Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police indicate that ten people died in nine separate crashes on state roadways from Monday, June 4th through Sunday.
State Police say eight of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and five victims were not wearing seat belts.
Single-fatality crashes occurred in Laurel, Madison, Marshall, Powell, Todd and Warren counties and none were reported in Trigg or Christian counties.
Through June 10th preliminary statistics indicate that 320 people died on Kentucky roadways during 2012, which is 41 more fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2011.
Kentucky State Police arrested a Mortons Gap man on gun charges earlier today.
State Police say around 11:20 a.m. KSP Trooper First Class John Komar accompanied Probation and Parole officers during a routine home visit to 47-year old Timothy E. Hawkins’ residence at 330 Trabue Road, Mortons Gap.
Upon search of the residence, state police say 13 long guns and ammunition were found and confiscated.
Hawkins is currently on a felony diversion and is prohibited from possessing firearms.
He was arrested without incident and is now charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was booked into the Hopkins County Jail.
The second candidate to interview for the Christian County School System Superintendent position began her day this morning at the Chamber of Commerce, where she spoke to leaders of the community and answered questions for over an hour.
Former Collier County, Florida Chief Administrative Officer Mary Ann Gemmell was outgoing in her demeanor with the crowd and gave more detailed answers to many of the same questions asked of another candidate who appeared at a similar event last week.
Ms. Gemmell was asked in several different ways about holding teachers accountable for student achievement and she said it’s about building strong professional relationships with principals and faculty.
Methods of student discipline have at times been a contentious issue between the school board, administrators and the current superintendent. Ms. Gemmell says consistency is key in dealing with a clearly defined code of conduct and a superintendent has to be certain each individual school is singing from the same sheet of music.
The candidate praised the community for its interest in education numerous times, saying she has read the chamber’s vision plan and believes it is important in getting the school system and community where it needs to be. She says she would have a clearly defined plan of action for the school system if hired, though she would take time to review it each year and make necessary changes.
Ms. Gemmell has a full schedule today, which includes meetings with principals and classified employees in addition to a public forum and dinner and another interview with the board. The final board meeting of the night will be at 8:30, when Ms. Gemmell could be hired as the next Christian County superintendent.
All actions were unanimous--in a positive manner--by Christian Fiscal Court this morning, where magistrates approved a contract for outside monitoring of certain qualifying county jail inmates and agreed to trade maintenance responsibilities for certain roads already in existence locally, with a 3 to 1 ratio of mileage approved in the state's favor, though traffic volume will most likely be in a greater ratio in favor of the county.
Also approved without a ''no'' vote was the 24 and a half million dollar budget for the fiscal year which begins the end of the month, which includes a half-million dollar debt service on the jail, almost 4-million dollars for roads and bridges, and 2-million for the health insurance fund.
County Attorney Mike Foster says the inmate monitoring system replaces one which involved telephone calls to inmates at their home 3 or 4 times a day with a system much more sophisticated, including reminders for obligations.
The program will generate income for the county, with the inmate paying administrative costs to the county, which will subtract its share and advance the rest to the contract firm.
Meanwhile, Judge Tribble says the state will assume responsibility for one of the busiest roads leading to Fort Campbell.
The county will assume responsibility for the Brittmart Road, Buffalo Road, Old Hospital Road, and what's known as North Ridge Drive off Billy Goat Hill Road.
In other business at the next-to-last meeting before the end of the fiscal year, second reading was approved on the amended ordinance dealing with collection of volunteer fire department dues, and the state was formally granted approval to use the fiscal court room to hold ''traffic school'' which had already been used and Christian County complied with state law by adopting a ''local emergency management agency''.
Jennie Stuart Medical Center has announced the hiring of a new nursing leader in the critical care unit.
A news release from the hospital says registered nurse Donna Milauskas is the new director of nursing for Critical Care and now oversees the Intensive Care Unit, Telemetry and the Progressive Care Unit.
She was promoted from nurse manager in the Progressive Care Unit, which she had been doing during the last two years of her 15 year tenure at Jennie Stuart.
Officials at the hospital say she has worked in nursing for 20 years and helped implement the cardiac rehabilitation program at Jennie Stuart. She has been chair and co-chair of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk and is a member of the American Cancer Society, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the Kentucky Organization of Nursing Leadership.