Flu activity in Kentucky has seen an increase in recent weeks
According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) flu activity in Kentucky is at their second highest activity level. Kentucky’s current flu activity level is Regional.
According to the CDC flu site the possible flu activity levels and their definitions are as follows:
No Activity: no laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza and no reported increase in the number of cases of influenza-like illness.
Sporadic: small numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases or a single laboratory-confirmed influenza outbreak has been reported, but there is no increase in cases of influenza-like illness.
Local: outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenza-like illness cases and recent laboratory-confirmed influenza in a single region of the state.
Regional: Outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenza-like illness and recent laboratory confirmed influenza in at least two, but less than half, regions of the state with recent laboratory evidence of influenza in those regions.
Kline pleads guilty
A Van Lear man who had hopes of becoming Johnson County’s next sheriff pleaded guilty to federal drug charges on Monday.
John Thomas Kline, 43, admitted to knowingly and intentionally distributing a quantity of Oxycodone and being in possession of a firearm during an illegal drug transaction when he appeared in federal court in Pikeville on Monday.
Kline was scheduled to appear Monday on a motion for rearraignment. He had formerly been scheduled for trial on the same date.
Local youth killed in auto accident in Lawrence Co.
By Kathy J. Prater
A Johnson Central High School student was killed in a highway collision that occurred last Thursday evening in Lawrence County.
Lawrence County police say the accident occurred at approximately 6:10 p.m. at the intersection of Rt. 1690 and Hwy. 645, in the Nats Creek area.
According to reports from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Kaitlyn Jude, 20, of Inez, was traveling south on Rt. 1690 when she failed to stop for a ‘STOP’ sign at the intersection, entering Hwy. 645 and into the path of a vehicle operated by Dorothy Edwards, 42, of Blaine, who had been traveling east on Hwy. 645 prior to the collision.
Jude, and a passenger in her vehicle, Hannah Tackett, 15, of Staffordsville, were both ejected from the automobile.
Authorities say neither Jude nor Tackett were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Lawrence County Coroner Mike Wilson pronounced Tackett dead at the scene.
Jude and Edwards were both flown to Cabell-Huntington Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
Assisting Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies at the scene were the Lowmansville and Cherryville Fire Departments and Netcare Ambulance.
The incident remains under investigation by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.
Funeral services for Tackett were held Monday at Jones-Preston Funeral Home.
Sexual abuse, bailjumping, theft top off indictments
In addition to the 28 drug-related indictments handed down Friday by a Johnson County grand jury, seven other individuals were indicted on varying other charges.
Christopher Jenkins, 33, of Ashland, was indicted on charges of sexual abuse, first degree, involving a child less than 12 years old. Jenkins allegedly subjected a child less than 12 years of age to sexual contact on December 6, 2012, in Johnson County. He faces up to 10 years imprisonment if convicted.
Melissa Sue Wagoner, 38, of Paintsville, was indicted on charges of bailjumping, first degree (two counts) for allegedly failing to appear as directed in Johnson County Circuit Court on Aug. 16. She faces up to five years in prison on the bailjumping charges.
Johnson County’s ‘Queen of Country’ honored with Medal of Freedom
|President Barack Obama presented Johnson County native, Loretta Lynn, the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. |
Long honored in her native Johnson County, Loretta Lynn, hailed as the “Queen of Country,” was honored Wednesday by the nation’s president.
Lynn was presented with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Barack Obama. “Her first guitar cost $17 and with it, this coal miner’s daughter gave voice to a generation, singing what no one wanted to talk about and saying what no one wanted to think about,” Obama said in the East Room of the White House during the awards ceremony.
Lynn quickly rose to fame in the early 1960s with such chart-topping hits as “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “Fist City,” and the tune that became her signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”