Archives for August 2019

KSP Out in Force Over Labor Day Weekend

Kentucky State Police say troopers are stepping up their enforcement efforts on the state’s roads through Labor Day weekend.

Police say the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign focuses on removing impaired drivers.

Troopers will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints statewide to enforce all traffic laws, with attention to seat belt and child restraints, vehicle safety, insurance compliance, registration violations and speeding.

Local Investor Group Sues EnerBlu

Pike County investors have filed a lawsuit against EnerBlu, claiming the company misrepresented themselves in order for the group -Pikeville EB Investors- to purchase stock in the company.

The suit names CEO Michael Weber and an employee, Daniel Elliot. Back in December of 2017, state officials announced EnerBlu was building a high tech, $400M manufacturing plant in Pikeville.

But when the announcement was made, the compay didn’t have the money to construct their facility. A number of local business owners and individuals created Pikeville EB Investors to help fund the project and ended up purchasing more than $1.2M in EnerBlu stock.

Beshear: 1,000 Miners Not Covered by Coal Company Bonds

The state’s Labor Cabinet hasn’t secured the necessary bonds from coal companies that would cover wage payments to miners if their employer unexpectedly shuts down, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said.

Beshear, a Democrat running for governor, announced on Thursday that his office examined records of Kentucky companies that should be required to pay the bonds.

State law requires construction and mineral companies in business for less than five years to pay performance bonds that would cover four weeks of employee pay. Beshear says 1,000 miners are working for coal companies that haven’t paid the bond.

Donald Trump Jr. Stumps for Gov. Bevin in Pike County

Donald Trump Jr. campaigned for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s reelection in Pike County this week.

Only a few dozen people showed up in Pikeville on Thursday for the event. He told the small crowd he understood eastern Kentucky’s historic alliance with Democrats but said “this is not your grandfather’s Democratic Party.” The younger Trump then railed against Hillary Clinton, media bias, and Robert Mueller.
He is making the rounds for Bevin, who has just a 32 percent job approval statewide, the lowest of any governor in the country.

School Board Suing The Ark Encounter

A Kentucky school board is suing the ark Encounter. The Grant County Board of Education claims the Ark Encounter is worth nearly three times its 48-million-dollar appraisal. as a result they have missed out on nearly 500-thousand in property taxes.

Kash Daniel is Honor Soldiers with new cleat

Paintsville native and UK football senior linebacker Kash Daniel will wear some custom cleats at some point this season, and they are pretty sweet looking. ShowTime Customs posted a photo on Instagram showing the custom cleats for Kash. They are called “Brother’s Keeper” and are in support of service members. Mountain news reports Daniel gave the Big Blue Nation an extra sneak peek on his Instagram story as well. Kash didn’t say when he will wear the cleats. But, Kentucky Football’s Heroes’ Day honoring the military is slated for next Saturday, September 7th, when UK takes on Eastern Michigan.

Second Annual Jam Festival in Manchester

What started as a vision has become a reality as the second annual Manchester Music Fest continues to flourish. This festival brings in the young and the old together in what amounts to one large jam session. Oraganzier are hoping their efforts will bring hope to their community and put Manchester on the map .

Maddison County Detention Center is Over Crowded

The Madison County Detention Center is struggling with too many inmates and county leaders say something has to be done or else they’ll have to take money away from services that keep you safe.

Jailer Steve Tussey told ABC 36 he’s been forced to have inmates sleep on the floor because the jail often has to house 200 more inmates than it can hold. The facility can only hold 184 beds, the county has to pay to send inmates to detention centers in other counties. Tussey says the drug epidemic and a growing population are to blame. He says the county is trying to keep numbers down and police are trying to limit the number of people they send to jail.

Youth Host Fundraiser For Friend

Usually, on Wednesday nights the Rock House Youth Ministry meets to have a bible study but on this particular Wednesday, they had it somewhere else.After a young man in their youth group, Brandon Smith, lost everything in a house fire they knew they could not just sit around and do nothing. Director of Laurel Mission Nathan Boggs says the kids rolled up their sleeves and hosted a car wash to help Smith. They raised just over 680-dollars.

McConnell Center Talks About Christianity

The McConnell Center at the University of Louisville plans three public talks this fall.A statement from Center Director Gary Gregg says that two talks will commemorate the legacies of Kentucky natives Abraham Lincoln and Wendell Berry. A third talk will explore the role Christianity played in the founding of the country.In the first event today, American history documentary producer Kent Masterson Brown will present his latest film about Abraham Lincoln and hold a question-and-answer session afterward. On Sept. 11, authors Mark David Hall and Andrew L. Seidel will debate whether America had a Christian founding. On Sept. 14, Berry will speak at an event focusing on his literary and environmental accomplishments.