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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2023-09

Dump Truck & Tahoe Collide on Greensburg Road Thursday Morning, One Person Taken to TRH

A two vehicle crash Thursday morning injured a Green County man, Taylor County Sheriff Dickie Benningfield told 99.9 the Big Dawg news that a 2014 Kenworth dump truck operated by Jeffery Clark age 63 of Greensburg was traveling west on Greensburg road when he noticed vehicles stopping in the roadway in the area of Sha-lawn Village and was unable to stop colliding with a 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Cambry Wooley age 31 of Campbellsville, Wooley was not injured, Clark was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital with non-life threatning injuries.

The mishap occurred just after 8:00am and was investigated by Sergeant Josh Patrick with the Taylor County Sheriffs Office. 

Fire Alarm Sounded Saturday Evening in Taylor County

Taylor County Fire Department was dispatched to 80 Spring Meadow Circle just after 6pm Saturday night to a garage fire with one or more vehicles inside, upon arrival firefighters found a detached garage fully involved with multiple structures as exposures.
Firefighters were able to control the fire with minimal damage to other structures, the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.
No injuries were reported.
Units Responding: Engine 60, Engine 62, Engine 63 andTanker 65 with 13 Firefighters
Assisting Agencies:
Campbellsville Taylor County EMS
Campbellsville Taylor County 911 Dispatch

Lake Cumberland District Health Department Investigating Foodborne Illness Outbreak in Campbellsville

(Campbellsville, KY) - Due to multiple reports of illness, the Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak in Campbellsville, Kentucky. As of Friday, September 22, 2023, there have been 13 cases of illness reported. Six cases have been confirmed as salmonella while the remaining seven are categorized as probable salmonella.


According to the onset of symptoms, those who are ill were likely exposed between September 8-10, 2023. There have been no newly reported cases of illness within the past several days so it does not appear this is an ongoing outbreak.


Salmonella illness is typically transmitted to people when they eat foods contaminated with this type of bacteria, but can also be transmitted through contact with animals or their environment. Symptoms of salmonella illness often include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramping, headache, loss of appetite, and/or dehydration.


Anyone can become infected with this type of illness; however, groups that are at highest risk of severe illness include children younger than 5 years, adults older than 65, and anyone with a weakened immune system. Illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment.


The health department’s investigation is continuing. If you are experiencing symptoms or suspect you or someone you love may be sick, we recommend you seek medical attention from your primary care physician. To report a possible foodborne illness, visit the Kentucky Food Safety Reporting website at or call the Taylor County Health Department at 270-465-4191.

Unemployment Numbers Reflect Slight Increase

Frankfort, KY - Unemployment rates rose in 105 counties between August 2022 and August 2023, fell in eight, and stayed the same in seven counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.

Locally, unemployment fell month-to-month from July to August in Adair and all surrounding counties. Year-to-year, unemployment was lower in Green County, and rose in Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Metcalfe, Russell and Taylor Counties.

COUNTY CLF    EMP  UNEMP  Aug 23  July 23  Aug 22 
Adair 6,791  6,413  378   5.6% 6.0% 4.4%
Casey 6,267  5,987  280   4.5% 4.7% 3.7%
Cumberland 3,372  3,253  119   3.5% 3.7% 2.9%
Green 4,884  4,699  185   3.8% 4.3% 4.0%
Metcalfe 3,815  3,633  182   4.8% 5.2% 4.5%
Russell 6,247  5,932  315   5.0% 5.5% 4.9%
Taylor 11,972  11,494  478   4.0% 4.4% 3.9%

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 3.3%. It was followed by Marion, Shelby and Washington counties, 3.4% each; Anderson, Carroll, Cumberland and Nelson counties, 3.5% each; and Boone, Caldwell, Fayette, Henry, Oldham, Scott and Spencer counties, 3.6% each.

New Police Chief Named in Greensburg

Greensburg Police Department has a new chief, yesterday mayor John Michael Shuffett named Josh Judd the new chief replacing Wayne Hedgepeth who served nearly 12 years as police chief, Judd who has served most recently as an officer for Hodgenville City Police and is a former officer with Greensburg Police and a former deputy with the Green County Sheriffs Department.

Judd will assume his new duties on Tuesday as chief of Police in Greensburg.

Man Drowns in Pond in Green County

A Green County man drown while fishing late Wednesday evening in the Bramlett community, sheriff Robby Beard told 99.9 The Big Dawg News that Ricky Dell Judd age 63 was fishing at a pond when he fell in, Judd was pronounced dead by the Green County Coroners Office, Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge.

Adair County Woman faces Burglary Charges

An Adair County women was arrested on burglary charges after lengthy investigation,

sheriff Josh Brockman told 99.9 The Big Dawg that his department executed an arrest warrant for Alice Drury age 46 of Columbia.


Brockman said the warrant was obtained during an investigation conducted by Deputy Chandler Staten into a residential break in that occurred in the Portland community of Adair County. 


Drury was lodged in the Adair County Regional on charges of burglary 1st degree,-theft of a firearm

theft by unlawful taking over $1000 and  possession of a firearm by convicted felon.


The case remains under investigation by the Adair County Sheriffs office . 


Taylor County Man Arrested on Rape Charges

On September 4, 2023 Troopers with Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 in Columbia made an arrest in an ongoing investigation into the sexual abuse of a child in Taylor County. The investigation was initiated when KSP Troopers received a report of inappropriate text messages between a juvenile and an adult male.

During the investigation, Troopers discovered that Michael Gribbins, age 55 of Campbellsville, had engaged in exchanging inappropriate and explicit text messages and photographs with a juvenile. Troopers also discovered Mr. Gribbins had engaged in sexual contact with the same juvenile in Taylor County. These incidents occurred over the past year, making the victim 15 years old at the time of the incidents.

Michael Gribbins was arrested and charged with Unlawful Transaction with a Minor – 1st Degree – Illegal Sex Act – Victim Under 16, Rape 3rd Degree, Sodomy 3rd Degree, and Sexual Abuse 1st Degree.

Mr. Gribbins has been lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center and is currently being held without bond. The case is ongoing and being investigated by Detective Dexter Colvin.

Local Attorney Dies in UTV Accident

On September 4, 2023 at approximately 3:30 A.M. EST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a single-vehicle injury collision on Hatcher Road in Taylor County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Joseph Bott, age 42 of Campbellsville, was traveling west on Hatcher Rd. in a Honda Pioneer UTV when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his vehicle to exit the roadway and overturn. Mr. Bott was ejected from the vehicle as it overturned. 

Mr. Bott was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Taylor County Coroner. A passenger in Mr. Bott’s vehicle, Jeremy Wood, age 42 of Campbellsville, was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital and airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital with serious injuries. 

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Taylor County Fire and EMS, Taylor County Rescue Squad, and Taylor County Coroner. The collision remains under investigation by Senior Trooper Trevor High.