Fire department puts coolers on fire trucks
BENTON (AP) — A western Kentucky fire department has installed a refrigerator on one of its trucks with the goal of keeping firefighters hydrated.
Palma-Briensburg Fire Department Assistant Chief Todd Devine says the cooler will hold water so firefighters can battle flames while keeping cool.
Devine told WPSD-TV in Paducah the department plans to install more refrigerators on other trucks in the near future.
“Sometimes it’s the small things that mean the most,” said Devine.
Devine says the heat of summer, when temperatures can reach 100 degrees, and the weight of 35 to 40 pounds of equipment take a toll on the bodies of firefighters. Devine says the water can help drop the body temperature before problems arise.
“All of it has thermal barriers so your body heat doesn’t shed very well,” said Devine. “With the extreme heat we’ve been having this could possibly save a life whether it’s a fireman or someone we are there trying to help.”
Budge Industries expanding in Henderson
HENDERSON (AP) — A company that makes protective covers for vehicles is expanding its operation in Henderson County.
Gov. Steve Beshear’s office says Budge Industries expects to create up to 37 new jobs and invest $650,000 into the project.
The company will expand its 75,000-square-foot facilities and will expand into a new distribution facility.
The state has given preliminary approval for tax incentives up to $200,000 for the project.
Pennsylvania-based Budge Industries makes and distributes protective coverings for cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats and patio furniture.
The company will mark its 75th year in business next year and its 20th in Henderson.
State GOP House leaders release agenda
LOUISVILLE (AP) — Kentucky Republicans are promising action to try to repeal the state’s Medicaid expansion if they take control of the state House.
In another proposal aimed at the federal health care law known as “Obamacare,” House GOP leaders are vowing to push for a constitutional amendment to prohibit any person, employer or health provider from being forced to participate in a health care system.
The proposals are part of an agenda released Tuesday by House Republican leaders.
State Democratic Party chairman Dan Logsdon says the GOP leaders want to take away health coverage for hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians without offering an alternative plan.
Republicans are vying for a power switch in this year’s election after nearly a century of Democratic control of the House.
The GOP platform also calls for right-to-work legislation and tax reform.
Median cable barrier being installed along I-24
HOPKINSVILLE (AP) — Work has begun to add more median cable barriers in western Kentucky along Interstate 24.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the project will cover 24 miles at a cost of $3.1 million.
Beshear says there’s been a dramatic drop in crossover crashes during his administration as cable barriers have been added.
He announced the project during a stop in Hopkinsville last week.
A news release from Beshear’s office says traffic volume and crash data determine placement of cable barriers.
In Kentucky, more than 240 miles of barrier has been installed or is in the process. Most of it is along interstates and highways in urban areas, but more rural areas have qualified to receive barriers under the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program.
Grant will help tree health in Cumberland Plateau
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new initiative seeks to improve forest health across the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.
International Paper and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently announced $743,000 in funding to improve the region’s forest health by restoring shortleaf pine forests and treating hemlock trees against an insect pest that is spreading rapidly through the Cumberlands.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports the foundation formed the initiative with International Paper in 2013.
A major part of the effort is restoring short leaf pines, a species that has sharply declined due to modern wildfire control. Grant money will be used to conduct prescribed burns and selective harvesting on the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky and the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area in Tennessee.
Program on ‘Restoration Movement’ planned
TOMPKINSVILLE (AP) — Speakers will discuss the “Restoration Movement” during on program on religious history this month at Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site in south-central Kentucky.
The program is called “From Cane Ridge to Old Mulkey: A Look at Restoration Events in Kentucky” and will look at the 1800s movement.
Book signings will be held at 10:30 a.m. CDT before the speakers begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.
Speakers include educator and author Eddie Price, author and historian Loy Milam and Bowling Green minister Steven Hunter.
Old Mulkey Meetinghouse is the oldest freestanding log meetinghouse in Kentucky and was built in 1804. The site in Tompkinsville is about 25 miles south of the Edmonton exit on the Cumberland Parkway.