John R Miller & the Engine Lights
John R. Miller and Chloe Edmonstone were kind enough to make time in their busy touring schedule to visit with Angela for WSKV's Friday Night Backroads listeners. John has a newly released album called "The Trouble You Follow." Hear the interview and the great tunes using the player below.
John R Miller & the Engine Lights
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bonnie J. Hackbarth
(LOUISVILLE, Ky - February 2, 2017) More than 70 percent of nearly 234,000 Kentucky adults who still didn't have health insurance in early 2016 said they were working either part- or full-time, and nearly half had incomes low enough to qualify for Medicaid insurance, according to the latest snapshot from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky's ongoing study of the Affordable Care Act implementation in the Commonwealth. Nearly 45 percent of these uninsured adults had completed high school, and another 37 percent had taken at least some college courses or earned a college degree.
"A significant majority of uninsured Kentuckians were working adults, and most had at least a high school education, yet many were still struggling to make ends meet," said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. "Health system reforms must take these facts into account to ensure that hard-working, low-income Kentuckians have access to important wellness care and preventive health screenings that can improve the quality of their lives while reducing costs for the entire health care system."
The snapshot showed no statistical change in the rate of uninsurance in Kentucky from 2015 to the window of time from February through April 2016. More than a quarter of the remaining uninsured during that window were children, and another 34.5 percent were young adults ages 19 to 34. And nearly half of Kentucky's more than 320,000 uninsured adults and children had incomes low enough to qualify for Medicaid, but were not enrolled in the government health insurance program.
"We simply have to get the younger population covered by insurance, public or private, so they can get the health care they need to reduce their chances of developing chronic diseases later in life," Chandler said.
A copy of seventh quarterly snapshot from the Study of the Impact of the ACA Implementation in Kentucky is available here. Previous snapshots and other special reports from the study are available here.
About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested more than $26 million in health policy research and advocacy, as well as demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation is to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing health policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
Bonnie J. Hackbarth
We received the following email this week:
Hi. Don B, formerly of Richmond KY now living in Adelboden, Switzerland, staying in touch with home by following the Wildcats and listening to a WSKV. Home : )
I wanted to vote for Kip in the Morning as my favorite DJ but don't see his name on the list. He's got a nice style and really good taste in music. Can you help me?
Thanks for makin' me feel at home.
I've never been to Adelboden, Switzerland before and the mere thought of being THAT FAR away from the only place I've called home leaves me a little unsettled inside. It's also hard to imagine that someone would be listening to Pickup Country 104.9FM from so far away. But when your roots are nourished in Kentucky - it's sights and sounds and people - something inside is always calling you closer to "home." And we know there is no substitute for home.
Reading Don's email made me smile. It is a great privilege to be part of a station that broadcasts the sounds of home to local listeners and those abroad. Whether they listen for music from the region, for the fastest 1.5 hours in radio or just to hear someone speaking with our Kentucky accent, I'm honored to learn we have Kentucky family listening from Switzerland. Thank you, Don, for your email.
You can listen like a local too from anywhere:
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Just to let you know, you can now choose Kip as your favorite DJ on our HOME PAGE. Pickup Country Mornings With Kip airs Monday through Friday from 5AM to 8AM. He plays a great variety of music styles and often features local bluegrass, country and acoustic artists. For a taste of "home," give him a listen.
Have a great day, and thanks for listening.
For Immediate Release
January 26, 2017
Rep. Barr’s Office Seeks Wounded Warrior for Congressional Fellowship
Washington, D.C. – The office of Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) is seeking a wounded warrior or medically retired veteran for a paid fellowship in his Lexington office. The position is sponsored by and will be hired through the U.S. House of Representatives Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program.
“I am honored that my office was selected to participate in the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program,” said Congressman Barr. “Several of members of my staff have served our nation in uniform and I look forward to having another veteran join our team in service to the people of the Sixth District.”
The Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program was established to create employment opportunities for veterans within the House of Representatives. These two-year fellowships provide veterans with experience to broaden their career opportunities, while helping Members of Congress and their staffs to better understand the needs and perspectives of those wounded in service to our nation.
The program is limited to veterans who have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, with less than 20 years of service and who have a minimum 30% disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Interested veterans should submit a resume, copy of the last DD214 issued, and letter from the VA indicating a 30 percent or greater rating, which is not necessary if medically retired, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and questions, interested applicants should contact the Wounded Warrior Program Office at 202-226-1965.
For Immediate Release
Gatlinburg Relief Fund in place at SmartBank
Gatlinburg, Tenn. – December 1, 2016 – In the wake of this week’s tragic wildfires in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains, the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation has established the Gatlinburg Relief Fund which will directly benefit the families impacted by the wildfires.
The relief fund is being managed by SmartBank, an East Tennessee-based community bank with multiple branches in Sevier County. Anyone who would like to contribute to this fund may either drop off a monetary donation at a SmartBank location (listed below) or by mailing the donation to PO Box 1910, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, 37868-1910. Checks should be made payable to “Gatlinburg Relief Fund.”
Additionally, the foundation is accepting online gifts here or at www.smartbank.com.
“Since the fires began earlier this week, we have been inundated with calls from people wanting to know how they can help,” said Billy Carroll, SmartBank President & CEO. “After talking with Gatlinburg officials, they are requesting that anyone wishing to help, make a donation to the chamber’s Gatlinburg Relief Fund, where the dollars can have the greatest impact.”
The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization created to assist the local business community and citizens through various charitable efforts.
Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – 2430 Teaster Lane #205, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Sevierville, Tenn. - 1011 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862
Gatlinburg, Tenn. - *currently closed*
Knoxville, Tenn. - 5401 Kingston Pike #600, Knoxville, TN 37919
Knoxville, Tenn. - 202 Advantage Place, Knoxville, TN 37922
Chattanooga, Tenn. - 835 Georgia Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Chattanooga, Tenn. - 2280 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
East Ridge, Tenn. - 4154 Ringgold Road, East Ridge, TN 37412
Hixson, Tenn. - 5319 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343
Ooltewah, Tenn. - 8966 Old Lee Highway, Ooltewah, TN 37363
Destin, Fla. - 4405 Commons Drive East, Destin, FL 32541
Panama City, Fla. - 2411 Jenks Avenue, Panama City, FL 32405
Pensacola, Fla. - 201 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
Contact: Kelley Fowler
Kentucky Republicans will cast their votes for Republican candidates for president at the 2016 Kentucky Republican Presidential Caucus caucus on Saturday, March 5.
Voting hours are 10:00 am – 4:00 pm local time. A Republican voter may come to their assigned caucus location anytime during that time to vote.
The voting process will be similar to a typical Kentucky election. Voters will show identification, sign in, and vote by secret ballot. However, the voting locations are different.
Most counties have a single caucus location, while some of the most populous counties have multiple locations. Republican voters can determine their assigned caucus location by visiting http://rpk.org/caucus/where/
By holding caucuses on March 5, Kentucky Republicans will have more influence on the presidential race, at a time when candidates are still competing to win more states and delegates to secure the presidential nomination.
Kentucky voters must have been registered as Republicans by December 31, 2015, to be eligible to vote in the caucus.
POWELL COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS
Stanton Elementary School (Cafeteria)
654 Breckenridge Street
Stanton, KY 40380
MONTGOMERY COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS
Clay Community Center
3400 Indian Mound Drive
Mt Sterling, KY 40353
CLARK COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS
Robert D. Campbell Junior High School
620 Boone Ave
Winchester, KY 40391
ESTILL COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS
*Note: Jackson County and Estill County will be holding a joint Caucus:
Old Court House
108 Main Street
McKee, KY 40447
LEE COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS
*Note: Lee County and Owsley County will be holding a joint Caucus:
Community Center at Kiwanis Park
500 Happy Top Road
Beatyville, KY 41311
WOLFE COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS
Campton Elementary School
Campton, KY 41301
MENIFEE COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS
Menifee Recreation Center
62 Sycamore Street
Frenchburg, KY 40322
MADISON COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS
Silver Creek Elementary School
75 Old US Hwy 25
Berea, KY 40403
Precincts voting at this location:
A101 Big Hill-Blue Lick, A102 East Berea, A103 Gay-Stephens, A104 North Berea, A105 South Berea,
A106 West Berea-Mayde, A107 Clay, A108 Silver Creek, A109 Bobtown Redlick, A110 Walker Branch,
C106 Brassfield Bearwallow, D103 Menelaus Todd West, D104 Menelaus Todd East, D106 Kingston
EKU Perkins Building
521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, KY 40475
Precincts voting at this location:
B101 Saratoga-Arlington-Roseda, B102 North Chenault, B103 South Chenault,
B104 Newby Jones-Valley View, B105 West Richmond-College-Bre, B106 Greenway, B107 Killlarney,
B108 North Whitehall-Daniel Bo, B109 South Whitehall-Daniel Bo, B110 Forest Hill, C101 Lost Fork,
C102 Redhouse, C103 McCreary, C104 College Hill, C105 Waco, C107 Moberly, C108 Kavanaugh,
C109 East Richmond, C110 Dillingham, C112 Courthouse-Central, C113 Watertower,
C114 City Hall-Telford, D101 Tevis Cottonburg Poosey, D102 Burnam Highpoint, D105 South Richmond,
D107 Army Depot, D109 Francis, D110 Eastern Campus, D111 Deacon Hills, D112 South Crutcher,
D113 North Crutcher
Mountain Parkway Expansion
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold a meeting next week to share what it has learned after several months of evaluating options for extending the Mountain Parkway between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.
Officials have refined two alternatives to create a four-lane road between Salyersville and Prestonsburg, and they will present additional details to the public during a Nov. 19 meeting at Prestonsburg Elementary School, 140 South Clark Road. The meeting will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The alternatives would either widen the parkway along the existing corridor (KY 114) or build a new road along a cross-country corridor to the north of KY 114.
Hundreds of residents attended a meeting in Prestonsburg in April to learn details about the two preliminary options and provide feedback. After the meeting, the Mountain Parkway Expansion team conducted further study of the connectivity between Salyersville and Prestonsburg. KYTC will be presenting two refined alignments to the public for further comment on November 19th.
“Public feedback is one of many things we consider when we design Kentucky’s roads,” said Marshall Carrier, a KYTC engineer who is project manager for the Mountain Parkway Expansion. “We want to make sure that we choose a route that will serve this region well – not just tomorrow but for future generations.”
At next week’s meeting, the public will see a video, along with updated maps and exhibits. KYTC representatives and members of the project team will be available for questions. Residents will again have the opportunity complete a questionnaire and provide feedback.
About the Mountain Parkway Expansion
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.
For additional information, go to www.mtnparkway.com. Project updates may also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mtnparkway) and Twitter (@MtnParkway). A project office is open in Magoffin Plaza in Salyersville; call (606) 349-8160 for hours.
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky State Parks are offering lodging discounts to current and former members of our nation’s armed services with the “USA Military Discount” program from Nov. 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016.
The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of military service is required at check-in.
“The Kentucky State Parks provide excellent outdoor opportunities for families,” Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said. “We are proud to offer this lodging discount to help show our appreciation to the men and women who serve or who have served in uniform for our country.”
With the USA Military Discount, lodge rooms are available starting at $49.95 a night; one-bedroom cottages for $74.95 a night; two-bedroom cottages for $89.95 a night and three-bedroom cottages for $99.95 a night. Tax is not included in these rates. These rates are good at 11 resort parks plus the cottages at John James Audubon State Park.
The rate is $5 more per night at these parks: Barren River, Cumberland Falls, Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland and Natural Bridge.
The Kentucky State Parks have 17 resorts that offer golf, fishing, hiking on scenic trails, beautiful scenery and full-service restaurants. Many resorts are near or include historic sites and museums and offer programs during the fall and winter, such as elk tours, eagle watching tours and entertainment. (Greenbo Lake is currently closed for repairs.)
This offer may not be used in conjunction with other special discounts or packages. The discount is based on availability, for leisure travel only, and may exclude special events and holidays.
For more information about Kentucky State Parks and to make reservations, visit www.parks.ky.gov.
During the months of April through October, current and former members of the military can get a 10 percent lodging or camping discount.
(If you’re making your reservation online, use “USA” for the promo code for reservations between Nov. 1 and March 31. During the April through October period, select “military discount” when making an online reservation.)
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov
The 10th Annual Christmas Coat and Toy drive is underway in Powell County and local leaders are asking for donations of coats, washable shoes, toys and non-perishable food items. Donations can be dropped off at many locations in the county and organizers are asking that donations be given by December 15 so that all the deliveries can be made by Christmas.
Donated items can be dropped off at the following locations:
Powell County Courthouse
Powell County High School
CRS Auto and Trailer
Riverview Laundry and Tanning
M & S Pawn
Raggedy Ann's Treasures
Powell County Feed and Farm Supply
Andy Ryan's Used Cars
4 Seasons Consignment
Kathy's Country Kitchen
Happy Hearts Daycare
Stanton Food Court
Donna's All In A Dollar