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Bear Crawl Obstacle Mud Run

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS COULD BE A PART OF THE 1ST ANNUAL BEAR CRAWL OBSTACLE MUD RUN, HELD SATURDAY, JUNE 21ST… THE COURSE IS APPROXIMATELY 3.2 MILES OF DIRT ROADS, FIELDS, PONDS, AND MUD TRAILS … NUMEROUS OBSTACLES ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE COURSE INCLUDING WALLS, TRENCHES, MUD PITS AND A FEW OTHER SURPRISES TO CHALLENGE EVERY RUNNER … ON SITE REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN AT 7:00 A.M. AT THE TRI-CITY LITTLE LEAGUE FIELD IN BENHAM, KY, THE RACE WILL START AT 9:00 A.M.  ENTRY IS $25 FOR AN INDIVIDUAL, TEAMS OF FOUR SAVE $5.00 PER PERSON.  THE RUN IS OPEN TO AGES 14 & UP, ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 MUST HAVE A PARENT OR GUARDIAN SIGN UP WITH THEM AND SIGN WAIVER FORMS. AN ENTRY FORM AND WAIVER FORMS FOR ALL ENTRANTS CAN BE FOUND AT THE HARLAN AND CUMBERLAND TOURISM OFFICES, THE HARLAN CENTER, OR ONLINE AT WWW.HARLANCOUNTYTOURISM.COM  …  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 589-5812. MEDALS AND T-SHIRTS WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL PAID PARTICIPANTS, SPECIAL AWARDS GIVEN TO THE FASTEST MALE AND FEMALE THAT CROSS THE FINISH LINE FIRST. COME OUT AND JOIN THEM FOR SOME BACKWOODS MUDDIN’!

 

 

 

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City of Cumberland Awarded $4,400 LEPP Grant for Body Armor

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 16, 2014) – Governor Steve Beshear announced today that the city of Cumberland has been awarded a state Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP) grant for $4,400 to purchase body armor. 

A total of 27 law enforcement agencies were awarded $120,950 in LEPP grants, which are administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) to give financial help for certain items essential in the course of their duties.  

“These grants provide important funds for law enforcement agencies to acquire necessary protective equipment for their officers who endeavor to keep our Commonwealth safe and secure,” Gov. Beshear said. 

“These grants allow us to better prepare our law enforcement officers for the dangers they encounter daily. The very nature of their job often puts them in harm’s way. I am glad we are able to ensure that they are better equipped and better protected,” said state Sen. Johnny Ray Turner, of Prestonsburg. 

In conjunction with the Kentucky State Police (KSP), KOHS derives income from sales of confiscated weapons. KSP conducts periodic auctions – only to federally licensed firearms dealers – that generate dollars for the LEPP initiative. 

KOHS then assesses needs and, after prioritization, provides available funds for the acquisition of body armor, duty weapons, ammunition, and electronic or muscular disruption technical devices, which are often referred to as Tasers. 

“It’s gratifying to know we can help in some way to supply law enforcement with some of the tools they need to carry out their important jobs,” said Gene Kiser, executive director of KOHS. 

LEPP support goes to police agencies of cities, counties, charter counties, unified counties, urban-counties and consolidated local governments, sheriff’s departments and public university police departments. 

Click here for a complete list of agencies receiving grants.

 

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Black Bear Festival Updates

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

The KY Black Bear Festival Held on May 9 & 10 in Downtown Cumberland KY

Live Music all day with featured artist on Friday Night the Contemporary Christian Band “All Things New” and opening for them our own Jessica Bush

Saturday’s featured artists will begin with a fun filled family show from the Renfro Valley Review! Cody Mc Carver( formerly with Confederate Railroad), The Tri-Cities own Brooklyhn Woods will open for our final concert, “Natalie Stovall and The Drive” a country music band coming up very quickly in the charts as well as their upcoming debut on the Grand Ole Opry.  We want everyone to come out and enjoy everything from great food, car shows, corn hole tournaments,5-K Runs, arts & craft vendors,  to carnival rides!  Our special guests this year will be Tim Smith and Tyler Wood from the Discovery Channel Moonshiners.  They will be available for autographs on Saturday from 4-8 p.m.  So come on out to Cumberland and enjoy the Kentucky Black Bear Festival.  Check out our website atwww.kentuckyblackbearfestival.com

 

Kentucky Black Bear Festival Music Schedule:

12:00 Recorded
1:00 Recorded
2:00-3:00 Deric Jeffers
3:00-4:00 – Sunrise Ridge Bluegrass- Sean Stanford 634-2233
4:00-5:00 – Jerry Haynes 273-0199
5:00-6:00 – Over Drive (Joey Jones)
6:00-7:00 – Adam Hill and Driven
7:00-7:30 – Jessica Bush
8:00-10:00- All Things New
Saturday May 10

10:00- Recorded
11:00- 11:30 – Dance Recital
12:00 – 1:00 – Big Daddy & the Heat- Deaton
1:00 – 2:00 – Wolf Creek Grass
2:00 – 3:00 Sound Check for Natalie Stoval
3:00 – 4:00 – Triple X
4:00 – 5:30 – Renfro Valley
6:00 – 7:00 – Cody Mc Carver
7:00 – Removal of Instruments
7:30 – 8:00 Brooklyhn Woods
8:00 -10:00 – Natalie Stoval & the Drive

 

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SKCTC Workshops/News

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College and working in conjunction with its Workforce Solutions component, will offer the Intro to iPad workshop. The event will be held Thursday, March 27 from 1-3 p.m. in Chrisman Hall, room 111, located on the SKCTC Cumberland campus. Under the direction of Josh Howard and priced at $15 per participant, the session has been designed to maximize the skillset and provide in-depth instruction as to the operation of the Apple apparatus. Participants will learn about the unique functions and various features  of the iPad, along with the examination of a variety of applications and how to download these applications. Additionally, participants will learn different exploring methods and how to use the iPad in casual and professional environments.  For further information, contact Tessa Roark, SKCTC Cumberland, phone 589-3047 or troark0024@kctcs.edu.

The Southeast Choir, under the direction of Professor Ann Schertz, will present two concerts as the group performs poignant and stirring tunes from the Broadway hit and Academy Award-winning film, Les Miserables. The concerts will be Saturday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the Godbey Appalachian Center on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College and on Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m. at the SKCTC Harlan campus.  The choir will be accompanied by Clara Atkins Pope. The concerts are free and open to the public, and for more information contact Ms. Schertz at 589-3153.

Steve Miller is honored to be playing a key role as an instructor while the growth of the Funeral Service Program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College continues at a quick pace. The program began accepting students a year ago and is the only one of its kind within Kentucky. It features a two-year curriculum leading to the Associate’s Degree, and excitement for the future of the ground-breaking program is profound, offering a curriculum overseen by Denise Shumate, long-time professor and administrator. Currently, Miller and Shumate are working with 14 students with 10 on track to graduate in May. Students enrolled in the SKCTC program range in ages 18 to 45, and the program is rapidly becoming a popular curriculum at the college. The Funeral Service Program is the only such program within Kentucky, with the closest being offered in Cincinnati and Jeffersonville, Indiana.  Miller, who was reared in Southern Illinois, worked 17 years in the coal mining industry, laboring in a slope mine near his home in El Dorado. He also drove a truck for several years before acting on a long-time yearning to attend  mortuary school. He parked the 18-wheeler and enrolled at the John A. Gupton School or Mortuary Science in Nashville graduating in 1994. He would also attend and graduate from Southeastern Illinois College. He holds a Master’s Degree from Tusculum College in Tennessee. Over the past 12 years, he worked for several mortuaries in Indiana and Tennessee before finding his way to Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College where he is a member of the fledgling program. “I love my job at Southeast,” he said. “I’m so proud to be working with Denise Shumate as we develop the program and train a new generation of morticians. Teaching is something I have wanted to do for the past decade, and I jumped at the chance to come to Harlan County and to Southeast where we are working hard to make the program succeed — to be effective.” The program at Southeast is a two-year endeavor where students are required to earn a total of 68 credits. Those who wish to be considered for entry into the program are required to submit an official application to SKCTC, official high school transcript as well as transcripts of all post-secondary education along with ACT or SAT or ASSET or COMPASS tests results.  Applicants are also required to have a pre-admission conference with the faculty.  Miller noted the objectives of the program are to instill in the student the highest ethical, professional and technical standards required for entry into the profession. The course has been designed to make the student aware of federal, state and local regulatory guidelines that govern practices in the funeral services profession. As the program moves forward, Miller is excited when he discusses the features of a newly-completed facility to be utilized in the students’ education. The site, located on the lower level of Falkenstine Hall, features a preparation room with state-of-the-art equipment, including two embalming tables and two Dodge embalming machines. The site also features a rail body lift structure as well as a revolutionary air ventilation system. Construction of the teaching space is basically completed and will soon be in use upon inspection by state agencies. Additionally, there is a funeral merchandising room on the premises. “Students will be pleased with the top-of-the-line facilities as we work to train individuals who will soon become leaders within the funeral industry,” he said. “The program at Southeast is developing and is a workable option for many who wish to serve as funeral service personnel within their communities, and for those who want to offer an important and a caring service to families who are distraught and likely to be in a most vulnerable condition.” Prospective students wishing to pursue a career in the SKCTC Funeral Service Program are requested to contact Ms. Shumate, director of the program, or Mr. Miller, by phoning (606)248-3141 or at denise.shumate@kctcs.edu or smiller0406@kctcs.edu.

 

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KSP News

Friday, April 25th, 2014

KSP will partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in a collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from home medicine cabinets. Citizens are invited to bring unused or outdated prescription medications to post locations to be properly disposed of. This is the eighth national DEA ‘Take Back’ initiative the agency has participated in. POST 10 3319 US 421 South  Harlan, KY 40831 Phone: (606) 573-3131; POST 13 100 Justice Drive Hazard, KY 41701 Phone: (606) 435-6069.

The Kentucky State Police is putting the spotlight on its Canine Section in the latest KSP-TV episode.  The YouTube video explores the role of the canine unit and the training and care required for these four-legged creatures. KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb says the Canine Section is attached to the Special Operations Branch and includes 16 KSP troopers, 3 CVE officers and 24 dogs. “The Canine Section adds a unique tool to investigations,” says Webb. “We capitalize on the dogs’ abilities to track and aid when apprehending suspects and their keen sense for drug and explosives detection.” Webb says the video gives the agency an opportunity to showcase the Canine Section and educate the public on the role of the canine in law enforcement. To view the KSP-TV Canine Section episode, follow this link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWDfFEKoSUE 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.

Kentucky highway fatalities dropped to a 64-year low in 2013; a 14 percent reduction in deaths over 2012. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) today released final statistics for 2013. There were 638 fatalities last year, a dramatic improvement from 746 fatalities in 2012.   “The good news is that 108 fewer lives were lost,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “The bad news is that 638 people lost loved ones on Kentucky  roadways – a number that is unacceptable, as one fatality is too many.” Gov. Beshear’s Executive Committee on Highway Safety has a strategic highway safety plan titled “Toward Zero Deaths,” which focuses on four critical elements: engineering, education, enforcement and emergency response. Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, the governor’s designated highway safety representative and chair of the committee, said the data-driven, comprehensive plan includes collaboration from stakeholders at every level — federal, state, local and private — to identify safety needs and guide investment decisions.  “If our effort results in just one life being saved, it will have been worth it,” said Secretary Hancock. “However, as our plan indicates, we will not rest until the number is zero.” Of the 638 fatalities last year, 483 were in motor vehicles. Of those killed, 245 were not buckled up and 138 of fatalities involved drugs or alcohol. Motorcyclists accounted for 79 fatalities, with 53 not wearing helmets.

“While the fatality decrease is an improvement, the numbers indicate many motorists still do not realize the responsibility that comes with a license,” said KOHS Director Bill Bell. “We hope by combining our educational efforts with state and local law enforcement and other safety partners, we will continue to raise public awareness of laws and safe driving practices.” The KOHS offers various highway safety educational programs to the public, distributes federal highway safety grants to state and local highway safety agencies, and promotes the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving campaign and the new “U Text.  U Drive.  U Pay” texting while driving campaign.   “We’re heading in the right direction, but we need the public’s help,” said Bell.  “Everyone must take responsibility and follow all traffic laws, such as wearing a seat belt, driving sober, not texting while driving and obeying the speed limit. ”For more information, visitwww.highwaysafety.ky.gov

The Kentucky State Police Trooper Island raffle features a vehicle ready for work or play this year. Newly re-designed and re-engineered for 2014, the GMC Sierra 1500 SLE pickup includes an Iridium Metallic exterior and Jet Black interior; a four-door, air conditioned crew cab with heated, leather front seats; a 5.3L V8 EcoTec3 engine with 355 horsepower; a six-speed automatic transmission with 4-wheel drive; electric power steering and a five-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty (Visit http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/2014/pr01_13_14.htm for a full list of features and equipment). Tickets are $10 each. For a chance to put this truck to work in your family or business fleet, contact any Kentucky State Trooper, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer or any of the 16 KSP posts located throughout the state. Only 20,000 tickets will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn on August 24th at the Kentucky State Fair. Ticket holders do not have to be present at the drawing to win. Raffle winner is responsible for all tax and license fees.

Trooper Island is a free summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls age 10-12 operated by the Kentucky State Police on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is financed entirely by donations, no public funds are used. Each year, the camp hosts approximately 700 children, providing good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and structured, esteem-building activities designed to build good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers. Visit www.kentuckystatepolice.org for more information. (Charitable gaming license #0000633.)

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.

 

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Empty Stocking Fund Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Spring has sprung, and Easter is just around the corner, and the Tri-city Empty Stocking Fund’s 33rd Annual Egg Hunt has been scheduled.  Director Jim “Muggins” Bennett said the date the hunt would be held this year is April 19th at 1 p.m., in the field adjacent to Tri-Cities Nursing and Rehabilitation at Koal town.  If it rains, the event will be postponed until the following day, Sunday, at 2 p.m.  “We have 36 prize eggs, which is 12 for each of the three age groups,” Bennet said.  The age groups are 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10.  There will be 120 dozen eggs hidden for the children, and bugs Bunny will be mingling in the crowd.  There will also be approximately 150 stuffed animals given out.  A drawing will be held for the parents as well.  Parents may win one of three prizes, Bennet said, including their own East basket, an Easter cake donated by Food City, or a fruit basket donated by Roper’s Market.  Those attending are asked to park in the ARH Clinic parking lot in order to keep entrances and exits to the nursing home clear.  Due to safety reasons, participants are asked not to park alongside U.S. 119.  Bennett started the Easter egg hunt 33 years ago, and hid four-dozen at the Benham ballpark.  There was one prize egg that year – a $25 savings bond – that was donated by the late Paul Browning.  For more information, please call Bennett at 606-589-5310.

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Former NOVO Theatre Gets New Owner/Name

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.

Find additional information and kepp up with current events on Facebook.  Like our page “Rushing Wind Ministries Inc.”

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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.

 

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KSP Urges Parents To Be Aware of Internet Predators

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.

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Prevent pipes from freezing, bursting

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.

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SOAR Summit Announces Agenda

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.

 

 

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TRI CITY EMPTY STOCKING FUND

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.

 

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Don’t Touch Trees in Wires

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

 

It’s shocking how many homeowners are injured trying to trim trees near overhead electrical wires. Do-it-yourself satisfaction! Successfully tackling a project on your own that may otherwise cost a lot certainly can be gratifying. But do-it-yourselfers who attempt to work with trees near overhead electrical wires often underestimate the danger potential. Terrible accidents can happen when a homeowner uses pole-mounted cutting tools and/or metal ladders to trim backyard trees and shrubs. Too often, an energized overhead wire is not noticed and is touched by pruning tools, causing injury or death. Two recent examples include: 

  • A Florida resident was hospitalized after attempting to cut palm branches while standing on a ladder. One of the branches made contact with a power line and severely shocked the man. The local fire department had responded to four similar incidents during the previous year.
  • A homeowner climbed a ladder to trim a tree branch that was dropping leaves into his above-ground swimming pool and causing a nuisance. A branch came in contact with the power line, shocking the man with a jolt of electricity and sending him into cardiac arrest. He fell 20 feet to the ground, but was revived by medics at the scene. 

These are not freak accidents, they are preventable. 

Tree limbs can conduct electricity. When trees grow near overhead electrical wires, they can contact the wires and become energized. Trees and wires are dangerous, full of electrical power that can injure or kill humans.

There are several things that can go wrong for do-it-yourselfers trying to trim tree branches. For example, if proper tree cutting techniques are not understood, the cut branch can swing in unpredictable directions as it falls and could easily land on an energized wire. 

Don’t be fooled by the voltage of the lines. You may think that working on the trees or shrubs near your home’s service line is safer than working near the high voltage secondary distribution lines on the pole by the street, but that’s simply not true.

There are three-wire (called “triplex”) lines connecting the power lines on the pole to your house (meter).Service wires leading from the pole to the house can pack a punch. The type of shock you might have received (and survived) when changing a household light switch is not the same type of shock you will receive if you contact a low-voltage utility wire. 

A common house switch carries 120 volts but the electric flow is usually limited to 10, 15 or 20 amps. A common “house drop” (service wire) contains 240 volts and up to 20 amps or more. Given the right set of circumstances, even the shock a person gets from a common light switch can kill, but at the same time, it is easier to break electrical contact while standing inside a house. If a person is climbing a ladder or is in the tree, it may be more difficult to break contact with the energized wire. This means that the service line over a typical yard could easily kill a person. 

Here are a few tips to avoid trees in wires:

  • Look for power lines before pruning trees and large shrubs. If lines are anywhere near the tree, don’t attempt any tree work. Professional tree climbers have the training and equipment needed to perform these tasks safely.
  • Never climb a tree in order to prune it. Even if the wires aren’t currently touching the tree, remember that the trees branches will shift once you begin climbing or removing limbs.
  • Wearing rubber-soled shoes or rubber gloves while tree pruning will not protect from a fatal shock.
  • Never extend long-handled saws or pruners into a tree without checking for power lines. Electricity is always trying to go somewhere, and it will easily travel through metal, water, trees, and/or the ground.
  • Don’t move ladders or long-handled pruning tools around the yard without first looking up. Always read and heed ladder-use safety labels.

More importantly, hire an insured, tree care professional with the experience, expertise and equipment to safely take down or prune trees in wires. Require proof of liability insurance, and check to see if the cost of the work is covered by your insurance company.

 

Find a professional

Contact the Tree Care Industry Association, a public and professional resource on trees and arboriculture since 1938.An easy way to find a tree care service provider in your area is to use the “Locate Your Local TCIA Member Companies” program. You can use this service by calling 1-800-733-2622 or by doing a ZIP Code search onwww.treecaretips.org.

 

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Check KEES accounts

Monday, July 29th, 2013

URL       : http://kentucky.gov/Newsroom/kheaa/checkkees2013.htm

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
800-928-8926.

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.

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FLASH (Flood Info)

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.

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Lightning Safety

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.

If Outdoors

  • 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.

If Indoors

  • 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

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Harlan Co EMA & E-911 CodeRED & CodeRED Weather Warning

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

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KSP Playing Cards

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Kentucky State Police (KSP) is renewing their effort to solve unsolved cases by asking the public for assistance with leads.  In 2010, KSP distributed over 8,000 decks of playing cards to prisons across Kentucky depicting unsolved case information.   
The deck of cards highlighted 52 unsolved Kentucky homicide or missing person cases.  Since that time, three of those cases have been solved.
 
KSP hopes that sharing information with the public again will provide fresh leads that can help solve these cases and bring some closure to families.
 
Tpr. Michael Webb reviews the leads as they come in and disseminates the information to local posts.
 
“We have received hundreds of tips in the past two years that we hope will lead to more cases being solved,” says Webb.  “Not only do these tips assist with solving cases, they sometimes provide additional information about other criminal activity taking place.”
 
KSP has placed copies of the complete deck of cards on its website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/unsolved_cases.htm.
They have also established a toll free tip line where tips can remain anonymous at 1-877-735-2648.  The public can also submit tips via email at kyunsolved@ky.gov

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Time Change Triggers Kentuckians to ‘Change the Batteries’

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.

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KSP – Operation R.A.I.D.

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.

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KSP Premieres Documentary Style Project Called ‘KSP TV’

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 TV: http://www.youtube.com/user/kentuckystatepolice?feature=watch

KSP Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kentucky-State-Police/103979825675

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/kystatepolice

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kentuckystatepolice/

KSP Blog “Did You Know That?”  http://kentuckystatepolice.blogspot.com/

KSP Website: http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/

 

For more information about Kentucky State Police social media sites please contact the Public Affairs Branch at (502) 782-1780.

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Mandatory motor vehicle insurance notices to begin statewide in June

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

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Seven water treatment systems selected for special assistance funding

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.”

Project Awards

 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.

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KSP Offers Trick or Treating Safety Tips

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Before you know it ghosts and goblins will be running in the streets to trick-or-treat and Kentucky State Police want to make sure your kids stay safe this Halloween.

Lt. David Jude, Spokesperson for KSP, says the agency wants the children to have a fun but safe trick or treating experience.

“Halloween is traditionally a time for children to have fun, but most often it is the children who can be injured by situations that are avoidable,” says Jude. “Be sure your child’s costume does not obstruct their vision and is not so cumbersome that they can trip over it.”

“On Halloween evening, we’re placing our children in probably some of the most dangerous traffic situations you could imagine,” adds Jude. “Our children are outside after dark, they walk along and cross unfamiliar streets and they often wear dark colors which are difficult for motorists to see.”

Below are some safety tips for adults and youngsters so you can enjoy this special night:

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    • Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible.
    • Younger children should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.
    • Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they have been checked by an adult.
    • Make sure your child is able to see out of their mask properly and can walk in their costume without tripping.
    • Remind kids not to enter a strange house or car.
    • Inspect your child’s candy before they eat it. Discard any unwrapped or suspicious looking goodies. If your child does get sick, call your doctor or the hospital emergency room immediately and save all wrappers. It is also helpful to determine what he or she ate and where it came from.
    • Talk to your children about ‘stranger-danger’ and the safety precautions when around someone they do not know.

The KSP also wants to remind those driving on Halloween to be extra cautious of our small pedestrians.

For more information about safe trick or treating please contact Kentucky State Police at (502) 782-1780 or www.kentuckystatepolice.org.

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Road/Bridge projects jeopardized in Southeast

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Absence of federal transportation bill jeopardizes necessary road and bridge projects throughout Southeast

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2011) – Highway construction and repairs across the Southeast would have to be canceled or delayed if Congress allows the nation’s federal surface transportation funding program to expire, Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said today.

Hancock is president of the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO), which concludes its annual meeting today in Louisville. He joined other state transportation CEOs, including Susan Martinovich, of Nevada, president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), in calling on Congress to act before the nation’s surface transportation program, known by the acronym SAFETEA-LU, expires Sept. 30.

Funding to states will cease if Congress fails to extend SAFETEA-LU or to pass comprehensive legislation to reauthorize the program. 

“We urgently need for Congress to pass a reauthorization bill – one that sustains funding at current levels and adjusts revenues for inflation,” Hancock said in a news conference. “States need certainty. Effective planning is impossible otherwise.”

Federal highway funding is actually a reimbursement arrangement. States first put up their own money, and then are paid back by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) from the Federal Highway Trust Fund. If the federal program is allowed to lapse and reimbursements cease, state-funded road work – not just projects that would receive federal dollars – also will be in jeopardy, Hancock said.

The expiration of SAFETEA-LU also would result in the loss of funding for public transportation systems on which many the nation’s most vulnerable citizens depend.  Public transit programs collectively employ 1,200 Kentuckians.

“It would be devastating to communities large and small throughout the southeastern U.S. to lose those public transit programs,” Hancock said.

AASHTO President Martinovich said 500,000 jobs and countless transportation projects nationwide are at stake.

“We’re here today to sound the alarm,” she said., “Congress must take action by September 30th, or the federal highway and transit programs that support thousands of jobs in every state will shut down.”

In Kentucky, 2,200 federal-aid projects are currently under way – projects to give motorists smoother and less congested roadways, and modern or refurbished bridges.  Hancock said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet had tentatively scheduled to take bids on 33 federal-aid projects, totaling $447.2 million, from September through December. The bid letting for Sept. 23, a week before the expiration deadline, will go on as scheduled, but the cabinet could be forced to hold off on awarding contracts, he said.

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