Local News 4-14-2014

Accident in Floyd Co. Under investigation

According to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, officers are continuing their investigation of a two-car accident at the intersection of Route 321 and Bays Branch Road that happened Friday morning. Reports indicate that both the drivers, were transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center for their injuries, but to what extent they were injured has not been released. Neither vehicle was carrying any additional passengers. The accident remains under investigation by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department.  

Pedestrian Dies in a Pike County Accident

KSP in Pikeville are also continuing to investigate a Pike County woman’s death, after she was hit by a car while walking down the street last week. Kentucky State Police report the accident happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Elkhorn City community of Pike County. 46-year-old Johnny Stewart was driving on Kentucky 80 when he hit 21-year-old Samantha Bennett while she was walking. Bennett died at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Accident Reconstruction and no further information has been made available.

Evidence Gathered in a Lawrence Co Death Investigation. Looks Suspicious

Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation about a man’s mysterious death. The body of Brandon M Burnett, 30 of Denton, Ky in Carter County was found on a logging road just off of Cains Creek Road in the Blaine area of Lawrence County on Monday, March 31. Officials are saying the death looks very suspicious. Burnett’s body was sent to the Medical Examiner Office in Frankfort for an autopsy, but the results did not show any signs of trauma to Burnett’s body.

Lawrence Co. Sheriff Garrett Roberts said they found shoe and tire tracks in the mud where the body was located, he added the only people who regularly travel the dirt road are workers with a gas and oil company, who found Burnett's body. Officials are waiting for the results of the toxicology test to help in determining the cause of death and whether drugs might have been involved. The Sheriff's Office is following up on leads reference to who Mr. Burnett was with prior to his death. Anyone with information as to how Burnett's body got to the location is asked to contact the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office 606-638-4851 or Lawrence County 911.

Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear Vetoes Part of State Budget Bill

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he has vetoed language in the state budget bill that would have blocked construction projects at some community and technical college campuses. Beshear said Friday his action will guarantee capital projects at all 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The governor's office says the budget passed by state lawmakers would have prevented nine of the 16 building projects from proceeding. Beshear says the two-year colleges play key roles in preparing Kentuckians for the work force, and says the colleges are overdue for expansions and upgrades. Beshear used his line-item veto power on other pieces of the $20.3 billion, two-year state budget that takes effect in July. Lawmakers can consider overriding vetoes during their two-day wrap up session that starts Monday.

Morehead State to Open High School Academy

Morehead State University plans to open a residential high school academy for academically gifted students. MSU Officials announced on Thursday that the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will open in August of 2015 and offer students dual credits for classes. The initiative is modeled after a similar one at Western Kentucky University called the Gatton Academy. It is being funded through a $2.3 million state appropriation and a $4 million donation from businessman Joe Craft.

Officials are planning for an initial class of 60 students, who will live on campus and attend classes with college students. Stivers and House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins both worked to get funding for the project, and Adkins noted how the academy would benefit the region.

State Outlines Outdoor Burning Laws

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality is reminding state residents who are starting spring cleanup projects that there are restrictions to outdoor burning. Director John Lyons says burning trash is illegal in the state, though many residents don't realize that. And fines for illegal burning can go as high as $25,000 per day per violation. State law prohibits the burning of many materials including plastic, tires, cans, coated wire, carpeting and food. It's also illegal to burn trailers, buildings, and construction and demolition debris such as shingles, drywall and insulation. Some open burning in Kentucky is permitted. For instance, campfires, fires for cooking and fires to dispose of tree limbs are allowed in most counties. For more information visit air.ky.gov or call (888) BURN-LAW (888-287-6529).

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that you have 1 more day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. On Tuesday, April 15th 2014, the bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

2014 Country Cares for St. Jude Radio-thon a Success!!!

The 2014 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon is COMPLETE @ WSIP and turned out to be one of the most successful. Our TOTAL raised this year, by the end of Friday, April 11 was.........$43,056, with a few donations still yet to be counted.

THANK'S goes out to ALL of OUR LISTENERS!!! Without you, this could not be possible. ALL MONEY donated will go directly to the Children and Families @ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. We APPRECIATE EVERYONE for their Help and Generosity and we look forward to next year, as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary. Again THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to YOU, OUR LISTENERS for a JOB WELL DONE!!!!