News Digest, Dec. 4, 2013

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By The Staff

Icy weather in forecast in approaching cold front

Shelby County is in a swath across the map in which forecasters said icing could occur later this week, which began on the mild side but was expected to turn much colder.

Highs Tuesday were in the 50s, the National Weather Service said, but although temps will reach the low 60s today, by they will fall, reaching the upper 40s with a significant increase in the chance for precipitation.

By Friday, the high for the day only will be in the mid 30s, and the chance for precipitation increases to 80 percent, the weather service said. That percentage will decline on the weekend, but temperatures will remain slightly above freezing.

The Weather Channel has said there could be as much as a half inch of ice and  chance of snow showers.


Child abuse report focus on process

An external panel created to review child-abuse deaths and serious injuries did not make specific legislative or policy changes in its first annual report as required by law.

The Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel decided instead to focus on improving Kentucky's child-fatality review process. One of those recommendations includes a $400,000 budget request for two staff members, a part-time lawyer and other expenses to help the 20-member panel dig through hundreds of case files about children killed or nearly killed as a result of abuse and neglect. Some of the case files contain more than 800 pages.
The panel was created by Gov. Steve Beshear in July 2012, The Herald-Leader reported, and the legislature this year made the panel permanent. The legislation required that the panel prepare a list of recommendations by Dec. 1 for improving the child-protection system, and present them to Beshear, the legislature and Chief Justice John D. Minton. The panel is made up of doctors, prosecutors, police officers, judges, addiction specialists, child advocates and others.

Retired Franklin Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden, chairman of the panel, said at its Monday meeting that although the panel met more than eight times, it was not prepared to make specific recommendations.
"We have only been in existence a year, we've reviewed 55 cases and right now we are not prepared to make statutory recommendations," Crittenden said.
The group has struggled to figure out how to break down the voluminous information contained in the files and how to turn that data into specific recommendations.


Oldham man sets pepper-eating record

What started as an item on his bucket list turned into a world record for Crestwood resident Jason McNabb.

McNabb, a dentist who lives in Crestwood with his wife, Gina, 6-year-old daughter, Jasey, and 3-year-old son, Finn, recently earned a Guinness World Record for eating the most ghost peppers in 2 minutes. He ate 66 grams, or about 15, of the world’s hottest peppers on Guinness World Records Unleashed, which aired recently on TruTV.

“There’s a fine line between amazing and crazy, I guess,” he said.

The show, which was filmed in June in Santa Monica, Calif., pitted McNabb against two competitors. Each had a large plate of ghost peppers placed in front of them with instructions to eat as many as possible, one at a time, within the 2-minute timeframe without drinking anything or throwing up for at least 60 seconds afterward. McNabb was the clear winner.
“I’ve always liked spicy food,” McNabb said. “This all started when I said I’d like to eat a ghost pepper. It was something on my bucket list.”


Elizabethtown man to run for governor

A Hardin County U.S. Army veteran said he retired from the military after God called him to run for public office. Robert Lee Rosier, an Elizabethtown man who is running as a Republican, has filed a letter of intent with the Registry of Election Finance to challenge for the governor’s seat in 2015.

Rosier, 60, has no previous political experience, but he said God directed him to immediately vie for the governor’s office and launch his campaign now so he can help people.


Reward for missing bourbon

Information on the whereabouts of more than $26,000 worth of missing Pappy Van Winkle bourbon could mean a big payday for the tipster. Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton announced Monday that a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

The distillery reported the stolen bourbon Oct. 15. Authorities originally said the theft of the 65 cases of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year and nine cases of Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye was being investigated as an inside job.


Dunns to address Rotary

Karen and Roger Dunn of Angel Fleece Alpaca Farm and their farm coordinator, Rommie Smith, will present the program for the Shelbyville Rotary Club on Tuesday.

Rotary meets at noon at the Centenary United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Washington and 5th streets in Shelbyville. Programs are open to the public, but there is a nominal charge for the meal.


SBDM council meetings

  • Heritage’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday for its regular monthly meeting in the conference room. 
  • Wright Elementary’s SBDM will meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 17 for its regular monthly meeting in the media center.
  • Collins High School’s SBDM will meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 for its regular monthly meeting in the conference room.

Roadwork, closings:

  • Interstate 64:Lane closures and delays are possible from the Welcome Center to half-mile east of KY 55 (mile points 27.9 to 32.8) because of roadway widening. Lane closures are possible Sunday through Friday from 7 p.m. each evening until 5 the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sundays. A 12-foot width restriction is in place for the eastbound lanes of I-64 in this work zone.
  • KY 1848:Shoulder closures and construction delays possible at the I-64 interchange (mile points 4.6 to 6.4) because of roadway widening. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. The speed limit is reduced to 35 MPH in the work zone.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.