Local News 4-25-2013

Johnson Co Officials Join Other Counties in Mock Disaster Drills

Several Paintsville and Johnson Co. officials took part in a area wide mock disaster on Wednesday. At 9 AM Paintsville/Johnson Co. Emergency Mgmt. Director Gary McClure met with representatives from local law enforcement, health dept. hospitals, emergency personel, schools and other officials and conducted the OMEGA exercise drill. This drill centered on what proper procedures needed to be done as a result of a chemical weapons spill, such as anthrax. Representatives went over a plan of action and tried to make it as real as possible and train first responders and health care providers how to handle the situation. Johnson Co. was not the only county participating in this drill Wednesday, as a total of 10 counties in Eastern Ky.  took part and officials say events like this help everyone stay prepared for any kind of widespread emergency.

One Person Killed in a Boyd County Car Crash
Officials in Boyd Co. say a man was killed in a single vehicle accident late Tuesday evening. Reports say the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled over and down an embankment, before coming to a final rest against a tree. The crash happened on Big Run Trace Rd. in Cattlettsburg at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officers with the Boyd County Sheriff's Department say 33-year-old John D. Jacobs. A 10-year-old girl who was a passenger in the van was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, but has been released. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

KSP Charges 2nd Suspect in a Greenup Co. Murder 

According to a news release from the KSP in Ashland, on Wednesday April, 24 2013 the Kentucky State Police charged Aaron W. Gallion, age 35, of Ashland Ky. with Complicity to Commit Murder. He joins Carlton T. Gallman, who was arrested Tuesday Lawrence Co., Ohio and charged with Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Both are currently lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center.
Information was obtained during the course of the investigation by the KSP, which led to the additional arrest and charge. KSP confirmed earlier this week that human remains where located April 19, 2013 on Happy Ridge Road in Greenup , KY and have been positively identified as Christopher M. Frazier, age 29, of Westwood , KY. Greenup County Coroner Neil Wright says the preliminary autopsy results show that Frazier died from several gunshot wounds. He had not been seen or heard from since late March. 

Perry Co. B.O.E. Officials Confident Allegations of Misconduct by Some Members, Will be Found Baseless

The chairman of the Perry County Board of Education is confident allegations of misconduct against him and two of his colleagues will be found baseless. In an April 4th letter to the Perry Co. B.O.E., Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday accused three board members of ordering officials at Perry County Central High School to give students breaks during the school day - a violation of the state's turnaround plan for the school. The board's chairman, John "Pumpkin" Combs, said the allegations are false and board members have not heard from Holliday since receiving the letters. According to Combs, he said they didn't try to get our side of the story and just came along and said, "We've got stuff that tells us you've done these things.' But somebody in the Department of Education should have came here and sat down and said, 'We want to meet with you. Combs said other board members have written letters to Holliday denying the accusations and he wants to see how those letters are handled before he tries to communicate with Holliday.

Farmer's Arraignment Moved Up To Today

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer's arraignment on four felony counts of misappropriating state funds and one of solicitation has been moved up to this afternoon at 4 p.m in Lexington. . The arraignment had initially been set for April 30. The indictment unsealed Monday in Lexington charges Farmer with using his state position to obtain thousands of dollars' worth of gifts, hotel rooms, clothing and computers. It also charges him with hiring friends who did little or no work for the state. Farmer was state agriculture commissioner from 2004 to 2012. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In a separate action, Farmer also faces 42 ethics charges accusing him of misusing state funds and state employees during his time in office.

Regional Medical Symposium Saturday in Paintsville

Medical professionals are invited to attend a free training on prescription drug abuse and diversion on Saturday, April 27, at the Ramada Inn in Paintsville. The free symposium provides information about new state reporting requirements, the importance of understanding addiction, and presents ideas to help providers effectively treat pain while reducing the risk for abuse. Nearly 120 medical professionals attended the first of four free symposia held April 13 on the campus of Morehead State University. Other forums are scheduled for May 11 at the Holiday Inn University Plaza Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green and June 8 at the Eastern Kentucky University Center in Manchester. These “Kentucky Medical Communities UNITEd” forums – presented by the Appalachian Regional Commission, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives, and Operation UNITE – begin with registration and a continental breakfast at 8:30 am and conclude at 3:00 pm. Lunch is included. Participants in the training forums are eligible to receive 4.5 continuing education credit hours for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, dental hygienists, pharmacists, social workers, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, psychologists and Certified Health Education Specialists. Much of the forum focuses on understanding the Kentucky All-Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) system and new regulations enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly in 2012 (known as House Bill 1 or “The Pill Mill Bill”) that require prescribers and dispensers to utilize the system.

These trainings have been approved by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Kentucky Board of Nursing, and Certified Health Education Specialists as meeting statutory requirements imposed by House Bill 1. Dave Hopkins, KASPER Program Manager within the Kentucky Office of Inspector General, noted that, with a few exceptions carved out during the 2013 General Assembly, anyone licensed to prescribe or dispense controlled substances to individuals must report to KASPER. Starting July 1, these reports must be made within one business day, Hopkins said. “Our data will become much more timely.” Dr. Jones, who said he has “lived this thing on both sides,” attempted to alleviate concern about the new regulations. While there is no charge to attend, registration is required. Complete symposia information and on-line registration is available at www.cecentral.com/live/6653 or you may call 859-257-5320 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Area Business to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

According to Operation Unite officials, Food City stores all across Eastern Ky. will be taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Food City has partnered with Operation UNITE to collect and safely dispose of unwanted or unused medications on Saturday, April 27. Six Food City Pharmacy locations in five counties will accept medications from residents between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge for this service.

UNITE Coalition members, along with law enforcement officials, will staff drop-off locations at Food City stores located at:
            • 330 North Mayo Trail, Paintsville (Johnson County)
            • 2138 South Mayo Trail, Pikeville (Pike County)
            • 28093 Thompson Plaza, South Williamson (Pike County)
            • 102 North 12th Street, Middlesboro (Bell County)
            • 2478 South U.S. Highway 421, Harlan (Harlan County)
            • 429 University Drive, Prestonsburg (Floyd County)

In addition, all Kentucky State Police Posts will serve as drop-off locations. In this region KSP Posts are located in Ashland (Post 14), Harlan (Post 10), Hazard (Post 13), London (Post 11), Morehead (Post 8), Pikeville (Post 9) and Richmond (Post 7). All medication turned in at Food City or other locations will be turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for disposal. If you are unable to attend Saturday’s event, and still wish to safely dispose of your medications, Operation UNITE and other agencies have placed permanent medication drop boxes in most southern and eastern Kentucky counties. A list of locations is available on the UNITE website. View list of locations.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back events were initiated by the DEA two years ago to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. The DEA, in conjunction with state and local partners, has removed more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications from circulation in five previous take-back events. Learn more at 1-800-882-9539 or visit the DEA Take-Back Day website. For information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.