The development of an Interstate 69 corridor in western Kentucky took another step forward today with the opening of an extended and widened ramp connecting I-69 southbound lanes to I-24 westbound lanes in Lyon County.
Kentucky Highway Department Spokesman Keith Todd says the new ramp is among 9.9 million dollars worth of improvements scheduled under an agreement between the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Federal Highway Administration by which 38 miles of the former Western Kentucky Parkway was elevated to interstate status.
The ramp had been closed since June, with drivers wanting to get on I-24 having to detour through Eddyville. There will still be some electrical work ongoing along the highway’s shoulder, but Todd says the detour is no longer necessary.
Department officials say they are also on track to have reconstruction of the KY 109 interchange at Dawson Springs listed for bidding next month. That project is separate from the 9.9 million dollars worth of upgrades, but is part of the overall goal.
Jennie Stuart Medical Center has unveiled an advertising campaign that features real patients from this area and a Princeton man is the first to tell his story.
Businessman Joe McEaney of Princeton tells his story in the ads, saying he was referred to Jennie Stuart by doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center when he was diagnosed with cancer.
McEaney took 18 weeks of chemotherapy and 35 radiation treatments and is now cancer free. The ads will be heard on the radio and seen on cable television and in area newspapers.
Future ads will feature residents of Hopkinsville and another man from Caldwell County.
A woman who allegedly left her dog in a hot car for at least 20 minutes was cited into court by Clarksville Police yesterday afternoon.
Officer Crag Chatigny was called to the Wilma Rudolph Boulevard Wal-Mart around 12:30 and found a dog panting from the heat in a pickup truck with the windows cracked several inches.
The report says there was no water in the vehicle for the dog, which was reportedly breathing hard. The dispatch center said the temperature at the time was 91 degrees with a heat index of 98.
The animal’s owner, 24-year old Sarah Mohler of Clarksville, was cited on cruelty to animal charges.
One of Kentucky’s more well-known delegates at the Democratic National Convention says she was inspired by all of the speakers.
Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Grimes says one of the highlights for her was meeting former United States Secretary of State Madeline Albright and says she was encouraged by the emphasis on issues relating to women.
Secretary Grimes says she enjoyed the President’s remarks and was inspired by everyone who took to the podium.
Ms. Grimes is completing her first complete year in office after winning the general election against Todd County resident Bill Johnson last November.
A vehicle reported stolen from Christian County High School Thursday afternoon was wrecked on South McPherson Avenue.
The 2011 Nissan Sentra valued at 18-thousand dollars belongs to 50-year old Audrey Burse of Hopkinsville, who reported it stolen after learning it was involved in a wreck at 131 South McPherson Avenue.
A 17-year old female from Hopkinsville allegedly stole the vehicle and ran off the road and through a fence, before striking the porch of a home and coming to rest in the yard.
The girl did not have a drivers license and theft charges are pending. No one was injured in the incident.