More West Ky. locations getting funds for tornado cleanup

More western Kentucky communities are getting state funds to help alleviate costs that aren’t covered by FEMA for cleanup and recovery from the December 10 and 11 tornadoes.

It was announced last week that Hopkins County had received $8.5 million and Governor Andy Beshear announced during his Team Kentucky update Thursday morning that the City of Mayfield is getting $2.9 million, Mayfield Electric and Water are getting $2 million, Caldwell Fiscal Court is receiving $195,000, Marshall County will receive $812,000 and the City of Dawson Springs is being awarded $121,000.

The governor says more money will be awarded and some cities and counties will receive multiple allotments.

Governor Beshear says the significant pay raises given to corrections staff at state prison are working, as far fewer employees are leaving for higher wages.

He says pay raises for state troopers are also helping to keep men and women in gray on the roads.

KSP hopes to employ about 1,000 troopers within the next five years.

The governor also highlighted again the announced expansion of Casey Jones Distillery in Christian County, which will create 15 new jobs. Cody Turner is a new partner in the business and told the governor they’re excited about the opportunities in the future.