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  • Guthrie shares views on NATTBatt and health care

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie said the effort to develop a lithium-ion battery plant at an industrial site near Glendale is not dead.

    While failing to be selected for federal incentive money, the first-term Congressman told a gathering in Hodgenville last week that he continues to work with Gov. Steve Beshear’s office on behalf of the NATTBatt not-for-profit consortium. When announced earlier this year, the state said the plant could represent 2,000 jobs in the production of batteries for electric vehicles and other new technology

  • Trey Grayson to visit E’town today

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  • Clean-up progressing on Firestone building

    After many years of delays, the state is cleaning up the soil and groundwater contamination at the old Firestone building at 803 S. Lincoln Blvd.

    The site once held three underground storage tanks for retail gasoline sales. The tanks were removed in 1998, according to Trent Garrison, state reviewer and geologist, Corrective Action Section, Underground Storage Tank Branch, Division of Waste Management. At that time, “elevated constituent concentrations were encountered” in the excavation – both in soil and groundwater, according to a DWM report.

  • Man pleads guilty to 722 counts of sex crimes

    A LaRue County man pleaded guilty to 722 felony charges of sexual contact with a minor at a pre-trial conference Aug. 14 in LaRue Circuit Court.

    Christopher E. Miller, 35, will serve 16 years total under the terms of the plea agreement. 

  • Hodgenville man jailed on manslaughter charge

    A northern Kentucky man was killed while driving a motorcycle on Interstate 65 about 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, and a Hodgenville resident has been charged with manslaughter.

  • Former deputy jailer pleads guilty to amended charge

    A former LaRue County deputy jailer pleaded guilty an amended charge of second-degree promoting contraband, both misdemeanors, Aug. 19. The charge was merged with another count of official misconduct.

    Troy U. Carter, 28, of Underwood Avenue, originally was charged with first-degree promoting contraband when he allegedly smuggled a prepaid cell phone inside the jail in April.

  • Magnolia man accepts manslaughter conviction

    A settlement was reached leading to cancellation of a murder trial scheduled Monday for a Magnolia man charged with the murder of a Greensburg woman.

    David McFarland, 45, admitted to a charge of first-degree manslaughter and accepted an 18-year prison sentence with a requirement that he serve at least 85 percent of that term behind bars. Final sentencing in LaRue Circuit Court will be conducted in October.

  • Magistrates approve local jail policy update

    Magistrates approved an updated jail policy and procedure manual as LaRue County Fiscal Court met Aug. 11 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    “A lot of these items added in the updating are common sense things, such as ‘inmates may have toilet paper upon request,’ but since that is state law, they must be included in the manual,” Judge-Executive Tommy Turner explained to the court.

    Magistrate Scotty Lee voted against the update, saying he never had the opportunity to read the policy and procedure manual.

  • Magistrates approve local jail policy update

    Magistrates approved an updated jail policy and procedure manual as LaRue County Fiscal Court met Aug. 11 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    “A lot of these items added in the updating are common sense things, such as ‘inmates may have toilet paper upon request,’ but since that is state law, they must be included in the manual,” Judge-Executive Tommy Turner explained to the court.

    Magistrate Scotty Lee voted against the update, saying he never had the opportunity to read the policy and procedure manual.

  • Indictments tied to ice storm thefts

    Two men have been charged with taking generators that were providing emergency power to telephones during the ice storm that struck the county in late January.

    Phillip Despain, 30, of White City Road, Hodgenville, and Chad Heath, 31, of Oak Hill Road, Sonora, were each indicted on one count of theft by unlawful taking over $300 and complicity; and receiving stolen property and complicity.