By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
“We just started grabbing whatever we could.”
A teary-eyed Michelle Bargo, of Faber, stood in the emergency lane of northbound I-75, staring at the burning shell of her four-door car.
Bargo, her son, Larry Warfield, and his girlfriend, Ashton Curry, were driving to Mount Vernon in Rockcastle County.
“We were going to meet her (Curry’s) mom,” Bargo said. “They’re in college. We were taking her (Curry) home.”
She said shortly after getting on I-75, the car just “didn’t act right.”
“It started just acting funny,” Bargo said. “Then the ‘service engine soon’ light came on.”
She tried pushing the accelerator.
“It just wouldn’t go any faster,” she said. “And then it just dies.”
She pulled onto the emergency lane — it was between 6-6:30 p.m.
“I saw the car was smoking, so I thought maybe it was the radiator,” Bargo said. “Smoke was coming from under the hood.”
The three of them got out, and she raised the hood. “It just caught fire,” she said. “And we just got out.”
The northbound lanes were shut down at mile marker 26 approximately 15 minutes for fire crews to put out the blaze.
West Knox Volunteer Fire Chief Darryl Baker said those responding weren’t originally planning to shut down the interstate.
“Traffic just was not slowing down,” Baker said. “And then drivers start looking at the scene, and habit makes them steer toward what they’re looking at.”
Baker did say his department was hit with four emergency calls in a little more than an hour and a half Wednesday night, including the three-car crash just north of the fire.
Northbound lanes shut down about 15 minutes
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
A resilient Redhound squad managed to put together one final comeback attempt in the fourth quarter before dropping a 68-54 decision Monday night in the 13th Region Tournament at The Corbin Arena.
Old rivals Clay County and Corbin hooked up in a classic that saw the defending 13th Region Champion Tigers lead by as many as 14 points in the second half.
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Corbin assistant coach Jody Mouser comforts Corbin senior Taylor Waddle in the game's late moments.
Oh, So Close
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I wasn’t in Frankfort on March 5, 1964 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy, and Jackie Robinson led 10,000 on a march to the state Capitol in support of a public accommodations law.
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JROTC PFC Cadet Morgan Gerstemeier shakes the hand of one of her late stepfather's friends, SPC Caliebrae, at Fort Campbell. Also pictured are SGT Powell, 1st SGT Vielma, and Major Layne, who reminded the high school cadet to wear her uniform with pride, like her stepfather did.
Fort Campbell Army battalion donates uniforms to CHS JROTC
On Feb. 28, Corbin High School JROTC PFC Cadet Morgan Gerstemeier paid a visit to the Fort Campbell Army Base to pick up 150-200 uniforms, being donated to the high school’s JROTC program.
- Fort Campbell Army battalion donates uniforms to CHS JROTC
History 101 for Mitch McConnell
Sen. Mitch McConnell claims to be the great reducer of government spending. So, Mitch, who was the last Republican president to balance the budget? It was our great President Eisenhower 54 years ago in 1960. He balanced the budget once in eight years.
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Rotary’s International Dinner is Saturday
You won’t have to leave the Tri-County this Saturday for a real “Taste of the World.”
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