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Government

  • Cell phones banned in commercial vehicles

     On Jan. 3, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration banned the use of hand-held mobile telephones while operating a commercial vehicle.

    This ban states under part 392.82(a) of FMCSR that no driver shall use a hand held mobile telephone while driving a CMV. It goes on to state that no motor carrier shall allow or require its drivers to use a hand-held device.

  • Main Street building to be sold at courthouse door

     A pair of buildings that once held a restaurant in downtown Hodgenville will be sold at the LaRue County Courthouse door on Feb. 2.

    The historic buildings, formerly Mama Sond’s and later Abe’s Country Cooking, will be sold at a master commissioner’s sale beginning at 10 a.m.

    The property was owned by Hodgenville Main Street Renaissance Inc. until about a year ago when the organization was dissolved by the City of Hodgenville.

  • Meredith files bill that would assist firefighters

     Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville (19th District) has filed a bill for the 2012 Regular Session that if passed would create a $1,000 refundable tax credit for any certified volunteer firefighter in the Commonwealth.

  • KHC offering low interest home loans

    The Kentucky Housing Corporation, the state housing finance agency, is offering the lowest rates in its 40-year history. 

    “With rates this low and down payment and closing costs assistance, Kentuckians who thought they would not be able to own a home now have an opportunity,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “I encourage potential homeowners to contact KHC to learn more about this unique financing opportunity. These low rates will not last.” 

  • Historic Fort Knox bridges to be replaced

     Governor Steve Beshear  announced Dec. 19 that a project to replace two railroad bridges that are aged and deteriorated, yet vital to Fort Knox and countless freight customers, has been approved for an $11.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

  • Mike Cottrell named EMS director

     Pat Helm, director of emergency medical services, tendered his resignation to LaRue Fiscal Court last week with an effective date of Dec. 31.

  • Video explains environmental surcharge

     The process the Kentucky Public Service Commission follows in the review and approval of coal-related environmental compliance costs incurred by electric utilities is explained in a video available online.

    The narrated slide show covers the legal basis for the recovery of environmental costs, the PSC’s review process and the environmental surcharge through which the costs are passed on to a utility’s ratepayers.

    The video, which is about 10 minutes long, is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvGmPHRtdNk.

  • State snow and ice crews ready to go

     Kentucky Transportation Cabinet maintenance crews are prepared to combat snow-covered and icy roads whenever they occur.

    Nearly 2,000 KYTC employees are standing by to treat and clear more than 60,000 lane miles of roads.

    “The safety of Kentucky’s roadways is the focal point of our maintenance program this time of year,” Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock said. “Our snow and ice teams are on the job and ready to go even before winter weather hits. I’m proud of their professionalism and dedication to service.”

  • Sewer rates increase for New Haven residents

    A short agenda marked the final meeting of the New Haven Board of Commissioners for 2011 on Thursday. Mostly routine business was discussed to include awarding the new garbage collection contract to Waste Management of Kentucky. Tim McNalley, representing the company, was on hand to address any concerns and explain a 5-percent rate increase effective until June 2013. Fees for New Haven customers will rise from $8.20 a month to $8.61. The city of New Haven simply passes on its cost to the customers taking only a small handling and postage fee of 0.275 cents of each bill.

  • Kentucky Public Service Commission approves LGE settlement

     The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved the unanimous settlement agreement in the environmental cost recovery case for Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company.