Mayor Is Resigning, City's Future Uncertain

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

The mayor of one eastern Kentucky city is resigning and the city's days could be numbered.

WYMT's Jeff Allen is taking a closer look at the situation in the Harlan County town of Wallins.

The mayor plans on resigning next week and since no city commissioners ran for re-election, that leaves Wallins without anyone to run the city.

Mayor Kim Ellison says the population of Wallins dwindled after the Army Corp of Engineers began a flood control project, which forced many people to move out of the city.

The county is now providing a lot of services and county leaders say they are not pushing for the city to dissolve, but say they do not have many other options.

"We've always tried to keep the hope alive in some of these cities. It seems like the hope has faded for Wallins," Dan Mosley said.

Wallins was once a bustling coal town.


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  • by Wishing Location: Letcher on Nov 14, 2008 at 07:53 AM
    Everytime I see the headline, Eastern KY mayor resigning, I always hope the article reads Whitesburg Mayor...... One of these days, maybe, but more likely it will be like when his law license was suspended, he'll get caught up in something. A tiger doesn't change his stripes. To the people of Wallins, I hate to see a city end, hopefully you guys can get it going again. You sound like some decent people.
  • by Jan on Nov 14, 2008 at 03:09 AM
    yea the Feds destoryed the area around Feds Creek and Mouth Card too. With a flood control project allso.Now they want more.No one counts here,but the wild life.The bears have more rights then we do.
  • by Wallins Resident Location: Wallins KY on Nov 13, 2008 at 08:18 PM
    Your telecast was EXTREMLY misleading. You show a part of Wallins that has been runned down for years, but you fail to show the city only 1/4 mile on into Wallins that has very nice homes and land. Also Dan Mosley's comments of the crime rate was misleading as well. There is no more crime now then there was 5 years ago. The city is just as close to dissolving as the rest of Harlan County. To be honest the City of Harlan is in worse shape then the City of Wallins.

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