Kentucky is taking another step toward industrial hemp production.
The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission has directed the state Department of Agriculture staff to begin writing regulations governing industrial hemp production in the commwealth and voted to serve notice to the federal government that Kentucky is moving forward.
Hemp is legal to grow under state law after legislation from this year's General Assembly and Ag. Commissioner Jamie Comer says a Department of Justice official recently testified the federal government would not prosecute hemp farming.
Kentucky Department of Agriculture attorney Luke Morgan says a 2003 regulation clarifies that industrial hemp is not marijuana and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration does not have jurisdiction over hemp.
Commissioner Comer says the letter will state Kentucky is taking the next step toward growing industrial hemp, unless told otherwise.
Comer says his office will be hard at work at bringing processors to Kentucky to hopefully create new opportunities for farmers.
The commissioner says poultry and equine businesses have expressed interest in hemp bedding, which would be easy to process and would “jump start” the industry in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced several re-surfacing projects in Todd County through the Rural Secondary Roads program.
A news release lists the projects as a 1.1-mile section of Clifty-Kirkmansville Road from Squire Groves Road to East Fork Pond River Bridge, a 2.3-mile section of Pilot Rock Road from Buck Fork Creek Bridge to KY 171 and a 1.6 mile section of Penchem Road from KY 181 to Old Railroad Lane.
Todd County Crushed Stone was awarded the contract for just over $449,000.
Wednesday is the 12 year anniversary of what was likely the worst day in American history and those tragic hours will be remembered in services in Hopkinsville and Elkton.
A 9/11 Remembrance Service will begin at 11 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1913 in Hopkinsville, according to Post Commander John Brame, who says it's important to never forget the country was attacked that morning and nearly 3,000 people lost their lives.
Brame says it's especially important to remember the countless first responders who ran into danger and didn't make it out.
A short service will be followed by a release of red, white and blue balloons. Lunch will then be served at the VFW next to Kroger.
Todd County's 9/11 service is set for noon on the Historic Square. Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield will present medallions to local first responders as part of the ceremony.
A project that’s been over a year in the making will become a reality in
Congressman Ed Whitfield says a federal Economic Development Administration grant of $1.5 million has been approved, paving the way for the Todd Career Path Institute to be built on the campus of
A federal block grant of a half million dollars was received last year with the help of Christian Fiscal Court and another half million will be bonded by Todd Fiscal Court.
Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says he’s excited and is thankful to the
The center will offer an opportunity for adults and students to take college level industrial training courses. High school students will be able to earn dual credit and will no longer have to travel by bus to Russellville to take those classes.
Congressman Whitfield says the manufacturing industry has the potential to bring many good-paying jobs back to
There is no definite timetable on when construction will start, according to Judge Greenfield, who says some more legal work will have to be done first.
We will have more on this story in the coming days.
First District Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham of Kuttawa has announced he will seek re-election next year.
Justice Cunningham was elected for the first time in 2006 and serves 24 western Kentucky counties from the Mississippi River to Mammoth Cave. He formerly served 16 years as Circuit Judge in Trigg, Caldwell, Livingston and Lyon counties. Cunningham was the Commonwealth Attorney in that area for 11 years prior to becoming a judge.
Heading up Justice Cunningham's local campaign is Christian County Attorney Mike Foster, who says the incumbent has done a good job for this area the last seven years.
Judicial races are run on a non-partisan basis in Kentucky, but there could still be a primary if more than two candidates file to narrow the race down to two candidates for the general election.