LOCAL NEWS

Bridge Name Unveiled in Harlan County

June 6, 2017

A bridge on Highway 119 in Cumberland now bears the name of a well-known leader in the Harlan County community, Reecie Stagnolia Junior. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, the former superintendent of Harlan Country Schools, and an original board member of the Kentucky Coal Miners Museum. Yesterday (June 5), the road sign displaying the new name of the bridge was unveiled in a ceremony. 

 

Free Initial Mining Training Sessions

June 6, 2017

The Kentucky Coal Academy is offering free initial mining training sessions this month at the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Harlan and Middlesboro. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration certify the instructor who teaches the class. The mining training starts June 7, and the electrical training gets underway beginning June 13. Contact the Kentucky Coal Academy for more information.

 

 

Drug Bust in Letcher County

June 6, 2017

A Letcher County man faces multiple drug charges after several active meth labs were found on his property. Authorities were first called to his home because of an assault complaint. While the investigation into the call was underway, they discovered a cooler on his property that contained eight meth labs. The authorities took thirty-five year old Eric Frazier into custody. Deputies say it took close to six hours to safely dismantle and remove the labs. 

 

 

Pikeville Psychologist's Trial

June 6, 2017

Yesterday (June 5), a psychologist from Pikeville found himself in federal court due to charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, and false statements. Doctor Alfred Bradley Adkins was one of three men indicted for a social security fraud scheme. Allegedly, they filed false claims that netted six-million dollars in federal disability and healthcare benefit payments. The two other men involved were David Black Daugherty, a South Carolina judge, and Eric Christopher Conn, a Pikeville attorney. They have both plead guilty. Conn was scheduled to be sentenced next month, and he was slated to testify in Adkins’ trial; however, he removed his ankle monitor last week, and his whereabouts are currently unknown. 

 

 

Memorial Bridge Sign off Old 80 Defaced

June 6, 2017

The reflective green sign of the John Robert Parsons Memorial Bridge off Old Highway 80 was recently vandalized with black spray paint. The family of the man the sign memorialized was not happy about this damage to the sign of the bridge in Combs. John Robert Parsons passed away in 1968 while he was serving with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam. The sign is expected to be replaced shortly.