Dairy plant in the works for Laurel County
FRANKFORT (AP) — A dairy processing plant planned for southeastern Kentucky intends to develop a low-calorie, lactose-free skim milk produced from Kentucky cows.
Kentucky Dairy Product Innovations will open its plant in Laurel County where it has a lease-purchase agreement to acquire a 12,000-square-foot facility. Gov. Steve Beshear’s office says the company plans to hire up to 20 workers and invest nearly $4 million into the project.
The company expects to be operational by the end of the year.
Beshear’s office says the company’s initial customer will be Fizza, which is also based in London, Kentucky. It produces a sparkling dairy nutrient beverage approved for sale at middle and high schools. The beverage is being co-packed by Prairie Farms Dairy of Somerset.
The state has approved tax incentives of up to $200,000 for the project.
Man’s body recovered from lake Cumberland
BURNSIDE (AP) — Crews have retrieved the body of a man from Lake Cumberland.
WKYT-TV reports it took search crews nearly two hours on Sunday to find the body of 42-year-old George John Fiorini.
The Pulaski County coroner’s office said Fiorini was diving off a cliff with friends when he went under. His body was found near Burnside.
Authorities say Fiorini had recently moved to Ludlow.
Deputies providing protection in Perryville
PERRYVILLE (AP) — The Boyle County Sheriff’s Department is providing protection to residents in Perryville after the city’s police force of two resigned.
The Advocate-Messenger reports Perryville Police Chief Charlie Parks and Officer Larry Nunes submitted their letters of resignation during a council meeting last week. According to the newspaper, scheduling conflicts arose after Mayor Anne Sleet had asked for a greater police presence during the afternoons. Parks requested a third officer to meet the demand; Sleet wanted Parks and Nunes to re-arrange their schedules.
Sheriff Marty Elliott said his office would provide law enforcement for the town until the situation is resolved.
City Attorney Lynne Coleman said the City Council would likely meet on Tuesday in a special session to discuss options to move forward.
Pikeville to get $15K to restore York House
PIKEVILLE (AP) — The city of Pikeville is getting $15,000 to go toward the restoration of an historic house.
According to the Appalachian News-Express, during a recent event the director of the Kentucky Heritage Council gave the city a ceremonial check to restore the York House.
The building dates back to the late 19th century and has ties to some of the most prominent families in the city’s history, as well as the Hatfield and McCoy feud.
Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn said it has not yet been determined exactly how much it will cost to restore the home, but the city’s main focus is stabilization.
He said it is estimated that, just to do the stabilization will cost $30,000 to $50,000, which is where the initial fundraising goal has been set, with the $15,000 from the Kentucky Heritage Council serving as the seed.
He said the immediate intent is to stop the rot and get the roof stabilized.
River Blast set for Saturday at Fort Boonesborough
RICHMOND (AP) — The Kentucky River Water Trail Alliance is throwing a party at Fort Boonesborough State Park to raise awareness of the river’s importance as a resource.
The River Blast is set for Saturday. The Kentucky Parks Department says activities include paddling races starting at 8 a.m. EDT, a car show, live music, educational exhibits, arts and crafts, and food. A fireworks show is planned for dusk, with most events running from noon to 10 p.m.
The event is free, but donations are accepted with $5 per car suggested.
Sponsors include the Kentucky Office of Adventure Tourism.
For more information, visit http://www.bluegrasstomorrow.org .