The city of London is one step closer to enacting a new tax on restaurants. It was a full house as the London City Council met Wednesday to discuss a proposed three percent restaurant tax within the city limits. London Mayor Troy Rudder said 100% of the proceeds would be used for city and county tourism projects. He said the restaurant tax would be good for the city. Some people said they would gladly pay the extra three cents on the dollar if it meant improving the area's economy through tourism. Surrounding cities including Corbin, Barbourville, Williamsburg, Pineville, Mt. Vernon and Burnside already have a restaurant tax in place. If it gets final approval, the new tax would go into effect on July 1, 2014.
Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell has confirmed a Williamsburg man reported missing Wednesday has been found safe. A Golden Alert was issued for 40 year old Emanuel Felipe Herrara. He reportedly was in need of medication and suffers from a mental disorder. He was found at the Phoenix House in Corbin.
Xerox is hiring dozens of people to fill newly created jobs in Knox County. Knox County officials say the area needs new jobs. Xerox has already hired 50 people and is looking to hire 90 more people for new positions. Wednesday, the KCEOC Community Action Partnership hosted a job fair at its downtown Barbourville office for people to apply. Dozens of people showed up to apply. Officials say the new jobs grew from a partnership between KCEOC and Xerox. Officials say the new full-time jobs pay at least ten dollars an hour and offer benefits. Applicants must pass a drug test and a background check to be considered for the jobs. Local officials say the extra paychecks in the area will create more spending money to help other businesses. Xerox officials say they hope to fill the positions and start production in a few weeks.
According to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office a Jackson County man drove his truck onto a car lot a half mile south of London to trade and ran out of gas and ended up arrested. The man, Jeremy Haas age 24 of Tyner, allegedly appeared to be under the influence. Deputies conducted an investigation and Haas was determined to be under the influence and was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, prescription controlled substance not in the proper container, failure to maintain required insurance and several other equipment violations. Haas was lodged in the Laurel County detention facility.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting deputies arrested a Corbin woman on shoplifting charges. Corbin Walmart's loss prevention team detained Ursula Davidson age 22 of Valley view Apartments, Corbin who was allegedly under ringing at the self check out. Following an investigation at the scene by deputies the Davidson was also determined to be under the influence. She reportedly told deputies she had been shooting up. Davidson was charged with theft by unlawful taking – shoplifting and public intoxication – controlled substances. She was lodged in the
Officials are unsure exactly what caused a single vehicle crash that killed a Tennessee woman in southern Whitley County Saturday afternoon. The Corbin News Journal reports the accident occurred on Ky. 1804 near Lot-Mud Creek Road. Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley pronounced Kristal Michelle Taylor, age 44, of Alcoa, dead at the scene. She apparently crashed head-on into a bridge abutment. Taylor was the only occupant in the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved in the crash. Croley said Taylor's mother lived about one-quarter mile from the accident scene. No autopsy was ordered, but Croley said that a routine toxicology test will be conducted to determine whether drugs or alcohol was involved. Both Croley and Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said that neither drug nor alcohol involvement is suspected at this time.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting Detective Josh Scott is investigating the theft of a debit card from an 82-year-old woman from
Whitley County Sheriff's deputies recovered a gun and 20 pills during a routine traffic stop in Corbin. Deputy Kirk Mays was traveling on I-75 when he observed a vehicle run off the roadway several times, then fail to signal at an off ramp. Reportedly the vehicle's rear license plate also was not illuminated. When Mays stopped the vehicle, he noticed that the driver, Anthony S. McCullah, age 45, of Williamsburg exhibited signs of being under the influence. A search revealed a pistol and an unlabled pill bottle with 15 pills inside. He also had 4 pills in his pocket. Sheriff Colan Harrell said most of the pills are believed to be either a form of Xanax or hydrocodone. McCullah was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and several drug charges. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
Williamsburg police reports a Barbourville man showed up at the jail drunk Saturday afternoon. Officer Brandon White responded to the Whitley County Detention Center after receiving a call from deputy jailers about an intoxicated person, who was there to turn himself in to serve an 11-day jail sentence. When White arrived, Larry D. Hensley Jr., age 41, of Bradley Martin Lane, was reportedly in the lobby unsteady on his feet with bloodshot eyes and a strong smell of alcohol. A portable breath test allegedly showed Hensley had a .206 blood alcohol level. A person is considered legally intoxicated in Kentucky at .08. The arrest citation stated Hensley almost fell down and was a danger to himself and to others.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting the “London- Laurel County Crime Stoppers” in conjunction with the Sheriff''s Office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in a recent string of ATM burglaries at businesses in Laurel County. To date, the Shell station on Ky 490 at East Bernstadt, the Keavy grocery on Ky 312, and Mack's fillin station on 25 have all been victims. In addition, businesses in