News Briefs: Nov. 20, 2009

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By The Staff

 H1N1 immunizations

for target groups today

The Shelby County Health Department will provide H1N1 influenza vaccine from noon to 2:30 p.m. today. The vaccine will be available to eligible population on first come, first serve basis. The clinic will follow the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations and administer vaccine to the following target groups:

§       Pregnant women.

§       Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age.

§       Health care and emergency medical services personnel.

§       All children and young adults age 6 months through 24 years, especially those with chronic conditions.

§       People age 25-64 years of age with chronic health conditions,

People over the age of 65 appear to be at lower risk of catching the swine flu and should receive the vaccine once those in the target groups have received it.  All children must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

The health department will make the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine available to the priority groups in an ongoing basis, if you cannot get the vaccine during this allocation, you can try to get the vaccine through your healthcare provider or come back during the next scheduled flu-shot clinic.

State job less increases

to 11.2 percent in October

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate rose to 11.2 percent in October 2009 from a revised 10.9 percent in September 2009, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. October 2009’s jobless rate is 4.3 percentage points higher than the 6.9 percent rate recorded in October 2008, and it matches the rate that Kentucky had in August 2009.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased from 9.8 percent in September 2009 to 10.2 percent in October 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor reported. This 10.2 percent rate is 1 percentage point below the 11.2 percent rate recorded in Kentucky in October 2009.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working.

According to the seasonally adjusted employment data, Kentucky’s professional and business services sector surged by 5,000 positions in October 2009. This area has lost 1,800 employees since October 2008. The professional and business services sector includes professional, scientific and technical services, management of companies and administrative and support and waste management, including temporary help agencies.

Main Street closed Saturday morning

Main Street between 6th Street and Hi Point Road will be closed 7-11 a.m. Saturday because of the Leadership Shelby Turkey Trot 5K. For further information, go to 511.ky.gov.


Blood donation locations

The American Red Cross will collect blood 6:30 p.m. Monday at Simpsonville United Methodist Church in Simpsonville. All blood types are needed to ensure a supply for patients. Donors need a blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification. For information, call 1-800-448-3543.

 Heritage SBDM council meeting rescheduled

Heritage Elementary has rescheduled its meeting, previously slated for Tuesday night, had to cancel its SBDM meeting for tonight. It has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. November 24.  

Lions Club benefit dinner

The Simpsonville Lions Club will hold a Thanksgiving meal Saturday, featuring ham and turkey with all the trimmings, at Simpsonville Christian Church. The meal begins at 4 p.m., and is all you can eat. The price is $8 for adults; $4 for children 10 and under. Proceeds will go to benefit the Simpsonville Lions Club Christmas Basket Program.


State senator at Rotary

State Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown will speak at Shelbyville Rotary on Tuesday on the subject of "tort reform." Thayer represents the 17th district, which includes not only his home county of Scott, but also Grant, Owen and Kenton counties.  Thayer, who is chairman of the Senate committee on state and local government, is a practicing attorney.

Shelbyville Rotary meets at noon Tuesdays at the Centenary United Methodist Church, corner of Washington at Fifth Street.


Christmas at Claudia's

Monetary donations and volunteers are needed for the Dec. 20 Christmas at Claudia's at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville. The event treats Shelby County children and families, elderly and children to a holiday dinner and gifts. There will be two seatings, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. To donate or volunteer call Louise Riley at Claudia Sanders, 633-5600, or Angela Millourn at Operation Care, 633-1965.


Job Corps center to honor

local employers, businesses

The Whitney M. Young Job Corps in Simpsonville invites you to attend and cover our annual Community Relations Council, Industry Advisory Council and Work-Based Learning Partners Recognition Luncheon on Dec. 10 noon to 1 p.m. in the center gymnasium.  The center is recognizing several outstanding employer and business partners that have given back to the job corps program and we would like to share those accomplishments and achievements with our community.