Sheriff Root Again Offering "Away From Home Patrols"

Laurel County Sheriff John Root is again offering thier "Away from home patrols" in an effort to help keep your home safe when you are away during vacation. Sheriff Root says to take advantage of the program send the Department information on where your home is, and when you will be gone and they will provide extra patrols in that area while you are gone. You can call the sheriff's office or send your information by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The Sheriffs Office also offers these tips when you will be away from your home:

  • Do not let others know you will be out of town
  • Stop mail delivery
  • Set house lights on timers
  • Arrange for a trusted friend closeby to watch for any suspicious activity around your home and report it
  • Do not post trip pictures on facebook until you return home

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A Missing Laurel County Teen Is Found Safe

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies have found a missing teen safe. Deputies found 15 year old Samantha McFadden Thursday. She hadn't been seen since June 7th. The family had been offering a $500.00 reward for information.

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London Man Arrested For Custodial Interference

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested 18 year old Johnny Seth Hobbs of London. Hobbs was taken into sustody on Mill Street in London after it was determined he had been with a 15-year-old girl that had been reported missing. Hobbs was charged with felony custodial interference and unlawful transaction with a minor. Social services and the court designated worker's office assisted in the investigation. Hobbs was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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London PD Find Felon With Guns And Drugs

The London Police Department says officers developed information on a wanted felon. Officers say they found 37 year old Anthony Popejoy in the back bedroom of a home on Middleground Way. Police also found Popejoy with a handgun, methamphetamine, marijuana and a glass pipe. Popejoy was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, first-degree possession of methamphetamine, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. He was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Historic Train Restored In Downtown Corbin

Corbin, a town known for its bustling rail yards back in the day, is bringing some of that lore back to the area. L&N 2132, a train that ran in Corbin in the early 1920s, was retired in Georgia and stayed there for about 35 years. City officials worked to bring it back home to Corbin. In January 2016, they were able to do that. However, the train engine was not in the best condition. City officials brought in Railroad Contractors to restore the nearly 100-year-old train. The hope is it will attract tourists to town. Tourism Director, Maggy Kriebel, said there are rail fans of all ages all over the world. The train is in the final phases of its complete makeover. It sits on Depot Street where officials hope to open a train museum next door. Kriebel said they hope to open the museum in 2018 and build a ramp, so people can take a look inside L&N 2132.

$1000.00 Reward Offered In Laurel County Fairgrounds Vandalism And Thefts

Officials at the Laurel County Fairgrounds are offering a $1000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in vandalism and thefts at the Fairgrounds over the weekend. Anyone with information is urged to call the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 864-6600.

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Domestic Dispute In Laurel County Leads To Drug Arrest

Laurel County Sheriff John Root says deputies were called out to Campground School Road where a couple were reportedly fighting. When officers arrived at the scene they found a woman, later identified as 38 year old Tonya Gail Parms, walking away. Deputies say they also saw her attempt to kick a needle away from her. Deputies say Parms had apparently been in a fight with her husband resulting in a head injury to him. Parms was arrested and charged with assault – domestic violence and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also wanted on a warrant for nonpayment of fines. She was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

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Corbin Schools Superintendent To Recieve Daniel Boone Visionary Award

Corbin Schools Superintendent David Cox will be honored later this month as the seventh recipient of the annual Daniel Boone Visionary Award, given to those who embody the values of the Boy Scouts of America. Cox has been named 2017 Visionary Award winner by the Mountain Laurel District of the Bluegrass Council of Boy Scouts. An award banquet to honor him will be held June 29 at The Corbin Center for Technology and Community Activities at 6:00 p.m. Cox served as Corbin Middle School Principal and was an Assistant Superintendent with the school district before being promoted to Superintendent in 2015. Anyone wishing to attend the ceremony is encouraged to reserve a table soon. Guests may sponsor a table of eight people for $1,000 for Gold Level sponsors or $500 for Silver Level sponsors. Bronze Level Sponsors can reserve four seats for $250. An individual seat can be purchased for $75. For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Intoxicated Woman Complaint Leads To Two Drug Arrests In Williamsburg

A report about a possibly intoxicated woman at the Pilot Travel Center in Williamsburg lead to the arrest of two people. A Constable was nearby and responded to the report. When he arrived a woman, later identified as 45 year old Lisa Peace of Williamsburg who was sitting in the passenger seat of a car, was pointed out by a witness. 44 year old David Lancaster of Dayton, Ohio was in the drivers seat. A search turned up a bag of what is believed to be methamphetamine on Peace and neurotin pills on Lancaster. Both were arrested on drug charges and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Williamsburg Police assisted at the scene.

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New Manufacturing Plant Coming To Whitley County

Governor Matt Bevin’s office announced Sims Bark Company will add a new manufacturing operation in Whitley County. Sims Bark Company is a provider of mulch, soil, rock products and other landscaping material. Sims Bark Company of Georgia LLC will buy a 125,000-square-foot industrial building on approximately 65 acres near Corbin. The facility will create 21 jobs and include a $3.8 million investment. Sims Bark is family owned and was founded in 1974. It operates two manufacturing facilities in Alabama and once each in Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina. Officials plan to begin renovating the facility later this year.

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