News Digest: Oct. 16, 2013

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By The Staff

Shelby’s Miller attends

Circuit Clerk fall college


Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk Lowry Miller participated in the 2013 Circuit Court Clerks Fall College that took place last month in Lexington. The Administrative Office of the Courts provided the judicial education program for the state’s circuit court clerks.

Miller attended courses on responding to requests for court records, handling domestic violence cases and working with self-represented litigants and defendants who have been assigned a public defender due to indigence. The college also provided a session on court technology, including the Judicial Branch’s plans to develop a court case management system to replace the state’s aging system and bring eFiling to Kentucky.

The state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals clerks provided a course on the laws and rules for case appeals. Other sessions focused on driver’s licensing, the Motor Voter law and the process for handling involuntary commitments under Casey’s Law.

The circuit clerks received an update on the Judicial Branch budget from Director Laurie K. Dudgeon of the Administrative Office of the Courts. House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Sen. Damon Thayer discussed the difficult budget situation the state is facing. Tom Rouse, president of the Kentucky Bar Association, spoke to the circuit clerks about how budget cuts in the last five years have affected access to justice.

Lane shutdowns on I-64

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet bridge engineers will continue their biennial inspections of the bridges on Interstate 64 over the Kentucky River in Franklin County (mile point 55.4). The inspection is taking longer than expected due to some equipment problems and the need to have power shut down on some electrical lines in close proximity to the bridge.

Inspection on the eastbound I-64 bridge will extend through today and on the westbound side from Thursday until Friday.

The right lane on I-64 will be closed weekdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. to allow for this assessment. Inspectors are using a snooper truck to inspect the underside of these bridges.
Motorists should expect heavy traffic delays while the lane closures are in place and allow extra time to reach their destination.

Similar lane closures are possible because of construction on four bridges in Shelby and Franklin counties. The work, which began Monday, will include the westbound bridge over Bardstown Trail (at Mile Marker 45.5). In Franklin County, repairs will be made to the eastbound and westbound bridges over KY 151 (Mile Marker 47.7) and the westbound bridge over Evergreen Road (Mile Marker  49.8).

All construction work will take place at night, with lane closures possible through Thursday, from 7 each evening until 7 the following morning. No lane closures will be allowed on Friday and Saturday nights.

The actual starting date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.  Dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information.

Other road work, closings:

  • Interstate 64:Lane closures and delays possible from Simpsonville east to KY 55 because of the roadway widening project. Lane closures are possible Sunday through Friday from 7 each evening until 5 the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. A 12-foot width restriction is in place for the westbound lanes of I-64 in this work zone. 
  • KY 1848:Shoulder closures and construction delays possible at the I-64 interchange because of the roadway widening. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph in the work zone.


Shelby Democrats to gather

Potential Democratic candidates for state and county offices are scheduled to be on hand for informal discussions and Q/A sessions tonight when the Shelby County Democratic party has a chili supper.

The event will be from 6-8:30 at Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. in Shelbyville and open to all interested persons.


Annual ShakeOut is Thursday

On Thursday communities in Kentucky and nine nearby states will take part in the fourth Great Central U.S. ShakeOut multistate earthquake drill. The ShakeOut is scheduled for 10:17 a.m., when millions of people simultaneously practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking, and drop, cover and hold on.

Scientists estimate there is a 25 to 40 percent probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within a 50-year time frame. The ShakeOut is designed to help individuals and communities get ready for these earthquakes, practice how to protect themselves and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.

Also participating are Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee, according to a state news release.

Earthquakes are common in Kentucky, and several faults impact our communities, with the largest and best known being the New Madrid Seismic Zone in far western Kentucky.


SBDM meetings

  • East Middle School’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council approved a change to its regular meeting schedule. The SBDM will meet at 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 11.
  • Wright Elementary’s SBDM will meet at 4 p.m. Nov. 19 for its regular monthly meeting in the media center.
  • Collins High School’s SBDM will meet at 4 p.m. Nov. 20 for its regular monthly meeting in the conference room. The council set its schedule to meet on the third Wednesday of each month through June 18.


Lottery surpasses $2 billion

Some 14 years after lottery proceeds in Kentucky started going to college scholarships and grants, these programs have surpassed $2 billion for those purposes, lottery officials announced. Through Fiscal Year 2013, more than $2.05 billion has gone to fund need-based and merit-based grants and scholarships, along with a reserve fund for the programs. This has provided more than 1.5 million financial awards to Kentucky high school students. The awards are distributed by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

By statute, 55 percent of lottery revenue funds the need-based College Access Program and Kentucky Tuition Grants, and the remaining 45 percent goes to the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship program.


Community health meetings

The KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition meets Thursday to discuss ways to make Shelby, Henry and Bullitt counties healthier places, especially for people living with diabetes. The group works to create healthy resources for our communities, influence public policy, and plan educational events for the public and for professionals.

The next meeting is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bullitt County Extension Office.

A working lunch will be provided with RSVP. For more information, call Teresa McGeeney at 502-266-5571 or teresa.mcgeeney@ky.gov or visit www.krdcoalition.com.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.