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WYMT News reports
Officials in Knox County came together to break ground on a new jail Wednesday.
The building will be off Highway 225 in Barbourville. It will house more than 300 inmates.
The Knox County Jailer said she is overwhelmed by the community support for the project. She said the jail will offer new programs for the inmates.
“This is a dream come true. I’m so happy this day is finally here. We’ve been dreaming about it for over ten years,” said Knox County Jailer Mary Hammons.
Because of the current jail’s size, many Knox County inmates have been transferred to nearby counties. Hammons said the jail will help solve jail overcrowding and create jobs in the county.
Hammons said the jail will be completed in the next two years.
Also from Wymt News
An Eastern Kentucky man is facing charges after police say he was involved in a hit and run crash in Tennessee.
Kentucky State Police Commerical Vehicle Enforcement officers responded to a call Tuesday afternoon around 3 from a Jellico police officer who was behind the commercial vehicle involved in the crash.
When CVE officers stopped the vehicle in Williamsburg at Exit 15 on Interstate 75, they found John E. Hollen, 64, of Bear Branch, Kentucky, driving a 2000 Chevy rollback and dragging a commercial box truck that police say was too large to be towed by the wrecker.
During their investigation, officers also found Hollen in possession of controlled substances, legend drugs, and a forged CDL medical physical card, which is required for operators of commercial vehicles to have.
Hollen was taken into custody and is being held in the Whitley County Detention Center on several charges, including possession of a controlled substance, forgery and DUI.
6 News reports
A woman was indicted by a grand jury concerning a Dollywood Foundation My People Fund scheme.
The court believes Candy Joy Jeffries Brocuglio and Jason Ronald Santore, Jr. participated in a scheme to receive money from the Dollywood Foundation. The My People Fund was created to help wildfire victims in Sevier County.
According to the documents, Brocuglio was not eligible to receive money from the fund. Brocuglio had Santore identify property addresses and other information in order to apply for money.
Brocuglio received checks from the fund for $1,000 from December to April and $5,000 in May.
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