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December 26, 2013

Turner back on feet after breaking a leg while hunting bear

Somerset —

State Representative Tommy Turner is back on his feet after breaking his leg while on a bear hunting trip last fall. He has recovered sufficiently to resume bear hunting and is ready to go back to Frankfort when the General Assembly convenes in regular session January 7.
Believe it or not, Turner has been bear hunting “two or three times” since he broke his leg. “We went bear hunting yesterday  (Monday) over on Black Mountain in Harlan County,” Turner said. “We didn’t do any good ... fog moved in ... we couldn’t see anything. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Looking through fog to see a bear is an analogy of trying to find money in state government to meet pressing needs. Someone said it’s almost like going bear hunting with a switch.
“We’ve got to find some money for education,” said Turner. Educators are demanding that financial support for education be returned to 2008 levels.
“And there must be money to fund the (state employees’) pension liabil-ity,” Turner remarked. “We’ve got to move money around and plug holes,” he suggested.
For Pulaski County, Turner said money must be available to four-lane the eastern end of south-eastern bypass.  Widening the two-lane section of Ky. 914 is currently being advertised for bids. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet hopes to award a contract in February that would include a completion date of August 1, 2015.
Turner also mentioned extending Somerset’s northern bypass. The relatively new road, a part of Cumberland Parkway, is the designated route for Interstate 66. The northern bypass currently is complete to U.S. 27 about two miles north of Somerset. Its designated route takes it from U.S. 27 easterly across Ky. 39 to Ky. 80 at Barnesburg. From there, a selected route for I-66 is through Shopville and Squid and across Daniel Boone National Forest to I-75 near the weigh station south of London.

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