Archives for December 2018

KY Treasurer Deals With Cybersecurity Issue

State Treasurer Allison Ball revealed an attempt to steal millions of dollars from the government Friday morning. Ball said her office dealt with a cybersecurity issue just before Christmas.Since Treasurer Ball took office she has tightened procedures to detect hacking and fraud. “Treasurer Ball has implemented a top to bottom approach to pinpointing fraud,” said spokeswoman Lorran Ferguson. “Part of that approach is to have people and not computers keeping an eye on state government accounts.

Laurel County Backpack Program Continues

Sixteen schools in the Laurel County School District depended on Backpack Club to feed kids on the weekends for 14 years.When that journey, started by Stacy Sheppard, came to a close, Jennifer Hawkins felt it was too important to let slip through the cracks.Scrolling through Facebook, she said she felt God sent her a sign.”I know it’s kind of silly and funny,” Hawkins said. “[But] her post on Facebook had the end date as my birth date … and I felt like God was opening that door for me to step in and keep it going.”So now she is revamping it to the “Backpack Program” with the help of the community.

Knox County Opens Ryan’s Place Shelter

The Knox County KCEOC has opened apartments for homeless youth ages 18-24, to fill the need in their area. The shelter is named Ryan’s Place, in memory of 19-year-old Ryan White, who battled homelessness up until his death in 2017, in car accident. “He had been served through our regular homeless shelter for a number of reasons,” says KCEOC Vice President Jennifer Smith. Smith says Ryan White, during his issues with homelessness, always turned to KCEOC when he needed a place to go. Smith says they hope the new crisis center can provide a safe space for others, as KCEOC did for White.

Remembering The Hurricane Creek Mine Disaster

Sunday marked the 48th anniversary of the Hurricane Creek Mine Disaster claiming 38 lives in Leslie County, KY. The local band, Hillbilly J.E.D., wrote a song in honor of the fallen and those who survived and are still grieving.Alson Collett helped to rescue the fallen miners in the 1970’s explosion and still lives to tell the coal dust-filled story. Knowing the anniversary was near, members of Hillbilly J.E.D. planned to shoot their music video at the memorial site, and asked Collett to be a part of the video.

State Looks to Take Over Martin Co. Water District

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is recommending a takeover of a troubled eastern Kentucky water district.

Beshear’s office released a report on recommending that the Public Service Commission force the Martin County Water District into receivership, which would give an outside corporation or utility control of daily operations.

The district has been plagued with reports of poor water quality and reliability and some residents have gone days without running water.

The report says the Martin County Water District has repeatedly failed to take steps to improve its finances and operations, despite specific recommendations from state regulators and an independent auditor.

Fraudsters Tried to Steal Millions from State Treasurer’s Office

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball says state employees stopped a sophisticated attempt to steal millions in taxpayers dollars.

Ball told WKYT-TV that the state was targeted right before Christmas. She said one scheme tried to defraud the state of more than $5.3 million and other attempts since then have sought thousands more.

Ball said the schemes “looked legitimate” and may have worked if state employees had not received proper training. She says she’s proud of the way her staff handled the fraud schemes. She says authorities are investigating.

Woman Arrested in Montgomery, Powell Co. Mail Thefts

One woman has been arrested in connection with a series of mail thefts in Powell and Montgomery Counties.

A homeowner spotted a woman, Jamie Hall, taking mail from a box on Highway 213 this week.

The person videoed Hall, then followed her while on the phone with police.

Hall allegedly admitted to stealing mail from both counties starting back near Thanksgiving. She remains in the Powell County Detention Center.

New Crystals For Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball

Preparations for New Year’s Eve in Times Square are taking shape, and some of those shapes are 192 new crystal triangles on the famous ball.The new Waterford crystal triangles will join about 2,500 others on the big, sparkling sphere. Some new crystals are swapped in every year. This year’s additions feature rosette cuts designed to make them appear to flow harmoniously into each other and keeping with this year’s “gift of harmony” theme.The ball measures 12 feet (3.5 meters) in diameter and weighs almost 12,000 pounds (almost 5,450 kg). It’s sits above One Times Square.

Non-Stop Service To Boston

A nonstop flight to Boston could be coming to Louisville International Airport.The Courier-Journal reports the airport also wants to add flights to San Francisco and Seattle.Boston is the biggest destination from Louisville without a nonstop option.Earlier this year Louisville’s airport announced a new nonstop flight to Los Angeles.It takes off for the first time in April.

Riverboat For Sale

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the city is looking to sell the Showboat Majestic, a 95-year-old riverboat that was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.Cincinnati’s parks department says the cost to maintain the old riverboat is too high, at some $100,000 a year. The boat’s floating theater hasn’t been used regularly for years.It was previously for sale in 2014. A later proposal to move it across the Ohio River to Newport, Kentucky, didn’t work out.The boat built in Pittsburgh provided entertainment to riverside communities for decades. Cincinnati paid $5,000 for the boat back in 1967, obtaining it from Indiana University.