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Snow prompts several accidents
|Area officials are investigating numerous
accidents last week as a result of ice and snow slickened roadways.
were reported across the area following snow, freezing rain and sleet last week, which
also prompted numerous delays and closings in Lewis County.
Deputy Dwayne Stone is investigating two accidents on the Grayson Spur of the AA
Highway involving tractor-trailers.
Stone said the first was reported about 9:30 a.m. Monday as a southbound 1999
Freightliner tractor-trailer, operated by Avery Collins of Loganpsort, Indiana, went off
the right side of the roadway, struck a guardrail, went back across the roadway and struck
the guardrail on the opposite side.
|Stone said the roadway was closed for nearly
four hours. Collins was not hurt, although the tractor-trailer sustained extensive damage.
said the second accident was reported about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday when a tractor and
combination trailer, operated by Allen Ziegler III of Plainfield, Illinois, was traveling
south on the road and struck black ice.
Stone said the rear trailer slid into the northbound lane, striking a 2004
International tractor-trailer, operated by Mark Blake of Prichard, West Virginia.
Blake was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio, where he was
treated for his injuries. Ziegler was not hurt.
Stone said the road was reopened nearly eight hours later.
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awarded Bronze Star
|Army Reserve Maj. Brian L. Smith has been
decorated with the Bronze Star medal.
The medal is awarded to an individual who, while
serving in the Armed Forces, has performed a heroic act, meritorious achievement or
distinguished service during armed conflict or ground combat while engaged against an
armed enemy of the United States.
The major is normally assigned to the 377th Theatre Support Command in New Orleans,
Smith is a 1981 graduate of Lewis County High School and received his bachelor's degree
in 1986 from Morehead State University.
He earned his master's degree in 1990 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,
through the military extension program at Fort Knox.
Maj. Brian L. Smith, at right, has been awarded the Bronze Star. Making the
presentation was Brig. Gen. Michael Diamond, commander of the 377th Theatre Support
Command out of New Orleans.
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Former Gov. Nunn dies at 79
|AP - Former Gov. Louie B. Nunn was remembered Friday as a
Republican warhorse whose fierceness in politics was tempered by compassion for the
vulnerable while he was chief executive.
Nunn, whose administration was 1967 to 1971,
died Thursday night, apparently of a heart attack, at age 79. He remained a force in
Republican politics, though not always in the mainstream.
"He was a tenacious campaigner, there's no question. It was much better to have
him on your side than the other side," said Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who experienced Nunn
They were on opposite sides last Spring when Nunn's son, State Rep. Steve Nunn of
Glasgow, ran against Fletcher in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Fletcher won the
primary and Nunn held a fundraiser for him at his home outside Versailles.
|Fletcher on Friday telephoned condolences to Steve Nunn.
He also ordered flags lowered to half-staff at state government buildings and post
offices, a spokesman said.
Nunn's body lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday and
funeral services were conducted Tuesday in Glasgow, in his native Barren County.Nunn
collapsed at the end of a "sedate day" during which he entertained guests at his
home, Woodford County Coroner Steve Ward said family members told him.
Steve Nunn said his father's heart stopped around 8:00 p.m. "He was at home and
had a good day," the younger Nunn said. "He felt good. His heart just
Nunn was Kentucky's last Republican governor until Fletcher's election in November.
There were eight Democratic administrations between them.
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Burley tobacco quota up
|AP - The US Department of Agriculture announced Friday
that the burley tobacco quota will increase nearly five percent this year.
be allowed to market 301.1 million pounds, up from 287.8 pounds last year.
The news was expected since the USDA's Farm Service Agency recently announced the top
cigarette manufacturers plan to buy about five percent more burley this year than last.
Tobacco company purchasing intentions are a key part of the formula government
officials use to set the annual quota. The USDA also considers trends in exports of US
leaf and how much tobacco is unsold from previous years.
Burley growers, many of whom farm in Kentucky and Tennessee, have lost roughly 60
percent of their quota since 1997.
|Declining cigarette sales and increasing imports of
cheaper foreign tobacco are to blame.
"It's a small amount compared to what we've
gone through in the last few years in cuts," said Henry West, president of the
Lexington-based Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative, which arranges for unsold tobacco to
be stored and sold on a secondary market.
Nevertheless, West said farmers were glad to have some relief. "It's a positive
thing. We're glad that's happened," he said.
The government previously announced that farmers who grow flue-cured tobacco, most
commonly found in North Carolina, will experience a 10.8 percent cut in their quota this
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