News Center 22 1/28/16

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The Daily News reports
The Bell County Clerk’s Office has released a list of candidates running for both Middlesboro and Pineville City Councils as well as the unexpired vacancy magistrate seat for District 5 of the Bell County Fiscal Court

The deadline for filing to run for the councils and the magistrate seat was 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

The city council seats will be on the general election ballot in November. There will be nine council members chosen for Middlesboro. Twelve individuals have filed and the list includes the majority of current council members. The candidates for Middlesboro City Council are: Philip Ball, Kevin Barnett, Doug Hughes, Alan Farmer, Blake Bowling, Scotty Branham, Wayne Woodward, Clarence R Green, Mike Marcum, Larry Thacker Sr., Lucas Carter and Carolyn Pursifull. Of these, Ball, Barnett, Hughes, Farmer, Bowling, Green, Carter and Pursifull are current council members. The only current council member not running for re-election is Gary Mills.

There will be six council members chosen for the Pineville City Council. Seven individuals have filed, including all six of the current council members. The candidates for Pineville City Council are: David “Bo” Bush, Patricia M. Bingham, Shawn Fugate, Billy Robbins, Tuck Woolum, Terry D. Pannell and Robert Valentine Jr. Valentine Jr. is the only candidate who is not currently a city council member.


A Middlesboro man is behind bars at the Bell County Detention Center after authorities say he damaged a local cemetery during the recent snowstorm.

According to the arrest citation, Lloyd Steven Knuckles, 42, of Middlesboro, was in the Lynch Cemetery on Friday during the snowstorm. Knuckles allegedly used the 1992 Ford he was driving to run over three headstones causing damage. The citation goes on to say that in the process of running over the headstones, Knuckles’ vehicle dug into several more graves causing damage to the grave plots. The citation says as Knuckles was in his vehicle he “defaced and destroyed cemetery property causing major damage to the property.”

Knuckles was charged with violating graves and first-degree criminal mischief. His bond was set at $5,000 full cash and as of press time Knuckles was still incarcerated.

In other police news a Hermitage, Tennessee man found himself behind bars after police say he was intoxicated and had drugs and drug paraphernalia at a Middlesboro restaurant.

According to the arrest citation, Hunter M. Hassler, 24, was at Waffle King on Saturday night passing out at his table. Police say Hassler was “manifestly under the influence of some type of intoxicating substance, not therapeutically administered, to the degree of endangering himself and others.“ The citation says police found a syringe with what Hassler stated was oxycodone in it and one 1.4 mg Zubsolv.


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Updated: January 27, 2016 — 10:25 PM

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