Archives for October 2020

Maintaining State Contracts

Kentucky’s chief financial officer wields broad authority that can include issuing subpoenas to people outside government when investigating possible mismanagement in the awarding of state contracts, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Steel Jobs Coming To KY

A steel processor is expected to create 110 full-time jobs in coming years at a tube manufacturing plant it plans to open in south-central Kentucky, state officials said.The $70 million project in Bowling Green was announced Thursday by Nova Steel USA Inc.Company executives bought a building in the Kentucky Transpark for the plant’s new home, Gov. Andy Beshear’s office said.The location – Nova Steel’s first in Kentucky – will include an initial investment of more than $20 million, creating 50 jobs, Beshear’s office said. That portion is expected to open next summer.

Kentucky National Guard Helping With Elections

The Kentucky National Guard is preparing to assist local officials at polling locations in 38 counties on Election Day.About 280 guardsmen will provide logistical and administrative support next Tuesday, Guard officials said. They are stepping in because many poll workers and volunteers are typically in a high-risk category for contracting COVID-19.The guardsmen will perform non-election officer duties that include setting up and cleaning polling locations and assisting with traffic, parking and crowd control, officials said.

COVID-19 Surge In KY

Facing its worst coronavirus outbreak since the pandemic began, Kentucky surged past 100,000 total COVID-19 cases Wednesday as Gov. Andy Beshear bluntly warned that people are putting themselves at risk if they fail to wear masks in public.The governor reported 1,864 new confirmed cases, pushing the statewide total past 101,000. He announced 14 more virus-related deaths, raising Kentucky’s death count to at least 1,442.

Watch For Deer

Drivers should watch for bucks and does along Kentucky roadways this fall, officials said.Shorter periods of daylight and cooler temperatures trigger deer breeding season, which leads to more deer-related crashes, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said Wednesday in a statement. November is usually the month that deer are most active, said Kyle Sams, the agency’s acting deer and elk program coordinator.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As healthcare facilities across Kentucky resume scheduling routine appointments and screenings, WellCare wants to remind communities of the importance of taking care of their health. In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, WellCare encourages people to begin scheduling their annual mammograms for early detection of breast cancer and risk factors.

Broadband Access In Rural KY

Almost $5 million in federal loans and grants will expand broadband access to almost 2,000 homes and businesses in four counties.This investment announced Wednesday during a press conference in Somerset is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program. USDA Kentucky State Director for Rural Development Hilda Legg said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in deploying this critical infrastructure in Kentucky and across all of America’s rural communities.”This network will connect 1,618 people, 25 businesses, two farms, a public school, a post office and a fire station to high-speed broadband internet in Rockcastle, Perry, Breathitt and Lee counties in Kentucky.

Breathitt County Fire Grant

The United States Department of Agriculture has announced that it is investing nearly $300,000 into community services in three Eastern Kentucky counties.More than $123,000 is going to Breathitt County, more than $77,000 is going to Letcher County, and more than $90,000 is going to Owsley County.The Breathitt County grant will go towards equipment improvements for the Jackson Fire Department and the Breathitt County Jail. The Wolfcoal Volunteer Fire Department will also use the money to purchase new equipment.The Letcher County grant will be used by the both the county and private businesses to improve water sampling and energy efficiency in the county. This includes the purchase and installation of solar energy systems.

Breathitt County Fatal Fire

Kentucky State Police are investigating a deadly fire in Breathitt County.Police say one person is dead after a fire in the Lost Creek community of Breathitt County.The fire happened on Monday morning. Firefighters with the Watts-Caney Fire Department responded to the home on KY-476 and found a person dead inside.

University Of Kentucky Commencement Going Virtual

Another event later this year is going virtual due to the coronavirus.Officials with the University of Kentucky sent an email to students Tuesday afternoon saying the December commencement ceremonies will be held online.The Lexington Herald Leader reports students who graduated in May and August are also encouraged to be part of the event, scheduled for December 4th.A news release from the university states the ceremony is “not a replacement for the traditional UK Commencement”.