October 11 on News Stands Wednesday!

October 11 on News Stands Wednesday!

10-11-17

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75 Findings in Jackson County Audits

Mike Harmon, Kentucky’s 47th Auditor of Public Accounts, announced today his office’s audits of the Jackson County Fiscal Court for Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016 have a combined 75 findings. Findings concerning over payments to the county’s former treasurer will be referred to the FBI, Kentucky Attorney General, Kentucky State Police, and the Kentucky Department of Revenue.


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OBI Grad Featured in Prominent Publication

Photographer Natalie Thomas graduated with honors and was ranked third in OBI’s Class of 2013. Her photos were recently featured in the Autumn 2017 issue of the Carolina Mountain Life Magazine. Thomas attended Chowan University for two years as a Graphic Communications major. She transferred to Appalachian State University and will graduate in December 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Photography with a minor in Entrepreneurship.


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Lineman Rodeo

Thirteen was a lucky number for Jackson Energy Cooperative at the 2017 Kentucky Lineman Rodeo. This was the 13th year for the event. Jackson Energy teams took first and second place in the team competition on Friday and multiple 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards on Thursday during the individual journeyman and apprentice events, which were held at the Laurel London Optimist Club Sports Center in London. A total of 26 teams from electric cooperatives across the state took part in the rodeo. Taking first place and receiving the coveted silver transformer trophy was Jackson Energy Team 2. Team 2 members were Jon Tillery, Marlon Coffey and Daniel Henson. Coming in second place was Jackson Energy Team 1 linemen Gerard Lakes, Andy Bales and Tyler Riley. Taking the overall third spot was the team of Geoffrey Beck, Zachary Underhill and Jeremy Swift from West Kentucky RECC in Mayfield.


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Traffic Crash

On Monday, October 09, 2017 at approximately 9:11 AM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of a single-vehicle traffic crash on I-75 near the 66 mile marker in Rockcastle County.

Upon arrival, Trooper Scottie Pennington determined that a 2016 Ford F-250 operated by Mark Murphy, 46, of Manchester was traveling northbound when he dropped off the right shoulder of the highway and went over an embankment.

Murphy was transported from the scene to the Saint Joseph Berea Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Trooper Pennington is continuing the investigation. He was assisted at the scene by Troopers from Post 11, Rockcastle County Sheriff’s Office and Rockcastle County EMS.


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Feel Good Story About KSP Trooper Goes Viral

A feel good story about a Kentucky State Police Trooper has went viral on Facebook and has been featured on a local TV station. The encounter was detailed in a post on the Thersey’s Restaurant Facebook page. The trooper who has asked to not be identified responded to a call and discovered a man stole a pack of hot dogs from a local grocery story and told the trooper he did it because he was hungry, so the trooper decided to let him go. On top of showing the man mercy, he told the man he would pay for a meal at Thersey’s Restaurant. Restaurant officials let the man eat for free.


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Fall Travel

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. The parkway, which is America’s longest linear park,[3] runs for 469 miles (755 km) through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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Unemployment

Unemployment rates fell to 8.6% from 9.4% between August 2016 and August 2017 according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Unemployment rates fell in 32 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in three and rose in 85 counties. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 15.4 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 12.7 percent; Elliott County, 10.7 percent, Carter and Harlan counties, 10.5 percent each; Letcher County, 9.7 percent; Breathitt County, 9.3 percent; Lewis County, 9.2 percent; Owsley County, 9.1 percent; and Jackson County 9 percent.


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