Wednesday May 7, 2014

The Tennessee Valley Authority says 750 employees have retired or resigned through a voluntary incentive program, another 1,000 vacant positions are being eliminated and more cuts are on the way. it will be the largest staff reduction at the federal utility in more than 20 years. Cuts also are planned in TVA's nuclear program and involuntary layoffs are expected later this year. The cuts are being made so staffing levels and electric rates will be more in line with other utilities as power consumption growth slows.

A Pike County man has died after his ATV was struck by a train on Monday. Gary Williams, 66 of Pikeville, was riding his ATV near some railroad tracks and was attempting to cross them when he was hit by a CSX train.  Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is currently under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

About 40 Breathitt County students are not allowed to walk across the stage at graduation in a couple weeks because they didn’t meet the 95% attendance criteria.  State Manager Larry Hammond says they will still receive a high school diploma, but will not be allowed to walk across the stage.  Even more high school students weren’t allowed to attend prom over the weekend for that same reason.

An inmate who walked away last month from a work detail is back in custody. Officials with the Powell County Detention Center say Joshua Sparks is now back in their facility. They say that Sparks was captured at a home in Powell County by a sheriff's deputy late Monday night. Sparks walked away from the transfer station on Highway 15 in Stanton on the morning of April 28th. Sparks was serving time in Powell County for theft by unlawful taking.

Kentucky State Police at the Pikeville Post are investigating what led to one woman’s death and a man’s injuries. According to authorities, the incident occurred Sunday evening in the Little Robinson Creek Community in Pike County. Authorities say both had suffered apparent stab wounds.  The names of the victims have not been released.