Friday, August 03, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Demossville man, 19, found dead in lake

        WILLIAMSTOWN — The body of a Demossville man missing for more than three weeks was recovered Thursday from Williamstown Lake.

        Rod Denny, 19, disappeared July 9. He and Eric Lee Willoughby, 30, of Dry Ridge, were piloting a johnboat, a square, flat-bottomed vessel, when the boat sank.

        Mr. Willoughby swam to shore. Mr. Denny's body was sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort for an autopsy.

        The Kentucky State Police and Grant County Coroner's office are examining the incident.

TANK offers passes to encourage riders

        NEWPORT — Bus passes for the month of August are being sold by the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky for $20, a reduced “clean air” rate.

        August is the final month of TANK's lower fares to help reduce smog. Passes sold at the clean air rate are $15 less than normal rates for a monthly pass and will be sold through Aug. 10. For more information, contact TANK at (859) 331-TANK, Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. TANK's Web site is

        Funding for the clean air reduced fares comes from federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality money through the OKI Regional Council of Governments. For more information on OKI's clean air efforts, visit them on the Internet at

Woman, 40, dies in crash on I-275

[photo] Erlanger police officers look over the scene of a fatal accident on Interstate 275 about a mile west of Interstate 75.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        ERLANGER — Police identified Donna Taylor, 40, of Village Drive in Montgomery as the woman who died in a traffic accident on I-275 westbound at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

        Ms. Taylor's 1999 Mazda collided with the rear end of an American Freightways tractor-trailer about a mile west of the I-75/275 interchange.

        The accident temporarily restricted traffic to one eastbound lane, and traffic backed up for at least a mile. The accident remains under investigation by the Erlanger Police Department's fatal accident reconstruction team.

I-64 repaving will be done on weekends

        LOUISVILLE — Motorists will be rerouted away from a busy stretch of Interstate 64 for 15 consecutive weekends starting Aug. 10 so workers can repave the highway and repair a tunnel.

        The interstate will close between the Watterson Expressway and Spaghetti Junction as part of the $21 million project.

        The work will concentrate on a 3.3-mile stretch between Grinstead Drive and the Watterson that hasn't been thoroughly repaved since opening 31 years ago, according to Kentucky highway officials.

        “We've done a lot of spot work, but the concrete slabs have settled, and there (are) a lot of cracks. It's a rough ride,” said Kevin Bailey, the state Transportation Cabinet's project manager.

        The work is expected to require closing the interstate in both directions from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday each weekend through Nov. 19, although highway officials hope the contractor can finish work ahead of schedule, said Mark Pfeiffer, Transportation Cabinet spokesman.

Wireless call center expands near Grayson

        GRAYSON — Gov. Paul Patton attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the expansion of a wireless call center that will benefit five northeastern Kentucky counties.

        The Cingular Wireless Customer Call Center was dedicated Wednesday at the EastPark industrial center in Carter County.

        Cintas Corp., the uniform processing and distribution facility next door to Cingular, is in Greenup County, and part of EastPark Drive, on which employees of the two businesses drive to get to work, is in Boyd County.

        A.V. Rash, chairman of the Northeast Kentucky Regional Industrial Park Authority and the Ashland Alliance, said Carter, Greenup, Lawrence, Elliott and Boyd counties will all share tax revenues from Cingular.

Louisville hosting Street Rod Nationals

        LOUISVILLE — About 11,000 eye-catching street rods will converge here this weekend for the 32nd Street Rod Nationals.

        The event at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center is expected to generate about $16 million for the local economy, city officials said.

        Beyond rumbling engines, the loudest sound “for the next few days is the sound of cash registers ringing,” said Ron Scott, the president and chief executive officer of the Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

        Louisville will sponsor the event for the fourth consecutive year, and the seventh time overall. It is the third year of a contract that will keep the event here through 2010.

        More than 30,000 participants came for the 2000 event, and a similar turnout is expected this year. An estimated 70,000 spectators will attend.

McConnelll, wife to skip Fancy Farm

        LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell will not attend Saturday's Fancy Farm Picnic, the top annual event on Kentucky's political calendar.

        The three-term Republican said through spokesmen that he will be spending most of the weekend in Washington with his wife, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

        Democrat Lois Combs Weinberg, of Hindman, a McConnell opponent in next year's election, charged Mr. McConnell was “afraid to come out amongst the barbecue crowd” in Graves County and wanted to deny her the opportunity to gain credibility by making her first appearance with him.

        Mr. McConnell said, “Unlike Ms. Weinberg, I don't need a map to find Fancy Farm. I look forward to sharing the stage with her next year, if she makes it that far.”

        Mr. McConnell's chief of staff, Hunter Bates, said Mr. McConnell and Ms. Chao want to spend time together because they will be separated for most of the August congressional recess.

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