Two Elizabethtown cancer doctors are being sued for allegedly extending chemotherapy treatments in order to make more money.

Six former patients and the estates representing two other patients are suing Doctors Yusef Deshmukh and Rafiq Rahman, accusing the two of diluting the drugs used to treat their cancers, so that the treatment period would be made longer. The Courier-Journal reports the alleged actions by the doctors between 2006 and 2014 allowed them to improperly bill Medicaid and other programs for reimbursements.

Deshmukh and Rahman are already under investigation by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure related to the allegations.

The suit asks for unspecified damages and says the patients were made to unnecessarily retain catheters and ports inside their bodies.

The defendants have not yet filed a legal response to the suit. Meanwhile, the doctors accused in the suit are allowed to continue their practice, and their clinic remains open.

Emil Moffatt

The city of Elizabethtown will be responsible for testing and any abatement necessary at the historic church that’s set to become part of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame. 

The News-Enterprise reports the City Council voted unanimously Monday to enter into a contract with the board of the Hall of Fame for a fee simple title.  The former home of First Presbyterian Church has been vacant since 2011 when a non-profit organization moved out.

Organizers say they’re close to having the $1.15 million in place to start construction.  A groundbreaking ceremony could take place as early as July.

Emil Moffatt

Plans to give the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame a permanent home continue moving forward. 

The man spearheading the  project, Mike Pollio, says fundraising efforts have netted nearly a million dollars so far.

“We’re really excited about where we are,” said Pollio. “You know a million dollars is obviously a lot of money in today’s times. We’re only about $120 thousand short of building it.”

Pollio says they hope to break ground in July. The Hall of Fame could open a year later.   The Elizabethtown City Council is expected to vote next week on giving organizers a title to the property on West Dixie Avenue.  

Preliminary designs call for a historic church to be used as part of the Hall of Fame. A new building will be constructed next to it.

The long awaited final extension of the bypass around Elizabethtown got a big step toward completion Wednesday morning when Governor Beshear presented a $4.5 million check to the city for pre-construction funding.

The money represents estimates in the 2014 Highway Plan for right-of-way acquisition and utilities work for the final Ring Road segment.

The concept of a Ring Road bypass goes back to planning studies in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The project first appeared in the Kentucky Highway Plan in 1998 and has been built in stages,initially as a two-lane road but since widened to five lanes and now providing access to commercial and industrial business sites.

It currently runs from U.S. 31W, around the western side of Elizabethtown to connect with the Western Kentucky Parkway. The final extension will connect with I-65.

It’s a problem facing many dog owners who don’t have a big backyard or live an apartment: finding a place to let dogs spend their energy running without a leash. 

On October 4th in Elizabethtown, the city will open its first dog park at Freeman Lake Park just off Nalls Road.

Current mayor Edna Berger says the idea for a dog park came from the late Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker, who died suddenly of a heart attack last year.

The grand opening takes place October 4th and Friends of the Hardin County Animal Shelter will be on hand to promote pet adoptions.

Four Kentucky children remain hospitalized after suffering an apparent E. coli infection. The cluster of cases is being investigated by the Lincoln Trail District Health Department based in Elizabethtown. 

The first illness was reported in mid-August. Health Department Public Information Officer Wendy Keown says investigators are trying to determine if there is a common cause. 

"We thoroughly investigate activities such as recent travel, exposure to animals, food histories. You know, have they been swimming anywhere? And try to find any commonality between those to determine a source.  As of right now, there has not been a confirmed source of infection identified," said Keown.

The five children sickened with hemolytic uremic syndrome range in age from 18 months to six years. 

Keown says they are suffering kidney related problems. She says three of the children are from Hardin County and one each from Oldham and Boone Counties. 

Elizabethtown Business Acquired, Will Expand

Jun 13, 2014

Soudal Holding NV will acquire and expand Accumetric LLC. The international adhesive and sealant manufacturer will retain the 85 jobs currently at the facility and create as many as 77 new positions, investing nearly $21.2 million in the project.

Soudal will upgrade the technology of the plant and expand the 200,000 sq. ft. facility which will still operate under the name Accumetric.

Doctors, Practice Settle Elizabethtown Billings Case

Jun 4, 2014

Federal authorities say an Elizabethtown medical practice and two owners have agreed to a $3.7 million settlement in a case alleging false billings for chemotherapy patients.

A settlement agreement  announced by the U. S. Attorney's office in Louisville said federal and state officials contend that Dr. Rafiq Ur Rahman and Dr. Yusuf K. Deshmukh billed for unnecessary evaluations and along with their practice, Elizabethtown Hematology Oncology, extended chemotherapy times so they could improperly bill Medicare, Medicaid and other government health care programs.

The U. S. Attorney's office said some of the allegations were included in a "whistleblower" lawsuit brought by another physician who will receive more than $280,000 in the settlement.

Hardin County is one step closer to having its first ever YMCA facility.

A steering committee announced Thursday afternoon the selection of a 14 acre site in Elizabethtown where the YMCA will be built. Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nannette Johnston is chair of the committee, and says the project could have a positive impact on the community’s health.

“One of the alarming factors that I have seen is that when our student-athletes have physicals, the hospital has shared with us that they’re seeing an increase—even in our student-athletes—of cases of high blood pressure, weight problems, and some who are even on some kind of blood pressure medication,” Johnston told WKU Public Radio.

The Hardin County YMCA will be a branch of the Greater Louisville chapter of the organization.

The privately-owned land selected for the project is on Veteran’s Way in Elizabethtown behind the Best Buy store. Johnston says the property owner has agreed to make a sizeable donation to the effort, meaning the land will be bought below market level.

Anthony Clark Evans

The rise to prominence in the opera world continues for an Owensboro native.

Last week, Anthony Clark Evans was named a winner of the Sarah Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music foundation. Evans is one of only five young opera singers nationwide to win the $5,000 award this year. The audition for the grant was by invitation only.

“What it really means to me, is that I’m able to maybe make a few extra trips here and there and audition for more people because I’ll have a little bit of extra cash just sitting in the bank,” said Evans.  “I’ll be able to maybe take a flight out to New York again to sing for somebody that’s important out there.”

The  28-year-old baritone now resides in Elizabethtown but is currently studying at the Ryan Center of Lyric Opera in Chicago. He says he comes from a long line of singers.

“It really comes from my father. He was a trained singer and his father was a trained singer. I think it goes back four or five generations,” said Evans.

He studied voice at Murray State, but left school twice to save up more money to continue his education. The second time away, he got married and the couple settled in Elizabethtown where he took a job at a car dealership.