A Russellville woman is in critical condition after a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 68-80 in Logan County Wednesday evening.
The incident happened around 5:45, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police, which says 48-year old James Kemp of Russellville had turned his tandem truck off of Hardison Road into the left westbound lane of 68 near the Warren County line.
Kemp saw two vehicles approaching from behind in the right lane and said he stayed where he was to give them clearance to pass. That's when he was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by 28-year old Kelly Whittaker of Russellville.
Ms. Whittaker was flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition. She is the daughter-in-law of Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker and the wife of Russellville Police Officer Seth Whittaker.
Kemp went uninjured and everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.
A wind chill advisory is in effect for all of western Kentucky from midnight through noon Thursday and forecasters say anyone outdoors could quickly become the victim of frostbite.
National Weather Service in Paducah Meteorologist Christine Wielgos says wind chill values will be between five and 15 below zero as another chunk of arctic air plunges southeast into the region.
The mercury isn't forecast to creep above the freezing mark again until Saturday, when the high is expected to be about 37. The high temperatures will be back in the 20's early next work week.
Governor Steve Beshear presented his budget proposal to the General Assembly Tuesday evening that includes some good news for the southern Pennyrile.
One of the most important projects to the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance has been construction of a new Breathitt Veterinary Center on the Murray State Hopkinsville Campus and Governor Beshear included $32 million in his proposal.
The last three Todd County Judge-Executives will be on the ballot again this year after former Judge Arthur Green filed his papers Tuesday morning.
Green served one term and lost in the 2010 election to current Judge Daryl Greenfield. Green is running again as a Democrat and says he would keep an open line of communication between himself and the citizens of Todd County, if elected.
Green doesn't believe a lot has changed over the last four years in Todd County and says he would do more to promote what Todd County has to offer.
Green is a retired Todd County Central High School Agriculture teacher and has chaired the Red Cross Mid-West Kentucky Chapter’s Board of Directors since 2011.
He will face former Todd Judge-Executive Kent Knight in the May Democratic primary. Judge Greenfield is a Republican and is currently unopposed in the primary.
Additional charges have been filed against the Elkton woman accused of having an active meth lab in her vehicle in the parking lot of the North Drive McDonalds Monday morning.
Thirty-three year old Jennifer Cunningham-Hadden of Elkton is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine in addition to public intoxication and unauthorized parking in a handicapped zone.
Officers had been called to the parking lot around 7 a.m. to check the welfare of a woman in a vehicle. When Officer Jason Brent approached Hadden-Cunningham’s SUV, he reportedly smelled a strong odor of ether and saw several components used to make methamphetamine inside.
The Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force was contacted to remove the lab and clean up the the vehicle. Agents allegedly found two bags of methamphetamine, glass pipes with burn marks and scales in addition to the actual lab.
McDonalds had to be shut down for about three hours while the scene was cleared of any dangerous items.