Hardin County

Regional
7:11 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Second Mistrial for Hardin County Father in Infant Death

The second trial for a Hardin County father accused in the death of his month-old son has ended with a hung jury. Prosecutors had accused 25-year-old Jarrod Davis of murder and abuse in the 2013 death of Ja'Vion Davis.

Jurors sent a note to the judge late Friday after more than six hours of deliberations saying they could not reach a unanimous verdict in the case.

An indictment said Davis "wantonly engaged in conduct that created a grave risk of death" to the child. A medical examiner found blunt force trauma to the baby's head and several other injuries. Davis said the injuries occurred when he dropped the infant.

Davis' first trial also ended with a hung jury.

Regional
5:57 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Doctors, Practice Settle Elizabethtown Billings Case

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.

Health
3:18 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Land Selected for Site of Hardin County's First YMCA

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.

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Regional
10:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Nielsen Closing Radcliff Call Center; Nearly 240 Employees Likely Affected

The Nielsen company says it is closing a call center in Radcliff where 237 people are employed.

The News-Enterprise reports Nielsen senior human resources partner Tamela Puckett said in a notice sent to city officials that the media statistics company will shutter the center on July 31. The letter said the closure is expected to be permanent.

A statement from the company says the move is part of a reorganization effort.

Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall said Nielsen had operated the Radcliff call center for more than 15 years. He called the announcement "unfortunate" for the community.

Education
4:10 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

North Hardin High School Marching Band to Perform in 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Members of a Hardin County music group got a big surprise Wednesday.

The North Hardin High School Marching Band has been selected to perform in next year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Macy’s Parade officials worked secretly with school personnel to surprise band members with the news Wednesday afternoon at the school in Radcliff.

Band members were called to the gym for the surprise announcement that they were selected out of hundreds of applicants to be one of ten marching bands to participate in the 2015 parade.

Lexington’s Paul Laurence Dunbar High School marching band is performing in this year’s Macy’s Parade.

Education
3:28 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Corporate Gift Brings Specialized STEM Curriculum to Third Hardin County High School

Starting in August, John Hardin High School students will be able to take Project Lead The Way classes at their school in Elizabethtown.
Credit Hardin County Schools

A financial gift from a corporation will allow a Hardin County high school to offer a curriculum designed to help students excel in the STEM fields.

Dow Corning Corporation announced Monday that it’s donating $25,000 to implement the Project Lead The Way program at John Hardin High School. Project Lead the Way is a non-profit effort that designs programs related to science, technology, engineering, and math that are used in over 5,000 schools in the country.

Hardin County Schools spokesman John Wright says Project Lead the Way will open doors for students who excel in the program.

“North Hardin, John Hardin, and Central Hardin engineering students will now get the prerequisites that they need at their home high schools that will allow them to go to our new Hardin County Schools’ Early College and Career Center that opens in August.”

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Business
4:06 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Hendrickson USA Brings Huge Investment and Jobs To Hardin County

The manufacturer of suspension systems and components for heavy-duty vehicles will create 75 jobs as a result of their $20 million investment. The company held a ceremonial groundbreaking for their plant Wednesday in Elizabethtown.

The site will manufacture products to supply the company's existing operations in nearby states at their new location in the T. J. Patterson Industrial Park. Construction of the 100,000 sq ft building is expected to be completed later this year. The company has two existing operations in Somerset and Lebanon employing 450 Kentuckians.

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Regional
1:08 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Snow, Ice Stressing Salt Supply in Elizabethtown Area

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

This week’s snowfall and ice across parts of Kentucky are taking a toll on the Transportation Cabinet’s salt supply. Spokesman Chris Jessie says District 4 – which includes Hardin, Hart, Larue and eight other surrounding counties, has had to order reinforcements and borrow from the reserve stock in Louisville.

“We’re keeping close watch on the forecast through this upcoming week,” said Jessie.  “So while we have salt on hand in our District 4 counties, if we continue to get these rounds of snow and ice as we’ve had over the past week, our situation will become more critical.”

He says crews are currently using salt “wisely”, but if supplies continue to diminish they may have to resort to conservation efforts.  He says that means treating only main routes and those roadways with the highest volume of traffic.  

“We want to be sure motorists understand this potential conservation method before we have to implement it,” said Jessie.

As of last week, the Transportation Cabinet said that crews had spread more than 220,000 tons of salt across the state this winter.

Regional
5:27 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Woman Crashes Car Into Elizabethtown Kroger...Again

June Ann Blocker

An Elizabethtown woman is facing charges after police say she deliberately smashed her car into a Kroger store, and it's not the first time she's done it.

June Ann Blocker allegedly drove through the front door of the Dolphin Drive store Wednesday, injuring two people when she slammed into the checkout lane. She's charged with drunk driving, assault, criminal mischief and wanton endangerment. Police say Blocker was charged more than a decade ago with doing the exact same thing at another Elizabethtown Kroger. Friends say the incidents are related to a running vendetta she has with the company as a former employee.

Kroger isn't the only chain where Blocker has been blocked from entry. A court order demanded she stay away from all Hardin County Walmart stores and take her medication.

Regional
1:20 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Despite Controversy, 'The Butler' to Be Shown in Elizabethtown This Weekend

The State Theater in downtown Elizabethtown
Credit Emil Moffatt

Five months after Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” made its debut in theaters, residents of Elizabethtown will have the opportunity to see the film on the big screen this weekend. The State Theater in downtown Elizabethtown will show the movie Friday through Sunday. 

In August, Ike Boutwell, the owner of the town’s first-run movie theater and a Vietnam veteran, refused to show the film because it featured Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.  

Fonda’s actions during the Vietnam War have not been forgotten by many veterans.

But Emily West, the director of the State Theater says Elizabethtown residents deserve a chance to see the movie on the big screen.

“I appreciate his decision and I appreciate what he [Boutwell] did for this country,” said West. “I am in no way a Jane Fonda supporter, I do think what she did was wrong, but it was a very long time ago and this is a wonderful film that was not able to be shown originally and I’m just giving folks the opportunity.”

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