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Senator Smith wants DUI thrown out based on 1891 law
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Senator Brandon Smith

Senator Brandon Smith is hearkening back to days of old in protesting a DUI he received earlier this month in Frankfort.
Following the first day of business for the 2015 legislative session, Smith was pulled over and arrested on a charge of driving under the influence by a Kentucky state trooper. The administered citation says Smith had a .088 percent blood alcohol level in a portable breath test.
Smith wants the charge dismissed based on Section 43 in the state constitution which was added in 1891.
That section reads: “The members of the General Assembly shall, in all cases except treason, felony, breach or surety of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance on the sessions of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House they shall not be questioned in any other place.”

Re-elected county school board members sworn in at meeting
Newly elected Johnson County District Judge John Chafin officially swore in re-elected Johnson County Board of Education members Bruce Aaron Davis and James Doug Wright just prior to the beginning of Monday’s meeting. Photo by Kathy J. Prater/Staff

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Members of the Johnson County Board of Education met in regular session on Monday evening, with the first order of business being the swearing in of re-elected board members Bruce Aaron Davis and Doug Wright by Johnson County District Judge John Chafin.
Following, Superintendent Thomas Salyer read a proclamation in recognition and appreciation of the five member board. Salyer gave each board member a certificate recognizing their various years of service with Chairman Bob Hutchison having served 20 years on the board; Vice Chairman Melvin Vanhoose having served 30 years on the education board; James Doug Wright, 16 years; Bruce Aaron Davis, four years; and, William Fraley, two years.
Board members also elected officers for the year, those being: Bob Hutchison, chairman; Melvin Vanhoose, vice chairman; Valarie Blair, secretary; and, Misty Goble, treasurer.
After approving past meeting minutes and bills and payroll through Jan. 22, board members also moved to approve a payment of $21,089.89 to the architectural firm working on current renovation projects.
Also approved was the revised 2015-16 school calendar, as well as the 2016-17 school calendar.
Approval was also granted to allow the superintendent to sell surplus items on (no finder’s fees required); Porter Elementary was granted approval to participate in a cookie dough fundraiser; and, a nutrition and wellness update report was received.
Also approved was the 2015-16 draft budget; and, board members agreed to support a KSBA resolution protesting a proposed 13 percent increase in utility rates by Kentucky Power.
A motion to approve reciprocal agreements with other area school systems was tabled on a motion to do so offered by Bruce Aaron Davis.

Porter appoints wife to tourism board; says it’s a ‘natural fit’
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

The Paintsville Tourism Commission met in special session Tuesday, at the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum. Joining current commissioners at the meeting table was Bonnie Porter, newly appointed to the tourism board.
Just prior to the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Bob Porter informed those in attendance that appointing Bonnie Porter to the tourism commission was “a natural fit” due to Mrs. Porter’s role as Main Street Association director.
“Main Street and tourism go hand-in-hand and work together to promote tourism in the area, so it seems a natural fit,” Porter said.

Injured woman flown out following highway accident
A Tutor Key woman was critically injured in a head-on collison that occurred Wednesday morning near Little Mud Lick.

Staff Report

A Tutor Key woman was flown via medical helicopter to a West Virginia hospital following a head-on collision that occurred early Wednesday morning on Ky. Rt. 40 W in the Staffordsville community, near Little Mud Lick.
According to reports from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Terry Tussey arrived on scene and found Kearston D. Daniels, 27, critically injured after the vehicle she was operating was struck head-on by a vehicle operated by Brandyn J. Reinford, 22, of West Liberty.

Serious financial situation
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Working to get the city’s finances in order was the recommendation of Jim Bryant, auditor, Wells & Company, to the Paintsville City Council on Monday evening.
In summarizing a report on the 2013-2014 audit, Bryant told council members that a “serious situation” existed with cash flow. Bryant said the city either needed to find a way to avoid additional expenses or find ways in which to cut costs. One cost saving tip he offered was to pay bills on time in order to avoid the payment of late fees. Late fee charges accounted for approximately $26,000 from the city’s budget last year, Bryant pointed out.

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