-4/11

ALL MY CHILDREN – Ryan found Annie’s divorce papers and asked for another chance. She tore up the papers and left in tears. Erica got Louisa to confess her and Mando’s crimes, unaware that Erica was secretly recording her, until the recorder hidden in Erica’s bra began to smoke! Jack and Zach arrived in time and rescue Carmen and Erica, […]