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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.
*These statistics are still preliminary as KSP waits for all local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.
More information about Kentucky crashes can be found on the KSP website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/tip.htm.
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.
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
If you didn’t get your high school diploma and you’d like to get your GED, here’s your chance. From now until July 31, you can take your GED test for FREE. For more information, log onto KYAdultEducation on Facebook.
The GED® test will be free in Kentucky May 15–July 31. Kentuckians taking the test during that timeframe will not have to pay the usual test fee, which will be paid by Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education.
“Our message is don’t wait until later in the year to start work on your GED®,” said Reecie Stagnolia, vice president, Kentucky Adult Education. “Get started now to take advantage of the free testing.”
The GED® test provides adults who did not finish high school with the opportunity to certify their attainment of high school-level academic knowledge and skills. Normally, the entire GED® test taken the conventional way on paper costs the test taker $60; the fee for taking the entire computer-based GED® test is $120, a cost set by the national GED Testing Service. Free GED® classes are available through local adult education programs in all 120 Kentucky counties.
It’s particularly important for those without a high school diploma to pass all five parts of the GED® test this year because the GED® test will change January 1, 2014. In Kentucky, approximately 16,000 people have started taking the test but have not completed. All previous scores will expire and anyone who has started but not completed will have to start over. The last test date in Kentucky this year will be December 18, 2013.
Kentuckians interested in free classes and the time-limited free GED® testing should contact the adult education center in their county to discuss how to get started. To find the local adult education center, call (800) 928-7323 or visit www.KnowHow2GoKy.org and click on “Adults.”
Saturday, May 18th, 2013
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.”
Dr. Moore will begin serving as president effective July 8 following the retirement of long-time SKCTC president Dr. Bruce Ayers.
The 15th annual Broadway Revue, a cavalcade of sparkling dance numbers and vocal stylings, will be presented during two shows on Saturday, May 18 at the Cawood and Helen Smith Theater located on the Harlan campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. Performances will be at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Broadway Revue 2013 features students from Robyn’s Dance Academy and will include a cast of over 50, ages five through 20. The show will be comprised of numerous dance routines all set to the music of Broadway. The show is directed and choreographed by Robyn L. Bingham.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda Farley at 589-3155, email@example.com.
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.
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Essay Contest winners from the 48th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, a competition among students attending Harlan County schools include:
Elementary School: first place, Lexie Burris, Cumberland Elementary School, coach, Allyson Layne; second place, Sydney Layne, Cumberland Elementary School, coach, Allyson Layne;
Middle School: first place, Lainey Cox; Cumberland Elementary School, coaches, Amber Chapel and Jade Marshall; second place, Autumn Dunaway, Cumberland Elementary School, coaches Amber Chappel and Jade Marshall; third place, Morgan Simpkins, Cumberland Elementary School, coach, Jasmine Dunson.
High School: first place, Lamborghini Holcomb, Harlan County High School, coach, Kelsey Penix; second place, Kaylin Penix, Harlan County High School, coach, Kelsy Penix; third place, Andrew Dozier, Harlan County High School, coach, Brooklynn Woods.
Additionally, winners of the Swappin’ Meetin’ Math Search and Compute contest were Sarah Miles, Harlan County High School; Christian Boggs, Evarts Elementary School; Kassie Woodard, Rosspoint Elementary School.
The winner of the Swappin’ Meetin’ Travelling Trophy for participation was awarded to Harlan County High School with 7,285 total points.
The 48th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ featured several contest that were enjoyed by many. Results of the contests for the 2012 event include:
1st Annual Pumpkin Race:
First Place winners – Cumberland Lions Club (Michael Corriston & Al Cornett) and Christy York; Second place winners – Christy York and Cumberland Lions Club; Third Place winner – Vicki Keithly; Prettiest pumpkin – Anna Jo Creech; and Best of Show – “Clown” by Brandee Gibson, Jade Marshal, Karl Creech, Christy York and Amy Jefferson.
Baked Goods Contest:
Cakes – First place, Cookies & Cream Cake – Lamborghini Holcomb; Second place – Pineapple Carrott Cake – Dianne Corriston; and Third place – Whoopie Pies – Kaylin Penix. Pies – First place, Butterfinger Pie – Lamborghini Holcomb; and Second place – Butterscotch pie – Sophia Sergent. Pastries – First place, Chocolate Chip Cookies – Bradley Holcomb; Second place, Coffee Cookies – Whitney Halcomb; and Third place, Cinnamon Buns – Faith Clark. Breads – First place, Garlic Cheese Biscuits – Lamborghini Holcomb. Best of Show, Cookies & Cream Cake – Lamborghini Holcomb.
Best of Show: Berry Blakley – “Log Cabin”; Pieced Category – First place, Betty Blakley “Log Cabin”; Second place, Kathy Cook “Costa Maya”; and Third Place, Pauline Brown “Cathedral Window”. Applique Category – First place, Fern Cornett “Ohio Rose”; Second place, Thressa Allen “Dresden Plate”; and Third place, Patsy Parrott “Flower Basket”. Novelty Category – First place, Pauline Brown “Presidents”; Second place, Pauline Brown “States”; and Third place, Glenna Blakley “HHS”. Wall Hanging Category – First place, Glenna Blakley “Blue Flower”; Second place, Delia Parker “States”; and Third place, Patsy Parrott “Christmas Joy”. Baby Category – First place, Frances Cox “Sunbonnet Girls”; Second place, Glenna Blakley “Sunbonnet Sue”; and Third place, Delia Parker “Monkey Wrench”. Beginner Category – First place, Laura Rogers “Horses and Star”; and Second place, Connie Richmond “Elvis Presley”.
Pickles, Jams & Jellies Contest:
Pickles (Sweet Pickles) – First place, Lyna Cornett “Bread & Butter pickles”; Second place, Barbara Marsh “Sweet pickles”; and Third place, Lainey Cox “Bread & Butter pickles”.
Dill Pickles – First place, Lainey Cox “Kosher Dill Pickles”; and Second place, Valerie Osborne “Dill Pickles”.
Picked Vegetables: First place, Thressa Allen “Pickled beets”; and Second place, Wayne Yaden “Pickled Corn”. Salsa – first place, Valerie Osborne and Second place, Faith Clark.
Peppers: First place, Barbara Marsh “Hot Peppers” and second place, Angie Bush “Hot Banana Peppers”.
Relish: First place, Lyna Cornett “Squash Relish” and Second place, Thressa Allen “Relish”.
Chow-Chow: First place, Barbara Marsh; Second place, Belynda Banks and Third place, Mary Lou Yaden.
Saurkraut: First Place, Kaylin Penix.
Jellies: First place, Belynda Banks “Grape Jelly” and Faith Clark “Blueberry Jelly”; Second place, Jennifer Hockenberry “Kudzu Bloom Jelly”; and Third place, Angie Bush “Grape Jelly”.
Grand Champion Jams: Betty Jane Fields “Apple Butter”.
Jams: First place, Betty Jane Fields “Apple Butter” and Mary Lou Yaden “Strawberry Freezer Jam”; and Second place, Lainey Cox “Cherry Jam”; and Third place, Lamborghini Holcomb “Caramel Apple Jam”.
Youth Division (Elementary/Middle School): First place, David Benning, Rosspoint Elementary School.
High School Division (All winners are from Harlan County High School): First place, Noah Hughes; Second place, Jake Alred; and Third place, Devyn Creech.
College Division (for SKCTC Students): First place, Clint Parsons.
Note: All Youth and High School Division winners will now submit a video to the state committee for consideration to be a Kentucky State Torchbearer (sponsored by the Kentucky Storytelling Association). If they win that, they will submit to the National Youth Storytelling Showcase.
One of the more popular components of the annual Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ is the art contest. Schools from across the county take part with the art work displayed in Chrisman Hall.
Winners for 2012 include: Cumberland Elementary School – Best of Show, Amber Bailey; First place, Amber Bailey.
Green Hills Elementary – Best of Show – Tori Akers; First Place, Kandace Scruggs, Kay Turner, Madison Belcher, Katie Napier, Amber Blanton and Cassidy Hammond; Second Place, Lonnie Whitehead, Faith Hoskins, Garrett Byrn, Nikki Callahan, Zander Colandria and Arri Bryant; and Third Place, Anna Massingale, Austin White, Emily Helton, Shawn Joseph and Faith Hoskins.
Harlan County Christian – Best of Show – Hailey Foster; First Place, Hailey Foster; Second and Third Place, Madison Cresten.
Harlan County High School – Best of Show – Anna Jo Creech; First Place, Katie Johnson; Second Place, Lindsay Branson and John Saylor; and Third Place, Jason Perkins.
Evarts Elementary School – Best of Show- Taylor Sizemore; First Place, Taylor Sizemore, Cristy Napier, Angel Wynn, Matt Risner, Olivia Freeman, Anna Wynn, Emma Ball and Nick Caldwell; Second Place, JJ Caudill, Summer Brock, Kristen Napier, Gage Caudill and Tracey Mefford; and Third Place, Brenna Hall, Alliyah Dean, Gracie Ewing, McKenzie Middleton and Dalton Riley.
Rosspoint Elementary School – Best of Show – Hannah Hoskins; First Place, Hannah Hoskins, Baili Boggs, Ethan Cornett, Brianna Rogue and Matt Howard; Second Place, Emily Long, Joseph Hatfield, Matia Williams and Morgan Burke; and Third Place, Hannah Gaw, Aubrey Purgitt, Jonathan Hubbard, Logan Skidmore and Tiara Lambert.
James A. Cawood Elementary School – Best of Show – Kindergarten Class; First Place, Michael Torres; Second Place, Jaiden Marlow; and Third Place, Gabe Smith.
Wallins Elementary School – Best of Show – Tyler Duncan; First Place, Joshua Lee; Second Place, Gwyn Turner; and Third Place, Shelby Martin.
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Autumn is in full swing in Kentucky decorating its landscape and roadways with vibrant, colorful foliage. These Fall colors serve to remind drivers that they will see an increased movement of deer throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, deer season begins Nov. 10th and motorists are more likely to encounter these animals on or near roadways.
Spokesperson for KSP, Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard says motorists need to take extra precautions when driving during fall months.
“It is extremely important to recognize this ever-present risk, especially at this time of year when nearly fifty percent of all collisions with deer occur,” says Saint-Blancard.
“Last year, we had 2,938 deer-related collisions in Kentucky with three of those being fatal collisions,” adds Saint-Blancard.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are approximately 1 million deer related vehicle crashes each year that kill nearly 200 people, injure over 10,000 and result in over $1 billion in vehicle damage.
Saint-Blancard offered the following tips for drivers:
· Be extra cautious in the early morning and evening hours. Deer are most active during these low-light periods when humans see worst and reaction time is slow.
· Stay alert when driving through a known deer-crossing zone. If you see one deer, look for more. They often travel in herds.
· Drive at a moderate speed, especially on roads bordering woodlands, parklands, golf courses and streams. However, remember that many deer crashes occur on busy highways near cities.
· Use high beam headlights if there is no oncoming traffic. High beams will reflect in the eyes of deer on or near the roadway, providing increased driver reaction time.
· Upon seeing a deer, immediately slow down. Do not swerve — this could confuse the deer about where to run. It could also cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car. It is generally safer to hit the deer rather than running off the road or risking injury to other motorists.
· Deer are often unpredictable, especially when faced with blinding headlights, loud horns and fast-moving vehicles. Don’t expect them to stay where they are. They can dart in front of you at the last moment, stop in the middle of the road, cross quickly and return to the road or even move toward an approaching vehicle.
· Deer whistles on cars provide little help and blowing the car horn doesn’t always solve the problem. Blowing the horn may cause them to move, but not necessarily in the direction you want.
· Always wear your safety belt. Historically, most people injured or killed in deer/auto collisions were not properly restrained.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.
Monday, October 1st, 2012
The Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ will bound onto the stage and into the spotlight for the 48th time beginning Friday, Oct. 5 and continuing through Oct. 6. The festival, one of the oldest and most successful folk, art and music events in the commonwealth, will be held on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College.
Hundreds of festival-goers are expected to gather at the Swappin’ Meetin’ which pays tribute to the traditions and the culture of those who reside or have deep roots in the Central Appalachian Mountains.
“There is something for everyone at the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, “ said Michael Corriston, the event’s long-time director. “The event continues to grow and has developed into one of the top festivals in both attendance and content.” He noted how the event has become a “jewel” with people from across the region, state and country coming to the area each fall to participate and enjoy the festival.
“Folks will be here for two days of fun, fellowship and enlightenment,” he said. “We are excited about hosting the festival as we welcome our old friends. We invite all to come see what we have to offer as we reconnect with our Appalachian heritage while enjoying the exquisite autumn in a most magnificent setting.”
As a premier folk and arts event, the Swappin’ Meetin’ continues to attract an impressive lineup of artisans who eagerly demonstrate their craftsmanship. For 2012, demonstrators will include basket weavers Frances Whitaker and Eleanor Smith; flute maker, Bruce Helton; chair caning, Stewart Whitaker; dulcimer making, Payton Manning; chain saw carving, Joe Salyers; scroll saw art by Donald Honeycutt; wood carvers, Robert and Oneatta Smith; spinning by Fern Cornett; lye soap making by Francis Amily; broom making by Larry Counts; sorghum molasses cooking by SKCTC faculty and staff, and Raku pottery creations and demonstrations done by SKCTC staff and students.
Throughout the two-day event, a variety of music will be presented and will feature beginning Oct. 5, music by Lonnie Burkhart and Zelma Forbes, who will also serve as masters of ceremonies; Marlow Tackett, Roy Harper, Harlan County High School Choir, Brooklyhn Woods, Jim Mullins and Company, Derek Jeffers. On Saturday, Oct. 6 taking the main stage will be Jake and Ruby Ravizee and the Greater Mt. Sinai spiritual group. Additionally, singers Jason Collins, Raymond Smith, Seth Carmical, Tommy White, Anna Jo Creech, Peggy Green, Seth Murphy, Mary Lynn Franks and Tammy Chapman are scheduled to perform.
During each festival, various individuals are honored for their contributions as artists, workers and supporters, all of whom have played key roles in helping the Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ reach its pinnacle of success.
Southeast President Dr. W. Bruce Ayers, who began his association with the college as a student in 1964 and who, for the past 27 years, has been president, will be honored as the 2012 Swappin’ Meetin’ Honoree. Ayers, who will retire next June, has been a tireless supporter of the festival and over the years has held countless jobs as a worker, participant and supporter. During his time at the college, the event has enjoyed significant grow, where today the festival attracts several thousand people for the two-day event held along the banks of Cloverlick Creek in Cumberland.
The Swappin’ Meetin’ Faculty Award for 2012 will be given to Professor Carlton W. Hughes, and the Savannah Delph Award will be awarded to Dianne Corriston, with the Staff Award going to Scotty Carruba. The Quilting Award will be presented to members of the Poor Fork Quilters. Their collective work will be showcased in the gallery of the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center beginning Friday morning until 4 p.m. Saturday.
No Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ would be complete without contests. Over the years, various contests have given local folks the opportunity to showcase their skills and expertise in a wide-ranging spectrum of competitions. Set for this year will be the Pickles, Jams and Jellies Contest, Quilt Contest, Baked Goods Contest, Hog Calling Contest, Great Pumpkin Contest, Story Telling Contest, Checkers Contest, a Cake Walk and the Photography Contest sponsored by the Tri-City News.
“We invite all to come out and enjoy the 48th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, “ said Corriston. “It proves to be a fun time, a wonderful time for all. We surely hope to see you there!”
For further details about the festival, contact Corriston at the SKCTC Cumberland campus by phoning 606/589-3137.
During the 48th Annual Swappin’ Meetin’ , one of the main events this year will be the gospel singing on Friday night, Oct. 5th. It will be at 5:30pm in the Godbey Appalachian Center on the Cumberland campus. The event will feature anionted Holy Ghost filled gospel singers from the Harlan County area such as Tammie Chapman from Harvest Worship Center, Seth Carmical from the Coldiron Church of God, Tommy C. White from The Hanson Christian Church, Peggy Green from Mt. Assembly Church of God, Jake & Ruby Ravizee from Rising Star Baptist Church, Jason & Crystal Collins and Jason & Aarin Collett from the Cawood Pentecostal Holiness Church, the Mt. Sinai Spirituals from Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, and two young up and coming gospel artists Anna Jo Creech from Cumberland Pentecostal Church, and Seth Adam Murphy from Loyall Baptist Church. Come ready tow orship and give praise to God, as these anointed singers minister in testimony and song, to lift their voices and give glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The first annual Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ 5K run and a one-mile walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 beginning at 8 a.m. on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. The event will begin in the lower parking lot of the campus with participants following a course across the city of Cumberland before returning to the campus. The event is being held in conjunction with the 48th Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’, one of the premier folk, arts and music festivals in Kentucky.
The entry fee for the 5K or the one mile run is $15 in advance of the race date, or $20 on the day of the event.
The competition is being coordinated by college staff members Chris Hockenberry, Kristen Simpson and Susan Croushorn. For additional information, contact Mr. Hockenberry at 589-3144 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
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(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/
For more information about Kentucky State Police social media sites please contact the Public Affairs Branch at (502) 782-1780.
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Friday, May 18th, 2012
It is important to remember that water is a powerful conductor of electricity, and it is especially important to be aware of electrical hazards while participating in water activities. Unfortunately, sometimes those reminders come in the form of tragedy.
For instance, there is the story of a 13-year-old Oklahoma boy who died after he jumped from a boat dock into a lake to swim. The dock lights were on at the time. He immediately surfaced and was screaming, then submerged and did not resurface. An adult who entered the water to assist the boy felt an electrical current and called to others to turn off the dock lights. Power company employees inspected the electrical system for the dock lights, and they identified a short in the wiring. The wiring was in contact with the dock’s metal frame and transmitted sufficient electrical current into the water to cause a shock. The medical examiner listed the boy’s cause of death as drowning, possibly secondary to electrical shock.
“Take the time to make sure that the dock area is safe. This means making sure electrical connections are properly installed and safely maintained,” adds Molly Hall, executive director of the Safe Electricity program. “Your loved ones’ lives just might depend on it.”
Even if you are just renting the dock, it is important that you notify the dock owner of any safety violations so that they can be fixed immediately. If the owner will not make the corrections or properly maintain the dock, you should strongly consider moving your boat to a dock that will.
Assessing electrical hazards near areas of water is a wise investment of time and personal effort. While regulations might vary by location the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that electricity-related drowning can be prevented by regular inspections for ground-fault failure and by strict enforcement of the National Electric Code through frequent inspections of pools and docks.
Safe Electricity offers the following additional tips to stay safe while boating:
- When boating or fishing this summer, be aware of your surroundings and potential electrical hazards. Always check the location of nearby power lines before boating or fishing. Contact between your boat and a power line could be devastating, even deadly. Maintain a distance of at least 10 feet between your boat and nearby power lines to be safe.
- If your boat does come in contact with a power line, never jump out of the boat into the water-the water could be energized. Instead, stay in the boat and avoid touching anything metal until help arrives or until your boat is no longer in contact with the power line.
- Before you cast your fishing line, always check the location of power lines and make sure you are casting away from them to avoid contact.
- Be sure dockside outlets have ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection, and check cords that are plugged into them to make sure there is no broken or cracked casing and that there are no exposed wires. Have dockside electrical systems installed by professional electricians guided by the National Electric Code, and have these systems inspected regularly to avoid tragedy.
Find more electrical safety information at SafeElectricity.org.
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
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
The 9th annual Kentucky Black Bear Festival will be held May 11 & 12 in downtown Cumberland..events include carnival rides, great festival foods *(Fish platters, frog leg dinners, shaved ice, smoothies, funnel cakes, candy apples, homemade candy, hot dogs, bbq…and much more. Various vendors with sunglasses, body jewelry, hats, bear stuff, airbrush temporary tattoos, handmade hair bows, flip flops, candles and more.
To kick off the Black Bear Festival Cumberland Tourism will host the “2nd Annual Black Bear Paw Hop” (sock hop) to be held on Thursday, May 10th from 7 –9 p.m. at the Tourism Office parking lot. Jewell Scott will be our D.J. for the evening spinning the best music of the 50’s & 60’s. Free bounce house for the kids and lemonade for everyone, So come on out and twist your paws!!
Mid-South Carnival will be in the Rotary Park with carnival rides for kids and adults, games and food. All Aboard for the Train Depot in the Rotary park where the Harlan Rotary Club will have their Train Rides for all. Honey Hill Farm will have a petting zoo with about 25 different animals to pet so bring all the kids its Free!, and The Stables at Creekside Glenn will have their pony rides too. The Black Mountain Thunder Zipline will set up a line or two so the kids can get a little taste of what it’s like to ride fastest and highest Zip Line in the state of Kentucky.
David Browning the “Mayberry Deputy” will be there on Saturday walking around all day entertaining the crowds. You better be on your best behavior or he will Nip it !
The 1st Annual Black Bear 5K Run will be on Saturday, May 12 a@ 8:30a.m., starting at the Lynch City Hall, going to the Lynch Country Club, and back. Proceeds go for Camp UNITE. Pre-Register by May 10 for $15, and be guaranteed a shirt. If you wait to register on the day of the race, the fee will be $20 and t-shirts will be first come, first serve basis. Categories for Runners and Walkers are the same. Call 606-589-5812 for more information, or visit harlancountytourism.com for information and forms.
The Black Bear Cornhole Tournamet will also be back this year, Saturday, May 12. Doubles cost $20/Team to enter, winners will receive $400 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd place; Singles cost $10/Team to enter, winners will receive $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place. Check out harlancountytourism.com for forms and information, or call 606-589-5912.
We will offer a variety of music both days on our big Black Bear Stage from country, bluegrass, contemporary Christian, rock, and gospel. Our evening concert will be on Friday May 11th and feature For King and Country this contemporary Christian band has been touring for months across the country with Winterjam 2012; they recently performed in Lexington and Knoxville. You won’t want to miss this performance.
Saturday, May 12 the evening will start out with the side-splitting Lardo & Burley of The Moron Brothers who have been entertaining folks for years with their hilarious stories and original songs. They are a favorite at Bluegrass Festivals across the nation and have shared the stage with greats like JD Crowe, Eddie Adcock, bobby Osborne and Rhonda Vincent just to name a few. Then to end the evening we take a Magical Mystery Tour back to the 1960’s featuring The Sweet Beats who are an authentic recreation of the Fab Four at the peak of their popularity. You will hear over 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded on authentic Beatles instruments, not just a band- Entertainment!
So for some good family entertainment come to Cumberland for the 9th Annual Kentucky Black Bear Festival. For more information on becoming a vendor or just for information call the Tourism office at 606-589-5812.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Harlan County Death Investigation
(Blair, Ky.) On July 27, 2011: at 8:19 pm, July 25, 2011, Post 10 received a 911 call that human remains were discovered by ATV riders on an abandoned strip mine site in the Blair community of Harlan County. The human remains were located approximately 1 ½ miles off the roadway. The human remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
On July 27, 2011 The State Medical Examiners Office positively identified the human remains located on July 25, 2011 in the Blair community as being James Feltner. Due to findings by the State Medical Examiner’s Office the investigation is now being deemed as a Murder. The Kentucky State Police are requesting information pertaining to a weapon that may be involved in the murder of James Feltner. The weapon, an AR-15 type rifle, is black with a stainless steel barrel. The weapon may be located somewhere in the Cumberland area. The weapon was likely sold/traded or disposed on or after July 15, 2011. Anyone with information regarding the death of James Feltner, contact Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan at 606-573-3131. Det. Kenny Abner is in charge of the investigation.
Friday, July 1st, 2011
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 1, 2011) – Independence Day usually brings thoughts of parades, backyard barbecues and, of course, fireworks. This year, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) wants the public to focus on safety in addition to celebrating the holiday, particularly when using certain types of fireworks recently legalized in Kentucky.
House Bill 333, signed by Gov. Steve Beshear in March, expanded legal fireworks in the state from ground devices and novelties to include a full line of consumer fireworks, such as Roman candles and other fireworks that shoot into the air. The law regulates the sale, storage, location and display of the explosives.
“Fireworks can be a fun way to celebrate and add to the festivity of the holiday, but don’t forget injury prevention,” said DPH Commissioner William Hacker. “This year, the types of fireworks that can be legally sold in Kentucky have expanded and some might be new to consumers. Make sure you know how to properly use these items and are working to avoid injury.”
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is asking states to join its nationwide effort to prevent injuries related to fireworks. According to the CPSC, fireworks-related injuries in 2010 were associated with approximately 1,900 people ending up in emergency rooms. CPSC’s annual death and injury report on fireworks incidents indicates that nearly half of these injuries affected children younger than 15 years of age.
“Although fireworks play a major role in Fourth of July celebration, you have to keep public safety in mind – even with smaller items,” said Kathy Fowler, director of the public health protection and safety division in DPH. “Firecrackers, bottle rockets and sparklers are some of the biggest culprits of injury. Please use caution if you are using these items.”
In fact, according to the CPSC, a sparkler can get as hot as the flame on some blow torches and can easily ignite clothing.
No fireworks can be considered safe enough to let young children play with them without direct adult supervision under any circumstances,” Fowler added, emphasizing the following guidelines when using fireworks:
· Never allow young children to ignite fireworks.
· Adults should always supervise fireworks activities.
· Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that fizzle and don’t go off.
· Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
· Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
· After fireworks fully complete their functioning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a fire.
More guidelines are at CPSC’s website www.cpsc.gov/info/fireworks/recalls.html
Monday, June 27th, 2011
(Harlan County, KY)—The Cumberland Tourist Commission and Harlan Tourist Commission are pleased to announce that Harlan County is featured prominently on the Travel Kentucky application for iPhone, iPad, iTouch and Google Android smartphone technologies.
Created by Kentucky Monthly magazine, Travel Kentucky showcases statewide tourism destinations through a combination of themed tours, searchable category directories, and real-time, GPS-triggered, turn by turn directional routing.
Harlan County is featured in the app’s “City Guides,” providing users with a full directory of all Harlan County’s attractions, restaurants, shops, lodging, and much more.
Cumberland and Harlan Tourism’s participation on the app provides a new and unique way for Harlan County to be marketed to visitors, as the app works to connect users to destinations that they are interested in by topic, what is nearby, and by themed tours.
“Our goal for Travel Kentucky is to help visitors find and explore destinations that they may never have heard of before,” said Kentucky Monthly publisher Steve Vest. “By exploring themed tours and searching for subjects of interest on the app, we hope to expand visitors’ awareness of the communities and attractions we have here in Kentucky.”
For more information about Travel Kentucky, or to have your destination listed, please contact email@example.com or call 888-329-0053.
About Kentucky Monthly Magazine
Founded in 1998, Kentucky Monthly celebrates the people, places, events, and culture of the Commonwealth, reaching more than 132,000 readers. Our slogan is “Uniting Kentuckians Everywhere” focusing on Kentucky today, while not forgetting the people and events that shaped our heritage. Kentucky Monthly has partnered with BarZ Adventures for app development within the state. Connect with Kentucky Monthly through www.kentuckymonthly.com or call 1-888-329-0053.
Cumb. Tourist Commission, 506 W. Main St, Cumberland, KY. 40823, 606-589-5812
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Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
|FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 8, 2011) – Attorney General Jack Conway announced that a new law takes effect today to deter the growing problem of metal theft in Kentucky. House Bill 242 unanimously passed both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly during the 2011 legislative session and was signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear on March 16.“Near-record prices for copper, platinum, aluminum and other metals have fueled the theft of common items such as copper wiring from utility lines, tornado warning sirens, coal mines and even foreclosed homes,” said General Conway. “Metal theft is not only taking a heavy financial toll on businesses, it is endangering lives and putting communities at risk.”
Metal theft costs businesses nationally around one billion dollars each year, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage. It can also affect public safety by compromising communications or emergency response capabilities, such as 911 service.
Kentucky’s metal theft laws are designed to deter this growing problem by targeting thieves who steal and then resell secondary metals. House Bill 242 prohibits anyone from buying or selling metal that has been smelted, burned or melted.
“Metal theft is a major concern across the Commonwealth,” said Rep. Mike Denham, Vice Chairman of the Agriculture and Small Business Committee and sponsor of House Bill 242. “I am hopeful this new law will help stop these thefts and better protect our communities and our businesses, both large and small.”
Kentucky businesses, like AT&T, also welcome the new law and attribute the increase in metal theft to a number of factors, including the ailing economy.
“The steady rise in the market price of copper and the state of the economy have led some people to extreme measures, including stealing copper cables from houses and telephone poles,” said Mary Pat Regan, President AT&T Kentucky. “This new law will help us prevent the theft of copper wire from AT&T telephone poles, work centers and cell sites, which puts our customers and sometimes entire communities out of service.”
Kentucky and other states require scrap-metal dealers to keep detailed and extensive records of their transactions in an electronic format, including the seller’s photograph, signature and their vehicle’s information. In addition, penalties for damaging a communication or utility facility or interrupting services can include a felony conviction carrying prison time and heavy fines.
Friday, May 6th, 2011
Rosspoint Elementary School Teacher Debbie Napier will be in class this summer, not as a teacher but as a history and civics student. In fact, she will participate in an intense 18 days of classes that will take her to unique classroom settings in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Gettysburg.
Napier has been selected as 1 of only 60 teachers from across the country to participate in the Presidential Academy for American History and Civics administered through the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University.
“It is a dream come true,” said Napier, who has been a teacher for 16 years.
Harlan County Schools Assistant Superintendent Brent Roark said “This is an amazing accomplishment for Mrs. Napier personally, for her school and for the Harlan County School District. Most importantly, however, is the knowledge and enrichment opportunities she will be able to bring back into her classroom for our students.”
The academy will lead teachers in a careful study of the three turning points in American history: The American Revolution, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. The study is framed by the three famous documents that “memoralize” these important periods in American history: the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and the ‘I have a Dream’ speech.” Participants will spend over two weeks in the three cities.
Studies take place in each of the cities surrounded by the streets and halls, the battlefields, public places and private lodgings where the history took place.
“The academy is full of history,” said Napier. “Every minute is something historical.”
Napier shared that an impressive lineup of presenters adds to her excitement about the experience. Professors conducting the academy are among some of the finest scholars of American history and government.
“Dr. Gordon Lloyd is an expert on the constitutional era. Our forefathers come alive through him,” said Napier.
Lloyd is a professor at Pepperdine University. Other presenters are David Hackett Fischer of Brandeis University, Allen Guelzo of Gettysburg College, Gary Gallagher of the University of Virginia, Christopher Burkett of Ashland University and Juan Williams of Fox News.
The first academy was held in 2006. Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, it is part of the History and Civics Act of 2004 originally introduced by Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander. The program supports the establishment of Presidential Academies for the Teaching of American History and Civics that offer workshops for both veteran and new teachers of American history and civics to strengthen their knowledge and preparation for teaching these subjects.
Napier said she had participated in training at the University of Louisville and learned about the academy and how to apply. She put off the application process for a year or so because of the competition.
“One day my husband, Ralph, asked me if I was going to write the essay and apply and encouraged me to do it,” she recalled. “I did and was selected.”
School guidance counselor Terri Kelly said, “The Academy couldn’t have chosen a more deserving recipient. Mrs. Napier has an incredible passion for teaching history. The information and resources that she will be able to bring back to our students will be invaluable. We are so excited for her. We couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Principal Bryan Howard agrees.
“I have never worked with an individual more passionate about the subject they teach,” said Howard. “She works tirelessly to ensure that her students gain a thorough understanding of both historical and current events. I am very proud of her selection for this honor and blessed to have her on staff.”
Napier teaches American history and social studies to sixth through eighth graders, as well as reading in the content areas.
She said she hopes to bring her experience into the classroom to share with students who may never have the opportunity to visit these historical sites.
Napier attended Southeast Community College and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Lincoln Memorial University. She holds a Rank I from Union College.
She and her husband have two children, Kaitlin, a sophomore at Harlan County High School, and Damon, a seventh grader at Rosspoint Elementary.
While she is excited about the Academy, she hasn’t packed her bags yet. Prior to class she has a list of homework assignments to complete. These include reading several books and studying various documents.
“I am reading the Federalist Papers right now,” she said with a huge smile. “They are driving me nuts.”