News Center 22 8/7/17

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At approximately 9:15 PM Saturday the Bell County Coroner’s Office was contacted by Bell County Dispatch and requested at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 119, near the Calvin Community of Bell County.

Upon arrival, Bell County Coroner Jay Steele was updated by officials on scene and confirmed two fatalities as the result of the accident. Coroner Steele states that Mr. Johnny Fields, 46 of Arjay in Bell County was traveling south toward Pineville, while Mr. Howard Enix, 40 of Louisville, KY was traveling north toward Harlan, when their two vehicles collided at what is locally known as Varilla Curve. Neither of the men had passengers in their vehicles. The exact cause of the accident is under investigation by Kentucky State Police Reconstructionist, Trooper Kenny Sargeant.

The Kentucky State Police, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Bell County EMS, Bell County Volunteer Fire Department, Bell County Rescue Squad, and Bell County Coroner’s Office all coordinated efforts at the scene.
The Daily News reports

The Bell County Centennial Time Capsule will be unearthed in Pineville on Aug. 19, after being buried there 50 years ago to the day in 1967.

This occasion marks the 150th anniversary of Bell County.

In 1967, there was a week’s worth of festivities leading up to the burying of the capsule itself. One anecdote passed on from the research conducted by the historical society of the event found that there was a beard contest in which various men, including public officials, shaved their beards and put the razors in the capsule.

Once the capsule is resurrected, the plan is to preserve the objects inside and display them for a period of six months in various locations such as in Pineville and Middlesboro for the local school system and others to observe.

There are also plans to have children from the school system involved in determining what items are to go back in the capsule and what modern-day items that best represent the times will accompany them to be exhumed another 50 years in the future, on the county’s 200th anniversary.


From News Center 22

The 3rd Annual Wing Fling Festival is in the books for 2017. Stephen Cambron announced the winners shortly after the events completed on Saturday.

Wing Eating contest Winner was Aaron Hatfield

2nd Place
Bill Barton

Wing Fling Winners
1st Place. Middlesboro Fire Dept./EMT’s
2nd Place. 1st Baptist Friars
3rd Place. Just Wing It-Middlesboro Nursing Home

The crowd was estimated well over 500 people for the 3rd annual Wing Fling Festival.
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Updated: August 7, 2017 — 10:21 PM
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