News briefs for Aug. 11

August 10, 2011

Crash on Ky. 169 sends two to hospital

An head-on collision between a motorcycle and an SUV on Ky. 169 about a half mile east of U.S. 68 intersection sent both drivers to the hospital Wednesday morning. The driver of the motorcycle remained in the hospital as of Friday morning.

The accident happened around 7:45 when Travis Greer, 21, of Versailles, drove his motorcycle from the eastbound lane into the westbound lane, where it struck an SUV driven by Darlene Dennis, 55, of Nicholasville, Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Allen Peel said.

The impact from the accident caused the SUV to roll over onto its top, trapping Dennis inside the vehicle. Jessamine County Fire District members extricated her from the vehicle, and she was transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with minor injuries.

Greer was taken to UK Hospital with serious, life threatening injuries, including a significant amount of blood loss and injuries to his pelvis, Greer's mother Melissa Dawn said. Greer was still in the hospital undergoing surgery Friday morning.


The sheriff’s office has not released a cause or contributing factors for the accident.

High Bridge Homecoming Festival set for Aug. 19-21

The seventh annual High Bridge Homecoming Festival will take place Aug. 19-21 at High Bridge Park, about 5 miles outside Wilmore in Jessamine County. The festival “celebrates heritage, heart and home, bringing together existing and past High Bridge residents along with tourists near and far in a welcoming, fun and educational atmosphere,” according to the festival brochure. Admission and parking are free at the festival, and those who attend can take part in numerous activities, such as a dance, craft show, flea market, cornhole games, a model train display, inflatables and children’s activities, live music, the park museum and sample fare from food vendors. The event includes several fundraisers such as a dessert auction, raffle for a handmade quilt and a 46-inch HD television and a silent auction. See next week’s Jessamine Journal for more on the High Bridge Homecoming Festival.

Nicholasville resident to host book signing

Jessamine County resident Erma Steppe recently published a book, “I’m Nobody: My Mother Said It; I No Longer Believe it,” and she will be signing copies this weekend in Nicholasville. The autobiography details Steppe’s childhood of abuse and neglect and many years in and out of foster homes. Steppe will be signing books at Fantastic Sams in Nicholasville on Friday from 1-5 p.m. and at Rite Aid on South Main Street on Saturday from 1-5 p.m.

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