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(Ashland, KY) -- The Kentucky State Police in Ashland is seeking the public’s assistance regarding the disappearance of Janet Jolene Stephens-Brown who has been missing since October 2009. Jolene was 25 years of age at the time of her disappearance. Jolene was last seen in the area of Junior’s Food Mart on 29th Street in Ashland, KY.

The investigation revealed Jolene did not have ties to anyone outside the local area. Furthermore, all her personal belongings were left at her residence in Ashland, KY and there is no indication that she intentionally fled the area.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Detective Squad at 1-800-222-5555 or 606-928-6421. Callers may remain anonymous.

Detective Ben Cramer is the lead investigator in the case.

Mother upset over son's playing time;

A Whitley County school district employee is facing criminal charges after being arrested late Monday afternoon for allegedly threatening a Whitley County High School baseball coach during a ball game last week.

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said that Tammy Walker, 42, of Williamsburg, arranged to turn herself into authorities late Monday afternoon.

Chief Deputy K.Y. Fuson and Cpl. Ken Shepherd met Walker about 5:35 p.m. at the Whitley County Detention Center where Shepherd served her with the arrest warrant charging her with menacing and disorderly conduct.

Walker was released from the detention center at 9:23 p.m. after posting a partially secured $2,500 bond, jail officials said.

According to the warrant, Walker allegedly grabbed Assistant Coach Josh Bowman by the shoulder and screamed various profanities at him during the high school baseball game. The umpire then escorted Walker and her husband from the game.

Bowman has been substituting for head coach Burton Richardson, who has been out due to illness.

Whitley County High School was playing a home double header that day against district rival Williamsburg High School.

Bowman obtained the arrest warrant Monday, which was signed by District Judge Cathy Prewitt.

Bowman confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Walker was upset over her son's playing time, but declined further comment referring further questions to Whitley County High School Principal Alan Sweet.

Whitley County Superintendent Scott Paul said that school officials are currently conducting an internal investigation into the April 13 incident, which he learned about Thursday.

On April 15, Walker was been suspended with pay for 10 days pending the outcome of the investigation and has resigned her position as youth fitness coordinator in the athletic department, Paul said.

This is her tenth year of employment with the school district and she is still employed full-time as Y.O.U. Coordinator in the school district. The suspension still applies to that position and further disciplinary actions may follow pending the outcome of the investigation, Paul said.

The incident happened the day after high school science teacher Dewayne Bunch was seriously injured while trying to break up a fight between two freshmen.

"It's unfortunate timing that's for sure," Paul said of the baseball incident.

Bowman is also the director of the Miss Whitley County Fair Pageant.

By Mark White 
News Journal

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) program is accepting nominations for top business leaders and entrepreneurs in Lawrence and surrounding counties and throughout region

The 2011 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) program, celebrating a decade of distinction in honoring those who exemplify America’s spirit of entrepreneurship, is seeking nominations from Lawrence County and across Southern and Eastern Kentucky for the region’s top business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Now in its 10th program year, EIEA strives to promote excellence in entrepreneurship by recognizing the accomplishments of small business owners, entrepreneurs, and not-for-profits in the region who have launched and are managing a successful enterprise.

Nominations will be accepted through June 1 with the top three finalists in each of the four EIEA business categories recognized and award recipients announced on Sept. 12 at the 2011 EIEA awards luncheon hosted at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

The awards program is sponsored by Eastern Kentucky University’s (EKU) College of Business and Technology, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, and The Center.

“During the last 10 years, EIEA has recognized more than 30 outstanding business leaders and entrepreneurs across Southern and Eastern Kentucky,” Dr. Robert Rogow, dean of EKU’s College of Business and Technology, said. “This year, our awards celebrate a decade of distinction and show the importance entrepreneurship plays in growing our region’s economy.”

Nominations will be accepted in four EIEA categories:

  • Business (in existence five or more years with greater than 25 employees)

  • Small Business (in existence five or more years with 25 or less employees)

  • Start-Up (in existence less than five years)

  • Not-for-Profit Entity (in existence at least six months)

Nominees are judged on the economic success of the enterprise, contributions to the community, job creation, and operational achievement as measured by innovative business practices, superior safety achievement, and superior technology.

“The EIEA program is one way to show our gratitude to the men, women, and youth who stick their neck out to start a business and stay with it for the long haul, all while bringing value to customers and investing in the community,” Jerry Rickett, president and CEO of Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, said. “But most of all, entrepreneurial enterprises are efficient employment engines.

“Through the jobs they create, they offer true hope to their friends, neighbors, and other area residents,” Rickett added. “For this, they should be honored and supported.”

Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, agreed.

“The Center provides opportunities for entrepreneurs and high school students within our 42-county primary service region to receive the training and support they need to become current and future business leaders in our region.

“Since small businesses are the backbone of the region’s economy,” Lawson added, “The Center is proud to be a part of EIEA’s tenth year of honoring our region’s top small businesspeople and entrepreneurs.”

In addition to the finalists, award recipients in the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Collegiate Business Concept Challenge and The Center’s youth Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) Business Concept Competition will be recognized at this fall’s EIEA program.

For more information on the EIEA program or to download a copy of the EIEA nomination form, visit and click on the Excellence in Entrepreneurship link.

Interested persons may also contact The Center for Rural Development at 606-677-6000 or EKU’s College of Business and Technology at 859-622-2334 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nominations may be submitted by any individual or business within the EIEA’s 55-county service area on or before the June 1 deadline. Those counties include: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Boyle, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalf, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley, or Wolfe.