Land Between The Lakes reopened today following this weekend’s wintry weather.
Officials say area residents can still get Christmas tree permits at the Administrative Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Officials say many back roads at Land between the Lakes received little to no sunlight due to tree coverage with visitors asked to use caution when driving as ice may still exist in those areas.
Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police indicate that seven people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, December 2nd through Sunday.
State Police say a double fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Barren County with one of the victims not wearing a seat belt.
Police also say two single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Jefferson County and single fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in each of the following counties: Estill, Marion and Russell Counties with the victims in all three crashes not wearing seat belts.
Through Sunday, the statistics indicate that 598 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013, which is 107 fewer than what was reported for this time period last year.
Police say of the 463 motor vehicle fatalities, 232 victims were not wearing seat belts and of the 72 motorcycle fatalities, 44 were not wearing a helmet.
As of Sunday, state police say Kentucky has had 74 days with zero highway fatalities reported during 2013.
There are still a few slick spots to be found on area roads Monday morning, but driving conditions are much improved after several hours of melting yesterday.
A Christian County ECC dispatcher says there have been a couple reports of ice patches on back roads, but there were no accidents overnight. She said the main roads seem to be in good shape.
A Todd County dispatcher said she had not received any complaints at all regarding road conditions overnight.
Kentukcy Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd is urging motorists to use appropriate caution this morning and to be on the lookout for areas of refreezing or black ice.
One of the main problems that came from Sunday morning's freezing rain was power outages in the area. There were well over 1,000 Pennyrile Electric members in Todd County without power at one time and isolated outages were noted near Crofton and on Pembroke-Fairview Road in Christian County. Logan County also had significant outages.
Most of the outages in Todd County were along U.S. 68-80 and northward and Brent Gilkey of Pennyrile Electric says those problems came from weighted down lines and trees.
The ice melting off the lines helped take some weight off, but Gilkey said it also caused additional problems when those lines bounced back up.
Crews worked through the night to repair the outages and Gilkey said all but 14 members in the north part of Pennyrile's Russellville District were back on by 6 a.m.
Local students got one more day out of school Monday thanks to the winter weather, with the Christian, Todd, Trigg, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Caldwell and Lyon public school systems and Heritage Christian Academy among those canceling.
There will be a special election in three western Kentucky counties Tuesday to replace a state lawmaker who resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Voters in Union and parts of Daviess and Henderson counties will choose between Republican Suzanne Miles of Owensboro and Democrat Kim Humphrey of Morganfield to replace former Seventh District State Representative John Arnold.
Arnold resigned earlier this year after he was accused of sexually harassing female staff members.
Elsewhere, voters in Lexington will choose between Democrat Reggie Thomas and Republican Michael Johnson to replace State Senator Kathy Stein, who was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to fill an open judge seat in Fayette County earlier this year.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. local time in both races and both political parties have a strong interest in gaining or keeping seats in General Assembly.
An Eddyville man was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a single-vehicle wreck Saturday night.
Kentucky State Police say 30-year old Sam Walston of Eddyville was southbound on Chestnut Oak Road near Kuttawa around 9 p.m., when he lost control of his pickup on the icy pavement and ran off the road and into a tree.
Walston sustained multiple injuries and was taken first to Caldwell County Hospital and later to Vanderbilt. Police say he was wearing his seat belt.