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Jan Runions

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E-Mail Address: jrunions@civitasmedia.com
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A seven-year odyssey to bring about a state-of-the-art animal shelter may seem a significant chunk of time for some. To those who give countless hours volunteering at the Claiborne Animal Shelter, it is but a wag of the tail.
So much has happened just this year, says shelter spokesperson Liza Martz who, along with volunteers and the general public

Animal Shelter celebrates 1,000 transports

A seven-year odyssey to bring about a state-of-the-art animal shelter may seem a significant chunk of time for some. To those who give countless hours volunteering at the Claiborne Animal Shelter, it is but a wag of the tail. So much has happened just this year, says shelter spokesperson Liza Martz who, along with volunteers and the general public

Claiborne commissioners not being 'Scrooge' during holidays

Apparently the holidays are bringing out the St. Nicholas from many who sit on the Claiborne Commission. The commissioners decided last week to voluntarily donate private funds from their wallets in lieu of officially having the taxpayers pick up a portion of the tab for a Leadership Claiborne project. This year's Leadership class is working to cr

Several indictments were returned during the Dec. 10 session of the Claiborne County Grand Jury, including one for Luther Russell Jenkins, 39, who was charged with attempted first-degree murder.
Jenkins is accused of causing serious bodily injury to his victim during an altercation occurring on July 19.
The grand jury found enough evidence during

Claiborne Grand Jury returns indictments

Several indictments were returned during the Dec. 10 session of the Claiborne County Grand Jury, including one for Luther Russell Jenkins, 39, who was charged with attempted first-degree murder. Jenkins is accused of causing serious bodily injury to his victim during an altercation occurring on July 19. The grand jury found enough evidence during

Director of Schools Connie Holdway says she is thrilled with the savings realized from the new energy system installed by TRANE about four years ago.
Well over $1.581 million has been saved since the transition, said Holdway last week during the December meeting of the Claiborne school board.
“The actual savings deviation – in other w

School system realizes substantial energy savings

Director of Schools Connie Holdway says she is thrilled with the savings realized from the new energy system installed by TRANE about four years ago. Well over $1.581 million has been saved since the transition, said Holdway last week during the December meeting of the Claiborne school board. “The actual savings deviation – in other w

Compiled by Jan Runions
jrunions@civitasmedia.com
 The following public records are the only public records that have been made available to the Claiborne Progress. If you feel that there has been an omission or other error, please contact the appropriate agency. As addresses are not always included in these reports, some misidentification can oc

Public Records

Compiled by Jan Runions jrunions@civitasmedia.com The following public records are the only public records that have been made available to the Claiborne Progress. If you feel that there has been an omission or other error, please contact the appropriate agency. As addresses are not always included in these reports, some misidentification can oc

State mandates Gap water, sewer rate increases

By Jan Runions jrunions@civitasmedia.com Cumberland Gap residents will be paying a bit more for their water and sewer, courtesy of recent legislation adopted by the state. However, Gap officials intend to make the hikes as painless as possible by taking the necessary time and effort to rework the rates before the July 31 deadline, when they will

Judge Robert Estep approved several plea agreements recently in Claiborne County Sessions Court.
Brian Lee Bunch, 35, charged with two counts assault and one count leaving the scene of an accident, was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days confinement with credit for any time served since June 24, 2012. Bunch must pay $1,281 in restitution to his victim

Judge approves plea agreements

Judge Robert Estep approved several plea agreements recently in Claiborne County Sessions Court. Brian Lee Bunch, 35, charged with two counts assault and one count leaving the scene of an accident, was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days confinement with credit for any time served since June 24, 2012. Bunch must pay $1,281 in restitution to his victim

The historic Speedwell Academy swings wide its doors only four holidays per year. During those times, the public has the opportunity to breathe in a bit of nostalgia from the building that was almost lost to decay.
When the Academy closed around 1970, it was left to sit empty until a group of philanthropists decided the historic building needed a

Academy shares old-fashioned holiday

The historic Speedwell Academy swings wide its doors only four holidays per year. During those times, the public has the opportunity to breathe in a bit of nostalgia from the building that was almost lost to decay. When the Academy closed around 1970, it was left to sit empty until a group of philanthropists decided the historic building needed a

Mother and Father Christmas visit Cumberland Gap bringing with them a totebag full of good cheer. The historic Ravnum home played host to the couple, who spent some five hours greeting visitors during the Victorian Christmas event.

A Victorian Christmas in the Gap

Mother and Father Christmas visit Cumberland Gap bringing with them a totebag full of good cheer. The historic Ravnum home played host to the couple, who spent some five hours greeting visitors during the Victorian Christmas event.

Local author N.D. (Niki) Cinniamon holds her first official book signing for the first of three novels in her Darkness series of books. The novelist will be signing books at McKay's Bookstore in Knoxville from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 20.

Cinniamon holds first book signing at CHS

Local author N.D. (Niki) Cinniamon holds her first official book signing for the first of three novels in her Darkness series of books. The novelist will be signing books at McKay's Bookstore in Knoxville from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 20.

Several defendants recently reached agreements with Judge Robert Estep in Claiborne County Sessions Court.
Charlene Taylor, 39, charged with possession of a schedule II drug and theft under $500, was sentenced to a concurrent 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation. Taylor must pay at least $75 per month in court costs and fines and forfeits

Defendants reach plea agreements

Several defendants recently reached agreements with Judge Robert Estep in Claiborne County Sessions Court. Charlene Taylor, 39, charged with possession of a schedule II drug and theft under $500, was sentenced to a concurrent 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation. Taylor must pay at least $75 per month in court costs and fines and forfeits

Point in Time training dates set

By Jan Runions jrunions@civitasmedia.com The homeless across the nation will be found and documented during the annual Point in Time (PIT) project in January. Meanwhile, local volunteers will be in training for the one-day event that will ultimately determine just how much funding Claiborne County receives to address homeless issues. Despite a s

Gap Tap owner Chris Anderson says he is less than impressed by the quality of law enforcement the town of Cumberland Gap receives from the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) police force.
Anderson blasted the lack of any “real” policing and gossip of underage drinking inside his establishment when he addressed these issues during the re

Tavern owner unhappy with LMU policing

Gap Tap owner Chris Anderson says he is less than impressed by the quality of law enforcement the town of Cumberland Gap receives from the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) police force. Anderson blasted the lack of any “real” policing and gossip of underage drinking inside his establishment when he addressed these issues during the re

Several plea agreements were approved recently in Claiborne County Sessions Court by Judge Robert Estep.
Brandon L. Cavins, 32, charged with domestic assault, was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation. Cavins must pay at least $75 per month in court costs and fines. He must complete a batterer's intervention course and can hav

Estep approves plea agreements

Several plea agreements were approved recently in Claiborne County Sessions Court by Judge Robert Estep. Brandon L. Cavins, 32, charged with domestic assault, was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days ETHRA supervised probation. Cavins must pay at least $75 per month in court costs and fines. He must complete a batterer's intervention course and can hav

 The following public records are the only public records that have been made available to the Claiborne Progress. If you feel that there has been an omission or other error, please contact the appropriate agency. As addresses are not always included in these reports, some misidentification can occur with individuals having the same name as others.

Public Records

The following public records are the only public records that have been made available to the Claiborne Progress. If you feel that there has been an omission or other error, please contact the appropriate agency. As addresses are not always included in these reports, some misidentification can occur with individuals having the same name as others.

The Harrogate board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) managed to conduct business last week despite barely making its legal quorum. Two of the five members, Sylvia Donahoe and Troy Poore, were conspicuously absent during the regular monthly meeting.
Poore, who recently lost his bid for the city's mayoral seat, did appear for his last official meeting as

Harrogate BMA barely makes quorum

The Harrogate board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) managed to conduct business last week despite barely making its legal quorum. Two of the five members, Sylvia Donahoe and Troy Poore, were conspicuously absent during the regular monthly meeting. Poore, who recently lost his bid for the city's mayoral seat, did appear for his last official meeting as

Judge Robert Estep made determinations recently in several violations of probation cases heard in Claiborne Sessions Court.
Joshua K. Harp, 21, charged with failure to report to probation, to submit to random drug screenings, to complete an alcohol and drug assessment and nonpayment of court costs and supervision fees while on probation, was sente

Estep determines violations of probation cases

Judge Robert Estep made determinations recently in several violations of probation cases heard in Claiborne Sessions Court. Joshua K. Harp, 21, charged with failure to report to probation, to submit to random drug screenings, to complete an alcohol and drug assessment and nonpayment of court costs and supervision fees while on probation, was sente

BOE to equalize high school athletics departments

It looks as though Claiborne and Cumberland Gap high schools will be conducting athletics on a more level playing field. The board of education agreed during a recent workshop to delve into equalizing the amount of personnel and funds available for sports at both schools. Ritchie Hoskins, athletics coordinator, said he would like to see raises fo

Judge hears pleas in criminal court

Judge Shayne Sexton heard several pleas recently in Claiborne County Criminal Court. William Eugene Sizemore, 23, charged with burglary and theft under $500, was sentenced to three years at 30 percent confinement (credit for 154 days served). Sizemore must pay $569 in restitution to his victim. This case runs concurrently with prior ones. Elbert





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