Archives for August 2019

McConnell Undergoes Successful Shoulder Surgery

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell underwent successful surgery to repair a fracture in his shoulder — an injury he suffered when he fell at his Kentucky home earlier this month.

The surgery occurred Thursday in his hometown of Louisville.

A McConnell spokesperson said the surgery was performed without incident. No other details were given.

Mountain Music Festival Heading to Carter Caves State Park

A mountain music festival is planned at Carter Caves State Resort Park next month.

A statement from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet says that the Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin ‘ will be held Sept. 4-7 and feature traditional music from the hills of eastern Kentucky.

The festival is named for J.P. Fraley, who was known for collecting fiddle titles at festivals in Appalachia.

Regional musicians will jam in parking lots and around campfires while concerts will be held in the park’s amphitheater on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The statement says guest will hear a variety of folk, old-time, western, early country, and other musical genres.

17 Injured in Greyhound Bus Crash in Rockcastle County

A fire department in Kentucky says a collision between a commercial truck and a Greyhound bus has left at least 17 people injured.

WKYT-TV reports the bus was traveling from Atlanta to Cincinnati when it crashed Thursday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. in Rockcastle County.

Mount Vernon Fire Department says the injured people were taken to various hospitals and their conditions weren’t immediately known. It’s unclear what caused the crash. Police say the truck was flipped over onto the side of Interstate 75 and the right side of the Greyhound was caved in.

State Tourism Figures Are Up

Kentucky tourism officials say more people visited the state in 2018 and spent more money.Officials say visitor trips to and within the state topped 71.6 million last year and visitor spending rose to nearly $7.6 billion, up nearly 4% over the prior year and a 21% increase since 2013.The figures are the result of a study from Tourism Economics, the state Department of Tourism’s new research partner.

State Unemployment Numbers Are Posted

Kentucky officials say the state’s unemployment figure rose slightly in July but remained lower than the rate a year ago.The Kentucky Center for Statistics says the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.3% last month. The preliminary figure is up from the 4.1% rate in June. But it’s below the 4.4% jobless rate for the state in July 2018.State officials say the state’s manufacturing sector jumped by 3,900 jobs from June to July of this year. The professional and business services sector added 2,900 jobs.Officials say job declines occurred in some sectors, including leisure and hospitality, information services, educational and health services and mining and logging.

Murray State University Opens Autism Center

Murray State University says its Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is set to formally open next week.A statement from the school says there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a reception on Aug. 22.Officials say the center was designed to providing timely, comprehensive and affordable evaluation and treatment for children who display symptoms of autism and to provide support for families.

Police Chase Comes To Fiery Conclusion

A police chase came to a fiery end in Laurel County.Deputies say Mickey Wayne Grubb, 18, blew through a stop sign causing police to chase after him.Grubb nearly hit two people and a Trooper during the chase.Grubb lost control of the car on Barron Road striking an embankment. The car burst into flames and Grubb fled on foot.Police caught Grubb and he was arrested.Grubb faces multiple charges including fleeing or evading police, reckless driving and theft. Police say the car Grubb was driving was stolen.He is at the Laurel County Correctional Center.

Lawnmower Engine Company Closing In KY

Briggs & Stratton will expand its manufacturing plant in the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff and add 130 new jobs over the next year, while at the same time closing a plant in Kentucky.The company, which makes small gasoline engines used in lawnmowers, announced Thursday that it will consolidate operations in the Missouri plant and shut down the facility in Murray, Kentucky, by the fall of 2020.

Cracking Down On Condemned Buildings

In June, the city of Hazard issued 45 notices to building and property owners that had buildings that were not up to code. In 2018 the city created a codes board to oversee that buildings were maintained.The notices gave owners the chance to fix the code violations or show the provide the city plans to fix the violations.In the last couple days, officials in Hazard began cracking down on properties that are still not up to code.”In order to get businesses here, in order to get people to move back here we’re gonna have to do this,” said Police and Fire Commissioner Tony Eversole.One of the first properties condemned was a building along Memorial Drive near downtown Hazard.

More Visitors In Kentucky

Kentucky tourism officials say more people visited the state in 2018 and spent more money.Officials say visitor trips to and within the state topped 71.6 million last year and visitor spending rose to nearly $7.6 billion, up nearly 4% over the prior year and a 21% increase since 2013.The figures are the result of a study from Tourism Economics, the state Department of Tourism’s new research partner.Using the Tourism Economics model, officials say the tourism industry’s economic impact in Kentucky went from $10.9 billion in 2017 to $11.2 billion in 2018, generating more than 94,500 jobs and $787 million in state and local taxes.