Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Kentucky Digest

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ERLANGER — City council will hear a report tonight on air emissions and potential health problems from a mini power plant proposed for a Cinergy-owned site at 3000 Erlanger-Crescent Springs Road.

        Dr. Lee Otte's report will be presented about 7 p.m. at the city building. The special council meeting will be shown live on local cable Channel 22.

        At last Tuesday's Erlanger City Council meeting, Mayor Marc Otto announced that city officials have denied a building permit for the project because they believe the requested use is not permitted within the city's industrial park-one zone.

        On June 1, an appeal was filed with the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet seeking to revoke an air quality permit for the mini power plant proposed by Cinergy Capital & Trading Inc., an affiliate of Cinergy Corp.

        Opponents say they are concerned about noise, pollution, and the plant's effect on residential property values.

NKU booster group names 8 to board

               HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Eight Tristate residents will join the Northern Kentucky University Foundation Board of Directors.

        The foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that supports the university financially. Appointed for three-year terms, the new members are Lynn Darone of Lawrenceburg, Ind., vice president, Citicorp Credit Services; Bill Erpenbeck of Crestview Hills, president of the Erpenbeck Co.; John Finnan of Crestview Hills, president of Peoples Bank of Northern Kentucky; Barry Kienzle of Villa Hills, senior vice president, Paul Hemmer Construction; Thomas Neyer of Cincinnati, chairman emeritus of Al Neyer, Inc.;Michael Prescott of Mason, president, the Huntington National Bank; Carol Rich of Bellevue, social worker; andPatty Walker of Villa Hills, vice president, Cinergy Corporation.

Covington day care leader receives honor

               COVINGTON — Joyce Harper, who runs the 29-student day care program at the Northern Kentucky Community Center in Covington, has been named an outstanding African-American leader by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.

        She will be honored tonight at the 23rd Annual Salute to Black Achievers banquet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cincinnati. Ms. Harper is one of 87 Adult Achievers named by the program, which is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

        Channel 5 news anchor Courtis Fuller will be the master of ceremonies for the sold-out gala. The keynote speaker will be Lesra Martin, award-winning lecturer and attorney. Mr. Martin, as a boy, was instrumental in reversing the conviction of famed boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.

Pike County teen drowns while fishing

               BIGGS — A Pike County teen-ager drowned after falling into Fishtrap Lake in Pike County, Kentucky State Police said.

        Joshua Williams, 17, of Phyllis, was fishing with friends just after 9 p.m. Sunday when he slipped and fell into the water, state police said.

        Detective Joey Howard said that Joshua struggled to recover after the fall, but submerged and failed to resurface.

        A rescue diver from the Millard-East Shelbiana Fire Department pulled the youth from the lake and attempted resuscitation. Effort at Pikeville Methodist Hospital to revive Joshua were also unsuccessful.

Paducah inmate will exchange vows in jail

               PADUCAH — Michael Stricklin isn't letting a jail cell get in the way of his marriage plans.

        Mr. Stricklin, who is serving a seven-year sentence for a drug conviction, plans to marry his fiancee, Erin Pierce of Mayfield, during visiting hours at the McCracken County Regional Jail.

        The marriage was allowed under a new policy by Jailer Cliff Gill to allow couples to wed while serving time.

        But don't accuse Mr. Gill of being overly romantic; the bride and groom aren't allowed to make physical contact and the ceremony is conducted through a glass partition via telephone. At the end of the 15-minute ceremony, the bride and groom aren't even allowed to kiss let alone consummate the union.

        “I get as many as four requests a week from inmates who want to marry,” Mr. Gill said. “In the past, I didn't allow them unless the couple had a baby within the past six weeks. But I've done some research and determined that if they want to get married during normal visiting hours, there's nothing we can do to stop them, as long as they aren't disruptive.”

        Licenses have been issued to two couples and others have obtained a license but set no date.

English filmmakers plan Ali documentary

               LOUISVILLE — A film crew from England is producing a documentary on Muhammad Ali.

        Louise Murray, senior associate producer for TWI Television in England, said the documentary, Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World is scheduled to be completed in October. Ms. Murray was in town last week to gather material for the production.

        “I can't think of a more interesting figure in the 20th century” for such a project, Ms. Murray said. “Everybody is a huge fan of Muhammad Ali.”

        Ms. Murray visited Spalding University where Mr. Ali worked in the library in the late 1950s. She also saw the gym where he boxed.

        Besides interviews with celebrities and the general public, her project will feature old film footage and audio recordings of Mr. Ali.

        She is seeking film footage from local residents to be used in the documentary.

        Copies of the documentary's footage and some proceeds will be donated to the proposed Muhammad Ali Center, said Sue Carls, the center's communications director.


               Government and schools

        Elsmere: City Council, 7:30 p.m., city building, 318 Garvey Ave.

        Florence: City Council, 7 p.m., city building, 8100 Ewing Blvd.

        Highland Heights: Planning and Zoning Commission, 7:30 p.m., city building, 175 Johns Hill Road.

        Independence: Kenton County Fiscal Court caucus meeting, 9 a.m., courthouse, 5272 Madison Pike.

        Melbourne: City Council, 7:30 p.m., city building, Garfield Ave.


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