- Associated Press - Monday, February 17, 2014
Snake-handling Ky. pastor dies from snake bite

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - Jamie Coots, a snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show “Snake Salvation,” died Saturday after being bitten by a snake.

Coots was handling a rattlesnake during a Saturday night service at his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro when he was bitten, another preacher, Cody Winn, told WBIR-TV (https://on.wbir.com/1cLrs8A).

Jamie went across the floor. He had one of the rattlers in his hand, he came over and he was standing beside me. It was plain view, it just turned its head and bit him in the back of the hand … within a second,” Winn said.

When an ambulance arrived at the church at 8:30 p.m., they were told Coots had gone home, the Middlesboro Police Department said in a news release. Contacted at his house, Coots refused medical treatment.



Emergency workers left about 9:10 p.m. When they returned about an hour later, Coots was dead from a venomous snake bite, police said.

In January 2013, Coots was caught transporting three rattlesnakes and two copperheads through Knoxville, Tenn. Wildlife officials confiscated the snakes, and Coots pleaded guilty to illegally wildlife possession. He was given one year of unsupervised probation.

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Father and daughter who survived fire return home

GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky father and daughter who were injured in a house fire that killed nine family members returned home on Saturday to a parade.

WBKO reports (https://bit.ly/1hnIukNhttps://bit.ly/1hnIukN ) Chad and Kylie Watson arrived in Greenville to signs, balloons and cheers from well-wishers.

Eleven-year-old Kylie and her father were injured on Jan. 30 when some type of combustible material fell against a baseboard heater in a bedroom. The blaze killed La Rae “Nikki” Watson and eight of the Watson children, ages 4 to 15.

The father and daughter were hospitalized in Nashville for more than two weeks, recovering from their burns

Family friend Georgia Mills was at the parade on Saturday. She said she was excited the pair are finally well enough to come home and start a new chapter in their lives.

“They’re living miracles,” Mills said.

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Couple that donated Corvette visits sinkhole

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A Tampa, Fla., couple that donated one of the cars swallowed by a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum says the car was “part of the family.”

Kevin and Linda Helmintoller told the Daily News (https://bit.ly/1nEaSwm) they donated the red 2001 Mallett Hammer Conversion ZO6 Corvette just six weeks ago. They had not even travelled to see it at the museum yet before a sinkhole opened up early Wednesday morning and swallowed their car and seven other classic gems.

The couple visited the museum in Bowling Green on Saturday. Kevin Helmintoller said his car appeared to be underneath the others at the bottom of the hole.

“It definitely hurts, and I’ve cried,” he said. “There’s no question I’m definitely upset, but there’s no way to conceive of anything like this.”

Helmintoller said he discovered Corvettes at 16, when his aunt let him drive hers.

“I thought I’d died and gone to heaven,” he said. “From that moment on, I said ‘I’m going to own one of these.’”

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Snake-handling Ky. pastor dies from snake bite

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - A snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show “Snake Salvation” has died after being bitten by a snake.

According to a news release from the Middlesboro Police Department, someone called first responders at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday regarding a snake-bite victim at a church.

When the ambulance arrived, they were told that Jamie Coots had gone home. Contacted at his house, Coots refused medical treatment. Emergency workers left at a little after 9:00 p.m. When they returned about an hour later, Coots was dead.

Coots was caught in January 2013 transporting three rattlesnakes and two copperheads through Knoxville, Tenn., for his church. Tennessee wildlife officials confiscated the snakes, and Coots pleaded guilty to illegally wildlife possession. He was given one year of unsupervised probation.

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