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Local News 10-8-2014


Paintsville Woman Arrested on Several Charges, Including Child Neglect

According to information obtained through the Paintsville Police Dept. On Tuesday, October 6, 2014 a call came into the Police Dept. around 9 AM from Dept. of Social Services (AKA. D.S.S.), concerning an 18 month old male child found walking on Main Street near the Paintsville Utilities building. Patrolman P.D. Witten and Assistant Chief Mike Roe responded to the call and located the child and upon further investigation, found the front door of the apartment wide open and the child’s mother sleeping in her bed. Officer Witten stated that he began to question the woman and she said she did not know the child was gone. In the Police report, officers found in plain sight, two (2) plates/dishes with straws and a white powdery substance on them. Further investigation led Police to locate two (2) white pills in her wallet. Officer Witten said that the subject, Stacy Marie Cottle, 26 of Paintsville was slow to respond to officers questions and stated that she only drinks alcohol after work. Officers located alcohol in the kitchen. Cottle was arrested and charged with the following.

Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd, 1st Offense
Prescription Controlled Substance not in proper container
Public Intoxication

She was taken to and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Patrolman P.D. Witten and Asst. Chief Mike Rowe are continuing to investigate this incident.

Boyd County HS Student Hit and Killed Monday Night

A student at Boyd County High School was killed Monday evening on Rt 60 in the Summit community of Boyd Co. According to the Boyd Co. Sheriff’s Office, Victory Bryant 18, of Ashland, was walking across the eastbound lanes of U.S. Route 60 when she was hit by two vehicles. The accident happened about 8 p.m. Investigators says weather played a factor in the incident, with rain reducing visibility at the time. Drugs and/or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in this fatal accident. Bryant was a senior at Boyd Co. High School and counselors are available for students. The Boyd Co. Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this accident.

Man Charged with Murder in Knott Co. Pleads Not Guilty

The Floyd Co. man Police say is responsible for the shooting death of another Floyd Co. man pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday morning. The shooting took place just after midnight on Sunday (10-5-2014) at a crowded campground in Knott County. According to the KSP in Hazard, Zachary Murphy, 19, of Langley and Miles Hamilton, 21, of Wayland allegedly got into a fight/argument at the Knott County Trail Ride just after midnight Sunday, October 5, 2014. Investigators said Hamilton shot Murphy once with a handgun and Murphy was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officials said Hamilton took off after the shooting, but he returned several hours later and turned himself in to authorities. Hamilton has been charged with murder and is being held in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. Knott County officials said that more than 3,000 campers were at the trail ride for a concert at the time of the shooting. The KSP are continuing to investigate this incident.

Powell County Fatal Crash Likely Caused By Medical Emergency

Officials in Powell Co. have identified the victim that died in a single vehicle accident on Monday. According to the KSP, John C. Lane, 60, of Lee County died in the crash, but they say the accident most likely occurred because of a medical emergency. The accident happened around 5:00 p.m. Monday on Natural Bridge Road in Powell County. Police say Lane was very slowly driving his red GMC truck near Middle Fork Campground when he hit the guardrail then drove partially up the side of the hill, according to witnesses. Two witnesses, who were members of the Air Force, attempted to render aid to Lane, but they were unable to save him. KSP say they are continuing to investigate.

Kentucky Homeland Security Projects Draw Funding

Federal grants totaling more than $2.8 million have been announced for Kentucky Homeland Security Programs projects. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security funds will be used for training programs, citizen preparedness and awareness initiatives, and essential communication, critical infrastructure and first-responder equipment. Gov. Steve Beshear said in a news release the grants will help first responders do their work and keep the state prepared. The funds will be used for 103 projects across Kentucky.

The approved grants for our surrounding area are:

Johnson Co – $16,600 for Search & Rescue
Paintsville – $8,000 for Detection
Floyd Co (Big Sandy ADD) – $4,200 for Search & Rescue
Wheelwright – $12,000 for PPE
Magoffin Co – $24,000 for Siren
Pike Co – $40,000 for Search & Rescue
Boyd Co – $54,000 for 911
West Liberty – $49,000 for Siren
Martin Co – $30,000 for PPE

UNITE Announces Anti-Drug Clubs of the Year

Fourteen anti-drug UNITE Clubs in schools across the Fifth Congressional District have been named “Clubs of the Year” for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments during the 2013-14 school year. UNITE Clubs receiving recognition are:

Region 1:

Mt. Vernon Elementary           Rockcastle County
Rockcastle County Middle       Rockcastle County
Rockcastle County High           Rockcastle County

Region 2:

Highland-Turner Elementary         Breathitt County
Dorton Middle (tie)                           Pike County
Whitesburg Middle (tie)                Letcher County
Belfry High                                    Pike County

Region 3:

Highlands Elementary (tie)           Johnson County
Meade Memorial Elementary (tie) Johnson County
James D. Adams Middle               Floyd County
Magoffin County High                      Magoffin County

Region 4:

Red River Elementary           Wolfe County
South Laurel Middle           Laurel County
Wolfe County High          Wolfe County

In addition to a trophy, each of these clubs will be allocated $750 from the UNITE Foundation to fund anti-drug activities during the current school term. Last school year there were 105 registered UNITE Clubs in 26 counties with a total of 8,639 student members – the second highest number of students since clubs were first established during the 2005-06 school year. To qualify for Club of the Year honors, students submitted scrapbooks showcasing their monthly activities, service projects and mentoring activities. Scrapbooks were judged in elementary, middle and high school categories to determine regional winners. Participation in a UNITE Club increases a student’s protective factors, such as providing positive role models for other students, building self-esteem, engaging in healthy lifestyles, striving for high student achievement, and creating positive relationships.



Local News 10-7-2014


           

Motions Presented Against Johnson Co. Man Involved in a Deadly Motorcycle Accident

According to the website, the Levisa Lazer, motions were presented last week against a Johnson Co. man who faces a murder charge following a motorcycle accident. Joshua A. Fitzpatrick, 35 of Paintsville is accused of causing the death of Johnny K. Maynard, 40, of Catlettsburg, KY. Maynard was operating a motorcycle near Rt. 644 and E Street in Louisa, when Fitzpatrick who was traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control of his vehicle and struck Maynard. Maynard died shortly after being transported to TRMC with his injuries. In all, Fitzpatrick has been charged with Murder, Operating Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree, Operating on Suspended or Revoked Operators License and Persistent Felony Offender.

The motions presented, was to exclude evidence of the defendant's activities in Johnson Co., to exclude any reference to statutory presumptions of intoxication, to exclude those portions of KSP reconstruction report which contain legal conclusions and reference the events occurring in Johnson County of the date of accident, and to redact certain portions of the statement given by defendant to KSP Detective Ben Cramer on the night of the accident. An order was signed granting the motions.

West Virginia M Arrested on Assault Charges in Martin County

Reports indicate that a West Virginia man was arrested over the weekend, after he allegedly barged into a home in Martin Co. and beat up two individuals. According to Police, they say they received a call about a fight at Moore's Trailer Park in the Lovely community of Martin Co. on Saturday. Arrested was 21 year old John Judd. Police said Judd was fighting with the son of a woman who says Judd had hit his mother. Following an investigation, police determined Judd went into a residence and started to beat up two people living there in their bed. Police are continuing to investigate this incident and further charges could be possible.

Domestic Call Leads to Drug Charges in Magoffin Co.

According to reports, a Magoffin man remains in jail, following his arrest last week on drug charges after a domestic dispute call. The Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office was responding to a domestic call on Thursday, September 25, when they were told that Troy J. Adams, 33, of Spurlock Road, Salyersville had stolen suboxone. The officer found the stolen Suboxone on Adams, as well as six suspected Xanax tablets and a small bag of marijuana that he had allegedly tried to hide under the front seat of the sheriff’s office vehicle.

Adams is still being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, charged with one count of theft of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance (second degree - Suboxone), possession of a controlled substance (third degree- Xanax), and possession of marijuana.

Trial Date Set for Lawrence Co. Man Accused of Brutal Beating of his Wife

A trial date has been set for a Lawrence Co. man, who was arrested earlier this year on charges he beat-up his wife. According to reports, Aaron Uhlmann, 44, of Webbville, KY allegedly severely beat his wife Jennifer Priddy and left her tied up at her home on Dec. 20 after a domestic incident. He was also charged with robbery and kidnapping. Uhlman will go to trial August 24, 2015 for these charges as well as murder, after Priddy died as a result of the injuries sustained from the beating. He will report for court on June 26, 2015.

Three Men Arrested on Drug Charges in Greenup Co.

Three men are facing drug charges in Greenup Co. after the vehicle they were in nearly hit a Greenup Co. Sheriff’s Deputy in the 100 block of Big Hollow Road on Saturday. Reports indicate that the Deputies were executing a warrant. Sheriff Keith Coppers says once the vehicle was stopped by the deputies, they found heroin, hypodermic needles, and several items used of the ingestion narcotic. Arrested was:

* Matthew Miller, 37, of Wheelersburg was arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment of a Police Officer, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

* Robert Roe, 27, of South Shore, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

* Byron Brown, 31, of Greenup, was arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest.

All three men were taken and lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center.

Bluegrass Poll: Grimes takes lead over McConnell

In a political poll just released, Democrat Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, has regained a two-point edge over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's U.S. Senate Race. Grimes leads McConnell 46 percent to 44 percent in the poll of 632 likely voters, with Libertarian David Patterson claiming 3 percent. Seven percent remain undecided. A month ago, the Bluegrass Poll showed McConnell with a four-point advantage over Grimes. The latest poll was conducted Sept. 29-Oct.2 by Survey-USA for the Herald-Leader and WKYT-TV in Lexington and The Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV in Louisville. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Local News 10-6-2014


Scores Released by KDE on State Assessment Testing

School and District results for overall assessment accountability were released Friday, (October 3rd) by the Ky Dept of Education. These results are from the Spring 2014 Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness Assessment program which includes achievement scores, growth scores, gap scores, college and career readiness scores, and graduation rate.

* Overall, the Johnson County School District earned a Distinguished Rating for student performance on the state assessment, with a total district score in the 96th percentile ranking. (Only 4 percent of the 173 school districts performed better than Johnson County). School districts scoring in the 90th percentile and above receive the "distinguished" honor. Johnson County is the sixth highest scoring COUNTY system in Ky. out of 120 county school systems and the 13th highest among all 173 school districts.

Individual County School results showed:

1) Porter Elementary (99th Percentile), Meade Memorial Elementary (98th Percentil) and W.R. Castle Elementary (99th Percentile) are receiving Distinguished ratings, as well as being identified as Schools of Distinction and Schools of Progress.

2) Highland Elementary (93rd Percentile) is also receiving a Distinguished rating as well as being identified as a School of Progress and a High Performing School.

3) Central Elementary (87th Percentile), Flat Gap Elementary (86th Percentile), Johnson County Middle School (83rd Percentile) and Johnson Central High School (88th Percentile) all received Proficient rating classifications for scoring above the 70th percentile. (CES and FGES are also called progressing schools for their gains made).

Johnson Co. Schools Superintendent Tom Salyer says, “We are extremely proud of our students, our faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication.” He adds, “It takes an entire community working together to produce such high achievement scores.”


* Overall the Paintsville Independent School District earned an overall 94th percentile ranking, which is classified as Distinquished. They are also are considered a High Performing as well as a High Progressing District.

Individual Results are as follows:

1) Paintsville High School scored at 97%, which is in the top 4% of high schools across the state and earned them the title of Distinguished and School of Distinction.

2) Paintsville Middle School scored at 71st Percentile and earned them Proficient/Progressing

3) Paintsville Elementary scored 77th Percentile and earned them Proficient/Progressing.

* Here are Results from the 2013/2014 Unbridled learning: College and Career Readiness for other area schools:

Overall State Percentage is 77 which is a Proficient Rating.

Pikeville Independent                     98th Percentile – Distinguished
Floyd Co.                                       98th Percentile – Distinguished/High Performing
Carter Co.                                      91st Percentile – Distinquished/High Performing Hazard Ind.                                   91st Percentile – Distinguished/High Performing
Ashland Ind                                      86th Percentile – Proficient
Boyd Co                                         83rd Percentile – Proficient/Progressing
Letcher Co.                                       79th Percentile - Proficient/High Progress
Pike Co                                          77th Percentile – Proficient
Rowan Co.                                         76th Percentile - Proficient/Progressing
Morgan Co                                    59th Percentile – Needs Improvement
Martin Co.                                     55th Percentile – Needs Improvement
Knott Co                                         51st Percentile – Needs improvement
Magoffin Co                                   33rd Percentile - Needs Improvement
Breathitt Co                                   30th Percentile - Needs Improvement/Focus Dist.
Lawrence Co                                  28th Percentile - Needs Improvement
Perry Co.      

Man Gunned Down At Crowded Knott County Campground

According to the KSP in Hazard, a murder investigation is underway, after a man was gunned down at a crowded campground in Knott County. Zachary Murphy, 19, of Langley and Miles Hamilton, 21, of Wayland allegedly got into a fight at the Knott County Trail Ride just after midnight Sunday, October 5, 2014. Investigators said Hamilton shot Murphy once with a handgun and Murphy was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officials said Hamilton took off after the shooting, but he returned several hours later and turned himself in to authorities. Hamilton has been charged with murder and is being held in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. Knott County officials said that more than 3,000 campers were at the trail ride for a concert at the time of the shooting. The KSP are continuing to investigate this incident.

Remains Found in Fleming Co.

In a separate news release from the KSP, on October 1, 2014 the remains of an unidentified male was located in the Grange City area of Fleming County. At this time one arrest has been made, Charles Black, 55 of Hillsboro was arrested in connection with the investigation. Mr. Black was charged with Murder, two counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Theft by Unlawful Taking Auto-Over $500. Mr. Black was lodged in the Mason County Detention Center. Kentucky State Police in Morehead is requesting assistance in locating, Kevin L. Howard, 37 of Owingsville. Mr. Howard is wanted on charges of Murder, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Theft by Unlawful Taking Auto-Over $500. If anyone has any information as to the where about’s of Mr. Howard please contact Kentucky State Police in Morehead at 606-784-4127.

Hearing held in a Martin County Murder Case

An evidentiary hearing was held Thursday, October 2, 2014 in a Martin County murder case. Orie Spence Jr. was in court because he filed a motion to preserve the crime scene. The commonwealth's attorney told WYMT they did not object, they just wanted to show more evidence to the judge. Spence is accused of killing April and Edger Hedrick at their home in the Tomahawk community in November.

SOAR Executive Director Named

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) – The Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) executive board has announced the hiring of Jared Arnett, of Harold, as the regional initiative’s founding executive director. Arnett, the CEO of the Southeast Kentucky (SEKY) Chamber of Commerce, has been involved with the SOAR initiative since its start last December and currently serves as the chair of the business incubation working group. He will begin the new position Nov. 1. SOAR co-chairs Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers cited Arnett’s passion for the future of eastern Kentucky, energy, vision and entrepreneurial business skills as key factors in his hire.

Voting Registration Deadline Looms for November General Election

In anticipation of the November 4th General Election, politicians are reminding Kentuckians of the voting registration deadline. County Clerks' Offices will accept voter registration cards until the close of business today Monday, October 6th. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by that date. Before registering, there are some rules to remember. To be eligible to vote, you have to have lived in Kentucky for at least 28 days before election day. You cannot be a convicted felon or have the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

Local News 10-3-2014


Floyd Co. Inmate Re-captured

According to WYMT reports, the Floyd County Sheriff Office and new Sheriff John Hunt say that a Floyd Co. inmate, who escaped custody on Tuesday while being transported to Pike Co. has been re-captured. Officials say 18-year-old Jeremiah Vance was found and arrested at a home in the Island Creek community of Pike County on Thursday afternoon. No other details have been released at this time.

Scores Released by KDE on State Assessment Testing

School and District results for overall assessment accountability were released Friday, (October 3rd) by the Ky Dept of Education. These results are from the Spring 2014 Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness Assessment program which includes achievement scores, growth scores, gap scores, college and career readiness scores, and graduation rate.

* Overall, the Johnson County School District earned a Distinguished Rating for student performance on the state assessment, with a total district score in the 96th percentile ranking. (Only 4 percent of the 173 school districts performed better than Johnson County). School districts scoring in the 90th percentile and above receive the "distinguished" honor. Johnson County is the sixth highest scoring COUNTY system in Ky. out of 120 county school systems and the 13th highest among all 173 school districts.

Individual County School results showed:

1) Porter Elementary (99th Percentile), Meade Memorial Elementary (98th Percentil) and W.R. Castle Elementary (99th Percentile) are receiving Distinguished ratings, as well as being identified as Schools of Distinction and Schools of Progress.

2) Highland Elementary (93rd Percentile) is also receiving a Distinguished rating as well as being identified as a School of Progress and a High Performing School.

3) Central Elementary (87th Percentile), Flat Gap Elementary (86th Percentile), Johnson County Middle School (83rd Percentile) and Johnson Central High School (88th Percentile) all received Proficient rating classifications for scoring above the 70th percentile. (CES and FGES are also called progressing schools for their gains made).

Johnson Co. Schools Superintendent Tom Salyer says, “We are extremely proud of our students, our faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication.” He adds, “It takes an entire community working together to produce such high achievement scores.”


* Overall the Paintsville Independent School District earned an overall 94th percentile ranking, which is classified as Distinquished. They are also are considered a High Performing as well as a High Progressing District.

Individual Results are as follows:

1) Paintsville High School scored at 97%, which is in the top 4% of high schools across the state and earned them the title of Distinguished and School of Distinction.

2) Paintsville Middle School scored at 71st Percentile and earned them Proficient/Progressing

3) Paintsville Elementary scored 77th Percentile and earned them Proficient/Progressing.

* Here are Results from the 2013/2014 Unbridled learning: College and Career Readiness for other area schools:

Overall State Percentage is 77 which is a Proficient Rating.

Pikeville Independent                     98th Percentile – Distinguished
Floyd Co.                                       98th Percentile – Distinguished/High Performing
Carter Co.                                      91st Percentile – Distinquished/High Performing Hazard Ind.                                   91st Percentile – Distinguished/High Performing
Ashland Ind                                        86th Percentile – Proficient
Boyd Co                                         83rd Percentile – Proficient/Progressing
Letcher Co.                                        79th Percentile - Proficient/High Progress
Pike Co                                          77th Percentile – Proficient
Rowan Co.                                          76th Percentile - Proficient/Progressing
Morgan Co                                    59th Percentile – Needs Improvement
Martin Co.                                     55th Percentile – Needs Improvement
Knott Co                                         51st Percentile – Needs improvement
Magoffin Co                                   33rd Percentile - Needs Improvement
Breathitt Co                                   30th Percentile - Needs Improvement/Focus Dist.
Lawrence Co                                  28th Percentile - Needs Improvement
Perry Co.                                            27th Percentile - Needs Improvement/High Progress     

Ashland Man Faces Charges in Lawrence Co. Accused of Beating on Police Car Window

An Ashland man is facing several charges in Lawrence Co., after numerous reports of the said the man was continuously beating on a police car window. Lawrence County Sheriff's Deputies wrote in an arrest citation that David Johnson started punching a police car at the James Medical Supply parking lot in Louisa Wednesday night. An off-duty Police officer said he spoke to the man before another officer arrived on scene. Police report smelling alcohol on the man and when they tried to arrest him, he started fighting with them. Johnson is facing menacing, resisting arrest, and terroristic threatening charges, among others.

Voting Registration Deadline Looms for November General Election

In anticipation of the November 4th General Election, politicians are reminding Kentuckians of the voting registration deadline. County Clerks' Offices will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on Monday, October 6th. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by that date. Before registering, there are some rules to remember. To be eligible to vote, you have to have lived in Kentucky for at least 28 days before election day. You cannot be a convicted felon or have the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

52nd Annual Kentucky Apple Festival of Johnson Co.

Events are in full swing for the 52nd Annual Kentucky Apple Festival of Johnson Co. This year’s theme is “A Basket Full of Memories. Here is a rundown of pageant winner’s.

MISS APPLE BLOSSOM 2014 WINNER AND BEST COSTUME WINNER:

•           ALISON PRATER

RUNNER-UP AND MS. SUNSHINE WINNER:

•           AUDRIANNA KRETZER

BEST TALENT WINNER

•           MYKAYLA DANIELS

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JR MISS APPLE BLOSSUM 2014, BEST COSTUME WINNER:

•           LINDSEY FANNIN

RUNNER-UP:

•           HALEY LYKINS

BEST TALENT WINNER:

•           GEENA MEEK

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LITTLE MISS APPLE BLOSSUM 2014 WINNER

•           KAYLEIGH BRITTAN FANNIN

PRE-TEEN MISS APPLE BLOSSUM 2014 WINNER

•           ALEXIS GRACE HAYDEN

APPLE PRINCESS 2014 WINNER

•           DESTINY LASHAY FAIRCHILD

APPLE PRINCE WINNER 2014

•           ISAAC SKYLAR MICHEAL BLACKBURN

MINI APPLE PRINCESS 2014 WINNER

•           KLARA-FAITH ALEXIS SHEPHERD

MINI APPLE PRINCE 2014 WINNER

•           NOAH RAY BARTRUM

APPLE BABY CONTEST 2014:

•           (GIRL) – QUIANA WILLIAMS
•           (BOY) – KARSON KIDD CANTRELL

APPLE BABY CONTUME WINNER 2014:

•           (GIRL) CHARLIE GRACE PORTER
•           (BOY) AARON MASON BURCHETT

APPLE BABY MOST PHOTOGENIC WINNER 2014:

•           (BOY) KOLTEN ELIJAH JAY SHEPHERD
•           (GIRL) EMILY POWERS

Everything kicks into high gear today with the Arts & Crafts beginning at 9 AM – 9 PM, Flea Market, Merchants Markets, Terrapin Trot, School Activities like Spelling, Adding, Penmanship and Art @ 11:15 AM on the Courthouse Stage and don’t forget plenty of Music on the Streets. WSIP 98.9 FM will be in downtown all day brining you all the festivities of the 52nd Annual Kentucky Apple Festival of Johnson Co.

Local News 10-1-2014


           

Prestonsburg Police Searching for an Escaped Inmate

Prestonsburg Police are looking for an inmate who escaped from custody around 1 PM Tuesday, while he was being transported from the Floyd County Detention Center to the Pike County Detention Center. Jail officials identified the inmate as 18 year old Jeremiah Vance. Vance was in jail for fleeing or evading charges and was being transported to Pike County for charges of wanton endangerment there. Police believes he is still in the Prestonsburg area. If anyone has any information on this incident, contact the Prestonsburg Police Dept. or dial 911.

Big Sandy Federal Death Penalty Case to be Held in Lexington

An inmate charged with killing a fellow prisoner at the United States Penitentiary Big Sandy will be tried in Lexington. Prosecutors and attorneys for 31-year-old John Travis Millner agreed to the location on Monday. Millner has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of 35-year-old Vincent Earl Smith. Both were housed at the United States Penitentiary Big Sandy in January 2009. Prosecutors are seeking a death sentence for Millner if he's convicted. Prosecutors say Millner used a homemade ice pick on Smith before strangling him to death at the prison in Inez, Kentucky. Millner is serving a life sentence without parole for shooting a person with a high-powered rifle on New Year's Eve in 2002 in Washington.

1 Hospitalized After Gunfire Reported At Louisville High School

One child was rushed to a Louisville hospital Tuesday afternoon, after a report of gunfire at Fern Creek High School. Louisville police continue to search for the alleged shooter, who they say left the school immediately after firing. It wasn't clear if the injured student and the shooter knew each other or if the shooter was a student at Fern Creek. The child sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital. The school was locked down for several hours on Tuesday.

Students were led by police from the school to a nearby softball field, where their parents were being asked to pick them up from. Parents are asked to bring an ID to pick their children. According to police, several students reported seeing a firearm at the school. Police are at the scene looking for weapons. Fern Creek H.S.is located at 9100 Fern Creek Road, about 10 miles southeast of downtown Louisville.

President Grants Disaster Declaration Requested by Gov. Beshear

Governor Steve Beshear was notified Tuesday night that President Barack Obama has authorized assistance for Kentucky counties that suffered significant damage as a result of severe storms and flooding this summer. Strong storms from Aug. 18-23 caused heavy rain and flash flooding, which washed out roads and forced people from their homes throughout the eastern part of the state. Communities in Floyd, Knott, Johnson and Pike counties were the hardest hit. The President's action makes federal funding available to local governments in the counties of Floyd, Knott, Johnson, and Pike. Assistance for individuals and households remains under review.

The Governor requested the federal disaster declaration last week, noting that the damage was of such severity and magnitude that effective response was beyond the capabilities of the state and affected local governments. This is the first disaster declaration request Kentucky has made since a swath of tornadoes caused heavy destruction in eastern Kentucky in March 2012. It is Kentucky's 12th federal disaster declaration since 2008.

400 Kentuckians Use New Online Absentee Ballot System

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says about 400 Kentuckians in the military or living overseas have used a new system to request and receive absentee ballots electronically for the November elections. The system is part of a 2013 law that allows military voters or people living abroad to register to vote, update their voter registration or request and receive absentee ballots online. The system is paid for by a $2.2 million federal grant from the Department of Defense.

Kentucky Ranks Low on List of "Happiest" States

Here's something that could put a frown on your face. Kentucky is the fifth least happy state in America, according to an analysis by WalletHub.com. Researchers took a look at state-specific figures about income, health, divorce rates and other factors to come up with the list. Jill Gonzalez, spokesperson for WalletHub, says their results prove money isn't everything. "We saw that health had more of a factor on happiness than wealth," she says. "So that's one thing that money can't buy. So really, being healthy is what leads to being happy." While Kentucky ranked 33rd in work factors, its physical-health index was ranked 49th and it had the worst depression rate in the country. Kelly Gunning has suffered from "life-long" chronic depression for which she has sought care. Gunning is the director of public advocacy for the Lexington chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She says depression can be deadly. "We don't have enough awareness; there's too much stigma," says Gunning. "There's stigma even existing in the treatment system; we criminalize mental illness. It's just an illness like any other illness but we don't treat it the same." Neighboring West Virginia was the least happy state in the country. Its folks in Utah, Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska who are smiling today. Their states were ranked, in that order, as the five happiest.