Archives for June 2019

Phase One of Statewide Fiber-Optic Network Completed

Officials have announced that the first part of a project to install more than 3,000 miles of fiber-optic cable around Kentucky to build a high-speed internet network across the state is complete.

News outlets report Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced completion of the first section at a news conference Friday in Lexington. That section circles a region that includes Louisville, Lexington and northern Kentucky. A branch that bridges Lexington and Somerset in southeastern Kentucky is also complete.

Final completion of the project isn’t expected until late 2020. Parts of western Kentucky will get service last.

Inmate Escapes from Rockcastle Co. Work Detail

Police are continuing to search for an inmate who escaped while on work detail Friday.

Officials say 30-year old Joseph Morris of Livingston escaped while mowing grass along Highway 1955 in the Red Hill community of Rockcastle County.

Morris was able to get around a perimeter that was set up by deputies. He’s described as a white male, 5’6, and 105 pounds wearing brown khaki pants with an orange shirt. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

Bevin Hails Decision Upholding Kentucky Abortion Ultrasound Law

A federal appeals court said Friday it will not reconsider a ruling that upheld a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients prior to abortions.

Kentucky’s governor, Republican Matt Bevin, hailed the decision. The ACLU, representing the state’s only abortion clinic, said it was disappointed and will evaluate options. Its only recourse would be appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In April, a divided panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the 2017 law is constitutional, reversing a lower court judge.

KY’s New Drvier’s Licenses In Limited Roll Out

Kentucky’s new driver’s licenses will begin rolling out in Franklin County today as part of the pilot phase of issuance in the state. Franklin County residents are urged to gather required documents before visiting the Circuit Court Clerk office to apply.Driver’s licensing offices in Franklin County were closed Thursday, June 27 to allow for the installation of new equipment. Officials say applicants requesting the new Voluntary Travel ID, or those applying for a license, permit or personal ID for the first time, must present documentation verifying identity, social security number, and residency. The pilot phase rollout will be extened to other KY counties soon. The ID’s are needed by October 2020 for travel verification and other governmental business.

Pineville Community Hospital For Sale

The Pineville Community Hospital is up for sale in a sealed bid auction through Tranzon real estate auction company.Asset Advisors say they are under order by the United States Bankruptcy Court to find a new buyer and owner for the hospital.The auction will hopefully maximize the price and satisfy creditors.Tranzon Asset Advisor President Ed Durnil, says at day 4, they have already had several inquiries, both local and out of state.

Smoking Ban In Perry County

Smoking in public buildings is now banned in Perry County.A new ordinance makes it illegal to smoke 15 feet away from any public door, window or inside any public building.New signs are going up for the ordinance, which most people are supporting.”If it makes it better for the community as a whole it’s always going to be a good decision,” says Bailey Richards, Hazard Downtown Coordinator.

Honoring Eastern KY Companies

It was May 10 when Dajcor Aluminum officials announced they were opening a second manufacturing plant in the Coalfields Industrial Park in Eastern KY. Officials from the company say One East Kentucky began recruiting them long before that. Mike Kilby, who is the President and CEO of Dajcor Aluminum says Thursday night at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville, leaders from One East Kentucky honored companies like Dajcor and focused on the progress made in the last year. “Last year, at our dinner in Hazard, I alluded to a couple of companies we were talking to. One, in particular, was Dajcor Aluminum. And Dajcor is announced in Hazard. It took a little longer than I wanted it to for them to announce. But that’s ok”, said Chuch Sexton from One East Kentucky. “Good things come to those who wait. All their ownership is here to celebrate tonight.”

Central Motor Wheel Of America Expands In KY

Governor Matt Bevin has announced the scope of Central Motor Wheel of America Inc.’s expansion project in Paris will more than double to $111.9 million and create 145 full-time jobs, 60 more than initially anticipated.CMWA leaders plan to expand onto an additional 40 acres as they add 270,000 square feet onto the company’s 330,000 square-foot aluminum wheel manufacturing facility at 150 Wheat Drive in Paris. As announced in late 2015, the $45.5 million project included 85 new jobs.The broadened project will increase CMWA’s production by 50%. The 145 new jobs – atop the operation’s current 550 employees – include production, maintenance and engineering

Fourth Of July Trash Pick-Up Schedule

For most cities throughout KY there is a Fourth of July trash collection schedule. No collections will be made on Thursday, July 4. Residents and businesses that normally receive curbside pick-up on Thursdays will be serviced on Wednesday, July 3 – the day before the holiday. Remember to place carts out after 4 p.m. on Tuesday to ensure Wednesday collection.

Youth Non-Profit Gives To Families In Need

Local musician and activist Devine Carama and his organization “Believing in Forever” spent several days in Lexington KY collecting items for families in need. The local Kentucky youth nonprofit served dozens of west end families in Lexington with their “Community on the Corners” event. Carama was in the news recently after the money he had raised for the event was stolen. The community rallied around him and he was able to raise the money back through donations.Carama and other artists performed at the event while volunteers from local churches passed out household items to families in need in the neighborhood. He says God gets all the glory!