Deal Settles Dispute Over Old Artillery Piece In Eastern Kentucky

Middlesboro, KY. (AP) -- An old artillery piece that overlooks the eastern Kentucky city of Middlesboro has been at the center of a custody dispute for decades.

But a veterans group and the private landowners arguing over the antique weapon have finally reached a treaty of sorts by settling a federal lawsuit in the matter.

Under the deal, the local American Legion Dewey Guy Post Number 14 can display the gun at the Middlesboro-Bell County Airport near a tank and a Korean War jet.

The Post will place a bronze plaque on the gun acknowledging the contributions of members of the Wilbur Givens' family in protecting and honoring the weapon for many years, said attorneys for the two sides.

Members of the post helped pick up the gun last week, hitching it to a pickup to pull to its headquarters. The post will have the gun repaired, sandblasted and painted the original Army green before putting it on display, says Tom Howerton, Commander of the Post.

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