News Center 22 7/26/17

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 11 office advises motorists due to roadside development and crash history, a portion of U.S. 25E in Middlesboro will have the existing 45 mph speed zone permanently reduced to 35 mph. The new 35 mph speed zone will begin south of KY 74/Cumberland Avenue, and extend to north of KY 441 at Walmart.

District 11 traffic crews plan to install signs for the new 35 mph speed zone on Tuesday, August 1.
Professor Elijah Buell has been named director of the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. In addition to his new duties, he will serve as the Director of Operations and oversee maintenance, facilities, and special projects. Lige has served the college as Interim Chief Academic Officer since January 2015 and as Professor of Business for almost 37 years. “Lige is a stalwart member of the Southeast team,” says President Vic Adams. “I know that the Cumberland campus will thrive under his direction.”
WYMT News reports
Two people were arrested Monday after Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies found half a pound of meth at a home on Hales Lane in Flat Lick. 
After receiving information of possible drug activity, Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith along with Deputies Sam Mullins and John Hunter conducted an investigation at the home.
There they found about half a pound of crystal methamphetamine, several Suboxone strips and several unidentified tablets along with scales, other assorted drug trafficking items, three weapons, two vehicles and a large amount of cash.
Arthur Frank Miller Jr., 56, was arrested and charged with trafficking in controlled substance 1st Degree (2 counts) and carrying concealed deadly weapon.
Barbara Stapleton, 37, was also arrested on a Bell County bench warrant for failure to pay the fines on no insurance and one headlight charges.
Miller and Stapleton were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
Police estimate the meth seized has a street value of $8,000 to $10,000.
The Daily News reports 
Cooperative Christian Ministry, Inc. (CCM) received a generous gift from the estate of Isabelle Fitzpatrick Smith, a native of Middlesboro and a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church. The gift will be used to continue the work of CCM in helping families in need in Middlesboro. CCM also plans to dedicate its clothing closet in her memory. The new name will be The Isabelle Fitzpatrick Smith Second Chances Thrift Shop.
“We are so thankful for Mrs. Smith’s generous gift. She was a faithful volunteer for many years, and we want her memory to live on in our hearts and here at CCM,” said Eric Martin, CCM executive director.
The CCM clothing closet also known as the Second Chances Thrift Shop is open to the public as well as it is a source of clothing for CCM clients. Clients can be given a voucher to select 10 pieces of clothing per person in the household, and may receive a voucher every three months, or a maximum of three times a year. The income from the Second Chances Thrift Shop helps support the other types of assistance CCM gives to clients. Clothing and household items are priced from 25¢ and up. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 11:30 am on Fridays.
CCM plans to hold a dedication ceremony for the clothing closet at a later date.
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Updated: July 26, 2017 — 3:44 PM
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