A needle, thread, and time are being put to good use by inmates and staff at the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex in Fredonia. Through the efforts of inmate Darla Dishman and helpers, under the supervision of Property Officer Carolyn Crisp, scrapped prison materials destined for the trash pile have been rescued and converted into creature comforts for the Caldwell County Animal Shelter.
At dusk on Main Street on Friday night, 11 participants in the protests called Occupy Lexington gathered beside a tent outside Lexington's Chase Bank to discuss strategy for their 24-hours-a-day demonstration against major banks and corporations. At least six in the group had to consider class schedules before they could commit to taking a shift at the protest site. College students from the University of Kentucky and Bluegrass Community and Technical College are taking a large role in the demonstrations in Lexington, which is among at least 100 U.S. cities where demonstrations have sprung up in the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in September in New York City's Financial District.
The Kentucky Division of Forestry has reportedly been battling forest fires in Harlan County since Friday. A good size forest fire became a problem Sunday night in the Dressen area. The Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department and Harlan County Sheriff’s Office deputies were sent to the scene to assist after houses were reportedly in danger. The firefighters secured the safety of the houses on the ground and foresters were busy containing the flames on the mountainside.
There is a threat for severe weather Monday – heavy showers and high, possibly damaging, winds that could produce isolated tornados – as a cold front arrives from the west, according to the National Weather Service. Up to 2 inches of rain could fall between Monday afternoon and Wednesday night, said meteorologist Brian Coniglio.
Jazz has always drawn on the syncopated rhythms of Cuban music, and occasionally draws on other new world strains, like Brazilian bossa nova in the 1960s. But that interaction between North and South is ongoing.
After more than 37 years in Barbourville, a manufacturing plant is set to close, leaving around 200 area workers without jobs. Employees at TruSeal Technologies learned that the plant will be closed August 2012. The company is moving its manufacturing operations to a facility in Cambridge, Ohio.
Last month, the Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to three scientists who discovered that, since the Big Bang, the universe has been expanding at an accelerating rate. Before the discovery, scientists assumed that gravity slowed down the expansion of the universe. But the data collected by one team led by astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter and another team led by physicist Brian Schmidt indicated otherwise.
Banks have started mailing out letters to upwards of 4 million homeowners. The regulators have ordered the banks to find people who have suffered financial harm due to the banks' mistakes, and to offer "remediation."