, Corbin, KY

December 19, 2013

Knox to mark MLK Day with parade, speeches, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

The final regular meeting of the Knox County Fiscal Court for 2013 saw a request for the court to support a parade next month, a plea to help the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter for their future.

All five Magistrates were on hand at Wednesday’s session.

District 4 Magistrate Pat McDonald returned to the desk, joining fellow Magistrates Guilio Cima, Keith Abner, Jerry Cox and Carson Gilbert.

Knox County Judge-Executtive J. M. Hall told those attending that McDonald had been hospitalized last month, and had missed the November meeting as a result.

The request to support the parade came from Dora Sue Oxendine Farmer with the Knox County Democratic Women’s Club. Farmer said the club was sponsoring a parade and other events on Jan. 20, to honor the birthday and legacy of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The events begin that day with a Community Prayer Breakfast at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Barbourville. The parade will gather at 11:45 in the Union Plaza Shopping Center, with the parade starting at 12 noon on Knox Street, from Unioni Plaza to the Knox County Courthouse.

A celebration honoring Dr. King will take place in front of the Courthouse from 12:15 - 1 p.m.

Oxendine added that all schools in the county would be having a poster contest with the winner announced at the celebration. Four ministers would also be speaking, with a singing performance given by the Knox Central High Choir.

“I think this will bring a lot of people together. He (Dr. King) helped not only African-Americans, but women, Native Americans and other groups. And he preached peace. It’s a parade, not a march, and it’s a celebration that will go on in spite of the weather,” said Oxendine.

She invited area churches, schools and community organizations to be a part of the event and encouraged the public to attend.

“We welcome people from all of Knox County and the Corbin area to attend our parade. We’re very positive about this, whether we have a large crowd or a small crowd,” Oxendine stated.

Mentioning that the parade had the support of Barbourville City Council, Oxendine asked for the Fiscal Court’s support as well.

“I’m on board,” Hall told her. She later thanked the court for their help and support.

Several actions were taken and voted on by court members Wednesday. They acknowledged the Knox County Utility Commission’s 2014 budget, which showed operating revenues of $1,194,000 and $1,478,124 in expenses, leaving the utility commission’s operating income at a deficit of -$283,224.

Approved were the salary caps for County Clerk Mike Corey and Sheriff John Pickard for 2014, as well as the Sheriff’s 3rd Quarter budget amendment for 2013.

Approval was given to the 2014 budget for Laurel County Water District #2, which serves a section of Knox County, as well as the inmate procedure manual for the Knox County Detention Center. Hall stated that the manual has to be updated every year by Jailer Mary Hammons.

In addition, court members approved County Attorney Gilbert Holland’s delinquent tax report for November. It showed $6,533.10 had been collected last month, which Holland noted was down due to tax bill collections lower at this time of year.

Hall said the Knox County Courthouse would be closed next Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, as well as the following Tuesday, Dec. 31 and New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

The Fiscal Court meeting was held Wednesday as a result of their regular meeting day falling on Christmas Day.

Before the session ended, Hall told those in attendance that the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter is looking for some property to buy.

The shelter — which serves Knox, Whitley, Clay and McCreary counties — is temporarily located on 5th Street in Corbin, after a disastrous fire on Nov. 29 destroyed the building.

“They’re looking to relocate in the Corbin, Corbin Bypass, Gray and Woodbine areas of Knox County. So keep your eyes open if you hear of any property available. Anyone who wants to donate property can give them a call, and I ask people to please help the shelter,” said Hall.