FISCAL COURT: Two deputy jailers will be hired through agreement with Highway Department

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Employees will each oversee 10 inmates

By Ron Benningfield

LaRue County Fiscal Court approved a memorandum of agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet that will allow the county to hire two deputy jailers to oversee 10 jail inmates as they work on state highway maintenance.

Meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Nov. 23, Judge-Executive Tommy Turner told magistrates the agreement has several advantages for LaRue County.

“It puts two people to work in the county; it allows us to have 10 of our inmates working; and it costs us nothing as the state reimburses all costs,” Turner told magistrates who unanimously approved the agreement.

Joey Stanton, the jail’s chief administrative officer, said that in addition to roadside cleanup, the inmates will trim around guardrails as well as clear brush and limbs along the highways. Turner anticipates the agreement to go into effect by the first of the year.

Stanton also informed the court that South Fork Baptist Church would provide a complete Thanksgiving meal for all LaRue County jail inmates. 

Scenic byway appointments

The court appointed Bob Sims and Iris LaRue to serve on the Lincoln Heritage Scenic Byway Commission. Sims, director of community development, will represent LaRue Fiscal Court which is administrator of the $140,000 grant. LaRue, Lincoln Museum director, will represent tourism.

The national byway, connecting places related to the life of Abraham Lincoln, starts on Highway 150 at Harrodsburg, continues to 31-E at Bardstown, and proceeds to Hodgenville at Lincoln’s birthplace.

Sims said the grant funds, which could be used for brochures, signage, and other historical information, will be divided among counties and cities along the byway.

Pat Helm, director of emergency medical services, reported 122 ambulance transports last month. 

Bland’s Insulation has completed insulating the ceiling at the EMS building located off Highway 31-E across from LaRue County High School.

“We hope to see lower heating and cooling costs with this project,” said Helm.

Clyde Veirs, assistant county road supervisor, reported that road crews have been spreading rock around mailboxes throughout the county. They’ve also ditched and shouldered Weldon Loop, ditched areas along A.B. Ward Road, and replaced signs vandalized in the Roanoke area.

He told magistrates that the county’s road salt bins are full, around 300 tons, in preparation for the upcoming winter weather.