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State Fire Marshal and ATF encourage Kentucky residents to safely celebrate the Fourth of July

The Kentucky State Fire Marshal joins the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in reminding the public to exercise caution when dealing with fireworks. Haney “To better ensure a safe and happy Fourth of July, the public is encouraged to enjoy firework shows conducted by licensed professionals,” said Mike Haney, Kentucky’s Fire Marshal and Director of PPC’s Division of...

Kentucky State Police to participate in national crash awareness effort during Fourth of July holiday period

Kentucky State Police is participating in Operation C.A.R.E (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) during the Fourth of July holiday season. Beginning on July 3 and extending through July 5, at 11:59 p.m. – KSP Troopers will be taking part in a national effort to increase officer presence on Interstate and U.S Highways. Occurring during specific high crash periods, troopers will focus on keeping the...

Fourth of July brings outdoor fun, picnics — and opportunity for foodborne bacteria to thrive

The Fourth of July holiday offers opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. However, these warm weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly. To protect yourself, your family and friends from foodborne illness during warm-weather months, safe food handling when eating outdoors is critical. Remember...

City of Lexington to adjust trash collection schedule for upcoming Fourth of July holiday

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. No collections will be made on Thursday, July 4. Residents and businesses that normally receive curbside pick-up on Thursdays will be serviced on Wednesday, July 3 – the day before the holiday. Remember to place carts out after 4 p.m. on Tuesday to ensure Wednesday collection. Businesses...

Sixty Kentucky Air National Guardsmen return home safely after deployment to Persian Gulf

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today (Photos from Kentucky National Guard) It was an especially happy Fourth of July for the families of more than 60 Kentucky Air National Guard members who returned from their four-month Persian Gulf deployment on Wednesday. The Airmen, who arrived aboard Kentucky Air Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft, had been working from an undisclosed air base, flying troops and cargo across...

Richard Nelson: Declaration of Independence worth celebrating, but what are we fighting for today?

It was 242 years ago when America’s colonial leaders declared their independence from a tyrant who trampled their rights and usurped their self-rule. They outlined 27 specific violations citing a “long train of abuses” reaching back a decade to the Stamp Act and decided the relationship was irretrievably broken. So on July 4, 1776, the Founders formally separated from Great Britain...

Lexington Firefighters reminding residents of the do’s and don’ts for Fourth of July festivites

With the Fourth of July just a few days away, Lexington Firefighters want to remind Fayette County residents to celebrate responsibly. In Lexington, only “safe and sane” fireworks are approved for use — fireworks that don’t explode or leave the ground, said a Fire Department representative. For example, fountains, sparklers, smoke-balls, snakes, spinning fireworks, pinwheels, and noisemakers...

National Fire Protection Association offers fire safety tips for those outdoor Independence Day festivities

With the Fourth of July fast approaching and the summer months upon us, indulging in barbecues, holiday parties and swimming often top the list of activities to enjoy during the summer season. To help everyone do so safely, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding people about potential summer fire and electrical hazards, and providing tips and recommendations to minimize them. “By...

Keven Moore: Consumer fireworks bring risks — devastating burns, fires, and even death

Each Fourth of July, thousands of people — most often children and teens — are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks — devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. When it came to fireworks, growing up I used to think the cool dads and entrepreneurial young men in my neighborhood were the members of the...

Billy Reed: King of the hot dog eating world Joey Chestnut may just be the last American hero

As I was watching Joey “Jaws” Chestnut chomp his way to another championship in the Nathan’s World Hot-Dog-Eating championship, I had a startling thought: Is that the way I look to others, particularly members of the female persuasion, as I work my way through a meal? On the Fourth of July at Coney Island – the one on Long Island, not the one outside Cincinnati — Chestnut wolfed down...

Constance Alexander: Reading of Declaration of Independence inspires quest for knowledge

The Visitors Bureau of Murray, Ky., promised that July 4 would be a day of “Family fun and patriotic spirit” with a “jam-packed” calendar of events. They were not kidding. Starting on June 29 with Lil’ Mr. and Miss Freedom Fest pageant, the lead-up to Independence Day included the Murray Art Guild’s 50th birthday celebration, a 5K race, a Boy Scout Memorial Breakfast, a parade down Main...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Campbellsville marks Fourth of July with state’s largest holiday celebration

Since 1976, Campbellsville has hosted the state’s largest 4th of July celebration highlighting the great freedoms of the United States of America. City leaders call the event, which attracts up to 40,000 from all parts of Kentucky, a homecoming. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue....

BBB Trends: Happy 4th — and remember you have a right to fair treatment by businesses

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau This Fourth of July, Uncle Sam and the Better Business Bureau have a couple of reminders: First, have a safe, happy holiday and enjoy your Independence Day activities.    Second, scammers may not take time off, but you deserve a day away from worry.   Keep your Fourth of July holiday safe and scam-free with these tips:   1 Never give out your personal information...

Fourth of July marks start of summer travel season; KSP warns not to mix alcohol and driving

The Fourth of July weekend marks the beginning of the traditional summer travel season and the American Automobile Association projects a record 37.5 million motorists will hit the roads this year, an increase of 2.9 percent over last year. Unfortunately, it is also one of the deadliest holiday periods of the year due to drunk driving crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...

It’s not too late to enter Great American Pie Contest — forms must be in Friday for Monday’s event

It’s time for the most delicious event of the year. The Great American Pie Contest will be held noon Monday, July 3 at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park. Awards will be presented in two categories – made from scratch and semi-homemade. Awards will include first, second and third place in each category. Additionally, a special award of “prettiest pie” will also be presented. “We’re...

National Fire Protection Association urges leaving fireworks to the professionals on Fourth of July

Independence Day and fireworks go hand in hand, but fireworks shouldn’t go in consumers’ hands. That’s the message the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reinforcing this Fourth of July. Fireworks annually cause devastating burns, injuries, fires, and even death, making them too dangerous to be used safely by consumers. “Each year, thousands of people are injured from using consumer...

Fireworks fun, exciting and dangerous — tips to avoid a trip to the emergency room this Fourth

While fireworks can be fun and exciting, they also result in thousands of trips to the emergency room. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 12,000 people were treated for fireworks injuries last year, including more than 250 per day in the weeks leading up to and after July 4. More than one-third of these injuries involve children under 15. “Norton Children’s Hospital...

Science Guy: The key to making a homemade black snake for the Fourth? It’s all in the baking soda

Have you ever played with a “Black Snake?” Not the real one, the firework? When ignited, it smokes and creates ash resembling a snake. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey with Hooked on Science shows us how to create one by using a few ingredients from around the house. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked...

Kentucky State Parks the place to be for Fourth of July Weekend fireworks and entertainment

Let the Kentucky State Parks help you celebrate the 4th of July weekend this year. Several state parks are planning special events that include fireworks displays, picnics, entertainment and more. These parks are planning fireworks shows: Kenlake, Kentucky Dam Village, My Old Kentucky Home, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, Barren River Lake and Rough River Dam. There will also be special events at campgrounds...

AAA: Independence day will be historic, 44.2 million people expected to travel; here are some tips

This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue. With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, 2017 will be marked as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever. “Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence...