The Dawson Springs Independent School System could officially choose its next Superintendent as soon as Monday after interviews of the final four candidates this week.
Interim Superintendent Alexis Seymore says two candidates were interviewed Tuesday and two more interviews were scheduled for Wednesday night.
She says the Board of Education will likely decide on a candidate this week, but won't make the decision official until its next regular meeting Monday night.
Ms. Seymore says 15 candidates applied for the job and the screening committee narrowed it down from there.
She says the field of candidates was strong and she believes they will get the right person.
The Dawson Springs Progress first reported the four finalists as Todd County School System Assistant Superintendent Michael Taylor, Madisonville resident Rita Cook, Gallatin County School System Assistant Superintendent Leonard Whalen and Webster County Assistant Superintendent Riley Ramsey.
Six children were injured in a vehicle versus horse and buggy wreck in Todd County Saturday afternoon.
The incident happened around 12:30 on KY 181 at the intersection with East Greenfield Road about three miles north of Elkton. Todd County Sheriff Joey Johnson says 15-year old Norene Zimmerman of Sharon Grove was operating the buggy on East Greenfield and turned directly into the path of a southbound vehicle on 181 driven by 29-year old Amanda Brown of Lewisburg.
Ms. Brown swerved to miss the buggy, but couldn’t avoid the horse, which died at the scene.
Ms. Zimmerman and three of her juvenile siblings in the buggy were taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center. Two other siblings were flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Center. Sheriff Johnson says the children’s ages ranged from teens all the way down to toddlers and none of their injuries initially appeared to be life-threatening. The names of five of the children were not immediately available.
Ms. Brown was not hurt in the crash.
An Allensville man is in the Todd County Jail on $50,000 bond after being served with a warrant for probation violation out of Tennessee.
Elkton Police arrested 20-year old Thomas Gates Wednesday and served him with the warrant from Robertson County, Tennessee. He remains in the Todd County Jail, awaiting extradition.
South West Kentucky Economic Development Council Executive Director Mitch Robinson is making the rounds of city and county governments gathering support for General Assembly legislation that would bring Tennessee Valley Authority money back to local communities.
Instead of traditional property taxes, TVA pays an in-lieu-of-tax payment to approximately 30 Kentucky counties that have TVA facilities or infrastructure. About 70 percent of that money currently stays in the county where the property is located, but the other 30 percent is given to the state for the General Assembly to spend how it sees fit.
Robinson says legislation proposed by State Representative Wilson Stone of Scottsville would ultimately mean the 30 counties would receive about $200,000 each.
He says counties would have to use the money for economic development purposes and says Todd Fiscal Court could have used the money for its Career Path Institute project.
Robinson says the proposal is similar to the coal severance program, which only redistributes the money to counties where there is a coal mine or where coal trucks drive through.
Todd Fiscal Court approved a resolution in support of the legislation and Robinson says he will make the same presentation to Christian Fiscal Court and Hopkinsville City Council in the coming weeks.
Representative Stone says the money could be put to good use in the impacted communities, as the unemployment rate in the TVA counties was 8.6 percent in August, compared to 7.8 percent statewide.
A state mowing contractor ran over a natural gas line with a bush hog north of Elkton this morning, causing a major leak that resulted in a road closure and evacuations.
Todd County Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley says the incident happened around 11:15 near 5520 Greenville Road, also known as Kentucky Highway 181.The residents of three homes chose to heed advice to evacuate and others were warned of the danger and stayed put.
Atmos Energy Manager of Public Affairs Kay Koomes says the impacted line was highly pressurized and the leak would have been clearly audible to anyone around.
A crew came from Logan County to fix the leak, which continued to blow gas into the air into the early afternoon. No one was injured in the incident, which caused traffic to be closed from Liberty Road to the Kentucky 171 intersection.