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Saturday, March 1st, 2014
|College students looking to transfer college credits or associate degrees to a four-year institution will have the opportunity to connect with those institutions and get questions answered during a 12-hour online Transfer Madness fair set for Wednesday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST athttp://transfermadness.org.
Now in its second year, Transfer Madness connects students from the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to advisors from more than 20 four-year institutions. Students can chat live with admissions representatives and advisors at the universities of their choice, download e-brochures, find out about scholarships, and register for prizes.
Governor Steve Beshear and Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall helped launch the event at a press conference on Wednesday, February 26 in Frankfort. KCTCS transfer students also participated, along with other state education leaders.
“We have worked hard to create a‘transfer-friendly’postsecondary education system,” said Beshear. “And we are making progress, with an almost 30 percent increase in KCTCS transfers to public and private institutions over the past five years.”
The Transfer Madness roster includes all eight of the state’s public universities, the 16 colleges of KCTCS, and 15 independent colleges and universities, and two for-profit institutions. Also represented with booths at the fair include the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, staff from CPE’s KnowHow2Transfer.org website, and CollegeFish.org, anonline resource to promote positive two-year completion and transfer pathways.
“One of the key success factors in the transfer game is connecting with and developing a relationship with four-year institutions prior to attendance. That is why this Transfer Madness event is so important….and a real slam dunk for everyone involved,” said Dr. McCall.
High school students who plan to attend a community college before transferring and four-year college students considering a transfer are invited to participate. The online transfer fair enables students to access the event at a time that suits their school, family and work schedules.
At Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College a Transfer Day will also be held March 18 at Cumberland, March 19 at Middlesboro and will conclude March 20 at the Whitesburg campus. Each session will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and students will have the chance to meet with counselors as well as the SKCTC Transfer Counselor Georgina Billings. She can be reached at 606/589-0853.
Transfer Madness is sponsored by the Council on Postsecondary Education and the participating colleges and universities.
To register for the event and prizes, and to view the list of the participating colleges, universities and other partners, go to http://www.transfermadness.org.
For most Kentuckians, higher education begins at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Our statewide system of 16 colleges, more than 70 campuses and 97,000 students is a critical component to transforming the state’s economy by providing citizens with the education and training needed for high growth, high wage careers. For more information, visit kctcs.edu.
Saturday, March 1st, 2014
Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan, would like to make citizens aware of a current scam going on in Post 10’s coverage area. Harlan County citizens have been receiving phone calls from people that say they are with the U.S. Government Grants Department. The individuals calling want citizens to send money to them in order to receive the grant. They are asking for checking account numbers and credit card information. If anyone contacts you by phone, mail, or e-mail that you don’t know – simply ignore them. These scammers usual prey on the elderly and extort money from them. You can contact Post 10 Harlan for any questions or complaints about scammers.
– The Kentucky State Police is warning cell phone users to be aware of a new scam called “The One-Ring Scam.” Better Business Bureaus (BBB) across the country are seeing a rash of reports of ‘ring and runs’ on cell phones where returning a missed call from an unknown number may cost you. KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb says scammers profit from individuals who are curious enough to return that missed call.
“A computer program originating outside the U.S. dials American customers and lets the phone ring one or two times before hanging up,” says Webb. “This is enough time to register on a phone’s missed-calls screen, but typically not enough time for a user to actually answer.” “Many people who receive a missed call will return the call and that is when their account is charged approximately $20 for the call and $9 for every additional minute.” BBB experts say this is called ‘phone cramming,’ when automated dialers send out thousands of calls to random numbers. Most of the area codes are from the Caribbean Islands, but BBB says there is no way for them to really know where the calls are coming from. Webb advises citizens to refrain from returning calls they do not recognize. “We are encouraging people to review their cell phone statements and contact their cellular carrier immediately if they notice unauthorized charges,” adds Webb. The following is a list of area codes the BBB said is connected with the scam:
Dominican Republic – 809
Jamaica – 876
British Virgin Islands – 284
Grenada – 473
Aruba – 297
Antigua – 268
The Kentucky State Police, Post 10, Harlan, which provides coverage for Harlan, Bell and Knox counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance and registration violations.
KSP Commissioner’s Blog “Did You Know?”
Link to Blog: http://kentuckystatepolice.blogspot.com/
Blog Entry Date: January 16, 2014
Did you know that the year-end traffic fatality count for Kentucky in 2013 was one of the lowest in recent history? Although 639 people lost their lives on our roadways last year, it was the fewest number of deaths our state has experienced since 1947. This reduction is even more amazing when you look at the increased number of vehicles on our roadways and the number of miles driven each year. Amazingly, over twenty-one billionvehicle miles were driven through the Commonwealth last year. There are numerous reasons for the drastic reduction in traffic deaths in Kentucky:
- First and foremost is the increased usage in vehicle restraints. In 1995, vehicle occupants in Kentucky were wearing their seatbelts about 54% of the time as compared to a usage rate of nearly 85% in 2013. Combined with advancements in shoulder restraint devices, this has significantly increased the survivability rate for those involved in a crash. Nearly half of the people killed in Kentucky are not seat belted which validates national research that you are fifty percent more likely to survive a crash if you are properly restrained in your vehicle.
- Child Safety seat usage by parents has increased significantly because of statutory requirements and increased education by law enforcement and health care professionals. Nearly 98% of the children under 40 inches in height we see riding in a vehicle today are in a federally approved child safety seat. Although we desperately need a new booster seat law governing older children, we have seen a drastic reduction in child deaths because of child safety seats.
- Because of increased enforcement, stronger statutes, and better community awareness, our impaired driving fatality rate has been nearly cut in half over the past two decades. The overall number of crashes involving an impaired driver has been reduced nearly 25% in the past fifteen years.
- The teenage crash rate has also plummeted thanks to educational/training programs like the mandatory Graduated Licensing Program, “Alive at 25” and the “Drive To Stay Alive” program hosted by the Kentucky State Police each year.
- Vehicles today are safer than they have ever been. Various safety advancements coupled with a better ‘crush factor’ give motorists a higher chance of survival by ‘riding down’ the crash versus coming to an abrupt stop.
- Improved highway engineering and the addition of crossover barriers on interstates have contributed greatly to the number of survivors who make it home after a crash that otherwise would have been a head-on collision.
Despite the recent reductions, there is much left to do. Although we have seen a significant drop in fatalities involving a drunken driver, there still were 148 people who lost their lives because of these irresponsible criminals. Although our seatbelt usage rate continues to climb, statistics show that the night time usage rate amongst 21-35 year olds is extremely low. What can you do to make our roads safer?
- First and foremost is to make sure that EVERYONE in your vehicle is properly restrained…….every trip…..every time.
- Drive defensively and always obey the posted speed limits.
- Drive sober or make plans to designate a sober driver well before you go out for the evening. For more information, go to our website and sign up to “HERO” in our designated driver campaign.
- Report an impaired or erratic driver to our toll free number, 1-800-222-5555.
- Avoid unnecessary and dangerous distractions like texting. Twenty percent of ALL crashes that take place in the Commonwealth are attributed to a distracted driver.
As we enter into 2014, the Kentucky State Police and our partners continue efforts to reduce traffic fatalities. However, history has shown us that the goal of zero deaths in our state is impossible without the help and cooperation of our motoring citizens.
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Rushing Wind Ministries Inc. and Director Freddie Terry is proud to announce the opening of Main Street Auditorium, formerly the Novo Theatre, at 401 W. Main Street in Cumberland. The auditorium and dining hall next door will be the sight of many exciting upcoming events.
Please join them for a Ribbon Cutting and Open House from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Then at 7:00 pm a Dedication Service will be held with worship being led by Trinity Holiness Tabernacle, Hiran and special guest speaker Pastor Perry Fouts of Faith Trinity Pentiecostal Church, Shelbyville, IN. Stick around afterewards for a time of fellowship where refreshments will be sold after the service in the dining hall.
Friday, February 28 and Saturday March 1 will be the 7th Annual Rushing Wind Ministries Youth Retreat. Friday night’s youth rally begins at 7:00 pm with guest speaker Pastor Timothy Fouts of Lola Pentecostal Church, Lola, KY. Saturday morning worship servie at 10:00 am with attending young ministers followed by age appropriate classes and recreation and meals throughout the day. Daytime class teachers/speakers will be Scott Adams, Hickory Grove Pentecostal Church, Broadhead, KY and Colleen Fouts, Faith Trinity, Shelbyville, IN. The final service will be held at 7:00 pm in the Main Street Auditorium with Pastor Timothy Fouts.
We look forward to sharing these and many more opportunities with our community for years to come.
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Ky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands Announces Phase III of Payne Gap Waterline Project in Letcher County
Monday, January 27th, 2014
Residents along Route 119 and 3406 will soon receive access to potable water supply
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2014) – Access to potable water will soon be available to 137 households in northeastern Letcher County.
The Department for Natural Resources’ (DNR) Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) announced Friday the award of contract and start of construction for Payne Gap Phase III AML water supply project.
“This project will be providing potable water to the residents of northeastern Letcher County, many of whom have been dealing with mine-degraded well water for years,” said DNR Commissioner Steve Hohmann.
AML has found that agency-eligible pre-1982 mining has impacted much of the groundwater along state routes 119 and 3406 at the head of the North Fork of the Kentucky River and Bottom Fork, making these areas eligible for AML waterline assistance.
This phase of the project includes the following side roads: Bill Lewis Road, Webb Branch Road, Sharies Drive, Bill Moore Branch, Animal Drive, Heavens Valley, Gose Hollow, Richard Adams Road, Log Cabin Drive, Bilvia Drive, Cook Branch and Mountain Laurel Trail. The project also includes a replacement line and booster pump to an existing water storage tank that will be refurbished. This, as well as 40 percent of the cost of the filter bed repair in the Jenkins water treatment plant, will ensure long-term and sustainable municipal water to the citizens of Letcher County.
The project, with a memorandum of agreement between the City of Jenkins and AML totals $3 million. The project will be operated by the Letcher County Water District and the City of Jenkins. Packs Inc. of Morehead was awarded the waterline contract with a low bid of $1,793,040. Herrick Company Inc. of Lawrenceburg was awarded the filter bed contract at $336,387. Welding Inc. of Charleston, W.Va. was awarded the tank rehabilitation contract at $272,000. Nesbitt Engineering of Lexington will provide engineering services.
The entire project will involve the installation of approximately 12.04 miles of water main in various sizes from 10 in. to ¾ in., one duplex booster pump station, rehabilitation of an existing 300,000-gallon water storage tank, replacement of one of the two filter beds at the Jenkins Water Treatment Plant, valves and the installation of water meters at 137 residences.
AML is authorized under Kentucky law (KRS.350) to abate hazards to public health, safety, and the environment from abandoned mine lands. To date, AML has expended more than $112.8 million for waterline improvements and has provided more than 15,069 households with potable water supply in 24 coalfield counties in eastern, southern and western Kentucky.
Friday, January 10th, 2014
The Community Diversity Breakfast, sponsored by the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Office of Diversity/Inclusion and the Upward Bound/Math Science Program along with the college’s Academic Advantage Program, will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. at the Benham School House Inn.
The annual event, open to the public, will feature an address by Dr. Shawn D. Long, a professor and chairman of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Long is a Harlan County native having been born in Harlan. He attended Harlan High School and was graduated from Tennessee State University. He earned his Ph. D. from the University of Kentucky.
A tenured professor at UNC-Charlotte, Long’s teaching and research spans the disciplines of organizational communications, organizational sciences, virtual work, diversity communication, virtual-team assimilation and socialization and health communication. He has written, presented and published several peer-reviewed papers around issues of organizational technology, diversity, virtual work in organization, health communication and organizational culture. He has appeared as a featured guest on several media outlets including National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
Dr. Long has written two books, “Communication, Relationship and Practices in Virtual Work” and “Virtual Work and Human Interaction Research.” He is currently guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Information Technology Research, and he serves on a number of journal editorial boards. Dr. Long is past chairman of the African American Communication and Culture Division of the National Communication Association.
Prior to his arrival in Charlotte, Long was a Southern Regional Educational Board Doctoral Scholar and the Lyman R. Johnson Doctoral Scholar at the University of Kentucky. Additionally, he has been recognized with several professional awards including the 2012 Outstanding Service Award and honors issued by the National Communication Association, African American Communication and Culture Division/Black Caucus, 2011 Southern States Communication Association Outreach Award, 2009 Organizational Science Outstanding Service Award. He is also recipient of the esteemed Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching at the University of Kentucky. He is also listed among the Who’s Who of American Teachers.
Carolyn M. Sundy, Southeast’s vice president for Diversity/Inclusion, applauded the selection of Dr. Long as the 2014 Community Diversity Breakfast presenter. “We are undoubtedly privileged to have Dr. Shawn Long as our speaker and are eager to hear his message,” she said. “We have sponsored this event for a number of years and each year it continues to grow and to be well attended.”
The event will begin with a breakfast buffet at 9 o’clock that is priced at $10.
For further information, contact Ms. Sundy at 589-3052, Jennifer Brackett at 589-3060 or Amanda Creech at 589-3115.
Friday, January 10th, 2014
The Kentucky State Police used their latest episode of KSP-TV to warn parents about the dangers of Internet predators. The video shares an inside look at the agency’s Electronic Crimes Branch and the intricate work that takes place to protect children from online predators.
KSP spokesman Tpr. Paul Blanton says the Internet has become an important part of everyday life – for information, communication and entertainment.
“The most technology receptive segment of our population is young people,” says Blanton. “It’s an unfortunate fact of life that along with the many resources the Internet provides there are also online predators stalking our youth.”
Blanton says the problem with the Internet is we can’t see the predators that may be after our children. That’s why he says it’s important for parents to talk to their children about what can happen with strangers on social media.
“Parents need to be open and honest with their teens. They need to tell them about the dangers that are out there. Sometimes we don’t think our teens listen to us, but they do.”
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), there are nearly 750,000 registered sex offenders in the United States. An increasing number of those individuals are utilizing the Internet to find their victims.
KSP Detective Josh Lawson works in the Electronic Crimes Branch and says a majority of victims of Internet-initiated sex crimes are between the ages of 13 and 15 years old.
“The key to safeguarding your children is an open line of communication. You want to know who your children are talking to face to face. You wouldn’t let them talk to any stranger on the street, especially about intimate things,” says Lawson. “Why would you let them talk to someone on the Internet about even more intimate things?”
In 82 percent of online sex crimes predators used the victim’s social media site to gain information about the youth. Only 18 percent of youth use chat rooms but a majority of the internet sex crimes are initiated in chat rooms.
Blanton says parents need to set ground rules with their children.
“Have the computer in a common room. Know your children’s passwords on social networking sites and talk to your children about what they are doing online,” adds Blanton. “If parents won’t, someone else will and that person could be a sexual predator hiding behind a computer.”
Blanton hopes the KSP-TV video segment will be a tool used by parents and teachers to create an open dialogue with young people about the dangers lurking beyond their computer screens.
The NCMEC recommends the website www.netsmartz.org as another valuable resource for parents and educators to utilize when talking to youth about Internet safety.
To view the KSP-TV Electronic Crimes episode, please follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie0abjG3ebk
KSP-TV consists of short videos in documentary style format that highlight the inner workings of the agency, giving the public an opportunity at a unique look inside of the agency.
Saturday, January 4th, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 26, 2013)– Unemployment rates rose in 96 Kentucky counties between November 2012 and November 2013, while 16 county rates decreased and eight stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.9 percent. It was followed by Daviess and Fayette counties, 6.1 percent each; Scott County, 6.2 percent; Boone County, 6.3 percent; Caldwell, Oldham and Warren counties, 6.4 percent each; and Jessamine, Madison, Ohio, Shelby, Simpson, Spencer and Union counties, 6.5 percent each.
Leslie County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.4 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 15.8 percent; Harlan County, 15.6 percent; Letcher County, 15 percent; Knott County, 14 percent; Bell and McCreary counties, 13.6 percent each; Jackson and Perry counties, 12.8 percent each; and Clay County, 12.2 percent.
Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.
Learn more about Kentucky labor market information atwww.kylmi.ky.gov.
Saturday, January 4th, 2014
Kentucky Division of Water offers cold weather water pipe protection tips
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 2, 2014)– With frigid temperatures and wind chills expected in the coming days, the Kentucky Division of Water reminds citizens to protect the water systems in their homes and businesses from freezing.
When water freezes, it expands. When water freezes in a pipe and expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage results. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow cold outside air to flow across the pipes.
To keep pipes from freezing, wrap hot and cold water pipes in insulation or layers of newspaper, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Allow a trickle of water to run from a cold faucet that is farthest from the water meter or one that has frozen in the past. This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze and will help relieve pressure should ice form in the pipes. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
If pipes freeze, remove the insulation, completely open all the faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. You may also use a hand-held hair dryer or electric heating padif there is no standing water. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.
Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove or other open flame device to thaw a pipe. A blowtorch can make water in a frozen pipe boil and cause the pipe to explode. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide. If you are unable to locate or reach the frozen area, call a licensed plumber.
When away from the house for an extended period of time, consider draining the water system completely. To drain the system, shut off the main valve and turn on every water fixture (both hot and cold lines) until water stops running. When returning to the house, turn on the main valve and let each fixture run until the pipes are full again.
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
More than 1,100 have registered to participate in Dec. 9 meeting
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2013) – Job creation, entrepreneurship, tourism, lifelong learning, and leadership development will be among the topics discussed at the upcoming “SOAR: Shaping Our Appalachian Region” summit next month.
Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers released the daylong conference agenda today. Already, more than 1,100 people have registered to attend the summit, which will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.
In an effort to focus on the future success of southern and eastern Kentucky, Gov. Beshear and Rep. Rogers organized the summit to gather ideas and recommendations about how to move Kentucky’s Appalachian region forward.
The summit will be moderated by Chuck Fluharty, President of the Rural Policy Research Institute. Sessions will focus on a number of topics, including how to encourage regional innovation, the importance of infrastructure, and developing youth engagement.
One part of the day will be dedicated to the story of the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board, which channeled the collective energies and ideas of the people of the iron-mining region of northeastern Minnesota to forge a new and successful future.
The SOAR Summit will host hundreds of attendees from across southern and eastern Kentucky with varied occupational backgrounds and interests– including individuals representing education, business, nonprofits, arts, finance, tourism, local government and more. The summit is open to any Kentuckian with an interest in the strength and future of Kentucky’s Appalachian region. Interested individuals are invited to attend the SOAR Summit by registering at https://kydlgweb.ky.gov/. The agenda is available on the website.
Kentuckians can also participate in SOAR by following the latest updates through social media: “Like” the Official SOAR Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ShapingOurAppalachianRegion and follow SOAR on Twitter @SOAR_EKY, using the hashtags #SOAR and #SOARSummit.
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
(The Empty Stocking Fund is done in Memory of Tony Turner) Letter from Jim “Muggins” Bennett:
This year marks the 33rd year for the Empty Stocking Fund. As many of you know, Harlan County ranks the highest in the state of Kentucky for unemployment at 16%. With the majority of our coal mines closed, that leaves another thousand families without a reliable source of income. Needless to say, without your help, these families will have a very difficult Christmas season.
The Tri-City Empty Stocking Fund provides each child ages birth to eighteen years two gifts each. Through our Home Alone program, each person receives one gift each. Our goal this year is 3,000 gifts.
Again this year our biggest concern is getting enough funds to cover the food expense. Each year we pack and deliver 600 food boxes, one to each family. the boxes weigh approximately 100 pounds each and contain items such as: bread, canned foods, one canned ham (which is our most expensive item), a bag of potatoes, and milk, just to name a few. Many other food items go into the boxes as long as we are able to provide them.
Our annual auction will be held on Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 7:00pm-11:00pm nightly. It will take place at the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical Community campus in Cumberland. Donations are much appreciated. They can be brought to the auction or mailed to P.O. Box 634, Cumberland, KY 40823.
We will begin assembling the food boxes on Friday, December 20 at 5:00pm at the old Cumberland Middle School. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. Delivery will take place on Saturday, December 21 at 8:00am at the same location. If you are able, we encourage you to join in delivering the food boxes and gifts. This is a chance to see gratitude and joy in the families faces. We have high hopes that this year will be a success, but we can’t do it without your help.
We sincerely need your donations to this cause. We hope to keep this ministry going so future generations can be blessed. Help us spread love this holiday season and give those in need a joyous Christmas. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jim “Muggins” Bennett, Chairman, at 606-589-5310. With your prayers, support, and donations let’s make this year even better than before. Thank you and God Bless.
On Saturday, December 7th, the Tri City Empty Stocking Fund will have a Road block fundraiser in Cumberland, held from 10am-2pm.
December 9-13, Applications can be filled out at ACCESS Cable on Kingdom Come Drive, from 9am-noon and 1pm-3pm daily for Tri City Empty Stocking Fund boxes.
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
During its nearly half century of existence, the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ has become well known as a popular showcase for bluegrass, old timey and traditional mountain music as well as gospel. The 2013 version should be no exception. According to Michael Corriston, long-time event coordinator, the lineup for this year is expected to entertain the many hundreds of people who come to the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5. Those expected to perform during the festival, one of the oldest and most successful of its kind in the commonwealth, include: Friday, Oct.4, 9-9:30 a.m., Lonnie Burkhart and Zelma Forbes, they will also serve as emcees; 9:30-10:30, Zelma Forbes and Clyde Stanley; 10:30-11:30, Marlow Tackett; 11:30 -noon, Roy Harper; noon until 1, Tommy White; 1-2, Jim Mullins and the Biscuit Burners; 2-2:30, Roy Harper; 2:30-3:30, Marlow Tackett; 3:30-4:30, Mountain Drive followed by a Gospel Sing with local musicians beginning at 5:30 in the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center. During the Gospel Sing event, the first and second place winners in the Story Telling competition will also perform. Music slated for Saturday, Oct. 5 will include: 9:30-10, Zelma Forbes and a guests jam session; 10-11, Jake and Ruby Ravizee; 11-11:30, Mt. Sinai Spirituals, 11:30-12:30, awards ceremony; 12:40-1:40, Brooklyhn Woods; 1:40-2, Lonnie Burkhart and Zelma Forbes; 2-3, Pine Mountain Grass; 3-3:30, Lonnie Burkhart; 3:30-4:30, Roan Mountain Moonshiners; 4:30-5, Lonnie Burkhart and guests. For further information about the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, contact Michael Corriston, SKCTC Cumberland, at 606/589-2145.
The 49th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ will present its annual Gospel Singing slated for Friday, Oct.4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center. Some of the top gospel talent in the area will participate in the event being held in conjunction with the festival, considered to be one of the top arts and crafts events of its kind in the state and within the Central Appalachians. Those expected to participate include: Jake and Ruby Ravizee, Tommy White, Lawana Blevins, Tammie R. Chapman, Buddy Simpson, Russell Gilbert, Austin Reynolds, Anna Jo Creech and Peggy Green. For further information about the event, contact Ms. Chapman, SKCTC Cumberland, at 606/589-2145. Admission is free.
One of the more popular contest associated with the annual Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ is the Pickles, Jams and Jellies Contest. Additionally, sauerkraut, chow-chow, beets, eggs, picked vegetables and peppers may also be entered for judging. All items must have been prepared during the current year. All entries should be brought to Chrisman Hall, room 104, located on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Each item should be labeled with category, name of the entrant, phone number and address. Entries will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 and until noon on Friday, Oct. 4. Best of show, first, second and third-place ribbons will be awarded. For further information, contact Mary Finns or Tessa Roark at 589-3047 or 589-3048.
The annual Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ will once again sponsor the Baked Goods Contest. Area bakers will have the chance to compete for ribbons and bragging rights as judges vote on the best pies, cakes, breads and pasta. Items should be dropped off at the ticket booth of the Appalachian Center located on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Items will be accepted for judging from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 and before 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. Judging will take place at noon Saturday with the winners announced at 1 p.m.
The yearly celebration of Appalachian culture, the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, is primed to return to center stage Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5 on the Cumberland Campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. The event, held along the banks of Cloverlick Creek at the base of Black Mountain, has developed over the decades into one of the top arts and crafts festivals within the state and the region. During its two-day run, the event is expected to attract hundreds of participants to the SKCTC campus where they will have the opportunity to enjoy lively mountain music, eat traditional Appalachian foods, engage in competitive games and have the chance to take a step back into time to observe and marvel at the exquisite handiwork of local artisans. Longtime festival director Michael Corriston suggested the event serves to promote and perpetuate the diverse cultural heritage of the Central Appalachian Mountains through the presentation of music, crafts, visual arts, theater, folk competitions, games and folk life demonstrations. “The Swappin’ Meetin’ offers something for everyone,” he said. “We welcome one and all to come and enjoy the two days of fun and fellowship and good times.” The theme for the 2013 Swappin’ Meetin’ is ‘Pride in My Mountain Heritage’ with that theme carried out in a Mini Olympics competition and youth storytelling and art contests. The SKCTC Education Program and Harlan County Cooperative Extension personnel will provide games for kids and other activities. Event participants will have the chance to ride the Harlan Rotary Club Express Train and the hay wagon ride. And, during the event, demonstrations by craftsmen will include sorghum molasses cooking, blacksmithing, chair making, chair bottoms crafting, basket weaving, washboard laundering, raku pottery creations, spinning, weaving, spinning tops demonstrations, dancing, clogging, and the chance to take a trip on the nature walk and a tour of the Cherokee Nation mobile history unit. No Swappin’ Meetin’ would be complete without a lineup of talented musicians performing bluegrass, gospel, folk and traditional Appalachian music. Musicians will perform throughout the day Friday and Saturday from the stage on the patio of Falkenstine Hall. Performances by Marlow Tackett, Roy Harper, Tommy White, Zelma Forbes, Clyde Stanley, Mountain Drive, Jake and Ruby Ravizee, singers from Mt. Sinai Church, Pine Mountain Grass, Roan Mountain Moonshiners, Lonnie Burkhart and Brooklyhn Woods will make for an exciting two days of extraordinary musicianship. A wide variety of vendors will offer a large selection of Appalachian crafts and a variety of traditional and contemporary foods will be available, including the Soup Bean Dinner slated for Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the grill located in Falkenstine Hall. Through the years, the Swappin’ Meetin’ has been known for an array of contests with the 49th version of the festival no exception. Locals will have the opportunity to win ribbons and notoriety as they compete in contests that include: quilt, baked goods, hog calling, great pumpkin race, pickles, jams and jellies, checkers, a cake walk, art contest and storytelling competition. Moreover, the Tri-City News will conduct its 22nd Photography Contest, photos are to be delivered to the upper lobby area of the Godbey Appalachian Center on Friday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Now it is second year, the Swappin’ Meetin’ Glow Run, 5-K and one-mile walk, will be contested across the campus and through the town of Cumberland. Scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., the event will begin from the lower parking lot on the campus. The registration fee is $25, and for further information contact Kristen Simpson at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Each year during the festival, time is set aside to give acknowledgement to several deserving recipients who have worked to make the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ the amazing success it has become. A ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 5 to compliment the event’s Honoree, Featured Quilter, the winner of the Savannah Delph Award and winners of the Faculty and Staff Awards. With the 49th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ set to begin, Corriston called the event a precious gem. “We have worked hard to make this year’s festival one of the best ever; we hope to see you that first weekend in October. We will positively be pleased to see you!”
Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael B. McCall announced Thursday the appointment of Dr. F. Lynn Moore as president of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC). After consideration of three candidates the SKCTC Board of Directors unanimously recommended Dr. Moore for the position. Board Chair Reecie Stagnolia commented, “Dr. Moore is the best candidate for the job. She has a lot to offer this area and the Southeast Board, Foundation, faculty and students all gave her high marks.” Dr. Moore has served as the vice president for student development at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon since 2008, and took on an additional role as vice president of administrative services in 2011. Prior to that she was the dean of students and an adjunct instructor at Hill Community College District in Texas, and the supplemental education services director at Texas State Technical College. In addition to her experience in higher education Dr. Moore has also held positions with the Texas Comptroller’s Office, the Texas Department of Corrections and she is a former co-owner and manager of a private dental clinic. “Dr. Moore brings a range of skills and experience to the position,” said Dr. McCall. “We are pleased to welcome her to SKCTC and KCTCS.” Dr. Moore earned a doctorate of philosophy in educational administration from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Baker College with a concentration in human resource management and a bachelor of science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Moore is a member of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) and has experience in community service and fundraising for a variety of organizations. “I am incredibly honored and proud to have been chosen to serve as the next president of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College,” said Dr. Moore. “I appreciate the confidence the college family, Dr. McCall, the Southeast Board of Directors, and the Southeast community have placed in me as I assume the leadership role of this fine institution. SKCTC is indeed one of the ‘Nation’s Top 10 Community Colleges’. It will be a privilege to work with many local professionals to ensure a seamless transition of leadership.”
Saturday, September 14th, 2013
Monday, July 29th, 2013
Date : Monday, July 29, 2013
Issued By : Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
Summary : Students should check their KEES account for accuracy
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 29, 2013) – Kentucky high school students and 2013
graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)
accounts for accuracy.
KEES allows students to earn money for college by getting good grades in high
school and for qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. Students eligible for free
or reduced lunches may also earn awards for good scores on Advanced Placement
and International Baccalaureate exams. KEES is administered by the Kentucky
Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
To check awards and personal information, students need to use the MyKHEAA
function on www.kheaa.com. If they do not already have a MyKHEAA account, they
can easily set one up from the KHEAA home page.
Students may verify their KEES GPA is correct by taking the letter grade for
each course taken during the year and converting it to a 4.0 scale on which an A
= 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0, and F = 0. AP and IB course grades receive one
extra point of weight in the calculation, making an A = 5.0, B = 4.0, etc. The
GPA is calculated by adding all the points together and dividing the total by
the number of credits earned during the year.
Students who need to have GPAs or other information corrected should contact
their high school’s counselor.
If students experience problems with their MyKHEAA account or cannot see their
KEES information, they should call the KHEAA College Access Team at
Students do not have to apply to receive their KEES awards. If they attend an
eligible college or university, KHEAA will send their award to their college
once the college verifies enrollment.
To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to
www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and
grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or
call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7372.
Thursday, July 4th, 2013
With heavy rains and potential flooding predicted for the coming days, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® reminds residents to Turn Around, Don’t Drown®. Just six inches of flowing water can knock a person off of their feet. Eighteen to 24 inches of moving water can wash an SUV off of the road. More deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other thunderstorm or hurricane related hazard. Many of these casualties are a result of careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to navigate flooded roads. FLASH and the National Weather Service warns anyone who comes to a flooded roadway, “Turn Around…Don’t Drown”!
Follow these safety rules when flooding occurs in your area:
- Get to higher ground. Stay away from flood-prone areas, including dips, low spots, valleys, ditches, washes, etc.
- Avoid flooded areas or those with rapid water flow. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet.
- Don’t allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches. Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.
- Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. NEVER drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Water only one foot deep can float most automobiles.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly when threatening conditions exist.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
- Monitor NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio or your local media for vital weather related information.
For more information on protecting your home from flooding, visit www.flash.org. For mobile flood warnings, flash flood warnings and mitigation tips, download FLASH Weather Alerts at www.flashweatheralerts.org.
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
In light of recent lightning strikes in the news and in recognition of Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 23 – June 30), the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® offers the following tips to keep families reduce their risk of lightning injuries:
Before the Storm
- Stay alert and listen carefully for the first signs of lightning or thunder. Remember, “If Thunder Roars, Go Indoors™.”
- Seek shelter. Lightning often hits before the rain begins, so don’t wait for the rain to start before leaving.
- Avoid water, high ground and open spaces.
- Stay away from metal objects including wires, fences and motors.
- Find shelter in a sizable building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle like a car or truck. Completely close the windows and don’t lean on the doors.
- Don’t get under a small canopy, small picnic shelter or near trees.
- If you cannot take shelter indoors, crouch down with your feet together and place your hands over your ears to minimize hearing damage from the thunder.
- Stay at least 15 feet away from other people.
- Avoid water and stay away from doors and windows.
- Do not use landline telephone or headsets. Cell phones are safe.
- Turn off, unplug and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools and televisions sets as lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines inducing shocks to equipment inside.
After the Storm
- Don’t resume activities until at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike or thunderclap.
- Call 911 immediately if anyone is injured and use first aid procedures.
- Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge, so it is safe to administer medical treatment.
For more information on protecting your home and family from dangerous lightning strikes, visit www.flash.org. For severe weather alerts and mitigation tips, download FLASH Weather Alerts at www.flashweatheralerts.org
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
This year’s Kentucky Black Bear Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, May 10 & 11, but on Thursday, May 9, come out as the Black Bear Festival will kick off with the Club Bear Street Dance located in the Freeman Shopping Plaza (next to the Pizza Hut) in East Cumberland … Come on out and break it down or cut a rug with awesome new music, lights, and sound! Also there will be something for all ages including the Cub Club Inflatable Party! That’s Thursday evening, May 9, for the Black Bear Festival Club Bear Street Dance at the Freeman Shopping Plaza in East Cumberland.
Looking for family friendly entertainment, check out the 10th Annual KY Black Bear Festival May 10 & 11 … the Black Mountain Thunder Zipline will be back, along with laser tag, the Shriner’s Train, the Mechanical Bull, a Rock Wall, and of course the carnival located at the Rotary Park … and new this year, a 28 foot Pinball Machine, Water Balls, and the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show (see below for more info) that will be located in the grassy area in front of El Charrito’s Mexican Resturant on Friday at 2pm and 6pm and Saturday at 12pm, 3pm and 5pm … it’s free to the public and a must see at this year’s KY Black Bear Festival! Bring a chair and enjoy the show!
The Cumberland Tourism Commission welcomes everyone to the 10th Annual KY Black Bear Festival held May 10 & 11 … This year it will be set up on Main Street, Cumberland Avenue, Black Bear Plaza and the Cumberland Rotary Park … Events include carnival rides, great festival foods that you love and look forward to every year … and much more! Various vendors, games, and events, and of course, great music both days. There will also be a Kids Fest on Saturday from 10am til Noon at the new Gazebo. For more information on becoming a vendor or just for information about the festival, call the Tourism office at 589-5812.
Let the competitions begin! The 10th Annual KY Black Bear Festival offers 2 favorite competitions every year. On Saturday, May 11, start off your day with the Black Bear 5-K Run beginning in Lynch in front of Historic Lynch City Hall, taking place on US Hwy 160 and continuing past the Historic Lynch High School up to the edge of the Lynch Country Club which is the Oldest Country Club in Harlan County and also the only seven hole golf course still open in the State of KY. There will also be a walking course of 1 mile. Proceeds will go for “Relay for Life”. You can contact the tourism office at 606-589-5812 to pre-register, or download the pre-registration form and Come Run/Walk for a Cure! Also Saturday, the popular Bear Fest Car, Truck and Bike Show will be back. Registration begins at 10am, judging begins at 2pm. Entry fee $15.00 with all registration fee proceeds going toward “Operation Camp Unite”. For more information, contact Larry Boggs at 606-634-0738 or the KY Black Bear Festival at 606-589-5812.
You’ll find plenty to sing about at this year’s KY Black Bear Festival where we’ll offer 2 great days of country, bluegrass, contemporary Christian, jazz, rock and gospel music! On Friday starting at 2pm, we’ll have Ethan Hatfield, at 4pm Big Daddy & The Heat, 5pm the Tony Dean Family and at 7pm, Jessica Bush. On Saturday start the afternoon off at noon with Harlan Co. Underground, at 1pm Triple X, 2pm Brooklyhn Woods, 3pm the Virginian’s, 4pm Wolf Creek Grass and at 5:30pm, Cumberland River Band. And, of course, stay around each night for our Headline Bands with Red Roots starting at 7:30pm Friday, and Halfway to Hazard at 8pm on Saturday. Bringing 2 great days of music to enjoy while also enjoying the events, food and vendors at this year’s 10th Annual KY Black Bear Festival, May 10 & 11 in Cumberland, KY.
Our 2 Headline Bands round out each night of the festival … On Friday, May 10th at 7:30pm enjoy the “Red Roots”. This band is really talented, a great treat for the entire family! The lives of three, red-headed, identical triplet sisteres are best summed up in the band Red Roots. With now a second album “Middle of Nowhere” released, Red Roots have developed a sweet, pop-country sound while incorporating an inspirational message. Their journey of growth can be heard and seen through the band, but was ultimately shaped by their “roots” of family, faith, and music. Go to www.theredroots.com. On Saturday, May 11, Halfway to Hazard will start at 8pm. This American country music duo is composed of singer-songwriters David Tolliver and Chad Warrix. Though Tolliver and Warrix grew up in different towns in southeastern KY, their band’s origins are in Hazard, KY, which is halfway between their hometowns. Their debut single, “Daisy”, was a Top 40 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in 2007. The song was also featured as iTunes’ single of the week on August 6, 2007. In addition, they toured as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s opening act on their Soul2Soul 2007 Tour. McGraw helped to produce the album. In May 2008, they were nominated by the Academy of Country Music for the Duo of the Year award. Halfway to Hazard toured again on the Live Your Voice tour with Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean. Warrix released a solo music video, “Rain on the Roof”, in 2013. Tolliver now writes full time for Tim McGraw’s publishing company, StyleSonic.
The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show: When you want a great Old Fashion, Fun, Family Entertainment, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show is where it’s at. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show has been performing and competed at Logging Shows, and Sport Shows for overe 28 years. Including in those years, The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show has also performed at State and County Fairs, Festival, Sport Shows, Theme Parks, and Shopping Centers. They have also performed their lumberjack show in Japan, Europe, and Africa, and many other family venues. They have Ironjacks that compete in all different lumberjack events, such as logrolling, chopping, crosscut sawing, axe throwing, hot saw competition, and of course tree climbing. The Paul Bunyan lumberjack Show is similar to an Old Time Lumberjack Show and a great family entertainment, matched by none. In the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show or Timber Show, they use quality lumberjack competitors, also known as timberjacks from around the world. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjacks are also the same lumberjacks you see on the Stihl Timber Sports Series, ESPN, and TNN. So if you are looking for a great Timber Show with real tough Lumberjacks also know as Ironjacks, The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, is the type of Old Time Lumberjack Show/FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT you want.
Check out the Black Bear Festival Face Book page at Cumberland Tourism!
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
A new Upward Bound Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College is currently accepting high school students to become part of the program that will have a higher concentration on math and science. Southeast’s traditional Upward Bound Program, which served the area for nearly half a century, ended last summer due to budgetary cutbacks by the U.S. Congress. Officials at Southeast reapplied last fall and acquired funding for a new program, but with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics — subject areas deemed to lead to higher paying jobs and careers.
Michelle Dykes-Anderson is the director of the program at Southeast and noted that a recruitment campaign is currently underway in order to attract eligible as well as capable high school students who are enrolled at either Harlan County High School or Bell County High School.
The program is required to fill out its roster of 60 students, and, as in past years, will offer a five-week summer program on the SKCTC Cumberland campus. Dykes-Anderson noted that the new program with its newer emphasis will actually be more fun and enjoyable as students will do many “hands-on activities,” spending less time in the classroom as in past years.
Additionally, students will take an “exciting” and “educational” trip at the conclusion of the summer term, travelling to Washington, D.C. and to Pennsylvania.
On Saturday, April 20, informational meetings for prospective students and their parents will be held at sites at the Pineville campus room 124, 9 a.m. until noon; Harlan campus, Administration Building, 1-4 p.m.; and on the Cumberland campus, Chrisman Hall, room 116, 9 a.m. until noon.
Those interested in enrolling in the new Upward Bound Program are required to meet certain guidelines, and for additional information, contact: Jennifer Brackett, at 589-3060, email@example.com or Amanda Farley at 589-3155, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 9th, 2013
For a limited time, Harlan County’s low-income homeowners can apply for a PRIDE grant to replace a failing septic system or straight pipe. The PRIDE grants will pay for installation of a septic system or connection to a public sewer system, if one runs by the home.
“These grants are for homeowners who want to do the right thing but can’t afford a septic system or sewer connection,” explained Tammie Wilson of PRIDE, which is the nonprofit organization offering the grants.
“A good septic system or sewer service is critical for the health of homeowners and their neighbors,” Wilson said. “They protect the streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater that we all share. They also are required by state law.”
The septic system grants are intended to improve the quality of life for homeowners and to improve the environment of southern and eastern Kentucky, which is the mission of PRIDE. PRIDE was founded in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers and James Bickford, who was the Kentucky Environmental Protection Secretary.
PRIDE encourages you to apply for a grant if you meet these criteria:
- You own the home that needs a septic system or sewer connection. (Rental properties, leased properties and land contracts are not eligible for this grant program.)
- You have electrical service at the home. The electric bill must show the physical address of the residence where the system will be installed, not a post office box.
- The combined income of everyone living in the home qualifies under 55% HUD poverty guidelines.
“Please be sure you give us everything asked for in the grant application,” Wilson said. “For example, the application tells you to include copies of your recorded deed, your last electric bill, and the proof of income for everyone living at the home. The proof of income can be a recent check stub, federal income tax statement, or Social Security benefits statement.”
To request a grant application, please call the PRIDE office, toll free, at 888-577-4339. Grant applications also are available from local PRIDE Coordinators. In Harlan County, the PRIDE Coordinators are: Lonnie Saylor, 606-573-2600; Mike Thomas (City of Harlan), 606-573-2912; Kristi Lamb (City of Evarts), 606-837-2477; Erica Eldridge (City of Lynch Coordinator), 606-848-2873; James Hagy (City of Loyall), 606-573-6396; Bobbie Gothard (Benham, Cumberland, Lynch), 606-589-5151.
Grant applications can be printed at www.kypride.org.
Monday, January 7th, 2013
Harlan County has recently updated its account with Emergency Communications Network, providers of the CodeRED high-speed notification solution and the CodeRED Weather Warning service. This no-charge update will allow message recipients to easily identify calls coming through the systems. Message recipient’s Caller ID will read Emergency Communications Network or 866-419-5000 for CodeRED calls. And for CodeRED Weather Warning calls, either Emergency Communications Network or the number 800-566-9780 will appear on Caller ID displays.
David McGill, Harlan County Emergency Management Director, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. “If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called.” One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system’s database, this is an extremely important feature.
The CodeRED system provides Harlan County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county. No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included. If you are not sure that you are included in the database, simply log onto the Harlan Online website, www.harlanonline.net, or the Harlan County Emergency Management’s Facebook page, and follow the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page. It is recommended that all businesses register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number. Those without Internet access may call the Harlan County Emergency Management & E-911 Office, Monday through Friday, (9AM-5PM) to supply their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well.
CodeRED Weather Warning is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings. CodeRED Weather Warning automatically alerts affected citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued.
About Emergency Communications Network
Emergency Communications Network Inc. (ECN) provides affordable high-speed notification solutions capable of reaching millions of citizens in minutes. ECN’s sophisticated network supports a web-based product suite featuring CodeRED® which enables local government officials to communicate time-sensitive, personalized messages via voice, email and text messaging; CodeRED Weather Warning™ which provides automated alerts to citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service; CheckUp Call™ for scheduling calls to check on at-risk individuals, including the elderly, infirm and latchkey kids; and CodeED® for use by school systems to improve communications with their communities. For more information about Emergency Communications Network, visit emergencycommunications.net
Thursday, December 27th, 2012
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
Frankfort, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2012) – Kentuckians “fall back” this weekend to standard time, and the Division of Fire Prevention says it’s the perfect event to also change the batteries in smoke detectors to ensure they are working.
“Each year we send an important message – make it a habit to check the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change the time on your clocks,” said State Fire Marshal William Swope. “The first line of defense for escaping a fire is early warning. If your home doesn’t have smoke detectors, you should install them. Install one on every floor of your home, including the basement and in each sleeping area,” Swope said.
Without a working smoke detector to issue an early warning, fire can quickly spread throughout a home, blocking escape routes and filling rooms with deadly smoke, Swope said.
In fact, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths in 2005-2009 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
“The bottom line is that smoke alarms save lives; they should be in every home,” Swope said.
The Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s office encourages Kentuckians to keep in mind the following safety tips:
*Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
*Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
*Smoke rises. Install smoke alarms, following manufacturer’s instructions, high on a wall or on a ceiling. Save manufacturer’s instructions for testing and maintenance.
*Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
*Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10-years-old or sooner if they do not respond properly.
*Be sure the smoke alarm has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
*Alarms that are hard-wired (and include battery backup) must be installed by a qualified electrician.
*If cooking fumes or steam sets off nuisance alarms, replace the alarm with an alarm that has an alarm silencing button. An alarm silencing button will reduce the alarm’s sensitivity for a short period of time.
*Smoke alarms that include a recordable voice announcement in addition to the usual alarm sound, may be helpful in waking children through the use of a familiar voice.
*Smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These devices use strobe lights. Vibration devices can be added to these alarms.
*Smoke alarms are an important part of a home escape plan.
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
- Kentucky State Police kicks off a six-month fall, holiday, and New Year enforcement campaign called Operation R.A.I.D. (Remove Aggressive, Impaired and Distracted drivers from Kentucky Roadways). The effort was developed by KSP Commanders across the state to target driving behaviors that cause most crashes in Kentucky. Operation R.A.I.D. begins Nov. 1, 2012 and runs through April 30, 2013.
KSP Director of Operations, Lieutenant Colonel Jack Miniard says the unique aspect about Operation R.A.I.D. is that although it will have the same objectives, each post will have a different operational plan based on crash activity in that region.
“Many times, law enforcement will participate in a blanket campaign that may or may not work well in certain areas,” says Miniard. “Operation R.A.I.D. allows each post to identify targeted areas based on real time crash data and mapping systems for more effective results.”
Miniard says the campaign will have both an enforcement and educational component to assist in getting the message out to motorists. “We will have more visible enforcement in crash corridors, more roving patrols, and an increase in safety checkpoints across the state,” adds Miniard. “Posts will utilize best practices for which they have had the most success and combine current crash data to identify targeted enforcement zones.”
“Each post will be challenged to utilize their Public Affairs Officer’s as an outreach tool to the community,” says Miniard. “Through media and education we can get our message out while providing the public with safe driving resources.”
Miniard says the campaign focus is on reducing the loss of life on Kentucky highways. “This program is not about writing tickets, it is about enforcing traffic laws and bringing awareness to dangerous driving behaviors that cause crashes,” adds Miniard.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as occurring when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” NHTSA studies show that aggressive drivers cause two-thirds of all fatal crashes and 35 percent of all crashes.
For more information about Operation R.A.I.D. in your area, please contact your local post or call the KSP Public Affairs Branch at (502) 782-1780.
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
This Video includes some of Harlan & Letcher County ”local boys” from Classes 89 and 90.
(FRANKFORT, KY.) – Kentucky State Police (KSP) rolled out the red carpet today at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington as they premiered their inaugural episode of ‘KSP TV.’ KSP TV will consist of short films in documentary style format that will highlight the inner workings of the agency, giving the public an opportunity at a unique look inside of the agency.
KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer debuted the first episode, ‘A Day in the Life of a Cadet’ on the big screen at the theatre and said it was available for public viewing on the agency YouTube© page (see link at the end of this release).
“These segments will feature the multitude of talent and programs inside the walls of KSP,” says Brewer.
“Each show will be five to seven minutes in duration and will be linked to our agency website. Not only will the show generate an incredible amount of public interest, it will act as a catalyst for our recruitment efforts in every section of our agency,” adds Brewer.
Brewer says the topics are endless: a day in the life of a cadet, what is DNA?, Trooper Island, commercial vehicle truck inspection process, preparing for a murder case, prepping a state police cruiser to be road ready, traffic crash reconstruction, capabilities of our canines, dynamics of the driver testing process, combating internet based crimes, marijuana eradication, and much more.
“With limited advertising dollars we are utilizing social media platforms to get these programs out to the public. Social media has become a crucial part of how we interact with each other and an important tool for law enforcement.”
Brewer believes the agency’s strong social media following will be a catalyst in promoting KSP TV. The agency has over 46,000 followers on Facebook©, 3,800 followers on Twitter©, over 46,000 hits on YouTube© and a healthy following on Blogspot© and Flickr©.
“Social Media is not a fad,” says Brewer. “It will continue to evolve and it is important for agencies to recognize this in order to stay ahead of the curve.”
If you are interested in checking out the KSP social media sites, you can click on the following links:
KSP Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kentucky-State-Police/103979825675
KSP Blog “Did You Know That?” http://kentuckystatepolice.blogspot.com/
KSP Website: http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/
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Friday, May 18th, 2012
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 17, 2012) – As mandated by the Kentucky Legislature, uninsured motorists across the Commonwealth will begin receiving notices in June that registrations for their personal vehicles will be canceled if they do not obtain required insurance or show proof of existing insurance. Registered owners of personal vehicles shown to have been without insurance for more than 60 days will receive the notices. The owners will have 30 days in which to obtain or present verification of coverage. “It is against the law in Kentucky to operate a motor vehicle without insurance,” said Commissioner Sharon P. Clark, of the Kentucky Department of Insurance. “Vehicle owners who abide by the law are too often victimized in crashes involving uninsured drivers. The Legislature recognized that this was unfair and mandated this new enforcement initiative.” The mandatory insurance initiative is aimed at plugging an enforcement gap that enables drivers to skirt the law by dropping coverage once their vehicles have been registered. It will be administered by the Department of Vehicle Regulation, of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Though simple in concept, the mandatory insurance initiative required extensive technology and testing. Working together, the Department of Insurance, of the Public Protection Cabinet, and the Department of Vehicle Regulation, of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, conducted a pilot enforcement program that grew to include eight Kentucky counties – Anderson, Ballard, Boyd, Bullitt, Christian, Laurel, Pike and Pulaski. Each month, insurance companies licensed to do business in Kentucky submit to the Department of Vehicle Regulation the vehicle identification numbers (VIN) of the vehicles their policies insure. A database compares the VINs with those of vehicles registered to Kentucky owners. Vehicles for which there is no corresponding personal insurance policy are identified, and owners are notified that if they do not obtain insurance or provide proof of insurance within 30 days, their Kentucky registration will be canceled without further notice. Based on results of the eight-county pilot program, the two Departments estimate that 30,000 to 35,000 uninsured notices will be issued each month. Each notice will identify the vehicle in question by make, model, license plate number and VIN. A notice will be issued only once per individual case. If a notice has been generated in apparent error – such as in cases of a mismatched VIN or a commercial vehicle erroneously listed as a personal vehicle – the notice instructs the owner to contact the county clerk or the Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing to get the matter resolved. However, owners who fail to take necessary action will be subject to citation for driving without valid registration. “It is vitally important that vehicle owners who receive an uninsured notice follow the instructions on the notice and contact their county clerk or the Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing,” said Tom Zawacki, Commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation. “They may also have to contact their insurance company, but that should not be the first step. They must take action. The notice cannot be ignored.”
The Transportation Cabinet has a wealth of information about the Mandatory Insurance initiative on its website: http://transportation.ky.gov/Mandatory-Insurance/Pages/default.aspx
Monday, February 27th, 2012
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2012) – Seven small drinking water treatment systems in Kentucky will receive financial assistance through a new program designed to improve their technical, managerial and financial capabilities to ensure production of safe drinking water in a consistent, cost-effective manner. Small systems are those that serve fewer than 10,000 customers.
The seven facilities selected for funding through the Capacity Development Assistance Program for Small Systems include Bronston (Pulaski County) Water Association, Calhoun (McLean County) Water Works, Horse Cave (Hart County) Water Company, Monroe County Water District, Morgan County Water District, Wallins (Harlan County) Water System (managed by Black Mountain Utility District) and Williamsburg (Whitley County) Water Department.
The funding program, which is in its first year, is a cooperative venture of the Kentucky Division of Water and the nonprofit Community Action of Kentucky (through the Rural Community Assistance Program). The two agencies worked together to identify small drinking water systems in need of capacity development assistance based on factors that are not regulated, such as equipment, training and office management.
“Many small water treatment facilities are at a disadvantage because of their budget and personnel limitations, yet they face the same challenges as larger plants that have more money and specialized staff,” said Julie Smoak, supervisor of the DOW Drinking Water Capacity Development Section. “The goal of this funding program is to allow the smaller plants to complete critical, but non-regulatory projects they might not be able to pursue otherwise.”
John Thompson, manager of the Horse Cave Water Company, said the grant will enable the city to make critical infrastructure repairs.
“In our older communities there is little record of where pipes were placed as homes and businesses were built,” said Thompson. “This grant will allow us to map our distribution lines, which in turn will allow us to perform preventive maintenance and make repairs promptly when leaks occur.”
Bronston Water Association – $3,200 for interior and exterior tank inspection.
Calhoun Water Works – $2,000 to perform two tank inspections using a remotely operated vehicle to evaluate interior condition, corrosion areas and other deterioration problems.
Horse Cave Water Company – $25,000 to perform mapping of the distribution system to locate all lines and valves to enable effective leak detection.
Monroe County Water District – $16,985 to purchase leak detection equipment for locating leaks within the distribution system.
Morgan County Water District — $18,700 to purchase leak detection equipment for locating leaks within the distribution system.
Wallins Water System — $19,200 to obtain assistance with leak detection within the distribution system.
Williamsburg Water Department — $18,500 to develop procedures to identify and repair water line leaks and to identify and monitor unmetered water usage.
Funding for the Capacity Development Assistance Program for Small Systems is made possible through funds set aside by the Commonwealth of Kentucky from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) capitalization grant. The DWSRF program was established by the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 to provide low-interest loans to public water systems for infrastructure improvements needed to produce safe drinking water. The program emphasizes the prevention of drinking water contamination by allowing states to reserve a portion of their grants to fund activities that encourage enhanced water system management and source water protection.