A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet bridge inspection team inspected 4
piers on Eggners Ferry Bridge today to further review the 80-year old structure.
According to transportation officials, the examination of the piers will help engineers properly develop several options to replace the 322 foot span that was knocked off the bridge when an 8,200 ton cargo ship, Delta Mariner crashed into it last month.
Officials report climb team members took a detailed look at piers 4,5,6,7 and required them to rappel from the top of each pier down to the water.
As previously reported, the inspectors were checking the structural integrity of each pier and specifically looked at the structural integrity at the construction joint where new pier sections were added to raise the height of the bridge.
Meanwhile, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports an electrical crew continues to make progress on efforts to provide a reliable power source to the bridge.
Tennessee and Kentucky were among 10 states to receive educational waivers, to opt out of the No Child Left Behind education law.
President Barack Obama agreed to allow the states to opt out of the requirements in exchange for a promise to still make strides to improve teaching methods.
Under the deal, states must show a plan is in place to prepare students for either college or a career field, continue to work towards closing the achievement gap among all students.
The law sought to get all students proficient in core classes like math and reading by 2014, a goal President Obama acknowledged being far fetching since he believed the law needed to be updated and fixed.
About 28 other states will reportedly opt out of the education law, which was passed about 10 years ago during the Bush Administration in an effort to help minority students in low incomes homes improve test scores.
The Colorado man accused in the shooting death of a Fort Campbell Soldier Friday night on Fidelio Road has waived his right for an extradition hearing.
K-R-E-X TV in Colorado reports 24-year old Jarred Tabor Long is being held in the Mesa County Jail without bond until extradition takes place, but that Long will not fight it.
He is charged with murder after allegedly playing a part in killing 28-year old Vincent Goslyn, Jr. of Fort Campbell Friday night around 8:15 near the railroad tracks on Fidelio.
Goslyn’s wife, 25-year old Jessie Goslyn, appeared in Christian District Court earlier this week and a not guilty plea was entered on her behalf after she said she couldn’t afford an attorney.
One law enforcement official said Jessie Goslyn and Long were in a romantic relationship. Long fled the area after the murder and was arrested near a Mesa County Wal-Mart during a traffic stop.
Long will face arraignment in district court, once he arrives in Christian County.
Kentucky House Democrats have agreed to comply with Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling that they run in their old districts for the time being, but say that won’t keep them from seeking an expedited ruling from the Supreme Court.
15th District State Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville says the Supreme Court will likely be asked to dissolve Judge Shepherd’s injunction against the new lines when it convenes Monday.
Representative Yonts says it’s up to the court’s discretion whether they even hear the case next week and it would go to the Court of Appeals if they choose not to.
State Senator Joey Pendleton says he was not surprised by Judge Shepherd’s decision to make legislators run in their old districts and said the Supreme Court could do anything from making them re-draw their lines to drawing their lines for them.
Perhaps most importantly, Senator Pendleton says the filing deadline will come and go Friday afternoon at 4 and he believes there will be at least temporary closure that lawmakers will run in their own districts.
Representative Yonts expects some type of action from the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals on Judge Shepherd’s ruling, as he believes it was based on outdated precedents that placed an undue emphasis on county lines.