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Miscellaneous News concerning the Madison County, KY area.

KSP Charges Hardin Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

ARRESTED

Vine Grove, Ky. (November 20, 2019) On November 19, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Clifford J. Smith, 33, on charges related to child sexual exploitation.

Smith was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering Smith sharing files of child sexual exploitation online.

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State releases county unemployment data for October 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2019) –  Unemployment rates fell in 85 Kentucky counties between October 2018 and October 2019, rose in 24 and stayed the same in 11 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Fayette and Oldham counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent each. It was followed by Boone and Woodford counties, 2.9 percent each; Campbell, Henry, Pendleton, Scott and Shelby counties, 3 percent each; and Jessamine, Kenton and Spencer counties, 3.1 percent each.

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KSP Upgrades 911 Emergency Dispatch System

Post 12 Telecommunicator Victoria Smith receives instructions from Wes Willoughby and Kevin Woosley as she logs into the new system for the first time.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2019) — An upgrade to the Kentucky State Police 911 emergency dispatching system marks an important milestone for the agency.

The Kentucky State Police have been relying on their CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) program for over 15 years to supply the information needed by first responders when answering calls for service. 

“Our agency recognized the important role of having the correct technology to provide safer communities for our citizens,” said Kevin Woosley, KSP’s 911 Administrator. “We knew that the time had come to make a change as we had just outgrown our current CAD system.”

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Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

FRANKFORT, KY (Nov. 21, 2019) – Parties, family dinners and seasonal gatherings where food is served are a traditional part of holiday cheer. This holiday season, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), urges consumers to take precautions in purchasing and preparing food items, and to pay close attention to good hygiene practices to combat foodborne illness this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Berea College Assistant Professor Receives Ralph Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Dr. Suzanne Birner

Berea, Ky., Nov. 19, 2019 — Dr. Suzanne Birner, assistant professor at Berea College, was awarded the Ralph Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Dr. Birner competed with 167 applicants, many from R1 institutions (doctoral universities with the highest level of research activity). The $5,000 grant award is matched by each applicant’s institution.

Birner, who teaches geology, earth science and chemistry, says she studies the “rocks from the Earth’s upper mantle that are exposed along tectonic plate boundaries running through the planet’s oceans, in order to gain insight into the composition and character of the Earth’s interior.”

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KSP Investigates Early Morning Fatal Collision in Estill Co.

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is investigating a fatal collision that occurred just after 7:00 this morning on KY 82 (Spout Springs Rd) in Estill County.

The initial investigation indicates, a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Kelsey Wheeler, 20 years old of Beattyville, KY, was traveling south on Spout Springs Rd, when she lost control of her vehicle in a curve. Wheeler crossed the center line and collided with a 2006 Dodge Caravan, operated by Justin Carson, 34 years old of Irvine, KY, who was traveling north. 

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY

TRAFFIC ADVISORY:Lane closures scheduled for Interstate 75 Northbound in Fayette County.The temporary closures are necessary for routine bridge deck repairs.

Thursday, Nov. 21 – 6:30 p.m. until 12 a.m. (midnight)
Interstate 75 – Northbound
• the left/fast and middle lane will be closed between milepoints 112 and 115.2
o this location includes the Paris Pike and Newtown Pike bridges

Willie Walker Coffey

Willie Walker Coffey

Willie Walker Coffey, age 95, passed away Tuesday November 19, 2019 at Berea Health & Rehabilitation in Berea, KY. Willie was born July 31, 1924 in Rockcastle County to the late James and Lula Potter Coffey.

Willie was an avid storyteller. Telling stories about his youth and growing up. In his younger days, he would ride a bicycle from Berea to Hazard to visit family. Then as most would remember he traveled by moped everywhere he went. Willie attended Narrow Way Church of God in Jesus Name.

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US 25 Yard Sale 2020

Mark your calendars for June 4, 5 and 6, 2020, as the US 25 Yard Sale returns to Kentucky. The event will start at Corbin, Kentucky and will terminate at Richwood, Kentucky, the total route is about 175 miles. Several towns south of Corbin will be dropped from the route in 2020 due to lack of participation of the populous, and lack of support of the event by the local governments and chambers of commerce. The event remains one of the 15 longest yard sale events in America.

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Louisville Zoo to Host One of Largest Lantern Festivals in the Nation

The Louisville Zoo is happy to host one of the largest Chinese lantern festivals in the nation — Wild Lights: Asian Lantern Festival at the Louisville Zoo opens March 5, 2020 and runs through April 25, 2020. Wild Lights will be our community’s first-ever outdoor Chinese Lantern Festival. Tickets go on sale December 1, 2019.

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