3 killed in eastern Ky. crash
JACKSON (AP) — State police say three people have died and two more suffered injuries when a truck flipped over on an eastern Kentucky highway.
WYMT-TV reports the crash happened Wednesday night in Breathitt County on Kentucky 3193.
Trooper Tony Russell said it appears the driver lost control of the vehicle, overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. Russell said the truck, which had five passengers, began flipping and hit a house. He said no one was home at the time of the crash.
Those killed in the crash were 31-year-old Adam Fugate, 24-year-old Lee Campbell and 19-year-old Pearl Armstrong. The names of the injured haven’t been released.
Keeneland unveils dirt surface on main track
LEXINGTON (AP) — Keeneland’s new dirt track is open and ready for training.
Just over three months after beginning a switch from synthetic Polytrack to dirt on its 1 1/16-mile main track, Keeneland debuted the surface Thursday morning. The conversion included installing a new drainage system and the facility will use GPS to monitor surface consistency for horse and rider safety.
Construction workers began removing 16,000 tons of Polytrack in mid-May to replace it with a 26,000-ton base layer of sand and a 19,000-ton mix of sand, silt and clay.
Track president and CEO Bill Thomason said in a release that “we are proud of the renovation and excited to welcome owners and trainers back to Keeneland.”
Keeneland’s fall meet runs Oct. 3-25 and will host next year’s Breeders’ Cup stakes races.
Lexington looks at housing program for homeless
LEXINGTON (AP) — Officials in Lexington are looking to start a housing program for homeless people living in the city.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the city hopes to have bids early next week from possible providers for its Housing First program. Officials are aiming to have some people in homes by the end of the year.
Charlie Lanter, who was named in May as the city’s first director of the office of homeless prevention and intervention, said the pilot project would begin by serving about 20 people.
“We hope to have it up and running by November,” Lanter said.
He said the effort would be cost effective because chronically homeless people cost taxpayers due to repeated stays in hospitals, jails and prisons.
“It’s a permanent housing,” Lanter said. “It is not time-limited.”
The program, which has been successful in other cities including Louisville, is among many changes the city is making to address the plight of the homeless.
Lanter is also looking at making changes in how the city tracks homelessness in an effort to get more federal funds.
In addition, he wants to name a board to help oversee city programs for the homeless and help it establish goals and measure outcomes.
Set of praying hands made from tree at university
CAMPBELLSVILLE (AP) — An 8-foot set of praying hands that will be displayed at Campbellsville University is the work of an artist who carved the hands from a 100-year-old oak tree that stood on the campus of the central Kentucky Christian school.
The university says the state Forestry Division had examined the tree and determined it should come down due to safety issues. The school says the tree was more than 70 percent dead. It was cut down this summer.
University Grounds Director Rob Roberts hired Louisville chainsaw artist Rob Peterson to carve the praying hands. The piece weighs 2,000 to 3,000 pounds.
Roberts would also like to have a tiger, in honor of the school’s mascot, for the next project, but as with the praying hands, it is waiting on a donor.
Brown among Ali Humanitarian Award winners
LOUISVILLE (AP) — Muhammad Ali is honoring another iconic athlete who became a key figure in the civil-rights movement — Jim Brown.
The NFL Hall of Fame running back will receive a lifetime humanitarian achievement award bearing the boxing great’s name.
Brown headlines a lineup of Ali Humanitarian Award winners announced Thursday that includes actress Susan Sarandon. The Academy Award winner will receive the award for global citizenship for charitable work that includes serving as an ambassador for UNICEF.
The awards ceremony is set for Sept. 27 in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali’s hometown. Ali is expected to attend.
Like Ali, Brown has been an outspoken civil-rights advocate who was at the top of his sport in the 1960s.
Last year, former President Jimmy Carter was the inaugural winner of the lifetime humanitarian achievement award.