Pennyrile Area Development District
A Regional Planning & Development Agency
Posted on December 14th, 2017

​The 2017 Forgotten Angel Project is underway at the PADD Office. Pennyrile District Ombudsman, Cindy Tabor and volunteers are busy preparing Christmas bags for residents in Personal Care Homes in the nine county Pennyrile region. Cindy would like to thank everyone who adopted an angel or donated toward the Forgotten Angel project.

For additional information on the Forgotten Angel Project, please contact Cindy Tabor at 270-886-9484 or via email at Cindy.Tabor@ky.gov

Posted on December 14th, 2017

​Staff from the Department for Local Government conducted a site visit to Koppers Industries in Guthrie today. DLG provided Community Development Block Grant funding to install a natural gas line to serve the industry. Koppers is currently undertaking a project to replace their current wood fired boilers with natural gas operated boilers, which will increase efficiency in their operations. PADD provided grant application and administrative services for the project.

Posted on December 14th, 2017

​The City of Trenton hosted a groundbreaking today for the Trenton Volunteer Fire Department building project.  With assistances from the Pennyrile Area Development District the Fire Department project is funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  PTL Fabricators, LLC is the prime contractor and construction is scheduled to be complete in April of 2018.

Posted on December 12th, 2017

​Pennyrile Area Development District held their annual Christmas Board Luncheon and Legislative Update on December 11, 2017 at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Board Chair Lori Harper called the meeting to order at 12:00 Noon CST and introduced Commissioner Donnie Holland, Department of Kentucky Parks, who welcomed guests. Federal reports were provided by Jason Hasert (Senator Rand Paul), Morgan Alvey (Senator Mitch McConnell) and Amelia Wilson ( Congressman James Comer). Kentucky State Legislators Senator Dorsey Ridley, Senator Stan Humphries, Senator C.B. Embry, Jr., Rep. Myron Dossett, Rep. Jim Gooch, Jr., Rep. Lynn Bechler, and Rep. Walker Thomas, provided information regarding the upcoming 2018 General Assembly Session in January. Chair Harper recognized former Senator Jerry Rhoads and Past PADD Executive Director Dan Bozarth. Jason Vincent, PADD Executive Director, expressed appreciation to Park Manager Peter Bowles and the staff at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park for a delicious meal, to our legislators and field representatives for their dedication and efforts on our behalf. Mr. Vincent welcomed new PADD Board Member, Mr. Adam Ledford, who was recently appointed to serve on the Board by Mayor Jared Byford, City of Marion. Information regarding upcoming meetings and important dates were provided in the December issue of the PADD Press. The PADD 2018 Legislative Priorities, 2018 KACo County Legislative Issues, and 2018 KLC Legislative Issues were provided in the Board Packets. The next meeting of the PADD Board of Directors will be on January 8, 2018. On behalf of Pennyrile ADD, Mr. Vincent thanked all guests for their attendance, support and wished them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Posted on December 7th, 2017

​National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed annually in the United States to remember and honor the 2,403 United States citizens who were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The surprise attack pushed the U.S. into World War II.

The Pennyrile Area Development District would like to extend our gratitude and recognize all the World War II veterans for their service and dedication to our country.

Posted on December 5th, 2017

​Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays.
  1. Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. It’s flu season. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Bundle up to stay dry and warm.  Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  3. Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control. Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.
  4. Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same.
  5. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Smokers have greater health risks because of their tobacco use, but nonsmokers also are at risk when exposed to tobacco smoke.
  6. Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip and encourage passengers to do the same.
  7. Get exams and screenings. Ask your health care provider what exams you need and when to get them. Update your personal and family history.
  8. Get your vaccinations. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.
  9. Monitor children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children’s reach. Protect them from drowning, burns, falls, and other potential accidents.
  10. Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, food cooking on stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
  11. Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly.
  12. Eat healthy, stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.

Posted on November 28th, 2017

​Home. There is simply no place we would rather be. When families must begin planning for long term care for a loved one, the thought of leaving home is frightening. There are many types of services available to provide long term care. Those options may include home and community based services, long term care facilities or even assisted living.

For most families, they desire for their loved one to receive care at home as long as possible. When these questions arise, it is often difficult and confusing to navigate the service options that are available.  You are not alone. The Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living/Aging and Disability Resource Center is here to help. We have trained case managers and resource coordinators ready to help answer questions and provide information regarding local resources.

Please contact our staff at 1-866-844-4396 to find out what programs and services are available in your area to help keep your loved one at home. You may also contact Jill.collins@ky.gov for service planning information.

Posted on November 21st, 2017

​The PACS Senior Citizens Centers served over 1150 hot, nutritious Thanksgiving meals today throughout the counties of the Pennyrile District.

The meals served included both congregate meals and home delivered meals. Thank you to all the cooks, kitchen staff, meal drivers and other staff who made it possible to provide a Thanksgiving meal to the older adults in our community.
 
To learn more about the nutrition programs in your county, contact Jill Collins at jill.collins@ky.gov or call 1-866-844-4396.
 
The Pennyrile Area Development District/Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

Posted on November 16th, 2017

​The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services.  With the participation of their citizens, communities can devote these funds to a wide range of activities that best serve their own particular development priorities.  For more information regarding the CDBG in Kentucky please click here.
CDBG Projects in the Pennyrile Region
​Christian County Water District Phase VIII Upgrade Project
$1,944,533 – CDBG & RD funds
Project Description - This project will replace and install approximately 207,354 LF of 6" and 8" water lines in the Christian County service area. These new lines will replace ageing infrastructure, extend to cover new customers, and help reduce O&M costs for the water district. 
​Crofton & HWEA Water Tank Rehabilitation
$200,000 CDBG/ $200,000 KIA SRF Loan
Project Description - 100,000 gal water tank – details of this rehab include interior recoat, exterior recoat, replace wet riser, replace vault hatch, and conduct miscellaneous repairs.
​Caldwell County – Bright Life Farm Housing Project
$1 million CDBG funds
Project Description – Construction for a 4th group home. The completion of this project will allow Bright Life Farms to provide permanent housing for eight mentally and developmentally challenged adults and provide them with an opportunity to develop independent living skills and become productive citizens of the community.

Posted on November 14th, 2017

​The PADD Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on November 13, 2017 at the PADD Office in Hopkinsville, KY. Guest speaker, Mr. Brian Roy, Executive Director & CEO, Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) shared information about the services KACo provides and his associate, Lonnie Campbell, provided information regarding the KADD Lending Program.
Federal, State and staff reports were also provided. Amy Frogue, PADD Associate Director (CED) and Mayor Carter Hendricks, gave an overview of the Campbell Strong Defense Alliance initiative and the benefits of AUSA membership. Jill Collins, Pennyrile AAAIL Director, provided an update on the state general fund program budget and the Veteran's program. Sheila Clark, West KY Workforce Board Executive Director, shared information regarding a Career Center Services Request for Proposal and a video clip of a KET Forum "Filling Kentucky Jobs" which will air tonight at 8/7 p.m. on KET. The program spotlights Kentucky's need for a well-trained labor force & highlights programs across the state addressing workforce issues. The Board of Directors voted to accept the 2017 CEDs Resolution and the Code of Ethics which will be implemented January 1, 2018.

Posted on November 13th, 2017

​ “Every day, compassionate Americans devote time, energy, and resources to ensure that family members who are disabled, elderly, chronically ill, or injured can remain in the stability and comfort of familiar surroundings. During National Family Caregivers Month, we honor those whose extraordinary selflessness provides others with independence and comfort.”

“Each November we acknowledge the commitment of exceptional Americans who embody the compassion and spirit of our Nation. We support the life-affirming work of our Nation's caregivers and thank them for the sacrificial devotion that improves the lives and honors the dignity of their loved ones.”

President DONALD J. TRUMP, October 31, 2017

President Donald J. Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation in honor of National Family Caregivers Month. You can view the text of the proclamation here and see additional background, including this year’s Theme for National Family Caregivers Month.    
 
Caregiver Action Network (the National Family Caregivers Association) is the organization that chooses the theme for National Family Caregivers Month annually and spearheads celebration of NFC Month nationally.
 
National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November – is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. Caregiver Action Network began promoting national recognition of family caregivers in 1994. President Clinton signed the first NFC Month Presidential Proclamation in 1997 and every president since has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers each November.
 
Day in and day out, over 90 million family caregivers in this country fulfill a vital role on the care team. No one else is in a better position to ensure continuity of care. Family caregivers are the most familiar with their care recipients’ medications and treatments; and they understand best their dietary and exercise needs.
 
Caregiver Action Network coordinates National Family Caregivers Month (NFC Month) as a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. Celebrating Family Caregivers during NFC month enables all of us to:
 
·         Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
·         Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
·         Educate family caregivers about self-identification
·         Increase support for family caregivers

Posted on November 2nd, 2017

​The Forgotten Angels Project will be gearing up again for its 11th year, serving residents in “Personal Care Homes”.  Residents in PCH’s are usually younger and sometimes suffer with mental illness rather than physical limitations.  The Forgotten Angel is placed on the tree anonymously.  People from the community come to the PADD office and obtain a Forgotten Angel (or several) off the tree.  Later they return with a Christmas bag stuffed full with the residents wish and other stocking stuffers.

​As the holiday season approaches, we hope that you will help us provide a touch of joy to those in need.  It is truly amazing to see how our community gets involved in giving so much to these Forgotten Angels.  Each year as the donations begin to pour in, I remain stunned at your generosity.  I’m very proud to be a part of this community and look forward to serving our Forgotten Angels in 2017 with your help.
​To adopt an angel or if you have any questions please contact:
Cindy Tabor
Pennyrile District Ombudsman
300 Hammond Drive
Hopkinsville, KY  42240
Office - 270-886-9484
Fax – 270-886-3211
Cindy.tabor@ky.gov

Posted on October 30th, 2017

​On October 10, Kentucky Educational Television’s Renee Shaw (KET) interviewed members and staff of the West Kentucky Workforce Board and leadership from the Soldier for Life, Transition Assistance Program at Fort Campbell.  During the interviews, workforce training issues facing Kentucky and the innovative programs/strategies to address labor force needs and boost employment opportunities for Kentucky citizens were discussed.  KET focused on the services available to assist military transitioning into the civilian workforce.   The town hall discussion will include a clip from KET’s local visit and will be featured during an hour long event that KET hosted on Wednesday, October 25.  The event will be broadcast on Monday, November 13th at 8/7 pm CT on KET. 

Posted on October 26th, 2017

​For Economic Development Professionals and Staff at EDOs, ADDs, Chambers, and government economic development departments.

When: October 30 and 31, 2017, 9 am - 4:30 pm.

Where: 755 Industrial Road, Madisonville, KY 42431

Lunch will be provided.

Agenda below.

​With the generous support of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the International Economic Development Council is offering this free course to all economic development professionals in Western Kentucky. Be sure to take advantage of this valuable opportunity to learn more about crafting and promoting a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Agenda  (subject to change)

October 30
9:00 - 10:15 am
Introduction: Creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Building the Support Network: The Role of EDOs & Other Stakeholders

12:00 - 1:30 pm - Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 pm 
Exploring the Business Case: Systems & Bottom Lines for Incubators and Makerspaces
3:15 - 4:30 pm 
Developing Education and Training Models for Entrepreneurs

October 31
9:00 - 10:15 am
Measuring What Matters: Metrics for Entrepreneurial Development

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
SBA Financing and Small Business Lending for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

12:00 - 1:15 pm - Lunch

1:15 - 2:30 pm
Creative Financing and Equity Options for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

2:45 - 3:30 pm
Interactive Case Study

3:30 - 4:30
Wrap-up and takeaways

Posted on October 18th, 2017

​The Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living is in the process of completing the FY18 Needs Assessment Survey. The overall purpose of the survey is to obtain information regarding the needs of senior citizens in the Pennyrile Region. The survey results will be utilized for planning purposes.

Please take a few minutes and complete the survey by clicking on the link. The deadline for completion is October 31, 2017. All survey information is anonymous. Thank you for your time!

Posted on October 17th, 2017

​Now that the solar eclipse is over you've got something new to look forward to and it’s Residents’ Rights Month, an annual event designated by Consumer Voice to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities. It is an opportunity during the month of October to focus on and celebrate awareness of dignity, respect and the rights of each resident.

This year’s theme, “It’s All About Me: My Life, My Care, My Choices” highlights residents’ rights to choose their own schedule and activities, communicate how and with whom they choose, be an active partner in directing their care, and be treated as an individual with unique wants and needs. Residents’ Rights Month is an opportunity for staff, families, ombudsmen, residents and other advocates to emphasize the rights of residents, hear from residents about what quality of life means to them, and refocus on promoting self-determination among residents.

If you would like to help residents celebrate Residents' Rights Month email me at cindy.tabor@ky.gov
Cindy Tabor, Pennyrile District LTC Ombudsman

Posted on October 17th, 2017

​As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Decennial Census counts every person, one time, and in the correct place.

Full participation in the upcoming 2020 Census will provide our communities with vital information about who we are and what we need. It will take all of us coming together to ensure every Kentuckian counts.

For the first time, an internet response option will be available for individuals to complete the 2020 Census. The traditional telephone and paper response options will also be available.
Personal information collected by the Census Bureau is confidential, and by law cannot be shared with law enforcement, the courts, immigration, or anyone for 72 years.

Being counted in the Census is safe, quick, and very important to the future of our communities and state.

Posted on October 4th, 2017

​The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has announced the recipients of funding under the 2017 Kentucky Homeland Security Grant Program. Applications were scored, ranked and funded based on the application score and relativeness of the project. The Kentucky Homeland Security Grant Program is a yearly grant cycle that is open to all local government agencies. Pennyrile ADD staff assists numerous Pennyrile communities each year in the preparation of grant applications to submit to KOHS for review.
 
Communities in the Pennyrile region awarded funds under the 2017 grant include the following:
 
City of Crofton - $22,000.00 (Alert System)
Lyon Co. Fiscal Court - $57,200.00 (Infrastructure Equipment)
City of Pembroke - $30,200.00 (Power Equipment)
City of Elkton - $50,000.00 (Power Equipment)
Caldwell Co. Fiscal Court - $11,000.00 ( Medical)
City of Hopkinsville - $14,600.00 (CBRNE)
City of Central City - $18,900.00 (PPE)
 
Congratulations to those communities that were awarded funds under the 2017 grant cycle! For more information regarding Homeland Security programs, please contact Ashley Johnson or Angie Crawford at 270-886-9484.

Posted on October 4th, 2017

​The Delta Regional Authority and Governor Matt Bevin, together with their federal and local-based partners, awarded funds to three projects in the Pennyrile Area Development District.  The City of Greenville received funding for wastewater infrastructure improvements in the amount of $400,000.  This project will provide upgrades to the Paradise Lift Station in Greenville needed to provide adequate wastewater treatment services for local businesses and residents. 

The Trigg County Hospital was awarded $155,550 to construct a new hallway with four private patient rooms to be utilized as swing-bed rooms.  A swing-bed program allows patients to recover in a hospital setting, versus a nursing home, or returning home too soon to home care. 

Madisonville Community College will receive funding in the amount of $180,629 to create a lineman training program.  The training program will allow utilities companies to recruit from the regional labor force, particularly targeting displaced coal miners and high school graduates who do not intend to pursue post-secondary credentials. 
Congratulations to each of these entities.  The Pennyrile Area Development District is honored to assist in the pursuit of such worthy projects.  For more information on Delta Regional Authority funding programs, please contact Amy Frogue, Ashley Johnson or Angie Crawford at the PADD office.

To read the Delta Regional Authority press release, click here.

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

Pennyrile Allied Community Services, Inc. will be holding State Health Insurance Prgram (SHIP) Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Events in the nine counties of the Pennyrile region.  See the flyer below for more details on each event.