NEWS DIGEST: June 25, 2014

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Rabb house/office to

receive historical marker

A historical marker will be placed at the former home and office of Dr. Maurice Rabb, Sr., 413 Henry Clay Street, Shelbyville.

The presentation, which will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., will honor Rabb, his wife, Jewel, and son Dr. Maurice Rabb, Jr.

Dr. Maurice Rabb, Sr. was a physician and civil rights activist in both Shelbyville and Louisville, and Jewel Rabb was a math teacher, civil rights activist and treasurer of the Louisville NAACP branch. Dr. Maurice Rabb, Jr., the couple’s only child, was born in Shelbyville and later became a professor and internationally renowned opthamologist, who performed groundbreaking work in corneal and retinal vascular diseases.

Speaking at the presentation will U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Bowling Green), Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, Shelblyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, Rev. Robert Marshall and Sanda Jones.


State’s unemployment rate holds steady

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate remained at 7.7 percent from April 2014 to May 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The preliminary May 2014 jobless rate was .6 percentage points below the 8.3 percent rate recorded for the state in May 2013.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 6.3 percent in May 2014, unchanged from the previous month, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based on estimates from the Current Population Survey of households. It is designed to measure trends rather than to count the actual number of people working. It includes jobs in agriculture and those classified as self-employed.

In May 2014, Kentucky’s civilian labor force was 2,062,476, a decline of 2,382 individuals compared to the previous month. Employment was down by 1,721, while the number of unemployed decreased by 661.

“The labor market continues to be strong in Kentucky. The drop in the labor force is driven by demographics. It’s a result of baby boomers choosing to leave the labor market,” said economist Manoj Shanker of the OET.


Shelby County Republican Party meeting

The Shelby County Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street in Shelbyville. The meeting will be open to all registered Republicans. For more information, please call Chairman Jennifer Decker, 502-773-2326.


State fair entry deadline is Tuesday

The deadline for the Kentucky State Fair general entries is Tuesday, July 1. Registration is available online now at www.kystatefair.org. Forms are also available online as a PDF and can be mailed once completed. Entries must be postmarked by July 1. Late entries will be accepted with a fee until July 10.

Check the 2014 Kentucky State Fair Premium Book to find rules, prizes and drop-off information specific to individual categories, as some of the nearly 30 departments are judged before the fair. It can be found online at http://www.kystatefair.org/entries/premiumBook.aspxor can be mailed upon request by contacting the entry department at (502) 367-5190.


IRS scam warning

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is warning Kentuckians to protect themselves from fraud and be vigilant of phone scams claiming to be associated with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Recently, Conway’s Office of Consumer Protection has received calls from consumers who report that they have been contacted by scammers identifying themselves as IRS representatives or “officers.” The scammers are reportedly telling victims they owe money to the IRS. The scammers are also leaving voice messages stating that the victim must take care of a “time-sensitive matter” and return the call, or the IRS will take legal action against the victim. To date, the calls have originated from 415 and 202 area codes.

“If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a representative from the IRS who is threatening to take legal action against you, that is a strong indicator that it’s not really the IRS,” Conway said. “Additionally, when the IRS first contacts a taxpayer, they do so via postal mail, not by phone.”

Oftentimes, scammers participating in this type of scheme use common names and fake IRS badges numbers. They may also demand payment via a prepaid debit card or wire transfer; however, the IRS doesn’t ask for either of these payment methods, nor will they ask for credit card numbers. Consumers are also encouraged to be vigilant of fake emails that look like legitimate IRS correspondence.

Additionally, Conway and his Office of Consumer Protection recommend the following tips for consumers:

  • Don’t provide any account or other personal information.  Hang up the phone.
  • Never wire money to a person you don’t know.  Once you wire money, particularly to a destination out of state or out of county, it is very difficult or impossible to recover the funds.
  • If you owe - or think you owe - federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040.  IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
  • Forward emails from the IRS to phishing@irs.gov.


Toxic blue-green algae in Taylorsville Lake

Toxic blue-green algae blooms have returned to Taylorsville Lake, according to state and federal officials.

First found there in 2012, the has been issued a caution advisory, meaning there is a moderate risk of adverse health effects and exposure could cause skin or eye irritation, nausea and flu-like symptoms.

The blooms can form in slow moving water that receives plenty of sunlight and has too many nutrients.

According to a report in The Courier-Journal, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers office in Louisville has noted five lakes in Kentucky have elevated levels of the toxic algae and the Kentucky Division of Water has noted one lake.


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.


Sen. Paul to address Rotary

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Bowling Green) will be the speaker at the Shelbyville Rotary Club’s meeting on July 1.

Paul will speak on national policy and national issues.

Rotary meets at noon at the Centenary United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Washington and 5th Streets in Shelbyville. Programs are open to the public, but there is a nominal charge for the luncheon.


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.


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.



Wright SBDM meeting

The Wright Elementary School Site Based Decision Making Council will have a special called meeting at 6:30 pm. Thursday in the media center. The purpose of this meeting is personnel and will meet in closed session.


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.