Governor Steve Beshear has made it clear again he will call a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly this year for legislative redistricting.
The House and Senate plans passed by lawmakers last year were deemed unconstitutional by the Kentucky Supreme Court and only the House passed a map this year. Senate leadership wanted to wait until next year, but Governor Beshear told Louisville media this week he will call a special session before then.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett says he believes that special session will come in September or October—after the House and Senate leadership come to a compromise on maps and which census numbers to use.
Third District State Senator Whitney Westerfield says he recently met with his leadership and also anticipates going back to Frankfort this year. Westerfield hopes a solid compromise will be in place and regrets state law requires them to spend at least five costly days in session.
The House redistricting bill passed in this year's session drew some criticism because it used different census numbers from what was utilized in congressional redistricting. State law requires the House and Senate to redraw the lines every 10 years to make sure all Kentucky citizens are represented as equally as possible in Frankfort.
As the state uses early release programs to save money on housing inmates in county jails, local communities are losing much-needed manpower.
Todd County Jailer Greg Allen addressed the issue in his report to Todd Fiscal Court last week, saying the state has taken the stand that if an inmate is safe enough to go out into the community during the day for jobs such as mowing and painting—he's more often than not okay to be released.
Allen says places like Todd County are certainly feeling the impact.
It's not just smaller communities lacking jail inmates who can do community service work, Allen says some of Kentucky's largest cities are also complaining.
Allen says it's important to note that not just any inmate can do community service work—they have to be non-violent and a vast majority of those eligible are state inmates being housed in the local jail.
Jailer Allen says the state inmate count will likely rise again in the near future, as the number of county inmates across Kentucky is up significantly and those trends usually run in cycles.
A Todd County child is recovering in a Nashville hospital after an accident while playing Tuesday afternoon.
Todd County Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley says the six year old Amish boy was playing on stacked hay bales with at least one other child at a farm on Frogue Road in south Todd late in the afternoon when one of the bales fell and crushed the child.
Air Evac was called to the area and took him to Vanderbilt Children’s Hosptial for treatment of his injuries.
This year marks the 250th anniversary of the Civil War and the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site in Fairview will mark the occasion this weekend by commemorating Davis' 205th Birthday.
A news release says the park will have two battle re-enactments, food, reenactors representing Civil War figures, a Miss Confederacy Pageant for young ladies ages 3 to 21, a Civil War Flag display, a field surgeon, a field hospital, and a reenactors’ Ball, featuring the St. Claire Family, out of Alabama.
All events are free, except for monument/museum tours. The cost for the tours is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military personnel and $3 for children 12 and under. Activities begin Friday and continue through Sunday. Anyone needing more information should contact the park.
Air evac prepares to set at the Meredith Lane landing site
A man was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a farming accident near Trenton this morning.
Todd County Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley says the man in his mid-40’s fell 10 to 12 feet from a barn on Penchem Road between Trenton and the Penchem community. Air-Evac was called to a nearby landing site and took the man to Vanderbilt.
The man’s identity wasn’t immediately released.