Governor Steve Beshear announced today that Kentucky continues to show improvement in job creation.
According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Current Employment Statistics, Kentucky ranked second in the nation for job growth over the past year.
The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary, released Friday, shows Kentucky’s net job growth from September 2011 to September 2012 was 2.6 percent, compared to North Dakota’s 5.6 percent job growth.
Governor Beshear stated this ranking is an extraordinary accomplishment for the state and outstanding workforce.
From September 2011 to September 2012, 47,000 jobs were created in the Commonwealth.
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes commented that the numbers also show the Commonwealth is heading in the right direction.
The Cadiz Police Department has been awarded two grants totaling over $8,500 to go towards the purchase of new body armor vests.
Chief Hollis Alexander was quoted as saying that the grant money will allow the department to equip each officer with the new gear.
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security awarded Cadiz Police $6,050 for the purchase of the body armor and the U.S. Department of Justice Bulletproof Vest Partnership awarded the department a $2,500 grant for the purchase of 11 new ballistic vests.
Chief Alexander said the department expects to have the officers equipped with the new armor in about a month.
The department has also received an $18,133 grant to purchase new mobile data computers.
In addition, the department recently received a $9,300 grant from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety to continue their successful traffic safety program.
In all, the Cadiz Police has been awarded nearly $36,000 in state and federal grant money this fiscal year.
A Hopkinsville factory has been recognized for its efforts to improve the health of its employees.
Riken Elastomers was presented with the SHARP Certification from the state Labor Cabinet for taking extraordinary measures to ensure the safety and health of its employees.
A news release quotes Labor Cabinet Secretary Mark Brown as saying the award recognizes companies who are committed to making safety for employees a priority and that he is delighted to recognize the Hopkinsville plant.
Riken is implementing injury prevention, safety and health awareness programs to become the 17th company in Kentucky to receive the SHARP award. Statistics show Riken only had one accident last year and none in 2010.
Riken Elastomers is a manufacturer of high performance plastics compounds for use in the automotive industry.
Three people were hospitalized following two wrecks in Calloway County last night.
The first accident happened just before 7 on U.S. 641, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police, which says 89-year old William Miller of Murray was attempting to turn left onto Flint Road and drove into the path of 31-year old Jeremy Grimes of Paducah.
Grimes was unable to stop, striking Miller’s vehicle and causing it to flip onto its top. Miller was taken to Murray-Calloway County Hospital, where he was treated for multiple injuries.
The later crash happened on Kentucky 94 around 10:30 when 29-year old Daniel Howard of Powderly swerved to miss a deer and ran off the road. His vehicle hit a tree, sending Howard and passenger 27-year old Jordan Randolph of Central City to Murray-Calloway County Hospital.
The Kelly Community Organization will be hosting a “Kelly Night Out” later this week to show appreciation to residents.
A news release from Frank Brown says the event will run from 5 until 8pm Friday at the Kelly Little Green Men site on Old Madisonville Road at Kelly Church Road.
Brown says there will be free Chili, Hotdogs, candy, games, prizes, music and more. He says residents can wear their costumes for additional treats.
Merchandise from Little Green Men Days will also be on sale at a discount, including t-shirts. The “night out” is to show appreciation for work that’s gone into the neighborhood watch group, the CERT team and those who helped with the Little Green Men Days festival.