News Briefs: Jan. 20, 2010

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By The Staff

KU/LGE recalling thermostats

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas And Electric Company announced that because of a potential safety concern, they are voluntarily replacing the programmable thermostats that are a component of their Demand Conservation programs. The affected customers will not be charged for the replacement.  

There are currently approximately 12,500 customers across the state who have these thermostats in their homes or small businesses.  The thermostats are among a type that have exhibited signs of overheating in very limited instances.

Though it has not been concluded that there is any safety issue with these thermostats, KU & LG&E have decided to proactively remove all existing units while the matter is being investigated.

“We have independent experts evaluating these thermostats and the manufacturer is also looking into the potential problem, but rather than wait for those final results, our concern for our customers’ safety compels us to act now,” said Chris Hermann, Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery for E.ON U.S., parent company of KU and LG&E.

Customers who participate in the Demand Conservation program can arrange to have their thermostat replaced by calling 1-866-857-2665 or contacting one of the heating and air conditioning companies assisting in the replacement.  If you use the vendor directly, you can return your old thermostat and be reimbursed. Send those old devices to Energy Efficiency Dept., LG&E/KU, 220 West Main Street, Louisville, 40202.


Arthritis Foundation exercise program

Ron Stewart of Shelby Fit for Life will lead a 10-week program in Exercise and Self-management for Arthritis. The 1-hour classes will meet on Mondays at 10 a.m. beginning Jan. 25 at the Shelby County Extension Office. Each class will include a topic on self-management for arthritis, followed by Arthritis Foundation approved exercises to build strength, relieve joint pain, increase flexibility and improve stamina. Ron Stewart is certified in the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. If you can only attend some of the classes, sign up because each class will provide beneficial information. The series of 10 weeks costs $20. Register by calling the extension office at 633-4593.


NAACP event

The NAACP Freedom Fund Annual Banquet/Membership Drive is Saturday at Clay Street Baptist Church. The silent auction is 6-6:30 p.m.; the catered banquet begins at 6:30 p.m., and the speaker is Tahisha Rowlings of Shelbyville. To advertise in the souvenir booklet or for tickets, contact Albert or Debra Jordan, 633-1789. Pay at the door to attend.


Collins HS Family Night

Another Martha Layne Collins High School Family Night is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Shelby County High School Theatre. Collins Principal Anthony Hatchell plans to have some preliminary answers regarding registration plans/dates, class scheduling and school attendance areas. If you and your family have questions that you would like to have answered regarding the new high school, please join Hatchell and others from Shelby County Public Schools Central Office. If school is cancelled on Jan. 26 because of inclement weather, this meeting date will be rescheduled.


Stress discussion

Shelby County Chiropractic will have a free 20-minute discussion on stress and how it affects your health. This will also include a free dinner at Claudia Sanders for all who attend. The discussion is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. Contact Dr. David Dahlkamp D.C. at (502) 552-0906 to reserve your seat, space is limited to the first 10 callers.