Archives for June 2018

Hazardous Materials Spill Causes Galloway Creek to Run Orange in Madison County

Emergency management officials in Madison County reported getting a number of 911 calls after Galloway Creek suddenly turned orange on Wednesday.

Officials say hazardous materials from Estill Wood Products spilled into the water.

The company on Igo Road confirmed that dye used to color mulch went into the water. That dye is dangerous to animals and fish in or near the creek.

State officials are monitoring the situation.

Knott County Fair Underway at the Sportsplex

The third annual Knott County Fair kicked off Thursday at the Sportsplex.

This year marks the largest the fair has been in its brief history, with a circus, carnival rides, and more.

It’s perfect timing, weather-wise, with no rain chances over the next couple days.

There’s a cruise-in tonight at 7, and concerts throughout the day Saturday- the fair wraps up with a fireworks show tomorrow night at 10pm.

Kentucky League of Cities Now Involved In Pension Fight

The Kentucky League of Cities has asked to intervene in a lawsuit challenging Kentucky’s new pension law.
They say new developments in the case could potentially jeopardize a new law that gave local governments relief from increase pension costs.

A judge in Franklin County ruled last week that the pension law is unconstitutional because the legislature did not give the public a chance to comment before it was passed.

Gov. Bevin and other Republicans say that puts the pension relief bill in jeopardy since it was approved in a similar manner.

Martin County Cuts Sheriff’s Budget By $70,000

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has seen their budget cut by $80,000 following a decision Tuesday night by the county Fiscal Court.

Judge-executive Kelly Callaham told a crowd that gathered for last night’s meeting that the county is “barely making it now” financially, and “just can’t afford” the money that would go to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s department will now have just $75,000 to operate from now until November- the office is also in the process of applying for a $30,000 state grant.

Program to Replace Old Trailers With Homes Underway in Rockcastle County

Ground was broken yesterday on a new housing initiative in Rockcastle County that will replace old and rundown trailers with new, energy-efficient homes.

The Recycling Old, Outdated Trailer Sites, or ROOTS, project will replace single-wides with new single-family homes.

The first phase of the project will see three new homes go up, with five more to follow.

The program led by the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation is using grants provided by JP Morgan Chase and Rural LISC.

At School Safety Forum, Bevin Blames ‘Violent Media,’ Calls Cell Phones ‘A Dangerous Tool’

Government leaders from Kentucky and nearby states gathered Tuesday for a listening session on school safety organized by the federal government. It is the second session organized by the Federal Commission on School Safety, which was formed after the February shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin called the problem of school shootings a “national epidemic” and suggested that schoolchildren spend too much time watching violent media.

During his remarks, Bevin held up his smart phone and called it a “very, very, very dangerous tool in the hands of young people.”

KY-1278 in Breathitt County Reopened After Washout

Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say KY-1278 in Breathitt County has been reopened after heavy rain Monday night caused part of the road to collapse between mile markers 2 and 3.

Only one lane of the road is reopened. H.B. Elkins with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 10 told WYMT-TV that it’ll be rough going, but passable as crews continue to work to stabilize the road.

State Board of Elections Sends Out Address Cards

The Kentucky State Board of Elections has mailed address verification cards to about 600,000 registered voters.

The board sent the postcards to people who have not voted or made any changes to their voter registration information in the past four years. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said voters who receive the card are still eligible to vote. Voters don’t have to do anything if the postcard contains their correct address. Anyone who gets a card with incorrect information should mark “return to sender” and put it back in the mail.

Grimes said the mailings are to satisfy federal requirements. She promised to fight any effort to suppress votes in Kentucky by unilateral purging of voter rolls.

Jackson Tractor Supply Partnering with Kentucky River Animal Shelter

The Jackson Tractor Supply store is partnering with Kentucky River Animal Shelter to support the rescue’s animal adoption program.

The store is supplying resources to help maintain the program- everything from monetary donations to food and crates.

Community rescue groups interested in hosting in-store adoption events at the Jackson Tractor Supply should contact the store by calling 606-666-5439 for more information.

Hindman Settlement School, Two Others Split $25,000 in Grant Money

A trio of Eastern Kentucky charities will split $25,000 as a result of Food City’s 100th anniversary Charity Challenge.

Hindman Settlement School was the 1st place winner. They plan to use their winnings to fund their summer dyslexia programs.

The Buckhorn Family and Children Services and Jenny Wiley Theatre came in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.