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  • Former fugitive sentenced to 42 years in prison

    The man who fled from police after not showing up at an appointment to see if he could donate a kidney to his son has been sentenced to more than four decades in prison on drug and other charges.

    According to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release, Byron Keith Perkins, 40, of Knifley was sentenced last Wednesday to 42 years and five months in prison on charges of robbery, using a firearm during the robbery and selling marijuana.

    Chief Judge Thomas Russell also sentenced Perkins to five years' supervised release following incarceration.

  • Liberty man pleads guilty to child sex abuse

    A Liberty man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl and could spend 90 days in jail for his crimes.

    Joshua Edward Lee, 25, of 3333 Snake Ridge Road was indicted in July 2008 by a Taylor County grand jury on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse.

    According to court records, the alleged victim's mother filed a complaint with local police after her daughter, who was 13 at the time, told her that Lee had touched her inappropriately. The girl's statement to police accuses Lee of kissing her and touching her genital area.

  • Bennett Lane house damaged by fire

    A Campbellsville home was damaged by a fire Friday morning. However, no one was home at the time.

    According to a news release from the Campbellsville/Taylor County fire departments, the home of George and Jackie Bennett at 500 Bennett Lane caught fire just before 8 a.m.

    Upon firefighters' arrival, smoke was visible. As personnel entered the home, fire spread throughout the three-story structure. The heaviest damage was contained to the basement area, though the entire home sustained heavy smoke damage.

    Read more on this story in Monday's print edition.

  • Business receives state incentives for facility

    It's the hose that grows jobs for Taylor County.

    MicroHose is expected to be manufacturing its patented "hose that grows" by early next year, creating 125 new jobs.

    Armed with $3 million in state Kentucky Rural Economic Development Act incentives, work to ready the MicroHose facility on Industrial Drive is underway. Unveiled locally in July at a Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the 6-foot MicroHose expands to 30 feet through water pressure. A 10-foot hose will expand to 50 feet.

  • No smoking!

    Light up and you'll pay up. A citywide smoking ban in all public buildings becomes effective today. However, most businesses implemented the policy before the ban became law.

    In June, Campbellsville City Council members approved an ordinance banning smoking in all public buildings within the city limits.

    The ordinance bans smoking in all enclosed public places except residences, private organizations that are not hosting a public event and retail tobacco stores where the smoke does not infiltrate into an area where smoking is prohibited.

  • Another arrested in crime ring case

    Another person has been arrested in a case involving 19 people accused of operating a crime ring to sell drugs in Taylor and surrounding counties.

    According to a news release from the Campbellsville Police Department, the indictments came after an 18-month investigation.

    Rick Vaughn, 45, of 499 Dunnville Road in Dunnville is one of 19 defendants accused of operating a criminal syndicate beginning June 27, 2007, and continuing through Jan. 7, 2009, in Taylor and surrounding counties and other states.

  • MicroHose gets state incentives

    Campbellsville will soon be home to a new manufacturing facility that could bring about 120 new jobs.

    MicroHose, a subsidiary of Florida-based Ragner Manufacturing Co., has been awarded $3 million in state incentives to launch a facility to manufacture the MicroHose. Unveiled in July at a Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the 6-foot hose expands to 30 feet through water pressure.

    For more on this story, see Monday's issue.

     

  • City will borrow money to pay for ladder truck

    Campbellsville Fire Department's new ladder truck is scheduled to be delivered in about two weeks.

    Delivery of the truck is expected on Sept. 18, according to Campbellsville Fire Chief Allen Johnson. Originally, the truck was to be delivered next week, but there was a delay after manufacturers accidentally drilled a hole through some wiring.

    The City has received a $731,975 federal grant to purchase a ladder truck for the fire department. However, the grant requires matching funds and equipment must be purchased in order to operate the truck.

  • School nurses offer a wide range of care

    A case of the sniffles. A scraped knee. Back-to-school immunizations. School nurses provide a wide range of care for students.

    For the past several years, Lake Cumberland District Health Department has provided school nurses throughout the 10 counties the department covers at the request of school boards.

  • KSP at State Fair

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Gregory, public affairs officer for KSP Post 15 in Columbia, talks with children awaiting entry to the Safety Town exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. The exhibit teaches children basic safety rules as they ride tricycles through a miniature city featuring traffic lights, stop signs and buildings.