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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...

Covington is awarded grant to buy space at new Ohio River dock, will be new home for ‘Fire Boat 1’

When a runaway barge demolished the Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club recently, Covington firefighters rushed to the scene – not in a shiny red truck … but in a 35-foot rescue boat. Covington’s “Fire Boat 1” – powered by two 300-horsepower Evinrude E-TEC engines and armed with a 1,000 gallon-per-minute fire pump – has been dispatched 18 times already this year for...

2020 Census: $$$ at stake in Covington with millions in federal funds used to help residents, businesses

Residents and businesses in the City of Covington could stand to lose almost $22 million over the next 10 years if the 2020 Census is no more successful than the 2010 Census in making sure every Covington resident is counted, City officials say. Some 13 percent of Covington’s budget comes from direct federal funding that’s allocated based on population counts, the City’s Neighborhood...

Riverfront Commons projects in Covington, Newport, and Dayton bring trail system closer to reality

Three projects currently underway or just completed in the cities of Covington, Newport, and Dayton are bringing a complete Riverfront Commons project several steps closer to reality. Riverfront Commons is the signature project of Southbank Partners, an economic development agency that is working with its partner cities – Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Fort Thomas, Newport, and Silver Grove —...

Johnson-Noem named director of the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board

Tara Johnson-Noem has been named director of the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board. She will assume the post when long-standing NKWIB Director Barbara Stewart retires in December.  Johnson-Noem Most recently, Johnson-Noem served as Director of Government Relations for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the sixth largest United Way in the United States. In this role, she regularly convened...

Covington Commission set to approve incentives for $5M+ in investment; will hire assistant city manager

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter With apologies to Charles Dickens, Economic Development Director Tom West just couldn’t resist. It was a Tale of Two Structures, he said. Under the pending deal, Icon Marketing Communications of Fort Mitchell would buy and move into the building owned, recently renovated and occupied by ROAD iD (provided image). Then again, he would go on to later edit his own statement,...

Newport Fire Department to get much-needed addition with purchase of new Pierce Fire Engine

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Even though Thanksgiving is still more than a week away, Newport Fire Chief Bill Darin received an early Christmas gift Monday night during the Newport Board of Commissioners meeting. The Board authorized Newport City Manager Tom Fromme to execute an interlocal contract for the purchase of a Pierce Fire Engine Truck. It will be a much-needed addition for the Newport...

KYTC District 6 road report update on current construction projects in Northern Kentucky

Construction season is winding down, but there is still plenty of work to be completed on Northern Kentucky roadways. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 office would like the public to be aware of the following conditions and/or operations that are being reported for highways in Northern Kentucky.  CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY – CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO • I-275 (Combs-Hehl Bridge) 73 –...

SD1 receives Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology award for collaborative effort

NKyTribune staff Sanitation District No. 1 (SD1) has received a Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) Intelligent Water Systems Challenge Award from the Water Environment Federation and Water Research Foundation. The award was given for innovative excellence in intelligent water system practices and promoting meaningful opportunities for fostering the adoption of smart water technologies. Chet...

Beshear names teachers as grand marshals of his parade; Cov Mayor Meyer is co-chair of inauguration

Kentucky teachers will serve as grand marshals in Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s inauguration parade on Dec. 10 and Covington Mayor Joe Meyer has been named one of the honorary co-chairs of the Team Kentucky inauguration. The vote from teachers, who expressed anger over Gov. Matt Bevin’s action on their pension and were offended by some off-handed comments, was a large reason Beshear will replace...