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Government

  • Kentucky hemp panel asks Ag Department to draft licensing rules

    By Janet Patton
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission voted Thursday to ask the state Department of Agriculture to begin drafting regulations to license farmers, with an eye to planting hemp in April.
    "Things are moving forward at a rapid pace," Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said afterward. "I think this is an exciting first step. History will decide whether this was a defining moment in Kentucky agriculture or not."

  • Garbage stink is finally aired out

    Collecting garbage is a dirty job, and since 1994, it’s caused a real stink between the Marion County Fiscal Court and the owner of Brookhaven Trailer Park.
    The county and Brookhaven Manor, Inc., have been in a legal battle since 1995, which finally came to a resolution recently.
    The legal battle began in July of 1994, when Paul Howard Jr., Brookhaven trailer park operator, stopped paying garbage collection bills after his payments were modified when Marion County Judge/Executive Dave Hourigan took office.

  • Flooding concerns shared with council

    Downtown business and property owners filled Lebanon City Hall Monday evening to air their concerns about flood water.
    Charles Mills of Chasers was the first person to address the council about recent downtown flooding.
    "I'm not here to raise hell. I ain't here to complain,” Mills said. He added they were there to help the city solve the problem.
    He recounted how the basement of his restaurant flooded as a result of heavy rainfall and how splashing water from passing cars created additional problems.

  • Ed Whitfield talks diabetes, the economy and energy at chamber luncheon

    U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield spoke on a variety of topics at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, including the fight against diabetes, the economy and the energy sector.
    Representatives from the American Diabetes Association were on hand to present Whitfield with an award for his work to help in the fight against diabetes. While Whitfield said no one in his family has ever had diabetes, it’s a cause that is near and dear to his heart after meeting a group of children in Paducah, ages 10 to 14, who all had the disease.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline officials, opponents address legislators

    By Ryan Quinn
    The State Journal

    A legislative committee meeting drew about 150 people Thursday for a discussion on the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline, which could make its way through Kentucky.
    Controversy has arisen over the safety and environmental risks of the project and the question of whether the pipeline companies have eminent domain to secure easements from landowners. All these issues came up Thursday, with lawmakers expressing both support and concern.

  • Lebanon City Council to discuss taxes, flooding

    Tax rates and flooding are on the agenda for tonight's meeting of the Lebanon City Council. The council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at city hall.

    The agenda includes a public hearing on the 2013 proposed tax rates. The city's current property tax rate is 19.1 cents per $100 valuation. The proposal is to increase the property tax rate to 19.8 cents per $100.

    The council is also scheduled to hold the first reading on the ordinance setting the tax rate during tonight's meeting.

  • Tourist commission to discuss Tibetan monks

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. today, Sept. 9, in Room 300 at the Centre Square Convention Center.

  • State sets final day for prisoners at MAC

    Sept. 30 is the last day the state of Kentucky will house prisoners at Marion Adjustment Center, according to Jennifer Brislin, communications director for the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety.
    The state announced June 26 that it would be ending its contract with MAC, which is the only private prison where the state is housing prisoners.
    State officials said they wanted to have all the prisoners out of MAC within 120 days of the announcement.

  • Redistricting plans approved… again

    Last week, the Kentucky legislature approved redistricting plans for the state House of Representatives and Senate for the second time in two years.
    The new districts were signed into law Friday by Gov. Steve Beshear.
    "I expect these maps will withstand legal scrutiny, so all Kentuckians can be assured of appropriate representation in the General Assembly," Beshear said in a press statement.
    The General Assembly included an emergency provision so that the new districts took effect as soon as they were signed into law.

  • Chickens still an issue for city

    In May, the Lebanon City Council reaffirmed its support for a ban against raising chickens in city limits. Last week, they got a reminder that poultry is still a problem.
    At the council’s Aug. 12 meeting, Kim Bell of St. Rose Road said one of her neighbors has had chickens for at least two years, and one rooster specifically has caused frequent problems for her.
    "He stays in my yard," she said.