Public school music teachers are heroes. They coach tiny fourth graders to play violins. The get 60 restless middle schoolers to play the same music at the same time. But their trickiest task of the year might be making selections for the winter concert.
Several people throughout Jessamine County and parts of other counties woke up to law-enforcement officers ready to arrest them on drug trafficking charges Thursday morning. In all, 96 people are targeted in a drug roundup as Nicholasville police officers and Kentucky State Police troopers made their way around the area.
Pike County Schools officials believe arson may be to blame for a Thursday morning fire which gutted a school bus at Turkey Creek. Pike Schools Superintendent Roger Wagner said the bus, number 0369, was parked in its normal overnight space near the bus driver’s residence when a fire broke out inside the vehicle at about 6 a.m. Thursday. The bus was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no one was injured in the blaze, Wagner said, adding that he believes the fire was no accident.
Dollar General will add 100 new jobs at its distribution center in Scottsville, bringing total employment for the center to more than 650. The company announced the new jobs Thursday and has been recruiting for the positions. The Scottsville distribution center supplies goods for Dollar Generals in Kentucky and parts of Tennessee and Alabama.
State government will be paying rent to U.S. Bank this year after the bank foreclosed on three office buildings in Frankfort. The buildings, near Buffalo Trace distillery, house offices for state agencies, including the Department of Revenue, Division of Air Quality, Division of Water and Department of Public Advocacy. The bank took action against the buildings’ Floirida-based owners in 2010 after the companies defaulted on a $31 million loan from 2005 to buy the office buildings.
Originally published on Fri December 16, 2011 1:29 pm
Fitch ratings agency, one of the big three, said today that it was considering downgrading the credit ratings of six Euro-zone countries. Italy, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Slovenia and Cyprus could see their their rating cut by one or two notches.
Kinney Noe has used 42 pints of blood in the fight for his life. During his first surgery at the UK Chandler Medical Center alone, doctors transfused 32 units to keep him alive. “That means that there’s 42 people who had to go in and give blood to give what he needed,” daughter Kindra Witak said. “Had those people not given blood, he would have died the first day.” But Kinney Noe has now survived longer than a month since falling from a tree stand onto a limb that impaled him, damaging his liver, lungs and diaphragm Nov. 13.
The U.S. this week closed a chapter in its War on Terror, officially ending its mission in Iraq after nearly nine years of combat. The pullout of U.S. troops from the embattled country drew mixed opinions among Hardin County veterans, some of whom have been directly affected by the conflict. Ronnie Thompson Jr., an Elizabethtown resident who was injured in late 2004 when an IED struck his Humvee, had his military career end after the roadside bomb put him on a challenging road to rehabilitation. On Thursday, Thompson said he feels the close of the Iraq War is long overdue and it is time to trust that the Iraqi government can rise up and take care of its own without falling prey to insurgent forces.
Writer Christopher Hitchens, who died on Thursday from complications of cancer at the age of 62, leaves behind some 18 books and countless essays on politics and public figures. But his most lasting legacy may be his atheism and his long-running duel with what he considered the world's most dangerous threat: religion.