Thursday March 22, 2018

News Topics

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Councilwoman Cindi Fowler is inviting residents of District 14 to take part in her next Community Forum on Tuesday, March 20th as a way of bringing an issue or concern to her attention and the attention of Metro Government.

“These forums are part of my goal to always stay in touch with the people of District 14,” says Fowler. “I want to make sure everyone knows the latest update on repaving of Dixie Highway and other ongoing programs that affect this area.”

The next “Fowler Forum Community Meeting” will be held at Valley High School’s Conrad Bachmann Auditorium, 10200 Dixie Highway, beginning at 6:30pm.

Representatives from LMPD, Code Enforcement, MSD, and two representatives of Louisville Public Works and Assets will be in attendance to talk about Dixie Highway and other issues.

The Councilwoman says if the public has other issues of concern, this is a way to let her know how you feel about an issue.

For more information about the Fowler Forum, contact Councilwoman Fowler’s office at 574-1114.

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Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) announces the 2018 ‘Doing Our Part from the Heart” Campaign will be extended through April as a way to help the brave service men and women who are serving their country in some of the most dangerous spots in the world.

“I am very pleased with the response from the community with the collections that have been made so far,” says Flood who kicked off this year’s effort on February 14th. “We have been very fortunate that the weather has worked in our favor this year. We still would like to send as much as we can to make life a little easier for our troops.”

The Councilwoman says the extra time will allow for the community to collect more items to be sent off to those in the military. The new deadline is April 14th.

Joining Flood as sponsors of the 2018 campaign are the Okolona Business Association, the Okolona Fire Department, Republic Bank, Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling, PARC and Jackson-Hewitt Tax Service and Wesley Manor. The campaign runs through the end of March.

If you cannot donate items and wish to make cash contributions to help cover the cost of shipping, Republic Bank continues its partnership by setting up an account to accept all monetary donations to cover postage for the items going overseas. Every package cost $17.40 to send. Make sure to note on the check “From the Heart” account at these locations:

  • Outer Loop                         4808 Outer Loop, 40219
    Shepherdsville                  438 Hwy 44, Shepherdsville 40165
    Corporate                           601 W Market St, 40202
    Brownsboro Rd                 4921 Brownsboro Rd, 40222
    J-Town                                 3811 Ruckreigel Pkwy, 40299
    Dixie                                      5250 Dixie Hwy, 40216


Here is a list of items needed that can be dropped off at a “Doing Our Part” location:

  • Chewing Gum/Mints/Lifesavers/other candies that will not melt
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Foot Powder
  • Razors
  • Body Wash
  • Band-Aids
  • Q-Tips
  • Bug Repellant with DEET
  • Eye Drops
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet Ones
  • Kool-aide or Gatorade individual packs
  • Peanut Butter
  • Individual snacks, chips, nuts, pretzels
  • Neosporin
  • Sun Block/After Sun lotion
  • Nasal Spray
  • Tylenol/Pain Relievers

Here are the drop-off locations for the 2018 Doing Our Part from the Heart Campaign:

  • Republic Bank  “From the Heart Account” at all Republic Banks
  • Okolona Fire Department  8501 Preston Highway, Louisville
  • Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling
    • 8323 Preston Highway, Louisville
    • 11520 Shelbyville Road, Louisville
    • 1000 Veterans Parkway, Clarksville
  • Jackson-Hewitt  All Locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana
  • Wesley Manor   5012 East Manslick Road
  • City Hall  601 West Jefferson, Louisville

For more information about the 2018 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” Campaign, contact Councilwoman Flood’s office at 574-1124.  You can visit the Councilwoman’s webpage at or go to “Doing our Part From the Heart” on Facebook.

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Councilman Bill Hollander is inviting District 9 residents to come out to the bi-monthly “Meet with Bill” meeting on Wednesday, March 21st.

“We are always happy to hear from constituents.  To make those meetings more convenient, we’ll be holding office hours at various places around the district in addition to our regular, evening D9 Community Conversations,” says Hollander.

“Meet with Bill” is set for the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the party room.

“Please stop by with any questions or concerns. It is an informal way of telling me what’s on your mind,” says Hollander.

For more information about “Meet with Bill” or any other issue in the district, call 574-1109 or email

Mayor Greg Fischer joined Public Health Director and Chief Health Strategist Dr. Sarah Moyer, community members and officials from agencies and organizations across the city to release Coming Together for Hope, Healing and Recovery, a report and two-year action plan to address substance use and misuse in Louisville.

Coming Together for Hope, Healing and Recovery includes a science-based analysis of the use of illegal drugs, tobacco and alcohol in Louisville and ways to accelerate the city’s fight against drug abuse.  Work on the two-year action plan began last July when the Department of Public Health and Wellness convened a wide-ranging group that included people in recovery, leaders of nonprofits, law enforcement, health care institutions, experts of social work, school officials, concerned parents and scholars.  Over the following months, work groups studied the problem, examined initiatives already in place in Louisville and in other cities, and created the two-year plan.

“America is facing one of the most serious drug epidemics in history, with opioid use taking a devastating toll,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.  “We’re proud of the efforts we’ve taken to fight it thus far, but we know we have to do more. Working together and implementing these recommendations will put us on a stronger path toward hope, healing and recovery.”

The report makes specific evidence-based recommendations to be implemented over the next two years.  It proposes new initiatives and advocates for expanding and strengthening programs already in place that are proving to be effective.  They include:

  • Enacting new policies to establish safe and reliable sober living residences, increasing quality recovery options.
  • Expanding diversion from jails and emergency rooms though programs like the Centerstone Living Room Project.
  • Increasing harm reduction education and opioid overdose prevention by expanding syringe access and ensuring greater access to naloxone.
  • Reducing stigma by promoting public understanding of substance use disorder as a chronic illness and publicizing access to crisis support.
  • Expanding recovery support by advocating for more affordable record expungement to aid those in recovery.
  • Increasing peer support in emergency rooms to better connect patients to treatment.
  • Connecting employers with treatment providers to increase job placement opportunities for those working to overcome substance use.
  • Developing quality metrics to measure effectiveness of treatment providers.
  • Reducing youth substance use by establishing a community-wide coalition to prevent substance use, integrating resilience building, trauma-informed care and Adverse Childhood Experiences into initiatives for young people.

“Finding solutions to the problem of substance use disorder and creating a more resilient community requires the involvement of all of us,” said Dr. Moyer.  “Specific organizations and individuals across the community have stepped up to champion each of the plan’s goals.  This greatly increases our chances for success and making Louisville a city where everyone and every community can thrive.”

Findings of the report also include a picture of substance use in the area:

  • Overdose deaths in Louisville have increased every year since 2011.  In 2016, the age-adjusted drug overdose death rate in Louisville was more than double what it was in 2011.
  • Drug misuse is widespread across Louisville.  In 2016, Metro Emergency Medical Services (EMS) performed overdose runs in every single Metro Louisville ZIP Code, without exception. From 2011 – 2016, there were overdose deaths in nearly every Louisville ZIP Code.
  • Overdose deaths caused by synthetic opioid analgesics, such as fentanyl, have increased 10 times from 2012 to 2016, and overdose deaths caused by heroin have increased 7 times from 2011 to 2016.
  • While the use of illicit drugs garners significant media attention and community concern, tobacco and alcohol use remain far more pervasive throughout Louisville and affect many more people.
  • The age-adjusted alcohol-induced death rates in Louisville Metro are consistently higher than state and national rates.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Youth Tobacco Survey, the use of e-cigarettes among young people has surpassed the use of conventional cigarettes since 2011.

To see the entire report go to

“Stories of Ali,” a brand new lecture program of the Muhammad Ali Center will bring its Oral History Project to life through a series of live recorded programs.  Each event will focus on a specific topic of Muhammad’s life, featuring two or three persons knowledgeable about the Muhammad Ali-specific theme to participate in a public oral history forum facilitated by the Center’s Collections Department.

The inaugural program, “Ali and the Nation”, will be on Friday, March 30th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Ali Center. It is free and open to the public.

“Stories of Ali: Ali and the Nation” will present two approaches and understandings of the Nation of Islam: to explore Ali’s early religious conversion and his choice to devote much of his life to his new faith. The two interviewees are:

Dr. Brandon McCormack, professor of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville, will offer an educational and historical perspective.

Donald Lassere, president and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center, grew up on the South Side of Chicago and has memories of the Nation of Islam selling bean pies and serving as protectors. Through his role at the Center, Donald will offer a unique perspective of the Louisville Lip. His stories will be of a personal nature, based on memories, and professional knowledge.

The Muhammad Ali Center’s Oral History Project is an ongoing initiative created to utilize the practice of oral history to document the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. More information about the Project is available here.

Attorney General Andy Beshear and a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general sent a letter urging congress to scrap legislation that would block states from combating fraud and abuse by the student loan industry.

The coalition is advising Congress to remove language from the pending version of the Higher Education Act reauthorization, H.R. 4508, also known as the PROSPER Act that will obstruct state oversight of private companies that initiate, service or collect on student loans.

“In the face of a student loan debt crisis in our country, protecting Kentucky students from predatory loan companies who seek to mislead them is simply the right thing to do,” Beshear said. “Congress must take immediate action and join our coalition in standing up for students.”

In the fourth quarter of 2017, U.S. borrowers owed an estimated $1.38 trillion in federal and private student loans – more than auto loans, credit cards or any other non-mortgage loan category.

The letter also points out in recent years, state attorneys general have investigated significant, far-reaching abuses in the student loan industry and won settlements returning tens of millions of dollars to student borrowers.

In Kentucky, the Office of the Attorney General has helped more than 9,000 students receive more than $25.5 million in restitution, including debt relief, from predatory lenders and for-profit colleges.

Beshear said today’s letter is just the latest action he has taken to protect Kentuckians from a series of acts by the U.S. Department of Education that aim to strip critical protections from millions of students and families repaying student loans.

In October, Beshear and 18 other state attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education, demanding the department stop rolling back vital safeguards for student loan borrowers.

In July 2017, Beshear and 20 other state attorneys general submitted public comments in response to the department’s announcement of intentions to delay large portions of the Borrower Defense Rule, which was designed to hold abusive higher education institutions accountable for cheating students and taxpayers out of billions of dollars in federal loans.

Beshear opposed the department’s efforts to replace the Gainful Employment regulations that empower students to make informed decisions about their education, and protects students from burdensome debt and poor job prospects.

Beshear remains committed to holding for-profit colleges accountable in Kentucky and helping defrauded students.

Students who have been a victim of a for-profit college or predatory loan practices may contact the Office of the Attorney General by phone, 502-696-5300 or by completing an online complaint form.

Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated Kings Royal Biotech Inc. (KRB), a manufacturer of cannabidiol isolate, for breaking ground on its $30 million-plus facility, a project expected to create 140 full-time jobs in the West Kentucky city of Bardwell.

“Ag-tech businesses are increasingly recognizing the many benefits of manufacturing hemp-related products in Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said. “We are grateful for the jobs and investment that Kings Royal Biotech brings and for the company’s efforts to build lasting relationships with West Kentucky farmers. We look forward to seeing our state become a global leader in this rapidly growing industry. Congratulations to KRB on today’s announcement and to the Carlisle County community on this exciting new opportunity.”

KRB will build its 75,000-square-foot building on nearly nine acres in Carlisle County. The facility will use state-of-the-art methods to extract, refine and re-crystallize cannabidiol (CBD) from industrial hemp and is believed to be the largest operation of its kind in the nation. With the issuance of an industrial hemp research pilot program processor license by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, KRB plans to start processing hemp in late 2018 and ramp up to full capacity by summer 2019.

“Industrial hemp is the next big thing in Kentucky,” said Keith Taylor, chief operating officer at KRB. “The bourbon industry is synonymous with the state, and it is our goal to reach that level of success, where any time someone thinks of hemp-related products, they think of Kentucky.”

KRB, incorporated in Kentucky in 2017, partnered with a China-based company specializing in industrial hemp-related products to establish the Bardwell operation. KRB licensed its partner’s patented extraction and crystallization process in West Kentucky. CBD isolate and full spectrum oil will then be sold in commercial quantities throughout the US and worldwide. People use CBD isolate for numerous health and wellness purposes.

Taylor noted Kentucky’s ideal conditions for the growth of hemp as a major influence in its decision to locate in the state, and the company has hired J.T. Workman IV, of Carlisle County, as its growing manager. Workman assisted the company to secure an agreement with local farmers to plant and harvest more than 1,000 acres of hemp.

KRB also has partnered with Andrea Schiavi of Lexington-based Schiavi Seeds LLC to provide hemp seeds certified through the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA). Schiavi Seeds received recognition in fall 2017 for becoming the first company since the 1930s to produce certified hemp seeds in the commonwealth.

“Kentucky’s nationally-renowned industrial hemp research pilot program continues to grow,” said Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles. “The number of processors is increasing, creating new market opportunities for our farmers and jobs for Kentuckians across the commonwealth. I’d like to thank Governor Bevin and the Cabinet for Economic Development for continuing to attract new and exciting businesses to Kentucky.”

Sen. Danny Carroll, of Paducah, expressed enthusiasm for the project.

“I’d like to congratulate and welcome Kings Royal Biotech to Carlisle County as it builds a $30 million facility that will create 140 jobs in Senate District 2,” Sen. Carroll said. “As a manufacturer of CBD, Kings Royal Biotech uses state-of-the-art methods that will help the commonwealth lead the nation in this fast-growing industry. I look forward to the completion of this project and the national distribution of its Kentucky products.”

Rep. Steven Rudy, of Paducah, welcomed the company to west Kentucky.

“This facility will be a tremendous asset for the Carlisle County region,” Rep. Rudy said. “Hemp production is a growing industry and the company will provide more than 100 great jobs in Kentucky. We welcome Kings Royal Biotech to the state.”

Carlisle County Judge-Executive Greg Terry said the project shines a light on the community’s ability to support new business.

“I am very proud of the work that the Carlisle County Industrial Development Board has done to show what a great place Carlisle County would be for this new CBD isolate facility,” Judge-Executive Terry said. “I look forward to working with Kings Royal Biotech during this process.”

KRB can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal 2017, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for more than 120,000 Kentuckians and 5,700 companies from a variety of industry sectors.

A detailed community profile for Carlisle County can be viewed at

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.