A local mega-church’s plan to fill in most of a pond along Richmond Road got the approval of the Lexington Planning Commission Thursday, despite a recommendation from the city’s planning department to postpone that part of the project.vSouthland Christian Church is building a new campus at the site of the former Lexington Mall.
A proposal to make the University of Pikeville a public institution died in a state House committee on Tuesday. However, state Rep. Leslie Combs, primary sponsor of the bill which would have seen UPike receive coal severance money to reduce its tuition, said the issue isn’t finished. “It’s over for this year,” she said. “But the debate will continue on.” In the place of the UPike proposal, the House Education Committee, of which Combs is a member, approved a substitute bill which will provide scholarship funding for students in the 16-county coal producing region to attend four-year programs in the area.
Both southbound lanes of Interstate 75 have been shut down indefinitely across the Tennessee border due to collapse of the underlying embankment. The Tennessee Department of Transportation reports that earth under the interstate has continued to move since the collapse was discovered on Thursday. To ensure the safety of the motoring public, traffic on I-75 Southbound will be detoured until the interstate can be repaired, according to a press release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.