The Laurel County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of a woman on DUI and drug charges. Deputies were called out on a report of a reckless driver on the Cumberland Gap Parkway. Deputies located the vehicle matching the description turning into a parking lot. They determined the driver, Kelly Hoskins age 27 of Bledsoe was under the influence. She also allegedly had Klonopin in an Advil bottle and a white powder on her nose. Hoskins was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence; possession of a controlled substance and prescription controlled substances not in the proper container. She was lodged in the Laurel County detention facility.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting Thursday morning deputies were on I-75 north between the two London exits and saw a tractor trailer with the right rear trailer tires on fire. The tractor trailer pulled off onto the shoulder and Deputies notified 911 dispatch who sent London Fire Department, along with London- Laurel Rescue Squad to the scene. By the time emergency responders arrived the box trailer was partially engulfed. The fire was quickly put out. Deputies learned the rig was hauling a load of tea. No injuries were reported.
Knox County Public Schools officials say they plan to move forward with a project to replace their current area technology center. The building is more than 50 years old, and they don't think it is meeting their needs. The new center would house all of the current building's programs, from welding to automotive work to information technology and health sciences. The school board recently approved a recallable nickel tax that will provide funding for the building, but the project could hit delays if the community does not support it. The project is currently in the initial planning phase, and officials say the final price tag could be anywhere from seven to twelve million dollars. The fate of the project is in the hands of voters. If the nickel tax is not recalled, officials say construction could be complete by as early as 2017. If the nickel fails, officials say it would take about 15 years to generate enough bonding potential to make the technology center a reality. About 500 Knox County students attend the current technology center.
The Better Business Bureau is reporting a rash of phone scammers claiming to be with the IRS. Spokesperson Heather Clary says the scammers sound very threatening and have rattled some people especilly the elderly. Clary said the callers have the technology to make the number appear legitimate. They are telling the victims they owe taxes and have to pay immediately or legal action will be taken or that they'll be arrested. They demand the money on a prepaid card. Clary said there are some red flags when the victim calls back to pay. They have a hard time understanding the person they've reached and they seem to have a really thick foreign accent or a garbled connection. She said victims have little to no chance of getting thier money back.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting a mother is faces charges after investigators say she took her baby and toddler with her to shoplift at Walmart in Corbin. Deputies arrested the mother, 18-year-old Kortney Caldwell, and 24-year-old Dustin Napier, who they're calling an acquaintance. Deputies say they used a baby carrier to hide stolen items. Deputy Gilbert Acciardo says the items were mostly supplies for the baby, as well as some women's clothes. Acciardo says Caldwell's kids being there at the time of the crime is a serious matter. In addition to the shoplifting charge, they are also charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. Caldwell's two children have been released into the custody of their father.
A Pulaski County man reportedly challenged his brother to a duel before firing shots into his home. Police arrested Rodney Abbott back in August after he fired shots into his brother's home. The Pulaski County reports Abbott went to his brother's home with two handguns, and invited his brother to shoot it out with him. When the brother refused, police say Abbott fired several shots into his home. This week a Pulaski County grand jury indicted Abbott on several charges, including criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree burglary, and first-degree wanton endangerment.
The race for mayor in Manchester is now a little less crowded. Barbara White Colter, a member of Manchester's city council, said she is dropping out of the race for mayor, less than two months before the election. Colter said she is quitting for several reasons. She said she learned about some of the city's financial problems at a recent council meeting. She believes the problems are too challenging for her to tackle as mayor. Colter withdrawing from the race means James Ed Garrison, a school bus driver and security guard at Manchester Memorial Hospital, will be elected the town's next mayor unless he is defeated by a write-in candidate. Colter still has to file the proper paperwork with the Clay County clerk before officially quitting the race. Her name will still appear on the ballot in the November election.
People in Williamsburg surrounding the University of the Cumberlands will have the opportunity to benefit from an addition to the university's campus. As part of a multi-million dollar expansion of the campus student center, the campus is set to add a health and wellness center. That center will also house meeting spaces and will host expanded health education opportunities. University president Dr. Jim Taylor said the fitness facilities will be open to the public and the public can schedule meetings and utilize thier community room.
A Laurel County man faces DUI and wanton endangerment charges. Deputies with the Laurel County Sheriff's Department arrested Michael Sturgill following a crash. They say Sturgill wrecked his vehicle into a ditch, traveled more than 60 yards, hit a utility pole and rolled over. Deputies say he did all of this with his three year old son inside the car. They found an open beer under the flipped vehicle. The child was not seriously hurt. Sturgill was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
A Bell County man is facing a burglary charge after being found in a Pineville home. Officers say Joshua Smith broke into a home on Stewart Branch Road. The homeowner says he got home and saw Smith inside. Once police arrived at the home, Smith tried to run away but was apprehended. Smith faces burglary, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest charges. Arraignment is set for Friday.