Saturday, July 08, 2000

Kentucky Digest

40 graduate from leadership class

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Nearly 40 people have graduated from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Leadership Northern Kentucky class.

        The program is designed to help potential and emerging community leaders “acquire an understanding of the strengths and challenges of Northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati area,” according to a statement from the chamber.

        This year's graduates were: Lauren S. Abel, Abel Associates Inc.; Kendra L. Bach, Firstar Bank; Amy W. Beck, Peoples Bank of Northern Kentucky; Dr. Patrick Burns, Alliance Primary Care; Mark Cawley, Cawley Chiropractic; Ralph Chauvin, Van Melle USA; Mary Jo Davis, Women's Crisis Center; Michael A. Dempsey, Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

        Also, Barbara J. Drees, the Drees Co.; Richard B.L. Fowler, Ninth Street Baptist Church; Trey Grayson, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC; Dave Hatter, Definiti Inc.; David P. Hellman, Roeding Group Companies; E. Paul Hitter Jr., Frank Messer & Sons Construction; Robin R. Huller, city of Crestview Hills; Julie L. Jones Parton, Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home; Jeffrey Koenig, city of Florence; Kris Knochelmann Plumbing, Heating & Air; J. Theodore Koester, Herzog Jewelers.

        Also, Charlotte P. Laird, Thomas More College; Melissa M. Lutz, Champlin/Haupt Architects; Timothy McDermott, St. Elizabeth Medical Center; John J. Mueller, Cincinnati Bell; M. Gwen Pate, United Way & Community Chest; Marcie L. Puckett, Northern Kentucky Technical College; Lisa Raterman, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation; Beth A. Sewell, Covington Business Council; Sarah E. Siegrist, Thomas More College; J.T. Spence, city of Covington; Jeff Stepner, Adams, Stepner, Wolterman & Dusing; John Stevens, Al Neyer Inc.; William Verst, Verst Group Logistics; John Vissman, Forward Quest Inc.; William C. Vocke, Ronald L. Washington, Kenton County Sheriff's Office; Lisa B. Wilson-Plajer, Haworth, Meyer & Boleyn Inc.; Henry W. Wise, Cinergy.

Firefighter contract, mayor to be discussed
        LUDLOW — Discussion of the city's contract with the Ludlow Volunteer Fire Department and possible action against Mayor Tom Stacy for absenteeism will be addressed at a special Ludlow City Council meeting Monday.

        The meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. at the Ludlow Senior Cen ter, 808 Elm St.

        Council also will discuss the budget for fiscal year 2000-2001.

River lock closed after crack found
        LEXINGTON — A crack discovered at Kentucky River Lock No. 10 at Fort Boonesborough State Park during the Fourth of July holiday has closed the passage indefinitely, officials with the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet said Friday.

        The crack is in the lower, or downriver, gate and causes the lock to make popping noises when opened and closed, said Stephen Reeder, executive director of the Kentucky River Authority. The lock is in Madison County.

        Lock No. 10, which allows boats to move between terraced river pools created by an adjacent dam, consists of two sets of gates. If the lower set failed, that would leave only one set to hold the 24.6-mile pool from which Winchester draws water.

        Also dependent on the pool is East Kentucky Power's Dale Station, a coal-fired electricity-generating plant that withdraws 150,000 gallons a minute and quickly returns virtually all of it.

        The Kentucky River Authority said in a statement that it can't estimate how long the lock will be closed and how much the repair will cost.

Grand jury to hear fatal shooting case
        LIBERTY — A district judge has ordered Johnny Dewayne Allen held for grand jury action in the fatal shooting of his wife and an attempt to burn their home.

        Judge Roger Elliott set Mr. Allen's bond Thursday at $1 million cash — $500,000 apiece for Mr. Allen's felony charges of murder and first-degree arson.

        Jamey Ann Allen, 23, was slain June 25.

        State Police Detective Jimmy Antle testified that Mr. Allen allegedly fired as many as six shots at his wife before setting fire to the couple's home.

        The weapons used were a pistol and a shotgun, Detective Antle said, adding that the shooting took place in front of the couple's 2-year-old son.

        When firefighters arrived, Mr. Allen was outside watching. Wielding a knife and a shotgun, he threatened firefighters while clutching his son, Detective Antle said.

        The case will resume in Casey Circuit Court July 24.

Mercury, PCBs found in Metropolis Lake fish
        PADUCAH — Three state agencies Friday warned against eating fish from Metropolis Lake in western McCracken County. They said elevated levels of mercury and PCBs — polychlorinated biphenyls — were found in largemouth bass and channel catfish.

        The 50-acre lake, part of a state nature preserve, is near the Ohio River and the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, which makes nuclear fuel. Various contaminants found in water, vegetation and animals in the region have been traced to the plant.

        Mike Mills of the state Department for Environmental Protection said the source of mercury and PCBs in the new fish samples has not been determined. The Ohio River has PCBs, Mr. Mills noted. “The mercury — we've seen that all over the state,” he said.

        Mr. Mills' agency was joined by the Department for Public Health and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in issuing the consumption advisory. It said no one should eat more than one meal per month of fish caught in Metropolis Lake.


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