NEWS DIGEST: June 18, 2014

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Shelby drivers license office

recoginzied for organ donor work


ShelbyCounty's Driver’s License office has recognized for its exceptional participation in the state's organ donor awareness program during National Donate Life Month. 

“Your Circuit Court Clerk’s office has shown incredible initiative in their efforts to support this program and help save lives.  Without their enthusiasm and hard work, thousands of Kentuckians would not know about the lifesaving mission of organ donation,” explains Trust For Life Executive Director, Shelley Snyder.  “The popcorn is a fun way to show how much we appreciate the important work they do every day in the Circuit Clerk’s office.”  This year, a record 72 offices were recognized.

The Trust For Life is a separate, 501C3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness about organ donation to help save lives. 

“The Trust answers questions, overcomes myths, and educates the public about the crucial need for more registered donors in Kentucky,” explains Lowry Miller, Shelby Circuit Court Clerk.  Currently 44 percentof Kentucky residents are registered donors.  In comparison, over 60 percent of residents in Ohio and Indiana are registered to save lives.

Everyone can register as a donor by going online www.donatelifeky.org.  If you would like to learn more about the Trust, or make a tax-deductible contribution, go to www.trustforlife.orgor call 1-866-945-5433.


New tobacco agreement restores some budget cuts

Governor Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway today announced a victory not only for Kentucky farmers, but also for critical health care and early childhood services funded by the 1998 tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA).

Under the agreement announced today, Kentucky receives $110.4 million in disputed and related payments and will avoid a long and expensive legal battle. Combined with the $48.3 million in payments already received this fiscal year, the total MSA payments for FY14 total is $158.7 million, which is $67.9 million more than budgeted for FY14.

However, estimated receipts for FY15 are $26.6 million less than budgeted, and FY16 are $15.9 million more. Overall, Kentucky stands to receive $57.2 million more in MSA payments over the next three years than budgeted.

"Our first priority with this money is to fully restore $42.5 million in 2014 budget cuts in areas like lung cancer research, county agriculture funds, and early childhood oral and mental health assistance, while maintaining this level of funding in 2015," Gov. Beshear said. "This agreement will ensure funding availability for future investments in these programs that continue to have a positive impact on the Commonwealth."

 "The settlement ends a long-running dispute and restores certainty to Kentucky’s annual payments from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement," Attorney General Conway said. "Under the terms of the settlement, we avoid the possibility of costly litigation and the potential loss of the entire annual MSA payment."


Celebrate Fourth of July Holiday at a Kentucky State Park

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Break out the red, white and blue at Kentucky State Parks this July!

Enjoy Fourth of July activities at a Kentucky State Park this year as the parks celebrate their 90thanniversary in 2014. The events include fireworks displays, picnics, entertainment and more.

Some parks are having weekend events, while others are hosting events earlier in the week. See the list below for event dates and descriptions (All times are local). Kentucky State Parks have lodges, cottages, restaurants, campgrounds, historic sites, marinas, golf courses, hiking trails, fishing and many more recreational activities.

To make lodging or camping reservations or to learn more about Kentucky State Parks and events, visit www.parks.ky.gov


Outlet mall plans VIP preview

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is teaming with the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center for an opening night VIP preview from 6-9 p.m. on July 30, the evening before the facility opens to the general public.

Cost is $50 per person with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Patrons will receive a free coupon book with over $300 in savings at many of the 80-plus retailers that make up The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

Only 3,000 tickets to the event are available and are expected to go fast, Neumann said. Tickets can be purchased at www.shoppingforacure.org, and up to 10 tickets are allowed per transaction.

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is located at Exit 28 on Interstate 64. For additional information on the Opening Night VIP Preview or the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, contact Neumann at 502-562-4642.


Art and Author Fest

The Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee is looking for participants for the Art and Author Fest from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on July 26. The event will give artists and authors a chance to sell arts, crafts and books and interact with the public during the Jubilee. For more information or to register for the event, contact Cheryl Van Stockum at cheryljaye@mac.com.


Cemetery cleaning project

Friends of Grove Hill will be cleaning and repairing stones from 9 a.m to whenever you are tired Saturday and from 1:30 p.m. to whenever you are tired Sunday. First-timers need to meet inside the chapel for a brief training, and regulars meet in front of the chapel to get assignments. Duanne Puckett said, “You get immediate satisfaction because you can reveal words of love and honor with a few gentle strokes of a brush. The guys use their muscles to put some monuments back together after years of neglect. It is gratifying work!” Those working are reminded to pack a lunch for Saturday.

A monetary donation is always appreciated to help continue efforts to preserve the past at Grove Hill Cemetery. For more information, please contact Bonnie Burks Gray 633-6941.


Community foundation accepting applications

The Shelby County Community Foundation invites 501(c)3 charities, Ecumenical religious organizations and governmental organizations to submit applications for grant funding for their organizations by June 30. Grants will be awarded for 2015. Application forms may be downloaded from the Foundation website, shelbyccf.org, or for more information call 633-2763.


Road repairs, delays

  • Interstate 64:  Lane closures and delays possible from the Welcome Center to ½mile east of KY 55 (mile points 27.9 to 32.8) due to roadway widening.  Lane closures are always possible Sunday - Friday from 7:00 p.m. each evening until 5:00 a.m. the following morning and on Saturdays from 10:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the following morning.
  • 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.