State News in Brief


Tennessee Valley Authority votes against floating houses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has voted to remove floating houses from its reservoirs, but it’s giving owners 30 years to comply.

The board got an earful from homeowners who opposed the move at its Thursday meeting in Buchanan. About 40 people spoke during a public comment period. Several said they had poured their life savings into vacation homes that were poised to become worthless.

TVA Vice President of Natural Resources Rebecca Tolene said the homes are not houseboats but residential houses with modern amenities. She said developers have proposed entire floating subdivisions.

Board members admitted the utility has failed to enforce a 1978 rule prohibiting the homes. They said they were moved by the owners’ stories but had a duty to be good stewards of public resources.

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2 juveniles facing assault charges in shooting during parade

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Police have charged two juveniles in a shooting that wounded two teens near the route of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Pegasus Parade.

Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said Friday that both 15-year-old boys are facing two counts each of assault, tampering with evidence, possession of a handgun by a minor and receiving stolen property.

She said the teens wounded in the Thursday shooting are expected to recover. Police have said the victims are a 17-year-old boy believed to be known by the teens who were apprehended and a 14-year-old girl.

The shooting occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday along a main intersection in downtown Louisville that’s along the parade route. The parade began at 5 p.m. and people were standing and sitting about two deep along the route.

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Clay County man indicted for murder, fetal homicide

MANCHESTER (AP) — A Clay County man faces several charges after police say he shot and killed his pregnant girlfriend.

Media outlets report that a Clay County grand jury has indicted 52-year-old Sam Cornett for murder, attempted murder, burglary, wanton endangerment and fetal homicide following an April 30 shooting.

State police previously said Cornett’s girlfriend, 35-year-old Alisha Tye, ran from her home to a neighbor’s home to get away from Cornett. However, Cornett went to that home and forced his way inside. Police say that once inside, Cornett fired several shots at Tye.

Tye was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center where she died Sunday.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Cornett has an attorney.

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Nevada company to pursue purchase of unfinished nuke

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Nevada company said it will try to purchase an unfinished nuclear power plant from the Tennessee Valley Authority and use the site in northeast Alabama to produce electricity with new technology.

Michael Dooley, managing partner of Phoenix Energy of Nevada, said in an email interview the company wants to use the mothballed Bellefonte Nuclear Plant site as the base for a new, non-nuclear generation method.

The company has developed a system that uses electromagnetic induction energy fields to heat water indirectly and produce steam that would turn turbines and generate electricity at Bellefonte, Dooley said, and it already has “detailed plans” for Bellefonte.

Dooley said a power plant with dual units capable of producing 1,200 megawatts each using his company’s technology could be constructed and brought online for less than $300 million, far less than a nuclear plant with a similar generating capacity.

TVA said it has spent more than $4 billion at Bellefonte over the last four decades. Directors decided Thursday to declare the plant surplus property and sell it to the highest bidder.

TVA chief executive Bill Johnson said the property has been appraised at $36 million, only a fraction of what the utility spent on it. The 1,600-acre site at Hollywood, Alabama, includes two partially finished nuclear reactors, warehouses, office buildings, parking areas, railroad spurs and a helicopter pad.

Construction began at Bellefonte in 1974, but work was put on hold in 1988 and employees now simply maintain the twin-reactor plant, located on the Tennessee River about 50 miles east of Huntsville.

TVA is the nation’s largest public utility. It provides electricity to about 9 million people in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

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Volunteers sought to clean up Cumberland Falls

CORBIN (AP) — Officials are seeking volunteers to help clean up around Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in southern Kentucky.

A statement from the Kentucky tourism cabinet says the park is looking for help during Cumberland Falls Beautification Day to pick up litter and trash left behind after spring rain and flooding along the Cumberland River.

The cleanup is being held on Saturday, May 21. Those who can help should wear appropriate clothing and meet at the visitor center at 9 a.m. to get garage bags.

The park, located in Corbin, offers recreational activities including hiking, rafting, fishing and horseback riding.

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MSU budget recommendation includes eliminating 64 positions

MOREHEAD (AP) — Morehead State University has announced budget recommendations, including the elimination of 64 positions.

Multiple news outlets report school officials made the announcement Thursday.

President Wayne D. Andrews said in a statement that the cuts are in response to a budget deficit of more than $9.7 million because of declining enrollment, population and a decrease in state funding.

Of the positions proposed to be eliminated, 30 are filled and 34 are vacant. Other recommendations include a total of $4.9 million in revenue enhancements and $718,594 reductions in the university’s operating budget.

A final budget recommendation is expected to be presented to the Board of Regents in June.

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Logistics company opens new facility in northern Ky.

FORT MITCHELL (AP) — A logistics company has opened a new facility in northern Kentucky which will employ 30 people.

Integrity Express Logistics, a Blue Ash, Ohio-based company, spent about $820,000 to renovate building in Fort Mitchell.

Founded in 2007, the company provides third-party freight brokerage.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved tax incentives for the company of up to $200,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program.

Integrity Express Logistics also opened a Tampa, Florida, location opened last year and a Nashville facility will begin operations later this year.

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