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WSIP News 9-4-2015

 

Wanted Fugitive from W.Va Arrested in Lawrence Co.

Here’s an updated story from yesterday, a West Virginia man wanted on several charges, including escaping from custody, has been arrested. According to the Lawrence Co Sheriff's Office, Ryan C. Powers, 33, of Fort Gay, W.Va is in custody. He was arrested Tuesday for driving on DUI suspended license, fugitive from justice in West Virginia for a parole violation on an original charge of receiving stolen property and a bench warrant. On Tuesday, after being transported to the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office, and while he was being processed, Powers escaped. He was re-captured on Thursday. Powers is now had an additional charge of escape, to go along with the other previous charges.

KSP Searching for Man Wanted on Attempted Murder

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police in Morehead, on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 Kentucky State Police in Morehead along with Fleming County Sheriff’s Department responded to South Lick Road, near Hillsboro, to a report of a male that had sustained a gunshot to the head. Jonathan Maze, 34 of Hillsboro, arrived at a neighbor’s residence owned by Norman Jaussen, 54 of Hillsboro. As Jonathan Maze was leaving the residence he fired several shots with a shotgun, one striking Norman Jaussen in the face, and then fled into a wooded area near the home. Mr. Jaussen was transported from the scene by Fleming County EMS and was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. A warrant has been obtained for Jonathan W. Maze for one count of Attempted Murder and one count of Possession of a Firearm By Convicted Felon for the shooting incident that took place on September 2, 2015. Maze should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information on Maze’s location is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police.  

Woman Pleads 'Not Guilty' to 6 Counts of Complicity, Fraud and Drug Charges

According to reports out of Lawrence Co. 27 year old Shelly A. Collins pleaded 'not guilty' to 2 counts of Complicity to Trafficking In Controlled Substance, 6 counts of Complicity lunchFraudulent Use of ID Card of Electronic Code for Benefits, Complicity Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possession, Complicity Possession of Marijuana and Persistent Felony Offender. A pre-trial conference has been set for Collins on Sept. 25.

Rowan Co. Clerk Ordered to Jail

A federal judge in Ashland has ordered Rowan Co. Clerk Kim Davis to jail after she refused to issue same sex marriage licenses. U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis said "thank you" before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. marshal. She was not in handcuffs. Davis has refused to issue marriages licenses for two months since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. She argues that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing the licenses.

Five of the six deputy clerks in Rowan Co have agreed to issue marriage licenses to avoid being in contempt of court. However, Kim Davis refused to come back to court and refused to grant the clerks the right to grant the licenses in her absence.

KSP Increasing Patrols during Labor Day Weekend

The national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs through Labor Day weekend and is aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday, there were six alcohol-related highway deaths on Kentucky roadways. Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 55 people for DUI during that same time period. The 2015 Labor Day enforcement period begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept.4 and extends through Monday, Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m. Kentucky State Police Operations Director Lt. Col. Mike Crawford encourages families to enjoy the holiday while also taking precautions to protect everyone’s safety.

“We know there are going to be family celebrations during Labor Day where alcohol will be present, so your best bet is to always designate a sober driver before the parties begin,” says Crawford. “Make no mistake, our message is simple. If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. We will be out in force to take drunk drivers off the road - and save lives that might otherwise be lost,” adds Crawford.

In addition to statewide DUI enforcement, KSP will conduct statewide traffic safety checkpoints in an effort to enforce all traffic laws of the Commonwealth. Special detail will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), vehicle safety, insurance compliance and registration violations. Citizens are encouraged to download the new KSP mobile app that allows individuals to report criminal activity confidentially or utilize the KSP toll-free number (1-800-222-5555) to report impaired or erratic drivers. The mobile app is available in both the Apple© and Google Play© stores free of charge and is titled ‘KSPOLICE’.

Disaster Recovery Centers to for Labor Day

Disaster recovery centers, which are operated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will not be open on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. The Johnson County disaster recovery center (120 Tays Branch Road in Paintsville) and the Carter County center (539 Hitchins Ave. in Olive Hill) will close Saturday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. and reopen Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. (EDT).

At the centers, specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration can answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors of July’s severe storms and flooding. Specialists can help with registration, check an individual’s case, answer questions about an application or review information needed to process an application.

Survivors who suffered losses in Breathitt, Carter, Fleming, Johnson, Perry, Rowan and Trimble counties can continue to register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585, Video Relay Service 800-621-3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (EDT).

Assistance can include money for temporary housing and essential home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

 

WSIP News 9-3-2015

 

Johnson Co. Fire Crews Battle Structure Fire Wednesday

Around 5:15 PM Wednesday afternoon, Paintsville/Johnson Co. 911 received a call of heavy smoke coming from a structure along the Puncheon Creek and Rt. 1559 intersection off Rt 201. Dispatchers also reported that it was unknown at the time of the call, if the residents of the home was inside. Members of the Flat Gap VFD and W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue were toned out to this location and upon arrival, firefighters located a singlewide trailer engulfed in flames. The Red Bush VFD respond to this location to help battle the blaze. Reports from the scene indicated that the homeowner needed medical help for unknown injuries and 4 other occupants were evacuated from the home, but it is unknown if they suffered any injuries. Firefighters reported that they had the fire contained around 6 PM, but would stay on location as precaution to make sure everything was ok. WSIP news will bring you further information, once it becomes available.

Update on Single Vehicle Accident in Johnson Co. from Tuesday

Here’s an update to a story we had from Wednesday, according to the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept., on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Clark responded to a call of a single vehicle accident with injuries near Barnett’s Creek on KY Rte. 40. A 2013 silver Dodge 4x4 pickup truck driven by Roger Hackworth, age 67 of Oil Springs was traveling west bound when it left the roadway, traveled approximately 167 feet on the side of the road, and struck a rock that was protruding from the hillside. The truck hit the rock head on, and then slid clockwise to a stop. The passenger, Della Cole, age 62 of Garrett had to be extricated by the Oil Springs Fire Department. Both driver and passenger were air lifted to Pikeville Medical Center. Both Hackworth and Cole were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. Assisting Deputy Clark at the scene was the Oil Springs Volunteer Fire Department, Paintsville EMS, and Constable Bob Hyden.

Paintsville Police Dept. August 2015 Activity Report

The following is a monthly activity report for the Paintsville Police Dept. during the month of August 2015.

Theft complaints(includes shoplifting) – 17
Alcohol intoxication – 7
Controlled substance violations – 21
D.U.I. – 2
Accident without injury – 18
Accident with injury – 1
Warrants served – 25
Traffic violations – 51
Dispatched calls (CAD) –559
Mentally ill complaints – 2
Domestic disputes – 10
Assault complaints – 1
Disorderly conduct – 4
Burglary – 1
Alarms – 13

Again that was a monthly activity report from the Paintsville Police Dept. for the month of August 2015

Lawrence Co. Officials Searching for West Virginia Man

On September 1st, 2015 Ryan C Powers, 33 of Fort Gay, WV was arrested for Driving on DUI Suspended License, Fugitive from Justice from the State of West Virginia for a parole violation on a original charge of Receiving Stolen Property and a bench warrant. After being transported to the Sheriff's Office and while being processed Powers fled from the deputies. Powers is now facing an escape charge for fleeing as well as the other charges he was facing. Anyone with information on the where a bouts of Ryan Powers is asked to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at 606-638-4368 or the Lawrence County 911 Center at 606-638-4851 and they can remain anonymous.

Floyd Co. Man’s Double Murder Conviction “Thrown Out”

The Kentucky Supreme Court has thrown out, the murder conviction for a Floyd Co. man convicted of killing two people. The Court also ordered that Berry Hall get a new trial. Hall was found guilty in 2012, but mentally ill in the murders of his niece, Lisa Tackett and her husband Alan Tackett. The Tackett’s were gunned down outside their home in 2008 following a long-running family feud. Besides the murder conviction, Hall was found guilty on four counts of wanton endangerment for the four children who were at the home at the time of the murders. The 52 year old Hall was spared the death penalty, but sentenced to two life sentences in prison. Shortly after his sentencing, Hall filed an appeal in the case, challenging his convictions, saying extremely gruesome crime scene and autopsy photos of the victims were improperly admitted. On August 20, 2015 the Ky. Supreme Court of Kentucky said the "excessive highly prejudicial photographs" were improperly admitted. They ordered his convictions be thrown out and Hall get a new trial. A date for the new trial has not been set.

House Fire in Magoffin Co

A Tuesday morning fire in Magoffin Co has left a family without a home. According to reports, the fire happened around 3 p.m. in the Howards Branch community of Magoffin Co. which is located off of Route 404. Firefighters say no one was hurt in the blaze. Fire officials say the home was destroyed and the family lost most of their belongings. The David, South Magoffin, and Middlecreek fire departments responded to the scene.

KSP Increasing Patrols during Labor Day Weekend

The national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs through Labor Day weekend and is aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday, there were six alcohol-related highway deaths on Kentucky roadways. Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 55 people for DUI during that same time period. The 2015 Labor Day enforcement period begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept.4 and extends through Monday, Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m. Kentucky State Police Operations Director Lt. Col. Mike Crawford encourages families to enjoy the holiday while also taking precautions to protect everyones’ safety.

“We know there are going to be family celebrations during Labor Day where alcohol will be present, so your best bet is to always designate a sober driver before the parties begin,” says Crawford.

“Make no mistake, our message is simple. If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. We will be out in force to take drunk drivers off the road - and save lives that might otherwise be lost,” adds Crawford.

In addition to statewide DUI enforcement, KSP will conduct statewide traffic safety checkpoints in an effort to enforce all traffic laws of the Commonwealth. Special detail will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), vehicle safety, insurance compliance and registration violations. Citizens are encouraged to download the new KSP mobile app that allows individuals to report criminal activity confidentially or utilize the KSP toll-free number (1-800-222-5555) to report impaired or erratic drivers. The mobile app is available in both the Apple© and Google Play© stores free of charge and is titled ‘KSPOLICE’.

Disaster Recovery Centers to for Labor Day

Disaster recovery centers, which are operated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will not be open on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. The Johnson County disaster recovery center (120 Tays Branch Road in Paintsville) and the Carter County center (539 Hitchins Ave. in Olive Hill) will close Saturday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. and reopen Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. (EDT).

At the centers, specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration can answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors of July’s severe storms and flooding. Specialists can help with registration, check an individual’s case, answer questions about an application or review information needed to process an application.

Survivors who suffered losses in Breathitt, Carter, Fleming, Johnson, Perry, Rowan and Trimble counties can continue to register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585, Video Relay Service 800-621-3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (EDT).

Assistance can include money for temporary housing and essential home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Hammond Road Closed Thursday

Highway District 12’s Johnson Co Maintenance Crew plan to replace a cross drain that runs under the road at mile-point 1.8 on KY 3390, Hammond Road, today (Thursday, September 3). Motorists should plan to take alternate routes during this time. Replacing a cross drain involves cutting a trench in the asphalt across both lanes of the roadway. The old drain is removed, the new one installed, and the pavement replaced. The work takes a full day to complete. Work will start about 8 o’clock in the morning. The road will be closed to all traffic until about 4:30 p.m. Superintendent Barry Spriggs pointed out that the work is weather dependent, so if there is rain on Thursday, the work will be moved to the first clear, dry day. “We are sorry for the temporary inconvenience,” Spriggs said, “but this work will make the roadway much safer because it will improve the drainage in this area. We thank people for their patience and understanding.”

 

WSIP News 9-2-2015

 

2 Injured in Single Vehicle Accident in Johnson Co.

Paintsville/Johnson Co. 911 received a call of a single vehicle accident on Ky. Rt 40 West Tuesday afternoon around 3 PM. Members of the Oil Springs VFD, along with the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. and Paintsville EMS responded to the scene. Upon arrival, emergency personnel found a single vehicle with a male driver and a female passenger. The vehicle reportedly crashed into an embankment near Kestner’s Body Shop. The female passenger was trapped in her vehicle and had to be cut out. The male driver was not trapped. Both individuals was transported by Ambulance to an LZ set up at the Paintsville Lake. It is unknown at news time how severe the injuries were. WSIP news will bring you further updates as they become available.

Police Continue Search for a Missing Knott Co. Woman

According to the Kentucky State Police in Hazard, troopers are continuing their search for a Knott Co. woman, who has been reported missing since May 2015. Investigators say their only clue is a note the woman left for her 10 year-old son saying she would be back in a couple of days, but has never returned. The woman is identified as Natasha Fugate Jones. Jones' family said she was last seen the morning of May 7th, but no one has heard from her or knows where she is. Family members also say Jones has done something like this before, but has never gone missing this long without keeping in touch. Last week officials drained a pond in the Clear Creek community in search of Jones, but officials say no body was reportedly found. Jones is described to be 5'7 weighing about 110 lbs with blonde hair, hazel eyes and has a tattoo on her back of the outline of a butterfly. The family said there is a reward for tips that lead to Natasha Fugate Jones. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kentucky State police post in Hazard at (606)-435-6069.

Rowan Co Man Accused of Attacking Wife at School

Police in Morehead arrested a Rowan Co man after they say he attacked his wife, who is a teacher, at her school. According to the Morehead Police Dept., they say they have arrested Dale W. Estep, 46 and charged him with assault fourth degree domestic violence. Estep allegedly struck his wife and knocked her into a door following an argument at McBrayer Elementary School around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. The woman suffered some bruising, but was not seriously injured, according to police. Investigators say Estep had a gun in his truck, but he was licensed to carry a concealed weapon. Police say they do not believe Estep was carrying the gun when he entered the school and they add that they do not think drugs or alcohol were involved. Estep was taken to the Rowan Co Detention Center, where he bonded out later Monday. Estep is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 21 in Rowan Co District Court.

3 Arrested in Laundry Burglary in Elliott Co.

Three people have been arrested and charged with a burglary at a laundry mat in Elliott Co. According to reports, the burglary happened Sunday night at Adkins’ Laundry Mat in the Sandy Hook area. To get the information out to the public, the Elliott Co Sheriff’s Office used stills from surveillance video and posted the suspects pictures on Facebook Monday morning. Thanks to tips from the public, the Sheriff’s Office arrested Shawn Matney, 23, Michael Loudin, 54, and Autumn Hart, 21, all of Sandy Hook. Each have been charged with Burglary, Loudin has also been charged with criminal mischief. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the three stole change from several of the washers and dryers after breaking into a locked room and stealing the keys to the machines. Investigators say the stolen change was recovered when the trio was arrested.

Fire Crews Battle Blaze at Historic Building in Hazard

An early Tuesday morning fire in Hazard has destroyed an historic landmark. The fire happened at around 5 a.m. at the Main Street Mall. The building dates back to 1921 and was once home to the Grand Hotel. Currently a number of businesses, including a popular Chinese restaurant were lost, to the fire, as well as several upstairs apartments that housed anywhere from 50 to 100 people. Firefighters say when they arrived on scene the building was already engulfed in flames and they quickly evacuated the building and began fighting the fire. Even some people living close by to the building were told they would have to leave their homes. Officials say it appears that everyone made it out safely. Some people were taken to the hospital to get checked out, but no serious injuries have been reported. The building was heavily damaged and will likely have to be torn down. A section of Main Street along with a number of side streets remained closed Tuesday afternoon and several Main Street businesses will remain closed through Wednesday.

Michigan Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Boyd Co.

A man from Detroit, MI was arrested Monday in Ashland on drug charges after the Boyd Co Sheriff's Dept. say the man sold agents 20 oxycodone tablets in an undercover sting. Martice Jauone Foy, 23, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Foy was arrested at an apartment complex in the 900 block of Kilgore Drive in Ashland. He was taken to the Boyd Co Detention Center.            

3 More Counties Added to Disaster Declaration in Ky

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for severe storms in July in order to make survivors in Breathitt, Fleming and Perry counties eligible for its Individual Assistance program. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time seven days a week until further notice. On Aug. 12, President Obama declared Kentucky a major disaster. At that time, Carter, Johnson, Rowan and Trimble counties were designated for Individual Assistance. Individual Assistance can include money for temporary housing and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Of course two Commonwealth/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) remain open in Johnson and Carter Counties, to assist homeowners, renters and business owners the designated counties who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in July. The Disaster Recovery Center are open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice and there located at:

Johnson Co.

Midway College School of Pharmacy (formerly the Paintsville Entrepreneurial Center)
120 Teays Branch Road
Paintsville, KY 41240

Carter Co.

Northeast Kentucky Community Action Center in Olive Hill

Survivors are encouraged to call and register with FEMA before going to the disaster centers. You will be given a number that you will need to take to the center. You can also register ate the disaster centers. To register for assistance, visit http://www.disasterassistance.gov or call (800) 621-3362).

Over $1 Million in SBA Disaster Loans Approved in Kentucky

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $1 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for residents in Kentucky affected by severe storms, tornadoes, winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides on July 11-20, 2015. Also, the SBA announced today that additional counties have been added to the Presidential declaration. “Currently, 14 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $1,179,100 for affected survivors,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. “We are pleased to get these loans approved so residents in the disaster area can start to rebuild and resume their normal lives. I encourage anyone who has not submitted an SBA disaster loan application to do so as quickly as possible.” The disaster declaration covers the counties of Breathitt, Carter, Fleming, Johnson, Perry, Rowan and Trimble in Kentucky which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Bath, Boyd, Carroll, Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Harlan, Henry, Knott, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Morgan, Nicholas, Oldham, Owsley, Robertson and Wolfe in Kentucky; Clark and Jefferson in Indiana.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by mobile device at m.fema.gov. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free Helpline at 800-621-3362.

 

WSIP News 9-1-2015

 

Meth Lab found at a Floyd Co. Hotel      

According to the Floyd Co Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a report of a strong odor coming from a room at the Alpike Motel in Ivel last Thursday afternoon, and found what they said was an active meth lab. Reports indicate that when deputies arrived on scene and approached the room, they smelled a strong odor. As they knocked on the door, a male subject came to the door and deputies said they could see a haze inside the room. The man was detained, decontaminated at the scene, and transported to Pikeville Medical Center. Specialists in hazardous materials protective gear searched the room and recovered numerous meth precursors and two plastic bottles police said were active one-step meth labs.

The suspect was identified as Shawn Lowe, 36, of Pikeville. Lowe has been lodged in the Floyd Co Detention Center and charged with one count of first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine. On August 28, deputies arrested and charged another man, Jason Bentley, age 34, of Cracker Bottom Road in Martin KY, with Complicity to Commit Manufacturing Meth 1st degree. Bentley was also lodged in the Floyd co Jail. This case remains under investigation by deputies Landon Hall and Ralph Frasure. The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by Kentucky State Police and the Allen Volunteer Fire Department.

Police Continue Search for a Missing Knott Co. Woman

According to the Kentucky State Police in Hazard, troopers are continuing their search for a Knott Co. woman, who has been reported missing since May 2015. Investigators say their only clue is a note the woman left for her 10 year-old son saying she would be back in a couple of days, but has never returned. The woman is identified as Natasha Fugate Jones. Jones' family said she was last seen the morning of May 7th, but no one has heard from her or knows where she is. Family members also say Jones has done something like this before, but has never gone missing this long without keeping in touch. Last week officials drained a pond in the Clear Creek community in search of Jones, but officials say no body was reportedly found. Jones is described to be 5'7 weighing about 110 lbs with blonde hair, hazel eyes and has a tattoo on her back of the outline of a butterfly. The family said there is a reward for tips that lead to Natasha Fugate Jones. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kentucky State police post in Hazard at (606)-435-6069.

Kentucky Wired Broadband Internet Project announced Monday

Reliable high speed internet is coming to Eastern Kentucky. Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers spearheaded the project as part of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative. On Monday, hundreds of people packed the First Federal Center in Hazard to celebrate the launch of the Kentucky Wired I-Way broadband network. It has the potential to create jobs, improve access to health care, and enhance education for our students. The broadband network will cover about 3,400 miles across the state and make communication faster than ever before. The cost of the project is estimated at around 324 million dollars. State and federal officials are paying for some of that. We'll tell you how soon official expect the project to be completed and what kind of jobs it may attract later this evening.

3 More Counties Added to Disaster Declaration in Ky

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for severe storms in July in order to make survivors in Breathitt, Fleming and Perry counties eligible for its Individual Assistance program. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time seven days a week until further notice. On Aug. 12, President Obama declared Kentucky a major disaster. At that time, Carter, Johnson, Rowan and Trimble counties were designated for Individual Assistance. Individual Assistance can include money for temporary housing and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Of course two Commonwealth/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) remain open in Johnson and Carter Counties, to assist homeowners, renters and business owners the designated counties who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in July. The Disaster Recovery Center are open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice and there located at:

Johnson Co.

Midway College School of Pharmacy (formerly the Paintsville Entrepreneurial Center)
120 Teays Branch Road
Paintsville, KY 41240

Carter Co.

Northeast Kentucky Community Action Center in Olive Hill

Survivors are encouraged to call and register with FEMA before going to the disaster centers. You will be given a number that you will need to take to the center. You can also register ate the disaster centers. To register for assistance, visit http://www.disasterassistance.gov or call (800) 621-3362).

Johnson County Housing Fair

There will be a community housing fair today, (Tuesday) September 1, 6:30-8:30 PM @ the Disaster Recovery Center, 120 Teays Branch Road, Paintsville, to provide citizens affected by the July flooding, with necessary information regarding assistance with your short-term and long-term, permanent housing options. If you have lost your home as a result of the recent storms, regardless of your income, you are encouraged to attend this meeting. This meeting is partnered by FEMA, HUD, Frontier Housing, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Rural Development, Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises (FAHE), Federal Home Loan Bank, Department of Local Government, Big Sandy ADD, Bid Sandy Community Action Agency, Christian Appalachian Project, and SmartMH Alliance. Again this meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m @ the Disaster Recovery Center, 120 Teays Branch Road, Paintsville.         

City of Martin Holds Benefit Concert for Johnson Co. Flood Victims

The city of Martin (in Floyd Co) and its tourism group held a benefit concert at the downtown stage this past Saturday night for flood victims in Johnson Co. Martin officials say it's easy to relate when you're also the one who has been affected. Volunteers accepted monetary donations as well as supplies as people came through the gates. According to Mark Mckinney, Public relations officer for Martin City tourism and recreation, he says, "Our town has been effected so much by flooding we wanted to do our part to help them. I've been hit hard by water my own self and I just wanted us to get together and do this and try to help them and let them know they're not alone," Mckinney says all supplies donated will be delivered to FEMA sites and monetary donations will be given to the Johnson County Judge Executive.