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Possible Homicide Investigation in Russell County

According to Russell County Coroner Mark Coots, the body of 38-year-old Christopher Glenn Coffey was found at the Eagles Nest RV Park on 127 in Russell Springs. Coots told Wave News he was pronounced dead around 12:35 this afternoon. A knife wound was discovered and the case is being investigated as a possible homicide. Coots was taking the body to Louisville for an autopsy. Coots along with the Russell Springs Police Department and Kentucky State Police are continuing the investigation.  




Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no local reports available on Thursday or Friday this week. LCDHD staff will continue working positive cases and reports will resume on Monday, November 29.


Of today’s 115 reported cases, 89 (77%) were unvaccinated and 23 of today’s cases (20%) were in individuals 18 years of age or younger. Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Consider getting the vaccine if you are eligible and haven’t, and wear a mask when in indoor settings where there are large crowds.


Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 7.05%.


Deaths: We are sad to report 12 new deaths since our last report. We have experienced a total of 726 deaths resulting in a 1.71% mortality rate (about 1 in 58) among known cases. This compares with a 1.39% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.61% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.


Hospitalizations: We presently have 89 cases in the hospital. This is 5 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,781 hospitalizations resulting in a 4.21% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 24) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 4.21%. The latest data shows that 96.08% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 25% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.


Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 42,354 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 20.28% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 1.42% are reinfections, and 5.06% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases).


Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 69 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 12; Casey: 4; Clinton: 2; Cumberland: 2; McCreary: 10; Pulaski: 20; Russell: 9; Taylor: 8; and, Wayne: 2. In all, we have released 97% of our total cases.


Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 34 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 556 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 09/03/2021 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,709.


Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Schools, Family, Businesses, and Medical Facilities.


New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 115 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 18; Casey: 7; Clinton: 9; Cumberland: 5; Green: 6; McCreary: 4; Pulaski: 20; Russell: 13; Taylor: 20; and, Wayne: 13. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00193. This means our total case count is projected to double every 358.64 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 09/07/2021 when we added 730 cases.


The deaths reported today include a Wayne County resident (unvaccinated). We also were made aware of an additional 11 deaths from a state audit of death certificates. These include:  a Clinton County resident (unvaccinated), a Green County resident (unvaccinated), a McCreary County resident (unvaccinated), three Pulaski County residents (all unvaccinated), two Taylor County residents (both unvaccinated), and three Wayne County residents (all unvaccinated).


Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 28,285 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 94.94% were unvaccinated.


State and local vaccination rates can be found at the following link:  https://dashboard.chfs.ky.gov/views/KYPublicFacingDashboard_16191000580170/KentuckyCOVID-19Vaccination?:iid=1&:isGuestRedirectFromVizportal=y&:embed=y



AREA ARREST 11/26/21

Kayla Quinn, age 29, of Warren Michigan, was taken into custody by Officer Daniel with the Burkesville Police Department around 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Quinn was charged with Speeding over 26mph over Speed Limit, Operating Motor Vehicle un Influence of Substance 1st (Aggravated Circumstances), Disorderly Conduct, 1st Degree and Resisting Arrest. She was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.


AREA ARREST 11-24-21

2 people were arrested on drug and other charges by KSP early this morning in Russell County.

Patricia Norris, age 40 of Russell Springs was taken into custody just after 2 a.m. by Trooper Begley with the State Police. Norris was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (more than 2 grams Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree – Drug Unspecified.


Jeremiah Grider, age 31, of Russell Springs was also taken into custody by Begley and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8oz) 1st Offense and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd degree – Drug Unspecified.

Both were lodged into the Russell County Detention Center.




Gov. Beshear Encourages Kentuckians to Fight Hunger by Participating in KSP 'Cram the Cruiser'


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2021) –Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) encouraged Kentuckians to consider participating in ‘Cram the Cruiser’ by donating non-perishable food items to help feed Kentucky families in need this holiday season. The collection begins Tuesday, Nov. 23, and concludes Dec. 6, 2021


“The holidays can be tough for families, but one area that should not be stressful is having the ability to sit down together and share a meal,” said Gov. Beshear. “My administration is committed to fighting hunger and helping to ensure that no family in Kentucky goes to bed hungry. I appreciate KSP for caring for all Kentuckians not just by protecting their lives but serving them so their most basic need is met.”


‘Cram the Cruiser’ is a statewide effort hosted by all 16 KSP posts, and the collected food is distributed to local food banks, shelters, churches and other organizations. 


Throughout the food drive, troopers will be staged at grocery and retail stores accepting items including canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk, and juices. Food items may also be dropped off at local post locations.


A simultaneous statewide signature eventis planned on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in each post area as the final push for the campaign.


Capt. Paul Blanton, KSP Public Affairs Commander says ‘Cram the Cruiser’ has become a friendly competition among posts to see who gathers the most food. In 2019, KSP collected 473,235 pounds (236 tons) of food, with Post 16 Henderson topping everyone at 60,925 pounds collected. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the food drive was canceled in 2020.


“Some of our troopers get creative during these events,” said Capt. Blanton. “They partner with their retail store to host hotdog stands, play holiday music and bring in Santa Claus himself to make the day more festive.”


In Jan., Gov. Beshear signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 28, 2021, as Hunger Free Day in Kentucky and made a surprise donation to the group Feeding Kentucky of nearly $16,000 left over from the Beshear-Coleman inaugural fund. Read the full press release here


The mission of KSP is to promote public safety through service, integrity and professionalism using partnerships to prevent, reduce and deter crime and the fear of crime, enhance highway safety through education and enforcement, safeguard property and protect individual rights.

This year, the number one priority for KSP is creating a better Kentucky by making the commonwealth’s streets safer, communities stronger and the nation more secure by providing exceptional law enforcement made up of a diverse workforce. For more information about career opportunities with KSP visit their website.


Center for Rural Development Accepting Applications for the 2022 Rogers Scholars Program

The Center for Rural Development is now accepting applications for the 2022 Rogers Scholars Program.


Rogers Scholars — The Center’s flagship youth program — is open to high school rising juniors in Southern and Eastern Kentucky seeking to build their skills in leadership, entrepreneurship, technology, and community service.

The program provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for young people to fulfill their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders. 


To be eligible for Rogers Scholars, you must:

  • Be a current sophomore in high school.
  • Live in The Center for Rural Development's 45-county primary service area. The service area consists of the following Kentucky counties: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe.
  • Have a strong interest in developing skills in leadership, technology, entrepreneurship, and community service.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4 point scale).


For more information or questions about the application process, call Allison Cross, Community Liaison and Youth Programs Coordinator, at 606-677-6000 or email across@centertech.com.

The deadline to apply for the Rogers Scholars program is Jan. 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM (EST). 

*Tentative dates for the Rogers Scholars program have been scheduled for June 5-10, 2022 at Morehead State University and July 24-29, 2022 at Lindsey Wilson College.



Raids Made for Illegal Gambling in Russell County

The Russell County Sheriffs Office, Russell Springs Police Department, and Ky State Police executed 3 search warrants on Monday evening starting at 7pm. The Breakroom, The Lucky Seven, and Laker Billards were searched in reference to promoting gambling 1st degree. Drugs were seized as well as 29 illegal gambling machines and more than $14,000.00 in cash.

All 3 agencies are involved in the investigation and the case will be presented to a Russell County Grand jury for indictments.

If anyone suspects illegal gambling or drug activity, contact the Russell County Sheriffs drug/wanted persons tip-line at 270-343-6600 or the Russell Springs Police Department tip-line at 270-566-9111.




Gov. Beshear: Get COVID-19 Vaccination, Booster to Stay Safe This Thanksgiving


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear wished all Kentuckians a happy Thanksgiving and provided guidance on how to stay safe and protect loved ones during the holiday week.


“Hospitalizations and requests for monoclonal antibody infusions are ticking up,” said Gov. Beshear. “We do not want to see that. We need to be really careful with Thanksgiving this week, as well as Christmas coming up. But unlike last year, there is an opportunity for this holiday season to be safe and pretty normal for you and your family if you follow the precautions you need to.”


The Governor encouraged Kentuckians to:

  • Get a COVID-19 vaccination;
  • Get a vaccination booster (all Kentucky adults are now eligible for a booster);
  • Stay home and avoid gatherings if they feel sick;
  • Wear masks if indoors and unvaccinated and/or not boosted, and
  • Keep gatherings small.


The Governor said earlier today, he announced Everybody Counts, a new program that will help every Jefferson County Public Schools graduate who doesn’t currently have a plan for after high school graduation to secure one of three pathways: a job at one of four companies, post-secondary enrollment or both. The program will begin this school year and will be in place to assist the class of 2022. To learn more, see the full release.


COVID-19 Case Information, Vaccinations Update
Number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Kentucky: 2,650,790

Number of people who have received a vaccination booster in Kentucky: 504,028

Nov. 20, Cases: 2,048
Nov. 20, Deaths: 42
Nov. 21, Cases: 1,018
Nov. 21, Deaths: 15

New Cases Today: 822
New Deaths: 44
Today’s Positivity Rate: 6.56%
Current Hospitalizations: 809
Current Intensive Care Admittances: 203
Currently on Ventilators: 101


During the week ending Nov. 21, 11,572 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Kentucky, and the average test positivity rate was 6.13%.





An Adair County Grand Jury has returned indictments against several individuals. Click on link to read full indictment:  https://ridingthewave.com/assets/files/Adair-Indictments-NOV-22-21.pdf





Charles Gaskins, 35, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer Necessary with the Russell Springs Police Department just before 5 this morning. Gaskins was charged with Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree and Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.


King Martin, 61, of Cave City was arrested by Officer Tweedy with the Burkesville Police Department just after 1 a.m. this morning. Martin was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence Alcohol/Substance 2nd (Aggravated Circumstances) Possession of Marijuana, Indecent Exposure, 1st Degree, 1st Offense and Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle Prohibited. Martin was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.  




  • April Roy, 45, of Jamestown - arrested by RSPD late Saturday night for Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Non-Payment of Fines.

Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
  • Randy Crawhorn, 31, of Campbellsville, KY - arrested by the TCSO on Saturday morning for Rape 3rd degree.
  • Brad Callinan, 23, of Russell Springs - arrested by CPD on Friday night for Public Intoxication and was served three bench warrants for court.
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.


Adair County: Thankful for Organ Donation


November 19, 2020 – As the holidays are approaching, communities are looking forward to spending the holidays back in-person with their loved ones. For the families waiting on a life-saving organ transplant, the holidays are bitter-sweet. Over 1,000 Kentuckians are waiting for their transplant, a gift they will not find wrapped under the tree.


In efforts to save and heal lives through organ and tissue donation, the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life is focused on public education and growing the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry in partnership with Donate Life Kentucky. This month, Donate Life Kentucky is challenging high school students and community members to a “Duet for Life.” This is the first time the annual challenge has taken place on social media, where they will incorporate the ever-popular duet TikTok trend, which allows app users to split their viewing screen and create content alongside a pre-existing video. Winners could receive up to $1,000 in scholarship awards.


“Spreading holiday cheer is easy! Registering as an organ donor is a priceless gift – hope. We challenge Adair County to join in on the festivities and participate in this year’s ‘Duet For Life,’” said Dennis Loy, Adair County Circuit Court Clerk.


Educating Kentuckians is made possible thanks to philanthropic partners like our Circuit Court Clerks, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kosair Charities, and the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates. Their continued generosity allow many Kentucky families the opportunity to spend the holidays together.


For more information about participating in ‘Duet For Life,’ visit https://donatelifeky.org/outreach/.

To join the TFL mission, you may join the Organ Donor Registry in the following ways:


  • Online 24/7 at RegisterMe.org
  • Driver’s License Renewals: Check with your local Circuit Court Clerk and KYTC office to confirm renewal processes by visiting https://bit.ly/driverlicenseky.
  • On your Apple iPhone, go to the Health App and toggle “organ donor.”



About Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life 

The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life (TFL) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that informs, educates, and encourages Kentuckians to be registered organ & tissue donors to save lives. TFL was founded in 1992 as the charitable arm of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks. The dollar donations at driver’s license counters and other philanthropic partners, including KODA, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and Kosair Charities, fund the statewide community outreach & public relations efforts to grow the Registry. For more info call 1-866-945-5433, email: info@trustforlife.org or visit www.donatelifeky.org







UPDATE: Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, the Special Called Meeting that was initially scheduled for Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 will be moved to Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 1:30pmCT.




The Russell County EMS Board of Directors will be holding a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM. 
Call Meeting to Order 
Establish a Quorum 
Old Business 
Old Ambulance Transfer 
COVID Update 
New Business
Executive Session: KRS 61.810 (1) (f) Personnel 


Participation in Columbia Christmas Parade Continues

Participation continues in this year’s Drive-Through Christmas planned to start on December 10th at the Little League Park on Joe Johnson Road. 


The welding class at the Adair County High School under the direction of Barney Taylor have constructed a mailbox that will be used to drop off letters to Santa Claus during the event. 


Every child that drops a letter in the mailbox (with their name and address) will be responded to if done prior to December 21 (in order to receive prior to the Christmas holiday). 


Students participating were: Skyler Hare, Conor Smith, Jarrett Janes and Preston Edwards. 


“We appreciate Mr. Taylor, the Adair County High School welding class, and these students for helping us make this year’s Drive-Through a success,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots. 





The Lake Cumberland District Health Dept. announces Pediatric Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics....



Adair County House Fire on Thursday

The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 2:27pmCT on Thursday afternoon at 1461 Keltner Rd. Upon arrival, there was heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the residence. The home was under renovations and owned by Billy Withers.

There where 13 firefighters the on scene for approx. 1.5 hours. No injuries were reported.




Adair County School Board Meeting Recap

Jim Lieb with WAVE NEWS attended the meeting and spoke with Superintendent Dr. Pamela Stephens....




Jamestown City Council Meeting Recap

Jamestown Mayor Nick Shearer spoke with WAVE NEWS following the meeting and discussed what took place...




Dukes, Oliver Pick Up MSC Awards For Third Straight Year; 15 Blue Raiders earn All-MSC Honors


COLUMBIA, Ky. – Lindsey Wilson football head coach Chris Oliver was selected as the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division Ron Finley Coach of the Year while Cameron Dukes repeated as the Craig Mullins MSC Bluegrass Offensive Player of the Year, conference officials announced on Thursday. It’s the third straight year this duo has won these awards.


Dukes helped the Blue Raiders capture the Bluegrass Division title for a second year in a row, throwing for 1,670 yards and 19 touchdowns in just eight games this season. He added 216 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to help Lindsey Wilson post a 10-0 record and the automatic bid into the NAIA Football Championship Series.


Dukes is the third Blue Raider in program history to repeat as an MSC Player of the Year. He joins Branden Cresap who did it on offense in 2013 and 2014 and Trent Mueller who managed the honor on defense in 2017 and 2018.


Oliver picks up his fifth Coach of the Year honor after guiding Lindsey Wilson to its fourth perfect regular season and fifth divisional title. The award comes on the heels of being named the 2020 Howard Schellenberger Coach of the Year earlier this season.


In addition, Eli Cross, Joe Gressette, Jaleel Warren, Joshua Lewis, Dukes, Jaylen Boyd, Ian Sauter, David Hylick, Luke Bowman, Cashawn Beasley and Robert Carter were all named First-Team All-MSC selections as Dawson Oliver, Darius Clark, Cameron Thurman and Darius Hylick each collected second-team conference honors. 


The individual awards and all-conference teams are selected by a vote of the Bluegrass Division’s coaches. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.


Twenty-nine players earned first-team all-conference honors and 28 were selected second-team all-conference as voted on by the coaches. Ties for all-conference teams were not broken.


Georgetown’s (Ky.) DJ White is the MSC Bluegrass Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to the players of the year, Bethel’s (Tenn.) James Dixon is the Bluegrass Offensive Freshman of the Year and Pikeville’s (Ky.) Jonathan Morton is the Bluegrass Defensive Freshman of the Year.


Lindsey Wilson opens postseason play on Saturday when they welcome Montana Western to Parnell Family Stadium for the NAIA Football Championship Series Opening Round. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. CT.





Michael Neathery, 33, of Burkesville, KY was arrested just after 10:30 last evening by Officer Williams of the Burkesville Police Department. Neathery was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense Drug Unspecified, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession.


Dale Cross, 63, of Burkesville, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Daniels with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office just after 8 yesterday morning. Cross was charged with Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree- Police Officer, Terroristic Threatening, 2nd Degree, Wanton Endangerment – 1st Degree, Knowingly Abuse/Neglect of Adult by Person and Public Intoxication- Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol) both were lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail.



Long Time Jamestown City Council Member Files for Mayor of Jamestown


Barry Coffey, who is a long time member of the Jamestown City Council, filed his papers earlier today (Wednesday) to run for the office of Mayor of Jametown.



Gov. Beshear Proclaims November Lung Cancer Awareness Month


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear joined advocates at the state Capitol to proclaim Lung Cancer Awareness Month in the commonwealth, and he encouraged Kentuckians to learn more about lung cancer, its risk factors and screening options.


“Kentuckians suffer from lung cancer at a much higher rate than the rest of the country,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are seeing improvements in screening and early detection, but there is still much work to be done to educate our people about prevention and to encourage them to get help once they receive a diagnosis.”


Accepting the Governor’s proclamation on behalf of the Kentucky LEADS Collaborative was Dr. Timothy Mullett, a professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Mullett also is the medical director of Markey Cancer Center Affiliate & Research Network, a program that provides high-quality cancer care and high-priority clinical trials, and serves as the chair of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.


“Kentucky is home to some of the worst cancer rates in the country, and lung cancer is at the top of that list. The good news is that our methods for lung cancer screening, treatment and prevention have significantly improved over the years, and because of our collaborative work in early detection in lung cancer, we are seeing decreases in late-stage lung cancer that we have not seen before,” Mullett said. “Our work is drawing the attention of national organizations like the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the American Cancer Society to develop solutions that can be applied across the nation. I’m proud to be here today alongside so many other organizations and individuals who are pushing for more research and resources to help reduce the impact of this disease in the commonwealth.”


Joining Gov. Beshear and Dr. Mullett was lung cancer survivor Scott Kindred, founder of STAGES, a support group for lung cancer patients at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. Scott has had a remarkable cancer journey, developing into an advocate for himself and helping others touched by lung cancer be their own advocates as well.


Kindred said, “It’s so important that patients and survivors with lung cancer can get information so they can understand about the disease and its treatment and to connect with other survivors to know they are not alone.”


Other patient advocacy organizations represented at the event include the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, Go2 Lung Cancer Foundation, Kentucky Cancer Consortium and LUNGevity Foundation.


Kentucky has the highest lung cancer rate in the nation, with more than 89 of every 100,000 people diagnosed, and a death rate 50% higher than the national average.


While Kentucky is second in the nation in lung cancer screening, nearly 11% of those diagnosed with lung cancer do not receive cancer treatment – a significantly higher rate than the national average.


For Kentuckians who are or were smokers, screening for lung cancer is particularly important. Lung cancer screening is recommended for adults who have no symptoms, but who are at high risk for developing disease because of their smoking history and age. If you meet all of these criteria, you are eligible for screening:

  • You are 50-80 years of age.
  • You averaged one pack of cigarettes per day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years.
  • You currently smoke or quit smoking within the past 15 years.


If cancer is found early, there are more treatment options available for patients and the chance of survival is much higher. To learn more about the lung cancer screening program at UK HealthCare’s Markey Cancer Center, click here.

For more information about lung cancer, see the American Lung Association’s State of Lung Cancer 2021 report.


Kentuckians who do not have access to the health care necessary to provide lung cancer screening opportunities or treatment can seek access by enrolling for health care coverage at kynect.ky.gov. To get help signing up, Kentuckians can also call help lines for kynect benefits 1.855.306.8959, kynect health coverage 1.855.459.6328.


Enrollments received through Dec. 15, 2021, will qualify for coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2022. For Kentuckians who enroll between Dec. 16, 2021, and Jan. 15, 2022, coverage will start Feb. 1, 2022. Enrollment in a commercial plan will remain open on kynect.ky.gov through Jan. 15, 2022. To learn more, see the full release.



Gov. Beshear Authorizes COVID-19 Vaccination Boosters for All Kentucky Adults


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order that qualifies every person 18 years old or older and living or working in the commonwealth to get a COVID-19 vaccination booster six months after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, or two months after a single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.


The Governor said Kentucky was seeing declines in COVID-19 case numbers and the test positivity rate for many weeks, but recently those numbers have begun to plateau or even slightly increase.


“We are moving into the amazing holiday season with Thanksgiving, Christmas and other gatherings, which unfortunately are especially risky for COVID-19 being able to spread,” said Gov. Beshear. “Because of that, it’s more important than ever that we get people vaccinated and get people their boosters to push their immunity up to the highest levels, because over time that immunity wanes.”


Gov. Beshear noted that cases are spiking again across Europe, which increases his concern for the trajectory in Kentucky’s case numbers without increased vaccinations and boosters. Until today, based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, Moderna and Pfizer booster shots have been limited to Kentuckians who are over 65, have significant underlying conditions or are exposed to many people through their work.


“Folks, you really need to get vaccinated and get this booster, and now it should be fairly easy. It’s going to make you much safer over the next several months,” said Gov. Beshear.

As of Wed., Nov. 17, more than 437,000 Kentuckians had received a booster.

At least five other states so far have taken similar steps to expand eligibility including, Arkansas, California, Colorado, New Mexico and West Virginia. According to reports, the Food and Drug Administration could authorize booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for all adults as early as this week.




Mayor Eddie Thomas tells WAVE NEWS what took place... 



Two Columbia Homes Destroyed by Fire

The Columbia City Fire Department responded to a residential house fire Sunday morning at 12:33amCT at 325 Parrot Avenue. Upon firefighters arrival, the house was completely engulfed in fire and was a total loss. There were 10 firemen on the scene for 2 hours.
The Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential house fire Tuesday morning at 8:40amCT at 1005 Russell Road to property owned by Don Yates. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single story residence completely engulfed in fire and the home was a complete loss. There were 15 firemen on the scene for 2.5 hours.


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