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WSIP News 8-27-2015

 

           

One Person Killed in a Bell Co. Judicial Center Shooting 

One person was killed Wednesday after a shooting at the Farmer Helton Judicial Center in Pineville. According to the Kentucky State Police, they say a man was being escorted through a courthouse by a bailiff after a court hearing. The man then took the bailiff’s gun and shot himself. Trooper’s say 25-year-old Eric Barnett of Pineville had a court appearance Wednesday and was taken into custody. The unidentified bailiff was escorting Barnett to the basement for transfer when the bailiff was knocked to the ground in an altercation inside an elevator and his weapon taken by Barnett and he shot himself while still in the elevator and pronounced dead at the scene. The bailiff wasn't injured. The death remains under investigation by the KSP. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday in Frankfort on Barnett.

Hearing over Future of Large Landfill Draws Hundreds in Boyd Co.

About 500 supporters and opponents of a large landfill in Boyd Co. attended a recent hearing on the future of the new facility. According to the Ashland Daily, the State Department of Environmental Protection held a public hearing on Tuesday in Cannonsburg to record comments as the state considers a controversial permit renewal application from Big Run Landfill. The hearing comes amid several complaints from community members about offensive odors at the site. Last month, Boyd Co officials said they favored a shutdown or placing more restrictions on the facility and the company said last week that it would reduce its total waste intake by the end of next year. Opponents want the state to close the landfill. Supporters said the landfill provides jobs to the community and should remain open.           

Suspended Pike Co Circuit Judge Facing New Allegations

Suspended Pike Co Circuit Judge Steven Combs is facing two more misconduct charges. The new charges allege Combs presided over cases involving EQT Production Company, but failed to properly disclose he has a financial relationship with the company. Attorneys for Combs deny the new allegations. There are now 13 ethics charges against Combs. A hearing is set for September 21st.

Kentucky ACT Results Lag Behind National Levels

Kentucky lags behind national averages for ACT college-readiness benchmarks in core subjects, with the biggest deficit in math. The best performance among Kentucky's 2015 high school graduates was in English, with 60 percent of students meeting the ACT college-readiness benchmark. The national average was 64 percent, according to data released Wednesday by the organization that administers the exam. The report says Kentucky's lowest scores were in math and science. Thirty-two percent of Kentucky test-takers achieved the college-readiness measurement both in math and science. National averages were 42 percent in math and 38 percent in science. Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who is retiring, says the low math score should be a motivator for action. Holliday says it's time the state puts together a math task force and looks at teacher preparation.

Johnson County Housing Fair

There will be a community housing fair on 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.

Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Information

Two Commonwealth/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) remain open in Johnson and Carter Counties, to assist homeowners, renters and business owners in Carter, Johnson, Rowan, and Trimble 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).

 

WSIP News 8-26-2015

 

Tuesday Morning Crash Claims Life of a Letcher Co. Man

A two vehicle crash closed down 15 bypass in Whitesburg early Tuesday morning for more than three hours. According to Police, the victim, Dallas Adams Jr. was driving a 2002 Chevrolet S10 heading northbound when a log truck traveled in to his lane of traffic and collided head-on. "According to the statement from the truck driver that most likely he had fallen asleep, crossed the center line and had actually struck the vehicle," said Tyrone Fields, Whitesburg police chief.

Fields said Adams was ejected from his truck. Coroner Marty Baker pronounced him dead shortly after. Investigators said the semi-wheel log truck driver was not seriously injured and did not appear to be under the influence. He was taken to Whitesburg ARH for a standard blood test. At this time the driver of the semi-wheel truck does not face any charges.

Woman Indicted on 14 Charges in Fatal Crash, Including Murder

Bond has been set at $1 million for a Pike Co. woman accused of driving impaired and causing a wreck that killed a man in 2014. Sheena Dotson was indicted on 14 charges, including murder, in a wreck last October that claimed the life of Ronnie Mullins. It happened in Floyd County. According to Police reports, officers say Dotson was under the influence of pain medication when she crossed the center line and hit Mullins' car head-on. Dotson has also been indicted on a felony charge of second-degree assault, in connection with injuries suffered by a passenger in her car, plus a booster seat violation for having her child improperly secured. Dotson is expected back in court for a hearing in November.

Investigators Identify a Body Found in Wolfe Co

Officials in Wolfe Co. have identified the body of a man that was found Monday evening at the base of a waterfall in Wolfe Co. The body was identified as 50-year-old George Neace. Family members say Neace had been missing since last week. Officials with the Kentucky State Police, Wolfe Co Search and Rescue, and the Sheriff's office were searching the ravine and wooded area between Russell Drive and the Mountain Parkway because someone told KSP that it was a popular shortcut, used by people walking from Russell Drive to the Parkway. There are several homes in the area, and neighbors say this area can be hazardous, because of slick spots on hills and rocks. Officials say Neace likely fell about 40 feet. Neice’s body was sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort and the KSP are continuing their investigation.

Lawrence Co. Man Files Asbestos Lawsuit against MSU

A Lawrence Co. man has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Morehead State University after being diagnosed with a variety of lung diseases related to asbestos. Lewis Williamson 61 of Nat’s Creek graduated from MSU in 2002 after obtaining a BSN Nursing degree. Following his graduation, Williamson experienced pain and symptons that were mysterious until doctors diagnosed his ailment. According to the website the Levisa Lazer, Williamson says in his lawsuit filed in Franklin Circuit Court on August 11, 2015, the sickness caused him to become disabled and he had to quit a $65 per hour contract job in 2010. The story went on to say that an investigation revealed quite a few citations of Morehead State University by the Kentucky Occupational Safety Health Agency.

Williamson says in the suit that MSU negligently and intentionally ignored the absentee risks which eventually caused his and possibly hundreds of thousands of other students who were, he said, to be exposed to the asbestos. In addition to the $1 million for lost wages and income and $1 million in pain and suffering, Williamson is asking for $20 million in punitive damages. He also wants the court to grant a class action status to his lawsuit because of the nearly 100 buildings at MSU that potentially have the asbestos contamination {whereby} he asks that $1 BILLION be set aside in trust by MSU for future cases. It’s important to remember that a lawsuit states only one side of any case.

Kentucky to Receive $2.6 Million for Cancer Screenings

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has announced Kentucky will get $2.6 million in federal grant money over the next five years to encourage people in Louisville and Appalachia to be screened for colon cancer. Beshear said Tuesday that nearly 9,500 people die from cancer in Kentucky every year, the most of any state in the country. Beshear has set a goal of reducing cancer deaths 10 percent by 2019. One of his main strategies for doing this is to increase the number of people who are screened for colon, lung and breast cancer. The money comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says the five-year survival rate of colon cancer is 90 percent when detected and treated early. Statistics show screenings are lower among the poor, black men and people with low education levels.

Johnson County Housing Fair

There will be a community housing fair on 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.

FEMA Update/Information

The following information is concerning the FEMA recovery efforts in Kentucky.

* To apply for FEMA Assistance call 800-621-3362 or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov * 4 Counties are currently eligible for the FEMA Individual Assistance Program. JOHNSON, CARTER, ROWAN and TRIMBLE Counties.

• Approved FEMA Registration Applications: 322

• FEMA Individual Assistance Approved by FEMA to date: $2,528,015.09

Housing Assistance:   $2,178,913.67
Other Need Assistance: $349,101.42

• FEMA Inspections completed: 569

• FEMA/STATE DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS (DRC)

Open Monday – Saturday                                                                                                                                                                               Closed Sunday                                                                                                                                                                                                9:00am -7:00pm

* JOHNSON COUNTY
Paintsville Entrepreneurial Center
120 Teays Branch Road
Paintsville, Kentucky

* CARTER COUNTY
Kentucky Community Action Center
539 Hitchins Ave
Olive Hill, Kentucky

• Total Visits to the FEMA/STATE Disaster Recovery Centers to date: 348

• FEMA DISASTER SURVIVOR ASSISTANCE (DSA) TEAMS

FEMA DSA teams are canvassing affected areas in Johnson, Carter, Rowan and Trimble counties to provide on-site registration assistance, address immediate and emerging needs, and answer any questions specific to the registration process. DSA specialists can also provide referrals to additional resources.

• A DETERMINATION LETTER FROM FEMA DENYING ASSISTANCE TO STORM SURVIVORS MAY NOT BE THE LAST WORD

Applicants should carefully read all letters that they receive from FEMA

Every applicant for federal assistance has the right to file an appeal within 60 days of receiving the determination letter for another review of their case.

Some reasons for a denial because of incomplete information are that the applicant did not:

Provide an insurance denial or settlement letter

Provide proof that the damaged property was the primary residence at the time of the disaster

Provide evidence of identity
Provide documentation of the disaster damage
Provide proof of ownership of the damaged property
Sign all the documents

• SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

SBA Loans are an Important Part of the Disaster Recovery Process

Many survivors who register with FEMA will be contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and sent a loan packet.

Complete the application and submit to the SBA as soon as possible by mail, in person at a Disaster Recovery Center or online at disasterloan.sba.gov

For further information on SBA Loans please visit a FEMA/STATE Disaster Recovery Center or call 800-659-2955

 

WSIP News 8-25-2015

 

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MOTORCYCLE CRASH SENDS LOUISA COUPLE OUT ON CHOPPERS

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UPDATE: AUGUST 24, 2015

AMBULANCE HELICOPTERS LAND IN A GRASSY FIELD BEHIND HARDEE'S RESTAURANT, NEAR ACCIDENT SCENE

A MOTORCYCLE CRASH SENT TWO TO AREA MED CENTERS SATURDAYA MOTORCYCLE CRASH SENT TWO TO AREA MED CENTERS SATURDAY

Louisa couple survive nasty motorcycle wreck

According to initial reports, shortly after 3 P.M. Saturday afternoon, Louisa Police, the Louisa Fire Department and Netcare EMS responded to an accident scene on KY 3 near the Advanced Auto store, involving at least two injured, and possibly more.

Motorcycle Accident in Louisa Sends 2 to the Hospital

According to the Louisa Police Dept. and Chief Greg Fugitt, on August 22, 2015 at 2:35 PM, the Louisa Police Department responded to the call of a motor vehicle accident in the area of Save-A-Lot on KY 3. During the course of the investigation and witness statements it was determined that a motorcycle operated by Timothy C. Christian, 37 of Louisa with his passenger Jessica D. Fissler, 33 also of Louisa lost control of his vehicle and veered off the roadway. According to witness accounts, Mr. Christian was traveling south of KY 3 where the three lanes begin at Save-A-Lot. Witness said Mr. Christian looked over his shoulder as if checking to make a lane change when he began to veer of the roadway. Investigation shows that the vehicle then traveled just a little over 177 feet off the roadway during that time, even on the hillside, before coming to rest along the side of the road. Mrs. Fissler was thrown from the vehicle before it came to a stop. Both subjects were taken to St. Marys Hospital for treatment. Louisa Fire Department, Net Care Ambulance also responded to the scene. This is an ongoing by the Louisa Police Dept and officer Julius Musick.

KSP Investigating Accident in Elliott Co.

According to the KSP, on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 6:08 p.m. Morehead State Police received a call for assistance in regard to an injury collision in Elliott County. Trooper Charles Bolin and Elliott County EMS responded to KY 7 in Sandy Hook. Upon investigation Mr. Chase Rice, 22, of Sandy Hook was traveling north on KY 7 operating a 1999, Honda EX, when Sherry Branham, 53, of Sandy Hook made a left turn into a parking lot. Mr. Rice was unable to stop his vehicle and struck Mrs. Branham’s vehicle. Mr. Rice was ejected from the vehicle and was not wearing a helmet. Mr. Rice was air lifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital where he is listed in critical but stable condition. Mrs. Branham was transported to Morgan County ARH Hospital with minor injuries. The investigation remains under investigation by Trooper Charles Bolin.

Alternative Chosen to Widen Mtn. Parkway in Wolfe Co

The Mountain Parkway Expansion team has completed preliminary design work on an 11-mile section of the parkway in Wolfe Co and selected a preferred path for planned widening and improvements to the parkway. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet also has selected engineering consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. to complete final design work on ­­the segment, which runs from just east of Campton to the Lee City/West Liberty (KY 205) interchange.

The preliminary design calls for the parkway to be expanded primarily along the south side of the current roadway – a path described as Alternative 2 on documents presented at a public meeting last year at Campton Elementary School and on the project website. The project will:

– Widen the parkway to four lanes;
– Reconfigure the existing Campton interchange (KY 191) to allow full eastbound and westbound access to and from the parkway;

– Modernize the Hazel Green interchange (KY 1010) to improve safety and mobility.

Property acquisition could begin as early as next summer, but specific schedules for property acquisition and construction depend on availability of funding from the Kentucky General Assembly. The Mountain Parkway Expansion is a 46-mile transportation improvement project that will create a wider, safer connection between Eastern Kentucky and the rest of the Commonwealth. It is a key transportation project designed to close the only gap in a 400-mile, four-lane, high-speed corridor for commerce and mobility across Kentucky from Pikeville to Paducah. The project will widen 30 miles of the existing parkway from two lanes to four lanes, and will extend the parkway another 16 miles by widening KY 114 between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.

The Mountain Parkway Expansion is a key project of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative. Launched by Gov. Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers in 2013, SOAR is designed to help the region develop and put into action new locally-oriented strategies to attack persistent challenges related to job training, health, education and economic development.

Kentucky Commission Receives $600K Defense Agency Grant

The Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs has won a grant of more than $600,000 to look into defense-related economic development opportunities. Gov. Steve Beshear's office announced the grant from the U.S. Defense Department's Office of Economic Adjustment. Beshear said in a news release Friday that the commission is also working to set conditions for economic growth near Kentucky military installations. The funds will be used for planning and to take action to adjust to recent Army force structure reductions in Kentucky. The Cabinet for Economic Development says Kentucky shipped out $7.8 billion in aerospace parts and products last year, up 38 percent from 2013.

Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Open in Johnson Co.                                     

A Commonwealth/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) continues to be open in Johnson Co to assist homeowners, renters and business owners in Carter, Johnson, Rowan, and Trimble counties who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in July. The Disaster Recovery Center will be open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice and is located at:

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

Specialists from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

Survivors will be able to:

  • Discuss their individual disaster-related needs.
  • Submit additional documentation needed, including occupancy or ownership verification papers and letters from insurance companies.
  • Find out the status of an application.
  • Obtain information about different types of assistance.
  • Get help from SBA to complete disaster loan applications for homeowners, renters and business owners.
  • Receive referrals to the American Red Cross and other voluntary organizations to help with immediate disaster-related needs.

If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before going to a center. Individuals, families and business owners in the designated counties can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling 800-621-3362. 

* When you register with FEMA by phone or on-line you will get a FEMA Registration ID Number. Bring that number with you to the DRC.

Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster-relief organization. FEMA registrants must use the name that appears on their Social Security card. Applicants will be asked for the following information:

* Social Security number
* Address of the damaged home or apartment
* Description of the damage
* Information about insurance coverage
* A current contact telephone number
* An address where they can receive mail
* Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

If you have any questions call Emergency Management at 606-789-2260.

* Information on an SBA Loan is available at www.sba.gov/disaster

Johnson County Housing Fair

There will be a community housing fair on 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.

 

WSIP News 8-24-2015

 

           

Floyd Co Accident Leaves 1 Man Dead

According to reports out of Floyd Co., one man was killed Friday as a result of a car crash. The crash happened around 6 p.m. on Kentucky 122, which is in the Melvin community of Floyd Co. The Floyd Co. Sheriff’s Office say the driver lost control of his car and hit a tree. The Floyd Co coroner identified the victim as 58-year-old Edgar Hall. No other information has been provided at this time.       

Man Charged with DUI in a Floyd Co School Bus Crash

A Floyd Co. man was arrested last week on DUI charges following a crash with a Floyd Co. school bus that was carrying dozens of children. According to the KSP, the wreck happened around 3:30 p.m. Thursday on KY Route 1426 in the Dana community. Troopers report a Toyota 4Runner driven by Anthony Kiser, 38, crossed the center line and slammed into the bus. Nobody involved in the crash suffered any serious injuries, but at least one of the 42 children on board went to the hospital with minor cuts, police said. Police say Kiser faces DUI as well as a wanton endangerment charge and several other charges. Kiser was lodged in the Floyd Co Jail. The KSP in Pikeville are continuing their investigation.

Whitesburg Police Involved in a Pursuit over the Weekend

The Whitesburg Police Dept were involved in a car pursuit Saturday night, after a vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint. According to information provided, police were conducting a routine checkpoint when a car was stopped and one of the officer’s working the checkpoint smelled alcohol and asked the driver to pull over to the side of the road. Police say they ask the man to get out of the car for a drug test in which he did not pass. As the officer went around to the passenger's side, the driver climbed back into the vehicle and sped away. Officials say the pursuit ended when officers from the Fleming Neon Police Department placed spikes on the road. When the front tires blew, the car lost control and hit the pursuing officer's vehicle side. The officer was sent to the hospital for a minor knee injury. Reports indicated that the man driving was severely intoxicated, but a female passenger woman was sober, but did not have her license. The name of the driver has not been released at this time and the Whitesburg P.D. are investigating the incident.

New Trial Ordered in Double Murder Case

Kentucky's Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man who was found guilty but mentally ill of killing two neighbors in Floyd Co. back in 2012. The new ruling pointed to 28 crime scene and autopsy photos admitted at trial as the reason for ordering the new trial for Berry Hall. Hall was convicted in 2012 in the shooting deaths of Alan Tackett and his wife, Lisa, outside their home in 2008. Hall also was convicted on four wanton endangerment counts - one for each of the Tacketts' children, who were home when their parents were killed. Some photos showed fatal wounds in graphic detail. The court's majority opinion said many photos depicted the same scene and were needlessly cumulative. The opinion called it a rare abuse of a trial court's discretion in admitting gruesome photos.

Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office Release Criminal/Acitivity Report for July

According to Johnson Co. Sheriff Dwayne Price, his department has released the July 2015 Criminal and Traffic Activity. This is a monthly release that shows what the department has done during a particular month.

Alcohol Intoxication –
Assault – 2
Criminal Mischief – 1
Disregarding Traffic Control Device – 2
DUI – 6
Bench Warrant – 23
Indictment Warrant – 1
No Seat Belt – 27
Fugitive from another State – 1
Harassment – 2
License to be in Possession – 4
No Operators License – 2
No Registration Plate – 10
No Registration Receipt – 13
Operating on Suspended License – 5
Possession of Controlled Substance – 2
Promoting Contraband – 1
Public Intoxication – 4
Speeding – 16
Identity Theft – 1
Booster Seat Violation – 3
Careless Driving – 2
Disorderly Conduct – 1
Driving on DUI Suspended License – 1
Failure to Produce Insurance Card – 10
Failure to use Child Restraint – 1
Open Container – 2
Indecent Exposure – 1
Menacing – 1
Probation Violation – 1
Reckless Driving – 1

Again that was the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office department report for the month of July 2015.

State’s Jobless Rate at 5.2 Percent in July 2015

Kentucky’s preliminary July unemployment rate rose slightly to a seasonally adjusted 5.2 percent from a revised 5.1 percent in June 2015, and remained below the national rate, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The state rate in July 2015 was 1 percentage point below the 6.2 percent rate recorded in July 2014. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate remained at 5.3 percent from June 2015 to July 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In July 2015, Kentucky’s civilian labor force was 1,959,681, a decline of 20,080 individuals compared to the previous month. Employment was down by 21,382, and the number of unemployed increased by 1,302. “The labor market is doing well, as is apparent from the unemployment rate of 5.2 percent. Kentucky’s unemployment rate has now been below the national average for a full year,” said economist Manoj Shanker of the OET. “You have to go back 20 years to mid-1995 to find a similar comparison between the U.S. and Kentucky economies.”

Kentucky’s statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are seasonally adjusted. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events, such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. However, because of the small sample size, county unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Open in Johnson Co.                                     

A Commonwealth/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) continues to be open in Johnson Co to assist homeowners, renters and business owners in Carter, Johnson, Rowan, and Trimble counties who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in July. The Disaster Recovery Center will be open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice and is located at:

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

Specialists from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

Survivors will be able to:

  • Discuss their individual disaster-related needs.
  • Submit additional documentation needed, including occupancy or ownership verification papers and letters from insurance companies.
  • Find out the status of an application.
  • Obtain information about different types of assistance.
  • Get help from SBA to complete disaster loan applications for homeowners, renters and business owners.
  • Receive referrals to the American Red Cross and other voluntary organizations to help with immediate disaster-related needs.

If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before going to a center. Individuals, families and business owners in the designated counties can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling 800-621-3362. 

* When you register with FEMA by phone or on-line you will get a FEMA Registration ID Number. Bring that number with you to the DRC.

Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster-relief organization. FEMA registrants must use the name that appears on their Social Security card. Applicants will be asked for the following information:

* Social Security number
* Address of the damaged home or apartment
* Description of the damage
* Information about insurance coverage
* A current contact telephone number
* An address where they can receive mail
* Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

If you have any questions call Emergency Management at 606-789-2260.

Second Disaster Recovery Center Open in Eastern Ky.

A second FEMA Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Eastern Kentucky at the Northeast Kentucky Community Action Center in Olive Hill, which is Carter Co. People looking for help cleaning up storm and flood damage can get federal assistance at the center Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. To register for assistance, visit http://www.disasterassistance.gov or call (800) 621-3362).