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    Citizens Mourn Shooting of Local Man

    By Sue Caldwell, Reporter
    According to a press release from The Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan, they received a call on Saturday, June 18th, at approximately 12:45am from the Knox County 911 advising them of a shooting and requesting their assistance. Knox County Deputies arrived on the scene and found the shooting victim lying in the middle of the road. When Kentucky State Police arrived at the Right Fork of East Creek Road, Knox EMS personnel were treating a male subject that had been found lying in the roadway. The victim was identified as James Stanley Havens Jr. 26. He was taken by ambulance to Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin where he was pronounced dead. According to Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley, Havens died from a single gunshot wound. As the investigation continued into the shooting on Monday, June 20th, KSP Trooper Shane Jacobs, Public Affairs Officer at Post 10 in Harlan, said police arrested Larry Collinsworth 33, and Jennifer Folgman 33, for possession of a firearm of a convicted felon.

    County Officially Receives Trail Town Certification

    By Sue Caldwell, Reporter
    On Wednesday, June 22, McKee was officially certified as a Kentucky Trail Town. States and local dignitaries, as well as citizens, and businesses attended the ceremony at Bond Park in McKee. McKee is the fourteenth certified Trail Town and the first Trail Town of 2016 in Kentucky. The Kentucky Trail Town Program is designed to help communities create trail systems and develop them as tourist destinations. It is aimed to guide travelers to trails, food, lodging, campgrounds, museums, entertainment and other services in the area. The designation aims to help communities improve their tourism economy. The Kentucky Trail Town Program also seeks greater access to healthy outdoor recreation, improving the physical health of visitors and citizens alike. Tourism is the third largest industry in Kentucky, with an economic impact of 13.7 billion in 2015. Direct expenditures in 2015 were up 5% from 2014 numbers.