Hearings continue in Paducah this week regarding the partial collapse of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge in January, when the Delta Mariner knocked out a 322-foot span.
A majority of this morning’s testimony was given by Foss Atlantic Senior Vice President Scott Merritt, who is one of many who oversees the operations of the company’s watercraft—including the Delta Mariner.
As heard on the WPSD online live streaming, Merritt said prior to this year’s incident, the vessel had a relatively safe record.
Merrit said the company is looking at the ongoing investigation as a way to be sure such an incident never happens again, but couldn’t name any immediate changes needed for the ship’s operation.
The hearings with Foss Maritime, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continue through the week at Paducah City Hall.
The Christian County Public School System will be sending nearly a dozen students to the annual Governor’s Scholar Program this year and more could be chosen.
A news release from the school district says 11 local juniors were chosen for the prestigious program in addition to seven alternates.
The Christian County High School juniors attending will be Katie Gamble, Andrea Gray, MacKenzie Wyatt and Alicia Yoho. Alternates from County High will be Whitney Martin, Jonathan Shanklin and Megan Spencer.
Students honored from Hopkinsville High School will be Dustin Burch, Grey Campbell, Maureen Davies, Morgan Eli, Erin Ganley, Christopher Kinnard and Olivia McGee.
Alternates form the Koffman Drive school include Younique Bussell, Lexus Cabiness, Zachary Childers and Frankie Mullen.
The program works to provide academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. The sessions are hosted at colleges across Kentucky, including Murrray State.
The Hopkinsville Police Department will hold its monthly crime statistics meeting tomorrow afternoon and will likely focus some time on the recent robberies.
Captail Michael Seis says the department is doing everything it can to find the man believed to be responsible for the robbery of the Kangaroo Mart on North Main Street Monday night and the hold-up of Great Clips Tuesday evening.
The perpetrator used a steak knife in both incidents and the suspect description was also the same both times.
Captain Seis says the public is invited to the 4:30pm meeting at Hopkinsville City Hall, where the public can ask questions and learn about other crime trends.
The meeting will be in City Council Chambers on the second floor.
It’s unlikely many people felt it, but a small earthquake impacted an area of western Kentucky early this morning.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a 2.5 quake was centered about eight miles west of Owensboro around 1:16am.
The epicenter location is unusual in that it is not extremely close to the New Madrid Fault, where dozens of small quakes are recorded each week.
The USGS website asks residents to report if they felt the quake and so far responses have come from Trenton, Owensboro and areas of southern Illinois and Indiana.
The news will likely make many residents think about the possibility of “The Big One” similar to the great quakes of 1811 and 1812 that rang church bells as far away as Washington D.C.
Kentucky Geological Survey Technology Transfer Officer Mike Lynch recently addressed that very topic at a meeting of the Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council and said the commonwealth once believed “The Big One” was likely if not iminent, but has since turned much of its attention to preparing for disasters such as tornadoes and floods.
Lynch estimated the likelihood of an extremely large quake in the area over the next half-century at or less than 10 percent.
If you felt the tremor, go to the WHOP Facebook page and share your experience along with your home town.
A young woman was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a vehicle versus ambulance wreck on Tiny Town Road last night.
Clarksville Police say a Montgomery County EMS ambulance driven by 26-year old Jessica Hawkins was eastbound on Tiny Town around 8:15 with lights and sirens activated.
A news release says 21-year old Linh Do was driving a small car was in the eastbound center turn lane of Tiny Town and turned into the path of the ambulance. Ms. Hawkins reportedly tried to avoid a collision, but was unable to do so and the two vehicles collided at the Barkers Mill Road intersection.
The woman’s car struck a curb, went down an embankment and hit two parked vehicles in an apartment complex parking lot. Do was flown to Vanderbilt and is in stable condition, while Ms. Hawkins and her co-worker went uninjured.
The ambulance was not transporting a patient at the time of the wreck.