Saturday, July 07, 2001

Kentucky Digest

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson is helping a statewide task force identify cemeteries that are in need of protective or restorative services.

        A cemetery preservation task force was formed in May to examine the condition of cemeteries that are facing challenges with grounds care and protection. The team will submit its report to the 2002 General Assembly for legislative action.

        Anyone with information regarding cemeteries with historical, cultural or personal importance should complete the survey at The deadline for submission is Aug. 15.

Christmas in July helps Welcome House

— The Florence, Fort Thomas and Fort Wright branches of Guardian Savings Bank are sponsoring “Christmas in July” to benefit Welcome House of Northern Kentucky.

        The branches are asking customers to donate personal care items to be given to the emergency assistance pantry of Welcome House. Guardian Savings Bank promised to match all items donated.

Garden Club seeks entries for show

               BURLINGTON — The Boone County Garden Club is seeking entries for its annual flower show on Aug. 9 at the Boone County fairgrounds.

        There are 29 flower classifications, 12 types of flower arrangements, and various flower designs for entrants 8 and younger, and 9 to 15.

        Entrants can get a list of rules, requirements and types of flowers from the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service at (859) 586-6101.

Ex-UK chancellor takes over art museum

               LEXINGTON — Donald E. Sands, former vice chancellor for academic affairs, will come out of retirement to serve as acting director of the University of Kentucky Art Museum until a permanent successor is selected.

        Mr. Sands, also the former chair of the chemistry department, was selected to replace the current director, Harriett Fowler-Mobley, who retired June 30.

        Ms. Fowler-Mobley was director of the art museum, located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue, since 1990.

        A national search is continuing to find a permanent director.

        Founded in 1976, the muse um has a growing permanent collection of nearly 4,000 works in all media and an active schedule of exhibitions and programs.

Taylor Mill city commission meeting

               TAYLOR MILL
— City commission will meet at Pride Park Shelter House No. 1 Wednesday. Pride Park is located at 5614 Taylor Mill Rd.

        The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Edgewood council meeting canceled

               EDGEWOOD — Because of a light agenda, Mayor John Link has canceled Monday's regularly scheduled city council meeting.

        The next regular council meeting will be July 23.

Inmates surrender control of dormitories

               WHEELWRIGHT, Ky. — Special response teams were preparing to move in when inmates surrendered control of four dormitories at the medium-security Otter Creek Correctional Center in Floyd County Friday morning, officials said.

        Some inmates hurled rocks and other objects at guards during the nine-hour uprising that started in the recreation yard, said Don Burke, spokesman for the private prison owned by Corrections Corp. of America in Nashville, Tenn.

        “They destroyed everything they could get their hands on, but no one was seriously injured,” Mr. Burke said.

        The inmates had no hostages and made no demands in their talks with the special operations and response teams called in to quell the disturbance.

        Two inmates were treated Friday morning for minor cuts and bruises. Neither had to be taken to a hospital.

        Otter Creek, which opened in 1993, has 587 inmates, all of whom are from the Indiana prison system. Until last year, the prison was used to house minimum security Kentucky inmates.

        Until repairs are made in the damaged dormitories, inmates are being housed in the gymnasium and two other dormitories that were not damaged, said Pam Pattison, spokeswoman for the Indiana Department of Corrections.

        Ms. Pattison said prisoners gave up peacefully when special operations and response teams from Kentucky and Tennessee delivered an ultimatum to surrender or be taken by force. Some offenders will leave Otter Creek and be transferred to prisons in Indiana, she said.

        “Once those people and sanctions have been imposed, the department will look at bringing those individuals to an Indiana Department of Correction facility and (they) could be reclassified to a higher level of security.”

        Mr. Burke said 377 inmates were in the prisoner-controlled dormitories. Not all of them were willing participants in the uprising, he said.


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