Sunday, September 09, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Parkway to be named for former governor

        PADUCAH, Ky.
— The Jackson Purchase Parkway will be named for former Gov. Julian Carroll on Wednesday.

        The ceremony, to be attended by Gov. Paul Patton, will be at the northern entrance, where the parkway intersects U.S. 62 in Calvert City.

        “I am humbled by the recognition of having a major landmark that will bear my name,” said Mr. Carroll, a native of Paducah who was governor from 1974 until 1979.

        The 52-mile parkway runs from Calvert City to Fulton, near the Tennessee line. It runs through Marshall, Graves, Hickman and Fulton counties. The first section opened Dec. 31, 1968, with the final section opening three weeks later.

Birth records show teen is baby's mother

— A 17-year-old girl who claimed to have found a newborn baby on the front porch of a Harrison County home was the baby's mother, according to state birth records.

        The baby boy was born at 12:30 a.m. Aug. 18, just five hours before the teen-ager called authorities.

        The girl and her older brother were house-sitting their friends' home — the place of birth, according to the certificate.

        Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton said the teen hid her pregnancy from her parents. “She was scared and nervous,” Mr. Hampton said.

        Mr. Hampton said the girl's brother was not aware his sister was having a baby while he was in the house, and no one assisted her with the labor.

        Mr. Hampton said he will not charge the teen with falsifying a police report.

        The baby is now in a foster home. The mother has told authorities she wants him back, and custody hearings are expected.

Clellan Prewitt dies at age 89

— Clellan Prewitt, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 89.

        Mr. Prewitt grew up in Garrard County and worked as a tenant farmer before going into business with his father. Together they owned Prewitt & Son, a general store in Garrard County.

        Mr. Prewitt and his wife, Leora, moved to Somerset in 1949, when he bought a stockyard there. His first tobacco warehouses were in Somerset, and he acquired interests in warehouses in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. He also owned livestock yards in Albany, Monticello and Science Hill.

        Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church in Somerset.

Teacher sentenced in sex-abuse case

— A Jessie Clark Middle School teacher, who pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor sex abuse charges involving three of his students, was sentenced to 12 months in jail, but probated for two years provided he attends a sex-offender treatment program.

        Fayette Circuit Judge Mary Noble sentenced Terry Squires, 49, on Friday. Mr. Squires entered an Alford plea — in which a defendant admits the evidence may convict him but denies actual wrongdoing — this summer to charges that he inappropriately touched three female students during a science class that he taught. Mr. Squires has been removed from the classroom at the middle school, but continues to work in a teacher resource center.

Detective accused of pulling gun on wife

— A domestic violence detective who represents the state's law enforcement officers on the governor's Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has been accused of pulling out a gun twice during a dispute this week with his estranged wife.

        Frank D. Smith, 41, pleaded innocent during an arraignment Friday. He is charged with a felony count of intimidating a witness.

        The charge stems from a dispute involving Mr. Smith, his wife and a male friend of hers Tuesday afternoon at the couple's house.

Lexington man drowns in Willisburg lake

— A Lexington man drowned after he fell overboard while fishing on Willisburg Lake, state police said.

        The body of Forrest Davis Jr., 55, was recovered from the lake, about 4 miles north of Willisburg, on Friday morning, according to dispatcher Randy Adams.

        Mr. Adams said Mr. Davis and another man, Shirley Wardel, 65, of Lexington, were fishing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when their boat experienced mechanical difficulties.


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