Archive for January, 2014
Ky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands Announces Phase III of Payne Gap Waterline Project in Letcher County
Monday, January 27th, 2014
Residents along Route 119 and 3406 will soon receive access to potable water supply
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2014) – Access to potable water will soon be available to 137 households in northeastern Letcher County.
The Department for Natural Resources’ (DNR) Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) announced Friday the award of contract and start of construction for Payne Gap Phase III AML water supply project.
“This project will be providing potable water to the residents of northeastern Letcher County, many of whom have been dealing with mine-degraded well water for years,” said DNR Commissioner Steve Hohmann.
AML has found that agency-eligible pre-1982 mining has impacted much of the groundwater along state routes 119 and 3406 at the head of the North Fork of the Kentucky River and Bottom Fork, making these areas eligible for AML waterline assistance.
This phase of the project includes the following side roads: Bill Lewis Road, Webb Branch Road, Sharies Drive, Bill Moore Branch, Animal Drive, Heavens Valley, Gose Hollow, Richard Adams Road, Log Cabin Drive, Bilvia Drive, Cook Branch and Mountain Laurel Trail. The project also includes a replacement line and booster pump to an existing water storage tank that will be refurbished. This, as well as 40 percent of the cost of the filter bed repair in the Jenkins water treatment plant, will ensure long-term and sustainable municipal water to the citizens of Letcher County.
The project, with a memorandum of agreement between the City of Jenkins and AML totals $3 million. The project will be operated by the Letcher County Water District and the City of Jenkins. Packs Inc. of Morehead was awarded the waterline contract with a low bid of $1,793,040. Herrick Company Inc. of Lawrenceburg was awarded the filter bed contract at $336,387. Welding Inc. of Charleston, W.Va. was awarded the tank rehabilitation contract at $272,000. Nesbitt Engineering of Lexington will provide engineering services.
The entire project will involve the installation of approximately 12.04 miles of water main in various sizes from 10 in. to ¾ in., one duplex booster pump station, rehabilitation of an existing 300,000-gallon water storage tank, replacement of one of the two filter beds at the Jenkins Water Treatment Plant, valves and the installation of water meters at 137 residences.
AML is authorized under Kentucky law (KRS.350) to abate hazards to public health, safety, and the environment from abandoned mine lands. To date, AML has expended more than $112.8 million for waterline improvements and has provided more than 15,069 households with potable water supply in 24 coalfield counties in eastern, southern and western Kentucky.
Friday, January 10th, 2014
The Community Diversity Breakfast, sponsored by the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Office of Diversity/Inclusion and the Upward Bound/Math Science Program along with the college’s Academic Advantage Program, will be held Saturday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. at the Benham School House Inn.
The annual event, open to the public, will feature an address by Dr. Shawn D. Long, a professor and chairman of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Long is a Harlan County native having been born in Harlan. He attended Harlan High School and was graduated from Tennessee State University. He earned his Ph. D. from the University of Kentucky.
A tenured professor at UNC-Charlotte, Long’s teaching and research spans the disciplines of organizational communications, organizational sciences, virtual work, diversity communication, virtual-team assimilation and socialization and health communication. He has written, presented and published several peer-reviewed papers around issues of organizational technology, diversity, virtual work in organization, health communication and organizational culture. He has appeared as a featured guest on several media outlets including National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
Dr. Long has written two books, “Communication, Relationship and Practices in Virtual Work” and “Virtual Work and Human Interaction Research.” He is currently guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Information Technology Research, and he serves on a number of journal editorial boards. Dr. Long is past chairman of the African American Communication and Culture Division of the National Communication Association.
Prior to his arrival in Charlotte, Long was a Southern Regional Educational Board Doctoral Scholar and the Lyman R. Johnson Doctoral Scholar at the University of Kentucky. Additionally, he has been recognized with several professional awards including the 2012 Outstanding Service Award and honors issued by the National Communication Association, African American Communication and Culture Division/Black Caucus, 2011 Southern States Communication Association Outreach Award, 2009 Organizational Science Outstanding Service Award. He is also recipient of the esteemed Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching at the University of Kentucky. He is also listed among the Who’s Who of American Teachers.
Carolyn M. Sundy, Southeast’s vice president for Diversity/Inclusion, applauded the selection of Dr. Long as the 2014 Community Diversity Breakfast presenter. “We are undoubtedly privileged to have Dr. Shawn Long as our speaker and are eager to hear his message,” she said. “We have sponsored this event for a number of years and each year it continues to grow and to be well attended.”
The event will begin with a breakfast buffet at 9 o’clock that is priced at $10.
For further information, contact Ms. Sundy at 589-3052, Jennifer Brackett at 589-3060 or Amanda Creech at 589-3115.
Friday, January 10th, 2014
The Kentucky State Police used their latest episode of KSP-TV to warn parents about the dangers of Internet predators. The video shares an inside look at the agency’s Electronic Crimes Branch and the intricate work that takes place to protect children from online predators.
KSP spokesman Tpr. Paul Blanton says the Internet has become an important part of everyday life – for information, communication and entertainment.
“The most technology receptive segment of our population is young people,” says Blanton. “It’s an unfortunate fact of life that along with the many resources the Internet provides there are also online predators stalking our youth.”
Blanton says the problem with the Internet is we can’t see the predators that may be after our children. That’s why he says it’s important for parents to talk to their children about what can happen with strangers on social media.
“Parents need to be open and honest with their teens. They need to tell them about the dangers that are out there. Sometimes we don’t think our teens listen to us, but they do.”
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), there are nearly 750,000 registered sex offenders in the United States. An increasing number of those individuals are utilizing the Internet to find their victims.
KSP Detective Josh Lawson works in the Electronic Crimes Branch and says a majority of victims of Internet-initiated sex crimes are between the ages of 13 and 15 years old.
“The key to safeguarding your children is an open line of communication. You want to know who your children are talking to face to face. You wouldn’t let them talk to any stranger on the street, especially about intimate things,” says Lawson. “Why would you let them talk to someone on the Internet about even more intimate things?”
In 82 percent of online sex crimes predators used the victim’s social media site to gain information about the youth. Only 18 percent of youth use chat rooms but a majority of the internet sex crimes are initiated in chat rooms.
Blanton says parents need to set ground rules with their children.
“Have the computer in a common room. Know your children’s passwords on social networking sites and talk to your children about what they are doing online,” adds Blanton. “If parents won’t, someone else will and that person could be a sexual predator hiding behind a computer.”
Blanton hopes the KSP-TV video segment will be a tool used by parents and teachers to create an open dialogue with young people about the dangers lurking beyond their computer screens.
The NCMEC recommends the website www.netsmartz.org as another valuable resource for parents and educators to utilize when talking to youth about Internet safety.
To view the KSP-TV Electronic Crimes episode, please follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie0abjG3ebk
KSP-TV consists of short videos in documentary style format that highlight the inner workings of the agency, giving the public an opportunity at a unique look inside of the agency.
Saturday, January 4th, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 26, 2013)– Unemployment rates rose in 96 Kentucky counties between November 2012 and November 2013, while 16 county rates decreased and eight stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.9 percent. It was followed by Daviess and Fayette counties, 6.1 percent each; Scott County, 6.2 percent; Boone County, 6.3 percent; Caldwell, Oldham and Warren counties, 6.4 percent each; and Jessamine, Madison, Ohio, Shelby, Simpson, Spencer and Union counties, 6.5 percent each.
Leslie County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.4 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 15.8 percent; Harlan County, 15.6 percent; Letcher County, 15 percent; Knott County, 14 percent; Bell and McCreary counties, 13.6 percent each; Jackson and Perry counties, 12.8 percent each; and Clay County, 12.2 percent.
Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.
Learn more about Kentucky labor market information atwww.kylmi.ky.gov.
Saturday, January 4th, 2014
Kentucky Division of Water offers cold weather water pipe protection tips
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 2, 2014)– With frigid temperatures and wind chills expected in the coming days, the Kentucky Division of Water reminds citizens to protect the water systems in their homes and businesses from freezing.
When water freezes, it expands. When water freezes in a pipe and expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage results. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow cold outside air to flow across the pipes.
To keep pipes from freezing, wrap hot and cold water pipes in insulation or layers of newspaper, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Allow a trickle of water to run from a cold faucet that is farthest from the water meter or one that has frozen in the past. This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze and will help relieve pressure should ice form in the pipes. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
If pipes freeze, remove the insulation, completely open all the faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. You may also use a hand-held hair dryer or electric heating padif there is no standing water. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.
Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove or other open flame device to thaw a pipe. A blowtorch can make water in a frozen pipe boil and cause the pipe to explode. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide. If you are unable to locate or reach the frozen area, call a licensed plumber.
When away from the house for an extended period of time, consider draining the water system completely. To drain the system, shut off the main valve and turn on every water fixture (both hot and cold lines) until water stops running. When returning to the house, turn on the main valve and let each fixture run until the pipes are full again.