Booneville receives $600,000 ARC grant to replace pair of Owsley County water storage tanks

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a grant for $600,000 to the city of Booneville to replace the aging Elk Lick and KY 11 South Water storage tanks – originally installed 40 years ago. “A clean and reliable water source will enhance the quality of life for all residents of Booneville,” said Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo at the Department for Local Government. “The funding...

State Parks assessing alternative uses for three golf courses; including one located at General Butler

Kentucky State Parks announced that it will look at alternative recreational uses for the 9-hole golf courses at Carter Caves State Resort Park and Kincaid Lake State Park. The parks previously sought proposals for private businesses to manage the golf courses, but did not receive any responses. As a result, the course at Carter Caves will close permanently April 2. The course at Kincaid Lake will...

Quarles says comment period for proposed federal smokeless tobacco regulation to be extended

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced that the comment period for a proposed federal regulation on smokeless tobacco products has been extended from April 10 to July 10. “This proposed rule would have a devastating economic impact on dark tobacco growers and businesses in Kentucky,” Quarles said. “If enacted, it would have the effect of banning the sale of smokeless tobacco in the...

Survey shows nearly two-thirds of seniors have been victims of online cyber scams

Financial and online fraud against aging adults are now considered the “crimes of the century” by the National Council on Aging. Scammers often target seniors because of perceived accumulated wealth, and feel that seniors are less likely to report crimes due to fear of embarrassment. In fact, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network of franchised businesses...

Enhanced driver’s license bill, extended school summer break legislation signed into law by Bevin

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With the stroke of his pen, Gov. Matt Bevin resolved a potentially troublesome issue for air travelers in Kentucky. Bevin signed legislation into law that creates an enhanced driver’s license can be used as a source of identification to board commercial airline flights. Notification of the governor’s action was posted on the secretary of state’s website on...

World TB Day a reminder that tuberculosis continues to be a serious public health concern

As part of its ongoing work to educate the public about tuberculosis (TB) and prevent the spread of the disease, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), a part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is reminding Kentuckians that March 24 is World TB Day. This year’s theme from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “Unite to End TB” to emphasize the partnership...

Bevin appoints two new members to Kentucky Heritage Council, reappoints three holdovers

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Christine Doughty Johnson and Maynard A. Crossland have been appointed to the Kentucky Heritage Council. Stephen L. Collins, Charles William Weyland and Virginia Wise Butler have been reappointed. Gov. Matt Bevin Christine Doughty Johnson, of Louisville, is retired. She will serve for a term expiring Aug. 6, 2020. Maynard...

Longtime legislative staff administrator Sheila Mason named 2017 Vic Hellard Jr. Award winner

A veteran Legislative Research Commission (LRC) staff member who has mentored hundreds of college students through a legislative intern program has been named the winner of the 2017 Vic Hellard Jr. Award. Sheila Mason, who serves as LRC’s Legislative Record Compiler and Legislative Intern Coordinator, was chosen for the award that bears the name of a longtime LRC director. Hellard was known as champion...

Bevin names pair to Commission on Women; Mocker on Tourism Development Finance Authority

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Dr. Sandra Robbin Shuffett and Lorrie Anne Parker have been appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Women. Dr. Sandra Robbin Shuffett, of Nicholasville, is a physician. Shuffett will serve for a term expiring Jan. 17, 2021. Lorrie Anne Parker, of Lexington, is office manager at the Office of the Governor. Parker...

Trump nominates District Judge Amul Thapar for seat on the U.S. Sixth District Court of Appeals

President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The nomination goes to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.   Thapar, son of Indian-American immigrants, serves on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  With his 2008 appointment by President George W. Bush and subsequent confirmation, Judge...

Traffic signals at ‘The Summit at Fritz Farm’ project on Nicholasville Road set for modification

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways, announced that the traffic signals located at the entrance of ‘The Summit’ and ‘The Marketplace’ are scheduled for changes. These signals on US 27/Nicholasville Road are part of the ‘The Summit at Fritz Farm’ construction project in Lexington, Fayette County (U.S. 27/Nicholasville Road – milepoint 1.097). Monday, March 13...

Charter school measures now in place, but questions about funding remain unresolved

By Pam Thomas Special to KyForward The Kentucky General Assembly gave final approval to charter schools in the waning days of the 2017 legislative session after heated and lengthy debate in both chambers. The approval came in two parts, with the operating provisions included in House Bill 520 and the funding provisions in House Bill 471. The funding provisions in HB 471 raise new questions about how...

Work Ready Skills Initiative receives 41 project applications in second round of bond funding

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet received 41 project applications — totaling more than $165 million in requests — for second-round funding consideration through the Commonwealth’s new $100 million statewide workforce development bond fund, the Work Ready Skills Initiative. The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee awarded approximately $65.5 million of the $100 million...

Department of Juvenile Justice to award grants for alternatives to detention programs

On April 1, the Department of Juvenile Justice will begin accepting applications for the Reducing Out-of-Home Placements Grant Program, which supports alternatives to secure detention for low-level juvenile offenders. Approximately $80,000 will be available through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice. The funds have been earmarked for public...

Legislative Update: Approval of charter schools, nuclear power plant construction among highlights

This has been a year for early arrivals at the State Capitol. Within a week of the 2017 legislative session’s start in January, bills started arriving in the governor’s office to be signed into law, an extraordinarily quick start for a session of the General Assembly. We’ve had more early arrivals at the Capitol in recent weeks as hundreds of the tulips in the Capitol gardens have already started...

State Labor Cabinet launching monthly workplace safety report highlighting employer savings

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is beginning a “Monthly Workplace Safety Report” to highlight the total amount of on-site surveys that the Cabinet conducted for employers across the Commonwealth in the previous month. The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training leads the Cabinet’s proactive efforts to create safe and healthful workplace conditions....

Chief Administrative Law Judge Swisher named acting commissioner for Workers’ Claims Department

Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey announced the appointment of Chief Administrative Law Judge Robert L. Swisher as the Acting Commissioner for the Department of Workers’ Claims beginning April 1. “Judge Swisher has developed a reputation as a fair-minded and well-respected leader in the workers’ compensation community over the last 26 years,” Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey said. “His experience...

Bevin appoints three to medical assistance advisory council; Evans to hearing commission

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Julie K. Spivey and Jay H. Trumbo have been appointed to the Advisory Council for Medical Assistance. Chris G. Carle has been reappointed. Julie K. Spivey, of Lexington, is a pharmacist at the Eastern State Hospital. Dr. Spivey will represent the Kentucky Pharmacist Association. She shall serve for a term expiring...

Save Money, Fix Stuff: Energy workshop for city, county officials set for March 22 in Hazard

To help Kentucky’s city and county governments save money by reducing energy, the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK CAER), in cooperation with the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG), are hosting a High Performance Public Facilities Workshop, March 22 in Hazard, Kentucky. Local government officials and others responsible...

State PSC sets public hearings in Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville on KU-LG&E rate cases

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold public meetings in Louisville, Lexington, and Madisonville to present information and receive comments on the requests for rate increases by the Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E). “These meetings will allow the public to learn about the PSC’s ratemaking process and to present their views directly...