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On Wednesday at 6:19am, Bell County Dispatch received a call of a two-vehicle accident with injuries occurring on KY221 and Bradfordtown road. Deputy Michael Bradley responded to the scene finding that a White 2003 Honda Civic, operated by 63 year old Johnnie Simpson of Pineville, and a Black 1999 Jeep Wrangler, operated by 22 year old Devon Evans of Green Road, had collided.
Both vehicles sustained severe damage on the roadway, appearing initially to have collided almost head-on. Upon further investigation, Deputy Bradley determined that the Honda traveling Southbound, met with the Jeep Wrangler traveling Northbound. The impact initially caused minor damage, but the force of the collision sent both vehicles out of control. The Jeep continued on, striking the guardrail on the left side of the roadway before turning on it’s right side. The Honda continued on to strike the nearby bridge wall barrier and guardrail face on the Bradfordtown bridge.
Both drivers were taken to the Pineville Community Hospital and Devon Evans was airlifted by AirEvac to the Univerity of Tennessee Medical Center for his injuries.
Also responding to the scene was Bell County EMS, Bell County Rescue Squad, and Bell County Volunteer Fire Department.
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WYMT News reports

A southeastern Kentucky school board chairman who was under investigation for perjury is now accused of having someone else take a GED exam for him.

The investigation involving Dexter Smith, head of the Knox County School Board, was launched a few weeks ago after allegations surfaced that Smith did not meet the requirements to hold elected office.

Smith does not have a valid high school diploma. He says that is an oversight and he received an online equivalent, which is not recognized by the state.

“I have a transcript and a diploma,” Smith told WYMT-TV last month. “Then, when I was questioned about it, I went ahead and got the GED on top of it, so I have both. So, now I have a diploma, and the GED.”

Two weeks ago, state police opened an investigation into a perjury charge because Smith signed a sworn statement that he met the qualifications to run for school board.

During that investigation, state police say they confirmed another individual took the GED test for Smith when he went to the Jackson County Adult Education Center for the exam. An employee there took the exam for Smith, police say.

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The Daily News reports

The Bell County Chamber of Commerce 27th Annual Dinner and Awards were held Friday at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in the C.V. Whitney Convention Center. The event included dinner, entertainment by Mack Dryden (Laugh To The Top, Inc.), a silent auction and door prizes. Susan Combs received the Volunteer of the Year Award. Receiving the Community Service Award was the ROHO Club.

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The Harlan Daily reports

The Harlan City Council decided to support One Harlan County, an organization currently getting off the ground, during a meeting on Monday.

Mayor Danny Howard talked to the council about One Harlan County during his report to council.

According to Howard, the mission of the group is to find ways of economically advancing the county.

Howard said representatives from Harlan ARH Hospital, Harlan County Schools and Harlan Independent Schools as well as members of the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce have been attending the One Harlan County meetings.

Howard said Harlan ARH Hospital has donated $20,000 to support the group.

Howard said the county is bringing in a consultant group to help local businesses that have been negatively impacted by the downturn in the coal industry.

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Updated: April 20, 2016 — 8:03 PM
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