Archives for December 2019

Solar Project Could Lower Utility Bills

A partnership between Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Habitat for Humanity aims to lower families’ utility bills by giving them shares in a solar project.The utility’s solar share program allows ratepayers to purchase a share of a large solar field and get a credit on their utility bills for the solar energy the share generates according to news reports. Solar share participants can also give their energy credits to another person or to a nonprofit.

Rescue From Chop Bottom Road

A man, his wife and two girls were driving on Chop Bottom Road when their car was swept away by floodwaters.”Chop Bottom, it probably floods before anything,” said one man at the scene of the flooding.The City of Manchester Fire Department, Lockard’s Creek Fire and Rescue, the Clay County Sheriff’s Department and EMS all responded.”When we arrived, the water had swept the car downriver,” said Clay County Sheriff Patrick Robinson.The family was standing on top of their submerged car. They were rescued safely according to authorities.

Tiny Homes For Veterans

A Kentucky city may get a village of about 25 tiny homes meant to house homeless veterans as they undergo a 12-month support program.The founder and president of Veteran’s Club Kentucky started discussing the plan several months ago and expects the $3.5 million Louisville project to break ground in spring 2020, news outlets reported. Plans for the community include a community center, offices, a spiritual wellness center and A neighborhood meeting will be held before construction begins, says Jeremy Harrell.

Jobs Available In Eastern KY

Gordman’s is hiring at 25 new locations in Kentucky.Available positions include store manager, assistant store manager, sales associate, stockroom associate and others. Positions available vary by location.If you are interested, go to gordmans.com/careers. You can then go to a job fair at any of the hiring locations.Locations include Harlan, Hazard, Paintsville and Somerset.

Helping Homeless Veterans In Kentucky

A Kentucky city may get a village of about 25 tiny homes meant to house homeless veterans as they undergo a 12-month support program.The founder and president of Veteran’s Club Kentucky started discussing the plan several months ago and expects the $3.5 million Louisville project to break ground in spring 2020, news outlets reported. Plans for the community include a community center, offices, a spiritual wellness center and A neighborhood meeting will be held before construction begins, says Jeremy Harrell.

Solar Purchase Could Help Some Families

A partnership between Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Habitat for Humanity aims to lower families’ utility bills by giving them shares in a solar project.The utility’s solar share program allows ratepayers to purchase a share of a large solar field and get a credit on their utility bills for the solar energy the share generates, according to Beth McFarland LG&E Vice President of Customer Service.

Winter Bird-Watching Event

Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is planning its winter bird-watching event in West Tennessee near western Kentucky.The Wings of Winter Birding Festival is held over much of the Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley region in an area that is home to over 300 bird species. About 200 of the species gather there during their regular winter migration, according to a news release from the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. The event is January 24th through the 26th. Sign-ups begin January 1st.

KY Charter School Denied

The first charter school application filed in Kentucky has been unanimously denied, leaving the state to likely go another year without charter schools since being approved by the General Assembly in 2017.Newport Independent Schools rejected the application from the proposed River Cities Academy on Thursday night, news outlets reported. A review committee including 32 public school educators, administrators and experts reportedly examined the 1,062 page application.One of the problems cited was unclear transportation plans.

McGrath Challenging McConnell

Democrat Amy McGrath on Friday officially filed to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in what looms as a bruising, big-spending campaign next year.McGrath, a retired Marine combat pilot, touted many of the same issues – health care and good-paying jobs – that Andy Beshear highlighted in beating Republican incumbent Matt Bevin in last month’s election for governor.

KY Farmer Pleads Guilty

Another Central Kentucky farmer has pleaded guilty in a crop insurance fraud scheme that a federal prosecutor has called “pervasive and severe” in that region.Daniel Arvin pleaded guilty on Dec. 19 in federal court in Lexington to a conspiracy charge after admitting he claimed damage to his tobacco crop and then sold thousands of pounds of leaf under his mother’s name, the Lexington Herald Leader reports. Arvin’s case is one of more than half a dozen prosecuted in the region over the last two years as part of a larger investigation.