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JANUARY 15, 2018

Jeffrey Kennedy was honored Jan. 4 by the by the state, receiving the Commonwealth of Kentucky Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission Adult Leadership Award.

Jeffrey Kennedy (center) was honored Jan. 4 by the by the state, receiving the Commonwealth of Kentucky Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission Adult Leadership Award.Jeffrey Kennedy (center) was honored Jan. 4 by the by the state, receiving the Commonwealth of Kentucky Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission Adult Leadership Award.

Kennedy was recognized for mentoring more than 1,200 youth and volunteering more than 2,000 hours in 2017.

Kennedy, along with his wife, Lynnette, operate a nonprofit called You Cannot Be What You Cannot See, a youth motivational program.

“First of all, it was overwhelming, but then I realized that now I really have to go out there and make a difference,” Kennedy said.

The youth program he has organized for four years teaches teens self-care, self-motivation and how to add value to themselves, their family, community, school and anything they touch, he said.

Receiving the award is confirmation he’s on the right track to help families, schools and communities, but there’s more to do, he said.

Kennedy’s goal this year is to reach 10,000 children.

This year, he will continue working in schools in Hardin County and will branch out to conferences at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, Scottsville Parks and Recreation Department, Bluegrass Challenge Academy, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and juvenile detention centers in Lexington and Louisvill.

The goal is to help young people become good citizens, he said.

To receive an award named for Martin Luther King Jr. is a great honor for Kennedy.

“It is probably the most amazing recognition I’ve ever had that’s associated with adding value to people,” he said.

King, he said, influenced and worked with people from the east to west, north to south and all over the world. King helped those from all over the country from all walks of life. That’s the same intent Kennedy, and others who work with You Cannot Be What You Cannot See, have in working with teens.

“I’m trying my best to do and to emulate adding value to people’s lives,” Kennedy said.

He said he will strive to continue making a difference in the lives of teens to honor the award he has received.

Kennedy wants the award to not just be something in a frame on the wall, but to be something he can honor in his life and actions.


"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" --Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" --Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



January 14, 2018

Water shortages continue to plague Eastern Kentucky counties: Martin County has 1,300 customers dry...


When temperatures drop into the teens, the first thing many homeowners do is turn on their faucets to keep pipes from freezing.

But in some Eastern Kentucky counties, authorities are begging people not to do that because of serious water shortages that have left many people with no water at all.

Joe Hammond Martin Co Water OFFICIAL.Joe Hammond Martin Co Water OFFICIAL.

Martin County Water District announced Monday that it would be shutting off water between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. because of “high water usage, busted meters, etc.” But some people have had no water at all, including about 1,000 on Friday afternoon.

Customers were informed that the water would be shut off on the Lovely, Warfield, Beauty, Wolf Creek and some others areas from 3pm weach afternoon until 7:00am the following morning. 

The Martin County Warer district began in 1967 as the Inez Water District and used only Crum Reservoir as a source of water for the 600 customers it was designed to serve.

During the coal boom of the 1980's, 90's the county took over the water service and began also using the Tug River as a source for water. The system requires transferring water up to a storage tank on Buck Creek Hill where the water then goes down to serve customer literally "on the other side of the hill" as the saying has been for generations.

State Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forest Hills, who represents Martin County and part of Pike County, posted an update on Facebook Saturday morning that said 3,000 customers of Hazard Water Works were without water.

And in Martin County, the water woes continued as well.

“The line from Kermit (W.Va.) that was supplying our water system some water is broken in the river crossing,” the Martin County Water District said in a Facebook post at midday Saturday. “It has been shut off. We are currently getting some water from Mountain Water but it is going to take a little while to get it to our customers.

“We are also taking all the water we can get from Prestonsburg.”

Harris’ post stated that 1,300 customers were without water in Martin County Saturday morning, and the river was too high to repair the break in the Tug Fork.


By Karla Ward and Jack Brammer
Lexington Herald-Leader


January 12, 2018

Snow accumulations could be from 1-3 inches by Sat. morning

HIGHWAY DISTRICT 12 – Friday, January 12, 2018 – A rockfall on KY 80 in Knott County, near the intersection with KY 1102 (Perry County side of KY 80) has reduced eastbound traffic to one lane – using the median – according to Bobby Smith, Knott County superintendent for Highway District 12.

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Smith said the rock is too large to remove in one piece. “We have contacted Jigsaw, our contractor who has the equipment to drill the big rock into smaller pieces that can be removed with our equipment. Meanwhile, flaggers are directing traffic. The sky is already overcast, so when daylight begins to fade into night, it will be critical that people watch for the men who are flagging traffic. Precipitation and fog may make it difficult to see. We surely do not want anyone injured anywhere, but it is especially critical right now that people driving KY 80 in Knott County slow down and be alert.”

Temperatures started dropping rapidly in the early afternoon hours, turning rain into icy precipitation in some areas, to sleet in other sections of the seven-county district, which runs from Lawrence County in the north to Letcher County in the south. The rain is expected to mix with sleet and then turn into snow as night falls.

Accumulations could be from 1-3 inches by Saturday morning.

Darold Slone, Branch Manager and Snow and Ice Coordinator for the district, said that all maintenance crews have been on duty since the early morning hours and will continue to monitor and treat state highways throughout the night. “When a weather event like this begins,” Slone said, “we split into A and B crews, working around the clock until the event is over. The B crews will report at midnight tonight.”

Motorists are urged to drive carefully on their way home this afternoon and evening, to get home (or to work if you work late shift) and stay put.

“The bulk of this weather event should occur tonight and early tomorrow morning. The safest place to be is indoors,” he said. “If you must go out, remember to buckle up, make sure all your vehicle lights are working, that you have plenty of gas, and that you drive slowly and cautiously. Be safe out there!”