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.
World War II veteran Alvin Wilson Jr. couldn’t figure out how they pulled it off. More than 60 years after he was discharged from the U.S. Army following World War II, Wilson received his final medals from the war recently, in a ceremony that included his children, grandchildren and his wife. “I didn’t know anything about it,” the 88-year-old Wilson said. “Everyone knew about it but me. I couldn’t believe it.”
Louisville will participate in a global movement tomorrow to offer up ideas for moving beyond fossil fuels. Moving Planet, Moving Louisville is designed to call attention to the city’s transportation carbon footprint. Drew Foley is one of the event’s organizers. He says different cities are focusing on different aspects of fossil fuels.
A Scottsville businessman admitted Wednesday in federal court that he filed false federal tax returns for four consecutive years. Robert Wilkins Jr., 41, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green to four counts of filing a false income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. The charges against Wilkins were handed down last month in a four-count information.
With traffic crawling across the rusty gray Brent Spence Bridge behind him, President Barack Obama discussed his job creation plan in Cincinnati today. Just two weeks after mentioning the "functionally obsolete" bridge in a speech to the nation, the President came to see the aging span for himself. Mr. Obama says his proposed jobs bill would put Americans to work on projects like replacing the Brent Spence Bridge... and the recently shutdown Sherman Minton bridge between Indiana and Kentucky.
Louisville developer Ed Hart says there’s no way the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park can be reopened next year, but he’s willing to extend his interim agreement with the Kentucky State Fair Board and aim for a 2013 reopening. Hart says without a public/private funding partnership and a long-term lease in place, suppliers won’t be able to fill orders get the park’s rides up and running for 2012.
The ferry that shuttles residents between Southern Indiana and Louisville isn’t popular among commuters. Just over 50 commuters take the Spirit of Jefferson in the morning and a little over 100 in the afternoon, said Spirit of Jefferson CEO Linda Harris. It can hold 300 passengers but the most it has transferred was 209, she said.
A Lexington attorney has become the fourth attorney disbarred due to his involvement in a class-action lawsuit brought against the diet drug fen-phen.David Helmers had his law license revoked today after the Kentucky Supreme Court cited serious ethical violations in his conduct. He's also been ordered to pay $40,000 to cover the cost of the disciplinary proceedings against him.
A federal judge has ruled that a group supporting the Ohio River Bridges Project can intervene in the lawsuit between the conservation group River Fields and the Federal Highway Administration. In May, Kentuckians for Progress filed a request to join the suit against the federal governmentas co-defendants to challenge River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, who filed the suit two years ago. Preservationists claim the federal agency couldn’t justify portions of the bridges project, relied on misleading information, failed to adequately consider potential impacts and did not prepare an updated environmental report.
Eighty-nine lots of former Kentucky first lady Phyllis George's possessions will be auctioned off this weekend in Asheville, N.C. George approached the auction house to sell her collection, which includes quilts, paintings and Derby hats, said Karen Swager of Brunk Auctions. Most of the items were collected by George while she was Kentucky's first lady.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder declared in federal court records filed Tuesday that certain evidence in a terrorism case against two Iraqi refugees who had been living in Bowling Green would harm national security if disclosed publicly.
Engineers say it will take another week-and-a-half to finish their inspection of the Sherman Minton Bridge. Then they’ll be able to determine how long it will take to repair the bridge and re-open it to traffic. The bridge has been closed since September 9, when inspectors found a crack in a load-bearing support. Now its getting a thorough examination to determine if there are other faults, and inspectors are on schedule to finish the job in about ten days.
Kentucky has big bridge problems. Cracks have closed the Sherman Minton Bridge in Louisville, which bears the weight of Interstate-64. Democrat Ben Chandler says it’s crippling daily commutes. “The situation in Louisville is particularly troubling at the moment because one of the bridges has gone out recently and they have terrible traffic jams in Louisville right now,” said Chandler. The Louisville Bridge is one of several Ohio River bridges causing trouble in the Commonwealth. Loads on the Ironton-Russell Bridge in northeast Kentucky have been restricted. Earlier this year, work crews in western Kentucky found a hole in a deck on the Owensboro Bridge.
The sheriff of Gallatin County is recovering at home after a gunman opened fire on him late Tuesday during a domestic violence situation and then killed himself, according to Kentucky State Police. Sheriff Josh Neale, who is in his mid-to-late 30s, was shot in the abdomen just before 10:30 p.m. at a home on Kentucky 16 near Glencoe. He was airlifted to University Hospital, state police said in a prepared statement. He was treated and released just after 3 a.m. Wednesday.
LOUISVILLE — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will have an opportunity to discuss the Sherman Minton Bridge situation with President Obama Thursday when the president visits the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati. The invitation for Fischer to join Obama came Tuesday from the White House, according to a press release from the mayor's office.
LOUISVILLE – Ernest Cadick of Elizabethtown was sentenced to 48 months in prison, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $719,650, and fined $1,600 in United States District Court Tuesday by Judge John G. Heyburn II.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer visited Washington D.C. Monday to discuss the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge and was assured by a top official that it is the number one priority for the federal highway administration. The 50-year-old span was closed September 9 after cracks were discovered in some load-bearing supports. Engineers and highway inspectors are examining the bridge of the next two to three weeks to determine its future.
With gang activity seen in communities across the Commonwealth, a western Kentucky prosecutor says it requires their full attention. Prosecutors across Kentucky could benefit from a statewide data base that tracks the members of criminal gangs. Police are already at work, expanding their existing criminal information network to include such gangs. Christian County Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor says the expanded system would only monitor confirmed gang members.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has created a web page with interactive maps to help travelers navigate Interstate-64 during the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge between Louisville and New Albany, Ind. The web page features three interactive maps that illustrate recommended alternative routes. The link is www.transportation.ky.gov/sherman-minton-bridge.
A national tile company is completing a move from the Sunshine State to the Bluegrass State. Florida Tile will expand its corporate headquarters, which are in Lexington. 25 new hires will handing information technology, marketing and financial services. It’s expected to grow to 50 over the next several years. Florida Tile also has a factory and distribution center in Lawrenceburg that employs over 100 workers. These days, marketing director Sean Cilona says they’re making large porcelain tiles for commercial businesses.
The Sherman Minton Bridge closure has spawned a number of novelty Twitter accounts, including two for the bridge itself. Jason Oberhausen is behind one of them, @smintonbridge64 (the others are @shermintbridge and @ucantcrossme). He says this is his first novelty account, and he hopes it adds levity to a serious event.
Central Kentuckians planning on driving to Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis or other points west and northwest over the coming months will probably want to give their planned routes a second glance before heading out. The emergency shutdown of the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge that spans the Ohio River between Louisville and New Albany, Ind., could put a serious snarl in the typical paths taken from Lexington to some major cities.
Hendersonians know something about bridge problems, such as when a wreck, construction, a barge strike or a routine inspection creates lane closure on the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges. But now, an emergency closure of a bridge two hours away -- the Interstate 64 bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville -- and the possibility that it could remain shut down for several months or longer is impacting travelers and businesses alike from Henderson.
LOUISVILLE – The two bridges that remain open between Louisville and Southern Indiana show no structural problems from the extra traffic they are carrying since the forced closure of the Interstate-64 Sherman Minton Bridge last weekend, Kentucky bridge inspectors have found.
Lexington officials are looking at a variety of ways to reduce health care related costs. Plans for a new health and wellness center for city workers, their families, and retirees were spelled out Thursday. It would be a voluntary and no co-pays would be required. Health consultant, David Dermers says the service would not take business away from doctors.
Prosecutors maintain methamphetamine production in Kentucky is up and deserves further legislative attention. Last year, the legislature refused to enact restrictions on the sale of a prime ingredient. Chris Cohron, who’s president of the Kentucky Commonwealth’s Attorneys Association, reports the number of meth labs is up 20 percent this year. And, the Warren County prosecutor says that figure only reflects four-fifth of Kentucky’s counties.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and his staff are relocating their offices to the IdeaFestival next week to help promote the annual event and encourage innovative thinking. Founded in 2000, the three-day festival is setup to bring people from around the world to the city with diverse backgrounds, knowledge and perspectives on various cutting-edge ideas. The topics range from cooking to government to technology, and has been one of the more popular local events over the past decade.