Wise County Woman Sentenced to 20 Years

July 19, 2017
A Wise County woman, Amy Lynn Hopson, was sentenced yesterday (July 18) to 20 years in prison after she admitted to using an elderly person’s credit card. Hopson allegedly purchased more than 10 thousand dollars worth of merchandise using the victim’s credit card with the victim’s permission. Hopson pleaded guilty to identity theft charges. Once released, she will have to serve an additional 15 years of probation.



Wanted Man in Johnson County

July 19, 2017
Law enforcement in Johnson County are still looking for a man who escaped from the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center approximately three weeks ago. Sheriff Dwayne Price says that the 30-year-old, Thomas Wade Price, was being transported to another facility when he escaped on June 26. Deputies have been getting some tips, and believe that Johnson is still in the area. Anyone who knows where he might be is asked to call the authorities.



Pike County Coal Miner Dies

July 19, 2017
An investigation found that the death of a Pike County coal miner could have been avoided if there had been adequate safety measures in place. The US Mine Safety and Health Administration released a report showing that 43-year-old Ray Hatfield Junior’s clothing got tangled in some bolts on a roller shaft, pulling him into some moving equipment. He died as a result of the accident. Regulators have cited R&C Coal LLC for several violations, and for failing to conduct proper safety checks.



ATV Fatality in Perry County

July 19, 2017
An ATV accident in the Pigeon Roost Community claimed the life of a man. Perry County Deputies say the 58-year-old man went over an embankment along Pigeon Roos Road just after 5 PM. The man was taken to the hospital where he later died. The Perry County Coroner’s office identified the man as Benny Smith.



Thoughts on the Future of the Affordable Care Act

July 19. 2017

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he will support a bill to repeal Obamacare without replacing it with another health care plan. The Republican has been vocal about his opposition to a previous bill that would have overhauled the national health care legislation, saying it did not go far enough to fix the problems with the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could not muster up enough support for that legislation, so the bill dropped, and McConnel is now floating the idea of voting to repeal Obamacare by the end of the week.