Governor Steve Beshear announced this week that longtime budget and policy expert Jane Driskell will join his administration as State Budget Director in January.
Secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet Mary Lassiter has held both positions since September 2009.
Governor Beshear stated he appreciated the wisdom and counsel of Mary Lassiter throughout the years in this position and that he looked forward to Jane stepping in and continuing her expertise in the budget office.”
Mrs. Driskell will replace Secretary Lassiter, who was appointed by Governor Beshear as budget director at the start of his administration in 2007.
Driskell currently is the Commissioner of Finance for Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, in the office of Mayor Jim Gray.
Thanksgiving week is the deadliest on the calendar on roadways and local police are hoping motorists will heed their advice to stay safe.
Most importantly, Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul Ray says never drink and drive.
Officer Ray says the high traffic volume caused by Thanksgiving makes it especially dangerous when impaired drivers are on the road.
Hopkinsville Police arrested four drivers who were allegedly impaired over the weekend, while Cadiz Police reported two DUI arrests. Police across Kentucky and Tennessee will be putting an extra emphasis on removing impaired drivers from the road this week.
TRIGG COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK
Trigg County Sheriff's Sgt. Jimmy Godair gives more info....
Once again, that number is 270-522-INFO.
Cadiz Police investigated a wreck Sunday afternoon that injured one person.
A news release says the incident happened around 1:45 at the intersection of U.S. 68 and Main Street. Police say 56-year old Diane Copeland of Cadiz was westbound on 68 approaching the Main Street intersection.
Stopped on Main was 33-year old Samuel McKellar of Clarksville, who told police he thought Ms. Copeland was going to make right turn. McKellar went ahead and turned left into the path of Copeland, causing a wreck in the intersection.
Ms. Copeland was taken by ambulance to Trigg County Hospital for her injuries, while McKellar went uninjured.
The new state senator for Christian, Todd and Logan Counties says he will focus on reducing government waste once he begins his duties in January.
Senator-elect Whitney Westerfield says education and other vital services in Kentucky are suffering because taxpayer dollars are currently being spent where they aren’t always needed.
Westerfield says the court system furlough days is just one example of where the state has been misguided in how it looked to make up deficits.
Westerfield also cited the lack of pay raises for teachers in Todd County over the last five years as a symptom of how Kentucky tax-payer money could have been better spent.