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More information is now known about a gas line explosion in Adair County and the incident has re-energized apprehensions about a proposed Clarskville natural gas line that would cut through Todd County.
Adair County Emergency Management Director Greg Thomas said the explosion of a Columbia Gulf transmission line happened around 1 a.m. near the community of Knifley. Two people were injured, two homes were destroyed, a third was damaged and several vehicles and two barns burned.
The two victims were treated and released from a local hospital.
The explosion left a crater in the ground approximately 60 feet around and the fire could be seen from several miles away.
In Todd County, Clarksville Gas and Water has been trying to use eminent domain to run a line from just north of Elkton to Montgomery County to back up its current system and to have the ability to buy natural gas on a competitive basis and reduce their costs.
The 12-inch line would run through part of Fiscal Court Magistrate Brent Spurlin's District 4 and he says, while it's smaller than the 30-inch line in Adair County, it would still pose some of the same dangers.
Squire Spurlin has been opposed to the Clarskville pipeline as it's been presented and says the same thing could happen there as happened to our east if the line is placed too close to homes other structures.
Todd County officials have also opposed the project because Clarskville will not allow a local provider to tap into the line and sell gas to homeowners, industries and farmers.
Todd County Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield and County Attorney Mac Johns recently traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with members of the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission about the project. Judge Greenfield says it was an informal meeting set up by Congressman Ed Whitfield, but they were able to express their concerns about the project's impacts on Todd County.
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Two people were injured when a gas line exploded in Adair County early Thursday morning.
The Kentucky Department of Emergency Management says the community of Knifley, with a population of about 150, was evacuated after the major gas pipeline exploded.
Two people were injured in the explosion and were treated and released from a local hospital.
Three homes, two barns and four cars caught fire in the explosion and the blaze could be seen from several miles away.
The pipeline had to be shut off from both sides to allow the gas to burn off and Adair County Judge-Executive Ann Melton declared a state of emergency.
The Todd County Board of Education has finalized its plan on how to make up days missed due to winter weather.
Board member Amy Frogue says they voted to use President's Day, a professional development day that had been scheduled for March 17 and Good Friday on April 18 to make up three of the 11 days they've missed.
The remainder of the days will be added on at the end of the year, with graduation and the last day of school tentatively set for May 30. Todd County Schools will not be in session for Memorial Day.
If expanded gaming is going to pass during this year's session of the Kentucky General Assembly, it will have to start in the House.
The Senate Republican majority caucus met Monday night and 3rd District State Senator Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville said they decided to not take up gaming at this time. Senator Westerfield has been against expanded gaming and has said he'd vote against putting a constitutional amendment on Kentucky ballots.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer told the Louisville Courier Journal that if Governor Steve Beshear wants expanded gaming badly enough, he should get House Democrats to push the bill.
A house fire from Monday afternoon on Bryan Street in Hopkinsville is being investigated as arson.
No one was injured, but the fire at 305 Bryan did about $10,000 worth of damage to the house owned by 68-year old Jerry Latham of Elkton.
The Hopkinsville Police report says someone entered the residence around 4:45 p.m. and set the fire. No suspects are listed and the investigation continues.