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KY Ranks 6th Nationally in Percentage of Board-Certified Teachers

Kentucky recently celebrated the 18 newly certified and 101 newly renewed National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who continue to improve their teaching for the students of the Commonwealth. With 3,292 NBCTs, Kentucky ranks 6th in the nation for the percentage of teachers who are Board-certified (8%) and 9th in the nation for the total number of Board-certified Continue reading KY Ranks 6th Nationally in Percentage of Board-Certified Teachers

Rep. Chuck Tackett pre-files Constitutional Amendment exempting Veteran Organizations from property taxes

State Rep. Chuck Tackett, right, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, third from the left, join with several veterans following a press conference Rep. Tackett held to unveil a proposed constitutional amendment that would ensure all posts operated by veterans operations are exempt from property taxes.  Those with Rep. Tackett and Speaker Stumbo are, left to right, American Legion Post 24 past Commander Marine Corps League Mike Leaverton; Post Commander Jim Woodrum; Vietnam veteran Eddie Ferrell; and Sargent at Arms and past Post Commander John Matheny.  Rep. Tackett pre-filed the bill, which will be considered during the 2017 Regular Session, after learning Scott County’s American Legion Post was twice turned down for the property tax exemption even as other posts were being approved.
State Rep. Chuck Tackett, right, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, third from the left, join with several veterans following a press conference Rep. Tackett held to unveil a proposed constitutional amendment that would ensure all posts operated by veterans operations are exempt from property taxes. Those with Rep. Tackett and Speaker Stumbo are, left to right, American Legion Post 24 past Commander Marine Corps League Mike Leaverton; Post Commander Jim Woodrum; Vietnam veteran Eddie Ferrell; and Sargent at Arms and past Post Commander John Matheny. Rep. Tackett pre-filed the bill, which will be considered during the 2017 Regular Session, after learning Scott County’s American Legion Post was twice turned down for the property tax exemption even as other posts were being approved.

Representative Chuck Tackett announced today that he is pre-filing a bill that, if passed and ratified, would amend the Kentucky Constitution to include tax exemptions for property owned by posts or organizations of past or present members of the Armed Forces of Continue reading Rep. Chuck Tackett pre-files Constitutional Amendment exempting Veteran Organizations from property taxes

Statement from House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover on President Obama’s Bathroom Debacle

House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover
House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover

“Late yesterday, a federal court in Texas agreed with the conservative sentiment in Kentucky and issued a nationwide injunction to stop the Obama Administration from enforcing its illegal bathroom directives.

Kentuckians have had enough of the foolish proposals coming from liberal Washington bureaucrats. The notion of an illegal directive to remove local control of our schools and our Continue reading Statement from House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover on President Obama’s Bathroom Debacle

Federal Shutdown Affects Sportsman in KY

KY Fish & Wildlife
KY Fish & Wildlife

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources have been notified by federal agencies with recreation sites in Kentucky that developed recreation facilities, including some boat ramps, will be closed due to the federal government shutdown; closed areas should be signed accordingly.

Boat ramps on federal areas that are operated by state parks will remain open. Daniel Boone National Forest is open for hunting under applicable regulations. Land Between the Lakes is open to hunting and fishing but developed facilities will be closed, thus permits will not be sold on site during the shutdown. Big South Fork is totally closed. Hidden Valley Training Area in Powell Co. is state owned and will remain open.

Kentucky Mail Processing Closing Announced

USPS

KENTUCKIANA DISTRICT – As a result of studies begun five months ago, the Postal Service has made the decision to move all mail processing operations from:

Bowling Green, KY Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF) to the Nashville, TN, Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC).

Campton, KY, Customer Service Mail Processing Center (CSMPC) to the Louisville, KY, P&DC.
Elizabethtown, KY, CSMPC to the Louisville P&DC.

Hazard, KY, CSMPC to the Knoxville, TN, P&DC.

Lexington, KY, P&DC to the Louisville P&DC and the Knoxville P&DC.

London, KY P&DF to the Knoxville P&DC.

Paducah, KY, P&DF to the Evansville, IN, P&DF.

Somerset, KY, CSMPC to the Knoxville P&DC.

Once the transfers are completed, the mail processing operation at the Continue reading Kentucky Mail Processing Closing Announced

April is National 911 Awareness Month

911

April is 9-1-1 awareness month. Madison County 911 encourages the public to review the information to educate themselves in the proper use of the emergency 9-1-1. For Non-Emergency calls, please call 859-624-4776

Review the information below for information on the proper use of the 911 System.

9-1-1 NEEDS TO KNOW WHERE TO GO
• When calling 9-1-1, one of the first things you’ll be asked to provide is the location of the emergency youre reporting.
• The call taker may not automatically know your location or may ask you to confirm it.
• Make sure you provide as much detail on your location as possible, such as landmarks, cross streets and mileposts.

KNOW YOUR CELL WELL
• The current 9-1-1 system is designed for voice communications only.
• Texting 9-1-1 is not an option in most locales; you must dial 9-1-1 and Continue reading April is National 911 Awareness Month

Johnny Appleseed Day

John Chapman

   He was born Sep. 28, 1774 as John Chapman but we came to know him as Johnny Appleseed. John was born in Leominster, Massachusetts to a father who was a Minuteman at Concord and later served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
   It is not known exactly when he left New England and started his westward journey. He would purchase his seeds from cider mills. He did not randomly scatter seeds but was a practical nurseryman. He gave away and sold many trees. He owned many tree nurseries in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana, where he Continue reading Johnny Appleseed Day

Last US WWI Vet, Dies at 110

Frank Buckles

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — He was repeatedly rejected by military recruiters and got into uniform at 16 after lying about his age. But Frank Buckles would later become the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I.
Buckles, who also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II, died of natural causes Sunday at his home in Charles Town, biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said in a statement. He was 110.
Buckles had been advocating for a national memorial honoring veterans of the Great War in the nations capital.
When asked in February 2008 how it felt to be the last of his kind, he said Continue reading Last US WWI Vet, Dies at 110

WARNING TO VETERANS

US-Dept of Veterans Affairs

An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is providing benefit and general information on VA and gathering personal information on veterans.

This organization is not affiliated with VA in any way. www.vaservices.org/us/index.html

VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal. Our Legal Counsel has requested that we coordinate with DoD to inform military installations, particularly mobilization sites, of this group and their lack of affiliation or endorsement by VA to provide any services.

In addition, GC requests that if you have any examples of VAS acts that violate chapter 59 of Title 38 United States Code, such as VAS employees assisting veterans in the preparation and presentation of claims for benefits, please pass any additional information to Mr.Daugherty at the address below.

Michael G. Daugherty
Staff Attorney
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of General Counsel (022G2)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington , DC 20420

Mercedes-Benz Recalls 85,000 Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz automaker has released a recall notice on its 2010 C-Class cars and the 2010-2011 E-Class coupe and cabriolet. The 85,000-vehicle recall is due to potential steering problems that could cause the driver to lose control of the car. The loss of steering may falter due to loss of power steering fluid. Those vehicles affected should be taken to their local Mercedes-Benz’s Dealerships for a free checkup later this October when the recall starts. For more information you should contact your local Mercedes-Benz Dealer.

Remember that morning, remember everyone, remember September 11, 2001

This month is the nine year anniversary of the attack on America. We all remember where we were that tragic morning and will never forget the horrific images of that day. So please take a moment to remember the victims and their families.
There were a total of 2,996 deaths, including the 19 hijackers and 2,977 victims. The victims were distributed as follows: 246 on the four planes (Flights 11, 93, 77, & 175 from which there were no survivors), 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. All the deaths in the attacks were civilians except for 55 military personnel killed at the Pentagon.
A total of 411 emergency workers who responded to the scene died as they attempted to rescue people and fight fires. The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) lost 341 firefighters and 2 FDNY paramedics. The New York City Police Department lost 23 officers. The Port Authority Police Department lost 37 officers, and 8 additional EMTs and paramedics from private EMS units were killed. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Ground Zero Today
One World Trade Center, also known by its former name Freedom Tower, is the main building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan in New York City, New York. The tower will be located in the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site bounded by Vesey, West, Washington and Fulton streets. Construction on below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the building began on April 27, 2006. On March 30, 2009, the Port Authority said that the building will be known as ””One World Trade Center””, replacing its former name ””Freedom Tower””. Upon completion, One World Trade Center will be the tallest building in the United States standing at a height of 1,776 feet.
Along with One World Trade Center, the new World Trade Center site will feature three other high-rise office buildings along Greenwich Street and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The construction is part of an effort to memorialize and rebuild after the original World Trade Center complex was destroyed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The Memorial
The Memorial will remember and honor the nearly three thousand people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The Memorial will consist of two massive pools set within the footprints of the Twin Towers with the largest manmade waterfalls in the country cascading down their sides. They will be a powerful reminder of the Twin Towers and of the unprecedented loss of life from an attack on our soil.

The names of the nearly 3,000 individuals who were killed in the September 11 attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, and the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing will be inscribed around the edges of the Memorial pools.

The Memorial pools will each be nearly one-acre in size. The names of the victims will be inscribed on parapets surrounding the pools, within groupings that will allow for family members, friends, and co-workers who shared life’s journey and perished together to have their names listed side by side.

An eight-acre landscaped Memorial Plaza filled with nearly 400 trees will create a contemplative space separate from the sights and sounds of the surrounding city.

The Memorial design, created by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker, was selected from a design competition that included more than 5,200 entrants from 63 nations
The almost 3,000 names of the men, women, and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 will be inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the twin Memorial pools.

The display of these names is the very heart of the Memorial. The design of the names parapet provides a direct relationship between the visitor, the names, and the water, allowing for a feeling of quiet reverence between the visitor and the Memorial.

Names will be stencil-cut into the parapets, allowing visitors to look through the names at the water, and to create paper impressions or rubbings of individual names. At night, light will shine up through the voids created by each letter.