Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Kentucky News Briefs

BB Riverboats loses proposed contract

        LOUISVILLE — If Jefferson County privatizes its riverboats — the Belle of Louisville and Spirit of Jefferson County — it will negotiate with a Jeffersonville, Ind., company, not BB Riverboats of Covington.

        The company, Hornblower Marine Services, was picked Monday by a county committee studying proposals for privatization.

        County Judge-executive Rebecca Jackson said Hornblower was the only one of the three companies that agreed to share the financial risk of running the two boats.

        Hornblower said it could show a profit after one year but that it would need to increase boarding fees. Rides that now cost $10 could rise to $15 to $20 for an adult ticket for a weekend ride on the Belle.

        Other improvements should be made and they should be funded from private and public money, said Hornblower's president, John Waggoner.

        Ms. Jackson said most of the terms of an agreement with Hornblower remain to be negotiated. Any final decision about the Belle and Spirit is up to Jefferson Fiscal Court, Ms. Jackson said.

        Ms. Jackson's evaluation committee, which included county and city staff members and business leaders, recommended Hornblower over BB Riverboats, which runs five dinner-cruise ships along the Ohio River at Cincinnati, and the Star of Louisville, a dinner-cruise ship docked at the downtown wharf.

Hair stylists to help fight AIDS

        NEWPORT — Holiday haircuts and holiday gifts will be had at the seventh annual Cut-A-Thon Against AIDS, happening from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Crazy Fox Saloon, Ninth Street and Washington Avenue.

        Hair stylists from several Greater Cincinnati hair salons will cut hair during those hours for $10. All money will go toward AIDS Volunteers of Northern Kentucky, which provides counseling, referral and support services to those with AIDS and their family members.

        Massages and manicures will be available for the same price. Holiday gifts will be sold, too.

        Last year's cut-a-thon attracted more than 200 people.

        For more information, call C. Mark Reed of AVNK, (859) 431-4454, or Carl Fox of Crazy Fox Saloon, (859) 261-2143.

Kentucky included in Interstate 69 study

        EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A $1.8 million study will look at where to route Interstate 69 through the metropolitan area including Evansville and Henderson, Ky.

        Vanderburgh County commissioners unanimously approved an agreement between the county and Indiana Department of Transportation Monday night that allows the study to proceed. The state of Kentucky and a federal grantwill help pay for the study.

        “There's been some discussion as to where the corridor should be located,” said Rose Zigenfus, executive director of the Evansville Urban Transportation Study.

        The study is expected to take about 18 months.

Teacher accused of sex with student

        GREENVILLE — A middle school math teacher appeared in court Tuesday on rape and sodomy charges in connection with sexual contact police say she had with a 15-year-old student.

        Kentucky State Police arrested Carin S. Newman within hours of being notified by the state Cabinet for Families and Children of a complaint from the boy's mother.

        Ms. Newman, 31, of Greenville was arrested at Muhlenberg South Middle School on Monday and taken to Muhlenberg County Jail, where she was released after posting 10 percent of a $20,000 cash bond.

        Ms. Newman was charged with four counts of third-degree sodomy and four counts of third-degree rape. The charges are felonies, and each carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.

        Ms. Newman pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday in Muhlenberg District Court. Her attorney, Brent Yonts, declined comment.

        The teacher had sexual contact with the eighth-grade boy four times in November, state police said.

Classes canceled as bus drivers walk out

        JACKSON, Ky. — Classes in Breathitt County have been canceled after school bus drivers walked off their jobs over a wage dispute this week.

        About 50 drivers walked off their jobs Monday after a meeting with the Breathitt County Board of Education, said board member Sheldon Short Jr.

        School officials canceled classes for Tuesday and Wednesday, WYMT-TV in Hazard reported. Mr. Short said he's not sure when classes will resume.

        Bus drivers demanded pay raises that would increase the starting wage from $10 an hour to $15, Mr. Short said. The school board made an offer to raise starting wages to $13.50 an hour, he said.

        Mr. Short said the school district may be forced to hire replacement drivers.

        Superintendent Hargus Rogers would not comment on the walkout.

Residents dispute state priority on road

        LEXINGTON — The state is moving ahead with plans to improve a dangerous section of highway in Letcher County, but some area residents say another part of the road needs attention first.

        State officials are focusing on improving a stretch of U.S. 119 in southeastern Kentucky from Partridge to the base of Pine Mountain near Oven Fork.

        Officials said they expect to finish preliminary engineering and environmental plans for the new 9-mile stretch of road in about a month. The $80 million construction is still almost six years away.

        Although residents say they appreciate the effort, they said another area of the highway needs attention more. The hairpin curves and steep grades along a 7-mile stretch of road that goes over Pine Mountain also need improvements, they say.

        The state's plan doesn't go far enough, said Ronnie Maggard, who lives along U.S. 119 and heads a committee focused on improving it.

        “I'm glad they put the road in the six-year plan, but it doesn't mean it's going to happen,” Mr. Maggard said. “They need to do something about the mountain right now.”

        The call for action has the support of state Rep. Howard Cornett, R-Whitesburg.

        “I consider it to be the most dangerous stretch of road in Kentucky,” Mr. Cornett said, noting that there have been 34 accidents on the road over Pine Mountain since April 1.


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