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The Daily News reports
As the school year winds down, construction for Middlesboro Independent Schools continues in full swing.

During the Middlesboro Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Kevin Cheek with Sherman Carter Barnhart architectural firm reported that aesthetic changes are continuing at MHS including some painting and tiling. Locker rooms are nearing completion, but still need some fine tweaking, according to Cheek.

Large fans have been installed in the ceiling of the gym, which Cheek believes makes a big difference in the air movement, making large events such as graduation and sporting events more comfortable for attendees.

The projected completion date is in early Aug.

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Harlan’s city departments are preparing for the production of a major motion picture now underway in the community.

During Monday’s regular council meeting, Mayor Danny Howard and Police Chief Mike Thomas discussed plans including the need to close streets temporarily and provide extra security for the crew.

City officials will continue conversations with the film crew regarding other services the city could provide to help the production company over the next few months, the mayor said.

“This has already brought some economic benefit to our town,” Howard reported. “I believe it’s important that we help them, encourage them in any way possible while they are here, and then stay out of their way.”

With a working title of “Above Suspicion,” the movie is reportedly based on the story of Mark Putnam, a former agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation based in Pike County. He was convicted 26 years ago of strangling his pregnant lover and informant, Susan Daniels Smith, and then hiding her body, which was recovered from a grassy ravine a year later.

Putnam was the first FBI agent to be convicted of homicide and his case created a media sensation. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison and was released in September 2000.

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The Harlan Daily News reports

Firefighters discovered a deceased man in a house which was severely damaged by fire on Wednesday.

Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department Chief Steven Hatfield said the fire occurred at 1535 North KY 413 at Rosspoint.

Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said Wednesday evening that Jerry Robert Langley, 25, of Harlan, was found inside the residence deceased and KSP Det. Josh Howard is conducting a death investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled in Frankfort at the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Harlan County Deputy Coroner Jim Rich responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation.

According to Hatfield, the call came in in the early morning hours.

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The jury has heard from several witnesses, but Wednesday the man who pleaded guilty nearly three years ago in the same case, James Sizemore, continued his testimony.

There was talk Tuesday and Wednesday, about phone calls that James Sizemore made in jail to his family members and loved ones.

Most of the phone calls referenced were from shortly after the murder, in 2011.

One point tossed around, was the idea that Kim York set up a robbery, which led to the murder; even though York denied that, in testimony on Monday.

After about a day and a half on the stand, Sizemore’s testimony ended just before lunch break Wednesday.

Of Course we will continue to follow this trial as it unfolds.

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Updated: May 18, 2016 — 9:42 PM

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