Archives for October 2020

Combatting Child Abuse

Kentucky Youth Advocates, Kosair Charities, and statewide partners in the Face It ® Movement jaoined Attorney General Daniel Cameron to announce Tuesday the release of a Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit to help prosecutors with best practices and resources. Kentucky consistently ranks first in the nation for incidences of child abuse and child maltreatment. The toolkit highlights the importance of cooperation in addressing incidences of child abuse by encouraging collaboration between stakeholders, including Commonwealth’s and County Attorneys, social workers, physicians, and advocates.

Grants From Applachian Regional Commission

The governor has announced millions of dollars in funding, both from the Appalachian Regional Commission and from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for projects in several areas in the mountains. For instance One East Kentucky, based in Paintsville, will use more than $1 million to institute a business retention and expansion program to recruit new industry to the region. The program will serve 300 businesses in 12 communities, retain 250 jobs, create 1,500 new jobs and leverage $60 million in private investment.

Technical College Offering Cybersecurity Program

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) received two grants totaling $482,188 during the next two years to develop health care cybersecurity curriculum and a talent, and to increase diversity in cybersecurity programs.BCTC will receive $308,517 over two years from the National Security Agency (NSA) to work with the University of Louisville, University of Arkansas Little Rock, University of North Florida, the City University of Seattle and Owensboro Community and Technical College to develop curriculum to increase cybersecurity talent specifically focused on health care and research into security biometrics.

KY Postal Worker Charged

A United States Postal Service employee in Louisville has been federally charged for willfully obstructing the passage of mail after more than 100 absentee ballots and other mail were found discarded in a dumpster more than a week ago.DeShawn Bojgere, 30, has been charged with the federal crime of delaying or destruction of mail, according to the US Attorney’s Office.According to a release from the Department of Justice, Bojgere allegedly discarded a large quantity of mail sometime between October 5 and October 15.

KPCA Receives Donation

The Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA) is working to help its provider members obtain and maintain an adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).A $20,000 donation from Humana announced Monday will help toward that goal.The Humana donation allows KPCA to complete the work with its suppliers to create the stockpile of essential Personal Protective Equipment for front line healthcare workers who are providing testing and health care services on a daily basis.

AppHarvest Breaks Ground

AppHarvest officially broke ground Monday on its third high-tech controlled environment agriculture facility in Central Appalachia, this one to grow leafy greens.Located in Berea, KY the farm, when complete, will be 15 acres.The indoor facility will grow non-GMO, chemical pesticide-free leafy greens to be distributed to U.S. grocers and restaurants. The company’s other two facilities, one in Rowan County that already is in operation, and a second on which work has begun in Madison County, both cover about 60 acres and will grow tomatoes.

Pikeville Medical Center Receives Grant

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recently received a $59,000 grant from Kosair Charities to purchase a Temperature Management “Cooling Blanket Therapy” System for the PMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).This temperature management system has the ability to cool a newborn’s body and brain temperature, potentially saving a baby’s life in certain situations.This system uses a technique called hypothermia treatment, in which the newborn is wrapped in a waterproof blanket that circulates cool water around a baby, lowering the body’s temperature to 92.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Experts say decreasing the temperature cools the baby’s brain and body, reducing the risk of brain injury by as much as 50 percent

Vaccine Not For One KY Congressman

A Kentucky Congressman says he won’t be taking the coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available. Republican U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie tweeted on Thursday that he hopes a vaccine is developed soon, but he doesn’t plan to use it.When asked about it by the Courier Journal, Massie said in a statement that he didn’t see the vaccine as necessary for him.“I’m not in a high/risk category and I trust my natural immune system response over a pharmaceutically stimulated response,” he said.

Elkhorn City Restaurant Tax Possible

Change may be coming to some food prices in Elkhorn City.The city council is considering a three percent restaurant tax on all food purchased by consumers. It’s a tax that Elkhorn City Mayor Mike Taylor says is already the norm in communities all over the region.“I don’t see anything wrong with it and you pay it everywhere else,” Taylor said. “So why not Elkhorn City?”City leaders say that the money generated by the tax will go towards tourism; planning and holding events to drive people to Elkhorn City.

Steel Producer Begins Construction

Steel producer Nucor Corp. has broken ground as construction begins on its new $1.7 billion manufacturing mill in Kentucky.The plant in Meade County is expected to create 400 full-time jobs when steel plate production begins in 2022, with average annual compensation of $72,000.Nucor executives expect the project will create an average of 960 temporary construction jobs, peaking at 1,500, Beshear’s office said.