Department of Juvenile Justice to award $222,000 to support in-home services programs for at-risk youth

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice announced last week that approximately $222,000 in federal funds will be available for community programs that provide in-home services for at-risk youth. The funds have been earmarked for public and private non-profit organizations and city or county governments in all of Kentucky’s seven detention catchment areas, which encompass 119 counties. They are...

Lexington Division of Waste Management announces amended holiday trash collection schedule

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Residents and businesses that normally receive curbside collections on Mondays and Fridays will be impacted by the holiday collection schedule. Monday customers will be serviced the Wednesday following the holiday, and Friday customers will be serviced the Wednesday preceding...

Kentucky League of Cities presents Sen. Damon Thayer 2017 Friend of Kentucky Cities award

Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) was honored with a Friend of Kentucky Cities award Wednesday in Frankfort. The Friend of Kentucky Cities award is given by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) to legislators who perform outstanding work in the legislature advocating for issues that impact cities across the state. KLC Deputy Executive Director J.D. Chaney and KLC Director of Governmental Affairs...

Keep Lexington Beautiful placing 34 cigarette ash urns in parks as part of litter prevention program

Woodland, Jacobson and Shillito Parks have 34 new ash urns installed thanks to the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission (KLB). The project was supported by a $15,000 grant from Keep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. The parks selected for the program are the city’s most-visited. Parks and Recreation staff will maintain the new urns. “The urns give park visitors a convenient...

Ag Commissioner calls on Congress to remove industrial hemp from list of contolled substances

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has called on Congress to remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances under federal law and challenged the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) position on consumable hemp-derived products in remarks delivered Wednesday at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Industrial Hemp Advisory Board meeting. “When I became Commissioner...

Louisville-based BAE Systems recognized for more than two million accident-free production hours

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited BAE Systems in Louisville Tuesday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 2,058,198 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “Congratulations to BAE Systems in Louisville on earning its third Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working more than two million...

Sen. Julian Carroll pre-files bill to improve internal mobility for both full-time, part-time state employees

Senator Julian M. Carroll, D-Frankfort, has pre-filed legislation that, if approved during the 2018 Regular Session, would add an administrative regulation regarding the internal mobility program for state employees. Sen. Julian Carroll Under this legislation, Bill Request 409 (BR 409) would not differentiate between full-time and part-time existing state employees in filling full-time positions. The...

Total revenues rise during month of November over previous year, state budget director reports

State Budget Director John Chilton reported Monday that General Fund receipts rose 2.9 percent in November compared to last year. Total revenues for the month were $907.8 million, compared to $882.5 million during November 2016, an increase of $25.3 million. Receipts have now risen 1.1 percent for the first five months of the fiscal year and must increase 3.1 percent over the final seven months of...

DOCJT Class 487 completes basic training, graduates 29 law enforcement officers from across state

Twenty-nine law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated today from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates of Class 487 completed 23 weeks of training, which consisted of 923 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations,...

Retired Army Colonel Charles E. Grindle named as new Kentucky chief information officer

Dr. Charles E. Grindle, retired U.S. Army colonel, has been named chief information officer (CIO) for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As CIO, Dr. Grindle heads up the Commonwealth Office of Technology and is a member of Governor Bevin’s executive cabinet. “I am extremely pleased to have Chuck join our team as CIO,” said Secretary Landrum. “His breadth of experience and depth of knowledge will...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announces four winners of 2017 Adopt-a-Highway art contest

Students from Hopkinsville High School in Christian County, Williamstown Independent Schools in Grant County, Walton-Verona Middle School in Boone County and Rosa Parks Elementary in Fayette County took first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) 2017 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest. “Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest,” Transportation Secretary...

Sen. Reggie Thomas pre-files bill to allow in-person early voting three Saturdays preceding any election

Senator Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, has pre-filed legislation that, if approved in the 2018 Regular Session, would allow in-person early voting three Saturdays preceding any primary, general, or special election. Reggie Thomas Bill Request 49 (BR 49) would allow qualified Kentucky voters in their county of residence to cast their ballot in-person any time between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.,...

City of Lexington activates OHPI weather plan due to extreme cold forecast through Dec. 14

The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Weather Plan has been activated due to the forecast of extreme cold temperatures in Lexington. This plan will remain in effect through Dec. 14, 2017. The plan is activated anytime the temperature is expected to fall below 32 degrees so that people experiencing homelessness in Lexington have warm, secure shelter. The plan includes expanded shelter...

Supreme Court of Kentucky to hear arguments Dec. 7 in Frankfort; Proceedings are open to the public

The Supreme Court of Kentucky will convene Dec. 7 in Frankfort to hear oral arguments in cases that originated in Fayette, Jefferson and Owsley counties. Proceedings are open to the public and will take place in the Supreme Court Courtroom on the second floor of the state Capitol at 700 Capitol Ave. in Frankfort. The public may also observe oral arguments via the Supreme Court live stream on the Kentucky...

Unemployment rates drop in 88 Kentucky counties in past year; Woodford County best at 2.9 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 88 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in 10 and rose in 22 counties between Oct. 2016 and Oct. 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.9 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.1 percent;...

State Nature Preserves Commission to present Volunteer Steward Award at quarterly meeting Dec. 14

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission will hold its final 2017 quarterly meeting on Dec. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in Training Room B of the Sower Building, 300 Sower Blvd., in Frankfort. Staff presentations will include “Rare Plants of the Cumberland Plateau” by Martina Hines and Tara Littlefield, and “Developing the Kentucky Biological Assessment Tool” by...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet sounding battle cry “Winter is Coming” to prepare motorists

Thoughts of snow and ice may be far from the minds of Kentuckians with warm temperatures hovering over the state, but the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is sounding the battle cry “Winter is Coming” to alert motorists to prepare for the impending wintery conditions. The KYTC stands ready to tackle the elements with sharpened plow blades, stocked salt supplies and trained maintenance crews. “Snow...

Kentucky’s prison population expected to grow by 19%, cost of more than $600 million in next decade

The CJPAC Justice Reinvestment Work Group is projecting that, without significant legislative solutions, Kentucky’s inmate population will increase by 19 percent over the next ten years, overwhelming jails and prisons and burdening taxpayers with nearly $600 million in additional costs. Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley, who chairs the group, said the growth is unsustainable given Kentucky’s...

Judicial Nominating Commission announces nominees for Jefferson Family Court judgeship

The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill an upcoming vacancy in Jefferson Family Court. The three nominees for the Family Court judgeship are attorneys Brendan Russell Daugherty of Louisville, Bryan Daniel Gatewood of Fisherville and Lauren Adams Ogden of Louisville. Daugherty has his own law practice in which he handles...

Ky Proud Promotional Grant Program participation increases 11 percent, average award $4,800

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced the 2017 Kentucky Proud Promotional Grant Program has allocated all available funds for this calendar year. “In Kentucky, we are lucky to have one of the most successful marketing programs in the nation, and that’s Kentucky Proud,” said Commissioner Ryan Quarles. “I’m happy to say promotional grant participation jumped 11 percent in 2017,...