Sunday, May 20, 2001

UK still looking for fire settlement

        LEXINGTON — University of Kentucky officials are still meeting with the construction company it holds responsible for a fire on Tuesday that damaged the UK Administration Building.

        Officials are in talks with Midland Engineering Co. and its insurance company, Liberty Mutual, to discuss insurance settlements.

        The fire was started by a welder's torch as molded copper was being installed on the building's cornice as part of a $1.3 million renovation.

        The building, constructed in 1886, is the oldest on campus. Sodden documents were removed Friday to be sent to a Chicago company to be salvaged.

        A large crane was assembled to begin removing debris from the top floors, said UK spokesman Lloyd Axelrod.

        “It can reach above the walls and remove debris so the shoring up of the building can begin in earnest,” Mr. Axelrod said.

BellSouth pushing for long-distance service

        LEXINGTON — BellSouth is asking for permission to begin selling long-distance telephone service in Kentucky by January.

[photo] MERRIMENT AT MAIFEST: Festival-goers walk through the midway at MainStrasse Village's 22nd annual Maifest in Covington on Saturday. The event, kicking off the Tristate's summer festival season, is located at Main and Sixth streets. Available are an array of German and American foods, live music and entertainment, arts and crafts booths and more. Maifest continues noon-9 p.m. today.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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        The company — the largest local telephone service provider in the state — filed an application with the Kentucky Public Service Commission on Friday. The Federal Communications Commission must also approve the request.

        The PSC ruled in June 1999 that BellSouth had not adequately opened its market to local competition, a precursor to begin selling long-distance service.

        But Eddy Roberts, president of BellSouth's Kentucky operations, said since then that 70 local telephone companies serve the state and have taken 20 percent of its business customers.

        AT&T will oppose BellSouth's application, said spokesman Gene Regan.

Wilkinson resigns position

        LEXINGTON — Former Gov. Wallace G. Wilkinson resigned as chairman and chief executive officer of, an online bookstore he formed in 1999, he said.

        Matt Montgomery is the new head of the company, Mr. Wilkinson said.

        Mr. Wilkinson and his flagship company, Wallace's Bookstore, each filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with combined debts of more than $570 million. The Internet bookseller is not in bankruptcy but faces three lawsuits for unpaid bills.

Heath High survivor begins speaking tour

        MURRAY — Missy Jenkins, who was seriously wounded in the 1997 Heath High School shooting that killed three, began a speaking tour of schools warning students to report threats of gun violence.

        Speaking to students at Calloway County High School, Ms. Jenkins characterized Michael Carneal, her assailant, as a student who chose the wrong solution to the bullying he was enduring.

        “He thought he could solve all of his problems by bringing a gun to school. He thought he could get respect. Everything's been taken away from him. He's lost all of his freedom,” she said.

        Ms. Jenkins told students about the importance of reporting threats of violence and discouraging students from teasing and bullying each other.

        She is now a social-work major at Murray State University; her speech was part of a tour sponsored by the Community HealthCare Foundation of Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

        Ms. Jenkins was paralyzed in the attack but is now able to walk with the aid of a brace. Three girls died.

Mount Vernon man charged in shooting

        SOMERSET — A Mount Vernon man has been charged with the shooting Saturday of a Pulaski County man.

        Jose Manuel Munoz, 35, was arrested and charged with first-degree assault in connection with the shooting of Rico Vince, 22, of Science Hill, said Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron.

        Police responded to a call of a shooting on Kentucky 1247 in Science Hill at 6:47 a.m. Saturday. According to the sheriff's department, Mr. Vince had been shot several times sith a handgun. He was flown to the University of Tennessee Hospital at Knoxville, where he was listed in stable condition.

        Mr. Munoz is in custody at the Pulaski County jail.

Fletcher credited with rescuing TV program

        LEXINGTON — Public broadcasters say U.S. Rep. Ernie Fletcher deserves most of the credit for saving a critically acclaimed, government-funded television program that helps teach kids to read.

        President Bush's budget had eliminated funding for a public broadcasting program called Ready to Learn, which helps pay for educational television programs such as Between the Lions, as well as online teacher training and literacy projects.

        But Mr. Fletcher lobbied the White House and persuaded fellow Republicans on the House Education Committee to restore the funding, public broadcasting officials say.

        Next week, the House is expected to authorize $24.5 million for the Ready to Learn program.

        Meanwhile, public television officials are heaping praise on the Lexington Republican.

        “Congressman Fletcher worked like a Trojan on this. He really has been terrific,” said Kentucky Educational Television executive director Virginia Fox.

        KET broadcasts the Emmy-winning Between the Lions weekdays at 11:30 a.m. It has also received $50,000 in literacy grants from the Ready to Learn program, money that helped provide nearly 10,000 new books for children and educational workshops for more than 4,000 parents.

        Mr. Fletcher said studies have shown that Between the Lions actually helps young children learn to read.

Paducah man returns to "Millionaire' show

        MAYFIELD — After leaving empty-handed from ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? game show in March 2000, Jon Futrell stepped up to the hot seat again — and this time he took some money home.

        Mr. Futrell of Mayfield will appear on the show a second time in the Return of The Zero Dollar Winners edition, airing 8 p.m. today.

        “It was a great experience,” said the part-time writer and clerk in The Paducah Sun's sports department. “This time was much better than the first time. It was definitely a load off my shoulders.”

        Mr. Futrell, 30, can't reveal how much money he won, but admits to being pleased with his winnings.

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