Times-Tribune / Staff Report

Lt. Governor candidate Jeff Hoover, Barbourville Mayor David Thompson and Knox County Judge-Executive J.M. Hall were among the speakers at the Knox County Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday.

Hoover, who was introduced by state representative Jim Stewart, briefly emphasized the importance of education in Kentucky, and was praised by Knox Emergency Management Director Joe Bradshaw as a “man that would not sacrifice his integrity to go along with the herd.”

Thompson and Hall recalled speaking to the chamber in December about their hopes for the future of Barbourville and Knox County, and spoke Tuesday about surviving their first month in office.

“The first weekend in office I was sick,” Hall said. “I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep — I thought ‘What have I done?’”

But both said having time to evaluate various problems had helped, with Thompson discussing improvements to police equipment and Hall mentioning maintenance of the county jail.

“We’re not gonna look back at what we inherited,” Hall said. “We’re gonna take it and we’re gonna fix it.”

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