News Digest: Jan. 3, 2014

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By The Staff

Census data shows  growth

has slowed, lags rest of South

Kentucky’s growth has slowed to a crawl when compared to the rest of the South it’s lumped in with, according to information released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Kentucky’s population grew just 1.29 percent from the 2010 census, from 4,339,367 to 4,395,295 on July 1.

The South as a whole has grown 3.3 percent since the census, faster than the U.S. growth rate of about 2.4 percent during the same time period, according to Ron Crouch, the former state demographer, who still travels the country talking about population trends.

The South’s growth is being driven by Texas and Florida. Texas grew by 5 percent.

“A lot of that is due to their diversity,” Crouch told The Daily News in Bowling Green. “All the growth in the under-forty-five population is due to minorities. Since we have a minority population much less diverse than the nation, our growth is slow. Diversity and immigration are factors.”

Crouch said non-Hispanic whites aren’t having enough children to replace themselves, so states with less diverse populations are seeing very slow growth.

Kentucky’s population is 88.6 percent white, 8.1 percent black and 1.3 percent Asian. The Hispanic population is about 3.5 percent.

The states bordering Kentucky also haven’t grown greatly.
West Virginia grew by just 1,310 people since the last census but lost population since July 2012. Ohio, which lost thousands of manufacturing jobs during the recession, grew by just .3 percent or 44,000 people since the census. The Midwest region grew less than 1 percent.

Hickman, Myles attend training 

Shelby County Circuit Court Judges Charles Hickman and John David Myles  participated in the 2013 Circuit Judges Fall College that took place Nov. 18-20 in Lexington. The Administrative Office of the Courts provided the judicial education program for the state’s circuit judges.

The judges received updates on case law and legislation and attended sessions on court technology, bail, e-discovery, and court interpreting for individuals who are deaf or non-English-speaking. The judges also heard from Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. about trends in the state court system.
Circuit judges also had the opportunity to attend courses about problem-solving courts such as Veterans Treatment Courts and Drug Court, substance abuse issues, search and seizure, tax delinquency, and bankruptcy’s effect on state court rulings. Another session focused on a judge’s responsibilities in appointing counsel for defendants and in considering waivers of counsel from defendants who want to represent themselves.
The college included 18.75 hours of continuing education credit for the circuit judges. The AOC Division of Judicial Branch Education provides continuing education for judges and circuit court clerks.

School planning committee to meet

The Shelby County School Board’s Local Planning Committee has set its next meeting for 6 p.m. Jan. 13 at the SCPS central office on Main Street. The meeting had been announced for Monday, but forecasts of extremely cold weather have caused the delay.


More Kentuckians want smoking ban
Poll data released Thursday by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky indicate support for a statewide smoke-free law is at its highest point ever.  The Kentucky Health Issues Poll found 65 percent of Kentucky adults now support a statewide smoke-free law.

The poll showed that more than 6 in 10 Kentucky adults favor a statewide smoke-free law, up from 59 percent in 2012, 54 percent in 2011 and 48 percent in 2010.

More than 8 in 10 (84 percent) of Kentucky adults who have never smoked support the smoke-free la, and more than 7 in 10 former smokers want a smoke free law.

The KHIP was funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health, formerly the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.  The poll was conducted Oct. 25-Nov. 26, by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. A random sample of 1,551 adults from throughout Kentucky was interviewed by telephone, including landlines and cell phones.  The poll has a margin of error of plus-minus factor of 2.3 percent.


Riggs to address Rotary

The next presenter for the Shelbyville Rotary Club will be Sherman Riggs, who will lead Rotary’s planning for the 2014 annual auction and dinner. Rotary meets at noon Tuesday at the Centenary United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Washington and 5th streets in Shelbyville. The event is open to the public, but there is a charge for the luncheon.

The annual dinner will be Feb. 22 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

Shelbyville Christmas tree removal

The Shelbyville Public Works Department will be picking up discarded “live” Christmas trees between today and Jan. 31. You must have all lights and decorations removed from the tree, or it will not be picked up.

To arrange for pickup, call the Public Works Department at 633-1094 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and provide your address. The tree must be placed by the curb (not blocking the sidewalk or street.)


SBDM council meetings

  • Heritage Elementary’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council will meet at 4 p.m. on Jan. 14 for its regular monthly meeting in the conference room.
  • Wright Elementary’s SBDM will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 14 for its regular monthly meeting in the media center and at 4 p.m. on Feb. 11.
  • Collins High School’s SBDM will meet at 4 p.m. today and on Jan. 15 for regular monthly meetings in the conference room.


Roadwork, closings:

  • Interstate 64:Lane closures and delays are possible from the Welcome Center to half-mile east of KY 55 (mile points 27.9 to 32.8) because of roadway widening. Lane closures are possible Sunday through Friday from 7 p.m. each evening until 5 the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sundays. A 12-foot width restriction is in place for the eastbound lanes of I-64 in this work zone.
  • KY 1848:Shoulder closures and construction delays possible at the I-64 interchange (mile points 4.6 to 6.4) 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.

The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.