Local News Friday February 10, 2017

Kentucky State Police say a man was stabbed to death in Knox County.  Troopers were called to Lois Ln. in Corbin around 9 p.m. on Thursday. The Knox County coroner pronounced a man dead at the scene, police said. Detectives are investigating the incident.

A crash Wednesday in Pike County left one man dead.  Police say Timothy Patrick lost control of his vehicle while driving on Grapevine road and hit a truck driven by 66-year-old William Griffey.  He died at the scene of the crash.  Investigators say alcohol does not appear to have been a factor.

Many people have been wondering what the Big Sandy Retirement Rider is that they’re seeing on their Kentucky Power bill, besides just another fee.  That fee covers the cost of when unit two stopped operating in 2015.  Kentucky Power says it will take about 25 years to recover the $200 million in expenses it incurred and they believed the fee would be the most cost-effective for customers in the long run.

The Kentucky Senate has OK-ed legislation that offers an incentive for school districts to push back the start of the school year to late August.  Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer believes a trend of going back to school earlier has both hurt tourism and learning.  He believes students don’t learn as well with its so hot.  The switch would be voluntary, but schools who chose not to resume until at least the Monday closest to August 26th would not have to meet the state’s 170 day requirement, though they would still have to meet the state mandated minimum of 1,062 hours. That bill now headed to the house.

Several schools across the area are closed today due to widespread illness, now health department officials are confirming that closing for a few days really can stop the spread of illness.  Doctor Tom Ashburn says giving people time apart and taking the time to clean and sanitize surfaces in the building can definitely make a difference.

One lawmaker is responding to news that a white nationalist group is holding a two day event in Prestonburg and Pikeville and is asking the rest of the legislature to do the same.  Minority Floor Leader Ray Jones is filing a resolution asking members of the General Assembly to condemn the organization for coming into Eastern Kentucky to Spread racism and hatred.  The event is scheduled for two days, April 28th at Jenny Wiley State Park, and April 29th a rally near the Pike County Courthouse.

Yesterday Kentucky State Police arrested 52-year-old Everett Miller on charges of trafficking.  The arrest came after a months long investigation targeting crystal meth dealing in the Flat Lick area.

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies say someone broke into a home and shot two dogs Wednesday night.  Teresa Davis says she has 5 dogs, one of them was killed, the other is now at the vet being treated, and a third went missing.  Davis says she was in the process of moving during the burglary and had nothing of value in the home, but is struggling to understand why that happened.  Deputies have sent in evidence for testing and say they do have a suspect in mind, but have not yet made an arrest.

The Senate Education committee has approved a bill that would ban all tobacco, including all e-cigarettes products both on school property in the state and at school-sponsored activities.  The measure is sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado, who is a doctor, and hopes it will reduce Kentucky’s youth smoking rates.  Assuming it passes that house as well school boards would have a year to implement the policy.

Two church congregations in Perry County are mourning the loss of Pastor Brent Arn.  He died Wednesday of a ruptured brain aneurysm.  Arn pastored and attended Bowmand united Methodist Church and Lothair Methodist Church.  Both are expected to hold memorial services for him, but dates and times have yet to be announced.