9:24 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Elizabethtown Mayor Dies Unexpectedly

City officials in Elizabethtown say Mayor Tim Walker died unexpectedly early this morning. 

Hardin Memorial Hospital issued the following statement: "It is with deep sadness that we inform the community of the passing of Mayor Timothy Walker this morning at 5:33 a.m. at Hardin Memorial Hospital. At this time, please keep the Walker family in your prayers. At the request of the family, please respect their privacy.”

Walker’s body is being transferred to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Walker was 54 years old.  Before being elected mayor in 2010, Walker was a former city firefighter, a city councilman, and businessman.

Check back later for updates to this story.

6:05 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Kentucky Tea Party Activists Ask Judge to Decide Health Exchange Lawsuit

Tea party activists have asked a judge to resolve a lawsuit over the legality of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange by granting a summary judgment.

Irvine attorney Michael Dean filed a motion Thursday asking that Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip J. Shepherd rule in favor of the activists. They also want a permanent injunction that would essentially shut down the exchange, a product of the federal health care overhaul intended to help uninsured people arrange health insurance coverage.

Attorneys for the state asked last month that the tea party lawsuit be dismissed. But Shepherd refused.

Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange is set to begin open enrollment Oct. 1, and the exchange starts operation Jan. 1.

2:07 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

South Central Kentucky Residents Charged with Stealing Painkillers from Pharmacy

A former pharmacy worker and two other Allen County residents were indicted this week by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green.  The trio is charged with conspiracy to distribute pain medicine that was stolen from a pharmacy by a former employee. 

According to the seven count federal indictment, 46-year-old Lynn Harper Denton, who worked at Stovall’s Pharmacy in Scottsville, conspired to sell more than $5,000 worth of stolen Hydrocodone. 

Also charged in the indictment are two other Allen County residents, 34-year-old Katherine Virginia Rookstool and 47-year-old Jeffrey Clay Stinson. 

If convicted at trial, each defendant faces a minimum of 25 years in prison.

10:50 am
Thu June 13, 2013

NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Medical Helicopter Crash in Eastern Kentucky

The National Transportation Safety Board has released preliminary information, on the June 6th Air EVAC helicopter crash in Clay County.

Several witnesses reported the helicopter was spinning prior to the crash, about 750 feet from their base landing zone. One told investigators it was in a 40-degree nose up attitude, and shortly after, no engine sound was heard.

There was conflicting testimony: some witnesses saying the weather was clear, others that there was dense fog. According to security camera recordings, the helicopter erupted into a fireball, immediately upon impact.

All three crew members aboard, Pilot Eddy Sizemore, Paramedic Lee Dobbs and Nurse Jesse Jones were killed.  A public memoiral service for them will be held in the North Laurel High School gym, at 10:00 Saturday morning.

The investigation into the crash continues.

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9:57 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Corker Asks President Obama to Provide Lethal Aid to Syrian Opposition

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)

Tennessee’s junior U.S. Senator is asking the White House to provide arms to certain groups within the Syrian opposition.

Republican Bob Corker wrote a letter to President Obama this week, urging him to allow lethal aid to vetted elements within the opposition who aren’t hardline Islamists.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Corker, the ranking member of the GOP on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, argued in his letter that providing arms to secular elements in the Syrian opposition would “shift momentum away from radical Islamist groups, the Assad regime and its militias toward more moderate elements and could help alter the balance of power on the ground at a time when negotiations over a political settlement have stalled.”

Some senior U.S. officials told the Journal that Corker’s proposal would have little more than symbolic value at this point, given that arms are already widely available inside Syria.

5:11 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

FOP Organizing Benefit for Family of Slain Bardstown Officer

The Louisville chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police is planning a fundraiser to help the family of a slain Bardstown police officer.  Jason Ellis was gunned down on the Bluegrass Parkway on May 25, leaving behind his wife and two young sons. 

"All the proceeds from the benefit will go to the Ellis family just for every day expenses like food, lights, the mortgage," says River City FOP Lodge President Anita Simkins.  "In the case of Jason's  family, his wife doesn't work and they have a special needs child."

The benefit is scheduled for June 22 at the River City FOP Lodge in Louisville.  The FOP is requesting donations of items to be auctioned or raffled.

1:04 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

George Patton Museum to be Rededicated with New Purpose

An exhibit at the George Patton Museum at Ft. Knox
Credit General George Patton Museum and Center for Leadership

The George Patton Museum and Center for Leadership at Fort Knox is set to be rededicated Friday after a three-year renovation. The museum will open its doors with a new focus following a $5 million overhaul.

Gone are the days when the facility was dedicated to a collection of tank artifacts, something that was appropriate when Ft. Knox was home to the Army’s Armor School.

Instead, the Patton Museum will now focus on interactive features teaching lessons in military leadership from 1775 to the present. The museum will also soon be home to a fire truck that was used in the response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

The museum’s focus on leadership dovetails with the presence of the U.S. Army Cadet Command at Ft. Knox. That organization is responsible for commissioning the Army’s future officer leaders.

Gov. Steve Beshear and Ft. Knox Commanding General Jeff Smith will speak at Friday's rededication ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. eastern.

10:55 am
Wed June 12, 2013

The Best Kentucky and Indiana Basketball Players Square Off Friday in Louisville

Kentucky's 2013 Mr. Basketball, Dominique Hawkins of Madison Central

The annual showdown between the best boy’s and girl’s high school basketball players in Kentucky and Indiana is set for this Friday night.

Both games are at Freedom Hall in Louisville, with the girl’s game starting at 5:30 p.m. eastern, and the boy’s following at 7:30. The four teams then play again the following night in Indianapolis.

The Kentucky boy’s team is led by the state’s Mr. Basketball winner, Dominique Hawkins of Madison Central. Members of the team from our listening area include Devonte Grundy from Bardstown and Jordan Majors of Hopkinsville.

University of Kentucky signee Derek Willis of Bullitt East is also on the team.

The Kentucky girl’s team is filled with players from our listening area, including this year’s Miss Basketball, Makayla Epps of Marion County. Her Marion County teammates Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and Logan Powell are also on the squad, along with Becca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic, Jessica Hardin of Wayne County, and Michaela Hunter of Rockcastle County.

The Indiana boys are led by Mr. Basketball Zak Irvin, and Indiana University recruit. He's joined by fellow future Hoosiers Devin Davis and Collin Hartman. The Indiana girls feature Miss Basketball Stephanie Mavunga.

6:47 am
Wed June 12, 2013

In Butler County, A New Marker Tells Story of Union Army Officer

A historical marker that tells about a Union Army officer who led a mass prison escape will be dedicated Saturday in Morgantown, where he was murdered in 1895.

The marker tells the story of Maj. Andrew Graff Hamilton of Pennsylvania. The Kentucky Historical Society says Hamilton joined Company A of the 12th Kentucky Cavalry in 1862 and was captured at Jonesboro, Tenn., a year later and sent to Libby Prison in Richmond, Va.

Hamilton and Col. Thomas Rose led the escape of 109 Union officers in 1864, but Rose and 47 others were recaptured.

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2:51 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

NWS Confirms EF2 Tornado in South Central Kentucky

Credit Michael Cook

Surveyors from the National Weather Service were in Logan County Tuesday, assessing damage from a tornado that touched down on Highway 96 Monday.  An EF2 tornado was confirmed with wind speeds up to 135 miles per hour. 

According to Terry Cole, deputy emergency management director for Logan County,  seven homes are in ruins.

"One of the families was in Florida when their home was totally destroyed," says Cole.  I haven't been able to talk to them, but I talked to some of their kinfolk, and they're on their way back."

Several grain bins and barns were destroyed, as well as some tobacco and corn crops. 

Cole says only two people were sent to the hospital and their injuries were minor.