Archive for June, 2011


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.

The app is available now on iTunes and the Android Marketplace as a free download. 

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 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 or call 1-888-329-0053.

Cumb. Tourist Commission, 506 W. Main St, Cumberland, KY. 40823, 606-589-5812

Harlan Tourist Commission, 201 S. Main St., Cumberland, KY. 40831, 606-573-4495

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New Law Takes Aim at Metal Theft in KY

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. 

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