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Pregnant and fighting drugs, addiction, she found redemption and new life starting with a judge’s gavel

By Carolina Weatherford Kentucky Today WHITESBURG, Ky. (KT) – The sound of a gavel banging, and the dramatic clang of cell doors aren’t typically associated with hope. 
In this case, the judicial system saved Allison Rose’s life. 
On June 28, Allison found herself facing charges for paraphernalia and complicity to traffic methamphetamine in Letcher County. This was not her first drug-related...

NKU’s stream restoration project comes to Carlisle, accomplishes more than environmental stewardship

Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Environmental Restoration (CER) is leveraging its latest stream restoration project to help people recovering from addiction and to revitalize a community in central Kentucky.   As part of its work with the Northern Kentucky Stream Restoration Program, the CER is undertaking a stream and forest rehabilitation project at the 1,000-acre Kingsolver Wildlife...

Everyday Heroes: Former alcohol abuser now a godsend for others in addiction recovery

Tim Robinson, here with his wife Lelia, is founder of Odyssey Inc. addiction recovery program. (Photo provided)   This story will be included in Steve Flairty’s book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #4,” scheduled for release in 2015.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   The good people at Addiction Recovery Care in Eastern Kentucky know well their mission is...

Johnathan Gay: Entrepreneur ignores sad statistics, finds Jackson Co. ‘ready to work’

Launching a new business venture in a county purported to be one of the worst in America is not something you’d ordinarily expect from a successful entrepreneur, especially one who lives nearly three hours’ hard drive away. But, that’s exactly what Tim Robinson did.   Did he read all those dreary stats the New York Times assembled? Poor educational attainment, household income, jobless...