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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2021-07

Covid-19 Cases in The Lake Cumberland District

Statewide Testing Positivity Rate: 8.96%.

Deaths: We are sad to report 1 new death since our last report. We have experienced a total of 468 deaths resulting in a 1.97% mortality rate (about 1 in 51) among known cases. This compares with a 1.52% mortality rate at the state level and a 1.75% mortality rate at the national level. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

Hospitalizations: We presently have 29 cases in the hospital. This is 7 more than what we reported in our last report. We have had a total of 1,327 hospitalizations resulting in a 5.59% hospitalization rate (about 1 in 18) among known cases. The state hospitalization rate is 5.04%. The latest data shows that 91.11% of Lake Cumberland’s ICU beds are filled, and 10.45% of ventilator capacity is being utilized.

Total (Cumulative) Cases: The Lake Cumberland District has experienced a total of 23,750 cases since the onset of the outbreak. This means that 11.37% of our total population has been a confirmed case. However, we do not know how many additional people may have had COVID-19 and were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and never tested. Of our total cases, 0.65% are reinfections, and 2.6% contracted the virus after being fully vaccinated (breakthrough cases). In the last week, 13.97% of our new cases were breakthrough cases.

Released (Not contagious) Cases: We released 42 cases since our last report from isolation. Released cases include: Adair: 3; Casey: 3; Clinton: 2; Green: 2; McCreary: 2; Pulaski: 17; Russell: 6; Taylor: 3; and, Wayne: 4. In all, we have released 95.9% of our total cases.
Active (Current) Cases: Since our last report, we added 88 more cases than we had deceased and/or released cases. This leaves us with 514 active cases in our district across all 10 of our district’s 10 counties. On 12/10/2020 we were at our peak number of active cases, 1,335.

Where Did Cases Visit Prior to Isolation: The most common places cases visited prior to isolation are (in descending order): Businesses, Travel Related, Schools, and Family. Of our active cases, 16% can not be tied back to another known case (community-spread cases).

New Cases: We report that our total case count has increased by 131 since our last report. Our new cases (including suspect cases) are as follows: Adair: 11; Casey: 11; Clinton: 13; Cumberland: 3; Green: 12; McCreary: 5; Pulaski: 46; Russell: 10; Taylor: 16; and, Wayne: 4. Our current new case growth rate is: 1.00293. This means our total case count is projected to double every 236.62 days. The most new cases we ever added in a single day was on 12/30/2020 when we added 301 cases.

The death we report today was an 81 year old individual from Adair County who had previously been released from isolation as no longer contagious, but later succumbed to the lingering effects of the illness.

We also removed one case from Wayne County that was identified as a duplicate entry in our data.

Again, we encourage our citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine, which is safe and very effective. Of our 9,677 new cases since the vaccine started becoming available, almost 97.4% were unvaccinated. Below are our area’s COVID-19 vaccination uptake rates compared to the state average.

State – 52.00%
Taylor – 42.82%
Pulaski – 40.02%
Russell – 37.32%
Green – 32.87%
Adair – 30.24%
Wayne – 30.28%
Cumberland – 28.94%
Casey – 27.74%
McCreary – 25.05%
Clinton – 24.27%

Fire Alarm Sounds in Campbellsville

Residential House Fire

111 Ford Street



Call Received 0003

On Scene 0005

Control 0015

Leaving Scene 0159


Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of smoke coming from the top of a house. Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke coming out of the eves of the residence and flames inside the house. Firefighters made an interior fire attack and conducted a primary search for occupants. Firefighters extinguished the fire and provided overhaul. No firefighters or civilian injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is suspicious and is under investigation by the Kentucky State Fire Marshal office. 


13 Firefighters on scene


CFD Apparatus on scene

Engine 1, Engine 2, Truck 1, and Rescue 1


Assisting Agencies:

Campbellsville Police Department

Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Communications Center

Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Medical Services

American Red Cross


Gov. Beshear Takes Action to Protect Kentucky Families and Unprecedented Economic Progress


On Thursday during his Team Kentucky Update, Gov. Andy Beshear announced new COVID-19 precautions based on updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


“With the delta variant spreading across the U.S. and only 62% of Kentuckians ages 18 or older vaccinated, right now our answer is: Masks plus vaccines equals victory over COVID,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are strong enough and resilient enough to do this. We are compassionate enough to know we have to do this.”


The Governor said his first priority is to ensure safe, in-person instruction in our schools for the maximum number of days. His second priority is to continue the commonwealth’s unprecedented economic progress.


Gov. Beshear and state officials expect that, without mitigation efforts, the delta variant will spread through unvaccinated workplaces and classrooms, disrupting education and slowing economic growth through loss of productivity and frequent quarantines. Therefore, he announced:


K-12 Return to School Guidance Updated to Reflect CDC Guidance: Gov. Beshear said school districts should require universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time, in-person learning in the fall with layered strategies in place to prevent COVID-19 infection and transmission.

Masks Required in State Office Buildings: The Governor said masks will now be required at all state office buildings, regardless of vaccination status.


“I’m fully vaccinated, but I’m still my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper. I still believe in loving my neighbor as I would myself, so I’m going to mask up,” said Gov. Beshear. “I promised when I became Governor that I would lead by example.”


COVID-19 Update
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said from March 1 to July 28, 2021, 94.5% of COVID-19 cases, 91.8% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 88.8% of COVID-19 deaths were among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.


“We have changed in the blink of an eye from a quiet, calm state to a horribly inflamed state,” said Dr. Stack. “We all know what we need to do, and that’s to get vaccinated. I’m not begging folks. I’m wondering why folks wouldn’t want to be protected. The vaccines are at no additional costs to you, and they protect you from all of these harms. It’s puzzling why folks wouldn’t do it.”


Today, five local health department directors joined Gov. Beshear and Dr. Stack to discuss COVID-19 mitigation efforts: Denise Beach, director of the Hopkins County Health Department; Greg Brewer, director of the Gateway District Health Department; Mark Hensley, director of the Laurel County Health Department; Dr. Crystal Miller, DrPH, director of the WedCo District Health Department; and Dr. Sarah Moyer, MD, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.


“I want us all to take ourselves back to that moment in time in March, because I think that we all had the same goal in common that we knew without a shadow of a doubt that we would do whatever it took to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe,” said Dr. Miller. “Somehow we’ve grayed those lines. We’ve gotten away from that mission. It’s been a long 16 months. It’s frustrating. It’s exhausting. But the difference between March 6 and today is that we have a solution. We know exactly what works: vaccines and masking.”


The Governor encouraged all Kentuckians 12 and older to get a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and then sign up for a chance to win $1 million or a full college scholarship at One $1 million winner and five full-scholarship winners have already been selected. On both July 30 and Aug. 27, another $1 million winner and five more full-scholarship winners will be announced.


So far, 692,205 vaccinated Kentuckians have signed up for the $1 million drawing and 40,934 vaccinated youth have signed up for the full scholarship drawing.


Kentucky’s Economy, Workforce Charge Ahead
Gov. Beshear highlighted three major economic and workforce development announcements, including the largest investment in the Western Kentucky region in more than 25 years. In 2021, companies have announced more than 60 projects totaling more than $2.6 billion in investment and creating 5,500 jobs. More than 1,500 jobs have been announced in the last 11 days alone.


“This is how we make sure we are never seen as a ‘flyover’ state again. We have more opportunity now than at any point in my lifetime, and we have to grasp it,” said Gov. Beshear.


Area Technology Center to Serve Estill and Powell Counties: On Friday, Gov. Beshear celebrated the grand opening of a $14.7 million technology center that will serve hundreds of high school and technical college students and provide training for displaced workers seeking new career paths. To learn more, see the full release.


Fruit of the Loom Expansion in Bowling Green: Today, Gov. Beshear announced Bowling Green-based Fruit of the Loom plans to expand its existing distribution center in Warren County and create 50 full-time job opportunities. To learn more, see the full release.


Pratt Paper Announces Historic $400 Million Investment in Henderson: Today, Gov. Beshear and Anthony Pratt, executive chairman of Pratt Industries, announced the company’s new $400 million paper mill, a project committed to creating 321 well-paying jobs over the next five years. Pratt joined Gov. Beshear’s press conference via video.


Pratt’s investment is the largest investment in this region of Kentucky in more than 25 years, the largest in the state in nearly two years and the third largest job-creation announcement of 2021. The project further propels Kentucky’s recent wave of economic growth toward a sustainable future with quality job opportunities for residents across the state.


Team Kentucky All-Stars
Today, the Governor recognized two groups of Team Kentucky All-Stars.

First, he congratulated two Kentuckians who just became Olympic gold medalists.


“Lee Kiefer, a medical student at the University of Kentucky (UK), not only won gold in women’s individual foil, but made history as the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic medal in this event,” said Gov. Beshear. “In addition, Will Shaner won the air rifle gold medal and set an Olympic record. Will was a three-time All-American as a college athlete at UK. On behalf of the entire commonwealth, we are so proud of you.”


The Governor also celebrated Kentucky high school students who spent this summer at the Governor’s Scholars Program, Governor’s School for the Arts or the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs.


“Your Lieutenant Governor and I have been so inspired by meeting many of you and we can’t wait to watch you lead our commonwealth into the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re rooting for you as you work toward your next goals and enjoy the friendships you’ve made this summer that I hope will last a lifetime.”


Jeff Watson's Racing Garage Destroyed By Fire

Campbellsville Firemen were dispatched to East Walnut Street this morning around 1am, Big Dawg News has learned that Jeff Watson Racing Shop caught fire and is described as a loss. Watson told the Big Dawg car valued at $35,000 was destroyed in the blaze. The Cause of the fire is unknown.

Campbellsville Teen Located

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was requested by Campbellsville Police Department for assistance with a possible missing person. Upon arrival, rescue technicians began interviewing the reporting party and collaborated with CPD investigating officers. An immediate search was initiated using lost person behavior guidance, ground searchers, off-road vehicles and public assistance. Crews simultaneously contacted local businesses and reviewed recording camera data. A bloodhound search crew was contacted and responded with 3 bloodhound search teams.


The 13 year runway was located safe last night by police.

Campbellsville Firemen Called to Wilkerson Apartment Complex

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a working structure fire Monday just before 6pm. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy flames coming out of one apartment and heavy smoke coming out of the entire complex. A second alarm was initiated due to potential life safety issues, heavy fire conditions and heat considerations for rotating personnel.  Firefighters made an interior attack while other firefighters were searching and evacuating the other units. Firefighters extinguished the fire and provided overhaul. No firefighters or civilian injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is related to smoking materials and is being investigated by the Campbellsville Police Department. Nine occupants were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. 


24 Firefighters on scene


CFD Apparatus on scene

Engine 1, Engine 2, Truck 1, and Rescue 1


TCFD Apparatus on scene

Engine 60 and Tanker 65


Assisting Agencies:

Campbellsville Police Department

Kentucky State Police

Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Communications Center

Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Medical Services

American Red Cross


Campbellsville Police Are Searching For Missing 13 Year Old Girl

The Campbellsville Police is requesting assistance from the community in locating a missing 13-year old female, Cheyenne Rose Harmon of Campbellsville.

Ms. Harmon was last seen in the area of Short Street and Martin Luther King Blvd. at approximately 2:00 A.M. on Monday, July 26, 2021. 


Ms. Harmon’s physical description;

White female 13-years of age

5’5” tall,

Weight- 240 lbs.

Blue eyes

Red hair

Light complexion

If anyone sees this individual, please call your local authorities.


Date: Monday, July 26, 2021            Time: 9:13 A.M.


Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police, Taylor County Emergency Management, and

                               Campbellsville Fire/Rescue.


Investigating Officers: Officer Josh Morgan


Approving Supervisor: Lt. Shannon Wilson


Governor Andy Beshear Lowers Flags to Half-Staff

Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Thursday, July 22, in honor of two state legislators who passed away this month.

Sen. Tom Buford of Nicholasville passed away July 6 at age 72. He represented Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer and Washington counties, along with part of Fayette.

Rep. John “Bam” Carney of Campbellsville passed away July 17 at age 51. He represented Adair and Taylor counties. Rep. Carney will be interred Thursday in Campbellsville.

The U.S. Flag Code provides that a governor may lower the U.S. flag in the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of that state. All individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute. Additional flag status information is available at

Storage Units Damaged By Fire, The Cause Was Fireworks

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at a storage unit on Laura Sue Humphress drive. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the attic and eves of the building. Firefighters made an interior attack on the fire and contained the fire to two individual units. Firefighters extinguished the fire and provided overhaul. No firefighters or civilian injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is related to a firework discharge and is under investigation. 


The Alarm Saturday Night.




51-year-old John "Bam" Carney had returned home after being hospitalized more than a year ago due to a serious illness. He was diagnosed with pancreatitis in Dec. 2019 which led to several life-threatening complications. Bam Carney represented Adair and Taylor counties in the 51st district and was first elected in 2009. 
Mark Carney (Bam's brother) posted the following on Facebook this morning:
Philippians 1:21 for me, to live is Christ to die is gain. That verse has been heavy on my mind the last few weeks. This morning around 7:00 it came to fruition as Bam passed peacefully at the University of Kentucky medical center. Bam nd we have tried to glorify Christ throughout our lives and especially have tried to praise God for his watch care over Bam this last year and a half. So living was about Christ, now in death Bam has gained healing, peace, rest, Amazing Grace, love, the well done thou good and faithful servant talk and acceptance into his eternal home. Thanks be to God for the life that Bam lived — and for all that he has gained today.
Thank you to so so many of you for all your thoughts, prayers and for the many many ways you have supported us over he last year and a half and we appreciate and say thank you for your continued prayers for our family during this time.
Senator Mitch McConnell released the following statement on Carney's death:
Bam Carney was a tireless public servant whose devotion to his fellow Kentuckians knew no bounds. He uplifted the lives of his constituents through more than a decade of hard work and dedication, deeply committed to Central Kentucky and its people. It is a testament to his strong character that he was chosen to lead Kentucky Republicans as the House Majority Leader, a role which he passionately embraced.
Throughout his tenure, Bam took on tough issues and fought for Kentucky’s most vulnerable students, using his expertise as an educator and coach to change the Commonwealth for the better. During his long illness, he continued to serve in a different way by becoming an inspiration to others who face hardships. The people of Kentucky are profoundly thankful for his advocacy and work.
From the statehouse, to the classroom, to the United States Senate, Kentuckians are deeply saddened by this loss. Elaine and I share our heartfelt condolences with Bam’s family, colleagues, and friends.
House Speaker David Osborne issued the following statement on behalf of the House Majority Caucus:
"Our hearts are broken at the loss of our friend and brother, Bam Carney. Bam was a passionate educator, an outstanding legislator, and a tremendous leader for our Commonwealth. Those who had the privilege of working with Bam knew he led by example and subscribed heavily to the belief that you can do great things if you don't care who gets the credit. As House Education Chair and House Majority Floor Leader, he worked diligently to provide a voice for children in classrooms across our state. His collaborative approach led to the passage of the School Safety and Resiliency Act, bringing focus to both strengthening physical safety and our approach to childhood mental health issues.
"For more than a year and a half Bam fought valiantly to overcome his health issues, all while remaining steadfastly dedicated to the people of his district. While there is great comfort in knowing he is free from the constant pain and struggle, we pray his sons, his mother, and his entire family find comfort in knowing so many join them in mourning the legacy of a good man."

Campbellsville Apparel Will Close Due to Lack of Worker


The Campbellsville Apparel Board of Directors informed their employees on Wednesday, July 14th that they will be closing the company sometime before the end of the year due to the lack of applicants for sewing positions that need to be filled. 


The company currently has 96 employees and has had as many as 180 employees in the last 22 years. Campbellsville Apparel told 99.9 the Big Dawg that their current employees have been very faithful and very hard-working and are like family to each other. Of the current 96 employees, 3 are over 80 years old, 10 are over 70 years old, 15 are over 65 years old, and 25 are over 62 years old. This shows the work ethic and values of this great group of people.  


Campbellsville Police Investigate Injury Accident that Sends Two People to Hospital


Campbellsville Police responded to an injury collision at the intersection of East Broadway and the US Post Office.


Acoording to Lt. Shannon Wilson, a 2002 Volvo semi-tractor trailer operated by 48-year old Charles Spears of Glasgow, KY collided with a 2015 Subaru, operated by 69-year old Paul Clark of Greensburg, KY.


Clark and a passenger, 71-year old Jean Clark of Greensburg, KY were both transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville Taylor County EMS and later transported to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. Spears was not injured.


The mishap happened just after 11:00amET on Tuesday morning on East Broadway in the city limits of Campbellsville.


Investigating Officer: Officer Aaron Fields



On Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 9:51amCT, Chief Deputy Brandon Hitch was dispatched to a 2-vehicle injury collision approximately 4 miles northeast of Columbia on KY 551. Upon arrival, Deputy Hitch found that two vehicles had collided and there were multiple patients, one with critical injuries.  
Preliminary investigation shows that a 2000 Toyota sedan, operated by 46-year-old Rebecca Conover Strange of Columbia, KY was traveling west (towards Columbia) when she headed into a long, right banking curve. It appears that her car broke traction in the rear on the rain slick roadway and began to go into a skid sideways through the curve. Her auto then slid into the oncoming lane into the path of a 2016 Chevy pickup that was traveling East, being driven by 57-year-old Mark Willis of Columbia, KY. The pickup was unable to avoid the collision and struck Ms. Strange’s Toyota in the drivers side.   
Adair County EMS began life-saving measures on Rebecca Strange upon arrival and continued as they transferred the patient to TJ Health Columbia. Approx. one hour later, Ms. Strange succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased in the emergency room.
Mark Willis and his passengers: Deborah Willis, Holly Loy, Alex Loy, and Andrew Loy were all treated at the scene by Adair EMS and transported to the hospital for further treatment.
The Adair County Sheriffs Office, Adair EMS, Columbia -Adair Fire Dept, and Constable Jason Rector were responding agencies to the scene.

Casey County Man Charged With Theft in Taylor County


A Casey County man was caught stealing barn lumber today on Merrimac Road in Taylor County.


Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 The Big Dawg that Deputy Jonathon Leigh caught Jason Murphy of Liberty, KY as he was leaving the property with a load of lumber. Murphy fled the scene but was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.


Murphy was charged with Theft, Fleeing/Evading Police, Resisting Arrest, Public Intoxication, and Identity Theft as well as arrested on a Lincoln County District Court Warrant.

The arrest was made by Jonathon Leigh with the Taylor County Sheriffs Office.

Green County Home Destroyed By Fire

The Fire Alarm sounded in Green County Monday afternoon, the location of the fire was a residence on Marshall Ridge Road at Country Club Drive.

Green County Fire Chief Lawerence Gupton told 99.9 The Big Dawg the home owned by Derek Edwards was described as a total loss, The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time, Chief Gupton wanted to thank firemen from Campbellsville-Taylor County, Summersville, Columbia-Adair County, Grab and Exie for assisting Greensburg-Green County.

Taylor County Grand Jury Indictments


The Taylor County Grand Jury issued Indictments against the following people:

Patrick Greer of Campbellsville: Robbery, burglary, assault and resisting Arrest.
Jason W. Stearman of Campbellsville: Burglary
Andrew Edwards of Campbellsville: Wanton endangerment, fleeing police, resisting arrest, menacing, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license.
Jacob R. Treece of Campbellsville: Multiple counts of theft.
Douglas D. Martin of Campbellsville: Multiple counts of theft.
Natasha D. Anderson of Franklin Ky: Receiving stolen property over $10,000.
Stephen Sallee of Greensburg: Assault.
Tiffany R. Clark of Campbellsville: Trafficking in Heroin.
Cory J. Clan of Campbellsville" Trafficking in Heroin.
Andrew T. Adkins of Campbellsville: Trafficking in Carfentanial or Fentanyl Derivatives.
Makayla Mardis of Campbellsville: Possession of Methamphetamine and traffic charges.
Lucas W. Parson of Campbellsville: Possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana.
Courtney Nashay Reliford of Campbellsville: Possession of Methamphetmine.
Timothy R. Jones of Columbia: Trafficking in Methamphetamine.

Hart County Man Dies in LaRue County Car Wreck


A Hart County Man died in a two vehicle crash yesterday morning in LaRue County.


KSP Post 4 received a call from the Larue County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance with a two-vehicle collision resulting in a fatality on US-31E in Larue County. The preliminary investigation revealed that Colby Wilder, age 22 of Munfordville, was traveling south on US-31E in a 2011 Kia Forte, for unknown reasons Wilder’s vehicle struck the rear of a garbage truck, operated by Stephen Williams, age 28 of Elizabethtown.


Wilder was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Larue County Coroner’s Office. Williams was not injured, a portion of US-31E was closed for several hours in order to allow troopers to investigate the collision. Larue County Sheriff’s Office, Magnolia Fire Department, Larue County EMS and Larue County Coroner’s Office assisted KSP Post 4 at the scene.


The collision is still under investigation by reconstructionist Trooper Tyler Lynch.

Three People Arrested In Storage Building Burglary in Campbellsville


On Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 5:13 P.M., Campbellsville Police received a theft complaint on Broad Street at the Shearson Storage Units.  Officers arrived and came into contact with the victim, who had caught people stealing items from his storage units.


After an investigation, Sgt. Brian Morgan arrested 33-year old Charles Delano Johnson and 41-year old Winona Mae Herrington, both of Stanford, KY along with 66-year old Clara Loraine Cox of Lebanon, KY.  Johnson, Herrington, and Cox were all lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center and charged with Burglary 3rd degree.


Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021          Time: 5:13 P.M.

Location: Shearson Storage Units on Broad Street, Campbellsville

Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police with assistance from Kentucky State Police

Investigating Officer: Sgt. Brian Morgan


Two People Arrested on Criminal Charges


Taylor County County Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 The Big Dawg that Jackie Stone, 47, of Campbellsville and Susan G. Gribbins, 39, of Raywick were both arrested after the report of a stolen trailer and generator were taken from the White Rose community in Taylor County.

Stone was charged with Theft and some traffic charges; Gribbins was charged with Burglary and Theft. Both were lodged in the Taylor County Jail.