Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

May 3, 2013

Jail overcrowding ordinance passes on split vote

May 3, 2013 —         Carter Fiscal Court met Friday in special session for the second reading of an ordinance to address overcrowding at the Carter County Detention Center.

       At the start of the meeting, Jailer R.W. Boggs was allowed five minutes to address the Fiscal Court with his concerns about the ordinance.

       “I would ask that the Fiscal Court be seriously cautioned as to making such a rash decision, placing our jail in a situation that assures it to be a financial burden on the county for years to come,” Boggs said in a written statement.

       He asserts that the ordinance would force him to relocate as many as 50 federal inmates, which he claims will cost the county upwards of $1.1 million dollars in lost revenue.

       Former magistrate Millard Cordell then attempted to ask a question but was informed by Judge-Executive Charles Wallace that the Fiscal Court would not entertain comments from the public during the meeting.

       Another former magistrate, Jeff Flaugher, then said, “It’s like this every day.”

       That comment drew the ire of Wallace who had Flaugher escorted from the courtroom and cited for disrupting a public meeting.

       “I won’t put up with this crap, you understand? You can’t just come in here and start smart mouthing,” said Wallace.

       Under Kentucky’s open meeting laws, the public's right to attend a meeting does not include the right to participate in the meeting and address members of the public agency.

       That allows Wallace and the Fiscal Court to deny public comment on the issue at hand.

       Magistrate Mary Ellen Greenhill then addressed the Court with her specific reasons for proposing the ordinance.

       “While I was negotiating the federal rate increase, a lot of things came to my attention that I wasn’t aware of before. That’s when I started looking up the state statutes about the jail,” Greenhill said.  “I’m just trying to bring us into compliance with state law.”

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