Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd says state officials have recently talked to several ferry companies about the kinds of services they can provide to transport traffic across Kentucky as crews continue to excavate and eventually repair Eggners Ferry Bridge.
According to Todd, plans to provide a ferry service is still in the early stages, but state officials plan to bid the contract out.
The transportation official says before state officials can move forward with plans to provide a ferry service across Kentucky Lake, engineering and environmental concerns have to be answered first.
Progress continues to be made at Eggners Ferry Bridge as crews continue to remove debris from the bridge that fell into the water after an ocean going vessel, the Delta Mariner crashed into the bridge, which knocked off one the bridge’s spans.
Maintaining traditions is something Fort Campbell leaders are tasked to do along with training soldiers to fight in combat.
1-32 Cavalry Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Taylor says it’s important for his soldiers to remember the history of the unit and to carry on the legacy that previous veterans fought fiercely to uphold, like honor, courage and brotherhood, especially in times of war.
According to the Lieutenant Colonel, he is proud to be apart of a unit where soldiers fought courageously during World War II and the Korean War and he says he hopes to continue that tradition in today’s soldiers.
The Fort Campbell officer says he hopes to reconnect with veterans from various wars to meet with local soldiers, share war stories and encourage soldiers to persevere when times are tough.
The Lieutenant Colonel adds that soldiers can learn a lot from veterans and incorporate their training to be successful in future missions.
For several months now, soldiers assigned to the unit have been undergoing rigorous training to prepare them for their upcoming rendezvous with destiny in Afghanistan, which has not been officially announced by the Department of Defense.
The Christian County doctor accused of growing and selling marijuana from her home will have her case heard by a grand jury.
Hopkinsville attorney Sands Chewning is representing 58-year old Gloria Staples of 15253 North Madisonville Road and said he would waive a preliminary hearing in district court to allow a grand jury to decide if there is enough evidence to proceed to a potential trial.
Doctor Staples was arrested February 11th after a search warrant allegedly turned up a “grow room” with more than five marijuana plants in the upstairs of her residence.
The doctor who operates a practice on North Drive faces charges of trafficking in marijuana, cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police allege they found rolling papers, bongs and pipes in addition to the marijuana.
The Kentucky House Education Committee unanimously approved legislation Tuesday which could someday expand the Books for Brains program implemented in Trigg County across the state.
The program, which provides age appropriate books to children from birth to five years old free of charge to the families, began as a charitable effort of country music superstar Dolly Parton. It has expanded across the region and legislation sponsor Representative John Tilley says the Trigg Rotary Club and other civic organizations have funded it there.
Representative Tilley says the long-term results of the program will be higher test scores and more well-rounded students.
Budget constraints prevent the General Assembly from taking the program statewide right now, but Representative Tilley and the committee hope private agencies in other counties can mimic what has been done in Trigg County and that more can be done when the state comes out of the recession.
The Trigg County program has provided over 23,000 books to children since August of 2008.
The Todd County School System will begin its pre-school screenings early next month.
A news release from Tracey Shifflett says the Todd County School system will conduct pre-school screenings and registration for three and four year old children at South Todd Elementary School from 8am until noon on Friday March 2nd.
It will be the last screening for this school year, according to Ms. Shifflett, who says children who are within six months of turning three may be screened for entry during the current school year.
Any child who turned five on or before October 1st is kindergarten eligible and can not attend preschool. Screenings for the 2012-2013 school year will be held in May. Parents wanting to schedule an appointment should contact Ms. Shifflett at 265-2436.