Archives for October 2019

Catholic Priest Resigns Amid Allegations

A Catholic priest in Kentucky has resigned as pastor of a church following allegations of inappropriate contact made by two men.

Bishop John Stowe accepted the resignation of the Rev. Alan Carter as pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Danville this week.

Catholic Diocese of Lexington communications director Don Clemmer says Carter was removed as vocations director of the diocese last month following the first allegation, which Clemmer says dates back to when Carter was ordained seven years ago.

Clemmer says he’s not aware of any criminal charges against Carter.

Senate Republicans Call Any Gambling Expansion ‘Dead on Arrival’

Two top Republican lawmakers said Thursday that any effort to legalize casino gambling in Kentucky would be “dead on arrival” in the Senate.

The statement reflected a policy reversal for Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, who once sponsored a ballot proposal to legalize casino gambling.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear touts casino gambling as a long-overdue way to generate more than $500 million in yearly tax revenue. He proposes using the money to support Kentucky’s underfunded public pension systems.

Floyd Co. Prison Reopening Under State Lease

Kentucky officials announced plans Friday to lease a private prison in Floyd County that will house hundreds of inmates.

The 650-bed facility in Wheelwright will be run by the state, providing needed space for medium-security inmates.
The venture will help alleviate the backlog of inmates placed in overburdened county jails while awaiting transfer to state prisons. The state plans to lease the prison from Tennessee-based CoreCivic. The proposed lease would last for 10 years.

The facility, once known as Otter Creek, last housed inmates in 2012.

Former Mammoth Cave National Park Employee Sentenced

A former longtime employee at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for skimming money from the park’s recreational fees.A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Louisville says former employee Leslie Lewis took nearly $170,000 of funds collected from the public “by manipulating the fee collection system and the employees she supervised.” Prosecutors say Lewis created false deposit documents and used a duplicate check scheme to hide the theft.

Corbin Firefighters Fighting Breast Cancer

Corbin firefighters are wearing pink helmets this month to raise awareness for breast cancer.They sell sponsorships to local businesses for the helmets.The fire department is also selling t-shirts for $10.They have done this the past few years. In previous years, the proceeds have gone to the Tri-County Cancer Coalition, but this year it is going to Baptist Health Corbin.The money will go to purchasing a new mammography machine.Apparently the fire department ony has a few t-shirts left.

Identifying A Soldier From Pearl Harbor

The remains of a sailor killed at Pearl Harbor have been identified as those of a Kentucky soldier. I’s being reported 20-year-old Seaman Second Class Hubert Hall was aboard the USS Oklahoma with 428 crewmen on Dec. 7, 1941, when it was struck by Japanese torpedoes and capsized. Military officials say remains of the crew were recovered over the next several years and buried.The military first tried to identify the remains in 1947, and 35 soldiers were identified. The station says Hall was partially identified in 2015 through DNA analysis.

Beware Of The Danger Of Space Heaters

Turning on the heat may not sound dangerous, but it could put your house in flames.Corbin Fire Department Captain Eric Philpot says they see a lot of fires start because of space heaters. Flammable objects must be at least three feet away from the heater.”We’ll find them with clothes laid on top of them or blankets. People may try to warm a blanket up by laying it on a space heater. It is very dangerous to do that,” said Philpot.They also see people overloading outlets which can cause electrical fires.”You should never put an extension cord as a permanent fix. You should maybe only have a space heater plugged into one outlet with nothing else plugged into it,” said firefighter Ben Craft.

KY School Administrators Plead Not Guilty

Two Kentucky school administrators pleaded not guilty to charges they improperly handled sexual abuse allegations against a teacher.The State Journal reports Franklin County Superintendent Mark Kopp and Bondurant Middle School Principal Whitney Allison entered pleas Tuesday. Kopp is charged with trying to bribe a public servant. Allison is charged with failure to report child neglect or abuse.

It’s Deer Driving Season

Watch out for deer when you are out driving this fall.White-tailed deer’s peak mating season and hunting season is in October and November making them more likely to suddenly run onto the roads. The chance of a collision between a deer and a car increases greatly in the fall months.Officials warn drivers that deer are more active in the mornings and around sunset, when driver’s visibility may already be impaired. The National Highway Safety Administration said there are approximately 1.5 million deer-related car accidents annually and nearly 200 fatalities.

KY Inmates Complete GED

Class is in session at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.”We are trying to create new interest here and get more inmates to come out and get their GED,” says Assistant Director of Big Sandy Community and Technical College Skills U LauraTackett.After several years with low enrollment rates, administrator Byron Hansford wanted to find a way for more inmates to take advantage of the opportunity to get their GED.So he decided to offer $50 in commissary money to each person who completes the entire program.