Are you an avid fisherman? A lake resident? A weekender who loves being on the water? You could be part of a growing number of citizens dedicated to improving the Commonwealth’s 440,000 acres of lake waters through the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.
Offered through a partnership between the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Watershed Watch in Kentucky, this program gives residents the opportunity to join other citizen scientists across the state who have made a commitment to monitor and report the condition of their chosen lake on a regular basis, now through October.
Eric Russell, who lives near Kentucky Lake in Marshall County, said the time required to be involved in the lake monitoring program is minimal compared to the sense of contribution he feels. “I went to MSU and studied Biology and GIS years ago, but ended up following a different career path,” Russell said. “I live near the lake and want to be a part of helping to monitor our natural resources.”
Update for Interstate 75 rehabilitation project in Rockcastle County.This is part of the rehabilitation project that includes milling and resurfacing for the interstate. Pavement conditions will be addressed in both north and south directions. In addition, guardrail will be repaired for specific sections as necessary.
Interstate 75 – Southbound: Friday, July 19 – 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. (times are approximate) • Paving operations will be in effect for the left/fast lane and shoulder Sunday, July 21 through Monday, July 22 – 7 a.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday • Paving operations will begin for the middle lane and progress to the right/slow lane and shoulder.
On July 18, 2019 the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Brandon M. Sally, 46, on charges related to rape, sodomy, promoting/use of a sexual performance by a minor, and distribution/possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.
Sally was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering Sally sharing files of child sexual exploitation online.
Find out about frontier life in Kentucky by visiting Carter Caves State Resort Park for the 28th Annual Pioneer Life Week July 22-29.
This event focuses on life in Kentucky in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time in the Pioneer Encampment near the Carter Caves campground registration building.
See re-enactors demonstrate skills needed for frontier life Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Friday, July 19, 2019, in honor of two Kentucky servicemen who were killed in action during World War II and the Korean War, but whose remains were only recently identified.
Navy Seaman 1st Class Millard Burk Jr., 19, of Pikeville, died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 7, 1941, he was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Burk.
Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky sailor who died in World War II, but whose remains have just been positively identified.
Navy Fireman 1st Class Billy J. Johnson, 22, of Caney, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Johnson.
From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.
Health officials with the Department for Public Health (DPH), located within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), urge the public to take steps to avoid injury and illness during periods of extreme summertime heat.
“During summer we often spend long periods of time outside. However, with warmer extreme temperatures comes the risk of overexertion, so we advise the public to take steps to keep cool and prevent harm,” said Jeff Howard, DPH Commissioner. “Serious injury and even death – particularly for children and older adults exposed to extreme levels of heat – can occur.”
Governor Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced a $16.6 million investment to fund 42 transformative community projects statewide through the Commonwealth’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Funding 80 percent of the total project costs, the awards support safe connections and accessibility primarily through sidewalk improvements for the general pedestrian, children and disabled populations.
Original Release: On Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at approximately 8:18 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was contacted by McCreary County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance on an officer-involved shooting that had taken place at a residence on Lick Creek Road in McCreary County.
Preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 8:00 PM, a McCreary County Deputy sheriff along with a McCreary County constable responded to a welfare check at a residence on Lick Creek Road.
Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that an ongoing labor trafficking investigation involving multiple agencies has led to an Indiana man being charged in Bowling Green for endangering the welfare of 12 minors.
Shawn Floyd, 54, of Indianapolis, was charged by Beshear’s office with 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, Class A misdemeanors, and one count of controlled substance prescription not in original container, a Class B misdemeanor.
The Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet (PPC) announces the appointment of Krista Locke as Executive Director of the Office of Communications & Public Outreach. PPC Secretary K. Gail Russell announced the appointment, which is effective immediately.
“Krista’s communications experience is extensive, and her involvement with local government is an asset,” said PPC Secretary Gail Russell. “I appreciate her willingness to step away from her career in the private sector to serve the Commonwealth.”
Treasurer Allison Ball has appointed five members to the inaugural Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission Board, her office announced. The appointments follow a new law giving the State Treasurer authority to appoint members to the statewide board.
“I am proud of the selections I have made for the Financial Empowerment Commission Board,” Treasurer Ball said. “These appointees are highly qualified and each bring a unique perspective to the Financial Empowerment Commission. I look forward to leading the efforts of the entire Board as we work to increase financial empowerment across the Commonwealth.”
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), along with local health departments across the state, is reminding the public about the potential for rabies exposure from contact with bats and other wildlife.
Public Protection Cabinet Secretary K. Gail Russell names Carol Beth Martin as Commissioner of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Karen Sellers as Deputy Commissioner and Distilled Spirits Administrator.
“The Commonwealth is fortunate to have such impressive women leading a department that oversees one of Kentucky’s signature industries,” said Secretary Russell. “I am grateful for Carol Beth and Karen’s commitment to service.”
Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today his office is moving forward with an investigation into inflated prescription drug prices by submitting a request for proposal (RFP) to bolster his legal team.
In March, Beshear launched an investigation into pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), who control the prescription drug market for several state programs. It is alleged that PBMs have overcharged the state health insurance programs for prescription drugs and discriminated against local pharmacies. Beshear seeks to recover any profits improperly retained by PBMs at the expense of the Commonwealth and its taxpayers.
Today, Gov. Matt Bevin furthered his commitment to “serve those who serve us” by joining state lawmakers, members of the Lexington Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and Homeland Security officials in Lexington to call for passage, as soon as possible, of legislation to ensure local law enforcement can effectively cooperate with federal agencies in combatting crime.
The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Danny Carroll and Rep. John Blanton, prohibits local governments from enacting “sanctuary” policies that prevent local law enforcement from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
An investigation led by the Fraud Division of the Kentucky Department of Insurance (DOI) resulted in court-ordered restitution of $19,380 and a five-year diverted jail sentence for a Pike County woman.
Courtney B. Saunders, 32, of Pikeville, pled guilty to a Class D felony of insurance fraud after DOI identified 39 false medical records submitted by Saunders to AFLAC. Saunders submitted false claims over a two-year period from July 2015 – December 2016. Insurance giant, AFLAC paid Saunders $19,380 in claim reimbursements, and reported the suspected fraud to DOI. DOI subsequently launched an investigation in October 2017.