Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell today issued a statement of support for Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer and the effort to re-introduce industrial hemp into Kentucky agriculture.
Senator McConnell stated after long discussions with Senator Rand Paul and Commissioner Jamie Comer on the economic benefits of industrialized hemp, he is convinced that allowing its production will be a positive development for Kentucky’s farm families and economy.
McConnell also commented that Commissioner Comer assured him that his office is committed to pursuing industrialized hemp production in a way that does not compromise Kentucky law enforcement’s marijuana eradication efforts or in any way promote illegal drug use.
Commissioner Comer expressed his enormous gratitude for McConnell’s support.
Senate Bill 50 will be heard in the Senate Agriculture Committee on February 11th.
Clarksville Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect they describe as a career criminal.
Police are searching for 56-year old Ray Anthony Farmer, who they say has expanded his crime spree beyond the boundaries of Clarksville-Montgomery County.
Farmer has amassed about 28 warrants in Cadiz, Guthrie and Davidson County since he left a halfway house in September 2012.
Police say the majority of the warrants are felonies and the latest local warrant on file for his arrest concerned a burglary of a commercial business that happened on Monday January 21st at the Tennessee/Kentucky line.
Police say Farmer has caused tens of thousands of dollars of damage to buildings or alarm systems and taken thousands of dollars of money or merchandise.
Police say he was released from the Tennessee Department of Corrections to a halfway house in July 2012 after serving approximately 5 ½ years for burglary and at some point, Farmer, left the halfway house prior to completion of his time and ended up back in Clarksville in September 2012.
Law enforcement agencies in Kentucky and Tennessee have been working together in an effort to locate and capture Farmer, but he still remains at large.
Farmer’s typical methodology includes spending time in a business before breaking in and normally breaks into businesses over the weekends and disables the alarm systems by cutting lines or ripping alarm boxes out by and uses a crowbar to pry or break doors.
Police are urging anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact Clarksville Crime Stoppers at 931-645-8477.
A Clarksville Police Sergeant is being called a hero and is being honored tomorrow after his quick thinking helped save a man’s life.
Sergeant Johnny Ferguson will be presented with a Lifesaver Award Friday morning.
The commendation narrative states on September 10th, 2012, Sergeant Ferguson responded to 422 Parker Drive in reference to a 49 year old male that collapsed and was not breathing.
Sergeant Ferguson said he checked his airway for obstructions and began chest compressions.
Medical officials noted that Sergeant Ferguson’s initial response helped stabilize the individual until more advanced equipment was available.
Sergeant Ferguson will be presented with the award at 7:30 a.m. at Police Headquarters briefing room.
The man whose life he saved will also be present for the ceremony.
It was a tornado and straight line winds that did the damage on KY 117 south of Herndon early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service, with a twister also causing some of the damage elsewhere in the county.
Christian County native and Paducah office Warning Meteorologist Rick Shanklin says an EF2 twister carrying a punch of at least 120 mph winds did damage to homes on KY 117 and a downburst with straight-line winds of 90 to 100 mph also did significant damage in that area.
Shanklin says it similar to the situation in southern Muhlenberg County where a microburst and tornado did damage in very close proximity—something he says isn’t all that uncommon.
The significant damage caused by the straight-line winds in several local counties is evidence that all severe weather warnings should be taken seriously, according to Shanklin.
Brent Gilkey with Pennyrile Electric said power had been restored to all customers as of about 8pm last night.
One local state lawmaker says a meeting on re-districting in Frankfort Tuesday resulted in few new details, but left him feeling optimistic.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke says the bi-partisan Western Kentucky Caucus met and received input regarding how the boundaries will be re-drawn this year.
Representative Dossett says he isn’t sure how much his input regarding Christian County will be utilized considering he’s in the minority party, but he’s hopeful things will be much different from last year.
The General Assembly must get the job done again this year. Governor Steve Beshear wants it done in a special session, but it’s looking more and more like lawmakers will try it during the 30-day regular session.