With the Kentucky General Assembly back in Frankfort, state and local government employees and retirees are looking to lawmakers to fix the pension system.
Some estimates have the Kentucky state employee pension system 33 billion dollars in the hole and a task force has been working for several months to make recommendations on how to make it solvent again.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett says the problems are a result of several years worth of not sufficiently funding the system.
Third District State Senator Whitney Westerfield says new employees simply won’t be able to sign up for the same benefits promised to current employees because of simple economics.
Tax reform and redistricting are two other major issues facing lawmakers and Eighth District Representative John Tilley says Kentuckians won’t be pleased if the General Assembly doesn’t find some solutions during the remaining time this session.
Governor Steve Beshear has pushed for lawmakers to redistrict during a special session, but Representative Tilley and others have said it’s more likely they will try as hard as they can to get it all done during the regular 30 days.
A woman who allegedly ran into two separate vehicles on Fort Campbell Boulevard yesterday afternoon was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.
The report says 42-year old Krista Abate of Hopkinsville first rear-ended a vehicle driven by 55-year old Phillip Merritt of Hopkinsville, disconnecting a trailer he was pulling with his vehicle.
Ms. Abate allegedly continued on and struck a vehicle stopped at a red light driven by 39-year old Robin Holland of Hopkinsville. She stayed at that scene and reportedly told Public Safety Officer Chris Bond that she didn’t remember the first wreck.
Abate was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center to be checked out and reportedly admitted to police to having taken hyrdocodone and celexa before driving. Hospital staff found no injuries on Abate and she was arrested on her second DUI charge in the last five years.
(Daniel Cruz of Fort Campbell)
A Fort Campbell man is behind bars after police say he crashed his vehicle on Riverside Drive and left his injured passenger inside alone in the vehicle to run from police.
Clarksville Police say on Sunday, a little after midnight, an officer was on Riverside Drive and clocked a silver Dodge pickup, using radar, traveling 86 miles per hour on Riverside Drive.
Due to the high rate of speed of the pickup, the officer radioed to see if any other vehicles in the area could get behind the vehicle and attempt a traffic stop.
Sergeant Jimmy Brown, with the Montgomery County Sheriff”s Office, spotted the vehicle and clocked it going over 90 mph shortly before the driver lost control and crashed into a retaining wall at the intersection of Crossland Avenue and Riverside Drive.
The man, was identified as 27-year old Daniel Cruz of Fort Campbell and police say through the course of investigation, it was determined that Cruz was involved in a hit and run, involving minor injury, with two other vehicles stopped at a traffic light at Riverside and North Second Street before he crashed his vehicle into the retaining wall.
The 23-year old female passenger in the vehicle with Cruz was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center and was then taken by Lifeflight to Vanderbilt with possible internal injuries.
Daniel Cruz is now charged with DUI, Evading, Evading Arrest in a Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Vehicular Assault, Failure to Exercise Due Care and Reckless Driving.
Cruz was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a $34,500.
Hopkinsville City Council tomorrow night will decide whether or not to accept a bid proposal from the Hopkinsville-Christian County YMCA to take over operations of Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center this year.
For the past six years, the city has contracted with private companies to provide lifeguards and to operate Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center, also known as the Water Park.
Mayor Dan Kemp says the city put out bids for the contract again this past fall and received a bid from the YMCA.
Mayor Dan Kemp gives more details about YMCA’s bid.
One of the major projects promoted by the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance is perhaps not as much of a sure thing as it once appeared to be, though officials remain “cautiously optimistic.”
Speaking at the League of Women Voters Legislative Breakfast Saturday, 3rd District State Senator Whitney Westerfield encouraged attendees to contact their U.S. Senators and Congressman Ed Whitfield in support of the Todd County Career Path Institute project.
Senator Westerfield said massive layoffs at Hemlock Semiconductor have placed a two million dollar federal grant that would put the technical center on the campus of Todd County Central High School into question.
Pennyrile Area Development District Assistant Director Jason Vincent says he simply doesn’t know what the outcome will be for the center, but he should hear something in the coming days and hopes it will be positive.
Amy Frogue with the PADD office says she has a meeting scheduled Monday with state officials to sign papers regarding the $500,000 grant that was intended to be the matching funds for the federal block grant. Christian Fiscal Court worked with Todd County in order to obtain those funds.
Todd County Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says letters from other local industries supporting the project have been obtained to show the federal government that there is a need for the center with or without Hemlock.
Todd County Industrial Foundation Board member Eston Glover reiterated that the project was never directly tied to Hemlock’s success, so its delays in getting started shouldn’t stop the center from becoming a reality.
Hopkinsville Community College would administer the learning programs at the Todd Career Path Institute to high school students and adults alike. The high school students would be able to earn dual credit for classes taken in Elkton that some travel to Russellville to take now.