Before he had a stroke in late 2008, Jim Brown was the mayor of Cynthiana and a hands-on businessman who compiled personal and business assets of approximately $115 million, including an ambulance service, a nursing home, a restaurant and a hotel.
Now, Brown's well-being and financial affairs are at the mercy of a judge, who this summer ordered him taken from the home he shared with his wife following an employee's allegations that the former mayor was being mistreated, according to court documents.
Brown, who didn't want to leave his home, was transported by his own ambulance service and placed in Cynthiana's Grand Haven Nursing Home, which he also owns. Brown's wife, Kay Brown, was ordered not to have any contact with him and was jailed briefly without bail for not appearing at a hearing regarding her husband.
Kay Brown recently filed lawsuits in Jim Brown's native Magoffin County and in Johnson County, where the couple moved after the stroke, against her husband's temporary court-appointed guardian, Cynthiana attorney Edwin M. Culbertson.
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Former Cynthiana Mayor Mired in Odd Legal Battle