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3/24/17

"Commissioners approve Christmas tree honoring veterans, other business"

The Jefferson County Commissioners met for their second meeting of the month Thursday evening.
The commissioners approved a request to place a Christmas tree honoring veterans of Jefferson County on the County Courthouse lawn this holiday season. Narci Burress came before the commissioners with the request, which she said would be an opportunity to honor veterans both living and dead. The tree would be decorated with ornaments submitted from the community with the names of area veterans. Burress was confident that support from local business and community members will be there for the tree project, and offered to put together a committee to facilitate. The commissioners approved the tree in a 3-0 vote, with Commissioner Bobby Little saying honoring local veterans is a “no-brainer.”
The commissioners voted to renew the county’s contract with Maximus, the company which looks though indirect county expenses in child services to find savings. The $4,900 per year contract is for three years. The county receives 66 percent reimbursement for funds found. Maximus consultant Jackie Clements said during the previous three-year contract about $175 thousand dollars was recovered.
The commissioners also approved a contract with Butler, Fairman & Seufert Civil Engineers for a study on the structural integrity of the courthouse’s second floor. Multiple documents are stored on the second floor, so the study is being ordered to ensure that the offices that sit below where these documents are stored are not at risk.
Quotes on insurance coverage were presented by the county’s current provider RLS Insurance and the former provider Gardner Insurance. The commissioners took the quotes under advisement.
The Jefferson County Commissioners will next meet April 13th.

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"Carroll County sheriff arrested"

The Carroll County Sheriff is once again facing legal trouble.
Sheriff Jamie Kinman faces two counts of Burglary and two counts of Theft of a Controlled Substance following his arrest Wednesday. Kinman was placed under arrest by the Kentucky State Police, Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations – West division.
According to an arrest citation, Kinman went into a Carrollton home twice and took hydrocodone pills while wearing a police uniform. Investigators received a tip about the break-ins in February and began investigating.
A warrant for Kinman's arrest was issued by a judge and he turned himself in at the Grant County courthouse Wednesday morning. He was processed and released.
The investigation is ongoing.

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"Reports show Indiana high school graduates may not be properly preparing for college"

More Hoosiers are graduating high school prepared for college-level coursework, according to Indiana’s latest College Readiness Reports.
Despite improvement in college-readiness in recent years, however, nearly one-fifth of recent high school graduates arrive on Indiana campuses not academically prepared to take courses that count toward their degrees, particularly in the subject of math. Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said the overall trend is encouraging, but more must be done to align Indiana’s high school diploma standards with the expectations of colleges and employers.
The 2017 College Readiness Report data reveals significant differences in academic preparation depending on which high school diploma Indiana’s college-going students earn. While only three percent of Honors diploma graduates required remediation in college, 50 percent of General Diploma earners and twenty percent of Core 40 Diploma students who graduated high school in 2015 needed remediation as college freshmen.
Available at www.che.in.gov, Indiana’s College Readiness Reports are provided for every high school, school district and county in the state along with an interactive online dashboard that enables custom data reporting.

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"Area women selected for cancer walk"

Six area women were nominated to walk along with other breast cancer and ovarian cancer survivors in a walk as part of festivities for the Kentucky Derby.
The women will participate in the Survivors Parade on Kentucky Oaks Day at the Churchill Downs’ racetrack May 5. The ninth annual Survivors Parade will take place before the 143rd running of the Kentucky Oaks. The walk is organized by Churchill Downs and the Breast Health Program at Norton Cancer Institute.
The selected area women are Linda Ferguson, Kathey Freeman, and Chris Wilcox of Madison, Carolyn Stout of Deputy, Haydee Cuevas of Carrollton, and Laura Whitaker of Milton. The women are among 143 survivors selected out of nearly 400 nominations from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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