Traffic Changes Coming to Restaurant Row in Salyersville

Paving operations have begun for the future westbound lanes running throughout the length of the Restaurant Row project in Salyersville. Within the next few weeks, once westbound paving is complete, the existing traffic flow will be shifted over onto the new westbound lanes, so construction can begin on the eastbound lanes. One lane of traffic travelling in each direction will remain open during this traffic change. The future eastbound lanes will undergo construction during the summer months. Closing the eastbound lanes for paving work will begin the final substantial construction phase of the Restaurant Row project. The eastbound lanes are expected to be ready for final painting in the fall.

Two Arrested in Laurel County for Unlawful Transaction with Minor

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest on April 17, 2019 of two individuals involved in an unlawful transaction with a minor. The arrests occurred around 11:25am Wednesday while detectives and deputies were attempting to locate a reported missing 15-year-old juvenile. Through investigation, it was learned that two individuals, identified as 38-year-old William Francis and 26-year-old Joy Collins, both of Little County Road, East Bernstadt, were allegedly harboring the missing juvenile and providing them with alcohol and marijuana. Both individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Traffic Stop Leads to DUI Arrest in Knox County

On Monday, April 15, 2019, Knox County Deputy Bobby Jones made a DUI arrest in the Girdler community. The arrest followed a traffic stop on HWY 11. When Deputy Jones approached the vehicle, he detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. The driver, identified as 23-year-old Timothy Whittaker of Manchester, was arrested for DUI, open container in motor vehicle, and one headlight. His passenger, 25-year-old Brandon Henson, was charged with open container and public intoxication. Both were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Food City to Hold Career Fair Wednesday, April 24, 2019

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Food City will be hosting a company-wide Career Fair to include hiring for both full-time and part-time positions. Food City plans to hire over 750 additional friendly, smiling faces to work in key customer and food service positions at store locations throughout their market area. Positions include both entry-level and experience/skilled positions, such as meat cutter, cake decorator, and retail management. Interested candidates can apply online at or visit any Food City location to complete an employment application.

Bluegrass Care Navigators Receive Hospice Honors Award

Bluegrass Care Navigators has been recognized as a 2019 Hospice Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, placing the organization among the nation’s top hospice providers for patient experience scores. Hospice Honors is an annual review that recognizes hospices which continuously provide the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view, acknowledging high-performing agencies by analyzing their CAHPS quality measures. Liz Fowler, Bluegrass Care Navigators CEO, said they are proud to receive the honor and the recognition is a direct reflection of the effort the entire team makes to have a meaningful impact on patients and their families.

Attorney General Calls for Rescinding of “Sickout” Subpoenas

Attorney General Andy Beshear is calling on the governor and the Labor Cabinet to rescind subpoenas sent to local school districts, giving them ten days to take action. The subpoenas seek records and names of teachers who may have participated in recent “sickouts.” They were issued by the Labor Cabinet as part of a supposed inquiry into possible violations of labor law, and the education commissioner said they could result in $1,000 fines for individual teachers. In his letter, Beshear wrote that attempts to fine members of “sickouts” could violate their First Amendment Rights, and that the administration’s action may constitute “intimidation, threats, or coercion” in violation of state law.

Two Arrested in Scioto County Following Theft Investigation

The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office has made arrests following the investigation of several thefts and burglaries. The investigation began on April 10, 2019 after receiving a report of a man getting into the work trucks at Little Septic and stealing tools valued at over $1000. On April 11, it was reported the concession stand at Wheelersburg Little League had been broken into with food and other items valued at over $10,000 being stolen. Through investigation, a suspect was identified and law enforcement personnel responded to a residence at 1105 Cartro Road in Franklin Furnace. Arrested at the scene were 41-year-old Burt Copley and 26-year-old Jessica Copley.

Estill County Man Sentenced for Armed Fentanyl Trafficking

On Friday, April 12, 2019, an Estill County man was sentenced for armed drug trafficking. Kevin Abney, 40, of Irvine, was arrested in June 2018 by the Berea Police Department at a business in Berea. During the arrest, officers located 15 grams of fentanyl and two firearms. During his guilty plea, Abney admitted to the possession. He had seven prior felony convictions. He was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison. Abney must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence and upon release will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for five years.

Governor Bevin Hold Community Forum in Inez

Governor Matt Bevin was at the Roy F. Collier Community Center in Inez on Saturday, April 13, 2019 to discuss matters of economic growth in the region and Kentucky as a whole. Among the issues mentioned was the Six Year Road Plan and government funding. We will continue this story with highlights from the event throughout the week.

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pre-Cut Melon

The Kentucky Department for Public Health has announced that 16 Kentuckians have tested positive with a strain of Salmonella Carrau that has been linked by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to pre-cut melon, including cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew. DPH is advising that the public should discard any pre-cut melon or fruit salads that contain pre-cut melon. No deaths have been reported in this outbreak. Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps and develop within 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.