Post by In The News on Nov 3, 2011 21:14:22 GMT -5
wymtnews.com ARH facilities no longer accepting a form of Medicaid Reporter: Maisie Insko
Officials with ARH say that is the only exception and starting December 31, 2011 they will no longer accept the Kentucky Spirit Health Plan at any of their facilities. As a result, patients who wish to keep receiving services from ARH must choose between two other Medicaid providers, CoventryCare or WellCare.
Representatives with Kentucky Spirit say they still have other hospitals in the area for those who wish to keep their health plan. ARH officials say they will continue to see patients who were assigned to Kentucky Spirit through the end of this calendar year.
However, those who would like to switch should call The Kentucky Medicaid Members Service Hotline at 1-855-446-1245. Officials urge patients to choose the plan that best fits you because after December 31st you will have to keep the plan you are on for at least twelve months.
Post by In The News on Nov 3, 2011 21:22:46 GMT -5
wymtnews.com Number of drug overdose deaths increasing Reporter: Katie Roach
It's a growing problem here in eastern Kentucky and across the nation that has the attention of local officials. A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of deaths contributed to drug overdose has more than tripled in one decade..
In 2008, the CDC says prescription pain killers contributed to the deaths of 15,000 people. In 1999, that number was only 4,000, and local officials here in eastern Kentucky say the same trend is happening here.
"We have a real issue, and we are going to have to get this under control," said Director of Operation UNITE Karen Kelly.
But in order to address this problem, Kelly says they need to know exactly how big this problem is. She says information is key in fighting the battle on prescription painkillers. The report from the CDC also says fatal overdoses are more common in men and middle-aged adults.
Post by In The News on Nov 8, 2011 16:54:47 GMT -5
WYMT News Another Eastern Kentucky plant to close, 200 to lose job Reporter: Kendall Downing
More than 200 employees at Barbourville's TruSeal manufacturing plant found out Monday they will be let go. The parent company of TruSeal wants to consolidate its operations into a facility in Cambridge, Ohio.
A rough timetable for the cutbacks is now in place. The company will start moving equipment from the plant in January. By August it will be closed for good.
Employees at TruSeal were called into a meeting early Monday morning. That's when they found out about the layoffs.
The plant makes sealants for windows. Company representatives said the restructuring is based on the sluggish economy and will put the consolidated operations closer to other company facilities.
The General Manager of the parent company Quanex said the Ohio facility for the most part has a complete workforce so transferring facilities may not be possible.
Post by In The News on Nov 28, 2011 21:16:43 GMT -5
WYMT News New details in Kentucky's "No Child Left Behind" application for exemption
The application says Kentucky will use the ACT exam as a benchmark test for students, and it details a new testing system for grades 3 through 12.
We're getting a better idea of why Kentucky education officials think the state should be exempt from some requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Kentucky's application for relief has been posted on the state education department's website. The application says Kentucky will use the ACT exam as a benchmark test for students, and it details a new testing system for grades 3 through 12.
Post by In The News on Dec 2, 2011 21:43:27 GMT -5
WYMT-TV Construction will close portions of Cumberland Gap Tunnel
For those in the Cumberland Valley traffic delays may become the norm in the new year. The state of Kentucky will begin work in January to repair water damage in the Cumberland Gap Tunnel.
The news of upcoming repairs is met with some frustration. Repairs are expected to last until May. While they are going on, only one side of the tunnel will be open.
Department of Highways officials said despite the work, they plan to have both the northbound and southbound lanes of the tunnel open for two high traffic weekends in the new year. One is Easter, the other is Bristol race weekend.
Post by In The News on Dec 14, 2011 17:52:55 GMT -5
WYMT News Meth lab bust directly behind elementary school in Owsley County Reporter: Paige Quiggins
Sheriff Kelly Shouse said meth labs have become all too common in Qwsley County. One and a half dozen old one step meth labs were found, including one that was being made and missing some ingredients in a creek on Amburgey Road directly behind the Owsley County Elementary School.
School officials said that the alternative school was evacuated but the elementary school was put on lock down for the remainder of the day after police told them they had discovered the makings of several one step meth labs.
The sheriff said that they depend on help from the public to crack down on this epidemic. Shouse said that the main things to look for are empty lighter fluid cans, battery casings and pseudo ephedrine “Sudafed” pill shell casings. He said that the areas often smell like ammonia.
No arrests have been made but the sheriff said it is an ongoing investigation.
Post by In The News on Dec 24, 2011 2:22:05 GMT -5
WYMT News Kentucky wins share of education funding
The Education Department says seven states have won a share of $200 million in federal "Race to the Top" dollars to improve K-12 education programs. The winning states are Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The Obama administration has awarded billions of dollars in such competitions to encourage changes in education that it favors. The seven states competing in this round were all runners-up last year.
The department has said it wants to encourage them to finish and carry out many of the changes proposed in their earlier applications. Competing states committed to make changes such as improving principal and teacher evaluation systems and turning around under-performing schools. They were asked to show specifically how they would improve science, technology, engineering and math instruction.
Post by In The News on Dec 26, 2011 16:33:59 GMT -5
WYMT News 1,000 inmates across Kentucky to be released next Tuesday Reporter: Maisie Insko
On January third the department of corrections will release 696 inmates back into their communities. The office of probation and parole will have their hands full as they help these mostly non violent offenders transition by finding them jobs and even homes.
Officials say the forty million dollars they expect to save will be reinvested back into programs for inmates.
Post by In The News on Jan 12, 2012 18:32:07 GMT -5
Two arrested for breaking into church
Two men are behind bars after allegedly breaking into a Jackson County church. 20-year-old Quinton Jones and 20-year-old Curtis Broughton, both of Sand Gap, allegedly broke into the Warfolk Holiness Church late Tuesday night.
They were able to get away with three guitars and food, but police recovered all of the stolen property earlier today.
Post by In The News on Mar 11, 2012 12:38:19 GMT -5
1000 volunteers help in East Bernstadt cleanup
Eight days later and several volunteers are still donating their time, money, and necessary items to get tornado victims back on their feet in Eastern Kentucky. Fire department officials organized a clean-up in East Bernstadt bringing in more than 1,000 volunteers.
From Berea to right next door in Jackson County, people joined as one in East Bernstadt to help those without even one belonging left.
An effort skillfully organized by fire departments across the state bringing people together with one common goal: to support tornado victims by cleaning up what is left behind. In the middle of this rubble, a sign of hope and a reason for those affected and volunteers to push on.
If you would like to volunteer, contact the East Bernstadt Fire Department at (606) 843-6511.
Post by In The News on Mar 11, 2012 12:45:15 GMT -5
WYMT-TV Special Kentucky Cares t-shirt is offered to public
The UK "Kentucky Cares" t-shirt being sported at the SEC Tournament by the Cats is being sold to the public, starting Friday. The "Kentucky Cares" UK Team T-shirt was designed by Team One. Fan Outfitters will have the first order of shirts in their locations after Friday's UK game. The shirt will also be sold at other local retailers.
A portion of all proceeds will be given to Kentucky Cares-American Red Cross/Kentucky Disaster Relief Fund.
Post by In The News on Mar 14, 2012 15:52:49 GMT -5
wkyt.com Four lanes return to Cumberland Gap Tunnel
MANCHESTER, Ky. — (March 13, 2012) — The Cumberland Gap Tunnel, which carries U.S. 25E across the Kentucky-Tennessee line, was restored to four lanes Tuesday evening to better serve race fans headed for Bristol this weekend as well as the additional traffic loads currently observed due to lane closures on I-75 south near Jellico.
The tunnel had been reduced to two lanes to accommodate a highway reconstruction project. The project suspension will remain in effect through the weekend.
Road condition reports for District 11 routes are available by calling 511 or by visiting the 511 travel and traffic information web site at:
Post by In The News on Mar 16, 2012 17:32:38 GMT -5
WYMT-TV Laurel County says no more donations needed
As the recovery continues in storm damaged counties, folks in one area say they're no longer in need of donations.
Laurel County will stop taking donated items after Saturday. They've been taking items at a center setup at the Old Elmo's Furniture building in East Bernstadt.
The center will remain open for another few weeks, so storm victims can pickup items already donated. They'll have until Wednesday, March 28, to pickup those items. The center will close after that date.
Donated items not taken by storm victims will be donated to charity organizations in Laurel County.
Post by In The News on Mar 23, 2012 6:13:55 GMT -5
wkyt.com Community comes to remember fallen police chief
One police officer who served the bluegrass for four decades was laid to rest today. McKee Police Chief Arthur Adams' family said he was an asset to the community and will be sorely missed. Dozens of officers came to bow their heads to a fallen brother, father, husband, uncle and grandfather.
Heads hung low as the static of the last call for Unit 301 Arthur Adams traveled through the radios of the public servants in Jackson County, Kentucky. Nothing but the whisper of the wind filled the air as relatives and friends took a moment of silence to remember the 68-year-old.
“Unit 301, may he rest in peace, March 22nd 2012 15:33. Dispatch clear,” were the last words spoken at the burial at the Lakes Cemetery in Sand Gap.
Many shed tears for the man who they thought was taken too soon. Officers removed their hats and held their hands behind their backs to pay their respects.
Adams served as the McKee Police Chief since 2007.
Post by In The News on Jun 14, 2012 8:31:38 GMT -5
WYMT-TV State mandated gas tax will increase by 2 cents soon
You'll soon have to pay a little more at the pump, but this isn't your typical price increase. Kentucky's gas tax will go up by about two cents on July first. The Courier Journal reports the increase is part of a state law that ties Kentucky's gas tax to the average wholesale price of gas.
State officials expect the increase to generate about 57 million dollars more for the state road fund.
Post by In The News on Jun 16, 2012 6:10:28 GMT -5
Drivers urged to avoid I-75 southbound work zone in Tennessee
MANCHESTER, Ky. — Interstate 75 southbound remains under construction at mile point 141 in Campbell County, Tennessee. The highway is reduced to one lane between mile points 141-144 as crews continue efforts to repair damage caused by a catastrophic slide.
Significant congestion and delays are likely to be observed this evening and throughout the weekend. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) strongly urges the use of U.S. 25E and U.S. 27 as alternate routes: U.S. 25E detour route for I-40 destinations east of Dandridge, Tennessee (wide loads allowed throughout): Take Exit 29 at Corbin, Kentucky, follow U.S. 25E to Morristown, Tennessee, take I-81 South to its junction with I-40.
U.S. 27 detour route for I-75 Southbound destinations south of Caryville, Tennessee, via Somerset, Kentucky (wide loads allowed throughout): Take Exit 62 (Mt. Vernon) in Kentucky and follow U.S. 25 to State Route 461 to State Route 80 to State Route 914 (Bypass) to U.S. 27 into Tennessee and follow SR 63 back to I-75 at Exit 141 (Oneida/Huntsville).
U.S. 27 detour route for I-75 Southbound destinations south of Caryville, Tennessee, via Williamsburg, Kentucky (NO WIDE LOADS PERMITTED): Take Exit 11 (Williamsburg) in Kentucky and follow State Route 92 to U.S. 27 into Tennessee and follow SR 63 back to I-75 at Exit 141 (Oneida/Huntsville).
Gas prices are on the rise going into the July 4 holiday, making some travelers a little weary. Prices in some areas across the region have jumped more than 30 cents overnight and are as high as $3.35 in the most eastern part of the region.
Kentucky implemented a gas tax on July 1. The increase is part of a state law, tying Kentucky's gas tax to the average wholesale price of gas.
WYMT-TV Hal Rogers Parkway construction project will likely bring delays
Significant traffic impacts are expected to result from a pending road construction project to begin August 7 at the intersection of KY 80 and the Hal Rogers Parkway in Laurel County. KY 80, U.S. 25 and the Hal Rogers Parkway will be reduced to two lanes of travel in the area adjacent to the intersection from August 7 through October 31.
The project will result in traffic island removal and complete concrete pavement removal and replacement on KY 80 from its intersection with G.O.P Street to its intersection with the Hal Rogers Parkway.
Several different traffic configurations will be required during the course of the project. The public is advised to be aware of lane shifts, changing turning movements and lane relocations at the intersection. Significant delays are expected, and as a result, motorists are advised to take an alternate route if possible.
All work is scheduled on a tentative basis and is subject to change depending on weather conditions, emergencies and other factors beyond the control of the Department of Highways. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks motorists to be aware of the work zone and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.
Road condition reports for District 11 routes are available by calling 511 or by visiting the 511 travel and traffic information web site at:
Post by In The News on Dec 25, 2012 7:07:36 GMT -5
WYMT-TV article and video Police believe alcohol may have been factor in crash that kills five in Knox County
Kentucky State Police confirm five people are dead following a crash near Flat Lick Monday. Police say the crash happened around 5:30 p.m. on U.S. 25E, when a car, driven by 31-year-old David Vanderpool of Williamsburg, lost control, went airborne over a median, and hit a southbound car head on.
Officers say 61-year-old Gary Caldwell and 58-year-old Patricia Caldwell, both of Putney, along with 29-year-old Julia Robinson and 30-year-old Brent Robinson, from Bradenton, Florida were in the second car.
All five people in both cars were killed. U.S. 25E was closed for several hours, but reopened around 10 p.m. Monday.
Police do believe alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.
WYMT-TV Owsley County voters approve alcohol sales
Owsley County voters have decided to go wet. Voters approved alcohol sales by a close vote of 632 to 518. Officials say this was the first wet-dry vote in the county in about five years. The fiscal court will now set the ordinances relating to alcohol sales.