News briefs: Jan. 30, 2013

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By The Staff

Dangerous weather could

be in forecast for Wednesday

The state of Kentucky – and Shelby County, of course –  continues to be threatened by potentially dangerous weather today.

A system moving through the state brought with it a Wind Advisory that began Tuesday night and extended into this morning, and there is some probability that tornadic conditions could develop between 1 and 9 a.m.

The National Weather Service and Shelby County EMA sent out advisories on Wednesday morning and afternoon. School districts were monitoring forecasts because storm dangers could peak around the time schools open and buses take to the roads.

After unseasonably and near record highs of the high 60s on Tuesday, residents can expect very cold conditions to return by Friday, with lows Thursday night projected at 12 and highs on Friday at 28.

The weekend could bring more rain and seasonally normal temperatures.


Van driving sessions today at JCTCS

KentuckianaWorks, the workforce investment board for the Greater Louisville, which includes Shelby County, is offering a free training course for individuals who might want to become a long-distance moving-van driver.

There is a demand for 250 van operators in this area, and these jobs pay $40,000 annually to start, with benefits, and the course to be provided will prepare individuals to qualify for those openings.

Information sessions will be at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. today at the Jefferson Community & Technical College’s Shelby Campus, which is at 1361 Frankfort Road. These sessions will inform individuals about the free training and how the process works.

This program is federally funded and federally funded. The course is 3 weeks long and includes a combination of classroom work and hands-on skills building designed in partnership with the American Moving and Storage association and JCTC. The classes are held at the downtown Louisville JCTC campus.

“This is an excellent opportunity for residents of Shelby County who have dreamed of becoming long-distance drivers to get free training to become moving van drivers,” Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said in a release announcing the program. “The moving and storage industry needs more drivers and companies in the region are ready to hire people for these solid and good-paying positions. Shelby County residents who are unemployed or underemployed need to seriously consider taking the time to find out more information on this great training and employment opportunity.”

The first class began in January. Classes are planned each month until this spring to fill the 250 job. Each graduate receives a Registered American Moving Professionals (RAMP) certification and 4 hours of college credit from JCTC. Representatives from at least six local moving-van companies participating in the RAMP program will meet with students to discuss employment opportunities upon graduation. Those who already have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and are accepted in the free RAMP training program will be ready for work at the end of the 3 weeks. Those approved to take the course without a CDL will receive a scholarship to earn that license an approved driving school.

Candidates must be at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and

must complete a career assessment to see if they are suited to the work. They also will undergo drug screening, physical and a criminal background check.
For more information, visit www.kentuckianaworks.org/ramp or call 502-574-4723.


New state road map available

The 2013 Kentucky Official Highway Map is now available across the state at rest areas, welcome centers, local convention and tourism offices and all Kentucky State Parks.
The highway map, published annually by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, reflects many system improvements, such as KY 313 in Hardin and Meade counties; a widened, four-lane U.S. 27 in Garrard County, and the new KY 873 in Clay County, which now accesses the Hal Rogers Parkway from U.S. 421. U.S. sanctioned bike routes are listed on the map along with symbols to indicate limited access parkways and divided highways.
Fifteen inset maps detail Lexington, downtown Lexington, the Louisville area, downtown Louisville, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Paducah, Elizabethtown-Radcliff, Northern Kentucky, Covington-Newport, downtown Frankfort, Richmond-Berea and Ashland.

Last days of tree pickup

You only have two more days to take advantage of the city of Shelbyville’s offer to dispose of your live-cut Christmas tree. Thursday is the deadline for the service.

All lights and decorations should be removed, and the tree should be placed by the curb (not blocking the sidewalk or street). If you would like to participate, call 633-1094 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and leave your address.


Heating assistance available

Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. continues to seek applicants for the “crisis” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

LIHEAP assists households that are in a home heating crisis.  The deepening of cold winter weather combined with rising utility costs leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. Applications will be taken between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Multi-Purpose’s offices at 1145 Washington St. in Shelbyville. For more information, call          633-6371.


Heritage sets blood drive for former student

Heritage Elementary and The American Red Cross are hosting blood drive to “honor a Pint Size Hero, Blake” (a student at the school who is battling cancer) at 2-7 p.m. Feb. 7. If you are in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, have a photo I.D. and are at least 17 years old, you could be a blood donor.


I-64 lane closures possible

Lane closures and delays are possible on Interstate 64 from the Welcome Center to a half-mile east of KY 55 because of the roadway-widening project. Lane closures are scheduled Sunday through Friday from 7 each evening until 5 the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday. The eastbound exit to KY 55 South (Exit 32A) is closed for several months because of ramp construction. Motorists can use Exit 32B to access both KY 55 North and South. 


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.