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April 24, 2018

LAWRENCEBURG MAN COULDN'T GET SERVICE AT WALMART: CONSUMERS APPRECIATE WHAT HE DID NEXT...

It's an issue many shoppers have faced — needing assistance at a Walmart with no store clerks in sight. What Lawrenceburg native Forrest Hunter did next seems to have inspired the masses.

Hunter posted video to Facebook of him asking for help at the Lawrenceburg Walmart by picking up the store's phone and requesting assistance through the intercom.

"Customer needs assistance in sporting goods, please. I'm the customer," he stated, clearly tired of waiting to be helped.

A store associate came over to help Hunter, who needed to buy a hunting license, he told WKYT. Hunter did not get in trouble for taking matters into his own hand, according to WKYT, the Herald-Leader's reporting partner.

Video of Hunter's request for assistance has since been viewed more than 1.6 million times and shared by more than 34,000 people since it was posted Friday.

Walmart has been criticized many times and shoppers have commiserated over customer service issues at the stores. Several people shared their frustration with Walmart customer service in a 2016 Forbes article.

"The biggest problem at my local Walmart is that they don't hire anywhere enough people," one commenter said. "The shelves are empty and the lineups at the tills are monumental. Whole departments are like ghost towns. If you are lucky enough to find a clerk, nine times out of ten he or she will tell you that this is not his or her department and rush away."

Walmart maintains that it's adding new technology to free up employees to serve customers and saving customers' time is a paramount concern.

Another commenter said a big reason for issues at Walmart is too many managers.

“Over the years, they ended up with department managers, zone managers, assistant managers, co-managers and store managers. As my mom used to say, 'too many chiefs and not enough Indians.'"


By Mike Stunson
Lexington Herald-Leader

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Local Louisa Walmart Management did not respond for comment about the story. (There have been no recent complaints about service at the local store.)

 

April 21, 2108

UPDATE: CHAFIN DID NOT RELEASE INMATE...MESSAGE SAYS

Right on the heels of a pedestrian, Joseph Currie, 28 of Ft. Gay, WVA being struck and killed after his release from The Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Ky. on January 23rd, 2018, another man has been killed in the same manner.

Jimmy Craft, 52, top of Salyersville was struck and killed by a vehicle not identified by police justless than an hour after being released from the BSRDC. Below, Joseph Curry, 28, of Ft. Gay was killed in much the same manner in January of this year.Jimmy Craft, 52, top of Salyersville was struck and killed by a vehicle not identified by police justless than an hour after being released from the BSRDC. Below, Joseph Curry, 28, of Ft. Gay was killed in much the same manner in January of this year.Jimmy Ray Craft, 53 was hit and killed by a vehicle on US 460 in Johnson County on Friday, April 20th, just a day shy of his 53rd birthday.

BSRDC administrator F.D. "Pete" Fitzpatrick reported the incident just after he received word of the accident.

He said his office had followed procedure and that the district judge John T. Chafin had ordered the release of the victim.

JUDGE CHAFIN SENT THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE TO THE LAZER THIS MORNING.

UPDATE: 

"...This email is being sent to demand that you retract and correct the false information disseminated in the Lazer. Mr. Craft was arrested in Magoffin County on April 19, 2018. He could only be released by Judge Prater or by Pre-Trial officer. I Was not even on call the night he was released.

I do not know where you obtained your false information especially in light of the fact the Jail send information that he was arrested in Magoffin county. However, I do expect an immediate retraction and correction.

Thank you.

Join T. Chafin

 

(The Lazer accepts this letter from Judge Chafin and apologizes for any misconception of the report. It was not intentional.)

 

Craft, who was from Salyersville was standing in the westbound lane when the as yet unidentified vehicle struck him, the police report said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Johnson County Coroner’s Office.

Craft had just been released from the BSRDC earlier that day five hours after his arrest on a “release on recognizance” bond.

He had been arrested for 3 Counts of Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug, Controlled Substance Prescription Not In Original Container and Public Intoxication, Excluding Alcohol.

Craft has been a regular at the BSRDC as there are 15 mugshots of him since 2015.

The accident remains under investigation and there are no charges expected for the driver of the vehicle who was not identified. 

Also, the identity of the person driving the vehicle that struck and killed Currie on Rt. 23 has not been released by Post #9 of the Ky. State Police after repeated inquiries.

 

April 19, 2018

Ky is Conducting One of the First in the Nation Statewide Trainings of Local Election Officials

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security to train county election officials across Kentucky on cybersecurity and threats to elections.Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security to train county election officials across Kentucky on cybersecurity and threats to elections.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 19, 2018) – Ahead of next month's Primary Election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security to train county election officials across Kentucky on cybersecurity and threats to elections. The trainings are some one of the first of their kind in the nation. The announcement came Thursday after a meeting of Kentucky's Election Integrity Task Force, which Grimes created in 2012.

DHS officials trained Kentucky county clerks on Thursday on cybersecurity and best practices. Grimes announced that over the summer, DHS officials and other partners will conduct statewide cybersecurity briefings and trainings for Kentucky's 15,000 precinct election officials and media.

The trainings are one piece in a host of security measures Grimes announced Kentucky has in place to protect the integrity of elections.

"Secretaries of State are now on the front lines of national security and protecting America's democracy," said Grimes. "Security and integrity has been at the forefront of my approach to elections as Kentucky's chief elections official. I count our partnerships with the Department of Homeland Security and other federal and state law enforcement agencies as critical to that work. We work every day to monitor and fortify our defenses against any actor – foreign or domestic – that seeks to undermine our democratic process. Today's trainings are crucial to protecting, defending and increasing confidence in our elections."

Grimes initiated a partnership with DHS during the 2016 presidential election, shortly before the agency designated America's elections as critical infrastructure. DHS provides cybersecurity tools and protections of Kentucky's infrastructure.

"The Department of Homeland Security values our partnership with Secretary of State Grimes as we work together with Kentucky and other states to improve the security of the election process," said Matt Masterson, senior cybersecurity advisor at DHS. "We appreciate the commitment and dedication that election officials across the state have demonstrated to ensuring secure and resilient elections for Kentucky voters. We look forward to our continued partnership with Secretary Grimes and state and local officials across the nation as we work to maintain the integrity of America’s election infrastructure system."

Kentucky election officials, led by Grimes, are taking additional steps to protect election integrity.

Following Grimes' recommendation, the State Board of Elections moved to require all future election equipment purchased in Kentucky to provide a voter-verified paper trail. Kentucky's Election Integrity Task Force unanimously endorsed the recommendation, which echoes guidance from the Senate Intel Committee's election security report released last month. Funding recently appropriated by Congress will assist Kentucky in transitioning to a fully paper-backed voting system.

The State Board of Elections is also working with an industry-leading cybersecurity firm, CyberScout, to strengthen the security of Kentucky's election processes. The Board recently unveiled a new poll worker recruitment tool to assist county clerks in administering our elections with confidence.

"Make no mistake, foreign adversaries seek to do harm by creating doubt that democracy works. I am here today to say that it does, and we are protecting it," Grimes said.
Details regarding future briefings and trainings with DHS will be forthcoming.