Local News Archives for 2020-03

RSFD CALLED OUT TO FIRES SUNDAY AND MONDAY

According to Russell Springs Fire Chief H.M. Bottom his Department was called out both Sunday and Monday...

 

Sunday evening at 6:45 the department was called out to a mobile home fire on Hemlock Drive. The residence belonged to Damien Anderson and was completely destroyed by the blaze. The trailer was just recently moved to the location and had not yet been hooked up to the utilities. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. Firemen were on scene for over an hour.

 

Monday afternoon a vehicle caught fire on North Epperson Drive. According to H.M. the owner was trying to move their vehcile when leaf's and debris underneath caught fire. There was some minor damage done by the fire to the vehicle, the department was on scene for just a brief time. 

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MAYOR HOOTS CANCELS APRIL COUNCIL MEETING

 

Mayor Pamela Hoots cancels April 2020 Columbia City Council meeting....

 

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ADAIR CO. ROAD NOW OPEN

 
According to Adair County Road Foreman Barry Hamlett, Snake Creek Road is now open to through traffic. The road had been closed due to flooding.
 
 

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NO CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE IN RUSSELL CO.

 
In Gov. Andy Beshear's afternoon COVID-19 update this afternoon (Tuesday), he announced that there is a case in Russell County, however WAVE News spoke with R.C. Judge Exec. Gary D. Robertson and he said this was a mistake from the testing lab. The case was negative and listed as positive. Judge Robertson said as of today, there are no "confirmed" cases in Russell County.
 
Gov. Beshear announced that there are 114 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky and 7 more deaths. The total is now 591 cases in the state and 18 deaths.
 

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ADAIR CO. COVID-19 CASE WAS TREATED AT T.J. REGIONAL HEALTH

 
The following is a press release 92.7 the WAVE received this afternoon from T.J. Regional Health......
 
Earlier today (Tuesday) we were notified that a patient from Adair County, who was treated at T.J. Health Columbia and then admitted at T.J. Samson, has tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test result came back after the patient had been discharged to continue recovering at home. While in the hospital, the patient was treated in the designated COVID-19 unit and was discharged under isolation protocol.
 
To protect the privacy of the patient and their family, no further information about the patient will be released.
 
Visitation continues to be highly restricted at both T.J. Health Columbia and at T.J. Samson Community Hospital and the TJ Health Pavilion, with few exceptions. Everyone who enters any of our facilities will continue to be screened upon entry according to CDC guidelines.
 
“Now more than ever, it’s important to please call our hotline before seeking treatment if you or someone you know is concerned about symptoms or exposure,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health. “The hotline is staffed by registered nurses, who can help answer any questions and provide clinical direction. The local hotline number is 270-651-4400.”
 
Visit the Coronavirus resource page on the T.J. Regional Health website and follow the T.J. Regional Health Facebook page for additional updates.
 

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KSP INVESTIGATING OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN CUMBERLAND CO.

 
BURKESVILLE, Ky. (March 31, 2020) – Kentucky State Police is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred in Cumberland County following a pursuit by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
 
The initial investigation indicates that the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a silver cobalt at approximately 10:00 am, after receiving complaints that it was driving recklessly on KY-61 just south of Burkesville. The driver failed to stop, and led police on a pursuit that travelled onto KY-90, heading east toward Clinton County. The pursuit ended when the driver crashed into a ditch after losing control of his vehicle.
 
KSP Post 15 Troopers responded to assist the Sheriff’s Office with the pursuit, and after arriving at the scene they were confronted in an aggressive manner by the driver who was armed with a knife. As a result of the encounter shots were fired, and the suspect sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Cumberland County Coroner.
 
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 15 and the Critical Incident Response Team. KSP was assisted at the scene by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Burkesville Police Department, Cumberland County Coroners and the KY Highway Department.
 

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ADAIR CO. HAS 1ST COVID-19 CASE; ALSO 1 IN CUMBERLAND CO.

 

Adair County is reporting its first Coronavirus case. He's an elderly man who has been contacted and is self-isolating. 

Cumberland County has its first case of COVID-19 as of today. Its an elderly female. Lake Cumberland Health Dept. Exec. Director Shawn Crabtree made the announcement this afternoon on an Adair Co. Fiscal Court Facebook Live Video: https://www.facebook.com/2337212276524095/videos/257836418569301/

 

More details coming up on 92.7 the WAVE this afternoon....

 

According to Mr. Crabtree, there are 19 cases in the 10-county District:

  • 12 in Pulaski Co. (10 of those are self isolated; 2 are out of isolation)
  • 1 in McCreary County (released from self isolation)
  • 3 in Wayne Co. (2 are in the hosptal; 1 in self isolation)
  • 1 Taylor Co. (self isolated)
  • 1 Cumberland co. (announced today; an elderly female)
  • 1 in Adair Co. (an elderly man who is in self isolation)

 

LCDHD is working with the Kentucky Dept. for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with them.

 

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

 

Personal Prevention Measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water aren’t readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with a fever, coughing, sneezing, and having difficulty breathing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 

If you are over 60 or have underlying medical conditions that may make catching the disease more dangerous, please stay home as much as possible at this time.

 

Purchase several weeks worth of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time and to decrease the number of trips to purchase supplies.

 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES

 
On Monday, March 30, 2020 at 4:39pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office received a complaint of suspicious activity on Neat Hollow Rd, 11 miles east of Columbia.  Deputies Joey Keith and Chandler Staten arrived on the scene and located the suspect's vehicle, a blue Chevrolet passenger car. 57-year-old Lewis Burton was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), and Operating on a Suspended KY Drivers License.
 
The investigation is continuing.
 

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SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS WILL BE PAID ON TIME

 

Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of the pandemic to trick people into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to maintain Social Security benefit payments or receive economic impact payments from the Department of the Treasury.

 

“Social Security will pay monthly benefits on time and these payments will not be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Commissioner Saul said. “I want our beneficiaries to be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping or somehow changing your Social Security payments, but that is not true. Don’t be fooled.”

 

The Department of the Treasury will soon provide information about economic impact payments under the recently enacted law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. Treasury, not Social Security, will be making direct payments to eligible people. Please do not call Social Security about these payments as the agency does not have information to share.

 

The agency continues to direct the public to its online self-service options whenever possible. Local offices are closed to the public but are available by phone.

 

People can find their local field office phone number by accessing the Field Office Locator.

 

 

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16 COVID-19 CASES IN LAKE CUMB. DISTRICT

 

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) at the current time has 16 Positive/Presumptive Positive cases in our 10-county district. Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.


LCDHD is working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with them.

 

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
• between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
• via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
• droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

 

Personal Prevention Measures:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water aren’t readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick with a fever, coughing, sneezing, and having difficulty breathing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • If you are over 60 or have underlying medical conditions that may make catching the disease more dangerous, please stay home as much as possible at this time.
  • Purchase several weeks worth of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time and to decrease the number of trips to purchase supplies.

 

Community Prevention Measures:

  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from others in public.
  • Implement environmental surface cleaning measures in homes, businesses, and other locations. Wipe down frequently touched surfaces and objects. Use regular household cleaning spray or wipes as recommended by the CDC.
  • In following with Governor Andy Beshears’ order, no social gatherings such as church services, funerals, weddings, etc. will be permitted.
  • Retail businesses are closed except for those exempted by the Governor’s order. Those that remain open must observe social distancing for staff and customers. Restaurants are closed except for drive-through and delivery.  No dining room service is allowed.

 

What to do if you feel ill:

If you have developed a fever or respiratory symptoms and believe you have had exposure to a known case or traveled to an area with community spread, isolate yourself from others in your home and call your healthcare provider or local health department to describe your symptoms and any recent travel before you go to the healthcare facility.

 

If you feel ill enough to need a doctor’s care, please call your healthcare provider prior to showing up at their office.  If you want to be tested for the COVID-19, call the provider to see if they are offering testing prior to going to their office.  All providers will screen you for symptoms prior to deciding to do further testing.  Many providers will require a flu and/or strep test prior to testing for COVID-19.  No testing is being done on non-symptomatic patients.  If you feel you need emergency treatment, please call the hospital prior to arrival to alert them to your symptoms.

 

Stay home when you are sick.  Do not leave home until you have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without any fever-reducing medication, your other symptoms have improved, AND at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.


 

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COVID-19 UPDATE MON. MARCH 30TH

 

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 30, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday issued an order to limit Kentuckians’ out-of-state travel and offered a 10-step plan to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 

“Right now we have more cases in other states,” the Governor said. “What it means is your likelihood of getting infected and potentially bringing back the coronavirus may be greater in other states than ours. You need to be home anyways.”

 

The decree allows for a range of exemptions, including travel to other states for work and groceries, to care for loved ones, to obtain health care and when required by a court order. Kentuckians arriving back in the commonwealth from out of state are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

 

“We want you to remain Healthy at Home,” La Tasha Buckner, chief of staff and general counsel for Gov. Beshear, said of the new order’s goal.

 

The Governor issued the order under provisions of the State of Emergency declaration that he issued on March 6, 2020, the day of the state’s first positive case.

 

Gov. Beshear previously advised Kentuckians to avoid travel into Tennessee, which did not as quickly adopt some of the more stringent measures Kentucky has enacted.

 

“Stay Healthy at Home” is the very first item on a new 10-step plan to fight the coronavirus that Gov. Beshear unveiled Monday.

 

Beyond staying home and avoiding unnecessary travel, the 10 steps to fight COVID-19 include tips on sanitation and social distancing as well as information for those seeking help with unemployment, mental health issues and health care benefits.

 

“We’re trying to make sure we’re putting all of those steps that people need to take into one place,” the Governor said.

 

Gov. Beshear also signed Senate Bill 150, the coronavirus relief bill, into law. The Governor thanked lawmakers for their quick action, which codifies many of the measures already being taken. During the current state of emergency, SB 150 creates flexibility in our telehealth system, prohibits non-emergent procedures, allows for the delivery of alcohol and creates flexibility in deciding who is eligible for unemployment insurance.

 

The Governor said officials are continuing efforts to expand the state’s health care resources. The commonwealth currently has about 18,500 hospital beds, 1,300 ICU beds and 1,352 ventilators.

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. March 30, the Governor said there were at least 480 cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, with 42 of those being newly confirmed. There were two new deaths reported Monday, raising the state’s toll to 11 deaths related to the virus.

 

“This is a loss for all of us,” said Gov. Beshear, adding the Governor’s Mansion and Capitol dome would be lit green. He asked all Kentuckians to keep those families in their thoughts and to light up their homes green to honor those lost.

 

Gov. Beshear also said Monday that two of the new cases were linked to a nursing home in Northern Kentucky’s Campbell County. One resident and one staff member were being treated, the Governor said, and follow-up tests were being conducted.

 

In addition, the Governor provided an update on a 1-year-old in Fayette County who recently was diagnosed with COVID-19. “That child is back at home and doing really well,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

 

Key recent updates

 

Federal disaster aid
Gov. Beshear shared good news that federal aid is flowing to help the commonwealth’s coronavirus response and recovery efforts. The Major Disaster Declaration issued by President Donald Trump broadens access to the Public Assistance Program statewide to pay for emergency protective services.

 

CARES Act helps Kentucky workers
The federal CARES Act provides a variety of assistance and hope to Kentuckians whose livelihoods have been harmed by the coronavirus outbreak and response. “I signed an agreement with the Department of Labor that provides for us to raise the maximum weekly benefit by $600, increase benefits weeks by 13 additional weeks, fund unemployment insurance for individuals not typically eligible and finally allows states to expand workshare programs,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Team Kentucky Fund 
Gov. Beshear, along with the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, took executive action to establish the Team Kentucky Fund, a GoFundMe-style online platform to provide financial help to Kentuckians whose employment is affected by the coronavirus. The Governor has challenged those who are able to help to make a tax-deductible donation to the fund. On Monday, Gov. Beshear shared a video from University of Louisville head football Coach Scott Satterfield encouraging people to contribute to the fund and to do their part to stop the spread of the virus. Last week, Kentucky basketball Coach John Calipari urged people to help their neighbors.

 

Reporting hotline
Gov. Beshear announced the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline 833-KY SAFER (833-597-2337) for complaints about non-compliance with coronavirus mandates. Labor Cabinet personnel will monitor the hotline from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Kentuckians can visit the website kysafer.ky.govto make online complaints.

 

To read about other key updates from Gov. Beshear visit the news section on governor.ky.gov.

 

More Information
Gov. Beshear has taken decisive action to protect all Kentuckians since the first case was confirmed in the commonwealth. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to protect Kentuckians and limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit governor.ky.gov/covid19.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit governor.ky.gov.

 

Each day at 5 p.m. ET, Gov. Beshear holds briefings for Kentuckians that are streamed online at his Facebook and YouTube pages.

 

Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKY, #Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.

 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

Cody Dix, 31, of Jamestown, KY was lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center on Monday afternoon by Deputy Bradshaw with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office on charges of Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine).  

 

 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING MARCH 31ST

 
 
 
 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in Regular Called Session on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 4:00pmCT in the basement of the Adair Annex. This meeting WILL NOT be open to the public due to the COVID19 Executive Order Governor Breshear put in effect but will be live streamed on Adair County Fiscal Court’s Facebook Page live. 
 
AGENDA
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                                 
  1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
  • MARCH 10, 2020-Regular Meeting Minutes  
  3.  DISBURSEMENTS
  4.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS                                                
  5.  TRANFERS 
  • LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
  • FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS

  6.  COURT ORDERS 
  7.  READING OF ROADS 
 
8. ACTION ITEMS
  • PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR CRUMB RUBBER MODIFIED GRANT-JIM BLAIR CENTER
  • DISCUSSION WITH POSSIBLE ACTION OF EMERGENCY ORDINANCE RELATING TO PAYMENT OF COUNTY EMPLOYEES 
  • FISCAL YEAR 2021 JAIL BUDGET 
  • NUNC PRO TUNC ORDER AUTHORIZING JUDGE TO SIGN GRANT APPLICATION FOR COUNTY CLERK 


  9.  OTHER BUSINESS

10.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
11.  ADJOURN       
                                                                        

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TOUGH TIMES CALL FOR WORKING TOGETHER

 
By: Congressman James Comer
U.S. Representative, 1st District of Kentucky
 
 
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, families, businesses and healthcare providers are facing unprecedented tough times. However, during these trying times I’m encouraged to see the strength exemplified by communities across the nation to support each other and heed warnings. On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law, providing significant financial relief for Americans and small businesses, funding to continue to combat the pandemic, and access to care for Americans. While not perfect, this bill is a necessary step forward to safeguard our economy and the well-being of our citizens. 
 
Congress and the Administration have been hard at work to implement solutions for businesses, hospitals and individual Americans. My staff and I have worked to remain accessible throughout this time for my constituents. We recently conducted a tele-townhall so I could hear directly from Kentuckians, and I’ve held calls with hospital leaders and business owners in the 1st District to better understand the challenges they’re facing and assistance they need moving forward.
 
Like many of my congressional colleagues, I had concerns related to the massive cost of the CARES Act and some of the provisions in it that are unrelated to the pandemic. Nevertheless, this was a significant step to secure our nation’s economy, particularly Main Street small businesses, and preserve our economic foundation. This expansive bill that President Trump signed into law gives cash assistance to Americans and keeps small businesses on their feet through loan forgiveness. It aims to increase access to testing and the ability for the FDA to swiftly approve new medications and treatments. With this legislation, direct funding is provided to combat the pandemic. $150 billion will go towards states, cities and localities to support hospitals, health care workers and first responders, as well as more personal protective equipment for those working on the front lines.
 
As we work to see that this bill is implemented effectively, I worked to introduce a bipartisan bill to ensure children have access to full, healthy meals despite school closures. I partnered with Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) to introduce the COVID–19 Child Nutrition Response Act to protect students’ access to school meal benefits. This will allow school officials to distribute food in any number of settings across all nutrition programs and allow for flexibility on meal components if food supply or procurement is disrupted. On March 18, President Trump signed this legislation into law. I’m grateful that we took this step forward to prioritize families and children affected by the coronavirus and I look forward to the positive impact it will have. 
 
As we work through this volatile time, it is especially critical that we look out for our seniors’ well-being. One positive step forward for all senior citizens was President Trump’s recent signing of the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 (H.R. 4334), which prioritizes the delivery of critical services to Kentucky’s senior citizens. I was a lead Republican cosponsor of the legislation, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA). H.R. 4334 promotes seniors’ ability to live independently in their homes and reauthorizes comprehensive programs to deliver meals at senior centers, schools and churches. 
 
Senior citizens have spent a lifetime supporting our communities and raising future generations. Now, it is our responsibility to support them. As we continue to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak, I am steadfastly committed to supporting America’s seniors through effective policies like this.
 
Throughout our nation’s history, we’ve been confronted with tumultuous events that called on Americans to work together to make it through times of crisis. That’s what we’re being called on to do now, and I am confident that our country will overcome this present situation. I give great thanks to everyone who is on the front lines of combating the coronavirus, from our healthcare workers and first responders to our local government officials and businesses. Everyone is working together to make positive progress each day. I look forward to continuing my work on behalf of our resilient Kentucky families to aid in that progress.
 
For more information on the coronavirus and what’s being done to combat the pandemic, you can visit my resource page at https://comer.house.gov/coronavirus.
 
Rep. James Comer is a United States Congressman for the 1st Congressional District, which spans from south central Kentucky to the river counties of far western Kentucky. Contact him with any questions or concerns in his Washington D.C. office at (202) 225-3115, in the Tompkinsville Office at (270) 487-9509, in the Paducah Office at (270) 408-1865, or schedule an appointment in the Madisonville Office by calling (270) 487-9509.
 

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TJ SAMSON HAS 1ST POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE


On Saturday, March 28th, 2020 T.J. Samson Hospital was notified that a patient from their multi-county service area, who was treated at T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow, KY tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test result came back after the patient had been discharged. Upon arriving, the patient was immediately masked and placed in isolation by the clinical team who were properly protected from exposure. While in the hospital, the patient was treated in the designated COVID-19 unit and was discharged under isolation protocol.  

To protect the privacy of the patient and their family, no further information about the patient will be released.  

Additionally, all visitation at both T.J. Samson Community Hospital, T.J. Health Columbia and at the TJ Health Pavilion is restricted with few exceptions. Everyone who enters any of these facilities will continue to be screened upon entry according to CDC guidelines.  

Visit the Coronavirus resource page on the T.J. Regional Health website and follow the T.J. Regional Health Facebook page for additional updates.  

To stay up-to-date on the latest developments and available information from federal and state agencies, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus or kycovid19.ky.gov websites or call the Kentucky COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.  

 

 

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GOV. BESHEAR'S SUNDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 29, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear pressed Kentuckians on Sunday to remain vigilant about social distancing amid reports of crowding at golf courses, basketball courts and home improvement stores to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and reduce the risk to others.

 

Gov. Beshear said people and businesses must do better to stop the spread of COVID-19 or risk undoing the sacrifices and efforts of everyone else.

 

“We can’t allow any crowds in Kentucky right now,” Gov. Beshear said. “Where social distancing cannot be followed, we are going to have to shut golf courses and other places down.”

 

People must maintain social distancing at state parks, at basketball courts, in grocery stores and home improvement stores, Gov. Beshear said.

 

“When we go to places we have to make sure we do it in a responsible way,” the Governor said.

“We’re at crunch time. The next two to three weeks are pivotal,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. He advised people to follow the guidance from Gov. Beshear and public health officials.

 

“Assume everybody you see has the coronavirus,” Dr. Stack said. “If you keep the six to ten feet between and keep the social distance, you’ll be OK.”

 

Gov. Beshear and Dr. Stack said following the guidance is key to stopping the spread and reducing the risk to others, which will save lives. They said a small number of irresponsible people could cost others their lives.

COVID-19 has been a contributing factor in the death of nine Kentuckians and more than 400 have tested positive.

 

While he and his staff are working every day to secure more equipment, Gov. Beshear said the state’s health care resources – 18,500 hospital beds, 1,300 ICU beds and 1,352 ventilators – will be further stretched if people do not do their part to control the spread and cause a more severe outbreak.

 

From the start, Gov. Beshear has urged social distancing for everyone as key to stopping the spread of the virus. He issued a formal letter banning all mass gatherings and has encouraged businesses to allow employees to work from home when possible.

 

To combat guideline noncompliance, Gov. Beshear set up the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline (833-597-2337) as well as an online portal, kysafer.ky.gov, for Kentuckians to report problems.

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. March 29, the Governor said there were at least 439 cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, with 45 of those being newly confirmed. There were no new deaths reported Sunday, leaving the state’s toll at nine deaths related to the virus.

 

Key updates last week

 

Largest one-day rise in cases
The 92 new positive COVID-19 cases announced Saturday by Gov. Beshear marked the largest one-day rise of confirmed cases in the commonwealth. “This is why we have social distancing,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is a virus that spreads like wildfire.” The Governor said we have been expecting these big increases and noted our many sacrifices are aimed at ‘flattening the curve’ on rising cases so patients don’t overwhelm health care providers.

 

Federal disaster aid
On Saturday, Gov. Beshear shared good news of federal aid flowing to help the commonwealth’s coronavirus response and recovery efforts. The Major Disaster Declaration issued by President Donald Trump broadens access to the Public Assistance Program statewide to pay for emergency protective services not covered by other federal statutes. It also lets state and local agencies recover expenses related to the emergency response.

 

CARES Act helps Kentucky workers
The federal Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, which was just signed into law, provides wide-ranging benefits to all Kentuckians. In particular, it provides a variety of assistance and hope to Kentuckians whose livelihoods have been harmed by the coronavirus outbreak and response. “I signed an agreement with the Department of Labor that provides for us to raise the maximum weekly benefit by $600, increase benefits weeks by 13 additional weeks, fund unemployment insurance for individuals not typically eligible and finally allows states to expand workshare programs,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

Tennessee travel
Gov. Beshear has asked Kentuckians to avoid unnecessary travel to Tennessee, which has failed to enact strict social distancing guidelines. Kentuckians can still go to Tennessee for work, to take care of a loved one or even buy groceries if it is closer, but the Governor asks Kentuckians not to travel across the southern state line to partake in activities that have been limited or were limited earlier in Kentucky.

 

Team Kentucky Fund 
Gov. Beshear, along with the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, took executive action to establish the Team Kentucky Fund, a GoFundMe-style online platform to provide financial help to Kentuckians whose employment is affected by the coronavirus. The Governor has challenged those who are able to help to make a tax-deductible donation to the fund. University of Kentucky basketball Coach John Calipari recorded a video encouraging people to help fellow Kentuckians and donate to the Team Kentucky Fund.

 

Reporting hotline
The COVID-19 Reporting Hotline (833-597-2337) is for reporting non-compliance with coronavirus mandates. Labor Cabinet personnel will monitor the hotline from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. A new website where Kentuckians can visit to make online complaints is kysafer.ky.gov.

 

To read about other key updates from Gov. Beshear visit the news section on governor.ky.gov.

 

More Information
Gov. Beshear has taken decisive actions to protect all Kentuckians since the first case was confirmed in the commonwealth. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to protect Kentuckians and limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit governor.ky.gov/covid19.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit governor.ky.gov.

 

Each day at 5 p.m. ET, Gov. Beshear holds briefings for Kentuckians that are streamed online at his Facebook and YouTube pages.

 

Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKY, #Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.

 

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RUSSELL CO. JUDGE EXEC. HAS MESSAGE TO ALL RESIDENTS...

 

 

Russell County Judge Executive Gary Robertson stopped by the WAVE Studio this morning and wanted to share a special message to the citizens of the county... 

 

 

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AREA ARREST 3-29-20


 

Matthew Tyler Bolin, 25, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody on Sunday by KSP Trooper Scott and charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injuries.  Bolin was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS 03/29/20

 
  • Joshua Ehrgott, 35, Russell Springs - Disorderly Conduct & Menacing
  • John Mitchell Johnson, - DUI, Driving on a DUI Suspended License, Speeding, and Reckless Driving
 
They were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
March 28,2020
 
As of 11:55 a.m. on March 28, 2020 the boil water advisory for customer from 618 Milltown Road to 1325 Milltown Road and from Milltown Church Road down to the creek has been lifted by the Division of Water Columbia Office. This means your water is safe for human consumption. You no longer have to boil your water.
 
Thank You
 
Columbia Adair Utilities District

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Gov. Beshear signs more than 35 bills including law to restrict tobacco, vaping

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 28, 2020) – In the midst of leading Kentucky’s response to a worldwide pandemic that has infected more than 300 Kentuckians, Gov. Andy Beshear signed more than 35 bills this week.

Gov. Beshear signed legislation prohibiting selling tobacco, alternative nicotine and vaping products to people under 21, making the transportation cabinet the sole issuer of driving licenses including REAL IDs, and a bill automatically expunging acquittals. The Governor also vetoed two bills.

 

“While all of us should be focused on responding to the coronavirus as the number of cases grows in Kentucky, I will continue to evaluate the dozens of bills lawmakers are passing and sign those I believe will benefit the people of the commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

“While all of these issues could be addressed after we defeat the coronavirus, my staff and I will continue to look out for the best interests of all Kentuckians in deciding which bills should become law.”

 

Gov. Beshear vetoed the following bills:

 

HB 195 
“I am vetoing House Bill 195 because, despite the commendable premise for the legislation in attempting to make publication of advertisements of local government actions more efficient, the provisions of the law would impede the public’s ability to receive the complete information of a local government’s actions and proposed actions, and further harm newspapers by removing the requirement that the advertisements be published in a newspaper,” he wrote in the veto message he sent to the General Assembly on Friday.

 

SB 5

“I am vetoing Senate Bill 5 because it could have the effect of depriving essential services to under-served citizens of the commonwealth. Special purpose government entities are created to be flexible and to move rapidly to address community challenges. Senate Bill 5 would hinder the ability of special governmental entities to address community challenges by shifting the tax- or fee-levying decision-making authority of those entities,” Gov. Beshear wrote in the veto message he sent Friday.

 

Gov. Beshear signed the following legislation:

 

SB 56 Prohibits the sale of tobacco, alternative nicotine, or vapor products to persons under the age of 21.

 

HB 327 Creates automatic expungement of acquittals.

 

SB 102 Reorganizes the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. CHFS supports the legislation.

 

HB 208 Related to commercial mobile radio service charges and declaring an emergency.

 

SB 148 The bill creates a process for farmers to apply for farm exemptions.

 

HB 135 Creates new rules for licensing physician assistants, especially those who prescribe medication.

 

HB 154 An act relating to powers of appointment involving power of attorney.

 

HB 229 Makes 911 services more efficient.

 

HB 276 Creates a new special military license plate.

 

HB 279 Corrects the list of military units in Kentucky that should be associated with the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs.

 

HB 284 Relates to probation program credits.

 

HB 271 Removes provisions which reduce line of duty or duty-related death benefits upon remarriage for military.

 

HB 313 The insurance fraud reporting and immunity provisions will provide another tool to identify and address suspected insurance fraud.

 

HB 374 Exempts collective bargaining from existing “rest period” requirements of 10 minutes for every four hours worked with the exception of those under the Federal Railway Labor Act.

 

HB 378 Offers protection to county clerks from any liability when they relied on a signed notarized statement by an insurance company on a form created by the Transportation Cabinet in releasing liens on a motor vehicle.

 

HB 417 Related to the requirement for the Department of Insurance to maintain financial accreditation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

 

HB 453 Transportation Cabinet would be sole issuer of driver and operator licenses including REAL ID.

 

SB 38 To allow a court-appointed guardian or conservator to determine the disposition of remains after death if other alternatives have been exhausted.

 

SB 40 To require front-line Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services staff who work in child welfare and staff members of child-caring facilities to submit to national and state fingerprint-supported background checks.

 

SB 42 To require any student identification badge issued to a public middle or high school student to contain the contact information for national crisis hotlines specializing in domestic violence, sexual assault and suicide.

 

SB 60 Adds spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) to the list of required tests run on infants for heritable disorders.

 

SB 82 Establishes the Kentucky Eating Disorder Council in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

 

SB 101 Limits the number of required credit hours for certain degrees. The Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education supports the change.

 

SB 134 Establishes the Optometry Scholarship Program.

 

SB 186 Creates a required appointment of an assistant auditor of public accounts by the State Auditor.

 

SB 193 Establishes a goal of increasing participation in computer science courses by underrepresented groups and requires the Kentucky Department of Education to submit an annual report on public school students participating in computer science courses.

 

SB 125 Adds regulations for athletic trainers, particularly related to their training.

 

HB 98 Allows a court award under KRS Chapter 198B or the Uniform Building Code to include attorney’s fees if a certificate of occupancy has not been issued.

 

HB 156 This bill will assist CHFS or any other guardian, conservator, or fiduciary in accessing the digital assets of individuals under guardianship, and depending on the value possibly aid in the financial support of the individual.

 

HB 312 Requires the Kentucky Department of Education to develop processes to promote more expeditious enrollment of students in foster care who are transferring to a new school or district, and the sharing of information among schools, school districts, Department for Community Based Services, and a child’s caseworker.

 

HB 331 This legislation conforms to the federal SECURE Act and allows the state-sponsored 529 educational savings plan trust known as KY Saves 529 to be used for apprenticeship programs, as well as for student loan payments for account beneficiaries or their siblings up to $10,000 per person.

 

HB 366 Establishes guidelines for the operation and management of the model and practice schools operated by Eastern Kentucky University.

 

HB 375 Changes the name of the Commission on Fire Protection Personnel Standards and Education to the Kentucky Fire Commission and clarifies that the attachment of the commission to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System is for administrative purposes. Also makes other changes to the makeup of the commission and its functions.

 

HB 420 Directs the Department of Agriculture to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act; establishes exemptions for covered produce and covered farms; authorizes a department representative to enter a covered farm or farm eligible for inspection; authorizes the department to promulgate administrative regulations; authorizes a department representative to issue a stop movement order for covered produce; establishes violations and a civil penalty.

 

HB 153 Establishes the Kentucky Mental Health First Aid Training Program or similar program to be administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

 

SB 50 To require the Department for Medicaid Services to establish and directly administer an outpatient pharmacy benefit program for all Medicaid beneficiaries; permit the department to contract with a third-party administrator on a fee-for-service reimbursement basis; require a third-party administrator to utilize the outpatient pharmacy benefit program established by the department.

 

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13 COVID-19 CASES IN 10-COUNTY LAKE CUMB. DISTRICT


 

(LCDHD) at the current time has 13 Positive/Presumptive Positive cases in our 10-county district. Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.

 

LCDHD is working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with them.

 

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
• between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
• via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
• droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

 

Personal Prevention Measures:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water aren’t readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick with a fever, coughing, sneezing, and having difficulty breathing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • If you are over 60 or have underlying medical conditions that may make catching the disease more dangerous, please stay home as much as possible at this time.
  • Purchase several weeks worth of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time and to decrease the number of trips to purchase supplies.

 

Community Prevention Measures:

  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from others in public.
  • Implement environmental surface cleaning measures in homes, businesses, and other locations. Wipe down frequently touched surfaces and objects. Use regular household cleaning spray or wipes as recommended by the CDC.
  • In following with Governor Andy Beshears’ order, no social gatherings such as church services, funerals, weddings, etc. will be permitted.
  • Retail businesses are closed except for those exempted by the Governor’s order. Those that remain open must observe social distancing for staff and customers. Restaurants are closed except for drive-through and delivery.  No dining room service is allowed.

 

What to do if you feel ill:

If you have developed a fever or respiratory symptoms and believe you have had exposure to a known case or traveled to an area with community spread, isolate yourself from others in your home and call your healthcare provider or local health department to describe your symptoms and any recent travel before you go to the healthcare facility.

 

If you feel ill enough to need a doctor’s care, please call your healthcare provider prior to showing up at their office.  If you want to be tested for the COVID-19, call the provider to see if they are offering testing prior to going to their office.  All providers will screen you for symptoms prior to deciding to do further testing.  Many providers will require a flu and/or strep test prior to testing for COVID-19.  No testing is being done on non-symptomatic patients.  If you feel you need emergency treatment, please call the hospital prior to arrival to alert them to your symptoms.

 

Stay home when you are sick.  Do not leave home until you have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without any fever-reducing medication, your other symptoms have improved, AND at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

 

LCDHD Response:

What we have done:

  • implemented our Department Operations Center and are at a level 1 (full activation)
  • frequent updates to our Board of Directors, local community partners, media, and the public.
  • received one distribution from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and delivered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Emergency Operation Centers
  • shut down our health department clinics to essential services only.
  • provided information packets to all primary care physicians in our region with information on COVID-19
  • provided information packets to most/all local businesses
  • helping monitor PPE inventory at local hospitals


What we are doing:

  • case and close contact investigations and issuing isolation and quarantine orders for positive COVID-19 cases and high-risk close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • responding to issues of non-compliance with the Governor’s order to close down businesses specifically told to shut down for a period of time and open businesses not complying with precautionary measures
  • providing weekly meetings to update the media and public on COVID-19 in our region
  • in the process of planning for mobile testing centers once test kits are available in our area.
  • planning for mass immunization clinics once a vaccine is available in our area.


To help answer questions, the Kentucky Department of Public Health has created a hotline to answer questions at 1-800-722-5725.  Additional information can also be obtained by going to their COVID-19 website at https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx


The CDC also has a COVID-19 website that can be reached here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

 

Lake Cumberland District Health Department’s website can be reached here:

https://www.lcdhd.org


The Kentucky Department of Public Health hotline can be reached at 1-800-722-5725.

 

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302 COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 3 MORE DEATHS

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 27, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday said his administration is continuing strong efforts to stop the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

The Governor reiterated his call to Kentuckians to stay Healthy at Home and said that the state is continuing to working to prepare an initial drive-through testing center.

 

“We recommit ourselves each and every day to doing what it takes to defeat this adversary. We will get through this,” said Gov. Beshear. “We will get through this together. It may seem hokey, but in these next weeks or months, it’s going to take all the strength that we have. It is our collective strength. It is all of us coming together, unified as patriotic Americans and Kentuckians, that is going to protect the people around us.”

 

Eric Friedlander, acting secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said thank you to the many who are taking care of the state’s homeless population during this time and talked about steps the administration is taking to provide enough services to help folks obtain housing during this time.

 

“Many of the Governor’s actions, like stopping evictions, stopping more people going on the streets, expanding unemployment insurance is exactly the thing we need to do to prevent more homelessness,” said Friedlander. “What we’re asking is for local communities to work together – for local health departments, for comprehensive care centers, for local homeless services, for emergency services to come together and work on their plan for their homeless population. We must work together.”

 

Deputy Secretary for the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Josh Benton said some Kentuckians might be wrongly receiving information that says they do not qualify for unemployment insurance. Benton says Kentuckians’ claims are being processed and that updates will be provided next week.

Gov. Beshear today talked about the spread of COVID-19 related to Tennessee. Kentuckians can still go to Tennessee for work, to take care of a loved one or even buy groceries if it is closer, but the Governor asks that unnecessary travel to Tennessee end. He asked Kentuckians not to travel across the southern state-line to partake in activities that have been limited in Kentucky.

 

Gov. Beshear did thank Rose and Rosetta Jackson of Christian County, for their leadership in creating an adopt-a-grandparent program that connects people who can help provide groceries and services to those in need in the area.

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. March 27, the Governor said that there are at least 302 positive cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, with 54 of those being newly confirmed. There have been eight deaths attributed to the virus.  

 

On Friday, Governor Beshear shared the tragic loss of three Kentuckians in one day including a 73-year-old female from Jefferson County (confirmed after the Friday briefing), a 75-year-old female from Fayette County and a 77-year-old male in Hopkins County.

 

“I want us to think about their families. I want us to pray for them and their loved ones,” Gov. Beshear said. “And tonight we’re not only going to be lighting up Governor’s Mansion, we’re going to light up the dome of the Capitol green to show our compassion for those families. And I’d like everyone out there to do the same if you can.”


Key updates this week

Counties monitoring public spaces
The Governor asked mayors and county judge-executives to monitor people gathering in public places such as parks and stop them if people are not practicing social distancing and risking the spread of COVID-19.

 

Healthy at Home
Since the first case was detected in the commonwealth, Gov. Beshear has taken decisive actions and encouraged all Kentuckians to remain Healthy at Home. All non-life-sustaining businesses now are closed to in-person services. Exempted businesses include grocery stores, gas stations, hardware stores and media outlets, among many others. The sale of firearms and ammunition also is exempted.

 

Team Kentucky Fund 
Gov. Beshear, along with the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, took executive action to establish the Team Kentucky Fund, a GoFundMe-style online platform to provide financial help to Kentuckians whose employment is affected by the coronavirus. The Governor has challenged those who are able to help to make a tax-deductible donation to the fund. University of Kentucky basketball Coach John Calipari recorded a video encouraging people to help fellow Kentuckians and donate to the Team Kentucky Fund.

 

Reporting hotline
Gov. Beshear announced the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline (833-597-2337) that will investigate complaints about non-compliance with coronavirus mandates. Labor Cabinet personnel will monitor the hotline from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. A new website where Kentuckians can visit to make online complaints is kysafer.ky.gov.

 

To read about other key updates from Gov. Beshear visit the news section on governor.ky.gov.

 

More Information
Gov. Beshear has taken decisive actions to protect all Kentuckians since the first case was confirmed in the commonwealth. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to protect Kentuckians and limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit governor.ky.gov/covid19.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit governor.ky.gov.

 

Each day at 5 p.m. ET, Gov. Beshear is holding briefings for Kentuckians online at his Facebook and YouTube pages.

 

Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube
 

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKY, #Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.

 

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ADAIR CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 03/27/20

 
Date Issued:  3/27/2020
Time Issued:  3:30 P.M.
 
 
 A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for consumers from 618 Milltown Road to 1325 Milltown Road and from Milltown Church Road down to the creek. The advisory has been issued due to main line leak. Following such an event, the potential exists for bacteriological contamination of the water supply therefore this Boil Water Advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure. Until further notice, boil all water used for drinking and cooking, bringing the water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes before using. This advisory will remain in effect until the situation has been corrected and test results have shown the water to be of an acceptable quality.
 
For more information concerning the Boil Water Advisory, contact Lennon Stone at Columbia Adair Utilities District, 270-384-2181.
 

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RUSSELL CO. RECYCLE TRAILERS TAKEN TO RECYCLING CENTER

 

Statement from Russell Co. Judge Exec.'s Office on Recycling Center......

 

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LCDHD REPORT ON COVID-19 CASES IN THE AREA

 

 

Report from Lake Cumberland District Health Dept. on Thursday detailing COVID-19 cases in the area....

 

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MAYOR EDDIE THOMAS DECLARES "STATE OF EMERGENCY" FOR RUSSELL SPRINGS

 

 

Russell Springs Mayor Eddie Thomas spoke to WAVE NEWS yesterday about the city declaring a state of emergency... 

 

 

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GOV. URGES KENTUCKIANS TO STAY HOME

 

   
   
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 26, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday repeated his call for Kentuckians to stay Healthy at Home, said that the state is working quickly to prepare an initial drive-through testing center and announced 248 positive cases of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“This is a test of our humanity – about how much we care about each other. I am doing everything I can to make sure we pass the test and I know you are, too,” Gov. Beshear said. “The next two to three weeks are absolutely critical to what they call blunting the curve. This is the time where our actions mean the most in not spreading the virus. It’s going to take however long it takes to defeat the coronavirus the first time.”
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. March 26, the Governor said that there are at least 248 positive cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, with 50 of those being newly confirmed. There have been five deaths attributed to the virus. In very good news, after further review the 90-year-old Perry County nursing home resident has tested negative.
 
Updates this week
The Governor asked mayors and county judge-executives today to monitor people gathering in public places such as parks and stop them if people are not practicing social distancing and risking the spread of COVID-19.
 
Gov. Beshear said that when the state rolls out drive-through testing it will still be for those who need it the most. The Governor said the state had a better week than last week securing personal protective gear and that the state has spent more than $8 million. He said we’re going to spend more and that he is going to do what it takes to ensure Kentuckians are as safe as possible.
 
Healthy at Home
Since the first case was detected in the commonwealth, Gov. Beshear has taken decisive actions and encouraged all Kentuckians to remain Healthy at Home. Beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, all non-life-sustaining businesses must close to in-person services. Exempted businesses include grocery stores, gas stations, hardware stores and media outlets, among many others. The sale of firearms and ammunition also is exempted.
 
Team Kentucky Fund 
Gov. Beshear, along with the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet (PPC), took executive action to establish the Team Kentucky Fund, a GoFundMe-style online platform to provide financial help to Kentuckians whose employment is affected by the coronavirus. The Governor challenged those who are able to help to make a tax-deductible donation to the fund.
 
Reporting hotline
Gov. Beshear announced the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline (833-597-2337) that will investigate complaints about non-compliance with coronavirus mandates. Labor Cabinet personnel will monitor the hotline from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. A new website where Kentuckians can visit to make online complaints is kysafer.ky.gov.
 
Businesses helping Kentuckians
One key player on Team Kentucky is our business community. Even while being hit with some of the harshest initial consequences of this pandemic, the owners and operators of companies and small businesses across the commonwealth have stepped up to help their fellow Kentuckians.
 
From the start of the crisis, many companies have reached out to the Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and other state agencies with offers of donated materials, labor and other assistance.
 
A new website portal is streamlining the process, connecting interested businesses with supplies and services for Kentuckians in need.
 
State agencies also step up
Similar to the private sector, individuals working in state government are also stepping up to help in the fight against the coronavirus. Department heads and employees are making sacrifices, volunteering and looking for way to help their fellow Kentuckians.
 
One bit of good news: The State Operated Area Technology Centers and the Kentucky School for the Blind have delivered more than 10,000 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) items to the Department of Health in Frankfort and local health agencies. This includes more than 9,000 of the critically needed N95 respirator masks, plus hundreds of gowns, gloves, wipes and more.
 
More Information
Gov. Beshear has taken decisive actions to protect all Kentuckians since the first case was confirmed in the commonwealth. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to protect Kentuckians and limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit governor.ky.gov/covid19.
 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit governor.ky.gov.
 
Each day at 5 p.m. ET, Gov. Beshear is holding briefings for Kentuckians online at his Facebookand YouTube pages.
 
Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKY, #Patriot and new Saturday #HealthyAtHome.
 
 

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T.J. REGIONAL HEALTH OFFERING TELEHEALTH VISITS


T.J. Regional Health clinics are now offering visits via Telehealth, an interactive audio/video system that allows patients to access quality healthcare from the comfort of their own home. Patients who need refills, follow-up appointments, or new consultations with a specialist can call the T.J. Health Pavilion or any T.J. clinic to schedule a virtual visit. These visits are conducted on a smartphone, tablet, or computer with almost no wait time, and they are covered by most insurance plans.
 
Because HIPAA compliance is a top priority, T.J. Telehealth visits are conducted securely to ensure strict patient privacy and confidentiality.
 
As part of the visit, the doctor, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant has the ability to order testing such as lab work, x-rays, and other tests if they are urgently needed. Patients can also schedule an in person visit with their provider, if it is deemed emergent or necessary.
 
T.J. Regional Health staff will be reaching out to patients who already have scheduled appointments to see if a Telehealth visit is appropriate.
 
“We are proud to be able to serve the community’s healthcare needs by providing access to care especially during this challenging time,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health. “The T.J. Telehealth solution provides another option for patient and provider interaction while still allowing for social distancing.”
 
Patients who need to schedule a non-emergent appointment are asked to call their provider’s office to schedule a T.J. Telehealth visit.
 
 To assist in keeping the community informed, frequent updates are posted on the T.J. Regional Health Facebook page and at tjsamson.org.
 

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R.C. MAN ARRESTED; $30,000 IN METH, STOLEN FIREARM & CASH CONFISCATED


The Adair County Sheriffs Office seizes over $30,000 in Methamphetamine along with cash and a stolen firearm.
 

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 9:23pmCT, Deputy Joey Keith initiated a traffic stop on a 2001 Ford car. The Sheriffs Office had been receiving numerous complaints in the area of Snake Creek of possible drug activity and was investigating those complaints.     
 
The vehicle was operated by Levi Abbott, 37, of Russell Springs. The roadside investigation led to a search of the vehicle. That's when deputies recovered 1.3 pounds of crystal methamphetamine (with a street value of over $30,000), scales, pills, and a large amount of cash. Abbott was also in possession of a .380 caliber handgun that was entered as stolen from a neighboring county.  
    
Abbott was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
 
  • Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine)
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon 
  • Possession of stolen firearm 
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia 
  • Operating a motor vehicle under influence of drugs

Deputy Keith was assisted on the traffic stop by Chief Deputy Justin Cross and Deputy Derek Padgett.
 

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AREA ARREST 3-26-20

 

 

 

State Police lodged 2 men in the Russell County Detention Center Wednesday, 1 for a probation violation, but both have drug charges against them…

 

William Chapman age 35, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Trooper Begley just before midnight on charges of Probation Violation (For Felony Offense), Non-Payment of Court Cost, Fee’s or Fine’s, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree 2nd Offense (Methamphetamine) Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 2nd Offense Drug Unspecified, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

Kenny Robertson age 65, of Russell Springs was taken into custody just before 7:30 last evening by Trooper Harper of the Kentucky State Police on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree – Drug Unspecified, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Drug Unspecified) Careless Driving, Failure to Wear Seat Belt, Failure to Produce Insurance Card and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drug/Alcohol/ETC.

  

 

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RS WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

 

Just before midnight Tuesday, Officers with the Russell Springs Police Department were at a residence on Delphia Street in a Russell Springs to attempt to serve an active warrant on Sandra G. Dix 50 of Jamestown for Trafficking Controlled Substance. A short time later Dix was located hiding in a bedroom. While conducting an on scene investigation Officers located Controlled Substances and Paraphernalia. This investigation resulted in RSPD Officer Ethan Pike charging David S. Meyer 53 of Dunnville and Ms.Dix with Trafficking Controlled Substance under 2 grams (meth), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The initial arrest warrant for Trafficking Controlled Substance was served by RCSO Deputy Dustin Bunch.

 

Both were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

Officers were assisted on scene by RSPD SGT Bobby Prichard and KSP Trooper Billy Begley.

 

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CORONAVIRUS & GAS PUMPS

 
Great article from www.consumerreports.org on coronavirus & gas pumps......
 
 
Despite social distancing and shuttered venues—moves designed to staunch the spread of the novel coronavirus—some essential workers still need to commute in their cars, and many others need to drive to places for food, medicine, and other supplies and services.
 
For many, that means the occasional trip to the gas station is inevitable, as is touching the pump handle and payment keypad. Pump handles and credit card keypads, which are high-touch areas, could have the virus present, which experts say can stay alive for hours or even days on hard surfaces.
 
Your best protection overall is to wash your hands properly on a regular basis and to refrain from touching your face with unwashed hands. But there are a few things you can do that will help you stay safe when you have to pump gas.
 
CR’s auto experts suggest several ways to approach this task.
 
  • Consider carrying some disposable nitrile or latex gloves in your car to use when gripping the pump handle. Short of that, you can try to use paper towels that are sometimes available at the pump or have some with you to cover your hands when you grip the handle. 
  • Do the same to isolate yourself from the keypad when entering payment information.
  • Invert the gloves and throw them away, and also any paper towels you might have used. Use hand sanitizer to make sure your hands are clean after you’re done and before you get back into your car.
  • Cleaning your hands after you’re done seems like the quickest, easiest precaution. But some drivers might want to have disinfectant wipes handy for wiping down the gas pump handle and the payment keypad before pumping.
 
“This process ensures that I’m not inadvertently transferring the virus from a high-touch surface like a gas pump to my vehicle’s door handle, and from there into the interior,” says Gabriel Shenhar, associate director of CR’s auto test program.
 
Whichever method you prefer, our best advice is to be prepared ahead of time because washing your hands properly with soap and water at a gas station is not always an easy or feasible option.
 
John Eichberger, executive director of the nonprofit Fuels Institute, says gas station owners and operators are doing what they can to combat the spread of COVID-19 by cleaning their facilities more often. But that might not be enough assurance for some motorists.
 
“If consumers are really worried about touching a gas pump handle, they can do what they do when they go to a grocery store and wipe down surfaces with disinfectant wipes when they need to touch something,” Eichberger says.
 
Although it’s not entirely clear how long the coronavirus lives once attached to a surface like a door handle, Eike Steinmann, a virologist at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum in Germany who has studied the lifespan of viruses on various surfaces, says they probably won’t last more than a few days. Stephen Thomas, M.D., chief of infectious diseases and director of global health at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., says that bacteria and viruses exist everywhere in the natural environment, and that—again—your best defense is frequent, vigorous hand-washing.
 
Coronaviruses are surrounded by a protective envelope that helps them attach to and infect other cells. The friction from scrubbing is enough to break down the virus’s coating, Thomas says. 
 
And as you would after any trip outside your home during this unusual time, remember to wash your hands before touching anything at home. The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and failing that, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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198 COVID19 CASES & ANOTHER DEATH; GOOD NEWS ON UNEMPLOYMENT

 

 

Governor Andy Beshear announced yesterday there are 35 new coronavirus cases and another death.

 

 

The Governor announced good news on unemployment.....

 

Gov. Beshear said we are in crunch time... the next 2 to 3 weeks will be critical and he urges everyone to follow the recommended guidelines including social distancing & hand washing, but more importantly please just stay home!

 

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MESSAGE FROM COLUMBIA MAYOR PAM HOOTS 03/25/20

 
FROM MAYOR HOOTS OFFICE:
 
  1. As mentioned earlier, we are changing some shift schedules and doing cross-training to provide services in all departments. This is necessary in the situation that an employee may become ill.
  2. The lobby continues to remain closed until further notice. If you would like to pay a gas bill, please utilize the drop-off box at the rear of the building; pay your gas statement over the phone, or go to www.cityofcolumbiaky.com. Employees will continue to be on-site during this time to answer the telephone for any questions you may have during this time.
  3. After legal consultation to ensure that we could; we have delayed the 2019 City of Columbia Delinquent Property Tax publication at this time. This should provide some relief for our residents.
  4. We continue to collect food items (non-perishable) that will be delivered to the elderly and/or families with children in our community. Totes are placed in the back and front of the Municipal Building.
  5. The city park on Fairgrounds Street and the Little League Ball Park are closed due to the order from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear concerning closing recreational and community facilities. This is a reminder for all community residents using the park.
  6. The Columbia Sanitation Department will continue to run their daily routes as scheduled. If your garbage is picked-up on Monday; it should continue to be picked-up on Monday.
  7. Again, gas late payment fees are currently suspended. As mentioned earlier, we discussed disconnections for late payments last week; and, this month’s disconnects have been postponed. We understand that these items are essential services.

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9 COVID-19 CONFIRMED CASES IN LAKE CUMB. DISTRICT

 
According to the Lake Cumberland District Health Department, there are now 9 confirmed cases of the Corona Virus in the 10 county area of the Lake Cumberland District Health Department. Currently, 5 cases are reported in Pulaski County, 1 in McQueary County, and 3 in Wayne County. 8 of the confirmed individuals are either in self-quarantine or hospitalized for treatment. One case has been released. For more information and guidelines for protecting yourself from the Covid19 Corona Virus, visit the health department's website at http://www.lcdhd.org or http://kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
 

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VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED


By Lisa Greer
Adair County Clerk

With the date for the Primary Election being moved forward to June 23, 2020, this also moved the deadline to register to vote, or make voter changes, to Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 4pmCT. 

You can do this in either of the following ways:

  • Online: at Elect.ky.gov
  • By phone: Call the Clerk's Office 270-384-2801 and request a form to be mailed to you. The form has to be mailed back into the Clerk's Office by Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 4pmCT


Reminder: If you change your party after December 31, 2019 you will not be eligible to vote in the June Primary.

If you have a question about voting absentee in the June Primary please contact the Adair County Clerk's Office, 270-384-2801.

 

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GENERAL ELECTION FILING DEADLINE MOVED TO JUNE 2ND


By Lisa Greer
Adair County Clerk

Please note the filing deadline change for 2020 General from the last of August to Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 4pmCT.

To avoid any delays in the filing of candidate documents to attain ballot access required to file with the County Clerk, candidates should directly contact the county clerk in their county of residence for filing procedures and requirements.

Local races include: City Council, School Board District (SD2,SD4,SD5), Soil Conservation District Commission.

Forms required: 

  • Candidate filing deadline: is Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (please note this date has been changed from August to June) at 4pmCT in the Office of Adair County Clerk, 424 Public Square, Columbia KY 42728

 

  • Candidates filing for City Council must complete the following documents; SBE 60A, KREF-001, and filing fee of $50

 

  • Candidates filing for School Board must complete the following documents; SBE 60A, KREF-001, PROVIDE TRANSCRIPT EVIDENCING COMPLETION OF THE TWELFTH GRADE OR RESULTS OF A TWELFTH GRADE EQUIVALENCY EXAMINATION, SBE/SOS/06, and a filing fee of $20

 

  • Candidates filing for Soil and Water Conservation District Commission must complete the following documents: Filing for SBE 60A, KREF-001, and filing fee of $20


Forms can be obtained by:

  1. Visiting sos.ky.gov
  2. Contacting your County Clerk, Lisa Greer's, Office, at 270-384-2801
 

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ADAIR CO. WOMAN CRITICALLY INJURED FOLLOWING HEAD-ON COLLISION


An Adair County woman was critically injured following head-on collision in the Millerfield community.
 

On Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 11:42amCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to a head-on collision with possible entrapment on KY 76, 15 miles east of Columbia. Upon Sheriff Brockman’s arrival, it was found that 2 occupants had been ejected and a female was pinned underneath a van that had landed on her after she was ejected.       
 
The Adair County Fire Department was able to dig the ditch-line out manually with shovels, before lifting devices arrived on scene making it possible to remove her from underneath the vehicle.   
 
Preliminary investigation shows that a 2004 Chevy utility van, operated by 71-year-old Robert Hagy of Columbia, KY was traveling west on KY 76, along with his passenger, 51-year-old Connie McGowan of Columbia. Hagy dropped off the shoulder of the roadway and overcorrected in an attempt to regain control. The vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a 2002 Jeep, operated by 19-year-old Michaela Waskoski of Columbia, KY head-on. The van then spun around in the roadway, ejecting both Hagy and McGowan. Hagy was thrown clear, however McGowan landed in a ditch with the van coming to rest on top of her. 
 
McGowan was treated on scene by Adair EMS and transported to Russell County Hospital. She was then transferred to the UK Hospital in Lexington, KY for treatment of serious injuries. Hagy was treated by EMS and taken to TJ Health Columbia. The other driver, Michaela Waskoski was not injured.

Deputy Chandler Staten is the lead investigator of the accident. He was assisted by Deputy Brandon Hitch and Sheriff Josh Brockman.   
 

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GOV. BESHEAR LATEST CLOSINGS ANNOUNCED TUES


Here is a list of stores and services that can remain open, per Beshear's order:

 

  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants (for carry out and delivery)
  • Drug stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Meat, fish/seafood, fruit and vegetable markets
  • Beer, wine and liquor stores
  • Banks
  • Agriculture
  • Gas stations and convenience stores
  • Pet and pet supplies stores
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Logistics centers
  • Delivery and pick-up
  • Federal critical infrastructure
  • Media
  • Transportation 
  • Automotive parts, repair, accessories and tire stores
  • Auto, truck and van rental
  • Financial services
  • Housing, building and construction
  • Mail, post offices and shipping
  • Laundry services
  • Home-based care
  • Professional services, though attorneys, accountants and those in real estate can work from home, Beshear's office said. 
     

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AREA ARRESTS 3-25-20

 

 

 

A Dunville man was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center early this morning on Drug charges…

 

David Scott Meyer, 52, was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (more than 2 Grams of Methamphetamine) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession. He was taken into custody by Ethan Pike with the Russell Springs Police just after midnight.

 

Sandra Dix, 49, of Jamestown, KY was arrested just before midnight Wednesday by RCSO Deputy Dustin Bunch and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 2 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine). Dix was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

 

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4 CONFIRMED AND 1 PRESUMPTIVE CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES IN LAKE CUMB. DISTRICT


The Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) at the current time has four positive Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) cases in Pulaski County and one presumptive positive case in McCreary County we are treating as a positive case. One of the Pulaski County positive cases has been cleared, and the other positive cases are currently being monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms and are self-isolated. None of the cases are hospitalized. LCDHD is working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with them.
 
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
• Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
• These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
 
Personal Prevention Measures:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t readily available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick with a fever, coughing, sneezing, and having difficulty breathing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• If you are over 60 or have underlying medical conditions that may make catching the disease more dangerous, please stay home as much as possible at this time.
• Purchase several weeks worth of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time and to decrease the number of trips to purchase supplies.
 
Community Prevention Measures:
• Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from others in public.
• Implement environmental surface cleaning measures in homes, businesses, and other locations. Wipe down frequently touched surfaces and objects. Use regular household cleaning spray or wipes as recommended by the CDC.
 

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Congressman Comer to Host Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall March 26

 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman James Comer announced plans to host a COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall on Thursday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. Central) to update constituents on the federal government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus. Dr. Kyle Turnbo of Paducah will be joining Congressman Comer on the call to answer specific medical questions about COVID-19. 
 
Residents of the 1st Congressional District can call 855-962-1276 to participate in the conversation. Constituents can also sign up for the call by visiting comer.house.gov/live. 
 
After opening comments from Congressman Comer and Dr. Turnbo, the remainder of the call will be spent taking questions from callers. If votes are suddenly scheduled in Washington on Thursday and Congressman Comer is unable to participate, the event will be rescheduled in a timely manner.
 
Constituents can continue to find information and seek guidance on cdc.gov/coronavirus. For more tips, information and resources, visit comer.house.gov/coronavirus.
 

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KY SEES BIGGEST 1-DAY SPIKE; 163 POSITIVE CASES

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 24, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday that the state continues to take aggressive action and acknowledged that Kentuckians continue to sacrifice to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). But the Governor said day-by-day cases are ticking up and Tuesday was the single biggest one-day increase in cases, 39 new.
 
The governor also issued a warning that complacency is the biggest threat against those gains as the global pandemic enters a critical period in the United States.
 
“With this being the single biggest day that we have had so far with an increase in cases, we are going to have to keep taking increasingly significant steps as we move forward,” Gov. Beshear said. “We know we are in the time in any pandemic when we have escalating cases and we have to act, act now and act in a significant way that protects our people.”
 
As of Tuesday, Gov. Beshear said Kentucky had 163 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and remains at four deaths attributed to the virus.
 
With the number of positive cases rising quickly across both the country and the commonwealth as more testing capabilities come online, Gov. Beshear is urging everyone against any rollbacks or lessening of defenses.
 
Gov. Beshear said they have been expecting the increase and have been preparing. It is also why Gov. Beshear moved aggressively from the start to put Kentucky on a path to flatten the outbreak’s curve in the commonwealth and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed with sick patients.
 
Gov. Beshear has urged all Kentuckians to keep doing their part by following the rules of social distancing (keeping at least six feet apart from others), as well as orders to close most businesses, and to not gather in public.
 
Each day at 5 p.m. ET, Gov. Beshear holds briefings for Kentuckians that are streamed online at his Facebook and YouTube pages.
 
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. March 24, the state’s COVID-19 patient information includes 163 who have tested positive. Click here for the list with details. The Governor said that four Kentuckians have fully recovered. Additional cases and demographics of some cases mentioned were not known by 5 p.m. ET Tuesday so not all cases are listed.
Gov. Beshear said one of the people who tested positive today had attended a coronavirus party and he told Kentuckians not to be so callous as to intentionally go to a gathering and expose yourself to a virus that can kill others, especially our most vulnerable.
“This makes me mad, and it should make you mad,” Gov. Beshear said. “There is the power of forgiveness and we will move on and forgive, but there should not be any more of these parties – for any reason.”
 
New actions and updates 
Non-life-sustaining business to close to in-person service
“With the rise in cases and knowing that these next probably two weeks are going to be some of the most important, we are going to take the next step; so effective Thursday at 8 p.m. we are going to be asking all non-life-sustaining businesses to close to in-person traffic,” Gov. Beshear said. “Even for those who are going to be excepted under this order, we are going to mandate that type of social distance that we have to see out there to protect our people.”
Gov. Beshear said the order will be out on Wednesday to give businesses more guidance. He said many businesses provide life-sustaining services and will be allowed to stay open, even though they must maintain social distancing.
The businesses that can stay open include: grocery stores, drug stores and pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, agricultural operations, gas stations, media, businesses needed for transportation, logistics, shipping, delivery and pick-up, housing, building and construction, laundry, financial services, home-based care and services, professional services, manufacturing and other businesses key to national interests or life-sustaining goods or services, and those covered under the federal critical infrastructure sector.
The governor said most professional services, including attorneys, accountants and those in real estate, can be performed at home.
As he said previously, restaurants can remain open for delivery, curbside pickup and even carry out if they follow guidelines on social distancing.
 
K-PREP tests canceled
The Kentucky Department of Education has canceled plans to administer the K-PREP assessment for the 2019-2020 school year. The move comes after a waiver was granted by the U.S. Department of Education. K-PREP testing will resume in spring 2021 and current assessments will be in effect until then.
 
Senior meals being delivered
Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky is significantly ahead of other Southern states in preparedness, volunteer coordination and meal delivery programs for seniors. On Monday, March 23, 11,825 meals were served statewide, an increase of 3,825 meals (150%), according to the Department of Health and Family Services.
The Governor said he knows that Trigg, Graves, Mason, Taylor, Lawrence and Christian counties need help preparing more meals for seniors. It is no failure of leadership, but these counties need help making meals for seniors and Kentuckians should reach out to their local elected officials if they can help. The Governor also said many Kentuckians, groups and food banks are doing so much to help and he appreciates it. 
 
Hand sanitizer production
The Governor said many businesses, including food and beverage industries, are making barrels of hand sanitizers for hospitals and first responders.
 
State workers to food banks
Gov. Beshear said state workers would begin helping at food banks because of the lack of help there during the coronavirus outbreak. “Provided it is a safe environment, we will be there,” Gov. Beshear said of helping food banks that help Kentuckians in need.
 
Many thanked
The Governor thanked many people, including an anonymous person who dropped off 4,000 swabs.
“I want to thank whoever it is that dropped off 4,000 swabs today and didn’t even walk in to talk about it,” Gov. Beshear said. “Swabs are necessary to do kits and tests. Without swabs, you can’t do a test. This is running low all over the country and someone came in and just dropped off 4,000 today. I want to thank that individual. Amazing people do amazing things when it’s needed the most. So thank you very much.”
The Governor also thanked the state’s newspapers and TV and radio stations for conducting Public Service Announcements about social distancing and other state guidelines to combat the coronavirus.
 
Yesterday’s actions
Gov. Beshear, along with the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet (PPC), took executive action to establish the Team Kentucky Fund, a GoFundMe-style online platform to provide financial help to Kentuckians whose employment is affected by the coronavirus. The Governor challenged those who are able to help to make a tax-deductible donation to the fund.
Gov. Beshear also made changes for employers experiencing mass layoffs, easing the way for anyone laying off 15 or more workers to file through the E-Claims process.
In addition, Gov. Beshear announced the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline (833-KYSAFER or 833-597-2337) that will investigate complaints about non-compliance with coronavirus mandates. Labor Cabinet personnel will monitor the hotline from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. A new website where Kentuckians can visit to make online complaints is kysafer.ky.gov.
 
Other actions by Gov. Beshear
Gov. Beshear has continued to take decisive action since the first case was confirmed in Kentucky. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to protect Kentuckians and limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit governor.ky.gov/covid19.
 
More information
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit governor.ky.gov. To listen to questions from Kentuckians and media and answers from Gov. Beshear watch his news conferences online on Facebook and YouTube.
Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKY, #Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.

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ADAIR CO. SENIOR CENTER PROVIDING CURBSIDE PICKUP

 
The Adair County Senior Citizens Center located at the Jim Blair Recreation Center in Columbia, KY is still providing curbside pickup for hot meals for people 60 and over. If you signed up for commodities, you need to contact JoAnn at the Senior Citizens Center by calling 270-380-1899 to make arrangements to pick those up. The Senior Center was shut down to in-person participation by order of Governor Andy Beshear two weeks ago, BUT meals are still being provided daily or frozen meals delivered to the homes.  If you have questions concerning meal pickup or delivery provided by the Adair County Senior Citizens Center please call the center or call Judge Executive Gale Cowan’s Office at 270-384-4703.  

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KY RECEIVES $1.6 MILLION TO HELP FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today Kentucky will receive $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), for Community Health Centers (CHCs) to combat the coronavirus in the Commonwealth. The funding is the result of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (Phase I) that Congress passed earlier this month. These surge resources are in addition to the $7.4 million Senator McConnell helped secure for Kentucky in that legislation. 
 
The HHS funding will be used by HRSA-funded CHCs in Kentucky for testing and to purchase additional medical supplies. It will also be used to help increase telehealth services across the Commonwealth.
 
“In response to the coronavirus, I was proud to lead bipartisan efforts as Senate Majority Leader to deliver urgent funding for community health centers nationwide, including $1.6 million to Kentucky,” said Senator McConnell. “Community health centers are an essential resource for quality, primary care in many rural areas of Kentucky. Bolstered with additional federal support for telehealth, testing and protective equipment, these healthcare professionals will continue to serve Kentuckians in need as we respond to the national health crisis. I’ll continue working with President Trump and my colleagues to combat the health and economic effects of COVID-19 in Kentucky and around the country.”
 
“We are extremely appreciative of Senator McConnell’s leadership in support of Federally Qualified Health Centers nationally and especially in Kentucky,” said David Bolt, CEO of the Kentucky Primary Care Association. “Community health centers are essential to the American safety net and by design, they are working tirelessly to serve patients in need.”
 

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RUSSELL CO. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INFO. FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

 

 
 
The Russell County Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping our community during this difficult time. Here is a list of information that small businesses may find helpful....
 
SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS -
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or jc.phelps@uky.edu or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or http://www.sba.gov/disaster or call 800-659-2955.
 
KENTUCKY SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER- https://www.ksbdc.org/contact You can download a copy of the checklist at Managing in Times of Financial Difficulty.
 
GOVERNOR BESHEAR’S LIVE STREAMED FACEBOOK PAGE - https://www.facebook.com/GovAndyBeshear/ 
 
KENTUCKY CABINET for ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT- 502-564-7670 or econdev@ky.gov or contact Jeff Taylor, Commissioner for KY Cabinet for Economic Development, toll free 800-626-2930 or http://www.CED.ky.gov
 
COVID-19 INFO:
KY DEPT of PUBLIC HEALTH has created a hotline to answer questions @ 1-800-722-5725.  You can also visit the website @ http://www.kycovid19.ky.gov or CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
 
LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARMENT - Call 1-800-722-5725 or https://www.lcdhd.org
 

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FIGHT CALL RESULTS IN 2 A.C. MEN BEING ARRESTED


On Monday night just after 7PM, CPD Officers responded to a reported fight in progress on Tutt Street with multiple parties involved. Upon arrival, there was a single gunshot fired on scene by an involved party. 


Officers gained control of the scene quickly and began on-scene investigations. After interviewing parties at the scene and obtaining witness statements, two arrests were made. 


John Thompson, 40, of Columbia was located a short distance from the scene and was taken into custody. He has been charged with menacing, trespassing 3rd degree, and assault 2nd degree (a class C felony).
Thompson, according to statements, struck one individual with a concrete cinder block. The victim was attended to by EMS for a head wound but was not transported. 

Cody Woolridge, 22, of Columbia was charged with four counts of wanton endangerment of Police Officers 1st degree as well as tampering with physical evidence (both felonies) after admitting to Officers he had fired the handgun, which was later located inside a nearby residence.

Officer Trevor Foster made the arrests. He was assisted on scene by Deputies Joey Keith and Chandler Staten as well as Officer Jordan Dean. Chief Jason Cross and Sergeant Charles Greer and Sheriff Josh Brockman were also called to scene. No one was injured as a result of gunfire.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 3-24-20

 

 

A Russell Springs man was taken into custody on assault charges Monday afternoon.

 

Jesus Morales, age 25, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer West with the Russell Springs Police Department for Assault 4th Degree (Minor Injuries). He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 

James Griffith, age 34 of Columbia was taken into custody by Deputy Keith with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Public Intoxication-Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol). Griffith was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Cody Wooldridge, age 22 of Columbia was taken into custody by Deputy Keith last evening around 9:30 on charges of Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree-Police Officer and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Wooldridge was also lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 
 

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MONDAY UPDATE FROM COLUMBIA MAYOR PAMELA HOOTS

 

We continue to encourage our residents to stay calm during this time.
 
1. The City of Columbia would like to reiterate that all gas late payment fees have been suspended during this time.  Last week discussion was held pertaining to disconnection of gas services. We decided to postpone this month’s disconnects.  We understand that these are essential services; and, want to serve our residents during this time. You can continue to pay your bill online at  www.cityofcolumbiaky.com, putting in the drop-off box at the back of city hall, and/or call 270-384-2501 and we can take a payment online.
2. We have and are continuing to structure our workforce to be able to answer your questions; and, be available during this time. All departments are on a different schedule; allowing for coverage in the event an employee becomes ill. Some of our employees are also cross-training in order to be available in case a situation arises. 
3. The City of Columbia Gas Department will be available (as always) after hours at 270-384-2006 for emergency situations.
4. The City of Columbia Police Department continues to operate as usual. They can be reached for emergency by calling 911.
5. The City of Columbia is continuing to take food donations. They are being
distributed to the elderly and children in our community. Totes are available in the front and rear of city hall to drop-off donations.
6. As always, we encourage the support of small businesses in our town. Today additional restrictions on non-essential services will go into effect. We urge you to buy gift cards from local businesses; pay your hair stylist in advance, and support these small businesses during this time.
7. Good health practices are the key. Please wash your hands often and utilize hand sanitizer. Remain home as much as possible to limit your contact with others.
8. Please use this time to stay home, be close with your family, read a book, take a walk.
Be strong. Be resilient. We are all in this together.
 
Pamela Hoots, Mayor
 

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Gov. Beshear Announces New Steps to Protect Kentuckians from COVID-19

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 23, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday the 4th death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), an 82-year-old woman in Lexington with underlying health conditions. 
 
To show a small, yet significant message of compassion, empathy and renewal, Gov. Beshear said the Governor’s Mansion would be lit green in honor of every Kentuckian who passes related to the virus.
 
“We are entering what will be tougher and tougher times,” said Gov. Beshear. “The safest place in the coming weeks for everybody is staying safe at home. This is the test of our time, of our generation, but I know you and I are up for it.”
 
Gov. Beshear also said the error on the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website has been corrected. Small businesses across Kentucky can now apply for assistance.
 
To further encourage unity, Gov. Beshear asked all houses of worship and Kentuckians who can to ring their bells at 10 a.m. every day.
 
Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, wrote a letter last week to medical students at the three medical schools in Kentucky. More than 200 medical students have already volunteered to help during the state’s response to COVID-19. He said he plans to write a similar letter to nursing students.
 
“I am very proud of that community and all the others I know will step forward,” Dr. Stack said.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. March 23, the state’s COVID-19 patient information includes 124 who have tested positive. Click here for the list with details. Additional cases and demographics of other cases mentioned were not known by 5 p.m. ET Monday so not all cases are listed.
 
 
NEW ACTIONS
 
Altered mass layoff parameters
Gov. Beshear announced changes in mass layoff parameters. Any employer with at least 50 employees, who is laying off at least 15 employees, is encouraged to file a claim on behalf of their employees through the E-Claims process. Gov. Beshear announced that they have trained 138 state workers for UI Claims Adjudication to alleviate any case backlog.
 
Announced the Team Kentucky fund
In collaboration with the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet (PPC), Gov. Beshear took executive action to establish the Team Kentucky Fund, a fundraising platform designed to provide financial assistance to Kentuckians whose employment has been affected by COVID-19 and challenged Kentuckians who can to make a tax-deductible donation.
 
Kerry Harvey, Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet, said this fund is an opportunity to help Kentuckians in need.
 
“Helping people stay safe and navigate through crisis is the heart of public service, and the PPC in particular. We know government can’t cure all the problems associated with the pandemic, but this fund is one way to help those who’ve lost wages,” said PPC Secretary Kerry Harvey. “I encourage everyone to answer the governor’s call of joining Team Kentucky. Giving to the fund is a great way to get on the team.”
 
Started a hotline to report guideline noncompliance 
To combat guideline noncompliance, Gov. Beshear announced the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline. To report an incident, call 1-833-597-2337. Labor Cabinet personnel will monitor the hotline from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET and will respond to messages left after hours.
 
Encouraged all radio and television stations to broadcast PSAs
To encourage compliance with state guidelines and facilitate unity, Gov. Beshear encouraged all TV and radio stations to conduct Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about social distancing and other state guidelines to combat the coronavirus.
 
Gov. Beshear also reminded Kentuckians that social distancing is not isolation, kids should remain on a schedule to combat anxiety and to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if possible.
 
Yesterday’s actions
On Sunday, Gov. Beshear announced the closure of all nonessential retailers effective 8 p.m. today. Life-sustaining retail businesses that will remain open include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, gas stations and other businesses that provide staple goods. A full list of categories of life-sustaining, in-person retail businesses is attached to the order. Gov. Beshear also mandated all elective medical procedures cease.
 
Other actions by Gov. Beshear
Gov. Beshear has continued to take decisive action since the first case was confirmed in Kentucky. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to protect Kentuckians and limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit governor.ky.gov/covid19.
 
More information
The CDC encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 1-800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit governor.ky.gov. To listen to questions from Kentuckians and the media and hear answers from Gov. Beshear watch his news conferences online on Facebook and YouTube.
 
Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and to depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKy, #Patriot and #HealthyAtHome.
 

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124 CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 4 DEATHS

 

Current as of March 23, 2020 at 5 p.m. Eastern time

Kentucky Coronavirus Monitoring
Number Tested: 1866
Positive: 124

Note: Data includes confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to KDPH.

 

KY COVID-19 Website: http://kycovid19.ky.gov

 

COVID 19 HOTLINE: 800-722-5725

 

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KY'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

 
Since the first case of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was confirmed in Kentucky, Governor Beshear taken the following actions:
 
3/6/2020: Declared a State of Emergency.
 
3/6/2020: Activated the Emergency Management Operations Center.
 
3/7/2020: Activated the State Health Operations Center.
 
3/7/2020: Announced Kentucky's COVID-19 hotline, 1-800-722-5725.
 
3/7/2020: Announced Kentucky's COVID-19 informational website, kycovid19.ky.gov
 
3/7/2020: Issued an executive order to prohibit price gouging. Asked Attorney General Daniel Cameron to enforce the price-gouging laws. If anyone has information regarding possible price gouging, they should contact the Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection hotline at 888-432-9257.
 
3/7/2020: Adjusted state government sick leave policy to ensure state employees who are sick can stay home – even for new employees who have not accrued leave time.
 
3/7/2020: Encouraged businesses to implement sick leave policy so sick employees, do not come to work and expose others because of financial concerns.
 
3/7/2020: Published the CDC guidelines with warnings for high-risk individuals. Those include:
  • Individuals over 60, do not go places where there are large crowds
  • Individuals that have heart, lung, or kidney disease, or have compromised immune systems, do not go to places where there are large crowds
  • For both of these vulnerable populations, do not fly, and whatever you do, do not get on a cruise ship.
 
3/7/2020: Recommended social distancing for those with high-risk. For a complete list of guidance on social distancing, click here https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf
 
3/9/2020: Issued an executive order to waive copays, deductibles, cost-sharing and diagnostic testing fees for private insurance and state employees. The Governor is also telling providers to expand their network to patients that may go outside their normal providers.
 
3/9/2020: Shared a when-to-seek-care infographic.
 
3/9/2020: Called all the 120 county judges to update them, and to discuss the emergency management network so that it is up and running.
 
3/9/2020: Initiated changes to Medicaid, including eliminating prior authorization and any type of fees associated with testing or treatment for the coronavirus.
 
3/10/2020: Limited visits to long-term care facilities and nursing homes, except in an end-of-life situation.
 
3/10/2020: Signed an executive order that allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions for up to 30 days.
 
3/10/2020: Closed all state prisons to visitors.
 
3/11/2020: Cancelled the Governor's Prayer Breakfast.
 
3/11/2020: Recommended social distancing for everyone. For a complete list of guidance on social distancing, click here.
 
3/11/2020: Instructed school districts to be prepared to close on short notice, as short as 72 hours.
 
3/11/2020: Advised that all community gatherings should be cancelled or postponed.
 
3/11/2020: Suspended out-of-state travel for state employees.
 
3/11/2020: Encouraged all businesses to allow employees to work from home if at all possible. If not possible, people should spread out in meeting and work spaces by increasing distance between seats.
 
3/12/2020: Recommended that all school superintendents in Kentucky cease in-person classes for an extended period of time beginning Monday, March 16.
 
3/13/2020: Recommended the temporary closure of senior centers to help halt the spread of the virus for those most vulnerable. Meals will still be available at many senior centers via drive through pick-up or delivery.
 
3/13/2020: Announced effective immediately that Kentucky Employers' Mutual Insurance (KEMI) will provide wage replacement benefits for first responders and medical personnel who have been quarantined for COVID-19 as a result of their increased risk of exposure in the course of their work.
 
3/13/2020: Announced Boards and Commissions will cancel any scheduled in-person meetings, and instead use video teleconference technology. Boards and commissions will provide the public with a link to access the meeting remotely.
 
3/14/2020: Followed the emergency declaration from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which provides regulatory relief for commercial drivers who are providing direct assistance to COVID-19 relief efforts.
 
3/14/2020: The USDA approved our waiver to be able to serve meals to students during Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI).
 
3/14/2020: Issued guidance to state agencies to decrease on-site staffing by at least 50 percent to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
 
3/14/2020: Asked Kentucky hospitals to cease elective procedures by close of business Wednesday, March 18th.
 
3/14/2020: Guaranteed that COVID-19 testing would be free to all Kentuckians, even if they are uninsured.
 
3/14/2020: Asked the childcare centers of Kentucky to create plans for closure that they could implement within 72 hours if it is deemed necessary.
 
3/14/2020: Took the steps to force a home isolation when the COVID-19 patient initially refused to self-quarantine.
 
3/14/2020: Issued tips and guidance to help support good mental health and relieve anxiety.
 
3/15/2020: Brought Kentuckians on the Grand Princess cruise ship back home.
 
3/16/2020: Moved the Emergency Operations Center to level 3. That helps us with preparation and response.
 
3/16/2020: Signed an executive order to close all restaurants and bars to in-person traffic. Exceptions for drive-through, delivery, and in some instances, take out.
 
3/16/2020: Waived the waiting period for unemployment for people that are losing their jobs due to coronavirus, and will waive any work search requirements while the state of emergency is in effect.
 
3/16/2020: Asked childcare centers across Kentucky to close by end of business on Friday, with some exceptions in the policy for health care workers and on-site employers.
 
3/16/2020: Provided a three month extension on driver's licenses.
 
3/16/2020: Applied for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration.The U.S. Small Business Association is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses (private and non-profit organizations) suffering from substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus.
 
3/16/2020: With the recommendation from our Secretary of State, postponed the primary elections by the 35 days allowed under state law. That means they will be moved to June 23, 2020.
 
3/17/2020: Closed the State Capitol to non-essential personnel.
 
3/17/2020: Closed state government buildings across Kentucky to in-person services.
 
3/17/2020: Signed an executive order that by 5 p.m. Wednesday March 18, all public-facing businesses that encourage public congregation or that by the nature of their service to the public cannot comply with the CDC guidelines concerning social distancing are going to have to cease their operations. These businesses must include: entertainment and recreational facilities, community and recreation centers, gyms and exercise facilities, hair salons, nail salons, spas, concert venues, theaters, and sporting event facilities.
 
There are some businesses that are exempt: food providers, food processors, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, retail, groceries, consumer goods, home repair, hardware, auto repair, pharmacies, other medical facilities, biomedical, health care, post offices, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging can all remain open at this point, but must follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing. Malls are considered retail, so they are not a part of the executive order at the moment.
 
3/17/2020: The state is working with federal partners to continue the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) payments on behalf of qualified families for centers during the mandatory closure period. The state will also be covering co-payments typically covered by families.
 
3/17/2020: Acute facilities should be discouraging all visitors at this time except for end-of-life circumstances.
 
3/17/2020: Psychiatric facilities should restrict visitation and only allow it if deemed medically necessary by the attending physician, administrator, and medical director.
 
3/17/2020: Senior care facilities and intermediate care facilities should limit visitation only to loved ones of those who are receiving end-of-life care, and for those residents they should expect to shelter in place.
 
3/17/2020: Issued interim guidance for adult day care centers that requires the temporary closure of all licensed adult day care centers beginning on March 20th.
 
3/17/2020: Posted on our website different examples of how state government is shutting down in-person services. We will work with Kentuckians to provide services remotely.
 
3/18/2020: The Department of Community Based Services will extend certification periods for all recipients of all public assistance programs for three months.
 
3/18/2020: Made changes so that any of those who are now unemployed, who have lost benefits, can immediately apply for Medicaid.
 
3/18/2020: Suspended all charitable gaming licenses. (Bingo halls must close.)
 
3/18/2020: Announced that repository institutions (banks) are financially strong, well-capitalized, and well-managed. There is no need to make a run on them. There is going to be a reduction of lobby access, and a change of hours; they will accept loan applications online or by phone, and they are going to perform transactions electronically.
 
3/18/2020: Announced that our food chain is safe, there is going to be enough out there for everyone
 
3/19/2020: Issued interim guidance for establishing partnerships between approved health care facilities and limited-duration child care programs to support child care for employees of health care entities, first responders (Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire Departments), corrections officers and Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) workers. The guidance is online at chfs.ky.gov.
  • Interim Guidance for Verification of Employment for Child Care within a Limited Duration Center
  • Interim Guidance for Limited Duration Child Care Programs
  • Requirements for Approved Child Care Programs During Emergency Period
  • Temporary Emergency Child Care Notification content example
 
3/19/2020: Announced that restaurants that have an active liquor license, that are also doing food delivery or carry out, may also deliver sealed alcoholic beverages, in their original containers to customers.
 
3/19/2020: Issued a formal letter banning all mass gatherings. The measure states what Gov. Beshear has previously recommended, including:
  • All mass gatherings are hereby prohibited.
  • Mass gatherings include any event or convening that brings together groups of individuals, including, but not limited to, community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers; and similar activities.
 
3/20/2020: Recommended Kentucky schools cease in-person instruction until at least April 20.
 
3/20/2020: Successfully qualified the entire state for Small Business Administration disaster certification. Now, small businesses, for-profit contractors and private non-profits anywhere in Kentucky that have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply for low-interest SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
  Businesses should also work with their banks, credit unions and other lenders. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has encouraged financial institutions to assist and work with customers in a “prudent manner,” especially borrowers and customers from the most affected industries.
  SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans applications can be completed and filed online at www.sba.gov/disaster. The SBA is also mobilizing call centers to assist in the loan-application process. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. 
 
3/20/2020: Announced that those who have started their unemployment applications this week should finish them by Saturday March 21, at 11:59 p.m. to ensure their data is saved for the week. Otherwise, the application process will have to be redone.
 
3/20/2020: Mirrored the federal government by delaying the tax filing deadline by three months from April 15 to July 15.
 
3/20/2020: Announced that Kentucky’s bourbon distillers are working with the state to produce and distribute hand sanitizer.
 
3/20/2020: Announced that businesses have stepped up to donate N95 masks: Toyota (1,827 masks), Gray Construction (50 masks), AE Electrical Solutions (40 masks). Plumbers and pipefitters have also donated respirators.
 
3/21/2020: Extended executive order to prohibit price gouging for 15 more days. The order can continue to be renewed as needed. If anyone has information regarding possible price gouging, contact the Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection hotline at 888-432-9257 or fill out the complaint form online.
 
3/22/2020: Gov. Beshear announced that all in-person retail businesses that are not life sustaining will close effective Monday, March 23, 2020, at 8 p.m. 
  • Life-sustaining retail businesses that will stay open include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, gas stations and other businesses that provide staple goods. A full list of categories of life-sustaining, in-person retail businesses is attached to the order.
  • Entertainment, sporting goods, clothing, shoe, jewelry and furniture stores, florists, bookstores and auto dealers are among those business that will close. Non-essential retail businesses, while they cannot allow Kentuckians into stores, can still fill phone and online orders through curbside services or delivery.
  • Retail businesses that remain open must follow, to the fullest extent practicable, social distancing and hygiene guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health, which includes ensuring physical separation of employees and customers by at least six feet when possible; ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures and ordering sick individuals to leave the premises. Failure to follow the order could subject a business to closure.
 
3/23/2020: Gov. Beshear signed an executive order to cease all elective medical procedures. He previously recommended ceasing them, but additional action was necessary since some groups did not follow the original guidance.
 

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HOW TO FILE UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIM DUE TO COVID-19

 
How to file an unemployment insurance claim if you have lost a job or are sick due to COVID-19.....
 
Individuals may apply for Medicaid only by calling the Kentucky Healthcare Customer Service line toll-free at (855) 459-6328 or contacting an application assister through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange website https://healthbenefitexchange.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx
 
Apply for all public assistance programs by visiting the Benefind website https://benefind.ky.gov/ or by calling the DCBS Call Center toll free at (855) 306-8959.
 
To see if you might be eligible for WIC, visit: WIC Screening Tool https://wic.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/preScreenTool.xhtml . If you think you might be eligible, contact your local health department for more information on enrolling. 
 
 

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Jamestown Fire Deprtment was called out earlier this afternoon to a structure fire...

 

 

Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire located at the corner of Pinehurst Circle and 127 South around 12:30 this afternoon. 

 

First units on scene found heavy smoke and a light fire in the kitchen area, firemen quickly extinguished the blaze. Fire damage was limited to the kitchen area, with smoke damage throughout. Firefighters were on scene about an hour and a half. Structure belong to Larry Applebee of Jamestown. Jamestown fire assisted by the Jamestown police Department and Russell county Sheriffs Department, due to closing of 127.

 

No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured by the blaze.

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SINGLE VEHICLE COLLISION RESULTS IN 2 FATALITIES

 
 
 
Lebanon, KY (March 23, 2020) - KSP Trooper Weston Sullivan is investigating a collision that occurred on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at approximately 8:00amET, 7 miles south of Lebanon on KY 1157.
 
The preliminary investigation indicates that 21-year-old Joshua Thomas of Lebanon, KY was operating a 2011 Dodge pickup north bound on KY 1157, when he failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway and overturned coming to final rest in a creek. Thomas and 21-year-old Andrew Mays, who was a front seat passenger, were not belted and were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marion County Coroner. 20-year-old Bryce Thompson was belted and transported to Springview Hospital by EMS where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. 21-year-old Jakie Mays Jr. was not belted and was also transported to Springview Hospital by private vehicle and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
 
Tpr. Sullivan was assisted at the scene by other Kentucky State Police personnel, Marion County EMS and the Marion County Coroner’s office.
 

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2 ADAIR CO. MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

21-year-old Christopher Dickson and 40-year-old Lonnie Taylor, both of Columbia, KY were taken into custody Sunday afternoon by Deputy Keith with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine)  and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The meth possession charge was Lonnie Taylor's 2nd Offense. Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.  

 

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103 COVID-19 CASES; ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES TO CLOSE

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 22, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear said Sunday that all nonessential retailers are being ordered to close within about 24 hours and that he is mandating all elective medical procedures end. The latest actions by the Governor are intended to help protect Kentuckians and halt the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Gov. Beshear announced 103 confirmed cases, and said Kentucky remains at three deaths related to COVID-19. The Governor said that more than 2,000 tests have now been performed and of those tests, the average age of someone who has gotten the virus is 53.3 – and that the intensive care rate is about 6 percent. That lower number is a testament to how our hospitals are doing and we appreciate you, he said.

“It’s probably going to get tougher before it gets easier, but we are resilient people and we can and we will do this together,” Gov. Beshear said. “I fully agree with those who say this is the challenge of our generation. Some people refer to our grandparents’ generation as the greatest generation in coming together both abroad and at home to overcome an adversary. The one that we face is not like one we have seen in our lifetime. Instead of bringing us closer, it brings us further away physically. We know we are fighting for the most vulnerable among us. We are already proving we are willing to put the health and lives of our fellow Kentuckians above our economic interests.”

 

Gov. Beshear also acknowledged today was difficult for many Kentuckians who could not attend their worship services.

 

“I want to thank all the churches who abided by the guidance and did not hold in-person services, but found ways to get their messages out online or in creative ways and I thank all the churches who rang their bells at 10 a.m. today,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

He implored those who refused to listen to the guidance to stop undoing the work of other congregations who have listened and to stop endangering their congregations.

 

Each day, Gov. Beshear is holding briefings at 5 p.m. ET for Kentuckians online on his Facebook and YouTube pages. Gov. Beshear said he appreciates the many local TV and radio stations that are streaming the briefings, which help to ensure more Kentuckians are learning how to be good teammates and hearing the best advice on how to stop the spread of the virus.

Gov. Beshear urged all Kentuckians to keep doing their part to help stop the spread, including following the new orders and to not gather in public and to follow social distancing by staying at least six feet apart from others.

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. March 22, the state’s COVID-19 patient information includes 103 who have tested positive. Click here for the list with details. Additional cases and demographics of other cases mentioned were not known by 5 p.m. ET Saturday so not all cases are listed.

 

New actions 

Nonessential retailers to close
Gov. Beshear announced that all in-person retail businesses that are not life sustaining will close effective Monday, March 23, 2020, at 8 p.m. The order is to protect the people of Kentucky from COVID-19 and is necessary to overcome the virus and save lives.

Life-sustaining retail businesses that will stay open include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, gas stations and other businesses that provide staple goods. A full list of categories of life-sustaining, in-person retail businesses is attached to the order.

 

Entertainment, sporting goods, clothing, shoe, jewelry and furniture stores, florists, bookstores and auto dealers are among those business that will close. Nonessential retail businesses, while they cannot allow Kentuckians into stores, can still fill phone and online orders through curbside services or delivery.

 

“This is the next step that we need to take to reduce the contacts among Kentuckians until we can defeat this virus,” Gov. Beshear said. He said there is no need to rush to grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations that can remain open. “There is going to be enough of the essentials for everybody,” he said.

 

Retail businesses that remain open must follow, to the fullest extent practicable, social distancing and hygiene guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health, which includes ensuring physical separation of employees and customers by at least six feet when possible; ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures and ordering sick individuals to leave the premises. Failure to follow the order could subject a business to closure.

 

Elective procedures to end 
Gov. Beshear said he previously recommended that all elective medical procedures cease, but said tomorrow he would mandate they stop. He said the additional action was necessary since some groups have failed to follow the order and that more restrictive actions were needed to protect Kentuckians.

 

Yesterday’s actions
On March 7, Gov. Beshear issued an executive order to prohibit price gouging and asked Attorney General Daniel Cameron to enforce the price-gouging laws. On Saturday, Gov. Beshear said he has now extended the prohibitions on price gouging 15 more days, in accordance with state laws. The order can continue to be renewed as needed. If anyone has information regarding possible price gouging, they should contact the Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection hotline at 888-432-9257 or fill out the complaint form online.

 

Other actions by Gov. Beshear
Gov. Beshear has continued to take decisive action since the first case was confirmed in Kentucky. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to protect Kentuckians and limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit governor.ky.gov/covid19

 

More information
The CDC encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 1-800-722-5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit governor.ky.gov. To listen to questions from Kentuckians and media and answers from Gov. Beshear watch his news conferences online on Facebook and YouTube.

 

Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts: FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKy, #Patriot and new Saturday #HealthyAtHome.

 

No confirmed cases in Russell or Adair counties.

 

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KY SENATOR RAND PAUL TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 
 
 
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. Senator Paul was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person. He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends. Ten days ago, Senator Paul's D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with the Senator.
 
Two House members, Reps. Mario Diaz Balart of Florida of Ben McAdams of Utah, have tested positive.
 
The Senate was in session today (Sunday) seeking a bipartisan response to the pandemic.
 

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WEEKEND ARRESTS 03/22/20

 

  • Rocky Weddle, 49, Russell Springs - arrested Friday night by RCSO for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Nichole Whetstone, 28, Russell Springs - arrested on Saturday afternoon by RCSO for Giving Officer False Identifying Information, Theft of Identity of another Without Consent, Failure to Notify Dept. of Transportation of Address Change, Failure to Appear, and Probation Violation (for Felony Offense).
  • Camilio Perez, 52, Russell Co. - arrested on Saturday afternoon by RSPD for Assault 4th Degree (Dating Violence) with Minor Injuries.
 
Lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.
 
 
  • Shane Grant, 47, Jamestown - arrested by RCSO on Saturday afternoon for Rear License Not Illuminated, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, and Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License.
  • Chad Owens, 35, Edmonton - arrested by ACSO on Saturday afternoon for Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) with Minor Injuries and Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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Gov. Beshear Urges Kentuckians to Follow Guidance to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 21, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that the state has confirmed the third death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a 67 year-old male from Anderson County. To show a small, yet significant message of compassion, empathy and renewal, Gov. Beshear said the Governor’s Mansion would be lit green in honor of every Kentuckian who passes related to the virus.

 

Gov. Beshear continued by telling Kentuckians that he does not want to make these types of announcements, and urged everyone to continue to be a good teammate and help stop the spread of the virus.

 

Gov. Beshear said we are going to get through this and thanked everyone who is making sacrifices. 
 

“We are being asked to step up and to pass the test of being our brother and sister’s keeper and a true neighbor,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are being asked to put the health and welfare of our people ahead of the bottom line and many times ahead of our own personal, financial security. Those are tough asks to make, but we are those types of people. In Kentucky, we are known for caring about each other I think more than anywhere else in the country and that is why I need everyone to continue to follow our guidance, to practice social distancing and to make sure you are the person that is doing your part to help us get through this.”

 

While many would often go to their houses of worship on Sunday, Gov. Beshear said those services should be done remotely through social media, livestreams, through radio stations or on television.

 

“We now have very specific examples in multiple parts of the state about where this coronavirus has been spread in a house of worship,” the Governor said. “My faith is one of the things that keeps me going in the job that I do and I absolutely know in my heart that God gives us wisdom and wouldn’t want us to be in a small, confined space where this coronavirus can spread.”


Gov. Beshear asked houses or worship to ring their bells at 10 a.m. Eastern time Sunday.

 

“We’d love for you to ring the bells. It’s been done at other times in America,” the Governor said. “It just reminds us that we’re all here, that our Creator, regardless of your faith, cares about us. We will make it through this and just because we can’t go to a building to gather where we talk about it, doesn’t mean that it is not there with us and helping to guide us. We’ll make sure that we come out of this together.”

 

“I do believe Team Kentucky is going to help us get through this,” said Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Dr. Stack mentioned people who have reached out to him offering assistance, including donating N95 masks. “This is an opportunity for all of us to come together as a community to get through this.”

 

Gov. Beshear and Dr. Stack implored people to do their part to help stop the spread, including following orders not to gather in public and to follow social distancing by staying at least six feet apart from others.

 

“Don’t be the people who don’t listen to this. If individuals keep finding ways to get around this, they are going to hurt people,” Dr. Stack said.

 

Case information
Gov. Beshear said, on a positive note, both of the children who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Kentucky, one eight months old and one who is six years old, are recovering. The eight-month-old was never in the hospital, but is improving at home. While the 6-year-old needed hospitalization, the child has been discharged and is recovering at home. The Governor pointed out that, while children can be diagnosed with COVID-19, the cases of children becoming critically ill are rare.

 

As of 5 p.m. March 21, the state’s COVID-19 patient information includes 87 who have tested positive. Additional cases and demographics of other cases mentioned were not known by 5 p.m. ET Saturday so not all cases are listed.

 

New actions

Extended prohibitions against price gouging 

On March 7, Gov. Beshear issued an executive order to prohibit price gouging and asked Attorney General Daniel Cameron to enforce the price-gouging laws. Gov. Beshear has now extended the prohibitions on price gouging 15 more days, in accordance with state laws. The order can continue to be renewed as needed. If anyone has information regarding possible price gouging, contact the Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection hotline at 888-432-9257 or fill out the complaint form online.


Yesterday’s actions
On Friday Gov. Beshear:

  • Requested school superintendents cease in-person classes until at least April 20, which is an additional two weeks from his original request. All 172 districts have stopped in-person classes to stop the spread of the virus.
  • Announced the state has qualified for U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance. With that certification now in place, small businesses, for-profit contractors and private non-profits anywhere in Kentucky that have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply for low-interest SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans applications can be completed and filed online at www.sba.gov/disaster. The SBA is also mobilizing call centers to assist in the loan-application process. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. To view a copy of the SBA fact sheet, click here.
  • Asked those who have started their unemployment insurance application this week to finish it by tonight, Saturday, March 21, at 11:59 p.m. to ensure data is saved for the week. Otherwise, the application process will have to be redone.
  • Extended the tax filing deadline to mirror the federal government by delaying the tax filing deadline by three months from April 15 to July 15.

 

This week, Gov. Beshear thanked Kentucky’s bourbon distillers, who are working with the state to produce and distribute hand sanitizer and businesses who are helping the state meet the need for industrial grade respirators as the state tries to move to mobile testing. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce put out a call to businesses and many responded.

 

Gov. Beshear continues to urge Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Other actions by Gov. Beshear
Gov. Beshear has continued to take decisive action since the first case was confirmed in Kentucky. To read the full list of actions Gov. Beshear has taken to protect Kentuckians and limit the spread of the coronavirus, visit governor.ky.gov/covid19.

 

More information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages people to follow these steps to prevent illness. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 1.800.722.5725 or call their local health care provider. To read Gov. Beshear’s news releases and watch other news regarding COVID-19 visit governor.ky.gov. To listen to questions from Kentuckians and media and answers from Gov. Beshear watch his news conferences online on Facebook and YouTube.

 

Team Kentucky hashtags for social media
#TeamKentucky, #TogetherKY, #Patriot and new Saturday #HealthyAtHome

 

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87 CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 3 DEATHS


In Governor Andy BeShear's daily update this afternoon, he said there are now 87 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kentucky and 3 deaths (the latest being a 67-year-old male from Anderson Co. who had other health issues). 

 
The SBA has approved disaster loan funds for KY.  Governor BeShear urged Kentucky businesses that have been affected, to apply.  Go to www.sba.gov or call 1-800-659-2955.  
 
There are no confirmed cases in Adair or Russell counties.

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U.S. ATTORNEY RUSSELL COLEMAN ANNOUNCES FEDERAL COVID-19 COORDINATOR TO FIGHT FRAUD

 
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States Attorney Russell Coleman has appointed a federal prosecutor to fight back, and assist state and local prosecutors and law enforcement partners against fraud in the Western District of Kentucky relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
United States Attorney General William Barr has directed U.S. Attorneys nationwide to remain vigilant in detecting, investigating and prosecuting criminal activity associated with the crisis.
 
“Whether from thieves who seek to use this challenging time to exploit our neighbors, violent criminals, or the drug cartels who profit from their poison; we will protect the people of this Commonwealth,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “I could not be prouder to partner with Attorney General Cameron and his team of public servants to do so. Kentucky is well-served when federal and state prosecutors collaborate as one.”
 
As part of the COVID-19 strategy, U.S. Attorney Coleman has appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weiser, a veteran white collar crime prosecutor, to serve as the district’s COVID-19 Coordinator. The coordinator serves as legal counsel for the district on matters relating to the Coronavirus, prosecute or assist in the prosecution of Coronavirus cases, and conduct public outreach and awareness related to the virus.
 
As our nation continues to face the spread of COVID-19, the critical mission of the U.S. Department of Justice must and will continue as we work together to safeguard our justice system and thus the safety and security of the citizens of Kentucky.
 
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is working hand-in-hand with the Kentucky Office of Attorney General Daniel Cameron to aggressively identify and prosecute against scams being perpetrated online and in-person by thieves seeking to exploit the evolving public health crisis.
 
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that takes support from every level of government,” said Cameron.  I appreciate United States Attorney Coleman’s proactive steps to fight illegal schemes, and we look forward to collaborating with our federal colleagues to protect Kentuckians.”
 

EXAMPLES OF COVID-19 SCAMS INCLUDE:
 
  • Treatment scams: Scammers are offering to sell fake cures, vaccines, and advice on unproven treatments for COVID-19.
     
  • Supply scams: Scammers are creating fake shops, websites, social media accounts, and email addresses claiming to sell medical supplies currently in high demand, such as surgical masks. When consumers attempt to purchase supplies through these channels, fraudsters pocket the money and never provide the promised supplies.
     
  • Provider scams: Scammers are also contacting people by phone and email, pretending to be doctors and hospitals that have treated a friend or relative for COVID-19, and demanding payment for that treatment.
     
  • Charity scams: Scammers are soliciting donations for individuals, groups, and areas affected by COVID-19.
     
  • Phishing scams: Scammers posing as national and global health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are sending phishing emails designed to trick recipients into downloading malware or providing personal identifying and financial information.
     
  • App scams: Scammers are also creating and manipulating mobile apps designed to track the spread of COVID-19 to insert malware that will compromise users’ devices and personal information.
     
  • Investment scams: Scammers are offering online promotions on various platforms, including social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure COVID-19, and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result. These promotions are often styled as "research reports," make predictions of a specific "target price," and relate to microcap stocks, or low-priced stocks issued by the smallest of companies with limited publicly available information.
     
  • Price Gouging scams: When sellers and/or retailers sell or rent an item for a price “which is grossly in excess of the price prior to the declaration” per KRS 367.374.  Goods and services included in this prohibition include consumer food items; goods or services used for emergency cleanup; emergency supplies; medical supplies; home heating oil; building materials; housing; transportation, freight, and storage services; and gasoline or other motor fuels.
 

U.S. Attorney Coleman and Attorney General Cameron urge everyone, especially those most at risk of serious illness, to avoid these and similar scams by taking the following steps:
 
  • Independently verify the identity of any company, charity, or individual that contacts you regarding COVID-19.
 
  • Check the websites and email addresses offering information, products, or services related to COVID-19. Be aware that scammers often employ addresses that differ only slightly from those belonging to the entities they are impersonating. For example, they might use "cdc.com" or "cdc.org" instead of "cdc.gov."
 
  • Be wary of unsolicited emails offering information, supplies, or treatment for COVID-19 or requesting your personal information for medical purposes. Legitimate health authorities will not contact the general public this way.
 
  • Do not click on links or open email attachments from unknown or unverified sources. Doing so could download a virus onto your computer or device.
 
  • Make sure the anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer is operating and up to date.
 
  • Ignore offers for a COVID-19 vaccine, cure, or treatment. Remember, if there is a medical breakthrough, you won’t hear about it for the first time through an email, online ad, or unsolicited sales pitch.
 
  • Check online reviews of any company offering COVID-19 products or supplies. Avoid companies whose customers have complained about not receiving items.
 
  • Research any charities or crowdfunding sites soliciting donations in connection with COVID- 19 before giving. Remember, an organization may not be legitimate even if it uses words like "CDC" or "government" in its name or has reputable looking seals or logos on its materials. For online resources on donating wisely, visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website.
 
  • Be wary of any business, charity, or individual requesting payments or donations in cash, by wire transfer, gift card, or through the mail. Don’t send money through any of these channels.
 
  • Be cautious of "investment opportunities" tied to COVID-19, especially those based on claims that a small company’s products or services can help stop the virus. If you decide to invest, carefully research the investment beforehand. For information on how to avoid investment fraud, visit the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) website.
 
  • For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites.
 
We urge you: don’t fall victim to these frauds. We have set up a dedicated toll free Hotline and dedicated email addresses for the public to report suspected COVID-19 fraud. If you believe you have been a target or victim of these frauds, please report them at:
 
Kentuckians wishing to report scams and fraud can contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
 
To file a price gouging complaint, visit http://ag.ky.gov/pricegouging or call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-888-432-9257.
 

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Gov. Beshear Takes Additional Steps to Protect, Assist Kentuckians during COVID-19


FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 20, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced more actions on Friday to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and assist Kentuckians trying to manage difficulties because of the virus. Gov. Beshear requested school superintendents keep schools closed for in-person classes until at least April 20 and delayed the state’s income tax filing deadline until July 15.

 

“We are being called to change our lives – to change our lives to protect those around us. And it’s something that’s going on all around the world. This is our test as a generation,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is our time to show that we put our neighbors and our country ahead of just a bottom line. That we don’t look to be the exception; we look to be the volunteer. We look to be the person that will step up and do what it takes.”

 

Gov. Beshear also thanked businesses, including bourbon distillers, for assisting with the response to COVID-19.

 

Gov. Beshear urged Kentuckians to be cautious of rumors and to depend on proven and good sources of news, including governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter & YouTube).

 

The Governor asked people to follow orders not to gather in public and to follow social distancing by staying at least six feet apart from others. “At this point in Kentucky, there is no place we should have crowds,” he said.

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, the state’s COVID-19 patient information includes 63 who have tested positive (details below). Additional cases and demographics of other cases mentioned were not known by 5 p.m. ET Friday, so not all cases are listed.

 

 

New actions

Schools
Gov. Beshear, who hosted a conference call Friday afternoon with school superintendents to answer their questions, requested they cease in-person classes until at least April 20, which is an additional two weeks from his original request. All 172 districts have stopped in-person classes to stop the spread of the virus.

 

 

Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance 
The SBA and Gov. Andy Beshear have worked to qualify the entire state for SBA disaster certification. With that certification now in place, small businesses, for-profit contractors and private non-profits anywhere in Kentucky that have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply for low-interest SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

 

Businesses should also work with their banks, credit unions and other lenders. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has encouraged financial institutions to assist and work with customers in a “prudent manner,”  especially borrowers and customers from the most affected industries.

 

 

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RUSSELL CO. STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION

 

R.C. Judge Exec. Gary D. Robertson declares State of Emergency in Russell Co. due to COVID-19.....

 

 

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GOV. BESHEAR ANNOUNCING 64 COVID-19 CASES IN KY

 

At today's press conference, Gov. Andy BeShear said 67 people in Kentucky have been diagnosed with COVID-19.....

 

 

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STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE SUPPLIES DISTRIBUTED IN A.C.

 

Adair County Emergency Management, with the assistance of Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan, Adair County Health Department, Adair EMS and TJ Health Columbia, distributed Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) supplies to our Adair County COVID-19 fighters, personnel, agencies are numerous front-line healthcare workers, secondary healthcare workers and other responders. These agencies are working to keep us safe and protecting our community. While we are excited to be able to provide this influx of equipment to our community, there remains a shortage on many items and we hope that more will be made available.  
 
Adair County Emergency Management gives thanks to our COVID-19 fighters on the front lines of this emerging virus.

 

Many hands had a part in getting the SNS supplies to our county. We thank the Lake Cumberland District Health Department, KY Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky Emergency Management, Department of Public Health, Regional Health Coalition, Federal Agencies, and the numerous agencies sending warehousing assistance.
 
#teamkentucky  #togetherky  #adairkyem
 
Mike Keltner 
Director, Adair Co. Emergency Management
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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R.C. HOSPITAL CEO SAYS HOSPITAL IS PREPARED FOR COVID-19

 

New Russell County Hospital CEO Patrick Branco was our guest on the WAVE on Friday afternoon to talk about the readiness of the hospital for COVID-19. Branco says R.C. Hospital has a plan.....

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R.C. Hospital Dir. of Administrative Services Teresa Spaw & CEO Patrick Branco

 

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63 CORONAVIRUS CASES IN KY; SCHOOLS OUT THRU APRIL 20TH

 
Here are a few things from Governor Andy BeShear's afternoon press conference today....
 
  1. 63 confirmed COVID-19 cased in Kentucky
  2. Asked Kentucky School Superintendents to keep school closed at least through April 20th
  3. State Tax and Federal Tax Deadlines have been extended to July 15th
  4. Kentucky Bourbon Distillers are manufacturing hand sanitizer
  5. The State has requested collection of industrial grade respirators. Toyota donated 100,000 respirators
  6. Going to get drive-thru testing up & going as soon as possible

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JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL MET THURSDAY NIGHT

 

 

Mayor Nick Shearer spoke to WAVE NEWS after the meeting about what took place... 

 

 

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COVID-19 UPDATE 03/19/20

 

In Kentucky Gov. Andy BeShear's COVID-19 press conference this afternoon, the Governor said 47 Kentuckians have tested positive for the conronavirus and there have been 2 deaths. There is one person in Pulaski Co. who has tested positive for the virus.

 

Gov. BeShear also said that if you see price gouging, call 888-432-9257.

 

COVID-19 Hotline: (800) 722-5725

 

COVID-19 Website: kycovid19.ky.gov


 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGES

 
Tony Huff, 37, Columbia, KY was arrested Tuesday night, March 17, 2020 by KSP for 1st Degree Burglary and Tampering With Physical Evidence. He was lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 

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R.C. EXTENSION OFFICE CLOSING

 

The Russell County Extension Office is closed to the public. All meetings and programs are cancelled. You may still contact the office via phone, email or social media. Agents and staff are still available to answer your questions. Phone: 270-866-4477; Email: russell.ext@uky.edu.

 

 

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COLUMBIA TO ASSIST TRUCK DRIVERS

 
In a news release from the City of Columbia and the Columbia Police Dept., they will assist truck drivers during this period (COVID-19). 
 
If a truck driver is in the city of Columbia and needs assistance (whether it be food or other essentials), they can call dispatch at 270-384-6464.
 
“We want to assist our truck drivers during this time. They are the backbone of the country in delivering supplies,” said Columbia Police Chief Jason Cross and Adair Co. Sheriff Josh Brockman. 
 
For further information, please call Columbia City Hall at 270-384-2501.
 

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COLUMBIA EMERGENCY DECLARATION 03/18/20

 

Columbia State of Emergency Executive Order.....

 

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ADAIR CO. EMERGENCY DECLARATION 03/18/20

 

 

 

Adair Co. State of Emergency Declaration....

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R.C. RESCUE SQUAD AVAILABLE TO ASSIST THE ELDERLY

 

According to Russell Co. Emergency Management Dir. H.M. Bottom, the Rescue Squad will be available to assist elderly people.....

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LWC EXTENDS ONLINE LEARNING FOR REST OF SEMESTER

 
By Venus Popplewell, LWC Director of Public Relations
 

COLUMBIA, KY. - Lindsey Wilson College students will take all classes online for the remainder of the semester.
 
According to Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr., college officials made the unprecedented decision on Wednesday in response to a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control to discourage gatherings of ten or more people.
 
“While we have been hopeful to finish the semester in a face-to-face delivery mode, each day that possibility has continued to become less prudent,” said Luckey. “Earlier this week, the Center for Disease Control recommended we not gather in groups of 10 or more for the next eight weeks. That projects into the middle of May and far beyond the end of the semester. Consequently, all classes will be delivered in an online format through the end of the semester.”
 
Lindsey Wilson initially announced the transition of face-to-face instruction to online instruction last week -- an arrangement that was intended to end on March 29. At the time, the college was unsure if the new arrangement would remain for the rest of the school year. 
 
The college also announced plans to close all residence halls. 
 
“Residential students should plan on removing all items from the residence halls in coordination with the Residential Life staff by Tuesday, March 31,” Luckey said. “This provides two weekends -- longer than most colleges and universities have provided to move all of your belongings home for the summer.”
 
There are no known reports of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 in Columbia, Ky., or in any of the surrounding communities.
 
LWC is making exceptions for students who cannot return home to remain in campus housing with access to meals. Essential personnel will be available to help those students and campus services will remain available. 
 
The spring 2020 athletic sports season has been officially canceled due to COVID-19. The announcement came on Monday from the NAIA and the Mid-South Conference. 
 
The spring 2020 commencement ceremony will not take place on the A.P. White Campus in May. College officials are exploring other options. LWC will provide more details in the coming days. Diplomas will be mailed.   
 
The college has also made the decision to postpone all other campus events until further notice.
 
The Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center will remain closed until the threat of COVID-19 has passed. Community membership accounts will be deferred until the facility reopens. 
 
“We will be providing more detailed information for faculty, staff and students in the days ahead,” Luckey’s statement concluded. “In the meantime, remember to run through the finish line in your classes. [And] ...may God continue to bless each and every one of you knowing that LWC is family.” 
 
For more information and future updates, access our Coronavirus webpage at https://www.lindsey.edu/news/Coronavirus/index.cfm
 

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4 PEOPLE ARRESTED ON AUTO THEFT CHARGES IN RS

 

4 People were taken into custody by the Russell Springs Police Department for the theft of an auto…

 

Angel Bishop, 18, Rosa Cruz, 23, Tomas Cruz, 21 and Trevor Johnson, 22, all of Russell Springs, KY were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center by Officer Matt Parish of the Russell Springs Police Department around 1 p.m. Tuesday. They were charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking over $10,000 (Auto). Tomas Cruz and Trevor Johnson were also charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking (for Contents from the Vehicle) Under $500.

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ADAIR CO SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP

 

The Adair County School Board met Tuesday evening for the regular monthly meeting. WAVE NEWS reporter Jim Lieb was at the meeting and files this report…

 

 

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ADAIR CO. ATTORNEY & CHILD SUPPORT OFFICES CLOSED

 
 
Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and to take precautionary measures to help reduce the spread of the virus, the offices of the Adair County Attorney, Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin and Adair County Child Support will be closed for face to face contact through April 13th, 2020. The County Attorney and her staff will be available by phone to assist you with any issues or questions regarding criminal matters, child support, Casey’s Law, Guardianships, etc. 
 
You may reach the Child Support office at 270-384-5932 or the County Attorney’s office at 270-384-3216. Payments (no cash) for either office can be mailed to 424 Public Square, Suite 22, Columbia, KY 42728. 
 
When emergency situations occur, please contact law enforcement to investigate. Arrangements may be made based on the individual situation. 
 
Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin  3/17/2020 

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DRIVER'S LICENSE OFFICES CLOSING STATEWIDE DUE TO COVID-19

 
 
FRANKFORT, KY, March 17, 2020 - In keeping with Governor Andy Beshear’s order to cancel in-person government services, driver’s licensing offices statewide will close by 5 p.m. EDT/CDT today (Tuesday). Citizens who are due to renew a motor vehicle license, including commercial driver’s licenses, will have an additional three months to obtain the renewal.
 
Offices of Circuit Court Clerk handle driver’s licensing in all 120 counties for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Offices of Circuit Court Clerk will remain open other than the driver’s license portion. 
 
Gov. Beshear ordered Monday that state government offices stop providing in-person services to the public starting at 5 p.m. today with limited exceptions in order to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Circuit Court Clerks
Circuit court clerks are responsible for managing the records of Kentucky’s Circuit and District courts. Circuit clerks are constitutionally elected officials from all 120 counties and serve a six-year term. They provide professional recordkeeping, receive money due the courts, pay money to required parties and to the state, record legal documents, provide legal documents and other legal materials, maintain the jury system, administer oaths, handle affidavits and issue driver licenses and non-driver ID cards.
 
Administrative Office of the Courts 
The Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort is the operations arm for the state court system. The AOC supports the activities of nearly 3,400 court system employees and 406 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC executes the Judicial Branch budget.
 

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ADAIR CO. CLERKS OFFICE CLOSED TO PUBLIC; MESSAGE FROM CLERK LISA GREER

 
In accordance with the order from Governor Andy Beshear, the Adair County Clerk’s Office will be CLOSED to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice. Staff will still report to work to assist with all work that is received by mail, online, drop-off box or via the phone. We will also be working diligently on the 2020 Primary Election that has now been moved to June 23, 2020.
 
You have several ways to renew your vehicle:
Option 1:  
  • www.drive.ky.gov
  • Vehicle services
  • Registration renewal
  • You will need a title number and plate number
  • Customer cannot have delinquencies, overdue property taxes on current vehicle or other vehicles
  • Vehicles must have unexpired registrations(s)
  • Must have credit card to process
 
Option 2:
  • Call the clerk’s office 270-384-2801
  • Please have one of the following available plate number, title number, or vin number
  • Must have credit card to process
  • You can have your insurance carrier fax or email the insurance card ahead of time to 270-384-4805 or emailed to Lisa.Greer@ky.gov
 
Option 3:
  • Mail in the renewal to Adair County Clerk’s Office, 424 Public Square, Ste3, Columbia KY  42728
  • Please include a copy of your insurance card, or make arrangements for one to be sent to our office, by fax 270-384-4805 or email Lisa.Greer@ky.gov
  • Please include a phone number
  • If address has changed, please include the new address
 
If you have a vehicle transfer from individual to individual, please call our office and we will instruct you on how it is to be handled during this time of shut-down.  We will do everything possible to assist you with this transaction.
 
DROP-OFF BOX - front of the Annex Building beside the other receptacle boxes that is labeled ADAIR COUNTY CLERK. This will be frequently checked though-out the day. Dealers, items to be recorded, and renewals may be dropped off in this box.  
 
Permanent Records, Real Estate
  • Be submitted by mail, Adair County Clerk’s Office, 424 Public Square, Ste3, Columbia
  • Drop-off box; located out front of the Annex, beside the other mail boxes
Notary Licenses
  • Notary oath and bonding are suspended until further notice.
Marriage license applications are by appointment only.  Please contact our office at 270-384-2801
 
For Voter Registration, call 270-384-2801 and we can answer questions pertaining to the upcoming Primary. You can register to vote online at www.govoteky.com until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 26, 2020. Registrations by mail must be postmarked by 4:00pmCT on Monday May 26, 2020. If you are seeking information about receiving an absentee ballot by mail, either call the Voter Registration Department or email directly at Lisa.Greer@ky.gov.
 
Effective with this closure, the operational hours for us to be in the office is Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00pmCT. Please at any time if you have a question or need information we will go out of our way to assist and help in any way possible. We are in unchartered territory, but know we are still here working hard to assist you, it will just be in a different way. Thank you for understanding and patience during this time. 
 
May God Bless Each and Everyone
Respectfully submitted;
Lisa Greer, Adair County Clerk
 

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ADAIR CO. BOARD OF ELECTIONS EMERGENCY MEETING MARCH 18TH

 
The Adair County Board of Elections is scheduled to have a Special Regular meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 due to Friday, March 20, 2020 being the last day for County Board of Elections to appoint Precinct Officers (Pursuant to KRS 117.045(1)). Emergency Meeting declared due to Executive Order #20200317 (Closure of County Government Buildings). The meeting location will be changed to the brick house owned by the Adair County Public Library located at 107 Paull Street, Columbia, KY. The meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
 
AGENDA
  1. CALL TO ORDER
  2. ROLL CALL
  3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  4. APPOINTMENT OF 2020 PRECINCT OFFICERS
  5. SETTING OF DATE TO INSPECT VOTING MACHINES
  6. SETTING OF DATES FOR SATURDAY VOTING
  7. ADJOUN

 

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RUSSELL CO. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

 

From the Russell County Attorney's Office......

 

 


 

 

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 03/17/20

 

Current as of March 17, 2020 at 
3 p.m. Central Time
 
 
Kentucky Coronavirus Monitoring
Number Tested: 380
Positive: 26
 
Note: These figures are updated daily at 3 p.m. Central Time and reflect all cases reported to KDPH as of that time.
 
COVID-19 Hotline (800) 722-5725
 
Community Guidance
Social distancing is key to keeping Kentuckian's safe. It is essential that Kentuckian's participate in the following social distancing activities:
 
  • It is advised that all community gatherings be cancelled
  • All 172 school districts, the Kentucky School for the Blind and Kentucky School for the Deaf will close
  • Avoid all non-essential travel. Do not fly. Do not participate in cruise travel.
  • Recommend the temporary closure of senior centers to help halt the spread of the virus for those most vulnerable
  • All state prisons are closed to visitors
  • Recommend businesses to utilize telecommuting and allow employees to work from home if possible
  • State boards and commissions have canceled any scheduled in-person meetings and instead will use video teleconference technology
  • Hospitals are asked to cease elective procedures

 

This guidance will continue to change as circumstances warrant.
 

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EXECUTIVE ORDER CLOSING COUNTY GOVT. OFFICES

 

County Employees will be working, however all county buildings will be closed to the public per recommendation of the President and the Governor. All contact information is provided for each office. 

 

Executive Order regarding closure of County Govt. Buildings....

 

 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING HIGH SPEED PURSUIT THAT ENDED IN STANDOFF WITH MULTIPLE AGENCIES

 
On Monday, March 16, 2020 at 7:11pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on 37-year-old Chris Janes of Taylor County at the intersection of Bomar Heights and Jamestown Street in Columbia. Janes was wanted on multiple felony warrants out of Fayette County and was to be considered armed and dangerous, according to information authorities had received. Janes failed to stop and led deputies onto KY61 toward Greensburg before turning around and heading back toward Columbia. The pursuit then traveled onto KY55 North toward Campbellsville with speeds reaching 100mph at times with additional agencies joining in the pursuit.
 
As the chase crossed into Taylor County, KSP successfully deployed spike strips, deflating 2 of the suspect’s tires. This slowed Janes down, however the chase continued onto Old Columbia Road just before the limits of Campbellsville. Janes then bailed from the auto and fled on foot. The Taylor County K-9 Officer and his K9 tracked Janes behind a shop building where he was found holding a gun to his head. A perimeter was established and officers began negotiating with him.
 
After approximately 1½ hours of negotiating with Janes, he requested to speak with Sheriff Josh Brockman, who arrived on scene and began negotiations (along with CPD Officers Drew Conn & Jamie Cole) that lasted 2 hours. Negotiations seemed to be turning as Janes was becoming agitated. Sheriff Brockman & Officer Cole were able to distract Janes and get him to lower his gun long enough that KSP Troopers moved in behind Janes within 15 feet and deploy tasers. The taser was immediately effective, incapacitating Janes, who was then taken into custody and transported to the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
Janes was charged with: Reckless Driving, Speeding, 4 counts of 1st degree Wanton Endangerment, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Fleeing and Evading Police 1st degree (motor vehicle), 3 felony warrants of Arrest from Fayette County, Fleeing and Evading Police (on foot), and Resisting Arrest. Additional charges are pending and the Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation. 
 
Assisting agencies: Columbia Police Dept., KSP, Taylor County Sheriffs Office, and Campbellsville Police Dept.
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED AFTER FOOT CHASE IN MILLERFIELD COMMUNITY


On Monday, March 16, 2020 Sheriff Josh Brockman, along with members of the Russell County Sheriffs Office, responded to a residence along the Adair/Russell Co. line 14 miles east of Columbia in the Millerfield community to attempt to serve multiple warrants, including a parole violation. Upon walking around the residence, 35-year-old Steven Huff was spotted coming out of the barn and fled when he saw law enforcement. Sheriff Brockman pursued Huff across a field into the woods where he was eventually captured. 

    
Huff was charged with Fleeing and Evading Police 2nd degree (on foot), and 3 Warrants of Arrest were executed. Huff was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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MARCH 16TH PROCLAIMED "JERRY GENTRY DAY" IN R.C.

 

R.C. Judge Exec. Gary D. Robertson proclaims March 16, 2020 "Jerry Gentry Day"....

 

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MESSAGE FROM A.C. SHERIFFS OFFICE REGARDING COVID-19


 

 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

Ed Manuel Colon, 50, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody by KSP Trooper Brumley on Monday evening and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Opiates), Possession of Marijuana, Buy/Possession of Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Legend Drugs 1st Offense, Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container 2nd Offense and was served a Warrant for another agency. Colon was lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.

 

 

 

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SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICES TO OFFER PHONE SERVICES ONLY

 

A MESSAGE FROM SOCIAL SECURITY:

 

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services. 
 

Our secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov. Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone. We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local governments, and other experts to monitor COVID-19 and will let you know as soon as we can resume in-person service. 
 

For more information, please visit https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/.

 

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T.J. REGIONAL HEALTH IMPLEMENTS RESTRICTED VISITATION

 

Patient and employee safety is the top priority at all facilities of T.J. Regional Health. We have plans and protocols in place that are consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and we are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients and employees.

 

Although there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in our service area, we will begin to restrict entrance at both T.J. Samson Community Hospital and T.J. Health Columbia beginning on Tuesday, March 17, at which time, no visitors will be allowed. Exceptions will be made for those who are essential to patient needs, such as parents of pediatric patients, one support person assisting in labor and delivery or outpatient services, or those who are visiting patients receiving end-of-life care.

 

At T.J. Samson, patients seeking emergency care will be directed to the Main Entrance where they will be screened according to CDC guidelines. A family member or caretaker will be allowed to accompany them, provided that they have a temperature less than 100 and no symptoms of illness.

 

Patients arriving for outpatient services will continue to enter through the Outpatient Services Entrance, where they will also be screened upon entry. A family member or caretaker will be allowed to accompany them, if it is essential to their care and they meet the screening criteria.

 

At T.J. Health Columbia, patients and employees will be routed through the Emergency Department entrance for screening. Exceptions at TJHC include patients who have appointments for Rehab services; they may enter through the Main Entrance and a staff member will greet them and escort them to the Rehab area.

 

Visitors who want to contact patients at either hospital will be encouraged to do so via phone, FaceTime, or other electronic means.

 

As previously announced, access to the T.J. Health Pavilion will be limited to patients who have an appointment or to those seeking treatment. One family member or caretaker will be allowed to accompany each patient.

 

For patients, caregivers, and employees, three entrances will be open at the T.J. Health Pavilion beginning on Tuesday. Patients and employees should enter through either the Main Entrance, or through West A (for Urgent Care only) or West B, where they will be screened according to CDC guidelines.

 

Both patients and employees are encouraged to arrive early to allow ample time for screening.


Additionally, valet service will be temporarily suspended at all locations.

 

The public can help to minimize the spread of infection by following these standard precautions:

 

• Practice social distancing. Stay home when possible or maintain a distance of six feet between yourself and others when outside the home.
• Practice good hand hygiene
• Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth and eyes
• Stay home if you feel sick
• Avoid other people who are sick
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow
• Wipe down frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs, keyboards, phones, remote controls, and water faucets
 

To assist in keeping the community informed, updates will be posted on the T.J. Regional Health Facebook page and at tjsamson.org.

 

To stay up-to-date on the latest developments and available information from federal and state agencies visit the  cdc.gov/coronavirus or kycovid19.ky.gov sites or call the Kentucky state hotline at 1-800-722-5725.

 

T.J. Regional Health, the parent system of multiple healthcare clinics, is anchored by T.J. Samson Community Hospital, a 196-bed acute-care facility with 16 skilled-care beds, based in Glasgow that is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, and the T.J. Health Pavilion, which provides outpatient care and physician offices. T.J. Regional Health also operates numerous Rural Health Clinics in the South Central Kentucky region.

 

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NEWS RELEASE FROM DUO-BROADBAND

 

 

DUO Broadband is monitoring the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Our priority is the health of our employees, customers, and our community. However, we know the broadband and phone services we provide remain critical for students, businesses, health care and other applications in the days ahead. We take very seriously the continuity of business operations, so our network is stable and available all the time. We will continue to prepare for the impacts of COVID-19 and we will continue to actively review and update our business continuity plan to address the ever-changing nature of this situation. We are considering all options to help maintain operations and provide uninterrupted service to members. Continue reading for important information regarding<https://duobroadband.com/news-information/138-duo-customer-notice> customer service, paying your bill, and installation or repair visits.<https://duobroadband.com/news-information/138-duo-customer-notice> For more information or questions about how we're responding to the Coronavirus outbreak, call us at 270-343-3131 (Russell), 270-378-4141 (Adair), or 270-433-2121 (Cumberland).

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RC SCHOOL BOARD MET MONDAY NIGHT...

 

 

Russell County School Board had a brief regular meeting Monday night at the Russell Springs Elementary School. 

Superintendent Ford gave WAVE NEWS details of what took place.. 

 

 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES

 
According to Adair Co. Sheriff Josh Brockman, at 11:15pmCT on Friday night, March 13, 2020, Deputies Justin Cross and Derek Padgett responded to the Sano Community, 13 miles east of Columbia, KY in reference to an investigation. Upon arriving, they located Christian Stanley, the suspect they was looking for. Stanley took off and ran into a residence. Deputies made entry into the residence and took him into custody. 
 
Stanley was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 3 Outstanding Warrants of Arrest were executed.   
  
The investigation is continuing. Deputy Cross and Deputy Padgett were assisted by Columbia Police Officer Trevor Foster.   
 

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MESSAGE FROM COLUMBIA MAYORS OFFICE REGARDING COVID-19

 
 
Message from Columbia Mayor Pam Hoots: Effective Tuesday, March 17th until further notice.
 
We are all being affected by the possibilities of the COVID-19 virus. The City of Columbia is here to assist in any way we can. 
 
  • At the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), for social distancing and for the welfare of our community, the lobby of City Hall will be closed until further notice. In the interest of your health; and, that of our employees, please utilize the drop-off box at the rear of the building, pay your gas statement over the phone, or www.cityofcolumbiaky.com. Employees will be on-site during this time to answer the telephone for any questions you may have during this time.
  • The city is collecting donated food items that will be distributed to elderly and/or small children in our community that could be in need. If you would like to donate, there will be a box located at the back of the building or you may contact City Hall at 270-384-2501. We will make arrangements for pickup if necessary. 
  • If you have a city related need or concern, please call City Hall at (270) 384-2501. We are encouraging you to limit contact in order for everyone to remain healthy.
  • Please keep in mind all measures that have been suggested when coming in contact with others outside of your home. Good hygiene and sanitizing your hands regularly is a must. Also, while out shopping or attending appointments, remember to keep a good distance between yourself and others.  
  • The Columbia City Police Department will have their lobby closed. If you need a police report for an accident, you can access through www.buycrash.com, or it can be faxed or emailed directly to you or your insurance company by calling the office at 270-384-4119. In case of an emergency dial 911.
  • All of our local businesses, especially our small businesses are being affected by this situation. We urge you to continue supporting our businesses by any means possible, such as purchasing gift cards, ordering online or simply making a call for delivery. I am certain all businesses would appreciate any help given. 
 
Thank you again for being a part of our community. We love our town and together we will get through this. Please continue to check Facebook and our media outlets in the community for updates as they become available. 
 
Pamela Hoots, Mayor
 

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22 IN KY TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

As of March 16, 2020 at 3pmCT
Kentucky Coronavirus Monitoring
Number Tested: 317
Positive: 22
 
Note: These figures are updated daily at 3pmCT and reflect all cases reported to KDPH as of that time.
 
COVID-19 HOTLINE: 800-722-5725
 
The COVID-19 hotline is a service operated by the healthcare professionals at the KY Poison Control Center who can provide advice and answer questions. Please be patient as we are handling a high volume of calls and want to give everyone the time they deserve. For general information, please review the website prior to calling the hotline. Guidance is being added as it becomes available. 
 
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Residents of Kentucky
The following non-pharmaceutical intervention strategies are recommended to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, there is no vaccine available to prevent coronavirus disease and CDC states that wearing a facemask will not protect the public from COVID-19. “The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure.”
 
Personal Prevention Measures
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with fever, coughing, sneezing, and difficulty breathing. To avoid close contact, stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. To avoid coughing into your hands, you can cough into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for “at least 20 seconds”, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
 
Community Prevention Measures
The following community prevention measures are recommended to prevent the transmission of COVID-19:
  • Practice social distancing (6 feet away).
  • Cancel places of worship and large gatherings temporarily due to close proximity.
  • Urge businesses to allow employees to tele-commute and to provide paid sick leave.
  • Spread out during meetings by increasing the distance between seats and other similar actions.
  • Implement environmental surface cleaning measures in homes, businesses, and other locations, including frequently touched surfaces and objects, i.e., tables, doorknobs, toys, desks, and computer keyboards. Use regular household cleaning spray or wipes as recommended by CDC.
 
People at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications
Adults over 60 and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. If you are at increased risk for COVID-19, it is especially important for you to take the following actions to reduce your risk of exposure:
  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you
  • need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact (6 feet
  • away) and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds.


Additional information can be obtained at https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx 

 

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KY REPORTS FIRST CORONAVIRUS DEATH

 
FRANKFORT, KY. - Kentucky is reporting its first death linked to coronavirus.  
 
Governor Beshear says a 66-year-old Bourbon County man who died had underlying medical problems.  
 
Beshear is also announcing the closure of restaurants and bars to in-person traffic. Only drive-thru, carry out and delivery services will be allowed.  
 
The state will waive the waiting period for unemployment benefits for people who lose their jobs during the pandemic.  

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TIPS ON AVOIDING COVID-19 SCAMMERS

 
By Colleen Tressler
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
 
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. They’re setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information.
 
The emails and posts may be promoting awareness and prevention tips, and fake information about cases in your neighborhood. They also may be asking you to donate to victims, offering advice on unproven treatments, or contain malicious email attachments.
 
Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:
 
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. 
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. If you see ads touting prevention, treatment, or cure claims for the Coronavirus, ask yourself: if there’s been a medical breakthrough, would you be hearing about it for the first time through an ad or sales pitch?
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
  • Be alert to “investment opportunities.” The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is warning people about online promotions, including on social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly-traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure coronavirus and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result.
 
Want more information on the latest scams we’re seeing? Sign up for our consumer alerts. If you come across any suspicious claims, report them to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.
 
Report scams to the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-888-432-9257.
 
 

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STOLEN VEHICLE INVESTIGATION IN RS

 

 

The Russell Springs Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance on an ongoing vehicle theft investigation. Just Before 9 am Officer Nathan Antle was dispatched to an area near Voils Rd. During this time a vehicle was recovered that had been stolen the night before. Personal items were also reported stolen from inside the vehicle. If you have any information regarding the individual or individuals associated with this theft please contact the RSPD tip line at (270)566-9111.

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8 PEOPLE ARRESTED IN RC ON DRUG CHARGES

 

 

Sheriff Derek Polston reports the arrest of 8 people from traffic stops on suspected Drug Traffickers and a Search Warrant executed at a residence on Coomer Road off Bolin Road. Jordan Foley age 27, Gary Hansford 43, Jeremy Graham 23,Rebecca Hensley 32,Nathan Stargell 39, Marissa Keith 26,Josh Montgomery 35,Jeremy Ellison 40,were all arrested over the weekend on a variety of charges from Methamphetamine Trafficking, Possession of Controlled Substances, and outstanding warrants. Deputies Nathan Ginn, Kenny Perkins, Chief Deputy Jerry Melton, Adair County Deputy Josh Durbin and K-9 nitro, KY State Police, all assisted in the Search Warrant.

 

Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County Citizens that if you suspect illegal Drug Activity in your Neighborhood to contact the Russell County Sheriff’s Officers Drug/wanted persons tip line at (270)343-8116 all callers will remain anonymous.

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18 POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES IN KY; CHILDCARE CENTERS TO PREPARE FOR CLOSURE; HOSPITALS TO CEASE ELECTIVE PROCEDURES

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 14, 2020) –  On Saturday, Gov. Andy Beshear held a briefing for Kentuckians and the media where he said the state has more positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and recommended childcare centers create plans for closure within 72 hours and that hospitals soon cease elective procedures.
 
16 cases were confirmed at the 4pmET news conference, and as of 6pmET, more test results were received, bringing the state’s total to 18 with two new in Fayette County.  Fifteen negative tests were reported from across the state.
 
The 2 additional positives in Fayette County were expected and related to an existing case. Gov. Beshear will provide more details on those cases Sunday at 4pmET at his scheduled press briefing.
 
Gov. Beshear said that while the state’s first patient fully recovered from the virus, he continues to take aggressive action to protect Kentuckians, including recommending that childcare centers prepare plans so that they could close within 72 hours if it were to become necessary.
 
“While children remain at low risk, they can carry the virus and we must do everything we can to reduce its spread and protect our most vulnerable, including our senior citizens,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are going to get through this as one team – Team Kentucky. We must remain calm and take care of each other by practicing good hygiene, social distancing and sharing. We have heard about a new mom who cannot get formula for her new baby, we need everyone to be a good teammate and practice sharing.”
 
Gov. Beshear added that hospitals should end elective procedures by Wednesday.
 
“We’re going to rely a lot on their judgment for what is elective,” said Gov. Beshear. “We need all the capacity we can to deal with the cases that we believe we are going to see. We are going to work with them to give them the flexibility to repurpose a lot of their staff.”
 
Gov. Beshear also said one person who tested positive at UofL has left against medical advice and returned to his home in Nelson County. The Lincoln Trail District Health Dept. asked him to self-quarantine, but he has refused. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is currently working with the local county attorney and county judge to obtain an order to force him to quarantine in his home.
 
As of Saturday evening, March 14, 2020 the state’s current COVID-19 patent information includes:
 
1. Harrison, F, 27 (out of hospital and fully recovered)
2. Fayette, M, 40
3. Jefferson, M, 69         
4. Harrison, F, 67           
5. Harrison, M, 68          
6. Fayette, M, 46
7. Harrison, F, 54           
8. Harrison, M, 60          
9. Harrison, M, 51          
10. Fayette, F, 31 
11. Jefferson (could be a repeat test)                     
12. Bourbon, M, 66          
13. Jefferson, F, 68          
14. Jefferson, F, 80
15. Nelson, M, 53
16. Montgomery, M, 56   
17. Fayette
18. Fayette
 
Gov. Beshear said one of the patients is in poor condition, but has multiple factors that have contributed to that situation.
 
A newer case is from Bourbon County. Local officials joined Gov. Beshear Saturday along with Baptist Health Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Dr. Jody Prather.
 
Bourbon County Judge-Executive Mike Williams said, “This was not the news we wanted, but it’s here. We encourage everyone in Bourbon County to continue to follow the calm, steady and spectacular leadership of the governor as he guides us through this crisis. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. We will achieve that together.”
 
Bourbon County Health Department Public Health Director Andrea Brown said, “It is so important to listen to the guidance issued by the governor and state health officials, especially for our most vulnerable populations of 60 and over and those with underlying conditions. We all need to follow these strategies in Bourbon County and across the state.”
 
Rep. Matthew Koch of Paris said, “United we stand. Listen to our health care professionals, work together and take care of each other.”
 
“We have been preparing for this. We are meeting daily and hourly with all our leaders to make sure we are prepared in all our communities,” said Prather. “We are working hard with the state so we are ready to respond and take care of our folks.”
 
Dr. Allen Brenzel, medical director for the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, attended today’s news conference to talk about the mental health aspects of the pandemic.
 
“We need to stay informed, but we need folks to use reliable information and too much information will cause anxiety,” said Dr. Brenzel. “Let’s take an information break from time to time and let’s also preserve our routines to help sooth anxiety.”
 
Dr. Brenzel recommend Kentuckians continue to have a healthy diet, exercise and sleep.
 
“We need folks to relieve stress by continuing as many activities as possible. We are not asking people to be isolated, but to distance themselves and continue to find ways to connect with others online or over the phone,” said Dr. Brenzel. “All the state’s community mental health centers are ready to help if needed.”
 
Dr. Brenzel asked parents to take care of themselves, especially so they can take care of their children. Children should be able to have their questions answered and receive help in practicing good hygiene. Children may also need help interacting with others through technology.
 
If children show signs of clinginess and trouble sleeping, or a significant change in behavior, parents should seek guidance from a health professional. The state will post behavioral health tips online.
 
Gov. Beshear has continued to take decisive action since the first case was confirmed in Kentucky. To date, Gov. Beshear has:
 
  • Declared a state of emergency to ensure the state has every resource available to respond
  • Issued an executive order to prohibit price gouging 
  • Announced Kentucky’s COVID-19 informational website, kycovid19.ky.gov and issued extensive guidance on when to seek care and when to call the state’s hotline, 1-800-722-5725 
  • Issued an executive order to waive copays, deductibles, cost-sharing and diagnostic testing fees for private insurance and state employees and asked providers to expand their networks to patients that may go outside their normal providers
  • Announced that those without insurance will be able to get a test in Kentucky
  • Announced strong actions to protect the state’s most vulnerable populations by limiting visitation to senior care and long-term care facilities
  • Signed an executive order allowing pharmacies to refill prescriptions for up to 30 days to ensure those vulnerable communities or those who need to self-isolate will have their needed prescriptions
  • Closed all state prisons to visitors
  • Activated the State Health Operations Center and the State Emergency Operations Center
  • Recommended the temporary closure of senior centers to help halt the spread of the virus for those most vulnerable
  • Announced that Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI) will provide wage replacement benefits for first responders and medical personnel who have been quarantined for COVID-19
  • Announced new guidance that state boards and commissions cancel any scheduled in-person meetings and instead use video teleconference technology 
  • Recommended schools cease in-person classes beginning Monday, March 16, and as of Friday, March 14, all 172 school districts, the Kentucky School for the Blind and Kentucky School for the Deaf will close
  • Announced USDA approved the state’s waiver to serve meals during non-traditional instruction days
  • Announced the state is taking swift action to get the passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship back home
  • Issued guidance to state agencies to allow telecommuting where possible to decrease on-site staffing by up to 50 percent to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and suspended out-of-state travel for state employees
  • Recommended businesses also utilize telecommuting and allow employees to work from home if possible
  • Advised that all community gatherings be canceled
  • Held daily and most days, twice-a-day media and Facebook live briefings to inform Kentuckians and provide recommended health and safety guidance

 

KY COVID-19 WEBSITE:  www.kycovid19.ky.gov  

COVID-19 Hotline number:   800-722-5725
 

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8 PEOPLE ARRESTED ON METH & OTHER DRUG CHARGES OVERNIGHT

 
 
6 individuals were arrested by the Russell County Sheriffs Office:
 
  • Jordan Foley, 27, Jamestown - Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified)
  • Jeramie Graham, 25, Russell Springs - Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified)
  • Gary Hansford, 43, of Bronston, KY - Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified)
  • Rebecca Hensley, 32, Jamestown - Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified)
  • Nathan Stargel, 39, Russell Springs - Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified)
  • Marissa Keith, 26, Science Hill - Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified)

 
KSP arrested 2 individuals:
 
  • Jeremy Ellison, 40, Somerset - Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified), and served a parole Violation Warrant
  • Joshua Montgomery, 35, Russell Springs - Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified), and Failure to Appear

All were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center.

 
 
 
 
 
 

JORDAN FOLEY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NATHAN STARGEL
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
REBECCA HENSLEY
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
MARISSA KEITH
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
JEREMY ELLISON
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
JERAMIE GRAHAM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GARY HANSFORD
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON NUMEROUS TRAFFIC OFFENSES


Wesley Davis, 35, of Columbia, KY was arrested by KSP late Friday night for Rear License not Illuminated, No Seatbelt, Operating on a Suspended or Revoked License, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Failure to Notify Dept. of Transportation of Address Change, and 3 counts of Failure to Appear.

 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES IN ADAIR CO.


Columbia Police Dept. Officers were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a residence on Merchant Street behind Adair 911 on Saturday morning. Upon arrival, Officers observed a male passed out in the vehicle with his door open. Officers awoke the subject and searched him. Two baggies were found, one containing suspected marijuana spice and another 25 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a large sum of cash. 


Donald Brockman, 51, of Mannsville, KY was charged with Public Intoxication, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) a class D felony. Brockman spent less than 2 hours in jail before being allowed to sign himself out.

Officers Evan Burton and Drew Conn were the responding Officers.
 

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LCDHD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHURCH SERVICES

 

Lake Cumberland District Health Department Recommendations for Church Services.....

 

Lake Cumberland District Citizens,
 
In following with Governor Andy Beshears’ and the Commissioner of Public Health’s recommendation, Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) strongly recommends churches not to hold services this weekend.
 
If your church decides to go ahead with services, the LCDHD asks that you please consider following these recommendations:
 
  • If members or parishioners have a cough or fever, they should not attend.
  • Members or parishioners who are over 60 or those who have a serious health condition or compromised immune system should consider not attending.
  • For persons who choose to attend service, please refrain from shaking hands or hugging, do not touch your face and observe the recommended 6′ of personal space for social distancing.
  • Churches should have alcohol-based hand sanitizer available in bathrooms, kitchen, and lobbies and should encourage everyone to wash their hands after attending service and before they eat.
  • If communion is being served, have individuals pick up items instead of passing trays and have members place their tithes and offerings into a donation bin at the door instead of passing trays.


Also, stay up-to-date at the COVID-19 Website: https://www.lcdhd.org/info-tools/health-assessments-and-statistics/health_report_card/covid19-state-wide-outbreak/

 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MARCH 17TH

 
The March Adair County School Board Meeting has been changed to Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and will be held at the Adair County Board Conference Room at 6:00pmCT. 
 
 **Meeting called to order**
***Billy Salmon, KUNA 2021 Secretary General, will open the meeting with the
     Pledge of Allegiance***
***Prayer***
 
AGENDA
 1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 2.   APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
 
CONSENT AGENDA
 3.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 4.   APPROVAL OF TREASURER'S REPORT
 5.   APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS
 6.   APPROVAL OF FAMILY RESOURCE YOUTH SERVICE CENTERS' CONTRACTS
       FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
 7.   APPROVAL OF AUDIT CONTRACT WITH MATHER & COMPANY FOR THE
       2019-2020 FISCAL YEAR
 8.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
__________________________________________________________________________
 
REGULAR AGENDA
 9.   SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT
10.   PUBLIC COMMENTS
11.   APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - Renae Smith
12.   BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE - Steve Burton
13.   APPROVAL OF REVISED 2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR - Robbie Harmon
14.   APPROVAL OF REVISED CERTIFIED SALARY SCHEDULE TO INCLUDE
       DISTRICT ATHLETIC TRAINER/SPORTS MEDICINE INSTRUCTOR POSITION
15.   APPROVAL OF OUT-OF-STATE TRIP BY ADAIR COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
       SENIORS TO GATLINBURG, TN (contingent upon coronavirus health
       concerns) - Senior Sponsors
16.   APPROVAL OF OUT-OF-STATE TRIP BY ADAIR COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL
       BETA CLUB TO FORT WORTH, TX (contingent upon coronavirus health
       concerns) - Beta Club Sponsors
17.   DISCUSSION/APPROVAL TO ADOPT A PLAN FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
       (coronavirus)
18.   EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO KRS 61.810 (1)(F) STUDENT DISCIPLINE
19.   ADJOURNMENT
 

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EMERGENCY ORDER ISSUED FOR COMMERCIAL DRIVERS ASSISTING IN COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 13, 2020) – In keeping with Gov. Andy Beshear’s declaration of emergency and safety focus for Kentuckians, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray today signed an emergency order temporarily suspending certain regulatory restrictions on motor carriers engaged in delivering goods and services to assist with COVID-19 relief efforts.

 

The order will expedite the delivery of bottled water, food, water, medicine, fuel and other critical supplies. It also applies to vehicles engaged in response efforts in affected areas.

 

“Our Cabinet is pleased to play a part in ensuring needed supplies get to Kentuckians and neighboring states as quickly as possible in the interest of public health and safety,” said Secretary Gray.

 

The order is effective March 13 through April 12 and may be extended, if needed. The order temporarily relieves commercial drivers from maximum driving times and weigh station stops if providing response to affected areas. In addition, the order authorizes the Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Regulation to waive permit fees for overweight/over-dimensional vehicles. To ensure the safety of the traveling public, carriers must comply with safety requirements and have a copy of the order in the truck cab if operating under the authority of the official order.

 

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ADAIR JUDGE EXEC. RESPONDS TO COVID-19

 
As County Judge Executive here in Adair County the past few days have been a whirlwind of meetings, conference calls, webinars, phone calls, and emails on the coronavirus pandemic. We have talked with local citizens, elected officials, health departments, CDC, Kentucky Emergency management, School personnel, hospital personnel, and the Governor. I think everyone is working together in our state and I want to thank them for that. Decisions are being made that have made people upset and I totally understand that. But in the end, tough decisions must be made.
 
For the most of us here in Adair County the threat of the COVID-19 virus could be minimal. If you are young and healthy and you contracted the virus, you would more than likely bounce back with barely any time down. But as an elected official it's my job to think of the entire population of our county. I must think about the people with immune disorders, elderly parents and grandparents, small kids with rare disease, and cancer patients that treatment has wiped out their immune system.
 
Currently, Adair County has no cases we are aware of. I'm asking everyone to do your part to help slow the spread of the disease and help with the panic over our country. Don't always believe what you read on Facebook. Check the facts yourself. The state of Kentucky has a website devoted totally to COVID-19 as well as a hotline to call if you have any questions. The website is www.kycovid19.ky.gov, and the hotline to call if you have any questions is 1-800-722-5725.
 
I, The Fiscal Court, Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner and all our local elected officials and emergency personnel will continue to stay up to date on the development of the Coronavirus. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call my office at 270-384-4703 or call the hotline or visit the website provided by the State of Kentucky. 
 
Gale B. Cowan, Adair Co. Judge Executive
 

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SOUTH KY RECC RESPONDS TO COVID-19

 
South Kentucky RECC is always concerned about our community, including the health and safety of its members, employees and the general public, and we are taking steps now to be prepared in the event there is significant impact from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our communities.
 
Our goal is to keep key personnel, such as line workers and member service representatives, available during this situation, so we can continue to provide the reliable service you expect from us. 
 
However, there are some things that we are doing to protect our members and employees from possible exposure to COVID-19 or any other illness. To that end, beginning Monday, March 16, all South Kentucky RECC community rooms will be closed through the end of May. We are contacting those individuals that had rented rooms to inform them of this decision. Because this is a rapidly changing situation, at this time, we will not be accepting any new reservations until we have clear insight on it, or national/world health organizations have lifted restrictions. 
 
We are asking all non-essential visitors to our offices be limited during this event. South Kentucky RECC has taken additional housekeeping steps to keep offices as clean as possible, but we strongly encourage our members to voluntarily limit office visits and use alternative methods for paying their bills. Bills can be paid through the drive-thru at each office, by telephone-(800) 264-5112, online at www.skrecc.com, by smart phone app (search SKRECC in App or Play stores) or at the Somerset kiosk. Members simply need their member number, located on their bill, to navigate these options.  We also offer direct withdrawal and have a PrePay program, which allows members the option to pay for their electric before they use it or as they use it. Members can call their local offices or (800) 264-5112 with questions about or assistance with any of these options.
 
This is the type of opportunity that scammers tend to try to take advantage of, and South Kentucky RECC wants members to beware of anyone posing as a co-op employee, particularly by telephone. Should you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a representative of our organization, making threats of disconnection or demanding payments, please hang up and call your local office or (800) 264-5112. Never give any personal or financial information to someone who calls and claims to be from the co-op.  If a member initiates the call to South Kentucky RECC to pay their bill or for some other business transaction, then it is safe to tell employees such information.
 
Currently, there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in our area, and South Kentucky RECC is trying to be proactive in its response. To stay up-to-date on any changes to South Kentucky RECC’s operations, please follow us on social media: SKRECC on Facebook and Twitter and SoKyRECC on Instagram; or visit our web site at www.skrecc.com. 
 

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GOV. BESHEAR, ATTORNEY GENERAL CAMERON WARN KENTUCKIANS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS SCAMS

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 13, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear and Attorney General Daniel Cameron issued a scam alert today warning Kentuckians of potential consumer scams related to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
 
To profit from consumer health concerns, online scammers may set up fake websites, send emails or texts or post on social media to sell fake products that claim to cure or prevent COVID-19.
 
Scammers may ask consumers to contact them or provide personal information to receive updates about COVID-19 posing as public health organizations, like the Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF or the World Health Organization.
 
“Kentuckians should be suspicious of scammers and con artists claiming to have a cure for the newest strain of the virus,” said Gov. Beshear. “Only legitimate medical authorities are working with the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration to create a vaccine for COVID-19. If, and when, a vaccine is approved, Kentuckians should ask their family doctor or government health officials for information on how to obtain a vaccine.”
 
“We urge every Kentuckian to check the source of any information or claims related to COVID-19,” said Attorney General Cameron. “Be wary of any communication that asks for personal information or donations and report scams to the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-888-432-9257.”
 
To avoid identity thieves, con artists and self-proclaimed experts, Kentuckians should:
 
  • Watch out for products that claim to cure coronavirus or guarantee coronavirus prevention.
  • Be wary of emails from con artists pretending to be the Centers for Disease Control or other public health organizations. A legitimate medical provider would never ask for sensitive information through email.
  • Research organizations that are claiming to raise money for a coronavirus vaccine or to help victims.
  • Consult the Kentucky Department for Public Health https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/Pages/covid19.aspx and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html for reliable information and updates about the coronavirus. A COVID-19 hotline has also been established for health-related concerns and questions at 1-800-722-5725.
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LCADD SENIOR CENTERS CLOSED FOR MEALS & ACTIVITIES; HOME-DELIVERY MEALS STILL AVAILABLE

 
Upon the recommendation of Governor Andy Beshear, the Lake Cumberland Area Development District will be temporarily closing its Senior Citizen Centers for meals and activities within the Center effective Monday, March 16, 2020 due to health concerns regarding COVID-19. They will be taking all necessary precautions to ensure that home-delivery meal clients will still receive the meals. For those who drive to the Center, meals will be prepared and available from 11am-12pmCT for pick-up. Staff will be available to bring the meals out to your vehicle. They ask for your support as they work through this by assuring the health and safety of their seniors while still providing the services needed.
 
For more information, contact the Lake Cumberland Area Development District at 270-380-1899.
 
 

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RUSSELL CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES; LARGE AMOUNT OF METH, CASH, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, & VEHICLE CONFISCATED

 
The Adair County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on Merchant Street in Columbia, KY on Friday afternoon at 2:30pmCT. Deputy Chandler Staten and Sheriff Josh Brockman got a search warrant on a 2007 Jeep Laredo believing to contain narcotics. The vehicle was owned by 38-year-old Andrea Gaskins of Jamestown, KY. Columbia Police Department K-9 Officer John Dial and K9 "Gunner" also responded to the scene, with Gunner making a positive hit on the driver's side compartment. Located & seized was approx. 24 grams of methamphetamine (packaged individually in different weights), cash, digital scales, and paraphernalia. The Jeep Laredo SUV was also seized. 
 
Deputy Chandler Staten arrested Andrea Gaskins on charges of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree  (methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Public Intoxication, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
     
The Adair County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Columbia Police and Kentucky State Police.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Narcotics recovered in search warrant on 3-13-20 Merchant Street

 

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SUPREME COURT ORDER DETAILING HOW COURT BUSINESS TO BE CONDUCTED DURING COVID-19 EMERGENCY

 
 
The following Supreme Court order and message is from Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton, Jr. to justices, judges and circuit court clerks to provide guidance on how court proceedings will be restricted March 16-April 10, 2020. 
 
Kentucky Court of Justice Personnel:

A few minutes ago, I sent the attached Supreme Court order and the message below to our justices, judges and circuit court clerks to provide guidance on how we will restrict court proceedings from March 16-April 10. We’re taking these measures to promote social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak. I encourage you to read the order carefully so that all of us are on the same page as we carry out our responsibilities in the coming weeks. I appreciate your hard work and your support of our containment efforts during this difficult time.

Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.
 

 

Justices, Judges and Circuit Court Clerks:

 

Supreme Court restricts court proceedings to observe social distancing
Order effective March 16-April 10

 

Many of you have questions concerning the impact of COVID-19 on your courts. Yesterday (Thursday) I offered guidance on isolation and quarantine in Section 4.10 of the “Public Health Law Judicial Reference Guide for Kentucky Courts.” Today (Friday) I want to provide a Supreme Court order that further details how to conduct court business during this emergency.
 
Supreme Court Order Effective March 16-April 10
Numerous events are being canceled as public health officials stress social distancing as a way to mitigate the outbreak. Because large numbers of people come through our judicial centers each day, we must be do our part to minimize social contact. After careful consideration, the Supreme Court has issued an order that calls for restrictions on dockets, jury trials and jury service from March 16-April 10. 
 
The complete order is below. 
 
Pandemic Response Plan
We are also hard at work on a Pandemic Response Plan that will supplement our existing Emergency Management Plan. This plan will address court operations during a public health crisis and I’ll share more information about that as soon as possible.
 
Calling for Calm Leadership
It’s important that you continue to provide fact-based information and calm leadership to court personnel and others who come before the courts. We must deal with this pandemic in a way that ensures justice for the citizens of the commonwealth while protecting the health of our employees and the public.
 
John D. Minton, Jr.
Chief Justice of Kentucky
Capitol Building
700 Capital Avenue, Room 231
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Telephone 502.564.4162
 
KENTUCKY COURT OF JUSTICE RESPONSE TO 
COVID-19 EMERGENCY 
 
On March 6, 2020 Governor Beshear entered Executive Order 2020-215 and declared a State of Emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency in the Commonwealth. In light of this measure and to protect the health and safety of court employees, elected officials, and the general public, and under Section 116 of the Constitution and Supreme Court Rule 1.010, the Supreme Court hereby ORDERS the following measures to be implemented from Monday, March 16, to Friday, April 10, 2020: 
 
1. With the exception of emergency matters, domestic violence hearings, and evidentiary hearings in criminal cases, all in-person appearances for civil and criminal dockets shall be canceled. Judges are encouraged to use telephonic or video technology for all necessary hearings, including arraignments and mental health hearings. 
 
2. All civil trials, hearings, and motions shall be postponed and rescheduled for a later date. Any civil trial or hearing currently in progress shall be continued or completed at the discretion of the presiding judge. 
 
3. Reasonable attempts shall be made to reschedule all criminal trials, subject to a defendant’s right to a speedy trial. 
 
4. With the exception of emergency matters and hearings statutorily required to be held, small claims, eviction, juvenile, probate, traffic, and guardianship cases shall be continued. 
 
5. Courtroom attendance shall be limited to attorneys, parties, and necessary witnesses. 
 
6. A case involving an attorney or party who is ill or in a high-risk category shall be rescheduled. 
 
7. Judges shall issue summonses in lieu of bench warrants or notices of failure to appear. 
 
8. All show cause dockets for payment of fines and court costs scheduled within this timeframe shall be continued for 60 days. 
 
9. The 20-day preliminary hearing requirement for out-of-custody defendants under RCr 3.10 is waived during the effective dates of this Order. 
 
10. Jurors who are ill, caring for someone who is ill, or in a high-risk category shall have their jury service postponed to a later date. 
 
11. New juror orientations shall be suspended. 
 
12. Existing jury panels may be extended at the discretion of the court. 
 
13. Attorneys are encouraged to use e-Filing. 
 
14. Drop boxes should be used for conventionally filed documents if available. 
 
15. Signage shall be posted at all public entry points advising individuals not to enter the building if they have:
 
a. Visited China, Iran, South Korea, any European countries, or any other high-risk countries identified by the CDC in the previous 14 days; 
b. Resided with or been in close contact with someone who has been in any of those countries within the previous 14 days; 
c. Traveled domestically within the United States where COVID-19 has sustained widespread community transmission; 
d. Been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency; 
e. Been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; or 
f. A fever, cough or shortness of breath. 
 
16. Individuals attempting to enter in violation of these protocols shall be denied entrance by a bailiff or court security officer. 
 
17. Bailiffs shall discourage congregating outside courtroom doors and encourage social distancing inside the courtroom. 
 
18. Individuals with legitimate court business who are ill, caring for someone who is ill or in a high-risk category are advised to stay home and request a continuance by calling the local Office of Circuit Court Clerk. 
 
Nothing in this Order shall preclude the chief district and chief circuit judges from implementing additional local restrictions as needed. This Order shall be effective from March 16, 2020, to April 10, 2020, or until further Order of this Court. 
____________________________________ 
 
CHIEF JUSTICE 
All sitting; all concur. 
 

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CORONAVIRUS CANCELS CLASSES IN RC SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

Russell County School Superintendent Michael Ford spoke to WAVE NEWS on Thursday about the cancellation of classes due to the Coronavirus... 

 

 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

The Russell Springs City Council met on Thursday evening. WAVE NEWS spoke to Mayor Eddie Thomas following the meeting... 

 

 

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4 R.C. DRUG ARRESTS ON THURSDAY AFTER SEARCH OF TWO RESIDENCES

 

Two different searches in two days at the same residence at 86 Happy Acre Lane in the Bernard Ridge/Indian Cave Hill area of Russell County has resulted in 4 arrests.

 

On Thursday, Deputy Nathan Ginn received a call about a burglary where guns, archery equipment and tools were stolen. An investigation led to a residence on Happy Acre Lane where Sheriff Polston and Deputy Ginn searched the home looking for 2 suspects. They weren't there, however several firearms and archery equipment from the burglary were located inside the residence.
 

2 warrants were obtained for Dakota Sullivan for Burglary 2nd degree and Persistent Felony Offender. Also, a warrant for Christopher Camp was obtained for Burglary 2nd degree. On Thursday around 2:00pmCT, both subjects were located and arrested by members of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office.
 

A search warrant was also obtained for the residence on Happy Acre Lane that resulted in 2 more individuals being arrested on Drug Trafficking charges. John Camp, 46, of 86 Happy Acre Lane and Nolina Camp, 45, were both charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree,1st offense (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. More firearms were recovered from the search.

 

Sheriff Polston reminds Russell County citizens that if you suspect drug activity in your neighborhood, to contact the Russell County Sheriff’s Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-Line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous.

 

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2 NEW POSITIVE COVID-19 TESTS IN KY

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 12, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that all school superintendents consider ceasing in-person classes for an extended period of time beginning Monday, March 16th, to help control the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in communities across Kentucky.
 
“With advice from Dr. Steven Stack and others, this coming Monday, we are recommending that Kentucky’s public and private schools cease in-person classes for at least the next 2 weeks,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is a big and necessary step and announcing it gives our superintendents, teachers and parents the time to prepare. It is important for children to go to school tomorrow so they can get the resources they need for the next couple of weeks.”
 
Gov. Beshear said while children seem to be relatively safe from the virus, they are able to spread it and we are taking the steps necessary to protect all Kentuckians.
 
As of March 12, 2020 at 5:00pmET, Gov. Beshear indicated that Kentucky had 2 new positive tests, one confirmed positive from Fayette County and a presumptive positive from Jefferson County. Both are believed to be isolated, one at home and one at a hospital. Twenty-seven cases were tested today, but not all results were back by the 5:00pmET news conference. Gov. Beshear said the Commonwealth also now has three labs running tests, which include LabCorp, University of Louisville and the state lab.
 
Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown said he strongly supports Gov. Beshear’s recommendation that all schools close beginning Monday, March 16th, in order to prevent community spread of COVID-19.
 
“I want to thank the Governor, Dr. Stack and others in the administration that have been working tirelessly over the past few days to ensure that we take a proactive approach to this issue based on science and research,” Brown said.
 
School districts may choose to utilize the Kentucky Department of Education’s Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program for these days if they have been approved to do so by KDE. NTI instruction is an option and is not required. However, those using NTI will not have that day count as a day that must be made-up at the end of the year. Non-NTI districts may also choose to provide online or hard copy enrichment activities even if not providing NTI instruction.
 
“I am asking the Kentucky Board of Education to consider a blanket statewide waiver for all districts to utilize NTI instruction even if those districts were not approved prior to this school year,” Brown said. “So far this week, dozens of districts have submitted applications and requests for a waiver to utilize NTI instruction if closed as a result of COVID-19.”
 
Brown also said, on Monday, he asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grant a waiver to Kentucky to permit school districts to provide non-congregate feeding during school closures. If granted by USDA, this will enable districts to be reimbursed for meals that they choose to serve to students on school closure days.
 
Tomorrow, Brown will convene the Leadership Team at KDE all day to provide direct consultation to superintendents and other education partners with questions about school operations affected by COVID-19. KDE will be developing a public Q & A document related to these operational issues.
 
Channeling the Governor’s advice to the Commonwealth over the past few weeks, Brown said he will continue to remind our K-12 education community to follow the 3 C’s: Stay calm, you are leaders within your communities, be clean, practice and promote hand-washing, and cooperate, continue working with your local health department partners and other local leaders.
 

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KY GENERAL ASSEMBLY POSTPONES SESSION UNTIL MARCH 17

 

FRANKFORT - Legislative leaders announced today that the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2020 session will be postponed until March 17th. The Senate and House will not convene, as previously scheduled, on Friday, March 13th or Monday, March 16th.
 
The decision was made in light of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to a statement released by Senate President Robert Stivers, House Speaker David Osborne, Senate Minority Floor Leader Morgan McGarvey, and House Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins.
 
“The General Assembly continues to support the efforts of Governor Beshear and Kentucky’s public health community to contain and mitigate the COVID-19 virus. After much careful consideration, we have decided to exercise an abundance of caution and postpone legislative business on Friday, March 13 and Monday, March 16. This will not affect the number of legislative days left in this session. However, it will provide an opportunity to evaluate safety procedures as we move through the remainder of session. We anticipate resuming normal legislative business on Tuesday, March 17.”
 

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CORPS TO RESTRICT PUBLIC ACCESS TO FACILITIES AS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE

 

LOUISVILLE, KY – In the interest of public safety due to COVID-19 concerns, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District will be restricting public access at the district’s Corps facilities for the next 30 days, effective March 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
 
As always, public safety remains our top priority. As a precautionary measure the Louisville District will have restricted public access to all operational areas at the district’s 20 flood risk management projects throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, seven locks and dams on the Ohio River and two on the Green River.
 
All USACE visitor centers will be closed to the public for the next 30 days. All previously scheduled public tours and educational events to be held within the next 30 days will be canceled. Every effort will be made to reschedule these events for a later date when feasible.
 
All campgrounds, day-use and recreational areas are not impacted at this time.
 
USACE will continue to monitor and assess the situation and keep the public informed of any additional updates.
 

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RUSSELL CO. SCHOOLS CLOSED MARCH 16-27 DUE TO COVID-19

 

Russell County Schools will be closed March 16th-27th, 2020 due to concerns over COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

 

 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOLS TO CLOSE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

 
Adair County Schools will close Monday, March 16th until April 10th, 2020 the last day of Spring Break. Please send your children to school tomorrow (Friday) so teachers can better prepare your children for the days they will be out of school.
 
After consultation with the Kentucky Dept. of Education, our local Board of Education and district administrators, our district is considering filing the paperwork for KDE’s offer of temporary emergency instructional days that may be completed at home. This consideration is in direct response to the public health concern known as coronavirus. If approved, these days will only be utilized if schools are closed for coronavirus this spring. 
 
We also want to express that there have been no reports of coronavirus in our schools or community. However, our plans call for notification and prompt action in case any cases are confirmed.
 
Our Parent Teacher Conferences that were scheduled for Monday, March 16th have been cancelled, BUT please be expecting a phone call from one of your child’s teachers between the hours of 1:00 and 7:00 PM, Monday afternoon, to discuss your child’s progress.
 
Pam Stephens, 
Superintendent, Adair County Schools
 

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LWC WILL TRANSITION ALL COURSEWORK TO ONLINE INSTRUCTION FORMAT FOR 2 WEEKS DUE TO COVID19 

 
By: Venus Popplewell, LWC Director of Public Relations
 
COLUMBIA, KY. - Lindsey Wilson College is transitioning face-to-face classes to an online course delivery format for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16, in response to the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. 
 
According to LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., the transition that will begin immediately following spring break, is expected to last through Sunday, March 29. Students are encouraged to remain at their permanent residence and to practice social distancing during this time period. 
 
No coronavirus cases have been confirmed at Lindsey Wilson College, in Columbia, Ky.,  or in any of the surrounding communities. 
 
“After extensive monitoring of the coronavirus pandemic, it is with an abundance of caution that Lindsey Wilson College has decided to suspend face-to-face instruction on the main campus in Columbia, Ky., as well as at all of our extended campus locations,” said Luckey. “Our number one priority is the health and safety of the Lindsey Wilson College family. With the continued increase in confirmed cases globally and the opportunity for communal spreading of the virus, transitioning our classes to an online format is the most prudent course of action.  Our focus is on using social distancing to minimize the spread of the virus while continuing to offer a seamless and meaningful instructional experience for our students.”
 
In addition, Luckey says, it is essential that students continue coursework via the virtual learning environment. 
 
According to LWC Vice President of Academic Affairs Trish Parrish, the infrastructure is already in place for every class offered at the college to be delivered online. 
 
“All students have access to their courses in Blackboard,” Parrish said. “Every class already exists online regardless of delivery mode. Students are accustomed to accessing coursework this way. LWC will provide training and support should they have questions or encounter problems. We will work with students to ensure they remain successful.”
 
Students will receive updates about any adjustments to courses, labs, clinicals or student teaching arrangements.
 
Students are encouraged to remain at home during the two weeks following spring break. Housing will continue to be available in limited circumstances for domestic and international students with no other viable option. 
 
Students who need to return to campus to pick up essential belongings or materials for coursework will have until 4 p.m. CT on Tuesday, March 17. If students have questions or need alternate arrangements, contact Residence Life at 270-384-7480 or email prostaff@lindsey.edu
 
Faculty and staff are encouraged to work remotely while essential personnel will work as needed on the main campus.  Campus services will remain available. Students are encouraged to call or email if they have questions.
 
All non-essential college travel has been suspended until further notice. The Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center will close on Monday, March 16 and is expected to reopen on Monday, March 30.
 
Campus events and activities, including athletic events, are canceled from March 16 through March 29.  There could also be changes to events scheduled after that date. Follow LWC on Facebook to see additional closings and cancelations. 
 
This is an evolving situation. The Lindsey Wilson College task force for COVID-19 will continue to monitor the situation and adjust plans accordingly for students, faculty, and staff moving forward. Further communication will be available at https://www.lindsey.edu/news/Coronavirus/index.cfm and by email to the LWC community. 
 

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ADAIR ANNEX BASEMENT OPEN FOR SHELTER

 
The incoming storm has the potential to produce supercells that may become severe with little to no notice. The Adair Annex basement will remain open throughout the duration of the this evening.
 

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NO VISITORS ALLOWED AT FAIR OAKS NURSING HOME

 

Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns, there will be NO visitors allowed at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Jamestown, KY due to orders by Governor BeShear. The only exception to this will be if end-of-life care is being given to the patient.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 
The Boil Water Advisory in Russell County in the area of Hwy 127 from Holt Lane up to French Valley Road has been lifted!
 

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ADAIR CO. FARM, HOME & GARDEN EXPO CANCELLED

 
In response to public health recommendations, the Adair County Extension Council has cancelled the 2020 Farm, Home & Garden EXPO that was scheduled for Saturday, March 14th.  If you have any questions or concerns, call the Adair County Extension Office at 270-384-2317.

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SEVERE WEATHER LIKELY TODAY 03/12/20

 

According to the National Weather Service, severe thunderstorms are likely this afternoon (Thursday) and evening across Kentucky and southern Indiana. At this time, the strongest storms look to impact the region between 2:00pmCT and 11:00pmCT. The primary threats are tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail. Heavy rainfall and lightning are also expected. A cold front will sweep through the region around or shortly after Midnight, ending the threat. 

 

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ADAIR CO. GRAND JURY INDICTS 3 PEOPLE


3 people have been indicted by an Adair County Grand Jury: https://ridingthewave.com/assets/files/Adair-Indictments-March-2020.pdf

 

 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES FOLLOWING SEARCH OF RESIDENCE

 
An Adair County man was arrested on methamphetamine charges after a search of his residence. 

 

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 12:30pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a residence off of Sherry Trace Rd. approximately 11 miles east of Columbia. Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman and Deputy Hitch were responding to complaints that had been filed at the Sheriff’s Office in reference to possible drug activity at that location. Upon a search of the residence, methamphetamine and paraphernalia was located and seized.

 

26-year-old Joshua Montville of Columbia was arrested by Deputy Brandon Hitch on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

The Sheriffs Office was assisted by Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Probation and Parole Officers. 
 

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WASH YOUR HANDS!!

 

Help stop the spread of COVID-19.... WASH YOUR HANDS!  Germs are all around you. Stay healthy by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

 

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TN. WOMAN ARRESTED IN RUSSELL CO. ON METH CHARGES

 

A Tennessee woman was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center Tuesday on drug charges. Alicen Garrett, 25, of Lebanon, Tennessee was taken into custody by Russell County Deputies Copper and Channing on charges of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (more than 2 Grams of Meth) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

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RC SHERIFF POLSTON SHARES MONTHLY REPORT

 

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston sat down with WAVE NEWS following Monday nights Fiscal Court meeting and shared the Russell Co. Sheriffs Dept. monthly report and info. on the bid accepted for a new boat... 

 

 

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ADAIR CO FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. 
 

Jim Lieb was at the meeting for WAVE NEWS and files this report... 

 

 

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8 COVID-19 CASES IN KY; NO KNOWN CASES LOCALLY

 
 

Know the facts about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors! There are ZERO known cases or persons under investigation in Adair or Russell counties. Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a new disease that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
 
 
COVID-19 Hotline: 800-722-5725

Preventing COVID-19 spread in Communities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
 
 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING FOOT PURSUIT

 

 

 

On Monday, March 9, 2020 around midnight, Campbellsville Police Officer Jonathon Leigh observed 27-year-old Dalton Kent at Fivestar on Broadway whom he knew "to be wanted". As Officer Leigh was handcuffing Kent, he began to flee on foot. Kent was apprehended following a short foot chase and charged with 2 Taylor County warrants, Fleeing or Evading Police (on foot), and Resisting Arrest. 
 
Officer Leigh was assisted by TCSO Deputy Stephen Dobson.
 

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KENTUCKY BLOOD CENTER PREPARES AS CORONAVIRUS SPREADS IN KY

 
 
**As of this evening (March 10th), there are 8 cases of COVID-19 in KY**
 
LEXINGTON, Ky. – March 9, 2020 – As Coronavirus spreads in Kentucky and across the United States, Kentucky Blood Center is urging healthy individuals to donate blood to ensure an adequate blood supply. 
 
“Emerging illness which could impact the blood supply is always at top of mind at blood centers,” said Dr. Dennis Williams, Medical Director at Kentucky Blood Center. “There is no known risk of transmitting the virus through blood, but the greater concern is the loss of donations due to drive cancellations, social distancing, and possible quarantines.”
 
KBC does ask donors to refrain from giving blood for 28 days after having traveled to Center for Disease Control Warning Level 3 countries where the Coronavirus is most prominent. Currently included in this category are China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. Additionally, individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) or have had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 should not donate.
 
“We are urging those eligible, both repeat and first-time donors, to donate as soon as possible,” said Dr. Dennis Williams, Medical Director at Kentucky Blood Center. “Blood donation continues to be a safe, simple life-saving process.” 
 
KBC is monitoring information about the Coronavirus and will take additional steps as necessary. 
 
“Kentucky Blood Center is the sole provider of blood to all local hospitals, and serves more than 70 hospitals in the state,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing. “Transfusions continue at a normal rate despite the virus outbreak, therefore, it is imperative that donations keep pace during this time.”
 
To find out more about where to donate, make an appointment or complete your online health history on the day of your donation, visit https://kybloodcenter.org/. KBC has 6 donor centers and hosts mobile blood drives throughout the state daily. Walk-ins are always welcome. 
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED IN CAMPBELLSVILLE ON DRUG CHARGES

 

 

At 6:38pmET on Monday evening, March 9, 2020 Campbellsville Police received a call of a possible intoxicated person at Fast Pace Medical Clinic. Following an investigation, 35-year-old Jeremy D. Tucker of Columbia, KY was arrested for Public Intoxication, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Heroin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Drug Unspecified). Tucker was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 
 
Campbellsville Police Officer Josh Patrick was the investigating Officer.
 


 

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SUMMIT MANOR NURSING HOME RESTRICTING HOURS DUE TO COVID-19

 
 
Summit Manor Nursing Home in Columbia, KY will be restricting visiting hours effective today (Tuesday, March 10th) due to COVID19 (the Coronavirus). Chaplain Rick Shelton has details....
 
 

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RUSSELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court held the regular monthly meeting for the county leaders last night. WAVE NEWS spoke to County Judge Gary Robertson who told us about the money that the state will be giving the county this year for road work... 

 


Judge Robertson went on to share more details about last night's meeting... 

 

 

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SPECIAL CALLED COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

 

 

The Columbia City Council held a special called meeting on Monday afternoon. Jim Lieb with WAVE NEWS was at the meeting and files this report... 

 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 
On Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8:45pmET, Campbellsville Police Officer Elliott Taylor arrested 29-year-old Cody Mann of Campbellsville on outstanding warrants. Upon searching Mann, Officer Taylor located heroin, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Mann was transported to the Taylor County Detention Center and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Heroin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana.
 

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R.C. AMBULANCE SERVICE SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING MARCH 11

 
 
The Russell County Ambulance Service will have a Special Called Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 2:00pmCT.
 
AGENDA
Call Meeting to Order
Establish a Quorum
Approve February Minutes
February EMS Reports
February Financial Reports
 
Old Business
Short Term Disability - Aflac
VOIP
Door Access Control Systems
Physicals / Physical Fitness Testing / New Hire Process
 
New Business
EMT Student Contracts / Agreement – 2019 EMT Course
Handbook Updates
Coronavirus Information
2018-2019 Audit Report
Discuss Normal Meeting Date and Time
Executive Session: KRS 61.810 (1) (f) personnel
Part-Time Paramedic Application(s)
  
Adjourn
 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF MATTER PORTRAYING SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY MINOR

 

Jimmy Hernandez, 37, of Russell Springs, KY was arrested on Monday afternoon by the RCSO for Distribution of Obscene Matter to Minors and Possession of Matter Portraying Sexual Performance by a Minor.

 

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TWO PEOPLE ARRESTED SATURDAY IN ADAIR CO ON DRUG CHARGES

 

The Adair County Sheriff's Office arrested two people for trafficking in methamphetamine.

 

On Saturday night, March 7, 2020 at 10:51pmCT while investigating a complaint received, Adair Co. K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin arrested 58-year-old George Tommy Polston of Columbia, KY and 47-year-old Nicole Myers of Jamestown, KY for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Marijuana.The arrests were made approx. 7 miles south of Columbia.  A quantity of methamphetamine consistent with the illegal sale or distribution was seized along with marijuana. Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office was assisted by Kentucky State Police.

 

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R.C. MAN ARRESTED FOR RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office recovered stolen property that resulted in a Russell County man being arrested.

 

On Saturday at 8:15pmCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office received a complaint of a stolen vehicle from Russell County. Sheriff Josh Brockman located the suspect at a local business in the limits of Columbia. The suspect had the keys to the stolen vehicle (a 2004 BuIck), however it was not at that location. After further investigation, Deputy Josh Durbin located the vehicle off Hwy 55 south in the Glensfork area. In addition to locating the vehicle, an ATV and trailer that had been stolen was also recovered.

 

Byron Marcum was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property over $500 but less then $10,000 (auto), Receiving Stolen Property over $500 but less than $10,000 (ATV), and Receiving Stolen Property over $500 but less then $10,000 (trailer). Marcum was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Deputy Josh Durbin.

 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.

 

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MAN WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER ARRESTED IN RUSSELL CO. FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

 

 

Just after midnight on Saturday, March 7, 2020 Russell County Dispatch was contacted by Pulaski County Dispatch for assistance making a traffic stop. RSPD Officer Lucas Justice conducted the stop. Officer Justice made contact with 55-year-old Steven P. Hunter of Richmond, KY. Upon contact with Hunter, Officer Justice learned the male operator had a full extradition warrant out of Ohio for Attempted Murder. Hunter was placed under arrest. An on-scene search resulted in additional charges including Possession of  Controlled substance 1st (Meth) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. Officer Justice was assisted on scene by JPD Officer Jeremy England and PCSO Deputy Nicholas Barber.

 

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 03/09/20

 

The following information is from https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx, a website that Governor Andy BeShear & public health officials urges Kentuckians to visit for updates on the Coronavirus. As of this evening (Monday), 6 people in KY have been confirmed with Coronavirus.

COVID-19 Hotline 1-800-722-5725

PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 is a reportable disease in Kentucky

 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) is actively responding to the COVID-19situationOur State Health Operations Center is operating at Level 1, its highest activation level. This respiratory disease was first detected in a Kentucky resident on March 6, 2020.

 

For the latest information and prevention updates, visit the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2019 novel coronavirus site

 

Who is at risk for COVID-19

 

The current risk for COVID-19 to people in Kentucky is low. Evidence to date indicates those most at risk for becoming ill with COVID-19 are:  

 

  • Those in close contact with someone with a confirmed COVID-19 infection, including healthcare workers  

and  

  • Those who have traveled in the past 14 days in countries with ongoing community spread of the virus.  


If you have recently traveled outside the country, please check the CDC Travel Health Notices website with its list of countries with sustained COVID-19 transmission. 

 

Travelers returning from one of the countries with community spread of COVID-19 should monitor themselves for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19, including cough and shortness of breath, for 14 days after they return from one of those countries.  

 

If you have developed a fever or respiratory symptoms and believe you have had exposure to a known case or traveled to an area with community spread, isolate yourself from others in your home and contact your healthcare provider or local health department to describe your symptoms and any recent travels before you go to the healthcare facility.  

Community Guidance 

Current recommendations for social distancing in Kentucky as of March 8, 2020 include: 

 

1) If you are 60 years old or older and/or have diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney failure or other chronic major medical conditions, we recommend you avoid densely populated community events and consult this guidance.

 

2) We are advising nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to restrict visitors to their facilities and that they consult this guidance
 

3) We recommend people actively plan for telework options appropriate for their situation and support all workers/students to stay at home if they are ill. 
 

4) Only go to the emergency department for an illness that would have taken you to the hospital BEFORE the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have runny nose, cough, fever or other common respiratory infection symptoms, take Tylenol- or Motrin-like products and stay home from work or school until you are fever-free. If you think you need medical care, please contact your healthcare provider for their instruction OR visit an emergency department if you believe you have an emergency. 
 

This guidance will continue to change as circumstances warrant. 
 

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FRANKLIN COUPLE ARRESTED IN WHITE CITY NEIGHBORHOOD


While patrolling in the White City neighborhood of Columbia on Sunday afternoon, CPD Officers observed a male and female standing outside a vehicle near the corner of West Barbee and Alexander Street. The two appeared to be under the influence 

 

Upon making contact and confirming the subjects were under the influence, they were placed into custody and found to be in possession of narcotics.

 

Derek Steven Philpot, 37, of Franklin, KY was charged with Public Intoxication and Possession of Methamphetamine (a class D felony).

 

Samantha Philpot, 32, also of Franklin, KY was charged with Public Intoxication and Possession of a Controlled Substance (both misdemeanors). Philpot was additionally charged with promoting contraband 1st degree after it was found she was concealing a number of pills in her sock while being booked into the Adair County Jail.
 
CPD Officers Evan Burton and Jordan Dean made the arrests.
 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL CALLED MEETING MARCH 9TH

 
The Columbia City Council will have a Special Called meeting on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 4:30pmCT. 
 
AGENDA:
Call to Order
Roll Call
 
  1. Motion to Adopt USDA Equal Opportunity Agreement
  2. Motion to Adopt USDA Assurance Agreement
  3. Motion to Adopt USDA Certification regarding Debarment, Suspension, and other responsibility matters primary covered transactions.
  4. Motion to Adopt USDA Form 1940-Q, Certification for Contracts, Grants and Loans.
  5. Motion to Adopt USDA for AD-1049, Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements.
  6. Adjourn

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WEEKEND ARRESTS

 
  • Byron Marcum, 36, Russell Springs - arrested by the ACSO early Sunday morning for 3 counts of Receiving Stolen Property.
  • George Tommy Polston, 58, Columbia - arrested late Saturday night by KSP for DUI, Possession of Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle; Possession of Marijuana, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Methamphetamine); Violation of KY EPO/DVO, and Failure to Notify Dept. of Transportation of Address Change.
  • Nicole Meyers, 48, Jamestown - arrested by ACSO on Saturday night for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Meth) and Possession of Marijuana.
  • Decoda Carrender, 23, - arrested Saturday evening for Speeding, DUI, Possession of Marijuana, and Non-Payment of Court Costs, Fees or Fines.
 
Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN FOUND GUILTY OF DRUG RELATED CHARGES; JURY RECOMMENDS 20-YEAR SENTENCE

 
 
MARCH 7, 2020 – On Friday, March 6, 2020, an Adair County Circuit Court Jury convicted 40-year old David Scottie Corbin of multiple crimes following a 2-day jury trial. Corbin was found guilty of 5 counts of First-Degree Wanton Endangerment, one count of First-Degree Fleeing/Evading Police, Terroristic Threatening, and Possession of Marijuana. The jury also convicted Corbin of being a First-Degree Persistent Felony Offender and recommended that he serve 20 years in prison – the maximum sentence permitted under Kentucky law. The jury found Corbin not guilty of one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance.
 
Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright prosecuted the case and presented evidence to the jury that Corbin threatened his wife during a domestic altercation that took place on April 5, 2019, at a residence on Hutchison-Loy Road. Corbin’s wife called 911 and Adair County Sheriff’s Deputies Josh Durbin, Justin Cross, and Chandler Staten responded. Upon their arrival, the deputies learned that Corbin had already left the residence driving a black Ford Explorer.  While the deputies were at the residence, Corbin continued to send threatening text messages to his wife – including messages stating that he was armed and implying threats to his wife and to law enforcement officers. Deputy Durbin left the residence to attempt to locate Corbin while Deputies Cross and Staten remained at the residence and collected evidence including methamphetamine, marijuana, and other drugs.
 
Deputy Durbin soon located the black Ford Explorer on the Veterans Memorial Bypass and observed Corbin driving.  Deputy Durbin, with the assistance of Columbia Police Department Sgt. Junior Murphy and Officer Adam Cravens, attempted to stop Corbin as he turned south onto KY 61. Corbin refused to stop and continued south on KY 61, reaching speeds in excess of 80 mph. Kentucky State Police Trooper Clint Bale also joined in the pursuit, which continued into southern Adair County and eventually entered a wooded area frequently used by ATV riders. Officers from multiple agencies continued searching for several hours and finally located Corbin near where officers had earlier lost sight.  However, as officers began to approach Corbin he drove towards them and nearly struck Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman and KSP Trooper Clint Bale, who both jumped out of the way to avoid being struck by the Ford Explorer being operated by Corbin. Corbin was positively identified by Deputy Durbin, Sgt. Murphy, and Sheriff Brockman as being the operator of the Ford Explorer, but he was not apprehended that night. Corbin was taken into custody on an unrelated Russell County indictment warrant a couple of days later by KSP Trooper Billy Begley and other officers at a hotel in Russell Springs following a brief standoff.
 
Corbin was convicted of First-Degree Wanton Endangerment for endangering the lives of Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman, KSP Trooper Clint Bale, Deputy Josh Durbin, Sgt. Junior Murphy, and Officer Adam Cravens. Corbin was also convicted of Third-Degree Terroristic Threatening for the threats directed at his wife.
 
During the sentencing phase of the trial, Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright presented evidence that Corbin had previously been convicted of 10 prior felonies, including Burglary, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Promoting Contraband, Marijuana Cultivation, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Additionally, the jury learned that Corbin was on parole at the time of the commission of the crimes in this case.
 
After the trial, Wright expressed his gratitude to the jurors who served on the trial. Wright said that it was clear that the jury believed that a repeat offender such as Corbin should spend as much time in prison as possible due to his actions which put the lives of so many people in danger. Wright was also thankful for the decision made by Corbin’s wife to call 911. Wright added, “this case had a good outcome due to the courageous actions and cooperation between so many law enforcement officers and agencies, including the Adair County Sheriff’s Department, the Columbia Police Department, and the Kentucky State Police.”
 
Corbin, who was represented at trial by Attorney Trina Hendricks of Somerset, KY has been in custody since his previous parole was revoked in May 2019. Judge Todd Spalding of Lebanon, KY presided over the trial as special judge. Judge Spalding scheduled final sentencing for April 21, 2020. 
 

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COUPLE ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA ON ACTIVE WARRANTS


On Friday, March 6, 2020 just before midnight, the Columbia Police Department and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Spring Drive after Deputies received a tip of a female with an active felony warrant staying at the residence


Law enforcement arrived on scene and determined the female subject was in a basement apartment within the residence along with a male subject. After kicking the door in, the female surrendered after being called out. The male subject still would not acknowledge Officers or surrender, therefore K9 Unit ”Gunner” was sent inside. The male subject was located hiding within a cutout in a couch and was taken into custody without incident. 

Leangela Carter, 24, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody with an active Adair County warrant for charges including Fleeing and Evading Police, Wanton Endangerment, and Wanton Endangerment of Police (all felony charges).

John Thompson, 40, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody with an active warrant from Russell County and was later transferred to the Russell County Jail. 

K9 Handler John Dial and Officer Adam Cravens were responding Officers as well as Adair County Deputy Derek Padgett who is the investigating Officer in Leangela Carter’s case.
 

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COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING SHERIFF


An Adair County man was arrested Friday night after calling the Adair 911 Center and identifying himself as Sheriff. 

 
55-year-old Travis Burton of Columbia called 911 at approximately 8:37pmCT identifying himself twice as Sheriff Travis Burton. He went on to say he was pinned in by a vehicle on East Frazier and requested Officers respond.

Upon arrival, CPD Officers made contact with Burton at a residence on East Frazier who stated a male subject had taken his cruiser. Burton repeatedly told Officers he was the Sheriff of Adair County and they were free to confirm with the Adair county Judge Executive who had appointed him.

Burton was placed into custody and has been charged with Filing a False Report and Impersonating a Peace Officer (a class D felony).

Officer John Dial made the arrest. Also responding were CPD Officer Drew Conn and Adair County Deputy Sheriff Josh Durbin.
 

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2 PULASKI CO. CONSTABLES ARRESTED BY FEDERAL AGENTS; ONE SHOT

 
A federal investigation regarding two Pulaski County constables is underway; one of the constables was shot this morning.
 
The federal indictment alleges that Pulaski County Constables Michael Wallace and Gary Baldock "knowingly and willfully conspired together to injure, oppress, threaten and intimidate persons" by conducting unreasonable searches and seizures. The violation carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence and a fine up to $250,000. 
 
Wallace was arrested by federal agents early this morning. The other constable, Gary Baldock, was reportedly shot during his arrest and a federal agent was injured. 
 
More information will be released after the investigation at the scene is completed, according to an FBI spokesperson.
 

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CORONAVIRUS NOW IN KENTUCKY

 
Gov. Beshear and public health officials held a news conference this afternoon confirming the first case of the coronavirus in Kentucky. Nine of 10 tests came back negative. One patient tested positive and is currently being treated in isolation in Lexington. A state of emergency has been declared to ensure all state entities have the necessary resources. Health officials say the threat to Kentucky remains low. 
 
For updates on the coronavirus in Kentucky, go to https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx.
 
 

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AREA DRUG ARRESTS 3-6-20

 

Kolby Scott Conner, 22, of Russell Springs, KY was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on Thursday morning. Russell County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Ginn took Conner into custody on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Offense (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.  

 

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2 men were arrested in Cumberland County on Drug Charges.
 

Brian Thompson, 39, of Celina, Tennessee and Scott Farias, 30, of  Albany, KY were arrested at 8:23pm on Thursday evening on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. Officer Williams of the Burkesville Police Department made the arrests. Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 

The Russell County Boil Water Advisory at Lakeway Mobile Home Park has been lifted.

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R.C. MAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGE

 

Sean Campbell, 46, of Russell Springs, KY was taken into custody by officer West of the Russell Springs Police Department on Wednesday morning on charges of Assault, 4th Degree (Child Abuse) and Contempt of Court Libel. He was lodged in the Russell County Detention Center. 

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MARION CO. MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER

 
Lebanon, KY (March 4, 2020) - On Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at approximately 6:25amET, units from Kentucky State Police Post 15, along with the Lebanon Police Department, responded to a shooting that occurred on Oak Street early Tuesday morning. 28-year-old Tevaughn Porter of Lebanon, KY sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was located outside of a residence on Oak Street. Porter was pronounced deceased by the Marion County Coroner. The suspect, 21-year-old Treyvon Downs of Lebanon, KY was located by KSP Detective B.J. Burton and interviewed. Downs was charged with Murder and lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. 
 
This incident remains under investigation by Detective Burton who was assisted at the scene by additional units from KSP Post 15, Marion County Coroner's Office and Lebanon Police Department.
 
 

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COLUMBIA TO HAVE DRUG TIP-LINE

 
The Columbia City Police Department is implementing a tip-line for the community. The tip-line will be utilized so that citizens in Columbia can have a confidential way to report any type of drug issues in our town.
 
“The Columbia City Police Department is committed to having a safe environment for our families,” said Chief Jason Cross. The tip-line is another additional option that citizens can utilize.
 
The tip-line number is 270-378-2259. For further information, please contact the local police. The last four digits are in recognition of Cally Paige McFall, daughter of Stacey Hatcher Wilson. Hatcher Wilson will be funding the tip-line for the city.
 
This tip-line is another addition to the department as they focus on activity in Columbia. The city recently received a grant through USDA for an educational vehicle that will be used for drug education at local activities and in the school system.
 
“We have also started a drug task force,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots. “Our priority is a safe community for all,” she noted.
 
Officer Evan Burton will be responsible for the dedicated line for the Columbia City Police Department.
 

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COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGE

 

James Adcock, 48, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody by the Columbia Police Department on Tuesday morning for Theft by Unlawful Taking (Shoplifting) $500 or more but under $10,000.

 

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KSP POST 15, MONTHLY REPORT FOR FEB

 

 

During the month of February 2020, there were 19 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington. There was one fatal collision during the month of February in the Post 15 area. Scott Patten age 32 of Washington Co KY was killed on 02/04/2020 in Washington Co KY. Donald L Collins age 75 of Aledo TX died on 02/10/2020 from a collision that occurred on 01/31/2020 in Washington Co KY. This brings our yearly fatality count to 3 compared with 0 through this same period in 2019. Statewide fatality count stands at 81 compared with 109 through this same period in 2019. During the month of February 2020, there were 1141 citations written, 283 courtesy notices written, 432 complaints answered, 85 motorists assisted, 49 criminal cases opened and 247 criminal arrests made.

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JT FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO A STRUCTURE FIRE TUES MORNING

 

 

A structure fire Tuesday morning resulted in the death of 2 pets.

 

The Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched to 191 Valley Dr. just off the Square about 1130 for the report of a structure fire. First units on scene found a mobile home belonging to Asa Russell with heavy fire showing, Russell County EMS dispatched at this time due to a possible rescue. It was found no one was home at the time. One dog was rescued from the structure two others perished in the fire.

 

Jamestown was assisted by the Russell Springs Fire Department, Jamestown Police Department, Russell county Sheriff’s Office and Russell County EMS.

 

The Department was on scene just over two hours. No other injuries reported.

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STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL MARCH 4TH


State-wide Tornado Drill this Wednesday....



 

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CUMBERLAND CO MAN ARRESTED IN ADAIR ON DRUG CHARGES


On Tuesday afternoon, Columbia Police Dept. Officers observed a male subject standing outside of an apartment at the corner of Bomar Heights and Pine Tree Street, who had an active warrant from probation and parole. When the subject saw Officers, he fled back inside the apartment before being apprehended. Officers also discovered the male was attempting to dispose of a bag containing suspected methamphetamine just before apprehension. 


Chris McClister, 22, of Burkesville, KY was taken into custody with a probation violation warrant. He was also charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence and trafficking in a controlled substance (the latter 2 charges being felonies). Officers also seized $1022 cash from McClister at the time of the arrest.  K-9 unit "Matt" was utilized in a non-bite capacity to aid in capture. 

Officer Evan Burton was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Drew Conn and KSP Trooper Bill Begley.
 

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SPECIAL CALLED A.C. FISCAL COURT MEETING MARCH 12TH

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will have a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 4:00pmCT at the Adair Annex Basement Meeting Room.
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  2. OPEN AND POSSIBLE AWARD OF MACK TRUCK BIDS
  3. ADJOURN

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SEVERE T-STORM RISK CATEGORIES

 

March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month....

 

 

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MAYOR SIGNS BAM CARNEY PROCLAMATION

 

Friday, March 6th, 2020 has been proclaimed "A Day of Prayer & Encouragement for Bam Carney".......

 

Mayor Pamela Hoots & Columbia City Council members at today's proclamation signing.

 

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CORONAVIRUS INTERVIEW THIS THURSDAY ON 92.7

 
Amy Tomlinson, Public Health Manager with Lake Cumberland District Health Department, will be a guest on 92.7 The WAVE this Thursday aternoon at 2:15pmCT to discuss the Coronavirus. The WAVE's Lisa Clark will talk with Amy about her work with the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) and ask her about the latest news concerning the coronavirus and tips to help prevent it. If you have any questions for Amy, please send via our website: https://ridingthewave.com/contact/email-us
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY 03/03/20

 

There is a Boil Water Advisory in Russell County at Lakeway Mobile Home Court on Lakeway Drive in Russell Springs, KY due to a water line break. The advisory is in effect until further notice. Boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes before using.
 

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COLUMBIA MAN INVOLVED IN DUMP TRUCK ACCIDENT IN RC

 

An Adair County man was involved in an accident near Scott's Chapel Road. According to Jamestown Fire Chief Jeff Landers, whose department responded to the scene, the loaded dump truck was owned by Billy Andrews Trucking of Columbia and was being driven by Patrick Turner. The truck left the roadway and came to rest in some trees. Turner was not injured. The Jamestown Fire Department was on the scene for about 30 minutes along with Russell County EMS and the Russell County Sheriffs Department.

 

 

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RECAP OF LAST NIGHTS COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

The Columbia City Council met on Monday evening for the regular monthly meeting. Jim Lieb files this report for WAVE NEWS... 

 

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RC SHERIFF DEREK POLSTON REPORTS MORE DRUG ARREST FORTHCOMING

 

 

 

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that his department in its continued Battle to stop the sale of drugs in Russell County, executed a Drug Trafficking Search warrant Monday evening in the Webb’s Cross Roads/ Damron’s Creek Rd. Area of Russell County  On AB Roy Road. The Occupants of a trailer was not at home but warrants are being obtained on Two individuals suspected in trafficking in Marijuana, Methamphetamine and Cocaine. The investigation is continuing and arrest are forthcoming. Deputy Kenny Perkins is heading the investigation And was assisted by other members of the Russell County Sheriffs Office and Adair County Sheriffs  Deputy Josh Durbin and his K-9 Nitro. Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County Citizens if they suspect illegal Drug activity in your neighborhood to call the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/wanted persons tip line at 2703438116 all callers will remain anonymous.

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RC SHERIFF REPORTS 3 ARREST

 

 

Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports the arrest of 3 individuals on Drug Possession charges over the weekend.

 

Adam Matthews age 31 of Russell Springs  was taken into custody Saturday night after a traffic stop by Deputy Kenny Perkins at the Mt. Olive Church. He was charged with operating on suspended or revoked operators license and possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense Methamphetamine and possession of drug Paraphernalia.

 

On Sunday evening Deputy Nathan Ginn arrested Coy Marcum age 43 of Jamestown for Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense Methamphetamine and served a active bench warrant.

 

Also arrested was a Angela Fields age 43 of Russell Springs for possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree pills.

 

Sheriff Polston reminds all citizens that if you suspect illegal drugs being sold in your neighborhood to contact the Russell County sheriffs Drug/ Wanted persons tip line at 2703438116, all callers will remain anonymous.

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AREA ARRESTS 03/01/20

 
  • Adam Matthews, 31, Russell Springs - arrested Saturday afternoon by RCSO Deputy Kenny Perkins for Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Possession of Methamphetamine & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Shane Grant, 47, Jamestown - arrested by RCSO on Saturday night for 2 counts of Rear License Not Illuminated, Failure to Produce Insurance Card, 2 counts of Operating on a Suspended or Revoked Operators License, Failure of Non-Owner/Operator to Maintain Insurance, No Registration Plates, and served a Bench Warrant for Court.
  • Nick Kerns, 38, Russell Springs - arrested Saturday night by RCSO for DUI, 2nd or Greater Offense (Aggravating Circumstance).
  • Michael David Bailey, 50, Russell Springs - arrested Friday night by RSPD for Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries.
 
Lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 
  • Justin Brockman, 20, Greensburg - arrested by KSP early Sunday morning for Speeding, DUI (Aggravating Circumstance), Failure to Produce Insurance Card, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Motor Vehicle.
  • Anthony Wilson, 59, Columbia - arrested by ACSO on Saturday afternoon for Harassment and Alcohol intoxication in a Public Place.
 
Lodged in the Adair Co. Regional Jail.
 

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SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK MARCH 1ST-7TH

 

PART 1:  
The regular monthly audible siren test scheduled for Monday, March 2nd 2020 will be postponed (due to forecasted inclement weather).    
 
PART 2:  
Please see the proclamation & photo (below) from Adair County Judge Executive Gale Cowan, designating March 1-7 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Adair County, KY.
 
PART 3:
A Statewide Tornado Safety Drill will be conducted at approximately 09:07AM CST, Wednesday, March 4th. During the drill, the National Weather Service (NWS), in partnership with Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee (KWPC), and Kentucky Broadcasters Association, will issue a test tornado warning message. This will activate weather alert radios, outdoor warning sirens may sound, and many television and radio stations will broadcast the alert, allowing all Kentuckians the opportunity to practice tornado safety. If inclement weather is forecast for March 4th, 2020 the Statewide Tornado Drill will be postponed to Thursday, March 5th, 2020 or canceled.
 
BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN! 
 
Mike Keltner 
Adair Co. Emergency Management Director
107 N High Street
 
 
Pictured Left to right: Chad Wheet - Deputy Emergency Management Director, Gale Cowan - Adair Co. Judge Executive, Mike Keltner – Emergency Management Director, Tracy McCarol – Deputy Emergency Management Director
 
 

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