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KYTC issues emergency declaration in anticipation of Hurricane Michael damage

In anticipation of Hurricane Michael and its potential to cause damage to the southeastern United States, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas has waived certain commercial motor carrier regulations for operators involved in relief efforts.

Secretary Thomas issued the emergency declaration that provides temporary regulatory relief for crews heading to the affected areas to deliver goods, restore utilities and remove debris.

“Kentucky seeks to offer mutual aid to assist in the federal and state disaster response for the forecasted hurricane,” said Secretary Thomas. “Lifting these restrictions allows crews to assist with the relief effort as quickly as possible.”

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Health for a Change: Webinar to Address Kentucky Law Preventing Local Tobacco Control and Other Health Ordinances

Cities and counties in Kentucky cannot pass ordinances that raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products or ban tobacco flavors that appeal to youth, among other measures, even when local citizens and elected officials strongly support them. That’s because Kentucky law preempts local regulation of the distribution, sales and regulation of tobacco products.

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Online Kitten Scam Cons $350 From Kentucky Man, Leaves Daughter Heartbroken

A Rockcastle County man and his animal-loving daughter who hoped to adopt a Bengal kitten drove to Georgia to pick it up, and instead were scammed out of $350 by a phony website offering the pets.

 The Mt. Vernon man reported the issue to Better Business Bureau® serving Central & Kentucky via the BBB Scam Tracker that he and his 14-year-old daughter had been looking for a Bengal kitten to raise.  He found a website called “deluxecattery.com” which featured many photos of exotic Bengal kittens.  They all had names, with details about how the kittens were cared for.  He called the phone number on the site, which had a Georgia area code, and was sent forms to fill out via email.

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UPCOMING OCTOBER ALZHEIMER EVENTS

TELEHEALTH: RESEARCH UPDATE: THE LATEST IN DEMENTIA RESEARCH

Join us for an educational session focused on the latest research in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Following the presentation, we will have a time for general questions and answer session.

Please bring your questions about brain health promotion and dementia care and treatment. We look forward to an engaging session! Registration is required. Contact Hardin Stevens at the UK Sanders Brown Center on Aging at 859-323-2997 or [email protected] to register. Deadline to register is October 18th! Continue reading UPCOMING OCTOBER ALZHEIMER EVENTS

Tobacco-Free Schools Law a Coalition Priority for 2019

Concerned that historic declines in youth tobacco use will be undermined by the exploding popularity of Juul and other e-cigarettes, the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow said it will push for a state law making Kentucky school campuses 100 percent tobacco-free in the upcoming year. A statewide tobacco-free schools law would expand a powerful tool already used by 734 schools in the state to all Kentucky public schools, in order to reduce youth exposure and peer pressure to tobacco products and create an atmosphere where tobacco use is not the norm.

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KSP Post 7 Traffic Safety Checkpoint Announcement

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, which provides coverage for Madison, Clark, Estill, Lee, Owsley, Jackson, Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard and Jessamine counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual.  These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance, and registration violations.  A complete list of traffic safety checkpoint locations can be found at http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post-locations/post-7/post-7-checkpoints/ .

Public Health Nurses Return from Hurricane Relief in North Carolina

Featured left to right are North Carolina Army National Guard crew member; Angela Kik, Department for Public Health (DPH); Christopher Smith, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department; Rachel Harrison, Bracken County Health Department; Sherita Hall, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness; Charlene Woodard, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness; Sandy Glover, DPH; Stephanie Carpenter, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department; Heather Toews, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department; Shelley Wood, Department for Insurance; Rebecca Hardin, DPH; and Nancy Hamilton, DPH.

A Nurse “Strike Team” from Kentucky has returned from North Carolina where they worked in emergency shelters housing residents displaced by Hurricane Florence. The team was in North Carolina for about nine days. Continue reading Public Health Nurses Return from Hurricane Relief in North Carolina

Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season Begins Monday

The Kentucky Division of Forestry is preparing for fall wildfire season. Wildfires in Kentucky threaten damage to homes, private property, trees and landscapes. More importantly, they place lives at risk, including those of firefighters. The vast majority of Kentucky’s wildfires are preventable, the result of arson and careless open-burning (burning of trash, debris and brush).

Despite a wet beginning to fall, with more than nine inches of rain falling in Lexington in the month of September, and nearly seven inches falling in Jackson County in September, weather conditions can change quickly and become favorable to wildfire activity.

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Get Vaccinated and Take Preventative Measures to Protect Yourself During Flu Season

Flu season is coming up, and KentuckyOne Health is encouraging communities to prepare early and protect themselves against this potentially fatal illness. According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, 325 people in Kentucky died during the 2017-18 flu season, including five children.

“In our area, flu season begins around October and can last until May,” said Peter Ko, MD, KentuckyOne Primary Care Associates. “To prepare for flu season, it’s important to get vaccinated early, and to practice good health habits to keep your immune system working properly.” Continue reading Get Vaccinated and Take Preventative Measures to Protect Yourself During Flu Season

Kentucky to Host Experts at Regional Conference on Aging

Kentucky is spotlighting healthy aging as host of a major regional conference and with a Capitol rotunda display with contributions from senior centers from across the state.

Kentucky will host this year’s annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A) Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 in Louisville.

SE4a is a nonprofit coalition of nine southern states that allows representatives to convene on national and regional issues facing Area Agencies on Aging attempting to establish viable programs for older adults. SE4a Member states include Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

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Protect Your Family: Focus on Flu This Season

There’s a reason we do a lot of routine things to maintain our health. We brush our teeth, try to eat right, and try to exercise regularly. And, hopefully, everyone who is able gets their flu vaccine each fall.

We have good reason to get that flu shot. Last year was one of the most devastating flu seasons in Kentucky history, resulting in nearly 10,500 infections and 325 deaths. Continue reading Protect Your Family: Focus on Flu This Season

KentuckyOne Health Breast Care Encouraging Women to Be Aware of Breast Cancer Risk Factors, Regardless of Age

Breast cancer affects about 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men in the United States over the course of their lifetime, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the National Continue reading KentuckyOne Health Breast Care Encouraging Women to Be Aware of Breast Cancer Risk Factors, Regardless of Age

Senator McConnell: Kentucky Awarded $31.47 Million to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that Kentucky will receive $31.47 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the State Opioid Response Grants Program. This program was created by the21st Century Cures (CURES) Act that Senator McConnell shepherded through Congress in 2016.

Earlier this year, Congress approved $4.6 billion to continue combating this pressing crisis, which included $1 billion for the State Opioid Response Grant Program. During funding negotiations, Senator McConnell ensured funding would be focused on states with the highest mortality rate related to opioid use disorders, like Kentucky.

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Statewide Flu Shot Day

“Focus on Flu” is a statewide campaign launched in Frankfort today to prevent another epidemic-level flu season like the one last year that hit every region of the state, infected 10,500 Kentuckians and led to the deaths of 325 people, including five children.[i] The campaign urges Kentuckians to get their flu shots on Kentucky Flu Shot Day, which is September 26, or at least by the end of October, for maximum protection. Continue reading Statewide Flu Shot Day