News Digest, Aug. 30, 2013

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By The Staff

Leadership program set

for eighth-grade students

Shelby County Public Schools, Leadership Shelby and Shelby County Parks and Recreation are partnering for a Leadership Discovery Day for all eighth-graders who reside in Shelby County to “foster leadership, teamwork and collaboration skills.”

The event, set for Sept. 21 at Clear Creek Park, is a free activity and will include a low-ropes course, a 10-plus-station obstacle course, local businesses, high school mentors and more. Lunch will be provided, and candidates should understand that all activities are outdoors.

An application form can be foundat www.shelby.kyschools.us and should be filled out and returned before Sept. 11 to either Shelby County High School, Collins High School or SCPS's central office.

Student drop-off will be between 8:30 and 9 a.m., with pickup between 4 and 4:30 p.m.


Closings for Labor Day

Federal, state, county and city governments will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. Shelby County Public Schools, Cornerstone Christian School, banks and the Shelby County Public Library also will be closed.


SBDM rep needed at WMS

Because West Middle School has a large minority population, a minority representative is needed for its Site-Based Decision-Making Council to serve on behalf of the student body. To serve or to nominate someone, contact Rachel Page at 633-4869 or Melissa Goodlett at goodlettm@bellsouth.netby today.

  • Simpsonville Elementary will have a special called SBDM meeting at 7:25 a.m. Thursday in the library. It will be closed for personnel considerations.
  • Collins High School’s SBDM will meet at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 in the conference room. for its regular monthly meeting. The council set its schedule to meet on the third Wednesday of each month through June 18.


Cabinet launches Web program

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office of Inspector General has launched a new Web site for the Kentucky Applicant Registry and Employment Screening program. KARES is a voluntary, fingerprint-supported state and FBI background-check program launched by the Office of Inspector General to help long-term care and other providers research the backgrounds of job applicants, according to a state news release.

All providers eligible to participate in KARES are encouraged to enroll in the program voluntarily and help reduce the potential for abuse, neglect or exploitation, including financial exploitation, of elderly and vulnerable adults, the release said.

Since receiving the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, OIG has worked to implement KARES and will roll out a statewide program to encourage all long-term care and other eligible providers to participate later this year after administrative regulations have been adopted. There are 320 licensed nursing facilities, nursing homes and immediate care facilities licensed in Kentucky. Combined, the total number of other facilities eligible to participate in KARES, including personal care homes, family care homes, nursing pools, adult day health programs, home health agencies, hospice providers (including residential hospice), personal services agencies, and long-term care hospitals is 701 facilities.
Meanwhile, the prevalence of suspected abuse in these settings remains significant. During the past 12 months, 1,450 complaint investigations have been conducted for all of the above providers.

Pipeline ‘domain’ issue hits Harrison

Harrison County is the latest to jump into the discussion of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline and the issue of eminent domain. Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett suggested that fiscal court members adopt a resolution that declares their opposition to land acquisition for the pipeline through eminent domain.

Barnett said he recently traveled to Pennsylvania where natural gas was being obtained by a controversial process known as “fracking.” There has been speculation, he said, that a natural gas pipeline might be built to carry unprocessed natural gas from Pennsylvania to Louisiana.

“No one has said that a natural gas pipeline is going through Harrison County,” Barnett said. “However, we should be prepared to contend with that issue if it comes up.”
Barnett has said he is not opposed to a pipeline, but he is opposed to land being acquired to lay the pipeline through a declaration of eminent domain, especially if a private company is laying the pipeline.

Gannott to address Rotary
Kelly Gannott, a partner with Kentucky Elder Law, will speak to the Shelbyville Rotary Club on Tuesday at its weekly meeting. Rotary meets at noon at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Shelbyville, and meetings are open to the public. There is a nominal charge for the lunch.


Richardson to discuss Affordable Care Act

Shelby County native Kerri Richardson, spokesperson for Gov. Steve Beshear, will be in Shelbyville on Thursday to hold a public briefing about residents need to know about the Affordable Care Act, which goes into effect in October.

The session, titled “Affordable Care Act for Kentuckians in Plain, Simple English,” will be delivered during a rare, public meeting of the Shelby County Retired Teachers Association, which will begin at 7 p.m. at Stratton Center in Shelbyville.

The SCRTA will have its regular dinner meeting before Richardson’s session, beginning at 6 p.m.


Road work, projects

  • I-64:Overnight delays and lane closures are possible between Exit 28 and just east of Exit 32 to accommodate work on the road widening project.
  • KY 1848:Shoulder closures and construction delays are possible at the I-64 interchange because of roadway widening. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction.  The speed limit is reduced to 35 MPH in the work zone.
  • KY 55:Lane closures and delays are possible between Old Brunerstown Road and U.S. 60 because of a repaving project. Millwork is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Lane closures and delays also are possible between Interstate 64 and Breighton Boulevard because of roadway widening and paving.
  • KY 395:Lane closures and delays could occur from U.S. 60 for .6 of a mile south of this intersection because of repaving
  • KY 1399:Construction delays possible at the intersection with KY because of roadway relocation.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.