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News Briefs: Nov. 11, 2009

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By The Staff

 Senate candidates scheduled

for political event Saturday All five U.S. Senate candidates and other state officials are scheduled to speak Saturday as  the Women’s Network Annual Meeting comes to Shelby County for the first time. The event, to be held at  Claudia Sanders Dinner House, will have registration is at 8:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 9 a.m. “We are delighted that the Network has chosen Shelbyville as the center for its important annual meeting,” says Ann Ellerkamp, board representative to the executive committee.  “It underscores our area’s increasing importance in the state as a central meeting point as well as the work our Shelbyville group has done in bringing in thoughtful and provocative speakers.” The theme for the conference is “Yes We Can,” and the keynote speaker will be Terry Brooks, PhD., director of Kentucky Youth Advocates.  Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen will speak to the luncheon session. The event is open to the public, and the Women’s Network has a number of men as members.  The event is $35 for the day, including lunch. Reservations can be made by contacting Kathy Bryan, kathy.bryan1@gmail.com.   Guthrie’s rep here on Monday Steve Miller, field representative for Congressman Brett Guthrie, will hold office hours in Shelby County at 10-11 a.m. Monday at the Stratton Community Center located at 215 Washington Street in Shelbyville. Individuals from the county are encouraged to meet with Miller, who will be available to answer questions and address concerns regarding current issues or problems with federal agencies.  He will forward all comments to Guthrie.  For further information or questions, please call 270-842-9896. Safety seat inspections The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative Head Start program to sponsor a free child safety seat inspection at O’Brien Ford in Shelbyville on Nov. 18, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians educate participants on correct installation and usage and check for recalls or damage to the seat. Attendees should allow approximately 20 minutes per seat.    Library to have book signing The Shelby County Public Library will have a book signing for author, Greg Jacobs 10 a.m. until noon Thursday in the library’s Reading Room. His book “To Be Continued” will be available for purchase.     Retired teachers contest insurance increases  After taking testimony for two days in October, the Kentucky Administrative Hearing Agency has ordered the parties to return to Frankfort on Nov. 16-17 for additional testimony about premium increases by Transamerica Life Insurance Company. Almost 100 retired teachers were in the audience on Oct. 16-17 to hear the appeal of an earlier decision by the Kentucky Department of Insurance (KDOI) to approve a request for a 25 percent rate increase. The Department of Insurance initially rejected an appeal from the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association  on behalf of its members and other Kentucky seniors to reverse its decision on Jan. 28 to approve the increase in long-term care premiums. Transamerica had a 30 percent increase approved in 2003, a second 30 percent increase in 2005 and this 25% increase granted in January.