Saturday, June 26, 2010


Princeton Man Accused Of Scam

Willis Caudill is from Princeton, but he's accused of trying to scam a Kanawha City woman out of 15 thousand dollars. His alleged hook was posing as a police officer trying to lure in scammers. Caudill denied ever acting as a police officer saying, "No definitely not. I have no clue why (I've been arrested).", Caudill said.
Detective Steve Cooper with the Charleston Police Department said, "The lady tentatively agreed. She contacted us and we met there and approached him." Detective Hunt with the Charleston Police says he walked up to Caudill's truck at the City National Bank in Kanawha City, but once he introduced himself as a real police officer, Caudill took off. But on top of the fleeing and fraudulent schemes charges, Hunt says he can expect another charge: Threatening a police officer. Caudill is now being held on a 250 thousand property only bond.


University Of Kentucky Police Arrest Suspects

Friday afternoon, University of Kentucky Police arrested 24 year old Carlos Collins and a 17-year-old male juvenile and charged them with first-degree armed robbery. Police say both suspects were located and arrested at an apartment complex on Winnie Street without incident. Police say, Wednesday night, they brandished a knife and demanded personal items of an individual while in the Press Avenue parking lot. Collins was taken to the Fayette County Detention Center and the juvenile was turned over to the Fayette County Juvenile Detention facility.


Louisville Courier-Journal Files Motion In Pitino Case

The Louisville Courier-Journal filed a motion Friday to intervene in the July 26th extortion case involving Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. The Louisville newspaper is challenging a federal judge's order barring reporters from interviewing Karen Cunagin Sypher. Courier-Journal says the order violates the First Amendment by imposing a prior restraint on the media and gagging a defendant in a criminal trial. Sypher has talked to several reporters since being charged 14 months ago of trying to extort money from Pitino and lying to the FBI for which she has pleaded not guilty. But, last week, U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III's handed down an order, saying, if anyone other than the judge or defense lawyers try to talk to Karen Cunagin Sypher, they will be barred from the courtroom.


Boy Experiences Seizure At Clay County Pool

Officials say, about 2:30 P.M. Friday afternoon, a 13 year old boy, who is severely diabetic, had a sugar level spike and went into diabetic shock while he was in the water at the Manchester Recreational Parks pool in Clay County. He was taken out of the pool when the lifeguard on duty noticed he was in trouble, and CPR was performed on the scene. He was taken to U.K. Hospital where he remained in critical condition Saturday. Investigators say the boy was alone at the pool, and charges against his parents are pending.


Coroner Identifies Floyd County Man Found In Basement

On Thursday, the Jefferson County, Kentucky Coroner identified the man found in a plastic storage container buried in a basement in Louisville as 37 year old James Carroll. Police say they believe Carrol had been shot and stabbed in December. Carroll has family members in Floyd County, once owned a hair salon in Paintsville, Ky. and lived for a time in Huntington, W.Va. Joseph Banis and Jeffrey Mundt, were arrested and charged with the murder after police responded to a domestic dispute at their home.


State Employee Furloughs Likely

The 2010-12 budget which takes effect Thursday requires Governor Steve Beshear to come up with $131 million in savings in the next year through reduced spending on contracts, political employees and other cuts. The budget gives the governor the authority, within certain limits, to furlough state workers. State budget director Mary Lassiter says state employee furloughs will likely be among the budget-balancing moves Beshear makes in the coming weeks.


Governor Beshear Announces Waste Grants

Gov. Steve Beshear announced 38 recycling and 10 household hazardous waste grants totaling over $3.5 million to expand recycling in Kentucky, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills, and sustain the environmental management of hazardous waste from homes, including electronic scrap and mercury. The Kentucky Pride Fund, administered by the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management, is awarding 48 grants totaling $3,538,842 from the $1.75 collected for each ton of municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky landfills.



Vice President Joe Biden plans to visit the GE plant in Louisville on Monday to promote the job-creation benefits of the federal stimulus program. The White House says Biden will be at the headquarters of GE Appliances & Lighting to talk about how stimulus spending is creating jobs. GE is making a $600 million investment to expand manufacturing at its Appliance Park in Louisville. The investment is supported by $24.8 million in tax credits GE received under the stimulus program. The release says Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth will attend the event. Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway has a scheduling conflict and won't attend.


Federal Spending Bill Could Affect Kentucky

Gov. Steve Beshear says the state could come up nearly $240 million short early next year if a federal spending bill defeated by a Senate Republican filibuster doesn't pass. The spending measure defeated in Washington on Thursday includes a new round of aid to states. Beshear said Kentucky is relying on the spending measure for a six-month extension of a higher federal Medicaid match that is to last until year's end. Medicaid is the state-federal health insurance program that covers about 790,000 low-income and disabled Kentuckians. Beshear said that having to re-balance the budget to offset the loss of nearly $240 million would be a "horrendous" task. He said virtually every state program would face significant reductions. The $17.3 billion, two-year budget that takes effect Thursday already included broad spending cuts.


Swimming Pool Incident

A chlorine leak at a central Kentucky swimming pool has sickened 34 children attending a birthday party. A lightning strike caused a surge of chlorine in the pool Thursday night at the Anderson-Dean Community Park in Harrodsburg. Park manager Mark Bryant said several children complained of breathing difficulties and began vomiting. Earl Motzer, CEO of Haggin Memorial Hospital, said 34 children were brought to the hospital and all were treated and released but one, who was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.


Prestonsburg Audit Shows Surplus

Prestonsburg city officials approved the city’s audit for the 2008-09 fiscal year ending in June and came away with some places for improvement, but also a financial surplus. Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin said the audit, conducted by Jones, Pack and Associates, showed a financial surplus of more than $549,000 for the city. In the overall auditor’s findings, it is pointed out, according to the text of the full report, that there were problems found with segregation of duties “most notably with the Prestonsburg Park Board and Stonecrest Golf Course.” No major deficencies were noted and corrective action on others was underway.


Gun-totin' Granny

An 89-year-old eastern Kentucky woman proves you are never too old to carry a weapon. Ann Brewer, an Ashland area granny, has become the oldest person to pass Kentucky's firearms permit class. Brewer is telling everyone her age to take the course, hoping it will help them, like her, sleep soundly at night. "I needed more security," said Brewer. "I put in a security system, and took this course, and I keep the loaded gun by my bed." Brewer says the course took all day to complete and included target practice.


Highway Dedication For Dr. Roy Sanders

A highway dedication is set for Dr. Roy Sanders, beloved Dorton physician. From the 1920s through most of the 1960s, Dr. Roy Sanders took care of folks in the Dorton, Virgie, Robinson Creek, Beefhide, and Shelby Valley areas. His clinic, located in a two-story home at Dorton, served as a one-stop medical center and hospital. State and local officials and members of the family will gather to honor his memory by naming the connector road from US 23 south of Dorton to KY 610 Dr. Roy Sanders Memorial Thruway. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 29, at 3 p.m. at the Dorton Community Center, just off US 23 at the Dorton Community Park.


Shoot Hoops...Not Drugs

Former University of Kentucky Wildcat basketball players will join Jeff
Sheppard as instructors during Operation UNITE’s free skills camp in Knott County on
Thursday, July 15. This interactive camp program, open to all school-age youth, tips off at 10 a.m. at the Knott County SportsPlex and will continue until about 3 p.m. In order to start the camp on time participants are asked to arrive about 30 minutes early for registration.


Foster Care Volunteers Sought

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards for Boyd, Elliott, Martin, Morgan and Pike counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. Volunteers are needed to review cases of children placed in foster care because of abuse, dependency and neglect to ensure these children are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. Volunteers are not required to reside in the county where a board meets. All volunteers must complete a six-hour initial training session and consent to a criminal record and central registry check. A recommendation is then made to the chief judge of the District Court or Family Court for appointment.

Friday, June 25, 2010


Lane Closure On US 23 Monday

Highway District 12 officials will shut down the northbound slow lane of US 23 near Foxcroft in Pike County on Monday, from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., weather permitting.
Maintenance specialists will be making repairs to the rockfall barrier fence that runs along the shoulder of US 23 in that area. Traffic will be reduced to one lane from the entrance to Foxcroft to the cemetery at Johnson Memorial Park. Motorists are asked to reduce their speed in this area and be prepared to merge into
a single lane when traveling northbound. The work should be completed in one day.


Olive Hill Man Suspect In Church Fire

Kentucky State Police in Ashland have arrested Jeremy Perry, 32, of Olive Hill, and charged him with receiving stolen property. While investigating the cause of the early morning fire of Rose Ridge Apostolic Church, a witness told police Perry had two guitars they believed belonged to the church. Perry was later found at his home with the guitars and charged. Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set.
The church, located on Rose Ridge in Olive Hill, was a total loss. Although Perry is considered a suspect in the arson and burglary, no charges have been filed.


Ashland Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Robbery

A 38-year-old man from Ashland, Kentucky has pleaded guilty to armed robbery charges in five banks from Georgia to Michigan. Prosecutors say Anthony Ray "Tony" Artrip began the crime spree after his June 2007 escape from the Grant County Detention Center in Kentucky. They say he robbed banks in Calhoun, Ga.; Mt. Airy, N.C.; Princeton, W.Va.; Marmet, W.Va.; and Frenchtown Township, Mich. Authorities say he was finally arrested in a Pittsburgh hotel in October 2007 after crawling into an air vent to try to escape. Artrip was sentenced to a "Super Max" prison in Colorado but escaped from a North Carolina jail in 2009 while being transferred to different counties to face state robbery charges. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates says Tuesday the guilty plea "puts an end to the career of a man who unabashedly made his way across half of the United States robbing banks, victimizing citizens, and escaping justice." He could face life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 27.


Tax Cheats Caught By New Division

The newly created Division of Special Investigations in the Kentucky Department of Revenue has netted 50 criminal indictments in its first year of operation. Finance Secretary Jonathan Miller praised the investigators for having done "an outstanding job" of making sure Kentuckians are paying their taxes. The investigators have identified and stopped more than $300,000 in fraudulent tax refunds, and their work has resulted in more than $300,000 in restitution being paid to the state. Miller said the state government loses millions of dollars in tax revenues each year because of residents who don't follow the law. The special investigations unit was created by lawmakers to identify those residents and make them pay.


Floyd County Bank Robbery Indictment

A Floyd County man who allegedly attempted to rob the BB&T bank in Prestonsburg on May 19 could face life in prison after being charged with using and carrying a firearm during a violent offense. Jonathan Hall, 49, was indicted in U.S. District Court in Pikeville on June 17, on charges of attempted bank robbery and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a violent offense. Hall faces not more than 20 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and not more than three years of supervised release on the charge of attempted bank robbery. He also faces additional time for crimes commited during the robbery. The court has ordered that Hall undergo a psychiatric evaluation after finding reasonable cause to believe that he may be suffering from a mental disease or defect that renders him mentally incompetent. The evaluation was ordered on June 2. Hall is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges in U.S. District Court in Pikeville on August 2.


Staged Wreck For Insurance

Three people are sentenced in federal court for agreeing to stage a wreck in Prestonsburg to collect insurance. 68 year old Junior Little... 58 year old Dannie Lee Bentley... and 39 year old James Clarence Hall will spend between 21 and 45 months in prison. In 2006, they collected more than $80,000 dollars from two insurance companies after staging the wreck. There were nine others involved in the conspiracy and some have already been sentenced.


Mental Health Conference In Knott County

People gathered at the Knott County Sportsplex for a mental health conference.
People with mental illnesses, their families and mental health professionals participated. Officials say this annual conference is a way for people with mental illnesses to learn about ways to get involved in their community. Awards were given to individuals who overcame their mental illness. There were guest speakers and entertainment was also provided.


Hazard Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Charges

Police say Phillip Riddle, Brett Combs, Jared Fields, and Ora Walker lured a 16-year old to an apartment last year held him at knifepoint and sexually abused him more than once. A judge sentenced Walker to ten years in jail. Combs and Riddle also pleaded guilty. Combs was sentenced to 15 years, while Riddle got ten. Fields was convicted last year and sentenced to 30 years in prison


Road Work At Neon

Billy Smallwood, Highway District 12 Superintendent
at Letcher County Maintenance, announced that KY 343 near Grace Drive between mile
points 2 and 3 will be closed to traffic on Tuesday, June 29, so that crews can
install a cross drain under the pavement. This will hopeflly be a temporary inconvenience. Highway Department crews will finish the work, weather permitting, as fast as we can. This type of work is necessary to improve drainage on the roadway and make them safer.


Summer Heat...Beware

With the summer heat predicted to peak this week, issues like overexertion, heat stroke and dehydration have become important public health concerns. “Summer weather is inviting and encourages many of us to spend more time outdoors, but the rising temperatures also present serious health concerns,” said Department for Public Health Commissioner William Hacker, M.D. “Everyone should follow simple precautions that keep us safe from heat-related illness and injury.” According to DPH, following these precautions can make the difference between just being hot or being seriously ill:
− Stay cool indoors.
− Carefully schedule outdoor activities.
− Drink plenty of fluids.
− Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
- Use a buddy system.
− Monitor those at high risk.


Pike County Wins Three National Awards

Pike County was once again recognized by the National Association of
Counties (NACo) for implementing innovative county government programs to better
serve area residents. Winners of three 2010 Achievement Awards, the programs will be
recognized July 18 during NACo’s Annual Conference and Exposition at the Reno-Sparks
Convention Center in Reno, Nev. This year marks the second year in a row Pike County programs have been recognized by NACo, and is also the second year in a row as the only county in Kentucky to win any NACo awards. This year, the following county programs received awards:

n Pike County Nuisance Ordinance
n Pike County Heritage Hall
n Landfill Gas (Methane) Recovery Project

This year’s winners represent 30 states and 111 counties.


Lick Creek Community Park

A community meeting has been scheduled to discuss the community’s continued
involvement in the management of the Lick Creek Community Park on Tuesday, June 29,
2010 at 6:00 PM at the First Church of God, 285 Lick Creek Road, Lick Creek.
Officers for the community park committee will be elected at this meeting.
The public is invited to attend.


Jobless Rate Down Overall In KY

Unemployment rates fell in 93 Kentucky counties between May 2009 and May 2010, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 7.7 percent. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 19.1 percent. Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.


Berea Man Convicted For Child Pornography

Attorney General Jack Conway announced the conviction of a Berea
man on child pornography and drug charges. A Madison Circuit Court jury has found
Gerald Jones guilty of 143 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual
performance by a minor, one count of marijuana cultivation and one count of
possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones will receive the maximum of 20 years to
serve on all counts when he is formally sentenced on August 12, 2010.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


PSC To Review Coal-Fired Power Plant

Environmentalists say it's too costly and will produce too much pollution. But, Thursday, the state Public Service Commission announced it will review whether East Kentucky Power Cooperative needs to build a controversial coal-fired power plant in Clark County. The PSC will examine whether the proposal is the least-costly option for meeting customer demand and what impact the construction of the Smith plant would have on the co-op's overall finances. There is no time limit on how long the review might take, but a public hearing is expected this year. The PSC's review is another setback for the plant. In April, the co-op itself asked to delay PSC approval that was needed for up to $900 million in financing for the plant. While East Kentucky Power would have obtained the money from banks and other lenders, such action requires the approval of the commission.


KLC Fires Insurance Director

After being under fire for more than a year, the Kentucky League of Cities has fired William Hamilton, director of insurance services. Hamilton is the third executive to leave the League. Executive Director Sylvia Lovely resigned in August and Acting Executive Director Neil Hackworth announced in May that he will retire at the end of the year. An investigation by State Auditor Crit Luallen released in December found that Hamilton had several conflicts of interest with Tennessee-based Collins & Co., including that he and his wife rented office space in Georgetown to the business and that the Hamiltons accepted several Caribbean trips from Collins' chief executive. Collins & Co. was paid $6.6 million over three years for its work processing insurance claims for KLC. Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker, who will assume the one-year presidency in September, says the executive board felt a need for change.


Mine Fatality In Perry County

Another eastern Kentucky miner has died. A mining fatality occurred Thursday at James River Coal's Leeco 68 mine at Jeff in Perry County. Officials say 29 year old Bobby L. Smith of Vicco was taken to Appalachian Regional Hospital in Hazard, where he was pronounced dead. Smith was crushed between the wall of the mine and the machine he was operating. The fatality was the fifth of the year in Kentucky. Nationally, the death toll stands at 39 for the year. Smith's body was being sent to Frankfort's medical examiner's office for an autopsy.


Pike County RAM Marks 600th Expedition

Pike County Central High School was the site of the Pike County Remote Area Medical Expedition on June 19 and 20. The event also marked the 600th time the event has been held overall.

“RAM is one of the greatest things to ever happen to the people of Pike County,”
Pike County Judge/Executive Wayne T. Rutherford said. “It is wonderful that so many
people take advantage of something so beneficial to their health and well-being.
It’s a national award-winning program that deserves all the recognition it gets. The
groups and individuals who got involved this year speak volumes about the program’s

The publically supported, all-volunteer program offered medical, dental and vision
to people in need of medical attention. Medical services included screenings for
cholesterol, diabetes and cardiovascular disease; exams for males and females
including breast, cervical and prostate; diabetes management; autism screenings and
education and screenings for all major cancers.

Dental services included cleanings, fillings and extractions along with vision care
such as eye exams and eyeglasses.

Pike County Social Services Commissioner Carol Napier, who organized the event, was
pleased with this year’s participation from volunteers and professionals.

“We knew this year’s event was going to be bigger than last year’s so we knew the
more people we had involved the better it would be,” she said. “It’s always good to
have trained personnel working with any event or program that happens, and RAM is no
exception because of how important it is to the people of Pike and surrounding

Several groups were new to this year’s RAM, including the United States Public
Health Services Rapid Deployment Team. USPHS Director of Training and Medical
Readiness Cmdr. Kimberly Elenberg, R.N., said Pike County RAM was only the second
domestic venture for the rapid deployment team. The USPHS brought doctors, nurses,
optometrists and dentists along with other volunteers who assisted in many different

“We do a lot of work in rural settings,” Elenberg said. “It’s an honor for us to
come down and work with Pike County RAM.”

RAM Kentucky Chairman Dr. Bill Collins said the USPHS used Pike County RAM to train
for better hands-on disaster training.

More than 15 percent of citizens in the United States are without healthcare
benefits, and that number increases in rural areas such as Pike County.

“I was terrified when we did the first one,” Napier said. “I had never organized
something so large. Now, it keeps getting bigger and keeps requiring more
organization, but the bigger the better so we do what we can to make it happen and
make it the best it can be.”

Founded in 1985, Remote Area Medical is a publicly supported all-volunteer
charitable organization. Volunteer doctors, nurses, veterinarians and support
workers participate in expeditions (at their own expense) in some of the world's
most exciting places. Medical supplies, medicines, facilities and vehicles are

The vision for Remote Area Medical developed in the Amazon rain forest where founder
Stan Brock spent 15 years with the Wapishana Indians. He lived with the pain and
suffering created by isolation from medical care. He witnessed the near devastation
of whole tribes by what would have been simple or minor illnesses to more advanced
cultures. When he left South America to co-star in the television series "Wild
Kingdom,” he vowed to find a way to deliver basic medical aid to people in the
world's inaccessible regions.

The organization was founded in 1985 and years of research and planning yielded a
vast, carefully developed network of men and women who have come together to make
RAM a highly mobile, remarkably efficient relief force. Volunteers are doctors,
nurses, technicians, and veterinarians who go on expeditions at their own expense
and treat hundreds of patients a day under some of the worst conditions.

Volunteers have provided general medical, surgical, eye, dental, and veterinary care
to tens of thousands of people and animals, with 60 percent of the expeditions
serving rural America. There are plans for expansion of US expeditions, an airborne
medical treatment center, a permanent clinic site in Guyana, and a program start-up
in Africa.

Pike RAM 2010 Partners

Pike County Board of Education
Pikeville Medical Center
Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine
Pike County Health Department
United States Public Health Service Commission Corp
Highlands Regional Medical Center
Kings Daughter Medical Center
University of Louisville School of Dentistry
University of Kentucky School of Dentistry
Sandy Valley Transportation
Kentucky Homeplace
Big Sandy Community Action Program
Social Security Administration
Pike County Senior Citizens Program, Inc.
Unite Pike
Kentucky Cancer Program
Pike County Office of Emergency Management
One Is Greater Than None
East Kentucky Broadcasting
Medical Leader
Appalachian News Express
Williamson Daily News

Pike RAM 2010 Contributors

Childers Oil Company, Inc.
One Is Greater Than None, Inc.
Food City (Shelbiana)
East Kentucky Exposition Center
Kentucky Mountain Dental Society
Highlands Regional Medical Center
Pikeville Medical Center
Pike County Health Department
Pike County Fiscal Court
City of Pikeville
City of Coal Run Village
Charity Thrift Store
Appalachian Wireless
Pike Associations of Southern Baptists
Sara Lee Bakery
Mother Nature Mountain Spring Water
Christian Appalachian Project
Pike County Senior Citizens Program
Long John Silver’s
Busy Bee Septic
Pike County Democratic Woman’s Club
Sharon W. Turk
Pike County Bar Association
McCoy Elkhorn Coal Corporation
Pikeville/Pike County Ministerial Association
Grace Baptist
TECO Coal Corporation
Karen Sue Varney
Ronnie and Brenda Williamson
Eric and Mary Nunnally
Summit Engineering, Inc.
Dr. Robert and Penelope McGuin
Lou Whitt
Lois Adkins
U.S. Bank
Community Trust Bank
Cash Express
Big Lots
Pepsi Cola
Coke Cola
Captain D’s
Dairy Queen
Burger King
Dairy Cheer
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Mayflower Baptist Church

Patient Care Overview
Children Adults
General Medical 0 251
Eye Care 4
Eye Care with Glasses 3 314
Dentistry 31
Extractions 4
Fillings 14
Cleaning 12
Exam only 2

Total patients Registered – 990
Percentage of Children – 3.8 percent
Total Value of Care – $330,403
Total Services Rendered – 1,235
Total Volunteers – 568


United States Public Health Service Rapid Deployment Team.


Author Pulls Personal Papers From UK In Protest

One of Kentucky's best-known authors says he is severing his relationship with the University of Kentucky over the coal industry's sponsorship of an athletic dormitory.
Wendell Berry will pull many of his personal papers from the university archives to protest the naming of Wildcat Coal Lodge. Berry criticized his alma mater in a December letter, saying the naming of the basketball team's new dorm "puts an end" to his association with the school. The papers, which fill about 100 boxes, remain at the university while Berry prepares to move them to the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort.


Firefighter Given Last Call

Firefighters across Floyd County gathered Tuesday at Gethsemane Gardens Cemetery to offer a last call to one of their own, former Prestonsburg Fire Chief Mike Wells.
Wells, better known to family and friends as “Deuce,” was a career firefighter for the city of Prestonsburg, serving from 1984 until he retired as chief in 2002.
Wells passed away June 17 at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center following an extended illness. He was 54. Funeral services were held for Wells in downtown Prestonsburg. Members of both the Prestonsburg Fire Department and Betsy Layne Fire Department prepared for the arrival of the former chief by affixing an arch with a displayed flag at the entrance to Gethsemane Gardens. Wells is survived by his wife, Heather Hitchcock Wells, two sons, Todd Wells and Cameron Wells, one daughter, Kalan Francis Wells and two granddaughters, Hunter and Olivia Wells.


Andrew Jackson's Dueling Victim To Be Reburied

Remains of the only man Andrew Jackson killed in a duel will be reburied in Nashville's old City Cemetery. Archaeologists discovered the grave of Charles Dickinson last summer under the front lawn of a home on the Nashville's west side. The land was the plantation of Dickinson's stepfather when Dickinson was fatally shot by Jackson in the spring of 1806. The duel was fought just over the Kentucky border because dueling was illegal in Tennessee. At the time, Jackson was a lawyer and planter -- well before he became the hero of the Battle of New Orleans and went on to become president. Dickinson -- just 26 -- was an attorney and a veteran of more than two dozen duels. His remains were to be reinterred this morning.


Soldier Sells Machine Gun & Mine

A Fort Campbell soldier has been indicted on charges he sold a machine gun and a land mine to an undercover federal agent. A grand jury handed up the indictment Wednesday of 22-year-old Eric David Waldman of Clarksville, Tenn., on two counts of transfer of a machine gun, and one count of distribution of explosive materials. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives resident agent in charge Kevin Kelm said Waldman sold a machine gun and a land mine to an agent in Oak Grove, Ky., just outside the installation. Waldman is being held without bond by the U.S. Marshals Service.


Kentucky Elk Are Wandering

The first of five public meetings on an elk management plan for southwest Virginia will be held in Lebanon, Virginia. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will outline the draft plan at that time. Virginia is attempting to manage 50 to 100 elk that have wandered across the state line from Kentucky, where about 10,000 of the big animals now roam. The state has developed several potential plans, ranging from a status-quo approach to bringing in more elk to several southwest Virginia counties. The other public meetings are scheduled in Wise, Dickenson, Buchanan and Lee counties. A decision on a plan will likely be made in August.


CSX To Repair Crossings

CSX will close two public railroad crossings in Pike County during this year's Jamboree, the company's annual track and crossing blitz. The crossing at Sutton (Greasy Creek) on KY 3226 will shut down either Tuesday, June 29, or Wednesday, June 30, from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Residents should look for signs confirming which day the crossing will be closed to traffic. On Thursday, July 1, the Marrowbone crossing on KY 195 near Regina will be closed.


Civil War Roundtable In Pikeville

The Big Sandy Heritage Center, located at 773 Hambley Boulevard, will open at 10
a.m. on Saturday, June 26, for people to view civil war artifacts. A Roundtable
discussion will begin at noon at shelter Nos. 4 and 5 at Bob Amos Park.


Rogers Announces Grant To Aid Business

U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program has approved a $199,000 grant for the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation to develop a business incubator that will provide training and technical assistance to new and emerging businesses. The mission of the Business Innovation and Growth Center, or business incubator, will be to assist entrepreneurs of startup companies by offering a programmatic approach to executing their business opportunities. KHIC was formed in 1968 to stimulate growth and create employment opportunities in Harlan, Letcher and twenty other counties.


Liquid Nitrogen Plant Groundbreaking

Gov. Steve Beshear joined Ferus Corp. and community officials in Jenkins for a groundbreaking ceremony to commence the location of the company's new liquid nitrogen facility in eastern Kentucky. Ferus specializes in providing integrated solutions to the energy industry for well stimulation, well completions and enhanced oil recovery. The project will create a minimum of 34 new jobs and entail a capital investment of $30.8 million in the Commonwealth.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Beshear Announces Grants In Pikeville

Speaking at the Pike County Health Department Wednesday, Governor Steve Beshear announced two rounds of federal grant funding aimed at improving dental health for children in eastern Kentucky. The grants, totaling more than $200,000, will allow 24 counties to create community coalitions to assure access to needed dental treatment and to develop partnerships needed to help assure that dental providers and services are available. The first series of grants being awarded through the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Kentucky Oral Health Program in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services will provide $10,000 in start-up funding for oral health community coalitions in the counties of Estill, Floyd, Hart, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Magoffin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Robertson and Whitley. The second series of grant awards is funded through Health Resources and Services Administration's Targeted State MCH Oral Health Services Systems program, which supports the state's capacity to expand preventive and restorative oral health service programs for Medicaid and KCHIP eligible children, as well as other underserved children and families. The following grantees will receive $10,000 of TOHSS seed funding: Boyd, Franklin, Jefferson, Jessamine, Logan, Madison, Marshall, Pike and Woodford counties, as well as the Madisonville area and the Purchase District Health Department.


Representatives Return Special Session Pay

Democratic state Representatives Jim Wayne of Louisville and Melvin Henley of Murray have returned more than $2,500 to the state treasury, refusing to be paid for a weeklong special legislative session held in May after lawmakers failed to pass a state budget during the regular session that ran from January to April. They say they feel it is not right to be paid for not getting the job done in its proper time. Wayne said lawmakers have a constitutional responsibility to pass a state budget every two years in a regular legislative session. The Legislative Research Commission estimates the cost of a special session in Kentucky at about $63,000 a day. Lawmakers met for six days in May, putting the overall cost to taxpayers at more than $300,000.


Rogers Announces Black Lung Grant

U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers announced the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $582,993 grant to the Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation to provide services to coal miners of eastern Kentucky impacted by black lung disease and other respiratory problems. The Respiratory Clinics of Eastern Kentucky and Black Lung Clinics Program, subsidiaries of Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, have provided services to retired, active, and disabled coal miners of eastern Kentucky and others suffering from breathing disorders since 1983. The core service area of the program is comprised of Letcher, Harlan, Knott, Perry and Pike counties. However, patients from other counties and surrounding states are seeking the services provided by these clinics.


Letcher County Man Arrested For Cultivating

Following a tip, Letcher County Sheriff's Deputies went to the home of 33 year old Michael Honeycutt in the Thorton community of Letcher County earlier this week where they discovered he was growing close to 300 marijuana plants in plain view. Honeycutt took responsibility for the plants and was arrested on a felony charge of cultivating marijuana for growing more than five marijuana plants.


PSC Seeking Public Comment

This year, the Kentucky General Assembly directed the Public Service Commission to study retail competition of natural gas to see whether it would help small-volume gas consumers. Kentucky regulators are now seeking public comment on whether the state’s natural gas markets should open up to broader retail competition. PSC Chairman David Armstrong says the agency wants public input and asks those interested to send comments to P.O. Box 615, Frankfort 40602, fax to (502) 564-9625 or e-mail through the agency’s website at Information on the study and testimony from parties involved is also available on the site, listed under case number 2010-00146.


Johns Creek Fire Department Recovering

More than $100,000 worth of repairs are nearly complete at one Pike County Volunteer Fire Department after last year's May floods nearly destroyed the building and a fire truck. However, the Johns Creek firefighters say it will still be awhile until everything is back to normal. Johns Creek Firefighters are moving things back into their building more than one year after water and mud filled the building during the Mother's Day weekend floods. One side of the building and everything in it was destroyed. The engine truck was heavily damaged. However, the department has continued operating. The building renovations were finished this week and the engine truck is repaired. It all cost the department nearly 150-thousand dollars. FEMA provided 16-thousand and firefighters raised the rest. The renovation did bring one change. FEMA bought flood walls for the department to prevent future flooding.


Boy Drowns...Father Missing

Rescue crews are searching for a missing 42-year-old man after his son's body was found near a dam where the Barren and Green rivers meet in southwestern Kentucky.
Warren and Butler County rescue squads responded to a call Monday night of three people in trouble at a dam near Woodbury in Butler County. Officials say a woman managed to make it to land, but a 13-year-old boy and his father did not make it out of the water. The boy's body was later recovered. Warren County Rescue Public Information Officer Deborah Williams says crews resumed a search for the man Tuesday morning. Williams said the area workers are searching is up to 30 feet deep and littered with debris. Officials have not released any identities.


KSP Promote Safety Checkpoints

Since the inception of the primary seat belt law in 2006, the number of fatal traffic collisions in Kentucky has declined each year. State officials say they want that number to continue to decline, and their latest traffic enforcement campaign aims to do just that. Called “Operation K.S.P,” the campaign kicked off this month and will extend through early September. Officials will be seeking to lower the number of fatalities resulting from traffic collisions by focusing on driver safety, enforcement and education. Police will be conducting several road checks throughout the state during the campaign period, with hopes of conducting 1,000 checks in total. To help increase the effectiveness of the road checks, Miller said police will concentrate on particular areas where the number of collisions have been high in the past. Operation KSP began on June 1 throughout Kentucky and will end on September 6.


Guilty Plea By Pastor In Louisville

A 72-year-old Louisville pastor has pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government of more than a million dollars intended to be spent turning an abandoned school into senior housing. Prosecutors say the Rev. Henry M. Humphrey was charged with conspiracy to defraud the government, soliciting kickbacks of federal funds, submitting a false writing to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, wire fraud and conspiracy to launder the source of the funds. He was charged in an information filed by prosecutors and pleaded guilty Monday. Humphrey has been minister of Shiloh Baptist Church for 32 years. His lawyer, Scott C. Cox, said he will ask for probation and that Humphrey is in poor health. The project involved a plan to renovate the Maupin Building in western Louisville.


UK Student Station Increases Power

Student-run radio station WRFL has expanded its signal, allowing the station at the University of Kentucky to be heard as far away as Dry Ridge and Shelbyville. Faculty adviser John F. Clark said the FM station increased its signal from 250 watts to 7,900 watts recently. It previously couldn't be heard much beyond the outskirts of Lexington. The commercial-free station was founded in 1988. Clark says a lawsuit over the Federal Communications Commission's method of awarding licenses wasn't resolved until 2007. The station had three years to raise $207,000 it needed for equipment upgrades and a new mast for the transmitter.


Free Nights For Qualified Veterans At KY Parks

Beginning July 14, 2010 the Kentucky Department of Parks will offer qualifying military veterans three free nights of accommodations per year at any Kentucky State Park lodge, cottage or campground. Rep. Charles Siler, of Williamsburg, introduced legislation that created the benefit during the 2010 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The state parks department worked with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs to develop the implementation process for veterans who qualify as 100 percent totally and permanently disabled in connection with service-related incidents.


Financing Funds For Letcher County Project

U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program has awarded a $147,500 Rural Business Enterprise Grant for the Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation to provide a working capital loan to Jabo and Sons in Letcher County. Rogers said he applauds those who are working to make Jenkins an even stronger community and he looked forward to the success that lies ahead. The loan will provide the working capital required for the expansion of Jabo and Sons at its Jenkins location and the retention of seven jobs while creating an additional eight new jobs over the next two years.


Corvette Gets Special Honor

Gov. Steve Beshear visited the Corvette Plant in Bowling Green, Ky. to ceremonially sign House Bill 104, which designates the Corvette as the official state sports car of Kentucky. In 1981, General Motors moved production of the Chevrolet Corvette from St. Louis, Mo. to Bowling Green, Ky., where currently 471 employees build the distinctive high-performance vehicles. Approximately 50,000 people each year visit the plant to watch the manufacturing process at the Bowling Green Assembly, which has a tourism economic impact of more than $205 million. This figure does not include the thousands who visit the National Corvette Museum near the plant, which attracts Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world. Kentucky ranks third in total light vehicle production, placing it at the hub of “auto alley,” the strip of middle America that stretches from Michigan into the deep south. In fact, 9.8 percent of all cars and trucks produced in the United States are manufactured in Kentucky. As of early June 2010, more than 64,600 people work in Kentucky’s 418 auto-related industries.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


ATV Accident Kills Two

Kentucky State Police in Hazard say an ATV crash occurred late Monday on Highway 28 in the Morris Fork community of Breathitt County. Authorities say Randell Turner of Booneville was driving the ATV when he lost control and struck a utility pole, killing the passenger, Samuel Riley of Buckhorn. Turner then touched a fallen power line and died after being taken to a hospital. Kelly Stamper of Booneville was also shocked by the downed line and was listed in critical condition at Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson.


Laurel County Teen Indicted

A Laurel County grand jury has indicted 15 year old Travis Hammack for murder and tampering with physical evidence. Police say, in April, he fatally shot his cousin, 15 year old Craig Hammack in the chin during an argument. Craig's mother, Margaret Hammack, says Travis then put the gun away and waited 45 minutes before calling for help. Travis Hammack will be tried as an adult and is being held on a 200 thousand dollar bond.


Kentucky Moves Prisoners

As part of an effort to reduce the financial burden, Kentucky has pulled its inmates out of the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville, a privately run prison owned and operated by Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corp. of America. The move leaves only out-of-state inmates at the facility which houses about 560 inmates on contract for Vermont, which uses out-of-state prisons to alleviate overcrowding.
Removing the inmates from the Beattyville prison saves Kentucky $43.62 per inmate per day. Some of the inmates from Lee Adjustment Center were sent to Otter Creek in Wheelwright, while others went to Northpoint Training Center.


KSP Cruiser Involved In Accident

Officials say Kentucky State Police Trooper Timothy Mullins was driving his cruiser north on Kentucky Highway 15 in Sassafras of Knott County Tuesday morning when a Ford F150 driven by 53 year old Elvis Crum of Pinetop crossed the center line and hit Mullins' car almost head on. The cruiser came to rest on the median, while the truck flipped over a guardrail and came to rest on its top. Mullins and Crum were taken to Appalachian Regional Hospital where they were treated and released. Neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected factors in the crash.


Accused Killer Of Perry County Doctor Found Competent

John C. Combs, the 46-year-old Knott County man who is accused of fatally shooting and killing Perry County physician Dr. Dennis Sandlin this past December, was found competent to stand trial in Prestonsburg. Floyd County Circuit Judge John David Caudill, who has been assigned as special-judge in the case, heard testimony from Dr. Steven Simon, the psychologist who gave Combs his competency evaluation. Combs showed no emotion during the hearing, keeping his head lowered for the hour-long proceeding and speaking briefly only once to his defense attorneys. Caudill and both sides in the case agreed that within 30 days, Combs’ defense team would have an answer as to whether or not the death penalty would be sought, giving them time to adjust their case as needed.


Leadership Training At Fort Knox

Hundreds of college students are using their summer break to participate in the Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox. Yhe course allows students without ROTC experience to qualify for senior ROTC programs at their schools. The newspaper reports about 1,500 students were expected to participate in courses this summer.
The training lasts about a month and tests participants on their physicality, mental toughness and teamwork. The first course began June 1, and the last class will graduate Aug. 7.


"Same Talent-Better Location"

With the slogan "Same Talent, Better Location," several eastern Kentucky technical services and computer firms want to market Appalachia as a potential hotbed for future high-tech jobs. The Silicon Hollow Association launched Monday during a daylong conference in Somerset attended by community and business leaders. It was an effort to share technological expertise available in eastern Kentucky and most needed services. Organizers say the first step is getting companies and government entities to tap into the knowledge base of their own backyard when they need technological help. But they also are looking far beyond that goal and want to eventually replace the stereotypes of rural Appalachia by marketing its talent nationwide.


KSP Summer Safety Checkpoints

Kentucky State Police have begun a summer traffic enforcement campaign in an effort to cut down on accidents that cause injuries and fatalities. A news release says the campaign will include more than 1,000 safety checkpoints across the state. The effort began in June and goes through Sept. 6. Last year, 226 people were killed in Kentucky between June 1 and Sept. 6 due to motor vehicle crashes.


Highway Fatality Report

Preliminary statistics indicate that nineteen people died in fifteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways last week. Ten of the crashes involved motor vehicles and seven of the victims were not wearing a seat belt. Two separate double-fatality crashes occurred in McCracken and Muhlenberg counties. A triple-fatality crash occurred in Henderson County. Through June 20 preliminary statistics indicate that 310 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 54 less
fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009.

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