A Todd County woman was taken to the hospital after a wreck in Guthrie Thursday morning.
Guthrie Police Chief Keith Dwyer says 58-year old Elizabeth Person of Guthrie was traveling on U.S. 41 near the American Cafe' just before 6 a.m. when she crossed the other lane of traffic for an unknown reason and struck a utility pole.
Ms. Person was taken by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center in Clarskville for what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.
State agriculture officials are expecting a record corn crop this year.
The National Agriculture Statistics Service says corn production in Kentucky is forecast at 231 million bushels, up 122 percent from last year's crop—which was severely hindered by a record drought.
Yield is estimated at 154 bushels per acre, up 86 bushels from last year. If realized, it would be the second highest yield on record. The 2009 crop set the bar at 165 bushels.
Acreage for harvest is actually down 30,000 acres to 150,000 this year. Condition of the corn crop statewide is listed at mostly good to excellent—thanks in large part to abundant rainfall and a mild summer.
The corn crop nationally is forecast at 13.8 billion bushels, up 28 percent from last year. If realized, it would be a new record.
Kentucky's soybean production is also forecast to come in at a record 70 million bushels—an increase of 19 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 44 bushels per acre, which would also tie the state record.
Burley tobacco was forecast at 148 million pounds, down 2 percent from last year and dark fire-cured tobacco was forecast to be up 17 percent to 36.8 million pounds.
Repair work at a railroad crossing will close a major roadway in Todd County this weekend.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says KY 181 will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday at the railroad crossing while track repair is done by CSX.
Motorists heading south toward Guthrie will need to detour onto KY 848 east at Penchem and then take US 79 south to Guthrie.
Motorists heading north will have to stay on 79 and then take 848 west to 181.
CSX will close Merriweather Street in Guthrie at the railroad crossing September 9 through 13.
Motorists are urged to allow extra time for the detours, which are marked with signage.
Todd Fiscal Court passed first reading of its property tax rate in a special-called meeting Monday morning, while also agreeing to hire a Washington D.C. attorney as a consultant in the ongoing case with the City of Clarksville over a proposed natural gas line.
With little discussion and unanimous support, magistrates voted to keep the property tax rate the same at 9.9 cents per $100 of assessed value. Court then went into closed session for almost an hour to discuss possible court action regarding Clarksville's proposal to run a new natural gas line from a large TVA line just north of Elkton southward into Montgomery County.
It would serve as a backup to Clarksville's current natural gas system, but there are reportedly no plans to allow Todd County to have access to the pipe. Todd County Judge Executive Daryl Greenfield and Attorney Mac Johns have said Todd County must retain the option to develop a new utility to distribute natural gas from the line to residential and industrial customers for it to be beneficial to their community.
The City of Clarksville has told residents and county officials they will attempt to use imminent domain to get easements if landowners don't comply, but Judge Greenfield called that scare tactics Friday and has urged residents to not give easements for now.
After Court came back into open session, magistrates approved Johns' proposal to hire Washington D.C. Attorney Jennifer Waters as a consultant for the process.
An internet profile of Ms. Waters says she specializes in energy and natural resources. The website says she represents clients in a wide variety of energy regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters. Her clients include natural gas companies, local distribution companies, and municipal utility systems providing both gas and electric service.
Several landowners who would be impacted by the proposed line were in attendance.
The Elkton teen injured while allegedly attempting to make a homemade bomb Saturday night has been released from the hospital.
Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center say the 14-year old boy was treated and released over the weekend. Elkton Police say the juvenile and a group of friends were attempting to make a bomb with a gas can and firecracker and his hands ignited when he lit the fuse in the gas can's spout.
The gas can also ignited and it was found empty, along with the firecracker, an empty soda bottle smelling of gas and a cigarette lighter near the East Main Street residence where the incident happened. He was taken to the Todd County Emergency Services building and flown from there to Vandy.
No homes were damaged in the explosion and Elkton Police have not pressed any charges.