Jim Beam to be fined for bourbon fire that hurt rivers, fish

VERSAILLES -- Authorities say Jim Beam will be fined for the warehouse fire that contaminated nearby waters with bourbon and killed fish.

Kentucky's Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesman John Mura tells WKYT-TV that there will be a penalty. He says the state Department of Fish & Wildlife may also fine the company. The cost of the fines was unclear as of Wednesday.

A lightning strike set the Woodford County warehouse on fire last week and destroyed about 45,000 barrels of bourbon. The site burned for days and runoff filled with alcohol and firefighting chemicals bled into nearby rivers and creeks, removing oxygen from the water and killing fish.

The cabinet said the nearly 23-mile alcohol plume moved through the Kentucky River and into the Ohio River, where it is dissipating.

Man slain in Tennessee identified as Airborne solider

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- A man fatally shot on a Tennessee basketball court has been identified as a 101st Airborne Division soldier stationed at Fort Campbell.

A Fort Campbell spokesperson told news outlets 23-year-old Kendrick Grayer was a fire control specialist assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He died on July 4.

The Texas-native joined the Army in 2014 and arrived at Fort Campbell in 2015. Spc. Grayer's awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Air Assault Badge.

The Clarksville Police Department say 22-year-old Adriam Hodge was charged on July 5 with homicide.

The investigation is ongoing.

Agent: Man shot self while trying to flee police

LEXINGTON -- A federal agent says in a court affidavit that a man accidentally shot himself in the leg while fleeing police in Kentucky.

News outlets report the affidavit by a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the man ran during a traffic stop in Lexington. A Lexington police officer began chasing him, and police say shots were fired.

The affidavit says the man shot himself in the thigh while trying to pull a gun. The record says the officer fired but that it's believed his rounds missed the man. The officer was responding to a report of a burglary Wednesday evening.

Kentucky State Police are investigating.

State police said the man has been released from the hospital and is in custody on a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Kentucky awards clerk grants for records preservation

FRANKFORT -- Kentucky's Department for Libraries and Archives is awarding about a half million dollars in grants for the preservation and management of local government records.

Clerk offices in 20 counties received grants ranging from $6,500 in Letcher County to nearly $77,000 in Washington County as part of the Local Records Program. The 20 grants total $449,656 for the first round of fiscal year 2020.

A release from the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet says the program helps to preserve, protect and make available records with continuing archival value.

The county clerk offices receiving grants are: Bourbon, Boyd, Clark, Clinton, Daviess, Franklin, Jackson, Jessamine, Lawrence, Letcher, Mason, Magoffin, Menifee, Monroe, Montgomery, Nicholas, Pike, Rockcastle, Warren and Washington counties.

Land Between the Lakes campground reopened following storm

GOLDEN POND -- Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area says a popular campground that was closed after a storm last month has been reopened.

The park said in a statement that the June 21 storm damaged Energy Lake Campground, which was near capacity. U.S. Forest Service staff evacuated the area as trees and debris fell on power lines.

No injuries were reported, but there was significant damage to the campground in Trigg County, causing it to remain closed until Wednesday.

The park said Taylor Bay Campground and Star Camp remain closed as workers continue to remove debris and cut dangerous trees.

Land Between the Lakes covers more than 170,000 acres (68,800 hectares) in western Kentucky and Tennessee.

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