Now that Lake Cumberland’s water level is back to its full summer point for the first time in eight years, the head of the state dock there says the region is in for a great tourist season.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced this week that the recent rain in southern Kentucky has pushed Lake Cumberland’s water level to 723 feet above sea level. The water level at the lake was dropped in 2007 while repair work was done on Wolf Creek Dam.
Lake Cumberland State Dock president Bill Jasper told WKU Public Radio it’s been a challenge fighting off negative public perceptions about the lake over the past eight years. He says this week’s news helps erase those problems.
“We’ve still got one of the biggest waterways east of the Mississippi in terms of volume of water, and people thought we were dry. So, we still get that question at boat shows. So this takes away all that uncertainty.”
The mayor of Jamestown says state officials have begun reaching out to the 600 Fruit of the Loom workers whose jobs will be lost later this year.
The apparel company announced last week that it would move operations overseas and layoffs would occur in phases starting in June.
Mayor Terry Lawless hopes another manufacturer will come to Jamestown.
"It would thrill me to death that when they leave that the doors open for someone else to be in there and revenue starts picking right up, but we have to be realistic too," acknowledged Lawless. "That probably won't happen right away, but we've got our hopes it will eventually."
The city of Jamestown receives $200,000 a year in occupational taxes from plant employees.
A south-central Kentucky grand jury has added rape to the charges facing a man accused of killing a pregnant runner in June. Kentucky State Police said Wednesday that a Russell County grand jury indicted 28-year-old Christopher W. Allman. He was charged earlier with murder, fetal homicide, kidnapping, robbery and tampering with physical evidence in the June 14 death of 31-year-old Sarah B. Hart.