A bill to authorize six of Kentucky’s state universities to issue agency bonds, and assume the debt, for 11 specific building construction projects at a collective cost of approximately $363 million has cleared the House budget committee.
House Bill 7, sponsored jointly by House Speaker Greg Stumbo House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Rep. Rick Rand was approved by Rand’s committee. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.
The projects would be funded by the universities’ own revenue streams, not state dollars, according to the bill.
The bill would authorize agency bonding for three projects at the University of Kentucky, three at Murray State, two at Northern Kentucky University, and one each and Morehead State, the University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University though they must be self-financed with the universities’ own revenues. The projects must also fill an urgent need to meet the universities’ goals of student success and retention, begin in the next calendar year, and not rely on state funding in future budget cycles.
Murray State will be able to renovate dorms and Western Kentucky University will construct an Honors College facility.
A farm worker was arrested Tuesday on second degree assault charges for allegedly hitting the farmer he was working for with a tobacco stick.
Charged with second degree assault was 19-year old Derrick Bacon of Tuggle Road, Cadiz. Bacon was working for a farmer at 1500 Gracey-Sinking Fork Road when he allegedly got into an argument with the farmer who isn’t identified on the arrest citation.
Bacon is accused of striking the farmer in the face and then allegedly struck him with a tobacco stick. The victim was taken to the hospital to be checked out and Bacon was booked into the Christian County Jail.
For the second time in two days, a Clarksville Police officer rescued a person from a burning home Tuesday morning.
Clarksville-Montgomery County Dispatch received a call around 7:25am about a house on fire at 300 Blaine Court.
Officer Seth Paugh was already in the area and was the first responder to the scene. Neighbors believed a woman was still inside and smoke had already blackened the windows.
Seeing a vehicle in the driveway, Officer Paugh forced the door open and crawled inside on his hands and knees. He found a woman lying on the floor and was able to pull her out of the residence.
She was taken by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
Some of them could be attributed to winter weather on a night or two, but there were a significant number of wrecks in Hopkinsville last month.
Numbers released by the Hopkinsville Police Department show there were 124 wrecks in January, well below the 154 from January of last year but still a high number.
Eighteen of the January wrecks resulted in injury and one resulted in a death. Four-year old Brooklyn Coleman was killed in a wreck on the Bypass January 21st when the vehicle she was riding in slid on an icy bridge and hit a guardrail.
Hopkinsville Police have focused on reducing wrecks with some success over the last few years by focusing patrols on high collision areas such as West 7th Street and Fort Campbell Boulevard.
Hopkinsville Police were called to an Old Major Lane residence this week after a freezer and refrigerator were reported stolen.
Officer Ruben Pacheco’s report says the deep freezer and fridge were taken from the 395 Old Major Lane residence belonging to 49-year old Sharon Owens of Hopkinsville.
Someone forced their way inside the residence to steal the items valued at $1,500. No suspects are listed on the report.