Local News 4-10-2014

Minutes from Paintsville City Council Meeting Tuesday (4-8-2014)

The Paintsville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Paintsville Recreation Center. The meeting got underway with the approval of the minutes from the regular meeting from March 11, 2014. City Council members also approved the monthly department reports from the Police, F.D. Ambulance, 911, Emergency management, utilities and the treasurer and they also approved to pay the monthly bills. Council members present were: Bill Mike Runyon, Jim Meek, Sarah Hopson Blair, Tommy Trimble and Mark McKenzie, absent was David "Coach" VanHoose.

Only a few items on the agenda for the evening. The meeting got underway with announcements from Mayor Bob Porter. (1) He invited everyone to a public meeting on May 6 at Sipp Theatre @ 5 PM. Items discussed will center around future recreational projects for the city of Paintsville and Johnson Co. (2) Mayor Porter also informed everyone that every Tuesday for the next 6 weeks at the Sipp, there will be Children’s Theatrical meetings. If you have a child interested in theatre, you’re encouraged to bring them to this meeting. (3) Mayor Porter said that the Blacktop Plant will open on April 14 and as soon as it opens, the “Pot Holes” in the city will be fixed. (4) Mayor Porter also informed everyone that Friday, June 13 there will be a Flip Flop Run in Paintsville. On Saturday, June 14 there will be a Bike/Hike at the Dawkins Trail at 9 AM. For more information contact City Hall.

Council members then heard from Regina McClure, as she announced McCort Electric in Lowmansville was the low bidder for Generators to be placed at the Paintsville Fire Dept and City Hall. This item was approved. Next Ms. McClure gave the council information about a new Volted Toilet to be placed on the Dawkins Trail @ Swamp Branch around the Riceville area. This would be a 50/50 Grant that Tourism would purchase, then Kentucky Parks and Recreation would maintain. This Volted Toilet consist of a “Pit” that uses “Sweet Smelling” technology that is good for 15,000 uses before it has to be pumped. This project was highly recommended by the State Park system and is used at some other Parks across the State. This item was also approved.

Finally, City Council approved items for City Utilities to improve waste water treatments in Paintsville. The Federal government would loan $4.9 Million, offer a Grant of $2.1 Million and the City utilities would only have to match $149,000. This items was approved. With nothing further to discuss, the meeting adjourned.

Floyd Co. Shooting Suspect Identified

According to a news release from the KSP on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 3:15 P.M. Kentucky State Police Post 9, Pikeville received a call of a shooting complaint in the Bypro community of Floyd County. KSP Troopers responded to the scene and upon arrival Troopers located 43 year old Rodney Mullins of Melvin, Kentucky deceased from gunshot wounds. Mullins was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Floyd County Coroner's Office. Tyler Shehan 23 years old of Louisville, Kentucky was arrested and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center on one count of Murder and four counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jason Dials.           

Ex-Clay Co. Judge, 3 others Sentenced in Vote Fraud Case

A former Clay Co. judge and three other officials have been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to charges alleging widespread vote fraud. A federal judge said during a sentencing hearing on Tuesday that three of the defendants - former Clay County Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle, former school superintendent Doug Adams and former election officer William Stivers - must serve 100 days of home incarceration.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, they report that all 3 were placed on supervised release for two years, along with the fourth defendant, former county clerk Freddy W. Thompson. Prosecutors said the men used the Clay County Board of Elections to buy or steal votes in 2002, 2004 and 2006. U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell described their actions as "nothing short of despicable."

Domestic Violence Victims: Still Time to Sign Up for Health Coverage

The deadline in Kentucky to enroll for affordable health care coverage through the state marketplace, known as Kynect, has been extended to Friday. But, if you are married and a victim of domestic violence, you have until the end of May. According to Andrea Miller, economic justice services coordinator for the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, the special enrollment period for victims was created because of confusion over how to file for a tax credit under the Affordable Care Act. "You don't want sometimes to be filing jointly for tax purposes, for any purposes," Miller pointed out. "Plus, it also might violate a protective order, because it requires that you have contact with each other in order to do that."

Miller said it's taken time for the IRS and the Treasury Department to exempt victims from a requirement to file jointly to receive a tax credit that helps them pay for their health care premiums. That's why the enrollment deadline for married victims filing separately is now May 31. The tax credit in question is available to individuals and families who earn from 100 to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Even though enrollment for affordable health care coverage began last October, Miller said, the new tax credit guidelines weren't issued by the IRS and Treasury until late last month. "And so what this is allowing them to do, is to be able to keep their credit that they were entitled to receive, without filing jointly," she stated. Through the end of March 370,000 Kentuckians had enrolled for new health care coverage. That's more than one out of every 12 residents of the state. Link to Kentucky's ACA website at Kynect.ky.gov. The Kynect call center is at 1-855-4KYNECT.

Public Service Announcement RE: 2013 Taxes

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that Tuesday, April 15th 2014, is the last day to pay your 2013 Property Tax bills at the Sheriff’s Office. The bills will be transferred to the County Court Clerk’s Office at the end of the business day, where additional penalties will be applied. You may pay your bills in the Sheriff’s Office, by mail, or online. To pay online, visit our website: http://sheriff.johnsoncounty.ky.gov click on the property tax link, and follow the prompts. Additionally, you may print copies of your paid 2012, and 2013 property tax bills from our website for your records. If you have any questions regarding your property taxes, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

The WSIP Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon

The 2014 edition of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon begins today at WSIP. All day today April 10 and again on Friday, April 11, 2014, we encourage you to tune into 98.9 FM and give us a call and become a Partner in Hope! Just $20 per month for a year, you can help the Children and Families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This will be our 9th year hosting this event. Last year Thanks to our loyal listeners and their generosity, our 2013 radio-thon raised a total of $40,021 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We also encourage anyone, if you have a little extra time, to stop by our radio station on Main Street in downtown Paintsville and volunteer your time to help answer the phones and help make our 2014 event a success!

You can call the Appalachian Wireless toll free # @ 1-800-942-8731 to become a Partner in Hope or to donate whatever you can afford or want to do. On behalf of WSIP and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Thank You and we look forward to another great Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio-thon on New Country 98.9 FM WSIP.