The second week of the 154th regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly saw a Senate bill become the first piece of legislation to pass out of a chamber. The measure would move gubernatorial elections to the same day Americans go to the polls to pick presidents.
The legislation, known as Senate Bill 3 (SB 3), would save local governments across Kentucky about $13.5 million every four years. The substantial savings would come because SB 3 would also align the elections for all statewide constitutionally elected officials with the presidential elections. That would eliminate an entire election cycle the state currently pays to stage for not only the governor but also treasurer, auditor, attorney general, secretary of state and agriculture commissioner.
Supporters of SB 3 said it would also increase voter turnout because more people show up at the polls for presidential races. This, they maintained, would lesson voter apathy in Kentucky and engage more voters in down-ballot state races.
SB 3, deemed a priority by majority caucus leadership, passed by a 31-3 vote. It now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. Since the bill is actually a proposed change to the Kentucky Constitution, it would also have to be ratified by voters before taking effect.
Another measure passed was Senate Bill 11 (SB 11), legislation designed to discourage tenants from damaging rental properties after they are evicted. It would clarify current criminal mischief statutes to make it clear intentionally damaging rental properties is a prosecutable crime.
Supporters said that, in turn, would help property managers more easily identify people with a history of trashing rental units when vetting prospective tenants through criminal background checks. Opponents said they feared domestic violence victims would be criminally charged for damage caused by abusive partners. They also said it could also be used by unscrupulous property owners to turn local prosecutors into debt collectors.
SB 11 passed by a 29-5 vote. It too goes to the House for consideration.
On Tuesday, Kentuckians and legislators from both sides of the aisle listened to Governor Beshear proposed policy goals and recommendations to the Kentucky General Assembly in his first State of the Commonwealth Address. The Governor also noted his legislative priorities for 2020, which included fully funding pension obligations, criminal justice reform, and plans to improve Kentucky public education, starting with a statewide teacher salary increase. As the legislature begins to prepare the biennial budget, Governor Beshear will also be delivering a budget address on January 28. Both of these addresses are customarily presented each year by the governor and serve as a beneficial element in our state’s separation of powers. We eagerly await to hear how the Governor plans to execute the ideas he has laid out.
Crafting a budget will not be an easy task. Demands placed on state government by our priorities, and other costs continue to outpace revenue growth. In the coming weeks, legislative branch staff and other resources will be utilized to help the General Assembly better determine a path forward for this year’s budgetary balancing act. Per the Kentucky Constitution, budget bills must start in the House. I will keep you informed as the Senate begins to deliberate budgetary matters in the coming weeks.
While the new administration formulates its agenda and presents it to the legislature, the majority leadership in the General Assembly is continuing to move forward with a legislative agenda supported by Kentucky voters. Committee meetings are now in full swing, as this past week legislators began discussing bills recently assigned to their respective committees.
In our first meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, in which I serve as Chairman, we received a briefing on the implementation of 2019’s Senate Bill 1, the School Safety and Resiliency Act. I was encouraged by the information that we were provided. I would like to thank the representatives from the Center for School Safety, Dept. of Behavior Health, Dept. of Education, and Dept. of Criminal Justice training for their thorough report. I look forward to continuing to work with these parties and others as we make our students safety our top priority.
A piece of legislation that will positively impact the safety of student’s health is Senate Bill 56 (SB 56). SB 56 was passed unanimously out of the Health & Welfare Committee on Wednesday. The committee actually heard student testimony in favor of the legislation, and received a presentation from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. SB 56 ensures Kentucky complies with federal minimum legal age for the sale of tobacco products and it eliminates purchase, use, and imposes possession penalties for youth up to age 21. This will promote a healthier lifestyle for in young people susceptible to peer pressure, by keeping tobacco products out of their hands.
As we head into the third week of the 2020 Regular Session, your input is greatly appreciated. Kentuckians have many avenues to follow the General Assembly throughout the session, including seeing legislative action in person here in Frankfort, or viewing online at KET.org/legislature.
If you have any questions or comments about these issues or any other public policy issue, please call the toll-free line at 1-800-372-7181 or email me at Max.Wise@LRC.ky.gov. You can review the Legislature’s work online at www.legislature.ky.gov
Note: Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) represents the 16th District which encompasses Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties. He is the chairman of the Education Committee; as well as co-chairman of the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee. Senator Wise is also a member of the Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee; the Health and Welfare Committee; the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee; the Public Assistance Reform Task Force; the Budget Review Subcommittee on Economic Development and Tourism, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation.
- Amy Khan, age 45 - arrested by the ACSO on Thursday for Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol).
- Carolyn Sue McGaha, 76, of Columbia - arrested Thursday by Columbia Police for Reckless Driving and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs.
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
The 7th Annual Hometown Concert benefiting "Kevin's Kids" is Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Russell Springs, KY located on Hwy East 80. The WAVE's Lisa Clark spoke with Kevin Williams on Thursday morning...
Kevin goes on to say that Russell County is #1 in the state doing anything for kids in this way.
The Adair County School Board met on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Jim Leib has details....
According to the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office the accident occurred at 10:14amET this (Thursday) morning on New Lebanon Road. 26-year-old Amber Brady of Raywick, KY was operating a 2004 Kia Sorrento traveling West on New Lebanon Road when she crossed the centerline, overcorrected, and ran off on the right shoulder hitting a road sign and an embankment. The vehicle then overturned, coming to final rest on the Westbound shoulder.
Brady and 3 passengers: 15-year-old Caspian Brady, 8-year-old Kylie Jones, and 5-year-old Brady Jones were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville-Taylor Co. EMS and treated for multiple injuries.
Taylor County Deputy Brent Burkhead investigated the accident. He was assisted on scene by Deputy Rodney Cox, Campbellsville-Taylor Co. EMS, and Taylor County Fire/Rescue.
- Walter Russell, 38, Russell Springs - arrested Wednesday afternoon for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine).
- Heather Bell, 28, Albany - charged with Promoting Contraband, 1st Degree and Possession of Methamphetamine. She remains lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
- Katelyn Amox, 24, Albany - arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with Escape, 2nd Degree and 2 counts of being a Fugitive From Another State.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
- Donald Hitchcock, 43, Columbia - arrested on Wednesday afternoon by ACSO and charged with Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place
- Brittany Marie Brown, 27, Columbia - arrested by ACSO on Wednesday morning for TBUT (Pocket Picking).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
The measure introduced Monday, January 13, 2020 by Senate Education Committee Chairman Max Wise is a follow-up to last year's school safety law that stemmed from a deadly school shooting. Last year's school safety law did not specify whether school police needed to carry a weapon. The follow-up measure would require that all school-based police officers be armed.
During the January 14th, 2020 regularly scheuled Russell County Ambulance Board of Directors meeting, Director Terry Hancock announced his retirement effective July 1st, 2020. Director Hancock further explained he will be using accrued sick time and will be leaving immediately. The Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Michael Reynolds as Interim Director, effective immediately.
The Columbia City Council will have a Special Called Meeting on Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 12 noon.
Motion to grant Mayor Pam Hoots permission to apply for gas expansion funding
Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that at 1:43pmCT on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 the Russell County Sheriffs Office, Kentucky State Police, South Russell Fire Dept, Russell County Search & Rescue, and the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife responded to Wolf Creek Dam on the river side to a boating accident.
Several fisherman were near the dam area fishing, when one of the boats capsized causing a Russell County man, 77-year-old Paul E. Wooldridge, to fall overboard. Fishermen near the scene attempted to rescue Wooldridge, but couldn't. Russell County Coroner Mark Coots pronounced Wooldridge dead at approx. 2:20pmCT on Wednesday with preliminary cause of death being drowning.
The Dept. of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident. The Russell County Coroners office and other area firefighters assisted at the scene.
The Columbia Police Department with assistance from Kentucky State Police, located and apprehended an Alabama man with felony probation violation warrants on Wednesday afternoon, January 15, 2020.
After receiving information the subject had been staying in the former Creek View Trailer Park off Fairground Street, Officers made contact with a tenant at Edna Drive who allowed police to search his residence. Thomas Howell, 23, of Coker, Alabama was found in a back room hiding under a bed. Howell was placed into custody without incident and is currently being held in the Adair County Regional Jail awaiting extradition.
Officer Evan Burton was the serving Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Jordan Dean and Trooper Levi Scott.
An Adair Co. teen was injured following a collision over the weekend after an auto he was driving struck an unoccupied vehicle.
On Saturday, January 11, 2020 just before midnight, Columbia Police Dept. Officers were dispatched to an injury collision on Greenhills Roads just outside city limits. The accident occurred when a 17-year-old male juvenile, who was operating a Chevy Cruze, lost control of the vehicle on a wet spot in the road. The vehicle completely left the roadway and struck an unoccupied Ford Ranger at a residence off of Greenhills.
A juvenile passenger was transported by Adair EMS to TJ Health where he was treated and released. The driver was also cited for operating a motor vehicle without an operators license as well as the vehicle owner for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate the vehicle.
According to investigating Officer John Dial, had the Ford Ranger not been in the path of the Chevy Cruze, it would have made impact with a house trailer at the address and struck a bedroom inside the mobile home.
Officer Dial was assisted on scene by Officer Jamie Cole and Deputy Derek Padgett.
There are currently more than 2 million people registered as organ donors in Kentucky, and more than 99 percent of them joined the Kentucky Registry at their local Circuit Court Clerks’ Office.
Shelley Snyder, Executive Director of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life (TFL), said she truly appreciates the registry additions from each county and the financial support to the TFL that residents from across the state give while doing driver’s license business at local offices.
“We are so grateful for our partnership with these dedicated and compassionate public servants,” she said. “We no longer sign the back of our license, so it is most important that people add the heart on their license and register as an organ donor.” Residents also can join online at donatelifeky.org
Dennis Loy, the Circuit Court Clerk for Adair County and Tony Kerr, the Circuit Court Clerk for Russell County, said that supporting the Trust for Life’s mission is one of the best parts of the job. “We want to continue to ask each customer about joining the registry and about making a donation to support the Trust for Life. It is an honor to be a part of this mission that saves lives in the Bluegrass State.”
In Adair County in 2019, 432 names were added to the Registry, and $2464 was given to the Trust for Life through public donations at the Circuit Court Clerk’s office. In total, 6262 Adair residents are on the lifesaving donor registry.
In Russell County in 2019, 424 names were added to the Registry, and $2313 was given to the Trust for Life through public donations at the Circuit Court Clerk’s office. In total, 8538 Russell residents are on the lifesaving donor registry.
For more information, call 1-866-945-5433, email email@example.com or go to www.trustforlife.org.
According to Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 1:58amCT, Adair County K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin initiated a stop on the LBN Cumberland Parkway on a 2010 Ford car. After a roadside investigation, 32-year-old Hillary Smith of Hart County, KY was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree (Methamphetamine), as well as an outstanding felony warrant for her arrest out of Hart County. Smith was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
The Adair County Fiscal Court met on Tuesday evening. Jim Leib has details.....
- Daniel Cagney Burton, 34, Columbia - arrested on Tuesday morning by ACSO for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine).
- Jeremy Thewlis, 39, Columbia - arrested by CPD on Tuesday evening for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Drug Unspecified), and served 3 Warrants for other Police Agencies.
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
- Christopher Michael Austin, 49, Liberty - arrested by the RCSO on Tuesday afternoon for TBUT (Contents from a Vehicle) Under $500.
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
- Keith David Tackett, 34, Campbellsville - arrested by Campbellsville Police on Tuesday night for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Heroin).
- Phillip Sallee, 57, Campbellsville - arrested overnight by TCSO for Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon; Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; Failure to Appear; and Violation of Conditions of Release.
Lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
The Adair County School Board will have a Regular School Board Meeting on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair County Board Conference Room
Meeting called to order
Pledge of Allegiance
1. Approval of Agenda
2. Appointment of School Board Chairperson For 2020
3. Appointment of School Board Vice-Chairperson For 2020
4. Appointment of Secretary to the Board For 2020
5. Approval to Set Date and Time for Regular School Board Meetings for 2020-2021 School Year
6. Public Forum to Address Questions and Concerns on the Nutrition and Physical Activity Report – Carol Roy
7. Approval of Consent Agenda
8. Approval of Minutes
9. Approval of Treasurer's Report
10. Approval of Payment of Bills
11. Approval of Shortened School Day Waiver to Kde For Two (2) Students
12. Approval of Changes to The Local Planning Committee (Lpc)
13. Approval of 2020-2021 Non-Resident Agreements
14. Approval of Admissions and Release Committee Chairperson for the 2019-2020 School Year
15. Approval of Family Resource & Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) School District Assurance Certification for 2020-2022
16. Approval to Write a Dollar General Literacy Foundation Summer Reading Grant
17. Acknowledgement of Personnel Action
18. Superintendent's Report
19. Public Comments
20. Approval of Monthly Financial Statements – Renae Smith
21. Buildings and Grounds Update – Steve Burton
22. Approval of School Facilities Construction Commission (SFCC) Offer of Assistance
23. Discussion of 2020-2021 School Calendars – Dr. Stephens
24. Approval of Draft Budget for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year – Renae Smith
25. Discussion/Approval to Change April School Board Meeting Date
- John Michael Thompson, 40, Columbia - arrested by RCSO on Monday for Receiving Stolen Property ($10,000 or more).
- Daniel Wilkinson, 23, Liberty - arrested Monday by Probation & Parole for Assault, 3rd Degree (Police or Probation Officer).
- Hillary LeAnn Smith, 32, Munfordville - arrested early this morning for Possession of Methamphetamine & Drug Paraphernalia, and was served a Warrant for another Police Agency.
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet for a Regular Called Meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 6:00pmCT at the Adair Annex Basement Meeting Room.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
CALL TO ORDER
1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A.) December 30, 2019-Minutes-Regular
B.) January 6, 2020-Minutes-Special Called
A.) SHERIFF’S REPORT
B.) ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT
C.) G.R.A.S. REPORT
D.) COMMITTEE REPORTS
E.) JAIL REPORT
A.) TREASURER’S REPORT
B.) QUARTERLY REPORT
6. BUDGET AMENDMENTS
A.) LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
B.) FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
8. COURT ORDERS
9. READING OF ROADS
10. ACTION ITEMS:
- APPROVAL OF 2020 FISCAL COURT MEETING DATES
- 911 ESRI QUOTE
- ALLOCATION OF EXCESS FEES FOR SHERIFF’S COMPUTER PROGRAM
- 911 NEW HIRE-PART TIME
- APPROVAL OF 2020 FISCAL COURT COMMITTEES
- DECLARATION OF SURPLUS PROPERTY
- PERMISSION TO SET DATE FOR SURPLUS AUCTION/AUCTIONEER
- WORKERS COMP/LIABILITY INSURANCE - PERMISSION TO RENEW WITH KACO
11. OTHER BUSINESS
12. PUBLIC COMMENTS
The Russell County Fiscal Court met on Monday evening. Jim Leib has details.....
Campbellsville, KY. (January 13, 2020) Trooper Weston Sullivan is investigating a single vehicle collision that occurred on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at approximately 7:20PM EST. Shelby Estes, 19, of Greensburg, KY was operating an eastbound 2018 Mazda on Smith Ridge Road, 1.5 miles east of Campbellsville, KY when she entered a curve, swerved to miss a deer that was in her path, ran off the roadway and struck a tree.
Estes was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by EMS with non-life threatening injuries. A passenger in the vehicle, Denver Olbers, 21, of Greensburg, KY was uninjured. Both occupants were wearing a seat belt.
Trooper Sullivan was assisted at the scene by Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS, Taylor County and Campbellsville Fire Departments.
The Russell County Fiscal Court will consider passing a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution at tonight's regular monthly fiscal court meeting. Russell Co. Judge Executive Gary D. Robertson was a guest on the WAVE Morning Show today and talked about the proposed resolution.....
Several Kentucky counties have passed a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution. The resolution prohibits or impedes the enforcement of certain gun control measures perceived as violative of the Second Amendment such as universal gun background checks, high capacity magazine bans, assault weapon bans, red flag laws, etc.
- James Glen White, 60, Jamestown - arrested Saturday afternoon by JPD for DUI.
- Nicholas Rogers, 40, Russell Springs - arrested Friday night by KSP for Rear License Not Illuminated; Failure to Wear Seatbelt; DUI; Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Served a Parole Violation Warrant.
- Clinton Asberry, 61, Russell Springs - arrested by RCSO on Friday afternoon for 3 ocunts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Opiates).
- Joseph Evener, 30, Albany - arrrested Friday morning by CCSO for Burglary, 1st Degree; Assault, 1st Degree; Resisting Arrest; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
- Nathan Troxell, 28, Somerset - arrested Friday for Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
- Timothy Ray Dykes, 47, Jamestown - arrested by ACSO on Sunday night for DUI, 3rd offense.
- Michael Smith, 59, Columbia - arrested Saturday afternoon by KSP for Assault, 4th Ddgree (Domestic Violence)
- Mark Brady, 54, Columbia - arrested Friday afternoon by Probation & Parole for Possession of a Controlled Substnace, 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified); Public Intoxication of a Controlled Substance (Excluding Alcohol); Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Proper Container; and Probation Violation (for Technical Violation).
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
Greensburg firefighters were called to a house fire on Sunday morning at 6:06amCT in the area of the Old Depot. The Greensburg Police Dept. and the Greensburg/Green Co. Fire Dept were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, the house was totally engulfed in flames and it was determined there may be a male juvenile still inside the residence. While working the fire, the remains of a body were located inside the residence. Arson is not suspected. The body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office for positive identification.
The Green County Coroner, Greensburg Police Dept., and KSP are conducting a death investigation. The State Arson Investigator responded to the scene, per normal procedure when a death is involved.
29-year-old Amy Herron of London, KY was arrested after Russell Co. Deputy Sheriff Nathan Ginn received a complaint of a female causing problems at Adanta on Hwy 127N in Jamestown, KY. When Deputy Ginn arrived at the scene, Herron had gone to Minit Mart across the road and was located with items allegedly taken from the store had not been paid for.
Herron was charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking (under $500) and Disorderly Conduct. She was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.