Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Billboards Could Cost KY Road Funds
Jimmy Harston wants to help save people, but his efforts may cost Kentucky money. The Scottsville resident is the backer of multiple religious-themed billboards along Interstate 65 in southern Kentucky. But the billboards, with messages including "Jesus Died for Our Sins," are at the center of a legal case, the outcome of which could determine if the state stays eligible for millions in federal road dollars. The Kentucky Court of Appeals is weighing an appeal brought by Harston after he lost two suits brought by the state, which considers the signs a nuisance that violates the 1965 Federal Beautification Act. Kentucky could lose up to 10 percent of federal road dollars if it fails to effectively control outdoor advertising.