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Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton: Perplexed by dismissal of staff, I am committed to restoring those personnel

Blake Brickman, Governor Matt Bevin’s Chief of Staff, has admitted he is responsible for the unauthorized personnel action terminating employment of Adrienne Southworth, my Deputy Chief of Staff.  Brickman has clearly overstepped his boundaries.  Every Kentuckian should be concerned that an unelected bureaucrat appears to have power over the office of the Lieutenant Governor, a constitutional...

11th annual Kentucky Celebrates Small Business Awards honors successes across the state

Fifteen small businesses from across the commonwealth received recognition for their exceptional business practices and success at the 11th annual Kentucky Celebrates Small Business Awards Ceremony. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, Kentucky Small Business Development Center state director Kristina Joyce, Small Business Administration acting district director, Robert Coffey and small-business supporters from...

Ten teams from across Kentucky advance to finals of Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton hosted three regional competitions of the 3rd Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) on March 26-28. A business pitch competition open to all Kentucky high school students, the LGEC has seen over 1600 participants in its three-year history. Teams compete for scholarships that can be used any Kentucky post-secondary institution including colleges and...

Governor’s Service Awards presented to 12 individuals, six groups from across Kentucky

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Adam Meier honored 12 individuals and six groups from across Kentucky for their volunteer and service contributions at the 24th annual Governor’s Service Awards in Frankfort. “The men and women honored today personify the servant’s heart,” said Hampton. “We are blessed to have so many Kentuckians who generously...

Kentucky State Police honors troopers and officers at awards ceremony in Lexington

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton joined Justice Secretary John Tilley and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders in recognizing 66 KSP troopers, eight Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers and 14 civilians for acts of bravery, life-saving, professionalism and dedication to duty at a ceremony held in Lexington on July 13. “You are the embodiment of what law enforcement does,” Hampton told those...

Paul Laurence Dunbar music instructor Tiffany Marsh named state’s 2019 High School Teacher of the Year

Tiffany Marsh, a vocal music teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar, is Kentucky’s 2019 High School Teacher of the Year. She was among three finalists for the overall statewide honor, which went to a special education teacher in Oldham County. Tiffany MarshCo-sponsors Valvoline and the Kentucky Department of Education made the announcements during a May 15 ceremony at the Berry Mansion in Frankfort. Lt....

Constance Alexander: Cancer no longer a word that must be spoken in a whisper or with shame

When I was in fifth grade, my mother had cancer. The three older children in the family were already out of the house – two in college, and the oldest married with one little girl. Still at home, my sister Jeanne and I were left to tread the tides that churned up daily turmoil and intermittent confusion about what it meant for a family to contend with serious illness. After all these years, it is...

Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame will induct 23 new members in Class of 2017

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 23 inductees to the 2017 Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame received a grand preannouncement surprise when the Fastrax parachute team dropped onto the front lawn of the State Capitol on Tuesday carrying large American, Purple Heart and Veterans flags with them. It was a fitting display since the inductees served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines in such conflicts...

Countdown to the Eclipse: Lt. Gov. Hampton releases PSA regarding state’s upcoming day in the sun

With the countdown on to this summer’s Great American Eclipse, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton has released a public service announcement with important information about the Commonwealth’s upcoming day in the sun. On Monday, Aug. 21 at 1:20 p.m. CDT, western Kentucky will experience a total solar eclipse lasting more than two and a half minutes—with Hopkinsville set to enjoy the planet’s “point...

Cooper High School’s Clark named 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year; Furman takes elementary title

Kellie Clark, a 16-year veteran teacher at Randall K. Cooper High School in Boone County, is the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Valvoline, Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education made the announcement Tuesday at a ceremony held at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton; Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Director Mardi Montgomery; Commissioner of Education Stephen...

Bluegrass Book Buddies: Hampton adds literacy component to Lt. Governor’s Challenge Series

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton announced a new literacy challenge Tuesday, the Bluegrass Book Buddies (KYB3), as part of the Lt. Governor’s Challenge Series. It is the second challenge of that series, which also includes the ‘Entrepreneurship Challenge’. The KYB3 Challenge is an initiative inviting Kentuckians of all ages to try reading in a fresh way through meaningful community and shared...

Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognizes 10 businesses with pacesetters awards

Kentucky’s small businesses were celebrated recently in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort during Kentucky Celebrates Small Business. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the Kentucky District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration presented the awards ceremony. Acknowledging the importance of National Small Business Week in the state, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton recognized the...

Scholarships totaling $80,000 awarded at Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge finals

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton awarded three winning teams from across Kentucky $80,000 in scholarships on Saturday at the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) Finals at the University of Kentucky. Gov. Matt Bevin also attended and spoke to the audience. “This contest illuminated the incredible talent Kentucky’s young adults possess,” said Hampton. “I congratulate all...

Region Five winners announced for Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton attended the region five competition of the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) at the University of Pikeville to welcome teams from across Kentucky and present awards to the winners. The first team announced as a winner, Simply Tiny, was from Lee County and included students from Lee County High School. The second team announced as a winner, Clasp, was...

Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge winners for Regions Three, Four announced

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton attended the region four competition of the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) at Berea to welcome teams from across Kentucky and present awards to the winners. The first team announced as a winner, Net Patcher, was from Kenton County and included students from several schools associated with the Kenton County Academies of Innovation and Technology....

Region One winners announced for the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton attended the region one competition of the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) at Murray State University to welcome teams from across Kentucky and present awards to the winners. The first team announced as a winner, Tracemill Corporation, was from Trigg County and included students from Trigg County High School. The second team announced as a winner, Dolphin...

Bevin announces $5.7 million in Community Development Block Grants for 13 projects

On behalf of Gov. Matt Bevin, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton joined Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Sandy Dunahoo in a Capitol rotunda ceremony to announce over $5.7 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 13 new projects in Kentucky. These grants impact multiple regions and counties across the Commonwealth. “We are excited to announce 13 new Community Development Block...

Preparing for cyber attacks: Training session gets government, law enforcement, businesses ready

How would Kentucky react if a hackers took down the power grid over a quarter of the state, while a separate cyber incident simultaneously threatened to steal data from a number of state government computer networks? The growing threat of computer networks and systems becoming infected from malicious software brought together more than fifty participants, including information technology experts, state...

Winners of Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment awards include city of Covington

The Energy and Environment Cabinet announced the individuals and organizations that will be honored this week at the 40th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment for making positive contributions to Kentucky’s environment. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will join Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely on Thursday, Sept. 22 to at an awards luncheon to present the annual Environmental...

Hampton establishes Kentucky Chapter of national Aerospace States Association

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton has joined the Aerospace States Association (ASA) and established a Kentucky Chapter of the organization (KY ASA). “Since the aerospace/aviation industry is Kentucky’s number one export, it is critical to build positive momentum through a unified effort across the Commonwealth,” said Hampton. KY ASA will be holding a chapter kickoff event, October Sky Launch, on Wednesday,...