1st reading of a city occupational tax ordinance is expected to be on the agenda at the Sept. meeting of the Columbia City Council after a revenue committee appointed by Mayor Harris recommended the tax to the Council.

The City Council met in special session this week and the Revenue Committee made up of 3 council members (Robert Flowers, Craig Dean & June Parson) recommended an Occupational License tax of 1% effective January 1, 2015. 1st reading of the ordinance is expected at the September council meeting which will be held on Mon., Sept. 2nd.

All council members except Linda Waggener voted in favor of the occupational tax which will generate approximately  $1 million.  Waggener felt like the council needs more time for public input, thus voting no.

In other action at the special called meeting, the council approved the 2nd and final reading of an ordinance establishing a joint Columbia/Adair County Human Rights Commission.



The CEO of a bankrupt Kentucky oil company has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for scamming investors.

Anthony Young was sentenced to 33 months in prison on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell.

Young, of Knob Lick, pleaded guilty in March to defrauding investors in Ky. and Tennessee. He acknowledged that from November 2007 through December 2008, he fraudulently solicited investments through his company and took the majority of the money for personal and other uses.

Young also pleaded guilty to failing to file income taxes in 2005 and 2006 and having someone make a false statement on a federal form to purchase a pistol for him in 2010.



A shooting over the weekend at a Russell County business led to the arrest of a Russell Co. man on numerous charges.

According to the R.C. Sheriff's Office, the shooting occurred at Russell County Billiards. In connection with the shooting, authorities obtained a warrant for 35-year-old Jerry Brown. Before police served the warrant, they received a called on Tues. morning reporting a naked man was stealing a vehicle from a residence on Nelson Rd in Jamestown. Police responsed to the call and a pursuit ensued that led the suspect (later determined to be Jerry Brown) and police on Half Acre Rd and Bernard Ridge.  Brown lost control of the stolen vehicle on Stephens Ridge, ran off the road and then fled the auto. Brown ran across a field and was apprehended a few feet away.

Brown was charged with Attempted Murder; Wanton Endangerment, Possession of a Firearm by a  Convicted Felon,  Indecent Exposure, Fleeing & Evading Police and Theft of a vehicle.

He was lodged in the Russell Co. Jail and additional charges may be forthcoming.



A 2-vehicle accident on Tuesday afternoon in Campbellsville sent both drivers to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The accident occurred just before 3:00 p.m. ET at the intersection of Hwy 68 and West Hwy 744, approx. 5 miles east of Campbellsville. 58-year-old Susan Chaney of Campbellsville was attempting to make a left turn onto Hwy 744 from Hwy 68 and turned into the path of a vehicle traveling east on Hwy 68 being driven by Robin Wood, age 25 of Campbellsville.  Both drivers were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor Co. EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Taylor Co. Deputy Sheriff Branden Wilson investigated the accident.



A traffic stop by Columbia Police over the weekend led to a vehicle pursuit and the arrest of an Adair County man on multiple charges.

On Sunday at 6:37pm CPD Ofc. Josh Brockman (assisted by Ofc. Jordan Dean) initiated a traffic stop on a 1998 Jaguar for reckless driving and multiple driving violations on several city streets.

The driver, 54 year old Thomas Cheaney of Columbia, was ask to exit the vehicle and speak with officers. Cheaney refused, put the car back into gear and sped off through parking lot where several students were present.

Officers pursued the vehicle onto KY 206. That's when Cheaney lost control of the auto and slid off roadway into a soybean field 3 miles east of Columbia. Cheaney, who appeared uninjured, then became combative with officers and refused to exit the vehicle resulting in the deployment of a tazer.  He was then taken into custody without any further incident.

Thomas Cheaney was arrested by Ofc. Brockman and charged with Reckless Driving, Failure to Signal, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol 3rd offense (Aggravated Circumstances), Fleeing and Evading Police, 4 countys of Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree. Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Resisting Arrest, Failure to Produce Insurance and Possession of an Open Alcoholic Beverage in the Vehicle. He was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

Columbia Police were assisted in the pursuit by deputies with the Adair County Sheriff's Department.



The annual Mark Twain Pre-Season Band Invitational will be held Sat., Aug. 23 at Booster field.

A total of 15 bands will be coming to town for this band competition hosted by the Adair Co. Marching Band.   ADAIR and Lindsey Wilson College Bands will also be performing.

The out-of-town bands in attendance include: Barren Co., Cumberland Co., Campbellsville, Nelson Co., Larue Co., Corbin, Wayne Co., Taylor Co., Russell Co., Warren East, Pulaski Co., Anderson Co., Fred J Paige HS, Bullitt East HS, and Grayson Co. 

The first band takes the field at 4:00 p.m. ADAIR will take the field at approx. 8:30 p.m. followed by LWC.

The Adair Co. Band will be giving away the Ranger/Razor at 7:00 p.m. If you still don't have a ticket, see any band booster or member.




The Columbia Police Department investigated an assault that resulted in a Taylor County man being air lifted to the University of Louisville Hospital and an Adair Co. man being arrested.

On Friday morning just before 8:00 a.m., CPD officers responded to the 900 block of Russell Rd to investigate an assault. Upon arrival, officers came into contact with 37 year old Ronnie Vanheck and observed that he was in need of medical attention for injuries he had sustained.

Adair County EMS treated and transported Vanheck to Westlake Regional Hospital. A short time later he was flown by Air Evac to the University of Louisville for multiple fractures to the face.

After investigating the incident further, a suspect was identified and 44 year old Steve Handy was took into custody at 1:24p.m.  Handy was charged with Assault 2nd degree with serious physical injury and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail by Ofc. Charles Greer who is continuing the investigation.


The Adair Co. Sheriff's Office and Adair EMS responded to a single vehicle wreck on Edmonton Rd on Sunday.

36-year-old Autumn Marks of Adair County was operating a 2007 Saturn traveling west when she swerved to miss a dog and lost control. Marks slid downhill before the vehicle rolled on its side and stopped in a ditch line. Marks declined treatment. Police say slippery conditions are believed to be a factor in the accident.


The Adair Co. Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a stolen vehicle on Saturday morning.

Boyd Burton, who resides off of Wheat Road near the Adair-Russell line, reported his 1999 Chevy Tracker had been stolen overnight. On Sunday, Kentucky State Police located the vehicle in Russell County on Mt Pleasant Road at the residence of Terri Garner. Garner, age 32 of Russell Springs, was taken into custody on outstanding warrants and the vehicle was returned to the owner.

Deputy Adam Cravens is investigating the case and charges are pending.


Piper Lynn Kemp and Logan Blaine Bardin, the 2014 Miss & Mister Adair County Fair, traveled to Louisville on Thursday to the Kentucky State Fair to complete in the 2014 State Little Miss & Mister Pageant and won 4th runner up out of over 70 couples.

Piper is the 7-year-old daughter of Nick and Whitney Kemp of Columbia and Blaine is the 7-year-old son of Shawn and Kasey Bardin of Columbia.


An Adair County couple was arrested this week on multiple drug trafficking charges.

The Columbia Police Department arrested 27-year-old Antoinette Childers for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree. 50-year-old David Bennett was charged with 3 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree (Firearms Enhanced), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (Firearms Enhanced), Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (Firearms Enhanced), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both Childers and Bennett were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

So far in 2014, the Columbia Police Dept. has arrested 26 individuals as part of a drug sweep.


A Green Co. man was arrested this week following a domestic altercation.

Kentucky State Police Post 15 responded to 822 Hudgins HWY in Green County at 4:02 p.m. on Thursday afternoon to a report of a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, police discovered that Tony Evans, 54, of Summersville, had been involved in a domestic altercation with his wife Debbie Evans. Reportedly Mr. Evans fired shots at his wife but she was uninjured and had fled the scene. Tony Evans was taken into custody and charged with Menacing, Resisting Arrest, Cultivation of Marijuana, Wanton Endangerment and Attempted Murder. Tony Evans was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.