As voters head to the polls today in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove, city leaders say their governments are ready for change should it come. Local mayors in the three cities said Monday their cities have researched the issues and are equipped to modify local alcohol laws and bulk up enforcement if needed. Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker said he has been surprised by the quiet nature of the issue. While “yes” and “no” signs adorn front lawns and a few businesses, Walker said he expected a louder battle.
Just minutes into his shift Friday afternoon, Bowling Green Police Department Officer Ben Carroll has stopped a car because the driver isn’t wearing a seat belt. From July 1, 2010, to June 15, Carroll wrote 229 citations to drivers who were not wearing seat belts. The second highest number of seat belt citations issued by a BGPD officer was 27 for the same time period.
The Louisville Downtown Management District is considering an initiative that would help prevent panhandling and homelessness downtown while helping those on the streets find loved-ones to live with. The idea is similar to a program in Nashville called Homeward Bound that helps transport eligible homeless people to a friend or relative’s home, said Ken Herndon, director of operations with the Louisville Downtown Management District. But in Louisville, the court system would be involved, he said.
Drug addiction and abuse is so rampant in Lewis County every family is affected, said Vanceburg Mayor Todd Ruckel. Despite the obvious need, the county lacks the recovery support necessary to help those battling addiction get their lives back, said David White, a recovering addict. Seven months ago, a group of concerned citizens began to meet to discuss the problem and brainstorm a solution. What the group decided was that in Lewis County, addicts need a chance for a New Beginning.
While Saturday might have looked and felt like a late-November day with its cloudy skies and temperatures in the 50s, weather all across Kentucky will be nearly perfect right into next week. While the high on Monday will only hit about 70, the mercury will peak daily in the mid- to upper-70s Tuesday of this week right through Tuesday of next week. And we won't see rain until Tuesday of next week, as well.
The mother of a Murray State University student who died in a 1998 Hester Hall dorm fire says she hopes justice for her son and others injured will be served by the re-indictment of Jerry Walker Jr. on charges connected to the incident. Michael Minger, 19, died as a result of the fire 13 years ago.
The U.S. 31W interchange at Lincoln Parkway was included in a 2010 national study of major freight congested areas conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute and the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Freight Management and Operations. The study was part of a Freight Performance Measures initiative and included 250 “freight significant highway infrastructure” locations, according to the report on the ATRI website. Most of the sites monitored were in urban areas.
Upon the feds' recommendation, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet bridge inspectors are double-checking bridges with high-strength steel components to ensure that any critical findings have been appropriately identified and addressed. The Federal Highway Administration, in a nationwide technical advisory, recommended reviews of inspection records and, if necessary, follow-up inspections of bridges containing welded components of “T-1” steel – a type at issue in the forced closure of the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge between Louisville and New Albany, Ind.
A small plane has crashed into the Pine Tree Inn near Rough River in Grayson County. A Louisville TV station says no injuries have been reported. The small aircraft reportedly crashed into the corner of the L-shaped motel on Falls of Rough Road about noon local time on Friday. Aerial pictures from Louisville's WHAS-TV helicopter showed burn marks in the rear corner of the building. Witnesses on the scene told the TV station there was a fire after the plane crashed into the building. No damage could be seen from the front of the motel, which is near Rough River Dam State Resort Park.
There are two main reasons why NASCAR star Geoff Bodine is driving across the country on a scavenger hunt: 4-year-old Trust Everitt and 9-year-old Journey Everitt. The siblings have been missing for nearly a year, and Bodine hopes they are soon found. The mission brought him and teams of other people, including an astronaut and an actor, to Bowling Green on Thursday during the 2011 Chevrolet Fireball Run Adventurally. Teams of people have been driving around the country since Saturday, stopping in different cities where they receive assignments and directions to their next location. By this Saturday, they will have traveled 2,500 miles and stopped in 15 cities, including Bowling Green and Scottsville.
Govs. Mitch Daniels and Steve Beshear said Friday that Indiana and Kentucky have agreed on a solution to repair the Sherman Minton Bridge following three weeks of inspection, testing and analysis. The bridge between Louisville and New Albany, Ind. will remain closed during repairs, which are expected to take about six months. Preliminary cost estimates are $20 million. Contractor bids, which will be opened in mid-October, will include incentives for early completion, according to a press release from Beshear's office.
Hopkins County farmers are chomping at the bit, waiting for an extended stretch of sunny conditions before ramping up grain harvest to full speed. In a year filled with weather-related delays, the latest challenges are too many foggy mornings, overcast skies and showers over the past two weeks. “The biggest problem right now is getting the grain to dry down,” said Nebo farmer Roger Hayes, who was shelling corn Wednesday afternoon. “It’s down to 20 to 21 percent moisture content, and it seems like it’s just sitting there. We’re having to buy some pretty expensive gas to dry it.”
The federal government has filed a lawsuit on behalf of thirteen Kentucky coal miners who say they were discriminated against over their race. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commissionfiled the lawsuit earlier this week in the Western District of Kentucky against River View Coal. The lawsuit alleges that thirteen African-American miners who applied for jobs at River View Coal’s mine in Union County were rejected because of their race.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city has obtained federal money to help pay for more police officers on the local force. "Lexington has received a three point nine million dollar federal grant that will pay the salaries and benefits of twenty-five new police officers for the next three years. This kind of support is really important in times like today."
Attorney General Jack Conway is praising a U.S. District Court ruling this week that returns a 2007 lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, to Pike Circuit Court. "OxyContin is one of the most powerful and addictive substances on the planet," Conway said in a press release. "Purdue Pharma's misrepresentations about the addictive nature of OxyContin helped fuel an epidemic of prescription pill abuse across Kentucky. I am pleased that this case is now back in Kentucky courts and moving forward after four years of delay at the hands of Purdue Pharma."
The commuter ferry transporting residents between Southern Indiana and Louisville will shut down soon if more riders don’t take advantage of the $1 rides. The 300 passenger steamboat will operate as a ferry for at least two more weeks, said Linda Harris, CEO of the Spirit of Jefferson. At that point, Harris will decide whether to continue the service. She expects to make her decision after the Sherman Minton Bridge is fully inspected, she said.
Lexington-based CMSText LLC, a mobile marketing company, announced Thursday it will expand its workforce from 19 to 154. It will be a $4.4 million expansion for the Lexington firm. Text message marketing is growing as an advertising tool for more and more businesses.
As politicians fight among themselves and debate how to fix the economy and create jobs, Larry Green of Madison, Ind., continues to pound the pavement searching for work. Formerly a machinist with Arvin Meritor, he has been unemployed since 2008, and at 61 years old, said he has had trouble finding a job for a man his age. “They don’t want someone that’s got a lot of years,” he said.
Renovations to University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry are complete, and school officials say student enrollment and patients are increasing as a result. The two-year, $45 million improvement project added more space and updated school equipment and technology. The school remained open during the renovations and worked around student and staff schedules, said Dr. John Sauk, School of Dentistry dean.
Several Medal of Honor recipients will be in Louisville this week for the 2011 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the medal, which is the nation’s highest award granted for U.S. combat.
Kentucky is studying a new north-south corridor through the state. While the major portion of the road would be in western Kentucky, a spur for the newly designated roadway could have its terminus in Bowling Green. It would use the William H. Natcher Parkway between Bowling Green and Owensboro.
One of Covington's busiest fire engines stayed in its station Monday as the city decided not to staff the engine as a way to save money. The city has reduced the minimum number of firefighters on duty at any given time from 30 to 27. The staffing reduction is expected to save $600,000 a year, said City Manager Larry Klein.
A former Hardin County Detention Center deputy jailer pleaded guilty to second-degree promoting of contraband Monday in Hardin District Court. Randall Lee Jackson, 24, was arrested in May following an investigation by the Hardin County Drug Task Force, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and jail staff. According to the arrest citation, Jackson admitted to exchanging tobacco products and marijuana for money and other favors.
Billy Petitt walked around with a blank, empty look on his face, trying to comprehend nature’s forces that wrapped his Hopkins County mobile home against a willow tree like a piece of chewing gum. As friends helped salvage his few remaining possessions Monday morning, the man from the White Plains community felt at a loss for words. He complained only of a sore back after being thrown from the trailer while asleep in bed Sunday night when an EF-2 tornado struck, packing winds that the National Weather Service says peaked at 120 mph.
After more than two days of searching, state police have found Randall Leon Chesser, a 7-year-old Washington County boy who had been missing since Saturday. Randall was found off Coulter Lane, about two miles northeast of the Willisburg fire station, shortly after 2:30 p.m.
The Kentucky State Police are expanding the search for 7-year-old Randall Leon Chesser. In spite of inclement weather, the field search will continue as 60 cadets from the Kentucky State Police Training Academy will join in the effort. KSP is looking to expand the geographical area of the search and have reached out to the military for additional air support that will be provided once the weather breaks.
A thorough inspection of the Sherman Minton Bridge could be completed in about a week, after which engineers will determine the extent of the repair job ahead and how long the I-64 span connecting Louisville and southern Indiana will be closed.
A tornado watch remains in effect for southeast Kentucky until 1 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. The potential for severe weather is the result of a line of storms that began moving through the state during the overnight period and is now moving into Eastern Kentucky.
The Kentucky State Data Center recently released population projections for every county in the state. The future that is painted for Harlan County is remarkably grim. The demographers project that the county will lose more than 3,000 people over the next 10 years, which would mean that the population decreases by one percent every year. By 2050, they forecast that 16,216 individuals will reside in the county, down from 33,202 in 2000. That would be a dramatic decrease in population by more than 50 percent, in fact, the projected decline in Harlan is greater than in any other county in the state.