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TIM ES-TR IBUNE www.thetimestribune. com Your life. Your paper. NO. 66 VOL. 120 MARCH 21, 2012 | W EDNESDAY | CALL (606) 528-2464 TO SUBSCRIBE LOCAL OPTION ELECTION RESULTS YES 533 NO 519 WILLIAMSBURG VOTES ‘YES’ City elects to sell alcohol by the drink BY JEFF NOBLE, STAFF WRITER By a slim 14 votes, voters in Williamsburg said “yes” to he sale of alcoholic beverages by he drink Tuesday. The final tally was 533 in favor, to 519 against. Of the city’s six precincts and absentee ballots, the “yes” vote carried five precincts. The “no” vote carried one city precinct, as well as the machine and walk-in bsentee votes. It means liquor, beer and wine an be sold in larger restaurants n Williamsburg’s city limits — hose that seat at least 100 peole and get 50 percent of their ross revenues from the sale of ood. There can also be a sepaate license for restaurants that eat at least 50 people, where wine can be sold by the drink. here can be other options, ccording to the state Alcoholic everage Control board in a arbourville meeting before that ity’s Feb. 6 vote, where they told he audience, “You have to have he right kind of license for the ind of drink you serve (with ood).” SEE ELECTS, PAGE 3 Yes: “I hope the community will get the restaurants and business helped by this, and that it will increase the tax revenue.” PHOTOS BY JEFF NOBLE With Clerk’s Office workers and Sheriff Colan Harrell watching on, Whitley County Court Clerk Kay Schwartz makes Tuesday’s special election on the sale of alcoholic beverage by the drink in Williamsburg official at 6:45 p.m. About $31K spent on elections so far BY CARL KEITH GREENE STAFF WRITER o far, the TriSof about has spent a County total $31,000 for four local option elections already held, the spring primary, and gen- eral elections that haven’t even happened yet. Knox County began the local option elections regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages in Barbourville. About $4,200 was BRANDON WOODS BILL BROWN Yes: “I think for the taxes made to help the city, than for the drink.” spent on the six precincts in Barbourville in the Feb. 7 election, said County Clerk Mike Corey. The “no” votes were higher than the “yes” votes in Barbourville. SEE SPENT, PAGE 3 Yes: “Progress. I actually work EMS, and alcohol is probably our least problem.” CHRIS SEXTON TARRAH SEXTON No: “I don’t think it’s going to be a big benefit to the city. I don’t think it will bring in any more restaurants. And it doesn’t fit in with the college being here.” No: “I don’t think it will help the city’s tax base, and it won’t add to the city’s quality of life.” Senate passes bill to allow parents school choice FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill that would allow parents to send their children to the schools nearest their homes has passed the Senate. The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Dan Seum LOTTERY Hospital to terminate lease with mgmt. group BY CARL KEITH GREENE STAFF WRITER meeting Tuesday In a calledthe directors and the morning, Knox County Hospital board of Knox County Fiscal Court agreed to terminate the hospital’s lease agreements with Cumberland Pacer Corporation. Cumberland Pacer is the current management group. Motions followed between the board and the court to agree to contract with Alliant Management of Louisville. The hospital board and the fiscal court agreed that Alliant would manage and operate the hospital, “keeping it open and getting it into position to be sold.” A final motion called for Judge/ Executive J.M. Hall “to take all necessary and appropriate steps to obtain control of the hospital and its assets upon immediate termination of the lease, including filing suit if appropriate.” SEE LEASE, PAGE 3 WHAT THE VOTERS SAID MARISSA MOORMAN of Louisville, passed Tuesday by a partisan vote of 21-15. It’s the third year Seum has proposed the legislation. Seum said after the vote that the bill’s chances aren’t good in the House. Democratic Sen. Gerald Neal of Louisville spoke against the bill and offered three floor amendments seen by supporters as “unfriendly” measures to kill the bill. One, however, did pass 35-3. It would make the measure apply to all school districts rather than Jefferson County only. Neal said the measure could amount to resegregating Jefferson County’s schools, but Seum said it would not. Crooked Creek gets new pro BY CARL KEITH GREENE STAFF WRITER Tourist TheaLondon-LaurelTuesday disCommission met cussing new golf pro at the Crooked Creek golf course, new streets with walking and bicycle trails, an upcoming softball tournament and the Redbud Ride for bicyclists scheduled in a month. Ron Roberts, who had been the pro at one of the State Parks courses, came to London recently and took over Crooked Creek. He has converted the course to a public course and suggested having the “brown signs” installed on I-75 near London advertising the course. Chris Robinson of London Downtown suggested that he and Reynolds get together and perhaps share the signs. SEE CREEK, PAGE 3 Whitley home destroyed by fire BY BECKY KILLIAN MANAGING EDITOR departments Fourtofirefire in westernrespond-a ed a Whitley County late Monday that destroyed home. Woodbine Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the fire at 1524 Oak Ridge Church Road about 8:30 p.m., according to Chief Rick Fore. When firefighters arrived at the home of William Sulfridge, they found it completely engulfed in flames. INSIDE TODAY OBITUARIES Laddle Cottongim . . . . . London Kelvin Morris . . . . . . . . Keavy MIDDAY Pick 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-0-4 Gladys Cisneros . . . . . . . Corbin Pick 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5-4-4 INSIDE TODAY EVENING —Call it a comeback: Boy bands back on music scene. See PAGE 15. —Defense begins in pain clinic owner’s trial. See PAGE 15. TODAY’S WEATHER Partly cloudy HIGH 84° | LOW 56° SEE FIRE, PAGE 2 INDEX TUESDAY LOTTERY Pick 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1-7 Pick 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-1-9-3 Cash Ball . . . . . . . . . . . 7-10-18-27-22 Cash Ball Kicker . . . . . . . . . . 5-5-8-1-4 5 Card Cash . . . . . . . . . KS-10D-5H-7H-8S Mega Millions . . . . . . . . . 1-4-6-11-14-30 75 cents Obituaries SEE PAGE 11 TOO RELAXED A WIN IS A WIN Whitley County Colonels give up 11 runs late. See SPORTS, PAGE 6. Lady Colonels hold on for 9-3 victory over Harlan. See SPORTS, PAGE 7 * *Ask for details. 10 4 Classifieds 14 Sports FRUGAL LIVING 2 Comics Editorial SEE PAGE 4 5 Weather DIANA WEST 2 Around Town 6 Entertainment 15

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