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Fire Alarm Sounds in Campbellsville Sunday at Coltons

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a working fire at Coltons restaurant at 399 Campbellsville bypass at 10.19am Sunday morning.

 

Campbellsville fire chief Chris Taylor told 99.9 The Big Dawg news upon arrival firefighters found smoke coming from the kitchen and flames coming out the top of the exhaust system. Firefighters investigated the kitchen and roof area for further extension, extinguished roof flames, shutdown the sprinkler system and gas appliances,  one Coltons employee injured with very minor burns to a hand-CTCEMS evaluated the patient and transport was not required, no firemen were injured.

The cause of the fire is related to a fire near the cooking system. 

 

The restaurant will likely be closed a few days until repairs can be completed. 

 

22 Firefighters on scene

 

CFD Apparatus on scene:

Engine 1, Engine 2, Truck 1 and Chief

 

Assisting Agencies:

Taylor County Fire Department (Automatic Aid)

Greensburg/Green County Fire (Mutual Aid Cancelled While En route)

Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Communications Center

Campbellsville Taylor County Emergency Medical Service

Campbellsville Police

Taylor County Sheriff 

Campbellsville Water

ATMOS

Signs are Restricted on Right of Way

 

Illegally placed items along state maintained right of way areas are subject to being removed.  Political campaigns, residents, business operators and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded no signage is allowed on right of way other than official highway signs and items approved through a permit process. Non-permitted signs can create additional hazards by blocking sight distance or distracting drivers, particularly at intersections. 

Requests have been received to clear non-permitted signs from right of way areas across the district.  With May Primary races and the traditional yard sale season coming up, anyone wanting to place such signage must do so beyond roadway right of way limits.  Along routes with a right of way fence, the fence is also part of the restriction and no signage may be attached. In addition to signs, the restriction also applies to all yard sale and peddling activities and associated parking. 

It is also illegal to attach signs or items such as flyers, posters, balloons or streamers to stop signs, highway markers or any other road sign or utility pole.  Illegal placement on utility poles presents additional obstacles and potential dangers for utility crew workers. 

Removed items will be taken to each county’s KYTC maintenance facility and held for a short period of time. Unclaimed materials will be trashed or recycled. 

If you have questions related to legal/illegal sign placement, please get in touch with the Permits Section at KYTC District 4 in Elizabethtown:  270.766.5066. 

KYTC District 4 serves Breckinridge, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties.  With nearly 3,000 miles of roadway to maintain, we greatly appreciate cooperation within each community regarding illegally placed items along right of way areas.

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Man Wrecks Car After Possible Medical Emergency, Pronounced Dead.

On February 16, 2022 at 6:18 PM the Taylor County Coroner’s Office was requested at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Highway 68 West at the entrance of West Miller Road.

 

Deputy Coroners pronounced Hershel Hall, 87, of Campbellsville deceased. In Preliminary Investigation it appears Mr. Hall was traveling westbound when he was believed to have suffered a medical emergency causing him to swerve off the road at a high rate of speed, and coming to rest in a field,ultimately causing his death.

 

No other vehicles, or occupants were involved. The investigation is ongoing by TCCO  Deputies Jeremy Parker & Michael Mardis and TCSO Sgt. Mark Dickens.

 

Please continue to pray for the family of Mr. Hall.

 

Assisting Agencies were:

- Campbellsville Fire-Rescue

- Taylor County Fire Department

- CTCEMS

- Campbellsville - Taylor County Emergency Communications Center

- Taylor County Sheriffs Office

 

Boil Water Advisory Issued by Campbellsville Water

 

Areas Affected:

235-1094 Christerson Ln.

 

Please be advised that a BOIL WATER ADVISORY has been issued for the areas above as of

Date: 2/15/2022

 

Due to a repair of a main line. Actions being taken include the following:

 You should experience a water outage while these repairs are being made. While bacteriological contamination of the water has not been confirmed, the possibility of such contamination exists. This advisory is issued as a precautionary measure to protect the health and welfare of consumers in your area.

Bacteriological sampling will occur after the repairs are made.

Sample Analysis will indicate the presence or absence of harmful bacteria in the water.

The Kentucky Division of Water will be notified when a sample free of bacteria is taken. They will lift the boil water advisory at that time and you will be notified of such action as soon as possible.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY

Procedures:

Boil any water used for human consumption

Boil water for short-term use only

Bring water to a rolling boil for three minutes.

Please call 270-789-3133 if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation during these necessary repairs.

No Outside Burning in Taylor County

OUTDOOR BURN BAN

 

TAYLOR COUNTY, KY

 

EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 16, 2022 AT 6:00 AM UNTIL FEBRUARY 17, 2022 AT 7:00 AM

 

Due to excessive dryness, windy conditions, and hazardous fire conditions, any and all outdoor burning is prohibited by Executive Order of Taylor County Judge Barry Smith during the specified times outlined above.

 

Ronnie Dooley, TCEM

LaRue County Jail Inmate Died Saturday

An inmate at the LaRue County Jail died Saturday, Hodgenville Police report the death of Dalton Milby of Buffalo, no details are available surrounding Milbys death.

Gov. Beshear Awards $3 Million to Four Counties Through Cleaner Water Program

CAMPBELLSVILLE, LEBANON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear delivered $2,943,884 to Taylor, Adair, Casey and Marion counties to provide cleaner drinking water and improved sewer and wastewater systems. The funding is part of the $250 million Cleaner Water Program and is estimated to create approximately 3,800 jobs across the state.

“None of our local water districts should have to piece together their lines or equipment in order to provide wastewater services or clean drinking water to their citizens,” Gov. Beshear said. “These investments will restore aging infrastructure, increase capacity for future growth and secure reliable services to the residents of this area. All part of our plan to build a better Kentucky.”

While in Campbellsville, the Governor also presented a ceremonial check for $147,600 to Adair County, representing a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) project to resurface part of Richard Hollow Road. He also presented a $530,000 ceremonial check to Casey County representing KYTC projects to resurface parts of Rouse Branch Road and South Fork Creek Road.

Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA), $250 million was appropriated at the close of the 2021 General Assembly through a bipartisan agreement for clean drinking water and wastewater grants to fund projects across Kentucky.

“I am grateful for the allocation of funding for the Cleaner Water Program in Casey County and Marion County,” said Sen. Jimmy Higdon, whose district includes Marion County. “I no longer represent Casey County after state Senate redistricting became law, as most are now aware. However, I want the people of the county to know how much I appreciate them. They are in good hands with their new state senator, Brandon Storm, and I trust he joins me in celebration of today’s announcement and in thanks to all involved in bringing reliable water services to the county.”

“Clean water is essential for the health of families and the vibrancy of a society,” said Sen. Max Wise, whose district includes Taylor and Adair counties. “I appreciate the work that Taylor and Adair County officials are doing to ensure a sound infrastructure for their residents.”

The Lake Cumberland and Lincoln Trail Area Development Districts submitted the funding requests for all projects to the KIA. The $3 million will fund nine projects ranging from water line extensions to tank repairs.

Sample awards include:

Taylor County
The City of Campbellsville will receive $804,197 to upgrade aging water treatment plant equipment, including filters and sedimentation machinery, which will improve the quality and supply of water provided to customers.

“Today, Adair and Taylor County are receiving necessary funds to improve the drinking water and wastewater systems,” said Rep. Michael Sarge Pollock, who represents Adair and Taylor counties. “Safe water is something every person should have access to and this program will ensure that every person has access to it. The strengthening of Kentucky’s critical infrastructure is extremely important and the Cleaner Water Program is a step in the right direction.”

Adair County
The Adair County Water District will receive $705,214 to construct a new water line along Kentucky Highway 551 that will connect two existing water lines on each side of the Green River. This will improve water volume and pressure for the Knifley area. The local pump station and pressure-reducing valve also will be replaced.

“Clean water is something that a lot of people take for granted. Improvement to these water line projects and the pump station will be a tremendous asset to Adair County,” said Adair County Judge/Executive Gale Cowan. “The resurfacing project on Richards Hollow Road will also be a huge asset. This road has 25 to 30 homes and businesses on it and is a heavily traveled road in Adair County. We are happy to see state funding for this project and want to thank Gov. Beshear and his staff for the assistance.”

Casey County
The growing East Casey County Water District will use $593,456 to replace or upgrade aging, obsolete equipment including pump stations, water tanks, water meters with automatic technology and more.

“The Cleaner Water Program will ensure that every person in Casey County has access to clean water,” said Rep. Daniel Elliott, whose district includes Casey County. “It is extremely important for the citizens of the commonwealth to live without worry about their water systems and this program will hopefully do just that. When allocating the funds in last year’s Senate Bill 36, programs to improve Kentucky’s infrastructure are just what we had in mind. I voted for the budget with confidence that this money would be used to help improve the lives of Kentuckians and it is clear the money will to just that.”

“I would like to thank Gov. Beshear for his help in acquiring funding for improvements to our road and water systems,” said Casey County Judge/Executive Randy Dial. “The addition of a new water storage tank, upgraded water pump stations and additional water meters will greatly improve the ability of the East Casey Water District to deliver safe drinking water to our citizens. Repairs to and resurfacing of Rouse Branch Road and Southfork Creek Road will improve safety for the traveling public and provide better roads for increased tourism and positive economic impacts for one of our larger rural business communities.”

Marion County
The Lebanon Water Works Company will receive $83,524 to add a new flow meter to the raw water intake system, allowing the company to better monitor water from both the Rolling Fork River and the Fagan Branch Reservoir.

“Today, Marion County is receiving necessary funds to improve their water systems and it will ensure every person has access to safe and clean drinking water,” said Rep. Brandon Reed, whose district includes Marion County. “As vice chair of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, we worked the appropriate the funds from ARPA into last year’s Senate Bill 36 so programs like this one would be fully funded. I am proud to be a part of a legislature that works to improve the lives of Kentuckians.”

A list of all funded projects can be found here.

About the Cleaner Water Program
More than $106 million has been awarded to grantees to fund transformative projects since the call for projects was announced June 1. Eligible government agencies, such as city-owned water or sewer utilities, water commissions, water and sewer districts and counties, collaborated with their local Area Development Districts and Area Water Management Councils to submit projects for Cleaner Water Program funding. There are 713 public drinking water and wastewater utilities in Kentucky.

Cleaner Water program funding is allocated in three ways:

  • $150 million based on each county’s proportion of the state’s population, with the exception of Jefferson County’s share, which is discounted by 50% based on its high per capita allocation from the federal act. A list of the allocations by county can be found here.
  • $50 million is available for utilities to provide drinking water services to unserved, rural customers or to utilities under a federal consent decree. The KIA shall consider social, economic and environmental benefits in determining the allocations.
  • $49.9 million is available to supplement a project grant for a project with a cost in excess of a county’s allocation amount and other available grant sources. The social, economic and environmental benefits shall be considered in determining project allocations. KIA will receive $75,000 to administer the grant program.

The application deadline was Nov. 19, 2021; however, KIA will make awards continuously throughout the year. All grant awardees must obligate the funds by Dec. 31, 2024.

The American Society of Civil Engineers in 2019 projected that Kentucky faces nearly $14.5 billion in water/wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years, including over $8.2 billion in drinking water upgrades and $6.2 billion in sewer system improvements.

Information about the Cleaner Water Program, as well as grants for broadband expansion, school facility upgrades and vocational education center renovations, can be found at governor.ky.gov/BetterKy.

Pro-life Omnibus Bill Introduced in Kentucky House

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Rep. Nancy Tate, R-Brandenburg, filed pro-life House Bill 3 on Wednesday. The proposed legislation addresses medical abortions, the disposal of fetal remains, abortion on minors, abortion complications and abortion reporting in the Commonwealth.

“I’ve collaborated with my colleagues in the General Assembly as well as outside organizations and the end result is a strong and compassionate approach to ensuring that our laws properly reflect the pro-life values held by so many Kentuckians,” said Tate in a press release on Wednesday.

HB 3 calls for the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy to create the Kentucky Abortion-Inducing Drug Certification program. It would require physicians prescribing chemical abortion drugs, like mifepristone and misoprostol, to have proper certification and a contract with another physician who could treat any resulting complications.

 
 

The bill also requires abortion providers to examine patients in-person, verify the gestational age and intrauterine location of the fetus via ultrasound, determine the woman’s RH factor, schedule a follow-up appointment and inform the patient that she may see the remains of her child during the abortion—all before inducing the medicated abortion.

While Kentucky law currently requires parental involvement and consent for a minor seeking an abortion, HB 3 addresses a judicial bypass loophole “by establishing a clearly defined protocol,” according to Thursday’s press release. It also places the responsibility of acquiring parental consent on the physician providing the abortion.

 

“This is a serious medical procedure, and a physician should be directly involved to ensure that everyone involved has the information they need to make the best decision possible,” Tate added.

HB 3 also ensures parents receive notice of their right to determine how the remains of their child are handled or relinquish that responsibility within 24 hours of the procedure—and after an abortion, a baby’s remains could not be treated as or disposed of as pathological or medical waste.

Tate said HB 3 isn’t about ending abortion but protecting the health of both unborn children and mothers considering whether to terminate their pregnancies—and ensuring those women can make fully informed decisions about their healthcare.

“While I support (ending abortion) wholeheartedly and believe my fellow Kentuckians do as well, that debate is for another time and place,” Tate said. “Until that day comes, our goal is to ensure the procedure is the result of a fully informed, educated choice that takes into consideration the health and safety of both the unborn child and his or her mother.”

 

HB 3 was introduced to the House Committee on Committees on Wednesday and is awaiting further actions. The full text of HB 3 and a summary of General Assembly actions on the legislation can be viewed here.

 
 

Kentucky House passes bill revamping jobless benefit rules

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House voted Thursday to revamp rules for unemployment benefits, capping an impassioned debate over the bill's impact on laid-off workers and the state's economy.

The sweeping measure — backed by a prominent business group and opposed by a key labor organization — won House passage on a 57-37 vote, hours after it was reviewed in committee. The fast-track vote sent the bill to the Senate. Republicans hold supermajorities in both chambers.

Key parts of the bill would increase work-search requirements for people receiving jobless benefits and tie the length of time recipients get benefits to the unemployment rate. That provision could cut the number of benefit weeks by more than half in times of low jobless rates.

 
 

Supporters, including the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, said it represents an important step toward improving the state's chronic workforce shortages as businesses struggle to fill jobs.

“We can’t become known as a state that is short on workers," Kentucky Chamber executive Kate Shanks told a House committee Thursday. "This is a huge issue for us to tackle.”

Opponents said the stricter rules would increase hardships for many laid-off workers, forcing them to accept lower-wage jobs as they face a quicker cutoff of benefits.

“What rationale can there be for enacting a law that will harm Kentuckians already hanging by a thread?” Dale Raines, with the Kentucky Council of Churches, said during the committee hearing.

The bill struck a nerve with eastern Kentucky lawmakers, who said the stricter rules would hurt their constituents struggling to find work in a region where many coalfield jobs have vanished.

“For the people of my district, for the people of my region, let me beg of you not to do this,” Republican Rep. John Blanton said during the hourslong House debate.

Blanton implored his colleagues to focus on policies to promote job growth in areas like his that struggle with chronically high unemployment.

“All I’m asking for is not a handout, a hand up," he said. "We have a right to have jobs in our region, the same as everywhere else.”

 

Blanton tried to revise the bill to retain the state's current 26 weeks of eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits and reduce the work-search requirements to reflect more limited job opportunities in areas like his. His amendment was defeated.

 

Opponents warned the bill would reduce the maximum number of weeks to between 12 and 24.

Democratic Rep. Angie Hatton, also from eastern Kentucky, warned that the reduced access to benefits would lead to more population losses in the region.

“This bill, however well intentioned, will cause more people to move away from our counties to go find work when their unemployment runs out,” Hatton said. “That's the last thing on earth that we need right now.”

The bill's supporters pointed to the need to improve Kentucky's workforce participation rate, saying the state needs more workers paying taxes to meet its many long-term financial needs. And they noted that the unemployment insurance system is supported by businesses.

“It's a promise that if you lose your job through no fault of your own, that we will be there to cover you 'til you find another job,” said Republican Rep. Phillip Pratt. “It's not a welfare system. It's not meant to last forever.”

Another leading opponent of the bill, state AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan, warned that the proposed changes in the bill could delay overhauling Kentucky’s outdated technology for processing jobless claims.

Like other states, Kentucky was overwhelmed by record waves of claims for jobless assistance caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Tens of thousands of Kentuckians found themselves in limbo for months as they waited for their jobless claims to be processed.

The measure also would create a method to report benefit recipients who fail to show up for job interviews or turn down job offers. It also offers inducements through an extra five weeks of benefits for laid-off workers participating in job training or other education programs.

 

The legislation is House Bill 4.

 
 

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Campbellsville Firemen Respond To Electrical @ Fire Water Treatment Plant

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of an electrical fire at the water treatment plant. Upon arrival firefighters found a 30x30 electrical building with moderate smoke coming from the entry door and light smoke coming from a pump in the pump building. Firefighters were able to shut off the power to the building and isolate the damaged pump. We also used negative pressure ventilation to remove smoke from the buildings. Water treatment plant staff was able to isolate the issue to one pump and was able to keep two other pumps running so there was no disruption to water services to the community. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was related to some type of electrical issue with a large water pump.   

 

9 Firefighters on scene

 

CFD Apparatus on scene

Engine 1, Engine 2, and Chief

 

TAYLOR REGIONAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES JOSEPH G. HUGAR AS NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO.

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Kentucky, February 7, 2022 – The Taylor Regional Hospital Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Joseph (Joe) Hugar as the new President and CEO effective February 7, 2022. “We are very pleased to announce our decision to name Joe as the new President and CEO of Taylor Regional Hospital. He brings a wealth of experience in healthcare administration and leadership including prior service as a hospital CEO. In both rural and urban communities, Joe has been very successful in expanding services and specialization, implementing innovation and technological advances, recruiting of healthcare professionals including physicians, and providing for the financial strength of his hospitals,” said Dr. John Chowning, President of the TRH Board of Trustees. Chowning further commented, “Joe was selected by the TRH Board of Trustees as a result of a national search with the assistance of the professional search team with CHI Saint Joseph Health. We had a number of excellent applicants, and Joe emerged as the leading candidate following detailed and intensive interview and discussions with the top candidates. He brings a number of very good ideas and plans that will build upon and expand the many quality healthcare services provided by TRH. He plans on being very active in the community and is very excited about both our community and the future of TRH. We are excited about Joe joining the TRH team as our new CEO. We welcome him and his wife Mary, to Campbellsville-Taylor County and look forward to working with Joe and the entire TRH team to continue to move the hospital and community forward.” Hugar has over 30 years of senior leadership experience and most recently served as President and CEO of a 220-bed medical center that operated 21 outpatient and diagnostic centers. Previously, he worked for Presence Healthcare in Chicago as President and CEO of Holy Family Medical Center. He was recognized by the American Heart Association in the September 2019 issue of Forbes Magazine as a Legacy Leader. Under his leadership, Sharon Regional Medical Center received the “Best of the Best Hospitals” award for three consecutive years; 2017, 2018, and 2019. “I am truly honored to work with, serve and support the outstanding physicians, nurses and support staff at Taylor Regional Hospital as your new CEO, said Hugar. “Together we will continue to provide outstanding care and services to patients and their family throughout Campbellsville, Taylor County and the surrounding counties. Taylor Regional Hospital will continue to be the medical center of choice; reducing the need to travel outside the region for care.” ABOUT TAYLOR REGIONAL HOSPITAL Taylor Regional Hospital has a rich history dating back to 1968 when Rosary Hospital, run by the Dominican Order of St. Catherine, was sold to the Taylor County Hospital District. In 1972, construction began on Taylor County Hospital. Over the years, several additions and renovations resulted in significant growth and on July 11, 2003, Taylor County Hospital became Taylor Regional Hospital. Today, Taylor Regional Hospital is proud to be the area's leading choice for compassionate and quality healthcare. Our vision, to be the preferred health care provider dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our region is supported by our mission to provide outstanding health care to the people we serve

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