Unemployment rates up in 96 Kentucky counties

Unemployment rates rose in 96 Kentucky counties between June 2016 and June 2017, fell in 20 and stayed the same in four counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.8 percent. It was followed by Shelby County, 4.2 percent; Oldham and Spencer counties, 4.3 percent each; Fayette County, 4.4 percent; Campbell, Monroe and Scott counties, 4.5 percent each; and Anderson, Boone and Jessamine counties, 4.6 percent each. Continue reading Unemployment rates up in 96 Kentucky counties

Austin Ryan Stewart

Austin Ryan Stewart

Austin Ryan Stewart

Austin Ryan Stewart, 21 of Mt. Vernon, departed this life on Sunday, July 23rd, 2017. Austin was born on September 26th, 1995 in Somerset, KY to Ricky Keith Smith & Tamatha Lynn Stewart.

He had worked in Berea at Hitachi and attended Flat Rock Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing and caring for his beagle Ellie, racing, and most of all loving his family.

Those left to celebrate his life are: his fiancé, Adrianna Reams; their two unborn twins; his parents Ricky Smith & Tamatha Stewart; his Continue reading Austin Ryan Stewart

temporary rolling roadblocks on I-75

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways, announces that temporary rolling roadblocks are scheduled for two exits located on Interstate 75 in Madison County. The closures are necessary for survey operations to be conducted by the University of Kentucky Transportation Center.

Wednesday, July 26 – 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. this evening
Interstate 75
• temporary rolling roadblocks will be in effect for Exit 77 and Exit 97

Note: Kentucky State Police will be assisting with the roadblocks and traffic.

Fatal Traffic Collision / Rockcastle Co.

vehicle collision

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at approximately 10:43 AM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of a single-vehicle traffic collision involving a small child on Old State Road near the intersection of Fairview Loop in the Conway community of Rockcastle County.

Upon arrival, Trooper Adam Hensley determined that a 2007 Ford Edge was traveling southbound when it struck a 17-month-old child Continue reading Fatal Traffic Collision / Rockcastle Co.

Berean Rocky S. Tuan Appointed Vice-Chancellor & President at Chinese University of Hong Kong

Rocky Tuan Vice Chancellor at The Chinese Univeristy Hong Kong

At its meeting held today (July 25, 2017), the Council of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) unanimously approved the appointment of Professor Rocky S. Tuan, an eminent biomedical scientist, as the eighth Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK. Tuan, a 1972 alumnus of Berea College (Berea, KY), was selected to serve a period of six years beginning January 1, 2018—succeeding Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, who steps down then to resume his position as Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics, the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK.

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Andy Barr: Share Your Story

Andy Barr

Dear Friend,

There are more than 300,000 small businesses in Kentucky, employing over 600,000 people – nearly half of all jobs in the Commonwealth.  Clearly, small businesses play a critical role in our state’s economy.

As I travel through the Sixth District, I meet with small business owners and employees who tell me about the costs of federal regulations.  The time and expense it takes to comply with federal rules can prevent a business from expanding, hiring more employees, or further investing in the community. Continue reading Andy Barr: Share Your Story

Lt. Gov. Hampton to Headline National Conference

Jenean Hampton

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton has been invited to discuss the model and success of her entrepreneurship competition (the Lt. Gov.’s Entrepreneurship Challenge) at the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) annual conference in Nashville this week in front of a bipartisan audience of Lt. Governors from across the United States.

“I’m thrilled to see other states turning to Kentucky as a leader on how to engage the next generation with entrepreneurship and education, which are critical components of our future economic growth and workforce development,” said Lt. Gov. Hampton.

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An 11,000 pound cupola rose more than four stories from ground-level in the construction staging area to its location atop the new Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health building at Berea College.

Personnel from Campbellsville Industries, manufacturers of the custom-designed cupola, and Messer Construction Company, which serve as the general contractors, joined the Berea College capital projects manager Richard Dodd to successfully complete the installation of the new steel and aluminum cupola that is modeled after bell tower on Berea’s historic Phelps Stokes Chapel. The newly-installed cupola measures 33 feet 8 inches tall by 12 feet wide. Continue reading SCIENCE SOARS TO NEW HEIGHTS AT BEREA COLLEGE