Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Kentucky News Briefs

Guard unit leaves for European mission

        HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. — Members of the Kentucky National Guard left the United States on Tuesday for a six-month security mission in Europe.

        A military send-off for the 441 guardsmen was held at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. The soldiers had been training for their mission at nearby Fort Stewart since leaving Kentucky on Jan. 22.

        The guardsmen will provide security at U.S. and NATO military bases in Germany and Belgium. They were called up by President Bush to support the U.S. anti-terrorism campaign.

        The activated units include a headquarters company from Barbourville; line infantry companies from London and Somerset; and armored companies from Benton, Marion and Madisonville.

        They are among 1,700 Kentucky guardsmen called to active duty to support U.S. anti-terror efforts at home and abroad. It is the largest mobilization of the Kentucky National Guard since World War II.

Bluegrass museum reopens April 11

        OWENSBORO — The International Bluegrass Music Museum plans to reopen permanently on April 11, kicking off four days of bluegrass music in downtown Owensboro.

        The museum originally opened in 1992 but closed in February 2000 for a $3 million renovation.

        All living members of the museum's Hall of Honor have been invited to the opening ceremonies.

        Plans call for bluegrass musicians to perform in the museum and in other locations on the opening night.

        A local hotel and entertainment venue, the Executive Inn Rivermont, will begin a three-day indoor bluegrass festival on April 12.

        The announcement of the grand opening comes at a time when bluegrass is enjoying a surge of popularity. The O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, which has sold more than 4 million copies, is No. 10 on Billboard's pop charts this week, more than a year after its initial release.

        And CMT, the country music channel, recently devoted an entire week to bluegrass music.

State system rates chid care centers

        FRANKFORT — The state has rated 266 child care centers in 59 counties under a voluntary quality initiative.

        A rating system was part of an early childhood initiative, Kids Now, proposed by Gov. Paul Patton and enacted by the 2000 General Assembly. The idea was to give parents a way to compare centers.

        Ratings of one to four stars are assigned on the basis of such standards as staff-child ratios, overall group sizes and the training and education levels of a center's staffers.

        The Cabinet for Health Services says the 266 centers have more than 16,000 children. The ratings are on the Internet at

Bill seeks control of electronic junk mail

        FRANKFORT — Hold the spam!

        A House committee Tuesday approved a bill aimed at giving people a way to control the volume of unsolicited e-mail ads and junk faxes. All such transmissions would have to include “opt out” information telling how to notify the senders not to make contact again.

        In the case of a fax, it would be a toll-free telephone number. E-mails would include a toll-free number or a return e-mail address.

        Violations would carry civil penalties but no criminal charges. There could be a fine of up to $500 for a first offense. The fine could reach $1,000 for a second offense, and up to $2,500 for subsequent violations.

I didn't swing chair at coach, says dad

        MONTICELLO — A Wayne County man arrested for allegedly attacking his son's wrestling coach says he was wrong, but he did not swing a chair at him as the coach says.

        Thomas L. Day, 38, of Monticello, was arrested on fourth-degree assault charges Saturday after a confrontation with Wayne County High School wrestling coach Danny Upchurch at a wrestling meet earlier in the day, police said.

        Mr. Day's 13-year-old son, Charles, wrestles for Mr. Upchurch. When it was time for the him to wrestle Saturday, he told the coach he didn't feel well and the coach had him sit down, said Peggy Shearer, principal at the school.

        Mr. Day allegedly came down from the stands and accosted Mr. Upchurch. The coach suggested they go outside the gym to talk, Ms. Shearer said.

        As the two passed the ticket table on the way out, Mr. Day allegedly picked up a metal folding chair and swung it at Mr. Upchurch. The coach fended off the blow with his hand.

        Ms. Shearer said she had Mr. Upchurch go to the hospital to be checked for injuries, but he was not hurt.

        Mr. Day said his son had missed school most of last week with the flu and threw up after wrestling twice on Saturday. But when the son told Mr. Upchurch he didn't feel well, the coach said some inappropriate things to him and told him to wrestle anyway, Mr. Day said.

        Mr. Day said that made him angry. He picked up a chair but did not swing it at Upchurch, Mr. Day said.

        “I was wrong, totally wrong. It's not the caveman days,” he said.


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