Industrial hemp continues to be a topic of discussion in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission recently voted to support Senate Bill 50, which would establish a framework if and when the federal government decides to re-introduce industrial hemp into the commonwealth’s agri-economy.
At the meeting, several guests spoke in favor of the proposed bill, including Mike Lewis, a veteran and a small-scale farmer from Berea.
Lewis was quoted as saying many veterans are interested in small-scale farming, and the possibilities for industrial hemp give us some hope for good jobs — the kind of jobs our veterans deserve.
Following the meeting, Commissioner Jamie Comer spoke about reports that law enforcement officials in the state were opposed to the proposed bill.
Commissioner Comer stated he visited all 120 Kentucky counties last year and that there is enormous support in Paducah to Pikeville.
Senate bill 50 was introduced by Senator Paul Hornback of Shelbyville.
Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police indicate that 11 people died in 11 separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, January 21st through Sunday.
State Police say two single-fatality, motor vehicle crashes occurred in Jefferson County with one of the victims not wearing a seat belt.
State Police say motor vehicle crashes occurred in Adair, Christian, Clark, Estill, Laurel, Nelson and Pike Counties with the victims in Christian, Estill, Laurel, Nelson and Pike not wearing their seatbelts.
Two pedestrians were killed in Hardin and Metcalfe Counties County with police saying suspected use of alcohol was involved in the Hardin County fatality.
Through Sunday, preliminary statistics indicate that 40 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013, which is eight less than what was reported for this time period last year.
A Christian County leader has been appointed to a Kentucky School Boards post.
Christian County Board of Education Chairman, Barry Cornelius has been appointed to the Kentucky School Board Association’s board of directors.
Cornelius of Hopkinsville will serve out the remaining two years of an unexpired term as Second Region chairperson of the KSBA.
Cornelius stated he was grateful to be appointed to the position.
A single-vehicle wreck on I-24 near Oak Grove Monday morning injured a Clarksville woman.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says 26-year old Tara Baird of Clarksville was westbound on I-24 just before 8am when she hydroplaned on the wet pavement and lost control of her car.
The vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck an embankment, causing it to overturn several times. Ms. Baird was taken by ambulance to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say she was wearing her seatbelt.
A man who spent nearly four decades at Pennyrile Rural Electric in various capacities, including General Manager, passed away over the weekend at the age of 88.
John Bell Mason retired as General Manager of Pennyrile Electric in 1986 after spending 37 years at the utility.
He became the General Manager in 1977 and spent the last nine years of his career at Pennyrile in that capacity. Current Pennyrile General Manager Eston Glover says Mason was a people person who related well to his employees.
Mason was able to impact the cooperative in nearly every way possible in his different jobs and Glover says he moved Pennyrile in the right direction the whole time.
Mason also served on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Public Power Association Board for the last two years of his career at Pennyrile. Funeral Services are set for Thursday morning at 10 O’clock at Hughart and Beard Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 until 7pm Wednesday at the funeral home.