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Governor-elect Andy Beshear names top level staff appointments; Including Cameron to AG vacancy

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov.-elect Andy Beshear has announced more high level staff appointments. • La Tasha Buckner, who was named earlier as general counsel, will also serve as his Chief of Staff. • Holly McCoy-Johnson was chosen as Secretary of the Finance Cabinet. • Tom Miller, a former State Revenue Commissioner for eight years, will be returning to that post. • Mike Berry, who recently...

You elected ’em, come watch ’em; Covington City Commission sets 2020 Tuesday meeting schedule

Are you looking for something to do on Tuesday nights in the coming year? The Commission chambers are empty in this photo, but they aren’t on Tuesday nights. It’s your city, show up and find out what’s going on as it happens. Come down to Pike Street and watch your local government in action during the weekly meetings of the Covington Board of Commissioners, aka the City Commission...

Local Covington business districts compete for City money, services with 2nd RIPPLE effect

The City of Covington is kicking off the second year of The RIPPLE Effect, a public-private partnership in which neighborhood business districts compete for $200,000 in public improvements and a focused application of City services. The goal? Purchase of the commercial building at 717 Pike St. was part of the Lewisburg Thorofare proposal during the 2018 The RIPPLE Effect competition, and a new tenant...

Kentucky Court of Appeals rules in favor of Secretary of State Grimes on seizure of computer from office

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Court of Appeals has handed a victory to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in her legal battle over the seizure of a computer from her office by an independent counsel looking into allegations of misconduct against her. 

A three-judge panel on Wednesday denied a petition for a writ of prohibition sought by Garrard County Attorney Mark Metcalf,...

Rocky Adkins, Jim Gray among newest additions to Governor Andy Beshear’s administration

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov.-elect Andy Beshear named more top members of his incoming administration, including two well-known Kentuckians, during a Capitol press conference. House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, who ran against Beshear in the Democratic primary, has been named Senior Advisor and former Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will lead the Transportation Cabinet. “You could claim we were competitors,...

Covington Police Department’s K9 Holly has received donation of body armor through Vested Interested

Covington Police Department’s K9 Holly has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Robert and Bonnie Greenwell of Newington, CT and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Riley Blue and Sierra Grey”. The Covington Police Department would like to thank the Greenwells and...

Ludlow, Bromley to kick off holiday season Saturday with full evening of activities — and a visit from Santa

Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m., festivities will be lively as Ludlow and Bromley kick off the Holiday Season with a full evening of activities. Beginning at 5 p.m., a lighted parade will begin in Bromley and proceed on Elm St. to the Ludlow City Building. Santa will be in town that evening and will be featured in the parade. Upon completion of the parade, a tree lighting ceremony will be held at...

Kentucky awards new contracts for five managed care organizations; WellCare to serve foster system

Following a request for proposal (RFP) process and a state procurement procedure through the Finance and Administration Cabinet, the Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has been notified of five new statewide contract awards for managed care organizations (MCOs). Aetna Better Health of Kentucky, Humana Health Plan, Inc., Molina Healthcare of Kentucky, UnitedHealthcare DBA UnitedHealthcare Community...

Kentucky receives $75,000 grant to loan smart-home technology to individuals with disabilities

The Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network, within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, will now loan smart-home technology to help individuals with paralysis become more independent. Funded through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Kentucky received $75,000 from the High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grant for the My New Kentucky Smart Home program...

Covington’s LGBTQ ‘score’ soars; national advocacy group cites ‘welcoming’ talk with policy

The nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group has given the City of Covington high marks for how its laws, policies, and services treat LGBTQ people who live and work here – and those marks are improving. The Human Rights Campaign says, Covington’s “score” on the group’s Municipal Equality Index jumped from 74 to 94 this past year, with 100 being a perfect score. The...

New assistant city manager from Oak Ridge, Tennessee hired with former Covington mayor’s help

More than 140 people applied to be Covington’s new assistant city manager. When the process was over, the candidate who emerged – the one deemed most qualified and the “best fit” by everyone involved in the selection – came from 250 miles to the south … with an assist from a man who served as Covington’s mayor more than 30 years ago. Soon-to-be-Tennessee transplant...

Covington hires assistant city manager, $5.5M ROAD iD, ICON Marketing investment deal approved

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Bruce Applegate said he immediately felt the sense of community, and it was one of things that drew him to the city. Since 2016, Applegate has been serving as the personnel director and director of administrative services for the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. At the Commission’s regularly scheduled legislative meeting Tuesday night, he was unanimously approved to...

Unemployment falls in 85 KY counties in October over last year; three NKY counties have low rates

Unemployment rates fell in 85 Kentucky counties between October 2018 and October 2019, rose in 24 and stayed the same in 11 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Fayette and Oldham counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent each. It was followed by Boone and Woodford...

KSP upgrades 911 emergency dispatch system, will improve response time and officer safety 

An upgrade to the Kentucky State Police 911 emergency dispatching system marks an important milestone for the agency. The Kentucky State Police have been relying on their CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) program for over 15 years to supply the information needed by first responders when answering calls for service. “Our agency recognized the important role of having the correct technology to provide...

Briefs: Banta sworn in to House seat; Kenton’s Government Academy; technology in construction

Banta sworn in Rep. Kim Banta who was elected to fill the seat vacated by Diane St. Onge’s resignation was sworn in by Kenton County Magistrate Katherine Shumate as husband Tom Banta holds the bible. Rep. Banta represents the House 63rd district which includes parts of Boone and Kenton counties. Kim Banta, Tom Banta and Katherine Shumate Kenton County Government Academy As an outreach service...