Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Valley Authority chairman Bill Baxter says the federal utility has worked "extremely hard" to keep rate hikes as low as possible. Nonetheless, TVA customers are in for a big jump in electric rates. The TVA board Monday approved an increase of nearly 10%, blaming sharply rising fuel costs. The change will raise monthly bills between $4.75 and $8.75 for the average residential customer. TVA last raised rates in October when they went up just over 7.5%.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher will undergo a procedure to remove a gallstone embedded in a pancreatic duct. Fletcher spokesman Brett Hall says the Governor is expected to be under general anesthesia. During that time, Hall says there will be a temporary transfer of power from the Governor the Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence. The 53 year old Fletcher was taken to St. Joseph East in lexington Sunday and underwent an ultrasound Monday morning. Hall says the embedded gallstone was found during the scan
Danville, KY – Police in Danville have cancelled an Amber Alert issued for a missing three year old boy. They say the boy has been located with his father in Lebanon in Marion County. Police say the boy was not harmed. Officials issued the first alert last night for Pedro Cuesta. They say his father took the boy from his home in Danville after a domestic dispute.
London, KY – Students and faculty members at South Laurel High School held a memorial service Tuesday for an Army soldier killed in Iraq. Sergeant First Class Lance Cornett graduated from the high school in London fifteen years ago. Students in the school's ROTC program gave Cornett a farewell salute and played "Taps" during the morning service. Cornett died in fighting in central Iraq last week. He had joined the Army right out of high school in 1991.