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By Sharon Graves

Fate of Arkema plant

unknown, source says


Rumors circulating that Arkema, a chemical company that employs about 180 people in Carroll County, may close at the end of the year cannot yet be verified.

An official with the company, who asked not to be identified, said no decision has been made regarding the fate of the plant.

Arkema’s management has held eight meetings with employees to discuss the future of the plant, but the answer to most questions being asked was, “I don’t know,” the official said. He emphasized that the plant isn’t in imminent danger of shutting down, but could only say that all options are being considered at the moment. Attempts to reach other Arkema officials for comment were unsuccessful.

Arkema, formerly Elf Atochem and M&T Chemical, celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in Carrollton earlier this year. It produces components used in the construction and glassware industries.


McCormick sentenced

on bomb-threat charges

Deetta McCormick, 45, was sentenced July 21 to five years’ probation by Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bates.

McCormick pleaded guilty in June to charges of terroristic threatening stemming from bomb threats called in Feb. 6 to Carroll County High School and Cartmell Elementary School .

Both schools, along with the Area Technology Center, located on the same campus, were evacuated after the calls were received.

Bates ordered McCormick to stay on her medication prescribed to her by the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center and to serve 180 days in jail. Should she fail to meet any of the conditions of her probation, she could serve the remainder of the five years in prison. McCormick is credited for the 166 days served so far and will be released in 14 days. Fines and court costs were waived due to indigence.

Jury finds man guilty

of second DUI charge

Darren S. Poe, 24, of R. D. Kendal Road, Bedford, was found guilty July 15 by a District Court jury of operating a motor vehicle under the influence alcohol or drugs.

Poe was arrested Sept.1 by Kentucky State Police Trooper Seth Willis and charged with the first-degree charge, second offense.

Poe had been observed driving in a field by Dennis Sharron of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, who reported it to KSP.

Willis administered several field sobriety tests, according to his report. Poe's blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.115, which is above the legal limit of 0.08.

Poe was sentenced to seven days in jail and ordered to pay court costs.


– Sharon Graves