Tuesday October 29, 2013

Flu season is officially upon us.

The Health Department said cases have been reported in Henderson and Jefferson Counties along with Perry County here in the mountains..

Health officials said it is so important for people to get the flu vaccine.

The very young and the very old are most at risk.

The more people who are protected, the fewer who will get sick and spread the virus.

The flu season started in August last year, doctors say so far flu season is off to a slower start this year.

The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to start working but isn't fool proof.

If you find yourself suffering symptoms, health officials said it's important to see a doctor right away.

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Kentucky political leaders have rolled out an initiative intended to find ways to bolster the economy in Appalachia.

Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers held a joint press conference in Hazard on Monday to unveil the latest effort, which they dubbed SOAR, which stands for Shaping Our Appalachian Region.

Beshear said the economic woes of recent years have hurt Appalachia and intensified the hardships of families in the mountain region.

He and Rogers have scheduled a summit of public and private sector leaders to find solutions to problems the region faces.

Beshear and Rogers cited the loss of thousands of coal jobs in eastern Kentucky as one of the reasons for calling the summit, which will be held on Dec. 9 at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville.

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Operation UNITE and several local police departments teamed up this weekend to get more than one ton of medicine off the streets.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is only seven years old, but is seeing progress year after year.

Operation UNITE racked up more than 2,000 pounds of medicine during the annual event.

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Dirt track race car driver, Josh McGuire, is recovering after a violent crash at the 201 Speedway during the Halloween 50 Saturday night in Johnson County.

Hundreds watched the crash happen at the track and thousands have seen it online via YouTube.

Track officials say McGuire was going somewhere around 100 MPH as he entered the first turn on his fourth lap...when his car began to flip.

Doctors say that McGuire has a fracture in his C1 vertebrae and he was flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, where he is now recovering but his family says he will be okay and is very lucky.

Doctors do not think McGuire will need surgery, but will spend the next three months in a neck brace.

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State officials are applying for a license to sell alcohol in the restaurant at Pine Mountain State Park.

The city of Pineville has annexed the lodge and restaurant into the city limits and Pineville allows restaurant alcohol sales.

Gil Lawson, spokesperson for the state tourism office, says the state is preparing to submit the application to the ABC this week.

If approved, the restaurant would sell beer, wine, and liquor.

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Singer Kree Harrison will be this year's celebrity guest on the Santa Train for its 71st trip through Appalachia.

The train runs along a 110-mile route, beginning in Shelby, Kentucky, and travelling through part of Virginia before ending in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Along the way, it distributes more than 15 tons of gifts, including toys and food.

This will be Harrison's second trip on the Santa Train.

She first rode in 2001, when she was 11 years old.

Now the "American Idol" runner-up is working on her debut album and recently made an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.

More information on the Nov. 23 journey is available at www.teamsantatrain.org.

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A $1 million Powerball ticket was sold in Paintsville, Kentucky, but the winner has not come forward.

Kentucky Lottery says that the ticket for Saturday night's drawing matched the five white balls, but not the Powerball.

The ticket was sold at the Paintsville Smart Shop located at 1074 3rd Street.

The winning ticket had the following numbers: 4 6 34 49 56.

The winner has 180 days from Saturday's drawing to claim their prize.