News Digest: May 8, 2013

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By The Staff

Women’s Health Fair

will be held on Thursday

Jewish Hospital Shelbyville’s Women’s Health Fair comes around Thursday night for the eighth consecutive year.

The fair, which provides health screenings and advice along with a silent auction and the presentation of community awards is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

Dr. Whitney Jones of Midwest Gastroenterology will be the keynote speaker, and Jean West, WAVE-Channel 3 news anchor, show host and personality, will emcee the event, which typically draws several hundred.

Tickets are $20 per person or $160 per table of eight. The reservation deadline has passed, but tickets can be purchased at the Jewish Hospital Shelbyville Pillar Shop at 502-647-4369 or by visiting www.jhsmh.org/womenswellnessaffair.


Hornback in Washington to tout hemp

State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) will be among those joining Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in Washington for three days this week to meet with White House officials, representatives of federal agencies, members of Congress and urge them to allow industrial hemp production in Kentucky.

“My colleagues and I will make the case that industrial hemp has the potential to create revenue and jobs,” Comer said in statement released by his office. “Thanks to the efforts of the General Assembly, we also can say that Kentucky is ready to set up a regulatory framework that will enable us to not only revive our hemp industry but do it in the right way.”

Hornback, the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and author of the recently passed law that positions Kentucky to take advantage of the lifting of ban, and Comer will be joined by former state Treasurer Jonathan Miller.

Comer and Miller are scheduled to meet with representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and hold a series of meetings with members of Congress, including Kentucky Reps. John Yarmuth (D-Louisville) and Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg), whose District 4 includes Shelby County.

Hornback is scheduled to join Comer and Miller for meetings with representatives of the White House, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, and Reps. Ed Whitfield, Andy Barr, and Brett Guthrie.

Members of Kentucky’s congressional delegation have signed a letter asking the federal Drug Enforcement Administration for clarification of regulations regarding industrial hemp. 


Gatton named top high school

The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at Western Kentucky University, where Shelby County student Sam Saarinen has been a star this year, has been named America’s top high school by Newsweek magazine for the second consecutive year.

The America’s Best High Schools 2013list recognized 2,000 high schools from across the United States. The Gatton Academy was ranked fifth in 2011 and first in 2012.

International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High (Florida), BASIS Scottsdale (Arizona), School of Science and Engineering Magnet (Dallas, Texas), and The School for the Talented and Gifted Magnet High School (Dallas, Texas) complete Newsweek’s top 5 schools.

Newsweek’s methodology for their rankings highlights schools that prepare students for college. Each school’s score comprises of six components: four-year, on-time graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP or IB scores (10 percent), and percent of student enrolled in an AP course (5 percent). 


SBDM nominations sought

The Shelby County High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is seeking nominations for a parent member to serve on the Site-Based Decision-Making Council. There is one seat available on the council for a 1-year term beginning July 1 and running through June 30, 2014. The SBDM meets monthly at the high school.

SBDM councils have the ability to help create a successful school environment, but parental involvement is needed. You can nominate yourself or someone you know who is dedicated to student achievement.

For a nomination form and information on eligibility, contact Christina.olsson@shelby.kyschools.usor call 502-633-2344.
The deadline for nominations is 3 p.m. May 15. A candidate forum will be offered on at 6 p.m. May 16. The election will be 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. on May 20 at SCHS. Early voting is available to anyone attending the candidate forum and PTSA meeting, at 6 p.m. May 16.

  • The Simpsonville Elementary SBDM is seeking nominations for a parent member to serve on the council.  The deadline for nominations to be submitted is Monday. Nomination forms may be found in the office at the school.


Road closings scheduled

Those traveling Old Finchville Road today and Thursday can expect some delays at the R.J. Corman railroad crossings. The crossing being closed is not the larger, more active Norfolk Southern lines but instead are the R.J. Corman spur lines.

The spur line runs from the R.J. Corman tracks north of Shelbyville down 11th street through town and turns south to cross Mack Walters (which was closed Monday and Tuesday) and Old Finchville Road where it ends at the industrial park on Pearce Industrial Road to deliver its cars to Macro Plastics.

Old Finchville Road will close at the crossing at 7 a.m. today and reopen by Thursday at 3 p.m. The company will be replacing and repairing the crossings.

Shelby County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Operations Kerry Whitehouse said the railroad company had been in contact with the school and has notified affected families.

Additional road closings and delays:

  • I-64:Lane closures and delays are possible between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Friday, between the Welcome Center and a half-mile east of KY 55 because of roadway widening. On Saturdays the hours are 10 p.m.-5 a.m. The eastbound exit to KY 55 South (Exit 32A) is closed due to ramp construction. Motorists can use Exit 32B to access both KY 55 North and South.
  • KY 55: Roadway will be reduced to one lane between Interstate 64 and Breighton Boulevard because of roadway widening and paving, beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Weather permitting, all lanes will be reopened to traffic by 7 p.m. Friday. Contractor personnel will manually direct traffic through the work zone using flags.
  • I-64:Lane closures and delays are possible in the hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. westbound between Mile Markers 38 and 44 because of  sealing of pavement joints and cracks.
  • KY 1848:Shoulder closures and construction delays are possible at the I-64 interchange 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.
  • KY 2861 (Mack Walters Road):  Roadway will be closed to through traffic between Kentucky Street and Old Mill Road because of crossing repairs. This closure is scheduled from 7 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Motorists should follow the signed detour.
  • KY 2862 (Old Finchville Road):  Roadway will be closed to through traffic between Victoria Drive and Old Mill Road because of railroad crossing repairs.  This closure is scheduled from 7 a.m. Wednesday until 7 p.m. Thursday. Motorists should follow the signed detour.


Shelby judges participate in training 

Kentucky judges recently came together for a joint 2-day college to focus on a variety of topics of interest to trial court and appellate judges.

Shelby County’s judicial group of Circuit Court Judge Charles R. Hickman, Family Court Judge John David Myles, District Court Judge Linda S. Armstrong and District Court Judge Donna G. Dutton participated.

 “While circuit and district judges typically hold separate colleges each fall, there’s much to be gained when judges from all four levels of the court system gather to learn about timely issues,” Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. said in a release about the session. “That kind of collaboration gives us a fresh perspective and prepares us to do a better job when we’re back on the bench.”
The college offered Family Court and District Court judges an in-depth session on “Reclaiming Futures” to give them a framework for a better juvenile justice system in the commonwealth and offered a program on best practices in Family Court and the standards used to determine how well a Family Court is performing in handling child abuse and neglect cases.

All justices and judges were invited to participate in sessions on pretrial release, evidence-based sentencing under House Bill 463 and judicial elections.
Participants heard from national speakers about evidence-based sentencing and from the state Department of Corrections about the risk and needs assessment Probation and Parole uses to measure a defendant’s risk of reoffending.
The college also offered a refresher course on how to run proper judicial campaigns. Four of the seven justices, all 14 Court of Appeals judges, and all of the circuit and district judges are up for election in 2014.


Montgomery restaurant closes

Country singer Eddie Montgomery has released a statement regarding the sudden closure Sunday night of Eddie Montgomery’s Steakhouse in Harrodsburg. Montgomery and his ex-wife, Tracy Nunan, owned the log restaurant which opened in late 2009.

“Unfortunately we had to close the steakhouse,” Eddie Montgomery posted on Twitter. “It was a dream of mine to bring back something to our hometown that we could all be proud of. I love where I live and will always try to support the community. I want to thank everyone for their continued support.”
But employees and customers are now wondering what caused the abrupt closing and what they’re supposed to do about paychecks, gift cards, and reservations.
Kitchen staff member Thomas Wing said he worked nearly 80 hours in the last two weeks and was working Sunday night.

“Sunday, Tracy and Debbie [general manager] came in and had dinner,” Wing told The Advocate Messenger in Danville in an E-mail. “Right before close, she (Nunan) had us in the kitchen cook up a bunch of food to take home with her to her husband. She congratulated us on what a great job we were doing in the restaurant.”
Wing said the staff left work before 9 p.m. and by 10:30 p.m. he had read Nunan’s Facebook status informing employees and the public the restaurant was closing.

Nunan posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page, which has since been taken down, that she was “sincerely sorry” to the employees for the lack of notice and quick closure, stating that it was “not within my control.”

Get ready for temps in 30s

Winter won’t let go, it seems. Temperatures in the 30s could arrive by next week, weather forecasters warn. Chris Bailey, a meteorologist in Lexington, told The Herald-Leader that temps will rise to the 70s by today but that the bottom might fall out this weekend.
"We expect another cold front to arrive on Sunday that might actually give us a threat of frost and record cold temperatures Sunday night and Monday morning," Bailey said. "There's a pretty good chance we will be in the thirties Monday morning, and an outside chance we might set a record low."

The current record low for next Monday's date is 37 degrees, set in 1996.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.