News Center 22 2/19/16

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The Daily News reports
A Middlesboro man who is currently behind bars at the Bell County Detention Center has been indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury for charges that allegedly occurred on Christmas Eve.

According to earlier reports, police say Bobby G. Holman, 28, was caught driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen on Christmas Eve and received additional charges once police questioned him.

According to the arrest record, police stated Holman was found to be driving a blue 2012 Nissan Frontier near Yoakum Apartments. The record states the truck had been reported stolen earlier that same day. The citation also stated that Holman received additional charges of failure to maintain required insurance by non-owner and no operator’s license when officers found out he had no insurance or driver’s license while reportedly driving the stolen truck.

Holman has been held in the Bell County jail on a full cash $5,000 bond since his arrest. Holman is being indicted for theft by unlawful taking or disposition over $10,000, failure of non-owner/operator to maintain required insurance, no operator’s license and first-degree persistent felony offender.

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Kentucky’s state Senate approved a bill Thursday that creates different marriage license forms for gay and straight couples, with one Republican senator saying any form that does not include the words “bride” and “groom” is disrespectful to traditional families.

The primary purpose of the legislation was to remove the names of county clerks from marriage licenses, a response to the controversy surrounding Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

But the Republican controlled Senate amended the bill as a way to show their support for traditional marriage. Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear changed the marriage license form last summer once same-sex marriages became legal, removing “bride” and “groom” and replacing it with “first party” and “second party.”

“Quite frankly, it’s almost disrespectful to the traditional family,” said Republican state Sen. John Schickel of Union. “That’s’ why, wisely, we decided to have two forms. That has nothing to do with bigotry, nothing to do with discrimination. It has to do with the vast majority of Kentuckians that respect traditional marriage.”

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From 6 News

The Knoxville Center Mall is for sale, its current owner confirmed on Thursday.

The mall was sold to WP Glimcher in 2014, but is still being managed by its former owner Simon Malls. Glimcher confirmed it is in the process of selling the mall. Realty firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank out of New York City is in charge of the sale.

The property is not on the public marketplace and the company is not disclosing when the mall went up for sale or even what’s next. Knoxville city leaders said they had only heard rumors about a group trying to sell the mall.

Knoxville Center Mall opened in 1984 as East Towne Mall. The mall has seen some decline in recent years with a number of stores closing or moving elsewhere, including some in the nearby vicinity. A group called “Save East Towne Mall” has been working to help business prosper at the mall and surrounding area.

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Updated: February 18, 2016 — 9:40 PM
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