Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

November 28, 2012

Open meetings case to be heard Thursday

Nov. 28, 2012 —     A lawsuit against the Carter County Fiscal Court filed by a citizen and the county attorney will be heard in Carter Circuit Court on Thursday at 9 a.m.

    Renee Stewart and Carter County Attorney Patrick Flannery filed suit on July 27 in response to an opinion of the Attorney General’s office which stated that the AG could not determine if the May 29 meeting of Carter Fiscal Court violated the Kentucky Open Meetings Act.

    Circuit Judge John David Preston of Lawrence, Johnson, and Martin counties has been appointed to serve as special judge in the case.

    Stewart is represented by attorney Sebastian Joy of Ashland.

    During the meeting in question, Fiscal Court narrowly approved the first reading of two ordinances to establish the Northeastern Regional Jail Authority (NRJA) with Boyd County.

    The suit asks the Circuit Court to affirm that the Fiscal Court is a public agency, and thus beholden to KRS 61.820 and KRS 61.840, the statutes that govern open meetings laws.

    The lawsuit alleges that Fiscal Court willfully violated these statues when it refused to move the May 29 special meeting to a larger location, even after Flannery informed that court that doing so was necessary under the law.

    The overflow crowd at the meeting was so large that one of the benches in the rear of the court’s regular meeting collapsed under the weight of spectators trying to jostle their way into earshot of the proceedings.

    A ruling against the Fiscal Court would mean that the first reading of the jail ordinances would be void.

    The plaintiffs also are seeking court costs, attorney's fees, and all statutory damages that KRS 61.882 will allow.

    Franklin Circuit Court will hear arguments on Monday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. on another lawsuit concerning the NRJA.  

    The Kentucky Jailers Association filed suit Aug. 7 to contend that the NRJA agreement, if approved, would strip statutory oversight of the Boyd and Carter jails from their elected jailers, Boggs in Carter and Joe Burchett in Boyd, by putting the oversight of those jails under one authority.

    The KJA argues that the NRJA violates the “statutory framework” for a regional jail authority, which was created by the General Assembly in 1994.

    And that the duties of the jailers, established by statute and by the state constitution, are “unlawfully impeded” by the proposed authority.

    The suit seeks a declaration of the plaintiffs’ rights, along with a final judgment incorporating those rights, plus all other relief to which the plaintiffs may be entitled.

    Leeann Akers can be reached at or by telephone at 474-5101.

Text Only
Local News
  • 16 indicted by Carter grand jury

    Indictments of 16 persons have been handed down by a Carter County grand jury. Although 11 of those were processed June 27, the documents were released Monday to the Journal-Times.

    July 23, 2014

  • Wreck4.JPG Wreck leaves trail of gravel

    Members of Carter County Emergency Management, Norton Branch Fire Department, Kentucky State Police
    and Carter County EMS responded to an overturned truck Monday afternoon.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rex Collins.JPG Package liquor sales begin in Grayson

    It took more than a year, an investment of about $750,000, and a lot of paperwork but packaged liquor went on sale last Thursday in Grayson.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Star Elementary renovation underway

    Ongoing renovation of Star Elementary School was one of the main topics of conversation at Monday night’s meeting of the Carter County Board of Education.

    July 23, 2014

  • Standout Youth Rally

    The third annual Standout Youth Rally will take place this weekend at the Olive Hill Shrine Park. The Christian praise and worship experience is free and includes admission, food, camping and entertainment.

    July 23, 2014

  • Stage lighting welcome at renovated OHHS

    Performers at the Olive Hill Arts and Education Center, previously known as Olive Hill High School, eventually will be highly visible to their audiences in the future, thanks to help from the Carter County Community Fund (CCCF).

    July 23, 2014

  • Olive Hill fire chief to step down

    Olive Hill Fire Chief Wes Gilliam has informed the Journal-Times that he will resign from his position effective July 31.

    July 23, 2014

  • DSC_9807.JPG Beer on sale in Olive Hill

    Malt beverage sales began in Olive Hill last Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • store.jpg Packaged liquor sales begin this week

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_7242.jpg Rodeo rides again at Carter County Fair

    After three years with no rodeo, the bucking broncos will return to the Carter County Fair this Thursday and Friday.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo