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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2022-06

Man Charged After Breaking in Taylor County Home Early Wednesday

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton said his department arrested Jordan T. Abell, age 26 of Richmond with burglary, assault, resisting arrest and alcohol intoxication after he allegedly broke in a home on Hancock Road in Campbellsville early Wednesday morning, Abell is also charged with assaulting two people during the burglary.

The arrest and investigation by Brent Burkhead with the Taylor County Sheriffs Department. 

Taylor County Man Dies After Car Falls On Him Friday Evening

The Adair County Sheriff's Department responded to the 5400 block of Speck Ridge Road in Elk Horn Friday evening and according to sheriff Josh Brockman preliminary investigation determined William Thomas Brown age 61 of Elk Horn was at his home working on his 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, it was determined that Brown used a hydraulic bottle jack and a piece of wood to lift the vehicle off the ground and upon Brown getting under the vehicle, the weight of the vehicle shifted causing the bottle jack to lean and vehicle then fell pinning Brown beneath the vehicle it.


William Thomas Brown of Elk Horn was pronounced deceased at the scene, the incident occured on the Adair/Taylor County line and was investigated by the Adair County Sheriffs Department.


In addition to Deputies, Adair County Coroner Todd Akin, Adair County EMS, Knifley Volunteer Fire Department, and Campbellsville Taylor County EMS responded to the scene.

Adair County Man Faces Multiple Counts of Rape & Incest

The Adair County Grand Jury on Friday issued an indictment against Timothy "Timmy" Burton of Columbia charging him with multiple counts of rape, incest and unlawful transaction with a minor. The grand jury says that Burton is accused if having sexual contact on numerous occasions with multiple people commiting the crime of rape and incest.

Information in this case presents only one side of the case and further court action is warranted for Mr. Burton.

Taylor County Woman Killed in Friday Morning Wreck

A Campbellsville woman died in a 2 vehicle crash Friday morning on New Columbia Road at the intersection of KY 3183, Big Dawg news has learned Lavern Rhodes age 86 turned into the path of a box truck, the driver of the truck was unable to avoid the collision colliding with the Rhodes vehicle, Rhodes was pronounced dead at the scene by the Taylor County Coroners office, the driver of the truck was not injured. Meanwhile...the funeral for Lavern Rhodes will be Tuesday at 1pm at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville. 

The Fire Alarmed Sounded Early Today In Campbellsville

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a working house fire at 12:43am this morning at 205 Druin Street. Upon arrival, firefighters found moderate smoke showing from the side of a house. Firefighters searched for occupants, extinguished the fire and provided overhaul. No firefighters or civilian injuries were reported, the cause of the is suspicious in nature and being investigated by Campbellsville PD.  


9 Firefighters on scene

Former Taylor County Fire Chief George Wilson Has Died

Taylor County lost a long time leader and great public servant, it was learned that retired Taylor County Fire Chief and EM Director George R. Wilson passed away at Springview Hospital late last night from complications of COVID pneumonia. Wilson was former Fire Chief of the Taylor County Volunteer Fire Department for over forty years and EM Director for over thirty years.


Please lift up his immediate family and his Taylor County - Campbellsville Fire Department Family in prayer.


Campbellsville Water Increase Tabled Until Next Tuesday

The Campbellsville City Council has tabled the 16% increase in water rates until next Tuesday night during a special called meeting, much discussion about the increase was heard at a long meeting of the city council on Monday night as council members worked to make the increase smaller, the city says that the 16% increase is necessary to put the water company in the black, meanwhile council members have ask public works director Josh Pedigo to work to find a smaller increase by cutting some items out of the 22-23 fiscal year budget at the Campbellsville Water Company. 

Man Died In Utility Accident Monday in Adair County

A Russell County man died Monday in a utility accident in Adair County, sheriff Josh Brockman told 99.9 The Big Dawg that Hayden Robertson age 22 was struck by a utility pole during the unloading of poles near highway 768 and 92 at a construction site.  

Brockman said that the investigation reveals that Robertson along with another crew member was attempting to unload a 30 ft utility pole, the poles vary in size with an approximate weight of 900 lbs to 1200 lbs, the crew was part of A&C Communications Corperation a business out of Cumberland County KY who specializes in utilities, the company was working on setting out utility poles to be installed at later date .  Robertson was pronounced dead at the scene

The investigation is ongoing by Sheriff Brockman who was assisted on scene by Adair County EMS , Columbia Adair County Fire and Coroner Todd Akin . 

Russell County Man Was Seriously Injured in Auto Accident in Adair County

Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to a two vehicle injury collision on Monday, deputy Tracy McCarol received a call to respond along with Adair EMS and Columbia Adair Fire to KY55 south approximately 4 miles south of Columbia to a pickup truck vs dump truck  head on collision.   


Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck operated by 28 year old Zachary Meece of Jamestown crossed the center line and struck a 1994 Ford Truck operated by 67 year old Chester Taylor of Columbia, after the initial collision  Meece’s vehicle nearly struck another vehicle operated by 35 year old Laura Keltner of Columbia, Keltner was able to avoid contact with the Meece vehicle.  Meece was entrapped in his vehicle and had to be freed by mechanical means by Adair County Fire Department and was transported to TJ health Columbia and air lifted to UK hospital, Taylor Was not injured in the mishap.

The collision remains under investigation by Sheriffs Deputy Tracy McCarol. 


Taylor County Man Drowned Tuesday in Green River Lake

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a person drowning near Wilson Creek late Tuesday afternoon, upon arrival firefighters-rescue officials located the reporting party and obtained a point last scene (PLS). A public safety diver and backup public safety diver was deployed to that area and conducted search patterns. During this time, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife (KFW) Officer deployed a side scan sonar and was able to guide our public safety divers directly to the victim approximately 75' from the bank.

Taylor County Coroner Daniel Cook told 99.9 The Big Dawg that Jimmy Tungate Jr,age 37 of Campbellsville was pronounced deceased by Taylor County Coroners Office (TCCO). This is still under investigation with TCCO and KFW. No rescuers were injured during this recovery.  

Taylor County Child Dies After Falling in a Pool Sunday

A 3 year old Campbellsville child drowned Sunday afternoon at residence on Sportsmen Lake Road, Taylor County Coroner Daniel Cook told 99.9 The Big Dawg that child had fallen into a swimming pool and was found floating facedown, rescue and medical personnel worked to revive the child but were unsuccessful, the baby was pronounced dead at Taylor Regional Hospital.  

Taylor County Man Arrested After Found In Possession of Stolen Gun & Meth

On Monday, June 6, 2022 at 5:04 P.M., Campbellsville Police responded to Ravine Way in reference to a welfare check.  During the officer’s investigation, they came into contact with 31-year old Thomas J. Green of Campbellsville.  Thomas was subsequently arrested and charged with;

Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm)

Trafficking in Marijuana

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree (Meth)


The arrest by Campbellsville Police Officer Jeremy Burton 




Taylor County Man Injured in a Dump Truck Accident in Adair County

A Taylor County man was air lifted to Vanderbilt Hospital after Monday morning after a dump truck accident on Highway 80 west in Adair County, sheriff Josh Brockman told 99.9 The Big Dawg that his department

received a call Monday morning of a overturned dump truck 9 miles east of Columbia, deputy Gary Roy with the Adair County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to the scene along with Adair EMS and Columbia Adair Fire Department. 

Preliminary investigation shows that Christopher Anderson age 50 of Campbellsville was traveling west on KY 80 In a 1992 international dump truck, the truck dropped off the right shoulder of the roadway, in an attempt to recover the truck Anderson over corrected and traveled back onto highway and left highway in the eastbound lane overturning. Anderson was treated on scene  by Adair EMS and took to TJ Health of Columbia where he was later airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Tennessee.

Deputy Gary Roy is continuing the investigation: 


Fire Alarm Sounded Monday In Greensburg

Greensburg-Green County Firemen were called to a house fire Monday morning just before noon on Marshall Ridge road the house was owned by Jerry Cowherd, fire chief Lawrence Gupton told 99.9 The Big Dawg that the house was engulfed when firemen arrived on the scene. Campbellsville-Taylor County, Summersville and other Green County Departments responded, the house was a total loss.  

Taylor County Woman Dies in House Fire on Highway 210

The fire alarm sounded early Saturday morning on Highway 210 to a residential structure fire  just outside of Campbellsville.
The fire was reported by a passerby, fire personnel arrived and were met by very heavy fire conditions.
death Investigators pronounced Vivian Christie, 81 of Campbellsville deceased.
Through the Preliminary Investigation, it appears Ms. Christie died as a result of smoke inhalation & thermal injuries sustained in the fire.
The House was a total loss, the body of Vivian Christie was transported to the Kentucky State Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy, no foul play is suspected.
The cause of the fire & death remain under investigation by the Taylor County Coroner’s Office, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and the Taylor County Fire Department.

Taylor County Man Charged After Firing Shots in Neighborhood

A Campbellsville man was arrested Wednesday after city police received a call from the Taylor Blvd area of a man firing shots at some people at 12:35pm, James E. Ferguson age 23 was arrested and charged with 3 counts of wanton endangerment was taken to Taylor County Detention Center, no one was injured during the event Ferguson was arrested by Detective Sgt. Nelson Bishop. 

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