FRANKFORT – Rescuers in Bell County are working to place pumps at the entrance of an underground mine where three miners are trapped due to high water from heavy overnight rains. The Kentucky office of Mine Safety and Licensing, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and officials from Bell County Coal Corporation, which operates the Jellico No. 1 mine near Middlesboro, say the miners are safe and communicating with officials as they await rescue.
Heavy rain and flooding have trapped three coal miners underground in the Jellico #1 mine in southeastern Kentucky's Bell County.
None of the miners are thought to be injured.
A spokeswoman at the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) says the three miners managed to reach a high spot in the mine and are in communication by phone with officials on the surface. The incident began around 6:40 a.m. ET.
"Pumps are diverting water out of the mine," says MSHA's Amy Louviere. "MSHA personnel are on site, and rescue teams are en route to the mine."
American artist Mark Jenkins' medium is packing tape.
He uses tape to cast everyday objects, including his own body.
"I was just kind of messing around with tape, and I figured out that you can make these casts with tape. I started experimenting some more and that's when I realized that you can make body casts," Jenkins says.
Some of his sculptures are transparent and fragile looking; others are more deceptive like his life-size dummies dressed in everyday clothing.
Last week, I wrote a post about cloud watchingand invited readers to send photos. To everybody who sent a cloud my way, thank you. Especially to "Bachman Ivory," who made a video that shows Air magically turning into Cloud. It's a textbook example of mountain slope cloud formation, from Stony Man Mountain in Shenandoah National Park.
You’re familiar with the term D-U-I, which means driving under the influence. On water, the violation is known as B-U-I, or boating under the influence. Captain Mike Fields of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife says an effort next weekend stresses safety on the state’s waterways.
Comedian Jon Stewart continued his tour of Fox News Channel shows, visiting with host Chris Wallace's Sunday as he has with Bill O'Reilly before.
A highlight: Stewart's response to Wallace who asked the Comedy Central star why he didn't think other major news outlets like ABC News and the New York Times were as ideologically biased as Stewart insisted Fox News was.
Last month, my station, WBGO, celebrated its 32nd birthday. Strangely enough, another jazz titan turns the same age this Saturday: the Montreal International Jazz Festival. One of the largest music festivals of any kind in the world, it runs from June 25 through July 4.
Jackass actor Ryan Dunn "was killed early Monday morning when his Porsche flew over a guardrail in West Goshen, Pa., slammed into a tree and burst into flames, according to local police," NBC Philadelphia reports. "Dunn's passenger — who hasn't been identified — was also killed."
Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, in case you don't know them, are not only tuneful and hilarious, they're also very touching, and truly literate. The most popular and surely the funniest is The Mikado — a satire not so much of Japanese customs but of English customs filtered through a Japanese lens. Oddly, Hollywood didn't touch it until half a century after its premiere at London's Savoy Theater, in 1939, when it was also being jazzed up on stage, in such pieces as Michael Todd's The Hot Mikado, starring Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.