Paducah, KY – AT&T today said restoration efforts in the region are making significant progress. More than 750 workers have been deployed statewide to restore services impacted by the storm, including to Paducah and Madisonville. The vast majority of wireless cell sites are functioning normally, operating at pre-storm levels. AT&T technicians are still working to complete repairs to the company's wireline network and hope to restore affected sites to full capacity soon.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Representative Mike Cherry of Princeton has now filed his bill granting ten disaster days to school districts impacted by this month's debilitating ice storm. A similar bill filed by Louisville Representative Ron Crimm puts no limits on the number of disaster days districts could claim, but Cherry's not sure he could go that far.
"I'm open to any kind of compromise. If the majority of the members want to make it open-ended, that's fine. I just think open-ended is going a little far."
Frankfort, KY – In the ongoing effort to fill an almost half-billion dollar hole in the state budget, House and Senate leaders are considering raising alcohol and cigarette taxes. But the alcoholic beverage industry says, not so fast. Industry representatives, like Maker's Mark President Bill Samuels, descended on the State Capitol to argue against tax hikes.
Benton, KY – Recent high winds have caused Marshall County officials to issue a burn ban until further notice. Officials say citizens of Marshall County and the cities of Benton, Calvert City and Hardin should refrain from open burning effective immediately. Calloway County Fire Marshal Dickie Walls says an official ban isn't in place in Calloway and Murray, but urges residents to refrain from burning until conditions improve.
Murray, KY – Fewer than nine thousand Jackson Purchase Energy members remain without service today. JPEC estimates most primary lines will be energized by the middle to end of the week with repairs to lines serving smaller neighborhoods and communities by the end of next weekend. However, service restoration to members with damaged lines could take an additional two weeks.