Wednesday, May 31, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

Holiday deaths down from 1999
        Preliminary statistics from the Kentucky State Police show the death toll in Kentucky over the 2000 Memorial Day weekend decreased from last year.

        This year, eight people were killed in seven crashes over the holiday on Kentucky's roadways, compared with 11 who died in 10 crashes over the Memorial Day weekend last year.

        Of the seven fatal crashes, preliminary data show five were alcohol-related; and of the eight victims, six were not wearing seat belts. One double fatality crash occurred in Garrard County. One fatal crash occurred each in Calloway, Clinton, Jefferson, Letcher, Taylor and Whitley counties.

        Kentucky State Police arrested 246 motorists on DUI charges over the weekend.

Day camp offered at Dinsmore Homestead
        BURLINGTON — The Dinsmore Homestead will hold its Pioneer to the Past day camp again this summer. Activities will include pioneer crafts and games, pioneer cooking and chores, nature studies, folk music, gardening and storytelling.

        Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 19-23 for grades three through six, and 9 a.m. to noon June 26-30 for kindergarten through second grade.

        Prices are $100 for Dinsmore members in grades three through six and $125 for non-members. The cost for children in kindergarten through second grade is $75 for members and $85 for non-members. There is a $10 reduction in price for each additional child in a family.

        There will be a camp open house at 5 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are required for the camp and must be made no later than one week before each camp begins. For more information, call 586-6117.

Inmate's death a suicide, police say
        COVINGTON — Alleged rapist Samuel Batton, 30, of Covington died Friday in the Kenton County Jail, an apparent suicide, police said. He was awaiting trial.

        Family members alleged that he wasn't getting his medication, but Jailer Terry Carl said that's false.

        “That's completely wrong,” he said, although the jailer did note the prisoner was taking two drugs, Paxil and amoxicillin.

        He had been in the jail since May 22. When he hung himself, using a piece of his clothing, he was in an isolation cell.

        Mr. Carl said he had been placed there because he couldn't get along with others. Kenton County Police are investigating.

Public meetings on insurance planned
        FORT MITCHELL — The Kentucky Department of Insurance will again hold a series of public meetings for agents and residents to ask questions about insurance coverage, including health insurance.

        Insurance Commissioner George Nichols III is scheduled to appear at each of seven meetings, where people can file a complaint with the department, learn about new state laws regarding health insurance or receive information about new rights to appeal health insurance decisions.

        The Northern Kentucky session will be Aug. 7 at the Fort Mitchell Holiday Inn, 2100 Dixie Highway. The session for agents will be from 10 a.m. to noon. The public can attend from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

        This is the fourth year such sessions have been held around the state. For more information, contact the Department of Insurance, (800) 595-6053.

4 Tenn. residents claim Powerball prize
        LOUISVILLE — Four Tennessee men claimed Saturday's $60.6 million winning Powerball prize on Tuesday, lottery officials said.

        The men chose the cash option worth $31,013,301 and will each get $7.75 million before taxes, lottery officials said.

        James Christian, 32, of Burns, Tenn.; Ronnie Mays, 38, of Lavergne, Tenn.; Andy Perry, 43, of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; and Mike Alderice, 48, of Lewisburg, Tenn.; were waiting at the Kentucky Lottery headquarters when the doors opened Tuesday at 8 a.m.

        “We came up last night and spent the night. We were too excited to wait,” Mr. Mays said. “None of us got any sleep last night.”

        The four men are co-workers at Beaman Automotive Group's Pontiac-GMC division in Nashville.

Woodford distillery named landmark
        VERSAILLES — The Woodford County distillery where the sour-mash method of making bourbon was perfected has been named a National Historic Landmark.

        The Labrot & Graham Old Oscar Pepper Distillery is the 30th Kentucky site to earn the designation. Labrot & Graham is the distiller of the premium bourbon Woodford Reserve.

        “When you look at the distillery, its history is relevant to the settlement of Kentucky and the frontier,” said Bill Creason, vice president and general manager. “We're grateful to see its significance appreciated.”

        The Elijah Pepper family house, built in 1812, is the only surviving residential building associated with early distilling in rural Kentucky, Labrot & Graham wrote in its nomination letter to the National Park Service.

        Brown-Forman, which owns Labrot & Graham, has claimed the distillery site was where Scottish-born chemist James Crow was the first to perfect the sour mash method, apply scientific instruments to control quality and systematically use charred oak barrels in every batch of bourbon.

Protesters block truck from treatment plant
        LOUISVILLE — Protesters defied a court order by blocking a truck from entering a wastewater treatment plant.

        Eighteen people participated in a demonstration outside the Morris Forman Wastewater Treatment Plant on Monday.

        The protest was sponsored by the Rev. Louis Coleman's Justice Resource Center. On Thursday, the Metropolitan Sewer District got a restraining order forbidding the Rev. Mr. Coleman and his group to block trucks trying to enter the plant.

        MSD officials said protesters have blocked the plant's entrance six times this month. They said they requested the order because they feared someone could be hurt during the demonstrations.

        No police attended the protest, and none of the demonstrators was arrested.

        The Rev. Mr. Coleman opposes plans for a new $63 million treatment operation that will convert waste into pellets that can be used as fertilizer.

        He complained that no public hearings were held before MSD decided to build the new facility. Construction is due to begin in a few months.


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