A former social worker for the Hardin County Schools has left a $2.42 million endowment for college scholarships there. The News-Enterprise reports Charley Nell Llewellyn’s gift is expected to generate about $100,000 a year and is the largest philanthropic gift in the county’s history.
Authorities are ordering a second round of evacuations near the site of a train derailment in Louisville as work begins to remove hazardous chemicals from some of the cars. Officials said Monday the latest evacuation will only affect a fraction of the area included in an evacuation almost two weeks ago that sent hundreds from their homes after a chemical fire erupted at the site.
A Tennessee legislator who repeatedly asked the Department of Children's Services for information is calling for the commissioner's ouster. State Rep. Sherry Jones, a Democrat from Nashville, is asking Gov. Bill Haslam to remove DSC Commissioner Kate O'Day, according to The Tennessean.
Members of Tennessee's Board of Pharmacy recently revoked the license of the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak, but a review by The Tennessean shows the board has been lenient on compounding pharmacies in this state accused of violations.
Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green has opened a food pantry for students or staff members in need of emergency food assistance. The pantry is open two days a week. Students or staff can pick up five days' worth of meals and can use the food pantry a total of six times a year.
Gov. Bill Haslam will wrap up budget hearings this week. The hearings are for fiscal year 2013-14. Despite improving state revenues, the Republican governor has asked state departments to develop plans for a 5 percent spending cut as a fallback.
Indiana isn’t talking about legalizing marijuana the way Colorado and Washington voters did this week, but key legislators from both parties are looking at decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the drug. Supporters say that prosecuting pot users carries too high a cost in state spending and ruined lives, crowding state prisons and damaging young offenders’ futures.
A published report says three agencies are investigating allegations that a former state official pressured workers to contribute to the re-election campaign of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. The Courier-Journal reports the FBI, the state attorney general's office and the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission have interviewed current or former employees of the Department of Juvenile Justice about calls made in 2010 by former deputy secretary Charles Geveden.
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake centered in Kentucky also rattled at least three other states. The USGS website says the epicenter of the 4.3 magnitude earthquake on Saturday afternoon was about 10 miles west of Whitesburg, in Letcher County.
Authorities say crews will start removing hazardous materials next week from a train that derailed on the outskirts of Louisville nearly two weeks ago. A spokeswoman for the Louisville-Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency says the plan to transfer hydrogen fluoride and butadiene from stricken rail tank cars has been approved.