(KYTC) - KY 3390, Hammond Creek in Johnson County, will be closed to traffic on Tuesday, March 24, to being work on the bridge superstructure over Hammond Creek. The road will remain closed until the work is completed. The contractor has seven days to finish the work. People to drive in the area will need to find an alternate route. Doug Wright, Section Manager for Highway District 12 in Johnson County, apologizes for the temporary inconvenience. He said that closing the roadway was the best way to safely rehab the bridge, and he appreciates everyone’s understanding and patience.
The Penguin Plunge on Saturday at Paintsville Lake was a huge success. Dozens of people jumped into the lake on Saturday morning, each donating $25 to Community Cares. That money went to Johnson County Special Olympics. You can see video footage from Saturday’s Penguin Plunge HERE.
Operation Clean Sweep held Saturday at Jenny Wiley State Park
Volunteers were out at Dewey Lake on Saturday participating in the annual Operation Clean Sweep event. Nearly 20 tons of trash was picked up on Saturday from Jenny Wiley State Park. Park officials say there is much more trash than normal this year because of the recent high waters. About 300 people were part of the event.
A second reading on Monday of a proposed occupational tax increase in Paintsville passed at a special called City Council meeting. Council members David VanHoose, Bill Mike Runyon, Tommy Trimble, and Shawn Thompson voted yes while Jim Meek and Sarah Blair voted no on the occupational tax increase. Therefore the increase passed. Those in favor agree the one-fourth of a one percent increase in occupational taxes would be the only way to payoff the cities debts, other than raising property taxes. The increase will go into effect on April 1st and run through March of 2017.
Mine Blowout in Martin County
A mine blowout in Martin County on Tuesday evening…it happened on Sawmill Hollow just off KY-3. Officials with Alpha Natural Resources say water shot out of the mountain in blowout. Waters did cover the roadway but it has since reopened. No homes were damaged.
JCMS Gets Governor’s Cup
Johnson County Middle School’s academic team is celebrating a big win. The team came in first place in the Governor’s Cup competition. Team members say they are proud of their team’s effort in coming in first place. Individualized awards were also in the mix for certain members. This makes twelve Governor’s Cup awards for the school under Coach Pam Burton.
Car Hauler Stolen in Paintsville
Paintsville Police are investigating after a car hauler was reported stolen. Police say a gray Penske car hauler was stolen from a church parking lot on KY-40 in Paintsville. The hauler has Indiana license plate P212786. If you have any information, you are asked to contact Paintsville Police.