Staying Safe During a Power Outage

Staying Safe During a Power Outage

November 29,2014

Wind, fallen trees, ground saturation -- there could have been many reasons for the massive power outage many local residents experienced in late November. Approximately 1,700 people in Pike County and around 4,000 in the Hazard and Ashland areas were unexpectedly without power for several hours. Outages are sometimes scheduled, but when they're a surprise, being calm and being prepared are the best ways to make a potent...

Spend Thanksgiving with Family, Not the Fire Department

November 18,2014

Many Kentuckians enjoy preparing their Thanksgiving turkey using a gas-fired fryer instead of baking it in the oven. The quick cook time, juicy meat and crispy skin are appealing reasons for using a deep fryer. Less attractive are the associated risks. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says deep fryer fires cause an average of 5 deaths, 60 injuries and more than $15 million in property damage each year. Desi...

Nursing Home Scandal in Eastern KY

November 06,2014

What’s behind the push for medical review panels of Kentucky nursing home claims? Are state senators voting for medical review panel bills based on the merits or are they influenced by contributions from nursing home owners? An unfortunate truth is that there is widespread abuse, neglect, and mistreatment of elderly residents in nursing homes. Based on inspection reports, staffing and quality of care, the U.S. Centers ...

Pikeville Dump Truck Accident (Route 23)

October 17,2014

“Did I remember to lock the door?” “I hope the kids have a good day at school.” “Wow, those Bears played like champs last night.” “Looks like rain.” This is your typical morning commute. This is also his average morning commute, and hers, and mine, too. We know the traffic laws, the rush-hour patterns and the first thing we are going to do once we get to work because, of course, we expect to get to our d...

A Dubious Distinction: KY & ATVs

October 03,2014

Data gathered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that Kentucky has the dubious distinction of leading the country in ATV deaths. Used for both recreational and rescue purposes, “quads” or All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) provide easy access to off-road areas. They are especially popular here in Kentucky, despite the fact that they cause thousands of injuries and fatalities every year. From 2007 through 20...

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