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Heather Gate: We’ve gained ground in fighting digital divide, let’s not lose it after pandemic is behind us

Over the years, expanding broadband access, adoption, and use has, at times, seemed like “The Little Engine That Could” — I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. We work hard every day to chip away at the digital divide and continue up the hill with many other little engines. Heather Gate Looking back at the last 20 years, it’s often been a challenge to convince others that expanding...

Kentucky unemployment rate improves slightly in February mirroring trend in joblessness nationally

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2021 unemployment rate was 5.2%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). The preliminary February 2021 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from January 2021 and up 1% from the 4.2% recorded for the state one year ago. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for February 2021 was 6.2%, down from the 6.3% reported in...

Commentary: The voices of those in recovery offer glimmer of hope driving Kentucky Comeback

In Kentucky, you don’t have to look far to find one of us… a loved one, a neighbor, or a colleague who has struggled with drugs and alcohol. Or maybe you are one of us, too. But even if you’re one of the few who hasn’t been personally impacted by the addiction crisis, you’ve surely seen headlines and news stories about people who have tragically lost their lives because of this awful disease. Amid...

Constance Alexander: The long, winding road to recovery begins with admitting there’s a problem

A blazing sun lights the path to recovery but the route is not straight or narrow. As depicted in the logo of Serenity Recovery, the road curves toward the horizon before it reaches the vanishing point. The image is an apt representation for the work of the non-profit organization, which offers an intensive 12-month outpatient program that leads alcoholics and addicts through a rigorous course designed...

Lexington symposium on Dec. 3 to highlight statewide initiatives linking employment, recovery

Kentucky’s health policy and business leaders are bringing together treatment providers and community organizations for an employment symposium on Dec. 3 at the Lyric Theater in Lexington. The Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) is coordinating the event with support from the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and the Strategic Initiative for Transformational Employment (SITE). This symposium will...

Constance Alexander: Author Janice Morgan’s new memoir reveals addiction, recovery are a family affair

Something is out of kilter on the cover of Janice Morgan’s memoir, “Suspended Sentence.” The landscape is a-tilt. A human figure with outstretched arms balances on a thin beam. One misstep and the person will fall. The sky above is partially obscured by tree branches, but there is enough light to keep moving forward. The image presents an apt metaphor for the book, and the copy on the cover makes...

Former UK star, Rex Chapman, teams up for National Recovery Month event in Paintsville on Sept. 21

Kentucky Health News Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of substance-use and mental disorders and to celebrate the people who recover. “This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance-use disorders, reminding us that treatment...

Michael Fletcher: Pass House Bill 121; get addiction treatment into the hands of those who need it

In 2019, every Kentuckian knows someone struggling with addiction and we are well aware that this epidemic is wreaking havoc on our communities and in our country. As an Addiction Specialist Physician practicing here in the Commonwealth, I look into the eyes of these people every day. My patients are filled with determination to beat an illness that has devastated their career, their family and their...

Linebacker Josh Paschal returns to play in last football home game of the year after battling cancer

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Josh Paschal never knew if he would play football this season or ever again after being diagnosed with malignant melanoma nearly three months ago. He returned on Kentucky’s last home game of the year. 
One of Kentucky’s most promising defensive players, the sophomore linebacker spent most of his second season with the Wildcats developing a treatment plan, while...