(CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.) – 19-year-old Justin Atwood and 17-year-old Jade M. Sullivan, both of Campbellsville were killed Saturday, May 5, 2012 at approximately 7:08 PM EDT on US 0068, 1 mile east of Campbellsville. The collision occurred when a westbound 2009 Nissan, operated by Atwood with Sullivan as a passenger, attempted to pass a vehicle and pulled into the path of an eastbound 2006 Jeep, striking it head-on. Both vehicles overturned and came to rest on the south side of the roadway. The Jeep was operated by 21-year-old Lauren Dyer of Burkesville, KY. Dyer, the lone occupant, was wearing her seatbelt and was transported to Taylor County Regional Hospital and later transported by ambulance to UK Hospital in Lexington where she is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Both Atwood and Sullivan, who were not wearing seatbelts, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The collision is still under investigation by Tpr. Logan Richardson. He was assisted at the scene by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and Taylor County Fire, EMS and Rescue.
(April 12, 2012)
Last week, Amazon hit the news feeds of web-users across the nation for its treatment of employees and small booksellers and its lack of involvement in the Seattle community.
Some Amazon workers have complained that their warehouse jobs have pushed them to their limits in order to keep up with production. Production is key to Amazon, but it becomes difficult for employees to be efficient and effective when they work in challenging conditions.
Some of Amazon’s older warehouses have no air-conditioning, like those in Allentown, Penn. and Campbellsville, Kent. Several of these workers suffered from heat-related illnesses.
The Seattle Times reported that Amazon has more than 15,000 full-time employees in warehouses around the nation called “fulfillment centers.” Some of these employees reported poor working conditions inside those fulfillment centers, garnering a lot of media attention.
Paul Grady, a former Amazon warehouse employee, once complained that a warehouse safety worker in Allensville ordered him to tell emergency workers that his hip injury was not work-related when it in fact was.
Elmer Goris spent one year working in the same warehouse. He said he quit because he couldn’t stand the unbearable working conditions and mandatory overtime. Goris even witnessed some of his coworkers pass out at a water fountain and reported that he had nearly fainted himself.
“I never felt like passing out in a warehouse and I never felt treated like a piece of crap in any other warehouse,” Goris told the Seattle Times.
Last year, the high temperatures inside the warehouse in Allensville caused 15 people to collapse in a single day, resulting in a federal inspection that demanded changes to warehouse policies.
Amazon issued a recent statement regarding warehouse safety soon after, which read in part:
“Since we ship hundreds of millions of packages a year, employ tens of thousands of associates, and record millions of work hours, it isn’t possible to accurately portray the effectiveness of our procedures with anecdotes. To accurately reflect our operations, any reporting must focus on examining our safety record as measured against relevant industry benchmarks.”
Though many employee anecdotes that have surfaced are manifested as online complaints, not all of Amazon’s employees share the same negative experience.
Kevin Mooers, a Finance and Business Economics double major at Seattle University, was a Financial Analyst Intern for the Merchant Services department. In this position, he helped third party sellers, the dealers that students purchase textbooks from if they are not sold directly by Amazon.
Mooers noted that the experience he had at Amazon was quite positive, highlighting what he described as an extremely supportive and helpful team.
Mooers was unable to shed light on Amazon’s treatment of small booksellers since his work was largely unrelated to them, though many news sites have covered the issue of Amazon’s reportedly harsh treatment of book publishers and questionable market research tactics, including a promotion last December that encouraged Amazon customers to scan the prices of books at local bookstores in order to receive a discount on Amazon.
Independent booksellers’ already thin profit margins are increasingly at risk as Amazon’s demand for deeper discounts grows and customers demand lower prices.
McFarland & Co. was one of the independent publishers that received an unfortunate email from Amazon requesting to buy their books at 45 percent off the cover price, almost double its current price break.
“If we made a change for Amazon, we’d have to do it for everyone, and that would jeopardize our business. We couldn’t exist like that,” said Karl-Heinz Roseman, director of sales and marketing at McFarland.
The same happened with Karen Christensen, CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group, an independent publisher of professional and academic books.
When she refused to give in to Amazon’s demand for a larger discount than the previously established discount of 40 percent off the cover price, Amazon stopped placing orders. Amazon orders accounted for 19 percent of her business.
Amazon’s 397 percent stock increase in the last five years led to its CEO Jeff Bezos being named America’s best chief executive by Forbes. Bezos earns an average of $1.4 million annually.
Despite their financial success, criticism from companies that do business with Amazon and Bezos remains high.
Publishers rarely find fault with companies they do business with, but those who have dealt with Amazon’s demands often describe the company as aggressive and leaving no room for discussion. These demands are typically made in emails with no personal contact information provided.
Amazon’s perceived unwillingness to dialogue with outsiders extends far beyond their collaborators.
Last year, many large Seattle companies donated large sums of money to the United Way of King County during its economic troubles. Microsoft donated $4 million, Boeing sent $3.1 million and Nordstrom gave almost $320,000. All of Seattle’s large corporations contributed — except for Amazon.
Bezos has been widely reported to subscribe to libertarian ideals. Libertarian economist Milton Friedman famously argued that the sole responsibility of corporations is to generate profit, and that corporate giving at the expense of shareholders is akin to theft.
Many nonprofit officials and other business leaders in the community have also noted that it can be difficult to find someone at Amazon to talk to them.
Amazon’s smiling logo can be seen on millions of boxes around the globe, but none can be seen on a single building in its new campus in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.
Though the company’s level of philanthropy remains low, Amazon is the world’s largest Internet retailer, generating revenues beyond $48 billion a year and employing more than 56,000 people worldwide.
by Chelsee Yee
In continuing an effort to improve the community’s emergency medical services, the mayor has promoted Gary Magers to Director of the Campbellsville-Taylor County Emergency Medical Services. Gary is a graduate of Taylor County High School and also attended Western Kentucky University and Valencia Community College in Florida. He is married to Cheryl Magers of Campbellsville and has three children and four grandchildren. He has been in Emergency Medical Services for over twenty-three years, six years as an Emergency Medical Technician and seventeen years as a Paramedic.He recently retired from the United States Air Force after over twenty years of service. He served eighteen months in Vietnam, two deployments in Iraq and two deployments in Afghanistan. “We look forward to continuing the improvement of this service, with the emphasis on patient care.”
Allen Bottoms has agreed to stay on as a Major for the Campbellsville-Taylor County Emergency Medical Services. “I wish to thank Allen for his dedication and loyalty as he continues his service to the community in a new assignment.”
Jessie James Durham, age 20 of Campbellsville
The Campbellsville Police Department responded Saturday, February 11 at 9:35am to a request for a “welfare check” from Matt Wayn of Cincinnati, Ohio reporting he had not heard from his mother, Elizabeth Arimsmier. Ms. Arimsmier, 78, resided at 105 Daisy Drive in Campbellsville. Officers responded to the address Saturday morning at 9:30 AM and did not receive a response. Entry was gained and the victim – Ms. Arimsmier was found unresponsive. The Coroner was notified and pronounced the victim deceased. An autopsy was performed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville on Sunday, February 12th, which determined the victim died as a result of blunt force trauma sustained days earlier.
The investigation continued Sunday resulting in the arrest of Jessie James Durham, age 20 of Campbellsville. Durham is the great-grandson of the victim. Durham was charged with Murder and lodged in the Taylor County Regional Jail.
The investigation is continuing by Officer David Tucker.
On Saturday, January 14, at 12:35am the Campbellsville Police Department, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Secret Service investigated a complaint of counterfeit $20 bills being circulated/passed at businesses around Campbellsville and Taylor County. After an investigation, 34 year old Christopher Dale Tucker of Campbellsville was arrested and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. Tucker was charged with Forgery 1st degree. More arrest are forth coming.
Agencies Involved: Campbellsville Police Department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, and the
United States Secret Service.
Investigating Officers: Det. Brian Morgan, Det. Brian Pickard, and Lt. Shannon Wilson
Adair County, KY) -The Kentucky State Police is investigating a two vehicle collision that resulted in the death of one individual. The collision occurred at 3:09 PM on January 13, 2012 approximately 8 miles east of Columbia on KY 80. The investigation reveled that Travis Fair, of Columbia, was operating a 2000 Saturn when it crossed the center line and struck a 2009 Ford pickup, being operated by Daryl Flatt. As a result of the collision, Mr. Fair was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Adair County Coroner. Mr. Flatt and a passenger, Candi Flatt (both of Columbia), were transported to Westlake Regional Hospital where they were treated and released. All occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision. Preliminary indications suggest the Mr. Fair was possibly texting at the time of the collision. It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a contributing factor to the collision, however there is toxicology pending. The investigation in continuing by Trooper Saunders. KSP was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriffs Department, Adair County EMS, Adair County Rescue and the Adair County Coroner.
(Columbia, KY) – During the month of December, 2011, there were 27 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.
There was one fatality during the month of December in the Post 15 area:
Rhodes, Robert K.; Campbellsville, KY, was killed in Adair Co, KY on 12/22/11.
This brings our yearly fatality count to 43 compared with 31 through this same period in 2010.
State wide fatality count stands at 715 compared with 760 through this same period in 2010.
During the month of December there were 1250 citations written, 467 courtesy notices written, 1711 vehicles inspected, 725 complaints answered, 105 motorists assisted, 62 criminal cases opened and 165 criminal arrests made.
On 1/3/2012 at approximately 3:59PM, April Milby and a passenger, Joe Milby, were traveling west in a 1999 Ford Ranger Pickup Truck on Cave Road, ran off the shoulder of the road, lost control of the vehicle, struck a ditch and an embankment. Ms Milby, who was entrapped in the vehicle was freed by the Taylor Co. Fire Department, treated at the scene by Taylor County EMS and then taken to Taylor Regional Hospital with a possible back injury. Joe Milby did not suffer any injuries. Ms. Milby was treated and released.