Monday, July 6, 2015

Area deaths

Clifton Darnell, 82, of Cave In Rock, Ill., a native of Crittenden County, died July 4, 2015, at his residence. Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gwendola Fae Arflack Ford, 85, of Burkesville, Ky., a native of Sullivan, died July 1, 2015, at Cumberland Valley Manor in Burkesville. Norris-New Funeral Home in Burkesville is in charge of the arrangements.

LG&E and KU make history with Kentucky’s first natural gas combined-cycle unit

After more than two and one half years and more than 2 million construction hours, Louisville Gas & Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co.'s new 640-megawatt natural gas combined-cycle generating unit — known as Cane Run Unit 7 or CR7 for short — is now commercially available, providing customers with another source of safe, reliable energy.

Employees and contractors working on the project wrapped up the unit’s final commissioning and testing phases in mid-June, clearing the way for the company to take control of the unit and commence its official commercial operation. The unit is the first-of-its-kind in the Commonwealth, making the changeover historic for both the company and the state of Kentucky.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined representatives from LG&E and KU as they officially unveiled the new unit with a ribbon cutting during a press conference this morning.
                                                           
"This project is important on so many levels – for the construction jobs it created, the innovation it highlighted and the air that it will improve. Our city is grateful to LG&E for its vision to bring this project to reality," said Mayor Fischer.

"The planning, permitting, construction and testing of this facility have been years in the making, so it's exciting to reach this point and see things come together," said LG&E and KU Chief Operating Officer Paul W. Thompson. "Not only is this generating unit significant for our state, it's also a significant part of our ongoing efforts to look down the road and, with approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission, put resources in place that allow us to meet the future energy needs of our customers and evolve with our ever-changing industry."

“With this new facility, along with our coal, hydro and future solar plant, we have a more diversified portfolio of generation that will help us continue to meet our customer’s energy needs at some of the lowest costs in the nation,” said LG&E and KU Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Vic Staffieri.

The new plant is being paid for, in part, by rate increases for customers of both utilities approved last week.

Thanks to spending that minimized budgeted costs and lower consumption of natural gas than projected during the unit’s testing phase, the company will achieve an estimated $18 million reduction in costs from the previous project forecast of $563 million.

CR7’s commercial operation marks the end of a remarkable construction period that saw more than 600 construction employees working on the project at its peak; a recordable incident rate of 0.37, which is one-tenth the average for industrial construction companies; and zero lost-time incidents.

The NGCC power plant first generates electricity through two gas turbines, and uses the exhaust heat from those units to generate steam and produce additional electricity using a steam turbine.

The unit will replace the bulk of 800 megawatts of coal-fired generation as the company retires 13 percent of its energy production from coal-fired units. LG&E and KU announced the retirement plans in 2011 as the result of stricter U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandates, which, after a thorough analysis of available options, made building this new unit the most economical option to pursue.

With CR7 fully operational and serving customers, the company will continue executing closure plans for Cane Run's coal-fired operations. Cane Run Unit 6 was retired at the end of March, and the process to retire Units 4 and 5 can now begin. The plans include capping and closing the facility's special waste landfill and ash pond, which should be completed in 2016.

The transition from coal to natural gas will bring an end to coal-fired generation at Cane Run that spanned more than six decades and pioneered award-winning, environmental technology for the utility industry, prompting a visit from President Jimmy Carter in 1979. The NGCC also will mean greater efficiency in power production and further reduction of emissions.

With these environmental efforts and CR7’s commercial operation, the company continues to produce energy cleaner than ever before — at Cane Run alone, reducing particulate emissions by more than half; sulfur dioxide emissions by 99 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 82 percent.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Longtime city treasurer dies

Longtime City of Marion treasurer Nina Winn, 80, of Marion died Saturday at her home. The funeral is Tuesday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Area death

Lena Lee Miller, 72, of Marion died Friday at Crittenden Health Systems in Marion. Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion is handling arrangements.

Responders working accident

First responders are currently working a single vehicle accident on the Long Branch Road in the northern part of rural Crittenden County. Early indications are that three people may be injured.

Friday, July 3, 2015

New schools superintendent name for Livingston County

Livingston County Board of Education today selected Victor Zimmerman as the school district's new superintendent. No further details have been made available at this time.

Zimmerman replaces Darryl Chittenden, who retired June 30.

The Crittenden Press is closed today in observance of Independence Day


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Offices closed Friday, Saturday for holiday

All city, county, state and federal government offices will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day. Crittenden County Public Library, the University of Kentucky Crittenden County Cooperative Extension Service, Crittenden County Senior Citizens Center and The Crittenden Press will also be closed that day.

All public offices usually open on Saturday, including the library, will be closed Saturday, as will Crittenden County Historical Museum and the Ben. E. Clement Mineral Museum.

The U.S. Postal Service will deliver mail Friday and will observe the holiday on Saturday.

Reports: Former Murray resident will succeed Keillor as ‘Prairie Home’ radio host

Reports from several Internet media are indicating that a former Murray resident has been chosen to take the place of an international entertainment icon. Multiple media sources are reporting that Chris Thile, lead singer and mandolin player for the renowned progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek, as well as his newest project, the popular Punch Brothers group, will soon assume host duties of “A Prairie Home Companion,” a public radio variety show that has been hosted by Garrison Keillor the past 41 years.

For the full story, visit the Murray Ledger & Times online.

Ledbetter Bridge down to one lane Monday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane on the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter starting Monday.

The daytime work zone lane restriction is to allow a detailed inspection of the bridge structure. All Kentucky bridges get a detailed inspection every two years with long-span bridges over lakes and rivers getting an extra walk-through inspection annually.

The inspection will include climbers, the use of an 80-foot manlift and placement of a Snooper Truck on the bridge deck to allow inspectors to examine all of the bridge structure.

Motorists should use caution in the work zone where equipment, flaggers and inspection personnel will be on the bridge deck in close proximity to traffic flow. All traffic will be moved to the left-hand lane in this work zone. Motorists can expect to encounter lane restrictions on the bridge each day between approximately 8 a.m. and about 4 p.m. The inspection work is expected to take about a week to complete, weather permitting.


‪As a reminder, the posted speed limit on the bridge is 45 ‬mph‪. Due to continued reports of motorists speeding on the bridge, K‬y‪TC has requested an enhanced enforcement presence during this inspection work.

The ‬n‪ew U‬.‪S‬.‪ 60 Tennessee River Bridge, also known as ‬t‪he Ledbetter Bridge, connects McCracken County to Livingston County between Paducah and Ledbetter. The bridge was opened to traffic in July 2013 and now carries approximately 7,300 vehicles across the Tennessee River in an average day.‬

Timely traffic advisories for the 12 counties of KyTC Highway District 1 are available by going to www.facebook.com/kytcdistrict1. You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.

Navigate traffic with KyTC, www.511.ky.gov, and Waze.