5:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Propane Supply Looks Better This Winter

State officials are optimistic that propane will be in better supply this winter.  Last winter season, propane shortages across the state left many struggling to heat their homes.

Kentucky Propane Gas Association Executive Director Todd Griffin says one of the factors in last year’s shortage was an abundance of summer rain leading to a longer grain drying season in the fall.

“That really put us behind the 8-ball because right after the grain drying season we had bitterly cold weather that came into the state and hung around for many months," explained Griffin.  "As everyone will remember, we had very, very cold weather with the polar vortex that came in. Quite frankly, the inventory and the supply levels just couldn’t keep up with the increased demand for heating.”

Griffin says suppliers encouraged customers to buy up propane earlier which in turn will stabilize wholesale and retail prices come winter.  Griffin recommends customers sign up for automatic deliveries rather than a will-call basis which helps truck drivers prepare more efficient routes. Customers should also request to refill their tanks around the 25 percent mark rather than waiting for it to run down completely.

2:22 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Kentucky Taking Bids On Development at State Park

Credit Commonwealth of Kentucky

Kentucky is soliciting proposals from companies interested in building and operating a lodging facility at General Burnside Island State Park on Lake Cumberland near Somerset.

Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker told The Commonwealth Journal conditions are right at the park for such a facility.

Burnside Mayor Ron Jones called the idea "a godsend for the community."

Dudley Webb, chair of the board and founder of The Webb Companies, Lexington, and Mike Czerwonka, president of Czerwonka & Associates, Louisville, both say are still interested in General Burnside Island State Park.

The Webb Companies' currently most visible project is CentrePointe in Lexington and his company has developed several marines on Lake Cumberland and one on Dale Hollow Lake. Czerwonka has tie-ins with numerous hotel chains in the South.

2:26 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Kentucky Farm Receipts Hit All-Time High

Kentucky farmers collected $5.67 billion in sales receipts in 2013, setting an all-time record
Credit Abbey Oldham/WKU Public Radio

Sales receipts for Kentucky farmers reached record levels in 2013. The statistics were made available this week by the National Agriculture Statistics Service and showed the commonwealth's farmers raking in more than $5.6 billion dollars last year. 

It marked a 16 percent uptick from 2012. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer credits an excellent growing season, strong prices for crops, cattle and horses.

Kentucky’s top agriculture commodity: poultry and eggs, which accounted for $ 1.2 billion of the sales receipts. One sector of the agriculture industry that fell, however, was Kentucky tobacco crops which saw a one-percent decline.

9:28 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Bowling Green Recognized by National Geographic

Credit National Geographic

National Geographic recently named Bowling Green a Top 10 All-American City in its new book “World’s Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Destinations.” 

Bowling Green was picked because it’s home to the Corvette. Telia Butler with the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau says the designation gives the city more international acclaim.

"National Geographic is such a major news outlet.  People all over the world look to National Geographic for information on places to go visit, usually exotic or unique places.  This will put Bowling Green on the map for people who may not have considered coming here before."

Louisville was the only other Kentucky city featured in the publication.  Louisville was named a Top to Food city because of the Brown Hotel, home to the famous Hot Brown.

4:34 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Glasgow Hospital Found Guilty in Child Birth Negligence Case

Credit T.J. Samson

Following a week-long trial, a Barren County jury took just over an hour to find T. J. Samson Hospital guilty of negligence Tuesday night.

The hospital was ordered to pay $18.3 million to the family of a baby born with severe brain injuries at the hospital in 2011. The doctor handling the birth of Tristan Hamilton was cleared of all charges.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports the baby was born with a form of cerebral palsy as well as other health issues.

The jurors agreed T. J. Samason failed in its duty to properly care for Tristan and his mother Brittney Hamilton.

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2:31 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Givens Selected Senate President Pro Tem

Sen. David Givens has been nominated as Kentucky Senate president pro tem
Credit Kentucky LRC

Senate Republicans have nominated  Greensburg business owner David Givens to become the second-highest ranking official in the state Senate.

Republicans chose Sen. Givens to replace retiring Sen. Katie Stine as Senate president pro tem during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday. It is the first leadership position for Givens, who lost to Sen. Damon Thayer as majority floor leader two years ago. Givens represents parts of Allen, Barren, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe and Simpson counties.

Republicans also ousted Sen. Brandon Smith as majority whip, replacing him with Sen. Jimmy Higdon of Lebanon. Higdon will resign as chairman of the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee.

   Senate President Robert Stivers was nominated for another term. The Senate president and president pro tem must be voted on by the full Senate. But Republicans will control 26 of the 38 Senate seats, all but ensuring their nominee will win.

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10:33 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Hardin County Woman Chosen to Help Decorate the White House for Christmas

Kate Bateman of Radcliff will join an all-volunteer pool of Americans who will decorate the White House for Christmas.
Credit Kate Bateman

Never mind that it's not even Thanksgiving yet, Kate Bateman has Christmas music playing inside her Radcliff, Kentucky home.  When you visit, you'll find she's obsessed with Christmas.

"Bad enough that I put up five trees.  I have Santas in a showcase that stay out all year long.  I have a six-foot tall Santa in the foyer and he's out all year long," explained Bateman.  "It's kind of an overkill I guess, but I love Christmas."

The retired Hardin County Schools art teacher will soon combine her passion and talent to help America’s First Home sparkle for the holidays.  Bateman is part of an all-volunteer group of people from all over the country selected to help decorate the White House for Christmas.  She first learned about the opportunity while watching a special on HGTV. 

"I thought to myself 'Man, I'd love to do that!' but it wasn't a good time for me," she said.  "I was still teaching and I said 'I'm going put that on my list for when I retire."'

Fast forward a few years to the end of last month when Bateman learned the application she submitted over the summer had been accepted.  She leaves for Washington on Thanksgiving Day.  The opportunity puts a crimp in her traditional Thanksgiving plans, but she doesn’t mind.

"My youngest daughter had already said she wanted to host Thanksgiving at her house this year and I was all for that," stated Bateman.  "I'm making the pies the day before.  Their dad will take the pies over, and I'm on a plane.  And I'm so okay with that!"

Bateman will join a group of about 100 volunteers ranging from florists to lawyers who will put their mark on the 132-room White House.  She doesn’t have her assignment yet, but the suspense, she says, is part of the fun.

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10:15 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Committee To Examine Kentucky State Fair Attendance Drop

Attendance at the Kentucky State Fair fell by about 100,000 this year.
Credit Kentucky State Fair

The chairman of the Kentucky State Fair Board has named a committee to evaluate the event, which saw attendance drop by about 100,000 this year to the smallest crowd in 30 years.

The Courier-Journal said Chairman Mark Lynn named the committee and said he would head the panel.

The fair is held for 11 days every August and has been in existence for more than a century.

Fair board finance chief Anthony Leachman reported last week that the 2014 fair lost more than $200,000, bringing in $9.3 million with expenses of more than $9.5 million.

Fair board president and CEO Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe declined to say whether there are any major problems with the fair. He said the deep attendance drop this year was an "anomaly."

2:16 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Bus Driver Arrested On Suspicion Of Driving Under Influence

Kentucky State Police say a charter bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence and wanton endangerment while hauling 50 students, teachers and parents back to eastern Kentucky from a field trip in Louisiana.

 State Police Trooper Billy Gregory says the driver, Holly M. Brown of Louisville, was arrested during a stop at a Washington County convenience store on Sunday. She's also charged with failure to have a prescribed controlled substance in a proper container.

Gregory says state police were alerted by a sheriff's deputy who found the bus parked at the convenience store.

Brown was operating a bus owned by Miller Transportation. The group was headed to Elliott County.

The company says it is cooperating with investigators.

 Jefferson County Public Schools officials say Brown has been a bus driver for the system.

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1:16 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Traffic Alert: I-65 NB Will Be Down To One Lane Monday Afternoon, Overnight

Delays are expected on Northbound I-65 Monday afternoon, evening and early Tuesday morning as crews repair potholes.

The Kentucky Transportation says Northbound I-65 will be down to one lane Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning for re-surfacing.  The lane closure will take place between the Hart County rest area to just north of Munfordville (mile markers 59-65).

Southbound traffic is not expected to be affected. The re-surfacing is needed to repair potholes.

The Transportation Cabinet says repairs should be complete by 6 a.m. EST Tuesday.

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