The restriction between mile markers 4 and 5 is to allow inspection of the Willow Slough “Mile Long” bridge just north of Wickliffe.
Motorists should be prepared to encounter one lane traffic controlled by flaggers between about 8:00 am and 3:30 pm.
All Kentucky bridges get a detailed inspection every two years, with long-span bridges that cross rivers and lakes getting an additional annual walk through inspection.
Nearly 800 third grade students in our area will soon have a new dictionary thanks to the Rotary Club of Paducah. The annual dictionary drive is one way the service organization partners with the school districts to positively influence the literacy level and quality of life of children in the community.
Third grade students attending the 10 Paducah/McCracken County public and private elementary schools, including Community Christian Academy, Clark, Concord, Heath, Hendron-Lone Oak, Lone Oak, McNabb, Morgan, Reidland and St. Mary will all receive a free dictionary on September 4, 9, 10 and 11.
More than 20 club members personally deliver the dictionaries to every third grade classroom in the city and county, leading the students in discovering the variety of information the dictionary offers. Students look up the longest word, the solar system and state capitals.
“Hendron-Lone Oak Elementary is so very fortunate to have a community partner like the Rotary Club,” says Jon Reid, Hendron-Lone Oak Elementary Principal.
“Their generosity and dedication to education is reflected through the Rotary Dictionary Project. Having a tangible tool in the hands of our students is invaluable to their academic success.”
Co-chairs of the dictionary project, Melanie McNeill and Steve Bright say that studies have shown that reading levels are more likely to predict future income than socioeconomic status at birth, and the Rotary Club of Paducah is doing what it can to increase reading levels of students across Paducah and McCracken County.
“Paducah Rotarians overwhelmingly support the Dictionary Project and look forward to it annually,” states John A. Williams, Jr., Paducah Rotary Club President. “In fact, the month of September is Basic Education and Literacy month, one of the six areas of focus of Rotary International. Our hope is that the dictionaries help third grade students to improve their language skills, which in turn, will lead to smarter students and better citizens in our communities.”
Rotary Club of Paducah dictionary delivery schedule:
September 4 – 9:30 am – Hendron-Lone Oak and 2 pm - CCA
September 9 – 8:30 am – Morgan Elem. and 9:15 am – Lone Oak Elem.
September 10 – 8:15 am – Clark Elem., 9 am – St. Mary, 10:45 am – Concord, 1:30 pm – Heath
September 11 -8:45 am - Reidland
For two months since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the nation, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has cited her Christian faith and "God's authority" in defense of refusing to issue licenses, even in the face of a contempt of court hearing scheduled for Thursday morning.
"Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it," U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey wrote in a statement on the eve of the hearing. "The County Clerk has presented her position through the federal court system, all of the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is time for the Clerk and the County to follow the law."
Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said in a court filing on Wednesday that U.S. District Judge David Bunning needs to give the state legislature time to pass a law that would exempt Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis from issuing marriage licenses.
Stivers noted the state legislature is not in session and won't be until January. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has declined to call a special session. Stivers said the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide has completely obliterated the definition of marriage and said the state legislature will need to change several laws in order to comply with the order.
Troopers said 58-year-old Delroy Gouldbourne of Rock Hill, SC was operating a semi truck, pulling a loaded box trailer. According to police, Gouldbourne had exited I-24 at the 65 mile marker and was attempting to cross US 68-80 and re-enter I-24.
State police said Gouldbourne failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign and continued going straight across US 68-80. A car driven by 20-year-old Amber N. Ryan of Cadiz was traveling east on US 68-80. Ryan was unable to stop in time and collided with the front of the semi trailer.
According to troopers, Ryan was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was flown to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville due to her injuries. Gouldbourne and his passenger, 61-year-old Roberta W. Gouldbourne, of Charlotte, NC, were not injured in the collision.
Gouldbourne was issued a citation for hours of service for drivers and parts needed for safe operation, due to a flat inner tire. He was placed out of service for 10 hours due to being over his driving hour limit.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Two gay couples and two straight couples sued her, and U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered her to issue the licenses.
But Davis has refused to obey that order even though it was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. She will appear in court Thursday as Bunning decides whether to punish Davis by imposing fines.
On Wednesday, Davis' lawyers argued in a court document that Davis should not be punished because she is unable to comply with the order and because she still has an appeal pending before a federal appeals court on a related issue.
Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe told The Paducah Sun that the agency is "very close" to finalizing regulations so that the law can go into effect.
The General Assembly voted in March to pass the law, which requires ignition interlock licenses as part of the sentencing for repeat offenders or for first offenders who have an aggravating circumstance such as having a child in the car.
Court officials say they think the devices will help curtail the number of repeat drunken driving arrests.
Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com
Deputies conducted a traffic stop and a K-9 indicated on the presence of illegal drugs. David Poindexter of Louisville was arrested after he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Poindexter was lodged in the Graves County Jail.
State police say patrols will be increased during the holiday period running from Friday evening through Monday night.
Last year, state police say there were six alcohol-related highway deaths in Kentucky during the Labor Day holiday.
Across the state, law enforcement officers arrested 55 people for DUI during the same period.
In addition to statewide DUI enforcement, state police will conduct traffic safety checkpoints in an effort to enforce all traffic laws. State police say special attention will be given to seat belt use, vehicle safety, insurance compliance and registration violations.