The heat hasn’t let up much this summer and forecasters say there may not be much relief in sight.
July will likely go down as one of the hottest in history in Kentucky and Tennessee, according to National Weather Service forecaster Mike Callahan. He says long-range outlooks don’t show many changes.
Callahan says it’s not just Kentucky suffering from the oppressive heat this summer, it’s a large portion of the country.
Long-range outlooks also show less than normal precipitation, which doesn’t bode well for a state stricken with drought.
A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet geotechnical drilling crew is working on preparations for construction of new bridges to cross Kentucky Lake on U.S. 68-80.
The drilling work must be done near the Eggners Ferry Bridge site at the Trigg-Marshall County line to determine where exactly bridge piers can safely be built. Officials say they are taking a sample of rock beneath the lake bed every few feet to provide a profile of sub-surface conditions.
Two new brides will be built at the site, with work on the approaches to begin as soon as next year. Work on the actual bridges may not begin until 2014 and the project should take about four years.
Construction of bridges over Barkley is expected to begin in the next few years. The projects have been sought after for several years, especially after a cargo vessel knocked out a span of the Eggners Ferry Bridge in January, which closed it until the Memorial Day weekend.
A motor vessel is at the drilling sight 24 hours a day to assist any barge traffic in successfully navigating under the bridge while work is ongoing.
A robbery under strange circumstances is under investigation by Hopkinsville Police.
The report says 64-year old William Hart of Hopkinsville told police that an unknown suspect struck him on the head with an object Friday evening on East 2nd Street, which knocked him unconscious.
When Hart woke up, he said the cash he was carrying was missing. Hart didn’t report the crime until three days later on Monday morning. No suspects are listed on the report and the investigation continues.
Hopkinsville Police arrested a local man for his fourth DUI in the last five years early this morning.
The arrest card for 36-year old Jason Lee Nanney of Hopkinsville says he was pulled over on Skyline Drive after pulling out of the parking lot at Skyline Liquors. Police say he failed to use a signal when exiting and had slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol once stopped.
Nanney reportedly failed field sobriety tests and blew a .224 on the breath test once at the jail—nearly three times the legal limit. It was the fourth time in the last five years Nanney had been charged with driving impaired.
Hopkinsville Police arrested a heavily armed man last night who allegedly made threats to kill a local woman and officers.
The investigation began early in the afternoon when police took a harassing communications report regarding things allegedly said by 44-year old Monte Neely of Hopkinsville.
Neely allegedly continued making threats via text message to Shaye Maddox of Hopkinsville, reportedly saying he would kill her and police officers. Officers believed Neely to be at 217 Village Green Drive and found his vehicle there shortly after 10pm.
They called him on the phone, though he reportedly hung up on officers. Shortly after the call, police say Neely came out of his residence and attempted to get in his car. Officers took him into custody and the report says they found a tactical shotgun on his back, a 357 magnum pistol in a bag he was carrying and four knives.
Police say the shotgun was loaded with eight rounds and the pistol was loaded with six hollow point rounds and a speed loader. He was also allegedly in possession of several boxes of more ammunition for the guns.
Also found on his person was a piece of paper with the victim’s address on it. Neely was charged with stalking, using restricted ammunition and retaliating against a participant in a legal process and was lodged in the Christian County Jail.