Archives for March 2019

Hazard Hotel Clerk Suing Manager, Hampton Inn Over Religious Discrimination

A clerk at a Hazard motel is suing, claiming his manager at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Sharon Lindon, told him he had “demons that were causing his marital problems” and would have to undergo an exorcism at her church.

He’s suing after being forced to quit over what he called religious discrimination and harassment. Jason Fields told the AP that Lindon gave him a packet of “invasive questions” about his beliefs and sex life, including one question that asked he belonged to a cult.

Listed in the examples of cults were Mormons, Native religions, Buddhism, and Islam. A statement from Hampton Inn says they oppose discrimination and will investigate.

Federal Appeals Court Denies Feds’ Rehearing on Conn Victims

A federal appeals court has upheld an earlier decision that said the Social Security Administration used an unconstitutional process to revoke the disability benefits for hundreds of clients of disgraced former attorney Eric Conn.

That decision was reached back in November- the Social Security Administration asked the court for a rehearing, but was denied yesterday.

Remains Found in Lincoln County Are of Missing Waynesburg Man

Kentucky State Police said the state medical examiner has identified human remains found under a railroad bridge in rural Lincoln County on Thursday.

The ME’s office said yesterday that they identified the man as 57-year old Patrick Cook of Waynesburg.

He had been reported missing back in December. His remains were discovered off KY 1778 in the South Fork community near a railroad bridge.

Pikeville Medical Center Expanding

Pikeville Medical Center has agreed to purchase property from the city of Prestonsburg. The plot of land will go towards the construction of a new outpatient center. The site is the former Music Carter Hughes car dealership on South Lake Drive. More information will be released when the sale is completed according to officials.

KY Bridges Under Construction Through November

A $700,000 project started in northeast Kentucky to repair five bridges, according to the state transportation cabinet. Contractors will pour a new concrete driving surface and waterproof the following bridges:Lewis County: the KY 59 bridge over Dry Run Creek (milepoint 23)Lewis County: the KY 377 bridge over Kinniconick Creek (milepoint 8.5) Greenup County: the KY 7 bridge over Little White Oak Creek (milepoint 3.6) Mason County: the KY 596 bridge over North Fork of the Licking River (MP 5) Fleming County: the KY 3304 bridge over Rock Lick Creek (milepoint 2.7) Work started Wednesday and delays should be expected as traffic will be down to one lane. The work is scheduled to be complete in November.

KY Legislature Bans Tobacco Products In Schools

Kentucky lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would ban the use of all tobacco products and e-cigarettes on school grounds.The Republican-dominated Senate voted 28-10 on Thursday to send House Bill 11 to Gov. Matt Bevin. The measure cleared the House earlier this month.The bill’s supporters in the Senate, led by Republican Sen. Ralph Alvarado, who is a doctor, said it would help curtail youth smoking.Republican Sen. John Schickel called it the “very definition of government overreach” in opposing the measure.A majority of Kentucky’s school districts do not ban tobacco products on campus.

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Extended

A program that helps families pay energy bills is being extended.The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps qualified families pay electric, gas, or other energy bills.Applications are being accepted through April 30.Financial assistance will be given to qualified families on a first come first serve basis.

St. Joseph Health London Needs Your Help

St. Joseph Health London wants to become the second hospital in southern and eastern Kentucky to have a neonatal intensive care unit, but they need a lot of donations to pull it off.”The cost of this level of care is extreme,” explained Leslie Smart, president of CHI St. Joseph Health Foundation. “Board-certified neonatologists, nurse practitioners 24/7, and the specialty equipment that goes into creating a NICU — very specialized equipment.”The hospital needs $1.4 million, and it is asking the community for the donations because it believes having its own NICU will be a huge benefit for the community.

KY Plays In The Sweet 16

Kentucky is back in the Sweet 16 for the 27th time in school history and the eighth time under John Calipari.The Wildcats earned their way to Kansas City, Missouri, by defeating Abilene Christian, the No. 15 seed in the region, 79-44 on Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida, before squeezing past seventh-seeded Wofford 62-56 on Saturday.Up next is a date with No. 3 seed Houston on Friday in the Sprint Center at approximately 9:59 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on TBS.

E-Coli Reported Across KY

Multiple cases of E-Coli have been reported in Kentucky.According to a post by one health department, there was a sudden increase in cases of e-coli in the state.Officials say less than 25 cases were reported from March 5 to March 25, and were found in children and teenagers with extensive exposure to fast food. Some older individuals were also affected.The symptoms of E. Coli include acute diarrhea, stomach pains, urinary tract infections and respiratory illness.