Tuesday August 20, 2013


Four people are behind bars in Bell County following a Sunday night robbery.

It happened around 9:15 Sunday night at the Circle K gas station on Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro.

Police say 46 year old Sherrie Barnett walked into the store, pulled a knife on the clerk and demanded money.

Barnett then jumped into a car and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Barnett and the driver of the car, 36 year old Carl Turner were arrested about two hours later.

Police were also able to recover the knife and the stolen money.

Police say upon further investigation, they arrested and charged two employees at Circle K, 35 year old Lisa Evans and 40 year old Michael Evans.

All four are being held in the Bell County Detention Center.

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Dozens of schools across Kentucky will receive help in a project to provide elementary school students with fresh produce.

The Kentucky Education Department says the state received $2.78 million in funding for the program for the coming school year.

Each of the 134 schools taking part will receive operating funds based on about $50 per student enrolled as of last October.

The program is expected to reach nearly 56,000 students in Kentucky elementary schools.

Children are provided a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day.

The program is implemented through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Schools were chosen based on applications submitted from elementary schools that operate the National School Lunch Program and have 50 percent or more of their students eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

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It has now been more than two months since a Pike County man was last seen.

Jimmy Kelly was last seen on June 12th near Shelby Gap.

Friends and family continue to search the area.

His car was found shortly after his disappearance with no sign of him nearby.

Family members are still offering a reward for any information that leads to the whereabouts of Kelly.

If you have any information contact state police.

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A sexual assault investigation that occurred more than a decade ago could be evidence in the slaying of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

The Sunday Gazette-Mail reports West Virginia State Police investigated allegations that Crum sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in 2001 when he was Delbarton's police chief.

The newspaper says state police concluded that the sex was consensual.

No charges were filed.

A 2002 report on the investigation is included on a list of potential evidence filed by Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks in July.

Tennis Maynard is charged with fatally shooting Crum on April 3.

Maynard's attorney, Richard Weston, tells the newspaper that the sexual assault allegations support the general nature of the defense bit he wouldn't elaborate.

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Members of the United Mine Workers of America have voted to ratify a settlement with bankrupt Patriot Coal.

The union said in a statement Friday night that current or laid-off Patriot workers in West Virginia and Kentucky voted 85 percent to 15 percent in favor of the agreement reached late last week.

Some 1,800 members from 13 locals were voting.

Patriot said it wants the company to survive, and union President Cecil Roberts had said the deal may let that happen.

Roberts says the deal also reduces the restoration of some benefits and the continuation of others.

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Jimmy Rose was not on the national stage performing for America's Got Talent on Monday.

Instead he attended an open house for Congressman Hal Rogers in Perry County.

The event celebrated the opening of the new congressional office in Hazard.

Rogers shared ways he believes the new location benefits our communities and better serves constituents.

Rogers said moving his congressional office from the downtown location into a building on the highway 15 bypass means convenience.

This ceremony also gave the congressman the opportunity to praise rising country music singer Jimmy Rose.

Congressman Rogers said Rose represents Eastern Kentucky well.

Rose is now a semifinalist on America's Got Talent.

His next performance is on September 3rd.