TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local News

August 24, 2012

Shoney’s reacts to shutdown

Hopes to reopen next week

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff writer

The owner-franchise of the Shoney’s restaurant in North Corbin called Wednesday’s shutdown by the Laurel County Health Department “an unfortunate incident” that should have been addressed earlier.

Bill Emendorfer said the shutdown was not about sanitation, but about an issue with insects. He added the problem is being addressed, and hopes to have the restaurant reopened next week after the health department re-inspects it.

The eatery at 360 West Cumberland Gap Parkway (U.S. 25E) was closed by an inspector with the Laurel County Health Department around noon Wednesday. That came after the department received an anonymous complaint about the restaurant regarding unsanitary conditions, according to the health department’s director, Mark Hensley.

“The exterminator was called this week. There was a delay from Monday to Wednesday due to scheduling. Had he been here Tuesday, this wouldn’t have happened. We take this extremely serious. It’s not just sub-standard, but below sub-standard, and we apologize to our guests and our community. We’re embarrassed. It was an exception, and not a rule... This should have been addressed a couple of weeks ago,” said Emendorfer.

He said Shoney’s had never failed a health inspection in 25 years, and passed their last inspection last November with a score of 97.

Emendorfer said he was in Atlanta at a Shoney’s meeting when he heard the news. He left Atlanta after getting up at 4 a.m. Thursday morning and drove back to Corbin. Once at Shoney’s, he met with the health department inspector who closed the restaurant, the exterminator and the restaurant’s management. Emendorfer added the inspector was very cooperative with all of them at the meeting.

“We were expecting the exterminator to come in this afternoon, but since we had this issue, we had them come in this morning. And we brought in an outside cleaning crew to clean up all night… The problem is being addressed as we speak. Every piece of equipment is being taken apart, cleaned and put back together… We’ll have it exterminated again tomorrow. It should be ready for re-inspection and back up to our regular standards. If we get a passing grade re-inspection, and we will, we expect to reopen next week,” he said.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Couple pleads not guilty to abuse

    A Knox County couple facing charges in connection with second-degree burns on a child’s leg pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning during their preliminary hearings.
    Tyrone L. Person, 22, of Corbin, and Sierra Shepherd, 21, of Flat Lick, appeared before Judge John Chappell in Knox County District Court, according to a court official.

    July 23, 2014

  • Evaluation of Williamsburg Superintendent postponed

    An executive session to discuss and evaluate Williamsburg Independent Schools Superintendent Denny Byrd was slated for Tuesday night’s regular meeting — but an absence of one member postponed those plans.

    July 23, 2014

  • 0723 Capt. Coy Wilson, Harrison Creech & mom Samantha FOR WEB.jpg Heroes For A Day

    This boy likes to touch a truck — or in this case, the Corbin Police Department’s K9 Vehicle that was one of over 20 trucks, cars, boats, a helicopter and other vehicles stationed Tuesday at Corbin’s Rotary Park for the Sixth Annual “Touch A Truck” event.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIBROC: Just Lose It finalists announced

    The 20 finalists who will move on to the 4th Annual NIBROC: Just Lose It weight loss competition have been announced.

    July 23, 2014

  • NIBROC releases Kids Activities schedule

    We’re just over two weeks away from the 62nd Annual NIBROC Festival, and now, the schedule of kids activities for the fest is set in stone.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tri-County water treatment plants exceed quality standards

    Thirsty? If so, the Tri-County has some good water to offer to quench that thirst — that’s according to the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, which announced that 61 drinking water treatment plants across the state consistently produced drinking water last year that exceeded state and federal water quality standards.

    July 23, 2014

  • Corbin woman appointed to Ky. Board of Education

    A former Corbin Board of Education member has been appointed to the Kentucky Board of Education.

    July 23, 2014

  • POLICE ROUNDUP: Man admits to having sex with minor

    London City Police arrested a man Monday for having sexual relations with a minor, according to London City Police Chief Derek House.

    July 23, 2014

  • TODAY'S HEADLINES — July 23, 2014

    Couple pleads not guilty to abuse

    W’burg Supt. evaluation postponed

    NIBROC: Just Lose It finalists announced

    NIBROC releases Kids Activities schedule

    Corbin woman appointed to Ky. Board of Education

    Tri-County water treatment plants exceed quality standards

    Man admits to having sex with minor

    July 23, 2014

  • 0722 Mike Corey & David Thompson FOR WEB.jpg David Thompson to run again

    The mayor’s race in Barbourville will have a familiar name on the November ballot.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter