Eddie Arnold, The Mountain Advocate

After more than 37 years in Barbourville, a manufacturing plant is set to close, leaving around 200 area workers without jobs. Employees at TruSeal Technologies learned that the plant will be closed August 2012. The company is moving its manufacturing operations to a facility in Cambridge, Ohio.

Rumors of a "wet" petition circulating in Barbourville are now more than rumors. According to a local attorney, a petition calling for a local option vote in Knox County is now being circulated in the community."I represent several business people in Knox County. They feel it is time to get the sale of alcohol out of the alleys and hollows," said Barbourville attorney Randy Jewell. "They feel it will further business interests. But their primary concern is the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages to minors and, with bootleggers, typically there is more being sold than alcohol."