Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 30, 2013

Barren County Sheriff story is top local story of 2013

Staff reports
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — More than three years after an incident in which Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton and several other county law enforcement officers were accused of using excessive force on a handcuffed prisoner, a federal jury found Eaton guilty of witness tampering in May.

Eaton resigned as sheriff on July 31 and was sentenced to an 18-month prison sentence at the beginning of August, which is currently under appeal.

Barren County Judge-Executive Davie Greer appointed sheriff’s deputy and retired Glasgow Police Department Lt. Col. Kent Keen to replace Eaton as sheriff on Aug. 5.

• T.J. Samson Community Hospital

The local hospital had an eventful year with the opening of the TJ Health Pavilion in Barren River Plaza in May, CEO Bill Kindred announcing his retirement in December and a judge ruling in favor of the hospital in December against a group of individuals who claimed to be the legitimate board of the hospital.

The group has since appealed the judge’s ruling.

 • Barren Fiscal Court jail report

In another story that took the better part of a year to resolve, the Glasgow Daily Times won a lawsuit against Barren Fiscal Court to force the release of a private investigator’s report made on the Barren County Detention Center and paid for by taxpayer

dollars. According to rulings by Kentucky’s Attorney General and Barren Circuit Court, the report was a public record and should have been provided to the GDT when an open records requested was filed for it.

• Brandon Crain death

Hart County teen Brandon Crain went missing in late January 2012. His body was recovered from the Green River in Butler County in May. Almost a year went by before another teenager, Daniel J. Hostetler, came forward and accepted responsibility for the young man’s death. Hostetler pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence in August and was sentenced to 13 years.

• Monroe County murder

Charles Hammer, 81, of Tompkinsville, was sentenced to 50 years in April after pleading guilty to one count each of murder and tampering with physical evidence. Hammer shot and killed Herbert “Sprocket” Proffitt, 81, a former Monroe County Sheriff and Tompkinsville Police Chief, in August 2012 in Proffitt’s driveway when he exited his home to pick up his mail.

• WKU-Glasgow Campus

The Glasgow campus of Western Kentucky University celebrated its 25th anniversary with events beginning in February.


• Metcalfe County Superintendent

Dr. Benny Lile, former director of instruction and technology for the Barren County School District was named superintendent of Metcalfe County Schools in April.

• G.A.T.E. Plan recognized by KLC

The Glasgow Alternative Transportation Endeavor plan was recognized by the Kentucky League of Cities. The 20-year plan for the development of pedestrian and bicycling paths around Glasgow won runner-up in the Enterprise Cities Awards in October.

• Glasgow State Nursing Facility

After several delays, the Glasgow State Nursing Facility finally opened its doors and moved patients in from the old building in the fourth quarter of 2013.

• Barren County Homemakers

The Barren County Homemakers celebrated their 75th anniversary in 2013.

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