Kentucky Press News Service

Coal was king here in Paradise. Now TVA may end an era in Western Kentucky.

January 3, 2019 - 2:05pm
Commercial coal mining in Kentucky began in the western end of the state, and it was once home to the most production in the nation, the largest coal-fired power plant, and the biggest machine in the world to strip away earth and uncover coal. These days, coal jobs in Muhlenberg County have dropped to about 400 from a high of more than 3,700. A few years ago, Kentucky Utilities closed a coal-fired power plant that had been operating in the county since 1950. and in 2017, the Tennessee Valley Authority followed suit, closing two of three coal-burning units at its sprawling Paradise electricity plant and building a natural gas-burning facility next door to replace them. Now another key tie to coal in Muhlenberg County could pass into history. 2019-01-03T12:30:00-05:00

Pike County’s landfill is filling up fast, and there’s no money set aside to expand

January 3, 2019 - 2:05pm
Pike County’s landfill is filling up fast, officials warn, and the county has not set aside any of the millions of dollars needed to expand it or build a new one when it reaches capacity. The landfill covers a large mountainside in the Meta community of Pike County, just above Johns Creek Elementary School. At the top, workers use heavy-duty, specialized equipment to compact and store the 140 to 170 tons of trash that are hauled there every day. The Appalachian News-Express reported in December that the county has about $3.9 million set aside to close the landfill. None of the money, though, could be used for expansion, equipment or wells. 2019-01-03T12:21:45-05:00

Adam Edelen joins the fray. Ex-auditor raising money for Kentucky governor race.

January 3, 2019 - 2:05pm
The 2019 Democratic primary for Kentucky governor grew by one Thursday when former state auditor Adam Edelen’s campaign filed paperwork with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance declaring his intention to raise money for the race. Edelen’s running mate for lieutenant governor is Gill Holland, a Louisville-based film producer, according to paperwork the campaign filed at 8:27 a.m. Thursday with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. 2019-01-03T12:17:16-05:00

ACL tear derails UK signee's season

January 3, 2019 - 2:05pm
The high school playing career for Pendleton County Wildcats all-time leading scorer Dontaie Allen is over. An MRI on his injured left knee revealed a torn ACL which will require surgery and end the season for 2019. A UK signee, Allen suffered the injury on Dec. 22 during the second quarter of the championship game of the Phillip Wood Classic versus Cooper. He's scheduled for surgery on Jan. 8. 2019-01-03T12:04:21-05:00

Citrus Bowl win a cherry on top of great UK football season

January 3, 2019 - 2:05pm
It was 42 years in the making, and the University of Kentucky football team’s 10th win over a storied Penn State squad in Tuesday’s Citrus Bowl was the cherry on top of what has been a season to remember. Not only did the Wildcats reach double-digit wins for the first time since 1977, but UK also sent the seniors and junior star running back Benny Snell out with postseason hardware after losing their past three bowl games, including a heartbreaker to Northwestern in the Music City Bowl a year ago. 2019-01-03T11:53:22-05:00

Elizabethtown man arraigned on murder charge in death of infant

January 3, 2019 - 2:05pm
An Elizabethtown man charged last month in the death of a 4-month-old boy will appear next week in Hardin District Court for a preliminary hearing. Jahi Cinque Hall, 24, was arraigned Wed­nesday on a murder charge in Hardin District Court and pleaded not guilty by video from the Hardin County Detention Center. Hall, who was arrested Dec. 22 in the death of Brody Lemuel Taylor of Elizabethtown is being held in jail in lieu of a $500,000 cash bond. 2019-01-03T11:50:29-05:00

Multi-county chase leads to two arrests

January 3, 2019 - 2:05pm
Two men allegedly led Boyle County sheriff’s deputies on a multi-county car chase for more than an hour Tuesday night. Deputy Keith Addison, one of BCSO’s K9 units, was watching a house on Stewart’s Lane when the whole thing went down, Sheriff Derek Robbins said. “We’d been watching this house for a while. It was a residence that we’d already bought dope out of, so we knew they were selling,” he said. 2019-01-03T11:44:07-05:00

$500,000 donation benefits cancer patients

January 3, 2019 - 2:05pm
Dr. Lawrence Brennan and his wife, Karen Enzweiler, are committed to cancer care in Northern Kentucky. Recently the couple gifted the St. Elizabeth Foundation $500,000 for the new cancer center under construction at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. “This will be part of our legacy,” said Enzweiler, adding the couple dispensed with the idea of making their gift anonymously because they want to inspire others to give. 2019-01-03T11:39:53-05:00

Grant County tries to get past its latest political scandal and resulting turmoil

January 3, 2019 - 2:05pm
Wracked by turmoil for the last four years, Grant County’s political scene got an additional double dose in November. First, its outgoing judge-executive was convicted of assaulting a woman. Shortly after that, a scathing report by the state auditor assailed bookkeeping at the county and its jail. But the county is getting a political makeover of sorts in 2019, with a new judge-executive and jailer, both of whom take office Jan. 7. They will be tasked with calming things down and figuring out how to best handle what has been at the center of most of the controversy – the Grant County Detention Center and the role of the jailer. 2019-01-03T11:35:25-05:00

Third person arrested in Cave City slaying

January 3, 2019 - 2:05pm
Police arrested a third person suspected of involvement in the fatal shooting of a Cave City man in his apartment. Devonja Sweat, 22, of Nashville, was located near Maplewood Place in Nashville and taken into custody by Nashville Metro Police Department on a warrant charging him with murder, according to Kentucky State Police. KSP detectives investigating the death of Keshawn Sarver, 22, of Cave City, obtained the arrest warrant Wednesday. 2019-01-03T11:29:46-05:00

Hemp legalization holds promise for struggling farmers

January 3, 2019 - 2:05pm
Like weeds choking out a cash crop, news for local farmers has been mostly noxious of late. But that could be changing, thanks to new federal legislation, quick action from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and an emerging crop that benefits from both. Hemp farming, which has taken baby steps in the state since the 2014 passage of federal legislation allowing the crop to be grown on an experimental basis, could start moving at an all-out sprint after December's passage of a Farm Bill that removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances. 2019-01-03T11:26:10-05:00

Butler County woman indicted in son's death

January 3, 2019 - 2:05pm
A child's death last spring has led to criminal charges against his mother. A Butler County grand jury indicted Leanna Cantrell, 41, of Morgantown, on a count of second-degree manslaughter. Cantrell is charged in the May 1 death of her 4-year-old son, Clark Cantrell, who died at his home. 2019-01-03T11:22:50-05:00

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