Wednesday, July 12, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs




Compiled from Enquirer news services

Covington schools fire secretary
        COVINGTON — A secretary who worked for former Covington Schools superintendent James Kemp has been fired, but school officials declined Tuesday to disclose the reasons.

        Over the past nine years, Linda Fries had worked for a controversial boss — Dr. Kemp resigned last month — and had stirred controversy herself.

        In March, she upset some parents at a school board meeting when she scolded them and school board members.

        And in May, the Enquirer reported that her overtime for the previous nine months had boosted her annual salary to $54,585 — a figure just short of an assistant principal and far above most teachers.

        Interim Superintendent Jack Moreland said Tuesday that Ms. Fries' dismissal is not related to a reorganization he announced last week eliminating six jobs in Covington Schools' central office.

        Ms. Fries referred questions to her lawyer, John S. Brooking, who said he is “investigating the circumstances” before determining the next action.

Professor to speak on Vietnam myths
        COVINGTON — Some of the myths about Vietnam are that “we didn't fight hard enough” and “the war was winnable but politics got in the way,” says Jeffrey Williams, a Northern Kentucky University history professor.

        He will field questions about Vietnam and some of the misperceptions at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Mary Ann Mongan Library, 502 Scott Blvd.

        For more information about the free presentation and other library activities, call 491-7610.

Boone Democrats plan potluck dinner
        FLORENCE — The Boone County Democratic Executive Committee and the Boone County Democratic Women's Club will hold a potluck dinner and auction Monday at the Winds Clubhouse in the Oakbrook subdivision.

        The event begins at 6 p.m. Call 283-2082 or 647-0465 for more information.

TVA to provide power for Paducah plant
        WASHINGTON — The U.S. Enrichment Corp. signed a 10-year contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority on Tuesday to provide power to the uranium enrichment plant in Paducah, Ky.

        The agreement calls for TVA to become USEC's primary electricity provider as other power supply contracts expire or are terminated.

        USEC spokesman Charles Yulish declined to put a price tag on the deal but said TVA put forth the most competitive bid.

Henderson County may get wildlife refuge
        HENDERSON — Federal fish and wildlife officials are considering Henderson County for a 23,000-acre national wildlife refuge.

        The proposed Green River National Wildlife Refuge includes all of Horseshoe Bend north of Henderson — an area of about 5,400 acres across the Ohio River from Evansville, Ind. — as well as the western portion of Green River Island, an area of 1,765 acres west of Ellis Park horse racing track.

        A map depicting the refuge was shown to local representa tives of sportsmen's groups Tuesday.

        Tom Bennett, commissioner of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Department, said the site is teeming with tens of thousands of wild birds.

        “It's one of those areas that when the water is up, it is a magnet that draws wildlife,” Mr. Bennett said. “Some of those areas down there are hard to farm and would be ideally suited for this type of use.”

No indictment in series of crashes
        LOUISVILLE — A Jefferson County grand jury chose not to indict the man who was blamed for a series of rush-hour crashes that killed three people and injured four others on a busy city highway.

        The grand jury Tuesday returned a No True Bill against Paul Sample in the April 3 crashes, which means it did not find probable cause to indict.

        Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Stengel said that unless new evidence is uncovered, Mr. Sample will not be charged.

        The crashes happened in a rainstorm April 3. At the time, witnesses told police that a Ford Crown Victoria driven by Paul Sample was speeding in and out of southbound traffic before it rear-ended a Dodge Neon, pushing it into oncoming traffic where it was hit by a pickup truck.

        Mr. Sample's car also hit an oncoming car.

        County police investigated whether Mr. Sample had a medical condition that could have contributed to the crashes.

        Authorities consulted with a medical expert and submitted a confidential report to the grand jury.

        The driver of the Neon, Amanda Spalding, 18, and a passenger, Brenda Froman, 14, died at the scene. Both were from Louisville.

        The driver of another car, Sheri Thompson, 21, of Louisville, also died at the scene. Her 6-year-old niece, who was critically injured, was pulled from the passenger seat by firefighters.

        Mr. Sample, 51, was also injured in the crash.

Distiller billed in bourbon spill
        ANDERSON COUNTY — The state's Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is billing Boulevard Distillers and Importers $499,739 for replacing the more than 227,000 fish that died after a May 9 fire at its distillery spilled thousands of gallons of Wild Turkey bourbon into the river.

        The department sent a letter July 5 and gave the company 10 days to respond.

        “We have said from the beginning that we would contribute to restocking the fish population affected during the incident. We are exploring a variety of options to provide those fish,” said managing director Gregg Snyder.

        The company complained of charges as high as $1,189 per fish. The cost also covers the investigation into the spill and the cost of transportation.



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