Clay County Blogs Nov 14, 2006 16:44:41 GMT -5
Post by Local News on Nov 14, 2006 16:44:41 GMT -5
Hot Judicial Races Upcoming in Appalachian
In the coming months Eastern Kentucky will experience some hot judicial races worth watching. First up, in November, Laurel/Knox District Judge Michael Caperton will square off against Clay County Attorney Clay Massey Bishop for the 3rd District seat of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The seat was vacated earlier this year by Judge Robbie Dyche (who was once himself a District Court Judge in Laurel County.) Clay Bishop has been active in Republican politics for decades and has the advantage of political experience, while Caperton, who’s represented vote rich Laurel and Knox County (and is therefore very well known in neighboring Whitley) would seem to have the largest base. Capterton’s race is being managed by Bryan Mills, editor of KyRepublicanvoice.
Clay/Jackson/Leslie Circuit Court Judge Cletus Maricle has announced his imminent retirement. Word has it that colorful District Court Judge Oscar Gail House will compete against Alan Roberts of Jackson County. Both House and Maricle are from Clay County, the usually dominant county in that Judicial Circuit. If the rumor’s true and the race is set, I’d have to bet on House. He’s an incredibly charming raconteur who’s served the Circuit well as District Judge.
Appalachian residents, ravaged by drugs, turning to God for help
If he wasn't at rock bottom, Steve Collett wasn't far from it, shivering inside a portable toilet that served as his shelter on a cold winter's night. Fresh out of jail with nowhere else to go, Collett started praying to Jesus, seeking help from the shambles he had made of his life because of drugs and crime. When daylight arrived, Collett stepped out of that plastic privy into a new day, having made peace and vowing never to return to his old ways.
Twisted Nurse by the Sea
The next day we drove to Kentucky, checked in to our motel and went to Possum Trot. Possum Trot, for anyone who has not heard about it from me, is in Clay County, Kentucky. It's a little place in the mountains, on 300 acres, that has 2 "barricks" (one for the men, one for the women) two outhouses, outdoor shower, indoor and outdoor cooking area, and a fire is always going (thanks to my uncles). My dad has 12 brothers and sisters and they all meet there once a year for a reunion. Most of them stay the week and the cousins and more distant relatives come and go. There's always good food and stories to hear.
Time for a business trip...
Hey all! I wanted to stop by and let you all know that I will be leaving first thing in the morning (tuesday) for a small business trip . For those of you wondering , I work at home for my husband . He owns a very successful hardwood flooring business that he has built from the ground up and I handle all the errands and paperwork that go along with it . I also work for a company out of Knoxville part-time . I go different places and get a car count at intersections . The reason I have to get a count varies . Sometimes it is a big department store wanting to build and they want to know the best place to build in the town , or in some cases the city is looking at adding , removing , or changing the location of a red light . So far most of my counts have been in various cities/towns in Kentucky and tomorrow is the same . I am headed for Manchester, Kentucky and I will return late Wednesday or early Thursday.
Petal's Photographic and Poetic Pathways
Next week is the beginning of Pride Clean-up in Kentucky...The Oneida Fire and Rescue will be picking up garbage along the highways, creek banks and hauling off old appliances that is no longer needed....Will be busy most of this week and next...So won't be around much...Wish all of you the best.
Think KY Politics are Hot in 2007?
In my previous post I mentioned Governor Flem “Flim Flam” Sampson of Knox County. Sampson was a peer and a law partner of Caleb Powers, another Knox County lawyer. At the turn of the century Powers was elected Secretary of State. It was from Powers’ office that the shot was fired that ultimately killed William Goebel. The shot from his office window that killed Goebel was reportedly made by Clay County outlaw, Bad Tom Baker, a legend in his own right.