A lawsuit filed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet early this year has moved to federal court.
The state transportation cabinet is suing seven workers that were on the Delta Mariner when it crashed into the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge two years ago and cost millions of dollars in repairs.
The lawsuit was initially filed in Marshall County Court in January and has now been moved to federal court with transportation officials saying they could not comment on the pending case, but that the lawsuit spoke for itself.
The Delta Mariner, which is owned by Foss Maritime, crashed into the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge and knocked off a 322 foot section of the span that carried traffic across the Kentucky Lake and The Tennessee River in an average day.
Following a lengthy investigation into the matter, federal investigators concluded the crew of the cargo ship ignored visual warnings about lights being out on the bridge in the moments that led up to the collision in 2012.
According to the lawsuit, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spent $7 million to repair the bridge that was built in 1932.
As previously reported, on Wednesday, February 11th, Governor Steve Beshear announced a $131.5 million contract was awarded to Johnson Brothers Corporation of Fort Worth, Texas to build the first of the twin Lake Bridges in the Jackson Purchase of western Kentucky, which will replace the Eggners Ferry Bridge.
The Christian County Agricultural Association has teamed up with the Christian County Chamber of Commerce to host an Eye Opener Breakfast to celebrate the farming industry.
The Salute to Agriculture eye opener break-fast is scheduled to take place at the James E. Bruce Convention Center, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 7:30 a.m.
Event organizers say Max Armstrong, a well known American agricultural journalist and TV personality will be this year’s guest speaker.
Officials will also be recognizing and celebrating businesses and farmers within the community that have excelled in the past year and awards will be given for: Farmer of the Year, Ag Business of the Year, and Friend of Agriculture.
Higgins Insurance and Planters Bank are this year’s sponsors of the Salute to Agriculture eye opener break-fast.
Photo by David Baker
One of Hopkinsville's oldest homes burned Wednesday night and a piece of local history was lost.
The home known as “The Virginian” at 309 East 17th Street caught fire around 5:50 p.m. and Hopkinsville Fire Department Lieutenant Steve Futrell says 25 city fire-fighters responded. One of the nine residents was treated at the scene for for smoke inhalation, but was not transported to the hospital.
The large home had been converted into apartments.
Flames could be seen coming from the roof for several city blocks and the structure was classified as a complete loss.
Official Local Historian William Turner believes the house was one of the oldest five standing structures in the city.
Turner says it was a great loss for Hopkinsville history, as the building's architecture was a testament to its Pre-Civil War construction.
It was also notable that Battalion Chief Freddie Montgomery was the commanding officer at the scene on his last night on shift. Montgomery will officially become the next Hopkinsville Fire Department Chief April 1.
Lieutenant Futrell says smoke detectors alerted one of the building's residents there was a problem.
Area residents suffering from the winter blues are invited to attend the Christian County Chamber of Commerce’s annual International Festival this weekend.
Director of Christian County Cares 2015, Yasmine Ausenbaugh says kick-off festivities are planned for Friday at the James E. Bruce Convention Center.
Most school systems in Western Kentucky have missed somewhere close to 15 days due to winter weather this year and those districts are hoping the General Assembly will extend some type of forgiveness for at least some of those days.
First District State Senator Stan Humphries of Trigg County is the Vice Chair of the Education Committee and says he's well aware how hard it is to educate students when summer vacation would normally be underway.
Senator Humphries says he's been contacted by several people hoping a forgiveness bill in the House will pass both chambers and be signed by Governor Steve Beshear.
If no days are forgiven, every local public school system in the area will be in session well into the month of June.