Todd County Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield and Todd County Attorney Mac Johns will be heading to Washington D.C. early next month to give their side of the argument regarding a proposed City of Clarksville natural gas line that would cut through much of the county.
Clarksville's Interconnect Pipeline project is very unpopular with Todd County landowners because it presents dangers and inconveniences without any benefit to Todd County. Clarksville officials have been unwilling to allow any local distributor to use the proposed pipeline to sell gas to homes, farmers and businesses.
The City of Clarksville has filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in hopes of obtaining eminent domain to run the line without the land owners' permission.
Judge Greenfield asked for and received funding from Todd Fiscal Court Friday morning to purchase plane tickets and lodging for himself and Johns to make Todd County's case in Washington.
Johns says the federal hearings are very different than what goes on in Circuit Court, as Clarksville has already begun its process of trying to convince the Commission that Todd County is merely disgruntled. Johns believes their trip can be fruitful in giving the local side of the story.
In other business, Fiscal Court approved a resolution agreeing to accept a new road just south of Trenton off U.S. 41 into the county road plan, assuming the state builds it.
John Walton of the Todd County Industrial Foundation and Barry Groves of W.F. Ware in Trenton made the request.
Judge Greenfield says Groves is hoping to build a canola processing plant just south of Trenton and the new road would lead to the plant. It's still not a done deal it will happen, but the resolution was another step in that direction.
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Reaction from local lawmakers to Governor Steve Beshear's Tuesday evening budget address has been mostly positive, with a few questions lingering.
State Senator Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville says he was happy to see Governor Beshear willing to make additional cuts to state government, but has hesitations about his proposal to increase the debt load.
Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville appreciated the Governor's focus on funding K through 12 education, but says the cuts will be painful to the agencies that weren't spared.
Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke says he was glad to hear Governor Beshear reinstate funding for child care assistance to families attempting to rejoin the work force who cannot afford daycare.
Senator Stan Humphries of Trigg County joined the entire local delegation in appreciating funding for the Breathitt Veterinary Center, the Allied Health Building at Hopkinsville Community College and the bridges over the lakes, but says the real job is keeping those items in the spending plan.
Humphries says he expects the budget to be in the House for about six weeks before it gets to the Senate.
A Russellville woman is in critical condition after a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 68-80 in Logan County Wednesday evening.
The incident happened around 5:45, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police, which says 48-year old James Kemp of Russellville had turned his tandem truck off of Hardison Road into the left westbound lane of 68 near the Warren County line.
Kemp saw two vehicles approaching from behind in the right lane and said he stayed where he was to give them clearance to pass. That's when he was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by 28-year old Kelly Whittaker of Russellville.
Ms. Whittaker was flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition. She is the daughter-in-law of Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker and the wife of Russellville Police Officer Seth Whittaker.
Kemp went uninjured and everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.
A wind chill advisory is in effect for all of western Kentucky from midnight through noon Thursday and forecasters say anyone outdoors could quickly become the victim of frostbite.
National Weather Service in Paducah Meteorologist Christine Wielgos says wind chill values will be between five and 15 below zero as another chunk of arctic air plunges southeast into the region.
The mercury isn't forecast to creep above the freezing mark again until Saturday, when the high is expected to be about 37. The high temperatures will be back in the 20's early next work week.
Governor Steve Beshear presented his budget proposal to the General Assembly Tuesday evening that includes some good news for the southern Pennyrile.
One of the most important projects to the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance has been construction of a new Breathitt Veterinary Center on the Murray State Hopkinsville Campus and Governor Beshear included $32 million in his proposal.