2021-08-04

2021-08-04 E-Edition

Race track brings on private security firm after altercation


Mountain Motorsports Park says it has hired a private security company after a track employee was charged with endangerment after pulling a gun on a man during an altercation. The incident happened Friday night after a driver crashed during a “young guns” race. According to Kentucky State Police, when the car wrecked, Ryan Prater, a relative of the driver, jumped […]

Jenkins students and teachers won’t have to wear masks


The Jenkins Independent Schools system opened its doors for the new school year this week without requiring students or staff members to wear facemasks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Members of the Jenkins Independent Board of Education met in a special meeting last week and voted unanimously to approve the new plan, which encourages but does not require […]

None of hospital’s 11 COVID patients had vaccine before illness


Of the 11 patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Whitesburg hospital, none have received a vaccine against the disease, the hospital confirmed. “We currently have 11 patients positive for COVID. None have been vaccinated,” said Dena Sparkman, Chief Executive Officer of Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. “ARH as a system and me personally and professionally are asking people who […]

UK coach who beat ’Bama wants more

Vaught’s Views

If you ask Anwar Stewart about his blocked field goal against Alabama in 1997, he will downplay the significance of what he did. However, he returned that block 68 yards for a touchdown in UK’s overtime win over Alabama that touched off a wild post-game celebration where the goalposts came down. Stewart, a linebacker/defensive end at UK, went on to […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Fish are looking to escape sun, too

With the hot time of summer here a lot of folks are staying in during the day. Fish are also seeking places out of the hot sun, and one of the best spots for a fish to look for cooler cover is in a weed bed. Most every body of water from a small farm pond to a major lake […]

Struttin’ Time

Why squirrel season always matters

The third Saturday in August has always been, and will always be, a day in my life that is burned into my soul forever. Yep, it is the opening day of squirrel season in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Except for a couple of years, back in the 70’s when our Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife decided to change the […]

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E-m@il address In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net I’m sitting here in my house next to Wright’s Hollow trying to watch TV. I have no air-conditioning, so I have my windows open. At about 3 or 4 every morning a dog […]

Strange BUT TRUE


• The oleander is the official flower of the city of Hiroshima. It was the first to bloom again after the explosion of the atomic bomb in 1945. • The Greek name for the mosquito is “anopheles,” which means “good for nothing.” • The earliest written record that mentions the practice of medicine is Hammurabi’s Code from the 18th century […]

‘It’s people that just don’t care,’ Judge Adams says of county’s litter problem


In the early days of WMMT radio, program manager Jim Webb, in the on-air persona of Wiley Quixote, tilted daily at windmills. It might be poor water conditions or people who were mean to the wild ducks that wander Whitesburg. But there was one particular windmill that Webb, who died in 2019, kept coming back to. Litter. And he did […]