Residents calling 911 in most of Northern Kentucky could not reach emergency dispatchers to get needed help for nearly two hours Tuesday morning.
Residents calling 911 in most of Northern Kentucky could not reach emergency dispatchers to get needed help for nearly two hours Tuesday morning. Four of the five dispatch centers in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties experienced phone problems Tuesday morning which left the centers unable to receive calls. “I’ve been doing this almost 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Steve Castor, Erlanger Police spokesman. “We’ve all experienced outages where one center or another has gone down for a variety of reason and is picked up by another center. I’ve never ever seen every dispatch center go down.”
A fatal bat disease has been discovered in three Kentucky caves. This isn’t the first time White Nose Syndrome has been found in Kentucky, but it’s a sign that the disease is spreading. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that White Nose Syndrome has infected bats in three caves in Breckenridge County. The infection usually manifests itself in a white fungus growing on bats’ muzzles, and causes strange behavior. Nearly all infected bats die.
Salvage work to free the Delta Mariner from the Eggner's Ferry bridge accident site began Saturday and culminated Monday with the huge vessel moving downriver. The ship, carrying rocket parts, struck the bridge Thursday.
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The Delta Mariner cargo ship, hauling rocket parts to NASA, has been moved downstream to shallower waters to continue salvage operations and a safety zone has been lifted following a collision Jan. 26 that destroyed one section of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge near Aurora. Salvage workers finished cutting away debris attached to the underwater hull Monday morning.
Winter across Kentucky returns to reality tonight. Gone will be the spring-like conditions of recent days as light snow showers will fall across much of the state. No significant accumulations are expected, according to the National Weather Service office in Louisville.
Warmer winter temperatures in central Kentucky could open the door to new flowering shrubs and fruit trees. The U-S Department of Agriculture has revised its ‘plant hardiness zone’ map. It assumes the average lowest winter temperatures in Kentucky are five degrees warmer than they were in 1990. Clark County Extension Agent Frank Hicks says it might mean a few more fruit trees could survive a central Kentucky winter.
Families who want to drink fresh raw milk without buying their own dairy herds are backing a bill to sanction "cow sharing." The practice lets people buy into a herd and share the resulting milk, cheese and other dairy products. Proponents say raw milk is more nutritious and delicious. "Right now, shared ownership isn't illegal, but it is not recognized," said John-Mark Hack of Marskbury Farm Market in Lancaster, who testified in favor of the bill before the Senate Agriculture Committee last month.
Work was expected to begin Saturday, weather permitting, to salvage the massive cargo vessel Delta Mariner after it struck the Eggner's Ferry Bridge in Aurora Jan. 26, causing a 322-ft. span to collapse. The vessel has been anchored between the two halves of the bridge since the time of the accident. The U. S. Coast Guard announced Friday it has approved a salvage plan submitted by Foss Maritime Company, the ship’s owner.
The Kentucky Division of Forestry has a big milestone to celebrate. The state agency that started out as the Board of Forestry turns 100-years-old this year. "The General Assembly recognized back in 1912 that we had so many forests and we had areas where we had lost forests that there was a need to protect our resources. Protect them fire, protect them from over-harvesting, protect them from insect and diseases," says division director Leah MacSwords.
Stockpiles of road salt across the state have been largely unused so far this winter.
The mild weather this winter may have been a disappointment for those hoping for a white Christmas or some snowy recreation, but it has also meant hundreds of thousands in savings for governments across the state. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Thursday, Groundhog Day, meaning six more weeks of winter if you are superstitious. However, if that means six more weeks of mid-50s temperatures during the day, city and county road crews will be able to live with that.
Tattoo, Prancer and Tanya will compete for the attention of people who want an alternative to Super Bowl XLVI. The three puppies have Kentucky ties - two of them spent time at the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society - and will be featured in "Puppy Bowl VIII," which airs at 2 p.m. CST Sunday on Animal Planet. The show will feature more than 50 puppies that will display their cute glory on a miniature football field known as Animal Planet Stadium. According to the Animal Planet website, this year will also feature a cast of supporting animals, including Meep the Bird and the piggy pep squad.
Motorists travelling through Kentucky on Interstate-75 are helping a popular tourist attract weather a tight state budget. The Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea is supported by state funds and products sold at its gift shop. Tourism Cabinet spokesman Gil Lawson says the proposed budget eliminates state general fund support. But, Lawson says 350-thousand dollars from the state road fund could fill the gap
The galoshes went back into the closet this week as Kentucky has enjoyed temperatures eclipsing 60 degrees. According to Kentucky Mesonet, a research network that compiles climate data from throughout the state, Christian County saw an average high of 67.1 degrees Wednesday. Tuesday saw a high of 62.6 degrees and Monday 61.9 degrees.
Georgetown Council member Brad Penn confirmed that Greg Reeves has been relieved of his duties as chief of police by Mayor Everette Varney. Penn said he was notified by the mayor in an afternoon phone call. By law, the Georgetown chief of police works under purview of the mayor. Personnel moves are at the mayor's discretion and need not be approved by the city council.
The holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement effort, coordinated by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, resulted in 1,211 citations for drunken driving. The annual, federally funded campaign, supported by more than 200 state and local law enforcement agencies, was held Dec. 16 through Jan. 2.
On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., CST Land Between the Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will provide the public and media with a one-time opportunity to view the partial collapse of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge across Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River. U.S. 68/Ky. 80 west from Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway to the bridge will be temporarily opened to traffic.
Country star Tom T. Hall got in a little light ribbing of Gov. Steve Beshear and other officials at the Tuesday morning press conference announcing the Road to Fame competition.
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Gov. Steve Beshear and country music star Tom T. Hall announced a new initiative Tuesday to promote U.S. 23 as the Country Music Highway that will include an American Idol-style competition and an education fund. Hall, an Olive Hill native, is one of numerous Kentucky musicians from the area surrounding the 144-mile north-south highway who have gone on to country music fame including sisters Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle, the mother-daughter duo of Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Keith Whitley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam and a number of other chart toppers. In 1994, the Kentucky State Legislature designated U.S. 23 as the Country Music Highway.
Kentucky is seeking teams of contractors to design and build a new downtown Louisville bridge, a modernized downtown interchange and improved I-65 connections to Southern Indiana, Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock announced Monday. The notice of intent is the first step to procurement of Kentucky’s half of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project.
As Kentucky prepares to grant early parole to an estimated 204 additional prisoners in February, state correction officials say implementation of the controversial penal code reform is going smoothly. The prisoners will be paroled throughout February and are in addition to the 952 prisoners who were released in January. The monthly releases are being made under the Mandatory Re-Entry Supervision program, a legislative initiative to reduce prison costs and populations.
A dive team this week could place sensors on a pier of the U.S. 68/Kentucky 80 bridge over Kentucky Lake. The sensors could help determine how badly the crossing was damaged last Thursday when a cargo vessel rammed the bridge. The crash knocked out a 322 foot span of the bridge between Marshall County and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
The eastern portion of the Kentucky Lake bridge, still standing after a cargo ship slammed into it Thursday night, may be shifting, according to state transportation officials. “It appears there would be a shift in the railing,” said Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Transportation. The Delta Mariner, a 312-foot boat hauling rocket components for NASA and the Air Force, hit the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge at approximately 8:15 p.m. Thursday. The ship took out 322 feet of the bridge.
Meeting new federal sign requirements for all roads is going to be extraordinarily expensive, according to one county official. “Not only are they changing the reflective requirements, but they are changing the size of (some) signs, too,” said Mac Yowell, director of Warren County’s Public Works Department. The new reflectivity and size requirements are supposed to make the signs more readable for older drivers. Yowell said it will cost governments at all levels a great deal of money and time.
Two spans of the Eggner Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake collapsed Thursday night after being struck by a cargo ship carrying aviation parts, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials said. Officials said the bridge was closed to traffic, causing vehicles needing to cross the Kentucky Lake reservoir and the Tennessee River to be detoured for dozens of miles. Robert Parker, 51, of Cadiz, said he and his wife were traveling northbound on the highway after leaving his stepson’s house in Murray. They were driving in the rain along the darkened bridge about 8 p.m. when they suddenly noticed a missing 20-foot piece of the bridge, which at that section stands at least 20 feet above the water. “All of a sudden I see the road’s gone and I hit the brakes,” he said. “It got close.”
The motor vessel Delta Mariner after an impact with the Eggner Ferry Bridge on Thursday night leaves portions of the bridge being draped atop the vessel.
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UPDATED: A portion of the U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry bridge over Kentucky Lake in Marshall County has collapsed after it was struck Thursday night by a cargo vessel. Fortunately, there were no injuries. No cars where on the bridge at the time. The bridge is closed now.
Investigators will spend the day at the scene of a partial bridge collapse in far western Kentucky. Two spans of U.S. 68/Kentucky 80 crossing over Kentucky Lake fell after being hit by a ship Thursday night. There have been no reported casualties and no indication vehicles fell into the lake. The U.S Coast Guard says the vessel did not contain hazardous cargo.
Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc. and owner of Kentucky Speedway, talks to reporters Wednesday about improvements in traffic control and parking at the Kentucky track in anticipation of this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend.
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Kentucky Speedway will be capable of accommodating as many as 18,700 more cars on its property this year after buying 171 acres from neighboring landowners and clearing 55 acres that it already owned. The speedway's owner and general manager spent almost an hour on Wednesday outlining the parking expansion and other improvements being made in response to last July when parking problems and miles-long traffic jams kept thousands from attending the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
One month after steel deliveries began, contractors have passed a halfway point with repairs to the I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge that connects Louisville and New Albany, Ind. More than half of the 2.4 million pounds of reinforcing steel plates needed have been delivered and are being installed. Hall Contracting of Kentucky has billed work already completed worth 62 percent of the contract’s $13.9 million value, according to a press release from the Indiana Department of Transportation. Under an agreement between the two states, Indiana is responsible for maintaining the Sherman Minton Bridge.
A roof on Murray Paris Road was damaged Sunday night by high winds during a severe thunderstorm. Debris from the roof were blown across the property, into trees and across the road onto another field.
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The National Weather Service in Paducah has confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down near Hazel in Calloway County Sunday night. NWS surveyors Rick Shanklin and Ken Ludington were on site Monday, and found that the tornado touched down at 11:03 p.m. Sunday at Hazel and traveled 5.6 miles to northeast of New Providence. Surveyors measured the average width of the tornado’s path to be 100 yards.
The mayor of Hickman, in Fulton County, in far Western Kentucky, has been shot and killed at his home, the Hickman police chief said early Monday. Police chief Tony Grogan said Mayor Charles Murphy was shot and killed at his home. A suspect identified by police as Tommy Lattus, 30, gave himself up at the police station after the shooting.
Kentucky’s first sandhill crane hunting season is over, and only one-eighth of the state’s quota was met. Kentucky’s recent sandhill crane hunting season was the first time the birds have been legally hunted in Kentucky. It also marked the first time the eastern population of the birds had been hunted in over 100 years. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife set a quota of 400 birds for the inaugural season, but only 50 sandhill cranes were taken. Spokesman Mark Marraccini says the department considers the season a success.
This winter's roller coaster weather did a number on the Louisville area today. High winds ripped down trees and power lines and left nearly 14,000 residents in the dark, according to WHAS-TV in Louisville. In addition, high winds reportedly knocked at least two tractor trailer trucks over on their sides on the Gene Snyder Freeway in eastern Jefferson County. That resulted in the highway being closed for a time. But no injuries have been reported.