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LAWRENCE COUNTY (August 21, 2017) – Shoulder repair work is set to start Wednesday, August 23, on KY 1690 at mile point 1.5 near the junction of Nats Creek Road. Engineer Tim Spencer with Highway District 12’s Paintsville Section Office, said the work could take two weeks or longer to complete. Work zone signs and traffic control will be in place for the duration of the project.

Geotechnical Services International is the job contractor, the same company that recently used its soil nail technique to repair a break near the Millard School on US 460 in Pike County.

“We are not drilling to install railroad steel like we usually do,” Spencer explained. “This process uses rebar underneath the pavement, parallel with the road bed, and fills the drilled areas with concrete. Then a mesh blanket covers the outside of the embankment and that, too, is sprayed with concrete. Drainage pipes are built into the project, which increases the life of the repairs significantly.”

People are asked to slow down when approaching the work zone. There will be periodic traffic delays.

“We apologize for the temporary inconvenience,” Spencer said. “And we want to thank everyone in advance for their understanding. Our goals are to make the roads as safe as possible while maintaining a safe work zone environment for the traveling public as well as the contractors and D12 employees who are on site. We appreciate everyone’s help and patience.”

Soil nail technique used to repair embankment failure; picture taken August 3 on US 460 near the Millard School in Pike County; work by Geotechnical Services International for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Photo by Sara George.Soil nail technique used to repair embankment failure; picture taken August 3 on US 460 near the Millard School in Pike County; work by Geotechnical Services International for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Photo by Sara George.


Date: 08-20-2017

Officials were not certain how the inmates obtained fire Officials were not certain how the inmates obtained fire

Kentucky Press News Service

A small riot broke out late Saturday night at the Boyd County Detention Center in Ashland. The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m., a news release said.

Ten inmates were arrested as a result of the early hours riot and fire set by inmates allegedly because of 'poor living conditions'Ten inmates were arrested as a result of the early hours riot and fire set by inmates allegedly because of 'poor living conditions'

The violence was confined to one cell block. Ten maximum security inmates began fighting with two deputies, WSAZ-TV reported, and then forced them to retreat until re-enforcements arrived. The inmates stacked furniture, blankets and other items against doors in a hall and set the pile on fire.

Some inmates were treated for smoke inhalation but no serious injuries were reported, said Boyd Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods.

Officials were not certain how the inmates obtained fire as of about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Boyd 911 dispatchers received calls from the jail on Saturday around 11:30 p.m. Woods said the initial call he received indicated that between 20 and 40 inmates were "trying to take over" the jail.

More than 150 first responders from Ashland, Catlettsburg, the Kentucky State Police, Boyd County Greenup County, Grayson were dispatched to the scene. Police cars, ambulances and fire trucks lined the streets while dozens of local residents stood on the sidewalks and watched the situation unfold.

Because of smoke and water damage, about 70 inmates were moved to other facilities. More could be moved Sunday, the station reported.

You can see a full report by the Ashland Daily HERE 


Follow precautions to avoid permanent eye damage including blindness

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2017) -– The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is warning the public not to directly look at the upcoming solar eclipse on Aug. 21 without the proper equipment and techniques.

People from all over the world will converge on the U.S. to witness the eclipse. While the solar eclipse will occur across the continental U.S., those within an estimated 70-mile path labeled “Path of the Total Solar Eclipse” which includes Hopkinsville, Paducah and the Land Between the Lakes will experience a total solar eclipse, lasting up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Outside of this path, observers will witness a deep partial eclipse, which will partially block the sun’s light. The last time a total solar eclipse occurred across any part of the contiguous U.S. was in 1979. Following the 2017 solar eclipse, the next total solar eclipse will not be visible over the continental U.S. until April 8, 2024.

“Looking at an eclipse without proper eye protection can cause permanent and irreversible eye damage including blindness”, said Hiram C. Polk, Jr., M.D., commissioner of DPH. “We encourage everyone to enjoy this special celestial event, but urge the public not to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun without special purpose solar filters such as eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers.”

There are several ways to safely view a solar eclipse and avoid permanent eye damage:

*  Eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers that meet the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 12312-2 international standard for eye and face protection products intended for direct observation of the sun may be used. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.

*  Telescopes with solar filters can also be used. Never look through a telescope without a solar filter on the large end of the scope. Never use small solar filters that attach to the eyepiece as found on some older telescopes.

*  Pinhole projectors and other projection techniques are a safe, indirect viewing technique for observing an image of the sun and can be constructed using paper or cardstock.

*  Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using your eclipses glasses or handheld solar viewer. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars or any other optical device.

In addition to eye safety measures, the following additional public health safety tips are recommended for people who participate in outdoor activities while viewing the eclipse:

*  Drink plenty of fluids. Increase your normal fluid intake regardless of your activity level. You will need to drink more fluids than your thirst level indicates. This is especially true for people age 65 and older who have a decreased ability to respond to external temperature changes. In addition, avoid drinking beverages containing alcohol, because they will actually cause you to lose more fluid.

*  Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen. Choose lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing. In the hot sun, wear a wide-brimmed hat that will provide shade and keep the head cool. Sunscreen should be SPF 15 or greater and applied 30 minutes before going out into the sun.


*  Apply an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellent such as DEET, picardin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-methane-diol or 2-undecanone. Always follow directions and reapply as directed.

*  Be sure to keep your hands clean to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.


State health officials will deploy portable medical tents at an upcoming eclipse event in Hopkinsville to ensure first aid services are available to participants through coordination with local and state agencies. The first aid tents will be staffed by Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers and public health staff. Public health environmentalists will also inspect food vendors in the region to help prevent foodborne and waterborne illnesses.

Video footage related to eclipse eye safety is available here. A video for eclipse eye safety for children is available here. Video footage for an eclipse safety kit is available here. Additional video footage on portable medical tent deployment is available here.

For more information on safe viewing of eclipses, please visit

For more information on the Solar Eclipse Across America go to