Final enrollment data will be provided to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in late October, but preliminary figures show this year's enrollment at 11,166 students. That's a 2.5 percent increase over last fall.
According to the University, categories of students experiencing the most growth include first-time transfers, new master's level students and international students.
The team will be taking down the center truss section of the 83-year old structure that crosses the main navigation channel of the Tennessee River. Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said the center truss has been pre-cut in key locations to get ready for blasting, and the contractor started placing explosives at those points today. Todd said explosives have generally been placed the day prior to a detonation, but the contractor decided to start a day earlier due to the potential for delays caused by working over the main navigation channel. As part of the permitting process, the Coast Guard has required the contractor to maintain the flow of river traffic at the site. The demolition team started loading explosives onto the bridge Monday in case the crane has to stop work for passing tow boat traffic.
There will be a strictly enforced 1500 ft. clear zone around the blast site. Property owners within the clear zone can stay in their homes, but cannot go outdoors in the hour prior to the blast. The U.S. Coast Guard will halt traffic on the river about an hour prior to the blast.
A controlled detonation is expected to break the truss into about ten 40 ft. sections and knock the truss from the piers. The contractor will then start removing the steel from the river in an effort to restore tow boat traffic within 24 hours.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the contractor, and area law enforcement are again making arrangements for the public to observe the detonation from a safe distance. Todd said westbound traffic will be restricted to one lane on the New US 60 Tennessee River Bridge starting at 6:00 am. The public is being asked not to arrive at the site before 6:30 am. The public will be allowed to park along the Livingston county end of westbound approach shoulder to the new bridge, then walk up onto the new bridge to view the controlled detonation. Starting at 6:00 am, all westbound US 60 traffic will be moved to the left-hand or passing lane. There will be no stopping on the new bridge to assure that traffic flow is maintained.
Travelers who plan to commute along this route should allow extra travel time on Wednesday. There will be an enhanced enforcement presence in this work zone. Should parking fill up along the westbound approach to the new bridge, the public may also observe the detonation from Delta Road on the Livingston County side of the river between Old US 60 and the Livingston Point Grain Elevator. Those who park along Delta Road are asked to please pull off on the shoulder so trucks can maintain access to industries in this area.
After Wednesday's detonation, Todd said two additional blasts will likely be needed to bring down the in-water piers of the old bridge. There may be a delay of a week or two to allow preparations for those blasts.
During the local ceremony, Barton was surprised when the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2, the home of many public events like Sunday’s, was renamed the Larry Barton Atrium.
Barton, who served the hospital for 21 years from 1992 to 2013, was touched by the tribute. “They did a good job of keeping it a secret,” he said. “I’m honored.”
Baptist Health Paducah president William A. Brown said the hospital owes much to Barton’s leadership.
“The heart center, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the doctor’s office buildings, even the re-routing of Kentucky Avenue to Washington Street, none of it would have been possible without his leadership,” Brown said.
A plaque in the lobby was unveiled Sunday, noting Barton’s accomplishments, making $118 in facility improvements and starting the Baptist Health Foundation Paducah while transforming healthcare in the region and embodying the hospital’s Christian mission.
Brown, who succeeded Barton and also serves as Baptist Health’s West regional executive, outlined the history of the system and the Paducah hospital. “Our mission has not changed: to exemplify our Christian heritage of providing quality health care by enhancing the health of the people in the communities we are privileged to serve,” he said.
The Baptist Health system began with the 150-bed Kentucky Baptist Hospital in downtown Louisville in 1924, followed by the opening in 1953 of the 117-bed Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah and in 1954 of the 173-bed Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. In 1968, the three hospitals joined formally when they formed Baptist Hospitals Inc.
Baptist Health, headquartered in Louisville, now owns seven acute-care hospitals with more than 2,100 licensed beds in Corbin, La Grange, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Paducah and Richmond. All of them changed their names to Baptist Health in 2013 to reflect their system unity.
Baptist Health also manages Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown and Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs.
For 90 years, Baptist Health has stood for high-quality care, patient satisfaction and nursing excellence. Baptist has grown its physician network to more than 450 employed physicians and more than 1,600 independent physicians. In addition to hospitals, Baptist Health includes urgent care and retail-based clinics, home health care, outpatient diagnostic and surgery centers, occupational medicine and physical therapy clinics, fitness centers and a health maintenance organization (HMO), Bluegrass Family Health.
Article written by Angie Kinsey Timmons, Baptist Health Paducah.
The Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 20 during this year's legislative session. It declares October as Anti-Bullying Awareness Month and is intended to highlight the harmful consequences of bullying. In this bill, the designation of a purple and yellow support ribbon as the anti-bullying symbol started with a grassroots effort from Madison County Middle School students.
Kentucky Center for School Safety encourages schools across the commonwealth to merge this observance with Kentucky Safe Schools Week which is held the third week of October 19-25. In an effort to have resources for this campaign ready for the whole month of October, Kentucky Center for School Safety proudly introduces this year’s theme, “Lean On Me; STOP the Bullying!”
This year’s theme focuses on the culture of the school and the interdependence of students and staff to make their school safe, warm and welcoming. Within this overall culture students will be encouraged to support each other, connect with the staff and be diligent as they watch out for others in need. Fundamental to the “LEAN On Me” concept is straight from the song lyrics, “sometimes in our lives we all have pain and we all have sorrow” learning to depend on fellow classmates, trust the adults at school and to treat others well. This “culture of kindness” will support the subtitle of “STOP the Bullying” by getting to the root of the problem before episodes escalate.
During this week, all Kentuckians will be urged to improve the safety of our schools by educating students, staff and community members about current issues such as connectivity, social well-being, bullying, cyber-bullying, conflict and self-harm.
Connectivity in a welcoming school environment can be nurtured and improved through various activities, lessons and professional development. The concept of students connecting with school staff is essential for a learning environment. Treating others as one wants to be treated goes back to basic kindness and respect.
Learning to step up and support others who are in need can be as easy as leaving an online tip. Students can be a “Silent Hero” and help without getting involved if they fear retaliation.
The Kentucky Center for School Safety offers to partner with schools and provide a “free” online reporting tool, the S.T.O.P! TIPLINE. The tip line encourages students, parents or community members, who know of an unsafe situation in school (bullying, weapons, drugs or alcohol, etc.), to anonymously pass on that information to school personnel by using a digital format. Check it out at www.kycss.org/stop/resources.php
In anticipation of Safe Schools Week our website supplies a variety of teaching aids including an online “L.E.A.N. Pledge,” PowerPoint presentations, lessons, interactive websites and much more. Resources will also be available for school administrators, parents and community involvement at www.kysafeschools.org/ssw.php
The Online L.E.A.N! Pledge
I pledge to:
• Lean on others in my school when I need help, and allow others to lean on me!
• Excel at treating all students and staff how I want to be treated!
• Achieve relationships with adults in my school so I will feel safe.
• Notice and report when another needs help; tell an adult, send an online tip or use a bully/tipbox. http://www.kycss.org/leanpledge/index.php
The Kentucky “Lean On Me: STOP the Bullying” campaign is sponsored by the Kentucky Center for School Safety. This observance coincides with the national campaign. America’s Safe Schools Week is sponsored by the National School Safety Center. “Connecting our students and staff in a positive way is fundamental to safety and security in our schools. The “Lean On Me” campaign can draw our schools closer together and improve the culture on our campuses. We urge your district to actively become involved during October 19-25th. Let’s commit and celebrate Kentucky Safe Schools Week in our schools and communities. Support the need to focus on school safety, this week and all throughout the year.” said Jon Akers, Executive Director, KCSS.
Prescription drug investigator John Tolliver said a total of 243 pounds of outdated pills were turned in, more than double the amount collected during a similar event last spring. Tolliver was assisted Saturday by Amy Fennel, nurse practitioner at Paducah Neurosurgical Center.
This was the ninth event of its kind hosted locally by Paducah police and the DEA. Similar events were also held Saturday by the Kentucky State Police and other agencies.
Tolliver said this was the last DEA-supported take-back event, but he anticipates the police department will continue to host the events.
Tolliver said there is a drug drop box located in the lobby of police department headquarters at 1400 Broadway that residents can use to dispose of unwanted or expired medications.
“We are thrilled and honored to receive this generous contribution from Mrs. Rhear,” said Kay Williams, Director of Lourdes Hospice. “It will provide much-needed resources to care for all hospice patients and their loved ones, and to meet every person’s special needs individually.”
For more information about charitable giving to support Lourdes, contact Tara Miller, Lourdes Foundation President, 270-444-2353 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Lourdes Hospice services, call 270-415-3636.
Information provided by Suzanne Farmer, Lourdes.