Local News Archives for 2020-05

LCDHD REPORT SUNDAY, MAY 31


LCDHD REPORT SUNDAY, MAY 31ST:

 

We’re happy to report no new cases today; however, many labs are closed on Sundays, so we may not see their reports until Monday or Tuesday. We can also report no new deaths. There are no hospitalized COVID-19 patients in our district at present. We released two from isolation, leaving us with 9 current active cases.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 226 cumulative confirmed cases and there have been 9,707 confirmed COVID-19 cases across 118 Kentucky counties as of 05/31/20 (this includes 9,704 statewide plus 3 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland county, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

Remember, avoiding crowds as much as possible remains your best way to reduce your risk. Washing your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, wearing a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, increasing sanitation, and avoiding touching your face further reduces your risk.


 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA JUNE 1ST

 

The Columbia City Council meets on Monday, June 1st.....

 

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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 29, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“We will get through this together because we understand the different steps that it will take, especially being healthy at work, to make sure that we can reopen, that we can revive our economy, that we can create our economy of the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “We can do this in a way that makes sure we come out stronger than we were going into this pandemic.”
 
The Governor spoke about the Thursday night protest in Louisville over Breonna Taylor’s death.
 
Gov. Beshear and other officials also offered updates about remote driver’s license and I.D. card renewal, Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) contracts and long-term care facilities.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 29, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 9,464 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 283 of which were newly confirmed Friday.
 
“Today’s report is up, and up a fair amount, in cases. We’ll have to wait the next couple days to see whether it is just labs getting caught up from the weekend or whether it is in and of itself significant and something we’ll see moving forward,” said Gov. Beshear. “If you look at the last four days on average, it would be 158 cases per day.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported nine new deaths Friday, raising the total to 418 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
The deaths reported Friday include 51-, 74- and 88-year-old men and 70-, 83- and 90-year-old women from Butler County; 64- and 68-year-old men from Gallatin County; and a 55-year-old man from Oldham County.
 
“These are nine families that again need us to light our homes, places of business and places of worship up green for compassion,” said Gov. Beshear. “With the events of the last couple days, compassion is something we ought to have on full display.”
 
At least 3,231 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Louisville protest
Today, Gov. Beshear spoke about Thursday night’s protest in Louisville over the shooting death of Breonna Taylor. Previously, he has called for further investigation of her death. Gov. Beshear encouraged all Kentuckians to seek justice peacefully and to listen to the concerns, fears and experiences of black or African-American community members.
 
“This is a very concerning shooting of an EMT, a young woman who worked to save lives of others here in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “In a broader context, this pandemic we’re facing has laid bare the inequalities that still exist in our society and that many times are fatal.”
 
He commended the protestors for largely following CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. He also highlighted the disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases and deaths among black or African-American Kentuckians and committed to doing everything he could to reduce health inequality.
 
“While I’m trying to provide the right words, I don’t claim to understand the depths of pain and frustration that I know so many people feel,” Gov. Beshear said. “I can’t. But what I can commit to do is to listen and to do my best. To tell you that I want to move this world into a better place.”
 
Remote driver’s license and I.D. card renewal
Today, Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray signed an executive order temporarily authorizing circuit court clerk offices to process expired driving credential renewals and replacement requests remotely.
 
Cardholders whose operator’s license, permit or identification card was lost or expired between March 1 and June 30, 2020, may apply with their local circuit court clerk to receive a new card in the mail. For more information, click here.
 
“This order is the next right step to help clerks safely serve Kentuckians impacted by the office closures caused by the pandemic,” said Gov. Beshear. “The temporary measure will allow contactless service to help minimize crowding and help offices gradually return to full-service operations.”
 
Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) contracts
Gov. Beshear and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander today announced the Commonwealth of Kentucky has awarded the state’s Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) contract to five health care companies that will manage benefits for the state’s Medicaid enrollees.
 
The five companies are Aetna, Humana, Molina Healthcare, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare. Aetna will also serve children in Kentucky SKY, the Medicaid risk-based managed care delivery program for the state foster care program and the Department for Juvenile Justice.
 
“Health care is a basic human right, and ensuring coverage for approximately 90% of Medicaid’s 1.4 million population is of the utmost importance to my administration,” Gov. Beshear said. “The expansion of Medicaid in the commonwealth has been lifesaving for many families who struggled to find and afford coverage. As we move forward, we must continue to provide equal access for every Kentuckian who needs quality care.” 
 
For more information, click here.
 
Long-term care facilities
Secretary Friedlander said the state has acted swiftly and aggressively when long-term care facilities have been in distress. After testing indicated an outbreak at a Louisville facility over the weekend, state agencies and Louisville Metro worked together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the residents and staff at Nazareth Home Clifton. They moved 39 residents who tested positive into local hospitals.
 
“This is an aggressive disease in long-term care. These are our most vulnerable citizens. These are our moms and our dads,” the secretary said. “We are testing over 1,000, sometimes 2,000 folks a day and we’ll continue to do that until we get every last person tested, and that’s our commitment.”
 
He said they have tested about 15,000 residents and staff in long-term care facilities so far and will test another 5,000 to 10,000 next week. By the end of next week, they will have tested residents and staff at 100 facilities.
“We have been very aggressive and deliberate,” Secretary Friedlander said.
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear continued to urge Kentuckians to get tested for COVID-19.
 
For information on how to register at sites throughout the commonwealth, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
Absentee Ballot Application Portal online
Gov. Beshear is encouraging all voters to use a new Absentee Ballot Application Portal now available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in next month’s primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot.
 
Today, Gov. Beshear announced that Kentuckians have already made 190,000 requests through the new portal announced a week ago.
 
“It’s not just your duty as an American to fill out the Census, it’s your duty to vote,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have our primary election coming up in June, and there is a safe way for you to do it. Go online and request your absentee ballot.”
The total number is well over 200,000 after including counties like Jefferson and Kenton that started their sign-up process earlier.
 
The Governor reminded Kentuckians to please be patient with clerks, as they are working very hard to get ballots out.
For those who just registered to vote, it takes a couple of days for their registration to be processed and for them to show up in the system to apply.
 
More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD ABUSE CHARGES...

 
 
 
On Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 1:30pmET, Campbellsville Police responded to Taylor Regional Hospital in reference to possible child abuse involving a small child with burns. After an investigation, 21-year-old Tahj C. Martin of Campbellsville was arrested and charged with Criminal Abuse 1st degree (child 12 or under).
 
The investigating Officer is Det. Josh Coffey.
 

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COLUMBIA CITY HALL OPEN ON LIMITED BASIS STARTING JUNE 1ST

 
The City of Columbia will open to the public on a limited basis beginning Monday, June 1, 2020.
 
The following measures will be put in place:
  • The City Administrative Offices will be operating with 50% of staff. They will alternate days and work remotely. 
  • The front lobby will remain closed. All visitors are to come through the back entrance of city hall. This entrance is adjacent to the city parking lot and is handicapped accessible.
  • The city continues to encourage residents to call with issues; pay online or by telephone; and utilize the drop-off box for gas bills at the rear entrance.
  • The City has installed a partition that is at the entrance to the building. All visitors will be required to use social distancing from that point. It is recommended that you wear a mask upon entering the building. Only 33% of capacity will be allowed at a time into main area.
  • All city licensing, zoning issues, economic development, and others will be done on an appointment basis.

 

These measures are in accordance with the guidelines for COVID 19.

Pamela Hoots,
Mayor

 

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Gov. Beshear Announces More Than $5 Million in Grants to Kentucky Cities and Counties

 
In collaboration with the Department for Local Government, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday more than $5 million in grants to 6 local governments for water and sewer projects across Kentucky. Neighboring Edmonton and also Hart County were two of the governments to receive grants.
 
Edmonton
The City of Edmonton received $500,000 from ARC paired with $4.5 million in local funds for improvements to their water storage and distribution system. Edmonton experiences issues with water quality because of equipment malfunctions. The improvements will provide cleaner water to 11 businesses and 207 households.
 
Hart County
To expand an existing wastewater pre-treatment facility, Hart County received a combined $1.5 million from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant.
 
This expansion will greatly increase the capacity of the plant, which will aid in the announced expansions of T. Marzetti and Sister Schubert’s. Beyond improving its unique advantage at attracting businesses in the food industry, this project will create 72 jobs.
 
The other governments on the list to receive grants for water & sewer projects include: Manchester, Estill County, Perry County, and Lancaster. 
 

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Beshear Administration Authorizes Renewing Licenses, ID Cards Remotely

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 29, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear today announced an official order temporarily authorizing circuit court clerk offices to process expired driving credential renewals and replacement requests remotely.

 

The move is in keeping with Gov. Beshear’s emergency declaration related to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and Healthy at Work guidance meant to keep all Kentuckians healthy and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

 

“This order is the next right step to help clerks safely serve Kentuckians impacted by the office closures caused by the pandemic,” said Gov. Beshear. “The temporary measure will allow contactless service to help minimize crowding and help offices gradually return to full-service operations.”

 

Cardholders whose operator’s license, permit or identification card was lost or expired between March 1 and June 30, 2020, may apply with their local circuit court clerk to receive a new card in the mail. The order allows the remote application process to remain through July 31, 2020.

 

Applicants requesting a card renewal must not require any testing. Circuit court clerks in the applicant’s county of residence will administer the application process and mail the credential directly to the applicant. More information is available on the Administrative Office of the Courts COVID-19 web page.

 

The March emergency order is still in effect that extends the validity of cards by 90 days if the printed expiration date is March 18, 2020, or later.

 

“We’re driven to offer innovative solutions during this unprecedented time that provide Kentuckians safe options to maintain and renew credentials they rely on for more multiple uses,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray.

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has reopened the Frankfort regional licensing office to offer select in-person services for residents of any Kentucky county. REAL ID applications cannot be accepted through the mail due to strict federal security standards. Applicants may visit  realidky.com to schedule an appointment online and to learn more about the services offered. Walk-ins are welcome during office hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Click here to view the order.

 

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3 New COVID-19 Cases in Lake Cumberland District; No New Deaths


We report 3 new cases today, one in Adair, a 67-year-old female resident of the local nursing home; and 2 in Casey, a 35-year-old male and a 35-year-old female, both on home isolation. Case investigations and contact tracing have or is occurring, along with the issuing of appropriate isolation and quarantine orders. This means we presently have 9 active cases in our district. We are happy to report no new deaths or hospitalizations. We have released 187 cases from isolation (recovered). That equates to 85% having been released.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 221 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 9,187 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 118 Kentucky Counties as of 05/28/20 (this includes 9,184 statewide plus 3 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

Today we welcomed several members of the State’s Regional COVID-19 Response Team to our district. These employees will be embedded within our health departments and will support our response efforts.


We continue to provide guidance to businesses regarding re-opening compliance. We have also started working with school districts to help provide guidance for the next school year. Over the next few business days, we plan on hand-delivering business reopening guidance to all area businesses.


 

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AREA ARRESTS 5-29-20

 

Tammy Jones, 44, of Burkesville, KY was taken into custody by Officer Tweedy with the Burkesville Police Department and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail last night. Jones was charged with Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree, Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree, Violation of Court Order, and Resisting Arrest.

 

Randy Edwards, 18, of Edmonton, KY was arrested by Trooper Scott with Kentucky State Police yesterday afternoon. Edwards was charged with Wanton Endangerment-1st Degree and Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree (Motor Vehicle).

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Lake Cumberland State Resort Park & 3 other state parks will NOT be closing after all....

 

 

According to the Lake Cumberland State Park Facebook page earlier this week, the Park would close on June 1, 2020 to all park visitors. Lake Cumberland State Resort Park was one of 4 resort parks that was going to remain closed in order to provide housing for low acuity COVID-19 patients in the event of a resurgence of the coronavirus. However, in a letter to Governor BeShear, Senator Max Wise & Rep. Jeff Hoover said the move would "bankrupt the economy of south central Kentucky". Russell County Judge Exec. Gary D. Robertson has been working on this issue for weeks, trying to make sure the Park was not closed.
 
Gov. Beshear announced this afternoon that the Park will remain open......
 

 

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ADAIR COUNTY GOVT OFFICES OPENING JUNE 1ST

 

Adair County Government Offices will be opening back up for business on Monday, June 1, 2020 to in-person traffic.  There will be requirements that have to be met by employees as well as the constituents coming into the buildings:

 

  • Government agencies with office-based work is recommended to have no more than 33% occupational capacity of the facility and spread out across the building.
  • Government agencies should provide services and conduct business via phone or internet if possible.  Any business that can be done via phone/email should be.
  • Government offices and agencies should use digital rather than paper formats to the greatest extent practicable.
  • Social Distancing should always be utilized.  We will have lines on the floors to mark the 6ft distance between individuals and ask that everyone abide by the social distance guidelines.
  • Chairs in waiting areas will not be available except for emergencies only to reduce congregating. If you need a chair, please notify an employee of the office you are visiting for assistance.
  • Barriers (plexiglass shields) will be put in place to avoid direct face to face contact when possible between employees and constituents.
  • We will ensure areas are cleaned/sanitized through out the day with disinfectant. Please be advised these cleaning solutions are hard to find and diluted household BLEACH will be used in all buildings as a cleaning solution.
  • Employees and/or constituents are RECOMMENDED to wear a mask or face covering of some type.
  • Hand Sanitizer will be placed throughout our buildings for public use as available.

 

Many things can still be done by calling the appropriate office. Many things can be done via phone or in some cases an appointment can be made to conduct your business.

 

Judge Executive Gale Cowan       270-384-4703

Clerk Lisa Greer                            270-384-2801

PVA Landon Edwards                   270-384-3673

Sheriff Josh Brockman                  270-384-2776

Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin   270-384-3216

 

Jim Blair Recreation Center – Walking track ONLY will be open to the public on Monday, June 1, 2020. The ball field, playground area, and gymnasium will have a tentative opening date of June 29, 2020. This is per Governor Beshear’s recommendations. We are still at 10 or less on gatherings.

 

Adair County Recycling Center – We will attempt opening June 1, 2020 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30-3:00. Persons should stay inside your vehicle and our employees will unload for you. Please be advised we are still short staffed and do not have our work release inmates to help. 

 

Green River Animal Shelter -  Open to the public on June 1, 2020. 

 

Adair County Clerk’s Office – Clerk Lisa Greer will be putting out additional information regarding the upcoming election. She will also continue to have the dropbox located out in front of the building beside the Fedx and UPS boxes.

 

We ask that everyone please be patient with employees and staff.  We are having to make adjustments along with our constituents.  You will see several changes through out our facilities as we have plexiglass barriers in place in some areas.  We will provide hand sanitizer throughout our buildings. We will have areas marked for 6 ft social distancing.  Masks are recommended but not required for constituents in most areas.  But, be advised that any office holder may require a mask inside their office. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any office (numbers listed above).

 

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2 PEOPLE ARRESTED AFTER SUSPICIOUS PERSON COMPLAINT CALLED IN

 

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 3:15pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call of a suspicious male in the White Oak community of Adair County who was yelling at cars as they passed and had a hatchet in his hands. Sheriff Josh Brockman and Deputy Chandler Staten along with KSP Troopers responded to the area. Located in a church recreational area was a male and female who matched the descriptions given. It was believed the couple was under the influence of an intoxicating substance and were taken into custody. During the investigation, syringes, pills and methamphetamine were located.
 
Samantha Head, 30, of Shelby County, KY was arrested by Deputy Staten on the following charges:
  • Possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine)
  • Possesion of a controlled substance 3rd degree (drug unspecified)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia and
  • Public intoxication (excludes alcohol)

Donald Edwards, 44, of Jefferson County, KY was arrested for Public Intoxication.   
 
The investigation is continuing.
 

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DAIRY QUEEN EXCITED TO LOCATE IN COLUMBIA

 
The City of Columbia would like to give an update on the progress of the Dairy Queen that's coming to the community.
 
“We have been notified that the design will be Next Gen, and this will be the first of this particular design in the United States,” said Mayor Pamela Hoots.
 
Dairy Queen is planning on breaking ground within the next 2 months. “This is pending approval of permits and other necessary documentation necessary,” according to Mayor Hoots, who went on to say that "Dairy Queen is looking forward to being in Columbia."
 

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LCDHD REPORT: NO NEW COVID-19 CASES; NO NEW DEATHS

 

LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT HEALTH DEPT. REPORT FROM WED., MAY 27TH:

 

We are happy to report no new cases today and no new deaths or hospitalizations. We released one from self-isolation (recovered). We have now released 86% of our active cases.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 218 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 9,077 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 117 Kentucky Counties as of 05/27/20 (this includes 9,077 statewide plus 0 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

Today we held our weekly media/public live COVID-19 update via our YouTube Channel. You can watch the video there at https://www.youtube.com/c/LCDHDPublicHealth. Go to Videos > Uploads > Live Videos. Either this week or early next week we plan to hand-deliver current guidance to all businesses to ensure compliance.

 

 

 

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ALBANY WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES


An Albany woman was lodged into the Adair County Regional Jail on drug charges Wednesday.

 

29-year-old Seairra Parrish was taken into custody by Burkesville Police just before midnight on charges of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 27, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“We are going to get through this together because no matter what this virus or anybody else throws at us, we are strong enough, we are united and we are ready to do what it takes,” the Governor said. “This is perhaps one of the most important moments that we will ever face, one of the biggest challenges that we will ever have to rise to. It’s one where we are fighting for the lives of so many and we are rewriting history about how we respond.”
 
Gov. Beshear and other officials also offered updates about the Team Kentucky Fund, a reorganization of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission and the use of masks.
 
Team Kentucky Fund
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman highlighted the Team Kentucky Fund Assistance application, which was launched a week and a half ago. She said the site already has received more than 1,900 applications for assistance.
 
She said the funds are available to those who have been financially burdened through job loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“The COVID-19 outbreak has caused its own unique set of issues, but what it has also done is exacerbate issues that we know already exist,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “As a rural Kentuckian, I can speak to those from experience, because I know that in lots of places in Kentucky there is not adequate job opportunity for many people. We struggle with health care and infrastructure and internet access in some areas. And what we’ve seen with this fund is that those disparities are showing up in our application process as well.”
 
The Lieutenant Governor urged people in Breathitt, Fleming, Harlan, Knott, Knox, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Mason and Wolfe counties to participate in greater numbers.
 
Lt. Gov. Coleman said Kentucky’s Community Action Agencies will disburse the money regionally, acting as the “hands and feet” of the Team Kentucky Fund, reaching into communities across the commonwealth.
 
The Team Kentucky Fund currently has raised more than $3.1 million. To access an application, click here.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 27, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 9,077 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 127 of which were newly confirmed Wednesday.
 
“Our numbers suggest again today that we are no longer in a plateau, but on a decline,” the Governor said.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported six new deaths Wednesday, raising the total to 400 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
“In Kentucky, we’ve now lost 400 of our own to this pandemic,” the Governor said. “Without all our actions, without heroic actions, would it have been a heck of a lot worse? Yes. But let’s all acknowledge that losing 400 people to anything, at any time, for any reason isn’t OK. It’s just not.”
 
The deaths reported Wednesday include a 71-year-old man and a 97-year-old woman from Boone County; a 78-year-old man from Hopkins County; two men, ages 77 and 79, from Jefferson County; and an 80-year-old man from Oldham County.
 
At least 3,124 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Executive Branch Ethics Commission
Gov. Beshear announced Wednesday that he is reorganizing the Executive Branch Ethics Commission in order to strengthen its mission.
 
“Today, I’ve taken a step to try to restore the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to what it should be,” the Governor said. “As of today, the Commission will no longer be five individuals directly appointed by the governor with no input from others. I am appointing three members, and the other two members will come from a list of nominees from the attorney general and a list of nominees from the state auditor. This is very easy. It’s the right thing to do. I am beyond politics and want to move this state in a better direction.”
 
The goal of the changes will be to increase the strength and independence of the Ethics Commission and the integrity of state governance.
 
Gov. Beshear noted that he was restoring two positions that provide wider participation. He said that in 2008, former Gov. Steve Beshear made two appointments to the Ethics Commission from recommendations by the Kentucky attorney general and auditor of public accounts. In 2016, former Gov. Matt Bevin rescinded those appointments and appointed all new members without recommendations. 
 
The Governor appointed Crit Luallen, David Karem and Roger Crittenden. To view Gov. Beshear’s executive order on the reorganization, click here.
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear continued to urge Kentuckians to get tested for COVID-19.
 
Information on how to register at sites throughout the commonwealth visit http://kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
Absentee Ballot Application Portal online
Gov. Beshear is encouraging all voters to use a new Absentee Ballot Application Portal now available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in next month’s primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot.
 

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Columbia, KY Named One of Top 10 in America's Main Street Contest

 
According to the website, “these Main Streets represent the best in the country but only one will be chosen as the Grand Prize Winner.”
 
Others in the top 10 include: Chattahoochee, Florida; Bedford, Pennsylvania; Emporia, Kansas; Hope, Arkansas; Homer, Louisiana; Macon, Georgia; Osborne, Kansas; Snohomish, Washington; and Sykesville, Maryland.
 
The contest is sponsored through "Independent We Stand", which states it is to inspire small business owners to discover their local roots and to help consumers understand the importance of supporting them.
 
Columbia, Kentucky was the only one in the state in the quarterfinals and is the only one in the state in the top 10 semifinals.
 
Mayor Pamela Hoots says "We appreciate the support of the community”.
 
The contest will conclude next week.
 

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Wise, Hoover ask Governor to Develop Alternative to Closing Lake Cumberland State Park

 

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will be closing on June 1, 2020 to all park visitors. According to the Park's Facebook page, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park is one of 4 resort parks remaining closed to provide housing for low acuity COVID-19 patients in the event of a resurgence of the corona virus in Kentucky. This decision will be re-evaluated based on the commonwealth’s needs. All areas of Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, including Rowena Landing Restaurant, the campground, trails, and picnic areas will be closed to the public during this time. The State Dock Marina and access road will remain open.

 

State Senator Max Wise & Rep. Jeff Hoover say this move will "bankrupt the economy of south central Kentucky".
 

The potential impact of the Beshear administration’s plans to close Lake Cumberland State Park has Senator Max Wise and Representative Jeff Hoover asking the Governor to reconsider and evaluate alternatives.
 
Wise and Hoover sent a letter to the Governor and Mike Berry, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet this morning, citing the “significant negative impact on a community that has been struggling to recover from the state’s need to lower the water in the lake just a few years ago.”
 
The letter also stresses that “the execution of this plan will in effect bankrupt the economy of south central Kentucky.”
 
Here's a copy of the letter.... 
 

 

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SPECIAL MEMORIAL AT SUMMIT MANOR

 
Signature HealthCARE at Summit Manor will be holding a special Memorial Service for our beloved staff member who passed away late last month. The memorial will take place outside the Summit Manor facility on Thursday, May 28th, 2020 at 10:00amCT. The memorial will involve the Summit Manor staff and Signature HealthCARE corporate personnel. The Summit Manor staff is asking that the community show their support by passing by in their vehicles and honking their horns at 9:50amCT in a show of solidarity and remembrance of the sacrifice and love that was a part of our staff members life and calling. The memorial and small prayer service will be held afterward. While we are inviting the local media, we respectfully ask that our staff, facility, and those taking part be respected. Signature staff will not be making any comments and media is not permitted on the property. However, much of the memorial will be taking place off property.
 
Again, we appreciate your time and consideration of this special event.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ann Bowdan Wilder
Media/PR/Communications Manager
Signature HealthCARE Company
 

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OP-ED by KY Lt. Gov.: Commitment to be Good Teammates

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 27, 2020) – As part of Team Kentucky, Andy Beshear and I made a commitment to be good teammates to our fellow Kentuckians, to end the divisive political rhetoric and verbal attacks by demonstrating the compassion, empathy and leadership we believe they deserve. 
 
I wanted to govern with Andy because I believed he would deliver on the promise of unity, people over politics and civil discourse during his time as governor.
 
Six months into our first term (half of which we have spent fighting a global health pandemic) he has made good on that promise repeatedly.
 
Even when baited toward divisiveness, he has fulfilled his promise to stay above the fray. That takes courage, conviction and leadership. 
 
The vast majority of Kentuckians, whether they voted for us or not, appreciate that about him, too. I know that to be true because more people than I can count have told me just that. 
 
But over the last few weeks, Kentucky’s beautiful Capitol grounds, a place for all Kentuckians, was used as a stage for the politics of hatred that represents a loud minority of our people. Offensive, hateful images and words have found their way from the margins to the mainstream. This is unacceptable.
 
Let me be very clear. 
 
To the folks who rallied and protested the decisions of elected officials with which you do not approve: While I disagree with your sentiments, I support your right to protest. To be heard.
 
However, there is a key component of liberty that has been lost – your rights end where another individual’s rights begin.
 
I cannot believe I have to utter these words, but storming the home where a 9- and 10-year-old live, wielding firearms and antagonizing their father to come outside crosses that line. Hanging an effigy crosses that line.
 
Disagree with government officials all you want, but leave their homes and families alone.
 
To the elected officials who attended these rallies and egged on the effigy-hanging crowd: It’s not enough after fanning the flames of hatred and political divisiveness to simply make a social media statement condemning the consequences of your rhetoric. Your role in driving this narrative cannot be denied. 
 
These are uncertain times. People are scared. And now, more than ever, they need leaders who protect their families, not prey on their fears.
 
As Lieutenant Governor, I have been privy to conversations and deliberations that have taken place during an unprecedented era in our history. So I can assure you of this: Gov. Beshear has weighed every difficult decision as if every Kentucky family was his own. That is the epitome of being a good teammate.
 
I challenge you to be a good teammate and join us on Team Kentucky. Deny the partisans that seek to divide and intimidate. That is how we get through this, together.
 
Being a good teammate – on Team Kentucky, or otherwise – does not require conformity. But it does call for accountability. Being a good teammate means that, when you disagree, you do so civilly so that you can continue to work together in the areas where you are able to find common ground.
 
Being a good teammate requires the courage and conviction to choose your words wisely and to live by them. We could all use a little more of that these days.
 
– Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman
 

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WAYS TO VOTE IN 2020; JUNE 23 IS ELECTION DAY

 
 
According to Kentucky Secretary of State Mike Adams, you will have four choices in how to vote....
 
  1. In-person on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 6:00am-6:00pm - Location TBA
  2. Early In-person June 8-22. Please call the Clerk's office and make an appointment. Russell Co. 270-343-2125; Adair Co. 270-384-2801.
  3. Absentee, In-person - Go to http://govoteky.com,  click the absentee ballot request button and verify your identity by providing your information. Your ballot will be mailed to you. Once you have filled out your ballot, you can deliver it personally to the Clerk's office.
  4. By Mail with paid postage.


Secretary of State Adams stated that ABSENTEE ballot is preferred because it's easier for poll workers and shows consideration. He also encourages everyone to visit the website http://govoteky.com instead of calling the Clerk's office.  Most questions can be answered by visiting this website.

  
IMPORTANT DATES: 
  • May 26 was the last day to register to vote
  • June 1 - Counties can start processing absentee ballots
  • June 8 - Statewide early in-person voting begins.  Call the Clerk's office to make an appointment.
  • June 15 - Last day to request an absentee ballot.  
  • June 22 - Last day for early in-person voting
  • JUNE 23 - ELECTION DAY 
  • June 30 - Clerks will have a week to count, certify and submit to the Secretary of State

 

Absentee ballots will be accepted until June 27, but they MUST have a postmark of June 23rd or earlier. He also asks for patience on the results of races until all ballots are counted. 

 

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Taylor Co. Man Arrested after Passing Out Behind the Wheel

 

On Monday, May 25, 2020 at 7:40pmET, Campbellsville Police received a call of a motorist passed out behind the wheel on South Columbia Avenue. Officer Josh Patrick, with the assistance of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, located the vehicle in question at Marathon on South Columbia Avenue.
 
After an investigation, 38-year-old Nathan L. Edwards of Greensburg, KY was arrested and charged with DUI 1st offense, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Cocaine). Edwards was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 
 

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3 New COVID-19 Cases in Lake Cumberland District; No New Deaths

 
Lake Cumberland District Health Dept. report...
 
We report 3 new cases today: 2 from Pulaski: an 81-year-old female who is hospitalized and a 75-year-old female on home isolation; and a 52-year-old female healthcare worker from Russell on home isolation. There were no new deaths. We released 5 from isolation (recovered), leaving us with 7 active cases in our district. 85% of our total active cases have recovered.
 
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 218 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 8,954 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 117 Kentucky Counties as of 05/26/20 (this includes 8,951 statewide plus 3 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
 
Over the holiday weekend, there were a good number of people and businesses complying with safety guidelines. However, there were reports of quite a few people not wearing masks in businesses, employees, and customers; and, several gatherings that exceeded the limit of ten.  If you want to protect yourself and your family, remember, avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk. Wash your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly; wear a mask when out in public; stay home if you have a fever or are coughing; increase sanitation, and avoid touching your face to further reduce your risk.
 
 

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ADAIR FISCAL COURT MEETING RECAP

 

The Adair County Fiscal Court held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon. Jim Lieb with WAVE NEWS spoke with County Judge Gayle Cowan following the meeting... 

 

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FREE COVID-19 TESTING IN RUSSELL CO. MAY 28TH

 

Russell County Hospital in partnership with Russell County Emergency Management, Russell County Fiscal Court and the Lake Cumberland District Health Department is providing Free COVID 19 Testing.
 
  • Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020
  • Time: 10am-2pmCT
  • Location: Family Practice Associates of Russell County, 124 Dowell Rd., Russell Springs (Medical Arts Bldg.)
 
Results should be received within 48-72 hours and will be provided by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department .
 

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Gov. Beshear Provides Update on Fight Against COVID-19

 

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“We are going to get through this together because we are strong, we are resilient, and for the most part over this Memorial Day weekend, we showed that we can continue to do the right thing,” said Gov. Beshear. “Even with the ability to see more people, we know that COVID-19 is still out there, it’s still deadly, it’s still dangerous, but if we can take the Healthy at Work precautions and put those in our muscle memory, we can successfully reopen our economy.”
 
Gov. Beshear also offered updates about a weekend protest at the Capitol, the need continued social distancing and efforts to address an outbreak at a Jefferson County facility.
 
Capitol protest
Gov. Beshear addressed a weekend protest at the Capitol that garnered national attention when a small group marched onto the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion and hung an effigy in a nearby tree.
 
The Governor talked about the decision to move his family to Frankfort, the first governor’s family – kids and all – to do so in over 30 years.
 
“I worried about a number of things. How would living in the community – with their dad as governor – affect my kids?
 
What would it feel like to live in a house where people toured several days each week?” Gov. Beshear said. “One thing I never thought about, never questioned, was their personal safety. While I worried kids might be mean to them from time to time, I did not consider they might be bullied or heckled by adults.”
 
The Governor noted that his administration had offered the demonstrators a drive-up protesting permit but the organizers declined. He described how a right-wing militia group marched onto the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion.
 
“And there, just a windowpane away from where my kids often played, they chanted and heckled,” Gov. Beshear said. “While they were thankfully not there, I want to remind you my kids are 9- and 10-years old.”
 
The Governor called out the members of the group for engaging in acts meant to intimidate as well as politicians and officeholders who have encouraged them.
 
“You cannot fan the flames and condemn the fire,” he said.
 
Gov. Beshear said he would remain undaunted.
 
“I owe it to the people of Kentucky to not bow to terror, but keep doing what’s right for our citizens,” the Governor said. “Living my faith means I have to face adversity without losing my values.”
 
Resiliency urged 
Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack talked about the need to continue to follow social distancing rules and to use masks.
 
“There is no doubt that this infection has taken a horrible toll on humanity, and it will continue to take a toll until we have a vaccine or effective treatment. Until then, we’re left with old-school, old-fashioned public health measures which we know work, but are difficult to implement because they require us to make sacrifices,” Dr. Stack said. “Nobody likes wearing masks, including me. But it’s important that we wear them. The evidence is absolutely overwhelmingly clear that a small number of large events or a small number of large gatherings with one or two infected folks spread this thing like wildfire.”
Facility outbreak
 
Secretary Eric Friedlander of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services provided an update on efforts to address a coronavirus outbreak at a Jefferson County facility.
 
Gov. Beshear is closely monitoring the situation at Nazareth Home Clifton, along with Secretary Friedlander and Dr. Stack. State agencies are working with facility operators and Louisville Metro to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the residents and staff there.
 
“Long-term care facilities across the world, across the nation and across this state have been and will continue to be a challenge. So we’ve started aggressive testing. We’ve tested over 11,000 staff and residents in facilities across Kentucky. This weekend, we tested an entire facility, Nazareth Clifton, in Louisville. We had many positives, 39 residents and 20 staff,” said Secretary Friedlander. “Over time, it became clear that facility was going to have a hard time finding enough [healthy] staff to take care of all residents, so we began an aggressive plan to transfer COVID-19 positive residents out to local hospitals. We were able to transfer those residents into the hospitals successfully and stabilize that facility. We made sure we were making the right decisions for everyone there, both staff and residents.”
 
Case information
As of 4:00pmCT on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Gov. Beshear said there were at least 8,951 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 387 of which were newly confirmed through the Memorial Day weekend. That included 141 cases reported Sunday, 122 cases reported Monday and 117 cases reported Tuesday.
 
“These are some of the lowest daily numbers we have seen,” the Governor said. “But that is fragile, and with a disease that can so easily spread we have to want and put into action our desire to see that downward movement.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported three new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 394 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

“Let’s remember, every death is tragic,” said Gov. Beshear. “Three new families, and 394 families total are still grieving. We’ll be turning our green lights back on at the Mansion on that same front porch. We show compassion there, not anger. We show love there, not hate.”

The deaths reported Tuesday include an 85-year-old woman from Adair County, a 63-year-old man from Allen County and a 72-year-old woman from Jefferson County.
 
At least 3,115 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear continued to encourage Kentuckians to get tested for COVID-19.
 
The recommended per capita testing rate is 100 per 100,000. In the seven days ending Tuesday, the daily average of Kentuckians tested per 100,000 residents was significantly higher at 138.
 
Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
Absentee Ballot Application Portal online
Gov. Beshear is encouraging all voters to use a new Absentee Ballot Application Portal now available online. A link to the State Board of Elections’ portal can be found at govoteky.com. He urged everyone who plans to vote in next month’s primary elections to go to the portal and request an absentee mail-in ballot.
 
More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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GOVERNOR RESPONDS TO PROTESTERS EFFIGY

 
Gov. Andy Beshear said today that protesters who hung an effigy of him were trying to use “fear and terror” to force their will on others. The Governor referred to the protesters as a mob and said he would not back down....
 
The effigy was hung in a tree near the State Capitol on Sunday during what was billed as a protest rally in defense of constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms.

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3 RUSSELL CO. MEN ARRESTED AFTER SCUFFLE BREAKS OUT

 

According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, on Saturday evening, May 23, 2020 Deputy Nathan Ginn went to 92 G. Cain Road off Hwy 76 on an investigation and was trying to talk with 28-year-old John Johnson when a scuffle broke out.
 
Johnson, 25-year-old Jimmy D. Oakes, and 43-year-old James Oakes were all arrested for Interfering with a Police Investigation, Assault 3rd degree, Menacing, and Resisting Arrest. Constable Kenny Luttrell also added additional charges on James Oakes.
 
The case remains under investigation and more charges could be forthcoming when this case is presented to a Russell County Grand Jury. 
 
Deputy Ginn was assisted at the scene by other members of the sheriffs office, RSPD Officer Nathan Antle and Constable Kenny Luttrell. 
 

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VEHICLE FIRE MON NIGHT IN JAMESTOWN...

 

The Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched out just after 11 PM Monday night to a vehicle fire. 

 

The department responded to a report of a car fire on the 127 Bypass. The car was owned by Bryan Kerr of Jamestown. First units on scene found the vehicle fully engulfed. Firefighters were on scene for about an hour, they were assisted by Jamestown PD and Russell County Sheriffs Office.

 

According to Fire Chief Jeff Landers, no injuries were reported from the blaze. 

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Lindsey Wilson College Announces Plans to Reopen for Fall 2020 Semester


COLUMBIA, KY. -- Lindsey Wilson College will resume in-person instruction and reopen residence halls for the academic year 2020-21 according to a statement from LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., on Friday. The announcement comes three months before the scheduled date for students to move back to the dorms in August. 

 

“I have assembled a team of faculty, staff, students and trustees to gain as much input as possible in arriving at this decision to open safely. The advisory team includes physicians, attorneys, higher education leaders, public relations executives, business leaders and community health professionals. In addition, I have had calls in the last week with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Paul, Congressman Rogers and Congressman Yarmuth to receive the benefit of their counsel. Our number one concern has been and will continue to be the safety of our Lindsey Wilson College family including our students, staff and faculty as well as the quality of the education we are able to provide. 

 

While our accreditor, SACSCOC, has authorized the College to deliver our courses in an online format since 2010, we know that our distinctive differentiator is having that gifted faculty member interacting personally with each student in their classroom. It is this small, intimate classroom experience that has served the College so well since 1903 and made the transition to online delivery so seamless when classes were necessarily moved to an online format for the spring semester. 

 

“The College is developing detailed plans for a safe return. We have placed an order for PPE equipment that includes 17,000 masks, more than six dozen infrared thermometers, as well as gowns, gloves and hand sanitizer. 

 

“We will provide further details and will adjust accordingly as the situation improves or worsens. As of today, there remains no known cases of COVID-19 at Lindsey Wilson among its faculty, staff or students. However, we have conducted extensive scenario planning and are prepared to adapt to any changing situation. In the meantime, students should be ready to return to campus and their beloved LWC!”

 

Campus leaders say protocols will be put in place for individuals who are at risk and will allow them to study or work from home. 

 

For new incoming students enrollment deadlines have been extended. In addition, precautionary measures will be in place for campus visits and new student orientation will proceed virtually.

 

For more information about the 2020 fall semester at LWC, admissions or registration please contact LWC Office of Admissions at 1-800-264-0138 or email info@lindsey.edu.

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Early Morning Adair County Traffic Stop results in Felony Drug Charges


On Monday, May 25, 2020 at 12:38amCT, Adair County K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin  initiated a traffic stop on a 1998 Ford passenger car for a traffic violation. The operator was identified as 29-year-old Josh Wooten from Elk Horn in Taylor County, KY. Deputy Durbin suspected illegal narcotics were in the vehicle and deployed k-9 Nitro to do a walk around the vehicle. Nitro displayed positive hit indicators for the scent of narcotics in the auto. As a result, a search of vehicle was conducted and methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was located.

 
Wooten was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on the following charges:
  • Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree methamphetamine 
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia 
  • Operating on a suspended License 
  • Failure to produce Insurance Card 
  • Improper Registration Plates and
  • 3 Outstanding Warrants of Arrest served for Taylor District Court. 

The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation and was assisted by the Columbia Police Department.
 

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ELECTION INFO...

Today is the final day to register to vote in the Primary 2020 Election.

 

You can do so online at elect.ky.gov

If you have any questions you can contact Russell County Clerk Sue Popplewell Brockman at 270-343-2125 and in Adair County, Clerk  Lisa Greer at 270-384-2801.

 

Tuesday, June 2nd at 4 p.m. is the deadline for candidates needing to file for the November General Election which includes the offices of Soil Conservation Positions, School Board Positions and City Council.

 

This year, the state has expanded absentee voting as part of its response to the corona virus…

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LCDHD REPORT SUNDAY MAY 24TH

 

There are no new cases to report today. We released one from isolation (recovered), leaving us with 9 active cases in our district.
 
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 215 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 8,571 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 117 Kentucky Counties as of 05/24/20 (this includes 8,571 statewide plus 0 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
 
As everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend, don’t forget that you can have and be spreading COVID-19 without even knowing you’re sick. Please don’t become complacent. Avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk. Wash your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly; wear a mask when out in public; stay home if you have a fever or are coughing; increase sanitation, and avoid touching your face to further reduce your risk.
 
 

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MOWING SEASON UNDERWAY IN KYTC DISTRICT 8

 

By Amber Hale
 
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 advises motorists that roadside mowing season is underway, which runs from May to October. State and contract crews will complete three mowing cycles, including litter removal on interstates, parkways and other primary routes throughout the state.
 
KYTC officials ask Kentuckians to do their part by keeping the state right of way clear of temporary signs and other obstacles that can obstruct the path of mowers and pose a hazard for mowing crews and motorists.
 
Kentucky law and Transportation Cabinet policy prohibit the placement of non-official signs of any type - for campaigns, yard sales or other advertising - on state highway right of way, utility poles, fences and guardrails or on road signs. Depending on size and construction, illegally placed signs are a distraction and can be a safety issue for motorists when blocking the view of oncoming vehicles.
 
Illegally-placed signs also can disrupt or endanger right-of-way operations such as mowing, ditch cleaning and litter removal, and can pose a direct safety hazard to motorists who run off the roadway - particularly when installed with large wooden or metal stakes.
 
Campaign signs and other signs placed on state right of way that restrict sight distance or interfere with mowing and maintenance operations will be removed by KYTC crews. Signs that are removed will be held at the state highway garage in each county of KYTC District 8 and kept for two weeks. Unclaimed signs will be discarded.
 
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks that motorists use extra caution when traveling through these work zones.
 

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BARN DESTROYED BY FIRE IN ADAIR CO. ON SATURDAY

 
The Adair County Fire Department responded to a barn fire on Saturday morning at 9:58amCT at 388 Amon Spoon Road, Upon arrival, the barn was completely engulfed in flames and was a total loss. The barn was owned by Kenny Redmon. There were 17 firefighters on the scene for an hour and 15 minutes.  
 

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LCDHD MAY 23RD REPORT: ANOTHER COVID-19 DEATH; VIRUS BELIEVED TO BE WIDESPREAD

 
According to a report released Saturday, May 23, 2020 by the Lake Cumberland District Health Dept., there's been another COVID-19 death, an 85-year-old female from Adair County who was a Summit Manor Nursing Home resident who had been released from isolation (was disease-free), but later succumbed to lingering complications from the disease. The report says 5 people have been released from home-isolation (meaning they have recovered), and 84% of the total confirmed cases have recovered.
 
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 215 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 8,571 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 117 Kentucky Counties as of 05/23/20 (this includes 8,571 statewide plus 0 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
 
It is being reported from all around our district that there are many people out and about, a significant number of whom are wearing masks. Don’t forget that you can have and be spreading COVID-19 without even knowing you’re sick. Please don’t become complacent. Avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk, wash your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly. wear a mask when out in public, stay home if you have a fever or are coughing, increase sanitation, and avoid touching your face to further reduce your risk.
 
 

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Gov. Beshear: Be Safe this Memorial Day Weekend

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 23, 2020) – Over the Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“I am urging Kentuckians to please be safe this weekend,” Gov. Beshear said. “As we recover, we are depending on Kentuckians to take the steps necessary to protect one another this weekend and every day and weekend moving forward.”
 
Memorial Day weekend
This week, the Governor constantly reminded Kentuckians to be safe while they take time to honor those who have sacrificed much for our country. The Governor and state health officials are asking all Kentuckians to keep gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
 
Other guidance includes wearing masks, maintaining social distancing of six feet or more, gathering outside instead of inside, washing hands frequently and covering food and individually wrapping plates.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 23, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 8,571 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 148 of which were newly confirmed Saturday.
 
Fortunately, Gov. Beshear reported no new deaths Saturday. The total number of Kentuckians lost to the virus remains 391.
 
“For only the second time in about a month and a half, we have zero new deaths to report,” said Gov. Beshear.
 
At least 3,102 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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ADAIR CO MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF METH AFTER SEARCH OF VEHICLE


On Saturday morning, CPD Officers located suspected methamphetamine during a vehicle search on Hudson Street at FiveStar. Two arrests subsequently followed.


Nathan Curry, 38, of Columbia has been charged with Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in Vehicle as well as Possession of Methamphetamine.

Passenger, Alisha Stotts, 23, of Columbia was also taken into custody on a child support warrant where she later was able to post bond. 

Officer Evan Burton was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Adam Cravens.
 

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LCDHD: NO NEW COVID-19 DEATHS ON FRIDAY; ONE NEW CASE IN TAYLOR CO.

 

 

 

LCDHD REPORT FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020
 
Today we report no new deaths. We released one from home-isolation (recovered), so 82% of our total confirmed cases have recovered. We are reporting one new case: a 59-year-old female from Taylor.
 
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 215 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 8,428 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 117 Kentucky Counties as of 05/22/20 (this includes 8,426 statewide plus 2 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
 
Please be safe over your holiday weekend. Remember, avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk. Wash your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly; wear a mask when out in public; stay home if you have a fever or are coughing; increase sanitation, and avoid touching your face to further reduce your risk.
 
 

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COLUMBIA MAN FLOWN TO LEXINGTON HOSPITAL AFTER AN ASSAULT; ANOTHER MAN ARRESTED


CPD Officers responded to Lancaster Drive in Columbia, KY on Friday night after a reported assault was called in that originated on Bomar Heights. Officers and Adair EMS responded and spoke with a male victim who resides in an apartment on Bomar Heights who was able to name and identify his attacker. 


Some time later the alleged attacker, 47-year-old Donnie Campbell of Louisville, was found on Pine Tree Street at a residence where a female has a current protection order in place against him. Campbell was initially placed into custody for Violation of the Emergency Protection Order. After investigating the scene and interviewing parties Campbell was also charged with Assault 1st degree (a Class B felony).

The male victim was transported to the UK Hospital in Lexington by ambulance. As of this morning (Saturday), he is listed in stable condition. The victim was unable to be flown out due to foggy weather. 
 
Officer Kevin Atwood is the investigating Officer. He was assisted by CPD Officers Jordan Dean and Trevor Foster along with Adair County Deputy Justin Cross. The investigation is ongoing.
 

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CAMPBELLSVILLE COUPLE ARRESTED FOR CHILD ABUSE

 
In October 2019 Campbellsville Police, with the assistance of Child Protective Services, opened an investigation after receiving a call from Taylor Regional Hospital of possible child abuse. After a lengthy investigation, 26-year-old Robert Adkins and 21-year-old Ursula Adkins of Campbellsville were indicted by the Taylor County Grand Jury this past March. On Wednesday, May 20th both Robert and Ursula Adkins were arrested by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office on the outstanding Grand Jury Indictment warrants.  
 
Robert Adkins was charged with Criminal Abuse 1st degree (child 12 or under), Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, and Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree. Ursula Adkins was charged with: Criminal Abuse 1st degree (child 12 or under) and Wanton Endangerment 1st degree. Both were lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 
Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department 
 
Investigating Officer: Det. Nelson Bishop
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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No New COVID-19 Deaths in Lake Cumberland District; 4 New Cases

 
Lake Cumberland District Health Dept. report on Thursday, May 21, 2020...
 
Today we report no new deaths. We released 7 from home-isolation (recovered), so 82% of our total confirmed cases have recovered. We are also happy we only have 2 in the hospital right now. We are reporting 4 new cases: a 66-year-old male from Adair indirectly related to the nursing home in Adair County; a 60-year-old male, a 65-year-old female, and a 70-year-old male in Pulaski.
 
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 214 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 8,290 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 117 Kentucky Counties as of 05/21/20 (this includes 8,286 statewide plus 4 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
 
In a recently published study by the Harvard Medical School (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2766121), it was concluded that COVID-19 has already proven to be many more times devastating than a normal flu season. This has happened despite a global economic shut-down and the implementation of social distancing, measures not taken during flu season.
 
Even in New York, one of the hardest hit areas in the U.S., it is only estimated that 20% or less of the population may have already had COVID-19. That means 80% has not. So, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk. Wash your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly; wear a mask when out in public; stay home if you have a fever or are coughing; increase sanitation, and avoid touching your face to further reduce your risk.
 
 

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2 RUSSELL CO. MEN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGES....

 

2 people were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on Assault Charges Thursday night.

 

  • Robert Bledsoe, 70, of Russell Springs was taken into custody by Officer Justice with the Russell Springs Police Department just after 8pm last evening. Bledsoe was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence; no Visible Injuries) and Resisting Arrest.

 

  • Tony Russell, 52, of Jamestown was taken into custody by KSP Trooper Brumley and charged with Assault, 4th (Domestic Violence) Minor Injuries and Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO.   

 

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ADAIR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RECAP...

 

The Adair County School Board met last night for the May regular monthly meeting. Jim Lieb spoke with Superintendent Stephens following the meeting…

 

 

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JAMESTOWN CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP

 

City leaders of Jamestown met Thursday evening for their regular monthly meeting. Mayor Nick Shearer spoke to WAVE NEWS after the meeting about what took place... 

 

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Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on Progress Fighting COVID-19

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 21, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday updated Kentuckians on guidelines for reopening safely as the state battles the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“We’re going to get through this together because just like Healthy at Home, we’re going to be Healthy at Work in a way where we’re are going to do this better that just about anybody else out there,” the Governor said.
 
Case information
As of 4:00pmCT on Thursday, May 21st, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 8,236 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 135 of which were newly confirmed Thursday.
 
“We may be more than just plateaued, we may be in true reduction in what we’re seeing about the spread,” said Gov. Beshear. “Where we are now compared to where we were even three weeks ago is a much better place.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 10 new deaths Thursday, raising the total to 386 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
Gov. Beshear said, “Ten more individuals. Ten more than we wanted to lose. Let’s make sure we’re thinking about them and their families tonight.”
 
The deaths reported Thursday include a 93-year-old woman from Jackson County, a 62-year-old man from Fayette County, 73-year-old woman from Adair County, a 72-year-old man from Simpson County, two 56-year-old women from Warren County, an 81-year-old man and an 86-year-old woman from Oldham County, and 69- and 78-year-old men from Jefferson County.
 
At least 3,008 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Child care reopening
Today, Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Eric Friedlander announced that on June 8, in-home child care programs can open. On June 15, center-based licensed child care programs can reopen to all families.
 
“Today is a day of really good news for many people. Child care is one of the areas we know is critical to reopening the economy. It is critical to parents and has been critical to our essential workers,” said Sec. Friedlander. “It’s always a balance between protecting ourselves and our families and going to back to being Healthy at Work.”
 
The maximum group size will be 10 children per group. Children will remain in the same groups all day and staff will be assigned to the same children each day to reduce exposure. All adults must wear a face mask while in any child care program (in-home or center-based). Children 5 or younger should not wear masks, but older children may wear masks as they are able.
 
Programs should stagger playground time, eliminate center-wide family events, eliminate field trips and use centralized drop-off/pick-up locations to eliminate unnecessary traffic to classrooms and reduce exposure.
 
Sec. Friedlander also highlighted support for providers. All programs – in-home and center-based – will receive additional funding for cleaning and PPE supplies. Continued assistance will be available from state personnel and resources.
 
Click to see the complete guidance for in-home child care and center-based child care.
 
Healthy at Work
Today, the Governor also announced auctions could be held starting June 1. Horse shows can be held again starting on June 8. Bars, gatherings with 50 people or fewer and venues that hold 50 people or fewer can reopen June 29 if they meet guidelines.
 
Businesses that are opening May 22 at 33% capacity can expand to 50% capacity a month later, on June 22, if they meet the guidelines.
 
“Based on the numbers we are seeing right now, we think we will be responsible and that we can hit it at that time,” said Gov. Beshear. “It all depends on how good we do at being Healthy at Work.”  
 
For more information on the Healthy at Work timeline and industry requirements, click here: https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work.
 
Kentucky students eligible for new emergency food benefits
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and the Kentucky Department of Education are partnering to provide food assistance to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.
 
Beginning May 23, Kentucky families with students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school may get financial assistance to replace those meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
 
“These parents will be provided some additional benefits so they can use that to feed their children so that they don’t go hungry because they’re missing meals at school,” said CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander. “When you apply for these benefits, it’s not just you as the individual that benefits. It’s your grocers, it’s your local businesses, it is the entire food system in Kentucky that benefits.”  
 
Families who already receive assistance can receive P-EBT in addition to other benefits their household may get. Children who already receive SNAP, Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program assistance, Kinship Care or Medicaid will automatically receive P-EBT on their EBT cards and do not need to apply separately. P-EBT benefits will be added to existing EBT cards no later than May 28. Families of all other children must complete a short online application and will be mailed an EBT card with instructions on how to activate and use their card. Apply or get information from June 2 through June 30 at www.benefind.ky.gov or 855-306-8959.
 
Students who became eligible for free or reduced lunch after March 13 are eligible for P-EBT. For more information, click here: https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=CHFS&prId=273
 
Memorial Day Weekend
Keeping safe while celebrating together is crucial as we enter the traditional start of the summer season. Gov. Beshear and state health officials are asking all Kentuckians to keep gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
 
“We’ve done a wonderful job coming together and showing our care and concern for each other in Kentucky,” said Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack. “The works not over, and if we take our eye off the ball, in June or July, we’ll have the very problem we’ve averted so far.”
 
Other guidance includes wearing masks, maintaining social distancing of six feet or more, gathering outside instead of inside, washing hands frequently and covering food and individually wrapping plates.
 
Testing expansion
On Thursday, Gov. Beshear continued to encourage Kentuckians to get tested for COVID-19. Kentucky’s testing capacity now exceeds the daily average recommended by the White House to safely begin reopening the economy.
 
The recommended per capita testing rate is 100 per 100,000. In the seven days ending Tuesday, the daily average of Kentuckians tested per 100,000 residents was significantly higher at 138.
 
Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 

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ADAIR CO. SCHOOL DIST. OFFERING "MEALS TO YOU" PROGRAM

 

With Meals-to-You, eligible families get a Meals-to-You box delivered to their home for each of their students during school closure periods. Most boxes will include 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches/suppers. ENROLLMENT DATES ARE MAY 26-29, 2020. You must enroll online during this time period to receive the meals. Boxes are provided on a first come, first served basis.

 

To sign up, fill out an online sign-up form and submit it as soon as possible. Access the form by clicking this link: https://mealstoyou.org/emergency-meals-to-you-application/

 

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SUMMERSVILLE MAN DIES IN GARAGE FIRE

 

A Summersville, KY man died in a garage fire on Tuesday afternoon in Hart County near the Green County line.
 
67-year-old Freddie Wells died at 3:30pmCT in the fire that occurred on Bennett Road in Hart County, ¼ mile from the Green County line. Mr. Wells was reportedly working on a car when it fell off the jack, pinning him underneath and catching on fire. The garage was a total loss. 
 
Kentucky State police are continuing the investigation.
 
 

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LCDHD MEDIA BRIEFING QUESTIONS & ANSWERS....

 

 

LCDHD held a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The briefing was held to help get accurate information to citizens. For a list of questions and answers from yesterday's media briefing, click on link: https://ridingthewave.com/assets/files/LCDHD_Media_ZOOM_meeting_5_20_2020.pdf

 

 

 


 

 

 

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DRIVE THRU COVID-19 TESTING IN COLUMBIA THIS THURSDAY


 

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1 NEW DEATH IN ADAIR DUE TO COVID-19


Today we report one new death, a 73-year-old female indirectly related to the nursing home in Adair County. We report three new cases: a 72-year-old female resident of the nursing home in Adair County; a 39-year-old female from Taylor County who worked as a contract employee at a nursing home in Jackson County; and, a 75-year-old male resident of a nursing home in Pulaski County. Our understanding is that the nursing home impacted in Pulaski will be issuing a press release soon. That nursing home has already notified all residents, employees, and families about the situation. For all our new positive cases, we are completing or have already completed case investigations and close contact tracing.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 210 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 8,170 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 117 Kentucky Counties as of 05/20/20 (this includes 8,167 statewide plus 3 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

As businesses reopen, the most common misconception is that the businesses only must comply with the guidance specific for their type of business. However, all businesses also must comply with the “minimum requirements”.  The business-specific guidance can be found at Healthy-At-Work.  The “minimum requirements” can be found at Minimum Requirements.


 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT MEETING AGENDA MAY 26TH

 
 
 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in the basement of the Adair Annex at 4:00 P.M. CT. This meeting WILL NOT be open to the public due to the COVID19 Executive Order Governor Beshear put in effect but will be live-streamed on the Adair County Fiscal Court’s Facebook Page.
 
AGENDA                  
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
 
1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA
2.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
            A.) May 12, 2020 - Regular called meeting minutes 
3.    DISBURSEMENTS
4.    BUDGET AMENDMENTS - 2ND READING                                             
5.   1ST READING OF 2020-2021 BUDGET
6.   APPROVAL OF 2020-2021 STANDING ORDERS
7.   TRANSFERS 
        A. LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
        B. FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS 
                                  
8.   READING OF ROADS
 
9.   ACTION ITEMS:                                    
  • SECOND READING - AMENDMENT TO FIRE DUES ORDIANCE 
  • JAIL 2020-2021 POLICY & PROCEDURE HANDBOOK APPROVAL
  • DISCUSSION OF JIM BLAIR & GRAS LAWN MOWERS - REPAIR/REPLACE
  • RECYCLING DISCUSSION 
  • POSSIBLE HIRE OF ROAD EMPLOYEES
  • ANDERSON RD. - PERMISSION TO RUN WATER LINE ON RIGHT OF WAY

 

10.  OTHER BUSINESS
11.  PUBLIC COMMENTS
12.  ADJOURN         
                                                                      

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CASEY CO. MAN CHARGED WITH 1ST DEGREE ASSAULT

 
On Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 4:48pmET, Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a shooting that occurred in the limits of Kings Mountain on High Ridge Rd. Upon arrival, police located 45-year-old Mark Baxter of Middleburg, KY who had been shot at his residence following an altercation with 43-year-old Daniel Porter. Porter had fled the scene with his vehicle being located a short time later.
 
Daniel Porter was arrested and charged with Assault 1st degree and lodged in the Casey County Detention Center. Mark Baxter was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY where he is listed in stable condition.
 
This incident remains under investigation by Detective Josh Dicken. KSP was assisted at the scene by Casey County EMS and the Casey County Sheriff’s Department.
 

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FATAL ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF CASEY CO. MAN


Russell Springs, Ky (May 21, 2020) On May 19th, 2020 at approximately 7:29 PM Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to a 2-vehicle fatal collision that occurred on U.S. 127 north at the Russell/Casey County line. Preliminary investigations indicate that 27 year old Haiden Cain of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 2020 Chevy pickup north bound on U.S. 127 when he crossed the centerline, striking a south bound 2007 Cadillac operated by 43 year old Darrell McClure of Dunnville, Ky.

 

McClure and front seat passenger, Megan McClure, age 33 of Dunnville, along with Cain were airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital and later released. A passenger in the Cain vehicle, 26 year old Janson Sallee of Liberty, KY was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Russell County Coroners office. 2 children in the McClure vehicle were treated and released from Russell County Hospital. 

 

This collision remains under investigation by Trooper Weston Sullivan. Tpr. Sullivan was assisted at the scene by Russell and Casey County EMS, Russell County Sheriff’s Department, Jamestown Fire Department and The Russell County Coroner’s office.

 

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VEHICLE FIRE YESTERDAY IN RUSSELL SPRINGS

A vehicle was a total loss following a fire yesterday in Russell Springs…

 

The Russell Springs Fire Department was called out at 11:13 a.m. Tuesday morning to the junction of Lakeway Drive and 127. According to Fire Chief H.M. Bottom the vehicle was fully engulfed when his department arrived on scene. Firemen were on scene for about 30 minutes. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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ANOTHER ADAIR COUNTY DEATH DUE TO COVID-19


Lake Cumberland Ddistrict Health Dept. report...


Today we are happy to report no new cases. We also released four from isolation (recovered from the virus), two from Russell, one from Pulaski, and one from Taylor. We have released 81% of our total cumulative cases. We do announce an additional death today, an 83-year-old female nursing home resident from Adair. She was one who had been released (meaning she was disease-free), but later succumbed to lasting complications caused by the virus.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 207 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 8,069 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 116 Kentucky Counties as of 05/19/20 (this includes 8,069 statewide plus 0 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

Drive-through testing is going on in Clinton County through tomorrow. Also, find a testing location at ky.covid19.ky.gov.

 

 

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Gov. Beshear Offers Guidance on Having a Safe Memorial Day Weekend

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 19, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday set out state guidelines for having a safe Memorial Day weekend while continuing to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
“Just because we are healthy at home and healthy at work doesn’t mean we can’t be out there to be healthy physically,” the Governor said. “The healthier we get, the more resilient we will be if we ever see anything else like this in our lifetime.”
 
Keeping safe while celebrating together is crucial as we enter the traditional start of the summer season. Gov. Beshear and state health officials are asking all Kentuckians to keep gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
 
“Our actions have direct implications on the health and safety of others,” said Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack. 
 
“This weekend is the first time in Kentucky that we are going to permit over the last two months or so gatherings of up to 10 people. In order to do this safely and minimize the risk of infection being spread and to keep people safe, we have to do this right.”
 
Other guidance includes maintaining social distance of at least six feet, wearing masks, gathering outside instead of inside, washing hands frequently and covering food and individually wrapping plates.
 
“It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and I know that many of us desperately crave the company of our friends and family,” Dr. Stack said. “But I urge and I ask that everybody please follow these steps so that we can stay safe together and not have any of the serious consequences that none of us want.”
 
Healthy at Work
Gov. Beshear spoke about the next steps and latest guidance for businesses as Kentucky makes a gradual and sustainable reopening of the economy.
 
“This is a big week. There is a lot of additional activity, but we have to make sure that we do it safely,” the Governor said. “I trust in you, and you have done so well thus far that I believe we can do this safely, but it has to be done differently. Let’s make sure that again Kentucky can do this just as well as anyone else.”
 
The Healthy at Work website now includes guidance for barbershops, cosmetology, hair salons, tanning salons and tattoo parlors. Gov. Beshear said the state also will be expanding June 1 reopening guidance to include aquatic centers (excluding public pools), fishing tournaments and auto/dirt track racing.
 
On Tuesday, the Governor said June 8 marks the projected return for museums, outdoor attractions, aquariums, libraries and distilleries. Further out, June 11 will bring back the Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky State Park campgrounds and Otter Creek; and on June 15 some child care and limited-contact youth sports will be allowed.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 19, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 8,069 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 164 of which were newly confirmed Tuesday.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 20 new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 366  Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
“Today we have lost more people to the coronavirus than any other day before,” the Governor said. “While I believe that we can reopen safely and do it gradually, let’s remember that this thing is still deadly and it is still taking people we love and care about.”
 
The deaths reported Tuesday include two women, ages 76 and 83, and an 83-year-old man from Adair County; a 61-year-old man from Allen County; an 84-year-old man and a 93-year-old woman from Boone County; a 63-year-old man from Breckinridge County; a 70-year-old man from Campbell County; a 76-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man from Daviess County; two men, ages 83 and 87, and an 80-year-old woman from Edmonson County; two women, ages 77 and 84, from Jefferson County; two women, ages 84 and 89, from Kenton County; a 60-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man from Logan County; and an 88-year-old man from Warren County.
 
“Twenty Kentuckians lost today, a tough day,” Gov. Beshear said. “Let’s make sure just like every day that we are lighting our homes up green and that we ring our bells tomorrow at 10 a.m. and we don’t get tired any night or any day from doing the right thing to honor these families.”
 
At least 2,826 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Contact tracing
Gov. Beshear on Monday named Mark Carter executive adviser leading the contact tracing efforts in the Office of the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).
 
Contact tracing, which is funded through the CARES Act, is expanding to meet both the White House and Governor’s benchmarks for safely reopening the economy. For more information about Kentucky’s contact tracing program, click here.
 
Child illness update
Gov. Beshear and Dr. Stack are keeping Kentuckians informed about Pediatric Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS), a rare syndrome that is causing serious health problems for some young people. At least four young Kentuckians have been treated for PMIS, an inflammation disorder that appears to follow a coronavirus infection.
 
The Department for Public Health issued a PMIS advisory, which provides guidance, key points about the syndrome, possible symptoms and reporting directions. The Kentucky Pediatric COVID-19 Hotline (800-722-5725) is staffed by Norton Children’s Hospital and prepared to answer questions from parents and clinicians about PMIS.
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear said Tuesday that Walmart is greatly expanding its testing operations in the state.
 
In addition to Louisville and Bardstown locations, which are currently operating, new testing sites will open Friday, May 22, in Ashland, Bowling Green, Leitchfield, London, Paducah, Pikeville and Richmond.
 
The Governor previously said that in partnership with Kroger, new testing locations would open in Richmond, Mayfield, Louisville and Hartford this week. Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
Long-term care testing 
Dr. Stack said coronavirus testing was being conducted this week at 23 long-term care facilities. So far, more than 4,300 tests have been conducted, including 2,324 staff members and 2,003 residents. Officials plan to conduct another 2,100 tests over the next two days.
 
More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the 
 
Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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A.C. Clerks Office Closed May 25th; June 2nd is Filing Deadline for Candidates

 
 
The Adair County Clerk’s Office will be closed Monday, May 25th, 2020 in the observance of Memorial Day.
 
NOTICE:  DEADLINE DRAWING NEAR FOR CANDIDATES NEEDING TO FILE FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION!
 
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 at 4:00pmCT is the filing deadline for any candidates that will be appearing on the November General Election ballot.
 
Offices include:
  • Soil Conservation positions
  • School Board positions
  • City Council 

Packets may be picked up at the Clerk's office during normal business hours Monday-Friday. Call the office at 270-384-2801 to make arrangements to pick up the packets.
 

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East Broadway Shut Down 2 Hours After 1-Vehicle Injury Accident

 
On Monday, May 18, 2020 at 9:53amET, Campbellsville Police responded to East Broadway and London Drive to a 1-vehicle injury accident.  
 
51-year-old Daniel Massman of Erlanger, KY was operating a 2015 GMC Sierra and suffered a medical emergency, causing him to leave the roadway and strike a traffic light support pole. As a result of the collision, East Broadway was shut down for approximately 2 hours.  
 
Massman was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS for injuries. No other vehicles were involved.
 
Campbellsville Police Officer Jacob Hedgespeth investigated the accident.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFTED

 

The Russell County Boil Water Advisory has been lifted. The advisory was issued on Sunday, May 17, 2020 due to a water main break on Hwy 910 from the 910/80 intersection down to Salem School and all roads off Hwy 910, including the Mcclendon Ridge area roads.

 

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KSP Investigates Pulaski County Officer Involved Shooting

 
Science Hill, Ky. (May 19, 2020) - The Kentucky State Police, London Post was notified yesterday shortly before 10:45 am by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office for assistance involving a shooting at a residence on Smith Ridge Spur Road in Pulaski County. 
 
Initial investigation indicates that the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence to investigate a shooting that had injured a Pulaski County man.  When the sheriff’s office arrived on the scene, the vehicle was hit by gunfire, at which time shots were exchanged, and the alleged shooter barricaded himself inside the residence. 
 
As a result of the officer involved shooting, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office requested that KSP investigate the incident, and attempt to apprehend the barricaded suspect. KSP Post 11 and the Special Response Team responded to the scene, and while attempting negotiations KSP was confronted by the armed suspect, at which time shots were fired injuring the suspect. 
 
Charles Wilson, 51, was taken into custody and transported to the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital with life-threatening injuries.  
 
The victim of the initial shooting, whose information is not being released, was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  
 
This is an ongoing investigation led by KSP Post 11 and the Critical Incident Response Team. Kentucky State Police was assisted by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, KY Fish & Wildlife, Eubank Police Department, and Pulaski County EMS
 

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ADAIR COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MAY 21ST

 

The Adair County School Board will meet on Thursday, May 21, 2020 for the Regular Monthly Meeting at 6:00pmCT.


The Meeting will be by Video Teleconference: https://youtu.be/zt003nhEm3U

AGENDA


**Meeting called to order**

***Prayer***

  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 GRREC MEMBERSHIP FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

  7.  APPROVAL OF DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY PLAN FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

 8.   APPROVAL OF EMERGENCY CERTIFICATION FOR SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

 9. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PERSONNEL ACTION
 
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REGULAR AGENDA

10.  SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

11.  PUBLIC COMMENTS

12.  APPROVAL OF MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - Renae Smith

13.  BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS UPDATE - Steve Burton

14.  DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF SCHOOL BUS TIRE BIDS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR - Steve Burton

15.  DISCUSSION/APPROVAL OF SCHOOL BUS/MAINTENANCE FUEL BIDS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR - Steve Burton


16.  APPROVAL OF CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS FOR THE ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER PRESCHOOL ADDITION - Steve Burton

17.  APPROVAL OF ADAIR COUNTY PRIMARY CENTER PRESCHOOL REVISED BG-3 APPLICATION - Steve Burton

18.  APPROVAL OF TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR - Renae Smith

19.  APPROVAL OF CAPITAL FUNDS REQUEST FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR - Renae Smith

 

20.  APPROVAL OF REVISED EMPLOYEE CLASSIFIED SALARY SCHEDULE FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

21.  APPROVAL OF EMPLOYEE SALARY SCHEDULES FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

22.  ADJOURNMENT
 

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2 MORE DEATHS IN ADAIR DUE TO COVID-19


Report from Lake Cumberland District Health Dept....

 

It has been our hardest day in a while. We had two new deaths, both in Adair, both nursing home residents: an 82-year-old male and a 76-year-old female. The 82-year-old male had been previously released from isolation, meaning they were free of the virus, but ultimately succumbed to lasting complications caused by the virus. Our hearts and our prayers are with the staff, residents, and families of Summit Manor, and with the Columbia community. We also report two new cases: a 67-year-old female from Adair and a 66 year-old-male from Pulaski. We released four from isolation today. This means 164 or 79% of our cases have recovered from the virus.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 207 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 7,935 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 115 Kentucky Counties as of 05/18/20 (this includes 7,935 statewide plus 0 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

By the end of the week, retail and restaurants will be re-opened, albeit with restrictions. Don’t equate things re-opening with things being “safe”.  So, avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk. Add to this the washing of your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, the wearing of a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, the increasing of sanitation, and the avoidance of touching your face, to further reduce your risk.

 

 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD SEX ABUSE CHARGES

 

**UPDATE**
 
On Monday at 11:26amCT, Adair County Deputy Sheriff Derek Padgett and Sheriff Josh Brockman arrested 54-year-old Gary Furkin of Columbia, KY at a remote farmhouse 17 miles from Columbia in Cumberland County. The arrest stems from an investigation led by Deputy Padgett into the sexual abuse of 2 male juveniles in Adair County.
 
Furkin was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail and charged with 6 counts of Sexual Abuse 1st degree. 
 
The Sheriffs office was assisted by Child Protective Services. The investigation is ongoing.
 
 

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Adair Co. Rollover Collision results in the arrest of Driver

 
 
On Monday at 12:28pmCT, the Adair Co. Sheriffs Office was dispatched to a rollover injury collision 7 miles north of Columbia on KY55 north. 32-year-old Benjamin Cady of Hodgensville, KY was operating a 2016 Hyundai Elantra traveling north on 55 in what authorities say was "too fast for conditions due to rain". After nearly striking another vehicle, Cady entered the passing lane to overtake the vehicle in front of him. His vehicle then left the roadway on the right shoulder, striking an earth embankment and overturned 3 times with the vehicle coming to rest on its top.  
 
Cady was treated on scene by Adair EMS then transported to TJ Health Columbia. He told Sheriff Brockman at the hospital that he was aggravated and intentionally ran his vehicle off the roadway in an attempt to harm himself. Cady was released later on Monday evening into and taken into custody.
 
Sheriff Brockman is investigating the collision and was assisted by Deputy Derek Padgett, Adair EMS, and the Columbia-Adair  Co. Fire Dept.
 

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2 Adair Co. Men Arrested after Search Warrant Executed on Dillon Street

 
The Columbia Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence on Dillon Street on Monday afternoon at 3:00pmCT after a lengthy, ongoing investigation. Upon making entry to the home, Officers located narcotics, paraphernalia and firearms, which were seized.
 
Tyron Vanarsdale, 45, of Columbia was taken into custody and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO (all misdemeanors). Vanarsdale was additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), a class D felony. Vanarsdale’s charge of EPO/DVO violation stems from firearms located within the premises.
 
Andrew White, who was at the property at the time of the search, was found to have 2 outstanding warrants and was also taken into custody.
 
Officer Ethan Pike is the investigating Officer. He was assisted on scene by multiple members of the Columbia Police Department.
 
If you suspect illegal drug activity, the Columbia Police Dept. reminds you to call Caly’s Line at 270-378-2259. Callers will remain anonymous.
 

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Injury Collision in Metcalfe Co Results in Arrest of Crestwood Man for DUI

 

Summer Shade, KY. (May 18, 2020) –  Kentucky State Police investigated a 2-vehicle injury collision on KY 90 near Summer Shade on Monday around 10:05 a.m. CT.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates a 2016 Toyota being operated by 42-year-old Robert Amback of Crestwood, was traveling East on KY 90 at a slow speed. A 2005 Kenworth truck operated by 55-year-old Gary Dile of Greensburg, was traveling East on KY 90 following Amback and attempted to pass. While Dile was passing, Amback chose to make a left turn onto Pitcock Road into the path of Dile resulting in the collision.
 
Amback and Dile were both wearing their seatbelts. Barren-Metcalfe EMS treated both drivers on scene for non-life threatening injuries and then transported both to T.J. Samson Hospital in Glasgow.   
 
Kentucky State Police arrested Amback, charging him with Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs. He was lodged in the Barren County Jail.
 
Sergeant Randall Honeycutt investigated the collision and was assisted by the Metcalfe Co. Sheriff’s Office, Barren-Metcalfe EMS, and Summer Shade Fire Department.
 

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ADAIR CO MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG AND OTHER CHARGES

The Columbia Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence on Dillon Street, Monday afternoon at 3PM after a lengthy and ongoing investigation.


Upon making entry to the home Officers located narcotics, paraphernalia, and firearms which were seized.


Tryon Vanarsdale, 45, of Columbia was taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of Kentucky EPO/DVO; all misdemeanors. Vanarsdale was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine 1st degree; a class D felony. Vanarsdale’s charge of EPO/DVO violation stems from firearms located within the premises.


Another male, Andrew White who was at the property at the time of search was found to have two outstanding warrants and also taken into custody.


Officer Ethan Pike is the investigating Officer. He was assisted on scene by multiple members of the Columbia Police Department.


The Columbia Police Department continue to ask if you are aware or any drug activity in the area to please call Caly’s Line at 270-378-2259 and as always you can remain anonymous.

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KY TRANSPORTATION MOWING IS SET TO BEGIN

 

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 8 advises motorists that roadside mowing season is underway, which runs from May to October. State and contract crews will complete three mowing cycles, including litter removal on interstates, parkways and other primary routes throughout the state.

 

KYTC officials ask Kentuckians to do their part by keeping the state right of way clear of temporary signs and other obstacles that can obstruct the path of mowers and pose a hazard for mowing crews and motorists.

 

Kentucky law and Transportation Cabinet policy prohibit the placement of non-official signs of any type – for campaigns, yard sales or other advertising – on state highway right of way, utility poles, fences and guardrails or on road signs. Depending on size and construction, illegally placed signs are a distraction and can be a safety issue for motorists when blocking the view of oncoming vehicles.

 

Illegally-placed signs also can disrupt or endanger right-of-way operations such as mowing, ditch cleaning and litter removal, and can pose a direct safety hazard to motorists who run off the roadway – particularly when installed with large wooden or metal stakes.

 

Campaign signs and other signs placed on state right of way that restrict sight distance or interfere with mowing and maintenance operations will be removed by KYTC crews. Signs that are removed will be held at the state highway garage in each county of KYTC District 8 and kept for two weeks. Unclaimed signs will be discarded.

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks that motorists use extra caution when traveling through these work zones.

Traffic information for the District 8 counties is also available at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 or by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.  

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RC SCHOOL BOARD MET LAST EVENING...

 

 

The Russell County Board of Education met last night by Teleconference for their regular monthly meeting.

 

Superintendent Michael Ford told WAVE NEWS what took place during last night’s meeting, which was available to the public on YouTube…

 

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Gov. Beshear Contact Tracing Key to Safe Reopening of Economy

 

FRANKFORT, KY (May 18, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday said Kentuckians will continue to defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), get back to work and safely reopen the economy by being tested and participating in contact tracing.   
                         
The Governor called on Kentuckians to support contact tracing: “Team Kentucky needs you – answer the call if a public health worker contacts you. Contact tracing is key to protecting the health of our communities as we begin to reopen our economy. We are relying on more testing combined with increased contact tracing and for everyone to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”
 
The Governor also announced the appointment of Mark Carter as executive adviser leading the contact tracing efforts in the Office of the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).
 
“We are excited to have Mark leverage his vast Kentucky health care experience to lead COVID-19 contact tracing. His leadership, along with the team at the Department for Public Health and Kentuckians’ support, will help protect the health and safety of more Kentucky families,” he added.
 
“Thank you, Governor,” said Carter. “I do sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve the commonwealth in this capacity. I have long been an admirer of our state Department for Public Health and the local health departments and the work they do every day that is completely unsung.
 
“We must reopen the economy, but we have to protect our children, our families and friends from another outbreak of COVID-19, and we do that through contact tracing,” he added.
 
Carter will work closely with Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack and public health staff. Carter is a certified public accountant and has 40 years of experience in the health care industry.
 
CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander noted that Carter’s health care strategy and leadership is critical as we continue to reopen Kentucky for business.
 
Contact tracing, which is funded through the CARES Act, is expanding to meet both the White House and Governor’s benchmarks for safely reopening the economy. Each state and territory is using contact tracing as a tool to fight the spread of COVID-19.
 
Carter said the expanded seven-month contact tracing program combines public participation and the power of technology to help public health officials and health care providers contain the spread of COVID-19. Carter said information provided is kept completely private and confidential. Information regarding the individuals who have COVID-19 and people they have made in-person contact with recently is not released or made public. To view a video explaining contact tracing click here.
 
“Contact tracing is not new, it was used to help eradicate smallpox and is commonly used today to contain tuberculosis and other infections. It makes sense to use the same tools and technology to contain COVID-19,” Carter said. “Kentucky residents will be contacted if they have been exposed to an individual testing positive for COVID-19, to give instructions on how to self-quarantine and help reduce the spread to other individuals.”
 
The Department for Public Health is working with Deloitte Consulting to launch the statewide effort to gather information about contacts from newly diagnosed patients. Health officials will notify those people of their potential exposure and advise them of precautions they can take to protect their health and the health of those around them.
 
“This effort will help to best document COVID-positive Kentuckians and quickly track those who may have been in close contact with them so they can take the appropriate steps to prevent any further spread of the virus,” Gov. Beshear said.
 
Public communications, including posters, videos, PSAs and social media campaigns, will help Kentuckians understand contact tracing and what to do if a public health worker contacts them.
 
Carter pointed out Kentuckians’ role in contact tracing, which includes knowing that: 
  • Public health workers may reach out to those who have contracted COVID-19 to assess their situation and track any recent in-person contacts.
  • Contacts will be notified that they may have been exposed to COVID-19, are provided instructions and connected to local resources.
  • By following instructions provided, contacts help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save the lives of Kentuckians.
  • Helping to communicate the importance of contact tracing, you are supporting bringing people back to work and reopening Kentucky’s economy.
 
Dr. Stack said: “We are going to hire about 700 people and we will have to deploy these folks very effectively to help contain the infection. Contact tracing is the way we get back to as much as possible what normal used to be like. Contact tracing is the way we act very quickly to localize infection to keep it from spreading and enable us to get back to interacting with each other as much as we can.”
 
The Governor reiterated that every step would be taken to protect Kentuckians’ privacy. 
 
On May 1, a request for proposal (RFP) was posted for prospective vendors to fulfill staffing for three job classifications, disease investigators, contact tracers and social support connectors. Currently $112 million in CARES Act funding for additional contact tracing staffing is effective through Dec. 31, 2020. A final list of all approved vendors will be posted to KYCOVID19.ky.gov.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 18, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 7,935 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 138 of which were newly confirmed Monday and 122 confirmed Sunday.
 
“Remember we are not just our brother and sisters’ keeper that we know. We are our brother and sisters’ keeper for everybody across the state and this country knowing that asymptotic spread happens,” said Gov. Beshear. “We never really know exactly who the virus could possibly reach, but you can do all the steps to make sure you’re not spreading it to other people.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported three new deaths Sunday and nine Monday, raising the total to 346 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
The deaths reported Sunday include three men, ages 68, 78 and 79, from Jefferson County. The deaths reported Monday include two men, ages 50 and 96, and seven women, ages 69, 76, 77, 79, 83, 89 and 102 all from Jefferson County.
 
“Let’s continue to shine those green lights,” the Governor said. “Let’s continue to be a really good neighbor and help each other out.”
 
At least 2,785 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here for Monday and Sunday.  
 
Child illness update
The Governor said two more children were ill with Pediatric Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS), a syndrome that is causing serious health problems for some young people.
 
PMIS is a rare illness being seen in some children who have been infected with COVID-19. About a month after a coronavirus infection, children and teenagers with PMIS develop fever accompanied by abdominal pain and, often, swollen hands, feet and lymph nodes.
 
The Governor said a 5-year-old was in the hospital but is now home, and an 11-year-old is currently hospitalized. Dr. Stack previously reported that two Kentuckians, a 10-year-old and a 16-year-old, were treated. The 10-year-old remains hospitalized but is improving.
 
Dr. Stack said the department issued a PMIS advisory last week, which provides guidance, key points about the syndrome, possible symptoms and reporting directions. Dr. Stack said the Kentucky Pediatric COVID-19 Hotline (800-722-5725) staffed by Norton Children’s Hospital is prepared to answer questions from both parents and clinicians about PMIS.
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear said in partnership with Kroger, new testing locations would open in Richmond, Mayfield, Louisville and Hartford this week. Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
Long-term care testing 
Dr. Stack said testing would occur at 23 long-term care facilities this week. “All major providers are on board,” said Dr. Stack. 
 
“Norton will be doing onsite testing at two facilities this week, and over the next two days 1,901 staff and 1,637 residents for a total of 3,538 tests will be completed.”
 
Healthy at Work
The Healthy at Work website now includes guidance for barbershops, cosmetology, hair salons, tanning salons and tattoo parlors. Gov. Beshear said the state would also be expanding June 1 reopening guidance to include aquatic centers (which does not include public pools), fishing tournaments and auto/dirt track racing.
 

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ACHS SITE BASE PARENT MEMBER ELECTION TIE; VOTE AGAIN ON MAY 20TH

 
Due to a tie in voting in the regular election, the Adair County High School Site-Base Council Special Parent Election will be held Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 from 7:00am-3:00pmCT. Due to concerns surrounding Covid-19, there will be no in-person voting. Those parents/legal guardians of students who will be attending ACHS during the 2020-2021 school year can obtain a ballot by emailing jhardwick_0310@yahoo.com on Wednesday. Once voting eligibility is confirmed, ballots will be emailed back to the parent/legal guardian. Each individual voting must make a request on their own. This request serves as the sign-in. All ballots must be returned by 3:00pmCT to be counted. Email ballots to jhardwick_0310@yahoo.com. 

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LCDHD UPDATE - SUNDAY 5/17-20


Today we are happy to report no new deaths.  We have one new case, a 59-year-old male in Adair County. We didn’t release anyone from isolation today.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 205 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 7,689 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 114 Kentucky Counties as of 05/17/20 (this includes 7,688 statewide plus 1 recently reported case in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

We are receiving many reports of people not complying with safety guidelines. Some mistakenly equate the fact that things are starting to reopen with the assumption that the situation is now safe. Some think the Coronavirus situation was overblown. Some are just restless and ready for things to be normal.  For those interested in protecting the safety of themselves and their families, remember, avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk. Add to this the washing of your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, the wearing of a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, the increasing of sanitation, and the avoidance of touching your face, to further reduce your risk.

 

 

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NATIONAL EMS WEEK MAY 17-23, 2020

 
May 17-23, 2020 is the 46th annual "National EMS Week".  In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."
 
The 2020 EMS Week theme is "Ready Today, Preparing for Tomorrow". This theme was chosen long before anything was known about COVID-19 but you can easily see how fitting and meaningful it is. The local, regional, state, and national EMS community continues to rally and support those affected by this crisis, all while continuing to respond to the everyday emergencies that continue to occur. 
 
This year, 5 days of EMS Week have a theme that represents the diverse nature of EMS.
  • Monday - EMS Education Day
  • Tuesday - Safety Tuesday
  • Wednesday - EMS for Children Day
  • Thursday - Save-A-Life Day (CPR & Stop the Bleed)
  • Friday - EMS Recognition Day
 
Typical celebration and participation in EMS week activities is highly unlikely due to the COVID-19 crisis. 
 
Now more than ever, it is important to honor and celebrate National EMS Week. On behalf of Russell County EMS, I request you honor and celebrate along side us as our EMS professionals support the health and well-being of our nation during this global pandemic. 
 
Michael Reynolds, Russell Co. EMS Director
 
Russell County Judge Exec. Gary D. Robertson has signed an EMS Week Proclamation....
 

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ADAIR COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING DOMESTIC ALTERCATION


CPD Officers responded to a residence on Guthrie Street this (Sunday) afternoon after neighbors called in a domestic related altercation which had occurred outside. 

Upon arrival, Officers observed a male victim bleeding profusely from his head and called for Adair EMS after placing a female into custody. 


Natasha Stotts, 35, of Columbia has been placed into custody and charged with Assault 2nd degree, a class C felony. 

Officer Ethen Pike made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Evan Burton and Adair EMS.
 

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RUSSELL CO. BOIL WATER ADVISORY MAY 17

 
There is a Russell County Boil Water Advisory due to a water main break on Hwy 910 from the 910/80 intersection down to Salem School, all roads off Hwy 910, including the Mcclendon Ridge area roads. Boil all water used for drinking & cooking purposes for at least 3 minutes until further notice.
 
 

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METH LAB DISCOVERED IN VEHICLE; ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED

 

The Columbia Police Department located a mobile meth lab during a traffic stop early this morning (Sunday) just before 1:00amCT. The traffic stop began when the subject was stopped on Carrie Bolin Drive from Russell Road. 
 
After making contact with the subject, he was found to be under the influence and was in possession of 5 grams of suspected methamphetamine. ACSO K-9 Unit "Nitro" was utilized which resulted in a full vehicle search. That's when Officers located an active generator bottle in the auto. 
 
Cody Morrison, 24, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd offense (both felonies), DUI and other traffic violations. Morrison was also served with an outstanding warrant for parole violation.
 
Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officer Jamie Cole and Deputy Josh Durbin. Members of the HIDTA Drug Task Force were also on scene to assist in lab cleanup.
 

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LCDHD COVID-19 UPDATE 05/16/20

 

Today we are happy to report no new deaths and no new cases. We released one from isolation today (recovered) bringing the total number of recovered to 161 (79%). Once the address was verified, one case reported yesterday as a Russell has now been moved to Adair, a 62-year-old female.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 204 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 7,688 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 114 Kentucky Counties as of 05/16/20 (this includes 7,688 statewide plus 0 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.


Many states, including Kentucky, have started easing social distancing and are in the process of reopening their economies. Several states started doing so two or three weeks ago. Why haven’t we saw a sharp increase in new cases, some may ask? Keep in mind, as the country “shut-down” and instituted social distancing measures, the growth rate of COVID-19 slowed substantially. It may take several weeks before the virus’ spread ramps back up. So, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Be vigilant, use good judgment, and take the necessary steps to protect your family.
 

Remember, avoiding crowds as much as possible is your best way to reduce your risk. Add to this the washing of your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly, the wearing of a mask when out in public, staying home if you have a fever or are coughing, the increasing of sanitation, and the avoidance of touching your face, to further reduce your risk.


 

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Gov. Beshear: Kentuckians Defeating COVID-19 with Compassion, Resilience

 
 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 15, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday said Kentuckians are defeating the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) with compassion and resilience.
 
“Let’s remember to keep reaching out to one another, asking how others are doing and if they need help,” Gov. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians yesterday. “One of the reasons that we’re here today in a better position than most is because we truly care about each other.”
 
Friday, the Governor shared updates regarding the state’s fight against COVID-19 and the gradual reopening of the state’s economy, including the reopening of tourism and guidance for more businesses.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 15, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 7,444 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 252 of which were newly confirmed Friday.
 
“Today, I am thankful that the new case list has fewer children,” Gov. Beshear said. “This is not to scare anyone, but this virus is still out there and it affects people of all ages and we need to do all we can to keep it from spreading.”
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported four new deaths Friday, raising the total to 332 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
The deaths reported Friday include a 66-year-old man and a 60-year-old man from Fayette, an 80-year-old woman from Jefferson and a 74-year-old man from Campbell.
 
“Let’s continue to shine those green lights and continue to add them to the businesses that reopen,” the Governor said. “Our kindness and our compassion are two of the main traits that have us where we are in a positive position to reopen our economy.”
 
At least 2,739 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear said in partnership with Kroger, new testing locations would open in Richmond, Mayfield, Louisville and Hartford next week. Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
Reopening Tourism
Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that as part of the Healthy at Work initiative the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet will reopen tourism in an effort to generate revenue to boost the state’s economy and offer Kentuckians opportunities to explore the commonwealth through in-state travel.
 
“The tourism industry has suffered significant loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Beshear. “As the state focuses on rebuilding the economy, reopening tourism plays a significant role in generating revenue, opening business doors and helping more Kentuckians get back to work.”
 
Revenue generated from tourism is critical as Kentucky focuses its efforts on rebuilding. Tourism is an $11 billion industry in Kentucky and provides employment to nearly 95,000 Kentuckians. The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in a loss of nearly $64 million in tourism tax revenue.
 
“The reopening of tourism will allow us to generate much needed revenue for local businesses and communities experiencing economic loss as a result of COVID-19 restrictions,” said Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry. “Our phased approach to reopening will ensure we can protect the health and safety of Kentuckians while gradually rebuilding segments of the tourism industry.”
 
The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet will open Kentucky State resort parks, recreational parks, lodges and cabins to the public for normal business hours beginning June 1. Park guests will be required to follow social distancing and public health guidelines. Natural Bridge and Cumberland Falls State Resort Parks will also reopen on June 1.
 
Guests can begin making reservations beginning Tuesday, May 19. Reservations can be made online at parks.ky.gov.
 
As part of the state’s ongoing effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, the following Kentucky State Parks were designated to provide temporary housing for low acuity patients. These parks will not reopen at this time: (Barren River Lake State Resort Park is closed due to renovations)
 
· Lake Cumberland State Resort Park;
· Lake Barkley State Resort Park;
· Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park; and
· Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park.
 
The Kentucky Horse Park, Otter Creek and state park campgrounds will open on June 11 to self-contained campers and RVs in accordance with the Healthy at Work camping guidelines. Fishing tournaments may resume on June 1st with new guidelines. 
 
The Salato Wildlife Education Center will open with limited capacity beginning June 1. Interactive exhibits will remain closed until further notice.
 
Beginning May 22, groups of 10 people or fewer may gather and the state’s travel ban will expire. Announcements regarding the reopening of additional tourism attractions and venues operated by the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet will be forthcoming.
 
CARES Funding
Recently, the Governor announced that 93 arts organizations throughout Kentucky would receive over $450,000 CARES funding. Tonight, he announced that Kentucky will award $500,000 in CARES funding to 85 humanities organizations who have suffered program financial losses due to COVID-19.
 
Kentucky received $500,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to alleviate the economic impact of COVID-19 on humanities organizations throughout the commonwealth.  Kentucky Humanities, an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet will distribute unrestricted operating and/or humanities program support funding to 85 organizations. This funding will be awarded to museums, libraries and theaters across the commonwealth. Click here for a full listing of the 85 humanities organizations.
 
Healthy at Work
The Healthy at Work website now includes guidance for massage therapy and nail salons. Cosmetology businesses, hair salons and barbershops, tanning salons, and tattoo parlors guidance is expected soon. Gov. Beshear said the state would also be expanding June 1 reopening guidance to include aquatic centers (which does not include public pools), fishing tournaments and auto/dirt track racing.
 
State prisons
The Governor said that inmates at state prisons have been cooperative in efforts to help stop the spread of the virus in their facility from wearing masks to complying with sanitization.  
 
“Our inmates in state prisons have been cooperative in efforts to help stop the spread of the virus,” said Gov. Beshear. “First in their own facilities, by wearing masks. These are often the individuals who do the sanitation and they have taken control and responsibility for their own environment and because of that we haven’t seen some of the same problems that many other states have seen.”
 
Gov. Beshear also shared a story about an inmate who sent him $5 to put toward the Team Kentucky Fund and told of another inmate at Green River Correctional Complex who contacted the warden last night and indicated he wanted to donate $19 to the 
 
Team Kentucky Fund
The Governor also noted that Northpoint Training Center donated cloth masks made by the inmates to United Way and that Kentucky Correctional Industries continues to make cloth masks for government employees, inmates and correctional staff. They are also making medical grade gowns for Department of Corrections staff and other organizations.
 
Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women, in partnership with Paws with Purpose, will be providing cloth masks for Norton Healthcare area hospitals. The Norton Foundation will supply the materials.
 
Finally, he said 22 inmates and 28 staff at Green River Correctional Complex have recovered, there are no new positive cases and thanked the Department of Corrections staff for their hard work and dedication during this time.
 
Weekend press conferences
Gov. Beshear announced there would not be news conferences on Saturday or Sunday, but that he would issue a video Saturday with case information, and that Monday’s news conference would include numbers from Sunday.
 

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NO NEW COVID-19 DEATHS IN LAKE CUMB. DISTRICT; 1 NEW CASE

 

The LCDHD reported no new deaths in its latest report released on Thursday evening. They did report 1 case in the 10-county district, an 88-year-old female, a nursing home resident from Adair County. 4 more have recovered and have been released from isolation. This means 160 people or 81% of our total cumulative positive cases have recovered.
 
Right now in Kentucky, the 7-day average growth rate (how long it takes the total cumulative positive cases to double) is 35 days. Just a few weeks ago it was doubling at just over every 3 days. As businesses reopen and people start to get out and mingle more with others, we expect to see that doubling pace to quicken. Therefore, the LCDHD encourages all citizens to take proactive and assertive actions to protect themselves and their families. Remember, avoiding crowds, wearing a mask, covering your cough, washing your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, and staying home if you are sick are still the best preventive measures. Do not be lulled into a false sense of security. Remain vigilant and use good judgment.
 
The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 198 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 7,225 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 113 Kentucky Counties as of 05/14/20 (this includes 7,225 statewide plus 0 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, the LCDHD believes COVID-19 to be widespread and they are working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.
 
The Lake Cumberland District Health Dept. has received a shipment of face masks and face shields that, via state guidance, are pushing out to various restaurant and grocery related businesses.
 

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COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST COUPLE ON HEROIN CHARGES; 2 CHILDREN PLACED WITH GRANDPARENTS

 

Columbia Police responded to a local business on Dahoney Trace on Wednesday afternoon after receiving a call of suspected drug activity. Upon arrival, Officers encountered a female in the process of overdosing as well as a male subject later found to be in possession of narcotics.
 
Adair EMS was called to the scene and transported the female to TJ Health Columbia for treatment. She was then taken into custody after being medically released.
 
Deandra Strange, 28, of Irvin, KY and Carl Bowser, 38, of Richmond, KY were placed into custody and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin) and Wanton Endangerment 1st degree (both felonies), as well as drug related misdemeanors.
 
At the time of the Officers encounter with Bowser and Strange, there were 2 children in their custody who were later placed with grandparents.
 
Officer Drew Conn was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Evan Burton and Deputy Justin Cross.
 
     
 

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JTFD DISPATCHED TO LOCAL BUSINESS


The Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched out @ 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evening to Strippers boat storage Located on boat dock Road for the report of a strong smell of gas/propane. After further investigation a overheated battery charging on a boat was found. Firefighters were on the scene about 45 minutes. No damage to the structure was reported. 

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RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETING RECAP


The Russell Springs City Coucil met Thursday evening for the regular monthly meeting for the city leaders.

 

Mayor Eddie Thomas spoke with WAVE NEWS about the meeting and what took place... 

 

 

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Gov. Beshear Updates Kentuckians on the Fight to Defeat COVID-19

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 14, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday reminded Kentuckians to keep up the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the commonwealth.
 
“When people write the history about this point in time, they will say the people of America, but specifically the people of Kentucky, came together, did what it took, and protected one another and took on a global pandemic better than we have ever seen anybody do it,” the Governor said.
 
He shared new case information and spoke about the importance of getting tested for COVID-19 and watching for the signs of a new illness some children develop after being infected with the novel coronavirus. He also provided an update on the Team Kentucky Fund and unemployment insurance.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 14, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 7,225 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 199 of which were newly confirmed Thursday.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 2 new deaths Thursday, raising the total to 328 Kentuckians lost to the virus. The deaths reported Thursday include an 82-year-old man and a 95-year-old woman, both from Grayson.
 
“Today, we have one of the lower numbers of deaths we have announced in a long time,” the Governor said. “But it’s still two Kentuckians we have lost whose families are going to miss them just as much as if it were 10 today. Let’s make sure we honor two just as much as we’ve honored every other one.”
 
At least 2,712 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear said in partnership with Kroger, new testing locations would open in Richmond, Mayfield, Louisville and Hartford next week. Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
“We now have the capacity to test more than the White House suggests we test every month to successfully reopen our economy in a slow, gradual, safe way. But to do that, we need you to sign up,” the Governor said. “The more we do this, the safer you are.”
 
May 22 & Healthy at Work updates
Gov. Beshear announced that beginning May 22, groups of 10 people or fewer may gather and that the state’s travel ban is expiring the same day, the Friday ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
 
The Healthy at Work website now includes retail and restaurant guidance.
 
The state has now posted initial guidance for restaurants as they reopen, but Gov. Beshear said he is still seeking feedback from those in the industry.
 
CARES Act Education Funding
Gov. Beshear announced today that the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (KEWDC) has been awarded more than $43.7 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for education programs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal grant is part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER), authorized under the CARES Act. The emergency block grant will fund the needs of students, schools (including non-public schools), postsecondary institutions, and other education-related organizations in Kentucky. 
 
“Kentucky schools are facing new challenges in how we educate our students during this time of crisis,” said Gov. Beshear. “Technology plays a vital role in how we educate during this pandemic. GEER funding will allow us to ensure that technology continues to be an aid, not a barrier, to providing a world-class education while keeping our educators and our learners safe at home.”
 
The federal funds include $30 million for K-12 technology assistance and food programs. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is working directly with school districts on their specific food costs and technology needs, and funds will be allocated accordingly to districts. The remaining funds will be administered by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and used for relief in public and private higher education institutions.
 
KEWDC Secretary and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman said, “There are over 500,000 students across Kentucky whom rely on the free/reduced lunch programs offered by their schools. That need is only aggravated by COVID-19. This funding helps ensure those students will not go hungry.”
 
Child illness update
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the 10-year-old with Pediatric Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS), a syndrome that is causing serious health problems for some young people, is continuing to improve. The 16-year-old patient was dismissed from the hospital yesterday.
 
PMIS is a rare illness being seen in some children who have been infected with COVID-19. About a month after a coronavirus infection, children and teenagers with PMIS develop fever accompanied by abdominal pain and, often, swollen hands, feet and lymph nodes.
 
Dr. Stack said the department issued a PMIS advisory yesterday, which provides guidance, key points about the syndrome, possible symptoms and reporting directions.
Dr. Stack said the Kentucky Pediatric COVID-19 Hotline (800-722-5725) staffed by Norton Children’s Hospital is prepared to answer questions from both parents and clinicians about PMIS.
 
Team Kentucky Fund
Today, Lt. Gov. Coleman announced the Team Kentucky Fund Assistance Application Portal would open tomorrow at 8 a.m. Those who have been significantly financially impacted by the COVID-19 emergency can visit the website, and apply for financial assistance.
 
“We currently have $3 million in the Team Kentucky Fund. This amount has been raised though the generosity of businesses and the members of Team Kentucky,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman “Thank you. What you have done to support your fellow Kentuckians is truly special.”
 
The fund is overseen by the Public Protection Cabinet, and is administered through a partnership with Kentucky Community Action Agency. Assistance will be provided in the form of vouchers. The vouchers can be used to pay for rent, electricity, groceries and other qualifying expenses.
 
Kentucky Community Action Agency will review all applications, to see who qualifies for assistance. To read the criteria to qualify for financial assistance, visit the website tomorrow at 8 a.m. 
 
Green River Correctional Complex
J. Michael Brown, Secretary of the Executive Cabinet, reported that there are still only four hospitalizations from the complex (two inmates and two staff). Based on the mass testing results, the entire inmate population was separated into distinct housing areas: 1) positive inmates, 2) negative inmates with direct exposure, 3) negative inmates with no exposure, and 4) medically vulnerable inmates.
 
“Thanks to the work of a lot of folks, our health department, the local health department, our corrections officer and even the inmates themselves, all the moves have taken place and that’s a big stabilization and it’s reflected in our numbers,” said Sec. Brown. “If these numbers continue, it will be good news for all of us.”
 
Retesting is underway at GRCC. Medically vulnerable inmates have already been retested and additional retesting will be carried out.
 
Inmates have all been given two masks and will receive another on Monday. Increased sanitization efforts continue using germicide and a bleach solution multiple times a day. In addition, 10 extra bottles of germicide have been placed in each dorm and refillable spray bottles have been provided for each cell. Hand sanitizer is available upon request.
 
Unemployment insurance update 
The remaining initial March claims are now at 16,600, these are complex claims that may include identity verification, overpayments, employee protests and interstate claims. Over a nine-week period beginning in March, 88% of the 576,486 claims have been processed. The remaining initial April claims are now 49,928. A total of $1.37 billion in claims have been paid.
 
National Hospital Week
National Hospital Week (May 10-16) allows us to recognize our hospitals and health care professionals for all their hard work and dedication to supporting those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“National Hospital Week 2020 highlights the adage of every hospital, health system and person involved in keeping our communities safe – that health comes first,” said Gov. Beshear. “Thank you to these heroes.”
 
The American Hospital Association is encouraging “A Week of Thanks,” where people can participate from the safety and comfort of their homes while health care heroes go to work fighting against COVID-19.
 
Show your support with #HospitalWeek as we continue to celebrate our frontline workers saving lives and supporting their fellow community members.
 
More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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Drive Through Testing for COVID-19 Available in Adair Co. May 15th


Cumberland Family Medical Center, Inc. will provide drive-through testing for COVID-19 on Friday, May 15 from 10 AM – 2 PM. Testing will be conducted from your car at the Pine View Shopping Center in front of the First Choice Immediate Care Clinic.  

 

Testing is open to anyone who wishes to have the test done regardless of symptoms or exposure. Although not required, those wishing to expedite the testing process may pre-register by calling the DrOnCall service at 270-384-9981 at least one hour prior to arriving at the test site. Results will be available within 48 hours following the test.

 

“Cumberland Family Medical is happy to provide this service to the residents of Adair and surrounding counties. It’s a quick process and may provide peace of mind for those who may not have had access to testing before,” stated Dr. Eric Loy, CEO of Cumberland Family Medical Center.  “Medical providers will be on site to answer questions and make sure your test is completed properly, safely, and with full HIPAA compliance.”

 

Cumberland Family Medical Center, Inc. (CFMC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center network with locations in across a 25-county service area. Along with the Healthy Kids Clinics in the Adair County Schools, CFMC also operates the Adair Family Medical Center and First Choice Immediate Care in Columbia.

 

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ADAIR CO. TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN HEROIN CHARGES


Early this morning (Thursday), Adair County K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin initiated a traffic stop on a 2011 Ford passenger car at 2:09 a.m. on the Veterans Memorial (Columbia) Bypass. As a result of the stop, 2 females from Taylor County were arrested for Possession of Heroin & other charges.


The driver, 27-year-old Mackenzie Wagoner was charged with:
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Heroin)
  • No Drivers License
  • Reckless driving 
  • Operating a motor Vehicle under the influence of drugs
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and
  • Disregarding a Traffic Control Device. 
 
Also arrested was a passenger, 27-year-old Ann Keith who was charged with:
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Heroin) and 
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. 

K-9 Deputy Durbin was assisted by Columbia Police Officer Kevin Atwood along with K-9 “Anne” (who was utilized in the search) and Trevor Foster.   
 

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LCDHD COVID-19 REPORT: ANOTHER DEATH & 4 MORE CASES


Today has been difficult. We report one new death, a nursing home resident from Adair County. This brings our total deaths to twenty. Our mortality rate at 10.15% is high compared to national and state averages. We also announce four new COVID-19 cases, one 83-year-old female from Adair, a nursing home resident; one 52-year-old female from Casey; and, two Pulaski residents, a 25-year-old male and a 26-year-old female.

 

We did release two from isolation (recovered). This means 156 people or 79% of our total cumulative positive cases have recovered.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 197 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 7,083 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 113 Kentucky Counties as of 05/13/20 (this includes 7,080 statewide plus 3 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

Today we conducted our weekly media/public update and broadcast it live via our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LCDHDPublicHealth. We are happy to report that several new community partners are coming on as COVID-19 testing locations, and several counties have either already conducted, are in the process of conducting, or are planning on conducting drive-through testing sites. We continue to encourage all local partners who are providing COVID-19 testing to register on the kycovid19.ky.gov webpage so the public can have a consistent location to find testing site information.

 

We continue to review the Governor’s business reopening guidance and to field questions from local businesses regarding such.

 

 

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AREA ARRESTS 5-14-20

 

 

 

Christopher Belcher, 39, of Columbia was taken into custody by Officer Foster with the Columbia Police Department just after 10 p.m. last evening. Belcher was charged with Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury.

 

Macnenzae Wagoner, 27, of Mansville was taken into custody at 4 a.m. this morning by Deputy Durbin with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. She was charged with Reckless Driving, License to be in Possession, Disregarding Traffic Light, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Alcohol/Drug .08, 1st Offense, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Heroin).

 

Magan Keith, 26, of Campbellsville was taken into custody just after 3 a.m. by Deputy Durbin with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. Keith was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Heroin) and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

Christopher Dickson, 21, of Columbia was taken into custody at 1 a.m. by Officer Trevor with the Columbia Police Department, on charges of Failure to/or Improper Signal, Operating Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs .08 Aggravated Circumstances), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

 

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ACHS CLASS OF 2020 WEEK MAY 18-22


MAYOR & JUDGE SIGN CLASS OF 2020 PROCLAMATION ...

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Semi-Final Voting for America's Main Street Contest in Final Stages

 

The City of Columbia would like to remind residents that the Public Square in downtown Columbia is a semi-finalist in the "America’s Main Street" contest. The voting will continue through May 24th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and then the 10 finalists will be announced.
 
“We have been informed that the voting is very tight at this time,” said Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots. “We urge everyone to go online and vote.”
 
The website you go to vote is: https://www.mainstreetcontest.com/
 

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SCAM ALERT!!

 

Lake Cumberland District Health Dept. has been notified that someone in the district has been contacted by a scammer by phone asking personal health information, saying they are from Lake Cumberland District Health Department (one of our county health departments). The scammer then asked for their Medicare number. Please know that LCDHD will NOT call and ask for your health information or Medicare number. If you get a call similar to this, please notify the caller that you will hang up and call the health department directly!
 

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Gov. Beshear: A Safe, Sustainable Reopening for Kentucky's Economy

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 13, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday said Kentucky is focused on conducting a safe and sustainable reopening of the economy while continuing to fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
“Our goal is to reopen Kentucky’s economy in a gradual and safe way, to ensure that we can get people back to work,” the Governor said. “But at the same time, we acknowledge none of us have ever seen a worldwide pandemic like this in our lifetime.”
 
Gov. Beshear launched the Healthy at Work initiative in late April to guide the smart, safe and gradual reopening of the state’s economy. He noted that Kentucky’s plans closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.
 
“If you look at Kentucky’s plan, it is more closely aligned with the White House’s reopening plan and Dr. Anthony Fauci’s advice than just about any other state that is moving forward with reopening,” the Governor said. “It’s very gradual, and that is by design to give us time to build capacity on testing and tracing.”
 
With more sectors being reopened, Gov. Beshear said all businesses must follow the 10 rules of staying healthy at work as well as industry-specific guidance. A full reopening schedule can be found here.
 
The Governor said that while guidance and rules are important, the key to a successful reopening of the economy rests with all Kentuckians.
 
“It’s all going to come down to the people of Kentucky,” he said. “The reason we were able to flatten the curve – and in Kentucky we have saved tens of thousands of lives – is because of our citizens.”
 
Gov. Beshear said maintaining vigilance about social distancing and hygiene, and being resilient in the face of continued sacrifices will save even more lives.
 
He warned of possible regional outbreaks, such as the one occurring in the Bowling Green area of Warren County.
 
“Let’s remember this thing isn’t gone, and even in places where it looks like there are relatively few cases, significant outbreaks can occur quickly,” Gov. Beshear said.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 13, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 7,080 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 227 of which were newly confirmed Wednesday.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported five new deaths Wednesday, raising the total to 326 Kentuckians lost to the virus.
 
The deaths reported Wednesday include an 88-year-old woman from Adair County; three women, ages 73, 89 and 97, from Boone County; and a 74-year-old woman from Marshall County.
 
“Still five deaths to report today,” Gov. Beshear said. “These are five families that are going to need us. We need to light our houses up green tonight. We need to ring our bells at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. These are five families in communities that are going to be grieving. These are five Kentuckians taken from us by this virus and let’s make sure that we remember that they are more than simply an age and a county.”
 
At least 2,649 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Child illness update
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, provided an update on the coronavirus in children and discussed an advisory issued by the department about Pediatric Multisymptom Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS), a syndrome that is causing serious health problems for some young people. The guidance includes a summary of key points about the syndrome, possible symptoms and reporting directions.
 
PMIS is a rare illness being seen in some children who have been infected with COVID-19. About a month after a coronavirus infection, children and teenagers with PMIS develop fever accompanied by abdominal pain and, often, swollen hands, feet and lymph nodes.
 
Gov. Beshear and Dr. Stack have spoken about two cases involving young Kentuckians who were being treated for complications after contracting COVID-19. A 10-year-old who previously was in dire condition is no longer using a ventilator, and a 16-year-old who was being monitored has been sent home to recuperate.
 
Dr. Stack said the Kentucky Pediatric COVID-19 Hotline (800-722-5725) staffed by Norton Children’s Hospital is prepared to answer questions from both parents and clinicians about PMIS.
 
Bowling Green cases
Dr. Stack said the Bowling Green area is experiencing the second highest rate of positive cases today. Dr. Stack said he was on a call with local and state health leaders today where they discussed starting to send medical student volunteers to the area to assist.
 
“We are providing additional support to them,” Dr. Stack said. “And we will continue our dialogue and discussions with them to try to help them. I just want to emphasize: The disease is still out there. This is not the common cold; this is a bad actor. When it sets up in a community and starts to take hold, hospitals can get overrun.”
 
The Governor when discussing test results, he said there were more than 70 new positive cases in Warren County.
 
“What we’re seeing in Warren County is what many think is our future,” the Governor said. “Getting this in control, plateaued overall in the state and having to monitor the state as a whole but then having hot spots that can start growing and then can grow very significantly. Our hearts are with the residents of Warren County.”
 
N95 mask decontamination available
Dr. Stack also highlighted the availability to hospitals and other health care providers of the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System™. It uses vapor phase hydrogen peroxide (VPHP) to decontaminate N95 respirator masks for up to 20 reuses without degrading filter performance. For more information, visit www.battelle.org/decon, or contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or at delaneyk@battelle.org or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or at masseytr@battelle.org.
 
Phase 3 of health care reopening
Today marks the next step in the reopening of the state’s health care sector. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services issued directives governing the opening of hospitals and other health care facilities. Beginning May 13, hospitals and care facilities could begin doing non-emergency surgeries and procedures at 50% of their pre-COVID-19-era patient volume. Facilities will determine their own patient capacities starting May 27, as long as progress continues.
 
Department of Corrections
Gov. Beshear announced the appointment of Cookie Crews as commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Crews is a 36-year veteran of Corrections, having served at the helm of four prisons and the agency’s Health Services Division the past eight years.
 
“I’m proud to announce Cookie Crews as our new commissioner of the Department of Corrections,” the Governor said. “It’s a challenging time in Frankfort and in our corrections system for so many reasons. She’s demonstrated leadership, dedication and knowledge of the department.”
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear said in partnership with Kroger, new testing locations would open in Richmond, Mayfield, Louisville and Hartford next week. Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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Gov. Reports 227 New COVID-19 Cases & 5 New Deaths...

 
 
 
Gov. Andy Beshear said this afternoon there are 227 new cases with a large number in Warren County...
 
The Governor also announced 5 new deaths today...
 

 

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky is 7,080 and a total of 326 Kentuckians have lost their lives due to the coronavirus.

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Gov. Beshear: 'Just Because Summer Is Nearly Here Does Not Mean Virus Is Gone'


FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 12, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday said Kentuckians need to be resilient, resourceful and resolute in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), even as warmer weather brings new opportunities for gatherings – and virus transmission.

 

“We’re going to get through this together because we’re strong enough, we’re resilient enough and at the end of the day, we’re going to make good decisions,” the Governor said. “At different times we’re going to be tempted. We’re at the beginning of summer and we all want it to be a normal summer. But we don’t get a normal summer in the midst of a worldwide health pandemic.”

 

The Governor provided updates on two children being ill, positive cases, testing and urged Kentuckians and businesses to remain vigilant of Healthy at Work guidance.

 

Gov. Beshear praised the hard work and sacrifices that make us Team Kentucky, but warned that warmer weather and Memorial Day weekend coming up in a couple weeks will bring new temptations to drop our guards.

 

“This is going to be something that is burned on our psyches, on our memories,” he said. “It will probably a change a little bit how we interact and in our world going forward.”

 

Even with the easing of some restrictions, however, Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, stressed that workplaces will not be reopening to business as usual. Likewise, he said, no one should expect summer activities to run as usual this year.

 

“Early reports suggest that warm weather may not help us with this virus,” Dr. Stack said. “We were hoping that we might have some diminishment of the disease in the summer months, like with seasonal influenza, but early signs are we may not be able to count on that.”

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 12, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 6,853 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 191 of which were newly confirmed Tuesday.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 10 new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 321 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths reported Tuesday include a 74-year-old woman from Boone County; a 59-year-old man from Fayette County; an 85-year-old woman from Hopkins County; two women, ages 57 and 77, and an 85-year-old man from Jefferson County; and three women, ages 91, 89 and 91, and an 85-year-old man from Kenton County.

 

“It hurts to lose 321 people to this. So let’s remember that it’s real. Let’s remember that it’s taken people from us. This isn’t made up. It’s a lot worse and a lot more deadly than the flu,” the Governor said. “I believe every Kentuckian has value. I believe every Kentuckian counts. I mourn for these 321 people and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure we don’t unnecessarily lose people going forward.”

 

At least 2,546 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

Child illness
Gov. Beshear and Dr. Stack provided an update on the coronavirus in children after one young Kentuckian was apparently suffering from a rare, but not unknown complication related to COVID-19.

 

The Governor said Monday that a 10-year-old child in Kentucky was on a ventilator after becoming ill with COVID-19. On Tuesday, he said the child was improving.

 

“Doctors are hopeful that in the days to come the child can be removed from the ventilator,” the Governor said.

 

In discussing the symptoms that children might experience with the virus, Dr. Stack provided examples of symptoms and said that additional guidance and information is likely coming tomorrow.

 

“This is a serious disease and it spreads very easy, and while the statistics are good for children, most are going to be perfectly fine, the statistics are not perfect,” Dr. Stack said.

 

Unfortunately, he said a 16-year-old Kentuckian has been hospitalized with the virus but is not relying on a ventilator to breathe.

 

Dr. Stack said the new syndrome is being recognized in young people related to the coronavirus that causes their immune systems to become overactive, sparking an inflammatory response in their bodies.

 

Phase 3 of health care reopening
Wednesday marks the next step in the reopening of the state’s health care sector. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services issued directives governing the opening of hospitals and other health care facilities.

 

Beginning May 13, hospitals and care facilities can begin doing non-emergency surgeries and procedures at 50% of their pre-COVID-19-era patient volume. Facilities will determine their own patient capacities starting May 27, as long as progress continues.

 

Governor urges continued telework
Gov. Beshear said that while Kentucky businesses are being encouraged to safely restart on a staggered schedule, owners and operators should continue to allow employees to telework when possible.

 

Encouraging telework is the first of the 10 rules of staying healthy at work. Gov. Beshear’s administration is providing industry-specific guidance on reopening.

Several sectors have reopened. Houses of worship reopened May 9. Horse racing, manufacturing and distribution, office-based businesses, construction, pet grooming and boarding, photography and vehicle or vessel dealerships have followed. On May 18, government offices and agencies are set to reopen, and retail and funeral services are scheduled to reopen May 20. See the full reopening schedule here.

 

Child care options
Gov. Beshear said child care options would expand on June 15, but would still not be back to normal until we have a vaccine or a cure. Parents can expect more limited capacity, and guidance will be issued in advance of the reopening.

 

Pools
The Governor answered a question about the reopening of public and commercial pools. An estimated 25-plus states have not yet announced plans for reopening pools.

 

“None of our kids want to have to grow up knowing that, maybe going to see a grandparent, after they’ve gone to a pool, maybe is the reason that grandparent isn’t here anymore,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

 

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AREA ARREST 5-13-20

 

 

An Adair County man was arrested on charges of Assault and Possession of Marijuana late Tuesday night…

 

Michael Blakeley, 58, of Columbia was taken into custody by Kentucky State Police Trooper Lunz on charges of Assault 4th Degree, (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries and Possession of Marijuana.

 

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ADAIR CO FISCAL COURT MET TUESDAY EVENING

Adair County Fiscal Court met Tuesday night, Jim Liebe with Wave News spoke with County Judge Gayle Cowan following the meeting and files this report....

 

 

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1 NEW COVID-19 CASE IN ADAIR CO.


Today we report one new case in Lake Cumberland, a Nursing Home employee in Adair County. On more positive notes, we are happy to report no new area deaths and that we released 13 from isolation (recovered). That means 80% of our confirmed cases have now recovered.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 193 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 6,855 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 113 Kentucky Counties as of 05/12/20 (this includes 6,853 statewide plus 2 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread. LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

We continue to encourage all local partners who are providing COVID-19 testing to register on the kycovid19.ky.gov webpage so the public can have a consistent location to find testing site information. We continue to review the Governor’s business reopening guidance and to field questions from local businesses regarding such.

 

 

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DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING IN CUMBERLAND CO.; ADAIR & RUSSELL CO. RESIDENTS CAN PARTICIPATE

 

The drive-thru testing in Cumberland County is open to anyone in Adair & Russell Counties also. Registration is on site and they can test 100 people per day.   

 

 

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191 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; MAJORITY IS FROM WARREN CO.

 

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 191 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky this afternoon...

 

 

The Governor reported 10 new deaths. The total number of deaths in KY due to the coronavirus is 321.

 

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R.S. CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING AGENDA MAY 12TH

 

The Russell Springs City Council will have a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6:00pmCT.

Notice: Due to the state of emergency regarding threats to public health presented by the novel coronavirus and under KRS 61.826, this meeting of the Russell Springs City Council will be conducted by video teleconference. The video teleconference meeting may be viewed by the public by visiting the city’s YouTube Video Channel located at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8FtwcqExx47XqZpsp-W47w
 
I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER
II. ROLL CALL
III. FIRST READING OF ORDINANCE 2020-01; CONSENSUAL ANNEXATION OF 834 EAST STEVE WARINER DRIVE INTO CITY OF RUSSELL SPRINGS BOUNDRY
IV. ADJOURNMENT
 

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2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT SENDS ADAIR CO. WOMAN TO HOSPITAL

 

The Columbia Police Department responded to a 2-vehicle injury collision on Burkesville Street today (Tuesday) just before noon. 
 
Denise Hussey, 65, of Columbia, KY was operating a 2015 Acura and was stopped in traffic waiting to turn left onto Tutt Street, when she was rear-ended by a 2001 Honda being driven by 18-year-old Alicia Riddle of Albany, KY.
 
Riddle was transported by Adair EMS to TJ Health Columbia for treatment of possible injuries.
 
Sgt. Jr. Murphy investigated the collision. He was assisted on scene by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and other responding Columbia Police Dept. Officers.
 

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Adair Co. Couple Arrested Following Stolen Trailer Investigation


On Monday, May 11, 2020 at 8:32pmCT, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office executed an arrest warrant on Adrian Stotts, 38, of Columbia, KY around the 900 block of Greensburg Street. The arrest stems from an investigation by Chief Deputy Justin  Cross into a 6x12 utility trailer that was stolen from the Bliss Community of Adair County. Stotts was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of Theft By Unlawful Taking over $500 (but less then $10,000), a class D Felony.


Also arrested was Ashley Stotts, 36, of Columbia who had an outstanding Adair Circuit Court Bench Warrant. She was also lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.
 
The Sheriffs Office was assisted in the warrant service by the Columbia Police Dept. and Kentucky State Police.
 

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RUSSELL CO. MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF METH & PILLS


According to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston, 24-year-old Justin Turner of the Indian Cave/Bernard Ridge area of Russell County was arrested by Deputies Corey Meyer and Jared Pierce for Possession of Methamphetamine 1st degree (2nd offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance (pills). He was also served an outstanding Circuit Court warrant for a Probation Violation. 

 
The case is still under investigation and more charges are likely when presented to a Russell County Grand jury. 
 
Sheriffs Deputies were assisted by KY State Police. 
 
If you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, call the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons tip-line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous. 
 

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3 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT

 

Today we are reporting three new cases in Lake Cumberland, two Pulaski County residents, and one Russell County resident. We are reporting no new deaths. We note that 73% of our confirmed cases have now recovered.  The mortality rate for our area is high compared to state and world rates at 9.9%.

 

The Lake Cumberland area has experienced 192 Cumulative Confirmed Cases and there have been 6,679 Confirmed COVID-19 cases across 113 Kentucky Counties as of 05/11/20 (this includes 6,677 statewide plus 2 recently reported cases in Lake Cumberland not in the Governor’s daily report). ­ Regardless of the confirmed case count for any Lake Cumberland County, we believe COVID-19 to be widespread.  LCDHD is working to identify and contact all those with whom any positive case may have come into close contact.

 

We are working hard right now encouraging local testing sites to register on the KY COVID-19 webpage so the public can have a consistent location to find testing site information. We are also reviewing the Governor’s business reopening guidance and fielding questions from local businesses regarding such.


 

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RC FISCAL COURT MEETING FOR MAY

The Russell County Fiscal Court met Monday evening for their regular monthly meeting. County Judge Gary Robertson sit down with WAVE NEWS following the meeting and shared what took place... 

 

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HOMEPLACE ON GREEN RIVER HIRES 1ST FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE

 
Adair County’s Tiffany Kessler has been selected by the Homeplace on Green River’s executive committee as Homeplace’s full-time program director. She is the farm’s first full-time employee and will be responsible for shepherding many of the activities at Homeplace including the farm’s role as Kentucky’s Outdoor Classroom, marketing, administration, public activities, and fundraising.  
 
The Board interviewed several well-qualified applicants and chose Ms. Kessler as the best fit for Homeplace. She brings to Homeplace 18 years of experience in writing and editing news, maintaining contact with community leaders, serving as a Congressional field representative and working with agricultural entities such as Farmer’s Pride and The Center for Rural Development. She is well known and respected well beyond Adair County.  She is passionate about Southcentral Kentucky, especially preservation of its heritage and assuring our young people maintain that heritage.
 
Ms. Kessler’s hiring is possible thanks to a generous grant from the William Schmidt Family Foundation. The Schmidt Foundation has also supported other activities at Homeplace.
 

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ELECTION INFO. FROM ADAIR BOARD OF ELECTIONS

 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  Governor Andy Beshear postponed Primary Election Day to June 23, 2020 (Executive Order 2020-296).  With this Executive Order, the Governor worked with our Secretary of State to create the order that changes the manner by which the upcoming election will be conducted.  Using the Executive Order, the State Board of Elections created emergency regulations and procedures to follow.  Hopefully, this style of election will drastically reduce any potential exposure to the Covid19 virus.
 
This only applies to the June 23, 2020 Primary Election!
 
The postponement, executive order, and regulations were all created so that this election can be safe, secure, and successful.  Along with this decision, the Adair County Board of Elections has developed a plan to facilitate in-person early voting for those that feel their liberties are being infringed upon.  With this two-front approach to the election, we feel that every voter will have ample opportunity to practice their right to vote.  
 
1. A postcard will be sent out from the State Board of Elections to all registered voters informing them of the changes and how to get a ballot. Reminder: these will go out to ALL registered voters in Adair County, but the only parties that have anything to vote for on the ballots are Republicans and Democrats. If you would like to confirm that your voter registration information is correct, you may do so by going online to www.govoteky.com or calling the clerk's office to check. The last day to register to vote is May 26, 2020.
 
2. If at all possible the Governor, Secretary of State, and State Board of Elections is asking registered voters to request a paper ballot be mailed to your address in order to vote.  You may request a ballot by the following;
  • Phone:  270-384-2801
  • Email:  Lisa.Greer@ky.gov, 
  • Please be prepared to submit, your full name, date of birth, and your mailing address, cell/home phone. This applies to requesting by phone or email
  • A secure online portal will be available through the State Board of Election’s website in a few weeks that will require personal identifiable information. It is expected to be up and running in 2 weeks. As soon as the Board of Elections receives that information, they will make it available to you
 
3. The ballot can be mailed back to the County Clerk's office postmarked no later than June 23, 2020 (a returned postage paid envelope will be included) or dropped off in a secure ballot drop-box located inside the Annex. The box will be in place closer to the end of May or the first of June.  All mailed ballots will go through a signature match for security before being counted.
 
4. THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE CENTRAL VOTING LOCATION FOR EARLY ABSENTEE VOTING AND ELECTION DAY, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY.
 
5. The centralized location for ALL PRECINCTS will be in the basement of the Adair Annex and will be open to provide an in-person option beginning June 8th thru June 22nd (for those who choose not to vote by mail). The address is 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:00pmCT and Saturday, June 13th and Saturday, June 20th, 2020 from 8:00am-11:00amCT.  
 
6. ELECTION DAY:  All precincts will be closed on Election Day.  One polling location in the basement of the Annex Building will be open to provide an in-person option for anyone who can’t vote by mail.  Address is 424 Public Square, Columbia KY  42728, from 6:00 a.m. CST to 6:00 p.m. CST. We ask that everyone please be prepared to practice CDC guidelines for social distancing.
 
7. Things to consider and prepared to have ready if you are voting in person:
  • Please be prepared to  wear a face mask if at possible to help protect our workers and other voters
  • You will be ask to confirm your identity, the quickest way being a Driver’s License or one of the following 
  • Personal Acquaintance with Election Officer
  • Social Security Card
  • Credit Card
  • Any ID Card with Picture and Signature of Voter
  • Any Kentucky State Government issued ID Card orAny United States Government issued ID Card 
Please have one of these out and ready.
 
We recognize this is a new and unfamiliar way to vote. It is the County Board of Election and the County Clerk’s office highest duty to perform fair and honest elections and we take this responsibility extremely serious. These regulations and changes are for the June 23, 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION ONLY. 
 
If you have any questions, please call the Adair County Clerk’s Office at 270-384-2801.    
 

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Gov. Beshear Warns Kentuckians of Utility Scam during COVID-19 Pandemic

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 11, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear issued a scam alert today (Monday) warning Kentuckians of utility-related scams popping up in the midst of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
“Do not send payment to scammers threatening to cut off your electricity or other utilities.” This warning from Gov. Beshear comes after members of Kentucky electric co-ops reported receiving calls from someone claiming to work for the local utility and threatening to disconnect their service without immediate payment.
 
“The Kentucky Public Service Commission issued an order that halts disconnections for non-payment and fees for late payments. Anyone threatening to cut off your electricity during the COVID-19 emergency is likely a scammer,” said Gov. Beshear.
 
Friday, the Governor also issued an Executive Order that extends the protections against disconnection for non-payment and assessment of late fees for entities providing utility services not regulated by the Public Service Commission (PSC).
 
This order applies to water, gas, electric and wastewater service. The Governor noted that the vast majority of cities and non-PSC-regulated entities have been voluntarily not disconnecting, and not assessing late payment fees, since the middle of March.
 
“No matter who you are or where you are in the commonwealth – you are protected from being disconnected for nonpayment,” Gov. Beshear added.
 
The temporary pause on disconnections will remain in place until further notice. However, these temporary measures do not mean customers are not obligated to pay their bills.
 
To help lower your chances of falling victim to a scam, use the following tips.
 
1. Know your utility services cannot be disconnected at this time for nonpayment
2. If you receive a call from someone pretending to be your utility representative:
  • Hang up! Do not give them personal or financial information
  • Call the publicly listed number for the utility company to verify your account status
3. If you are making a payment to your utility company during this time:
  • Double check that you are on the correct website, and not a fake replica, before submitting credit card or banking information
 
Kentuckians who suspect they have been contacted by a scammer should call the Consumer Protection Hotline at: 1-888-432-9257.
 
Questions about your utility rates and service should be direct to the Public Service Commission, https://psc.ky.gov/Home/Contact
 

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88 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Adair; 18 in Russell


 

 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES AFTER EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP


Early this morning (Monday) at 2:30amCT, K-9 Deputy Josh Durbin, along with K-9 “Nitro”, initiated a traffic stop on a 1996 Ford passenger vehicle 7 miles north of Columbia on KY N55 for speeding.
 
As a result of the stop and investigation, 32-year-old Roger Harris of Taylor County was arrested on the following charges:

- Speeding 
- Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Methamphetamine)
-Possession of Marijuana and
-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 
 
The Adair County Sheriffs Office is continuing the investigation.
 

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ADAIR CO. WOMAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES


On Friday, May 8, 2020 the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to a non-injury collision approximately 5 miles north of Columbia on KY 55N. Upon arrival, Deputy Brandon Hitch developed probable cause that the operator was under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Further investigation led him to believe she was in possession of narcotics.  

     
Bernadine Brickhouse, 57, of Columbia was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs. 
 

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AREA ARREST 5-11-20

 

Cyvesck Miller, 30, of Columbia was taken into custody just after 4 a.m. this morning on a charge of Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence)with no visible injuries. Lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Officer Dean with the Columbia Police Department…

 

Roger Harris, 32, of Campbellsville, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Durbin with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office just after 3 a.m. this morning on charges of Speeding 8 MPH over the Limit, Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), and Possession of Marijuana.

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ADAIR CO. MAN INJURED IN 1-VEHICLE ROLLOVER ACCIDENT


On Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 10:16amCT, the Adair County Sheriffs Office responded to a single vehicle collision on KY 80 (Russell Springs Rd).
 
Preliminary investigation shows that 19-year-old Brandon Stotts of Columbia was traveling west, when his 2007 Pontiac car dropped off the shoulder of the roadway. Stotts was unable to recover the vehicle and it left the road and overturned. 
 
Stotts was treated on scene by Adair County EMS and transported to TJ Health Columbia. 

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Gov. Beshear Provides Updates on Kentucky's Fight Against COVID-19

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 9, 2020) – At the Capitol Saturday, Gov. Andy Beshear provided updates on Kentucky’s fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

“Every day we need to make sure that we lift each other up,” Gov. Beshear said. “We need to encourage our neighbors around us.”

 

The Governor offered information regarding in-person worship services and new cases and reminded Kentuckians of this week’s updates on expanded testing and industry-specific guidance for staying healthy at work.

 

Case information

As of 5 p.m. May 9, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 6,440 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 158 of which were newly confirmed Saturday.

 

“These new cases, they impact people of all ages,” Gov. Beshear said. “Thirty percent of all of our cases are between 20 and 40 years old. When you look at 40 to 70, it’s 46 percent of our cases. For those that think this just hits people in their 70s and older, that’s just 19 percent of our cases. It’s hitting everybody. So, let’s not let our guard down. Let’s make sure we are doing the right things to protect everybody.”

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported six new deaths Saturday, raising the total to 304 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

 

The deaths include a 63-year-old man from Jefferson County, a 92-year-old woman from Meade County, and 76- and 81-year-old men and 90- and 95-year-old women from Graves County.

 

At least 2,308 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

Houses of worship can reopen
On Friday, Gov. Beshear previewed guidance to houses of worship on how to more safely hold in-person worship services starting May 20. In light of recent court rulings, which allow in-person services to resume immediately, the state is issuing that guidance today.

 

“I know some folks are ready to get back to in-person services, but we must remain vigilant against this virus,” Gov. Beshear said. “Places of worship should strongly consider continuing to offer alternative services. My family will continue worshiping virtually.”

 

If Kentuckians worship in person on Sunday, Gov. Beshear urged them to be careful and to take the steps to protect themselves and their families. The state’s complete guidance can be found at healthyatwork.ky.gov.

 

Testing expansion
This week, Gov. Beshear announced new partnerships with First Care Clinics and Bluewater Diagnostics Laboratory that will help Kentuckians get tested for COVID-19 at no cost before they go back to work, even if they do not have health insurance. For more information on the new partnerships, click here.

Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

“We still have 150 spots in Corbin,” the Governor said.

 

“The slots in Corbin are not filling up fast enough. This is an area where we need more tests and there haven’t been enough tests. You can sign up now. You can get that slot now. Please do.”

 

Healthy at Work
On Friday, Gov. Beshear outlined the requirements to begin reopening major segments of the economy and society including houses of worship, manufacturing, construction, government offices and agencies, retail and funeral services. The full plans for those entities to reopen is posted online at healthyatwork.ky.gov.

 

“Healthy at home has worked,” the Governor said. “And that’s not because it was a great plan. It’s because of what you the citizens of Kentucky were willing to do.


You have saved lives. Each and every one of you who has made good decisions is a hero. Healthy at Work is a pretty intense set of guidelines, too, so if you can take that same commitment as Healthy at Home and put it to Healthy at Work then we can start restarting our economy gradually and in a safe way and not have to pause it. And not cause more spread of the virus.”


Gov. Beshear also announced that government offices and agencies can open on May 18 and funeral homes can open on May 20.

 

All businesses should follow the 10 rules of staying healthy at work as well as industry-specific guidance, which will be issued as soon as possible. See the full reopening schedule here.

 

This week, Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack also announced Health Care Reopening Phase 2 is beginning with outpatient and ambulatory surgery and invasive procedures.

 

All patients must have COVID-19 pre-procedure testing per professional association guidelines consistent with KDPH guidance. The 10 rules of reopening also apply, which include universal masking and personal protective equipment (PPE), closed common areas, along with requirements to follow specific procedure guidance.

 

Thank you
This week, Gov. Beshear thanked teachersnurses and interpreters. Yesterday, he and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman thanked moms across the commonwealth ahead of Mother’s Day. Gov. Beshear also announced there will be no news conference on Sunday in honor of the holiday.

 

“We are very close to Mother’s Day, so happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there,” Gov. Beshear said.

 

More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).


 

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Gov. Beshear Announces Requirements for Houses of Worship, Retail, Others to Reopen

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 8, 2020) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear outlined the requirements to begin reopening major segments of the economy and society including houses of worship, manufacturing, construction, government offices and agencies, retail and funeral services.

 

Also on Friday, the Kentucky Baptist Convention and the Kentucky Council of Churches voiced their support for the Governor’s guidelines to reopen places of worship on May 20.

 

The full plans for those entities to reopen is posted online at healthyatwork.ky.gov.

 

Gov. Beshear also announced that government offices and agencies can open on May 18 and funeral homes can open on May 20.

 

“I believe that the healthiest economy coming out of COVID-19 is going to be the one that can keep the virus contained while they successfully reopen,” said Gov. Beshear. “Remember, listen to your faith leader. If they tell you that they're not ready and that they don't think that it's safe, then you should wait.”

 

Dr. Todd Gray, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said, “I am thankful for the hard work of Gov. Beshear and his team of advisers, as well as their outreach to faith leaders, in working through the details of this plan. While Kentucky Baptists are eager to return to in-person worship they only want to do so in a safe and healthy manner. I believe they will find this plan reasonable, doable, and in the best interests of the health of their congregations.”

 

The Rev. Kent Gilbert, president of the Kentucky Council of Churches and pastor of Union Church in Berea, added, “We all want our families and our neighbors’ family to be and stay healthy. Churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and other religious settings are here to support life and well-being. As supporters of #TeamKentucky, the Kentucky Council of Churches and its member bodies encourage everyone to follow these ‘Healthy at Worship’ guidelines so we can preserve the health of all. No one wants to rush back to worship just to cause more funerals. Worship is meant to be life-giving. These guidelines will help keep it that way in this time of pandemic illness.”

 

All businesses should follow the 10 rules of staying healthy at work as well as industry-specific guidance, which will be issued as soon as possible. See the full reopening schedule here.

 

Today, Gov. Beshear and Eric Friedlander, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, also provided an update on long-term care testing strategies, testing expansion, mask decontamination, the state’s reopening timeline and this weekend’s press conference schedule.

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 8, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 6,288 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 176 of which were newly confirmed Friday. 

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported four new deaths Friday, raising the state’s toll to 298 deaths related to the virus.

 

The deaths include a 90-year-old woman from Edmonson County, a 90-year-old woman from Hopkins County, a 69-year-old man from Jefferson County and a 75-year-old man from Bullitt County.

 

“This number is a lot lower than yesterday, which is good, but these are four individuals we’ve lost and these are four families that need our support, so let’s make sure we light our houses up green and ring our bells at 10 a.m.,” said Gov. Beshear. “These are families that are counting on us.”

 

At least 2,266 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

Long-term care testing strategy
Today, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) announced a new long-term care testing strategy, in partnership with Norton Healthcare and local health departments and emergency management leaders.

 

All long-term care facilities will be risk-stratified based on eight key metrics. There will be COVID-19 surveillance testing for residents and staff in all 286 skilled nursing facilities in the commonwealth. Facilities will have guidance for pre-planning, testing, post-testing and follow-up. Norton Healthcare’s help line will be available 24 hours a day for all facilities.

 

“This testing strategy will advance the proactive response initiated weeks ago by Gov. Beshear, when visitation in long-term care facilities was limited,” said Secretary Friedlander. “This, and other proactive measures, ranging from infection-control prevention, consultations and PPE-planning, has saved lives among this vulnerable population. With the ability to now test every resident of our long-term care facilities, we can take an even more aggressive approach in our battle against the coronavirus.”

 

Testing expansion
Thursday, Gov. Beshear announced new partnerships with First Care Clinics and Bluewater Diagnostics Laboratory that will help Kentuckians get tested for COVID-19 at no cost before they go back to work, even if they do not have health insurance. For more information on the new partnerships, click here.

 

Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

“We now have the ability when we have an outbreak or we think we do in any type of facility anywhere for that employer to be able to test everybody in the facility,” said Gov. Beshear. “We don't have to make excuses anymore. We’re not facing the same type of shortages. So let’s make sure as we go back to being healthy at work that we're doing everything we can to take care of those around us.”

 

N95 mask decontamination for frontline health care workers
Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health commissioner, announced that Kentucky hospitals will now be using the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System™ that uses vapor phase hydrogen peroxide (VPHP) to decontaminate N95 respirator masks for up to 20 reuses without degrading filter performance.

 

For more information, visit www.battelle.org/decon, or contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or at delaneyk@battelle.org or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or at masseytr@battelle.org.

 

Thank you
This week, Gov. Beshear thanked teachersnurses and interpreters. Today, he and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman thanked moms across the commonwealth ahead of Mother’s Day. Gov. Beshear announced there will be no news conference on Sunday in honor of the holiday.

 

“To all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day. To all those who have served as mothers, bonus moms, step moms, women who long to be moms but cannot, I salute you as well,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “I hope you can feel the love we have for you even if we are socially distant.”

 

Gov. Beshear followed, “She beat me to it. Mom, Britainy, happy Mother’s Day.”

 

More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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176 NEW COVID-19 CASES; 4 NEW DEATHS - 05/08/20

 

176 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky and 4 new deaths. The total number of cases is 6,288 and 298 total deaths. 2,266 Kentuckians have recovered from the coronavirus.
 
Locally, the LCDHD (Lake Cumberland District Health Dept.) says today (Friday) only one new COVID-19 case was reported and it's from McCreary County. No new deaths reported today. Four people have been released from isolation equating now to 139 cumulative confirmed cases (76%) having recovered. Also, a few days ago, Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Jamestown, KY reported that they now have no active cases in their facility, neither staff nor residents. 
 
LCDHD is working aggressively to facilitate testing sites in all Lake Cumberland Counties. They are also working to get an accurate list of local medical facilities that are providing testings so they can publish a list of local testing sites.
 
Finally, as they are becoming available, LCDHD is reviewing the Governor's guidance on the reopening of businesses. The health dept. has have had Zoom meetings with County Judges and Mayors, County Attorneys and the Chambers of Commerce in order to prepare for a smooth reopening of the local economy.
 

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ADAIR CO. EMS EMPLOYEE IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER TRUCK STRIKES HER BICYCLE

 

The Adair County Sheriff's Office investigated the accident that occurred on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 4:31pmCT on KY 551 at the Holmes Bend Road intersection. Upon arriving at the scene, emergency peronnel found that a cyclist had been struck by a vehicle and it was one of their own.
 
The preliminary investigation indicates that 27-year-old Hannah Morales (who is employed by Adair County EMS), was riding her bike on KY 551 headed toward Columbia with the right-of-way. Ernesto Martinez, 42, of Columbia, KY was operating a 1999 Chevrolet truck on KY 551 heading north. Martinez was making a left hand turn attempting to merge onto Homes Bend Road and failed to see Morales and struck her bicycle.   
 
Morales was airlifted from the scene by Air Evac to the U.K. Hospital in Lexington, KY where she is listed in critical condition.  Martinez was not injured and was cited for No Operator's License.   
 
The incident is still under investigation by Chief Deputy Justin Cross. He was assisted at the scene by Columbia Police, Kentucky State Police, Adair EMS, Columbia - Adair Fire Dept. and Constable Jason Rector.
 

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AREA ARRESTS 5-8-2020

 

2 people were lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on Thursday in two separate incidents.

 

  • Ricky Poore, 28, of Albany, KY was taken into custody by Deputy Meyer with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office just before 9:30pmCT on Thursday evening. Poore was charged with Assault 3rd Degree (of a Police or Probation Officer), Disorderly Conduct, 2nd Degree and Resisting Arrest.
     
  • Jacob Grimes, 24, of Russell Springs, KY was lodged into the Russell Co. Detention Center just before midnight Thursday night by Russell Springs Police Officer Justice for Assault, 4th Degree (Domestic Violence) with minor injuries.

 

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Russell Co. Fiscal Court Meeting/Public Hearing Agendas

 

The Russell County Fiscal Court will meet on Monday, May 11, 2020 for the regular monthly meeting at 6:00pmCT. Prior to the court meeting, a Public Hearing will be held at 5:45pmCT for LGEA and County Road Aid Funds. The meetings are closed to the public but will be conducted via audio conference and Facebook Live due to the Governor mandates and restrictions of COVID 19. In regards to the LGEA & CRA meeting, any public discussion will be in the form of comments called into the Judge’s office.

 

Regular Monthly Meeting Agenda:  https://ridingthewave.com/assets/files/RC-FISCAL-COURT-AGENDA-5-11-20.pdf

 

LGEA & County Road Aid Funds Agenda:  https://ridingthewave.com/assets/files/RC-FISCAL-COURT-LGEA-HEARING-5-11-20.pdf

 

 

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1 NEW COVID-19 CASE IN RUSSELL CO.; NO NEW DEATHS IN L.C. DISTRICT

 

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Gov. Beshear Announces Next Phase of Reopening Economy

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 7, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday released a new timeline for reopening more of the state’s industries, but reminded Kentuckians it will not be business as usual anywhere until we have defeated the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). He also updated Kentuckians on expanded testing, utility scams and federal support and funding.
 
“We have been up against big adversaries here in Kentucky. We are going to succeed against this adversary as well,” Gov. Beshear said.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 7, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 6,128 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 208 of which were newly confirmed Thursday. The Governor read out several ages of the day’s positive cases, which demonstrated that all age ranges are contracting the virus.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 11 new deaths Thursday, raising the state’s toll to 294 deaths related to the virus.
 
The deaths include a 94-year-old man from Butler, a 97-year-old woman from Edmonson, an 89-year-old man from Edmonson, an 80-year-old woman from Edmonson, an 86-year-old man from Edmonson, a 62-year-old man from Butler, a 73-year-old man from Warren, a 92-year-old man from Edmonson, a 78-year-old man from Jefferson, an 87-year-old woman from Grayson and a 66-year-old man from Hardin.
 
“Each one is more than an age, a gender, a county, even though that is the information we read every day. These are 11 Kentuckians we have lost, 11 families that are grieving,” Gov. Beshear said. “They are going to have to go through this at a time when they can’t grieve a normal way.”
 
Gov. Beshear continues to encourage Kentuckians to light their homes green in honor of those we have lost.
 
At least 2,177 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Healthy at Work Phase 2
Today, Gov. Beshear announced the second phase of reopening the commonwealth’s economy, but urged patience and caution until we finish the fight against COVID-19.
 
All businesses should follow the 10 rules of staying healthy at work as well as industry-specific guidance, which will be issued as soon as possible. The new tentative dates for reopening are:
  • May 22 – Restaurants, with limited 33% capacity and outdoor seating
  • June 1 – Movie theaters, fitness centers
  • June 11 – Campgrounds, public and private
  • June 15 – Child care, with reduced capacity; and potentially low-touch and outdoor youth sports
 
“That is when we are opening our restaurants on a limited inside capacity plus unlimited outdoor seating if they can get the spacing that is needed,” Gov. Beshear said. “This allows restaurants to be open for Memorial Day weekend, but please be careful.”
 
The Governor added that Phase 3 is coming July 1 with bars, with limitations, and gatherings up to 50 people allowed.
 
Testing expansion
Gov. Beshear announced a new partnership with First Care Clinics to expand testing as more businesses reopen. First Care Clinics can now provide COVID-19 tests at 13 locations, seven days a week across the state, at no cost to employees or their employers. Kentuckians can schedule a test online.
 
“We’ve been working hard on a solution with the private sector that will significantly increase our testing capacity at the time people return to work, and return to worship,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our vision for this partnership with First Care is that it becomes the place folks go to get a test if they’re going back into work.”
 
First Care accepts Medicaid, Medicare and most insurance plans. Most plans have waived copays so First Care will not collect anything from insured or uninsured patients being tested for COVID-19 at the time of the visit.
 
“To open Kentucky safely, we need testing. Right now, we have the capacity to do 30,000 tests weekly. A big part of being healthy at work is being able to be tested,” Gov. Beshear added.
 
“First Care is honored to partner with the Governor as part of his Healthy at Work initiative,” said Rob Pantoja, co-founder and CEO of First Care Clinics. “We’ve treated over 700,000 Kentuckians since we opened our first clinic and have some of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the industry. Our employees are extremely compassionate and are eager to help Kentuckians get back to their places of work and worship.”
 
Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), said the Bluewater Diagnostics Laboratory can now provide testing throughout Kentucky and in a variety of locations. The lab runs two drive-thru testing sites in Bullitt and Johnson counties, as well. To contact Bluewater Diagnostics about testing options, call 502-538-2980 or email cs@bluewaterdxlab.com.
 
“Ultimately, we need to have the private sector work in conjunction with us to build our capacity to do large scale testing,” said Dr. Stack.
 
Information on how to register at more than 70 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
Scammers threaten to disconnect electric service
Electric cooperatives across Kentucky are reporting a surge in scammers attempting to exploit Kentuckians amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Callers claim to work for a utility company or co-op and threaten to disconnect service without immediate payment.
 
“We are in the test of our lives, let’s make sure we don’t let anyone take advantage of us at this time,” said Gov. Beshear.
 
In March, the Kentucky Public Service Commission issued an order that halts disconnections for non-payment and fees for late payments. Gov. Beshear urges Kentuckians not to arrange payment or divulge personal information on the phone unless they are absolutely sure they are speaking with their utility company.
 
Kentuckians who suspect a scamming attempt should contact their utility and the Kentucky Attorney General’s office: online scam reporting form, ag.ky.gov/scams and Consumer Protection Hotline, 888-432-9257.
 
Federal Funding, Support
Gov. Beshear announced today that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been awarded nearly $22.9 million for relief of public transit agencies that have been hit hard by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. A list of the transit agencies, amounts of potential awards and areas of service is available here.
 
FEMA is coordinating two shipments totaling a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment to all 15,400 Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing homes. The shipments are meant to supplement existing efforts to provide equipment to nursing homes.
 
Gov. Beshear also announced that Kentucky will receive $10.3 million for 25 health centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Centers will use this funding to expand the range of testing and testing-related activities to best address the needs of the local communities. For more information, click here. 
 

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GOV. ANNOUNCES 11 NEW DEATHS; RESTAURANTS TO REOPEN MAY 22ND

 

 

At his daily coronavirus update this afternoon Gov. Andy Beshear announced 208 new COVID-19 cases and 11 new deaths....
                         
 
The total number of deaths grows to 294; total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Kentucky is 6,129. 
 
Governor Beshear also talked about Phase 2 of Kentucky's reopening plan and said May 22nd is the date restaurants can reopen with limited inside capacity....
 

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KSP MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORT - APRIL 2020

 
Columbia, KY (May 7, 2020) - During the month of April 2020, there were 6 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 were 2 fatal collisions in April in the Post 15 area:
  • Joshua Thomas, 21, of Marion County, KY was killed on 04/22/2020 in Marion Co.
  • Andrew Mays, 21, of Marion County, KY was killed on 04/22/2020 in Marion Co.
 
This brings our yearly fatality count to 5 compared with 2 through this same period in 2019.
Statewide fatality count stands at 182 compared with 214 through this same period in 2019.
 
During the month of April 2020, there were 106 citations written, 42 courtesy notices written, 366 complaints answered, 57 motorists assisted, 30 criminal cases opened and 57 criminal arrests made.
 
 

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Gov. Beshear Announced Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Awarded $22.9 Million in CARES Funding

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 7, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has been awarded nearly $22.9 million for relief of public transit agencies that have been hit hard by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The funding, part of the CARES Act, is from the Federal Transit Administration. KYTC will distribute it in grants to 17 public transit agencies across Kentucky.
 
“Public transit agencies and their employees are a lifeline to thousands of Kentuckians who depend on them for daily transportation,” Gov. Beshear said. “For those Kentuckians, the bus service is how they get to doctor appointments, the grocery and other essential locations.” 
 
Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray noted that public transit agencies have lost ridership because of the pandemic and have experienced much employee time lost to illness. “These agencies are struggling financially, and this funding is sorely needed to keep services running and our people protected,” Secretary Gray said.
 
CARES – Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security – was enacted by the U.S. Congress to stimulate the economy while much of the nation’s workforce stays healthy at home.
 
The newly announced grant is for $22,894,101. The funding will sustain the transit agencies by covering some operational expenses, including administrative leave for employees forced to self-isolate because of exposure to people infected with COVID-19.
 
Other eligible expenses include purchases of fuel and procurement of personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes, disinfection services and protective barriers between drivers and passengers.
 
A list of the transit agencies, amounts of potential awards and areas of service is available here.
 
More information about Gov. Beshear's actions and Kentucky's response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at the main Kentucky COVID-19 webpage.
 

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1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT SENDS ADAIR CO. MAN TO HOSPITAL

 

 

 

The Adair County Sheriff's Office released details on a single vehicle accident they responded to Tuesday on East 80.

 

A preliminary investigation determined a westbound 2004 Mitsubishi was being operated by Paul Rooks, 76, of Columbia. Rooks was determined to have had a medical emergency causing him to be unable to control his vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway and struck an earth embankment. Rooks was transported by Adair County EMS to T.J. Health Columbia for treatment of his injuries.

 

The Adair County Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by Adair County EMS and Adair County Fire Department Deputy Derek Padgett was the investigating officer.

 

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RUSSELL CO MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP


William Colt Wilson, 36, Russell Springs, KY was arrested this evening by KSP for DUI, No Operators License, Improper Registration, and Failure if Owner to Maintain Insurance. He was lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.

 

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ELI MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES FOLLOWING SEARCH OF HIS RESIDENCE


Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that on Wednesday evening, the Russell County Sheriffs Office and KY State Police executed 3 Circuit Court warrants at 564 J. Tucker Road in the Eli community at the residence of William Curt Wilson. A consent to search the residence was given to Law Enforcement which resulted in approximately 3 grams of suspected methamphetamine being discovered.

 
Trooper Billy Begley charged 54-year-old William Curt Wilson with Trafficking with Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also served with 3 Circuit Court warrants by Deputy Corey Meyer. Additional charges may be forthcoming when the case is presented to a Russell County Grand Jury. 
 
Sheriff Polston reminds all Russell County citizens that if you suspect drug trafficking in you neighborhood, to contact the Russell County Sheriffs Office Drug/Wanted Persons Tip-Line at 270-343-8116. All callers will remain anonymous. 
 

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4 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN LAKE CUMB. DISTRICT

 

4 new COVID-19 cases reported today in the Lake Cumberland District. 2 employees and 1 resident at Summitt Manor Nursing Home in Columbia and one citizen of Taylor County, a family member of an existing case.


 

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ADAIR CO. FISCAL COURT AGENDA FOR MAY 12TH

 
The Adair County Fiscal Court will meet in Regular called Session on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6:00pmCT 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. The meeting will be live streamed on the Adair County Fiscal Court’s Facebook Page. 
 
AGENDA
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
PRAYER
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
                                 
   1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
   2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
          A.) April 28, 2020-Regular called meeting minutes
 
  3. DISBURSEMENTS
  4.  REPORTS
         A.)  SHERIFF’S REPORT 
         B.)  ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORT 
         C.)  G.R.A.S. REPORT 
         D.)  COMMITTEE REPORTS 
         E.)   JAIL REPORT & MONTHLY CANTEEN FUND SUMMARY 
 
   5. TREASURER
           A.) TREASURER’S REPORT
                                  
  6.  BUDGET AMENDMENTS                                                
  7.  TRANSFERS 
           A.)  LINE TO LINE TRANSFERS
           B.)  FUND TO FUND TRANSFERS
                                    
  8.   COURT ORDERS 
  9.   READING OF ROADS
 
10.  ACTION ITEMS:                                    
         A) COLUMBIA/ADAIR COUNTY FIRE DEPT. REQUEST FOR FIRE DUES TO BE PLACED ON TAX BILLS
         B) SECOND READING OF ORDINANCE FOR 911 SERVICE FEES 
         C) HIRING OF SEASONAL EMPLOYEES FOR ROAD DEPT. 
         D) DISCUSSION OF ROAD FUNDING
         E) OPEN BIDS AND POSSIBLE AWARD OF IP BASED COMMUNICATION VoIP CONSOLE
         F) CONSERVATION DISTRICT 2020 BUDGET
         G) FIREWORKS DISCUSSION 
         H) PERMISSION TO ADVERTISE FOR YEARLY SERVICE FOR 2021
 
11.   OTHER BUSINESS
12.   PUBLIC COMMENTS
13.   ADJOURN                                                                                
 
This meeting WILL NOT be open to the public due to the COVID19 Executive Order Governor Beshear put in effect but will be live-streamed on Adair County Fiscal Court’s Facebook Page live.
 

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Gov. Beshear Prepares for Primary Elections, Revises Travel Restrictions

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 6, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday prepared voters to take part safely in the upcoming primary elections and revised travel restrictions as we continue to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
 
Today, the Governor also provided updates on coronavirus statistics and expanding testing efforts. He offered new details about primary elections that were moved to late June and issued a new executive order on travel restrictions.
 
“As long as we continue to be good neighbors, we can write our chapter in the history books about how to defeat this pandemic,” Gov. Beshear said.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 6, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 5,934 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 159 of which were newly confirmed Wednesday, a day after the largest one-day total of new cases were reported.
 
“Obviously, that is less than half of yesterday, so we do still believe we are stabilized and hopefully plateaued here in the commonwealth,” the Governor said.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported eight new deaths Wednesday, raising the state’s toll to 283 deaths related to the virus.
 
“These are eight of us, these are eight of our citizens who are gone too early. These are eight families and eight communities in mourning today,” the Governor said. “Let’s prove that no matter how many days we have to report these, that we care just as much each and every day.”
 
The deaths include two women, ages 88 and 95, from Jackson County; a 72-year-old woman from Jefferson County; two women, ages 85 and 99, from Kenton County; two women, ages 57 and 63, from Muhlenberg County; and a 73-year-old from Russell County.
 
At least 2,125 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
 
For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Testing update
Gov. Beshear is urging Kentuckians to take advantage of expanding coronavirus testing across the state.
 
The Governor said the state’s partnership with Kroger will bring more testing next week in Louisville, Lexington, Elizabethtown and Corbin.
 
“Sign-ups are live now, right now,” said Gov. Beshear. “We need to fill up more than 400 slots each day. Let’s not have any more no-shows. Let’s get everyone tested.”
 
Information on how to register at dozens of sites throughout the commonwealth – including new drive-through operations in Pikeville and Ashland – can be found at kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
Health care reopening Phase 2
Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said Health Care Phase 2 is beginning with outpatient and ambulatory surgery and invasive procedures.
 
“This means that same-day or procedures that last less than 24 hours can be performed in ambulatory surgical centers and hospitals and other facilities,” said Dr. Stack, who added the facilities must first show they’re ready to operate under strict guidelines.
 
All patients must have COVID-19 pre-procedure testing per professional association guidelines consistent with KDPH guidance. The 10 rules of reopening also apply, which includes universal masking and personal protective equipment (PPE), closed common areas, along with requirements to follow specific procedure guidance.
 
Preparing for primary elections
Gov. Beshear offered new details on the coming primary elections, urging voters to get ready to request absentee ballots and announcing help from the Kentucky National Guard.
 
Last month, Gov. Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams agreed to move the primary elections to June 23 and to allow everyone to request absentee ballots. The Governor noted that voters in Jefferson County already can request an absentee ballot through the County Clerk’s Office website. An online portal for all voters to request the ballots is being created.
 
The Governor said National Guard leaders offered to help and members will work as poll workers and keep polling places operating safely. The Governor said he was proud of the guard for stepping in to help where in-person voting is necessary.
 
Gov. Beshear credited Kentucky National Guard Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton with offering to help with the election.
 
“We literally are spread out across the entire state and I would venture we probably have soldiers or airmen who live in virtually all 120 counties,” Lamberton said. “So it quite simply is a common-sense solution for the issue.”
 
Travel restrictions
Gov. Beshear said his administration is changing its travel restrictions to better comply with judicial findings and more closely mirror the guidance of neighboring states.
 
The Governor issued a new executive order that continues to ban anyone with a positive or presumptively positive case of COVID-19 from entering Kentucky, except as ordered for medical treatment. It also keeps in place requirements of social distancing on public transportation.
 
Those traveling from out of state into Kentucky and staying are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
 
“Basically, the court said, ‘We think Ohio’s is fine. We think yours should be more like Ohio’s,’” the Governor said. “So we’ve issued one today that’s just like Ohio’s. That’s what the court says will work, so that’s what we’ll do.”
 
Thank you
Gov. Beshear acknowledged that today is National Nurses Day, and it comes on National Nurses Week at a time when our health care givers are doing more than their share.
 
“Thank you to all of our nurses out there on the front lines at one of the most dangerous times, ever, to be a nurse,” the Governor said. “We appreciate you so very much.”
 
The Governor noted that today also is National Interpreter Appreciation Day. He praised Virginia Moore, the lead American Sign Language interpreter for his daily briefings, and all those who help work in state government.
 
Moore tied both honorific days together by teaching us how to sign the phrase: “Thank you, nurses.” Gov. Beshear then asked how to sign, “Thank you, Virginia.”
 
More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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FROST ADVISORY 2AM-8AM ON THURSDAY

 
..FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2am -
8am CENTRAL TIME ON THURSDAY...
 
 
This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of south central
Indiana and Central Kentucky.
 
.DAY ONE...Tonight.
 
A frost advisory is in effect for portions of the Kentucky Bluegrass
and Lake Cumberland region. Widespread frost is expected. Sensitive
vegetation may be damaged or killed if left outdoors.
 
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Thursday through Tuesday.
 
An unusually cold airmass will move across the region this weekend,
in the wake of a cold front passing on Friday. Temperatures Saturday
morning likely will fall to or below freezing for many locations in
southern Indiana and central Kentucky.
 

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COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA FOR MAY 8TH

 
 
Per recommendation of the CDC and Social Distancing Requirements, the Columbia City Council Meeting will not be open to the public but will be held as a special video teleconferencing meeting. The Columbia City Council and designated staff will participate by a video teleconferencing system where the meeting will be broadcast to the public. Any interruption in the video or audio broadcast at any location shall result in the suspension of the meeting until the broadcast is restored. No primary location will be set for public attendance as per Kentucky Attorney General Opinion 20-05, public attendance will not be permitted at the meeting due to the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 and it is not feasible for the City to maintain order and abide by recommended and mandated precautions while providing a central physical location for public viewing. As the City of Columbia City Council is following state mandated guidelines to social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic, City Hall is closed and not open to the public, and citizens are encouraged to watch the meeting live on youtube via the following link: https://youtu.be/U6BOuXutDMg.
 
 
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL
MAY 8, 2020 
11:30amCT AT CITY HALL
 
AGENDA

 

ROLL CALL      
 
1ST ITEM:  MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF THE MARCH 2, 2020 REGULAR CALLED MEETING
 
2ND ITEM:  MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF THE MARCH 9, 2020 SPECIAL CALLED MEETING 
 

3RD ITEM:  2ND READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 920.112

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COLUMBIA OFFICIAL ZONING REGULATIONS AND COLUMBIA OFFICIAL ZONING MAP. PROPERTY OWNED BY DUSTIN BROCKMAN – BURKESVLLE STREET

 

 

4TH ITEM:  1ST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 920.113

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COLUMBIA OFFICIAL ZONING REGULATIONS AND COLUMBIA OFFICIAL ZONING MAP.  PROPERTY OWNED BY THE COOK OUT LOCATED AT 1106 GASTON AVENUE

 

 

5TH ITEM:  RESOLUTION NO:  2020-06

A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE CITY OF COLUMBIA INTENDS TO MAKE APPLICATION TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT FOR ASSISTANCE UNDER THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND ACT OF 1965

                            

MOTION TO ADJOURN

 

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AREA ARREST 5-6-2020

 

A Nancy man was taken into custody by state police and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center on several charges…

 

Anthony Corrado age 26, was arrested by Trooper Begley just before noon on Tuesday. Corrado was charged with Failure to Dim Headlights, No Brake Lights, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense, Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz) 1st Offense, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession, Possession of Marijuana and License to be in Possession.  

 

Charles Elkins age 60 of Russell Springs was also taken into custody by Trooper Begley around 9 last evening on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs .08 (Aggravated Circumstances 4th or greater Offense), Possession of an Open Alcohol Container in Motor Vehicle Prohibited and Driving DUI Suspended License 3rd Offense (Aggravated Circumstances.  

 

A Bowling Green man was arrested at 1 a.m. this morning in Adair County, on Alcohol and Prostitution Charges…

 

Matthew Freer age 25, was taken into custody by Adair County Deputy Josh Durbin on charges of Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place (1st and 2nd Offense), Falsely Reporting an Incident and Prostitution.

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GOV. BESHEAR'S TUES. AFTERNOON CORONAVIRUS UPDATE...

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 5, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday that Kentuckians will defeat the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) by learning from the Greatest Generation and employing the qualities of personal responsibility.
 
“Those qualities of personal responsibility are critically important. My actions and how they impact other people, I am responsible for,” Gov. Beshear said. “Of integrity. Of knowing, we do not get days off when it comes to this virus, and knowing the impact that we can have on others. Work ethic. We have to have the work ethic to complete our task and to come out of this having protected those around us. Finally, faithful commitment. We are fully committed to defeating this virus. We are going to faithfully continue to do what it takes. This is our moment in history, and people’s lives depend on us.”
 
Teacher Appreciation Week
Gov. Beshear hailed the work of Kentucky’s great educators during Teacher Appreciation Week and Teacher Appreciation Day, May 5.
 
“We so appreciate the job our teachers are doing,” said Gov. Beshear. “What teachers have done in this time of crisis is truly amazing. From preparing work for children to complete at home to helping deliver food – thank you.”
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 5, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 5,822 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 625 of which were newly confirmed Tuesday. More than 300 of the positive cases were from testing at Green River Correctional Complex.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 14 new deaths Tuesday, raising the state’s toll to 275 deaths related to the virus. Many of those deaths were related to long-term care facilities, the Governor said.
 
The deaths include a 79-year-old man and an 89-year-old woman from Boone County; an 85-year-old man from Henderson County; a 77-year-old man from Hopkins County; two women, ages 59 and 70, from Jackson County; two men, ages 35 and 91, and two women, ages 63 and 69, from Jefferson County; and three women, ages 86, 88 and 96, and a 94-year-old man from Kenton County.
 
At least 2,058 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus. The number of Kentuckians tested is at least 61,013.
 
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), said focused testing in confined populations, like long-term care facilities, meatpacking and processing facilities and prisons, can often have much higher positivity rates once the infection enters the community.
 
“We are about to embark on a very aggressive program to test the long-term care facilities over the weeks ahead at a very brisk pace,” Dr. Stack said. “Thank you for what you have done, but I have to continue to emphasize that we must continue these efforts even as we are trying to ease health care back into a better level of functionality and even as the Governor has announced the Phase 1 reopening plan. The normal we return to will be a new normal. It will not be the same normal we left until we get access to a vaccine or until we get access to a fantastic treatment or cure.”
 
Dr. Stack also noted that Perdue Farms would be taking the necessary steps to test employees.
 
For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
Green River Correctional Complex
Gov. Beshear said mass coronavirus testing at Green River Correctional Complex was completed last week.
 
J. Michael Brown, secretary of the Governor’s executive cabinet, said more than 1,000 tests have been returned and a total number of positive cases linked to the facility currently stands at 342 inmates and 57 staff members.
 
Brown also provided an update on efforts to fight the coronavirus at the Green River Correctional Complex in Central City. To address the outbreak at the complex, the facility is being dividing into housing units based on test results, contact with infected individuals and those in a vulnerable population. Brown said temperature checks and deep sanitizing are also taking place to help reduce the spread.
 
“We almost have a complete snapshot of the situation at Green River which allows us to go ahead and truly plan on how to address that population,” said Brown.
 
Testing update; new Pikeville location
Gov. Beshear offered an update on expanding efforts to boost testing throughout the commonwealth. The Governor announced a new drive-through testing site in Pikeville, as part of a partnership with the Pike County Health Department, Gravity Labs and Pikeville Medical Center. The testing is being conducted today through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pikeville Medical Center, 172 S. Mayo Trail in Pikeville. The site can conduct 70 tests daily and filled all of those slots today.
 
For more information on testing locations and how to sign up visit, kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
Unemployment insurance
Josh Benton, deputy secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, provided three updates to the state’s response to an unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims.
 
He said there were changes coming to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
 
“This is primarily for individuals who do not normally qualify for unemployment insurance,” Benton said. “There’s about 100,000 of those individuals currently receiving benefits on this program.”
 
He said the minimum benefit for Kentuckians on PUA is $176 per week. Recipients need to request the benefits online every two weeks. To make things easier, people can submit wage history from last year to calculate the benefits.
 
“In more cases than not, it’s going to increase their benefit amount above that $176 a week,” Benton said.
 
Second, Benton said employers will now be able to report return-to-work dates for their employees at https://kewes.ky.gov/. Benton said there were several exceptions, including for workers who are in at-risk categories or who are caring for at-risk relatives.
 
Finally, Benton said officials were working to clear the final claims from March and that the few remaining outstanding issues had to do with disagreements with the employer about terms of separation.
 
Healthy at Work
Gov. Beshear on Monday introduced new requirements for the Phase 1 of Healthy at Work.
 
Under the schedule outlined by Gov. Beshear, more businesses will be allowed to open May 11 with new minimum requirements, as well as industry specific requirements. Among the businesses that will be allowed to operate: Manufacturing, distribution and supply chain businesses; construction; vehicle or vessel dealerships; office-based businesses (at 50% pre-pandemic capacity; horse racing (no fans in attendance); pet care, grooming and boarding and photography. As long as progress in the fight against COVID-19 is not threatened, additional business sectors will be allowed to open May 20 and May 25.
 
The Governor said that he hopes to announce Phase 2 this week. He also said that his administration is working with faith leaders on guidance for houses of worship. The guidance has not been issued yet.
 
“Just because May 20 you can potentially reopen, doesn’t mean that you should,” Gov. Beshear said. “It has to be done safely. Our faith leaders have asked me to reiterate this – you should trust your faith leader in your congregation about when it is going to be safe to resume.”
 
Giving Tuesday
To honor Giving Tuesday, Gov. Beshear urged Kentuckians who can to give to the Team Kentucky Fund.
 
More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 

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TIMELINE OF WHEN KY BUSINESSES CAN REOPEN...

 

 

Retail shops and Houses of Worship may reopen May 20th if it is done safely. Gov. Andy Beshear said on Tuesday afternoon that just because you can open, doesn't mean that you should....
 

 

To see the minimum requirements all businesses must meet in order to reopen, click here:  https://ridingthewave.com/assets/images/2020/5-MAY-2020/Healthy-at-Work-Minimum-Requirements.pdf

 

Following is a timeline for a number of businesses to reopen, according to Gov. Andy Beshear's plans revealed this week. As the state slowly reopens, those places of business will be required to follow the 10 Safe at Work Rules, which are also below.
 
Opening May 11
Manufacturing facilities
Construction sites
Car Dealerships
Professional Services with restrictions
Horse Racing with no fans
Dog Grooming/Boarding
 
Opening May 20
Retail shops, with limitations
Churches with no Sunday school and other limitations
 
Opening May 25
10-Person Social Gatherings
Barbers, salons, cosmetology businesses and other similar services
 
 
Businesses NOT reopening under Phase 1:
  • Restaurants
  • Gyms
  • Movie theaters
  • Campgrounds
  • Youth sports
  • Public pools
  • Day care facilities
  • Summer camps

 

10 "Healthy at Work" rules:
  1. Continuing teleworking where possible
  2. Phased return to work (not everyone comes back to the office at once)
  3. Onsite temperature/health checks 
  4. Universal masks and any other necessary personal protective equipment 
  5. Close common areas (no break rooms or cafeterias)
  6. Enforce social distancing
  7. Limit face-to-face meetings
  8. Sanitizer/hand wash stations
  9. Special accommodations (those who in high-risk groups don't return to work)
  10. Testing plan (What will happen if an employee tests positive after coming into the workplace?)

 

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4 COVID-19 DEATHS IN RUSSELL CO.; 13 IN ADAIR CO.

 

Latest COVID-19 update from Lake Cumberland District Health Dept.....


 

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625 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN KY; 14 NEW DEATHS

 

Gov. Andy Beshear said this afternoon that there are 625 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky...

 

 

Gov. Beshear also announced 14 new deaths...

 

 

2,058 Kentuckians have recovered from the coronavirus. The total number of COVID-19 cases is 5,822 and 275 total deaths related to the coronavirus.

 

 

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3 ARRESTS MADE BY CAMPBELLSVILLE POLICE

 
On Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 12:19amET, Campbellsville Police responded to a call of a domestic dispute. After an investigation, officers determined that 59-year-old Jeffrey R. Beard of Campbellsville had assaulted his mother. As officers attempted to place Mr. Beard under arrest, he began to resist. After a brief struggle, Beard was taken into custody and charged with Assault 4th (Domestic), Terroristic Threatening 3rd degree, Resisting Arrest, and Criminal Mischief 3rd degree. Beard was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 
 
On Monday, May 4, 2020 at 12:39 P.M. Campbellsville Police responded to a domestic. After an investigation, Officer Charlie Houk determined that 35-year-old Colin Thomas Knuckles of Campbellsville had assaulted his girlfriend and would not let her leave the residence. Knuckles was arrested and charged with Assault 4th degree (Domestic), Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd degree, and Strangulation 1st degree. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 
On Friday, May 1, 2020 Campbellsville Police responded to Kroger in Green River Plaza in reference to an intoxicated person. Officer Adam Davis came into contact with 37-year-old Christina A. Marples of Lebanon, KY.  After an investigation and the assistance of an off-duty Lebanon police officer, Campbellsville Police arrested Marples and charged her with DUI 3rd offense, Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (drug unspecified), Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (drug unspecified), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Marples was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

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COLUMBIA #2 SAFEST TOWN IN KENTUCKY

 
The City of Columbia has just received notification from Safewise, a national chain that does safety surveys, that Columbia is the #2 safest town in Kentucky. This was a part of their recognition of the Top 20 safest cities in the state.
 
The city was #25 last year and has moved up to #2 for the sixth annual survey this year, making Columbia one of the top 20 towns in the Commonwealth.
 
The survey reports that the state has lower crime rates than national averages. The top 3 cities in Kentucky had big jumps in their ratings this year:
  • Greenville went from #12 to number #1
  • Columbia went from #25 to number #2
  • Fort Thomas moved from #14 to #3


In other statistics listed, 30% of cities dropped in their rankings. 

 
The City of Columbia had the lowest property crime rate with 13 incidents reported.
 
“We appreciate the work of our law enforcement and emergency personnel in achieving this recognition,” said Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots.
 
The reported can be accessed at: http://www.safewise.com.
 

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Shots Fired at Houseboats on Green River Lake; Reward Offered for Info.

 
According to our sister station 99.9 the Big Dawg, late last week someone fired several shots with a high powered rifle from the Dam above Green River Marina, striking several houseboats in the 300 section.
 
The investigation continues and a reward is now offered for details. Anyone with information on this incident should contact Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton at 270-465-8000.
 

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Adair Co. Teen Arrested Following ATV Collision; Juvenile Passenger in Critical Condition


Edmonton, KY (May 5, 2020) – On Saturday, May 2, 2020 KSP Trooper Jonathan Paull investigated a single vehicle collision that occurred just after midnight on Bridgeport Keltner Rd located 5 miles north of Edmonton. 18-year-old Braxton Coomer of Columbia, KY was operating a 2015 Polaris Razor east bound on KY 544 when he dropped off the shoulder of the roadway, lost control, struck a tree, and overturned several times. 
 

Coomer was not injured. He was arrested and charged with DUI 1st offense < 21 years of age and lodged in the Barren County Jail. A juvenile passenger was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Coomer and the juvenile were not wearing helmets or a seat belt. 
 

Trooper Paull was assisted at the scene by the Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Department, Barren/Metcalfe County EMS, Summershade, Edmonton, and North Metcalfe Fire Departments.

 

 

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Gov. Beshear Details Expanded Reopening of Health Care, Businesses

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday offered new details on guidelines for businesses and health care providers looking to restart safely as we continue to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

 

The Governor provided updated information for employers relaunching under Kentucky’s Healthy at Work initiative and announced new partnerships to expand testing in Northern Kentucky and provide masks for Kentucky businesses.

 

“Let’s remember: Even as we work at being Healthy at Work, we are still dealing with a very deadly virus out there,” the Governor said. “We have to be gradual and we have to be smart. We have to make the right decisions and we need everyone on board.”

 

Gov. Beshear launched the Healthy at Work initiative in late April to guide the smart, safe and gradual reopening of the state’s economy. The initiative sets out public health benchmarks for reopening Kentucky’s economy. These benchmarks closely follow the White House’s Guidelines for Reopening America.

 

What began with the phased reopening of certain health care services continues as other business sectors prepare to relaunch operations in Phase 1 of Healthy at Work. State leaders asked partners in the business community for proposals on how they plan to operate while keeping their customers safe, and the state has already received more than 1,000 plans. The proposals, while not required, are expected to include best practices to safely operate and each industry’s capabilities for reopening.

 

Under the schedule outlined by Gov. Beshear, more businesses will be allowed to open May 11 with new minimum requirements, as well as industry specific requirements. Among the businesses that will be allowed to operate:

“It’s important that you meet these guidelines, these requirements, because it allows us to be healthy at work,” said La Tasha Buckner, the Governor’s chief of staff and lead counsel. “That allows us the successful reopening and to make sure we’re making advancements and staying at the plateau level and hopefully declining.”

 

As long as progress in the fight against COVID-19 is not threatened, additional business sectors will be allowed to open May 20 and May 25.

 

Health care reopening Phase 2
Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said Health Care Phase 2 will begin Wednesday, May 6, 2020, outpatient and ambulatory surgery and invasive procedures may resume.

 

All patients must have COVID-19 pre-procedure testing per professional association guidelines consistent with KDPH guidance. The 10 rules of reopening also apply, which includes universal masking and personal protective equipment (PPE), closed common areas, along with requirements to follow specific procedure guidance.

 

“Healthy at work applies to being healthy at the hospital,” Dr. Stack said. “In fact, if anything there are additional protections because of the unique characteristics of hospitals and surgical centers.”

 

Northern Kentucky testing
Gov. Beshear announced a new partnership to expand coronavirus testing in Northern Kentucky.

 

The state is working with St. Elizabeth Healthcare to bring expanded testing to Erlanger and other locations. Free drive-through testing will be conducted May 11 to May 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 25 Atlantic Ave., in Erlanger. People should call 800-737-7900 to register. St. Elizabeth also is offering physician-consult testing at five testing locations.

 

“When we look back on our story of how we responded and what we had to do, what we’re going to see is that Kentucky’s labs stepped up to provide the testing that we needed,” the Governor said.

 

Partnership adds PPE, sanitizer
Gov. Beshear announced a partnership with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association to get personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer to our small businesses as they prepare to be Healthy at Work.

 

The Governor also instructed the Cabinet for Economic Development to work with the Chamber. Together, we have been able to purchase 200,000 3-ply masks that are available for Kentucky businesses. Masks can be purchased at kychamber.com/maskorderform. They’re $1 each.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone wear a mask, but they don’t have to be disposable. You can also wear homemade cloth masks, but surgical masks and N-95 respirators should be reserved for health care workers.

 

Kentucky’s distillers, meanwhile, have retooled to provide needed hand sanitizer. To date, Kentucky’s distillers have donated more than 150,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to our health care providers.

 

Businesses in need can visit kyhandsanitizer.com and put in a request to purchase sanitizer with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

 

Green River Correctional Complex
J. Michael Brown, secretary of the Governor’s executive cabinet, provided an update on efforts to fight the coronavirus at the Green River Correctional Complex in Central City. Mass testing was completed Friday at the facility and results are pending. Secretary Brown spoke about a new effort to address the outbreak at the complex by dividing the facility into three housing units based on test results and contact with infected individuals.

 

“I know that it’s been a difficult situation for everyone down in Green River,” Secretary Brown said. “But I want to commend all of those, particularly our corrections workers, and in fact the inmates who have cooperated all for the health and well-being of everyone there.”

 

CHFS Secretary
Gov. Beshear announced Monday that Eric Friedlander is now the official secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, a position he had ably occupied as “acting secretary” through the pandemic emergency.

“He has more than earned the full-time job,” the Governor said. “He has shown grace in times of great difficulty and he is exactly the kind of person I want to have going forward.”

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 4, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 5,245 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 163 of which were newly confirmed Monday.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported eight new deaths Monday, raising the state’s toll to 261 deaths related to the virus.

 

The deaths include six Jefferson County residents, men who were 69, 74, 86 and women who were 86, 89 and 98, a 79-year-old woman from Hopkins County, and 66-year-old woman from Hardin County.

 

“Losing eight people in a day to COVID-19, we want to do better,” the Governor said.

 

At least 1,921 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

 

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T.J. Regional Health lifts restrictions on Elective & Outpatient Procedures


Glasgow, KY – T.J. Regional Health announced this week that beginning Wednesday, May 6, 2020 it will lift the temporary restrictions placed on elective surgery and outpatient procedures due to the COVID-19 virus. The decision follows the release of Governor Beshear’s phased reopening plan for the Commonwealth.

 

“This is great news for patients whose healthcare may have taken a backseat due to COVID-19,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health.

 

"Our team is ready to deliver safe care to all patients. We continue to follow and even exceed all safety guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the Kentucky Department of Public Health.”

 

Safety protocols put in place regarding care include, but are not limited to: 

 

• The number of procedures is limited to eliminate overlap in patient volumes.
• Everyone who enters T.J. facilities, including team members, will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, and will be required to wear a mask. Patients are encouraged to bring their own mask, but one will be provided, if needed.
• Visitors are restricted at both hospitals and at the Pavilion, with few exceptions. Support persons arriving with patientsscheduled for outpatient services or surgery should remain in their vehicle. At registration, the patient will provide a phone number for communication with their support person.
• Surgical patients will be tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their scheduled surgery or other outpatient procedure.
• Waiting areas have been reconfigured to ensure six-foot social distancing.
• Continuous cleaning and disinfection of high-touch, public surface areas will continue. 
• Infectious patients will continue to be cared for in isolation, away from non-infectious patients. 

 

In addition to the safety protocols, all T.J. Regional Health facilities are fully prepared should there be a surge of COVID-19 patients.

 

“Our new normal is that we now live with the COVID-19 virus. It’s in our communities, and it’s not going away any time soon,” Thornbury said. “As people resume some activities, we may see a spike in the virus and we will always err on the side of caution as it relates to protecting our patients, our team members, andour community, and will return to more restrictive policies and protocols if necessary.”

 

Until a vaccine or cure is found, T.J. Regional Health will remain prepared at all times to handle a surge and care for our community and surrounding area by maintaining a sufficient supply of PPE as well as other resources necessary to care for COVID-19 patients.

 

“Safety is our top priority,” said Thornbury. “Our services may look a little different in the new normal, but our commitment to our mission, to deliver high-quality, compassionate, personalized healthcare, remains the same.”

 

Patients who wish to schedule their elective surgery or outpatient procedure should first visit with their medicalprovider. Appointments can be requested over the phone or at tjregionalhealth.org.

 

 

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AREA ARREST...


An Albany man was arrested on drug and other charges early this morning by the Burkesville Police Department.

 

Brandon Levi Hall, 38, was taken into custody by Officer Stocket just after 2 a.m. and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Hall was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs .08 1st Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Drug Unspecified), Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession and No Registration Plates.

 

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MAY IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY MONTH... "SHARE THE ROAD"

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 1, 2020) – In recognition of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding motorists and motorcyclists to “share the road” conscientiously and courteously to help prevent crashes, injuries and deaths on Kentucky roadways.
 
“Safety is a mutual responsibility for motorists and motorcyclists alike,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “We’re entering the warmer months and that typically means more drivers may operate motorcycles on our roadways. With more than 95,000 registered motorcycles in Kentucky, all road users must stay alert and look out for one another.”
 
According to NHTSA, per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are approximately 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a traffic crash. Additionally, when motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
 
“As one of the smallest vehicles on the road, a motorcycle may ‘hide’ in a vehicle’s blind spots, so we advise motorists to ‘look twice to save a life’ before changing lanes and making turns,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray. “Additionally, using a turn signal will alert motorcyclists of your intentions.”
 
In 2018 there were 1,501 crashes involving motorcycles in Kentucky. Of those crashes, 803 involved a motorcycle and at least one other vehicle, while 698 involved only the motorcycle.
 
“Just as we ask passenger vehicle drivers to obey all traffic laws, we expect the same from motorcyclists,” said KOHS Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula. “Additionally, we ask that they take the extra step of using proper protective gear, including a helmet and reflective clothing.”
 
In 2018, the 1,501 crashes resulted in 322 injuries and 88 deaths to motorcyclists. Of those killed, 54 were not wearing a helmet.
 
The KOHS offers the following tips for drivers:
  • A motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle. The person under that helmet could be a parent, sibling or friend;
  • Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width – never try to share a lane;
  • Perform a regular visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections;
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic;
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a mo­torcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed;
  • Allow more following distance –three or four sec­onds –  when behind a motorcycle to give the motorcyclist time to maneuver around obstacles in the roadway, or stop in an emer­gency;
  • Pay attention.
 
The KOHS offers the following tips for motorcyclists:
  • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet;
  • Use turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if the rider thinks no one will see it;
  • Signal intentions by combining hand signals and turn signals;
  • Wear brightly colored protective gear and using reflective tape and stickers to increase visibility;
  • Position in the lane where most visible to other drivers;
  • Never ride impaired; and
  • Take a rider training course. Find information at www.msf-usa.org 
 

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178 COVID-19 CASES IN 10-COUNTY LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT


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GOV. BESHEAR ANNOUNCES 163 NEW COVID-19 CASES & 8 DEATHS

 

 

Gov. Andy Beshear announced this afternoon there are 163 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky. The total number of cases is 5,245. The Governor also announced 8 new deaths today.....

 

The total number of deaths in KY due to the coronavirus is 261. Gov. Beshear said 1,921 people have recovered from the virus.

 

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CARES Act to Provide Relief to LWC Students Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

 
BY: Venus Popplewell, LWC Director of Public Relations
 
Lindsey Wilson College students will soon begin to see some financial relief from unexpected expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
As part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, LWC will receive an allocation of funds to assist eligible students whose face-to-face classes were suspended for the spring term. The emergency cash grant will help students cover additional expenses (i.e., food, housing, course materials, technology, health care or childcare) incurred because of the College’s need to transition to an online learning format.  
 
Eligible students include undergraduate degree-seeking students who were enrolled in the spring 2020 semester on the main or extended campuses whose classes were face-to-face. Students also need to have applied for federal student aid by submitting a 2019-20 FAFSA and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) not more than $20,000. Ineligible students per federal guidelines include those taking primarily online courses and international or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. 
 
“We know students are struggling as a result of this pandemic,” said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. “The difficult decisions made to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have negatively impacted financially vulnerable students and their families. The CARES Act emergency cash grant is an important addition to Lindsey Wilson’s existing support programs and will be passed directly to students as quickly as we can make it happen.”
 
According to LWC Vice President for Administration and Finance Mark Coleman, the College will immediately distribute the funds earmarked for emergency cash grants as soon as it is received from the federal government. 
 
“The funds will be disbursed to eligible students in the form of an emergency cash grant to help offset their expenses,” said Coleman. “Lindsey Wilson expects to release these funds to students as soon as it is received at the College. We are anticipating receiving the funds from the Department of Education within the next two weeks.”
 
The federal government asked that priority be given to the students with the highest financial need. Therefore, the College based the emergency cash grants on EFC providing more support for those with a greater financial need. 
 
The emergency cash grants are in addition to the room and board reimbursements already refunded to students by the College. 
 

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13 DEATHS IN ADAIR; 3 IN RUSSELL DUE TO COVID-19

 

 

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2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON CUMBERLAND PARKWAY THIS MORNING SENDS DRIVER TO LEXINGTON HOSPITAL


The Columbia Police Department responded to an injury collision this morning (Monday) on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway, westbound between exits 49 and 46.


The accident occurred when a 2012 Ford Superduty, operated by 49-year-old Don Sams of Sharpsburg, KY came upon a short rise after driving through fog and came upon a 2002 PT Cruiser, also westbound in the same lane, driven by 82-year-old Norman Dunagan of Columbia. 

The Superduty made impact with the Cruiser, sending it into the grass median where the vehicle came to a stop. Dunagan was taken by Adair EMS from the scene and was initially transported to TJ Health Columbia before being transported to the UK Hospital in Lexington, KY.
 
CPD Officer Adam Cravens investigated the accident. He was assisted on scene by Sergeant Charles Greer. The Adair Fire Department also responded.
 

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Gov. Beshear: Kentuckians Must Take Advantage of COVID-19 Testing

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 3, 2020) – On Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear urged Kentuckians to be ready to fill all available slots as the state undertakes more testing for the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) than ever before.

 

“There are still, coming up this week, spots available in our Kroger partnership,” the Governor said. “For this week, Ashland and the entire area around Ashland, you have a bunch more spots you can sign up for. We want to fill every one.”

 

Gov. Beshear noted that, despite the Ashland area being hit relatively hard by the coronavirus, there were still hundreds of available slots for testing this week.

 

“Please take advantage of it,” the Governor said. “Local leaders: Please reach out and push people to come and get tested.”

 

Gov. Beshear also highlighted other testing options around the state. Information about all coronavirus testing options is available at kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

The Governor and the acting secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Eric Friedlander, provided updates on long-term care facilities.

 

“This is a major area of challenge that we continue to work through and we know that this is where, in Kentucky, COVID-19 devastates us,” Gov. Beshear said. “We’ve got to make sure we continue to use every single step to protect those in these facilities and make sure that we are doing our best every day.”

 

“I think we’ve been leaders here as we’ve been leaders in so many ways. We were one of the first to shut down visitation,” Friedlander said. “We’ve acknowledged that there are some very specific challenges in long-term care.”

 

When talking about working with the nursing home alliance, Friedlander said, “I think we’re all on the same page of making sure that we take care of that industry so that industry can take care of folks in their care.”

 

“Child care is a critical component to this state,” he said while talking about options for centers moving forward.

 

“We’re trying to make sure we won’t lose capacity.

When we come back, when we start to open up again that we won’t have lost capacity in child care.”

 

Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 3, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 5,130 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 173 of which were newly confirmed Saturday and 80 of which were confirmed Sunday.

 

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported five new deaths Saturday, raising the state’s toll to 253 deaths related to the virus. For the first time in weeks, no new deaths were reported Sunday.

 

“For this Sunday, based on times of reporting, I get to announce zero new deaths,” the Governor said. “Just for one day, even if it’s just the official counts, that feels pretty good to read.”

 

The deaths on Saturday include two women, ages 81 and 90, from Adair County; a 90-year-old man and a 99-year-old woman from Jefferson County; and a 79-year-old woman from Logan County.

 

At least 1,892 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

 

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

 

More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

 

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

 

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ADAIR CO. ARREST ON SPEEDING & DRUG CHARGES

 

 

A Massachusetts man was arrested Sunday in Adair County by Kentucky State Police on Speeding and Drug charges.

 

Westall Brown, 18, was taken into custody at 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon by KSP Trooper Harper and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

Brown was charged with Speeding 26 mph over the Speed Limit, Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs .08 (Aggravated Circumstances), Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possession.

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3 RUSSELL CO. ARRESTS ON SATURDAY

 

 

Three people were arrested on Saturday afternoon in Russell County by KSP...
 
  1. Felicia Nicole Nava, 31, Russell Springs - Wanton Endangerment, Public Intoxication, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamne, and a Probation Violation (for Felony Offense).
  2. Travis Passmore, 25, Dunnville -  DUI, Operating a Vehicle with Expired License, Failure/Improper Signal, Booster Seat Violations, and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.
  3. Michael Wade Passmore, 36, Dunnville - Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Public Intoxication, and Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree (Drug Unspecified).
 
They were lodged in the Russell Co. Detention Center.
 

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Load Limit Reduction on KY 90 Cumberland River Bridge in Burkesville

 

 
 

SOMERSET, Ky. (May 1, 2020) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has announced a reduction in the load limit on the KY 90 Cumberland River Bridge in Burkesville effective today, May 1. The load reduction results from a recent bridge inspection that uncovered evidence of deterioration. 
 
The new load limits on the bridge are:
  • Type 1: 21 tons
  • Type 2: 21 tons
  • Type 3: 24 tons
  • Type 4: 35 tons

 

New load rating signage has been installed at the bridge end and will remain in place until repairs have been made.
 
For Kentucky’s latest traffic and travel information, visit goky.ky.gov or navigate traffic by downloading the free Waze app at www.waze.com. Motorists can also access traffic information for the District 8 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict8 and at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict8.
 
The mission of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound and fiscally responsible transportation system that enhances the quality of life in Kentucky.
 
The cabinet maintains more than 27,000 miles of roads. It oversees 57 public airports and 33 public transportation systems, licensure of 3.1 million drivers and the registration of 4 million vehicles per year.
 
In KYTC District 8, the cabinet maintains 2,400 miles of roads in 10 counties.  
 

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GOV. BESHEAR PROVIDES UPDATE ON COVID-19

 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 1, 2020) – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the number of tests completed for the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) at five different sites this week and encouraged Kentuckians to fill up all available appointments throughout the commonwealth.
 
Gov. Beshear said, “Let me mention, especially yesterday we’re having no-shows at some of our Kroger locations. It is really important that we use every one of these tests. So if you sign up, please make sure you go and get tested.” 
                                                               
At many of the sites, anyone can now sign up for the free COVID-19 testing. A few sites still have qualifying criteria for getting tested. For the latest information on drive-through testing, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.
 
“We’re going to get through this together because we’re going to be strong, because we’re going to be resilient,” said Gov. Beshear.
 
In total, 57,648 Kentuckians have been tested. This week, 1,457 tests were performed at the Shawnee Park site in Louisville, 1,612 tests were performed at the BCTC – Lexington site, 1,125 tests were performed at the Bowling Green site, 934 tests were performed at the Owensboro site and 848 tests were performed at the Lexington Walgreens site.
 
Gov. Beshear also announced there would be no press conference tomorrow (Saturday), in honor of what would have been Derby Day. “Let’s just take a day to breathe, to get outside, do some things that you enjoy doing that still fall within these guidelines,” said Gov. Beshear. “Let’s get refreshed, and on Sunday we’ll get back together again and I’ll give you an update on both of those days and we will move forward.”
 
Horses and Hope
Gov. Beshear wished Kentuckians a Happy Oaks Day and Derby weekend, saying it was a special time in the commonwealth even with races postponed.
 
He also recognized Horses and Hope and breast cancer survivors across Kentucky. Horses and Hope is a project of former First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program, University of Louisville, with the support of the Pink Stable, a committee of Kentucky horse owners, riders, trainers, farm owners, jockeys, and others.
 
The original mission was to increase breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral among Kentucky's signature horse industry workers and their families, many of whom are uninsured and underserved. Today, Horses and Hope has been expanded to offer prevention and early detection programs for seven different cancers. For more information, contact Kentucky Cancer Program at 1-877-326-1134.
 
“Oaks Day is the day where they do a survivor’s parade, where those who have battled and overcome or who are still dealing with breast cancer get a great honor, where the twin spires light up pink. It’s a cause important to so many, including my family,” Gov. Beshear said, “I wanted to make sure that I honored those survivors like I would on any Friday before Derby by wearing a little bit of pink.”
 
Census update
Today, Kentucky moved up to 13th place in the nation for census responses rates. More than 59% of Kentuckians have already completed the 10-minute survey. Those who haven’t can fill out the census at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).
 
Congratulations
Gov. Beshear congratulated Trish and Gary Galbraith and their son, Caleb, whom they adopted via Zoom in Kenton County on Wednesday.
 
“Congratulations to the Galbraith family and thank you to the judge and social workers who made this possible in an unconventional way,” said Gov. Beshear. “As the father of two amazing kids, I know the joy you feel in this moment and am so happy for you.”
 
Condolences
Gov. Beshear offered condolences to the family of Geri Thompson, 71, of Louisville, who passed away on April 29 from COVID-19.
 
“Today, we want to honor an incredible Kentuckian that we lost to COVID-19 on Wednesday,” said Gov. Beshear. “To Geri’s children, grandchildren, sister, nieces, nephews and friends, we’re thinking about you and your family as you mourn this loss. Team Kentucky, this is why we have to keep up the fight.”
 
Tentative reopening schedule
This week, Kentucky began the phased reopening of health care services as the first step under Gov. Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative. Gov. Beshear also unveiled a tentative reopening schedule for a variety of businesses allowed to resume operations in May. For more information, click here.
 
On Monday, the Governor will provide another Healthy at Work update, with official guidance for industries reopening on May 11.
 
Case information
As of 5 p.m. May 1, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 4,879 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 177 of which were newly confirmed.
 
Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear also reported 8 new deaths Friday, raising the state’s toll to 248 deaths related to the virus.
 
The deaths include a 90-year-old woman from Graves, an 86-year-old woman from Marshall, an 80-year-old woman from Butler, a 93-year-old man from Carlisle, an 81-year-old woman from Jefferson, a 42-year-old man from Jefferson, a 67-year-old woman from Jackson and a 58-year-old woman from Adair.
 
At least 1,752 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
 
For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.
 
More information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov, kycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).
 

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Court Weighs In On Applying Mass Gathering Ban To Churches

 
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -  A federal appeals court on Saturday declined to block the Kentucky governor's temporary ban on massing gatherings from applying to in-person religious services.
 
The three-judge panel did clear the way for Maryville Baptist Church to hold drive-in worship services while adhering to public health requirements. That's an alternative that Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has strongly encouraged throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
 
But the panel stopped short of applying its order to in-person worship services.
 
The ruling came soon after the church asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an emergency order stopping Beshear's mass gathering ban from being enforced against religious services.
 
"We realize that this falls short of everything the church has asked for and much of what it wants,"' the Cincinnati-based appeals court panel said Saturday. "But that is all we are comfortable doing after the 24 hours the plaintiffs have given us with this case.
 
It urged a federal district judge to "prioritize resolution" of the church's claims in its lawsuit.
 
Beshear recently announced that places of worship in Kentucky will be able to once again hold in-person services starting May 20. It's part of a broader plan to gradually reopen the state's economy. Exceptions to his shutdown order include trips to the grocery store, bank, pharmacy and hardware store.
 
In Saturday's opinion, the judges took note of those "secular exceptions."
 
"The breadth of the ban on religious services, together with a haven for numerous secular exceptions, should give pause to anyone who prizes religious freedom," the panel wrote, before concluding "it's not always easy to decide what is Caesar's and what is God's — and that's assuredly true in the context of a pandemic."
 
The ruling supports what Beshear has said all along, according to his spokeswoman, Crystal Staley.
 
"The governor has allowed and even encouraged hundreds of drive-in services across Kentucky," she said in a statement Saturday. "What the Sixth Circuit decided is that drive-in services are okay, but the governor's order prohibiting in-person services remains in effect. That has been the governor's exact policy since the beginning."
 
Maryville Baptist Church's attorneys — from the Liberty Counsel, a conservative Christian group — cited passages from the ruling in claiming a "stellar victory." The group claims Beshear's order violates constitutional protections and Kentucky law.
 
"The laws of the commonwealth and the Constitution are not suspended during a crisis or a pandemic," said Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver.
 
The appeals court panel said Beshear's orders have "several potential hallmarks of discrimination."
 
"We don't doubt the governor's sincerity in trying to do his level best to lessen the spread of the virus or his authority to protect the commonwealth's citizens," the panel said. "And we agree that no one, whether a person of faith or not, has a right 'to expose the community ... to communicable disease.'"
 
"But restrictions inexplicably applied to one group and exempted from another do little to further these goals and do much to burden religious freedom," it added.
 
Assuming all the same precautions are taken, the panel said: "Why can someone safely walk down a grocery store aisle but not a pew?"
 
The church turned to the appeals court after a federal judge refused to stop Beshear's order from applying to religious services. U.S. District Judge David Hale said the governor's order bans all mass gatherings and thus does not discriminate against religion.
 
Hale said he would set up additional hearings. But attorneys for the Bullitt County church were dissatisfied with the pace of Hale's consideration of the suit.
 
Maryville has defied Beshear's order for houses of worship to not hold in-person services amid the COVID-19 outbreak. At least 50 people attended its Easter service at the church, with more services held in the past few weeks.
 
In response, the governor said Kentucky State Police troopers would record license plates and place notices on the vehicles of attendees at the Easter service. The notices told attendees they would have to self-quarantine.
 
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up within weeks. For some, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, even death.
 
By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press
 

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DOUBLE SHOOTING IN JABEZ


Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston reports that the Russell County Sheriffs Department responded to a double shooting in the Jabez area of Russell County near Hicks Road. The two male victims had wounds to their backs, sides, and legs from what appeared to be wounds consistent from a shotgun.

 
A search warrant was obtained for the residence and a shotgun was found along with other items. James M. Chapman, age 68, of Hicks Lane in the Jabez community was charged with 2 felony counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree by Deputy Nathan Ginn. The Sheriff advises the incident is still under investigation and more charges could be forthcoming from a Russell County Grand Jury. 
 
Assisting at the scene were Ky State Police, Russell County EMS, and Air Medical Services. 
 
 

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177 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN KY; 8 NEW DEATHS

 

Governor Andy Beshear announced this afternoon (Friday) there are 177 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky

The total number of deaths is 4,879. The Governor also announced 8 new deaths today.....

 

 

A total of 248 Kentuckians have lost their lives to COVID-19.

 

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State Senator Max Wise Joins Congressman James Comer for Virtual Town Hall

 
TOMPKINSVILLE, KY – State Senator Max Wise recently joined Congressman James Comer for a telephone town hall and Facebook Live session to answer questions from constituents on state and federal issues. Wise represents Kentucky’s 16th Senate District, which includes Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne counties, and chairs the Senate Education Committee.
 
Congressman Comer and Senator Wise recapped the Kentucky General Assembly’s most recent legislative session, and then answered questions from constituents over the phone on COVID-19, reopening the economy, reducing America’s dependence on China and more.
 
“I was honored to be joined by Senator Wise for a productive conversation on COVID-19 as well as some of the issues that we both work on in Washington and Frankfort. Whether it be education, drug prices or school safety, Max has been a truly effective leader on some of Kentucky’s most important issues,” Congressman Comer said.
 
You can view the full Facebook Live on Congressman Comer’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanComer/.
 
 

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TAYLOR CO. MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING POLICE OFFICER

 
On Friday, May 1, 2020 at 2:22amET, Campbellsville Police received a complaint of a male in the area of Sycamore Loop with a weapon. Officers arrived and came into contact with 37-year-old Danny R. Tungate of Campbellsville, KY who immediately began fleeing from officers. Once officers made contact with Tungate, he began to resist. After a struggle, Tungate was taken into custody and charged with Public Intoxication, Assault 3rd degree (on a Police Officer), Menacing , Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, Fleeing or Evading Police on Foot, and Disorderly Conduct. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.
 

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PASSENGER ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

 
Columbia Police Officers initiated a traffic stop on Campbellsville Street on Thursday afternoon that led to drug charges for a passenger in the vehicle. After making the stop and gaining consent to search the vehicle by the operator, a male passenger was found to be in possession of narcotics, drug paraphernalia and cash.
 
Oba Thompson, 31, of Columbia, KY was taken into custody and charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine over 2 grams). Officers seized approximately 4 grams of suspected methamphetamine during the arrest.
 
Officer Ethan Pike was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Evan Burton and KSP Trooper Billy Begley.
 
Columbia Police would like to remind the public if you have any credible knowledge of drug activity in the area, to please call Columbia’s Tip-line at 270-378-2259.  Called will remain anonymous.
 

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ADAIR CO. MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES THURS. NIGHT

 

The Columbia Police Department located and served a felony warrant Thursday night, April 30, 2020 which led to an additional drug charge.
 
Officers arrived at a residence in Ashley Court (the former Creekview Trailer Park) and took 41-year-old Charles Scott McFarland into custody without incident. McFarland has failed to appear for sentencing after pleading to previous drug charges. Once McFarland was in custody, he surrendered a small baggie containing suspected methamphetamine and was additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).
 
Officer Trevor Foster made the arrest. He was assisted on scene by Officers Evan Burton and Ethan Pike, along with Adair Co. Deputy Justin Cross.
 

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JT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING LAST EVENING...

 

 

Jamestown City Council met last evening in a Special Called Meeting.

 

Mayor Nick Shearer shared with WAVE NEWS what took place…

 

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AREA ARREST 5-1-2020

 

 

A Russell Springs man was taken into custody on DUI and other charges just before 3 a.m. this morning.

 

Columbia Police Officer Trevor arrest William D. Wilson age 20 of Russell Springs on charges of…  Careless Driving, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 2nd Offense, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession.

 

Tia Hancock age 27, of Monticello, was taken into custody by Officer Daniels with the Burkesville Police Department just after 4 a.m. this morning. She was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth), Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession.

 

Charles McFarland age 41, of Columbia, was arrested by Officer Trevor with the Columbia Police Department just before 9 last evening. He was charges with Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense (Meth) and Serving a Bench Warrant for Court.  

 

Oba Thompson age 31, of Columbia, was arrested by officer Pike with the Columbia Police Department after 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Thompson was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (more than 2 grams Meth), Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz) 1st Offense, Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession and Resisting Arrest.

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