Friday, January 12, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs




Council to interview administrator finalists

        INDEPENDENCE — City Council has called a special meeting for Saturday to interview two finalists for city administrator.

        The meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. at the city building, 5247 Madison Pike.

        The position has been vacant since Gary Scott left last summer.

        After Saturday's interviews, Mayor Tom Kriege said, council will meet “hopefully within the next week or two” to choose an administrator.
       

Symphony to present music inspired by myth

        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS Man, Myth & Music, a Northern Kentucky Symphony program featuring popular musical works inspired by ancient Greek and Scandinavian myths, will be presented Jan. 27 and 28 in Northern Kentucky University's Greaves Concert Hall.

        Musical director James Cassidy and the symphony will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 28. Tickets are $10 and $15. For information, call the Northern Kentucky Symphony at (859) 431-6216.

Florence doctor reappointed to board

        FRANKFORT — Two physicians — one of them from Northern Kentucky — have been reappointed to the State Board of Medical Licensure by Gov. Paul Patton.

        Dr. Preston P. Nunnelly of Lexington and Dr. Donald J. Swikert of Florence were given terms expiring in August 2004. Dr. Nunnelly is vice president of the 15-person board.

        Mr. Patton appointed one new member — Roszalyn Mack Akins of Lexington, representing consumers. She replaced Dorothy L. Newberry of Frankfort, whose term expired. Ms. Akins' term also ends in August 2004.
       

Kentucky-Missouri ferry reopens after ice

        HICKMAN — A ferry connecting Kentucky and Missouri is running again after being closed since Christmas Eve because of ice on the Mississippi River.

        A section of ice as big as two football fields had caused Capt. Steve Stanionis to suspend the Hickman-Dorena ferry operations. Until the service reopened Wednesday, commuters were forced to go 60 miles up or downriver to find a bridge.

        Chunks up to a foot thick and 8 to 10 feet square were floating down the Mississippi at Hickman in late December.

        Warming weather and thinning ice improved conditions, but Capt. Stanionis said he will monitor conditions daily.

        The Hickman ferry averages hauling 33 cars a day.
       

Union sees weakness at state mining board

        LOUISVILLE — United Mine Workers (UMW) representatives have recommended to Gov. Paul Patton that enforcement be strengthened at the Kentucky Mining Board, which has the authority to discipline coal companies and their supervisors for mine-safety violations.

        The UMW officials said they told Mr. Patton at a meeting Tuesday that the board needs to address cases in which companies and supervisors have been convicted of federal mine-safety violations, and the board also needs to make sure cases pending before it do not fall between the cracks.

        The Louisville Courier-Jour nal has reported that the board never formally reviewed the federal convictions of nearly 100 companies and mine officials charged with safety violations in Kentucky since 1990. As a result, after most offenders received probated sentences and fines in federal court, they were free to continue working in the state's coalfields.

        The board has the power to revoke or suspend a company's license or a supervisor's certification to work in Kentucky mining.
       

Dead woman's truck found in Kentucky

        NAUVOO, Ala. — Authorities have found a body in rural Walker County they suspect is that of carnival cook Frances Murray, a Talladega woman who has been missing since Dec. 30 and whose truck was found in Kentucky.

        FBI spokesman Craig Dahle said Michael Wayne Eggers, who had been an employee of Ms. Murray, led searchers to the site near Nauvoo on Wednesday night. Mr. Eggers, 33, was arrested Tuesday in Kissimmee, Fla.

        Federal agents arrested Mr. Eggers after tracking him through telephone calls. They found the 67-year-old Ms. Murray's pickup at a Kentucky truck stop earlier Tuesday. Mr. Eggers was charged with first-degree theft and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, Mr. Dahle said.

        Authorities had shifted the focus of their search to Alabama because Ms. Murray was last seen driving her truck from Talladega to Jasper, accompanied by Mr. Eggers and his teen-age son, the FBI said.

        Mr. Eggers' 15-year-old son was found by police in Campbellsville, Ky., on Tuesday night. The boy has not been charged with any crime.
       

Cabinet official chosen for leader award

        FRANKFORT — Secretary of the Cabinet Crit Luallen has been selected for an Excellence in Leadership Award by Women Executives in State Government.

        Gov. Paul Patton nominated Ms. Luallen for the award and will introduce her at the awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 23, Mr. Patton's office said Thursday.

        Ms. Luallen heads the Executive Cabinet. She previously has been finance secretary, tourism secretary and commissioner of the arts. She also is a trustee of Centre College.
       

Longtime UMW officer will retire this year

        CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The United Mine Workers' longest-serving district officer said Thursday he will retire at the end of his term in June.

        Over the past 30 years Bob Phalen, 56, has seen UMW District 17 triple in geography while its working membership has fallen from a peak of 30,000 coal miners in 1979 to about 4,500 today. The district's total membership, including retirees and those working in fields other than mining, stands at 25,000.

        District 17 is the largest in the union and includes all of southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.
       

From staff and wire reports

       

High-tech provides help in Springdale
Lights are green, but more drivers are seeing red
Murder-for-hire alleged
People moving for better schools, new neighbors
Survey finds HMOs better
3 judges to make call in fans' suit
Events to mark King's birthday
RADEL: Race relations
Adult titles found at liquor store
Grand jury gets drug case
Lebanon to ask $48M for schools
Man charged in defacing of synagogue
Price $1.5M more to re-create Nordstrom site as parking lot
Triple-murder suspect under $6 million bail
Atty. general moves to save historic cemeteries
Developer to lead GOP in Butler Co.
Districts target 'achievement gap'
Inez banker may become RNC treasurer
New post for aide to Mrs. Henry
Pen pals, face to face
Police: '94 killing near solved
Police chase spans three counties
Shunned minister honored
State wants to hear from you on U.S. 25 widening project
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