The Times Journal & Russell County News
Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 — RUSSELL SPRINGS & JAMESTOWN, KENTUCKY — russellcounty.net
Get online news updates FREE - Subscribe:  [?]
Google

Travel through Russell County using Google Street View
In April 11 Issue
By Derek Aaron
Russell County News Editor

Now you can take a trip down U.S. 127 without ever having to step foot inside your vehicle thanks to Google Street View, which mapped the roadway and the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway through Russell County sometime last year.

Google Street View is a remotely new feature of both Google Maps and Google Earth that allows many streets in the world to be viewed 360° horizontal and 290° vertical through panoramic views along the roadway just as you would if you were standing on the street.

When traveling down U.S. 127 using street view, one can see the image captured at the site of the new auditorium/natatorium on the campus of Russell County High School in Russell Springs.

When the image was captured, initial work was just beginning on the building as shown by the large steel beams which are showing.

Continuing on one can sightsee through Jamestown on the way toward Lake Cumberland, and more specifically, Wolf Creek Dam.

The street view goes over the dam and one is able to see the grouting process underway and the machinery on the leaking dam.

Google began the street view service in mid-2007 and has gradually expanded for two years to include more U.S. cities and out into some rural areas, like Russell County.

According to the giant search engine, street view shows photos taken from Google-owned Chevrolet Cobalts in United States being driven by contracted drivers, not actual Google employees.

Once you’ve reached maps.google.com and searched Russell County, you can then view the street view images after zooming in beyond the highest zooming level in maps and satellite images, and also by dragging  what Google calls a “pegman”to some position on the roadway.

Using your keyboard or mouse the horizontal and vertical viewing direction and the zoom level can be selected, according to Google.

A straight or broken line in the photo shows the approximate path followed by the camera car; two arrows link to the next photo in each direction, according to the search engine.

The new feature hasn’t been welcomed by everyone with open arms.

Privacy has been an issue with the new street view program. Google said they began blurring faces of those caught on the cameras almost a year ago.

The search engine giant also postponed its release of street views of the Baltimore and Washington D.C. Metro areas after the United States Department of Homeland Security said some of the images captured might pose a security risk to the country.

Some of the equipment used on the Wolf Creek Dam rehabilitation project was also blurred out, possibly for the same reason and it being a federally-ran dam.

The U.S. Pentagon has barred Google from publishing its street view photos of military bases and has asked Google to remove existing content of bases to which Google agreed.

Also, according to online reports on the matter, several parents in this country and in other have expressed concern over Google Street View compromising the security of their children.

But the popularity of the Google application is at an all-time high and continues to grow.

Google says there are huge benefits from the street view feature, ranging from the promotion of tourism, to helping people find local businesses or meeting points, assisting property buyers and sellers.

Content Management Powered by CuteNews
SUBSCRIBE to The Times Journal: CLICK HERE

SPONSORED LINKS


Publish Yourself PUBLISH YOURSELF
You can publish news about your group or organization directly to our site, using your computer.
CLICK HERE
Laker Band LAKER BAND
Visit the award-winning official web site for the Russell County Marching Band.
CLICK HERE
Lake Cumberland Web Cams LIVE WEB CAMS
Views of Lake Cumberland as it is right now, from a number of web cams.
CLICK HERE
Lake Cumberland LAKE CUMBERLAND
lakecumberland.com
Official site for Lake Cumberland with everything for the lake visitor and fisherman.
CLICK HERE
The Times Journal is a weekly newspaper issued on Thursdays. It was first published on October 13, 1949, by Andrew J. and Terry Norfleet.
-
P.O. Box 190
120 Wilson St.
Russell Springs KY 42642
Phone: 270-866-3191
Fax: 270-866-3198
Russell County News is a weekly newspaper issued on Saturdays, and is mailed free to every address in Russell County, Ky. It was first published on February 1, 1913.
-
404 Monument Square
Jamestown KY 42629
Phone: 270-343-5700
Publisher:
David Davenport
(publisher@tjrcn.com)
Managing Editor:
Greg Wells
(editor@tjrcn.com)
News & Sports Editor:
Derek Aaron
(sports@tjrcn.com)
Advertising Manager:
Stephanie Smith
(ads@tjrcn.com)
Business Manager:
Kim Haydon
(business@tjrcn.com)
Production Manager:
Renee Daffron
(people@tjrcn.com)
Jamestown Office:
Kim Graham
(rcnoffice@tjrcn.com)
PUBLIC MEETINGS
Members of the public may attend meetings. Boards or agencies may schedule other meetings at special times, but are required to notify the public.
FISCAL COURT: 2nd Monday of month, 6 p.m. in the Courthouse
RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY: 2nd Thursday of month, 6 p.m. in the City Hall Municipal Room
JAMESTOWN CITY: 3rd Thursday of month, 6 p.m. in basement meeting room at City Hall
SCHOOL BOARD: 3rd Monday of month, 6:30 p.m., Board of Education office in Jamestown
LIBRARY BOARD: 2nd Tuesday of month, 5 p.m. at Jamestown Library
AIRPORT BOARD: 1st Tuesday of month, 5 p.m. at Airport
TOURISM COMMISSION: 2nd Wednesday of month, 12:30 p.m. at Tourism Office
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 3rd Tuesday of month, noon at The Cove restaurant
LOCAL & AREA
NEWS SITES
The links below open new windows. We are not responsible for the content of the sites.
Laker Country WJRS
(Russell Springs)
lakercountry.com/
WKYM-1017 (Monticello)
wkym.com/
Adair Progress (Columbia)
adairprogress.com/
Casey County News (Liberty)
caseynews.net/
Clinton County News (Albany)
clintonnews.net/
Cumberland County News (Burkesville)
burkesville.com/ccn/
Wayne County Outlook (Monticello)
wcoutlook.com/
Somerset
Commonwealth-Journal
somerset-kentucky.com/
Danville
Advocate-Messenger
amnews.com/
Lexington Herald-Leader
kentucky.com/
Louisville Courier-Journal
courier-journal.com/
WKYT-TV, Lexington
wkyt.com/
WBKO-TV, Bowling Green
wbko.com/
USEFUL SITES
The links below open new windows. We are not responsible for the content of the sites.

RUSSELL CO. OFFICIALS
RUSSELL COUNTY SCHOOLS
RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY

LAKE CUMBERLAND
STATE RESORT PARK
TV LISTINGS:
Choose your service and provider
SOMERSET MOVIE SHOWTIMES

.