Gov. Steve Beshear has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Saturday in honor of a Daviess County soldier killed in Afghanistan. Twenty-six-year-old Sergeant Michael Cable of Philpot died March 27 from injuries he sustained when he was attacked by a knife-wielding Afghan teenager.
Sgt. Cable was a member of the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell.
Funeral services for Cable are being held Saturay at 1 p.m. at Haley-McGuiness Funeral Home in Owensboro, with burial services immediately following at Rose Hill Cemetery.
WKU’s director of basketball operations has resigned to pursue coaching opportunities. Jake Morton came to WKU in 2011 as an assistant coach, but was moved to the director of basketball operations job this past season.
Morton was an assistant coach at the University of Miami before he came to WKU. In February, WKU received word from the NCAA that Morton could be sanctioned for alleged violations that took place during his time at Miami.
The NCAA investigation of the Miami Hurricanes' athletic department from 2007 to 2009 involves a former booster who was later convicted of running a Ponzi scheme. The NCAA has accused Morton of accepting $6,000 from the booster, and providing transportation for the AAU coach of a top high school prospect Miami was recruiting at the time.
Tennessee is making progress in fixing problems with the computer system that is designed to track abused and neglected children. The $ 27 million system, known as the Tennessee Family and Child Tracking System, or TFACTS—has been wracked with problems since it was introduced in 2010.
The Tennessean reports federal monitors filed papers this week detailing progress made by the Department of Children’s Services in getting those issues fixed.
The statewide computer system was supposed to be able to handle the majority of DCS cases, including suspicions of abuse and neglect, as well as adoption and foster care cases. But the system has been blamed for numerous problems, including a failure to produce reports regarding children who died while in agency custody and an inability to pay Tennessee foster parents.
DCS caseworkers say TFACTS is difficult to navigate and frequently kicks them out of the system halfway through writing reports.
A civilian employee died following a Wednesday shooting incident in the parking lot outside the U.S. Army Human Resources Command headquarters at Ft. Knox.
The victim, who was an employee of the Human Resources Command, was taken by ambulance to Ireland Army Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating a personal incident and not a random act of violence," said Chris Grey, spokesperson for the independent Army investigative agency.
The name of the deceased is being withheld until 24 hours after family notification.
A news release from public affairs officers at Ft. Knox states that police are interested in speaking with an individual who is described as follows: A 5-foot, 9-inch African-American male with black hair and brown eyes. It is believed he may be using a black Yamaha motorcycle for transportation.
Update at 9:10am: An earlier advisory from the Transportation Cabinet stated the truck was hauling lumber. Additional information determined it was a load of steel. The crash occurred in the construction zone, creating issues with removing material due to barrier wall constricting boundaries of the roadway.
The towing company is on the scene and working to remove the truck from the northbound lanes.
Motorists continue to be detoured off I-65 at Cave City and back on the interstate at Horse Cave.
Crews on site anticipate having the area cleared and open to traffic in 2-3 hours.
Detour traffic is slow moving and traffic is currently backed up about six miles.
A tractor trailer hauling a load of lumber crashed Wednesday morning on northbound I-65 in southern Hart county at mile marker 55. The load is scattered across both lanes and has shut down the northbound direction.
Motorists are being detoured off I-65 at Cave City and back onto the interstate at Horse Cave.
The interstate is expected to remain closed for two to four hours.
A release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says motorists should anticipate slow moving traffic while traveling in the detour.