Wayne County Outlook

Posted February 6, 2019 at 9:24 am

A local man died Monday, January 28, following a fall at his work place. According to the Wayne County Coroner’s Office, John Kevin Tucker, 55, was pronounced dead at approximately 9:45 a.m. at the Wayne County Hospital Emergency Room.

It was reported that Tucker had suffered a critical injury as the result of a fall at his place of employment (Trifecta Houseboats).

Wayne County EMS was called to the scene and Tucker was treated and transported to the local ER where he died.

The coroner’s office was contacted at approximately 9:30 a.m.

An autopsy was to be conducted at the State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the exact cause of death, according to Coroner Gordon Hicks.

No other details were available at press time.


An Ohio man has been charged with promoting contraband at the Wayne County Detention Center.

According to Wayne County Jailer Ronnie Ellis, Ronald Smith, 31, of Cincinnati, was charged with promoting contraband first degree on January 22, when Smith was found with an uncapped hypodermic syringe in his possession.

Ellis said all evidence was turned over to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department for further investigation.

Ellis stated that he will continue to work with local law enforcement to charge any individual who is caught with contraband at the Wayne County Detention Center.


Former Monticello Mayor Jeffrey Edwards has been named chief of staff for Somerset Mayor Alan Keck, according to an article published in the Commonwealth-Journal.

Edwards had served as Monticello Mayor for eight years before being defeated in his bid for re-election last fall.

“I’m looking forward to it and looking forward to meeting the citizens of Somerset,” said Edwards.

He said he became acquainted with Keck after a brief meeting about a year or two ago.

When he found out that Keck had been elected as Somerset Mayor, Edwards said he reached out to offer his assistance and experience.

“After meeting with him and seeing the vision he has for Somerset, I am very excited to be a part of it,” said Edwards.

During his tenure as Monticello Mayor, Edwards was involved with the Kentucky League of Cities, serving on the Legislative Board of Directors. He also served on KLC’s Federal Relations Committee and on the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Policy Committee.

Edwards holds an associate degree from Somerset Community College and a bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

He is a member of Monticello First Baptist Church and has been a part of 12 mission teams traveling to the Andes Mountains of Peru.

“I’m honored to be a part of Mayor Keck’s teams to help achieve (his) goals and help the citizens of Somerset to have the opportunity they deserve,” said Edwards.