Tuesday, September 12, 2000

Kentucky Digest

Cheney may visit Paducah this week

The Associated Press

        PADUCAH, Ky. — Republican vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney has tentative plans to visit western Kentucky on Thursday, campaign workers said.

        Mr. Cheney is tentatively slated to be in Paducah during a campaign stop of battleground states, said Scott Douglas, executive director of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Kentucky.

        Mr. Douglas said details are still being worked out.

        The Paducah Sun quoted a campaign source as saying tobacco may be the focus of the visit.

        Mr. Cheney would be making his first visit to the region and second to Kentucky this summer. He visited Anderson County High School last month. Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush campaigned in western Kentucky in May and has made five stops in Kentucky since the spring.

Centre College aims
to keep VP debate

               DANVILLE, Ky. — Centre College plans a rally today to encourage Republicans to attend a vice presidential debate slated for October.

        Centre College President John Roush will host a “Save the Debate” rally on campus in response to an announcement last week by Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush that he might refuse to accept the debate.

        The debate between Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman and Republican Dick Cheney at the college was slated for Oct. 5. On Sept. 3, Mr. Bush proposed an alternate schedule for the debates, and it eliminated the vice presidential debate at Centre.

Habitat volunteer
dies after falling

               AMERICUS, Ga. — A 77-year-old Habitat for Humanity volunteer from Kentucky died after falling from a construction supplies trailer near a Habitat building site Saturday.

        Will Whelan, a retired dentist from Louisville, died after sustaining a head injury when he fell during a rest break, Sumter County Coroner Lynwood McClung Jr. said Sunday.

        Dr. Whelan apparently passed out while taking a break at about 3 p.m. and fell several feet to a bed of rocks, the coroner said. Paramedics took Dr. Whelan to the Sumter Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

        Construction site deaths are rare for the international organization, which has built 100,000 homes across the globe and coordinates 1,800 volunteers in Americus, said Dennis Bender, vice president for communications for Habitat.

        A volunteer who died after falling from a roof in New Orleans about a year ago is the only construction death Mr. Bender could recall.

I-65 in Warren Co.
will be widened

               BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Interstate 65 in Warren County — which has been the site of 26 highway deaths in the past five years — will be widened as part of a campaign to improve safety along the route, transportation officials said.

        The $132.5 million project is to begin within the next year.

        The announcement comes just after an intensive driver safety program along I-65 between Elizabethtown and the Tennessee state line in an effort to get drivers to slow down.

        State law enforcement agencies wrote more than 850 speed ing tickets during the three-day “Drive Smart” campaign that started Sept. 5.

        More than 41,000 vehicles use I-65 near Bowling Green daily, making it the second-busiest highway in Kentucky. Forty percent of that traffic is trucks, transportation officials said.

        “With that many people on the road, drivers have to stay alert and they have to slow down,” said Pat Melton, director of the state transportation driver safety division.

        Since 1995, 95 people have been killed in crashes on I-65 between Elizabethtown and the Tennessee border, transportation officials said.

        Transportation officials said there are not design flaws in the current roadway. But State Highway Engineer J.M. “Mac” Yowell said recent deaths have forced the state to move up construction schedules.

Investigators seek
cause of fatal fire

               GRAYSON, Ky. — Investigators probing an apartment fire that killed one person and injured several others will wait for autopsy results before releasing the cause of the blaze.

        “Our investigators have found nothing that was obviously indicative of foul play,” said James R. Schmidt, arson investigator for the Kentucky State Police.

        Mr. Schmidt said that investigators would wait for autopsy results for 20-year-old Jeremy Marcum and other test results before ruling. Mr. Marcum was found in his apartment Friday, the apparent victim of smoke inhalation, said Carter County Coroner George Sparks.

        Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and two others were taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, said Greg Felty, chief of the Grayson Volunteer Fire Department.

        The building contained four apartments upstairs and businesses downstairs. The upstairs was gutted and the downstairs businesses were severely damaged by smoke and water, Chief Felty said.

Hunter fatally
shot in accident

               GEORGETOWN, Ky. — A Georgetown man died after being shot during a hunting trip in Scott County, county police said.

        Bryan Lee Basham, 39, was shot in the back while dove hunting near Ky. 32 and was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital, where he died later Sunday, police said.

        The shooting happened when someone dropped a gun against a chair and it discharged, police said.

        Scott County sheriff's deputies said the incident is being investigated as an accident.

Lindsey Wilson sets
housing record

               COLUMBIA, Ky. — Lindsey Wilson College has had to find creative ways to house students after an unexpected boost on on-campus enrollment, officials said.

        For the 2000-2001 year, 704 students are living in campus housing, officials said. Lindsey Wilson has accommodations for 640 students, so 64 students are being housed on property the college purchased.

        “This is such exciting news because it is a sign that we have become a residential liberal-arts college,” said Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr. “While this increase was unbudgeted, it's a nice problem to have.”

        It's the most students living on campus in the college's 97-year history.

        Total enrollment is 1,360.


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