Kentucky Press News Service

Jim Beam still burns in warehouse fire debris. Aerators used to help save fish from runoff.

July 5, 2019 - 3:13pm
Alcohol trapped in the remains of a Jim Beam warehouse continued to burn Thursday as workers used equipment to mitigate the bourbon runoff that endangered fish in a nearby creek and the Kentucky River. Aerators have been deployed in Glenns Creek near the warehouse in Woodford County to increase or maintain oxygen saturation in the water that bourbon runoff could have depleted, according to the state Energy and Environment Cabinet. Aerators were expected to soon be operating from barges in the Kentucky River. 2019-07-05T12:20:42-04:00

Edibles emerge in Oldham County Schools for the first time

July 5, 2019 - 3:13pm
For the first time in Oldham County Schools' history, they have caught students with edibles at school. Edibles are “designed to look like gummy candy, edibles frequently contain synthetic THC or other substances. These are also easily concealed and difficult to detect,” according to board documents. 2019-07-05T12:03:22-04:00

Normandy trip filled with family memories

July 5, 2019 - 12:13pm
Dignitaries flocked to Normandy in June for the 75th anniversary of the Normandy D-Day operation by United States, Canadian and British troops during World War II, which began June 6, 1944. One visitor, retired Henry County Extension Agent Steve Moore, along with family, traveled over 4,000 miles to honor Moore’s late father, a U.S. Air Force pilot, and the thousands of citizen-soldiers who died on that beach. “We traveled those hallowed grounds,” Steve Moore said. “To put my feet in the same place where [my father] was, the place he helped liberate, was emotional.” 2019-07-05T11:37:51-04:00

Even in death, family learns from its children

July 5, 2019 - 12:13pm
In the weeks after Brice Taylor’s death five years ago today, his mother and father learned more and more about their only son. “Sometimes you think you know everything about your kids and you really don’t,” David Taylor said. When Brice, 20, would work at the family business, Dix-E-Town Lanes, he always wanted to be scheduled on Tuesday nights. David and Tonya Taylor never really knew why until after his 2014 passing from a head injury when he was struck by a deer while driving an ATV. In a span of 12 days in 2014, the Taylors only two children were gone. 2019-07-05T11:29:08-04:00

Mammoth Cave delays Green River Ferry project again

July 5, 2019 - 12:13pm
Mammoth Cave National Park is postponing the closure of the Green River Ferry until July 15 or later because of construction delays. As of now, the contractor has indicated the work will be able to be completed on schedule by Nov. 15. Once the project is completed, the park will launch a retrofitted ferry boat that will sit higher on the water, carry up to 12 tons of weight, including seating and bike storage, and will have ramps that reach further up the shoreline. 2019-07-05T11:20:55-04:00

Logan murder trial to proceed after judge denies continuance

July 5, 2019 - 12:13pm
The trial of a Bowling Green man accused of shooting and killing a woman in her Logan County apartment will begin Monday after a judge denied a motion from the defense team to continue the matter. Demetrius Roberson, 25, is charged with murder, attempted murder, first-degree robbery and nine counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. He is accused of firing the shot that killed Lexus Bell, 21, during a home invasion robbery Aug. 21, 2016, at her residence in Russellville. 2019-07-05T11:13:52-04:00

Get off the couch and visit a park this weekend

July 4, 2019 - 3:12pm
Public parks and green spaces add immeasurable value to communities and their residents, and Kentucky is lucky to be home to some superb parks. Saturday marks a day to celebrate those parks and to encourage those around you to enjoy the beauty of Kentucky’s outdoors. National Hop-A-Park Day is celebrated the first Saturday in July. 2019-07-04T13:37:33-04:00

This ‘lab’ school is a top performer. It wants more students from Fayette, other counties.

July 4, 2019 - 3:12pm
As John Williamson works to shape the future at Kentucky’s only remaining university laboratory school, he hopes families in Lexington and other Central Kentucky cities will send their children across county lines to Richmond’s Model Laboratory. Williamson, the superintendent of Model since last year, said the public K-12 school on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus no longer has a waiting list and now has space to accommodate students from Fayette and other neighboring districts. 2019-07-04T13:14:41-04:00

Accused killer, on the run for weeks, caught in Corbin

July 4, 2019 - 3:12pm
A southeast Kentucky man accused of killing his girlfriend has been apprehended in Corbin after being on the run since May. Mike Smith, Knox County sheriff, said Nicholas Rucker was arrested Thursday after being spotted in a backyard. When he saw police, Rucker reportedly began to run but was tackled and arrested. He is charged, WKYT reported, with murdering his girlfriend, Vicki Conner, on May 22 in Whitley County. 2019-07-04T12:53:27-04:00

Americans with disabilities are vital to the workforce

July 4, 2019 - 3:12pm
In the current job market, with unemployment rates at a low of 3.6%, many companies are struggling to find not just employees, but loyal and long term ones. The need for reliable employees has brought to light the fact that adults with disabilities are not only an untapped resource but an important one. 2019-07-04T12:44:00-04:00

Daviess County fire station struck by lightning

July 4, 2019 - 3:12pm
Officials with the Daviess County Fire Department say a fire at the department headquarters on Kentucky 54 Tuesday night could have been much worse had it not been for the quick action of firefighting personnel who responded to the blaze above their living quarters within seconds. Cleanup efforts had already begun at the East Daviess County Fire Station on Wednesday morning after firefighters there say a bolt of lightning that struck the building's roof shortly after 6:30 p.m. a day earlier nearly instantaneously set the attic ablaze. 2019-07-04T12:39:22-04:00

Scott coroner trial date pushed to October

July 4, 2019 - 3:12pm
Scott County Coroner John Goble’s trial on charges of receiving stolen property has now been pushed to October. Goble’s trial was supposed to start July 29, but during a status hearing Monday where attorneys argued over discovery documents, Judge Jeremy Mattox rescheduled the trial to start Oct. 14 and last for three days. Goble is facing charges of receiving stolen property of $10,000 or more, receiving stolen property (firearms), abuse of public trust, trafficking in controlled substance and two counts of official misconduct in the first degree. 2019-07-04T12:30:35-04:00

Education commissioner troubled by West Point school district

July 4, 2019 - 3:12pm
Kentucky Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis has “major concerns” of the quality of educational experiences provided for children last school year in the West Point Independent School district and “even more serious concerns” about the district’s ability to provide a basic level of education in the future. In an interview Wednesday with The News-Enterprise, Lewis said the state department of education has been in contact with the district, located in northern Hardin County, because the Kentucky Department of Education defines the school as a Comprehensive Support and Improvement school, meaning it is among the lowest performing schools in Kentucky. Lewis said merging with Hardin County Schools should be considered by West Point Independent District to correct the independent district’s deficiencies. 2019-07-04T12:23:43-04:00

Gov. Matt Bevin raps, drops diss track against Andy Beshear and Tim Kaine

July 4, 2019 - 3:12pm
Don't look now, but Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin may have just dropped the song of the summer. Bevin hit the studio this week and came out with some new heat, just in time for Independence Day weekend – a new rap ... from Kentucky's governor ... titled "Tim Kaine? Are you serious?" The video begins with Bevin taking a shot at Attorney General Andy Beshear, his opponent in the upcoming gubernatorial election, over letters former vice president candidate Tim Kaine sent out in support of Beshear. Then, Bevin, at the 18-second mark, begins an a cappela flow in which he calls out Beshear, Kaine and other prominent Democrats. 2019-07-04T12:14:21-04:00

Bourbon expert: Jim Beam fire not good for image in industry built on consumer confidence

July 4, 2019 - 3:12pm
What is it about Kentucky and bourbon disasters? That's the question of frustrated American whiskey expert Fred Minnick, who raised the alarm Wednesday about the hit to consumer confidence amid mounting mishaps at Kentucky distilleries. Minnick, the author of “Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey” and a frequent commentator on the industry, found himself offering perspectives, yet again, when a suspected lightning strike sparked a massive blaze early Wednesday at Jim Beam's bourbon warehousing operation in rural Woodford County. The fire destroyed a warehouse holding roughly 45,000 barrels of young whiskey. It comes after two bourbon warehouse collapses in the last year, at Barton's in Bardstown last June, and at O.Z. Tyler in Owensboro. 2019-07-04T11:56:32-04:00

You make dogs bark. You make children cry. Stop setting off fireworks this Fourth of July

July 4, 2019 - 3:12pm
The great thing about being a columnist is that I can occasionally slip on my bath robe, step onto the front porch and shout at you, my readers, “GET OFF MY LAWN.” I can’t think of a better time to do this than right now, on Fourth of July. I HATE fireworks. HATE. 2019-07-04T11:42:15-04:00

Attorney for murder suspect wants his statements to police suppressed

July 4, 2019 - 3:12pm
Lawyers for a Corbin man, who is facing a possible death sentence for allegedly killing three people in 2018, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child, want to have his statements to police suppressed although it isn’t exactly clear why they want those statements suppressed. Paul Brock is charged with three counts of capital murder and fetal homicide. Monday afternoon, Whitley Circuit Judge Dan Ballou scheduled a Sept. 4 hearing where he will hear testimony and arguments related to the request. 2019-07-04T11:30:08-04:00

Report: Privatizing foster care system would not help

July 4, 2019 - 3:12pm
Kentucky should focus on strengthening its foster care system, which was brimming last year with a record number of children and teens, instead of seeking to outsource the job to private companies, according to a study commissioned under a 2018 law aimed at overhauling child welfare services. In a 26-page report, a group formed as part of House Bill 1 in 2018 to study the feasibility of privatizing the state’s vast foster care network said such a transition would be more expensive and isn’t currently feasible. 2019-07-04T11:19:56-04:00

Kentucky football legend Jared Lorenzen dies at 38

July 4, 2019 - 12:12pm
Jared Lorenzen, the former University of Kentucky quarterback whose oversized body, outsized talent and good-old-boy charm endeared him to UK fans and foes alike, died Wednesday at the age of 38 after years of health problems related to his weight, his family said. Jeremy Schaap, the ESPN personality who interviewed Lorenzen for his “E:60” series last year confirmed the death on Twitter, citing a text to his producer from Lorenzen’s mother: “Lorenzen’s mother Janet confirmed that Jared died today. He was only 38. Janet said, ‘I lost my sweet boy today after a long hard fight.’” 2019-07-04T11:07:23-04:00

Someone you had to see to believe, Jared Lorenzen was one of a kind

July 4, 2019 - 12:12pm
Jared Lorenzen captured the hearts of Kentucky football fans with the amazing things he did in games for a man his size, but the time to watch him was his first season, there on the practice field. In 1999, his redshirt year, Lorenzen was the quarterback for the scout team that prepared the defense for Saturday’s opponent. In those pre-internet days, the media could attend practice. And no matter how diligently you tried to focus on the guys who were actually going to play on Saturday, you couldn’t help watch this 18-year-old, 300-plus-pound quarterback throwing the football as hard as he could all over the yard. 2019-07-04T11:01:03-04:00

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